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My 10 favorite finds from Magnolia Market

March 2, 2017

If you’ve hung around here for any time at all, you know I adore Chip and Jojo, hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper! With Waco just a little over an hour away, we’ve made several trips to the original Magnolia Market on Bosque, as well as the Silos. We even attended the “Silobration,” the grand opening of the Silos, with our good friends, the Robertsons! There’s a little something for everyone on the grounds — and even the guys enjoy it!

For today’s post, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite finds from Magnolia Market. If you aren’t able to visit the storeΒ in person, the online shop is definitely the next best thing!

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Magnolia signature candle in velvet:
The linen scent is great too, but on my last trip to Waco, I picked up the new signature fragrance and I love it! Light and subtle enough to use year round and a great gift for any Fixer Upper lover!

“Grow Old Together” sign:
This metal sign was featured in one of my favorite episodes, so when Mr. AG picked it out for our bedroom at the opening of the Silos, I knew I couldn’t turn it down!

Signature magnolia wreath:
I don’t actually have this wreath, but I’ve had my eye on it for years! The price tag is a little hefty, but I imagine it’s worth every penny!

Measuring pitcher:
I picked this up as a souvenir for my mom and aunt before they visited us in Dallas a couple of years ago and think it’s such a great gift! My mom uses it for utensils, and every time I see it, I wish I’d grabbed one for myself!

Script wall expressions:
We have one of these in “home,” but I made the purchase before the script version came out, and I really wish I had waited! I love how these can be layered on top of so many different things (wreaths, frames, you name it!) or are pretty enough to stand on their own.

Stoneware spoon rest:
At only $10, this is another great gift or souvenir!

Magnolia tea towel:
I picked this up on one of my visits to Waco with the intention of using it for display only, but when it got mixed in with our regular dish towels (ahem, Mr. AG), I realized how much I actually love it for drying dishes!

Magnolia leaf pick:
When I couldn’t justify the hefty price tag for the wreath, I settled for a leaf instead, and I actually really love it! I don’t typically opt for artificial plants, but this leaf looks real, and I love the earthiness it brings to a simple vase.

Magnolia Journal subscription:
My mom got me this for Christmas, and I so look forward to the quarterly deliverable! It’s chock-full of beautiful imagery, great recipes, and tons of ideas for hosting and entertaining.

Tocca perfume in Stella:
Rumor has it, this is the fragrance Joanna wears — so that paired with the beautiful bottle automatically mean it’s perfect. πŸ˜‰ The “Florence” fragrance is another one I love.

What am I missing, Fixer Upper fans?!


A Valentine gift guide

February 1, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, so I thought I would ease back into things with a sweet little Valentine’s Day gift guide!

TOC valentine gift guide

Voluspa two-wick candle trio via Nordstrom — $40
Marble heart catchall via Mark and Graham — $39
Gingham bone canvas dog toy via Harry Barker — $12 (a Truman favorite!)
Tocca hand cream trio via Nordstrom — $16
Men’s marble shave set via Mark and Graham — $31.99
Jack Black beard grooming kit via Nordstrom — $35
Nomad leather folio case for iPhone via Best Buy — $49 (a Mr. AG favorite!)
Ugg caden boot for babies via Nordstrom — $39.90
Melissa & Doug pizza party via Amazon — $15.44 (our nephew’s favorite!)

Holiday gift guide: for the men

December 15, 2016

I don’t know about y’all, but for me, the men are always the last ones I cross off my holiday shopping list. With only 10 shopping days left, here are a few “sure bets” for the men in your life. Enjoy!


Olloclip camera lens for iPhone via Best Buy — $74.99 (Just make sure you know which version of the phone they have!)
Yeti Colster via Academy — $29.99
Ascot suede slipper by Ugg via Nordstrom — $109.95
Angus Beef Jerky via Van Cleave Dry Goods (a local favorite!)
Barolo plaid shirt via UNTUCKit — $78
Amazon echo via Amazon — $139.99
Beats by Dr. Dre wireless headphones via Best Buy — $129.99
Tile mate tracker via Tile (a necessity in our home!) — $25
Ultimate man razor bump relief via Kiehl’s (a Mr. AG favorite!) $27.50
Ultimate brushless shave cream via Kiehl’s (another Mr. AG fave) — $16
Copper mug via Mark and Graham — $30 (+ free monogramming!)


Holiday gift guide: for the ladies

December 9, 2016

‘Tis the season for all of the gift guides, right?! With just 16 shopping days left until Christmas, I’ve rounded up a few picks for the ladies in your life. Enjoy!


Plaid scarf via J. Crew Factory — $22.50
Kate Spade “all in good taste” tea kettle via Bed, Bath and Beyond — $49.99
Philosophy “grace for the holidays” set via Nordstrom — $18
Nest “holiday” candle via Nordstrom — $40
Safety matches jar via Urban Outfitters — $12 (+20% off!)
Gold square lacquered tray via The Container Store — $14.99
Leather turnlock bracelets via Mark and Graham — $30.99
Poet letter board via Letterfolk — $50 (currently out of stock, but restocking on Tuesday!)
Faux fur slippers via Gap — $31.46
Marble monogram trinket dish via Anthropologie — $22
Mini makeup toiletry kit via Jon Hart — $68

Next up: the men!


3 tips for elevating your holiday gift wrapping

December 5, 2016

This post comes with a big caveat that the holidays are about so much more than gift giving. It’s really easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, but I think it’s important to try not to do it all. Find the couple of things that are important to you, and focus your energy in those areas. When it’s all said and done, the memories you make and the time you spend with family and friends are so much more important than your perfect centerpiece or Christmas Eve dinner or — you guessed it — even the gift wrapping! (This is mostly a note-to-self!) πŸ˜‰

Personally, I love wrapping gifts. If I didn’t, there is no way I would put so much energy into it! Unfortunately for my gift recipients, sometimes the wrapping even trumps the gift. (Oops!) But if gift wrapping is something you have no interest in, grab a few gift bags, some tissue paper, and disregard the rest of this post!

Since wrapping is so fun for me, I’ve compiled three tips I follow when creating a cohesive gift wrap look-and-feel.

1. Decide on a wrapping theme.
I went a very nontraditional holiday route this year and opted for a black and white theme. I used gift tags that were a little more “Christmassy” to make sure the gifts didn’t get mistaken for sympathy presents. And for something a little different, I like the way they turned out! In the past, I’ve done everything from red and white to all white and even Tiffany blue and red.



2. Follow the rule of three.
To get a coordinated but not matchy-matchy look (something I’m so desperately seeking to master, in gift wrapping and in life), I follow the rule of three (and as it relates to gift wrapping, I completely made this up): three different patterns of wrapping paper and three different options for ribbon. Ideally, all three ribbon options would work with any three paper options. For paper, I went with solid black, black and white stripes, and kraft paper. (I cheated and got two different styles of stripes. Please don’t tell the wrapping police!) And for ribbon, I did two different black and white stripes and a roll of solid black. (I also cheated on this and used some white pom-pom ribbon that I already had for two small gifts.) The only pairing I tried to steer clear of was the black on black, but I actually don’t hate that idea. (And basically this tip should be rewritten to say the “rule of four.”)



3. Opt for a couple of mid-priced paper rolls and mix in a cheaper option, too.
I never buy the most expensive roll, but I try not to buy the cheapest either. I have nothing against cheap wrapping paper (I get a lot of mine at Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx), but the really cheap stuff tears so easily and often times, there is very little on the roll. To keep things cost-friendly, I splurged on the striped paper, but got a big roll of inexpensive kraft paper to mix in. I love using kraft paper, because it works with nearly any color scheme. The black paper I got is actually chalkboard paper, but I loved the matte look and the price was good too, so I went with it.



Does anyone have any other tips for holiday wrapping?! I’m all ears!
Kraft Paper via The Container Store
Chalkboard Paper via Michael’s
Black Taffy Stripe ribbon via Ribbon Factory
Black Monarch Stripe ribbon via Ribbon Factory
Black Satin Ribbon via The Container Store
Gift tags via Marshall’s (not available online)

Deal of the day: 11.30.16

November 30, 2016

Today’s deal of the day is the Kitchen Essentials Kit in Winter Berry by Williams-Sonoma. This particular fragrance is only available at the holidays, and it really makes the kitchen smell so good — and certainly makes the mundane kitchen chores much more lovely! Williams-Sonoma discontinued this fragrance briefly, but I was so happy to see that it’s back this year. I’ll definitely be stocking up before the season is over! Enjoy!


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Deal of the day: 11.29.16

November 29, 2016

Today’s deal of the day is the annual Spode Collector Plate. Both my mom and grandma have collected Spode Holiday China for years and years. When I graduated from college, my mom started my collection of Spode, and over the years, we’veΒ slowly added to it. I know China isn’t for everyone, but I do love the classic look of Christmas Spode — and every time I eat on ours, I’m reminded of my mom and grandma, which I love!

The 2016 annual plate is on sale right now at Macy’s for $20.99 — marked down from $60. Enjoy!


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