Mimi and Me Do Waco: Magnolia Market

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

So, unless you've been living under a rock, then you've probably heard of Fixer Upper , Magnolia Market, or at least Chip & Joanna Gaines. My mom and I have been pretty obsessed with their show on HGTV since it first aired, and we finally made the trip to Waco this past weekend. We had so much fun on our first mother/daughter trip since 2004--but still didn't see everything we wanted (just a great excuse to go back)!!

We got on the road Thursday afternoon and our first stop was Bill Clinton's first home in Hope, Arkansas. We've both lived in Arkansas our entire lives but this was a first for us! We didn't actually tour the home--because, well, time--but we did walk around and took a few selfies.

Our next stop was in Dallas--In-N-Out, of course. And it did not disappoint. 

We arrived in Waco around 8 or so and got checked into the hotel, and then we did a little sight-seeing. Let me just say, if you go to Waco then you must tour the downtown area at night--it's beautiful. Of course our first stop was the Magnolia Silos, and it does not disappoint at night. We drove around the Waco Suspension Bridge and Waco Riverwalk that runs along the Brazos River. The "Branding the Brazos" Sculpture is super eerie but amazing, it looked as though the longhorns would come to life.

After driving around a bit we headed back to the hotel to get some rest for a full day on Friday. Magnolia!! 

Friday morning we slept in, and by we I mean, I. I slept in until 9:00--it was glorious!! We immediately got ready and headed to the Magnolia Silos. Y'all, it's beautiful. Everything about it is just perfection. There are flowers everywhere, there are kids literally playing in the huge yard, people shopping & eating. It's like a little community within itself.

Our first stop was the bakery. The line wrapped around the corner but they have a quick routine and it moved quickly. We ordered two cupcakes--Lemon Lavender & Campfire, The Silo Cookie, and The Prize Pig (basically a biscuit with chopped bacon and cheese baked in). All of it was delicious and really reasonably priced. 

There were a ton of people there, the employees kept saying it was a really busy for a Friday. We spent about 4-5 hours there, just walking around and taking it all in. We ate our baked goods when we got there and before we left we split a grilled cheese sandwich from one of the food trucks--Cheddar Box. 

I didn't buy much--a shirt (for Sean) and a hat for myself. Honestly, I just didn't see much of anything that I just HAD to have, I was there more for the experience and the sights. Mom found a couple of things--Christmas gifts and such. 

But the best part was when we were checking out. I saw a woman walking around straightening up and chatting with shoppers and thought she looked familiar, so I nudged mom and asked her if it was Jo's mom. Mom wasn't sure so when we got up to the register I asked the cashier quietly if it was her and she just smirked and shook her head. Of course we had to get a picture with her!

After we left Magnolia was headed down the street to Spice Market--a collection of shops all under one roof. We ended the night with dinner and relaxing in the hotel.

Next up: Waco Tours with David Ridley!!

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