A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

Happy Monday everybody! I know that everybody was feeling like last week was extra slow since we had a long weekend for Thanksgiving, and I think that we were all especially looking forward to a great weekend. Unfortunately for us here in Texas, we got slammed with a cold front which meant that it was cold and dreary and rainy all weekend, but that didn’t stop me from having a great weekend! So here’s a look into my weekend with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

Friday

Last week I spent all day Thursday and Friday in training so I could get all the necessary CPE credits that I needed for the year. We got out a little later than usual for me, so I got caught in some traffic and some rain Friday afternoon heading home from training. After I got home, Chris and I spent the evening just relaxing at home, enjoying all of our Christmas lights and decorations and watching our first Christmas movie of the season, Elf. Of course, we both quoted right along with the whole movie and my longing to visit NYC this Christmas season was kicked into full gear even more! We don’t have any travel plans this December though, so I guess I’ll have to wait until next year.

Saturday

After a relaxing night in, I was up bright and early Saturday morning and hit the road by 7:00 because I was headed to Magnolia Market with my friend Kayla for the day! She currently lives in College Station, which is on the way to Waco, so I stopped in town to pick her and up and then we were off to Waco! The forecast was 100% rain this whole weekend and even some flash flooding, but surprisingly we didn’t hit too much rain on our way to Waco.

We arrived at Magnolia Market right around the time that it opened, and I could already tell that it was a lot less crowded than the last time Chris and I were there. The line for the bakery was seriously out the door when we went in August, and this time there was barely a line at all.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

But the bakery wasn’t our first order of business at Magnolia Market, it was to get some shopping done! We walked into the store, and immediately I noticed how the store was decorated for Christmas, compared to having more summer decor when we were there in August. Not only were there Christmas trees all throughout the store (decorative ones and also ones that you could buy), but there were also Christmas signs and lights and basically a ton of festive stuff! My favorite was definitely the beautiful Rudolf that was painted on books above a fireplace. I need that in my house!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

I think that we must have walked around the store 3 or 4 times, and I definitely tried to contain myself as much as possible. I ended up getting two pillows for the house that have reindeer on them, a beautiful piece of granite that I’m going to use for a soap dish in the kitchen, a cute reindeer ornament, and a magnet (one of the things that I always collect on our trips). Don’t worry, I’d already gotten myself a #shiplap t-shirt the last time we were there!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

After we had shopped till we dropped, we explored outside of the silos a little bit more. Last time we were there, there were a ton of people running around and playing in the open area that Chip and Joanna have created and eating at all the picnic tables, but with the weather, there was barely anybody outside. We quickly looked around, admired all of the Christmas trees under the silos and then made our way to the bakery for a sweet treat!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

I don’t think that I knew quite what to expect with the bakery, but I was definitely surprised when we walked in and saw how much we actually had to choose from! They must have had 12 different types of cupcakes, 12 different types of cookies, and a few other assorted baked goods. It was definitely hard to choose what we wanted, but I ended up choosing the gingerbread cookie sandwich with cream cheese icing and a bacon and cheese biscuit for later. Kayla ended up getting the classic cupcake which was chocolate cake and buttercream frosting. Everything we had was so delicious, even though we ended up eating them for dessert later on that night.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Girls Weekend At Magnolia Market

After the bakery we were pretty much done with our time at Magnolia Market. If it had been a sunnier day I think that we would have fun sitting outside for a while, but it was pretty cold and rainy, so we headed over to Clint’s shop to poke around there for a while. Last time we were at The Harp Design Co we bought a beautiful ladder and some pictures, but this time I didn’t come home with anything that big. I found a few reindeer decorations for the house and bought a magnet from the store as well.

We had pretty much accomplished all we wanted to in Waco after visiting Clint’s store, so we grabbed a quick lunch at In N Out Burger before driving back to College Station. The rest of our day was spent relaxing and catching up, eating a dinner in downtown Bryan at Caffe Capri, and drinking some wine and catching up with our other friend Natalie. We couldn’t have ended the day more perfectly!

Sunday

Kayla and I woke up Sunday morning and grabbed a quick breakfast at one of my favorite places in College Station, Blue Baker. I always loved getting their bagels in college and can never pass up the chance when I’m back in town. After breakfast, I made my way back to Houston and the rest of the day was spent getting the normal Sunday things done around the house: picking up, grocery shopping, laundry, and blogging. I also got some non normal things done too, which included addressing all of our Christmas cards so they could be sent out Monday!

Since it was still cold and rainy outside, Chris and I ended the night with some pho and then The Walking Dead, like the past few Sundays. Overall, it was a fantastic weekend with lots of girl time and some time with Chris too!

How was your weekend? Have you ever been to Magnolia Market?

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The perfect girls weekend at Magnolia Market during Christmas time! All of the decorations were beautiful, and perfect for the season!

Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

The Wandering Weekenders- Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

In years past, I’ve always tried to outdo myself when it comes to gift giving for Chris. In college it was almost easy to give a nice gift because neither one of us had a ton of money, so it was easy to splurge a little bit on ourselves for Christmas, anniversaries and birthdays. Then we got married and started working, and suddenly we had money to spend on ourselves, so we could almost splurge whenever we wanted.

If we wanted that new shirt or that cool new gadget, we had the money so the majority of the time we’d go out and buy it for ourselves. At Christmas I would try to get creative with gifts for Chris and get him things that he would really like, but maybe that he didn’t think that he wanted. One year I got him some noise canceling headphones because he travels so much, the next year I got him a nice briefcase to carry his computer in when he travels, and then the year after that I got him a nice duffel for his overnight trips so he doesn’t have to take the same bag to a place like the deer lease and then to the airport.

This year, I was trying to continue the tradition of outdoing myself, but if I’m being honest, I was having trouble coming up with something that I knew that Chris would love until JORD  Wood Watches reached out to me about their unique watches.

The Wandering Weekenders- Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

When I first met Chris, he was obsessed with watches, and literally wanted a watch in every color and material possible. At the time I didn’t even wear a watch, and then he got me obsessed with watches and now I have one in almost every color and material too. One material that Chris did not have a watch in was wood.

The Wandering Weekenders- Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

When Chris’s watch arrived, I was immediately blown away by the unique packaging. The watch arrived in a beautiful wooden box that will be perfect for Chris to use in the future. It even has a secret compartment at the bottom, just in case he wants to keep secrets from me.

But obviously the main event is the watch! Chris opted for the Dover watch in Zebrawood and Dark Sandalwood, and it is beautiful! The fact that you can see the movement in the watch is very unique, and also very cool for a guy that loves mechanics.

The Wandering Weekenders- Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Chris and I ventured to Deep Eddy Vodka for some fun on Black Friday, and Chris opted to wear his watch to try it out. Overall Chris loved it! He said that it was very comfortable since he measured his wrist and the watch was made to fit him. He also said that it kept time perfectly, and the movement on the watch was crisp, which is a sign of a solidly made watch. He can’t wait to wear it more often!

The Wandering Weekenders- Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

The Wandering Weekenders- Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

If you’re having trouble trying to think of what to get your boyfriend or husband for Christmas, definitely check out JORD Wood Watches. They have a wide selection of beautiful watches for men and women, that are sure to please everybody on your list! And do you know what’s even better? JORD has offered to give away a $75 gift card for one of you to use on a JORD Wood Watch for their own special somebody! The contest for this $75 gift card is open until December 18, 2016, and the gift card will expire by February 28, 2017. Everybody that enters the giveaway are asked to click on the link below, and fill out your name and email to enter. But don’t worry, even if you don’t win the $75 gift card everybody that enters the giveaway will instantly receive a $25 gift card to their email from JORD Wood Watches!

Click HERE to enter the $75 gift certificate giveaway!

The Wandering Weekenders- Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but all opinions are my own.

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We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum in NYC

The Wandering Weekenders- We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum In NYC

If you ask anybody that’s in their mid 20’s and older, I bet that each and every one of them can tell you exactly where they were when they heard about what happened on 9/11/01. For our generation, I think that it’ll be one of the Kennedy moments or the Princess Diana moments, where our kids will ask us if we remember where we were on 9/11.

I remember that I was a freshman in high school and I had just finished my first period in Mrs. Anderson’s Biology class when an announcement came over the loud speaker that we all needed to report to the gym for a special chapel about the New York City situation. We hadn’t heard anything about what was going on at that point in time since it was way before the time of social media (there was no Facebook) and everybody being connected to their cell phones, so I jokingly told a friend that maybe the stock market had crashed or something like that. Little did I know at the time how much that could really effect people too, but I don’t think that anything could have prepared me for the news that we heard when we sat down at that chapel, that terrorists had flown a plane into the World Trade Center.

The Wandering Weekenders- We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum In NYC

Everybody was seriously in shock that something that like could happen, let alone that something like that could happen in the United States to Americans. We watched TV for the rest of the day and we heard the news about the second plane hitting the World Trade Center, a plane hitting the Pentagon, the towers collapsing, and then the plane crashing in Pennsylvania as well. The nation was in a state of panic, and they even evacuated buildings and landmarks all over the country because nobody knew where they might happen next. My mom worked at Williams Tower in the Galleria area of Houston and they evacuated the building because it’s the tallest building outside of a downtown area.

The Wandering Weekenders- We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum In NYC

I don’t think that anybody would fully realize how much that fateful day would affect us as a country, from wars to changes in security to terrorists to the Middle East being at the forefront of everybody’s minds, I feel like our whole world shifted as Americans. Besides the fear and sadness after 9/11, another thing happened when the terrorists crashed that plane into the World Trace Center, all of us were brought together as Americans. It united us all as one nation, that was indivisible, like our Pledge of Allegiance says.

The Wandering Weekenders- We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum In NYC

As the days and the months and the years since 9/11 passed, it became quite obvious that Ground Zero would become a place that would forever memorialize what happened on that day. During my first trip to NYC in the summer of 2007 they were still cleaning up Ground Zero, and we could look through the fences and see a huge hole in the ground where the towers used to stand. During my second visit to NYC in the spring of 2009, not much had changed. Our third trip to NYC was during the winter of 2012, and the reflection pools were open and a little museum. The 9/11 Museum officially opened up in 2014, so when we were planning our trip last Christmas, I knew that this was a stop that we needed to make.

The Wandering Weekenders- We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum In NYC

The only word that I can really use to describe our whole 9/11 Museum is sobering, but it’s still an experience that I think that every American needs to have, so that we don’t forget what happened.

The Museum is divided up into three different sections, the Historical Exhibition, the Memorial Exhibition, and the Foundation Hall. The Memorial Exhibition memorializes everybody that passed away during 9/11, and gives you the opportunity to learn more about the individuals that did pass away.

The Foundation Hall houses quite a few of the artifacts from 9/11 including pieces of the World Trade Center and the actual wall. There’s also a piece of the subway stairs that people used to flee after the planes hit and the towers were falling.

The Wandering Weekenders- We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum In NYC

The Wandering Weekenders- We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum In NYC

The Wandering Weekenders- We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum In NYC

The final piece of the Museum is the Historical Exhibition which literally walks you through 9/11 minute by minute. This was by far the most moving part of the whole museum. This section of the museum includes television clips, 911 phone calls, and radio transmissions from the emergency workers, and it is by far the most eerie to walk through. The only thing that kept on going through my head during this part of the museum was the fact that it was just another day at the office for millions of people, and their lives were changed in an instant. Some of them lost loved ones and others would never come home, and it was just a normal day.

The Wandering Weekenders- We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum In NYC

I don’t know if I would call our experience at the 9/11 Museum a good experience, because I don’t think that anything that’s associated with 9/11 could be considered good, but I will say that it was moving beyond belief and totally worth the trip. If you’re in NYC, you should definitely add this to your list of things to do because the worst thing that we can as a nation is forget what happened 15 years ago.

The Wandering Weekenders- We Will Never Forget- Visiting The 9/11 Museum In NYC

Things To Know Before You Go

  • Adult Tickets cost $24/person; Seniors, Veterans, and College Students are $18/person, and kids are $15/person.
  • You can make reservations for visiting the Museum online before you go. It’ll help you to not have to wait in line when you get there.
  • Everybody has to go through a huge screening process before they can get into the museum, including a metal detector and having all of your belongings x-rayed.
  • There are no pictures allowed in the Historical Exhibition, but you don’t need to take any, you’ll remember every minute of your visit there.
  • You will be moved, and might even cry, so bring tissues with you. If you don’t bring any, there are some located all throughout the museum.

I know this definitely wasn’t the happiest of posts, especially considering my last NYC post talked about all the Christmas things to do in NYC, but it’s definitely a post that I’ve been wanting to write for a while. I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited the 9/11 Museum in NYC? Is it on your list to visit during your next NYC trip?

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Five Favorite Things About NYC
6 Things I Learned While Visiting New York City
Christmas In New York City

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The 9/11 Museum in NYC- A truly sobering experience, but one that every American needs to experience when they visit New York City.

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