From the Front Porch

Happy Thursday from the front porch, you guys!

Popping in early today as we gear up to commemorate Good Friday and celebrate all the festivities that come with the Easter holiday weekend. 

My sister is hosting her annual Saturday Mourning breakfast for our pod Saturday, and following church on Sunday afternoon, we’re planning a fun egg hunt for my parents and the littles.  I can barely contain my excitement thinking about my Dad hunting eggs ?

While the pandemic restrictions in our counties have expired we’re definitely still taking precautions as if they were still in place until we’re all vaccinated.  Thankfully, all our activities are outdoor activities including dining!

I have just a few more eggs to stuff, a couple of cakes to make, and a basket to put together for Piper and then we’ll be good to go. 

I know a lot of you weren’t able to see your families last year either so if you plan on hosting or traveling, I hope your time together is richly blessed. 

If you’re grieving a loved one or can’t be with family and friends right now for whatever reason, I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I know it’s not always easy to navigate the holidays during seasons of loss so I’ll definitely be lifting you up. 

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

An Easter-inspired home tour so beautiful it easily bridges the gap between spring and summer.

The post that made me want to buy egg flats. So gorgeous, right?

This post, A Few Last Minute Easter Ideas to Help This Weekend, has one of my most favorite Spring and Easter DIYs of all time!  

These carrots are so cute, I’d keep them out all season.

Speaking of which, I’d keep these eggs out all season too.

This is such a fun take on naked cakes.

This garden-themed spring home tour is filled with vintage goodies and pops of cheery color.

If you love all things garden and jadeite, you’ll love this pretty tablescape.

How to Make Easy Vintage Seed Packet Crafts 

Obsessed with these beautiful flower container ideas.

This chippy cabinet is the stuff treasure hunting dreams are made of!

and finally, wait until you see the fabulous piece of wall art in this spring home tour.  Pure genius and so pretty too! 

Words to Live By…

Listening to This Week…

One of my Mom’s favorite songs is Hallelujah written by Leonard Cohen and performed by so many fabulous artists over the years.

This week she found an Easter version that walks you through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ I had never heard before. It’s sung by a sister duo and they sound really pretty together.  

Watching This Week…

Audrey: More Than an Icon  

I watched this on Netflix last weekend and it was SO good and yet so heartbreaking all at the same time.  I was literally searching for tissues by the end – what an inspirational life! 

April Book of the Month…

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In case you missed it, our last 2 books were a lot to process so we’re choosing this short read, The Four Agreements, plus a home décor book. I chose Patina Homes but since it doesn’t come out until late April, I’m pretty sure Home Stories will be in my Easter basket ?

You can find our most recent list of home decor books coming out here and last year’s book of the month list here. 

On the Menu this Week…

Week of April 4 – April 11

04/04 Sunday 85 Easter Dinner Ideas Your Family Will Love  and 70+ Easter Desserts That Are Almost Too Adorable to Eat 

04/05 Monday Greek Chicken Bowls 

04/06 TuesdayBaja Fish Tacos

04/07 Wednesday – Black Bean Mason Jar Salad 

04/08 ThursdayPotato and Cauliflower Soup with Chef Salad 

04/09 FridayHoney Mustard Brats 

04/10 SaturdaySheet Pan Chicken Pot Pie 

04/11 Sunday Poblano Cream Pasta with Shrimp 

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Banana Streusel Coffee Cake 

Spring Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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Blouse * EarringsRuffle Euro ShamAll-Weather Wicker Set 

Sandals * Smocked DressBookSalt Cellar 

Boxwood TreesShower OilRain JacketPatio Umbrella 

Beverage BottlesPet Hair RemoverRugSweater 

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

Egg Basket Flower Arrangement

How to Decorate a Store-Bought Cake for Easter

Encouragement of the Month: The Joy List

Our Spring Home Tour

Our Spring Porch Tour

 April Bucket List…

  • Celebrate Easter & April Birthdays with Family
  • Make an Entire Meal from the Farmer’s Market 
  • Take a New Profile Picture
  • Order New Make up Brushes
  • Decide on Guest Bedroom and Breakfast Nook Fabric
  • Revamp and Reorganize the Refrigerator 
  • Paint the Porch Swing 
  • Get Vaccinated
  • Celebrate the End of Tax Season & Earth Day
  • Read the Book of the Month 
  • Keep Sunday Sacred

Simplified & Organized Home Focus This Month

Linen Closets/Laundry Room/Dining Room

  • 04/03 Linen Closets 
  • 04/10 Laundry Room
  • 04/17 Entry or Mudroom
  • 04/24 Dining Room & Dining Room Hutch/Buffet

Dates to Remember…

  • 04/01 – Buy April Birthday and Special Occasion Gifts
  • 04/01 – National Burrito Day (no foolin’)
  • 04/02 – Good Friday
  • 04/04 – Easter Sunday
  • 04/10 – National Siblings Day
  • 04/11 – National Pet Day
  • 04/15 – National Tax Day (extended to May 17)

TCG Housekeeping Notes & Upcoming Posts…

I’m almost finished with the April posting calendar but if there is something specific you want to see this month, please let me know.  So far, I’ve gotten multiple requests for organization, how to put together kitchen vignettes, easy decorating ideas, and transitioning from spring to summer. 

We’ve also gotten several requests to darken the font/content on our blog posts, which we have completed. I’ve already tried it on several different devices (android and ios) and it seems to be ok but I have an old phone so please let me know if you see any changes. 

That’s all for now!

As always, we appreciate you so much and we hope your holiday 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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14 Comments

  1. Happy Easter week! Thanks so much for the link back! You’re awesome!!

    Have so much fun Easter egg hunting and enjoy every second.

    Cindy

    1. You are so welcome, Cindy! I hope your holiday weekend is a fun one as well. Love these beautiful eggs so much. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Thank you for adding my last minute Easter post to yours. That was very sweet and totally unexpected! Loved Robyn’s tour as well. I’d never seen her blog before. Some super cute stuff there! Loved everything I clicked on. So much inspo! Thanks again and Happy Easter!

    1. You are so welcome, Cindy, glad to include you any time! You always have such a sweet way of lifting others up and you are crazy creative too. I learn so much from you. By the way, the swatch came and it is T.I.N.Y ? Big hugs and happy Easter, CoCo

  3. Happy Easter my friend!! Several years ago, my daughter hid Easter eggs for us! It was hilarious, enjoy your mom and dad!

    1. That is so exciting to hear, Cheryl! My Dad kind of has the personality of Rambo or Patton because he was in the military for so long so I can’t wait to see him hunt for eggs. The littles are going to lose it in the best possible way ? Big hugs and happy Easter weekend, CoCo

  4. Thank you for the links this week, CoCo. I was following several of them already but I love finding new inspiration. Happy Easter to you and your family.

    1. So excited you found some new accounts to follow. I swear these ladies inspire me all the time! Hugs and Happy Easter to you and your family as well, CoCo

  5. Thank you for the fabulous links this week, CoCo,and have fun with the egg hunt for your parents and being with your family.

    1. Thank you so much, Bonnie! We had a great time and the egg hunt was a success. My sisters and I all voted to make it an annual tradition. Hugs, CoCo

  6. So much wonderful inspiration this week, CoCo! Thank you so much for sharing my Banana Cake! I hope you and yours enjoy it! Happy Easter!

    1. Thank you so much, Christine! We had a great Easter and I hope you and your family did as well. All your recipes have been a big hit with picky eaters which makes me feel like you should totally get an award. Hugs and happy week, CoCo

  7. I just love reading your “From the front porch” posts CoCo. And thank you so much for sharing my container post. That was such a fun surprise. Happy Easter my friend.

    1. You are so welcome, Kim! You constantly inspire me with your creativity. I love to see what you’re up to and I’m excited to call you a friend. I hope your Easter weekend was filled with love and laughter, CoCo

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