Happy Friday from the front porch!
We hope your week has been joy-filled. Thanks so much for spending time with us today!
While we were at my baby sister’s house celebrating the 4th of July my spirited niece was beyond excited to share her parents had finally let her get a phone.
She’s truly a delightful tween who works really hard in both school and dance.
Upon hearing the news, we jumped up and down, squealed enthusiastically and hugged each other knowing the milestone was an important one.
“What are you looking forward to most now that you have a new phone?” I asked thinking she would likely say face timing her friends.
Instead, she immediately got blushy cheeks and a sparkle in her eye and said, “I’m most excited I’ll be able to take pictures of my memories while we’re on vacation.”
While it only lasted a few seconds, it was a tender moment I’ll never forget.
These past few weeks she’s been blowing up our phones with all sorts of pictures and videos from their “sea to shining sea family adventure.”
It’s been so much fun to catch of glimpse of the things she finds funny, inspiring, and important.
Most of all, it’s been a daily reminder while summer feels a bit fleeting as we celebrate the last 2 weeks of the month, there’s still plenty of time to slow down and enjoy the beauty that’s right in front of us.
A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…
It’s so hard to believe this modern farmhouse is 300 years old!
This home tour from designer Whittney Parkinson has such a timeless feel.
If you like classic black and white with layers of texture, you’ll love this designer’s portfolio
We have textured walls so I wouldn’t be able to do this at my own home but I’m dying to try this in the pantry at Bliss Barracks, How to Install Removable Wallpaper
Words to Live By…
Waching This Week….
I’ve been soaking up a lot of content creation and brand messaging inspiration these past few months thanks to the website refresh.
Carrie Green is one of my favorite business bloggers and I love the way she breaks down the basics of How to Build a Brand That Stands Out in this 10 minute video.
July Book of the Month…
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The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz continues to be such a great resource for learning how to refocus your thought and belief patterns.
If you’re new to these ideas make sure to give yourself lots of extra grace. Creating new patterns takes time but the effort is definitely worth it!
On the Menu this Week…
07/18 Sunday – Mushroom Ravioli with Spinach
07/19 Monday – Greek Power Bowl
07/20 Tuesday – One Skillet Saucy Chicken Tortilla Enchilada Rice Bake
07/21 Wednesday – Vietnamese Spring Roll Salad
07/22 Thursday – Summer Vegetable Soup
07/23 Friday – Pesto Veggie Pizza
07/24 Saturday – Chicken Fried Steak
07/25 Sunday – Pan-Seared Cod with White Wine and Tomato Basil Sauce
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
- 07/18 – National Ice Cream Day
- 07/21 – National Hot Dog Day
- 07/23 – Summer Olympics Begin
- 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 can’t wait to share even more with you next week!