From the Front Porch

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

As we’ve been traveling in and out of small towns this month, I’ve been constantly reminded of the art of showing up. 

Not just to support the local shop, restaurant, and business owners but also learning how to best show up for yourself and the people in your circle. 

You might feel led to show up with an invitation for a coffee date, to share a meal, to change a tire, or by offering someone heaps of grace when they’re having a bad day. 

Sometimes showing up means coming up with a plan to lighten someone’s load with gifts of service, an “I saw this and thought of you” gift, or the gift of knowing when to sit quietly and listen.  

While you might not be celebrating a small-town summer, now is a great time to think about your best gifts and how you can use them to sow seeds of love and encouragement into others.  

It doesn’t have to be anything big or grand.  It just has to come from the heart. 

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

Lots of coastal inspiration in this beautiful portfolio

Be sure to check out this coastal classic home tour too!

The Leo Cottage 

6 Tweaks That Will Instantly Change Up the Energy of Your Home 

The Best State Park in Every US State 

15 Essential Apps for Your Road Trip This Summer 

5 Best Cottage Roses to Grow in Your Garden 

Speaking of gardens, this post makes me want to hit up every yard sale in the county looking for galvanized containers. So pretty, right?

Nutritional Psychiatry: How What You Eat Can Boost Your Mood

Watermelon Margaritas? Yes, please!

10 Cleaning Tips from Southern Grandmas 

101 Ways to Have Fun This Summer 

Super excited about this documentary! 

Words to Live By…

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 is probably going to go down as one of my favorite faith based books – ever. 

It definitely came into my life at just the right time and I’ve really enjoyed hearing how much you like it too! 

On the Menu this Week…

Week of June 13 – June 20

06/13 Sunday – German Spaetzle with Mushroom Gravy 

06/14 Monday Watermelon Poke Bowl (V) 

06/15 TuesdayEasy Sheet Pan Steak or Chicken Fajitas with Insta Pot Mexican Rice 

06/16 Wednesday Grilled Nectarine and Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing 

06/17 ThursdayIna Garten’s Cheddar Corn Chowder with field green salad and garlic knots

 06/18 FridayCrab Cake Sandwiches with slaw and zesty sweet potato fries

06/19 Saturday – 56 Father’s Day Dinner Recipes 

06/20 Sunday35 Father’s Day Brunch Menu Ideas 

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

100 Father’s Day Dessert Ideas Your Dad Will Love 

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

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**Plaid DressCafé Coffee Mug Set**Quilt**Doormat

**Earrings**JumpsuitWastebasket**Collapsible Colander

Pink Jewelry Storage Box  * Body Talk**Heart Dress**Bath Towel 

PeonyDish Set**Rug**Sweatshirt 

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

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Mirror (One Room Challenge Week 6)

Cottage Inspired Summer Entry and Dining Room 

Quick and Easy Summer Lavender Basket 

17 Home Decor and DIY Projects To Complete This Summer

June Bucket List

  • Celebrate the Dad’s Birthday, Flag Day, and Father’s Day
  • Begin 30 Day Rest Challenge
  • Continue Back to Basics Summer Season
  • Participate in the Weeks 5-8 of the One Room Challenge
  • Surprise Someone with an Unexpected Gift
  • Eat Watermelon
  • Make an Entire Meal on the Grill
  • Learn How to Take Pictures on New Phone
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

June Simplified and Organize Home Challenge…

Focus of the Month: Paper Clutter, Photos, and Email

  • 06/05 – Bills/Mail/Paper Clutter
  • 06/12 – Digital Computer Files/Passwords/Photographs
  • 06/19 – Your Email Inbox
  • 06/26 – Organize Your Purse, Wallet & Update Your Phone Contacts

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts

  • 06/14 – Flag Day
  • 06/19 – Juneteenth
  • 06/20 – Father’s Day
  • 06/24 – One Room Challenge Reveal Day

As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, 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 need to read that book! And I also want to watch the documentary as well. And…that cottage….
    Thanks so much for all of the inspiration each week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I know I say it all the time but I love these posts! I always find new things and go diving down rabbit holes. HAHA. I just made shrimp cakes this past week and they were so good! I highly recommend them. We served them with lemon aioli. And then made sandwiches with the leftovers the next day. YUM. Definitely going to be on rotation this summer.

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