Happy Friday from the front porch! Thanks so much for making us part of your day!
How has your week been?
Have you started back to school shopping and prep yet?
I spent a good part of the week trying to get into the swing of a new routine.
And while it hasn’t been easy thanks to our internet and power being out for several hours at a time every single day, I’m still fully committed to savoring the fresh start and new focus Fall brings.
Speaking of which, I popped into Joanns last week to check out their Fall line and it looks like it’s going to be a fun one.
As you can see from this shot they didn’t have everything unboxed yet but from what I can tell there’s going to be a lot more of a variety of color this year than in years past.
A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…
Wait until you see the views from this house.
This European Farmhouse in Spicewood, Texas is filled with tons of charm!
I completely forgot about how beautiful The Retreat was until Miss Mustard Seed recently shared it again. Gah – I’m so excited for her book to come out! Mark your calendars for October 12th. Marian is also making one of her original paintings available to print as part of her book launch countdown. Check out all the details here!
This kitchen makeover is really beautiful.
For the love of all things, Phoebe Howard – this Palm Beach home tour will make you want to hang onto summer despite the current heatwave.
Loved this post on The Art of Weekending from Heather Bullard. She recently hosted a Zoom call on the same topic and all her tips have been super helpful!
My bestie S and I started throwing around ideas for our next One Room Challenge project and she suggested giving our potting shed a total makeover. While I would love to get rid of our old one because it’s too far gone to actually save, S is confident we can do it and this potting shed is giving us so much inspiration.
French Style Fashion Inspiration Ideas (and they’re all totally doable)
Recently heard about this beauty subscription service which sounds intriguing and might be a great gift idea for someone on your Christmas list too. On a side note, a big thank you to our sweet friend Sabrena who has been a long-time supporter of all things TCG for bringing home the glass vase (shown above) from the Magnolia Market. “I saw this and thought of you” are some of my favorite gifts and they make a really fun Christmas theme too!
Words to Live By…
Listening to This Week…
Finding Your Confidence and Accepting Yourself as an Introvert with Sally Oddly a good portion of this podcast is catered to creatives in business but it has some great advice for getting out of your head, setting boundaries, and creating a mindset to overcome fear.
August Book of the Month…
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It’s always fun to hear what you guys think about the books we choose. So many of you have praised Living the Simply Luxurious Life by Shannon Ables for being not only relatable but also inspirational as well.
The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less by Tanya Dalton has been well received so far too!
Especially, for those of you who need guidance revamping your priorities, letting go of the demands of hustle culture, and learning how to set healthier boundaries.
The 100 Years of You visual in Chapter 2 totally got me in the gut!
On the Menu this Week…
Week of August 8 – August 15
08/08 Sunday – Crockpot Ribs with a side of baked beans and potato salad
08/09 Monday – Everything Salmon Dinner
08/10 Tuesday – Ultimate Vegan Burrito Bowl
08/11 Wednesday – Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken and Avocado Bacon Salad
08/12 Thursday – Asian Tofu Noodle Soup
08/13 Friday – Beach Picnic with Tortellini Antipasto Pasta Salad
08/14 Saturday – Company Pot Roast with creamed cauliflower and steamed green beans
08/15 Sunday – Rosemary Peach Chicken in White Wine Pan Sauce
Sweet Treat to Try this Week…
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (I’ve never made chocolate chips with pudding so I’m excited to try this recipe)
A Few Back to School Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon 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…
French Country Table Makeover thanks so much for your help on this one)
August Bucket List…
- Host Back to School Event for the Littles
- Pick up Fresh Office Supplies
- Find Easy Breakfast Recipes
- Celebrate Living at Journeys End 12 years
- Design 2022 Planner and Blog Notebook
- Finish Guest Bathroom Makeover (find art)
- Organize the Refrigerator and Desk Drawers
- Begin Planning Mom’s Milestone Birthday Party
- Grill Outside One More Time
- Find Rocking Chairs for the Front Porch
- Check Hurricane Kits
- Try New IG Strategy
- Read the Book of the Month
- Keep Sundays Sacred
August Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Car, Garden, & Garage
- 08/07 – Medicine Cabinet & First Aid Supplies/Emergency Contact List
- 08/14 – Garage, Attic, or Basement
- 08/21 – Garden Supplies/Potting Shed
- 08/28 – Seasonal Decorative Items-Fall
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 08/09 – Late Summer Flower Power Blog Hop
- 08/09 – National Book Lovers Day
- 08/09 – National Women’s Day
- 08/10 – National Spoil Your Dog Day
- 08/13 – Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
- 08/13 – International Lefthanders Day
- 08/15 – International Homeless Animals Day
- 08/15 – National Relaxation Day
- 08/20 – National Lemonade Day
- 08/24 – National Waffle Day
- 08/25 – National Banana Split Day
- 08/26 – National Dog Day
- 08/26 – Women’s Equality 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!