Sunday, March 13, 2016

Hacking Outside for the First Time this Spring

Today was the first time I was able to hack out at the barn and it was GLORIOUS!! While the indoor is huge it's nice to get outside for some fresh air.

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I should have been a housewife

Panda has been a great confidence giver for me these last few weeks and I'm really enjoying focusing on having fun and relaxing at the barn. I'm really excited for the show season to start and I'm going to   a couple of schooling shows before it starts since I feel like I've been out of the loop for forever.

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I should have been a housewife

I should have been a housewife

 I also got the chance to apply my Personally Preppy helmet monogram and I LOVE IT! I'm really happy I went with the 2.5" instead of the 2", I feel like its the perfect size.

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Panda was looking for mints after our hack which resulted in some adorable/funny pictures of us, she can be so sweet.

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I should have been a housewife

I should have been a housewife

Hope everyone else was able to get outside today and enjoy the fabulous weather. I'll be super happy if this continues and even gets warmer.

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Special thanks to my hubby Nick for coming out to take these sweet pics of me and Panda.


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Contour & Sculpt Yourself Palette

I've been a fan of contour and highlighting for a while now and have been looking into different palettes to purchase. Originally I wanted to create a custom palette from MAC but after realizing it would cost $112 with other similar products costing $40-60 decided that was wayyyy too much to spend, even if the blushes last forever. That's when I came across the Contour and Sculpt Yourself Palette. Priced at only $60 (for some of the same exact same colors I originally wanted) I decided to jump on it. Even though I couldn't choose my colors to create a truly custom palette, there were only 2 blushes I actually wanted to replace and I figured I could update the colors as I used them up.

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This is the palette with the colors that are included. The first two are Sculpt and Emphasize which are used for contouring and highlighting. These are colors I was looking to buy originally so I'm happy they came in the palette. The next two are Trace Gold and Sunbasque. These two are pretty shimmery  giving you that glowing look. The Trace Gold seems to blend into the contour color for my skin tone so I'm not really in love with it. Sunbasque is pretty nice and definitely darker than Trace Gold. Not necessarily a color I'd choose on my own, but I've used it twice in the last week so I guess that speaks for itself. The next two are matte colors called Peaches and my go-to all time favorite, Fluer Power. Originally I wanted Melba which is just slightly pinker than Peaches, but I barely notice a difference between the two when they're not right next to each other. Fleur Power is a nice bright pink that I've used since college. It's my favorite blush and I love, love, love it. All of the blushes are very pigmented and go on flawlessly. Below you can see them swatched on my fair skin, all were coated and swiped three times.

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For anyone looking to upgrade to a palette this is one of the many choices out there but I'm really happy with the colors that were included.

Let me know if there are any questions you have on the palette or the colors that are included.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Homemade Payday Bars


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Payday bars are one of my favorite candy bars out there. They're chewy, salty, sweet, and crunchy, which are all essentials for snacking in my opinion. I had homemade payday bars for the first time while tailgating at a Penn State game and knew I had to make them myself. The only difference between the homemade bars and the store bought variety is the addition of mini marshmallows. In my opinion, adding fluffy mini marshmallows to the recipe makes this snack even better. The original recipe for homemade payday bars can be found here, below is the recipe with just a few minor changes that I made.


Homemade Payday Bars

16 oz salted dry roasted peanuts (a 50:50 mix of honey roasted and dry roasted peanuts is also delish)
1 bag peanut butter chips (approximately 2 cups)
3 Tbsp butter
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (10.5 oz) bag mini marshmallows
flaked sea salt for garnish (optional)


1. Coat a 9x13 pan with baking spray then coat the bottom of the pan with half of the peanuts, set aside.

2. In a large microwave safe bowl, heat peanut butter chips and butter in short intervals until melted (in 30 second intervals this takes about 2 minutes depending on the power of the microwave). Stir in sweetened condensed milk until smooth and heat for 1 minute more.

3. Fold marshmallows into peanut butter/milk mixture until evenly coated, then pour over peanuts in the 9x13 pan.

4. Spread remaining nuts on top of the marshmallow mixture, pressing nuts lightly to make them stick. Garnish with optional sea salt and chill for about an hour. Cut into 1.5" x 1.5" squares and serve.

 You can keep these in the fridge for at least a week and they taste just as good as the day you made them. 

Enjoy!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Equestrian Holiday Gifts and Stocking Stuffers


1. Personally Preppy monograms
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Example of the black gloss helmet monogram from the Personally Preppy website

They make vinyl monograms and heat transfers for just about anything and everything you can think of. From head (helmets) to toe (boots) they have tons of styles, colors, and sizes to choose from. In addition to monograms they also sell jewelry, accessories, and home goods. I'll be stocking up on the heat transfers for my breeches ($5.99 for 1" glitter monogram), a vinyl monogram for my helmet ($8.25 for 2" black glossy), and monograms for my horse boots ($12 for a 1" pair) just to get started. They also sell a Personally Preppy baseball hat that is adorable (on sale for $16). You can fill up on stocking stuffers through their website or order a gift card and let your giftee pick the monograms out themselves.


2. C4 Belts- $30-$34
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My newest C4 belt color combo, mint and gold chrome

I am seriously addicted to C4 belts; I have 5 classic belts and just ordered my first skinny belt. You purchase the rubberized belt and buckle separately so you can mix and match allowing for hundreds of color possibilities. C4 also donates 10% of each purchase to selected charities on their website. The thing I love most is that the buckles are interchangeable within their styles so I can swap out any buckle and place it on the same size belt of a different color, almost doubling my belt inventory.  My classic stock includes hot pink/hot pink, lavender/lavender, grey belt/silver chrome buckle, orange belt/turquoise buckle, mint belt/gold chrome buckle. My skinny belt is black with a black chrome buckle for work. These make great gifts or stocking stuffers and come in little plastic boxes for easy wrapping and storage.

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Riding Sport Uptown breech in charcoal

My new favorite schooling breech is the Riding Sport Uptown Breech from Dover Saddlery. They look and fit great, people always compliment me on them and are shocked that they are under $100. They hold up very well, are super comfortable, and are very flattering. They feature a modern euro seat and soft flexi-cuff leg openings so no more discomfort from hook and loop closures. They come in charcoal and black with silver brushed details.


4. Ogilvy Jump Baby Pad- Starting at $37
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Demo of the Jump Baby Pad with charcoal binding and turquoise piping
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I just purchased my Ogilvy baby pad after loving my half pad for an entire year. This baby pad is wayyy more substantial than a normal baby pad. It actually seems to be the thickness of a normal rectangle pad to me. I wanted my baby pad to coordinate with my half pad so I ordered a white body with charcoal piping then upgraded to turquoise piping ($7 for single piping), a diamond monogram on the left side in turquoise ($12), and the Ogilvy logo in turquoise and grey on the right side ($10). I really love how it came out and will probably end up using it as my show pad it's so nice. If you want the Ogilvy logo embroidered on your pad you have to email in your order and they contact you back for the details. The Ogilvy sales team made it so easy and was a breeze to order the pad this way and it came out exactly how I wanted it and arrived quickly. The pad is also anti-microbial, anti-fungal, has an ergonomic shape, and it dries quickly. What's better than that?!


5. Ariat Heritage Contour Zip Field Boot ($290)
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Ariat Hertiage Field Boot, available in back or brown

I just got a pair of these a few weeks ago for schooling and I'm in love with them. The elastic panel ensures a snug fit without causing me to loose all feeling in my foot. Gone are the days of "if you can't feel your feet than they fit right" and having leg cramps since the blood flow is interrupted by yet-to-be broken in tall boots. The elastic panel that runs the length of the boot allows for a slimmer, more flattering ankle and the leather quality is better than the last model of the boot. There is also a dress boot version coming out this spring that I can't wait to see.

That's all for now, hope Santa brings everything you wish for!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Weekend Visit to Legacy Farm

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I finally had some time to drive down to Philly one weekend to take a lesson and visit at Legacy Farm where I was taking horseback riding lessons in optometry school. They have amazing instruction there and high quality lesson horses. 

After my lesson I was able to hang around and take some pictures of Emily & Zander and Brianna & Bentley. Both pairs are very photogenic and it was hard to even take any bad pictures of them.

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I should have been a housewife

Emily always practices adjustability and responsiveness, Zander loves to gallop and we were all shocked at just how quickly he can move!

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And here is his airborne!

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Bentley is just gleaming in this picture, this shot is one of my favorites from today.

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Thanks to Emily and Brianna for some great action shots of their lovely boys!





Monday, October 5, 2015

Zombie Skull Cookies for Halloween

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This crazy summer has finally passed so I've been trying to catch up on all of the things I've lost track of. Here's a quick post of some Halloween cookies I made last week so I can get back into the swing of things.

The original cookies and tutorial that inspired me to make these cookies can be found here.

Enjoy!


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bloomsburg Fair 2015



The fair was great as usual and I was able to get all of my favorite foods and try a couple of new ones!

The steak and cheese sandwich with its buttery bread and gooey cheese is always a hit and did not disappoint this year either.

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You can't go to a fair without a funnel cake...

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...or monkey bread for that matter.

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One of my favorite snacks are the cactus fries, just add vinegar and ketchup, yum.

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I should have been a housewife

This year my new favorite was a homemade apple dumpling with cinnamon ice cream, sooo good and the warm dumpling was perfect on our chilly visit.

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Until next year!



Monday, July 13, 2015

My DIY Bridal Shower

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 After many weeks of planning, we finally celebrated my bridal shower this past Saturday*. Friends and family gathered round to celebrate my upcoming nuptials at Paisano's, my favorite restaurant in Rutherford. My maid of honor and I are pretty crafty so we wanted to DIY as many of the decorations as possible, I really love how everything turned out. 

I can't believe that I forgot to take pictures of some the shower decorations, especially after all the work we put into them. The signs, banners, and centerpieces are some things I forgot to take pictures of so I thought I'd set them up at home to give a little example of what I was trying to go for.

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I should have been a housewife

Another decoration I fell in love with was a picture of a Kitchenaid mixer used to hold a bouquet of flowers featured on Hostess with the Mostess. I thought a floral monogram I found by Sweetly Chic Events would also be a nice addition to the gift table.

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I should have been a housewife

Since the shower started at noon I wanted to have a mimosa bar and some punch to keep things on the lighter side. I saw this 'bubbly' sign used for a New Years Eve party and decided to recreate it. I have a feeling it's going to make some more appearances since it's my hands down favorite thing I made for the shower.

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I should have been a housewife
Here's a full shot showing the crates and moss covered foam that supports the letters
I picked up the mini easel signs from Michael's and wrote on them with a chalkboard pen to let guests know what was in each drink dispenser.


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I should have been a housewife

I wanted to keep the centerpieces simple but still have an impact so I picked out some orchids and african violets to decorate the table (I forgot to take pictures of them day of but here they are when we picked them out the week before the shower).

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My bridesmaids all chipped in and got us our vacuum off the registry, they did an awesome job decorating the box since it was a no wrap shower. I bet you didn't know Nick and I were models.

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I should have been a housewife

For dessert we set up a cookie bar filled with all different types of homemade treats. We also ordered delicious cupcakes from House of Cupcakes which we stacked on crates that we bought and stained from Michaels. We finished off the table with gold and confetti balloons from a local vendor and matching gold frames with descriptions of the desserts. We also provided to-go containers so that everyone was able to bring home cookies or cupcakes as a treat for later.

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I should have been a housewife

My favorite of the cupcakes were the s'mores with a graham cracker bottom, chocolate cake, and fluffy icing dipped in ganache. Hard to fit all in one bite but I tried!

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Where to Buy:
  • Card board letters for floral monogram- Hobby Lobby
  • Signs, banners, and wreath components- Michael's
  • Crates and letters for mimosa sign- Michaels
  • Orchids and flower pots- IKEA
  • Drink dispensers- Bed, Bath, and Beyond
  • Cupcakes (fluffy chocolate, vanilla rage, s'mores, and strawberry shortcake)- House of Cupcakes
  • Food and location- Paisano's, Rutherford, NJ
Let me know if you want more info on any of the crafts we did or where to find them.

Check out the rest of my shower ideas on my Pinterest page here and be sure to follow me on instagram @rocky092 for more engagement, shower, and weddings posts

*A huge thank you to my maid of honor Jessica for help with all of the decorations, to my two mothers for hosting and baking for the shower, to my fiance and two fathers for coming early to set up and coming  back after to help clean up, and to my friends and family members who came out to give their love and support on such a wonderful day. Thank you all.