Sparkles and Sunshine: 2019

Rider Interview Series - Kristin Montero

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

All equestrians know, that balancing riding and horses is hard with all of the many aspects of life. I know I'm still trying to figure out how to make time for my riding, blog, Diesel & Felix, and of course Chandler. Some days I feel like it can be impossible. But, there's someone who can help! Today I am excited to introduce Kristin Montero, founder of The Equestrian's Edge. From her everyday inspirational posts to her one-of-a-kind program, Kristin is a total boss babe! I hope you all enjoy getting to know her better today!

Custom Business Cards With Basic Invite

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

It's crazy to think that I started my blog two years ago. The learning process never ends, but I feel like I have learned a lot so far! This year I have been focused on growing my blog into a business and I realized that I was missing something important: business cards! I have gone to numerous networking events with my mom and she has always told me that the number one thing she doesn't ever forget is a business card. I thought it was about time I had some made, and so I was happy when I was contacted by an awesome company called Basic Invite to create my own custom business cards!

Spring Get Active Challenge - Visit The Playground

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Happy Tuesday,

Who LOVED going to the playground as a kid? From slides to swings and jungle gyms to rattling bridges, a playground has everything you need for a fun day! I always went to my local playground as a kid because it was such a fun and happy place to be. I can't tell you how many birthday parties I had/went to at our local playground. It had many picnic areas so that people of all ages could enjoy and celebrate at the same time.

Today's spring get active challenge is to revisit this amazing blast from the past: your playground!

Horseback Rider Interview Series: Kayla Kody

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Happy Thursday!

I am very excited to introduce you all to someone who I have been following for quite some time now. Kayla Kody is a dressage rider, enjoying life with her amazing horses! One of the first interactions with her was when I won a giveaway she shared for some polo wraps. It was one of the first times I had won anything - especially on social media and I was so excited! She is honest, caring, and her horse's quirks will make you laugh out loud! I hope you all love getting to know her better like I did!

How I Overcame Panic Attacks

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

The other day I was thinking about what I wanted to write about in the next few weeks and a certain memory popped into my head. During the summer of my sophomore year of college I was home teaching summer camp at a local art studio with my mom and dating this guy I had had a crush on all throughout high school. Everything was going great, or so I thought...

Happy Easter + Diesel's First Easter Basket

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone is having an egg-citing day and that you have some-bunny to spend it with! Haha! I can never resist a good joke or pun, especially on a holiday. Make sure to head over to my Instagram story today to see some of my favorite Easter jokes!

Today we are enjoying the morning at my parents with all the dogs and Felix. My mom is making blueberry muffins in the shape of Easter bunnies, her favorite Easter lunch meal and she attempted to make Easter bunny pancakes this morning. They looked more like Mickey Mouse but hey, I'm from Orlando so it works right? Ha! Today's blog post features Diesel's first basket and everything that went in it!

Tasty Treat Co. Easter Horse Treat Collection

Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Good Friday!

I hope you all are having a wonderful day. I wanted to kick things off today with a new company I tried for the first time this week called Tasty Treat Company. Tasty Treat Company specializes in fresh, hand-crafted treats for your horse or dog! They have a variety of adorable collections and designs, including today's feature: their Easter Collection!

Below I'll go in detail about their ingredients used, my experience with them, and more!
Brunette girl wearing orange off the shoulder chiffon Romper holding Easter basket with Tasty Treat Company Easter horse treats

Diesel's First Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Happy Thursday!

With Easter just days away, I wanted to do something extra fun with Diesel this year. This year, we had our very first Easter egg hunt with Diesel! He was able to find a handful of plush Easter egg toys at our apartment complex and he had the best time.

Brindle rescue dog catching a plush easter egg dog toy in a field in florida

Horseback Rider Interview Series: Jordan Even

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

We are officially on the fourth rider of my interview series! This has been one of the most fun things I have done with my blog yet because I have been able to get to know so many people in such a great community. Today's interview is with Jordan Even, also known as Westphaliandreamer on Instagram. I started following Jordan on Instagram a few months ago I believe and instantly loved what she shared and just who she is as a person! Her and her three horses are always working towards something great and I can't wait for all of you to get to know her better today!

P.S. Make sure to wish her awesome horse Cali (pictured below) happy birthday today! This gorgeous mare turns 17 today!!! 

Jordan Even and her chestnut mare

Spring Get Active Challenge - Kill It On The Soccer Field

Monday, April 15, 2019

Happy Monday!

How was everyone's weekend?! I had a busy and productive weekend filled with work at the barn, puppy play time with Diesel and Neville, and a super fun photoshoot with Elise and Nicole Schultz! I can't wait to show you all the fun content that we shot very soon. 

Today's blog post features the third idea in my spring get active challenge: playing soccer! Similar to gymnastics, basketball, or ballet, soccer is one of those sports that I feel like every child did when they were little to see if they liked it. I actually played soccer in eighth grade and freshman year of high school and wished I would've stuck with it. So, it's time I got back into it!

Brunette girl wearing victoria's secret pink tank top and nike blue running shorts playing soccer on a soccer field

Weekly Round Up

Friday, April 12, 2019

Happy Friday!

It's officially the weekend and I couldn't be more excited! Today after work I am heading to the barn for a riding lesson, then tomorrow morning I'm doing a shoot with the wonderful Nicole Schultz, and then all weekend long we're watching Diesel's best friend Neville and so Diesel is beyond excited. P.S. if you don't know who Nicole is or follow her work, you're totally missing out because she's amazing!

I also wanted to take the time to say thank you to everyone who read this week's rider interview post with Bailey Nolte. I got so many positive responses from it and it means a lot to me that you all took the time to read it and get to know her even better! Thank you so much to everyone!

Below are this week's round up articles! I hope you all love them.

Brunette girl wearing Feeling Salty Pink And Green Leaf Print One Piece from Red Dress Boutique and blue distressed high waisted shorts from Altard State at beach in Florida

Horseback Rider Interview Series: Bailey Nolte

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

As I have continued to learn more about horses I have also continued to meet many new equestrians that I look up to and admire. I always try to surround myself with positive people that are honest, uplifting, and all around great people. The woman I am introducing you all to today is someone I am so happy to have met. Bailey Nolte (@joyful_dressage) is not only an accomplished rider, but also a great person all around. As I started to see the content she would share, I realized how accurate her Instagram handle was. Today I would love to introduce you all to Bailey and her three amazing horses. I know you all are going to love her!

1. How long have you been riding?

As of my birthday in June, I will have been riding for 21 years! As with most youngsters, the first two years were mainly pony rides, lead line lessons, toddling around learning about grooming, etc., but I started my first pony camp when I was five. I pinged around different disciplines and riding fun until I was around 11 years old. At 11, I discovered my passion for dressage. Haven’t had the opportunity to look back since! 

2. Why do you ride?

It's hard to separate it from my life like that, in retrospect. I've never known anything else - no other sport, no other true passion minus maybe tacos and poetry, no other tremendous motivator despite my own desire to do well. That's not to say that I don't have a life outside of my horses or my riding, but everything I do in my "real life" is to benefit my riding life and my horses. I guess it comes down to that I ride because the connection I feel with horses is something greater than myself. The never-ending education and emotional/physical growth are hugely attractive to me as well. That feeling of constantly working to be better for more than just yourself, but for your horse, keeps everything in perspective. Plus, talk about love of the animal more than just the sport!

3. What discipline(s) do you ride? Do you have a favorite?

I'm exclusively a dressage rider that has shown through FEI Pre St. George and earned my USDF bronze and silver medal. I have to say, dressage is probably my favorite because it is the foundation for every equestrian discipline. George Morris said "if flat work is boring, you're doing it wrong" and I couldn't agree more. However, I adore eventing and show jumping. My under saddle education for either of those is lacking. That's why having a best friend who is an experienced eventer (shoutout to the best of the best, Erin McLeod) is very valuable to me and my horses. I do cross train a couple of times a week with either low jumps, endurance work on my makeshift "track", heavy trail rides, and some low-level eventing. If you count the donkeys that occasionally run into my path, you could even say I do a little cutting, haha! I think it valuable to a dressage horse's physical and mental education and wellbeing to have an "out of the arena" understanding of the world. 

4. Who are some of your biggest inspirations?

I adore truly classical riders like Reiner and Ingrid Klimke, Michael Jung, Hubertus Schmidt, and Klaus Balkenhol. Some of my biggest inspirations are riders are highly skilled in all levels of various disciplines, like Klimke and Jung. In modern Dressage, I'm constantly inspired by Sönke Rothenberger (still thinking of their family during their time of recovery from a horrible tragedy), Helen Langenhanberg, Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl, and Dorthee Schneider. In my every day, my horses keep me inspired as well as some seriously strong, competitive, amazing friends and acquaintances around me! 

5. Tell us more about your horses! Height/age/breed/quirks? :) 

I am beyond lucky enough to own three horses - well, two horses and a pony! 

Apple is my childhood pony. He's 25 years old, 13.3h, and a grade POA. His past is a little bit of a mystery as he was one of two horses to survive a tragic flood that devastated a show barn in Texas when he was young. No further information about him has been able to be discovered. He was naively bought as a lesson pony for my first real trainer, a job he was not suited for, and we clicked instantly. We were about six years old. My parents half leased then full leased him for me for a few years - a huge financial sacrifice for them that I'll never be able to repay - before surprising me with him on Christmas morning! He's been a staple in my life ever since, heading on 19 years now. His quirks are that he LOVES human food - including french fries! He’s not a pawer, but he hovers his feet above the ground and is still, to this day, the only horse able to put me in the dirt whenever he wants to. Despite his size, he’s got quite the bronc side! He's got the biggest personality of any horse I've met, but he also has the best heart. He's mostly retired now, serving as a "manny" to my yearling.

Fair Joy *Pb*, barn name Joy, is my 15.3h, coming 10-year-old, American Trakehner (Magritte/Fair Diva/Rock Point xx) mare, with a presence of a horse 10x her size. I was in the right place at the right time (I worked for her breeder as a teenager - I was 14 when she was born), and I was the first person to put my hands on her when she was foaled, a month premature. That didn't slow her down! I negotiated her purchase within hours and bought her with all my summer job money. She turned out to be the most challenging, educational, and worthwhile endeavor I've ever undertaken. Due to some personal circumstances, I produced her myself with exclusive support of my non-horsey family and the occasional lesson from a mentor, from her first halter lesson to her first ride to her first flying change and her first FEI centerline. She has more opinions than the average successful dressage horse, but I wouldn't change a thing about her. She made me the rider I am today, and she has been the most incredible partner to share the journey with. She doesn't like normal treats and prefers Sour Patch Watermelon candy, she hates small animals and children, and a very difficult, challenging ride. People like to try to write her off because of her size and opinions, but it makes it more worthwhile for me. Riders just don’t like to be humbled. Despite having to be choosy about who I put on her back for fear there will be a war, I know I can trust her with any young rider learning the basics.  

Fanfare MN, barn name Posey, is my first homebred! She's a coming yearling, anticipated to finish 16.1-16.3h, and is also an American Trakehner. She is out of my mare, Joy, and by a grand prix stallion now shortlisted for the Tokyo 2020 Para games, Lord Locksley *Pg* (Unkenruf *Pg*E*/Lonka *E*/Enrico Caruso *Ps*E*). Once Joy showed the potential to be a serious upper-level horse and was highly praised as high point mare at her Trakehner inspection, I decided to get a foal out of her while I was starting law school and she was young enough for it to be a healthy pregnancy. Joy seemed to know I would only breed her once, no matter the outcome, and she delivered in spades! Posey is everything I could have dreamed of and more. She is a forward thinking, brave, level headed, and smart as a whip young lady, with looks to die for and gaits that show off her immaculate pedigree! She'll begin to show in hand this fall, and go under saddle when deemed appropriate - likely as a late 3 year old if not her four-year-old year. She has a career as a future dressage star that I am over the moon to be a part of. Of all the foals I've worked with, over varying breeders and breeds, I'm most excited about her! There's something incredibly special about seeing the differences/similarities between her and Joy, and my girls are such a huge part of my heart She has a very bright future, even if her quirks right now are incessant licking, carrying rocks around in her mouth, and a very, VERY late sleeper!    

7. What does your trainer constantly get on to you about? Ha!

Well, I don't work consistently with a trainer and I'm not in a training program, as my horses live at my home! But, my go-to trainer and mentor always get on me about a couple of things: riding correct geometric figures, not pinching at the leg or flapping my right arm like a chicken wing, looking down instead of between the ears, and my favorite - "TAKE THE HORSE'S SHOULDERS WITH YOU!" 

8. What is the best piece of riding advice you've ever been given?

1. "If you ever think you know it all and have no more to learn, it's time to quit."

2. "If you look at the ground, where will you end up? On the ground!"

3. "Don't get so focused on one movement that you blow preparation for the others."

4. "Judge people not by their show rides, but by how they treat their horse when no one is watching, like in the warm-up."

5. “Dressage is for every horse, horses aren’t made for dressage.”

9. What motivates you?

I've always worked with young, green, more sensitive horses that need education, but I've never had a schoolmaster to teach me. My motivation is to always continue to learn to fill in my educational gaps so I can be a better horsewoman for my horses in every aspect. I have some incredible, brilliant horses with big talent, big personalities, and unlimited possibilities. I just want to do them justice in showing them off to the best of my ability and to provide them confidence in their rider. 

10. How has riding made an impact on other parts of your life?

I manage heavy generalized anxiety disorder as well as social anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder. Despite medication, I've always thought that riding competitively and for pleasure brought a next level kind of therapy. Horses have always been my escape, but in a much deeper way, they've always kept me stable. The required level of responsibility necessary to be successful as a rider AND a horse owner reminded me that there was something bigger than me that needed my attention and hard work. Being around horses always has kept me from feeling isolated or undervalued, and as I'm sure many others can attest to, horses have a calming power that can help someone stay grounded in the present. Working with a horse like Joy helped me gain strength and confidence in myself, my decisions, and my capabilities, both in and out of the arena. In a less romantic sense, riding has deeply impacted my time management skills and studying habits. I rode competitively in undergraduate while pursuing a masters through an accelerated BA to MA program, taking as many as 21 credit hours at a time, and tried to have some semblance of a social life. Once I decided to go to law school and got married, those time management and study habits had to step up. Thank goodness for planners and black coffee!

11.  How do you afford three horses? Do you have any tips for those who are saving up for their first horse or tips for keeping costs in check with their current horse?

I'm confident enough nowadays to say that I afford three horses through a lot of damn hard work. A couple weeks ago, I might have written something about how lucky I am to be surrounded by people who are willing to help out in little ways and that it takes a village, but most due to some screenshots of a group chat that surfaced, I feel like it is important to stand by the fact that I work really hard for what I grew up with and what I have now. There was a lot of planning that went into my life, especially financially.

My parents sacrificed a lot for me to be able to ride and own Apple (subsequently, Joy too). When I was younger, I worked for my trainer/barn owner and "worked off" board and lessons by teaching lessons, cleaning stalls, feeding, working horses, and general barn labor. When it was time for my family and me to move on, my dad built a paddock in our large front yard and the horses moved there. I was an undergraduate, so at that time, I worked part time during the school year and a good amount during the summer. Because I lived at home, I was able to use the money my job's afforded me to pay for feed, farrier, and vet expenses. My parents helped with hay and vet bills sometimes. They also helped a little when I boarded Apple and Joy, paying for what was left over of Apple's board after the amount he taught off through lessons and when Joy was professionally boarded for 9 months, they helped me by paying half of that as well. 

The biggest money saver is board. All three of my horses live at my house, in an informal barn attached to the breezeway where we can park our cars. I knew years ago when I started planning to breed Joy that there was no way I would be able to afford board on three horses, and emotionally, I couldn't imagine boarding my three most cherished possessions with people I didn't know or didn't listen to my opinions on horse care. Going into law school with Joy pregnant, I will say I am lucky enough to have a husband that was willing to help with things here and there, especially because you are legally not allowed to work your first year of law school. I lived off student loans and a small amount of savings. It means being ruthless in cutting unnecessary expenses because all my extra cash went to high quality feed in bulk. I planned vet visits in advance so I could begin setting money aside. Both horses are barefoot, so I saved money on shoes. By having horses at home, I was also able to save gas money that would have otherwise gone to an additional part of my commute. Today, in my second going on third year of law school, I'm allowed to work part time (20-25 hours) a week. I was so grateful to have gotten a paid internship that way I'm not spending all of my loan money horse expenses. Now about 75% of my paychecks go towards feeding/vet/farrier/general upkeep, while the rest can go towards the rest of my grown up life, like insurance, utilities, gas, and the like. Joy and Posey are both insured for most major medical emergency expenses, which gives me some peace of mind financially.

These days, it's just my husband and I. There's a general understanding in our marriage that I take care of horse, school, and personal expenses, while he takes care of some of the other adult things. But I am grateful to know that if something happened, I could lean on him to help support me until I got back on my feet for a little while. We don't plan nor want children, so any of those type of savings can go towards an emergency fund for our futures, whether that's horse related or otherwise. 

When saving up for your first horse, it's important to have an understanding of what you're saving for. It's like my dad always told me, "you should always have 3 months worth of expenses in your savings account, just in case." That same logic holds true for my approach to horses, especially a first horse. Not only are you saving up for the initial purchase price, but you're saving up for the expenses that come with that purchase, such as a pre-purchase exam, board, lessons, routine vet/farrier care, tack, and an emergency vet fund. Having dreams of the perfect horse is always a great motivator, but you have to approach it from a very practical stance of being responsible for a large mammal, because that's how people tend to get blind sighted with unexpected financial constraints. If you can map out all those expenses and budget appropriately, then you're ahead of the curve. Think long term finances, not short term immediate goals. And personally, I think unless you're boarding at an established barn with trailering help, that investing in a truck and trailer before the horse is a responsible and important part of becoming a horse owner. 

When you're trying to cut costs with current horses, don't get swept up in the matchy-matchy lifestyle! Your horse doesn't care if you spend $20 on a pad or $65, if your breeches are in season or if you're wearing half chaps instead of tall boots. The only person who cares about that is you. Don't skimp on the important things, like solid leg protection, your helmet, or your general tack, but does all the equestrian fashion really make you a better rider? No, and it can be a huge waste of money unless your horse requires specific fitting saddle pads. Don't feel pressured to fit in by going all our with your riding attire - judges don't care. If you're at a place that would allow you to help work horses in return for knocking some money off your board, that's always a great help. Sell your unused tack - do you REALLY need that bridle that's been in your tack box for 6 years? I ask myself that all the time, and try to widdle down my collections to things I know I will need. Avoid unnecessary large purchases. I know the Smartpak monograming sales are so good, but I promise, you could save that $30 and have a little more financial breathing room. Another thing could be are you over supplementing? Check with your vet and see if you are adding unnecessary fillers that may not actually be doing anything. Learn to do some of the expensive stuff yourself, like body clipping (learn from a pro!), braiding for shows, trailering, and those types of things. Depending on your horse and barn situation, a half lease can sometimes be very beneficial for all parties involved! However, three things to never skimp on: feed, farrier, and vet care! 

That's all for today's rider interview post featuring the incredible Bailey Nolte! I am very humbled to have been able to work with her on this and I hope all of you have loved getting to know her like I have. Stay tuned for next week's rider interview series, you're going to love it!

Weekly Round Up

Friday, April 5, 2019

Happy Friday!

So my director at work has been telling me about this show called Heartland for quite some time now and last night while Chandler was hanging out with friends, I decided to watch it. Well, needless to say I'm hooked. I mean I'm not surprised, it's a horse show!

Watching it made me realize how much I love these animals and how incredible they can be. I'm so excited to go to my riding lesson this morning and spend the rest of my life spending time with them.

Below are this week's articles. I hope you all love it!

Horseback Rider Interview Series: Elise Letson

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

I am back with the second rider of my rider interview series! This rider was actually introduced for the first time on my Instagram last week. Think you know who it is? Today we're learning more about Elise Letson and her horse Ebony!

4 Benefits Of Grooming Your Cat Or Dog

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

How often do you groom your animals? Most often, breeds that have thick, long, or textured hair usually require more routine grooming. However, what most people don't know is that even if your pet doesn't necessarily fall into any of those categories, they should still be groomed. Today I am going to walk you through the benefits of grooming your cat and/or dog and explain the type of coats that my animals have. 

Brunette girl wearing victoria's secret pajamas grooming her white elderly cat

Spring Get Active Challenge - Hit The Tennis Courts!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Happy Monday!

When I was in high school or college, my mom and I used to go downtown and play tennis at our local tennis courts. Now, when I say we played tennis, by no means does that imply that we were good haha! We were awful but we had a great time goofing off. That memory is what made me want to share today's spring get active challenge idea: hit the tennis courts!

Brunette girl wearing Lilly Pulitzer tennis dress and hat and playing tennis at tennis courts with Wilson tennis racket

Weekly Round Up

Friday, March 29, 2019

Happy Friday!

It's been a while since I did a weekly round up post so I wanted to make this one extra fun! How has everyone's week been? This week I was playing catch up with my personal life since I went out of town last week through Sunday. It's always so nice to getaway but then coming back can be somewhat hard if you don't prepare well (like I didn't haha). However, all in all it was a good week with a fun visit from one of Chandler's good friends, tons of puppy park play dates, and riding lessons (including one today!).

How was your week? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

For those of you who might be new to my blog, every Friday I share a weekly round up post with articles and posts from some of my favorite media sites and bloggers! I always want to support as many content creators as possible. So, if you had a fun post that you would love featured in my round up, feel free to send it to me! I'd love to see!

Horseback Rider Interview Series: Joslyn Jakoubek

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

When I first started the equestrian section on my blog last September, something I wanted to do was to interview riders of many disciplines, ages, locations, etc. since there's so many incredible people within the equestrian community. Today, I wanted to launch this series with someone I admire so much. If you don't know her you will after today. Some of you might know her as Joslynj_equestrian on Instagram. Her and her horse Dolce are the cutest pair and I can't wait for you all to get to know her a bit better today!

Spring Get Active Challenge: Beach Yoga

Monday, March 25, 2019

Happy Monday!

I am excited to announce that this week I am launching two new series! The first one that launches today is my spring/summer get active challenge series. As a way to motivate myself (and hopefully others too) I wanted to launch a series that shows many fun ways you can get active outside and have fun. So today, grab a friend, a water bottle and your yoga mat and let's head to the beach for today's get active challenge!

Caring For An Older Cat

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

For those of you who may not know, last month we lost Oscar, Felix's brother. I have had Oscar and Felix since they were only a few months old and they've been with me through most of my life. When we lost Oscar we learned a few things about taking care of older cats that I did not know before. Now, what I learned would not have prevented us from losing Oscar, however, we now know things to look for in Felix as he ages.

10 Basic Stretches To Do Everyday

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Lately I have been noticing that my back and legs have been feeling tight, which isn't a good thing. I used to be in a good stretching routine that would always help my lower back, hamstrings, etc. Recently I decided that I needed to do what was best for me and my body and get back into my stretching routine. Below is a walk through of my favorite stretching moves. These are great for anyone of any level. I'm not super flexible or anything of that sort either so don't worry if you aren't either!

1) Downward Dog

The Perfect Easter Sunday Dress

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Happy Thursday,

Since I was little, I have always loved getting a new dress for Easter Sunday. Now, even though Easter is a month away, I wanted to go ahead and start showing some styles that I think would be perfect for Easter Sunday. 

When I think of an Easter Dress, I think of happy, bright spring colors such as yellow, light blue, pink, lilac, etc. and fresh silhouettes and appliques such as lace, embroidery, and tulle. With the day being one for celebration, I always love to find something fitting that is just as fun and conservative. Today's dress from Lulu's is a Fuchsia Lace Halter Skater style dress that is just darling for the spring season ahead!

My New Nightly Routine

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

Congrats everyone - you made it to the middle of the week! I always know that once we hit Wednesday, it's all uphill from there! This past weekend I felt super productive because I was finally able to shoot some blog content, do a riding lesson, and more. Some of this I feel like is because of my new nightly routine. I have been trying to tweak what I do at night in order to help me sleep better and to just relax and be happier overall. Below is a breakdown of my new nightly routine that could help you too!

Brunette girl sitting at the beach in lilly pulitzer luxletic leggings and tee

The Best Horseback Riding Boots For Beginners

Monday, February 18, 2019

Happy Monday!

How has everyone been? I feel like it's been quite some time since I've really talked to you guys. I have a few life updates that I'll be sharing soon (I know I've said that before haha but I promise it's coming!) but in the meantime, I wanted to share my favorite horseback riding boots for beginners.

In a recent post I shared that I don't recommend investing a ton of money in gear right off the bat only because it is such an expensive sport. Initially, I didn't have about $300 to spend on tall horseback riding boots, but I could pull together $100 for a good all-purpose boot that I'll be sharing with you all today!

Cute Valentine's Day Pajamas

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Happy Thursday!

There's nothing that I love more than cute pajamas! Some of my favorite times to get them are during major holidays like Christmas and Valentine's Day. Since Valentine's Day is only two weeks away (where did the time go!), I wanted to share some of my favorite festive pajamas that are perfect for any Galentine's Day festivities, Me-Day, or whatever else you have planned!

Horse Blanketing 101

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

It sure has been cold lately hasn't it? For those of you who might not know, I live in Jacksonville, Florida! Even here we've been experiencing lower temperatures in the 50's all the way to the 30's at night. With colder weather comes lots of layering for ourselves, and our favorite equine friends. Today's blog post is about how to know when to put on a blanket or a sheet and how to know what size to get, tried and true brands, and more!

Bay quarter horse wearing sheet and blanket outside at farm in jacksonville or saint augustine florida

Botori Riding Pant Review

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Happy Thursday!

I am super excited to share one of my first riding outfit looks. Before my first riding lesson, I asked my now-trainer Heather what I should wear because I didn't know. She said to come out in leggings and sneakers (I was learning English). I will swear by that too because honestly there's no point in spending a ton of money on riding gear unless you like it and there's no way to tell until you've done it for a little bit. All of my fellow equestrians know how expensive everything about riding is. This goes for children too - since they're constantly growing, unless they absolutely love it, they don't need to show up in this decked out riding look if it's something they're going to do twice and never want to do again.

I shared that information above because today I am reviewing a company called Botori and their riding pants! Because I initially learned to ride in leggings, as soon as I got my Botori riding pants in the mail, the feel was similar! If you like to exercise, these pants will also remind you of workout leggings.

Brunette equestrian girl wearing Botori Life black and merlot riding pant with the tailored sportsman ice filled shirt in claret and ariat tall riding boots with brown bay quarterhorse

Weekly Round Up

Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy National Spaghetti Day!

A.K.A. my favorite day besides my birthday, Christmas, and...yeah that's about it. Ha! I have to top my hat off to Diesel and Chandler for these photos. Chandler was a pro photographer and I still can't believe Diesel didn't eat the breadsticks - I can't say the same about the pasta though. Head over to Diesel's Instagram to see him chowing down like a champ. #proudmom

It's been a few weeks since I've done a weekly round up post. The holidays kept me so busy that I wanted to share that content like gift guides and what not and so now I'm back to sharing my weekly round up posts. If you're new to my blog, every Friday I like to share a weekly round up post that includes some of my favorite posts from other bloggers and articles from entertainment sites that I saw throughout the week. Today's might include some farther pieces of content since it's been a while.

2018 In Review + 2019 Goals

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


I hope that you all had a wonderful 2018 and a fun and safe new year's. 2018 was an interesting year to say the least. It definitely had it's ups and downs, but a lot happened that changed my life for the better.

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