FIVE TIPS FOR YOUR MAGNOLIA MARKET VISIT

tips for your magnolia market visit

tips for your magnolia market visit

 

It’s no surprise that I am head over heels over Chip and Jo! From their heart, to their beautiful family, to their renovated farm-style homes.  I love them! So, when Alex proposed that we take a drive down to Waco, I jumped right up and packed our mini-van! This trip worked out really well for us because we planned it and then a couple weeks later they announced their Spring at the Silos event! How exciting! We had such a great time meeting people from all over the country and seeing some small shops that I have been following on Instagram for quite some time!

I wanted to share with you some tips on how to make the most of your Magnolia Market at the Silos visit!

1. Come early in the morning or just before they close.

  There’s no question that people are flooding in from over the country to visit the Silos, making it a little crowded.  Also, when this place gets packed the lines for the bakeshop and the market wrap around the block (Think Disney World lines).   My suggestion, is that you show up half an hour before they’re open or an hour and a half before they close for shorter lines. Also, pick your battles. If you plan to visit the bakeshop in the morning, then come in later and visit the market late in the afternoon. This will keep you from having to stand in line and you’ll avoid the mid-day crowds.  On our first day, arrived around noon and quickly realized that we had to commit to stand in line for at least an hour before stepping into the store.  We decided to come back around 4pm and to our surprise, there were absolutely no lines. We walked right inside the store with plenty of time to browse, shop and check out. The following day, we came back early in the morning and stood in line for the bakery. Splitting both events up and sticking to the early morning or late afternoon plan worked out best for us.

2. Shop on-line or ship it.

Visiting the Silos is an experience all on it own. However, everything you see at the Silos, you can purchase online. We bought a few small items that were easy to carry (like a candle, t-shirt and cap) and did most of our shopping online. There’s also a Fed-Ex in the market, making it convenient for you to shop and ship without having to carry anything around.

 Traveling with kids? Check out our tips on Visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos with kids!

 

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3. Stop and look around

 There’s so much detail that has gone into this place.  The bathroom at the bakery, the ship lap all over the market, the FLOWERS all around the great lawn… guys look around. There’s so much beauty and so many little details that you could miss if you don’t pay attention. Also, they change their display with the seasons so you may not get to see the decorations again.

tips for your magnolia market visit

 

4. Explore.

We had a really good time checking out different shops around Waco, TX.  Here are a few that you can visit:

  • Enjoy the lawn- So you may not be traveling with kids but channel the inner kid in you and lounge on the been-bags, toss the balls around and get on the swings! It’s so much fun and really pretty.
  • Magnolia Seed and Supply- This garden is towards the back for the main lawn and oh my goodness… absolutely gorgeous! Alex and I took so many pictures for our back yard garden that we’re planning this spring! Can’t wait!
  • Common Grounds Coffee– The coolest coffee house right next to Baylor University.  They have a truck on the Magnolia Market grounds and they also serve their coffee at the Magnolia Bakery.  The place is packed with Baylor U. students and they also have bands play at night in their back lot. Super trendy and fun! Also, the owners were on Season 2 of Fixer Upper!
  • Heritage creamery is also featured on Fixer Upper and they are owned by the same owners of Common Grounds Coffee. Also they have such a cute shop and their ice-cream is amazing.
  • Alpha and Omega– If you decide to eat off grounds, this place has the best Greek food! Alex and I ordered their gyros and a sampler plate.  We literally liked the plate!
  • Laverty’s Antiques & Furnishings– This little shop is featured on Fixer Upper all the time.  It’s so quaint and fun to visit.
  • Harper Design Co.   – They have a store front with the coolest wood turned pieces AND their home (which was on Fixer Upper season 1) is right next to their shop! (Also, my cute kids!)
  • You can also book a tour through Waco Tours.  We didn’t get a chance to tour with these guys, but we did meet up with some of their guests and they had great reviews!
  • Ride the Free trolly and ride around Waco for free!
  • Visit Spice Village where you can do more artisan shopping

    Check out our Instagram pictures of the event!

 

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5. Load up on baked goods.

Don’t just buy that ONE cupcake you’re craving at the moment.  Go ahead and get some for later! The lines for the bakery wrap around the building and they are ALWAYS long.  Grab some baked goods for later that evening or even breakfast the nest day. Trust me, you’ll be happy you did!

Visiting Magnolia Market with Kids

 

Guys.. I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to visit Waco again but if you do, will you shoot me an email and tell me all about it? I’d love to live vicariously through you!

Also, if you’re planning this trip with kids…. You can do it! Here are a few of my tips on Visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos with kids! 

 

 

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VISITING MAGNOLIA MARKET AT THE SILOS WITH KIDS

Last week, we packed up our van and took a 12 hour drive to Waco, TX for the Magnolia Market at the Silos Spring Event. We (ahem… I) are big fans of Fixer Upper and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Silos with our kiddos. We really had a great time and I had a chance to meet some of my long-time favorite small shops who were vendors at the event.

Check out our Instagram pictures of the event

There are two different experiences at the Silos. There’s the road trip you take with your favorite girlfriends (post coming soon), and there’s the one you take with your entire family (children included).  Before writing this post, I visited a few tips and tricks on the silos and most of them said to come without kids! I Honestly, I think my kids had a wonderful time and although it takes a little more planning, visiting the Magnolia Market at the Silos is definitely a family event!

Here are some tips on enjoying your visit to Magnolia Market at the Silos with your kids.

 

Visiting Magnolia Market with Kids

Come early or late.

There’s no question that people are flooding in from over the country to visit the Silos, making it a little crowded and difficult to maneuver around with children. Also, when this place gets packed the lines for the bakeshop and the market wrap around the block (Think Disney World lines).   My suggestion is that you show up half an hour before they’re open or an hour and a half before they close. Also, pick your battles. If you plan to visit the bakeshop in the morning, then come in later and visit the market late in the afternoon. This will keep you from having to stand in line with little ones and you’ll avoid the mid-day crowds.  On our first day, we visited the market around 4pm and there were absolutely no lines. We walked right inside the store with plenty of time to browse, shop and check out. The following day, we came back early in the morning and stood in line for the bakery. Splitting both events up and sticking to the early morning or late afternoon plan worked out best for us and our kids.

Shop on-line or ship it.

Visiting the Silos is an experience however, everything you see at the Silos, you can purchase online. We bought a few small items that fit nicely in our stroller, and did most of our shopping online. There’s also a Fed-Ex in the Market making it convenient for you to shop and ship without having to carry anything around.

Not traveling with kids? No problem!

Check out our Five tips for your Magnolia Market Visit!

Visiting Magnolia Market with Kids

Enjoy the lawn.

I was pleasantly surprised at how family-friendly the market is. They provide games, beanbag chairs, balls and space for the kids to run around. They also have the prettiest set-up of swings, flower pots, and shaded picnic tables. We spent a good portion of our day listening to music, lounging on the beanbags and running around with the kids. The kids played catch and ran from one end of the lawn to the other until they wore themselves out. It was perfect.  Also, having kids, gives you an excuse to sit on the floor and relax without it looking awkward.

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Eat early.

There are a few food trucks on the property and come lunchtime the lines are unbelievable. My suggestion is that you grab lunch before the lunch-time rush hour. Having little ones wait in line for food is no fun, especially when everyone is running low on energy. While the kids were playing on the lawn with Alex, I walked up to three different food trucks, ordered and brought it back for everyone to eat within a few minutes. No lines, no meltdowns.

Load up on baked goods.

If you happen to visit the bakery, grab a few extra cupcakes. We shared some baked goods with the kids, and brought home some cupcakes for us to enjoy later. We were so glad that we did, because although the baked goods are delicious, we weren’t going to stand in line with kids a second time. Also, there’s a Common Grounds Coffee truck at the lawn that is packed in the morning.  The Silos Baking Co. bakery serves Common Grounds Coffee… so go ahead and grab a cup!

Visiting Magnolia Market with Kids

Visiting Magnolia Market with Kids

Visiting Magnolia Market with Kids

Visiting Magnolia Market with Kids

Visiting Magnolia Market with Kids

 Our experience is based on a special event at the Silos.  The crowds may vary during their off season.

Visiting Magnolia Market with Kids

 

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SHATTO MILK COMPANY

Shatto milk company

Last weekend we had an opportunity to visit Shatto milk Company in Missouri and had a blast touring the facility and seeing up close and personal how milk is processed and how it ends up on our grocery shelves!

I also had the opportunity to meet with Barb Shatto and interview her for our #SteadyMotherhood series! I’m so excited to share with you her take on motherhood on the farm in the next couple of weeks!!

Shatto milk company
Growing up, I dreamt of living in a farm, milking cows and tending to chicken coops. My parents and Alex’s parents both have stories that highlight farm life. Their stories are of hard work, early mornings and late nights.  According to them, farm life is tough, but it’s hard to tell by the look of their faces.  Farm life brings them joy and it’s vivid when they share their stories.

Also, I’ve always thought there was something romantic about getting our food the old-fashioned way. Waking up early feeling the dew on the grass on your ankles, and hearing the animals all gear up to take on the day. I feel like all great stories start with the backdrop of a farm.

We set up a tour of Shatto’s family owned dairy farm and experienced milk at it’s finest!

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

The tour starts off with a good look at the most beautiful cows. Shatto Farms has over 400 cows and during the tour, they let you come up-close and personal with some of them. They bring you into the calves barn and give you a chance to pet a baby calf. Gracie really enjoyed this part of the tour. There were two sweet little calves that were just born the day before the tour. You can tell they were brand-new because they were very clean and still very shy. The herdsman also set it up for us to milk one of the cows which was really fun for the kids.

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

This sweet little baby calf was one of the ones that was born the day before the tour. She was so pretty and Gracie had a chance to pet her and show her some love. 

Shatto milk company

This was a sweet Holstein cow we got a chance to milk. Both Grace and Haddon took turns milking and feeding her.  She ate the hey right out of their hand.  It was beautiful seeing her stand so close to the cow.  We were able to appreciate the difference in their sizes.  Grace so small and the sweet cow so big and mighty.

Shatto milk company

 They were a little hesitant at first about milking the cow’s private but once they figured out that they could squeeze milk out, they didn’t want to stop. I gave the sweet cow a little space.  I figured she’s appreciate one less person all up in her areas (I know the feeling all too well)

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

The cows have a lot of space to roam. This is the holding area where they hang out before getting milked.

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

It’s always so much fun to see my kids experience nature and God’s creation. There’s something about physically touching an animal that reminds you of how big this world is and how small we really are.

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

 

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

This area was pretty cool. They bring 12 cows in at a time, hook up suction cups to their utters and each cow is milked for approximately 10 minutes.  This process is done twice a day. We also found out that an average how produces 6 to 7 gallons of milk per day. Also, during this tour they placed the suction cups on our thumbs so we can feel the strength of the suction and witness that the suction does not harm the cows. It’s hard to believe that before machinery, cows were milked by hand!!!

Shatto milk company

This is where they pasteurize and bottle the milk. There is a big window that overlooks the plant and the kids were able to see milk being poured into each glass bottles. We found out that they bottle close to 10,000 bottles of milk per day.

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

 

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

They ended the tour in their country store where Barb Shatto gave us a brief history of the farm.  We found out that this farm belong to her father and she used to help him milk the cows when she was younger. 

In their country store, we had an opportunity to sample all of the flavored milk. We tried cotton candy milk, strawberry milk, root beer milk, coffee milk, chocolate milk and banana milk. Each one was tastier than the last and we liked them so much, we ended up bringing a half-gallon of chocolate and strawberry home with us.

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

They also let us sample their ice cream. Grace of course had strawberry, Haddon had chocolate and Alex salted caramel. 

We were also lucky enough to arrive on the day they were making cheese and ended up sampling their cheese curds! So good!!!!

Their country store is adorable. They have a whole section of Shatto goodies with the cutest illustrations.

Shatto milk company

 

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

 

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company

Shatto milk company is a family own dairy farm then has been in the Kansas City area for over 100 years.  They don’t treat their cows with rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin) or rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) and take pride in making the best tasting dairy products possible. 

Thank you Shatto farm for having us and for the most delicious milk we’ve ever tasted!

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