From the Front Porch: Morning Brew Edition

Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends and thanks so much for making us a part of your day. Welcome to the Morning Brew Edition!

I’m keeping it short and sweet as I’ve been working from bed all week thanks to pulled neck and back muscles.

Sunday night we got home from my parent’s Super Bowl bash, and as I was getting ready for bed, my adorable and very mischievous rescue Piper was playing with one of her favorite rubber balls.

Well, somehow the ball wound up underneath one of the nightstands. 

So, instead of asking for help and moving the nightstand, I bent down and extended my arm (and neck) as far as I could to save a step.

The minute I pulled the ball out and handed it to Piper though, I felt a burning sensation in my neck.

It was pretty late, so I chalked it up to being out of shape and simply went to bed.

But the pain worsened overnight, and I woke up on Monday morning unable to move my neck, back, or arms without intense pain and charley horse-like muscle spasms.

Thankfully, things are on the mend now and I keep reminding myself they will get better but gah so much drama for a $2 rubber ball!

In the past, I would have 100% done everything I could possibly do to push through for the sake of getting things done.

But the older I get the more I realize, I’m the only person who can prioritize my health and well-being.

So, as we hit the halfway mark of February, I encourage you to think about where you need to take a step back and reassess what you need most.

Giving ourselves grace and time to heal is not always easy, but it’s a necessary step in helping to build a strong foundation that will ultimately help carry us through the rest of the year.

Cheering you on as you prioritize your needs and build a life you love.  

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

Beautiful Home and Garden Tours:

Seasonal Inspiration:

Health and Wellness Inspiration:

Style and Travel Inspiration:

Simple Pleasures and Little Luxuries:

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

Indoor Coffee Station Upates

Indoor Coffee Station Upate-The Crowned Goat

DIY Bee Stencil Tray and Handcrafted Society Blog Hop

DIY Stenciled Bee Tray-The Crowned Goat

Raspberry Iced Coffee

Raspberry Iced Coffee-The Crowned Goat

Cinnamon Coffee Hazelnut Simmer Pot

How to Create a Cinnamon Hazelnut Coffee Simmer Pot-The Crowned Goat

Simple Ways to Elevate Your Mornings

Simple Ways to Elevate Your Morning-The Crowned Goat

The Valentine’s Day That Changed Everything

You Can Find Last Week’s From the Front Porch here, if you missed it…

Organizing the Week Ahead…

Words to Live By:

Dates to Celebrate and Commemorate:

  • 02/17 National Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • 02/19 President’s Day (US)
  • 02/20 Love Your Pet Day
  • 02/29 Celebrate Leap Year

Weekly Simplified and Organized Home Challenge Task:

  • Declutter Kitchen Counters/Coffee Bar Area

3 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Season:

  • Begin or Discover a New Self-Love Practice
  • Reclaim Afternoon Tea Time
  • Take Advantage of President’s Day Sales Events

Morning Brew: Coffee and Tea Bar Inspiration We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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Coffee and Tea Bar Essentials on Amazon-The Crowned Goat
  • Book (excited to try some of these recipes, we’re always looking for breakfast ideas, especially on the weekends)
  • French Press (have, love, and use all the time)
  • Ninja Dual Brew Pro (we have the 305 with the stainless carafe which was about $60 more than this model but this one is similar. It takes some getting used to but it’s been fun to try out new specialty coffee recipes)
  • Keurig Elite (my parents have and love)
  • Tea Kettle (not on the grid but we’ve used ours for years and love it)
  • Tea Mug (have, love, and use all the time)
  • Chai Tea (currently in my cart) Earl Grey Tea (not in the grid but wanted to mention because it makes the best London Fog)
  • Mugs (I couldn’t find the exact link to our mugs but these are similar and the size is generous)
  • Iced Coffee Glasses (we need to replace our current glasses and these look like a convenient option)
  • Mug Tree (have, love, and use in our coffee station)
  • Spoon Rests (have, love, and use every day)
  • Spoons  (have, love, and use every day)
  • Honey Pot (this has been on my wishlist forever and would make using honey so much easier)
  • Syrup Dispensers (has anyone tried this style? We’ve always used the pumps but I’m curious about these)
  • Tea Canister Set (have, love, and wish they made a bigger size)
  • Tea Organizer (this is a good option if you only need to organize tea)
  • Clear Organizer Set (have, love, and use in almost every drawer in the house)
  • K Cup Organizers (this is the one I got for my parents which they love but this one might be more budget-friendly if you use K Cups for coffee and tea) 

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!

Many blessings,


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  1. Its always fun to see what you’re up to each week CoCo. I loved that garden house too. I haven’t even started thinking about spring decorating but I love the egg wreath. Have a great weekend, Sarah

    1. That garden house is gorgeous, right? I love it too! I hope you have a great weekend, CoCo

  2. Hey CoCo – we can’t wait to see your Spring decor! Here in Georgia, our weather just warmed up this week. It’s still too unpredictable to plant anything outside – but we have a wish list. Regarding interior Spring decor shades of pink creeped into the dining room! No one is more surprised by this color than we are LOL. Stay tuned. Have a wonderful weekend! Much love.

    1. I love pink any time but especially for Spring ladies! I have a pink wreath on my door right now and it makes me happy every time I see it. I’m super excited about seeing your decorations. I know they will be so fabulous. Hugs for a happy weekend, CoCo

  3. So sorry about your back!! I totally know how you feel because I get frequent muscle knots in my neck that make my whole back tense up. Thanks goodness for chiropractors!!
    Anyways, hope it’s warm there! We got 6 inches of white, fluffy snow yesterday 🙂
    BTW..I LOVE Morgan Harper Nichols…that quote is such a wonderful one.
    Take it easy, friend!

  4. Coco,
    I hope you feel better soon…I love your outlook on self care and it is very important to realize that you have to take responsibility and prioritize yourself when it comes to both your physical and mental health!!
    We too have had snow here…7 1/2 inches on Tuesday and 3 1/2 yesterday…Winter is definitely still here in NEPA…I will be checking out some of the links you posted so I appreciate you doing so!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

  5. Hi CoCo! So sorry to hear you pulled the muscles in your neck and back! It’s so crazy how such a tiny movement can bring on so much pain! Prayers for a quick recovery! Hopefully, you’ll be back to your normal self by next Friday! Hugs, Donna

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