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Month: October 2014

Halloween Throwback – Pups in Costume

Halloween Throwback – Pups in Costume

Once upon a time, Eliot was an only dog.  In fact, for several Halloweens he was an only dog, which meant we did really silly things that you do with your first dog. The first year, I took Eliot to a PetSmart Halloween costume party.  There was a costume contest, and a $50 PetSmart gift card on the table.  In case you haven’t guessed, I’m a tad competitive. I also love musicals. So my mom (who is a sewing genius) helped…

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Equestrian Last Wishes

Equestrian Last Wishes

I can be a pretty morbid person.  It’s not that I think I’m necessarily going to die tomorrow, but let’s be honest – I could die tomorrow.  We all could.  For me specifically, I’m most likely to get smushed by a Land Rover outside my office… which is located in a luxury shopping center. If this blog goes quiet, it’s because someone smushed me walking to my car.  Lauren died at the hands of people pursuing David Yurman and Louis…

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Calling for Compromise

Calling for Compromise

Life is really one big compromise, am I right?  This doesn’t exclude the horse world, but sometimes I think people forget that… myself included. In every aspect of my little bubble of equestriandom, I compromise.  Some are instinctive and easy, while others are harder to swallow.  The most prominent example of my ‘not so favorite’ compromise is my lovely, eight year old horse with hock arthritis of a 20 year old Grand Prix jumper.  That was a compromise I accepted…

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Graphic Ponehs

Graphic Ponehs

Once upon a time I made my living entirely from graphic design.  This is shocking, because I’m a mediocre designer at best.  These days I do more project management/content UI/writing than design, but for a brief point in my career there was a magical time where I was paid to draw ponies on the computer for a living. Draw ponies.  On the computer.  For a living.  Squee! Recently I stumbled across a lot of these assets, some I did for…

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My Favorite Horse Products Under $5

My Favorite Horse Products Under $5

There are a ton of really awesome, really expensive equestrian products out there.  They are usually beautiful and made more beautiful with monograming and bejazzling and all other sorts of fun things. On the flip side, there are the unsung heroes of my tack trunk.  Here are my favorite products for under $5 that I use on an almost daily basis. Menthol Rubbing Alcohol This has many uses.  You know when you’re a really gross head sweat’er who lives in…

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TGIF Tidbits

TGIF Tidbits

For a while I had lots of blog content deep down in the drum of my drafted posts.  Thoughtful!  Exciting!  Funny! Yeah, that’s all gone. Until I refill the drum or something exciting happens, I just have posts like today’s where I’m going to rattle off lots of nonsense tidbits for no other reason besides I’m happy about them and you’re a captive audience.  😉 I present to you – things that are so random they don’t make sense to make an…

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The Rat Race – Tack Attack

The Rat Race – Tack Attack

Have you ever thought about how much the equestrian world feels like a rat race at times?  Something about the sport seems to bring out a ‘more more more’ mentality in me at least, and I thought it’d be an interesting topic for a mini-blog series to see if other bloggers felt the same way. There’s no denying that the equestrian world is full of trends, and they seem to change completely each time I get back into showing.  When…

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Product Review – Dark Jewel Designs Browbands

Product Review – Dark Jewel Designs Browbands

When I was super sad and down on top of on a 100% spending freeze, I was oh so excited to win Sprinkler Bandit’s blog contest for a custom beaded browband from Dark Jewel Designs.  Beaded browbands aren’t super popular in the hunter/jumper rings, and I’d figured I would get two “fun” bead strings and one pretty conservative one. Let me say that when I got the browband and beads in the mail the quality far exceeded my expectations!  Pictures…

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Travel Tuesday – Vienna

Travel Tuesday – Vienna

I think every horse person wants to go to Vienna.  I’ve been fortunate to get to go twice.  My first trip was with school, and I skipped out on a scheduled activity to have an afternoon to myself at the Spanish Riding School museum.  The second time I went with Tim, and was able to see the morning exercises. Unfortunately, we couldn’t book a stable tour like I had hoped… so that just means I need to go to Vienna…

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Simon Saves the Ta Tas

Simon Saves the Ta Tas

When I first saw Jodi’s contest at Racing to Ride I thought, “That is super cool!  I can’t wait to see what other people do.”  I own nothing pink, and I don’t even really like the color pink.  In fact, I didn’t really wear pink until I graduated from college and used to claim to hate it strongly.  Then I learned that just because you wear pink, doesn’t mean you’re a waify girly girl… so I wear it when I feel like…

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Soundtrack of the Ponies – Simon’s Songs

Soundtrack of the Ponies – Simon’s Songs

Loved this post idea from Sprinkler Bandits, because songs and horses somehow go together more with me & Simon than any of my other horses previously. Of course because I’m complicated, I can’t just pick one song for my horse. When I decided Simon was “the one”, I realized I felt pretty instantly comfortable with him despite his greenness.  I searched and searched for a show name, and probably would have chosen the title of this song, Somewhere Only We Know,…

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Another Year with my Horse Husband

Another Year with my Horse Husband

Today I celebrate another year spent with my ‘horse husband’.  It’s four years of marriage for us (and almost 9 total) and we’ll celebrate our “fruit and flowers” anniversary this year. My husband is turning into a pro at funny anniversary gifts.  For the 2nd “Cotton” anniversary he got me a cotton t-shirt that said “It’s my 2nd anniversary and all I got was this t-shirt”, a cotton candy maker and a cotton saddle pad.  This year for “fruit and…

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