From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch, you guys! I hope your week has been a fun one as we ease into the month of December. 

I spent most of the week working on our end of the year checklist and trying to create little “moments” around the house. 

Nothing too big or wild and crazy, just a little something to make us smile as we prepare our hearts and home to celebrate the holiday season.

A definite highlight of the week was receiving word it had snowed at the cabin early this week.

While I grieve the fact we weren’t there to see it in person, it gave us such a sweet boost of Christmas cheer. And made me want to immediately change into plaid pajamas and pull out the Santa mugs.

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

If you love Holiday Home Tours, this week is probably your favorite week of the entire year ?

Don’t Miss:

This Christmas home tour is such a pretty testament to how we celebrate the holidays in the South.

A peek inside how Windsor Castle is decorated for Christmas this year.

Speaking of which, this Queen Elizabeth Gift Guide is a fun read.

This post, 48 Christmas Decorating ideas had me ready to add even more layers of greenery around the house.

My sweet friend Brooke of Farmhouse 1820 was working on her garden house at the same time I was working on The Crowned Goat Cottage and she has it all dressed up for the holidays.  Check out all the details plus the video of the Garden House Christmas Tour, here. 

My cousins are always so sweet to pass along articles they think I’ll love (Thank you, Brian and Marti) and this would make such a fun DIY and cute gift idea.

Can we all just agree the Swedes nail simple elegance at the holidays every year …swoon.

Hold your heart if you love French Country Christmas ideas too.

A winter bucket list filled with fabulous (and totally doable) ideas.

Super excited about the 3rd Annual Kindness Campaign from Wit & Whimsy!

40 Simple Yet Beautiful Moments You Forget to Appreciate 

What did you think about this preview?

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Watching Lately…

I don’t watch a lot of TV but cheesy movies during the holidays are definitely a guilty pleasure.

Our favorites so far have been: 

  • Season 4 of The Crown
  • Christmas Chronicles 2
  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (S wants me to preface this by saying there are a lot of music and dancing scenes ?)

Self-Discovery Journey: Books We’re Reading…

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So excited to carve out a bit of extra time to read our December book of the month, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person. While it doesn’t have as many tips as the other books we’ve been reading, it’s going to be fun to follow along on all the adventures she encounters along the way. 

On the Menu this Week…

Week of December 6 – December 12

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies 

Fun Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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BlanketScissor SetPulloverSneakers 

Slippers * Pouch SetCookie SheetsMini Projector 

Book * WeekenderCameraJelly Bracelets 

Tree Skirt * Hanging SnowflakesMassagerFlameless Candle Set 

Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guides – 9 in All

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

Effortless Christmas Entry Decor 

Quick & Easy Christmas Sleigh Centerpiece 

Simple Christmas Wreath Ideas 

Chocolate Covered Oreo Snowflake Cookies

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

  • 12/05 – Mail Christmas Packages
  • 12/12 – Finalize Christmas Menu & Grocery List
  • 12/19 – Purchase New Planner & Set Goals for the New Year
  • 12/26 – Holiday Storage Items

Dates to Remember and Upcoming Posts…

  • 12/04 National Cookie Day
  • 12/09 Christmas Card Day  
  • 12/10 Christmas Home Tour Blog Hop
  • 12/10 Chanukah Begins
  • 12/12 USPS Shipping Deadline for Christmas Delivery
  • 12/13 National Cocoa Day
  • 12/19 National Wreaths Across America Day 
  • 12/24 Christmas Eve
  • 12/25 Christmas Day
  • 12/26 Boxing Day
  • 12/26 Kwanzaa Begins
  • 12/31 New Years Eve

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. Yes, Swedes do amazing Christmas! Visit Maison Decor. She does amazing Christmas.


  2. We just finished watching the last season of The Crown over Thanksgiving weekend! Oh my goodness I just LOVE it! I love all of the Christmas inspiration you’ve gathered together and can hardly wait to delve in on my lunch break! Thanks so much for putting your heart and soul into every post!

    1. So exciting to hear that you liked The Crown too! I just saw a photo of all the decorations outside of Buckingham Palace and there are actual crowns on the trees. We could totally rock those in our homes too 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

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