Congratulations Hubby!

My husband officially graduated law school yesterday!

After 8 long years of college, and many nights spent up writing papers after procrastinating, he is finally done with school! And can now... devote 8 hours a day for the next 8 weeks to studying for the bar!

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In all honesty, I'm so proud of him and how much success he has already found in life. He not only reaches but surpasses every goal he sets for himself and can't wait to see what the future and his career holds for him. Cheers to you, hub!

 

My Two H blog has slowly turned into One H

When I first began this blog, I imagined the topics would be split between horse and riding posts and home-y, pinterest-inspired posts. Well, horses have taken over since I can only post so much about our apartment. And home shopping is being pushed back further and further, which hasn’t necessarily been a bad thing.

 
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We’ve opted to pay down debt before jumping into home ownership, and as long as horse ownership isn't also postponed, It's All Good. At one point in my Financial Planning focused college career I discovered Dave Ramsey and unfortunately for my home aspirations also introduced my husband to his theories. Though we don’t follow all his financial tenants, we do agree it’s better to not have debt and to reduce payments as much as possible. I think Dave’s teachings are closer to preaching abstinence to alcoholics, and we aren’t “that bad” but we already decided we'd like to create a legacy for our children [that wasn’t done for me]. Horses are and will be strenuous enough on our budget as it is so it's important to me to be as mindful as possible about our financial future. AKA I want to have my cake and eat it too.

 

In the meantime, I’m happy to report on any new apartment furnishings and model home tours we do. OSTED rug I'm coming for you! ...It's in the budget, I swear. We might even rearrange our furniture in the near future and that would definitely warrant a blog post, right?

Pups in the Snow

First sign of snow on our drive up!

First sign of snow on our drive up!

Last weekend, hubby and I got to take our first vacation as a married couple! It was also our first time getting away with the dogs in 4 years and they were such good pups.  

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Our drive up could not have been more picturesque, complete with coffee and our favorite podcasts. Milo didn’t even throw up!

The area was supposed to be in for an “atmospheric river” and it started rain/snowing the day after we arrived. Luckily, there was already some snow (about three feet) on the ground for the dogs to explore! Milo is more of a bulldozer anyway, and his tactic was to just lay down and swim through while James was much more concerned with not falling in the holes I made in the snow.

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The cabin we stayed in was so tiny and cute and perfect. We mostly just lazed around, went for walks, had some amazing naps and enjoyed the fireplace. We had some snowy hikes planned for the boys but the warm rain could make things icy slippery and I didn’t want to risk it. Also, we’re lazy.

Husband made filet and scallops one night and they were TO. DIE. FOR. He doesn’t cook much, but when he does he always make it amazing. See below.

Our trip was also, ashamedly, our first time testing out the Subie’s fabulous AWD. Besides making out trip home in the super-storm, she looked mighty pretty in the snow-y driveway.

I’m just glad everything worked out and we got to get away before hubby’s finals and bar prep, because his life is about to get fun. Cheers hub!

12 Things

12 Things I Can't Live Without Lately

 
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The Ordinary’s Rose Hip Seed Oil

Winter and combination skin don’t mix. The dryness of the air sends my oiliness into overdrive but luckily, I’ve found my secret weapon. Rose Hip Seed Oil sounds a little pretentious to me too, but it does amazing things for moisturizing my skin and healing up any blemishes. It’s a little weird slathering on oil before going to sleep, and it kind of smells like a delicious herbal tea, but whatever does the trick!

The new Bahamas album – Earth Tones

Besides the fact that the cover of the album is him on a horse, this is like the coolest, grooviest, blues-esque album I’ve heard in forever. On his older albums, I would kind of pick and choose my favorite songs, but this album is so easy to listen to all the way through. 10/10 perfect for driving slow with the windows down on a 70-degree winter day.

 
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My First Linen Piece of 2018

I am obsessed with linen and am so ready for summer so I can fully embrace the wrinkled yet timelessly classy look. Until I’m in a higher tax bracket where I can afford a full wardrobe from notPERFECTLINEN, Uniqlo is a fabulous substitute. My first shirt for the summer just arrived, a super comfy navy blue button up, and I’ve been pairing it with skinny jeans or with a long, open cardigan and flats for work. It’s so comfortable, and if it’s anything like my last one that sadly disappeared, it will only get softer with wear.

 

 


Next on my Uniqlo Want List for linen office-wear:

 
 
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Any imitation YETI tumblers I can find

Current favorite: the Hunt Club brand traveler mug. The YETI lids fit perfectly and it cools off enough to drink as opposed to the authentic YETIs which will burn your mouth well into the afternoon. Next on my want list: The Magnolia Vacuum Tumbler.

EveryDollar the app

Ever since my husband got a job!!!! buying a house has become a serious goal rather than a far and distant dream. Which also means we need to get our budget in order. I’ve tried mint before—wasn’t a fan. EveryDollar is straightforward to use, however, I’ve had relatively little success getting my husband to also log on and track his spending. Which is why we’re going full envelope system, so our little envelope binder is another item I can’t do without! Plus, it’s super cute:

All the black tea I can stomach

After realizing how much I spend on getting coffee every afternoon at work, I decided that a cheaper alternative was in order. Black tea is a close second to coffee in my favorite drinks list and is much easier to make at work than coffee. I got myself set up with a cute mug, some truvia and half and half in the lunch room fridge. Plus, it’s kind of sophisticated?

Trader Joe's

After ditching my low carb lifestyle of four plus years I was struggling to redefine what healthy eating was. I know not everything in TJ’s is health food (oh cookie butter, how I love thee) but it certainly makes it easier and cheaper to make the right choices.

Current favorite items: everything from their bakery section, frozen mango, cookie butter ice cream, garlic naan, green curry simmer sauce, cheese sampler, Mbali white, Porta 6 red blend, Hangtown red and Dearly Beloved I Thee Red. So, basically the entire store.

PODCASTS

I won’t go into detail about my favorite podcasts, but they may include things like Heels Down Happy Hour. Nothing makes a work day pass easier than an engaging podcast and I would highly recommend them if you’re not afraid of being the walking office earbud.

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Dublin River Boots

I added these lovelies to my SmartPak Wishlist on a whim for Christmas and my husband ended up getting them! Originally, I intended to use them strictly for rainy dog walks and pairing with leggings for trips to Target but, um, things get muddy at the barn in winter. After straight up washing my riding boots three times in a row (in the shower!) I decided I needed to use the Dublins for their intended purpose and save my stirrups from inch thick mud cakes. They’re wonderful. Warm with a sturdy toe box for horse stomps, waterproof and very cute. I may survive this winter yet.

Amazon Cloud Cam

We had a recent attempted break in. What I think happened was the person jiggled our sliding glass door enough to open it, discovered my ferocious doggos, got pissed and left and threw a rock to break the glass as a little parting f*** you. Otherwise why would the door be open a crack and the glass also broken?? Thank goodness our pups were unharmed, other than being pretty shaken up. I was decidedly indignant and no one messes with my fam, my pups or my home like that. The worst part too was not being sure of what exactly happened. That day we ordered 3 Amazon Cloud cams and had them delivered the next day. Maybe the government is watching us now, but then they're also watching if anyone tries to break in again.

The cams are awesome. You can live view at any time, they only record movements and you can download clips to your phone. My husband is also able to log into the app at the same time. You can get alerts for movements, but there’s too much going on for us to use that feature.

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This fancy shmancy hair spray

I don’t even know what this stuff is called. I know it’s texturizing spray. It smells fabulous. It does amazing things to my new ‘do. Word of advice from a salon newbie: this isn’t Supercuts. They’re not trying to upsell you on overpriced Bed Head products. Try the stuff. The stuff works.

Grace & Frankie

Just watch it. All of it. It’s amazing.

2017 Gift Guide (for non-equestrians)

Gift giving and wrapping are pretty much my favorite holiday tasks (after making spiked hot cocoa), and this year has been especially fun and challenging. I've done my best to share my gifting thought process without giving away too much!

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Significant Other

I can’t be the only one who does the obvious underwear, undershirts and socks rendition for Christmas, but these are but mere stocking stuffers. In recent years, we haven’t had an endless budget for Christmas gifts, and we still don’t but I strongly suggest purchasing quality over quantity.

  • Leather goods. As an equestrian, I’ve been conditioned to really love anything leather and somewhat force it upon my husband. Etsy is a great resource for handmade leather goods with a huge range of prices. Wallets, laptop cases, Dopp kits, quality clothing (leather jacket) and leather boots are all fab ideas.
  • Serious outerwear. Costco and Patagonia are my favorite. Patagonia also has Worn Wear if you’re on more of a strict budget and it never hurts to support environmentally responsible companies.
  • Quality denim.
  • Hobby Items. Be sure they're actually involved with said hobby, but these are great because prices can range from a very small accessory to a large item (hopefully with a gift receipt!).
  • Little extras, for example: shave kits, coffee tumblers, Bluetooth speakers, phone cases, belts, cologne, slippers, pajamas, and robes.
  • Specific gift cards. For a date night out, night out with friends, car washes, coffee shop close to their work, etc.

Parents & Grandparents

Delicious teas, thoughtful ornaments, cookies and chocolates and anything cozy (robes, blankets, slippers) are all my go-to. Ornaments are considered extra thoughtful if they have your face on them!

Siblings & Cousins

I try to keep this to a funny or useful (or both!) gift. Scarves, humorous calendars, an extra pair of headphones, and anything you find on ‘New and Interesting’ on Amazon usually qualify as great gifts.

Aunts & Uncles

Wine.

Friends

Homemade things, especially if you aren’t officially exchanging gifts. Cookies, truffles, peppermint bark. This year we’re giving homemade Kahlua a try.

Coworkers

You should know your coworkers better than acquaintance status for this one. Secret Santas are easier but if you’re just doing like a $5 gift per friendly coworker, hot cocoa and boxes of candy are great. If you know a certain coworker brings iced coffee every day, you could gift them coasters for their desk. Falls asleep at their desk more than once a week? Desk napping pillow. A mug and tea or a lunch bag are also a great, not-too-personal choice. White elephant gift exchanges are ideal!

Holiday Season in Full Swing 1

Holiday Season in Full Swing 1

Last weekend hubby and I made our annual trip to Apple Hill, this time to pick up pies for our various Thanksgiving meals—yep, multiple. We ended up with one Dutch Apple Crumb something pie. It looks delightfully full of sugar and future remorse. The other is an APPLE PUMPKIN pie. See pictures. Pumpkin pie is by far my favorite and I usually make two to four per year but thought my family might be tired of them so decided to just make two this year, one for work and one for the barn (so glad I get to say that this year!).

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Holiday Wishlist/Window Shopping

Holiday Wishlist/Window Shopping

Christmas is my favorite time of year, by far. Last year my husband and I travelled for the holidays and I felt that I didn’t get to fully relish in the spirit of the season. Poor me, right? We won’t be spending our holiday at the beach this time around, but at home with family, food and our pups.

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