From the Front Porch

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?

Crepe Myrtles and Ironstone an Easy Late Summer Floral Arrangement-The Crowned Goat

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.

Fall Preview at Joanns-The Crowned Goat

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!

5 Causes of Under Eye Dark Circles + a Quick Concealer Hack

6 Simple Yoga Stretches to Melt Tension Away

40 Hard Things You Need to Hear

Words to Live By…

Motivational Quotes from James Clear

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 TuesdayUltimate Vegan Burrito Bowl

08/11 WednesdayHoney Mustard Pretzel Chicken and Avocado Bacon Salad  

08/12 ThursdayAsian 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 SundayRosemary 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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Back to School Finds for Adults on Amazon-The Crowned Goat

Desk Organizers Bins * **Fridge Organizers * **Washable Snack Bags * **Stackable Bento Box

**Desk Pad * **Insulated Lunch Bag * **Motivational Water Bottle * **Purse Organizer

**Reusable Notebook * **Assorted Legal Pads * Daily Planner Pad * Day of the Week Folders

Erasable Highlighters * **Erasable Gel Pens * **Erasable Markers * **Magnetic Dry Erase Weekly Calendar

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

Tips for Shopping Yard Sales and Latest Finds From the Treasure Trail

Easy Tips for Shopping Yard Salesl and Latest Finds From the Treasure Trail-The Crowned Goat

11 Ways to Clean and Maintain a Clutter-Free Kitchen

11 Ways to Clean, Organize and Maintain a Tidy Kitchen-The Crowned Goat

French Country Table Makeover thanks so much for your help on this one)

French Country Table Makeover-The Crowned Goat

How to Create a Morning Routine in 4 Simple Steps

How to Create a Simple Morning Routine in 4 Easy Steps-The Crowned Goat

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!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. You had a great week. I would love seeing your potting shed. I know you will make it a dream.

    Have a great weekend

    1. Thank you, Cindy! It needs A TON of work so we’ll see how it goes. We probably won’t be able to start on it until after hurricane season. Until then, it’s going to be lots of fun to search for inspiration. Hope you have the best weekend, CoCo

  2. Always love this post each week. Looking forward to making some lists and getting things tackled. Good luck on the potting shed. If anyone can do it, it’s you and S (and maybe your dad). 😉 Enjoy your weekend and planning your moms epic party! How exciting. Big hugs!

    1. That’s so sweet of you to say, Cindy, thank you! I’m about 90% sure my office was hit by lightning a few weeks ago so we’re definitely going to have to get my Dad’s help on a lot more than the potting shed. He will be thrilled 😂 Hope you get lots of stuff crossed off your lists and tackling projects you’re excited about. I can’t believe summer is coming to an end. It’s totally bananas! Hugs, CoCo

  3. I haven’t been to Joann’s in SO long! Will definitely have to stop in one of these days! Loving all the fall colors! So excited to see what you do with your potting shed! The planning is always the best part! I’m off to check out all the inspiration you collected! Happy weekend!

    1. Thank you so much, Christine! It’s been fun to pop into the stores lately to see all the Fall goodies that are going to be available soon. I’m trying to keep it simple but all the pretty colors make it hard 😉 Keep you posted on the potting shed. It’s a long way away but like you said, the planning part is the fun part! Hope you have the best week, CoCo

  4. I wish you all the best with your potting shed makeover! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. You always do such an amazing job.

    We’ve been having power issues lately, too. And the internet service at our new home is horrible. I’m ready to move back! Lol

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🤗

    1. Thanks so much! It’s been crazy trying to work without consistent internet and power, Michelle! They’re restringing all the power and cable lines on the island to new poles so I’m sure it will take a few more weeks. Hopefully, they’ll get it all finished before hurricane season really kicks in 🤞 Hope your power and internet issues get resolved soon as well. I know it’s frustrating! Hope your weekend was a fun one and your week is filled with lots of unexpected blessings, CoCo

  5. CoCo,
    I have to tell you that this post has my head spinning from all the things that you packed into it!! I loved it…I love your since of organization too!! I am a maker of lists and I have gotten a bit away from that. I guess enjoying my retirement!! But I need to get myself a bit on track!!Thanks so much for stopping by!! And thanks for your sweet comment!! Hope you are having a great weekend!!

    1. Thank you bunches, Debbie! It’s always fun to see what other creatives are up and to find inspiration as well. So excited to hear you are also a list maker! I would definitely be lost without them 😉 Hope you are fully enjoying your retirement and all the lazy days of summer, CoCo

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