Happy Valentine’s Day from the front porch you guys! How was your week? We hope it’s been a good one for you.
Do you have any fun plans for Valentine’s Day today?
We had planned to spend the day doing all our favorite things which include pink pancakes, chai lattes, a trip to the bookstore, an event at the zoo, Thai food for dinner and chocolate strawberry cupcakes for dessert. I think it’s going to have to wait until Sunday because the cold and flu bug seems to be making its way around the house now. I’m totally ok with waiting until we’re healthy and can really enjoy it though.
I’m not 100% yet but I’m definitely feeling better after struggling through three bouts of the hives and a severe cold. Thankfully, I was able to rest a lot and drink gallons of green tea and chicken noodle soup.
You guys were super sweet to leave get well messages, thank you! They helped so much.
Scenes from our week…
My Dad delivered the small buffet/sideboard this past Sunday, so I’ve been working on it this week which has been fun. I’m on the hunt for wood appliques now and am excited to see how the dining rooms comes together once this piece is painted.
A sneak peek into how we’re going to style the dining room hutch after I finally unpacked some of the goodies we picked up at the Renninger’s Extravaganza in January. I still need a few statement pieces, so we’ll be headed back tomorrow 😊
We’ve been laying pretty low this week, but we do have something pretty significant to celebrate…18 weeks post accident, S is officially wheelchair and ramp free!
She’s still in physical therapy multiple times a week, wears devices on both legs, and uses crutches every day because she’s not strong enough to walk on her own without aids yet. That said, it’s been a long journey so we’re celebrating every single event big or small we can!
A few of our favorite posts from around the web this week…
*There are so many gorgeous reasons to love this home tour.
*This post, What to do in the Garden this Month from Monty Don has me itching to get some plants in the ground.
*I’ve bookmarked this post, Don’t be Afraid to Do These 10 Hard Things for Yourself because it’s such a good one.
*12 Productivity Tips That Will Help Reduce Stress according to Forbes. I use #3, #6 and #9 every single day even on the weekends.
*This post, A Beginner’s Guide to Zero Waste is such a helpful read.
*This kitchen is seriously giving me all the feels! Can you even with that organized lunch prep station?
Quote of the week & Free Printable…
On the Menu this Week…
**(Just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)**
*Week of February 18 – February 24
Monday – Quick & Easy Lo Mein
Tuesday – Tamale Pie
Wednesday – Blackened Salmon with this Easy Salad
Thursday – One Pan Healthy Sausage & Veggies
Friday – Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels
Saturday – 10 Minute White Bean Soup
Sunday – Oscar Night – Find a few easy charcuterie board ideas here and pop the bubbly!
Sweet Treat to Try this Week…
Here are a few resort inspired finds from Amazon…
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If you’ve missed anything on the blog lately, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…
Spring Front Porch Tour (from the archives)
Spring Inspired Flower Pot Cupcakes (from the archives)
52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge
If you’re part of our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge, we’re completing Week 7 Establishing a Solid Nightly Routine & 15 Minute Clutter Catcher and looking forward to Week 8 establishing a solid cleaning schedule.
Cleaning schedules are great because they can be completely customized to meet your needs. Most people I know don’t have an entire day to devote to cleaning, but they do have an extra 15 or 30 minutes to clean something every day.
Take a look at your family’s calendar and assign a specific cleaning task to each day of the week – dust, vacuum bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, mop floors, linens/laundry, meal planning/grocery shopping.
Next, commit to keeping up with these daily tasks – make your bed, load/unload dishwasher, wipe down counters & sinks, take out trash, 15-minute clutter catcher – so daily messes don’t pile up and become overwhelming.
I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend. We have a busy weekend planned as we’ll be traveling to the Extravaganza on Friday, to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my extended family with a party in our hometown on Saturday and hopefully, if S is feeling better, we’ll be back home to celebrate Galentine’s Day on Sunday.
Speaking of Galentines, sending love and big hugs to our sweet friend Patty who has been a long-time friend of TCG! Happy Birthday Patty, we hope your day is as special as you are 😊
Whatever you have planned we hope it’s something you’re excited about. We can’t wait to see you back here on Monday. We have SO many projects we’re working on right now! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.