From the Front Porch

Happy Friday, from the front porch, you guys!

We hope the month of June has been good to you as we prepare to welcome all the exciting things July has to offer.  

Looking back, May and June felt a lot like January and February.  Without even realizing it, we seem to have settled back into our pre-pandemic life. 

We celebrated Mother’s Day, a sisters summit, my sweet neice’s gradutation, Memorial Day, finished the master bedroom refresh, hosted my niece for a craft weekend, my Dad’s milestone birthday (twice), an outdoor event at Renningers, lots of progress at Bliss Barracks and finally celebrated Father’s Day.

While these were richly blessed events, they were all crammed into a 7 week time frame and I can’t even tell you how many times I had to look at the calendar to figure out what day it was this week ?

I have just 2 big things to finish before the 4th of July and then fingers crossed I’ll be ready for a slow down. 

Have you decided how you’re going to celebrate yet?

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

An Estate of Grace. 

This portfolio is filled with beautiful details.

Such a simple and pretty idea for a pot rack.

A classic Edwardian from first time renovator Ivy Huang.

Modern Spanish Style Manhattan Beach Home Tour 

A festive patriotic tablescape  for the 4th of July!

How fun is this patriotic centerpiece? 

These vintage inspired sparkler boxes are so creative.

Love the simple elegance of  this patriotic porch.

This garden shed makeover  is amazing. I’m completely obsessed with the way she organized all her tools and potting soil.

We Tried 5 Methods for Cleaning Baking Sheets and Found a Clear Winner. 

How to Improve Your Posture While Working From Home

The Most Beautiful Place in Every US State 

A great place to buy old books for decorating  when you can’t find exactly what you need at the thrift store.

If you love blue and white, you’ll love these Keds.

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Self Discovery Books We’re Reading…

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We’re finishing up Jennie Allen’s Get Out Of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts  for our June book of the month.  I have mixed feelings about it and I know several of you feel the same way.   

For now, I’ve moved onto July’s book, The Art of Showing Up: How to be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller in the hope I’ll be able to bridge the gap between what works in theory and what works in real life.

On a side note, I’ve already started reading a bit of this one and there is some salty language so I just wanted to let you know in advance as some might find it offensive. 

We’re also reading, Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison.

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 

On the Menu this Week…

Week of June 27 – July 5

06/27 – Saturday – Creamed Corn Chicken Skillet 

06/28 – SundayClassic Italian Pasta Salad  with side of shrimp

06/29 – Monday Grilled Salmon with Peach Salsa 

06/30 – Tuesday Instapot Chicken Tacos 

07/01 – WednesdayFarmers Market Salad 

007/02 – ThursdayCrack Chicken Rice Soup 

07/03 – Friday Low Country Boil 

07/04 – Saturday 50+ 4th of July Recipes 

07/05 – SundayZucchini Tart  or Tomato Cheese Pie 

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

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

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Eyelet Dress Ice Cream Maker DIY Star Garland  New Americana  

Flag GarlandPool FloatBowl Set Napkin Set Puff Sleeve Tee 

Earrings Sleeveless Blouse Black Women in History Tee  

Bead Necklace Sandals Beverage Dispenser Mesh Food Covers 

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

Quick & Easy Summer Lavender Basket 

Master Bedroom Refresh at Bliss Barracks 

Simple Summer Movie Night Ideas

Tips & Tricks for a Simple Patriotic Tablescape 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

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

  • 06/27 – Your Car
  • 07/04 – Organize Your Purse, Wallet & Update Your Phone Contacts
  • 07/11 – Garden Supplies/Potting Shed
  • 07/18 – Garage, Attic or Basement
  • 07/25 – Kids Room or Guest Room

Upcoming Blog Posts and Dates to Remember…

  • 07/01 – Order cards and gifts for July birthdays
  • 07/02 – Made in the USA Day
  • 07/04 – Independence Day (US)
  • 07/07 – Chocolate Day
  • 07/09 – National Sugar Cookie Day
  • 07/11 – Vintage & Antique Farmhouse Basket Blog Hop
  • 07/12 – National Pecan Day
  • 07/15 – Tax Day (US)
  • 07/21 – National Junk Food Day
  • 07/22 – Summer Leisure Day
  • 07/30 – Paperback Book 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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