Sparkles and Sunshine: 2019

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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