From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends.

I hope your Christmas and holiday season has been everything you’ve wanted and needed it to be.

We’re still on holiday break enjoying time with friends and family but I wanted to drop in in case you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve or simple ways to kick off the New Year!

In the past, I would have definitely been that person who tried to cram all.the.goals in January.

I’m talking everything from starting a new journal to new health and wellness routines to crafting new organization systems to creating new financial habits.

But trying to tackle everything at once can quickly lead to burnout or abandoning our goals all together if we’re not careful.

So, I want to gently remind you that it’s ok to take your time to decide what you truly want this year.

Choose one to three things to focus on in the month of January, map out a plan that feels doable given your current schedule and lifestyle, then be courageous enough to take action.

Milestone moments are the hero moments we tend to remember most.

But it’s the tiny steps we take every single day that ultimately pave the way for an extraordinary life.

As always, I’ll be cheering you on as you prepare for your best year yet.   

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

Beautiful Home and Garden Tours:

Seasonal Inspiration:

Health and Wellness Inspiration:

Style Inspiration:

Simple Pleasures and Little Luxuries:

  • This Etsy shop has so many beautiful prints and stationery sets.
  • These would be so cute to wear to a party.
  • My parents have always been so sweet to give us pieces of jewelry to commemorate certain milestones and these would be such a great way to kick off a year of reaching extraordinary goals.

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

10 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for the New Year

Rustic New Year’s Tablescape & Virtual Cocktail Party Blog Hop

Cozy Winter Nesting Ideas & Winter Home Tour Blog Hop

10 Things That Made the Biggest Difference This Year

You can find last week’s From the Front Porch with additional NYE ideas here if you missed it…

Organizing the Week Ahead…

Words to Live By:

Dates to Celebrate and Commemorate:

  • 12/31 New Year’s Eve
  • 01/01 New Year’s Day
  • 01/01 Buy January Birthday & Special Occasion Cards and Gifts
  • 01/02 World Introvert Day

Weekly Simplified and Organized Home Challenge Task:

  • Organize and Put Away Christmas Decorations and Decide on Next Year’s Theme

3 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Season:

  • Set Goals for the New Year
  • Do All Our Favorite Things on New Year’s Day
  • Create a Cozy Winter Home

Christmas Storage Ideas We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

(Amazon 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 for you. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Gift Wrap Organizer * Ornament Storage Box * Wreath Containers

Tree Storage Bag * Christmas Light Storage * Garland Storage

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. Great post CoCo! So much wonderful information. I’m liking the trends for 2024 and I’ll be wearing a tulle skirt for NYE. 🙂 Happy new year friend. XO- MaryJo

  2. I’m glad you’re still enjoying some much-needed time off. Those tours were amazing! I have been toying with painting the walls in our kitchen black or charcoal. We have cream cabinets that need new paint but no time or willpower to tackle them and cat vomit/outdated countertops. But going from Tiffany Box blue is such a big leap and so scary! Then I clicked on Haneen’s Haven and wowza, the stunning photos are something else! I’ve always loved black accents in every room but I also love light bright creamy white rooms. I guess we’ll see what mood I take when the day comes. All I know right now is that THE DAY IS COMING! Even if I have to do it myself! Happy New Year CoCo! XXOO

  3. Happy New Year CoCo! I hope your holiday vacation has been restorative. A new year always affords us so much opportunity – to start anew. New routines, new goals, new ways of thinking. . . Wishing you a successful, healthy, prosperous and joyful 2024. (And Piper too – of course)

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