From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch you guys! We hope this week has been peace filled, productive and finds you turning any obstacles you might have faced into opportunities.

If you’re a TCG subscriber or follow us on Instagram, you’ll understand me when I say – we have water! I can’t even tell you how thankful I am for my Dad being able to fix our well pump this week, my Mom for washing all our laundry while I was working on the lanai makeover at Bliss Barracks and how I felt almost weepy to finally be able to relax in a hot bath after this crazy week.

If you looked at my planner, my week should have been filled with creating Spring content, negotiating and reading through new contracts, finishing the dining room makeover, getting the living room settled, moving the last of the ironstone out of S’s office and painting the laundry room.

But my week actually looked like this…

Thursday– Finding out S would be on crutches and in bilateral braces for another two months.

Friday– Emptying my office, the laundry room, and the living room in prep for Saturday’s big move. It was also the day I dropped my laptop, knocked one of the hinges off and cracked the screen.

Saturday– My parents came over to help move all the big furniture from my office, the living room and the laundry room.  It was also the day my car had to have an unexpected and major repair and our water pump went out.

Sunday– With the pump out, I drove down to Bliss Barracks to get a head start on painting the furniture on the lanai.  I was able to finish two pieces and we created more functional zones which felt like great progress.

Monday– My Dad came back over to help with the pump, and it took us all day.  I love living out in the country and on the island most of the time, but it took us nearly an hour to get to the store for $3 in parts.

Tuesday– The pump somehow sprung a leak overnight and my Dad had to drive back up to do additional repairs which took most of the day.

Wednesday– I drove back down to my parents’ house at Bliss Barracks to finish the buffet for the lanai as the hutch top will arrive from Loblolly on Monday.

As you can imagine, I spent all yesterday, just catching up.

There will be weeks where nearly every day is derailed by something out of our control, but I’ve come to realize it doesn’t have to derail the entire month.  When you miss the mark or things don’t go the way you plan, don’t let it sabotage all the hard work you’ve been doing to establish healthy habits and routines.

Give yourself grace, embrace new morning mercies, practice gratitude, make a list of your priorities, and just get started again even if it’s on the next best thing.

Scenes from our week…

I was looking for two ornate frames in a local thrift store for an upcoming project when I stumbled upon these topiaries for my Mom. They were $4.99! Can you believe it?

Watching this week…

As you guys know, we are huge Rachel Hollis fans! If you missed her theater event, you can now catch the documentary Made for More with Amazon Prime.  It’s totally fabulous and super inspirational!

Listening to this week…

We listen to all kinds of music around our house almost every day.  Some days are Etta James kind of days, some days are Eminem days and other days are gospel days.  The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing Psalm 34 helped me get through some pretty frustrating moments this week.

A few of our favorite posts from around the web this week…

*This Romantic Home that Embraces and Modernizes Classic Design Style is gorgeous!

*A Relaxed Southern Living Georgian Home.  That turkey, right? Love!

*Last week, I really struggled to decide on the curtains in our dining room, so I searched for a “backup fabric” option from stripes to checks to toile.  Now imagine my excitement when I came across this stunning toile inspired wedding where every detail embodies elegance.

*After a crazy week, I really needed this great reminder, Why Not…Celebrate the Obstacles?

*These 20 Random Acts of Kindness to Try Today are totally doable.

*Effortless Ways to Lose Weight and Eat Healthy

*The Healthy Habits You Need to Adopt ASAP 

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 March 11 – March 17

MondayOven Baked Chicken and Rice

TuesdayShrimp Fajitas

WednesdayGreen Goddess Fig Nourish Bowls (Vegan, Paleo)

ThursdayCelebrate National Pi Day with Quiche and a Side Salad. If you’re working late picking up a pizza on your way home would be a super easy way to celebrate Pi day too.

FridayEasy No Filler Crab Cakes with zesty sweet potato fries

Saturday– Carrot White Bean Soup with Croutons 

Sunday– Celebrate St. Patrick’s Daywith these Menu Ideas

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Easy Blueberry Pie

Here are a few Spring Cottage inspired finds we spotted on Amazon this week…

**(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Peony Wreath

Farmer’s Market Pillow Cover

Pastel Boot Vase 

Bird House 

Real Touch Faux Tulip 

Pink Buffalo Check Pillow Cover 

Pink Pails 

Bee Happy Mat 

Spring Speckled Eggs 

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


Bliss Barracks Lanai Makeover Plans

French Farmhouse Style Baker’s Rack Makeover 

Dry Sink Drink Station Makeover 

Spring Front Door Flower Basket (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 10 Organizing the Master Bedroom and looking forward to Week 11, Organizing the Master Bedroom Closet and Accessories.

I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend.  I have just a few things left to wrap up today and then I’m hoping to be able to steal a few hours away to decompress and relax after a crazy week. Thankfully, we have no plans for the weekend which makes me so excited.   I feel like we’ve been going non-stop since all the birthday celebrations started mid-January.

Whatever you have planned I hope it’s something you’re excited about too.  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 have had some tough breaks, but you have handled them with aplomb and grace. Kudos for keeping your cool and moving on.
    PS-when we have crazy times, Metallica is our go-to playlist LOL. Much love!

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