Never Stop Riding

Black Friday (or Thursday) 2017

The first thing my Aunt said to me on Thanksgiving morning when my family and I arrived at my Grandma’s house was, “Are you going shopping tonight?” Since I was 15 and working for my own money, I have loved Black Friday back when it actually took place on Friday.


My Dad is a Black Friday Champion, he will stand in the long lines of Target, Walmart, Coastal, etc. while I run around like a mad man and grab everything I can think of. This past Friday he met my brother, boyfriend, and I in the hotel hallway at 4 a.m. to drive half an hour to Oregon City for not only discounts but tax free shopping.

Black Friday Finds

  • $20 Ariat Hoodie at Coastal Farm & Feed
  • 20% off  Bogs at Coastal Farm & Feed
  • $4 Target Shirts
  • $9 Bed Head Shampoo at Ulta – $21 Off!
  • $10 Tarte Maneater Mascara – 50% off
  • $15 Philosophy Face Wash – $27 off
  • 50% off Philosophy Holiday Glow Set
  • BOGO Batiste Dry Shampoo
  • Philosophy Body Wash – $6 off
  • Socks at Fred Meyer – 50% off

Hobby Lobby had nearly the entire store 50% off where I found a couple of cute signs for Christmas Gifts and bought Christmas decorations to decorate the tree with next weekend! I was able to buy $100 worth of stuff for $47!

Despite having an incredibly full basket at Ulta on Thursday evening, I walked out of the store earning close to 100 rewards points and saving $45 dollars! Ulta is always on my list of where I need to shop on Black Friday because I buy items like my shampoo (32 oz bottle) on that night once a year and my mascara I purchase that night last me at least 4 months. The bottle of Philosophy Face Wash (16 oz) will last me until Black Friday next year too!

Black Friday Stops

Today on Cyber Monday, my email is flooded with deals from all the places I have shopped over the years. I would much rather shop on Black Friday and get deals on Christmas gifts so I can buy my loved ones more on their list!

Happy Shopping XOXO


Beauty & Life Routines

On a day like today and most other days you’d never know I love beauty products or search Pinterest while drinking my morning coffee for outfit, makeup, or hair inspiration. I have a giant closet full of clothes for every season and enough makeup for multiple girls. Except, if I’m not giving a presentation at CWU or at work most of the time you can catch me in jeans or yoga pants, nikes, and a sweatshirt. I’ll admit most of the time I don’t utilize my closet or makeup and it’s a good day if my hair is down.

This week I received my third Birchbox and it couldn’t have come at a better time! It came with a new fragrance, purple shampoo, mascara, makeup remover, and some eye cream. I had been feeling like my hair needed a pick me up even though I already use purple shampoo when I was my hair.

November Birchbox

Although I don’t always wear makeup or do my hair doesn’t mean I don’t have a good beauty regime. I wash my face twice a day, use a face moisturizer and eye cream daily. The older I get the more I try to keep a routine about multiple aspects in my life.


  • Make my bed daily
  • Wash & Moisturize Face
  • Read 1 Blog that I follow
  • Spend 10 minutes doing something I enjoy
  • Drink Water!

If I have learned anything while being a barrel racer in college it’s that you don’t need expensive products to have good looking skin, you just need a routine! Because let’s face it I’m not going to spend a crazy amount on myself when I have entry fees and a horse to pay for!

XOXO Until Next Time

It’s Spendy but That’s Okay!

I saw a post traveling around Facebook, “What is expensive but it’s worth it to you?” I commented on one of my friend’s post with a few of my top items I thought of off the top of my head; Lululemons, Purses & Wallets, Fancy Shampoo & Conditioner.

There isn’t a day I don’t love my Lululemons, both my crops and jackets. If you know me at all you know I love a good quality purse and wallet. A love my boyfriend wishes I didn’t have! Two years ago I invested in a Kate Spade wallet and not a day goes by that I don’t love it. It has held up so good! One thing I don’t hesitate to spend money on, besides my horse, is good quality hair products. I will recommend Surface Shampoo & Conditioner to every single person who asks! I have spent a long time getting my hair the perfect shade of blonde and putting a little money into the products I use on it is worth it to me.

This post got me thinking and I really justify spending a little bit more money on good quality items but I also buy them less often because they are good quality! Unless your Tana and can rip through the best quality splint boots in only a handful of runs.

What I spend money on and why:

  • Hair Protectant Spray – I use Pureology 21 and it has saved my hair SO much! It’s $28 for the full size bottle and it lasts me 9-10 months.
  • Good Quality Jeans – I ride horses so enough said?
  • Healthy / Fresh Food – I love good quality food because not only is it good for your body but it fills you up too. Although to save money I shop sales, buy produce in season, and shop at places like Trader Joes and Costco. I will say, Trader Joes makes it so much easier!
  • Skin Care – Because I want to look 22 forever!
  • Makeup – This kinda goes along with wanting to look 22 forever, I am a firm believer that good quality makeup is better for your skin and won’t harm your skin the way cheap quality makeup does!

I have included below links to some of my “justified” products incase you’re interested!

Colour Fanatic 21 Spray

Pureology Skin Care

Surface Hair Products

XOXO Until Next Time

Dating a Barrel Racer

Dating a barrel racer is not for the weak. It will either make you a better person or make you want to cry, there’s no inbetween. 

Do you dream of your alarm going off at 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning after you’ve spent your Friday night moving a ton of hay? When you were a little kid did you dream of watching endless barrel runs the entire weekend? If you said yes to any of these, date a barrel racer! 

The easiest part of dating a barrel racer is probably going to the barrel races! It’s the stall cleaning, bag carrying, hay hauling, poop scooping, pen building that is all the fun! You’ll have to haul hay after work or on the weekends because whether the horses are making money or not they have to eat. At the barrel races you’ll begin to sport a cute leather tote bag with your girlfriend’s name on it full of all the “stuff” she or her horse needs. When the shortest part of the entire weekend is over the actual race, you’ll go home and clean her stall and do the other misc. chores that come with the horses. 

When dating a barrel racer you skip your weekend activities and choose to go to the barrel race so you don’t get called a jerk. You take her to lunch or dinner probably consisting of mexican food because she is running on very little sleep, no foods, and lots of caffeine. In the mornings you make sure she gets her special coffee order because if you know anything at all it is to not argue with a barrel racer. 

At the end of the day if you were truly meant to date a barrel racer then you won’t mind being told you’re not capable of driving her rig or holding her horse. But you will love her and carry her tote bag around even if it looks like a man purse. You will tell her good job even if she had the worst run in the world. 

Until Next Time XOXO 


Routine, Insights & Favorite Products

If raising a colt teaches you anything at all it’s that they like routine, consistency, and patterns. Linda drilled into my head, “consistency, consistency, consistency,” so that’s what I did and then some. Well creating a routine has almost backfired on me, now Tana likes to begin eating at least 2 hours prior to warming up, knows on the road she gets grain twice a day, etc. 

When we arrive at the race the night before I make sure and wake up 2 hours before time-only’s begin to feed Tana her morning hay. This way she has plenty of time to eat before and then after time-only’s I unsaddle, put all her BOT wear on, feed her the rest of her hay, and her grain mixture and let her rest till the race. 

My favorite BOT Products

Best Horse Gear

  • Mesh Sheet – At night I will put this on her with a rain sheet or stable blanket on top
  • Quick Wraps
  • Hock Wraps

I make sure and begin saddling up about an hour before I think I’m going to make my run, I wander down to the warm-up and long trot two laps, make two circles each direction and then walk. About 3 rakes before my number I find my Mom and boot Tana up and then in another rake I cinch up and get on. I seriously could not barrel race without my Mom. 

After my run, I hand walk to cool her down, water her, and if I notice she’s sore at all or seems to have heat I make sure and put lineament where needed. Lately, we’ve been going to multiple day races so when were done running I feed her more hay and let her relax in the pen. 

Tana’s Feed Routine on the Road 

  • AM- Before Time Only’s: 1 flake of grass hay, 1/2 flake of alfalfa, 
  • AM- Prior to Run: 1 flake of grass hay, 1/2 lb of Haystack Special Blend, 1 scoop of Equerry’s Glucosamine, 1 scoop of LMF 911, a pinch of salt 
  • PM- Evening Feed: 1 flake of grass hay, 1 flake of alfalfa, 1/2 of Hay Stack Special Blend, 1 scoop of Equerry’s, a pinch of salt 

(The grass hay is just estimates, even at home she is pretty much on free choice)

All the products that keep Tana happy & healthy:

I am constantly learning every single day, and being told to try new things, changing up what I always thought was right and so much more! If I didn’t have a trainer well, I’d be even more of a hot mess than I already am. I definitely don’t know it all and I love to learn new things this is just what works for me so far! 

XOXO Until Next Time

The Transition, Colts to Open Horses

There will come a spring that the colt you’ve worked so hard to raise will become the open horse you are entering all over from the small Wednesday night jackpots to BRN4D Finals. It is no doubt there will be holes in their training, they won’t make all their turns perfectly, but each and every run you make is going to be humbling. Since Fall 2014 all I’ve had is a colt, I hadn’t made a competitive run in two years when it came Tana’s turn to make some runs so needless to say I was nervous.


In December 2016 I went and made my first competitive run on my colt and I had forgotten how much fun it was to compete. I’ve always thrived off the adrenaline rush that comes with barrel racing! The biggest learning curve this year has been leaving the training at home when I enter the barrel races. I made maybe 10 runs prior to BRN4D Finals in July and when I got there my trainer Linzie said, “your horse wants to run and work hard, so you need to let her do that. Let her run in from the center gate and just let her do her thing.” From making these runs this weekend I was definitely reminded, Tana knows what she is doing, she’s hunting barrels and working hard to please me.


It was also probably April when I realized, shit I need to develop traveling habits and patterns for her! Needless to say in the last 6 months she has developed habits, patterns, and then some. She does the same warm up routine, knows when I put my rubber bands on and cinch her up that it’s time to go to work, and does the same cool down every single time.

This last weekend at Featherland Ranch when I realized I had a horse that was no longer a colt. She was productive in the warm- up (her 4 year-old fear), made two great runs, and traveled like a champ. I haven’t made as much money as some this year but I’ve pulled a few checks, even one at BRN4D Finals, a big accomplishment! I also realized I haven’t really ran inside so that will be a whole new challenge for this fall/ winter.


A whole new list of goals will travel with me on the road throughout the 2018 season for my no longer colt and I’m looking forward to every run I get to make!

XOXO Until the Next Run

The Juice, Out and About

OJ Simpson has been granted parole and released from the Nevada Department of Corrections on Sunday, October 1. The now 70 year-old is going to receive up to five years of supervised parole. In 2008 the football player was sentenced to a maximum 33 years in prison after the 2008 conviction when storming a Las Vegas Hotel room in attempt to steal sports memorabilia. Just 13 years after the famous acquitted double- murder case Simpson found himself in jail for this conviction.

OJ entering his parole hearing on July 20, 2017.

Simpson left prison early Sunday morning with two boxes of legal documents, clothing, and items purchased through the prison store over the last nine years.

OJ Simpson’s Attorney claimed, “He wants to eat seafood, he wants to eat steak. The luxuries he hasn’t enjoyed in 9 years.”

As a millennial, there are two things I remember about OJ Simpson from my childhood, hearing my neighbor call my Mom and say, “The Juice is on the loose,” after the hotel robbery in 2008 and finding out the Kardashian kids got their start from their Dad being his best friend. I wasn’t even born yet when he shot and killed his ex-wife and her friend, and then got away with it!

For the public a lot more happened in the OJ Simpson double-murder trial than just getting of scotch free. The Kardashians, family friends of the Simpsons, got their first little snap of being in the public eye and never looked back. Following the trial the Kardashian children lost their father, OJ’s best friend.

Simpson’s mug shot following his arrest of the murder charges.

In the last nine years, a TV series has been made on OJ and the double-murder trial along with many mini documentaries and movies on the tragic event. Simpson and all those involved in the case are featured in The People vs. OJ Simpson, American Crime Story. The People vs. OJ Simpson, gives an inside look at every aspect of the 1994-1995 double- murder trial. Being born in 1995, I had no idea the details of the trial and this series I felt really gave me an idea of what the whole country was going through during this time.

A famous scene in American Crime Story with OJ in the getaway car following the double-murder.

For the past nine years OJ has passed his time in prison eating junk food, playing Fantasy Football, and coaching Softball.

OJ Simpson playing in a Buffalo Bills game against the New York Jets.

With OJ’s release this week brings a lot of mixed emotions for victims of the robbery, the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, old fans, and even the Kardashian children as it is a constant reminder of their father. Simpson had plans to move to Florida; however, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, wrote a letter saying she did not want OJ Simpson in her state and the State of Florida objects to granting him permission. His long time Lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, claimed she cannot decline his move and OJ will be able to move to Florida.

The goal of Lovelock Correctional Centre was to keep OJ Simpson’s release as safe as possible for both Simpson and the facility. They didn’t want one piece of paper left with OJ’s name on it for their own security. Since his release OJ has spoken about the last nine years, his plans, etc.

Another Go, Sephora Play!

I loved my BirchBox so much that I wanted to try the Sephora, Play! box. When I got the box the first thing on top was a card for 50 Insider Beauty points. Normally you would have to spend $50 to get those points. A cool perk right off the bat!

All the products I received came in this cool bag that I will definitely use in the future. I didn’t realize, but this box comes with 6 products instead of 5 like BirchBox. The product I was most excited about is the OUAI Haircare, shampoo and conditioner. This duo repair is supposed to nourish your hair without adding weight and a huge bonus is that it protects color, blonde girl problems!

Included in the box is a resurfacing clarity mask with a moisturizing bomb to follow the mask. I love a good face mask and always feel refreshed and ready for what’s next after using one, especially a new one. The moisturizer, Belif, can also be used as a moisturizing mask by applying generously and wiping off the excess tissue. 

I will admit that I am pretty conservative and stuck in my ways when it comes to makeup. I really only branch out and try new things when it comes to mascara and eyeshadow. I tend to stay with the same products, shades, etc., because I am comfortable. This box included a matte liquid lipstick in a definite fall color. Not only is this lipstick supposed to be long lasting but in the cool fall weather it won’t dry out your lips either with hyaluronic acid to keep lips conditioned and hydrated. 

This month’s bonus is OUAI, repair Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo is supposed to restore softness and moisture for smoother, healthier-looking hair. I researched the products and they have various shampoo/conditioner combos, styling products, and even supplements. I haven’t gotten a chance to use the product yet, hair washing day isn’t till tomorrow, but I am really excited to see if it works on my hair. 

Until the next box, XOXO


Beauty Subscriptions

Here’s the thing, I absolutely love new beauty products, beauty blogs, beauty bloggers Instagram stories, but being a barrel racer I really only want to spend money on my horse. I ventured out and tried Ipsy during freshman year of college and I liked it, but I don’t wear enough makeup to justify five new products a month. In reality 5 products I’ll probably try once and end up giving to my makeup guru friends. 

However, I LOVE skin care products. I know especially when I’m focusing on riding and racing that my skin gets moved down the list of priorities. But don’t worry Tana gets the best no matter what. This month I decided to try Birch Box (Click Here) mostly because it was subscribe and get this month’s box plus an additional one. 10 new beauty items for $10. How can I pass it up? 

A few of the highlighted products that I absolutely love! 

Bombshell Blowout Spray by Amika – I have struggled with my super fine, thick and sometimes oily hair my whole life and products scare me cause I always think, will it make my hair oily? I gave this spray a shot because not only does it protect but it volumizes, nourishes, and smooths, all without making my hair greasy! When my travel size runs out I’ll definitely be getting the full size! 

Skinny Liquid Liner by Eyeko – I’ll admit I can only use liquid eyeliner because I’m not exactly makeup inclined. I’ve used the same brand for years so this definitely took me out of my normal and I really like it! I don’t use eyeliner much so this will probably last me a long time. 

Eye Wonder 2.0 Powered Eye Cream by Vasanti – I haven’t had a chance to use this eye cream yet but I am so happy it came in my box! It is supposed to hydrate the undereye skin and reduce dark circles. Thanks barrel racing and horses for all the dark circles under my eyes. 

You can find all these products on Birch Box and for all the money you spend on the products you earn rewards points which lead to free stuff! I still have 7 more products to try and I will update when I have used them! 

Follow me on Instagram @Madidickey for updates on these products 

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