From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch, you guys, I hope your week has been joy and purpose-filled!

Can you believe it’s Valentine’s Day weekend already?

Do you have anything fun planned?

I had dinner with my first Valentines (my parents) last night. We have brunch and bookstore plans tomorrow, and if the weather holds out a low key visit to the zoo as well. 

 Mostly, I’m hoping for a weekend of blue skies, breakfast in bed, lazy naps, finishing the book of the month, and baking heart-shaped sugar cookies with lots of sprinkles.

I ran into Lowes the other day and stopped by the garden center. They don’t have a huge selection of flowers yet but I spotted the most amazing ornamental kale plants. 

It’s such a small thing but it had me all kinds of excited for Spring. Truthfully, it will be here before we know it!

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

These would be so cute to make this weekend.

This is such a fun idea and would make a fabulous last-minute Valentine’s Day gift idea too! 

A Storied Texan Home by Mark D. Sikes 

Style Profile: Amy Berry (all those amazing prints, right?)

A Fairytale Home Saved from the Wrecking Ball 

This home theater transformation is bananas.  I mean, it doesn’t even look like the same space kind of bananas!

How to Make 8-foot Ceilings Feel Taller 

Joanna Gaines Takes AD Inside Her TV Kitchen and it’s such a fun peek into her life.

A gorgeous garden in the Cotswolds 

What to do with your garden in February 

5 Ideas for layering + 13 outfits to copy 

17 One Minute Habits That Will Change Your Life 

This 23-Minute Ritual Is the Best Way to Start Your Day According to Science 

How to Be an Assertive Person Without Being Too Pushy 

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…

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

02/15 – Monday: Chipotle Rubbed Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner 

02/16 – Tuesday: Fat Tuesday Recipes to Help You Celebrate Mardi Gras 

02/17 – Wednesday: Mediterranean Greek Salad with Hummus 

02/18 – Thursday: Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup 

02/19 – Friday: Fish and Chips 

02/20 – Saturday: Black Beans & Cauliflower Rice with 1905 Salad

02/21 – Sunday: Mushroom Penne Pasta with Walnut Pesto

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Quick and Easy King Cake 

Blue and White Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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Striped SweatshirtFaux FernHair MaskWindow Cleaning Cloths 

Tulips * RugSlipcoverHandbag 

Powder Blue Duvet Set * LampPJsEucalyptus Stems 

Throw Pillow * Rain BootsSteam CleanerBath Towel 

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

DIY French Country Mantel Art 

How to Style a Glass Display Cabinet

How to Make Valentine’s Day Poppers 

Quick and Easy Conversation Heart Vase 

DIY Candy Tacklebox

(I’m pretty sure I got Aunt of the Year with this one ? the littles loved it)

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 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…

  • 02/13 – Galentine’s Day
  • 02/14 – Valentine’s Day
  • 02/15 – President’s Day (US)
  • 02/16 – Fat Tuesday
  • 02/17 – Ash Wednesday
  • 02/24 – Spring Seasonal Challenge Blog Hop
  • 03/13 – Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop
  • 03/14 – Daylight Savings Time Begins 
  • 03/17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  • 03/23 – Spring Home Tour 
  • 04/04 – Easter Sunday

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. Your weekend plans sound lovely! Happy Valentines to you and yours! Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much, Christine! Hope your weekend is richly blessed as well. Happy Valentine’s Day, CoCo

  2. I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your parents – such a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, CoCo! And I hope your spring is just around the corner, it’s my favourite season (I say, as we start heading into autumn here in Australia).

    1. Thank you, Katerina! We don’t live in the same town so it’s fun to see my parents any time of the year but especially on Valentine’s Day. I hope your celebration was joy-filled too. It’s been a wild winter over here so we’re all kind of excited for spring to arrive. Hope you’re ready to ease into Autumn and celebrate all the season has to offer. Hugs, CoCo

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