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A fun day in the saddle is always better when ice cream is involved!

It felt like summer again last Sunday in Los Angeles. It was in the 80s and the sun was out. My friend Robyn came up for a fun trail ride and we made a detour along the way to get some ice cream. We stopped at Baskin Robbins and were the first customers of the day – also maybe the only customers on horseback for the day.  This Baskin Robbins is a summer staple here in the Rancho, it always has a long line. I’ve always wanted to ride my horse to a drive thru so this checked off a bucket list item for me!

It’s like I always say – Life Isn’t Always Glitter, Ponies, & Ice Cream. But it should be.

Fira and her friend Ice also known as Ice Cream are such a cute pair. It was only appropriate that Ice Cream got to come along on this adventure as well.

Both horses were relaxed and didn’t mind the experience one bit.

Fira tried putting her head in the window to say hello. She was hoping they might have a carrot for her. She’s generally pretty curious about new situations, which is what I like to see.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be making more trips to the drive thru later this summer. It’s just one more experience for Fira in the city, making her a well broke horse.

It was St. Patrick’s Day so they served us green waffle cones! Fira had a bite of the cone and she loved it.

If you are new here and curious about city life with horses, be sure to read my posts Living with Horses in the City and Horses In the City: One Year Later.

You can also keep up with my daily adventures on Instagram @horsesandheels_ 

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Get your yard or patio ready for spring with these accessories!

Spring is in the air. This week in SoCal is going to be beautiful. The sun is out and it’s going to be in the 70s all week. Fira and I have a really fun ride planned on Sunday with a friend and we can’t wait! I have been busy pulling weeds, propagating succulents, and trimming bushes out in the yard. Adam bought me a two kumquat trees for Valentine’s Day and they are getting ready to bear fruit. This is my favorite time of year to be in the yard.

I’m sharing some garden and spring inspired accessories for the yard or patio in these collages. You can shop for everything pictured here on the blog from my Spring Gardening & Yard Decor list.

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It’s time to freshen up your space with new plants, solar lights, and planters.

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Looking for a gardening project? Check out this easy DIY I did with spray paint and terra cotta pots. For more outdoor inspiration take a look at my patio tour on the blog, it’s definitely my happy place.

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Being an informed pet owner can help you navigate the uncertain waters of owning a dog with a luxating patella.

Mango just turned seven a few months ago. For a small dog, that’s not old – but she’s not exactly a puppy anymore. She’s young at heart and still very playful. Lately her luxating patella has been acting up on and off – leaving Mango limping inconsistently. I wanted to share some of her issues and what I’m doing about it. Also, if you have or have had a dog with patella issues, please share your experience in the comments. Luxating patellas are common in Pomeranians and other small breed dogs. Before I go more into my experiences with Mango and managing her patella, I would like to say this – I am not a vet or a medical professional, the purpose of this blog post is to get the dialog going and connect with other pup parents.

Patella Problems

What is a luxating patella? Luxation occurs when the dog’s kneecap (patella) gets dislocated from its normal position where it rests in the groove of the thigh bone (femur). Once this kneecap is dislocated from the groove of the femur, it can only return to the proper position when the dog relaxes and lengthens (or stretches its hind legs). This is why dogs are often seen holding up their hind leg once its displaced. Pet MD explains luxating patellas more on their site.

I’m not surprised that Mango has a luxating patella, I’ve actually known for years. When she was about two, the vet would check it and could tell it was there/a potential problem. Patella luxation is generally rated with four grades – 1, 2, 3, and 4. Each grade gets more severe and represents different changes in the joints. If you see your dog occasionally lifting their leg or limping, chances are they have a patella problem.

Preventative Care

A good joint supplement with glucosamine is the first way to help strengthen and build your dog’s joints. Mango currently takes NaturVet Glucosamine DS Plus Level 2 Moderate, Joint Care. I started her on these chewable tablets last summer after she was limping for about a week and her knee just kept popping out-of-place. I was so impressed with NaturVet. In just a couple of weeks, she was noticeably better.

Right now, she is on the level 2 formula, but I plan on bumping her up to level 3 for a stronger dose. Mango loves these tablets and thinks they are a treat so it makes giving them to her a breeze. As a Pom mom, I regret not starting Mango on a glucosamine supplement when she turned two and the vets started mentioning her weaker knee. 

Avoiding Surgery

Once a dog’s patella issues reach level 4, many dogs require surgery. I’m hoping with glucosamine and a series of strengthening exercises can help Mango avoid it. This past week, Mango has had some bad days. When I came home from a trip, she was on three legs and was lifting the bad leg. I immediately began to massage and stretch out the back leg. Mango enjoys the knee being rubbed and it helps her feel comfortable to stretch it out. From there, I’ll take Mango out to the carpet (we have hardwood floors with rugs) or outside in the yard to practice walking. I’ll make her walk back and forth and use the leg. This helps strengthen the muscles and gives her confidence to use the leg. I’ve read that going up and down carpeted stairs, hills, and stepping over things can help. It seems like once Mango is actively using and stretching her back leg, she uses it well.

I’ve also taken Mango to a holistic vet for acupuncture and massages. That didn’t seem to have an immediate positive response so I haven’t returned for those treatments.

Managing Diet

Another important aspect of managing Mango’s leg is her weight. She’s adorable, but under all that fluff is a doggo who could drop a few ounces. As much as I love feeding her treats, I have to remind myself that extra weight doesn’t help the pressure on her leg. She’s not as active as she once was so I need to be strong about keeping her on a diet. I try to feed her cooked vegetables if she wants a snack from my plate at dinner. Buying bite-sized, low-calorie treats helps too.


In case you are wondering about Mango’s cute serape poncho, she got it for Christmas! It’s from Baja Ponchos and you can buy one here for your dog.

Do you have any patella experience to share? Leave a comment below please.

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Get major Southwest vibes for spring with these chic mules!

I’m always looking for cute accessories with cactus and steer skulls. I was thrilled when I spotted these flats by Sam Edelman. I happen to be a huge Sam Edelman shoe fan! I’ve been wearing this brand for years, they are made to last and be comfortable. I have strolled up and down the streets in Silver Lake and Santa Monica with one of my favorite pairs of leopard flats and never got a blister. It’s really hard for me to find flats that can be worn for miles on city streets and look cute, so that’s one of the reasons I love Sam Edelman so much.

Buy the Shoes: Cactus Here >       Steer Skulls Here >

I wanted to share some photos of these mules in a cute cactus garden, but the weather and my husband’s schedule haven’t been ideal. I also posted them on my LiketoKnow.it page and got a huge response, so I wanted to share them ASAP.

The cactus mules have jeweled embellishments and woven details.

The steer skulls are similar and the pretty pink fabric almost reminds me of a serape print.

Southwest spring vibes!

Buy the Shoes: Cactus Here >       Steer Skulls Here >

I was gifted these shoes through my partnership with Amazon but wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t love! Be sure to shop my Amazon influencer page here > I’m always adding new products and items to my list!

If you are looking for more great shoes, check out these fringe sneakers as well.

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Enjoy a loaded potato salad with spicy popper jalapeño flavor!

Warmer days are coming. Before you know it, it will be time for picnics and potlucks again. Instead of throwing together the same old recipe, consider making something new – a real crowd pleaser. My jalapeño popper potato salad has red skin potatoes, crispy bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, spicy jalapeños, and red onions with a cream cheese and ranch dressing.

I promise you won’t come home with leftovers with this dish easy dish.

If you are worried about the heat levels, you can swap out fresh jalapeños for canned or mixed the two together. The cream cheese and cheddar do a great job cutting the heat of even the hottest jalapeños.

The Best Jalapeño Popper Potato Salad
 
Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
15 mins
Total time
30 mins
 
A flavorful potato salad that tastes like a jalapeño popper.
Author: Raquel
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups cooked and cubed red skin potatoes
  • 1 8 ounce pk cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, crumbled
  • ¼ cup diced jalapeños
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
Instructions
  1. Prepare and cook the potatoes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and ranch dressing.
  3. Toss in cooked potatoes (when they are warm or cooled).
  4. Stir in cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapeños, and green onions. Mix well.
  5. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to two days before enjoying.
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Garnish and serve this potato salad with extra sliced jalapeños to kick up the heat a little more.

Pair this potato salad with your favorite burger, a juicy steak, or grilled chicken. It’s a memorable side that everyone in your family will enjoy!

Looking for more great jalapeño recipes? Try my Stuffed Jalapeño Cream Cheese Wontons, Stuffed Jalapeño Popper Chicken Breasts, or Jalapeño Bacon Mac & Cheese. I a little spicy is always a good idea!

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Cute cowboy boots come in all sizes!

A few years ago, I shared a similar post with boots for kids. It was really popular. I don’t know why I waited this long to share a new one. Pick up some adorable cowboy boots for your kids – it’s okay to wish these boots came in your size. From fringe to serape and leopard print, there is a pair for every young fashionista.

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Infant/Toddler Roper Pink Cactus Boots / Ariat Kids Leopard Print Boots / M&F Western Serape + Fringe Boots / M&F Western Serape Boots / Ariat Crossroads Leopard Print Boots / Ariat Pink Fringe Boots 

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Ariat Fringe & Serape Boots / Old West Purple + Stars Boots / Old West Metallic Purple Boots / Roper Cactus Cutie Snip Toe Boots / Roper Kids Pink Ostrich Boots / M&F Western Boots 

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Old West Purple Boots / Corral Cowboy Boots / Roper Kids Cactus Boots / Roper Turquoise Boots / Ariat Kids Brown Boots / Corral Kids Pink Boots 

If you are looking for even more great boot finds and recommendations, be sure to visit the cowboy boot section here on the blog.

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #BerryGoodFlavors #CollectiveBias

It’s amazing to think we are already two months into 2019. The weather hasn’t been the best lately, but the hills are turning green from the rain and the wild flowers are going to be beautiful. Last year I had a blast exploring new trails on horseback with friends. I can’t wait to saddle up explore more of Los Angeles on horseback. Even though Fira and I have been almost everywhere in Griffith Park, we still have uncharted territory to ride. I’ve met and bonded with so many amazing horse girls from Instagram on these trails, it’s crazy how social media can bring us all together. When I head out on the trail with my horse and some friends, all of my stress disappears.

Newly Added Flavors

I’m always up for a new adventure and trying something new. That’s one of the reasons I was thrilled to taste Diet Coke® Blueberry Acai AND Diet Coke® Strawberry Guava . These bold new fruity flavors are amazing. I’ll try anything that involves blueberry or strawberry and these sleek new cans of Diet Coke® did not disappoint.

It was love at first sip for me and I’m having a hard time deciding on my favorite flavor. Diet Coke® Blueberry Acai tastes light, fruity, and the familiar taste of Diet Coke® kisses your pallet. First I tasted Diet Coke®, then the sweet (but not too sweet) flavor of blueberry hit me. It was so good! Not to mention, one can is zero calories. Now that’s an experience I can get on board with.

I cracked open a can of Diet Coke® Strawberry Guava next. I have fond memories of being served guava as a child and it brought me back. Guava’s flavor can be mild – I thought it would be overpowered by the strawberry, but it wasn’t. The bubbles danced on my tongue and I tasted the strawberries and guava with the classic Coca-Cola® flavor at the same time, yum.

Break out of your comfort zone and try the new Diet Coke® flavors! One sip and you’ll start planning your next adventure. With six Diet Coke® flavors now, there is a flavor for everyone.

Adventure Awaits

These 2 NEW Diet Coke® flavors are available at your local Kroger store in on the go singles or an 8pk for sharing with friends. The singles are perfect for throwing in a backpack fanny on the trail. It’s nice to stop and sip at the top of a hill. Fira and I are heading out for another ride to the Hollywood sign soon with my favorite horse girls. I’ll be sure to pack Diet Coke® Blueberry Acai and Diet Coke® Strawberry Guava to share.

Learn more about the newly added Diet Coke Flavors online. Try them today and go on a new adventure!

It’s even better over ice after you get back from the barn. Cheers.

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Vintage inspired handbags by American Glory!

American Glory bags are inspired by burlap sacks from a simpler time. Each bag is designed with high quality leather and fabric. Below are some of the current offerings available for purchase from American Glory.

Liberty Farms Fine Horse Pellets  Wild Rivers, WI is a replication of a burlap sack printed on upholstery grade linen. This gives it extra strength and durability.

Run errands with this stylish Roxy crossbody with the Sure Shot printed design.

The Coco Convertible features the Favorite Oats for Horses design. It has a removable crossbody strap.

Meet the Desert Waterbag, printed on heavy canvas.

The Liberty Hobo is casual and cool with the Liberty Farms print.

If small is your style, the Tilly crossbody is a fun piece.

To see more from American Glory, visit them online.

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Spring is around the corner! Spruce up your decor with new throw pillows.

I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day when I came across a cute and colorful horse pillow. I tracked down the source and it turns out it was from The Pioneer Woman’s latest spring pillow collection. It involves bright colors, flowers, embroidery, horses, and fresh farmhouse style. I love Ree and her style so I to share these here.

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Two of my favorites include the Hold Your Horses and decorative Horse throw pillows. Pom poms are always a good idea!

The floral design on the cowboy boot and horseshoe throw pillows with scalloped edges speak to me.

Say yee-haw with this fun accent pillow.

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These pillows look good in a modern or rustic space.

The prints and patterns mix and match perfectly.

The floral cow pillow with scalloped edges is another great spring accessory.

The best part is most of these pillows are under $30!

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Which pillow is your favorite?

If you are looking for more farmhouse decor, be sure to check out 100 Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Accessories.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Swiffer at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

Every household needs a queen to run the castle and keep things in order. Our ruler just happens to be a fluffy and demanding nine pound Pomeranian. Mango keeps our space free from crumbs in the kitchen, notifies the family when the mailman comes, greets all guests, and provides an abundance of love and cuddles.

For such a tiny dog, Mango comes with a lot of hair. She leaves a trail of fur around the home and makes no apologies for it. Luckily she’s met her match with Swiffer Heavy Duty Pet. This new line of products from Swiffer are made for pet owners to stop shedding from spreading.

The new Swiffer Heavy Duty Pet products includes dusters, dry sweeping cloths and wet mopping cloths. Everything is available for a great price at your local Walmart.

The Swiffer Wet/Dry Sweeper Kit is lightweight and easy to use when you are short on time. It grabs a lot of hair in minutes.

This was the duster before it went under the bed – an ideal summer napping location for a Pomeranian. Mango loves the cool floors in the summer and our low bed is hard to reach underneath. Since the Swiffer duster extends six feet, I was able to reach from one side of the bed to the other for the first time!

The aftermath – clumps of Pomeranian hair covered in dust. The hair balls no longer have a safe space to hide under the bed.

The queen does not help with cleaning. She just watches. Even Mango was shocked to see the amount of hair she left behind.

Mango looks very comfortable after watching me finish up the cleaning. Thank you Swiffer at Walmart for sponsoring this blog post and helping get our house in order!

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