SPRING IS HERE AND THE ZOO

I have never experienced spring like I did this past month. I’ve read about the seasons and the change of seasons, but coming from FL where there’s not much alteration in the climate department, it was certainly eye opening.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to explain what I felt when I saw the first patch of grass change from dry yellow to bright green.  I was overwhelmed with joy.  I saw buds on trees and weeds growing sporadically all waking up and welcoming us to Spring.  I  never thought I would be so happy to see weeds!
And then… the flowers came.  One by one, they graced us with purple, pink, red and orange tones.  I saw tulips bloom for the first time and different shades of green perfectly compliment the bright blue sky. I never realized how much my soul needed color or warmth.
I understand now why poets write about love and the change that takes place within, when winter’s gone. I get it.  You breathe again, you come out of hiding, the birds make their ways back from the south, the smell of soil fills the air and little by little the temperature rises. And here we are, in the thick of Spring thanking God for warmer weather and for allowing us to make it through our first Winter.
Here’s to Spring friends.
Here’s to dinners alfresco, soccer in the back yard, and flowers! All the flowers because I don’t know how I’ll live without those again.
We visited Omaha Zoo last week and here are some pictures of our time there. It was beautiful.

This mama was hanging out with her babe, it was the sweetest thing and so smart of the zookeepers to keep them both behind a fence.  All the kids would have gone crazy trying to pet the baby goat.

She wanted to brush all of the goats and had a blast doing it.

Check out his face friends. He’s so proud to be standing next to that cute little goat.  I’m just glad we had plenty of hand sanitizer.

This is Alex’s sweet mama who visited a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks for reading guys and thank you for always being so kind to me on this space of the internet.

 

Here are some things you may have missed:

Our first visit to the zoo (In the winter) 

Video of our Zoo visit 

Alex’s 31st birthday

 

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JUNK STOCK SPRING 2017

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This past weekend we had an opportunity to go to junk stock for some vintage shopping. I’ve always had a soft spot for vintage finds. My dad would collect old trinkets and him and I would try to tinker and repurpose them. I have great memories of finding “treasure “alongside of him and working to make a lamp out of an old phone and picture frames out of wooden rudders.
Over the years, Alex and I have developed more of a minimalist mentality which has made us very selective when it comes to bringing decorative pieces home. This time around we found some beautiful plants and an old vintage school desk that we can’t wait to restore and use for Grace’s school!
We also bought some local Nebraska honey, which I can’t seem to stop eating and will probably have to order more of… because it was that good!
We’re hoping to check this place out again in the summer and in the fall.  In the midwest? Here’s their website!
Here are a bunch of pictures from our visit. Grace took most of them. You can tell because of the angle! I love handing her the camera and seeing what peeks her interest enough for her to take a picture.  Sometimes I’ll have 8 pictures of a patch of grass and other times we get pure gold!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful week friends!

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FIVE TIPS ON BECOMING A ROAD TRIP FAMILY AND THE NOMADIK

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One of the reasons we decided to take the leap and move to Nebraska was because we wanted to become a traveling family. Granted, we could do that from south Florida, but flying with three kids (five plane tickets) didn’t seem realistic for us. Moving to the Midwest has really allowed us to spend more time together not just seeing new places, but making memories as a family.

We started our road trip with a visit to Kansas City and a month later, we pushed it a little further and drove down to Waco, TX to visit Joanna Gaine’s Magnolia at the Silos.  Now I know that both places aren’t THAT exciting, but they made up for 30+ hours of driving with our crew. We’re starting to plan our next adventure, but before we head out anywhere else, I wanted to share our

Five tips on becoming a road trip family 

  1. Set the expectation-  Our kids adapt well to changing environments AFTER we have prepped them. We role-play before loading the car, we talk all about what we are going to and not going to do on the road, we pick out movies to watch on the road and set expectations for them.  This way, they are prepared for the long hours in the car and the experience doesn’t catch them by surprise.
  2. Drive through the night– This is easier said than done because WE are the ones staying up through the night and then staying up to tend to little ones thoroughout the day. However, there is no greater sound for a parent then the sound of sleeping babies.
  3. Smart snacks- It’s obvious that you should pack snacks, but when you’re on a road trip with littles, you want to pack snacks that make very little mess. I say you should leave the apple sauce cups and the yogurts at home.  I’d suggest pre packaged cheerios, goldfish, apple sauce in pouches, pre sliced apples etc.
  4. Non-spill sippy cups- We like to have no-spill sippy cups per kid. Grace has a pink one, Haddon has a blue one and Emmy has an orange one with elephants on them.  They all love their sippy cups and take great pride in putting them in their own cup holder. It’s too cute. Also the fact that they don’t spill keeps the van from all the liquids.
  5. Have a Nomadik subscription- Having a subscription to a monthly adventure box was something Alex and I were really excited about.  The Nomadik is a curated monthly subscription box that is carefully curated and designed to encourage people to get out! Such a cool concept!

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Our Nomadik subscription had Ritual energy bars, a Mizu shot glass, a carabiner and a really cool Parks Project beanie that looks so good on my hottie husband! We thought all of the products were really timely and great quality.

Here’s the good news for you! We are teaming up with The Nomadik to give you a discount on their adventure subscription boxes! Use the code ALEANDTERE for 10% OFF + FREE SHIPPING for all plans + gifts.

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Do you have any tips on traveling with your kiddos? We are venturing out and are so excited to see what the future holds for our traveling family!

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FIVE TIPS FOR YOUR MAGNOLIA MARKET VISIT

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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.

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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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