From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch! We hope your week has been a fun one.  Thanks so much for making us a part of your day! 

It’s been a busy week here as we continue to work on the guest bedroom makeover, refresh the breakfast nook, and prep for summer.

I can hardly believe we’re already nearing the end of the month! 

Florida Jasmin - The Crowned Goat

There are still a ton of things on my May to-do list that I’m hoping to cross off before the Memorial Day holiday.

So, I’ve officially declared today “decision day” because I know if I don’t give myself some sort of deadline, I’ll be stuck in analysis paralysis much longer than necessary ?

Jasmine Lined Pool Area - The Crowned Goat

I was on the phone troubleshooting a few things with one of my sisters the other day when she sent me this picture with a caption that read, “Legs or hotdogs” and it immediately gave me the giggles. 

Pool Hang Out and Movie Lodge - The Crowned Goat

As an introvert, I’m always inside my head thinking things through, thoughtfully analyzing, carefully considering, and quietly introspecting until I find myself with so many options I feel stuck. 

Florida Backyarad Oasis - The Crowned Goat

While sending your sister a picture of your sun-kissed legs will probably not help solve any problems, I did appreciate the gentle reminder to pause, breathe it out, and simply do the next right thing.

Cheering you on as we transition from one season to the next. 

Cleaning out the pool - The Crowned Goat


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

This sustainable LA farmhouse is stunning!

California Casual Style in Oklahoma 

This Modern Treehouse on Daniel Island Hits All the High Notes 

The inside of this home is pretty, but the outside will make you want to curl up with a good beach read.  

6 Ways to Summer Styling 

Just texted this to my baby sis with the caption, “You need this in your life this summer.”

20 Warm Weather Hobbies You Can Start Today 

This Five-Minute Eye Makeup Tutorial is totally doable (and if you ever smudge your eye makeup during the application process, super relatable too)

27 Budget Home Décor and Fashion Finds for Summer 

Two Posts Full of Memorial Day Weekend Ideas:

Finding Joy in the Simple Acts of the Everyday 

It’s Time to Reclaim Your Weekends 

51 Best Airbnb Stays Across the United States 

Words to Live By…

Listening to This Week…

This podcast, The #1 Mindset Mistake I See In My Clients was a much-needed pep talk this week. While it’s written for introverted business owners, I feel like it would be helpful even if you’re not an entrepreneur, small business owner, or blogger.

May Book of the Month…

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Our May Book of the Month is called Sacred Rest and it is SO good.

I finished it last weekend and I can honestly say, it’s totally changed the way I look at rest and the need for rest.  I’ve already started putting some of her suggestions in place and it’s definitely helping. 

There are still some soul-searching kinds of things I need to work out which I’ll get more into next week. 

Truthfully, my online test scores were shockingly high. I have a long way to go.

But as we always say even small steps can have a big impact.

Sacred Rest - May Book of the Month - The Crowned Goat

June Book of the Month…

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Fear Is Not the Boss of You: How to Get Out Of Your Own Head and Live The Life You Were Made For by Jennifer Allwood 

On the Menu this Week…

Week of May 23 – May 30

05/23 Sunday – Million Dollar Ravioli Casserole with Italian salad

05/24 Monday Sheet Pan Vegetarian Summer Bowl 

05/25 Tuesday – Shrimp Tacos 

05/26 WednesdayOrange Ginger Kale Salad 

05/27 ThursdayTuscan Portobello Stew 

05/28 FridayCrockpot Butter Ranch Chicken  

05/29 SaturdayGourmet Hot Dog Bar (we’ll be having carrot dogs) 

05/30 Sunday Cajun T-Bone Steaks with baked potato and salad

Planning Ahead for Memorial Day…

65 Memorial Day Recipes for Your Holiday Weekend Menu 

Red, White, and Blue Mini Fruit Pizza Cookies and 46 Memorial Day Desserts for a Sweet Addition to Your Holiday Weekend

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Blackberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Cups 

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

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Memorial Day and Patriotic Finds from Amazon and Target - The Crowned Goat

**V Neck Dress * Tablecloth * Candles * Seagrass Caddy 

* Pitcher  * Shirtdress * Paper Fan Collection * String Lights 

* Bunting * Pillow  ** *Flutter Sleeve Dress *Bows 

* Ginger Jar * Food Covers * Napkin Ring Set ** *Pullover 

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

Tips and Tricks for Spray Painting Wicker Furniture 

Tips and Tricks for Spray Painting Wicker Furniture - The Crowned Goat

One Room Challenge Week 3 Progress Update

Using a window pediment as a DIY bed crown - The Crowned Goat

10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day 

10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day - The Crowned Goat

Simple Summer Movie Night Ideas

Summer Movie Night Ideas-The Crowned Goat

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 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…

  • 05/27 – TCG Summer Break Begins
  • 05/31 – Memorial Day
  • 06/01 – Buy June Birthday and Special Occasion Gifts
  • 06/19 – Juneteenth
  • 06/20 – Father’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. You are a busy lady with the ORC and other projects that you have going on. Thank you for sharing my red, white and blue mini fruit pizza cookies this week. I really appreciate it. I’m off to enjoy all of the open tabs that I now have on my computer.

    1. You are so welcome, Paula! I’m super excited to try your cookie recipe. They’re so festive and perfect for this time of year. Hope you enjoy all the links. Big hugs, CoCo

  2. Coco,
    Love seeing all your pool views. We just opened ours for the season. Thanks so much for sharing my post.

    1. That is so exciting, Rachel! You are very welcome. I’m happy to share you any time. You inspire me so much! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Heidi! CS Lewis fills my quote journal. He was such a wise soul. Hugs, CoCo

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