From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch, you guys. I hope your week has been a special one. 

When S asked me what I wanted to be the featured imagine for today’s post, I immediately thought of depicting someone needing a fourth cup of coffee while simultaneously trying to come up for air.

I had zero plans to take this week off the blog, but it just couldn’t be helped.

While we were away last weekend my baby sister found us a sweet surprise – a two-year-old wire-haired Jack Russell terrier rescue.  

She’s such a cutie pie but she’s a little wild thing.

I’ve spent most of the week telling her to get off the tops of the tables, replacing an expensive pair of wireless earbuds, making sure she can’t pull items off the countertops (she can jump almost 4 feet already), battling crate training at night, praying she sleeps past 315 am, puppy proofing the house, and searching for the best brain and chew toys on Amazon.

All our dogs lived to be 17, 18 and 19 so it’s been quite a while since we’ve had a puppy.

I’ll share more once we get to know each other better.  Until then I’m all ears if you have any tips, tricks or puppy suggestions!

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

The beautiful portfolio of Artichoke, Ltd. Those stunning doors, right?

Cottage Getaway: Mountain Modern Meets Cashiers Charm 

A modern farmhouse layered with tons of gorgeous texture.  

This Nantucket Beach House is the stuff vacation dreams are made of!

I can’t get over this DIY nightstand

Speaking of DIY, would you ever paint your roof?

17 Key Elements to Achieving an English Cottage Look 

This French Capsule Wardrobe feels totally doable.

How to Create a Dreamy Flower Garden When You’re Limited on Space 

23 of the Best Ways to Add Curb Appeal for the Best Front Yard on the Block 

Who Will You Impact Today? 

The Rest Manifesto I desperately needed to read this week.

 Words to Live By…

Watching This Week…

Does anyone else plan to watch this interview? I’m so on the fence. 

March Book of the Month…

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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

On the Menu this Week…

03/07 Sunday: Turkey and Spinach Veggie Lasagna 

03/08 Monday: Sweet and Sticky Vegetable Stir Fry 

03/9 Tuesday: Chipotle Chicken Tacos 

03/10 Wednesday: Citrus Avocado Salad with Orange Tahini Vinaigrette 

03/11 Thursday: Lemony Greek Chicken Soup 

03/12 Friday: Crab Cakes with Green Tomato Slaw 

03/13 Saturday: Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken 

03/14 Sunday: French Onion Beef Casserole  (don’t forget to include some pie for National Pi Day)

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

55 Delicious Pies Recipes for Every Season 

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

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Kaftan * Bunny PlateNecklaceTowels

Pink Egg Salad PlateMidi DressBunnyDaffodils 

PillowSoapBabydoll DressBasket

Door MatVolcano CandlePlanterFloral Dress 

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

Simple Spring Porch Tour

DIY Dutch Tulip Crate

White Washing Terracotta Pots with Chalk Paint 

How to Make a Flower Market Sign 

5 Elements of a Cottage Garden 

How to Clean a Ceramic Glazed Birdbath

March Bucket List…

  • Stop waiting
  • Abundance focused morning pages
  • Spice over sugar and salt
  • Walk during lunch
  • Decorate the house for Spring
  • Replant container gardens on the front porch
  • Shop for Easter basket gifts
  • Read the book of the month
  • Buy new bra and panty sets
  • Get a fresh cut
  • Keep Sundays sacred

Simplified & Organized Home Focus This Month

Cleaning Schedule, Self-Care, and Healthy Routines

  • 03/06 Master Bedroom
  • 03/13 Master Bedroom Drawers
  • 03/20 Master Bedroom Closet & Accessories
  • 03/27 Master Bathroom Cabinets and Countertops

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember & Upcoming Posts…

  • 03/05 – National Day of Unplugging
  • 03/13 – Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop
  • 03/14 – Daylight Savings Time Begins, National Pi Day 
  • 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!

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

Many blessings,


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  1. Coco,

    These dogs have tons of energy. Here’s a phrase I learned when our twin pups were 10 weeks old.


    Nylabones are a dogs best friend they chew. Get interactive toys that make noise to keep interest.

    This will hopefully tire the little one out.

    The other take it out the same time the same way to learn where to go to let you know it’s time to go out.


    1. Such great tips, Cindy, thank you! I’ve heard of Nylabones before but I’ve never tried them so I will definitely pick some up this weekend. We bought her an intermediate level brain puzzle based on her age but she figured it out in less than a minute so we probably should have gotten the advanced one ? She LOVES to be outside but we don’t have a fenced-in area for her to play yet and she’s lightning fast so there is NO way I would leave her to explore these 3 acres. She’s a cutie pie so we’ll keep working with her until we can find what works. If we were in any other situation we’d get her someone to play with but with all our trips to the mountains, it might just be too much. Sending you hugs and thank yous for your suggestions, CoCo

  2. LOL….Jack Russells are right there at the top of the ‘crazy scale’ for dogs. So high energy but adorable and horribly smart—prepare to be RULED by this puppy. We had visitors for a week a corgi (puppy) and a dachsund and just went through the same thing for a week. My BF had busted sewer pipes and they had to be removed from the mess and all the workmen. Cute post—and yes, I didn’t get squat done on the blog last week either!
    Fun reality post!

    1. Thank you so much for this comment, Sandi, I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve felt normal all week ? What a sweet gift to offer your home to your bestie and her furry family. I know it must have been so stressful to have to go through busted sewer pipes and everything that comes with all the clean-up. We’ve had 2 previous JRTs (one rescued at 2 and one rescued at 7) The 7-year-old was super sweet, and honestly, I think she was so thankful to be off the streets she didn’t give us a minute of trouble. The 2-year-old was also a wild woman but she didn’t jump on every possible surface and I was 20 years younger so it didn’t seem to phase me as much. She also took naps ? Fingers crossed next week is better for us both. Sending you hugs – hang in there, CoCo

  3. A few things going through my mind. Number one – we had to put to sleep one of our dogs two days ago and even though I’ve cried more tears than I ever thought (ugh, here I go again), you and that adorable puppy made my heart smile today. Thank you. Number two – looking at that magnificent Nantucket beach house was a jaw dropper! I think what I loved the most was all of the live stems they put everywhere. And how pristinely clean it looked. Very impressive! All of our bushes and trees look deader than dead after the winter storm so I’m wondering how far will I need to drive to snip (possibly steal) some that look alive. Number three – I always look forward to this post and all the amazing links. I know how much work that is. Big hugs and enjoy that pup!

    1. I’m so heartbroken to know you’ve lost a loved one, Cindy. We’ve gone through that same experience a few times now and I can appreciate how raw you feel. Even in the most humane of circumstances, I know it’s a hard and painful decision. I read a few days ago, grief is love with no place to go and it’s really true. So, be sure to give yourself lots of TLC and grace. I’m sending you tons of hugs and prayers as you go through your grief journey. And I’ll ask Tally, Jelly Bean, and Filbie to give your sweet pup some extra love on the rainbow bridge, CoCo

  4. What a cutie!! So nice to hear you rescued her! Sorry, no tips here. We have an older dog that needs to go outside about every 4 hours or he pees in the house. I feel like I have a puppy sometimes, lol! Sounds like you have had a very busy month so far, hope you get to relax soon! Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I can totally relate to that situation, Cheryl. Our dogs were very close in age 17, 18, 19 and it can definitely be brutal sometimes. I tell people all the time senior dogs are no joke ? Cheering you on as we both hang in there and nurture them through all the stages. The unconditional love of a dog is one of the sweetest gifts we get to enjoy ❤ BIg hugs, CoCo

  5. Oh my goodness, CoCo! You’ve had quite the week getting to know that sweet little girl! I don’t think I have any new tips to give that you probably don’t already know raising your other blessing fur babies. Love and the bond you’ve already created will only get stronger and all these ‘crazy’ times will be forgotten soon enough! Bless you for giving this sweet pup the AMAZING life she’s about to have! Sending hugs! Now I’m off to see all the wonderful inspiration you collect for us each week!

    1. It’s been quite a week, Christine. She’s a handful but thankfully every day gets a little better. She has changed our lives already and it’s going to be fun to get to know her as time goes by. She knows her own mind and definitely articulates her feelings well ? I love her sweet spunk already ❤ Sending you lots of hugs for a happy week, CoCo

  6. I love the first picture! Oh my goodness! So cute and funny! The dog looks precious, but like he might be a handful. HEHE. I love the white washed pots and the flower market sign. Definitely need to try both of those. I have a ton of pots that could use a sprucing up. I hope you are recovered from your trip and hope you have a great week! xoxo

    1. That sweet little Piper has definitely given us a run for our money ? She is so sweet and you can tell she wants desperately wants to be trusting but is just not quite sure yet. Thankfully, we have plenty of time to let her go at her own pace and keep her strong independent streak. Those whitewashed pots were super easy to make and they have weathered nicely too. We keep the sign inside but several others have tried the same technique for their potting shed and love it out there too. If you try that idea, just be sure to put an exterior sealant on it so it will last. Especially, if you are in a part of the country with inclement weather. Hugs for a happy week, CoCo

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