From the Front Porch

Happy Friday, you guys! How has your week been? Good, I hope! Do you have any fun plans for Memorial weekend?

We’re having company all weekend which means lots of trips to the beach, sightseeing and good food. You may remember I mentioned last Friday, we’ve been participating in a 7-day detox. We started a little late because we were out of town last weekend so I’m interested to see how we handle making healthy choices with guests that like to eat local specialties. We’ve made it without cheating so far but I have to say my sweet tooth has seriously struggled. It totally wore a pair of grumpy pants several times this week and I’m pretty sure I said the words, “I’m hungry,” and “I can’t even look at another glass of water,” and “Are carrot sticks all we have?” several times this week. I’ve never wanted a brownie or a buttermilk spice muffin from Mimi’s so bad ha ha!

In other positive news, I’m finally back working out on a regular basis and I have to say it feels really good. I haven’t even looked at the treadmill or gone on a long walk since finishing the River Run in March but we started the “walk and talks” in the mornings again and it has helped me stay motivated.

In housekeeping news, we’re staring our summer break for the blog which means we’ll be posting three days a week until the fall season kicks up starting on Monday. We have lots of fun series and projects planned and a lot of them are out of town so the extra travel time will be really helpful.


Scenes from my week:

* Funniest quote of the week, “Why are you cooking clothes on the stove?” I guess it sort of looked like that because I’ve been cleaning some of my Granny’s linens on the stove in large stockpots.

* These magnolia leaves from Hobby Lobby looked so real I had to touch them several times to make sure they weren’t! They have two different types side by side and you’ll definitely be able to tell which ones I’m talking about. They’re $8.99 per stem and 50% off this week.

* Summer rainy season is in full swing so if you’re traveling to Florida make sure to pack a jacket and wellies.

* This book is a quick read and small enough to fit in your bag and take to the doctor’s office or the coffee shop.

Here’s a peek at a few of our favorite things from around the web this week… (Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)


This article Farmhouse Living: Authentic. Hardworking. Warm. Intentional was a really good one. The home featured in the article has me ready to move back to my hometown.

Best Make Ahead Side Dishes for a Memorial Day BBQ

An eye shadow trick that will save your face

If Home Goods is your jam, you’re going to be so excited to hear this news.

I could barely talk after watching this sweet video, it makes me melt just thinking about it.

Our favorite version of “America the Beautiful”

I can’t believe these are paper!

This is casual enough to wear with salty hair yet pretty enough to look pulled together for grabbing tacos after a sun filled day.

This is going to be a must have if you’re planning a pool party.

Considering this for the bathroom. It says water repellent and the price is really good…what do you think?

This book doesn’t come out until September but it’s definitely going to be in my cart.

If you missed anything on the blog this week, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…

17 Ways to Ease into Summer

17 Ways to Ease into Summer-3

Surprising Decorating Lessons from an Old Fort

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How to Make a Lemongrass Room Diffuser

DIY Lemongrass Room Diffuser-11

Latest Finds and 3 Tips for Shopping Thrifted Finds

3 Tips for Shopping Thrifted Finds-7

I know Memorial Day and Memorial Weekend is not easy time for Gold Star families. I just wanted to let you guys know I’m sending lots of love, hugs and prayers your way this weekend.   You are not forgotten.

I hope you have a peace filled and relaxing weekend. I can’t wait to see you back here next week.  Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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One Comment

  1. Hey CoCo – You are always an inspiration. For us, when company arrives it is the perfect excuse to ditch the healthy eating plan. Kudos to you for sticking with it! Can’t wait to hear your Summer plans. Enjoy your fun filled weekend! Hugs to you!

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