From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch and welcome new friends!

How has your week been?

It’s been one of those “good kind of busy” weeks here as we participated in our 4th blog hop of the spring season and started the One Room Challenge.

It hasn’t been all work, though.

I went shopping with my Mom and we finally found a table to use as a laundry room folding station at my parent’s primary home, Bliss Barracks, which is so exciting. We’ve been searching for over a year and a half now!

I’ll try to snap some pictures after my Mom has cleaned and oiled everything.  The woodgrain is beautiful.

Our impromptu trip was the first time in a long time my Mom and I have had the chance to treasure hunt together and we both came home with goodies. 

She came home with an antique table, wooden pedestal, duvet set, and some equestrian finds. I came home with this French laundry basket and part of a bridle from Kensington Palace. 

While I did not bring it home, I’ve been thinking about this white library ALL week. It was really pretty and I can totally see it being filled with books, transferware, and vintage horse trophies in the guest bedroom. 

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

Beyond excited for my friend Kim of Shiplap and Shells! Her announcement this week has me heading to the bookstore later today.  

A beautiful portfolio with lots of layers of texture.

The millwork in this home is gorgeous.

I will forever love painted furniture but the way this designer uses wood tones to warm up this home is pretty spectacular.

This serene island home tour – just wow!

10 Ways to Bring Spring Hygge Into Your Home (I feel like you could use these for the summer season too)

The Ultimate Guide to Decorating a Rental Home

Is Farmhouse Decor Out of Style? – such a great post and filled with fabulous tips if you’re ready to make a change!  

This blue and white bedroom refresh is so pretty.

Speaking of which, have you seen this backyard makeover yet? Venita is stunning, as always.

Must-Have Affordable Makeup Under $10 

5 Classic Outfit Combos that Always Work 

5 Lessons I’ve Learned About Confidence As A Career Coach  (this hit really close to home)

99 Ways to Add Mindfulness to Your Day 

Words to Live By…

Watching This Week…

I’m a big fan of both Mario Forleo and Morgan Harper Nichols. This week they teamed up for an amazing episode that was so good, I’ve bookmarked it for those days I need a pep talk.  It’s about 35 minutes long and worth every second. 

“It’s Ok To Modify The Dream”

May Book of the Month…

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I’ve been hearing lots of fabulous feedback on our May Book of the Month Sacred Rest and I couldn’t be happier. Some of the books I pick are based on recommendations, some are from interviews with the author via podcasts and some are things on my heart I need to work on. This one just might be a home run!

On the Menu this Week…

Week of May 9 – May 16

05/09 – Sunday Mother’s Day – These posts 100 Mother’s Day Recipe Ideas, 25 Make-Ahead Mother’s Day Recipes and 30 Mother’s Day Dessert Ideas will help make last-minute planning easier if you need them!

05/10 – Monday Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon with broccoli and sweet potato

05/11 – Tuesday5 Ingredient Green Chicken Chile Enchiladas 

05/12 – Wednesday Italian Inspired Chopped Salad 

05/13 – Thursday Thai Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup 

05/14 – FridayOne Skillet French Onion Tater Tot Casserole (with ground turkey) 

05/15 – SaturdayEasy One Pan Roasted Shrimp and Veggies 

05/16 – SundayLemon Arugula Pasta with Burrata 

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Lemon Ice Box Pie 

A Few Fun Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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**Sleeveless Dress* **SkirtPorcelain BowlGreenery 

**Sandals **Anchor Print ShirtWindowpane Pillow**Sweatshirt 

Rug * **Headband**PantsTextured Blanket 

Sling Chair * Blue PillowBracelet**Check Dress 

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

13 Ways to Feel More Organized Every Day 

Spring Into Summer Entry Ideas and Home Tour Blog Hop 

One Room Challenge: Guest Bedroom Makeover Plans 

Silhouette Cross Stitch on Canvas and Spring Nesting Blog Hop

May Bucket List…

  • Celebrate the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day
  • Begin Back to Basics campaign
  • Finish Writing Class
  • Follow the arrows – Look for Clues – Take Action
  • Participate in the One Room Challenge
  • Sunset Picnic
  • Look for Fireflies
  • Buy Piper a swimming pool
  • Power Wash Exterior of The Crowned Goat Cottage
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

Simplified and Organized Home Challenge Focus This Month…

Living Room/Guest Bedroom or Home Office and Summer Bucket List:

  • 05/01 – Declutter and Organize Living Room
  • 05/08 – Household Books & Magazines
  • 05/15 – Home Office or Guest Room
  • 05/22 – Home Office or Guest Room Closet & Drawers
  • 05/29 – Summer Bucket List

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…

  • 05/08 – Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop 
  • 05/09 – Mother’s Day
  • 05/17 – Tax Day (US)
  • 05/31 – Memorial Day

As always, we appreciate you so much and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing.  I know Mother’s Day is not an easy holiday for some of you. Please know we’re thinking of you and lifting you up if you’re going through a season of grief or loss. 

If you’re lucky enough to be spending this Mother’s Day with someone you love, we hope your time together is richly blessed. I’ll be kicking it old school with these lovely ladies and of sweet Piper?

That’s all for now!

We’ll see you back here tomorrow for the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop and we can’t wait to share even more with you next week! Just a heads up our email schedule will probably run Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to accommodate for the One Room Challenge for the next 7 weeks. 

Fingers crossed I can find the right shade of pink paint today! 

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

Many blessings,



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  1. Thank you so much for the lovely shout out! I so appreciate you!

    Happy day friend!

    1. You are so welcome, KariAnne! Thanks for making the transition from farmhouse style to cottage and country house style such an easy one. Hope your Mother’s Day weekend is a blessed one, CoCo

  2. So much wonderful inspiration this morning, CoCo! I’m excited to dig right in! Can’t wait to see how you make over your room in the challenge! I hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the time with the special ladies! Hugs.

    1. Thank you so much, Christine! These posts are always so much fun to put together. I’m glad you like them. Sending you big hugs for a blessed Mother’s Day weekend too, CoCo

  3. This was a fun Friday read. I can’t wait to follow the One Room Challenge. I know it will be gorgeous. So happy you went thrifting with your mom and had some success. I can see that library in your home too. Hopefully you go back and snatch it up.

    Happy Mother’s day!

    1. Now that would be a fabulous Mother’s Day gift, Cindy! I might just have to give Piper some really big hints this weekend ? Sending you tons of hugs and hoping your Mother’s Day weekend is a blessed one. I hope you feel treasured all day, CoCo

  4. Hi Coco!! Once again, I’m loving the front porch series!! I always learn so much and find new-to-me things…whether it’s another blogger, a cute dress, or a new project that I must try!!
    Take good care and have a great week!

    1. Thanks so much, Kristin, they’re always fun to put together. I’m always amazed at how creative people are and thankful they’re willing to share their gifts too. Can’t wait to try your dog cookies. Hugs, CoCo

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