From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the Front Porch, sweet friends!

If you had a chance to read last week’s From the Front Porch post, you know we’re officially marking the final day of my Mom’s 10-day “Celebration of 70” birthday festivities today!

My family and I have had so much fun showering her with lots of extra love and surprises. She’s such a great person and we are beyond blessed to have her as our mom.

I haven’t had a chance to go through all the photos from our trip to Savannah yet but this one of my Mom has been my favorite so far.

We were eating dinner at Elizabeth’s on 37th and I literally stopped to remind myself to remember this exact moment.

She just looked so beautiful and the dining experience was amazing!

We’ll be taking the rest of the weekend off to celebrate my birthday and then I’m hoping to carve out some time to get back on track.

I’m definitely going to miss our morning walks, the small cafes, slow sips of cappuccino, the huge oak trees, the cobblestone streets, trying not to laugh while wearing drugstore sheet masks, and lingering over so many amazing dinners.

The Paris Market Cafe Savannah GA-The Crowned Goat

The past few months have been tons of fun and yet a total whirlwind all at the same time.

While I’m not quite ready to return to reality, I know Monday will be here soon so I plan to soak up every ounce of this birthday weekend I possibly can.

Whatever you have planned, I hope it’s a special one too!

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

All the homes in Jenny Martin Designs portfolio are gorgeous but Maison de Lee is definitely a favorite.

This stunning former rectory kitchen is the stuff dreams are made of! Especially, if you’re looking for kitchen inspo with color.

Speaking of color, this before and after cabin update is really beautiful.

Love Shack Fancy takes over Charleston and Aspen and I can’t even talk about it – SO pretty!

I found a pink plaid chair in this gorgeous home tour I didn’t even know I needed, swoon.

While my style is completely different from the author’s, I really appreciated this postThis Year, I’m Dressing for Myself

12 Game-Changing Makeup Tips From Celebrity Makeup Artists

How to Upgrade Your Wellness Routine for Winter

10 Micro Habits That Will Change Your Life

The 5 Areas of Personal Growth and How to Improve Them

Words to Live By…

Jon Acuff Quote on Resilience

Book of the Month…

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This week I got to the chapter with The New Anthem in it and gosh, it’s going to feel super awkward to follow through but I’m definitely going to give it a go.

This book has already helped me in so many ways, I’m going to be sad when it’s over!

Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking by Jon Acuff

Devotion of the Quarter…

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Courageous Influence: Embrace the Way God Made You for Impact  

On the Menu this Week…

Week of January 23rd – January 30th

Prepping for Super Bowl Sunday:  

90 Super Bowl Sunday Recipes to Satisfy Your Hungry Guests and 37 Desserts to Make Super Bowl Sunday Sweet

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

National Pie Day Recipe Ideas

Valentine’s Day Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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Floral Stoneware Bowls * Slippers * Peonies * Beauty Pouch

Doormat * Heart-Shaped Waffle Iron * Pillow * French Mug Set

Ornaments * Kitchen Towel Set * Valentine Cookie House Kit * Banner

Candle * Sweater * Dinnerware * Vintage Inspired Valentine Cards  

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

17 Simple Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Quick and Easy Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day-The Crowned Goat

Vintage Valentine Gift Ideas

How to Create a Conversation Heart Vase

Valentine’s Day Tablescape and Blog Hop

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Calendar

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…

  • 01/23 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,

CoCo

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Coco, your mum looks amazing, hope she had a wonderful birthday week and wish her many happy returns.
    Thanks for the fabulous post, do love a good smooch around other peoples homes, beautiful.xx

  2. Love the picture of your mom. The picture of you and your mom is cute too.

    so happy a great time has been everything and more

    Happy Birthday my friend!

  3. So much inspiration to look at!! I’m so glad you and yours enjoyed a lovely trip to celebrate your beautiful mom!! I so envy the closeness you enjoy with your sisters!

    1. Thank you, Christine! We had a great time being together and it was fun to get away to celebrate my Mom. It’s hard to believe this was our first trip out of town with just the 4 of us – ever. As far as what it takes to keep our family close, I hope I NEVER make it look easy. We’re constantly communicating, clarifying, forgiving, offering grace and giving each other space as needed. It’s a lot of work but the effort is definitely worth it. Sending you lots of hugs and wishing we lived closer, CoCo

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