Sunday, April 8, 2018

Fixer Upper Fan Tour: Waco, TX

I've been a huge fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines for some time now, and I'm creating this post to help you see all the places that have been a part of Fixer Upper. First of all, the best time of the week to visit is Monday-Thursday to avoid the large crowds. We ended up going on a Friday and it was busier than expected.

We were going to start out in Waco, Texas with breakfast at Magnolia Table (2132 S Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76706) but they do not take reservations, so the line to get in was crazy! I've heard great things about this place so if you don't mind the wait, I highly recommend. 

After that, we made our way to Magnolia Market at the Silos (601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76706). Also on the grounds of the Silos is the Silos Baking Co., a charming bakery owned by Chip and Joanna.

Next up was Harp Design Co. and Showroom (808 N. 15th St, Waco, TX 76707) which is featured in just about every episode of Fixer Upper. Clint Harp's craftsmanship is out of this world! Right next door is the home that Chip and Joanna fixed up for the couple.

From there, we made our way to where it all started, the original Magnolia Store (3801 Bosque Blvd, Waco 76710). At this location, they now offer last chance items and slightly damaged products at a discount.

After that, we stopped at the very first home that aired on Fixer Upper. The Gorman Story- Season 1, Episode 1: Looking Old But Feeling New- This home is on the corner of Castle Avenue and Chateau Avenue in Waco.

After we got the full experience of Waco, we made our way to Crawford, Texas. On the way, we did find their beautiful farmhouse (I promise I'm not a stalker, just a huge fan)! From there, we took the backroads to Mc Gregor, Texas and saw the beautiful country side.

In Mc Gregor is the Magnolia House (323 S. Madison Ave, Mc Gregor, TX 76657), this home was featured on Season 3, Episode 4: A Home Away From Home for the Holidays. At the Magnolia House, I ran into a gardener who has actually met the couple. He was very friendly and told us a great story about the couple. He also said the couple is just as genuine and real as they seem on the show. 

Also in Mc Gregor is the Cedar Chest Antique Mall (31707 W. Highway 84, Mc Gregor, TX 76657), featured in many Fixer Upper episodes. There is also a Cedar Chest Too just down the road!

This "mini tour" was such a great experience and I hope that many of you enjoy it as well!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Cricut for Beginners

I finally have a Cricut Machine and I am so excited! I have the Cricut Explore Air 2, and it is a beauty. There are so many things that it can do; it is truly unbelievable! Now that I have been working with it for about a month, I wanted to create a post sharing recommendations, Cricut essentials, and things that I have learned along the way.
First, I highly recommend joining a few Facebook groups. I am a member of Cricut Newbies and Pros for Explorer as well as Cricut Newbies and Pros for Business. These groups are run by the same people, but they are both very different. There are always great questions as well as good tips; the members are also very friendly and helpful.

The Cricut comes with:
Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine
Cricut Design Space Software (Online)
USB Cord and Power Cord
Cricut 12"x12" LightGrip Cutting Mat (Blue)
Carbide Premium Blade
Black Pen

Other Recommended Accessories:
Cricut Basic Tool Set- Each tool is unique in its own way and I have 
found them all to be very happy when cutting out projects.
Cricut Styling Stylus- This tool is used to create creases in the
paper to make it easier to fold or create dimension.
Cricut 12"x12" StandardGrip Cutting Mats- It is always nice to have
extra mats; they usually come in sets of 2!
Vinyl Transfer Tape- This transfers the vinyl to your project, 
whether it is wood, ceramic, plastic, etc.
651 Vinyl- For starting out, I definitely recommend this vinyl. It comes in an
assortment of colors and it is the strongest vinyl to make projects last. 

Once you become more "experienced", then you can broaden your horizons with HTV (heat transfer vinyl). HTV is somewhat expensive so I would practice and familiarize yourself with your machine.

Tips to Remember: 
Set Your Dial: You always want to make sure you have it set to the material you are using otherwise it could cut wrong.
Peel the Mat Away, Not the Paper: To prevent ruining your project, you want to pull the mat from the project, not the other way around.
Mirror Image for HTV: When cutting heat transfer vinyl, you want to make sure to mirror the image otherwise it will be backward. 
The Internet Will Be Your Best Friend: Now that Cricut is able to connect to the Internet, images and fonts are easily accessible for FREE!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!!

I can't believe that it is already January 1st! This year has flown by... I feel like I just started my last semester of college! This year has been filled with so many memories, and the accomplishment of graduating college. I am so excited to see what 2018 has in store for me and I can't wait to share it with you. 
Here's to another year!!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Life Update: I'm a College Graduate!!!

I am FINALLY a college graduate!!! It doesn't feel real; I can't believe it!
If I said college was easy, I would be lying. 
There were many times where I wanted to give up but didn't. 
Looking back, I have realized how much stronger I have become and because of that, I am thankful.  
It's unbelievable that it has been over four years; I feel like I just played my last volleyball game as a high school senior; I feel like I just graduated from high school; I feel like I just started at UNI. 
It definitely has been a long ride but it went by SO fast and I am glad to have it behind me.
I can't wait to see what the future holds. 
I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support from my friends and family; they mean the world to me. 
I'm not sure what I am going to do from here, but I'm sure I will be pointed in the right direction when it comes time. For now, I am going to enjoy not having homework, team projects, and late nights of studying. 

"Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go." -Unknown

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday 2017

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! After a nice, long weekend it's back to reality. I've got two more weeks of school and then it's finals week. After that, I will be DONE! Anyways, here are the last of the sales before Christmas; what a great time to get your Christmas gifts! 

American Eagle Outfitters -All sweaters are $25.00 (online only)
Bauble Bar -35% off everything with code cyber35
Charlotte Russe - 40% off entire site, free shipping
Charming Charlie - 50% off all markdowns, free shipping
Express - 50% off everything, free shipping
Forever 21 - 21% off everything with code CYBER21
H&M - 30% off everything, free shipping with code 9054
J. Crew Factory - 50-60% off everything with code CYBER
Kate Spade - 30% off with full-priced items, 40% off sale items with code MOREJOY
Kendra Scott - 20% off everything with code SALE20, free shipping
Macy's - Extra 20% off Cyber Week Specials with code CYBER, exclusions apply
Nordstrom -20% off select sale items
Old Navy - 50% off everything
Shop Bop - extra 35% off sale items with code WOW35
Tobi - 60% off new arrivals, everything else is 50% off
Tory Burch - 30% off with purchase of $250 or more with code THANKS, exclusions apply
Wet Seal - All items buy one, get one free

Joss & Main - 30% off select items and free shipping with code SAVE30
Pier 1 Imports - up to 50% off sale items, free shipping with code FREESHIP
Pottery Barn - save up to 70% on certain items, free shipping with code FREESHIP
Target - extra 15% off purchases online
Wayfair - up to 80% off
West Elm - save up to 70% off certain items, free shipping with code FREERIDE

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Black Friday Deals 2017

There are so many great deals this year and I am excited to finish Christmas shopping! I created a post to make your shopping easier. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Along with the great holiday discounts, I included the savings if you use Ebates. Ebates is a great way to save extra money on all your online (and some instore) purchases. I installed the Ebates Browser Extension and that will tell me right away if the website I am on is eligible for cash back. If you haven't signed up, I definitely recommend it! I have saved over $300 since I have been a member. If you would like to join go here.

American Eagle Outfitters - 40% off, free shipping (+5% back with ebates)
Bauble Bar - 30% off everything with code FRIDAY30
Charlotte Russe - entire store $20 or less, free shipping (+4% back with ebates)
Charming Charlie - 25% off regular priced items, free shipping (+4% back with ebates)
Express - 50% off everything, free shipping (+4% back with ebates)
Forever 21 - 30% off, free shipping (+4% back with ebates)
H&M - 20% off everything, free shipping
J. Crew Factory - 50-60% off everything (+10% back with ebates)
Kate Spade - 30% off purchase with code GIVEJOY (+10% back with ebates)
Kendra Scott - 20% off everything with code YELLOW20 
Lulus - up to 90% off sitewide with code BESTFRIDAY (+1% back with ebates)
Macy's - extra 20% or 15% off, free shipping at $50 with code THANKS (+10% back with ebates)
Michael Kors - 25% off sale, prices as marked
Nordstrom - extra 20% off select sale items
Old Navy - 50% off almost everything (+8% back with ebates)
Shop Bop - 20% off orders of $200 or more, 25% off orders of $500 or more, 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17 (+4% back with ebates)
T3 Micro - 25% off with code FRIDAY17 (+5% back with ebates)
Tobi - 50% off sitewide
Tory Burch - 30% off purchases of $250 or more with code THANKS (+8% back with ebates)
Wet Seal - 40% off entire site

Joss & Main - sales up to 80% off
Pier 1 Imports - up to 50% off sale items (+8% back with ebates)
Pottery Barn - up to 50% off sale items

BAUBLEBAR - 30% off with code FRIDAY30

J. CREW FACTORY - 50% off everything
Express - 50% off everything

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Apple Picking in Gays Mills, Wisconsin

Toby and I have started a tradition of traveling up to Gays Mills, Wisconsin to see the beautiful fall foliage and pick some delicious apples. On our route, we like to stop at antique shops and local wineries. First, we start in Marquette, Iowa where we stop at the Schoolhouse Mall and Barr House Antiques & Gifts (this place is in the midst of selling their store, so I'm not sure how much longer they will stay open). A great winery to stop at is Eagles Landing Winery. I enjoyed their "Campfire Hootch."
We then make our way over the beautiful Mississippi River to Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. This year we stopped at multiple shops that we will remember for next year! Check's Antique Shop was a quaint little shop that has been open for almost 50 years; the people were very friendly and let us know what their plans were for next year! The Planted Tree Gallery & Gifts was a great little shop filled with items from (most) local vendors around the area. The Cannery was another great little gift shop filled with home decor items, candles, and much much more! They also had sweet treats like fudge! Yummy, I almost couldn't resist! 
After Prairie Du Chien, it was apple picking time! We were disappointed that we didn't do more research last year because when we went, we didn't get to pick apples... Isn't that the whole point of going to an apple orchard? 
Anyways, this year I researched and called to be sure. There are so many orchards in the area but the one that I know you can pick apples at is James Fleming Jr Orchard. There were rows upon rows of apple trees and the workers were overly nice. They do have prepicked apples for those who don't want to pick! They also have a little area where you can feed and pet goats. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip! Don't judge... :)
After picking our apples we went to Sunrise Orchards, which I call the "Apple Warehouse." I'm not kidding, this building is full of everything apple related. We, of course, bought Apple Cider Donuts, Apple Cider, and Caramel Apples! The views outside are beautiful and they do have benches where you can sit and enjoy the scenery. 
After buying WAY too many donuts, we headed back home and went back through Prairie Du Chien. We stopped at Huckleberry's Family Restaurant. It was delicious!! The people were very nice and the food was amazing. I definitely recommend this place and we will be sure to go back!

My fall inspired top is from Dixie Magnolia Boutique.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Macy's 40% off Shoe Sale

Macy's is having a GREAT shoe sale going on right now until October 9th! Most shoes are 40% off, no code necessary. There are other styles other than boots but since it's October, it only felt right to include boots and booties! Many of the boots have a variety of colors so if you don't need another black pair of booties, don't worry there are other options! This sale is big and there are a lot of people taking advantage so hurry before your size is gone!!

I bought the Lucky Brand Basel Booties last year and I absolutely love them! They are comfortable and are a great style AND they are originally $129 on sale for $77.40!!!

Shop Here:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hobby Lobby Fall Decor

I had so much fun putting this arrangement together! Fall is one of my favorite seasons, so I love decorating with leaf garland and pumpkins. Of course, I had to include my favorite fall candle, Autumn in as well. I honestly have bought THREE of those candles... I can't get enough!

If I had an entry way, this is how I would envision it to be around this time of year. Everything is tagged below the picture! All the fall items are 40% off right now at Hobby Lobby and the lamp is 50% off. This post is not sponsored,  but y'all that follow me know my obsession with Hobby Lobby. Enjoy! :)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Sales 2017

There are so many sales going on for Labor Day! I put together a post showing some popular sales that are going on. Enjoy!! 

Bauble Bar- extra 20% off sale items
Express- 40% off everything
H&M- up to 60% off select styles
J Crew Factory- 50% off EVERYTHING, extra 50% off clearance with code DELISH
Joss & Main- extra 20% off select sale items with code HOORAY
Kate Spade- 30% off sale items with code GOLDEN
Kendra Scott- Spend $200, get 25% off; spend $150, get 20% off; spend $100, get 15% off
Loft- 40% off everything, extra 50% off sale items
Macy's- select items 20% or 15% off with code LBDAY
Michael Kors- extra 25% off sale items
Nike- extra 25% off sale items with code SEPT25
Nordstrom- up to 40% off clearance
Nordstrom Rack- extra 20% off clearance items
Old Navy- 50% off all jeans, dresses, and tees
Pier 1- 20% off regular-priced purchase with code SAVE20
Saks Off 5th- extra 25% off select items with code LABORDAY
Target- up to 30% off home items and extra 15% off with code LABORDAY
Tobi- 50% off EVERYTHING with code SV50
Wayfair- up to 70% off clearance


Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 Fall Must-Haves

Is it already September?? Where has this year gone?! I'm not complaining, though. I put together some fall must-haves that will get you excited for warm, comfy sweaters and nights by a campfire!

1. Camel Colored Handbag. I have loved this color of bag for a long time and it works perfectly for fall with whatever style of bag you choose. Other colors that are great for fall season are maroon, black, and brown.

2. Essie Nail Polish. Who doesn't love warm nail colors during this time?? I absolutely love the dark maroons and beige colors.

3. Fall Welcome Mat. A fall welcome mat is a must. Just a simple mat at your door step adds a lot to a boring old porch. To make your porch even more appealing, add some pumpkins and mums along with your welcome mat!

4. Salted Caramel Mocha. I have never had a Salted Caramel Mocha, so I am ready for Starbucks to bring out their fall menu so I can try it for myself. I've heard great things about it! I've also wanted to try their pumpkin cheesecake bar... :)

5. Hunter Boots. These have been on my wishlist for a while now, but the fall weather is the perfect time to pull these back out!

6. Autumn 3-Wick Candle. About a year ago, I bought this candle for the first time and fell in love with it! It is my FAVORITE fall candle, and I can't get enough of it!

7. Floral Top. There have been so many floral tops that I have seen and fallen in love with! I think a warm floral design would be a great addition to anybody's closet.

Friday, August 18, 2017

College Class Must-Haves

It's that time of year again and school is about to start. It is FINALLY my last semester of school and I thought I would put together a College Class Must-Haves list. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, these items will make your college life a whole lot easier!

1. Laptop - There are always computers on campus, but having your own personal laptop makes homework and projects easier and more convenient. I have always had PCs but last year I decided to invest in an Apple MacBook and I absolutely love it! I continue to google "how to's" but once you get used to it, you will love it!

2. Planner - This is a MUST!! I don't know what I would do without a planner... During this time, my planner is like a lifeline.

3. Waterbottle - Staying hydrated is important and as a college student, it is something that is easily forgotten. Having a water bottle that you carry with you every day is very important.

4. Highlighters - I mostly use highlighters to study, but during lectures, they are nice to have if your professor states a topic is very important and it will be on your next test.

5. Pens/ Pencils - In college, all you do is take notes so pens and pencils are a must have.

6. Bag/ Backpack - The only way to carry all those textbooks and notebooks is with a bag. I like to go the easy route with a backpack, but if you like style, then there are multiple cute totes out there to hold your books.

7. Notebooks - Just like writing utensils, notebooks are a necessity. To keep everything in one spot, I use a 5-subject notebook and use each section for a class.

8. Laptop Case - A laptop case is worth investing in because you want to keep that expensive computer that has all your files on it safe!

9. Calculator - If you are a business student like me, you know how important a financial calculator is... I don't know what I would have done without one! If you aren't a business student, I would just recommend getting a cheap calculator just in case you ever need it!


Sunday, August 6, 2017

DIY Wagon Wheel Chandelier


Items you will need: 
Edison String Lights--You can use any string of lights. I just chose this one for the style it added.
Wood Wagon Wheel--This is a seasonal item, so K-Mart doesn't always have it. I also found a similar Wagon Wheel at At Home, but that also is a seasonal item. I have seen a lot of rustic, old wheels at local antique stores. You can always google Wood Wagon Wheel and see what is available near you.
Ball Mason Jars
Crystal Bead Strands (I bought 3 strands, but didn't use all of the third.)
Crystal Teardrop Pendants
Bronze Hanging Chain

The following items can be found at your local hardware store:

Staple Gun/Staples


Screw Driver

Small Nails

Wire Cutters

Extension Cord

1)Prepare Mason Jar Lids

You need to make a hole in the lid so the light bulb can fit through. I used a screw driver to puncture a hole in the metal lid, then used wire cutters to make the hole bigger. You just need to make it big enough for the base of the light bulb to fit through it and screw onto the light strand.

2)Screw the Mason Jars on the Lights
Once you've made the holes on the lids, you will screw them onto the mason jars. When all 10 jars were attached to the lights, I plugged them in just to make sure they worked. (I would hate to get everything done and then find out the light strand doesn't work!)

3)Attach Lights to Wagon Wheel
This step takes a while, as you want the jars to be symmetrical. There are 10 lights on the strand; I strung 6 around the outside of the wheel, 3 in the middle, and 1 in the center (I used a larger mason jar in the center to make it stand out). When you think of a chandelier, you picture the middle one hanging the lowest; I didn't do that because you would see a lot of the chord, but if you find a way to hide it then I would make it hang the lowest! From here, you will staple the light strand to the wheel (be careful as you do not want to puncture a hole in the strand). The light closest to the plug-in is one of the 6 on the outside so it can go up the chain to be plugged into an extension cord.

4)Link the Chains to the Wheel
I made 3 chains that were the same length and placed them the same distance apart on the wheel. They will meet in the middle, where you will fasten them to a ceiling, pergola, etc.

5)Add the BLING

This is where you can make it your own and my FAVORITE part. Who doesn't love bling?? You can add a lot of bling or a little; it's up to you!! During this step, you want the beads to be symmetrical. I hammered little nails where I wanted the beads to hang. After hanging the strands, you add the pendants however you like and you're done!

6) Enjoy it! 

I made my chandelier a while ago, but I am still in LOVE with it. I am so happy with how it turned out; everyone that has come over absolutely loves it!

TIP: One thing I encourage is to have an extra person to assist when needed, especially when hanging the chandelier.