From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends! It’s great to have you here. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day!

This week has definitely been a whirlwind but in the best possible way.

Late last week I left for Bliss Barracks to attend our 2nd annual retreat as part of the Global Leadership Summit. It was so much fun and I learned a ton!

It was definitely one of those weekends you swear you don’t have time for yet leave with a full and happy heart. Bliss Barracks is in a gorgeous neighborhood with lots of trails and walking paths. We don’t have anything like that on the island so it’s always a special treat to be there.

About 15 minutes after the Summit was over, we loaded the car to head to Loblolly to squeeze in a few work days.

We’re not going to make our Labor Day timeline which is kind of a bummer but we got all the bedrooms (coming your way soon) as close to being finished as we could get them.

We still need 2 dressers or an armoire, another chandelier, and my Dad needs to take the medicine cabinet down in our bathroom so we can install the mirror we found a few weeks ago in Mount Dora.

Once that is finished my Mom is still going to look for furniture but we’re all going to take a break until after the holidays.

I’m back home now for a hot minute catching up on work, celebrating my niece’s birthday, cheering on the littles as they go back to school, supporting the ladies of the Lifestyle of Love blog hop on Saturday (sneak peek below), and on Monday we’re celebrating the anniversary of Journeys End with brunch and tickets to the museum.

Once all that is finished, we’ll be back at Loblolly to finalize photos, last minute touches and to have lunch with one of my aunts who has been such a sweet support of the blog.

And somewhere in there, I’m hoping there is pink champagne and petit fours because I feel like we need to toast all this hard work.

Whatever you have planned I hope your weekend and your upcoming week are filled with all good things.

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

This London flat is so pretty!

Jean Stoffer’s home never disappoints. Every detail is totally dreamy.

Speaking of dreamy, wait until you see the doors in this Gooseneck
Point Project
by Salt Design Company. They’re beautiful.

Everything in this home by Kelly Nutt Design feels peaceful and relaxing. The equestrian touch in the bathroom? I’m here for it.

Speaking of which, have you seen the portfolio of Westbrook Interiors yet? It’s really elegant.

We need these ideas from Finding Lovely at Loblolly, How to Pull the Yard Together.

I have always wanted to grow these!

Rachel is an amazing treasure hunter and I loved her post on How to Turn Cheap Thrift Store Finds Into Home Decor this week.

I just bookmarked Jen’s post, 5 Easy Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Backyard Tailgate it’s such a fun way to celebrate the season.

Anna’s Late Summer Hydrangea Wreath is so pretty!

Rachel recently shared all her clean health and beauty favorites and it was really helpful.

If you’re ready to start easing into the Fall season, KariAnne has you covered with 11 Ten-Minute Projects for Fall.

This common two-word phrase should be avoided according to an education expert and as someone who has lived with an anxiety disorder for decades, I couldn’t agree more.

50 Life Hacks You Don’t Want to Miss

Do you know your clutter personality type?

Backwards is Forwards (This was such a great post from The New Happy)

Words to Live By…

On My Nightstand…

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Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth by Nancy Levin

As always, you can find a complete list of the self-discovery books we’ve read here64 of the best books to read this summer here, and a list of our favorite podcasts here.

The Best Self Discovery Books to Read This Year-The Crowned Goat

Menu Ideas…

August Menu Ideas

August Menu Ideas-The Crowned Goat

Summer Green and Neutral Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…

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Green and Neutral Inspired Finds from Amazon and Target-The Crowned Goat

Rug * Water Bottle * Accent Table * Wreath

Weekender * Napkin Set * Tee * Duvet Insert

Mixing Bowl * Wall Art * Blanket * Lounge Set

Pillow Covers * French Basket * Kindle * Duvet Cover Set

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

17 Ways to Ease Into Fall

How to Host a Restorative Retreat at Home


Simple Melatonin and Lavender Bath Soak

How to Create a Melatonin and Lavender Sleep Soak-The Crowned Goat

DIY Shoebox Organizers

How to Personalize DIY Shoe Box Organizers-The Crowned Goat

Small Closet Makeover Tips and Tricks

Small Closet Makeover Tips and Tricks-The Crowned Goat

In case you missed it, here’s last week’s From the Front Porch post.

How to Create a Cookie Box-The Crowned Goat

And a sneak peek of tomorrow’s Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop post… DIY Pink Milk Glass


August Bucket List…

  • Celebrate August Birthdays and Grandparent Anniversaries
  • Pick up Fresh Office Supplies
  • Find Easy Breakfast Recipes
  • Celebrate Living at Journeys End 14 years
  • Finish Loblolly
  • Design 2024 Planner and Blog Notebook
  • Check Hurricane Kits
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

August Words of the Month: Listen & Learn

Activities to Enjoy:

  • Watch a New How-To or DIY Video
  • Take a Class and Learn a New Skill
  • Rediscover Your Favorite Childhood Hobby
  • Host a Mini-Retreat
  • Listen to a New Podcast or TED Talk
  • Make Reservations for a Random Date Night

August Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…

Focus of the Month: Car, Garden, & Garage

  • 08/06 – Medicine Cabinet & First Aid Supplies/Emergency Contact List
  • 08/13 – Garage, Attic, or Basement
  • 08/20 – Garden Supplies/Potting Shed
  • 08/27 – Seasonal Decorative Items-Fall

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

  • 08/12 – National Middle Child Day
  • 08/13 – International Lefthanders Day
  • 08/15 – Check the Chip Day
  • 08/17 – National Thrift Store Day
  • 08/19 – World Humanitarian Day
  • 08/24 – National Waffle Day
  • 08/25 – National Burger Day
  • 08/25 – National Banana Split Day
  • 08/26 – Women’s Equality Day
  • 08/26 – National Dog Day
  • 08/27 – Just Because Day 
  • 08/28 – Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • 08/30 – National Beach Day
  • 08/31 – Eat Outside 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. Hi, friend!
    You’ve been a busy bee this Summer! Can’t wait to see the finished rooms!
    Thanks so much for sharing my clean beauty products. I’m so, so grateful for your encouragement week after week. Truly.
    Wishing you the best weekend!!

    1. You are so welcome, Rachel! Trying to pick out beauty products when you have sensitive skin is really hard sometimes. I loved the things you had on your list and I’m excited to try them. Sending you tons of hugs for a peace filled and happy weekend sweet friend, CoCo

  2. Happy Friday, CoCo! Thank you so much for sharing my backyard tailgate post. I appreciate it!

    I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    1. You are so welcome, Jen! I can’t wait to try these ideas now that my nephew plays for his high school team, it’s going to be so much fun. Hugs, CoCo

  3. Hope you enjoyed the Global Leadership Summit! It’s been a long time since I participated, but I always enjoyed it and learned a lot! Sounds like you are having a great summer even though it’s been super busy! Can’t wait to see how Loblolly is coming along!! Have a wonderful week!!

    1. That’s so exciting to hear, Donna! It’s such a great conference. Working on Loblolly has definitely taken a lot of my time this summer but seeing my Mom’s face light up with every project we complete has been totally worth it. Hope you’re having a fantastic summer too, CoCo

  4. I always enjoy your “from the front porch” posts CoCo. I had so much fun going through all the inspiration this week and I get such great ideas from your monthly bucket lists. I’m holding onto summer as long as I can. Looks like you’ve had a busy one!

  5. First – petite fours and champagne are DEFINITELY called for. No question. The ordering of such items should have already taken place.
    Second – THANK YOU for sharing my late summer wreath! I am beyond honored and words can’t convey my appreciation.
    I am so excited you attended the leadership summit. It really does seem to give you a shot in the arm! What a beautiful setting.
    And I literally JUST finished a post on a lavender salt scrub!!! It’s that whole “great minds . . . ” thing.

    Have a great week!!

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