From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch and thanks so much for the extra grace on our posts this week.

We’ve definitely needed it.

I was busy ticking things off my to-do list last Saturday afternoon when out of nowhere I got really, really sick.

I’ve basically been in bed every day since.

My best guess is that I had food poisoning of some kind because I felt fine until I had ice cream after lunch and things quickly went downhill from there.

While I’ve never been more behind on things in my life, I’ve also never been more thankful for the little things like cold glasses of ginger ale, late-night banana snacks, soft sheets, old school bed trays, and purpose-filled acts of kindness. 

I’m hoping to rally this weekend and be back on track next week.

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

The beautiful portfolio of Raquel Langworthy 

A Character Filled Victorian Colonial Revival on the Hudson River 

Lowcountry Reverie 

This Toronto Church Turned into a Dream Home is gorgeous.

Wait until you see this horse barn turned family retreat makeover. 

How to Get a Cohesive Look & Feel in Your Home 

7 Styling Tips to Give Your Home a Whole New Look (Without Spending a Dime) 

Loved the way ironstone was layered into this spring vintage porch tour. 

6 Essential Tips for Creating a Stunning Flower Arrangement according to Charlotte Moss

A Nutritionist’s Approach to Treating Burnout 

How to Pick a Workout Based on What Your Body Actually Needs 

23 Refillable Products to Try for a Less Wasteful Beauty Regimen 

Words to Live By…

Watching This Week…

Have you seen the PBS docuseries Hemingway by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick yet? Honestly, I didn’t know much about him outside of the required reading we were assigned in high school and college, so it was really interesting to find out more about the man behind the myth.  

April Book of the Month…

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I just finished our April book of the month, The Four Agreements, and while the beginning was super woo-woo it did make me think about how life-changing it would be to practice those four basic tenants on a daily basis.

I’ve also been reading, Home Stories and I love it! It’s been so much fun to hear all the stories behind the pieces she and the other homeowners chose and how you can create a home you love around special pieces of your own too.

Patina Homes is not set to arrive until late April so I’ll share more about that one as soon as I get it!  

On the Menu this Week…

Week of April 19 – April 25

04/19 – Monday Easy Wonton Soup with Baked Egg Rolls 

04/20 – Tuesday Queso Chicken with black beans and avocado

04/21 – WednesdaySmoked Salmon Avocado and Arugula Salad 

04/22 – Thursday Rigatoni Meatball Soup 

04/23 – FridaySlow Cooker Nashville Hot Chicken with a side of greens

04/24 – Saturday20 Minute Healthy Sausage & Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner 

04/25 – Sunday Chicken Mediterranean Skillet Pizza with a side salad

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Magic Cookie Bars 

Comfort Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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Bath Pillow * Epsom SaltsDiffuserPeppermint Oil 

Sheet Set * HugarrooSleeping PillowsMigraine Stick 

30 oz Tumbler * Ginger ThinsHair MaskTea 

Heating PadSteam Shot CleanerSteam MopElectric Kettle 

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

How to Create a Console Table from an Old Door

DIY Plaster Flower Plaques

 How to Create an Outdoor Serving Station 

7 Time Saving Kitchen Cleaning Tips 

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

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. I’m so sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well, CoCo! Sending prayers that you are on the mend very soon! Blessings and hugs!

    1. Thank you so much, Christine, I really appreciate it! Every day seems to get better and better and I’m beyond grateful to be on the upswing now. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Oh sweet Coco, I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well. I hope you feel better this weekend. I ate one bad shrimp at a friends house once. All of a sudden I felt so ill. We left and they live an hour away. I threw up the entire way home. Thank goodness we had a stash of Yankee candle bags in the car because I used them all.

    After I got it out of my sysstem I felt better. The doctor told me it takes one bad shrimp in a bunch of good ones.

    Feel better,


    1. Oh gosh, Cindy, that sounds so painful! This is the first time that anything like this has ever happened so it has definitely thrown me for a loop. I’m still not 100% but I’m definitely feeling better this week than I was last week. I could barely get my head off the pillow it was awful. This week though, I’m soaking up all the sweet kisses from Piper I’ve missed. Sending you hugs and thank yous for your sweet messages, CoCo

  3. I do hope you are feeling better! I have been meaning to read THE 4 AGREEMENTS myself! And I love your console table too:)
    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you so much, Maria! While I can’t say I feel 100% I’m feeling much better this week than last week so I will definitely take it as a win. Any little bit of progress in the right direction is totally worth it. Hope you like the 4 Agreements. It was kind of hard to get through at first because the language is dense and it’s high on woo-woo but things got a lot better once we got to the 1st Agreement so hang with it. Hugs for a happy week, CoCo

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