From the Front Porch

Happy Thursday from the front porch you guys! How was your week? We hope it finds you ready to enjoy a long weekend as we celebrate Memorial Day and unofficially kick off the beginning of summer.

This week has been a great week this week as we prep for the office makeover, a wild weekend and gear up for a summer sabbatical of sorts.

On Dad Duty

As I shared last Thursday, we’ve all been on “Dad Duty” while my Mom is in Israel and it’s been so much fun.  We promised her we would diligently look after my Dad since it’s only been a little over a month since he had a heart attack.

He has the personality of Rambo and Clint Eastwood since he was in the military for 45 years. So, when he agreed to meet us at an arcade for games and bowling, we were all shocked.  My middle sister challenged us to a motorbike race and my brother in law sent us this picture. 

My Dad normally hates crowds but as you can see, he was totally into it ?

He’s been out of town this week and we miss our dates with him each night already!

TCG Behind the Scenes

While I was out looking for office inspiration, I spotted these fabulous horse photos!

I plan to use them on the bookcases or on a cool art ledge once we’re able to get the board and batten installed.

At the same antique store, I spotted this gorgeous bed! Can you even imagine sleeping there?

Finally, and this is probably the most important thing in this post, we celebrated S being officially off crutches and bilateral braces.  She broke one leg in multiple places and tore all the ligaments and tendons in the other leg last October which caused her to spend months in a wheelchair, so this is a HUGE deal for us!

S will still have to keep the crutches and braces in the car for the times she has to navigate uneven terrain. Consequently, we won’t be skiing, hiking or going to be beach for a few more months either. But it feels like the biggest blessing to be on the other side of what has been a pretty crazy and difficult year.

From her shoulder surgery last May to the leg surgery in October, I seriously can’t thank you guys enough for all your love and support! It’s been a wild ride to say the least.

Reading this week…

One of my big goals for the summer is to find time to read more. If you loved Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis, you’ll love her follow up book Girl, Stop Apologizing.

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

* This Cape Style home is decorated in classic red, white and blue style.

*9 Beautiful Sun Rooms You’ll Love

*This spectacular Spanish townhouse on Mallorca is the stuff dreams are made of!

*How Living Abroad Changed My View on “Being Busy”

* There are so many gorgeous destinations on this list of the 10 Happiest Countries in the World.

* 4 Time Management Tips that will easily work for each day.

* If you love before and after makeovers, you’ll love how an antiques dealer in Kentucky decorated her first home.

* Love, love, love this stunning master bathroom makeover!

* This greenhouse is so dreamy it makes me want to run to the permit office and get started building a greenhouse of my own.

* Add these 25 habits to your daily routine for a happy life.

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 27 – June 2

Monday – Easily plan your Memorial Day Menu with these recipes.

Tuesday Jerk Shrimp Tacos

Wednesday – Spicy Southwestern Salad with Avocado Dressing

Thursday – Crockpot Butter Ranch Chicken with side salad

Friday Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Saturday – Sheet Pan Sriracha Ranch Chicken

Sunday Tuscan Tortellini Pasta

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Celebrate Memorial Day with this patriotic cheesecake recipe

Here are a few summer patio finds we spotted on Amazon this week…

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Floral Pillow Covers



Outdoor Dinnerware Set 

Indoor Outdoor Rug 

Side Table 


Extendable Dining Table 

Check Pillow Cover 

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

10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day 

Decorate for Summer in 5 Easy Steps 

Home Office Makeover Plans 

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 21 Home Office or Guest Room Closet and Drawers and looking forward to working on Week 22 Summer Bucket List.

*** 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. ***

TCG Upcoming Posts & Updates

I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend. Our schedule this weekend is going to be bananas but in the best possible way. Tomorrow, I’ll travel down to watch my sweet nephew graduate from elementary school and to welcome my Mom home from Israel.

Saturday, I’ll drive back down to watch my niece in her dance recital. Then travel with my family to our hometown a few hours away to see three of my cousins graduate from high school.  Sunday we’ll all meet for dinner to celebrate my nephew’s graduation.

On Monday, we plan to commemorate Memorial Day and to officially kick off the summer season. Sometime during all these activities, I’m hoping to meet up with my Dad. He’s offered to cut the wood so we can start installing the board and batten in my office early next week.  There are tons of things coming down the pipeline this summer.  I’m itching to use my office before things get too squirrely!

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 really like the outdoor patio features this week and the Spanish home tour really id positively dreamy. Its fun to see you with your family because you talk about them all the time. I’m curious what your sisters are like.

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