From the Front Porch

Happy Friday, from the front porch you guys.  Thanks so much for making us a part of your day. 

We hope your week has been slow and easy.  Holiday weeks are the best!

This week has been the perfect combination of peace filled, productive and learning to let go, as we take stock of the past 5 months and look forward to the summer season.  

I took the week completely off social media save for previously schedule pins for Pinterest.  It gave me lots of extra time to think and prioritize upcoming goals. This is the first time I’ve ever taken an extended break like that but it felt so good!

I also deep cleaned the house, picked up lots of plants for the porch and the flower beds, mowed the lawn, started working on the final details of the master bedroom refresh, celebrated my sweet neice, and started our June book of the month. 

All in all, it’s been a good week. 

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

There are so many beautiful projects in this portfolio.

This designer  puts a modern twist on neutrals.

The Spanish style homestead that looks like a vacation retreat space.

This portfolio could be a master class in mixing prints. 

Ralph Lauren Home Spring 2020 is every bit as dreamy as you would imagine.

Before and After: A Run Down Property Becomes a Beautiful Swedish Farmhouse 

Loved taking in all the gorgeous inspiration from deVOL Kitchens. I can’t wait to see their new show on the Magnolia Network!

The Queen shared her favorite flower at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show  and honestly it couldn’t have been a more perfect choice.

5 Simple Ways to be Happy with Yourself Every Day 

How to Stop Boredom Eating 

The Best Drugstore Beauty Products of 2020 

Everything You Need to Know About Legally Blonde 3 

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

I know May’s book of the month was a little bittersweet for some of you and I completely underestand why it left you feeling a little prickly. 

Truthfully, I struggled through the last chapter based on something that recently happened in my own life. So, I’m holding on to the last line of this quote and I hope it helps some of you too. 

Book We’re Reading in June…

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This month, we’ll be reading Jennie Allen’s Get Out Of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts.  It’s another faith based book filled with stories, and scripture.  

From what I’ve read so far, it’s going to be one of those books that causes you to stop and think about what you’re thinking about.  Then helps you transform and reframe your thinking to a more postive and healthy way. 

There seems to be a lot of tough love in this book so just take the parts that work for you and leave the rest.  

July, we’ll tackle The Art of Showing Up: How to be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller  

 And in August, we’ll read Love Does by Bob Goff 

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

May – The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson.  

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

MarchThe Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P Freeman

FebruaryThe Compound Effect  by Darren Hardy 

January You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You  by Jess Connolly 

Watching Lately…

Truthfully, I don’t really watch a lot of TV so when I do, I try to make it count ?

Lately, we’ve been enjoying…

On the Menu this Week…

Week of May 30 – June 7

05/30 – Saturday – Easy One Pan Roasted Shrimp and Veggies 

05/31 – SundayCheesy Ravioli with Italian Sausage Skillet 

06/01 – MondayMiso Glazed Halibut with Baby Bok Choy and Sake Butter Sauce 

06/02 – TuesdayCheesy Taco Skillet 

06/03 – WednesdayFarmers Market Vegetable Salad 

06/04 – Thursday French Onion Potato Soup 

06/05 – FridayOven Fried Chicken and Waffles 

06/06 – Saturday Vegan Sheet Pan Dinner 

06/07 – SundayNo Fry Eggplant Parmesan 

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cobbler 

Summer Inspiration We Spotted Online at Target and Amazon This Week…

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Patio Umbrella French Country Pail Set Welcome MatGarland 

Blanket French Café Patio Chair Planter  * Toile Dish Towel Set 

Woven Utensil Caddy Botanical Print Global PillowBelt 

Protea Pillow Covers Earrings  * Blue and White Jar *  Beach Towel

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

17 Ways to Ease Into Summer 


Spring into Summer Porch Tour and Blog Hop

Summer Bucket List 

DIY Doughnut Hole Decorating Kit 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

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

  • 05/30 – Summer Bucket List
  • 06/06 – Bills/Mail/Paper Clutter
  • 06/13 – Computer Files/Passwords/Photographs
  • 06/20 – Email Inbox
  • 06/27 – Car

Upcoming Blog Posts and Dates to Remember: 

  • 06/01 – Buy June Gifts and Cards
  • 06/01 – Hurricane Season Begins
  • 06/05 – National Donut Day
  • 06/20 – First Day of Summer
  • 06/21 – Father’s Day

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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