From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch, you guys! 

There’s no way I could start this post without saying a HUGE thank you to everyone who dropped by and left a comment on our Christmas Home Tour post yesterday.  Your sweet support and kind words blew me away and I’m beyond grateful for each and every one of you.  

I feel like this week is always a busy one as we try to tie up loose ends for work while simultaneously prepping for Christmas. 

Almost every time I called my Mom this week she was either picking up something from the store or wrapping gifts in Santa’s Workshop ?

How are things with you this week?

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

There are way too many beautiful homes in this portfolio to share just one!

Danielle’s seaside home tour is always so pretty. That gorgeous hutch in the dining room, right?

My sweet friend Kim has a festive Christmas cottage home tour by the water too.

The holiday tablescape I can’t stop thinking about from a new to me blog. Follow on Instagram here.

Loved this tabletop tree from Judith so much!

Lots of beautiful layers of greenery in this home tour and this one too.

I’ve never tried this before, but Jayne makes it look like so much fun.

Such a creative idea from Shelley, What to Do with Leftover Cranberries.

Speaking of creative, have you seen these ornaments yet? I’ve already pinned them for next year.

Love this elegant yet simple gift idea that can be given now or throughout the year.

Can you even with this Gingerbread House Tea Party? I could hang out there in a heartbeat.

The Perfect Place for A Cup of Tea 

A festive take on window shopping. 

As an introvert, I really appreciated this post.

So excited about this and the promise of this – they both seem like such a great way to end the year!

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Watching this Week…

Are any of you watching, Virgin River on Netflix?  We finished Season 2 and I’m so glad it’s been picked up for Season 3 because it ended on a total cliffhanger!

On a side note, make sure you watch Season 1 before moving onto Season 2, so it all makes sense if you have no idea what I’m talking about ?

Self-Discovery Journey: Books We’re Reading…

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After almost a year of tips & tricks and how to’s, our December book of the month, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun, and Be Your Own Person has been a fun change of pace.

I was on the phone with my accountability partner the other day and she said her favorite part of the book (other than it was well written) was how relatable and authentic Shonda Rhimes is when she’s sharing each story.

January Book of the Month:

The Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything

On the Menu this Week…

Week of December 13 – December 19

Planning Ahead for Christmas:

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

42 Christmas Cookie Recipes to try this holiday season.

Last-Minute Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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SneakersBlanketSunglassesGlamorous Wash Gift Set 

Silk PillowcaseEarringsScarfCoat 

Barrettes *  Stackable Jewelry TraysShirtMini Fridge 

Rechargeable Lighter * Microwavable SlippersPurse Organizer 


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…

Christmas Bedroom Inspiration

DIY Gingerbread Snowflake Ornament 

Outdoor Christmas Tablescape 

Effortless Christmas Home Tour 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ll be working on in the month of December 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…

  • 12/12 USPS Shipping Deadline for Christmas Delivery
  • 12/13 National Cocoa Day
  • 12/19 National Wreaths Across America Day 
  • 12/19 – January 3 TCG Out of Office on Holiday 
  • 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. I’m still trying to recover from your previous post so forgive me if this comment is a jumbled mess! I look forward to checking out this week’s inspiration. Thank you so much, my friend! God Bless.

    1. You’re so sweet, Christine, thank you! It’s been such a wild year I figured we might need a little extra dose of Christmas cheer. Enjoy the links and have a fabulous weekend friend, CoCo

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