From the Front Porch

I’ve tried all week to come up with something eloquent to say but the words just escape me.

On Monday, our sweet rescue Piper had another severe allergic reaction to several shots following her vet appointment and had to be rushed back to the office for emergency treatment. We had already received some really hard (but not surprising) news about her behavior struggles while we were there the first time so my heart was already tender.

Later that day, we found out my 4 year old cousin had been involved in a tragic horse accident.

He passed away on Tuesday just before lunch.

As you can imagine, we are heartbroken.

While I try to keep things light and encouraging on the blog and on social media, I must admit, I’m struggling this week.

Thank you in advance for your grace and for your prayers for his parents, grandparents, and siblings. And for our family who walks beside them in grief.

A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web This Week…

Such an honor to be included in Rachel’s post, 5 Favorite Home Décor Blogs.

The beautiful portfolio of Chauncey Boothby Interiors.

Beth Webb + Reynolds Plantation = Swoon Worthy Interiors

There are so many fabulous things to love about this Kentucky home tour.

A country cottage garden shed tour that will make you want to pull out your pots and start planting!

My friend Kim always has the best gardening tips, if you’re looking to create a low-maintenance garden this year this post is for you.

How to Clean, Organize and Maintain Garden Tools

These tin can planters are all so cute!

Love the wild Victorian wreath Debra made.

I can’t even with this doorscape – it’s stunning!

Julia Berolzheimer x Pottery Barn (the entire collection is totally dreamy)

Eat Your Way to Gorgeous Hair, Skin, and Nails with These 25 Nourishing Foods

The Correct Order to Apply Your Skincare Products

How pretty is this closet office?

21 Exercises to Try If You’re Looking for Awesome Arms

30+ Comfort Foods to Make for Loved Ones Who Need Support  

Words to Live By…

Second Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…

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On the Menu this Week…

Week of May 15th – May 22nd  

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cobbler

Memorial Day Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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Patriotic Finds from Amazon and Target-The Crowned Goat

Jumpsuit * Napkin Ring Set * Plate * Bunting

* String Lights * Crew Neck * Porch Banner * Ginger Jar

* Pitcher  * Bows * Pullover * Paper Fan Collection

* Tablecloth * Food Covers * Sandals * Dress  

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

8 Festive Patriotic DIY Ideas Blog Hop

Festive Patriotic DIY and Decor Ideas-The Crowned Goat

Using Chalk Paint on Metal Patio Furniture

Tips and Tricks for Painting a Metal Patio Set with Chalk Paint-The Crowned Goat

How to Clean a Ceramic Glazed Birdbath

How to Clean a Ceramic Glazed Birdbath-The Crowned Goat

Adding a White Paint Wash to Terracotta Pots

How to Easily Add a White Paint Wash to Terracotta Pots-The Crowned Goat

Cottage Inspired Front Porch Tour

Cottage Inspired Summer Front Porch Tour-The Crowned Goat

May Bucket List…

  • Celebrate May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and AM’s 1-Year Cancer Anniversary
  • Buy a New Sundress (for the love, get over your arms, CoCo🤣)
  • Make Ice Cream
  • Sunset Picnic at the Beach
  • Look for Fireflies
  • Buy Piper a Swimming Pool
  • Continue Quarter Challenge in Q2
  • Establish Exercise Plan to Strengthen Core
  • Begin the Miracle Month with Carrie Green Challenge
  • Organize and Finish the Laundry Room Makeover
  • Continue Morning Pages
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Continue Q2 Devotion
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

May Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…

Focus of the Month: Shared and Common Areas

  • 05/07 – Organize Household Books & Magazines
  • 05/14 – Home Office or Guest Room
  • 05/21 – Home Office or Guest Room Closet & Drawers
  • 05/28 – Create Summer Bucket List

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember and Upcoming Posts…

  • 05/14 – National Dog Mom’s Day
  • 05/20 – National Rescue Dog Day
  • 05/30 – Memorial Day, National Creativity 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, I am so sorry to read your sad news. There are no words for such a sweet young life to be taken. I pray for you all to find the strength to go on. I am sure God has a plan, take heart. Sending so much love to you

  2. CoCo,
    I can’t even express how sorry I am for your families loss. That quote is so perfect. Thanks for all your inspiration and wisdom.

  3. CoCo,
    I’m so very sorry about your cousin. I’m sending prayers of strength and peace to your and your family. Thank you so much for being raw and open in your posts…not many people can do that. You are such an inspiration. Also, thank you for sharing my post in your’s truly means the world and I am so grateful that you love it. I do hope you can have a relaxing and peaceful weekend, my friend.

  4. Prayers of comfort, peace and healing for you CoCo and your family xoxo

  5. Dear CoCo, My heart is aching for you and your precious family! I will be keeping you all in my prayers during this difficult time! I’m so sorry, Sending love and hugs, Donna

  6. Vee Thomas Muller says:

    CoCo, I’m so sorry for your loss. Vee

  7. Glenda Campbell says:

    Prayers for you and your family.

  8. Oh my gosh. What a terrible week. I will keep your family (and Piper) in my thoughts. Gigantic hugs to everyone who is struggling and grieving right now.

  9. My deepest sympathies to you and your loved ones. Losing anyone we love is hard but losing a 4year old is heartbreaking. Take the time you need to grieve. Take strength and comfort from your loved ones

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