From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch and thanks so much for all your sweet messages! 

I wouldn’t say I’m 100% back to normal but I’m feeling so. much. better. this week than I felt last week after struggling with food poisoning. 

While there are still foods and drinks I previously loved that I currently have zero appetite for and I’m sticking to small bland-ish meals, every little bit of progress in the right direction feels like a major win at this point, so I’ll take it!  

I’m spending most of the morning baking cookies and sweet treats for a family celebration my parents are hosting at Bliss Barracks this weekend. 

It will be the first time in over a year I’ve seen most of my Dad’s family and my parents have spent lots of time making sure our reunion is a safe and special one. 


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

This home tour, Perfect Translation, is really beautiful – don’t miss the dreamy pink bedroom!

A Charming Shaker Style Swedish Country Kitchen 

How cute is this Nantucket retreat?

Everything about this portfolio feels like a vacation.

20 Beautiful Closet Design Ideas to Help Get You Ready in Style 

This garden is stunning!

So many pretty ways to decorate and design with corbels! 

The 7 Types of Rest That Every Person Needs 

8 Microadventures That Will Boost Your Spirits 

9 Work Hacks to Implement This Year 

41 Surprising Rules First Ladies Have to Follow 

The cutest summer sweater.

Words to Live By…

April Book of the Month…

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I’ll be honest, our April book of the month, The Four Agreements, was hard to get through in the beginning because the language was really dense and totally woo-woo.  That said, it does get better so hang in there if you’re just getting started!

I’ve also been reading, Home Stories and I love it! It’s been one of the best home decor books I’ve read in a while.

I ordered Patina Homes way back in March and it was supposed to be released on April 20. According to Alexa though, the book is not scheduled to arrive until mid-May now which seems weird. Have any of you had this issue? 

May Book of the Month…

Our May Book of the Month is called Sacred Rest and honestly, it couldn’t be more timely.  Especially, since it seems like burnout is more prevalent now than it has ever been thanks to the pandemic.

On the Menu this Week…

Week of April 26 – May 2

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

04/26 – Monday Easy Asian Style Tuna Lettuce Wraps 

04/27 – Tuesday Tortilla Pie 

04/28 – WednesdayBlackberry Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad with Crispy Fried Goat Cheese 

04/29 – Thursday Vegetable Soup with Fennel, Herbs, and Parmesan Broth 

04/30 – FridayFrench Onion Chicken Casserole with steamed veggies

05/01 – Saturday25 Kentucky Derby Food & Drink Ideas 

05/02 – Sunday Sheet Pan Chipotle Lime Shrimp Bake 

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Kentucky Derby Chocolate Walnut Pie 

Neutral Spring to Summer Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon & Target This Week…

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Wicker ArmchairBlanketMirrorBench

Button Pillow CoversSide TableRope BasketSandals

Desk LampDressAccent PillowLilac Basket

ClutchFlatwareDrip DryAccent Stool

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

Spring to Summer Cleaning and Organizing Task List 

Simple DIY Drawer and Shelf Liners 

Kentucky Derby Tablescape 

Lanai Makeover Reveal at Bliss Barracks 

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


  • 04/26 – Mother’s Day Garden Blog Hop 
  • 05/01 – Buy May Birthday and Special Occasion Cards and Gifts 
  • 05/01 – Kentucky Derby
  • 05/04 – Spring into Summer Blog Hop 
  • 05/05 – Cinco de Mayo
  • 05/08 – Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop 
  • 05/09 – Mother’s 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. I am currently reading Home Stories and I love it! It’s making me take a second look at my own home to see if I’m really telling the story I want to tell or just filling it with stuff. So glad you’re feeling better.

    1. I feel the same way, Jennifer! It really does make you look at the things you’re bringing in and out of your home in a completely different way. So excited you’re reading it too! Thanks so much for your sweet words. I hope your weekend is a special one, CoCo

  2. I’m so glad to hear that you’re feeling better CoCo. I always have so much fun reading your Friday post. I spent a lot of time reading about the rules first ladies have to follow, and what you can do with corbels. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

    1. Thank you so much, Kim! It was definitely a wild week I hope to never have to repeat again – yikes! So glad you like the post about the First Ladies and corbels too. They were fun! Hugs and happy week, CoCo

  3. So glad to hear you’re feeling better, CoCo. Food poisoning is the worst! Now I want to check out Home Stories, too. Thanks for all of the inspiration this week. I love your Kentucky Derby Tablescape!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Rebecca, I really appreciate it. I’ve never had it before and I hope I never get it again either. I think you’ll love Home Stories. It’s such a good one. I just got Patina Homes and it’s amazing too. Hope you have the best week, CoCo

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