From the Front Porch

Happy Saturday from the front porch, you guys.  Thanks so much for spending time with us today.  

It’s been a week of soul searching, hasn’t it?

Like many of you, I’ve been wrestling with so many different emotions.  I know we each have our own opinions and experiences that have shaped the way we feel about injustice, the rights of others and a path forward.

I can no longer place myself in your shoes any more than you can place yourself in mine.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try. 

Now more than ever, we’re committed to becoming better educated, to diversify our media consumption and my social media feed, to support HBCUs (Historical Black Colleges and Universities) and businesses run by people of color, to have the tough conversations, to listen with an open mind and heart, to continue to advocate for education and health services for underserved neighborhoods, to become an ally, to vote our conscience and values and to pray for our nation. 

I hope you will consider doing these things too, as we all work together to create a lasting and positive change in the world. 

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

The heartbreaking and eloquent Facebook post, I’m STILL thinking about.

And the one that gives me hope. You can read more about this heartwarming experience here

This was a fabulous post by blogger and author, Kennesha Buycks

How White People Can Be Better Allies to the Black Community 

A super easy way to help address the needs of HBCU students, the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund .

A list of Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners and a way to help support local bookstores, here.

An uncomplicated farmhouse tour.

If you love all things chippy, you’ll love this gorgeous home tour.

Sarah Tucker throws the prettiest parties and here’s proof.

A Modern Finnish Home with a Warm, Rustic Touch of the Med 

A fresh take on spongeware from Tory Burch.

15 Best English Garden Ideas to Transform Your Backyard Into a Charming Oasis 

An interesting take on a screened-in porch.

9 Top Dermatologists Reveal Their Skin-Care Routines 

Sneaky Causes of Belly Bloat and How to Fix It 

How Experts Rate the Risks of 14 Summer Activities 

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Book We’re Reading in June…

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In June, we’ll be reading Jennie Allen’s Get Out Of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts 

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:

On the Menu this Week…

Week of June 8 – June 15

06/06 – Saturday Vegan Sheet Pan Dinner 

06/07 – SundayNo Fry Eggplant Parmesan 

06/08 – Monday Grilled Salmon Fillet with Peach Salsa 

06/09 – Tuesday Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas  with Insta Pot Mexican Rice 

06/10 – WednesdaySummer Citrus Salad with Grilled Orange Marinated Chicken 

06/11 – ThursdaySummer Minestrone Soup 

06/12 – Friday Greek Chicken Kebabs 

06/13 – Saturday – Cajun Shrimp Sheet Pan Dinner (recipe found in Magnolia Table Vol 2 but was also sent in an email to subscribers)

06/14 – Sunday German Spaetzle with Mushroom Gravy 

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Mango Mastani via Let’s Curry 

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

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Bookends  *  ThrowWicker Love Seat ClocheJumpsuit

Restoration House by Kennesha Buycks *  Café Au Lait Bowls

Turkish TowelPillow CoversSandalsFolding Tray TableFountainPlanterPeoniesStackable Organizers

Beautifully Organized  by Nikki Boyd

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

The $12 Library Hutch 

Ballard Designs Hack: Tufted Bench Makeover

Master Bedroom Refresh Reveal

Decorate for Summer in 5 Easy Steps 

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

  • 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…

  • 06/08 – Best Friends 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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  1. Loretta Hurley says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments addressing racism in our country – the elephant in the room that most whites don’t talk about. Like many others I have been trying to figure out ways to be help and I really appreciate you providing practical solutions for everyone to be part of the solution.

    1. A million times over, Loretta, thank you so much for this sweet comment. You are so right, racism is not an easy subject to talk about. But it’s a necessary conversation to have, even when it feels uncomfortable. I spent a good part of the weekend researching POC companies and entrepreneurs, books and movies, and other resources to highlight that I’m excited to share. And I will be standing right alongside you trying to figure out ways I can be part of the solution. It’s going to take us all. Sending you hugs and thank yous, CoCo

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