With only a week left of the summer season, it’s time to soak it up. Enjoy the sunshine and grab a cold beer to drink after a hard day’s work.
Happy Independence Day! Let’s not forget the freedom that came to Americans this day in 1776. May there be joy and appreciation. If you like the vest posted above, take a look at how to make one for yourself here.
I don’t know about you, but this never-ending winter is getting to me. Have you ever wondered how seasons can affect your animals? I did a little reading on how the year’s changes can bring about certain transformations in horses. Here are some tidbits of what I learned:
Spring expedites the growth of grass. Again, you’ll see spikes in potassium and nitrates. The warmer temperatures and damp conditions are prime for fungus producing myco-toxins. Watch out for Rye Grass staggers. With the increased grass, your horse can gain weight. Too much weight gain can put your horse at risk for type 2 diabetes. If you fear your horse is eating too much, a grazing muzzle may be your solution.
Summer climates allow grass growth to continue. Again, spikes in potassium and nitrates should be on your mind. Horses tend to be more relaxed during dry summers. Always have drinking water readily available. Just like humans, horses need more water on hotter days.
Autumn brings a big change in grass, often with lower sodium content and higher potassium and nitrate levels. Fungus can thrive during this season too, possibly producing myco-toxins. Take head if your horse is ill or starts to stagger. They may need to be moved to a safer spot with better conditions. When the soil is wet for a long period of time, your horse can feel tender footed after rain.
Winter slows the growth of grass, which will help lower levels of potassium and nitrates. In some cases, grass will even become dormant. Horses burn more magnesium during colder months. Make sure you are still providing the vitamins and minerals found in hard feed (especially calcium and magnesium). Keep your horse warm and dry. Horse safe hay is great for this.
All in all, keep an eye on your horse for any changes in behavior. If you can make them more comfortable, do so. Make sure to seasonally adjust their diets so that they receive the nutrition they may lack at certain times of the year. Here’s to hoping spring comes swiftly, but for now you should bundle up.
Alright ladies, it’s time to fight for your right to wear summer clothes! Before the cool weather really starts rolling in, make sure to wear those flip flops and shorts as much as you can. In the spirit of Crafted in Carhartt, I wanted to carry an adaptation of this great quote by Marie Curie around with me.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that?
We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.
We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
I stenciled it onto the back of my Carhartt Annapolis Shirt. What a great reminder to yourself, and those walking behind you, of the hard work we should put into our passions.
Summer days and killer heat call for a cure. Try out this simple recipe for fresh fruit popsicles.
What you need: grapes, a mango, pineapple, blackberries, a peach, a kiwi, white grape juice (no sugar added if you’re looking to make your pops even healthier), shot glasses, and mini forks (you can also use mini spoons or popsicle sticks cut in half)
After you slice up the fruit, pour white grape juice into each shot glass until half full. Then stuff the shot glasses with fruit so that it reaches the brim of the glass. Stick a mini fork in the middle of each pop and freeze for at least 4 hours. Plate and enjoy! What’s great about these popsicles is that they come in ready to serve shot glasses. That means no mess! and it’s easy to clean up afterwards.
Another great way to keep your cool this summer is with Carhartt Women’s Annapolis Shirt and Clarkston Cami. Layering with lightweight fabrics is ideal for hot days. Check out my summer outfit here: Annapolis Shirt, Clarkston Cami Tank, & Marquette Flip Flops
So it’s not screen printing, but it yields similar results. Using wax paper for T-Shirt stencils is simple and inexpensive. It looks great on the Carhartt Women’s Norfolk Tank, but you can stencil anything. Try the pattern provided above or come up with one of your own designs.
Hope you all had a relaxing Memorial Day! I spent mine at Outer Banks with friends. It’s such a great time of year to be outside, whether for picnics, reading, or catching some sun. Check out the pocket I added to my Carhartt blanket. It’s great for keeping odds and ends from blowing away when your outside.
Even though the season is drawing to an end I’m holding onto anything that reminds me of sunshine. Did you know Carhartt makes some great tank tops? They are a staple in my wardrobe. Take a look at some of my favorites pictured above. They come in several different colors. Here’s a link to some great Carhartt women’s tops.
Like my jacket? You can get your own here.