Wandering Inn to Round Top, TX

Wandering Inn to Round Top, TX

This past weekend was a check off of my bucket list and such a fun little getaway. Two weeks ago my friend Jess asked if we wanted to take a trip down to Round Top with our daughters and on a whim we booked a room at The Wander Inn. We took our oldest girls to The Pioneer Woman Boarding House almost two years ago but had yet to take our younger ones with us on a girls trip so it was time. If you are planning a trip to Round Top, I highly suggest booking a room at the Inn for the full experience. It's such a laid back, relaxing place to kick off your boots. So much attention was paid to the little details and Amie and Jolie have done a great job with the design of this property. We stayed in the Star Dust Room and it was such a cute room! We had a spacious bathroom, two queen beds, and a balcony where Jess and I would escape to after we got the girls in bed to sit under the ceiling of...

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Hugo

Hugo

Sometimes when you lose something special to you, pieces of that loss will show back up in other things. In this case, a horse. ⁣⁣ 13 years ago I lost “the one” to a brain tumor and it wrecked my world. That one horse you only get to have one time. The special one. He was my all around rodeo horse and we did it all. He was my safe place, one I could turn steers, run barrels, or hop on bare back in a halter and ride trails for hours. We were both 16 when he passed and since then I’ve had a lot of great horses but not one that compared to him in personality, disposition, athleticism, heart, etc. ⁣⁣ I still have Flash, my heel horse but we’ve been looking for something I could head off of, Zack could learn off of, and something else the girls could hop on when they wanted to. I’ve looked for months and gave up hope long ago I’d ever find another Pete. ⁣⁣⁣Until two weeks ago. I was on a...

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A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

Launch day is finally here! Welcome to my new blog. This space has been a labor of love for the last 8 months and I'm so excited to get back to writing and sharing. After 10 years of blogging, I decided to give this space a facelift with the help of my sweet friend Talia and start from scratch. Most of my ramblings over the last decade have been geared more towards family updates and a way for me to get my thoughts out as journal entries for my kids to read one day. Albeit I will still be doing that, but this space will now serve a few other purposes and as a creative outlet for me. You’ll also find more recipes with Hayfield Meals , Home Design projects, faith, favorite things, happenings on the Rafter PS and more! I have so much planned for my little corner of the web and can’t wait to start sharing with you all. ⁣⁣For the full effect, viewing on a computer is best!!!! Every single...

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Paisley + Scout’s Cowgal Bedroom Tour

Paisley + Scout’s Cowgal Bedroom Tour

This post is long overdue as I've had one of my favorite home projects finished up for over a year now. I thought today would be the perfect time to share their room as I was asked to be this week's feature with #thisishowiwestern on Instagram. As a mama to two girls, I couldn't wait for the day that they would get to share a room. Built in best friends, lots of bonding (let's be real, arguing too), giggles, and fun has been had in this sweet little space and it's easily my favorite room in the house. This room was previously Scout's nursery and when it was time for her to leave the crib, we decided to move the girls in together and turn Paisley's room into the play room. (post coming soon) Our home is small and so are the rooms so my main goal was to make it as functional as possible while incorporating their style/personalities within these four walls. Our little ladies are cowgals...

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Scout’s 4th Toy Story Birthday Party

Scout’s 4th Toy Story Birthday Party

Our big girl is four today and I wanted to share her Toy Story party we had mixed in with our Father's Day cookout yesterday. Toy Story has been a favorite around our home since Paisley was little and Scout has followed suit with loving it just as much, if not more than we all do. And, what a perfect time to turn 4 the same week Toy Story 4 comes out in theaters. I remember watching the first two growing up and also finding out Andy was the same age Zack and I were when the third came out the summer before we went to college. Safe to say, we are a bit sentimental. This was such a fun table to put together. I didn't do much other than order a few decor items, bring her toys from home, order a cake and get a water inflatable for the kids to play on. I ordered Scout's hat and boots from the Disney Store and my mom got this cute little dress from Target. I'm pretty sure she wore it for...

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Mexico

Mexico

We got back from vacation this week! Zack and I finally went on our honeymoon...almost 8 years later. Getting married young and broke didn't provide the opportunity to take a trip before life started but we made it. We finally did it and it was the best trip ever. I shared our trip on my instagram but had several questions about where we stayed, who we went through to book, resort hospitality, my outfits (which makes me laugh-I'm not a fashionista) and more so I thought I'd blog about the whole experience. I'll try to go in chronological order of the trip so I don't miss anything. First let me start by saying, if you are on the fence about going on a trip with just you and your husband, DO IT. And don't feel guilty about it. I did at first. It was expensive, we would have to leave the girls for a few days, we were spending time on ourselves, etc. That's OK. After being a fireman's...

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