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What a week it was!

I had an AMAZING trip in Waco, Texas at the Achieve Conference. I got so much out of it, met up with some of my besties, and made some new friends along the way.

We also did some touristy things too, because, I mean, when you are in Waco you have to do all things Joanna Gaines…am I right?

I arrived a day early, so some friends and I spent the day walking around Waco and found ourselves at the Silos and Magnolia.

The shop is INCREDIBLE. So many great things there. While I was kicking around the faux florals really struck me. They are really beautiful. If you’ve ever shopped on their site and considered buying one…do it.

I’m not an affiliate for them or anything, but the quality is really high.

Love the wreaths there too but they were a little pricey for me so I wouldn’t get those – but the greenery and the florals, I highly recommend if one strikes your fancy.

At the tail end of my trip some friends and I headed to Magnolia Table and my gosh, it is everything you’d expect it to be! The food was outstanding, the restaurant was impeccable and we had a great time!

I was there with a few friends that included:

My good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse and I shared a room all week and let me tell you, we have so much in common! I think we ordered the same things off the menu without realizing it all week long and just had a great time together.

Oh, and I almost forgot to tell you! To travel there and back, I had to take a connecting flight out of Dallas to Waco.

Well, my layover was SO LONG on the way out that my good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms wound up snagging me in Dallas after they arrived and we all drove to Waco together.

I can’t believe we did not chat about this beforehand but I am so grateful they let me ride with them because I think it shaved like four hours off my travel day!

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Kate from Southern Home Hospitality, Stacy Ling, and Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse at the Achieve Conference with Picking Daisies Media

But all good things come to an end, and now I’m back in New Jersey with my family. I’m thrilled to be home because I’m a homebody at heart and as much fun as I had. I was ready to be back in my crib with my flowers.

And it’s raining too, so I was able to really enjoy some downtime with everyone and my sweet pups.

Shana flew home for the weekend too so we are all having a nice time hanging out and taking some downtime.

stacy ling, karianne wood from thistlewood farms and rachel the ponds farmhouse at the achieve conference in waco texas
Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse, Karianne from Thistlewood Farms, and Stacy Ling

What I’m Shopping For This Week

I did a LOT of shopping in Waco but there are a few things I bought that you can find on Amazon! Isn’t that so cool?

I also had some questions about stuff I had on me during the week, so I’ll share them all below.

  • First, I bought this cute dress in a few colors before the conference and just want to say…IT IS AWESOME! It fits true to size, is easy to wear, very slimming, super comfortable, and comes in a variety of colors. I will order more. Yes, it’s more for summer wear, but get it now if you want it so you don’t forget – it is worth it.
  • I found this shirt while shopping around and LOVE IT. It’s super soft, has this cool ruching detail, and fits true to size.
  • In my IG stories, I was asked about my purse – I couldn’t find the exact one online that I bought, but here is one that is really close. I love it because it can be either a handbag or a backpack.
  • I was also asked about this dress – LOVE IT. Also fits true to size, is very comfortable, and comes in an array of colors.
  • This dress is my favorite and I actually have a few of them in different colors. If you like a boho casual look, these are great. My friend Anne bought one too and she’s a bit shorter than me so it looks great on anyone, any size, as it’s very flattering too.
  • I got a signed copy of my good friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm’s latest book, 10-Minute Decorating Ideas. Did you get your copy yet? It is so good and has lots of quick tips for decorating throughout the seasons.
  • And after a long week of staying up late, trust me when I tell you I needed these under-eye depuffing patches. I shared them with Rachel – she loved them so much she just ordered them!

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We kicked off the week with a fun tailgate party and delicious food ideas that are easy to make (and bring) to the stadium or ball field this fall.

I also shared the prettiest pumpkin centerpiece ideas that are perfect for your next fall party or even Thanksgiving.

To keep it simple, I shared it two ways – one pumpkin is carved and the other is not!

Which one do you like better? Let me know in the comments below.

fresh flowers and heirloom pumpkin centerpiece idea for the dining table with zinnias, dahlias, sedum autumn joy, ivy, celosia and boxwood

I also shared my favorite fall cocktail that’s great for a fall dinner party. Warning: this fall drink packs a punch but tastes amazing. Let me know if you try it!

And finally, I shared my latest YouTube video where you can check out my Halloween table in greater detail.

Doesn’t it look amazing? Click here to watch this short video.

classy halloween party in the potager garden with witch hats and fresh flowers

Oh, and I almost forgot!

My good friend Danielle from Northlawn Flower Farm shared my fall garden tour on her YouTube Channel this week!

Come join Danielle and I in the garden here.

potager garden with vintage bike, hydrangeas and pumpkins in the potager garden

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

During my downtime this week, I found some great fall inspiration from around the web. Wait until you see some of these incredible ideas.

fall in the cottage garden with a view with celosia, rudbeckia, zinnias and lantana with pumpkins

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dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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Garden Supplies I Use

Since I’ve been gardening for well over twenty-five years, I’m often asked about the garden supplies and tools that I use most. Here are some of my favorites that I use in no particular order.

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Want to learn more about me? I’m a master gardener who’s been gardening and growing things for over 25 years and author of the best-selling book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden. Get the inside scoop about my background as a master gardener, education, and experience, as well as why I started blogging here.

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Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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  1. Oh my goodness. The achieve conference sounds so fun. I’m sad I couldn’t go this year. I need to add it to my calendar for 2024!

    Thank you for sharing my Thanksgiving table setting. I appreciate it!