Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends! It’s great to be with you as we get ready to say goodbye to February and welcome all the good things March has to offer.
At the end of each month, I sit down with my calendar and journals to carefully assess the things that went well and the things that did not go well at all.
This time of reflection has been an invaluable tool over the years and something I look forward to each and every month.
February was FULL as we celebrated four birthdays, Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and had a hilariously fun impromptu dinner with one of our favorite uncles. We added fresh labels and organization ideas to the kitchen, pantry, refrigerator, and Piper’s feeding station too. I upcycled a thrift store tray, made candlesticks from my childhood bedposts, and participated in a blog hop with some of my favorite creative ladies.
I worked on my closet refresh, trialed some blinds Piper can’t tear up (fingers crossed), went to Trader Joes for the first time, found a creative solution for the nights we don’t feel like cooking, spent the day with my Mom at Renningers (she totally needed a birthday redo after being in the boot for 6 weeks), took my parents out to dinner for the first time since my Dad’s health scare, cheered on one of my cousins who is *so close* to getting her home back in order after Hurricane Ian, celebrated as one of my sisters took a courageous step in her side hustle business and my bestie S reached a big milestone in her day job, and genuinely delighted as the youngest little welcomed the tiniest hamster I’ve ever seen into his heart and home.
You helped us add almost 10K more pageviews to January than we had in December (thank you, thank you, thank you) and we greeted new friends and subscribers.
I was also honored to walk alongside several of you as you battled through February like brave warriors. Change is not easy but you handled it like a champ!
During that time, I had a moment of clarity regarding something I’ve been praying about for nearly TWO YEARS which led to an action plan I finally feel at peace about.
No playing, I saw three rainbows that week and nearly cried every time I saw a new one!
As I’ve shared before blogging is not for the faint of heart.
It can be competitive, expensive, lonely, and sometimes exhausting because the pressure to constantly put out engaging content that is new/now/next while staying grounded and fully present is a lot.
But the beauty of it all is that blogging is also purposeful, joy-filled, exciting, and creative. It allows me the freedom to give our family what it needs in this current season of life and is a huge blessing.
The connection points I get to share with you via our website and on social media blows me away all the time. Those are the things I hold onto when the days get tough.
Truly, you are such a gift!
So, as we ease toward March, I encourage you to settle in and think about the things that went well this month and give yourself abundant grace when you assess the things that did not go as planned.
They both offer valuable insights into what you need most moving forward.
As always, I’m cheering you on as you ask the tough questions and have the courage to give yourself exactly what you need.
It’s not always easy but I know you can do it.
I believe in you.
PS: If February found you in the trenches and you’re looking for a good book recommendation, check out What’s On My Nightstand below.
The Book of the Month for March is one of the best self-development books I’ve ever read.
A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web…
Every inch of this blue and white home is gorgeous. There’s even a little pop of pink in one of the bedrooms too!
This Whidbey Island residence will have you ready for spring break.
Speaking of spring break, this beach house has a modern feel that is so fresh.
I love all the layers of texture in this home.
Can you imagine converting an old factory into your home?
This home has so many beautiful nooks. I love the way they took advantage of the outdoors too.
Wait until you see the plaid wallpaper in this fabulous sitting room.
This spring inspiration post makes me want to put moss on everything!
Completely in love with Michele’s Spring tablescape.
How cute are these eggs?
Jen made the most fabulous door basket for Spring!
Have you seen these cute planters Carol made yet?
So excited to try this idea on our St. Patrick’s Day tablescape.
Can you believe this was done with packing tape? I’m totally blown away.
Finally, several of you reached out about the Chrissie Rucker books featured in our Decorating With White post. I have both books and love them! You can learn more about The White Company and its mission here. They are dreamy!
Words to Live By…
On My Nightstand…
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Marie Kondo’s Kurashi at Home: How to Organize Your Space and Live Your Ideal Life (Despite all the controversy surrounding this book, I learned a lot. It really made me think about how I honor my home, my time, and those things I count as treasures.)
March Book of The Month…
My middle sister has been itching to get me to read, Believe IT: How to Go From Underestimated to Unstoppable by Jamie Kern Lima so I promised her it would be the March Book of the Month.
She literally called me every morning to tell me how inspiring it was and was so persuasive I got the book early and couldn’t put it down.
It reads like a novel and I loved every inspirational word. We both said it was one of those books you want to read every January to help pump you up for the year.
Don’t sleep on this one!
You can find a complete list of the other self-discovery books we’ve read here.
March Menu Ideas…
Home Décor Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
March Bucket List…
- Celebrate Piper’s Adoption Day and St. Patricks Day
- Cultivate Healthy Habits
- Decorate the House for Spring
- Replant Container Gardens on the Front Porch
- Shop for Easter Basket Gift
- Finish Closet Refresh
- Make a Decision on the Bedroom Chair
- Yoga Before Bed
- Continue Quarter Challenge
- Read the Book of the Month
- Keep Sundays Sacred
March Words of the Month: Cultivate Healthy Habits
Activities to Enjoy:
- Make a Healthy Smoothie or Juice Recipe
- Enjoy Movie Night with a Friend
- Go for a Walk on the Beach or in a New to You Trendy Neighborhood
- Prioritize Sleep
- Stretch Before You Get Out of Bed
- Fill Your Water Bottle and Place It in the Fridge Before Going to Bed or Place a Carafe Filled with Water on Your Nightstand
- Do a 15-Minute Clutter Catcher Clean-Up Each Night
You can find our complete list of Word of the Month Activity Ideas here.
March Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Primary Bedroom and Bathroom
- 03/05 – Primary Bedroom
- 03/12 – Primary Bedroom Drawers
- 03/19 – Primary Bedroom Closet & Accessories
- 03/26 – Primary Bathroom Cabinets and Countertops
You can find the entire 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge Plan here.
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 03/01 Celebrate Piper’s Adoption Day
- 03/01 Order Birthday and Special Occasion Gifts
- 03/03 Caregiver Appreciation Day
- 03/03 National Day of Unplugging
- 03/07 Early Spring Decor Ideas Blog Hop
- 03/08 International Women’s Day
- 03/10 Harriet Tubman Day
- 03/12 Daylight Savings Time Begins, US
- 03/12 National Plant a Flower Day
- 03/13 Commonwealth Day
- 03/13 National Clean Out Your Closet Week
- 03/14 National Pi Day
- 03/17 St. Patrick’s Day
- 03/20 First Day of Spring
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!