From the Front Porch: Cozy Spring Reading Edition

Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends. Thanks so much for being here and for making us a part of your day!

If you had a chance to read our Spring Home and Porch Tour post, you already know my Mom and aunts are a huge source of inspiration.  

In fact, some of my favorite projects came about because they asked me to solve a problem for them which I then passed along to you as well.

Even though most of my aunts are retired, they’re still incredibly busy ladies.

And more times than not they ask me to find simple uncomplicated solutions to help make their lives easier or better.

But they also have a very gentle way of teaching me things too.

Last year, one of my aunts had knee surgery and missed her milestone birthday trip.

So, this year, she’s excited to have a bit of a redo.

Recently, I asked my aunt how her week had been, and she told me she was “in training” for the trip and was up to 30 minutes on the treadmill without any knee pain.

While I celebrated her big goal, I also took note of the words “in training.”

I think most people would say, “I’m going to Yellowstone in a few months.”

But she said, “I’m ‘in training’ for Yellowstone,” and it made me realize that at 76 she was getting ready for the activities on the trip like a runner would train for a race.

And that one simple mindset shift made me look at how we were preparing for late Spring and Summer adventures in a completely different way.

While you might not be traveling to any place that includes lots of walking or hiking, I hope you’ll find a way to be fully immersed in whatever experience you might find yourself in mind, body, and spirit.  

After all, we’re each given 24 hours a day and I can’t think of a better way to make them count.

Especially, if you’re “in training” for something special.

As always, I’ll be cheering you on.

Spring Porch Tour with Hydrangeas-Eggs in Moss Covered Urn-The Crowned Goat

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 Recently, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…

Home Decor and Garden Books to Read This Spring (45 titles to explore)

Spring Home Decor Books-The Crowned Goat

Budget Friendly Side Table Makeover

Budget Friendly Side Table Makeover-The Crowned Goat

Quick and Easy Dried Flowers Card and Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop

Quick and Easy Dried Flowers Card-The Crowned Goat

Simple Spring Home Tour

Simple Spring Home Tour-The Crowned Goat

Simple Spring Porch Tour

Simple Spring Porch Tour-The Crowned Goat

Spring Inspiration We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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  • Dress (the blue and white would be so fresh for spring and summer)
  • Nail Polish Set (stole this out of my Easter basket because the color was so pretty I couldn’t wait)
  • Tote (also comes in blue)
  • Kindle Paperwhite (I see lots of people taking these to the beach and pool because they’re waterproof)
  • Tissue Box Cover (love the bee detail)
  • Top (comes in other colors too)
  • Napkins (such an easy color to dress up or down)
  • Cosmetic Bag (a simple way to keep beach essentials organized)
  • Pillow Covers (scallops are everywhere – these come in additional colors too)
  • Tumbler Set (fun for cocktails or mocktails by the pool)
  • Romper (comes in additional colors)
  • Dog Bowl (love that these dog bowls are pretty and practical)
  • Tassel Loafer (an easy way to dress up an outfit)
  • Patio Set (we have benches on both ends of the front porch but I wish we would have made room for a bistro table like this one)
  • Plates (love the smaller size and the wave pattern)
  • Loungewear (great for traveling)

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. I still have to find Easter basket stuff too. I cannot get over that school bus. I can barely get a room reno-ed and they revamped an entire bus. Have a great weekend, excited for the video, Sarah

    1. Ha ha I totally get what you mean, Sarah! You can tell they put a lot of hard work into that project, it really does look amazing. Thanks so much for your sweet excitement about our upcoming video. It’s probably the most personal one we’ve done to date and it was definitely the hardest one to record. I appreciate your encouragement, CoCo

  2. Hey CoCo – YES – we are blown away by how quickly time is passing us by! Meanwhile we feel like we are marching at a snails pace LOL. You know that we are professional HomeGoods shoppers so we can definitely relate to the 7 Secrets! And those bunny cupcakes are adorable! Cheers to hoping you get it all done! We know what deadlines feel like. Much love friend!

  3. Your blog is so beautiful! Thank you so much for including my bunny cupcakes. Hope you have a beautiful spring!

    1. I kinda of feel all teary now, Julie, you totally made my day – thank you! I hope you know what an inspiration you are to all of us. We look up to you so much! Big hugs, CoCo

  4. Sorry I haven’t been able to comment much this week, CoCo. I’ve been inspired by all of your posts. I got your email and thank you for helping me with the centerpiece. I can’t wait for Monday’s post. I’m always excited about the videos too. Have a great weekend,

    1. Don’t even sweat it, Ashley! I totally get what it’s like to feel like you’re playing catch up especially this week. You are so welcome about the centerpiece. I hope you like it! Thank you bunches about the videos. They are stretching me in ways I did not know possible. Hugs and happy weekend to you too, CoCo

  5. Another week of great finds CoCo. I love Julie Banner too. She rocks my world with her simplistic style. I started putting flowers next to my sink because she does.

    1. Julie does have the best style and I’m definitely with both of you – flowers next to the sink are always such a pretty treat. Hugs, CoCo

  6. Coco
    I appreciate you so much for your encouragement and for lifting me up by sharing my projects. Have the best weekend.

  7. Hello CoCo – First, I need to acknowledge the rockstar status of your 76 year old aunt. It’s so admirable that she welcomes a challenge and trains for it. There is much to be learned from her mindset. Second, you always find the best links to share of homes. I always walk away inspired. Third -thank you for sharing my eggshell vases! They are still on my table in a nest, decorated with daisies. Wishing you a fabulous weekend. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging us.

  8. Coco,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! Sounds like you will be going on a great trip!! I hope you are having a great weekend!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

  9. I really loved your gorgeous side table makeover and the beautiful dried flowers card you made. Also, I definitely want to do a better job of preparing for this years adventures. I really appreciated your reminder to “train” or prepare for things ahead of time.

    1. So sweet of you to say that, Heidi, thank you! I’ve been making that mindset shift all week as we prepare for a fresh month and another quarter. It goes by so fast and I’m thankful she shared a healthy way to stay focused on your goals big or small. Sending you lots of hugs for a happy week, CoCo

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