Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Favorites

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1.  Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in At the Barre.  I have been on the hunt for a nude / beige / brown nail polish from Essie's gel line.  While I have a ton of regular polishes in those shades, I mostly just use the gel line for my finger nails because it really does last so much longer.  I found this color and I think it is my new favorite for fall.  It's such a pretty nude and is super subtle - I feel like it has a very classic look, which is what I was looking for.  It looks a little peachy / pinky online, but trust me when I say it is definitely a beige color. 

2.  Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines.  I pre-ordered Chip's new book and finally got it in the mail this week.  I was a big fan of The Magnolia Story, and I shared with you how much my mom and I absolutely loved our trip to Waco here, so you know I just had to get this book.  When I first got it, I quickly read the Foreward (written by Joanna) and then Chip's note and contemplated reading on instead of finishing the current book I was reading.  I resisted and now that I am finished with my other book, I am ready to read!  I will be sure to report back next month when I share my October book review.  

3.  I asked for recommendations on how to season turkey burgers in yesterday's post and I got a couple good ideas I am planning on trying.  First, from Sarah - she suggested using Montreal Steak Seasoning, BBQ sauce and Panko.  I love Montreal Steak Seasoning for beef burgers, so I am sure it will be just as tasty with turkey.  Second, Amanda suggested using Lipton soup mixes.  Once I read that I remember one of my friends saying that is how her dad makes burgers - such a good idea!  If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to leave them below!  

4.  I shared the below picture on instagram this week from my work wear of the week post and I think it was one of my favorite outfits I wore last week.  While I love it, I am a bit sad that today's outfit is looking the same because it is back in the 80's...luckily fall will be back on Sunday.  I cannot wait!  

5.  The Essential Planner from Peacock Paper & Gifts.  I have mentioned Kelsey's planners before, but wanted to bring attention to them again!  If you are like me, you love planners, and while there are some good ones out there, they aren't necessarily as all encompassing as you want.  They may have the majority of things you need to keep yourself organized, but I feel like there is always one or two things missing.  Enter The Essential Planner.  Kelsey worked super hard on creating a product that I think we will all find truly essential to our lives.  There is a page for your budget, for your meal planning, a spot to put reminders on who you need cards / gifts for that month...really the list goes on and on.  It's all these little things that she has thought to include that I think adds up to a really great planner...and it all is available for a super good price.  I have spent some money on planners in the past, and I think that this planner gives you more, at a lower price point (daily - $36, weekly $30).  And to make it even more reasonable, Kelsey is offering a 20% off discount code, EMILY20, to anyone who may be reading this and interested in getting a planner for themselves or for someone else as a gift.  I personally chose to go with the weekly planner in the navy dot, and also got the same one for one of my friends.

Linking up with AndreaErikaApril, and Katie.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Recipe Round Up: September 2017

I did a really bad job of tracking if I made anything new last month, but the one recipe I remembered and jot down is definitely worth mentioning...and perfect for the season.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt Cake from Mix & Match Mama.  I honestly don't think I have ever made a bundt cake prior to this.  I had the pan, because that is what we use to make monkey bread, but never a bundt cake.  I had book club coming up and wanted to make something new and seasonal for fall.  I knew Shay had a ton of bundt cakes to choose from, so I checked them out and settled on the Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt cake.  It was super easy to make, and came out beautifully.  I was a bit nervous, because every time I try to make banana bread, it is never done in the middle and I was worried that this would be the same case for a bundt cake since I had never attempted one before.  There was no need to worry!  I followed the directors to a T and it came out perfectly and so very pretty.  If you don't want something too sweet, I think you could eat the cake as is, without the frosting, or sprinkled with a little powdered sugar.  I was doing the whole thing, so I whipped up the icing once I got home before I needed to head out to book club.  I think you could halve the icing recipe, because I put a good amount on the cake and still had a ton leftover!  Also, I added in a bit of extra cinnamon to counteract some of the super sweetness of the frosting.  Verdict?  Everyone loved it.  It was DELICIOUS.  I am definitely going to plan on making this again, although for my personal tastes, I will pair it with the frosting from my mom's pumpkin squares.  To me, cream cheese frosting and these flavors just go together!  Although I may add a bit of cinnamon.  Either way - I highly suggest making this.  One of the girls from book club took some for her family and then I brought the rest to work and it was gone by the end of the week.  

That's all I have for this recipe round up, but I was hoping that you all could help me out a bit.  I am looking for a good season mix for turkey burgers.  Just straight up seasonings, like garlic powder, onion powder - that type of thing.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Linking up with Annie

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Work Wear for the Week Vol. 9

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Sharing another week of work wear with you all today!  All the outfits are below are what I wore last week to work.

Monday - One of my go to looks when I just do not want to think about pulling together and whole outfit.

Dress - Tahari (also really like this Tahari dress, too!) | Shoes - Calvin Klein | Earrings - Kendra Scott

Tuesday - Another go to look!  I love wearing this to work because it is comfy, yet still put together.

Sweater - Banana Republic (old) | Pants - Loft | Shoes - Calvin Klein | Earrings - Kendra Scott | Belt - Express (old - similar)

Wednesday - My very favorite dress!  Every time I wear this I get a compliment!

Dress - Eliza J (different color - on sale!) | Shoes - Calvin Klein | Necklace - Kendra Scott (old)

Thursday - I love to bring this top out in fall.  The colors are just so perfect for the season!

Top - Halogen (old - this top is the same brand and I love the floral prints!) | Pants - Loft | Shoes - Calvin Klein | Earrings - Kendra Scott

Friday - This is my 'it's fall, but it's also 80+ degrees outside'.

Top - Loft (old) | Jeans - NYJD | Booties - Vince Camuto (on sale!) | Earrings & Necklace - Kendra Scott

Linking up with The Blended BlogJenn and Jessi.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Aunt Becky's Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Aunt Becky passed along this cookie recipe to my mom years ago and they have been one of my favorites ever since.  They are super easy to make.  I used to make them all the time when I lived at home throughout the years.  They were something I turned to making when I was upset over a boy, or just bored.  I have some funny memories associate with these cookies, too!  I remember once the flour mixture going everywhere, because I just dumped it all into the mixer and just turned it on.  Or another time when I dumped a bag of chocolate chips in, only to realize that the bag was one of those big ones, and had double the amount!  Whoops! 

I made these cookies for trivia night this past weekend and only came home with two.  I've made them for all kinds of people - family, friends, co-workers, parties / outings and  I have yet to find a person who does not like them.  I think it's all due to the secret chocolate!  It's key when making these!

Aunt Becky's Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 stick butter flavored Crisco
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 package hot chocolate mix (I use Swiss Miss)
1 package Hershey's semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix butter flavored Crisco, brown sugar, egg, milk and vanilla until creamy.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda and hot chocolate mix.  With your mixer on low, slowly add in the flour mixture.  Once fully combined, stir in chocolate chips.  Bake at 375 degrees for 9-10 minutes.  Cool for about 3 minutes, then transfer to wax paper or a wire rack to fully cool before storing in an air tight container.  This yielded me a little over 3 dozen cookies.

It had been awhile since I last made these and I do not know why, because I was reminded at just how darn good they are!  I promise if you try them, you will not be disappointed!

Linking up with Erika, Ashley,  The Blended BlogLindsay and Whitney.       

Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekend Recap: The Middle of October

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It's been awhile since I have done a weekend recap!  Mainly because there were link ups I wanted to participate in, but also because there wasn't much to share - the past few weekends have been pretty darn low key and uneventful.  This weekend was a full one, so let's get to it.

I ended up only have to work a little later than normal on Friday, which was definitely nice!  I didn't do much at all that evening, other than stop at the library to pick up some books I had on hold, and then catch up on shows.  And check my mail, which was a good idea, because I had some goodies in there!  The fall candle from Magnolia Market (thanks, Mom!) and a new sweater from Nordstrom that I have been eyeing for awhile.  

Saturday I was up early to do some grocery shopping.  I was participating in a trivia night that evening, so I wanted to make some yummy things to take.  Grocery shopping first thing Saturday morning is ideal - the store was relatively empty and everything was fully stocked.  Funny story about my trip, though.  I called my mom on my way to the store because I couldn't remember what kind of chocolate chips I needed for the recipe I was making.  So my mom tells me, I do my grocery shopping and literally as I am putting the groceries into my car, I realize I didn't even buy any chocolate chips.  Back into the store it was - thank goodness I hadn't left yet!  I would have been super annoyed with myself.  I took a walk while it was still a little cool before  I indugled in a pumpkin bagel and a PSL.  After that it was time to bake some cookies!  I made my Aunt Becky's chocolate chip cookies which are so delicious - recipe will be coming to the blog soon!  I wanted something sweet and something not sweet for the trivia night, so I made Bachlorette Party Dip, which is always delicious.  It was just such a nice and relaxing morning / afternoon.  I had some time to kill before trivia night so I decided to go through my shoes.  I got rid of 4 pairs and have about 6 that I need to decide on.  Odds are most of those will be out, too.  Some I really love still, but they are looking a bit worn and I think it's time to just let go.  The trivia night I attened was at my church.  One of my friends went with me and then we were on a team with a girl from church and her friends.  We were the 'young' table, and I am sad to say that we got last.  They had an option to 'rent a teen' and we were joking that we need to 'rent a senior' for our table to help with some of the questions that were before our times.  It was super funny - one of the guys at my table, who was a last minute replacement for someone else, ended up being an intern at the company I work at!  Just goes to show how small of a world it can be sometimes!

I had high hopes to go for another walk Sunday morning but when I got up it was raining...and dark.  Instead I watched RHOC before getting ready for church.  Sunday school and church were good - we sang the best song during worship called 10,000 Reasons.  I am admittedly a bit more traditional when it comes to music at church, but I absolutely loved this song!  After church I went out to lunch for a few of the ladies before running some errands.  I was on the hunt for a mug for my boss for Boss's Day and had no luck whatsoever.  I did however pick up a new fall candle.  I jumped the B&BW fall candle train and grabbed Leaves since it was $10 off 3-wick candles.  I now understand the hype - it smells so good!  Something I noticed when I was out - there are SO MANY Christmas items out already.  Hallmark, World Market, Bath & Body Works...what in the world?!  We aren't even past Halloween yet!  It's only half way through October.  I could not believe it.  I gave up on the mug search and headed home to spend some more time in the kitchen.  This time I made my mom's homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and Mix & Match Mama's Spinach and Swiss Meatballs.  I had been craving soup since I wasn't feeling well last week, so now I have some to eat on this week, as well as a few portions in the freezer for next time!  The meatballs were delicious, as always, and I plan on using those for lunches this week.  Side note - when I made the meatballs I didn't have red onion, so I just used dried minced onion, about 2 Tablespoons and I left out the dijion mustard.  It was a super productive afternoon / night in that sense, which is always nice when starting a new work week.  As I write this, I am ending the night with Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and painting my nails.

Hope you all had a great weekend and a great Monday!

Linking up with Biana.        

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Favorites...Fail

Hey all!  Happy Friday!  I have no Friday Favorites post for you today, hence the 'fail' in the title of today's post.  This week has just been an off one.  I haven't been feeling the best, which throws everything out of wack a bit.  Since I haven't been feeling good, I haven't made it to the gym, which is a bummer because I was on such a roll last week - being consistent, feeling good - all that!  In addition to feeling a bit blah, work started getting busy on Wednesday.  I actually don't mind being busy at work like it has been the past few days.  I love being super productive and the day just flies on by.  That being said, I am tired.  My brain is tired.  The idea of having to think of 5 things to talk about for todays post was just not happening yesterday.  My mind was literally blank!  So instead, I came home after working late, had a wonderful homecooked meal, watched RHONJ and then decided to write this quick post before heading to bed.

I'm headed to a trivia night at church this weekend which should be a lot of fun, so wish us all luck!  I am terrible at these things, but always enjoy participating, especially when it's for a great cause.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Girl Chat: Favorite Halloween Costumes

It's Friday Eve - thank goodness!  Just one more day away from the weekend.  For today's Girl Chat, we are sharing our favorite Halloween costumes.  This is going to be a bit of a repeat, because I shared these pictures last year.  I love them, though, so I am going to share again!

Growing up, we always had homemade costumes.  My mom was super creative and came up with some really great ideas.  The base of almost all of our costumes was a sweatsuit or sweatshirt, as you can see in the pictures below.  From there, my mom created awesome costumes.  Probably only one of the fails (and I think this was my idea, possibly taken from the American Girl magazine) was the birthday present costume.  Looking at it now I am kind of like whatttt, not to mention I remember it being a pain to take on and off and just walk around in, haha!  Still clever, though!  I have mentioned before that the Care Bear costume was one of my favorites, although I do love the princess one - I think that was pre school and my 'gown' was actually a nightgown.  The pumpkin costume is classic and one that I feel like any age can wear.  And as you can see below - I have wore it twice!  In one of my old positions at work, we used to dress up for Halloween and I thought a pumpkin costume would be cute and work appropriate.  With the help of my mom (of course), I made a pumpkin shirt, added in some string at the bottom to make it a bubble, and had a cute little headband that became the pumpkin stem.

I haven't dressed up in a couple years now, but I am looking forward to hopefully one day doing whole family costumes and getting back into the spirit of things.  And you can bet that most of my kids' costumes will start with a sweatsuit (or a t shirt and shorts considering how warm it has been lately!).    

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

September 2017 Book Review

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Plantation by Dorothea Benton Frank.  Another Dorothea Benton Frank book that I enjoyed.  This one will hit you home a bit - it's about a woman who doesn't have the best relationship with her mom, ends up finding out that her husband is cheating on her and leaves him, takes their little boy home with her to her mom's and then the story just goes from there.  It will make you smile and it for sure made me cry.  Just a good book.

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond.  I was excited to read this book, because I felt like I had heard / read a lot about it.  While it was good, it wasn't my favorite.  It's about newlyweds that sign up 'the marriage pact', and once they are in, they start to wonder what in the world they got into.  It was interesting, and I have to say, I think there are some valid points to this pact, but the ending wasn't my favorite - I just felt like things were left open and I wanted to know how it all came to actually end.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan.  I feel like out of all three of these books, I enjoyed the first one the most.  Again, as I have said with the others, there are just so many characters I can't always keep them straight and it loses me a bit.  Still an interesting book in that the culture is so different - even if all is fictional, it still makes you wonder!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.  This was a book club read and while the premise of it was very interesting, the book went a little too long and slow for me.  I am not sure what I can say without spoiling.  I will say that I really enjoyed the ending of the book.

My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella.  One of my favorite reads this past month!  Very light-hearted and feel good.  It hits on the fact that while you may have this amazing social media life, things aren't always as they seem.  If you need something to keep you entertained and whisk you away from all the bad stuff going on in the real world, this is it.

So Close to Amazing by KariAnne Wood.  My mom actually brought this book along on our road trip for me to read.  The author is the blogger behind Thistlewood Farm.  While I haven't followed her blog myself, my mom has and really enjoys it.  She's a DIY blogger and the book is about her life.  Each story follows with a project, which is a cute touch.  

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts.  Another recommendation from my mom!  I am a big Nora Roberts fan so I was excited she had a new book and especially so when my mom said it was a good one.  I have to say it wasn't my very favorite of hers.  The book begins with a chapter from the past and then one from the present.  Eventually the two stories combine and everything comes to a head.  If you are a fan of hers, I would definitely read it, or if you like mystery / thrillers, it's a good one.  For some reason it just wasn't my favorite, but it was still good and kept me reading and wanting to know how things ended.

I just picked up some new books from the library this weekend, so I am excited to have a new stack to get through.  As always, if you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments, or via the contact page!

Linking up with Steph, Jenn and Jessi.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Day in the Life: 10.9.17

Hey all - happy Tuesday!  I would normally be sharing my September book review for the Show Us Your Books link up, but I could not pass up the Show & Tell Tuesday topic for today - A Day in the Life.  This is one of my very favorite posts to read on blogs, and I think it's fun to participate, too.  The only difficult thing is to actually remember to document the day!  I had one from September, but kind of petered off at the end of the day, so I ended up documenting my day yesterday.  So, without further ado...

My alarm goes off at 4:30.  I am definitely a morning person and tend to be most productive at home at this time, hence the early wake up time.  I almost forgot that I wanted to document this day, which is why the photo below is a few minutes late.

I started my morning off with a devotional and the Bible.  One tip I actually got from a previous Show & Tell Tuesday post (Favorite Apps) was using The Bible app in conjunction with a devotional.  I forget who mentioned it, but it was one of those light bulb moments, because it's so easy and handy to use when you are looking for a specific passage or verse.  Eliminates all the flipping I would have to do in the actual book.  One of my New Year's Resolutions was to read the Bible...I have to say that is probably not going to be accomplished, considering I am still in May!  I got way off track (obviously) and have struggled to catch up and I just don't think it's going to happen this late in the game.

After my reading, I did a quick work out.  I used to do the 21 Day Fix DVDs, but I just was not seeing the results I wanted, and honestly, I wanted something a little quicker.  Just last week I finally looked up Blogilates on YouTube and did one of her work outs.  I liked it and was super sore following, so I think I am going to continue to try them out.  There are a ton to chose from and the one I did this day in particular was only about 15 minutes.

Then it's time for breakfast.  I used to bring breakfast with me to eat at work, but I switched it up awhile ago and this actually has worked really well for me.  Lately I have been stuck on scrambled eggs with spinach and Everything but the Bagel seasoning, paired with a banana.  I feel like this gives me a bit of everything - protein, greens and fruit.  While I ate, I read some blogs.  Usually my cut off time for this is 6:00.  That's when I shut down my computer, pick up a bit, do my breakfast dishes (and anything from the previous night), get my lunch ready - really any small chore I can fit in before I need to get ready for work.  Sometimes I am a little overzealous and try to do too much and am rushing a bit to get ready for work, but, like I said, I am a morning person and would much rather get things done at this time, then leave them for after work.  


My work day starts at 7:30 and goes until 4:00.  I (luckily) didn't hit any red lights on the way to work so I wasn't able to snap a picture on my drive in.  I had a project to work on today that was a little slow going because it was Monday and the project itself was a bit tedious tedious.  My lunch break consisted of watching Mallory Ervin YouTube videos (specifically her fitness video - I find them so motivating!) and a little blog work.  I headed out of work at 4:00, stopping by the library to return a book before going home.

Monday is always sheets day for me, so I threw those in the washer when I got home, then changed for the gym.  I spent a few minutes scrolling though instastories before I actually head to the gym.  This allows me to relax a bit before heading off.

At the gym, I walked at an incline for 30 minutes, then did 10 minutes on the stairstepper.  I have been switching that off with the elliptical, and it seems to be a good mix for me.  It's hard so I always dread the gym on these days, but am happy once it's done!  

After the gym, I stopped by Target to pick a few things up.  I am always hopeful when I walk in there that our dollar spot will have been restocked a bit, but it never is.

Dinner tonight is a new recipe - garlic and brown sugar pork loin.  I got that ready, along with some potatoes and showered while it all was cooking.  I putzed around a bit, and worked on this post until it was ready to eat.  Unfortunately I overcook the pork a bit, but it isn't terrible.  I love watching TV and Madame Secretary came back this weekend, so I was excited to watch that show.  Also on deck yesterday was The Big Bang Theory.  CNN was the channel on after I watched those shows on DVR, and Andy Cohen was on Anderson Cooper's show - pretty darn funny if you ask me!  I am now wishing that I had gotten tickets for AC squared when they were in St. Louis awhile ago.  

I was pretty tired after that, so I washed up and logged back on to finish this blog post.  Then it was time to read a little to decompress and bed before 10!

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for my September book review and then coming up on Thursday is another edition of Girl Chat.  This month we are sharing our favorite Halloween costume we ever wore!

Linking up with AndreaLindsay and Whitney.    

Monday, October 9, 2017

Laurie & Emily's Great Adventure: Magnolia Market & Round Top

The third day in my mom's and my road trip was by far both of our favorite day.  This was the day we went to Magnolia Market.

We started off the day with a quick work out.  The plan was to get to Magnolia right when they opened, which is what I would suggest to anyone planning a trip there.  One of the front desk people at the hotel told us about parking in the Dr. Pepper museum parking lot, which also is a public parking lot, which we did.  It was nice to be in a lot that was centrally located and close to the silos.  There is a lot of parking available on the streets, as well as other parking lots around downtown.  That was one thing we didn't realize as we were heading to the silos - it's pretty much in the middle of downtown Waco.  We thought it would be on the outskirts of town, kind of away from things, but it's not at all!  

When we got there, we decided to walk around while it was relatively empty before going into the store.  It was perfect for snapping pictures since it was relatively empty.  Everything was just so well done and there were so many cute spots for photos.  My mom is a big gardener, so we headed that way and checked it out.  While we were there we went in the seed supply store.  Another thing we noticed and appreciated about the silos was how extremely nice the staff was.  Two examples - one of the girls in the seed and supply store remembered us when we walked in the second time.  I just feel like that doesn't always happen, especially when you consider the amount of people they must see in a day.  The second example, was when we were eating outside the bakery.  A worker was on his break, eating his lunch and noticed that a couple was trying to take a picture with the sign in the background.  He got up, offered to take the picture and told them where to stand for the best picture.  All while on his break.

The store was a bit crazy - there were a ton of people there!  It was hard to see everything, so we walked around twice before making our first purchases.  We actually ended up in the store 3 or 4 times that day - a lot!  And I think we noticed new things every time!  One thing we were again impressed with was that fact that they were constantly restocking items.  I was a little bummed because a few things I had seen online I didn't see in stores, but that was probably for the best since I made quite a few purchases anyways.  My mom and I decided it was time for a cupcake, so we got in line at the bakery.  Another thing we thought was really well run.  Since there was a long line, a worker came out with cards and pencils - you could mark down what you wanted, that way when you got in to order, you just gave your card to the cashier.  It helped things going super smoothly in my opinion.  A worker was at the door, letting people in as there was more room.  It wasn't too crowded outside and we were able to snag a table to eat.  We got the Silobration cupcake and the pumpkin cupcake - both were delicious!  We moved from the bakery seating to the covered picnic tables to sit and relax a bit.  The weather was nice and they had fans, too, which provided a nice breeze.  

We headed to the car to drop off our purchases and then walked over to Spice Village, which is a shop that has a ton of different booths.  We didn't end up buying anything there, but it was fun walking around and seeing all what they had to offer.  If I remember correctly, Joanna had a booth there at one time.  Next, we walked back towards the silos and then did The Findery.  Another super cute store!  Their warehouse was open as well - they had such awesome furniture pieces, it made me wish that I was in need of something!  

Our plan was to eat lunch at the silos from one of the food trucks and my mom really wanted to do the grilled cheese truck, Cheddar Box.  It did not disappoint - we both got The Boss which was bacon, gouda and basil on sourdough - yum!  There are a ton of picnic tables all over the place, so we grabbed one to sit at, ate and relaxed a bit, watching the kids play in the green area and taking it all in.  And we made multiple trips back into the store.  I honestly suggest going back in after you have made your purchases, when you aren't planning on buying anything so that you can actually just spend time looking and checking things out.

At this point, we honestly considered staying in Waco another night.  If we could have gotten out of our other hotel stay, we probably would have.  While we were at the market, they were adding lights all over the place and I was kicking myself for not thinking to come check things out at night to see it all lit up.  If we had stayed, we would have probably gone back in the morning for a coffee before heading on home.  We loved it that much and it's really one of those places that is so well done and really you can go and stay for awhile.  

However, we should have decided this the day before, but since we didn't we powered on through to where we were staying for Round Top.  The drive there was again not our favorite - so much construction, and some majorly fast speed limits.

We headed to Round Top the next morning, which was about an hour from our hotel.  As we got the hotel the night before, we realized that Round Top is not just one big flea market, it's three towns of flea markets with a bunch of little shops set up along the path.  I think for us, we would have rather had it be just one big place.  Things were a bit pricy, but there were some really nice pieces.  It was fun, too, because we saw a lot of things that my mom and grandma have and it was interesting to see how much they were selling for, compared to how much my mom remembered spending.  Overall, we were glad we went, because now we know, but it's not something we will ever go back to.  We are a bit more partial to our local flea markets.  

Now for the pictures - I took a ton, but I really cannot tell you enough just how well done the silos were.  We loved everything!