It’s Never Too Late: Learn to Ride a Horse this Summer

It’s Never Too Late: Learn to Ride a Horse this Summer

There are lots of things that people learn as children, and once we reach a certain age we think it’s too late. We might always have longed to swim, play an instrument or do ballet, but never got the chance. If you’re well into adulthood and you still have some childhood dreams, or you’ve developed some new ones, there’s no time like the present to achieve them. One of the things that a lot of children and especially little girls want to do is learn to ride a horse. But if you missed your chance as a child, there’s still plenty of time to learn now. Take the reins in your life and start learning to ride while you still can.

Find Somewhere to Learn

The first step to learning to ride a horse is to find somewhere you can take lessons. You might choose to have group lessons with other learners, which is usually cheaper. However, another option is individual sessions. If you decide to have one-on-one lessons, the instructor will be able to devote more of their attention to you. Don’t worry if you’re nervous at first, as everyone needs time to get used to being on a horse. At first, you’ll learn the basics, from how to get on and sit properly to basic directions.

It's Never Too Late: Learn to Ride a Horse this SummerImage by rayand

Practice, Practice, Practice

Once you get started, you’ll probably find you’ve been bitten by the bug. You’ll want to be on a horse as much as possible. It can be difficult to practice as much as you want at first because you’ll need to continue taking lessons. But outside of your lessons you could find more opportunities to ride. For example, you could go on a riding vacation where you travel for a few days. You can also lease a horse from a riding school or equestrian center, so you can practice when you want without having to buy your own.

Learn About Everything

There’s more to riding than just sitting on a horse. You need to learn all about the majestic animal that you’re working with, so you can act as a team. You should try to learn about horses and their anatomy and health. You also need to know all about the different types of riding equipment that you’ll need to use. From bridles to bareback riding pads like the ones you can get from One Stop Equine, there’s a surprising amount to learn about. You should be able to groom your horse too, and learn about their behavior.

Get a Horse?

If you’ve taken to horse riding, the next step might be to buy your own horse. However, keep in mind that this can be expensive. Even if you love horses and long to have one, the cost of their upkeep isn’t feasible for some. You need somewhere for your horse to live and somewhere to ride them, and there’s the cost of food and other necessities. And don’t forget that your horse requires your time too.

It’s never too late to learn to ride horses. If it’s always been a dream of yours, why not take the opportunity to learn this summer?

Cucumber Salad recipe

Cucumber Salad

Mom has been making this Cucumber Salad for as long as I can remember.  It’s so simple, but yet so delicious.  I seriously can eat a ton of it when it’s made.  It’s the perfect salad to make for get-togethers and cookouts!  There really are no amounts to this recipe because you can add as much or as little of each ingredient as you’d like.  ENJOY!

Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

  • cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • sour cream
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions:

  • Place cucumbers in a bowl mixed with a good amount of salt; then let them sit for a couple of hours so the salt draws out the moister/water from the cucumbers.
  • Rinse the cucumbers off to get the extra salt of of them, then place them in a large bowl with onion and garlic.
  • Add sour cream (enough to coat evenly but no too much because water will still drain from the cucumbers).
  • Mix everything together and server topped with freshly ground pepper.

Craftsy is offering huge discounts over Memorial Day weekend

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Craftsy is offering huge discounts over Memorial Day weekend

Craftsy is offering huge discounts over Memorial Day weekend

These discounts will apply to all art, paper crafts, cake decorating, fiber arts, quilting and sewing supplies. The sale runs from 5/21/15 through 5/25/15 at 11:59pm MT!

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Easy Seasons Tree Painting Idea

Seasons Tree Painting

If you know me, you know how much I love Pinterest! :) When Pinterest first came out, I didn’t exactly understand the idea of it, however, once I started investigating and seeing all of the cool ideas that came from Pinterest, I wanted to know more! What was the first thing I pinned? A painting, and not just any painting; it was a Seasons Tree Painting that’s super colorful. I thought that it would look perfect in my bedroom!

Seasons Tree Painting

Now, I’m not a painter. I like to paint, but I could never come up with something like this on my own. So, who do I turn to? My sister who graduated with an art degree and could draw and paint anything you showed her. :) I showed her my idea and she told me, “pshh…piece of cake…we’ll do it together.” Together? When I can even draw a straight line? LOL :) Yeah, sure!

Well honestly, we did it together! :)

Seasons Tree Painting

We started with the backgrounds of each panel and made them gradient.  It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, in fact, it was quite fun!  :)

Seasons Tree Painting

Then it was time for my sister to get to work with her skills.  :)  She then painted a lovely tree!  You don’t even want to know what my tree would have looked like!

Seasons Tree Painting

After the tree was drawn, we then pained the leaves which consisted of swirling paint  with sponges.  It was very fun to do because you could not really mess it up.  Just like filling in the blanks!  And I do have to say that it turned out very pretty!!  :)

And then it was time to hang! Doesn’t it look awesome?! It’s something that you’d look at every day because simply, how can you miss it? It really does brighten up the room!

Seasons Tree Painting

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell review

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

I read this book shortly after I finished Eleanor and Park and I do have to say that I enjoyed it a great deal.  There were a few time however, that the story tend to be rather slow and you just wanted to nudge the characters along a bit.  LOL  :)  But over all, I think it was definitely a cute, modern day story.  While the timeline was bout 10-20 years ago, you can still totally picture it happening today.

The story takes place in the early to mid 90s among a newsroom involving pals Beth and Jennifer.  Throughout the book we read the gossip between these two besties that concern their their romance, life, job, etc.  Beth is dealing with her marriage-phobic boyfriend (Chris) and Jennifer is dealing with her baby-mania-stricken husband (Mitch).  However, what they don’t know is that the newly hired computer guy, Lincoln, is in-charge with weeding out all things unnecessary or pornographic among the newroom…and their conversations continuously pop up within his system.  So what does Lincoln do?  Read their messages of course!  Being the nice guy that Lincoln is, he does let the girls slide on their inappropriate office mail as he slowly finds himself getting hooked on their conversations.  Their literally like a drug for him that he cannot escape and before he knows it, he’s falling head over heels for the unlucky-in-love Beth.

Is this creepy?  Yes.  LOL  Very much so, but yet the story keeps you pulled in as you wonder how it’s going to develop each time Lincoln and Beth cross paths.  Will Beth be understanding when, if, she finds out?  Will Lincoln have enough guts to tell Beth what he’s been doing?  What would you do if you found out that someone knew so much about you because he/she was reading your personal emails to your work pal?

This is definitely an easy read.  I think I pretty much read it on a 6-7 hour car ride to Chicago…and something that I think you all should check out!

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