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waco, texas

My mom and I just left from an amazing girls trip in Waco, Texas. I am a huge fan of the show “Fixer Upper” and of course all things Chip and Joanna. Whenever I go to Target I stalk their section of home goods, I’ve read their book, and so the next step was to actually visit Magnolia (Joanna’s store), their bakery, and their newly opened restaurant.

We woke up and were ready to leave our hotel by 8:30 AM (after we jumped on the beds from pure excitement), so that way we could be at the Magnolia store right when it opened. As an avid reader, I always find it fascinating to be in the place that you have read and imagined, so to actually see everything in person was exhilarating.  The store wasn’t overly busy (it’s best to visit on a weekday), so we were able to walk around and enjoy every thing in the store. The store mainly had home goods to offer, but it also had a few souvenir items like t-shirts, hats, and stickers. It was nice because the store had a lot of people working, so we barely had to wait in line.

Next up was the Supply store. I didn’t even know this existed, but leading up to it was beautiful tulips, lettuce, carrots, an array of different things planted (very Joanna like). The supply store had seeds, planters, and of course everything to make a fairy garden (if only I had girls)! There were a few cute places to pose for pictures, and then we moved on to the bakery.

The bakery had the longest line, but it was SO worth the wait. The menu items had cute names like the Shiplap Cupcake and the Silo Cookie.  I ordered three cupcakes and one cookie because I just couldn’t decide on one, plus I had three days to indulge in them (not that it took me that long to eat them). I have to say the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie was probably the best one I have ever had, and I wished I would of ordered about ten more. The Strawberries N’ Cream cupcake was the best of the three I ordered, but next time I would order all of the cookies.

After exploring the Silos, we decided to get some real food at the Magnolia Table. We were told the wait time was going to be two hours, but we didn’t even have to wait one hour. While we waited, I beat my mom in some Tic-Tac-Toe and we ate a cupcakes and drank some tea from the little cafe that was in the waiting area.

Finally our buzzer went off, and as soon as I walked into Magnolia Table I knew that someday I wanted my house to have the same vibe as the restaurant. It was so clean cut, a tad country, and so inviting. I couldn’t stop looking around. Every aspect of the restaurant had Joanna’s touch on it. My mom and I both decided on a chicken salad sandwich and tator tots, and it was extremely delicious.

If you ever decide to make the trip to Waco, I think you could manage to see everything in about a day and a half. My mom and I wanted to see the rest of Waco, so we went to a few boutiques (I highly recommend Spice), home good stores, and antique stores. There is a free trolley and bus to take you wherever you would like to go, so there is no need to rent a car.

7 thoughts on “waco, texas

  1. Love reading your blogs…..especially this one!! I had a great time and enjoyed getting to spend the time together!! I love you!!


  2. Looks like you girls had a blast. All the pics are so good! You and your mama look like you could be sisters. Nothing like girl time. “Making Memories!”


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