From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch, sweet friends. We hope this week has been all that you’ve needed it to be and you’re looking forward to all the good things February has to offer.

A few days ago I read a post that said February is the real start of the new year because we spend most of January just trying to recover from the holidays and get back into the swing of things.

That sentiment certainly rings true for us this year.

Truthfully, I’ll be thankful when we can get on a consistent schedule without all the interruptions and extra distractions so we can finally settle into a solid routine. This week was another week filled with lots of starts and stops and felt like a bit of a rollercoaster.

The good news is we’re in town all weekend for the first time since mid-October of last year which is super exciting.

I have a lot of things I need to catch up on but I’m hoping to squirrel away some time to put up a few Valentine decorations, wrap gifts and fill out a stack of Valentine cards. I also picked up some heart sprinkles to make sugar cookies this weekend which should be fun too.

Whatever you have planned, I hope you find magic in the mundane and an opportunity to enjoy the gift of slow and easy.

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

This home is so pretty it makes me want to find a way to stuff bread in my kitchen cabinets!

A New Home Beautifully Unites Parisian Elegance with Modern Polish

This one-bedroom rental apartment is filled with beautiful prints and total proof small spaces can be just as amazing as big ones!

How I Landed a Show on Magnolia Network

On Being a Cheerleader… (LOVED this post from Grace at The Stripe) 

These Will Be the Top Design Trends, According to Pros

Valentine’s Day is 10 days away and this garden-inspired Valentine’s tablecape is both festive and fabulous.

5 Budget-Friendly Warm and Cozy Bedroom Ideas

16 Things You Can Purge This Weekend

13 Texts to Send to Someone Having a Bad Day

How to Dry Brush and Why It’s So Potent

This is such a fun collaboration. I can’t wait to try the coconut!

Words to Live By…

Book of the Month

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Master of One: Find and Focus on the Work You Were Created to Do by Jordan Raynor  

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 February 6th – February 13th

Prepping for Valentine’s Day:

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

37 Desserts to Make Super Bowl Sunday Sweet  

Early Spring Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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Folding Bistro Chairs * Magazine Basket * Calendar * Dinnerware Set

Pendant Light * Quilt * Rosemary Topiary * Rug

Serum * Linen Tray * Sham * Sweatshirt

Cupcake Ferris Wheel * Storage Box * Dish Brush Set * Pet Hair Remover Sponge

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

Dear Future Self… (January Encouragement of the Month Post)

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25 DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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How to Create a Valentine’s Inspired Candy Tackle Box

How to Make a Simple Valentine’s Day Container

Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide (updated for 2022 with 80 ideas)

February Bucket List…

  • Celebrate February Birthdays
  • Order and deliver Valentine’s Day goodies
  • Attend Family Valentine’s Day Party
  • Celebrate Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day
  • Watch the Super Bowl
  • Continue New Anthem AM and PM Routine
  • Get a Vibrating Watch
  • Wake Up At The Same Time Each Morning
  • Walk or Bike 45 Mins Each Day
  • Continue Quarter Challenge
  • Mg Supplement and Stretching Before Bed
  • Schedule Dermatology Exam
  • Get an Eye Exam
  • Reclaim Afternoon Teatime
  • Plan Spring Home Décor and Porch Projects
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

February Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…

Focus of the Month: Kitchen

  • 01/29 Organize the Pantry & Spices
  • 02/05 Organize the Refrigerator & Freezer
  • 02/12 Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
  • 02/19 Kitchen Counters/Coffee Bar
  • 02/26 Breakfast Nook

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember and Upcoming Posts…

  • 02/09 National Pizza Day
  • 02/13 Galentine’s Day
  • 02/13 Super Bowl Sunday
  • 02/14 Valentine’s Day
  • 02/17 National Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • 02/20 Love Your Pet Day
  • 02/21 President’s Day (US)

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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10 Comments

  1. Well I’ve never seen anyone stuff bread into their cabinets like that. It was def beautiful but I’d be stuffing cakes in my cabinets. 😉 When I read the 2022 trends and read tone on tone, I was happy. That means white on white is still for me! Even though I don’t actually have a white wall in either of the houses, I can still dream. And I am just waiting to hear someone is having a bad day! Hmmm, that seems questionable but I want to encourage them with a text! or a meal drop off. So fun! Thanks for posting all of these. Oh, and I love Rachel’s style so anything she does is fab. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to those Valentine’s gifts. Big hugs

    1. I could take bread or cakes in cabinets any day of the week, Cindy! In fact maybe just skip the text and bring over the loaves and cakes 😆 People are always so creative and I swear the internet never ceases to amaze me. Rachel is definitely a talented lady and I’m glad she shares her talents with us and I feel the same way about you. Sending you hugs for a Happy Valentine’s Day week, CoCo

  2. Wow since last October. You all need a break.

    You need time to nest, bake, cook, and catch up

    1. It’s definitely been a constant stream of balls in the air, Cindy! We wound up having a Nor’easter over the weekend so it was chilly rainy and perfect for snuggling up and getting things done. Hope you had a great weekend too! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Girl, you make me tired just reading your schedule! I’m so glad to hear you have the chance for a quiet weekend! It’s definitely well deserved. I’m off to check out all of the glorious inspiration you’ve gathered for us this week! Have a fabulously relaxing weekend!

    1. It’s so bananas Christine! I thought by now I’d be used to it, to be honest. Most of the time it’s totally ok but goodness gracious it can definitely wear you thin sometimes. We had a very productive weekend which has us starting off on the right foot this week, and for that, I am grateful. Hope you had a fabulous weekend too and your Valentine’s Week is off to a great start. Big hugs, CoCo

  4. So many great things here CoCo. I love all the Valentine inspiration you shared. Thank you so much for sharing my Valentine’s Day tablescape on your post. I truly appreciate it sweet friend.

    1. You are so welcome, Kim! You constantly inspire me in so many ways and I wish we lived closer all the time. We could totally hang like poopsies 🙌 Sending you lots of love and hugs as we kick off Valentine’s Week, CoCo

  5. I love everything you have shared! I’m with you that Feb should be our new start for the new year! Hoping you can get into a schedule and this next week is filled with blessings for you! XO Kristin

    1. Aww, thank you, Kristin! We really eased into the year so I was all kinds of excited when I read that February was the real start to the new year. I’m totally on board too! Hope your Valentine’s Week is a special one. It’s hard to believe it’s already here. Hugs, CoCo

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