From the Front Porch

Happy Friday, from the front porch!  I hope your week has been a blessed one.  Call me crazy but I feel like we just might be getting into the swing of things.

Do you feel that way yet?

This week has been a good one.  The beginning of the week is always somewhat blissful. But by Wednesday afternoon I’m like and sort of feel myself kind of scrambling.

Most of the week was spent on the master bedroom makeover again.  I still haven’t had to chance to go through all the packages yet.   

Truthfully, we have small projects going on in multiple rooms and I’m beyond ready to get the house back in order.

I’ve been painting the huge 10 drawer dresser and mirror which has turned into a multi-day process.  It was definitely to be expected though because they were both black.

Thankfully, it worked out well to have a painting project so close to Filbie’s quarters since he’s still not feeling 100%.  We’re at this weird point of sporadic eating, lots of sleeping, getting sick, sleeping some more…

The vet says he’s healing well for his age but still…

It’s so hard to have those “let’s make him as comfortable as possible for as long as possible” conversations even if we’re hoping the reality of that situation is a long way off.

On a side note, the vet told us one of the meds we have to use for Filbie’s visits is in such short supply due to COVID-19, he’ll be out by July.  I just wanted to share in case your vet might be in the same situation because it really helped us understand our options better. 

As always, we really appreciate all your sweet comments, encouragement, and prayers. They make such a difference.

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

I can’t remember if I’ve shared this gorgeous portfolio yet or not, but the images are worth appreciating and studying again.  As always, Emily does a really good job of breaking the style points down in this post.

There are lots of pretty spaces in this portfolio too.

This Instagram account is so beautiful I could just crawl right in those tiny little squares.

And since we’re already on the farmhouse vibe, don’t miss this tour.

Currently obsessed with this wallpaper.

Super excited to try this simple but fabulous diy and this pretty one too.

This idea would be super cute for Memorial Day.

Nancy Myers’s Kitchens: A Love Letter in 7 Photos 

4 Things to Grow In Your Garden That’s Save You Money on Groceries 

One of my cousins sent me this post, The Most Beautiful Flower Garden In The World, Without People  and every image is amazing! Thank you, Marti!

A little something for those of us in one too many Zoom meeting lately.

Yale’s Most Popular Class Ever Is Available Free Online 

How to DIY Your Manicure 

And finally, the post that made me sigh in the best possible and dreamy way.  All can say is #goals.

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Book We’re Reading in May…

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We’re currently reading, The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming  by Sally and Sarah Clarkson and I’ve been soaking it up like a sponge. 

It reads like part von Trapp family and part Walton’s family mountain.

There’s a whole lotta Jesus in this book, some things I’ve had to look up and even things I disagree with.

That said, a good portion of the book is applicable with things you can literally start in your home today.  

I read the first 100 pages the day the book arrived while nibbling on scones and drinking of hot tea. Then texted my baby sister with the link so she could read it too.  

If you’ve missed any of our other books, you can find them here: 

AprilRhythms of Renewal: Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose 

MarchThe Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions 

FebruaryThe Compound Effect 

JanuaryYou Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You  

On the Menu this Week…

Week of May 17 – May 24

05/16 – Saturday Tuscan Chicken and roasted veggies

05/17 – Sunday Bolognese Baked Tortellini  and side salad

05/18 – MondayMaple Walnut Crusted Salmon  with broccoli and sweet potato

05/19 – Tuesday 5 Ingredient Green Chicken Chile Enchiladas 

05/20 – Wednesday Italian Inspired Chopped Salad

05/21 – ThursdayThai Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup 

 05/22 – Friday One Skillet French Onion Tater Tot Casserole (with ground turkey) 

05/23 – Saturday Garlicky Pesto Flatbread Pizza with Tomatoes and Arugula 

05/24 – Sunday 5 Ingredient Creamy Kale Pasta 

Sweet Treat to Try This Week… 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Ice Cream 

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

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Patriotic Decorating Kit  * Paper Straw Pack Stars and Stripes Pillow 

Blue and White Plates  * Rug  * Faux Hydrangea Stems * Ginger Jar  * Picnic Basket Cornhole Bags  * Buffalo Check Napkins  *

Seagrass Chargers  * Bunting * Earrings * Striped Tote  * Beach Balls *

* Striped Tee *

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

Easy Tips for Styling a Bookcase 

Silhouette Cross Stitch on Stretched Canvas 

TV Armoire to Functional Wardrobe Makeover 

10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

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

  • 05/02 – Living Room
  • 05/09 – Household Books & Magazines
  • 05/16 – Office or Guest Room
  • 05/23 – Office or Guest Room Closet & Drawers
  • 05/30 – Summer Bucket List

Dates to Remember:

  • Memorial Day – May 25th 

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. I am loving the menu for this week – the maple walnut crusted salmon in particular sounds wonderful! All the best to your lovely dog – hope he feels better soon!

    1. I really appreciate it, Katerina, thanks so much. Hope your week is a happy one, CoCo

  2. I’m so sorry to hear your Filbie has been ill. It’s so difficult when our fur babies get sick. He will be in my thoughts and prayers and our Mr. Bentley says “Feel better!” I LOVE the detail on the piece you are painting and can’t wait to see how the room turns out! Looking forward to clicking through this week’s picks and recipes! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful inspiration! Have a blessed weekend!

    1. You always leave such kind comments, Christine, thank you! Our big hairy beast Filbie is definitely a sweetie pie and you are right, it is hard when they’re not feeling well. It’s hard to know how to make them comfortable but we’re working our way through it. I hope you like the links this week. It’s always fun to find fresh inspiration. Hope your weekend was blessed one and you have a happy week as well, CoCo

    1. Thank you, Linda! These posts take the longest but they’re always so much fun to put together. I can’t get over that flower pot either. It’s so cool! Hugs for a happy week, CoCo

  3. I hear you Coco, things are a bit rough at my end as well with sporadic eating and unscheduled sleeping. Hope Filibie feels better soon as my heart aches to see how pets and children are getting affected through this lockdown. Hope you continue to get back feeling fresh on Monday. Have a good weekend Coco. Hugs!

    1. I really appreciate your sweet words, thank you so much! This time has definitely felt like a roller coaster ride (especially with Filbie being sick) but I’m thankful we’re all safe and able to help each other. I know you’re doing everything possible to hold things down at your house too 🙂 It’s been quite an adventure! Hope your weekend was a fun one and your week is full of all good things, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Josiah! Hope your week is a great one, CoCo

  4. I love seeing all the red, white, and blue. It’s such a great reminder that summer is getting closer and hopefully it’ll feel like a fresh start. I’m praying better things are to come during the new season! Poor Filbie I just want to hug his neck!

    1. Me too, Michelle! I always think Spring is a time to refresh but I’m hoping Summer is a full-blown do-over this year 🙂 We definitely need it. Thanks so much for your sweet prayers for Filbie. Bless his heart, he fell out of his dog bed a few days ago but he’s hanging in there so far. Hope your week is a happy one, CoCo

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