Happy Friday from the front porch! We hope you felt loved and appreciated all week. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day.
I just wanted to pop in quickly today as my Mom is here to help with the final details of the One Room Challenge which is a huge blessing.
We found out in Week 6 of the ORC her sister, an aunt that is like a mother to me (the one that inspired this porch tour post) has an aggressive form of breast cancer.
To say we’re all in complete shock is an understatement. We have no history of breast cancer in our family and she is one of the healthiest people I know.
My plan as of now is to finish as much of the guest bedroom as possible so we can support my aunt with whatever she needs the week of her surgery, during her recovery, and in her treatment schedule too.
My bestie S (who is still diligently working on the website update) will be taking over next week to make sure the guest bedroom reveal post goes out on time.
On a side note, this hydrangea has been French Blue for almost 12 years. But the week we found out my aunt had breast cancer it started blooming pink.
It seems like such a small thing but we’re believing big!
A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…
This black and white home tour is really relaxing.
A Black and White Living Room Reveal that feels both classy and elegant all at the same time.
I could get totally lost in this eclectic portfolio. How cool was that No Riff Raff sign?
Love all the layers of texture in this coastal home tour too. All that wicker makes me want to change out the chairs in my breakfast nook, ASAP!
8 Notes for Dad’s Bathroom Mirror (also easy to adapt if your mom or uncle played an important role in your life too)
Words to Live By…
Listening to This Week…
There is no denying, Jenna Kutcher is a powerhouse brand which is why it was so interesting to learn about her team’s 7 Focus and Productivity Tips in this podcast.
June Book of the Month…
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I finished our faith-based Book of the Month, 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 last week and all I can say is if that book doesn’t encourage you to get off the sidelines and start living a “courage over confidence” kind of life I don’t know what will!
It’s so good, I’m leaving it on my nightstand in case I ever need a pep talk in the middle of the night ?
On the Menu this Week…
Week of June 13 – June 20
06/20 Sunday – Father’s Day
- 35 Father’s Day Brunch Menu Ideas
- 56 Father’s Day Dinner Recipes
- 100 Father’s Day Dessert Ideas Your Dad Will Love
06/21 Monday – Easy Greens and Grains Bowl
06/22 Tuesday – Chicken Tortilla Casserole (we’ll be subbing turkey, but you might be able to sub beef too)
06/23 Wednesday – Greek Chicken Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette
06/24 Thursday – Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp
06/25 Friday – Easy Grilled Pizzas
06/26 Saturday – Pineapple Salmon
06/27 Sunday – Creamy Bacon and Mushroom Pasta with a side salad
Sweet Treat to Try this Week…
Kicking it old school with this chocolate sheet cake.
A Few Fun Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon & Target This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
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
- 06/19 – Juneteenth
- 06/20 – Father’s Day
- 06/21 & 22 – Amazon Prime Days
- 06/24 – One Room Challenge Reveal Day
- 07/01 – Buy Birthday and Special Occasion Cards and Gifts
- 07/01 – Canada Day
- 07/04 – Independence Day (US)
If you’re lucky enough to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend with your Dad or a loved one that helped raise you, I hope your time together is richly blessed.
If you’re grieving a loss related to your Dad we’ll be thinking of you and lifting you up. I know holidays like this one can be hard.
Despite my Dad having the personality of Rambo, he loves competition and is addicted to The Great British Baking Show. We’re all headed to Bliss Barracks this weekend for some old-school games like the egg toss, dancing with the broom, sack races, and a baking competition.
I’ve been working on my recipe so I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.
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!