From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch! 

I’m quickly popping in today as our pod is headed to the Lowcountry to celebrate my baby sister’s milestone birthday.

My sweet brother-in-law surprised us by renting a house a few hours away so we could all be together. 

I can literally count on one hand the number of places I’ve been since the pandemic began so I’m super excited to see everyone and celebrate my sister. 

It feels like there are a lot of changes happening behind the scenes and it will be nice to get away for a bit and relax. 

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

An elegant modern traditional home tour.

A charm-filled estate perfectly curated by James T Farmer.

The gorgeous portfolio of Artichoke, Ltd. 

Cara, a New Hotel in Los Angeles, Is the Epitome of Laidback California Cool 

Revisiting Designer Betsy Brown 

This beautiful vignette has me all kinds of ready for Spring

A New Year Action Plan for Your Garden 

How to Reset This Spring Based on Your Love Language 

The Real Reason We All Want to Decorate Like Parisians, According to Experts 

Loved this post by confidence crusader, Caralyn Mirand Koch

How to Have Your Healthiest Year Ever 

30 At-Home Workouts You Can Do on Your Lunch Break 

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

We’ll be reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert in March.

On the Menu this Week…

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

02/22 – Monday: One Pan Healthy Italian Sausage and Veggies with brown rice

02/23 – Tuesday: Chicken Taquitos 

02/24 – Wednesday: Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing 

02/25 – Thursday: Slow Cooker 3 Bean Chili 

02/26 – Friday: Skinny Baked Chicken Tenders with a side salad and sweet potato fries

02/27 – Saturday: Vegetarian Kung Pao Quinoa Bowls 

02/28 – Sunday: Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta 

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Nutella Stuffed Browned Butter Blondies 

Animal Print and Neutral Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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Blouse * Vanity OrganizerWreathDecorative Mirror 

Rug * NecklaceClutchCable Organizers 

Storage Basket * Hair Rescue ShotsMulesBracelet Stack 

Dress * PillowRing Light with TripodHeadband 

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

French Gray Painted Books 

French Country Painted Planter 

17 Ways to Ease Into Spring 

19 Quick and Easy Spring Decorating Ideas 

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…

  • 02/24 – Spring Seasonal Challenge Blog Hop
  • 03/01 – Buy Cards, Special Occasion Gifts, and Start Shopping for Easter Baskets
  • 03/13 – Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop
  • 03/14 – Daylight Savings Time Begins 
  • 03/17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  • 03/20 – First Day of Spring
  • 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!

For those of you in the path of winter weather storms, we’re thinking of you and lifting you up.  I know you’re tired and weary.  Hang in there!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

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  1. Loved looking at the spring inspo this week and look forward to reading the post in Glitter Guide on Love Languages. Years ago when I read that book and later did the Bible Study, it really changed the way I saw things and dealt with disappointment. Hope you have a great weekend and I’m excited for your time with your sister and family! Bug hugs

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I think the 5 Love Languages is definitely one of those books everyone should read. They even have one for kids now too. It really helps to know how to relate and understand the needs of others and how best to meet them too. The Road Back to You is also a good one if you’re into the enneagram 🙂 Hope your weekend was a blessed one! Hugs, CoCo

  2. You have such a beautiful blog!! Enjoy your sister!

    1. Thank you so much, Cheryl, I really appreciate it! Hope your weekend was a special one, CoCo

  3. I really enjoyed the quote you shared from Andy Rooney, that is such a wonderful perspective. And your weekly menu this week is good. YUM to everything!!

    1. Thank you so much, Heidi! That Andy Rooney quote totally got me in the gut too and I’m so glad you like the menu. I’m pretty horrible in the kitchen so it’s always fun to try new recipes. Hope your week has been a fun one so far. Hugs, CoCo

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