Visitor's Guide to Waco & Everything Fixer Upper

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All of you Fixer Upper fans are going to love this post! I'm sure by now you have heard of one of my husband and I's most favorite shows, Fixer UpperThe two stars (Chip and Joanna Gaines) live near Waco, Texas and basically work magic on old "fixer uppers" in their area. They own a real estate company, a renovation company, and a retail shop annddd Joanna blogs! They seem very laid back and down to earth on their show which is one of the reasons my husband and I love them so much! Oh, and they work together, and raise four children on a farm! Yeah, so they are pretty much all-stars. 

This past weekend we finally had the opportunity to visit Magnolia Market, better known as "The Silos." We had an AMAZING time and got the opportunity to experience a good bit of Waco so I had to share because now I want you all to go check it out as if you’re planning a trip to Magnolia Market, follow this fun tour to see Magnolia Market, some Fixer Upper homes, and a pile of other fun shops and spots in the Waco area!

Waco is about a 90 minute trip outside of Dallas. We flew in to Dallas, rented a car, and started our journey. The car ride is a pretty ride (you pass a lot of farm land) but not a lot of commercial so just be ready.

Your first stop on the road trip needs to be about 20 minutes outside of Waco at "The Czech Stop." It is in a Shell gas station on the left side of the interstate. They have a bakery inside and TRUST ME when I tell you it is totally worth the stop. Incredible. Our favorite was the eclairs. VERY cheap and some of the best I've ever tasted. Although I am not sure you could go wrong at this bakery.

Our next stop was Magnolia Market {601 Webster Avenue, Waco, Texas}. There are paid parking lots nearby but even on a crazy crowded Saturday there seemed to be plenty of parking on the streets. Street parking is free. We parked and just walked the two-ish blocks to Magnolia Market. Another option is to park downtown and take the free shuttle (just have to give a tip). 

The Market is INCREDIBLE. Totally awesome experience. The store is more of a thing to see than anything...Joanna has such a neat gift for decorating and her ideas had my brain spinning. The store was decorated for Valentine's Day and featured some really neat displays. 

Outside is the famous Magnolia bakery, green space to play, swings, food trucks, and perhaps my most favorite spot - The Green House which is another store with more outdoor-sie stuff you can buy. I particularly loved the way she displays her herbs - now I need a chicken feeder! 

After Magnolia Market our next step on our tour was to grab a bite to eat. The food trucks looked delicious (we snagged a smoothie from one) but the lines were CRAZY long so we headed over (near Baylor) to one of Chip's favorite lunch spots - Vitek's Barbque. It was so delicious. Great atmosphere and great food! 

Next on our tour was Harp Design Co {808 North 15th Street, Waco, Texas}. For anyone who watches the show Clint Harp, the owner, is one of the Gaines close friends and designs a lot of the furniture for Jo on the show. He owns his own store which we loved just as much as we loved Magnolia Market. They had some really neat stuff and most everything was pretty affordable - which we were pleasantly surprised by! 

Finally it was time to take a look at some of our favorite "Fixer Uppers" homes from episodes we had watched in the past. The first was The Harp Home (pictured below). It was easy to view as it is on the same land as his shop. Unfortunately the Harps have actually sold it now due to privacy concerns, which I totally understand, but it was still very neat to see. 

I have to sidebar here to note how sad a place Waco is - it was quite depressing and still so run down. My husband and I have often commented how we wondered when Chip and Joanna would run out of homes to fix up in their area...let me tell will be awhile. The homes Chip and Jo have done stand out between all the thousands (literally) of run down homes in the area. I can't imagine how much of a difference this sweet couple must be making for their community. 

Next two houses we visited were both on Gorman Ave. The first is the two story home at the corner of 20th Street and Gorman Avenue and the second is on the corner of 28th Street and Gorman.  The second one, called the Beanstalk Bungalow on Fixer Upper was one of my favorites with adorable window boxes to gorgeous farm house looking paint finishes! 

Next stop is Joanna's first shop - the original Magnolia store {3801 Bosque, Waco, Texas}.  You can’t go inside any longer but it's still cool to see their original sign and how small the shop used to as an added bonus they often park their food truck outside so you can get cupcakes fresh from the bakery without waiting in the bakery line. 

The next stop is the home from the Pilot episode of the show. .It is located at the corner of Castle Avenue and Chateau Avenue in Waco.  It’s fun to take a peek at the home and the Fixer Upper style is very evident from the roof tiles to the colors to the curb appeal.

After the home from the pilot episode we drove about 30 minutes to McGregor, TX to view Chip and Jo's Bed & Breakfast better known as the Magnolia House {323 South Madison Avenue, McGregor, Texas}. The 1800's home remodeled by Jo now serves as a vacation rental property - but be forewarned. It books a year out! None the less it is still fun to take a peek from outside the gate and spend some time in McGregor. Ya'll we LOVED McGregor. Honestly, even more than Waco. There are some really awesome stores downtown and and this really neat old theater. It honestly just feels like your going back in time. You have to checkout a store downtown called "The Vibe." I could have bought out the entire store if only it would have all fit into my suitcase. And the prices were SO cheap. 

Next stop (well really three stops) are one of Jo's favorite places to find vintage finds.  The Cedar Chest, The Cedar Chest Too, and the storage Chest (in between the two shops) {31707 West Highway 84, McGregor, Texas} are the places to go for some vintage and antique treasures. We were so impressed with the prices and the abundance of novel items we saw. We could have spent a week in these three stores alone. 

Last stop on the tour (because no trip to Waco is complete for total Chip and Jo fans such as ourselves) was their actual home. The Gaines live about 45 minutes outside of Waco in a GORGEOUS farm house off the highway {8601 Mazzini Court Flower Mound, Texas} . While you can't see a TON you can see enough to know it is totally gorgeous. We drove by and then turned around and drove by once more in order to snap a few photos and take in the beauty. They live close to Lake Waco and you can easily go a little out of your way to see their home on your way back to Dallas. 

Hope you enjoyed the tour! Please let me know if you are headed to Waco and decide to follow this guide! We had a blast and hope to go back one day with a Uhaul (only half joking). 

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Folgers Jingle Contest

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This post was sponsored by Folgers as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsement and testimonials in advertising. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Fresh off the Superbowl (and still mourning as a born and raised Atlanta girl, but that is besides the point) I can't help but have commercials on my mind. I have to say...I was disappointed in the selection of commercials during the Super Bowl last night. That is why I am excited to share with you about this awesome jingle contest and the opportunity for you to win some serious bucks. Hello, summer vacation money!!!

The iconic Folgers jingle has become a piece of pop culture that you can't help but hum along to as soon as hear it. Generations have heard the tun and sing along with the words. Given the rich tradition in American music Folgers is now offering aspiring musicians to create their own tune. 

Folgers® has a long-standing tradition of inspiring musicians to follow their dreams, and this year, they’ve teamed up with country music singer-songwriter Chris Young to encourage aspiring musicians to create their own version of the iconic Best Part of Wakin’ Up™ Jingle in the Folgers Jingle Contest.

Here is everything you need to know:

  • Submit a video of your best version of the jingle on the website from January 30th until February 27th. Your version of the Jingle must include the complete melody and complete lyrics of “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up is Folgers in Your Cup.”
  • From February 27th to March 19th, we will choose 5 semi-finalists and each will have a mentor session with Chris Young before the online vote. (I know sweet right?!?)
  • From March 27th to April 24th, fans around the country will get the chance to vote daily for their favorite jingle. Every vote automatically enters you to win prizes up to $10,000.
  • Finally, in May, one winner will be selected to win the grand prize of $25,000!
What are you waiting on?!? Enter the contest here. I totally want one of my readers to win!

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Our Snow Weekend

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A few weeks ago our crazy Georgia weather reporters started talking about how we were going to get hammered with snow. So while most of our fellow Georgians went to buy all the bread and milk they could possibly buy we decided to be crazy and drive north to make sure we got to play in the snow. Some of our best friends live up in north Georgia in a little town called Ellijay (which we have fallen in love with and I highly recommend visiting if you ever get the chance) anytime we have a chance to hangout with them is a win for us - snow or not - so we decided to take our chances and packed up our car and headed north.

Ya'll it was a good decision.

Now before you start in with your judgment I need you to know a few things: 1) this is actually a lot of snow for GA 2) this was our little guys first snow and his third winter so were crazy excited 3) yes that is a wrapping paper roll....don't ask

We had so much fun. All in all there ended up being 6-8 inches depending on how far up the mountain you went. 

We spent a ton of time outside sledding which was a total blast.

 And the rest of the time we spent loving on this little cutie. Baby H. 

So that leaves me with a snow still this much fun if you get it all the time? I am sure the answer has to be no but for a girl who has never lived outside the state of Georgia I can't imagine not getting giddy at the site of snow.

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Friday Favorites

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Thought it would be fun to get in on the Friday favorites post this week because there are a few things I am LOVING this week. This idea was brought to me by one of my all time favorite bloggers so it is only right that my first Friday favorite starts with her:

1. For anyone not already following her I want to share with you one of my all time favorite bloggers this week. World, meet, Shay Shull. Shay is actually the sister of Sean Lowe (any bachelor fans out there?) and writes an awesome blog called Mix and Match Mama where she shares her stories of adoption, family, fashion, and food. What is not to love right?  Her family is just the cutest.  

2. As you might remember one of my goals this year was to read at least one book for fun each month. This month I had no trouble accomplishing this goal as I seriously couldn't put this book down. I read "It Ends With Us" by Colleen Hoover. I highly recommend it. It's deep on an emotional level and rated R (fair warning) but the character development is great and it had you rooting for the characters the entire way through the book...even the bad guys! 

3. Peaches to Beaches. I just learned about this event but I am excited to hopefully attend this year. For east coasters this is a yard sale that runs from Barnesville, Georgia all the way down the coast in Florida. you can read more about it in the link above. Think yard sale meets antique show meets festival. Bring on the treasure hunting! 

4. This Is Us. If you aren't watching this show I highly recommend you start from the beginning. My favorite show to have ever been created was Parenthood so when I heard similarities about this show I decided to give it a try...and I'm hooked. Great story line. Warning: you will cry. 

5. This spring like weather we are having in Georgia has got the beach on my mind. We have been planning our vacation this year and have decided to go to St. Pete beach and end the week back at Disney in Orlando. Does anyone have any good hotel recommendations with awesome pools that are affordable and not on Disney property? Trying not to break the bank... I have been thinking about this Hilton property:

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

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The Day My Dream Came True

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I still remember it like it was yesterday. The day I found out I was pregnant. It is so hard to believe that it was 3.5 years ago! It was something I had dreamed about my entire life. I had wanted nothing more than to be a Mommy my entire life. I still remember when my husband told me he was ready to have a baby and I smiled as I realized I was ready as well. Scared but excited we started down the journey of trying to get pregnant in late June/ early July of 2013. 

We were very fortunate in that it only took us three months to conceive after coming off birth control. I used an app called "Glow" that told you which days you were ovulating and before we knew it I was pregnant. Not everyone has as easy as a time as we did with our first baby (and there is no guarantees that the process will be as easy the next time around). After much research some of the other recommendations I have for getting pregnant include :
-reducing stress as much as  possible
-taking vitamins
-work out
-Use the Stork OTC. The Stork OTC is a uniquely designed medical device you use at home, during ovulation, to assist your chances of becoming pregnant by using the cervical cap insemination technique. This smart technique enables the sperm to quickly bypass the vaginal tract and places the sperm as close as possible to the opening of the cervix, right where it needs to swim up through to get to the egg. The product can be used in private, at home, without a prescription.

I 'knew' I was pregnant early seriously I was probably only two or so weeks pregnant when the below happened:

One of my co-workers was eating a Greek yogurt. I so vividly remember telling her that she should not be eating the yogurt because it stunk so badly and must have gone bad. All the rest of my coworkers looked at me like I was crazy and said I was totally nuts and that the yogurt smelt fine. I thought it smelled so badly that I ran to the bathroom and threw up. Three weeks later I finally saw the two pink lines on my pregnancy test. Little did I know that it was the first of many, many hours of being sick in a bathroom due to pregnancy.

I still remember being SO excited to tell my husband we were pregnant. After all my dream of becoming a Mommy was coming true! I had thought long and hard on how to tell my hubby we were expecting and had come up with what I thought was the perfect plan. While my husband jumped in the shower to get ready for work I quickly went in the other room and used red lipstick to make a heart around my belly button. I then used the lipstick to write "we love you, Daddy!" My plan was to walk in and let him read the lipstick. What I didn't account for was that he would actually see me in the mirror  (backwards) with red all over my stomach. When I walked back in to our bathroom (I still remember he was shaving in the mirror) he screamed. "Oh my gosh! Your bleeding". None the less it was not quite the picture perfect moment I had imagined but once I convinced him I wasn't hurt and was instead pregnant we laughed and cried happy tear together. 

After what felt like a VERY long nine months later we were so very blessed to welcome our baby boy in to the world. Being a Mommy has been such an amazing and wonderful gift and I wouldn't change it for the world! 

We would love to have you join us for a Twitter Party to learn about new chances to get pregnant in the new year! the party is January 26 at 8pm EST - participate by using the hashtag  #2017StorkOTCjourney

This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.

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