From the Front Porch

Happy Friday, from the front porch!

I hope your first week of February has been a blessed one.  

Last night as I was recapping the week and filling in my gratitude list, I wrote, “This is what January should feel like.” 

I can’t even explain the fresh start February has gifted us already, but it’s been life-giving. 

I’ve been working on lots of projects behind the scenes and after a guilt-free weekend retreat, I feel like a million bucks ? 

While I know life stuff will get in the way as we continue into February, just taking the time to reframe the month and our expectations, refocus our energy on what’s needed most, and reclaiming self-care time have helped tremendously. 

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store for the mantel in the living room…

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

Loved this beautiful garden-inspired Valentine’s Day tablescape with Kim and this gorgeous Galentine’s Day celebration with Stacy. I swear they come up with the most creative ideas no matter what the season!

How This Family Created a Floating Summer Home Out of a 1980s Tugboat 

A home tour 3 years in the making and totally worth the wait!

The super cute bunk beds we need at Loblolly for the littles.

The stunning kitchen dreams are made of.

Speaking of dreams, this gorgeous before and after bathroom makeover is bananas!

The 100-Year-Old Workman’s Cottage I need at the pecan grove.

How to Set Your Table Like the French 

The Best Anti-Aging Eye Creams for Women Over 40  

A complexion smoothie for breakfast? Yes, please!

The Exact Order You Should Apply All Your Makeup 

The 5 Step Kitchen Cleaning Plan that feels totally doable.

8 Foods That Help You Sleep 

9 Essential French Country Design and Décor Ideas 

12 Week No Gym Home Workout Plan 

Words to Live By…


 February Book of the Month…

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Dirt: Growing Strong Roots in What Makes the Broken Beautiful by Mary Marantz


On the Menu this Week…

02/08 – Monday: One Pan Greek Style Easy Baked Chicken Dinner 

02/09 – Tuesday: 7 Recipes to Celebrate National Pizza Day 

02/10 – Wednesday: Skinny Taco Salad 

02/11 – Thursday: Light Broccoli Cheddar Soup 

02/12 – Friday: Chinese New Year Menu Ideas 

02/13 – Saturday: Galentine’s Day Inspired Charcuterie Board 

02/14 – Sunday: 60 Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas 

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

55 Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

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

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Plaid PJsFaux Fur ThrowCoffee MakerEarrings 

SlippersBlouseTea SetFacial Steamer 

Highball GlassesDocument HolderSweaterBracelet 

Waffle Maker * MugKeyboard & MouseConversation Cards 

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

Vintage Valentine’s Dessert Buffet 

DIY Valentine Inspired Bath Bombs

Vintage Valentine Gift Ideas 

17 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February Bucket List…

  • Wake up at the same time each morning
  • Journal before work
  • Walk or bike 45 mins each day
  • Mg supplement and stretching before bed
  • Order and deliver Valentine’s Day goodies
  • Reclaim afternoon teatime
  • Learn new camera
  • Plan Spring home décor and porch projects
  • Buy a cooling mattress pad
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Watch Season 2 Dream Home Makeover 
  • Host Sunday Suppers with candlelight
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

Simplified & Organized Home Focus This Month

Cleaning Schedule, Self-Care, and Healthy Routines:

  • 02/06 Establish or Continue Morning Routine & Workout Routine
  • 02/13 Establish or Continue Nightly Routine with 15 Minute Clutter Catcher
  • 02/20 Continue or Tweak Cleaning Schedule
  • 02/27 Declutter and Refresh Breakfast Nook

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember & Upcoming Posts…

  • 02/07 – Super Bowl Sunday
  • 02/09 – National Pizza Day
  • 02/12 – Chinese New Year (Year of the Ox)
  • 02/13 – Galentine’s Day
  • 02/14 – Valentine’s Day
  • 02/15 – President’s Day (US)
  • 02/16 – Fat Tuesday
  • 02/17 – Ash Wednesday

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. Coco I love this post! There’s so much great inspiration for Valentine’s Day! I’m loving the menu!!!! Thanks so much for including me! Have the best weekend! xoxoxo

    1. You are so welcome, Stacy. I’m always inspired by how creative you are no matter what the season. Hope you’ve had the best week, CoCo

  2. I SO agree on trying to give ourselves more self-care! I started to focus more on this as well. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to with your mantel! It will be gorgeous I’m sure! Bookmarked several of your articles. They all look so interesting! Have a great weekend! Hugs!

    1. I always feel TONS better after I give myself a break but I’m horrible at it, Christine. I definitely want to get better though because I know taking regular breaks is good for your mind, body, and spirit too. We might have to keep each other accountable ? Hope you enjoy all the links and you have the best weekend. Hugs, CoCo

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