The sun has finally set on Fixer Upper, leaving Joanna Gaines fans with nothing but a slew of reruns to watch whenever they need their daily dose of the show. The reigning queen of home renovations along with her husband, Chip Gaines, opted to leave television filming behind and focus on taking time to relax and enjoy their family.
The announcement couldn’t have come at a more opportune time – shortly after the show ended, the Gaines family welcomed their fifth little bundle of joy, Crew Gaines. Having a new baby is hard enough — but trying to keep a newborn thriving and still running multiple businesses and side projects? That would have been crazy. Thankfully, Joanna Gaines knew her limits and ultimately chose family over fame.
But just because Joanna Gaines stopped working on her hit show Fixer Upper, it doesn’t mean she’s been sitting around knitting baby booties all day long. She’s still a very busy lady – but she’s also happy to stop, slow down, and enjoy the precious things in life.
Been missing Joanna Gaines? You can easily keep up with her on social media by following her Instagram (you’ll be in good company – she currently has close to 9 million followers). That’s a good source for figuring out exactly what she’s been doing in the months since Fixer Upper wrapped filming.
She’s been snuggling with her new baby
Is there anything more therapeutic than snuggling a new baby? Crew Gaines may be the newest member of the family, but he’s quickly becoming the star of Joanna’s Instagram feed as she keeps posting the most adorable photos of everyone in the family giving him some love. If Joanna Gaines’ reason for leaving the limelight is to spend more time with her family, then it’s obvious she’s fulfilling that dream in the sweetest way.
Joanna is also working on her Target collab
Target’s Hearth & Hand line caused quite the ruckus when it first debuted in stores a year ago. The home décor options made it so easy for fans to take home a small piece of that Fixer Upper style. But it’s not like Joanna Gaines just designed one collection and then walked away – she’s been coming out with new collections each season and has a personal hand in designing all the pieces. She’s still doing that now.
She’s been putting in time at the Silos
Joanna Gaines may have started out with a little shop on Bosque Street (it’s since reopened as a discount store), but eventually, she graduated to a veritable retail emporium called Magnolia Market at the Silos complete with a retail store, a bakery, gardens, food trucks, games, and more.
According to Instagram, Joanna just hosted Reese Witherspoon and her Whiskey in a Teacup book tour at the Silos.
She just finished up her new book
The Magnolia Story, the tale of how Chip and Joanna Gaines got started on their journey to fame, was a bestseller for months. But the book just left fans wanting more, and thankfully, Joanna Gaines obliged. Her newest literary project is a design book called Homebody that she and her team just finished putting together. So besides cuddling babies, she’s been working hard on that!
She bakes – from scratch
Slice and bake cookies? Not in the Gaines household. Joanna loves spending time in the kitchen whipping up homemade treats for her kids like biscuits and gravy or pancakes from scratch. One thing she has more time ever since retiring from television is baking with her kids.
Mostly, Joanna just appreciates the small moments
Joanna Gaines’ Instagram description says, “Wife. Mama. Designer. Shop owner. Homebody.”
It’s interesting the titles she puts first – wife and mother, not famous celebrity home designer (which she undeniably is). And homebody? She makes no apologies for preferring to stay home on her gorgeous farm, taking care of her animals and watching the kids play.
Take a look at Joanna Gaines’ Instagram and you’ll see beautiful photos, but fans appreciate that they’re never unattainable. She’s a millionaire who could be jet-setting around the world, but instead, she’s smelling wildflowers or rocking on the porch enjoying nature.
Joanna Gaines is a person who knows how to appreciate the beauty in life. That could be why everyone loves her so much.