From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch, you guys.

I’ll be completely honest, this week has been kind of a roller coaster.  After riding the high of Easter weekend (my parents loved the egg hunt we put together for them), I fully expected to get back on track Monday and finish out the week strong.

What I got instead was a week filled with so many highs and lows the only way to adequately process it all is by making a list of roses and thorns, bathing in grace, and purposely doing the next right thing. 

I’m hoping to take the weekend to regroup but I totally get why so many people (especially, fellow bloggers) are checking into hotels for a “weekend staycation” and a “think break” alone ?

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

New to me (and maybe to you too) design portfolios:

A Derelict Classroom Becomes an Incredible Kitchen 

The Most Stylish Places in the Cotswolds 

6 Shows to Stream If You Love Gardening 

This post totally blew my mind! Is that creative or what!

Speaking of creative, have you seen this super cute laundry room makeover yet?

Fun and Family Friendly Events at Lowes This Season 

Skincare Ingredients You Should Not Mix 

The Most Genius Royal Family Fashion Hacks of All Time 

Words to Live By…

Watching This Week…

Has anyone started watching Atlantic Crossing on PBS yet? It looks like it’s going to be a good one.

April Book of the Month…

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In case you missed it, our last 2 books have a lot to get through so we’re choosing this short read, The Four Agreements, (just a heads up, it starts out SUPER woo woo) plus a home décor book.

I chose Patina Homes but since it doesn’t come out until late April but I’ve already started reading Home Stories and I love it! 

On the Menu this Week…

Week of April 11 – April 18

04/11 Sunday Poblano Cream Pasta with Shrimp 

04/12 Monday Slow-Roasted Citrus Salmon with a side of asparagus

04/13 TuesdayVegetarian Slow Roasted Portabella Mushroom Enchiladas 

04/14 WednesdayBBQ Ranch Chicken Salad 

04/15 ThursdayGreens and Beans Soup 

04/16 FridaySaucy Tahini Noodles with Honey’d Sweet Potatoes 

04/17 Saturday Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas (you could also try shrimp or steak)

04/18 SundayThe Best Healthy Turkey Lasagna You’ll Ever Eat (excited to see if that claim is true) 

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Salted Brown Butter Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies 

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

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Cup and Saucer SetRugNapkin RingsShirt 

Storage CaddyDinner PlatesNap DressSteam Cleaner 

Eucalyptus BranchesLace TopMeal Prep ContainersTable 

Striped DressPatio ChairsBraceletDrinking Glasses 

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

Spring at The Crowned Goat Cottage

How to Repurpose Old Wall Art Into a Chalkboard 

French Country Desk Makeover 

Quick and Easy 5 Minute Topiary

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 Makeup 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

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember & Upcoming Posts…

  • 04/10 – National Siblings Day
  • 04/11 – National Pet Day
  • 04/15 – National Tax Day (extended to May 17)
  • 04/22 – Earth Day 

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. Atlantic Crossing sounds like a great show that I will check out. Thanks for all of the inspiration, and I do hope you have a better week!!!

    1. I’m only a few episodes in so far, Maria, but it’s a good one! It’s definitely been a wild week. Fingers crossed I can catch up this weekend and get back on track. Hope your weekend is purpose-filled too. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Rachel! I hope your week has been a special one. Hugs, CoCo

  2. I loved your tutorial for how to repurpose wall art into a chalkboard. This is such a lovely and timeless decor piece! I hope this week is filled with more joy and less thorns!!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet and kind words, Heidi, I really appreciate them. Big hugs, CoCo

  3. We’ve been so busy over here trying to get this house ready to sell I totally get what you mean by needing a vacation! Ugh! Finally taking a wee break so I can’t wait to check out all your inspiration! I’ve missed it! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start! Hugs!

    1. I know it’s a lot of extra work, Christine, but it’s definitely going to pay off. I can’t wait to follow along on all your adventures. I’ve loved all the projects and home improvements you guys have done so far. It looks so good. Hugs, CoCo

  4. Hi Coco,

    Hooe you had successful down time. Piper’s picture is adorable.


    1. Thank you, Cindy! She was a MAJOR handful at first but after two months, I think she’s starting to warm up to us. We talk about what a blessing she has been in our lives all the time. Hugs, CoCo

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