From the Front Porch
Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day!
How has your week been?
Are you easing into summer or giving it everything you’ve got right out of the gate?
We’ve been at the cabin so our time has been spent hiking in the mornings, exploring new to us small towns, treasure hunting, reading on the porch swing, and stopping for peaches and ice cream every chance we get.
The rhythm of our days are so slow and steady, it makes me long for a simpler time.
I’ve often wondered how we can bottle up the magic of this place and take it home with us.
It’s incredibly peaceful here.
Whether you’re trying to carve out time for summer camp-inspired activities, create an intentional summer bucket list, embrace healthy habits by way of the Quarter Challenge, launch the dreams you’ve had on hold for whatever reason, or are in pursuit of sacred rest, please know I’m cheering you on this summer.
It’s hard to talk about your dreams, goals, and plans sometimes – I totally get it!
But don’t file them away for “someday,” ok?
Clarity comes with action.
So, be bold enough to take the next step.
It doesn’t have to be anything big or life-changing.
Small, consistent steps in the right direction are like ripples on a lake.
The impact is long-lasting and has the potential to reach further than you could ever imagine.
A Few of Our Favorite Things From Around the Web This Week…
I’m excited and honored to be featured over at The Antiquated Journey for Rachel’s blogger series. She had lots of fabulous questions so the interview on hope and home was such a fun one.
Julia’s Charleston home is really beautiful.
Every inch of this home tour feels totally French. On a side note, wait until you see the exterior transformation – it’s bananas, right? Just gorgeous!
I had not even heard of pantry drawers until I saw this fabulous makeover!
We definitely need this beauty at Loblolly!
Speaking of Loblolly, I’m totally losing it in the best possible way over this country house tour.
Can we just talk about Ina Garten’s East Hampton Garden for a sec? Gah-it’s just as stunning as you would expect!
If you haven’t seen this she shed greenhouse dressed up for summer yet, it’s delightful.
This light blue home office is so pretty!
The new David Austin Rose is amazing.
How pretty are these earrings?
Love this bracelet too!
10 Drugstore Makeup Finds (I’m always so thankful when people share these kinds of finds)
A Numerologist-Approved Guide to Angel Numbers (Not very many people in my circle have experienced this but it happens to me all the time)
Words to Live By…
Second Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…
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- April – The Gift of Home: Beauty and Inspiration to Make Every Space a Special Place by Bre Doucette (This book is filled with lots of neutral decor ideas that will help you create a home you love no matter what the season)
- May – The Power to Bless – Speaking Life into Those You Love by Alan Right (I had no idea I’d be impacted by this book as much as I was – I swear there is something highlighted on almost every page!)
- June – Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L Scott (I’ve been spending lots of lazy afternoons on the porch swing with this book!)
- Courageous Simplicity: Abide in the Simple Abundance of Jesus (This devotion will make you re-evaluate how you see time and what you define as simple. It’s definitely challenged my old ways of thinking which I did not expect!)
On the Menu this Week…
Week of June 19th – June 27th
- 06/18 Saturday: 56 Father’s Day Dinner Recipes
- 06/19 Sunday: Father’s Day (US): 35 Father’s Day Brunch Menu Ideas
- 06/20 Monday: Watermelon Poke Bowl (V)
- 06/21 Tuesday: 30-Minute Spicy Baked Fish Tacos
- 06/22 Wednesday: Grilled Nectarine and Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
- 06/23 Thursday: Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Quinoa and Vegetable Soup
- 06/24 Friday: Crab Cake Sandwiches with slaw and zesty sweet potato fries
- 06/25 Saturday: Egg Roll Bowls
- 06/27 Sunday: Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs with an Italian side salad
Sweet Treat to Try This Week…
100 Father’s Day Dessert Ideas Your Dad Will Love
Pink and Blue Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…
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Dress * Rattan Frames * Pillow * Comforter Set
Tote * Tees (size up if between sizes) * Sunnies * Shorts
Pink Pitcher * Candle * Short Set * Runner
Toiletry Bag * Toilet Brush * Curtain Panel * Blue Dress
If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
How to Make a Summer Grapevine Wreath
5 Simple Ways to Reset This Summer
Southern Living Idea House: Part 1
Southern Living Idea House: Part 2
June Bucket List…
- Celebrate Dad’s Birthday, Flag Day, and Father’s Day
- Enjoy the Cabin
- Begin 30 Day Rest Challenge
- Try a New Craft Project
- Learn to Make a Signature Mocktail
- Surprise Someone with an Unexpected Gift
- Take a Walking Photography Tour
- Continue Quarter 2 Challenge
- Read the Book of the Month
- Keep Sundays Sacred
June Simplified and Organize Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Paper Clutter, Photos, and Email
- 06/04 – Bills/Mail/Paper Clutter
- 06/11 – Digital Computer Files/Passwords/Photographs
- 06/18 – Your Email Inbox
- 06/25 – Organize Your Purse, Wallet & Update Your Phone Contacts
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 06/19 – Juneteenth, Father’s Day
- 06/21 – First Day of Summer
- 06/23 – National Pink Day
- 06/30 – Social Media Day, National Meteor 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.
This past is full of wonderful ideas!! And your book list!!! The power to bless us officially on my list! I’m so excited! Thank you so much for sharing my peg rail! Have a great weekend!
You are so welcome, Aliya! Your home is such a warm and inviting place. I just love everything you do – including the peg rail. It’s fabulous. The Power to Bless was such a game-changing faith-based ook for me. It completely made me re-evaluate the way I spoke to the people I come in contact with on a daily basis both online and off. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it too. Big hugs and happy summer, CoCo
What a wonderful and interesting post Coco, absolutely loved it. I hope your still enjoying your summer break at your cabin, sounds very ‘American’ from where I sit :))..how lovely.
Thankyou for sharing.xx
Thank you, Janette! It’s been so much fun to hike each day and relax on the porch swing at night. We’ve discovered lots of new towns and treasure hunting spots so it will be fun to visit them again during the Fall season when it’s time to trade peach picking for apple picking. Hope your summer is filled with a few unexpected fun surprises too. Hugs, CoCo
I’m so glad you got some time away to recharge. Congratulations on your interview with the Antiqued Journey. I loved everything you shared. I appreciate you for sharing my Patriotic She Shed post as well. Have the best weekend.
Thank you, Rachel! It’s been one of the best getaways we’ve had so far and I’m beyond thankful we were able to carve out some time to make it happen. It felt like an early summer gift. Hope your weekend and summer season is filled with all good things, CoCo
So glad you enjoyed your time at the cabin! It’s so important to take time to rest and refresh! Today I needed to hear that “Small, consistent steps in the right direction are like ripples on a lake.” Thanks for your inspiring words! Hugs, Donna
I’m so glad those words resonated with you, Donna! It’s hard to believe our time at the cabin is coming to a close but I’m beyond thankful we got to be up here for so long. There’s nothing like making and taking time to rest. Hope your summer is off to a great start so far, CoCo
What a gorgeous place CoCo – I’m so glad you’re happy there! It’s so refreshing to take that time. I can’t wait to read your interview. Isn’t it so cool that through this miracle of internet we can meet so many wonderful people? I never would have known you otherwise, and now your online friendship inspires me every day. Thank you for being you and sharing your love of life with us! ♥
Such sweet and kind words, Barbara, thank you so much I really appreciate it. The power of the internet never ceases to amaze me especially when it comes to creativity, connection and inspiration. It’s like a well that never runs dry! And I couldn’t agree with you more about how it brings people together. I’m constantly inspired by your beautiful tablescapes and helpful tips and tricks. They help make gathering around the table a truly blessed event. Sending you big hugs and thank you for all that you do, CoCo
I’m so glad you have enjoyed some downtime at the cabin CoCo. Congratulations on your interview with the Antiqued Journey. As always there are so many lovely things in this post. Thank you for all that you share.
Thanks so much, Kim! It was fun to get away and relax a bit after everything that’s happened lately. Full disclosure though, it’s been hard to get back into the swings of things today 😉 Hope you find some links you love and your week is a special one, CoCo