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My Best Books and Bible Studies of 2017

Posted in Christmas, good reads
on December 20, 2017

My Best Books and Bible Studies of 2017


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Best Books and Bible Studies of 2017. — Hey neighbors! Thanks for stopping by The Pineapple Porch! So anyone else still looking for some Christmas gifts? If you are, you came to the right place!


In my opinion, books are one of the best gifts you can get (and receive), and I have a great list for you! This list is compiled from the books I have read and enjoyed (if I didn’t like the book, I didn’t include it on the list) over 2017. First, you’ll find a list with a link to Amazon where you can read the book synopsis and add to your cart (through these links, you should be able to get any of these books before Christmas). Then, below that list, I will explain what each book is about and what I enjoyed about it. Lastly, in bold, you’ll see who I recommend the book for (example: the hostess, the history buff, etc).


My hope for you is that you will find some great gifts and maybe even some books for you to read for the new year! This list covers fiction, memoirs, Christian lifestyle, history, Bible study workbooks, devotionals, and more!


Let’s jump in! Happy reading and happy shopping, yall!

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Christmas Writing the Word Giveaway Winner

Posted in Christmas
on December 5, 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our Christmas Writing the Word giveaway! I love doing giveaways, and I wish I could give a journal to each and every one of you who reads The Pineapple Porch! Although I may not be able to give something to everyone, I plan to have plenty of giveaways throughout the coming months so make sure you are subscribed by email (you can do that by entering your email in the right column on the homepage). And, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @thepineappleporchblog for updates, Insta-stories, and graphics from the latest posts! Also, while you’re on Instagram, make sure send me a DM or comment on a recent photo, I love interacting with you guys!

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Christmas Writing Scripture 2017 + A Giveaway!

Posted in Christmas, Writing Scripture, Writing the Word
on November 30, 2017

The Pineapple Porch’s Christmas Writing Scripture 2017 | Writing the Word

Christmas Writing Scripture 2017 | The Pineapple Porch


It’s the most wonderful time of the year (#itreallyis #ilovechristmas)! I am so excited for this month’s Christmas Writing Scripture I can barely stand it! There are so many beautiful, beautiful things we will discover as we write the Word this month. Although you may have heard and read the Christmas story many times before, I pray we will be struck by the wonder, grace, and miracle of the birth of Christ afresh. Let’s pray that He reveals things in His Word we have never noticed before and that at the end of this month, we will be deeply changed because in this season we dwelled with our Savior, Jesus.

Although this is the busiest time of year for most of us, let’s also make a point to remember Jesus and commit our time to writing out the account of His birth. We owe it all to Him, yet He keeps giving. I know there will be so many gifts to receive as we abide in His Word this month!

Let every heart prepare Him room. Glory to God in the Highest!

(PS – Did you know that you can write the Word with your small group, family or friends? You can also join us in writing on social media by using the hashtag #writingtheword!)

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Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

Posted in Christmas, danielle
on November 24, 2017

Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide | The Pineapple Porch

It’s Christmas time, yall! We love a good gift guide here on The Pineapple Porch so we plan to bring you a few great ones this year! But to kick off gifting season, and in honor of small business Saturday tomorrow, we want to highlight some Jesus-loving ladies who own small businesses! So, let’s hop into our Shop Small Business Christmas Gift Guide!

Also, don’t forget to check out our previous years’ Christmas gift guide posts here:

Small Business Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Presents with a Purpose 2015

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Favorite Christmas Advent Studies

Posted in Christmas, danielle, good reads, holidays
on November 21, 2017

The Pineapple Porch’s Favorite Christmas Advent Studies 2017

Christmas Advent Studies | The Pineapple Porch


Happy almost Christmas season, yall! One of my favorite things about God and His Word is that it can be studied for an entire lifetime and there will still be more to learn. There’s no end to the wisdom, encouragement, and direction we can constantly get from studying it. We’ll never be able to truly get to the bottom of the magnitude of what Jesus did for us. This, in turn, makes studying Scripture an exciting adventure. There’s always something new to learn and something deeper to dive into. I’ve learned this to be true especially around the Christmas season, studying the birth of Christ.

One of the main things that helps me focus in on Christ during the busy Christmas season is reading a book or doing a study for Advent. It helps me see Christmas and the birth of Christ in a refreshing, new way. Because of that, I highly recommend trying out an Advent study if you never have. And if you’re like me and look forward to new Advent studies each year, I hope you will find some good new ones on the list below. Either way, my prayer is that we all slow down a little more and bow a little lower to worship and celebrate the promised Messiah.

So, without further ado, here’s our Christmas 2017 Advent Studies list!

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Christmas Shopping Guide!

Posted in Christmas
on November 25, 2016

It’s officially Christmas season, yall! Christmas is all for Jesus, and because of His love that fills us, we can go through the Christmas season with full joy in giving to others because He gave to us first (1 John 4:19). He is the Father of good gifts after all (James 1:17).

So as we make our Christmas lists and get on our shoppin’ shoes (is that even a thing?), let’s lean in a little closer to see if we can make a difference for Christ even in the way that we shop.

Now as much as we here at TFP love a long morning stroll through Nordstrom, we also found we can make a great impact by supporting small businesses. And what we love even more is supporting small business owners who love Jesus!

So we have gone on an internet-journey to find some special little shops that are unique and affordable and the owners are Jesus-loving ladies who want to expand the Kingdom of God using the creative gifts our Lord has blessed them with.

Below you’ll find a little about the shop and owner, our favorite products, product photos, and many have even included a coupon code! What a great way to encourage our sisters in Christ by shopping their brands and supporting their causes.

So grab a cup of tea and your debit card and get to readin’! Happy shopping, neighbors!


GraceLaced is owned by Ruth Chou Simons who is a Chinese-American local artist and writer who lives in Los Ranchos, NM with her husband Troy and their six sons: Caleb, Liam, Judah, Stone, Asa, and Haddon. 

She’s written at her website, for the last 8 years, from where she’s grown a thriving ministry and business centered around her drawings, paintings, and hand lettering. 

Ruth’s passion is to see God’s Word proclaimed and the Gospel adorned through the reflecting of His handiwork in creation. She longs to encourage women to preach the truth of God’s Word to themselves, and is honored to use her words and artwork to do so. 

Once you head over to GraceLaced, keep an eye out for their beautiful Hope in the Desert calendar, or one of their stunning journals. And if  you are looking for Christmas cards, you can find the prettiest cards around here!

Psst…GraceLaced is having a huge Black Friday sale! Check out the graphic below for details!




Garland & Pendant 

Allison Blackburn is the owner and creator at Garland & Pendant which offers vintage, inspired, fun and fanciful items, always hand embroidered by Allison. Allison is a wife to her best friend, Steven, who works in full time ministry, and mom of three kiddos under 5. Allison’s youngest is a cancer fighter so they’re huge fans of St. Jude Children’s Hospital where they travel to get her treatments every handful of weeks. 

As a stay-at-home mom, Allison adores nap time where she can pursue her passions for all things handmade and small-business. Around her house things are usually equal parts fun times and freak-out moments. When she’s not overthinking things, she’s taking huge leaps…and she’s still searching for that healthy balance somewhere in between! 

At Garland & Pendant, everything is embroidered by Allison herself so you are sure to find gorgeous jewelry and unique home decor! Make sure to check out her monogrammed hoop art and her embroidered necklaces!

Allison graciously offered a coupon code for all your Christmas shopping needs! Just type in GANDPXMAS for 15% off your order!






Source provides a way to engage our culture with the Gospel in a fresh, creative way. Your purposeful choice of fashion is a simple way to display truths about our God to the world. Source’s hope is that their designs will prompt conversations that give you an opportunity to share Jesus with those around you.

Among so many great products, we’re especially dying over Source’s beloved baby onezie and beloved mama tee! They also feature phone cases, coffee mugs and bags as well!

Source was so kind to offer a coupon code to our readers! At check out, use the code TFP15 for 15% off (code expires 1/1/17)!






Wood Burning Beauty

Wood Burning Beauty is owned by Allison Lauderdale, a 28 year old, Jesus-loving, fur baby momma from Fort Worth, TX. Allison taught herself how to wood burn when she wanted to save money wedding planning. She fell in love with the art of making her own wood decor and the rest is history!

Allison started her business in March and she is so thankful for her husbands support and to the Lord for the growth that’s occurred in this first year of business. She wood burns everything by hand in her shop and is mostly inspired by Scripture and adventure. She also loves taking custom orders as it pushes her creative abilities and is a sweet way to connect with her customers. 

Don’t miss the adorbs wood burned spoons and cutting board (it’s the perfect hostess gift!), and we can’t get over her super special wood wall decor, like this “He comforts us” heart!

Wood Burning Beauty has a great selection of unique gifts for you to choose from and when you’re ready to check out, make sure to use the code “GRATEFUL” for 10% off all products!







Imperfect Dust

Imperfect Dust was started after owner Danielle Stringer’s own journey with Christ was brought out of the ashes. After years spent running from her Savior, God showed her how dirty she was and how much she needed Him. With revival in her heart, she began to pray for God to use her life for His glory. Lettering began to be her outlet for worship. These hymns were some of her favorites growing up in the church! Her prayer is that each sign encourages and reminds us of our Father’s unconditional love for us. Even though we are just imperfect dust.

Imperfect Dust specializes in hand lettering over hymn sheet music and also does custom orders, but don’t forget to also check out the black chalkboard signs as well!

Danielle was so kind to offer a coupon code just for The Front Porch readers, so when you’re buying all your super cute gifts, make sure to type in FRONTPORCH10 for 10% off!








Scarlet & Gold 

Scarlet & Gold is a gift and lifestyle brand. Their mission is to give, create and inspire. Scarlet & Gold creates products meant to be used as tools to start great conversations. 

Scarlet & Gold offers many things including one of our favorites, their jewelry!



We hope you found some great little gifts from our Christmas shop round up! What are your favorite small businesses? Comment below and let us know!

Maintain, Don’t Gain!

Posted in Christmas, fitness, rebecca, thanksgiving
on November 18, 2016
TFP Team – the holiday season is already upon us! (Can you believe that?!) That means time with those we love, time to reminisce on memories of the past year, time to set new goals for the New Year ahead, and, most importantly, time to remember the true Reason for the season.
It also is time for many gatherings and parties, and if you’re anything like me, I struggle with eating clean during this “little” window of time called October to January!
There’s a phrase I heard a couple of years ago that has stuck with me during this time of year:  “maintain, don’t gain.” And personally, that’s my goal throughout the holiday season. Yes, we absolutely should celebrate the year we’ve been blessed with and especially Jesus’ goodness throughout these past 12 months (in the good times and in the hard times). However, that doesn’t give us a golden ticket to eat anything and everything in sight over these coming weeks as we find ourselves hopping from holiday party to holiday party. (Christmas and New Year’s really should not be allowed to be this close to each other on the calendar!)
Since the Lord has blessed us with these bodies to carry us throughout the year, let’s make sure we treat them right as we treat ourselves to some festive goodies. Here are some tips going into the holiday season to hopefully help us maintain and not gain this winter:
3 bites. Ever get carried away with desserts? (Can I get an amen?) My new rule is trying three bites of something. It’s enough to taste something and to savor it, but not enough to get carried away and end up with a belly ache.
Eat slowly. Put your fork down in between bites, especially when holding a conversation. (That’s just good manners.) You will digest your food easier and be able to spend more time catching up with loved ones!
Drink water. You’ve heard me say how important hydration is – well, it’s no different during the holidays! Before going to a party, throw back a glass of water, and be surprised at how it can curb your hunger!
Small plates. When I pick up a large plate to place my food on, it’s so much easier to fill and eat the entire plate. If possible, choose a smaller plate and portion out your food accordingly. You’ll feel like you’re eating more food when your smaller plate fills up faster!
As a bonus, I think you’ll also find by using these tips that your workouts will go much smoother by eating the right portions and staying hydrated – and good workouts mean forward progress in your fitness goals!
Our #tfpwritingtheword Scripture reminded us today that nothing is sweeter than knowing our Lord Jesus. So let’s enjoy this holiday season and enjoy the people the Lord has placed around us. We have so much to be grateful for!
“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:9-10
What are your favorite health tips for the holiday season? Let us know by using the hashtag #maintaindontgain on social media!


Last Minute Gift Wrappin’

Posted in alli, Christmas, Lifestyle
on December 23, 2015

We’re a dime a dozen — last-minute Christmas gift wrappers. I admit that I’m guilty sometimes. But I come by it honestly, my momma is a last minute Christmas gift wrapper, too. I think it’s genetic. Growing up, she would do all her shopping a few days before Christmas, and then she would make me help her wrap all the gifts on Christmas Eve. I secretly loved it. To this day, I still love wrapping gifts. The only thing that has changed since then is that I now try to plan ahead so all my gifts are personalized and coordinated. Unfortunately, I feel especially behind this year. Maybe it’s because I haven’t felt too Christmasy in Tennessee’s not-so-Christmassy, 70-degree weather. Because of this unseasonal mood killer, I found myself sitting in the living room, two days before Christmas, brainstorming ways to create pretty wrapping to make my gifts look extra special. So after a little self pep talk, a quick trip to the store and a few hours of cutting and taping, I am feeling super giddy about how cute my gifts turned out, and I thought I’d share with you!

First, I gathered the essentials from two of my favorite places—the dollar section at Target and The Dollar Tree. (I’m on a budget, y’all.) I knew I wanted all my wrapping to look “home-made” and similar in theme, but I also wanted each gift to have its own unique twist, so I decided to purchase kraft, black, and white paper. I also purchased gold, white and black pens with a large variety of ribbons.

With my first design, I started with the kraft paper and drew black pine needle branches all over. I added thin twine and an actual pine needle branch that I saved from when we trimmed our Christmas tree.

With this particular design, you could stop there to save time OR you could add a little gingham print ribbon to fancy it up. This particular gift is being shipped to LA, so fancy, it is!

Using the black wrapping paper, I wrote “joy” (one of my favorite words and one that embodies this sweet and holy season) with my gold pen. Using gold or white on the black wrapping paper looks stunning, by the way. This gift is for a fabulously sassy 15-year-old so I added a fun red, yarn pom-pom. These are extremely easy and inexpensive to make and is a great substitute for your standard bow. I used this tutorial to learn how to make them.

Isn’t it crazy how using corresponding colors and patterns can quickly make your Christmas gifts feel special and well thought out instead of just “thrown-together”?

Of course each gift doesn’t have to be wrapped differently, but something that may spark some extra creativity is tailoring the wrapping design to include the recipient’s favorite color, hobby or personal style. Keep in mind that gift wrapping is something you can have fun and be creative with – there really are no rules! Each gift has the potential to be a work of art, a personalized creation that can make your loved ones smile before they even see what’s inside!

Happy Wrapping!

Presents with a Purpose

Posted in Christmas, danielle, Lifestyle
on December 16, 2015

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'” Matthew 25:34-40

This is the season of gift giving, and everyone comes to family gatherings prepared to give and receive. It is fun seeing your nephew’s face light up when he opens the new video game you gave him. And who wouldn’t love getting that cute pair of boots you have been eyeing but never would buy for yourself?
But have you ever desired to give (or get) a more meaningful gift? The type of gift that won’t be lost or forgotten by February — a gift that is significant. A gift that proclaims the reason and purpose of Christmas. Maybe I am old fashioned, but that sounds like what gifting at Christmas was always intended to be.
I struggle to remember that expensive does not always equal meaningful, and one Christmas gift from years ago always reminds me just how significant small gifts can really be.
As I opened a gift box wrapped from my parents on Christmas Eve, I found a blue paper gift certificate. Thinking it would be a gift for a day at the spa or a clue for a scavenger hunt to find my real gift (my prankster mother loves to make it hard on us), instead I found writing that said, “Because of the donation in your name, a child in Haiti will be able to attend school for an entire year.”
I had more than I needed, and a little girl was able to go to school (a privilege and luxury in her culture), and have hope for a future without poverty because of a simple and small donation that my parents made in my name. It was humbling and thrilling and one of the best gifts I have ever received.
As Christians in a first-world society, it is easy to get caught up in the materialism of Christmas. (Black Thursday, anyone?) While all of us can certainly appreciate gift cards to The Cheesecake Factory, it is nice to know that we can choose to go a little deeper with our gifting.
So if you are looking for something a little different, more Christ-centered, or meaningful this Christmas, let’s not forget those that Jesus called “the least of these” — the poor, the hurting, the widowed, and the orphan. Let’s remember that even buying Christmas gifts can be an act of worship. Let’s not forget those closest to the heart of God, and that when we give to one of these, we give directly to Jesus Himself.
With that in mind, TFP has teamed up with One Vision International, a mission organization based in Knoxville, TN, to create a unique way to give the love of Christ in a practical, yet beautiful, way this Christmas. (To check out the amazing work of OVI and all about their mission here.)
OVI put together a list of gifts you can give in the name of the loved one you are shopping for. For example, $40 can pay for a woman from the Dominican Republic to get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a women’s conference. A gift of $50 can provide clean water for a family in Brazil. Even a gift of $5 or $10 can contribute to the most needed items, like medical supplies in natural disasters (similar to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti), basic everyday needs, or even a plane ticket for a sick child to visit a hospital. No amount of money goes to waste — and the money goes much farther than you could imagine.
By giving to those who have less, you are not only meeting a physical need but also a spiritual need by offering hope. What an honor it is for your loved one whose gift is a chance to be used by God to bless someone else in some of the farthest and seemingly forgotten corners of the earth.
Interested in giving a gift like this? Download this gift certificate to present to your loved one(s), and fill out this form to mail in your donation!
Also, if you prefer a more “tangible” gift and are in the Knoxville area, head over to One Vision’s office (you can find them here) to shop through its sale (December 16 & 17 9am-5pm) of handmade Christmas ornaments from women in the Dominican Republic, aprons, crocheted items, and vi Bella jewelry, scarves, and ornaments made from women around the world.
So if you are looking for something a little different to give this year, remember you have an opportunity to give a gift that, regardless of your finances, will bless someone daily and eternally. May Jesus be glorified in every part of Christmas, including how we give.

Merry Christmas!

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

*photos courtesy of One Vision International