• Equestrian,  Food

    The Horse Show Diet

    Okay, this weekend I fell victim to “The Horse Show Diet”. You know a weekend of fast food, on top of junk food, with copious amount of coffee. For a couple of years I have worked hard to demystify eating healthy at horse shows and have it somewhat down to a science, which I will share with you. But first let’s talk about how I fell off the band wagon this weekend. Let me paint you a picture real quick. A brunette girl flying down the highway in a blue Chevy Cruze. TI’s What You Know [Explicit] is blaring through the speakers. She’s got a McDonald’s hash brown in one…

  • Favorites

    Favorite Online Shops For Fall

    It’s probably not a surprise anymore but I love a good coupon. And how do I get coupons? I give them your email address and they send me that lovely 20% off coupon code. For this reason my inbox is exploding with fall new arrivals from my favorite places and I die a little bit every time I check my email because I have no money and I want everything. The sweaters, the mugs, the socks, the slippers, the coats, the hats, the scarves, the PLAID, the jewelry, I want it all. I’m going to share all my favorite online shops for fall all year long because someone needs to indulge…

  • Equestrian

    Let’s Talk Horse Show Organization

    I’ve always been asked how I pack for horse shows and keep things organized while on the road. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but my stuff for showing is meticulously organized, so toot toot.  I’m going to share what I’ve been doing for years to help keep my sanity and my shit together while horse showing. Is this even possible? Honestly, no. But is it really a horse show if you or your horse isn’t about to go off the deep end? I break my horse show packing into two categories. One being Hannah and the other being Scarlet. This post is all about my stuff, because…

  • DIY

    DIY Fall Wreath

    I’ll admit it I was the person in the dorm that had a wreath on their door for every holiday. I love em’ and I’m pretty sure I inherited this gene from my mother. The woman can make a bomb wreath and can arrange a center piece like a boss. Perhaps this is an indicator that my love for seasonal wreaths is not innate but instead just because I spent a good part of my childhood in the floral department of craft stores. I refuse to buy already assembled wreaths. They are usually upwards of $25 and I don’t have a section of my budget that is devoted to home…

  • Equestrian

    Helmet Hair Don’t Care

    Okay lets take a moment to talk about that giant thing on top of my head. I have a few different hairstyles, all very similar, that scream one of the following scenarios: “I’ve been at the barn”, “I didn’t wash my hair”, or “helmet hair don’t care’. Now, I’ve been throwing my hair up on top of head like a pineapple for years, and plan on continuing this, but I found a few accessories that are especially perfect for combating helmet hair. I pair a messy bun with either of the headbands below to minimize the appearance of helmet hair and find that I can even go out in public…

  • How to prep freezer meals
    Food

    How My Slow Cooker Saved My Life

    A year ago I was taking 12 credit hours of graduate course work, working full-time, horse momming, going to horse shows, and trying to maintain a social life with like the three friends I have. There were a few pretty standard human activities that also flew way under the radar such as sleeping, showering, and eating. I just did not have time to do all three and unfortunately that meant I was eating bananas or Micky D’s chicken nugs for dinner on a regular basis. With a little planning ahead, freezer meals were able to save my life. I made 20 slow cooker freezer meals for around $250. I’m really…

  • Printables

    Printables Library

    Welcome to the FREE printables library! Here you can find access to downloadable printables that will make your life simple and easy.   Quick Links The Life Organizer 6 Weeks of Dinner Meal Plans Read below for descriptions of free printables. The Life Organizer The Life Organizer has planning pages that will help you organize your entire life and home! Print the pages from the organizer that you want to use, put them in a binder, and you’re ready to plan. The pages can also be uploaded to Staples, Office Max, or Office Depot for professional printing and binding. Here’s what you will find in the Life Organizer:

  • Hygge Feels: Make your space a sanctuary.
    Living Better

    Hygge Feels: How To Make Your Home A Sanctuary

    I think we can all relate to feeling overwhelmed and frustrated even in places we consider to be safe and comfortable. Our homes can be filled with stress, anxiety, and overwhelming to-do lists. Bringing elements of hygge into your home is easy and allows you create your own space to relax, unwind, and feel at ease. I’m a strong believer that at least one room or space in your house should feel like a retreat or sanctuary. A place that is free of worry and overthinking. You probably already own things to create this sanctuary you just have to pull it together. You should probably read my Hygge 101 post to…

  • Ways to get hygge in your life
    Living Better

    Hygge 101

    I have been obsessed with hygge ever since being introduced to the concept by my sister. I never knew that there was a word that could describe the kind of coziness I crave after a high anxiety day, but there is! Hygge, pronounced hoo-gah, is a danish word that has many meanings. It is something that you feel; it’s about an atmosphere or an experience that gives you a feeling of coziness, togetherness, peace, safety, or comfort. Hygge is different for everyone, but I think that it is that place or moment when you can exhale a big breath and just be. A place where your mind is silent and…

  • Food

    Favorite Fall Recipes

    Today I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year. It’s been super hot and humid in the Chicagoland area the past week, but today it was breezy 67 degrees, which in my opinion is ALMOST optimal Pumpkin Spice Latte weather. This is my favorite time of year mostly because I have what you call an end of summer/early fall horse. What does that mean, exactly? I have a horse that is emotionally stable for approximately 8 weeks out of the year. The other 44 weeks are a crapshoot. Needless to say I’m excited for a perfect mare, sweatshirts, and cozy comfort foods. There is something about coming home…