From the Front Porch

Happy Friday and Happy New Year sweet friends!

How has your week been?

Did you feel back into the swing of things or are you taking it slow and easing into 2022?

I spent a good portion of the week snuggled up in my plaid pajamas reading through your kind and generous comments.

To say they blew me away is a total understatement!

I had to grab the tissues after the third one because I was just so overwhelmed with gratitude reading through them all.

It’s really hard to put yourself out there sometimes. Especially, when you feel anxious about charting a new path and starting a journey WAY outside your comfort zone.

While I don’t have all the answers just yet, I’m fully convinced even micro-steps of courage count as courageous.

Thank you for giving me a priceless gift this week. You lifted me up and showered me with grace, encouragement, and kindness. Three things I desperately needed and will forever be grateful to you for.

I still have a big batch of comments that landed in the spam folder to go through so if you haven’t received a reply back yet, you will.

Winter Transition Decorating Ideas-The Crowned Goat

A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…

This cozy cabin in Wyoming makes me want to snuggle up ASAP.

A stacked stone fireplace before and after you have to see to believe!

This DIY Snowflake Pillow is super cute and looks easy to make too.

Have you tried to make this DIY snow yet? I can’t wait to try it!

An orange garland so pretty, you’ll want to leave it up all winter.

The Most Charming and Festive Homes of the Season

Speaking of festive homes, about halfway through this post, you’ll find beautiful winter porch ideas and I love her holiday home too.

10 Timeless Trends for 2022

These January Desktop Downloads are all fabulous and free too!

Beautiful words on slowing down to enjoy the blessings we’ve been given in every season.

How to Organize Your Email Inbox

New Releases Coming to Netflix in January

Book of the Month…

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Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking by Jon Acuff

Devotion of the Quarter…

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(Just a heads up, DaySpring also sells this book and might offer a discount code if you sign up for their email list which might make it less expensive than Amazon)

Courageous Influence: Embrace the Way God Made You for Impact  

Words to Live By…

Q&A Friday…

Thank you for sharing your weekly meal plan it really helps. Do you follow a breakfast plan too?

You’re welcome, happy to help!

We mostly drink smoothies, make oatmeal, breakfast tacos, breakfast sandwiches, cereal, waffles or have avocado toast with an egg.

I’m currently trying these healthy options as well.  

How to Create a Morning Routine in 4 Simple Steps: Healthy Breakfast-The Crowned Goat

On the Menu this Week…

Week of January 9th – January 16th

01/09 Sunday: Homemade Lasagna with an Italian side salad and crusty loaf.

01/10 Monday: National Championship Game Day Menu Ideas 75 Super Bowl Foods That are Better Than a Touchdown

01/11 Tuesday: Cuban Fish Tacos with Citrus Mango Slaw 

01/12 Wednesday: Glowing Skin Detox Salad

01/13 Thursday: Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup

01/14 Friday: Spinach Artichoke French Bread Pizza with field green salad

01/15 Saturday: Bourbon Glazed Salmon with Super Food Detox Salad

01/06 Sunday: Healthy Easy Turkey Pot Pie

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Chocolate Fudgy Frosting

Winter Neutral Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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Winter Neutrals from Target and Amazon-The Crowned Goat

Kitchen Canisters * Sweater * Tulips * Duvet Cover

Log Basket * Book * Proofing Cloth * Bowls

Throw * Earrings * Glasses * Pillow Spray

Gift Wrap Organizer * Bread Bag * Bath Sheet * Cutting Board

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

Word of the Year

(Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all your encouragement on this post. It means the world to me!)

Word of the Year-Winter on the Ellijay River-The Crowned Goat

52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge (Updated for 2022)

52 Weeks to a Clutter Free Home Challenge-Library-Hutch-Makeover-The-Crowned-Goat

 Our Favorite Home Organizing Essentials

Our Favorite Home Organization Products-The Crowned Goat

4 Steps to a Simple Morning Routine

TIps for Making Guests Feel Welcome-Blue and White Bedroom-The Crowned Goat

January Bucket List…

  • Do All Our Favorite Things on New Year’s Day
  • Celebrate my Birthday and my Mom’s Milestone Birthday
  • Begin 5 Minute Journal
  • Establish Skincare Routine
  • Eat Greens with Every Meal
  • Drink Water Before Coffee
  • Create a Cozy Winter Home
  • Buy a New Sleeping Pillow & Mattress Cover
  • Begin (in)courage Bible Study/Devotion
  • Reestablish Morning & Nightly Routines
  • Transition to Afternoon Workout Routine
  • Plan Valentine’s Day Activities
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

January Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…

Focus of the Month: Your Health-Wellness Routines & Home Keeping Systems

  • 01/01 Morning Routine & Workout Routine
  • 01/08 Nightly Routine with 15 Minute Clutter Catcher
  • 01/15 Cleaning Schedule
  • 01/22 Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping
  • 01/29 Organize the Pantry & Spices
  • 02/05 Organize the Refrigerator & Freezer

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…

  • 01/10 Winter Transitions Blog Hop
  • 01/10 National Championship Game
  • 01/14 Buy Valentines Cards, Gifts & Countdown Calendar Supplies
  • 01/16 National Use Your Gift Card Day
  • 01/17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 01/23 National Pie Day
  • 01/24 National Compliment Day
  • 01/25 National Plan for Vacation Day
  • 01/26 National Green Juice Day
  • 01/27 National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 01/31 National Hot Chocolate 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. CoCo,
    Thank you so much for sharing my faux snow tutorial. You are the best. I love all yours shares this week. So much inspiration.

    1. You are so welcome, Rachel! I can’t wait to try it. It looks SO real! Sending you hugs for a happy weekend, CoCo

    2. Welcome vack my friend. You look adorable.

      Piper looks very relaxed.

      Can’t wait to see your 2022

      1. Thank you so much, sweet friend, and thank you for all your encouragement along the way too. I really appreciate it. Big hugs and cheers to a new year filled with purpose filled beauty, CoCo

  2. Oh my golly that WY cabin has a pink velvet couch! I’ve told friends that if I lived alone I’d have a pink velvet couch! Thanks for all the inspo and we (us plus the dogs) have the same pj’s you are sitting in. 🙂 Hope you have a marvelous week friend. And btw, I’m with you on the January Bucket List – Keep Sunday’s Sacred. XO!

    1. Wasn’t that cabin totally gorgeous, Cindy? Oh, my word, like send me up there ASAP! Loved the pink couch and all the rustic touches they added throughout too. It was super cozy. I can’t believe the plaid PJs come in dog sizes too. They were our Christmas PJs at Bliss Barracks this year and I’m pretty sure they’re from Target so I better look them up so I can get Piper a pair. She would love them! Keeping Sundays Sacred is the only way to live 🙌 They have saved my week more times than I can count ❤ Sending you hugs for a happy weekend, CoCo

  3. I can’t wait to dig into all the inspire you’ve gathered! Love your plaid pj’s! And I seriously wouldn’t leave that cozy bed EVER! LOL! Have a wonderful new week! Hugs!

    1. Thank you, Christine! It’s definitely a great place to take a nap and I’ve worn those plaid pj’s from Target more times than I should probably admit 😆 Hope you find lots of inspiration and your week is filled with all good things, CoCo

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