The Riding Bug

Both my kids have always loved the idea of my horse, Chloe. They talk about Chloe nonstop at home and we pretty much have the Netflix cartoon Spirit Riding Free on the TV on repeat. As soon as we get to the barn, however, they freeze up around the horses. Ask them if they want to sit on Chloe and they run the other direction. 

I am not entirely sure what was the catalyst in this change of heart, but one day after my lesson when I was walking Chloe, Logan said she wanted to ride too. We put a helmet on her, she sat on my lap holding the reins and Jackie led us around the barn together. We got in the car and she immediately asked to do it again the next day. Naturally Tanner, not to be outdone by his little sister, wanted to ride next time too.

A week later we were at a friend’s barn so that the kids could visit with something a little less intimidating (sorry Chloe): a medium pony named Chase. Chase is adorable and friendly. He is black and white. Logan did shed a tear the night before when I confirmed he wasn’t pink. However, Chase also loves powdered donuts, a fact that made the aforementioned fake tears stop immediately.

The kids took turns riding Chas lead-line style in the field in the most adorable and comfortable looking small western saddle. Logan took it very seriously, sitting straight and center, holding the reins and concentrating. Tanner, in typical boy style, wanted to go faster. Afterwards, they brushed and fed Chase the promised powdered donuts, moving around him with an ease I’ve never seen from them before in regards to horses. Of course it is understandable. To them, Chloe is massive and they only come to her belly. As adults, we forget how imposing horses really are and honestly It was sort of a good reminder for myself that any horse is inherently dangerous. 

Once Chase was back in his stall, we surprised Logan and Tanner with another barn resident: a miniature paint pony named “Little T”. They both took turns leading him around the barn and grooming him. I thought Logan was going to burst with excitement. The smile on her face when she was holding the lead rope and letting him graze was priceless. I cannot say the same for the pony I see in my near future, though! I think it is safe to say they caught the riding bug! Must be genetic! 🙂

This blog was first published for Ramm Fence: Your Horse Farm on August 13, 2019

My Weekend At TIEC

Part 2: My Experience with Hamster

If you missed Part 1 of My Weekend at TIEC, where I describe in detail the facility of Tryon International Equestrian Center, please take a few minutes to read it HERE. If you are not familiar with TIEC, or as I like to refer to it as, “my horse show paradise”, it is A MUST READ. 

I arrived at TIEC on Friday morning. It is a quick and easy drive from Charlotte, so I got there just in time to help almost everyone who was showing that day. Having arrived on the trailer the day before, Hamster was already there to greet me. His dappled gray head was hanging out of his stall door, attempting to fraternize with every nearby person or animal as if were on a social call and not there to work. I couldn’t blame him though. I felt the same way. 

After a quick stall cleaning, I took Hamster for a hand-walk so he could stretch his legs. We first took a left, walking by the jumper ring and two hunter rings. For the most part, the majority of the show rings are near the stables, coming in handy when a rider inevitably forgets a crop or for keeping an eye on how things are progressing in certain divisions. I was trying to look at the horses schooling in each of the smaller areas that precede the individual show rings, while Hamster was more focused on saying “hello” to every butt within range or dragging me into every landscaped area we passed. We stayed on the separate walkway reserved for horse traffic only which consists of footing like that in the rings. Chloe has been barefoot for 8 years so I really appreciate that at TIEC the horses are always walking on soft, rock-free surfaces.

The rest of the day went by pretty quickly and I stayed busy helping clean stalls, tack and horses. My trainer (and Hamster’s owner) took Hamster for a quick jump school and he was a really good boy. That evening we went to Legends Grille for dinner as a barn, which is located on the other side of the show grounds. One of my favorite parts of TIEC is that you really never have to leave the center all weekend. Numerous restaurants and even a mini grocery store are right on the show ground. Even though we spend so much time together, we rarely dine together as a barn group so it is always nice when we have the time to do so. Afterwards, we walked over to the stable and checked on the horses before making the 1 minute drive to our cabin. Perhaps the best aspect about TIEC is that you can stay on site in these super cute cabins. We had a 1 bedroom, but it had 3 sleeping areas. It really makes checking on the horses convenient, and more importantly, means you get to push back that dreaded wake-up call.

Hamster is 4 years old so we didn’t plan on showing him this first time, but instead just wanted him to tag along for the experience. On Saturday morning, my trainer wanted me to school Hamster in one of the open rings. I assumed that I would just hack him around and warm him up for her to jump. When she came into the ring without her helmet I knew she had different plans. I was instantly nervous and coming up with different excuses I could use. However, Hamster hacked around like such a pro that it was impossible not to have confidence in him. I whined when she told me to canter the first single, but I did it anyway. En route to the jump, Hamster hesitated slightly, asking me if it was okay to jump. The gentlest pressure with my leg is all he wanted and he carried us up and over like he had jumped it 100 times. Next thing I knew, we were doing a course together. It was the first time I have jumped more than 3 jumps in a row since a year ago so inside I was freaking out! Despite the jumps being set super low, Hamster made the cutest effort over each jump and I could see his little knees in my line of vision. It was hard not to have the biggest smile on my face afterwards. 

The show ran smoothly the rest of the day and we were actually done early, around 4pm. We hung out with a neighboring barn, enjoying the perfect NC mountain weather. Then we went across the center to have sushi at Blue Ginger Sushi & Noodles. Yes, sushi at the horse show. And it is really good! Afterwards, we relaxed back at the cabin and had an early night. Typically we would go to Saturday Night Lights, but it had not started yet for the season. 

When we had some down time on Sunday, I hacked Hamster in an empty ring to continue giving him the total show horse experience. There was a lot going on outside with traffic and construction equipment, and on top of that he was the only horse in the arena, but he was totally chill. I couldn’t keep from thinking how 19 yr old Chloe would have been high strung in this situation. I definitely would not have needed the spurs and crop I had! After a bit, we cooled out by walking the perimeter of the facility, along the horse bridle path. We walked by all the stables, the show rings, and even down past the hammock section.  We continued walking towards the large grand prix stadium but Hamster’s attention was on the grass derby field, emphasis on the grass. I think our walk was a highlight for us both. Hamster loves seeing what everyone is up to, whether he knows them or not. I joke that he has a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). He likes to be where all the action is. I must admit I love that too. And perhaps that is my favorite part of TIEC (for real this time). No matter what you are doing, whether it be cleaning a stall, riding a horse, going to a restaurant, a yoga class, shopping at Dover or a boutique vendor, eating ice cream or running back to your cabin for a shower, you are still just seconds away from where all the action is. That is the beauty of TIEC. You really never have to leave. 

My Weekend At TIEC

PART 1: First Impressions

Tyron International Equestrian Center, also known as TIEC for short, is any horse show competitor’s dream. Actually, I revise that to be “any horse show competitor’s, trainer’s, parent’s, cheering squad’s, or groom’s dream”. When my younger brother visited me there, he was walking around with his mouth wide open. He is quite familiar with the horse show scene, having tagged along with me and my mother to bi-weekly shows for years when I was a child pony rider. He was not prepared, however, for the splendor of TIEC. Then again, neither was I. 

Nestled in the foothills of the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, sits an equestrian complex that seemingly pops up like an equestrian mirage in the middle of miles of highway. Freshly painted black wood fencing engulfs the center and outlines the many show rings, the grand stadium, the derby field, schooling rings and the separate footpaths for horses and riders. The permanent stables have large matted stalls, complete with optional windows for the horses to hang their heads out (or make feeding easier), built in halter and bucket hangers, and already mounted fans. Who else hates hanging fans at horse shows? The concrete aisles are wide enough for tack trunks, multiple wheel barrels and grooming cross ties. The tack rooms have secure keypads, which means I was never taking expensive tack to my car each night. The front of each stable aisle has picnic tables with umbrellas, perfect for some down time spent with your barn squad. And let’s talk about the bathrooms located within 100 feet from each barn aisle. Each bathroom area has 3 clean toilet stalls, two sinks with soap, a mirror and air conditioning. I also like to mention that there are faux hardwood floors. I know I sound obsessed with the bathroom, but most of our shows in the area have porta potties. You try pulling up sweaty riding breeches in July in 90 degree heat. Actually try just breathing in a porta potty in July.

Between each ring are stairs that lead to ample shade and wooden chairs for spectator seating. The wide walkways connect the stables to the other side of the center, providing you with front row views of jumping rounds on each side while you make the walk. The rings are extra large, with beautifully decorated jumps and inviting footing. Once on the other side, you will find a line of retail shops that house everything from flavored lattes to ice cream, riding breeches to straw hats, and equine paintings to jewelry. If you have time, there are plenty of stand-alone restaurants to choose from. For lunch, I usually chose between Roger’s Diner, or a taco salad from Siesta Cantina. For dinner, you have your pick of the following restaurants: Sushi, Italian, Mexican and a traditional steakhouse/grille. If I am in a hurry, I will run to the General Store and grab a made-to-order salad or sandwich. The General Store is basically a mini grocery store with a deli and mini-bakery. At the General Store you can buy groceries and alcohol, which is perfect if you are staying at TIEC in a trailer with living quarters or in one of the many on-site cabins (chose between 1 bedroom, 3 bedroom or 5 bedrooms). The General Store also has a variety of TIEC gifts, and a collection of Breyer horses that I had to try really hard to resist for my daughter, Logan. 

Try as I may to avoid it, I always end up popping into Dover Saddlery while I am on the retail side of TIEC.  A full size Dover is right on the premises, which is so convenient when you want to change bits, buy new support boots or new show clothes. 

There is also much to amuse and entertain the whole family, making it even more unique from most other horse show venues. For the moms, there is boutique shopping and a spa, complete with nail salon and yoga classes (opening Summer 2019). For the younger siblings, there is a carousal, mini-jump course and face painting. For the dads, there is the Silo Bar, golfing, gun club and a shaded hammock area. Okay, that hammock area is actually good for everyone. Horse shows can wipe you out! Then, of course, TIEC has Saturday Night Lights. The competitive grand prix event is the focus in the large stadium under the bright lights, but the live music, additional food vendors and kid-friendly entertainment (magicians, acrobats, fire-twirlers, etc.) are a blast for all. I love how well attended Saturday Night Lights is. The local community really turns out to support the event and it is a great reminder how lucky we are to be a part of this sport.

This facility is so amazing. I could go on and on about it. You can see pictures and videos from my weekend there on my Horse Glam (@horse_glam) Instagram account under the “TIEC” story highlights. Stay tuned for Part 2 of My Weekend at TIEC where I talk about my experience while at the TIEC show with Hamster!!!

GALentine’s Day Giveaway

To celebrate women supporting women, and to show how much we value all of our friendships made here on Instagram, we are hosting a GALentine’s Day Giveaway featuring some of our favorite friends! Swipe to the second photo for the complete list of Giveaway items!
RULES:
•Tag two friends in the comments. (On any of the participants posts.)
•Follow EVERYONE below. (You may want to take a screen shot to double check.)
•Repost the main photo with #GALentinesEQ to double your chances of winning.
FOLLOW: 
@horse_glam
@theecequestrian
@mpmsporthorses
@huntseatpaperco
@coasttocoastequestrian
@charlottetowne_stable
@shannensmythphotography
@kasia_bukowska_art
@noellefloyd
@ohandaugust
@botori.life
@epicanimaltreats
@amateurhour_podcast
@dreamersnschemerssocks
@ellanyequestrian
@emilijaeq
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@mystequineproducts
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@saddleseekshorse
@huntforthecure
@herd.of.zebras
@shoptheposhpony
@graycodesigns
@dreamersnschemerssocks
@view.halloo
@ridersupplyco
@theherbalhorse
@gbhorseco
@ace_equestrian_

A winner will be chosen 2/13 (Galentine’s Day) and announced 2/14 on participating host’s Stories.

For full prize descriptions and FAQs please see below:

A winner will be randomly drawn on the 13th and announced on our IG stories Feb 14th. The winner will be sent a direct message announcing they have won and will have 24 hours to respond & accept. In the event the winner does not respond after 24 hours, another winner will be randomly selected and announced on our IG stories Feb 15th.

How do I enter?

To enter for a chance to win, you must:

  1. Follow all participants listed in the rules on the giveaway post
  2. Tag two friends in the comments
  3. Re-post the giveaway creative with #GAlentinesEq for an extra entry

NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PUBLIC INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE & COUNT YOUR EXTRA ENTRY. SPAM AND GIVEAWAY ACCOUNTS WILL NOT COUNT AS A VALID EXTRA ENTRY.

When will the winner be announced?

A winner will be randomly drawn on the 13th and announced on our IG stories Feb 14th.

What countries is the giveaway open to?

The giveaway is International, but if the winner is outside of CAN and USA, winner will be asked to pay shipping due to costs. CAN and US winner does not have to pay shipping.

Do I have to tag two friends on every participant post or just one particular post?

You can tag two friends in the comments on ANY of the participants posts.

If I repost the giveaway photo for an extra entry, do I have to tag all of the participants?

No, you do not need to tag all of the participants. As long as you repost with #GALentinesEq and have a public account we will see and count your extra entry.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

Horse Glam Holiday Gift Guide

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KONIA Equestrian ;

Gray & Co Designs  (use code horseglam for 15% off);

Botori (use code HGFreeRide for free shipping);

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Ronner Design;

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Ariat;

Atelier CG;

Tucker Tweed Equestrian;

ASHA;

Bibimbap Skincare (use code GetGlam40 for 40% off);

Society Wit;

Equestrian Essentials;

The Herbal Horse;

Myst Equine (use code chloesquad for 10% off);

Pony Glam (use code GIFT for 20% off);

Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks;

Pony Pantry;

Snax by Junie and Jax;

Shop Jessica Shasha;

The Horse’s Glass;

Stylish Equestrian;

Samshield;

Barn Door Boutique Shop;

Visor with Back Bow;

View Halloo;

Stocking Stuffers: Stylish Equestrian; Sterling Essentials; Dreamers&Schemers(use code Andrea for 5% off); Epona Shed Flower Comb; deTailsHorsehairJewelry; The Fit Equestrian; ManeJane;

 

SPRING FLING GIVEAWAY DEETS

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The Spring Fling giveaway hosted by my girl, Taylor, from The East Coast Equestrian and ME will run Friday, March 16th through Friday, March 30th. A winner will be randomly drawn on the 30th and announced on our IG stories MARCH 31st. The winner will be sent a direct message announcing they have won and will have 24 hours to respond and accept. In the event the winner does not respond after 24 hours, another winner will be randomly selected and announced on our IG stories April 2nd.

How do I enter?
To enter for a chance to win, you must:

  • Follow all participants listed in the rules on the giveaway post; and
  • Tag two friends in the comments; and/or
  • Re-post the giveaway creative with #SpringFlingEq for an extra entry.                    NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PUBLIC INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE & COUNT YOUR EXTRA ENTRY. SPAM AND GIVEAWAY ACCOUNTS WILL NOT COUNT AS A VALID EXTRA ENTRY.

When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be randomly drawn March 30th and announced on @theecequestrian’s and @horse_glam’s IG stories March 31st.

What countries is the giveaway open to?

Due to shipping costs from the US, the giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada.

Do I have to tag two friends on every participant post or just one particular post?

You can tag two friends in the comments on ANY of the participants posts.

If I repost the giveaway photo for an extra entry, do I have to tag all of the participants?

No, you do not need to tag all of the participants. As long as you repost with #SpringFlingEq and have a public account we will see and count your extra entry.

What are the prizes?

CLICK here: Spring Fling Giveaway_prizes

Full Legal Rules:

CLICK here: Spring Fling Giveaway Official Rules

What to wear

In case you all missed it, I had the honor of being the first guest blogger for the amazing photographer, Karinda K’s, weekly blog articles on “what to wear”. The blog discussed the very scientific method of how I put my outfits together. For more details, you can find the entire post HERE. Pictures and direct links to items are pasted below. 🙂

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MaKeBe “Jessie” Bomber – Dark Green
LeFash “Gotham City” Breech – Black/Tan
J.Crew Factory “Ruffle-Front Plaid” Shirt
Express Zip Front Tank
AtelierCG “FJORD” Necklace
Vince “Blair 5” Fashion Sneaker

Half Broke Horses: A Book Review

You may be familiar with the author, Jeannette Walls, from her break-through memoir, A Glass Castle, which was actually made into a movie this year. In Half Broke Horses, Jeannette once again delves into her family’s (not too pleasant) history, and follows the remarkable life of her maternal grandmother, Lily Smith. Remarkable is an easy, cheap word to throw out, but in all seriousness Lily was freakishly remarkable. I am always intrigued by people who start out with absolutely nothing but somehow beat the odds and “make it big”. Lily Smith started with very little and in all honesty, has very little the entire novel, but the book is never about her “making it big”. Instead, it is about her doing something most of us take for granted…surviving. The book starts off with a scene that sets the tone for what a survivor this woman truly is. In the opening scene, Lily is just 10 years old and I remember thinking, this single event would have probably wiped out most of the people I know and yet this 10-year-old had the quick wits and the unyielding grit to not only survive, but to save her two younger siblings in the process.

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You will really enjoy this book if you like true life memoirs about overcoming odds and not letting life kick when you are down. I was very transfixed with Lily’s life, and all the tragedies and devastating setbacks that she encountered, but it was also interesting to learn more about The Great Depression and parts of the country that I haven’t previously put much research or thought into. I found myself pretty inspired and, at the same time, embarrassed for complaining about trivial things in my own life. I definitely thought twice about all the simple things I take for granted.

Rating: 4.25 stars.  Scale: 0 being any law school book I ever had and 5 stars being Gone With The Wind.

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The Fall 2017 Breeches Search : GhoDho

One of my goals when I started Horse Glam was to post about equestrian items that were affordable…well more affordable, since is anything in the horse world really normally priced?! I have been looking for a new pair of breeches and found myself re-looking at a brand I first tried a few years ago, called GhoDho,  I was really surprised to see that the pricing is pretty much the same, under $150. For this sport, that really is considered “affordable”. I remember ordering this very breech and returning it because it was too small. They were sold out of every other size at the time.

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I can’t attest to durability since I never re-ordered but the quality seemed worth the money and I could tell it would have been a flattering fit. I thought about ordering the Luna Breech (since Vera was sold out) but chickened out because of the flashy knee-patches, although I do think they are sassy and fun.

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Like I said, it was surprising to see that after 3 years the pricing was pretty much the same, $135/$150. I figured they would have increased since the brand has really grown in its following. They still seem low in inventory – not many sizes remain in either of these breeches, which is sort of a bummer.  I think I am going to still keep looking for my next pair though. I like GhoDho a lot, but they are so distinct that I am not sure I could get away with wearing them as frequently as I want to wear the next pair I purchase. Anyone have any suggestions?

 

 

If Wishes Were Horses

Disclaimer: I can read anything. I think there have only been two books in my life that I was unable to finish. In other words, I do not present myself as a tough literary critic. However, I do like books and I do like horses, so if I see a book that looks halfway interesting that has the word “horse” in the title, then I am probably purchasing it. If it has an actual horse depicted on the cover, then I buy it without reading the title :).

I recently purchased “If Wishes Were Horses”, by Robert Barclay for a few reasons. One,  it had a horse on the cover. Two, it is his first novel, and I always enjoy reading a first novel. Something about it seems more genuine to me, as if it is before the writer gets molded into a certain genre with certain obvious expectations. Third, Barclay was compared to Nicholas Sparks and sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned Nick Sparks cry. Actually you never really want that, but I always get sucked in regardless. Lastly, and maybe most on point for some of us, it was very cheap on Amazon (Kindle). There aren’t many things that I can purchase for under $5 that will amuse me for a few hours.

Rating: 3.25 stars.  Scale: 0 being any law school book I ever had and 5 stars being Gone With The Wind.

The Good:
Millionaire, handsome, rugged, animal lover, loyal, romantic guy that is getting over a tragedy? CHECK.
Pretty, but not too annoyingly pretty, down-to-earth, funny, charming woman who is looking for love? CHECK.
Beautiful, picturesque setting that has horses front and center without making you roll your eyes too many times at some ill-worded equestrian lingo?(okay, I did cringe a few times like when barrel racing was mastered in 2 months.) CHECK.
A great shout-out to equine therapy programs and how our beloved horses have the power to heal kids and adults emotionally and physically? CHECK.
A good mixture of loss, heartbreak, death, passion, love, second chances, and new life? CHECK.

The Bad:  I love the lead couple but it is hard to ignore how contrived their set-up was. I think the chances of it happening, even in such a small town, is quite low. However, chances are you won’t have too much trouble foregoing logic since after all, I did warn you this was Nicholas Sparks-like, so you must be able to play along easily. My only other complaint, if you will, would be that the actual romantic scenes could have had a little more spice if ya know what I mean.

Favorite character: Ram, the ornery patriarch of the family, who is so likable I find myself still remembering him clearly and smiling. I sort of miss him.

Verdict: It is worth the price for sure, is an easy read and won’t keep you up all night, either “reading just one more chapter” or “thinking about stuff”. If you are looking for a book to chill out with for 30 minutes before you go to bed, this wouldn’t be a bad choice. It would be easy to read simultaneously with another book, for those that are into that sort of thing.

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Horse Glam Equestrian FIT Challenge

I have consumed literally 500 lbs of freaking Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins and it is only September! I need help!! For this reason, coupled with the facts that I am super out of shape, so tired all the time, and am a walking carb, I wanted to host a 31 day fitness challenge. This #horseglamequestrianfitchallenge is modeled off those popular social media memes, usually named “Beach Body ready” or “Perfect Abs”, with each day having a different exercise that gradually increases in difficulty. This particular workout is geared to equestrians, so it focuses on core strength and leg strength, and by the end of the 31 days we all will be fitter and stronger to do what we like to do best: RIDE! I asked my friend Dana, at EqStyleTheory to put together the exercises as she is getting degrees in numerous areas related to exercise and is way more knowledgable and healthy than I am (remember the Reese’s addiction? LOL).  She did a great job of starting out slowly, so that those of us like me, who haven’t worked out in 100 years, won’t over do it. The idea is to complete all 31 days and not quit!! The workouts get harder so stay with it!! Use the hashtag #horseglamequestrianfitchallenge to post pictures/videos and meet others doing the workout! We can get through it together!! 🙂 Plus, one super-duper lucky person will get some Horse Glam swag at the end!! Additionally, I would like to thank all the amazing small brands that have sponsored an exercise day. They didn’t hesitate to say “yes” and I am so thankful for their support. As Taylor at The East Coast Equestrian has said, we are all stronger together! Now, let’s kick some butt and get fitter!

Keep checking back to get instructional videos on how to properly do the exercises, inspirational messages and/or laugh at me doing the workouts. See the workout calendar (starts Oct 1!!!) and all the amazing brands participating below!!

Put A Glove On It

I’ve been thinking about getting a new pair of everyday riding gloves. For years I have been getting the SSG Lycrochet Horseshoe Back in Natural. I love the gloves and currently have two pairs in my tack trunk. I have always gravitated to the color contrast between the tan leather palm and the ivory crochet back. The horseshoe-shaped opening, coupled with the crochet material, seems like it keeps my hand cooler than it would be in another glove. However, like mentioned, I don’t have much to compare it to.

2550-naturalAll this being said, I think I am ready to try something new.  When looking at the SSG website, I saw this pair of SSG Ranger everyday gloves that caught my eye. They look so soft and feminine. I can also picture them outside of the barn atmosphere too, paired with a formal coat, which I think is pretty cool.  I like the Acorn color (below), but they also come in Black and Natural.

2300-acornI also really liked the look of the SSG Hybrid. This design has a leather back and an aquasuede palm, which is supposed to help secure your grip. It also allows you to use your cell phone while you have them on, which I am embarrassed to say is a much appreciated feature to me! I also liked the look of the snap buckle. They come in brown (my favorite), black and white.

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Unicorn Poop. Yummy.

Unicorn Poop. Yummy.

Perfect for unicorn-themed party gift bags. Also perfect to binge on while watching Real Housewives of New York.  

Need: Salted Popcorn; multiple colors of candy melts; sprinkles; clear plastic bags; ribbon; and labels.

How: Cook popcorn as normal (follow box directions) and spread onto a nonstick (or PAM sprayed) cookie sheet. I made two bags worth. Place 1 color of candy melts in a large glass bowl and melt in the microwave. Do 30 seconds at a time, or until chocolate is melted evenly and of a consistency to drip over the popcorn. TIP: Using a spatula makes the dripping process easier. I used 3 different colors of candy melts (teal, purple and pink) and melted each in the microwave one at a time. After you are finished dripping the melted candies, then sprinkle with sprinkles (duh) and let it dry/harden and cool down. Then crumble apart and put into gift bags or directly into your mouth. 🙂

 

All the Unicorns: How to do a unicorn themed photoshoot.

All the Unicorns: How to do a unicorn themed photoshoot.

Logan recently turned ONE and since she is a super easy, chill, sweet baby, we tease that she is a unicorn. So, it made total sense that she would have a unicorn themed birthday party. I wanted it to be low key, but as you can see from the pictures, it was low key for about 1.2 seconds. I blame coffee and Pinterest.

Invitations give guests a little taste of what you have in store for them, so for me they are always important. I knew I wanted to do a unicorn photoshoot and use the pictures for the invitations. Lucky for me, one of my good friends takes excellent pictures and has connections with the perfect photoshoot location where there are 3 miniature ponies… uhh, I mean, unicorns!

It’s really all about the set.  Luckily 80% of it I had already at home. My son has a cream and gold metallic teepee from Land of Nod in his room that I knew would be perfect. I also brought faux white fur rugs from Ikea and a faux fur throw from West Elm to put under and in front of the teepee.  I brought the dream catcher from Logan’s nursery, which I had made for her from Etsy before she was born. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased all of the fake flowers you see in the picture. The pink/gold stand is also from West Elm and usually is in Logan’s nursery, beside her rocker. Logan’s flower headband and Sofie’s horn were made by BabyBirdieBoutique on Etsy.

We were so lucky that Sofie and her unicorn herd were such willing participants! Insider tip: throw some grain on the grass. Those fat little unicorns won’t be going anywhere!

Be sure to look for an upcoming post with pictures from the party!

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