Waco, waco, waco. Where do I even begin? This was the coolest trip I have taken in a long time. It might have been the high you get from flying with out kids, or the pure joy I feel when I get to be alone with my husband for more then a few hours, OR the fact that I met my design super hero Joanna Gaines (we will get back to that) but this trip was exactly what I needed when I needed it.

To start from the beginning we flew into Dallas early on a Thursday morning. Waco is basically equal distant between Austin and Dallas but we chose Dallas so we could visit some friends before we left. Anywho, we rented a car Thursday morning and drove straight to the silos. We made a Quik Trip run, and loaded up on snacks as we drove through, what to some people may believe to be boring flat land, farm town after farm town. We geeked out over all of the farm houses and huge open skies. Then as we pulled off the freeway into Waco I saw them, THE SILOS!!! They were just as big and rustic as I had imagined and I my heart started racing to get in there asap! Parking wasn’t to bad and we found free spots every time we went down there.

First stop at the silos was The Baking Co. I thought for sure JoJo could not be good at all the things, so I was very skeptical about if the cupcakes would be good. That being said I ordered the shiplap cupcake and my hubs grabbed the cookie. THEY WERE DELICIOUS! Dang it JoJo, you are good at everything! Ha over the next few days I had yet another shiplap cupcake and the strawberries and cream and they were both something I dream about. TIP: if the line to the bakery is too long they sometimes have the baking co. Food truck parked in the back of the silos with the same cupcakes. We sat on the patio under the silos eating Joanna’s cupcakes on Joanna’s chairs and I was in Heaven.

Now it was time to head into the store. It was funny because unlike other TV or reality shows I have watched (I have watched MANY) when I walked into Magnolia market, it was exactly like it was on TV. They some how capture the feelings and beauty perfectly. The design and layout had me geeking out on every level. TIP: the week days were WAY less busy then the weekends and much more enjoyable. After you walk through the first part of the store it opens to a big industrial barn feeling space, that was my favorite part. The high ceilings and exposed trusses made my designer heart happy.

We made our way out side to the lawn and swings. Ok, let’s talk for a second about the music, it was my favorite part. It was so perfect and brought feelings and emotions to the surface that would have been hard to do any other way. The whole outdoor space was curated perfectly. It made you want to stay a while. It welcomed you and made you feel like you were home or at least somewhere safe and protected from the world. It was a place you could feel the spirit and find peace. I would by this CD right this second if I could (I told Joanna to make a CD when I met her. Later guys later). We are at the food trucks three different times because they were that good. My personal fave was the grilled cheese truck but we also loves the brick oven pizza truck and Milos truck had the most amazing fries ever! TIP: at the grilled cheese truck order the WACOAN and tomato soup and thank me later. We would eat under the black and white awnings or in the big barn patio and listen to the music and talk. It was a place we felt inspired and peaceful.

Now let’s talk about where we stayed!!! This might be what made the whole trip even better. It was our first time using Airbnb and we were nervous but when you travel with out kids who cares where you sleep as long as you SLEEP! As we drove to our Airbnb we drove passed some beautiful farms and farm houses. We found our Airbnb and I could have cried I was so happy. It was a teeny little one bedroom home on the Brazos river. The yard was green and the tree out front was huge and majestic. Our backyard had a grill, a fire pit and a gorgeous view of the river! There were tin ceilings and sliding barn doors. A kitchen and tons of natural light inside. I highly recommend trying stay here when you come to Waco. It was also only a 5 min drive to the silos and did I mention it was only $125 per night??? Ok stay there and thank me later.

While we were in Waco we went back to the silos about four or five times but my other fave thing to do was drive the neighborhoods. Ugh I loved driving through all the neighborhoods and imagining which house we would by if we lived there! I am so lucky I married Ty, because he loves driving and looking at houses as much as I do! Match made in heaven. You have to drive through Woodway and through all of Waco too!

Ok enough of this, let’s talk about how I met JoJo!!!!!!

Alright so this story is trickier then it might seem because my mild stalking and extreme luck got me in a little bit of trouble from the P.R. People at Magnolia…yeah. So if you saw my insta stories while I was there then you know the whole “real” story but to respect Magnolia and queen JoJo I will start here…We were driving down the freeway when I recognized JoJo in the car in front of us! I yelled at Ty to “FOLLOW HER!!!” I was freaking out and sweating that THE Joanna Gaines was driving just 100ft in front of me! Then fate was on my side and the light turned red and she stopped the car. I yelled to Ty to pull up next to her as a frantically waved at her through the window, but alas she did not see me. So the light turned green and we kept following her! We followed her for a few more miles until she turned in to some office buildings and I jumped out of the car after it was parked. It was a little premature because she hadn’t even gotten out of her car yet and I had no idea how I was going to approach my actual living hero! I was so embarrassed as I walked in front of her car a few times to try and get her attention naturally. She never looked up! I decided it was a loss and told Ty to get back in the car I am not tapping on her window and humiliating myself. To which he yelled at me “we did not come this close to Joanna Gaines for you to chicken out now!” Then my bearded sketchy looking husband walked up to her window and I followed behind him so as to convince Joanna he wasn’t a mugger and he knocked on her door! Then I started saying,” we’re not crazy we are not crazy” over and over again and she rolled down the window and smiled the calmest sweetest smile. She talk to us for a few minutes to the window and then I told her I had to have a picture with her to prove to people that I met her. She looked at my Instagram and was so kind to listen to us rant about how it was our 10 year wedding anniversary and this is all we wanted to do was come to the silos! She got out of the car and we took a picture. The picture that I will blow up and frame in my house. I was so happy and so excited. She was as gracious and kind as I could have expected. She told us that Chip was filming a demo day and she had come in late to work. What a twist of fate! I honestly feel like part of it was destined to be. I feel so lucky I got to meet her even if it was in such a weird way! This was the best day ever. I cried I was so happy and my husband kept saying, “I have never seen you geek out like this.” I know we all love Joanna and I was trying to think about why I just LOVE HER. I think it has something to do with the fact that she is relatable to me on every level. Meaning, as a mom, a wife and an interior designer. She inspires me to want to be better and do more. She is a mom of four kids and yet still makes time to follow her dreams. She is a kind and patient wife and obviously a visionary and trendsetting designer. I can’t finish an episode of fixer upper with out feeling completely motivated and inspired by her life and career. So I fan girl pretty hard for the one and only. Haha

The next day before we left town we hit up The Findery, which was equally as amazing as Magnolia! I found about 10 big pieces I wish I could have shipped over. Make sure you go to Harp Design co. Of course and then email us to order a table when you get home;). So many fun things to do and see.

Our last day was spent in Fort Worth hitting up old home supply co and visiting friends in the city. It was the perfect getaway and in my honest opinion I could have stayed in Waco the whole time. I could have swung and read books on the grass but I am also glad we made time for friends and other shops along the way. PLEASE tag me @finderskeepersdesigns in all you fun Waco pics so I can live vicariously through y’all!

Safe Travels!