From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch, you guys! 

I hope you’ve had a great week.  It’s so hard to believe we’re almost to May already. 

This week has been a doozy so I’m going to keep it short and sweet.  All I can say is it started with a broken septic pump and ended with a storm that took out our power, water, cable and phones for hours.  

In between there was a leaking coffee maker that will have to be relaced, a sick pup that will likely need surgery, an unexpected property tax bill thanks to a “glitch in the system” and a major migraine.

Thankfully, we’re almost to the weekend and everything can be worked out.  

I know I owe several of you an email and I plan to work on them first thing this morning! 

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

There are too many pretty projects from the portfolio of Timber Trails Development Company to pick just one.

It was so much fun revisiting Rambling Renovator’s Craft Room Reveal 

The soothing color palette found in Rebecca Gibbs Design Portfolio makes me want to paint something green immediately.

If you love Suzanne Kasler, you’ll love this Nashville Home Tour.

This cabin before and after tour is bananas. It doesn’t even look like the same place inside!

And since I seem to have getaways on the brain, don’t miss this cabin renovation too.

The Southern California home tour that makes me want to relax on the back porch.

If you’re missing Chip and Joanna, they’re hosting a 4-Hour TV special on Sunday .

Speaking of which, here is a little sneak peek into her cooking show kitchen. Dreamy, right?

I literally don’t need one more project, but how much fun would this one be?

What to Plant in April  for an Amazing Vegetable Garden according to House Beautiful.

My walking game has been totally off lately but I’m hoping to ramp it back up with this free app.

 Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Book We’re Reading in April…

This month we’ve been reading the faith-based book, Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose by Rebekah Lyons  (Amazon Affiliate Link)

The book is broken up into 4 sections:  Rest, Restore, Connect, Create and has already changed the way I view my heart and home.

Pep Talks We Loved This Week…

I spent a lot of time painting this week, so I had plenty of time to listen to several podcasts.

If you’re looking for a word of encouragement during this time, consider listening to Christy Wright’s faith based podcast, How The Coronavirus Can Help You Reset and Create a Better Life .

If you need a kick in the pants, listen to Rachel Hollis, How to Hold Onto The Rope.  The only caveat I want to mention is if you are going through loss or grief right now you should definitely skip this “tough love” episode.

I’ve had friends this week share they’ve lost their jobs and others share they’re losing $150K almost daily in the stock market. 

So, if you need some encouragement where finances are concerned you might find this faith based podcast, A Message of Hope Series: Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruz, and Ken Coleman helpful.

On the Menu this Week… 

Week of April 26 – May 3

04/25 – Saturday Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas (you could also try steak)

04/26 – Sunday The Best Healthy Turkey Lasagna You’ll Ever Eat (excited to see if that claim is true) 

04/27 – MondayEasy Wonton Soup with Baked Egg Rolls 

04/28 – Tuesday Queso Chicken with black beans and avocado

04/29 – Wednesday Smoked Salmon Avocado and Arugula Salad 

04/30 – ThursdayRigatoni Meatball Soup 

05/01 – Friday Slow Cooker Nashville Hot Chicken with side of greens

05/02 – Saturday 20 Minute Healthy Sausage & Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner 

05/03 – Sunday Chicken Mediterranean Skillet Pizza with side salad

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Julie Blanner’s Peanut Butter Pie in a Jar 

 Earth Day Inspired Items We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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Swedish Dish Cloths Resealable Bags  *  Stainless Steel Drinking Straws Dryer Balls Reusable Produce Bags Bees Wrap Bamboo Cotton Rounds Reusable Grocery Bags  * Assorted Bread Bags Dustpan and Brush Set Compost Bin Stainless Steel Tumbler Cotton Vegetable Bags Washable Snack BagsOrganizer Turkish Towels 

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

5 Things to Consider When Shopping Online for Rugs 

Master Bedroom Refresh Ideas 

DIY Moss Covered Urn and Spring Tea Party Blog Hop 

Mother’s Day Tablescape Blog Hop 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ll be working on in the month of March as part of the 52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge  …

  • 04/04 – Linen Closets
  • 04/11 – Laundry Room
  • 04/18 – Entry
  • 04/25 – Dining Room

That’s all for now!

As always, we appreciate you so much and we 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. Can’t wait to check out your post this week!! I hope you enjoy the Chicken Mediterranean Pizza!!?

    1. Thank you, Christine! I’m super excited to try your pizza recipe. It looks so good and just what we need for a relaxing weekend. Hope you and your family are well and safe! Hugs, CoCo

  2. That hot chicken looks so good!!

    1. I know, LiLi, and it seems super easy to make too! I can’t wait to try it this week. Let me know if you guys try it too. Hugs, CoCo

  3. Wow! You’ve had quite the week! I hope the doggy is ok! And I hope next week brings you much better days. Wishing you a great weekend!

    1. Oh my goodness, Michelle, there are no words for the crazy of last week. I’m already believing that bigger, better and more peace-filled things are on the way for this week 🙂 Thanks so much for your sweet words, CoCo

    1. Thank you, Linda! It was definitely a week out of the TWilight Zone. We couldn’t believe all the crazy stuff that kept happening half of which I didn’t even mention. Yikes! Here’s hoping brighter days are on the horizon for this week. Hugs, CoCo

  4. Your post and the list is such a helpful blessing. I can’t wait till I read the 52 weeks of a simplified and organised home challenge post. Great ideas and helpful tips.
    Have a great week ahead

    1. So glad you like our Friday posts! Our 52 week home challenge post is a fun one because you can go as fast or as slow as you want. We designate a specific task each week to concentrate on and by the end of the year it’s all organized so all you have to do is maintain. Let me know if you have any questions! Hope you have the best week, CoCo

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