{Happy Halloween // 50th day of school}

Happy Halloween from my little zombie to you!! 

{FREE Halloween Fonts}

{Rewind Friday // All About Halloween}

Happy Friday!! It's been a pretty hectic week around here. We were all a little under the weather with colds & bad allergies. On top of that I had to cover for a co-worker on Monday and then another on Tuesday. It left me feeling drained! Things seem to be on the mend for Mason and I, but Nate is still feeling pretty lousy. Poor guy! I am praying he gets to feeling better soon, too. One exciting thing that did happen around here was my new blog design! If you only click on specific posts through Bloglovin or another reader it may not look too different, but if you go to my main page {here} you can see the full re-design! I am so happy with it. I was having formatting and spacing issues with my previous design and it just got to be too frustrating! I found this one on Etsy. It was super easy to install and the designer has been very helpful anytime I have a question. I'm still tweaking a few things here and there, but overall I am in love with it. Let me know what you think.

Today I am linking up with Meghan, Beth, Stephanie and Whitney for Rewind Friday. Today it's all about those past Halloween posts.

{Halloween Pajama & Costume Party}

The day is finally here! Time to show off your little(s) in their Halloween costumes and pajamas! I have been looking forward to this day ever since I was asked to be a part of this fun party!! There is nothing more adorable than a kid dressed up in a costume or festive pajamas. The link-up is open until November 3rd for those of you that want to wait until after Halloween to show your costumes. Feel free to link-up as many times between now and the 3rd too...as long as it is Halloween costume or pajama themed. And if you're not a blogger you can still join us. Just be sure to tag #costumepty16 in your photos so that we can check them out!

{Guys behind the blog // October}

In case you missed the original announcement {here}, I've joined a few friends to keep The Guys Behind the Blog link-up going! We are so excited that today is our first installment and includes some fun Halloween themed questions.

{Countdown to Halloween // Week 3 // BOO'ing}

BOO'ing a friend, neighbor or relative has become one of our favorite Halloween traditions. Mason and I have so much fun picking out little Halloween themed treats to put in the BOO bag. Last year Mason and I BOO'd one of his friends {post here}. This year we BOO'd Masons 4 cousins...who all happen to be boys!

{TT // All Things Pumpkin // DIY Pumpkin Burlap Wreath}

Hall Around Texas DIY Pumpkin Burlap Wreath

I shared that I wanted to make some fall wreaths and donate them to our church's 26th annual fish fry & bake/craft sale on our Fall 2016 Bucketlist. When I saw this pin on Pinterest for a Pumpkin Burlap Wreath I knew I had to make one! I mean, how cute. And my love for burlap really runs deep.

{October 24th // Our Due Date}

A very special thank you to my sweet friend Amy {Keepin' Up with the Smiths}. She sent me this precious angel baby charm back in March when we going through our miscarriage.

October 24th...

Today would have been our baby's due date.

But, I will never hold that sweet baby this side of Heaven.

{2016 Fall bucketlist update #1 // Hallow PJS // PSL // Porch // Wreaths // Wardrobe}

Goodness gracious I love this time of year!! The colors, the weather {when it cooperates}, the festivities, the coffee, the overall feel of fall, the pumpkins...everything! We have been so busy checking things off of our 2016 fall bucketlist and enjoying every minute of it. Sharing the first round of things today.

{#FallingforFallPhotos // A Fall Themed Photo Challenge}

When Amy, Jess, Whitney, and Stephanie announced their Falling for Fall photo challenge I knew right away that I would be joining! Two of my favorite things are photos and fall, so it was a no-brainer! I've had so much fun with this challenge. Below are the prompts then followed with my pictures. I grabbed them from Instagram so that they would have the captions I shared.

{Countdown to Halloween // Week 2}

HallAroundTexas - Countdown to Halloween

One of the things on our 2016 fall bucketlist was to buy and carve/decorate pumpkins! We've done quite a bit of that so far!! The first project we tackled was foam pumpkin decorating. We bought several at the dollar store for $1 buck each. Mason added those re-usable kits to them and then on one we added dum dum suckers to the top. It serves as a candy dish and also looks like hair on top of the pumpkin! It's pretty cute. He had so much fun decorating these.

{TT // All Things Pumpkin // Pumpkin Patchin' #1}

Saturday {10/8} Nathan had plans to go fishing with his brother. Mason and I didn't have anywhere to be until 2 that day so I decided to take him to Country Critter's Farm/Pumpkin Patch. We used to take Mason to Country Critter's Farm every year until we discovered Mainstay Farm in 2013. In December 2013 we went to Mainstay Farm for their Christmas tree days, but learned of their pumpkin days and knew we'd have to go there in 2014. And that we did. Mainstay Farm has become our preferred place for pumpkin patchin', but we thought it would be fun to go back to our old stomping grounds for a day.

{$10 Target Challenge // October}

It's time for one of my favorite monthly link-ups - the $10 Target Challenge! I love any excuse to go shopping at Target {along with every other lady in this world}!! I went into this challenge looking for a new lipstick and bronzer, but I was unsuccessful. I just couldn't find anything that I loved. Since the makeup was a bust I went to search the Target dollar bins. Those are always a hit! So, what did I get this month?

{What we're reading // Halloween Books for Kids}

Hall Around Texas Halloween books for kids

We are major book lovers over here! And there's not much more that I love than rotating books out for each new season. Okay, maybe that was a bit dramatic. But, we do love our books. We've got our Halloween books out and have been reading them on repeat. Last year I shared some of our favorites which you can find here. Since last year we have added quite a few to our Halloween collection including some chapter books. Thank you Scholastic books! I have got to admit, Scholastic Books is one of my favorite parts about Mason being in grade school. I don't know who gets more excited, me or him, every time he brings a new order form home. Mason has really gotten into chapter books lately and I love it. Here is what we are reading right now.

{Picture Perfect Project // October}

Hall Around Texas - Picture Perfect Project

 Any chance we get we head down to the pond for the evening. It's one of my favorite places to take pictures of my boys. Mason is usually occupied with doing boy stuff and I can snap pictures without him being annoyed {mostly}. I just let him play and do not ask him to pose for anything because I want some candid pictures of him just being a six year old boy. There are so many opportunities for him to do just that at the pond. This particular evening he went down to the pond wearing a mask and forgot to grab his glasses. It amazes me how different he looks without his glasses. He also thought it would be fun to wear his shirt backwards and deemed it backwards day.

{Countdown to Halloween // Week 2 // Masks}

One of Mason's favorite things to do around Halloween is to stock up on masks, toy weapons and anything he can dress up in. He usually comes home from school and goes straight to putting on a costume for the rest of the evening. Last night we went to visit our friends at their snowcone stand and Mason was in full costume! He loves it. Anyhow, we've already collected several masks and an arsenal of toy swords and knifes and there's still time for more!

{The Kids Behind the Blog // October Edition}

Welcome to our 9th installment of "The Kids Behind the Blog"!! If you're new to this link-up you can find all the details here. I know I may be a just a bit biased, but this is seriously one of my favorite link-ups each month. It's so much fun to read what the kids have to say each time. Kids say the most hilarious things and are so unpredictable. It's my favorite!! I hope you'll join my co-hosts (Stephanie, Meghan, Jessica and Beth) and I and link-up with us. This month's questions are Halloween themed. Can't wait to see how your kid(s) answered these.

{Tuesday Talk // All Things Pumpkin // DIY Personalized Pumpkin}


When my friend Meghan posted her fall home tour last week I spotted a pumpkin that I wanted to recreate! I ran out right after I saw her post and got the materials to do so. I knew I needed this on my porch asap! I absolutely love all things pumpkin...especially those you can use year after year!


So, I totally spaced out and missed the deadline to co-host this amazing exchange. But, I was so so happy that I was still able to participate in the Mug Love Exchange. Coffee and fun coffee mugs have my heart! Especially during the crisp and cool mornings of fall and winter! I was paired with Mandie @ BadBrewPack for the mug exchange. I did not know Mandie before this exchange. That is one of the things that I love most about these exchanges - meeting new friends! To see what I sent her, check out her blog.

{Raising a child with ADHD}

I originally wrote this post for Whitney at Work It Mommy as part of her Mommylogues series, but I wanted to post it here too.

{Cameron Park Zoo // Waco TX}

A couple of weekends ago we woke up to grey skies and rain in the forecast. But, I didn't want that to keep us from enjoying a nice Saturday afternoon. I checked the weather for Waco, TX and found only a 15% chance for a span of 3 hours all day. It was much better than the percentage of rain near home. So, on a whim we were able to check an item off our fall 2016 bucketlist by visiting Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX. We had always heard great things about it, but have never made it over. It's about an hour and 10 minutes from our house, but worth the drive.

{September in Numbers}

Time to take a look at the month of September...in numbers! I love this perspective on the month.

{Countdown to Halloween // Week 1 // Halloween Crafts}


One of my favorite things about fall/Halloween is all of the fun crafts! While Mason doesn't have much patience for sitting and crafting for too long he does enjoy anything that entails painting {or making a mess!}. I love to raid the Target dollar spot bins around a holiday for little crafts we can do at home. I hit the jackpot on Halloween crafts this year! Among them was this fun paint your own skull.

{Tuesday Talk // All Things Pumpkin // Free Pumpkin Fonts}

I knew I couldn't let this "All Things Pumpkin Party" pass by without sharing some of my favorite free pumpkin fonts! I'm a little font-obsessed around here. I've included the link for each font below the graphic. Simply click on the link, download to your computer, open the zip file, double click on the font and choose install. Super simple!

{Things I love about Fall // Halloween Pajama & Costume Link-up}