From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends and welcome to May. There’s so much to catch you up on!

Earlier this week, we celebrated the launch of my sister’s mobile store. In addition to working a full-time job and having a busy family life, she runs Kaion Boutique which started out as a side hustle.

While her big dream is to have a brick-and-mortar store one day, last year she bought an old Airstream we lovingly called the Manifestation Capsule so she could set up at pop-up shops and events.

My sister and brother-in-law basically worked on it nonstop for the entire year! Once they got it all gutted, my Dad came in and helped them build it into a fully shoppable mobile store.

Here are a few pictures from the event, it’s so stinking cute…

On Babies:

Speaking of cute, we have babies!

It’s hard to believe how quickly the baby birds are growing. They’re in such a precarious spot because they are dangerously close to our front door.

While we’ve been super careful going in and out of the house, I’m definitely worried about what’s going to happen when they start learning how to fly.

Especially, because we’re in and out of the house multiple times a day all day. Let me know if you have any advice!

On Rebounding:

Several of you have asked how the trampolining workouts are going and I have to say, I love them. I also found out it’s not called trampolining, it’s called rebounding. I had no idea it was an actual thing!

I’ll share more once I find a workout video series I like. Right now, I’m just sort of trying them all.

Currently Watching:

We don’t watch a lot of TV because our sweet rescue Piper is really overstimulated by moving pictures and sounds. I have been able to sneak in a few shows and a fabulous movie these past few months though, so I wanted to share.

The Last Thing He Told Me (TV-MA) is on Apple TV+ and it definitely makes you think about how well you really know someone. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but it’s a good one!

The Diplomat (TV-MA) on Netflix is a political drama that takes place in London. The house they live in is gorgeous and I love that the interior of the buildings is as much a character as the actual characters!

Where the Crawdads Sing (PG-13 CW: SV) on Netflix is based on a best-selling book about a girl who raises herself in the marsh and becomes a murder suspect. S is still talking about how the movie ended!

Chevalier (PG-13 in theaters now) is based on the true story of Joseph Bologne, a violin and fencing prodigy who rises up the ranks to become the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. As someone who listens to classical music every day, it was so cool to see his story come to life!

An Elegant Nail Polish:

Thanks to typing, painting, cleaning, and DIYing, I can be rough on my nails. Recently though, I found an elegant nail polish I love.

It’s a little expensive for nail polish (I’ll link it below) but it lasts longer than the other ones I’ve tried. Of course, nothing is perfect but if you’re in the market for something subtle this could be it.

Be sure to apply it in thin coats and allow plenty of drying time between each!

On the Coronation:

I know the coronation is all about King Charles but goodness gracious all I’ve been able to think about this week is Princess Diana.

Laura-Ann from All.Thats.Pretty and Elizabeth Holmes of So Many Thoughts are both in London if you want to follow along and this was an interesting podcast about the coronation details too.

That’s all for now!

We’re attending Cinco de Mayo festivities tonight, a coronation brunch tomorrow then running to the soccer fields to watch one of the littles play in the last game of the season, then heading back for a Derby get-together.  Thankfully, there will be plenty of time to snuggle up with Piper on Sunday after such a wild weekend, we’ll need it.

Whatever you have planned I hope it’s a special weekend for you too!

PS: Thank you for the London pictures, Mom

A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web…

This home on Nantucket is filled with beautiful details.

Love this Greenwich House from Bria Hammel Interiors too.

Wait until you see the kitchen in this Amery Lake House

Give me all the pink! This primary bedroom has me swooning!

Trending: Dusty Blue Interiors

The Secret to Creative Coffee Table Decorating In a Modern Farmhouse

How to Refresh Your Bedroom with Affordable Vintage Decorating Ideas

These stylish outdoor dining area ideas are giving me so much inspiration for our outdoor patio.

Mother’s Day Luncheon Recipes Your Mom Will Love

How to Create a Floral May Basket

27 Unique Summer Wreath Ideas (I pinned so many of these)

This looks like such a fun place to shop.

Loved this interview with designer Pamela Munson. Her bags are works of art!

A Weekend Guide to Provence, France

The Right Way to Clean Your Luggage After You Travel

Are You Okay, or Are You an Eldest Daughter? (This definitely hit home with me and so many of my friends)

16 Things People with High Emotional Intelligence Often Say, According to Psychologists

Words to Live By…

On My Nightstand…

(Amazon and Target affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. As an Amazon and Impact Media Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Any sales made through such links will support us with a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

As I shared last week, I’ve been doing lots of research on morning routines while making tweaks to mine at home. It’s working out well so far and I’m excited to continue the journey.

If you’re ready to change your mornings, The Miracle Morning lays out a step-by-step actionable plan that is easy to follow.

I also read 5 AM Club which got great reviews, it just didn’t resonate as much as The Miracle Morning did. I wanted to include them both though so you could check them out for yourself.

You can find a complete list of the self-discovery books we’ve read here and our list of favorite podcasts here.

Self Discovery Books to Read This Year-The Crowned Goat

Menu Ideas…

May Menu Ideas

(including Cinco de Mayo, Coronation Day, and Derby Day ideas)

May Menu Ideas-The Crowned Goat

Home Décor and Spring to Summer Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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Short Sleeve Pullover * Rings * Tote * Flats

Accent Plates * Striped Pullover * Shimmer Stick * Sunnies

Block Print Pillow * Sofa * Tank Dress * Earrings

Heels * Pool Towel * Rug * Polka Dot Shirt

Kur Illuminating Nail Concealer (shown above)

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

Kentucky Derby Tablescape

How to Create a Kentucky Derby Tablescape with Vintage Horse Trophies-The Crowned Goat

How to Easily Revive Vintage Tarnished Flatware and Trophies

The Easiest Way to Revive Tarnished Flatware and Tropies-The Crowned Goat

Quick and Easy DIY Market Monogrammed Tote

Quick and Easy DIY Monogrammed Tote for Mother's Day-The Crowned Goat

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Spring to Summer Entry Ideas

Spring to Summer Entry Ideas-The Crowned Goat

Home Decor Books Coming Out This Spring

(books make great last-minute gift ideas too!)

Home Decor Books Coming Out This Spring-The Crowned Goat

May Bucket List…

  • Celebrate May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day, Coronation Day, Mother’s Day, & Memorial Day
  • Attend Recital and Graduation Festivities
  • Make Ice Cream
  • Sunset Picnic at the Beach
  • Buy Piper a Swimming Pool
  • Map Out a Solid Plan for Loblolly Refresh
  • Work on Back Patio Refresh
  • Continue Quarter Challenge in Q2
  • Continue Rebounding Workout
  • Morning Pages & Journaling
  • Finish Photography Class
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Continue Q2 Devotion
  • Continue Skincare Routine
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

May Word of the Month: Nourish

Activities to Enjoy:

  • Prioritize Self Care
  • Create a Simple 5-15 Minute Makeup Routine
  • Buy New Bras
  • Book a Relaxing Trip to the Spa or Treat Yourself to a Mani/Pedi
  • Sign Up for a Local 5K, 10K, 15K, Half or Full Marathon
  • Take a Power Nap in a Dark Room
  • Buy Flowers for Yourself and a Friend Who Least Expects It
  • Put Together 7-10 Outfits You Feel Amazing In

You can find our complete list of Word of the Month Ideas here.

Word of the Month Activities and Ideas-The Crowned Goat

52 Weeks to a 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 a Summer Bucket List

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…

  • 05/05 – Cinco de Mayo
  • 05/06 – Kentucky Derby
  • 05/06 – King Charles Coronation Day
  • 05/13 – National Dog Mom’s Day
  • 05/14 – Mother’s Day
  • 05/20 – National Rescue Dog Day
  • 05/29 – Memorial Day
  • 05/30 – 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. Those little birds are adorable! I love it when you get to see them grow closely like that. I don’t have advice though. Hopefully they will be fine.

    1. They are so sweet Susan! You can’t even see them as you’re looking at the front door. You actually have to stand inside the house. I’ll be sad to see them go but until them I’ll be praying daily they all make it out of the nest safely. Hugs and happy Friday, CoCo

    1. They’re so tiny Rachel! I can’t believe how fast they’re growing already. They’re super cute. Hope you have the best weekend, CoCo

  2. Oh boy, sounds like you are going to have an amazing weekend! Enjoy all the fun and have a wonderful week! Going to check out your links now!

  3. What a wonderful post, Coco. Congratulations to your sister that is such an adorable shop and perfect because she can move it around. I wish her the best.
    We, too, have started to watch The Diplomat, and I also love the interiors.
    Thank you for sharing my front door decor post. I am glad I could inspire you and others.

  4. HI CoCo- I am always impressed by how much work you put into these posts. I don’t know how you find so many awesome things to share. Speaking of awesome – I am in love with your sister’s airstream and how she designed it. The clothes also look like something I want to keep in my closet. Gosh those baby birds are adorable. Don’t you want to protect them with some sort of super natural force field? Have a fabulous week! The weather is looking great!

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