From the Front Porch

Happy Thursday from the front porch you guys! How was your week? We hope it finds you steadily accomplishing all the goals you’ve set out for yourself in the month of May as we enter the halfway point.

Every time I go outside, it feels like the summer slowdown is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

We had a super relaxing weekend which was exactly what we needed after working so many weekends in a row without a break. Looking back, I can see how it set us up for success.  The older I get the more I’m beginning to appreciate how important it is to listen to what your body, heart and soul needs before saying yes to all the things.

Since my Mom is in Isreal we’re all on “Dad Duty” taking turns each day to make sure he’s staying healthy and going to cardiac rehab.  As most of you know, he had a heart attack a little over a month ago and so far, he’s adjusting to the changes pretty well.

He drove up on Monday to meet me for dinner and it’s been funny to hear about his adventures at my sister’s houses too.  I secretly think he appreciates all the extra attention even though he reminds us nearly every day, he’s “grown.” ?

We’ve been slowly working in the yard to make sure everything has been weeded and planted before the summer heat sets in in just a few short weeks.  I’m hoping we’ll be able to get a few summer plants for the front porch later this week.

I started working on the home office makeover this week.  The space was once a bedroom that we’re turning into an office after we switched rooms for the One Room Challenge. I’m still stuck on how to set the room up and whether or not I want to install a wall treatment because the delay would hold up the makeovers for the bathroom, both of the closets and the living room too.

Since I feel unsettled about the decision, I’m moving on and working on the desk I picked up for $17.

Currently on my Nightstand….

If you love all things chippy, country house, French country, vintage, relaxed or romantic you will love this book! It’s packed with inspiration.

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

* Suzanne Kasler Designs a Serene Seaside Getaway in coastal Georgia and it’s just as beautiful as you would expect.

* This beach cottage home tour on Lake Huron is gorgeous too!

* Love, love, love all the gorgeous layers of texture in this cabin tour.

* If you’re headed to Washington, DC for Memorial Day weekend this post, 36 Hours in DC, has some fantastic lodging and food recommendations.

* 50 Social Etiquette Rules Everyone Should Follow.

* What Your Birth Order Might Say About Where You Live.

* Where to See Blooming Flowers Around the World

* Vineyard Vines for Target launches on Saturday and there are so many fabulously preppy pieces in the collection so you’ll want to shop early for the best selection.

* A new and very reasonably priced skincare line from Sephora.

* Face Rolling 101: How to Do It and Why

*10 Personal Development Goals for Success and Happiness

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 May 20 – May 26

Monday – Zucchini Pie

Tuesday – 5 Ingredient Green Chili Enchiladas 

Wednesday –  Italian Inspired Chopped Salad

Thursday – Crockpot Butter Ranch Chicken with side salad

Friday – Spinach Pesto White Pizza 

Saturday – Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner 

Sunday –  Lemon Spaghetti with Artichokes

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Mini Stars Berry Pies

Here are a few Memorial Day finds we spotted on Amazon this week…

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

Stars and Stripes Pillow Covers

Hydrangea Stems

Paper Fans


Women’s Romper

Ginger Jar

Paper Straws

Seagrass Chargers


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

How to Easily Sew Bed Crown Curtain Panels 

French Country Headboard Makeover 

French Linen Inspired Bed Scarf 

Patriotic Tablescape Ideas (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 20, Home Office or Guest Room and looking forwardto Week 21, Home Office or Guest Room Closet and Drawers.

*** Keep in mind, if you’re new to this challenge or have gotten behind for whatever reason, simply pick up on the current week and start again.  You don’t have to be perfect, just don’t stay stuck! This challenge is all about making progress no matter how big or small. ***

I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend. My plan is to at least get the office cleaned out and painted so we can start moving in some of the bigger pieces of furniture next week.  I’m secretly hoping it will help me decide if I want to install the board and batten or not.  Most of our weekends in June will be filled with travel so I want to get a jump start on things if at all possible.

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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  1. Another great week Coco. I’ve been wondering how you made the headboard look so different. I havent even thought about Memorial Day, thanks for the reminder. Cant wait to try the pies and check out the links.

  2. CoCo – we are so excited that your dad is doing so well. How fun for him to be treated to visiting all of his girls while your mom is away! Much live to you all!

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