Happy Friday from the Front Porch! Thanks so much for making us a part of your day!
Earlier this week, my Mom and I quietly slipped back to our hometown to surprise my sweet aunt with a fun porch makeover.
It wasn’t anything big or grand at all.
Just a super simple way to let her know we’re thinking about her as she recovers from surgery and begins cancer treatments.
My aunt’s farm is gorgeous and she works out in the yard all the time!
Our only goal for the porch makeover was to give her a space where she could relax and take in the sunrise from the best spot on the property, hang out with her family and friends, and to bring the outdoors a little closer indoors.
To say she was surprised was a total understatement and we were tickled pink to be able to bring a bit of joy to her day.
She’s definitely been through a lot these past few weeks.
Thanks again for your prayers, sweet words of encouragement and those of you who have given us recommendations from your own cancer journey or from the journey of your family members.
They’ve helped so much already and mean the world!
Our Favorite Links From Around the Web This Week…
Mark D. Sikes never disappoints this home is swoon-worthy!
This lakehouse home tour is just gorgeous and the view is amazing too.
A beautiful way to mix vintage, coastal, and farmhouse charm this summer.
We definitely had one of these, did you?
1000 Hours Outside has me longing for sleepaway camp
Words to Live By…
Listening to This Week…
This summer I’ve been taking an online writing class and while I’ve learned a few nuggets of fresh inspiration, this podcast, Storytelling Secrets That Connect and Convert, was so good I had to stop painting so I could grab my journal and take notes.
July Book of the Month…
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The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz is an old but goodie!
I’ve read it once already, but I love that it’s filled with easy-to-read chapters and digestible information you can implement almost immediately.
On the Menu this Week…
Week of July 11 – July 18
07/12 Monday – 20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein
07/13 Tuesday – Doritos Chicken Casserole
07/14 Wednesday – Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Feta (we’ll be adding grilled shrimp)
07/15 Thursday – Chicken and Rice Soup
07/16 Friday – Garden Pesto Grilled Cheese
07/17 Saturday – Steamed Mussels in White Wine Broth
07/18 Sunday – Mushroom Ravioli with Spinach
Sweet Treat to Try this Week…
A Few Fun Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and 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…
July Bucket List
- Celebrate Independence Day
- Restart 30 Day Rest Challenge
- Continue Back to Basics Summer Season
- Surprise Porch Makeover for my Sweet Aunt
- ORC Celebration Brunch
- Make a New Peach Recipe
- Attend a Summer Yard Sale
- Christmas in July Activities
- Plan Fall and Winter Content
- Try New IG Strategy
- Photograph House Tour
- Read the Book of the Month
- Keep Sundays Sacred
July Simplified and Organize Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Kids Rooms or Guest Rooms & Bathrooms
- 07/03 – Kids Room or Guest Room
- 07/10 – Kids Room or Guest Room Closet & Drawers
- 07/17 – Kids Room or Guest Room Bathroom & Cabinets
- 07/24 – Back to School Supplies/ Toys & Games
- 07/31 – Clean Out/Organize Your Car
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts
- 07/09 – National Sugar Cookie Day
- 07/10 – Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop
- 07/11 – Studio McGee Fall Line Debuts at Target
- 07/12 – National Simplicity Day, National Pecan Day
- 07/14 – Bastille Day
- 07/18 – National Ice Cream Day
- 07/21 – National Hot Dog Day
- 07/23 – Summer Olympics Begins
- 07/31 – National Mutt Day
As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing.
We’ll see you tomorrow for the Lifestyle of Love blog hop and can’t wait to share even more with you next week!