From the Front Porch

Happy Wednesday from the front porch, you guys. How has your week been? We hope you’re easing into the month of July with peace and joy.  Are you ready for the long holiday weekend? We know the 4th of July is always a fun to time celebrate being together with friends, family and neighbors. 

My family usually attends an annual neighborhood bike parade party each year and the littles go bananas.  The fire department lines the street with a few of their big red trucks while the kids ride bikes decorated with red, white and blue streamers down the street. 

This event usually happens in the morning before the city’s 4th of July parade so there’s always plenty of donuts and juice to go around.  After that we usually hit the beach to enjoy a sun filled day complete with packed lunch.  Later in the day (and hopefully after naps), we all meet back up and head downtown to scout out the perfect spot to watch the fireworks and enjoy a picnic dinner.  

The entire day is a whirlwind but it’s always lots of fun. We haven’t really decided how we’ll celebrate this year given the past few days but we’re working on it. 

A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week… 

Important reminders on how to help your dog deal with anxiety during the 4th of July fireworks .

As you guys know, we’re constantly looking for garden inspiration and be still our hearts, we’ve found it in this portfolio by Daigh Rick Landscape Architects.  No playing, grab your favorite beverage and dive in.  There is so much inspiration to enjoy.

Speaking of gardening, we just recently finished watching this documentary and it was so good!

If you’re planning any historical house tours this summer, you can visit these 5 Vanderbilt homes.

Did you guys ever watch the TV show, Full House? You can finally take a peek of what it really looks like inside.

5 of the Best Inflammation Fighting Foods to Enjoy All Summer 

This basil inspired tablescape from Jenny Kayne is gorgeous.

 I’m curious about this stress busting sleep tonic, has anyone tried it yet?

12 Hard Things to Start Doing For Your Happiness 

Just when I thought I didn’t have any tears left this week, I found this sweet story about an American D-Day veteran who is reunited with his long lost French love. 

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 July 8 – July 14

Monday – Grilled Cedar Planked Salmon with Grilled Veggies 

Tuesday –  Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls 

Wednesday – Raspberry Mango Chicken Cashew Salad 

Thursday – 15 Minute Lo-Mein 

Friday – Pineapple Pork Hawaiian Burgers (we’ll be subbing pork with turkey) with side of sweet potato fries 

Saturday – One Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo 

Sunday – Shrimp Pizza 

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Wait until you see this post on 10 Delicious Popsicles for Summer.  They all look really good!

If You’ve Missed Patriotic Inspiration on the Blog Lately, Here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To…

Simple Summer Movie Night Ideas 

Strawberry Donuts with Buttercream Frosting 

How to Make a Serving Tray From a Breadboard 

Quick & Easy Patriotic Party Cones 

How to Make a First Aid Cabin Sign 

Tips and Tricks for Patriotic Tablescapes 

Patriotic Porch Tour 

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 27 your Purse & Phone Contacts and looking forward to working on Week 28 Garden Supplies and/or your Potting Shed.  

*** 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 Housekeeping Notes…

As you can imagine, this has been an incredibly difficult week for us.  I’ve been in such a fog over the loss of our sweet Jelly Bean I’m not even sure where the time these past few days has even gone.  That said, I can’t begin to describe how much we appreciate your love and support.  It means the world to us.  I haven’t fully been able to come to grips or articulate how I feel about everything related to her passing just yet but I’m hoping to be able to soon.  Thank you in advance for the extra time to respond to comments, texts and emails.  Your grace keeps us going.  We are simply heartbroken over her loss. 

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Love you, CoCo, thoughts and prayers are with you.

    1. I really appreciate it, Patty, thank you so much. Big hugs and lots of love, CoCo

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