From the Front Porch

Keeping it short and sweet today, as my sisters and I (with the blessing and generosity of my Dad) have officially whisked my Mom away to begin her 10-Day “Celebration of 70” birthday festivities.

My Mom loves surprises, so it’s been fun to work alongside my Dad, and sisters for months to help make her 70th birthday a special one.

There were a million times I wondered if we were going to be able to pull this trip off so I’m thankful we’ve all taken extra care and precautions along the way to be able to be together.

She is a daily blessing, a true gift, and we treasure her deeply.

I don’t want to give too much away because she reads every post (Fridays are her favorite too) so I’ll just say we love you Mom, and we can’t wait to celebrate you!

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

All the homes in this designer’s portfolio will make you want to snuggle up for a long winter’s nap!

Reason number 1,259,713,026,479 to love Giannetti before & after makeovers.

The Detail Makes the Difference

A Cozy Getaway in Tasmania

This post, Say Goodbye to These Design Trends in 2022 gave me the giggles. Obviously, I will be out of style this year. Cheers to living with what you love!

Speaking of which, this post, 5 Reasons to Still Love Farmhouse Style No Matter What the Trends Say was pretty fabulous.

This is such a beautiful way to repurpose an old sweater.

Get ready to do a deep dive into these Hot and Flashy Videos she covers such a great range of topics too (Thank you for sending us this link Charlene)

A Green Smoothie Packed with Protein, Healthy Fat & Fiber

5 Ways to Make a Room Look Bigger

8 Ideas You Need for Getting Organized (There are so many great ideas you can use all over the house and garden in this post!)

9 French Inspired Resolutions to Adopt This Year

14 Habits That Will Increase Your Longevity

50 Things You Can Do to Be Healthier and Happier

99 Hobbies You Might Consider Picking Up in 2022

Words to Live By…

Book of the Month…

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I’m about ¾ of the way through this book and I am LOVING it! The timing couldn’t have been better as we ease into the New Year and begin to set impactful goals.

I’ve already started to put several of the ideas in place and they’ve really helped.

Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking by Jon Acuff

Devotion of the Quarter…

Another book that has already been a game-changer! There are 4 books in this series and if they’re as good as this one is I feel like our morning devotion will never be the same.

Courageous Influence: Embrace the Way God Made You for Impact  

On the Menu this Week…

Week of January 16th – January 23rd

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

White Almond Cake with Raspberry Filling and Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Birthday Cake

Sleep Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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Sleep Essentials and Accessories from Amazon and Target-The Crowned Goat

Sleeping Pillows * Pillow Inserts * PJ Set * Duvet Cover

Bed Tray * Hatch Restore * Under the Bed Storage * Mattress Topper

Bedside Carafe Set * Sheet Set * Bath Towels * Mattress Pad Cover

Sleep Mask * Sleep Lotion * Postcard Set * Password Keeper

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

Christmas to Winter Decorating Ideas and Warm Winter Transitions Blog Hop

Christmas to Winter Transitions Decor Ideas and Blog Hop-The Crowned Goat

How to Create a Simple Nightly Routine in 4 Simple Steps

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

26 Self Discovery Books to Read This Year

26 Self Discovery Books to Read This Year-The Crowned Goat

The 15 Minute Task We Use To Cut Clutter

The 15 Minute Task We Use to Cut Clutter-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…

  • 01/14 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

Just a Heads Up…

Just a heads up our posting schedule will be a bit different in the coming weeks, as we travel in and out of town celebrating our birthdays and taking care of a few other things. I’m hoping to take lots of pictures while we’re away!

By the end of February, we’ll have traveled out of town at least once a week for 14 out of 17 weeks. It’s been a lot to juggle at times so I’m beyond grateful for your grace and understanding.

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. Have a blast with your your mom! Happy Birthday too mom!!

    Great From The Front Porch

  2. Hi CoCo! Hope you have a fabulous time with your mom and sisters on your birthday celebration trip! Blessings, Donna

  3. Rosalie Bycz says:

    Have a wonderful time celebrating your Mom’s birthday. What a beautiful memory for your Mom! Happy Birthday, God bless!

  4. Thank you so much for adding my little post to this one. What a surprise! And I know y’all are going to have the bestest time ever celebrating your beautiful mom. Kudos to dad too! Big hugs sweet friend.

  5. Wishing your mom a wonderful birthday!! What a sweet surprise for her! Thank you for sharing the overthinking book. I’m going to have to get that for my husband. 😊

  6. CoCo,
    Have a wonderful trip! I can’t wait to hear all about it. Thanks for sharing my organizing post. You are the best.

  7. Happy birthday to your mom. I turned 71 in December. It is youth at its best. My uncle just passed away at the age of 101. He still called me a youngun. Enjoy your trip. xo Laura

  8. I am so excited for the fun you will all be having over 10 days of celebrating your Mom’s 70th birthday. Have a wonderful time celebrating!!

  9. Coco-You have given me so much through your blog. Entertainment, inspiration, joy, and the anticipation of “I wonder what Coco will have on the Front Porch this week”, I look forward to each and every post! I would be delighted if I gave you a tiny fraction of what you give us-your readers-by forwarding you the link to Angie’s videos. Like me, hopefully her research will save you loads of time, effort and money. I have wasted all of the above over the years using things that didn’t work. I’m so grateful for wonderful content creators such as yourselves sharing your knowledge and talents. You are truly appreciated! 🙂

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