I didn't realize quote how special it was to visit Magnolia Market until people started getting more excited about it than me.. some even went so far as to tell me it is on their bucket list to visit the Silos!
If you aren't familiar with what I am talking about.. Magnolia Market is in Waco, TX and it was created by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The couple has a show on HGTV called FixerUpper. I highly recommend it!
Once I was there, I took lots and lots of photos. Everything was branded so well down to the smallest details. It really is such an inspiring place.
Walking inside the gates of Magnolia
Of course we had to do some shopping! You can see the items I snagged on my Instagram:
The famous silos at Magnolia Market
The outside of the Bakery at the Silos
All of the delish goodies inside the bakery at the Silos
obsessed with the flower boxes
waiting to pick up our bakery items
I am not into desserts that much, but this cupcake was everything
The lush gardens at Magnolia.. inspired me to work on my green thumb!
posing in the gardens :)
Of course I couldn't end the post without giving you some outfit deets...
Dress: Old Navy (perfect color for fall!)
Booties: New York and Company
Handbag: Michael Kors
Visiting The Silos truly was such a fun experience!
Have you ever visited or do you watch the show?
Even though I am LOVING this extended Summer weather, I decided it was probably time to spruce up my front porch with some Fall decor.
I have simply included photos with a short description of the items I like to use on my porch this time of year.
For the last couple years we have had a monogrammed welcome mat that my mom got us. but it was started to look a little weathered. so we switched it out for this warm welcome mat.
I love my wreath because I use the same one all year round. All I do is change the accessories and flowers on it with each season or holiday.
During the Fall, my front porch comes to life with mums and pumpkins. Those are my must haves.
I added a hanging basket of pansies as well to try and pull it all together.
Nothing fancy this year. Very simple, and I love it.
Happy Fall Y'all!
I have been sharing some great ways to use my favorite essential oils. Lemon is another common essential oil that I love to use.
– In case you leave your laundry sitting in the washer too long, just add a few drop of lemon essential oil and your clothes won’t get that nasty smell.
– Mix lemon essential oil, baking soda, and coconut oil and rub on your teeth for 2 minutes.
– Add a couple drops of lemon essential oil with your soap.
– Add 40 drops lemon essential oil and 20 drops tea tree essential oil to a 16-oz spray bottle filled with pure water (and a little bit of white vinegar) for a traditional cleaning favorite.
– Lemon essential oil uses for skin can can improve your complexion and leave your skin soft and supple. Lemon oil benefits skin by deeply nourishing. You can make lemon oil with baking soda and honey for a natural acne free face wash.
Wood and Silver Polish
– A lemon oil-soaked cloth will also help spruce up your tarnished silver and jewelry. Lemon essential oil for wood cleaning is also great.
- Lemon essential oil is effective as a hair tonic. Many people use lemon oil to get strong, healthy, and shiny hair. Lemon oil is also used to eliminate dandruff.
– Putting 2 drops of lemon oil in your water 3 times daily can support metabolism and weight loss.
– Diffusing lemon essential oil in the air can lift mood and fight depression.
– Lemon oil can support lymphatic drainage and help your overcome a cold fast. Mix it with coconut oil and rub it on your neck.
What are your favorite ways to use lemon essential oil?
Be sure to check out my posts on uses for peppermint, lavender, and tea tree essential oils too!
Erin Barrett is a local artist who is amazingly talented. She has had sales on zulily, hobby lobby, and home goods. Her actual website is fortheloveofletters.com, and her work is so unique. I have been following her shop's Instagram account, and was recently gifted my first piece of hers (below). I have fallen in love with her uplifting artwork, so go check it out!
Throughout my experience and research I have found SO much information on different ways to use essential oils. Below, I have compiled six of my favorite ways to use one of my go-to essential oils, Peppermint.
6 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil
- Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
- Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
- Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.
- Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
- Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
- Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
What are your favorite ways to use Peppermint essential oil?
My husband and I hosted a family get together a few weeks ago, and I wanted to try something different. I always try to test my new recipes / set ups / etc. on family first :)
As usual, I prowled Pinterest to get some ideas flowing. I decided on a 'tapas' theme. Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers and snack-like foods, usually served in Spanish cuisine. I didn't follow the Spanish theme, but I did go with a wide variety of appetizers - some homemade and some store bought (gasp, I know).
I won't post all of the recipes in this post, but I do want to show the setup I went with. I love breaking out all my platters and serving accessories for gatherings like this. When serving several dishes at once, I find it easiest to lay everything out first and then label. This is because I tend to move things around quite a bit before settling on one set up.
I used craft paper on the counter for all of the serving dishes to sit on top of. I LOVE this idea I got from Jessica Stout Design and JLM Moments. I had some leftover craft paper from Christmas gift wrapping, so using it for this was a no brainer. It makes for easy clean up, plus I could have some fun with labeling the foods directly on the craft paper.
Please ignore the fact that I took these poor quality photos after the food had been picked through. I totally spaced taking the photos at the beginning :)
Where space was a tad limited for labeling on the craft paper, I used my mini chalkboard stands. I bought these from Etsy a couple years ago and love them.
Foods served include:
- sundried tomato and grilled chicken flatbread (store bought)
- goat cheese, red onion, and sundried tomato flatbread (store bought)
- breaded shrimp
- mini crab cakes
- asparagus and bacon bites
- feta and onion bites
- chicken pot pie bites
- veggies and dip
- chips and salsa
- pita chips and hummus
- cheese and salami
There you have it, my first tapas party. My favorite thing about tapas is that everyone can try at least one of everything without overeating or feeling too full. Everything went over very well, so I have a feeling we will be doing this theme a lot more in the future!
I am obsessed with burlap, even when it comes to my Christmas decor. This Christmas, we will be visiting family out of town, so we didn't want to go all out on the Christmas decorating this year. Putting up the outside lights even got left off the list this year. With traveling for a good amount of December, it just made sense to go lighter on the decorations.
We decorated the main living areas on the first floor, and that's it. I didn't have to buy a single new thing because we could use things we had packed away in our Christmas storage totes.
We used burlap around the Christmas tree last year, and loved it so much, that we decided to reuse it this year. I just love this look, and I think it looks great in our living room. In addition to the burlap, we added white lights and red, gold, and silver Christmas ball ornaments.
We also hung our stockings up in the foyer. there are just 2 of us (3 including, Leo, our pup), but we were gifted additional stockings in past years, so I can't help but hang them all :) (also, for those of you who know me well, the stockings being off center drives me crazy! haha)
Last year, I used some decorative Christmas balls in a glass bowl for a centerpiece. This year, I took those same balls and put them in a large Ball jar (which I had in the cupboard). We thought it was a nice little touch of Christmas to add to the TV stand. I also took some extra burlap and twisted it with silver garland to add a little more Christmas cheer :)
I first bought this wreath (below) a year or so ago - and I LOVE it. The wreath itself is actually just brown twigs, and then each season or holiday I can add flowers or different decor to the wreath - so I can switch them out whenever I want to. This December, I added some holly-look-alike-garland that I found stored away. I just used the stems or pointier parts of the holly to stick it into the wreath. When I get tired of it, I can easily switch it out with something different since it is not permanently attached to the wreath.
Last but not least is the poinsettia. I grew up having a poinsettia or two in my parents' house around the holidays, so I always have to add this in somewhere. I found this cute mini one and thought it would be the perfect addition.
So there you have it - the easiest Christmas decor I think I have ever done. It might not seem like much this year, but we love it!
Anyone else keeping it light on the decorations this year?
What is your must-have Christmas decoration in your home?
I absolutely loathe grocery shopping. I don't know why I hate it so much, but I definitely don't like spending my time at the grocery store. Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who doesn't mind it, so he grocery shops when he can. (Yes, I know how lucky I am). I got even luckier when I discovered Peapod.
I started to notice the big, green Peapod trucks in our neighborhood and surrounding areas. Then, I noticed several neighbors on our cul-de-sac got deliveries from Peapod. So, I became very curious and looked it up.
Founded in 1989 by brothers Andrew and Thomas Parkinson, Peapod has grown from a small, family-run shopping and delivery service in Illinois to America's leading Internet grocer, delivering more than 23 million orders across 24 U.S. markets.
I was thrilled to find out there was a company who was actually out there delivering groceries! After convincing my husband that online grocery shopping was not more expensive than the regular grocery store, we decided to try it out.
The item search on the website was both fast and simple, and I found a decent selection of brands in most categories.
The search also helps you narrow down your choices — I typed in “cheese” and it gave me several suggestions, helping me get to “string cheese” fairly quickly rather than having to browse through everything cheese-related.
I was not aware that Peapod has its own brand, but a number of items do have generic alternatives at a significant discount. With peanuts, for example, I had the choice between the major brand or the Peapod brand, cheaper than the name-brand equivalent.
They have a pretty decent selection of gluten free items too. When it came to dairy free, there wasn't nearly as much choice, but still a few items. Peapod does, however, have a large selection of organic products to choose from — which makes me oh so happy!
You simply put in the quantity you want, hit buy, and it adds the item to your cart. Peapod keeps a running tally of your cart over on the right-hand side of the screen, so you can remove items or change quantities from there at any time.
Again, super easy. Peapod really put some thought into the interface and user experience.
Peapod has a good-sized sale section too, so I browsed there as well to get an idea of their idea of sale prices. You can also use manufacture coupons. You simply put them in a sealed envelope and hand them to your delivery person.
When it comes to choosing your delivery time, there are several options. There are 2 hour windows, larger time periods, and unattended delivery options. You can sign up to get a text and/or email update when you are the next delivery and when you driver has arrived. If you choose the larger delivery windows, on the day of delivery, they will notify you of a smaller two hour window to expect your delivery. There are also some delivery windows that are considered 'green' or 'value days' and by selecting those you can save a dollar or two.
NEW Green Delivery Windows
I have tried the unattended delivery as well. It actually went a lot smoother than I thought. We just had to leave the bins out for the driver at the time of our next delivery.
What does it cost
Orders $60.00 - $75.00: $9.95
Orders $75.00 - $100.00: $7.95
Orders over $100.00: $6.95
Minimum order size: $60.00
When can I get my order?
Next day or in 2 weeks. Peapod offers a wide variety of options.
How do products stay fresh?
Grocery orders are shopped at the last possible moment. They are carefully packed by hand into bags and special temperature-controlled containers designed to keep produce fresh, refrigerated products cold and frozen products frozen. Your fresh and frozen products are never sitting out. Proper temperatures are always maintained. Peapod makes sure your groceries stay at their optimal temperature all the way to your door.
Here is an example of what our order looked like for an unattended delivery. If this was an attended delivery, there wouldn't be bins, just bags. The delivery person will place your grocery bags wherever you would like.
We plan to continue using Peapod for a long time. I would recommend Peapod for anyone who has a super busy schedule, for when on vacation and want to cook meals, for anyone who is busy with little ones, or anyone who just simply despises grocery shopping, like me :)
Enter your zip code on the website to see if Peapod currently delivers to your area!