From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch.  As one of my girlfriends put it, what a year this week has been ?

How are you guys holding up? 

While I wish it was under different circumstances, it’s been great to hear from so many of you via direct message on Instagram and email. 

I know we’re all in different situations given we all live in different states and countries but it’s been really cool to see how everyone is checking in from around the world. 

This week was the first week since we’ve been self isolating and social distancing that I literally have no idea where the time has gone.   

Do you feel like that too?

A lot of you shared this was the first full week of home schooling for you so I know you understand what it’s like to have lots of extra distractions. ?

I’m hoping to be able to set up a makeshift office in one of the bedrooms because I think that will definitely help. 

I also had the chance to see my parents for the first time in over a month and that helped too. 

My Dad was super sweet to locate some much needed groceries for us.  We haven’t been able to get meat, beans, eggs, bread or flour in our area for about 10 days.  

I swear I’ve never been so excited to see a carton of eggs in my entire life ?

My Mom was set to host Easter events for several of her lady groups before they got canceled. So, while I was picking up the groceries from my Dad, I snapped a few photos of their dining room table all dressed up for the season. 

A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…

As someone who dreams of a potting shed and a space for beautiful gardens one day, these conservatory and glass house ideas are all fabulous.

Inside a modern farmhouse in Arizona with beachy accents. 

There are so many beautiful prints and architectural elements in this portfolio. 

If you’re pining for the beach but you’re stuck indoors, this gorgeous home tour will give you all the feels.  After you’re finished there, you can check out the rest of the portfolio of Jenny Keenan Design here.

The Open House Collection from One Kings Lane is filled with beautiful blue and white pieces.

A Historic Atlanta’s Home Respectful Renovation

This before and after kitchen makeover is another one of those makeovers that doesn’t not even look like the same space!

How to Design a Room: The 8 Tips You Need to Know to Create Your Dream Space 

This Easter in a Box set is gorgeous!

Love this beautiful tablescape too.

How to Protect & Manage Money During Coronavirus, According to Experts 

6 Exercises to Sculpt Your Arms

8 Things You Should Be Disinfecting Often 

9 Powerful Lessons From People Pleasers Around the World 

30 DIY Beauty Treatments You Can Do At Home 

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Book We’re Reading in March…

This month we’ve been reading The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions  (Amazon Affiliate Link) and it couldn’t have come at a better time to be honest. 

I’ve been using it as a devotional each morning and it honestly couldn’t have come at a better time in both my personal and professional life. 

In April, we’ll be starting Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose by Rebecca Lyons 

And were hoping to start a new daily devotional too Live in Grace, Walk in Love: A 365-Day Journey by Bob Goff


Pep Talks We Loved This Week…

Penguins Take a Field Trip and Tour Shedd Aquarium 

If you need a break from your local or national newscast, join the Good News Movement on Instagram.

On the Menu this Week…

**As I shared above, we haven’t had all the ingredients we’ve needed to make the recipes we’ve listed in our menu. We’ve been improvising quite a bit due to food shortages in our area and I know a lot of you have as well. 

That said, I’ll keep trying to share as many easy recipes as I can find. And if you’re still looking for the basics like meat, beans, eggs, flour and bread just know we’re right there searching with you too!

Week of March 30 – April 5

03/28 – Saturday –  Sheet Pan Fried Rice 

03/29 – SundayChicken Pesto Pasta with Side Salad

03/30 – Monday Hummus Crusted Salmon with Lemon Arugula Salad 

03/31 – Tuesday Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl 

04/01 – Wednesday Spinach Avocado Salad with Berries 

04/02 – Thursday –  Creamy Turkey Gnocchi Soup 

04/03 – Friday Garlic Pesto Flatbread Pizza 

04/04 – SaturdaySheet Pan Breakfast Bake 

04/05 – Sunday  Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta with Italian Salad

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins 

A Few Cozy Items We Spotted Online at Target and Amazon This Week If You’re Working from Home Too…

**(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. Any sales made through such links will support us with a small commission at no extra cost for you. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Blush HoodieBlush Joggers  * Bamboo Bottle Brush  * Skin Food 

Cross Stitch Kit  * Pixi Under Eye Patches * Motivational Water Bottle 

Leopard Lounge ShortCandle 

Weighted Blanket * Social Distancing Sweatshirt * Bath Salts 

Bissel Icon Pet Cordless Stick Vac  * The Big Book of Instant Pot Recipes 

Insta Pot Leopard Lounge Shirt 


If You’ve Missed Anything from the Archives or the Blog, here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To…

Hop Into Easter Blog Hop & Spring Home Tour   (from the archives)

Spring Bunny Tablescape  (from the archives)

Spring Front Porch Inspiration & Blog Hop (from the archives)

Easter Egg Lollipops  (from the archives)

Stuck At Home: Activities & Online Resources List 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ve been working on in the month of March as well as what we plan to work on in the mont of April…

  • 03/07 – Master Bedroom
  • 03/14 – Master Bedroom Closet
  • 03/21 – Master Bedroom Drawers
  • 03/28 – Master Bathroom Closets and Countertops
  • 04/04 – Linen Closets
  • 04/11 – Laundry Room
  • 04/18 – Entry
  • 04/25 – Dining Room

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember & Upcoming Posts…

  • 04/01 – April Fool’s Day, Order April Birthday Cards and Gifts
  • 04/03 – Hop Into Easter Blog Hop
  • 04/10 – Good Friday
  • 04/11 – National Pet Day
  • 04/12 – Easter
  • 04/22 – Earth Day
  • 04/23 – World Book Day
  • 04/24 – Arbor Day

That’s all for now!

Thanks so much for all the extra grace this week. I’m usually a lot better about getting posts out but I appreciate you guys giving me extra time to plan through and navigate this new normal.  

As always, if there is anything we can do please let us know.  Thank you for keeping in touch.  We continue to lift each of you up because we know it is not an easy time. 

I hope your weekend is peace filled and relaxing.  We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Recently found your site and love it. It is a calming and positive spot during these scary times. Loved your white tulips in the crocks so I picked up a couple bunches and greens when I did my biweekly shopping trip and they cheer me up every time I see them. I’ve sent pictures of them to friends and family to cheer them up too. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful ideas,

    1. That is such a sweet and creative idea, Loretta! It’s hard to know how to best handle everything because it’s changing all the time but I can definitely see how sharing a virtual bouquet would brighten someone’s day no matter what the situation. It’s so important to reach out and stay in touch with each other. We’re glad to have you here and I really appreciate your kind words. Let me know if you need anything! I hope you and your family are all safe and well. Hugs, CoCo

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