How To Choose A Summer Horseback Riding Camp

By: Karen Parker 

This story is written for the novice.

Going to a horseback riding camp is one of the most exciting ways to spend a vacation. There are a number of training centers that offer equestrian camps for kids, adults and families where they teach horsemanship. However, there are some important considerations that need to be made when choosing the right camp and the instructor.

No matter what type of horseback riding camp you are going to attend, you should be provided with experienced staff members, instructors and well trained horses. These instructors have an abundance of knowledge about horses and horseback riding and aim at providing you with the right skills to perfect your riding ability. Many horseback riding camps not only teach riding but also offer courses in showing, dressage, grooming, jumping and barrel racing. They also provide training in handling and caring for horses.

  • The very first thing to decide when selecting a camp is the style of riding that you want to learn, English or Western. Western style is the style that cowboys and rancher are known for, activities like trail riding, barrel racing, and rodeo are all done in the western style. English riding focuses on events like  jumping, fox hunting, and showing.

  • When selecting a horseback riding summer camp, other choices present themselves, like the style and location of camp. From destination camps that are on remote guest ranches in Colorado or Exotic Islands to a local day camp that is in your community make sure you select the camp that fits your lifestyle and budget. 

  • Safety is the most important aspect in horseback riding, so be sure to wear a helmet and check your equipment each time.

You can start your search for your summer equestrian camp here.

BLT Salad

By: Frank Ernhart

The Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwich, (BLT), has been an American classic for years and years. Except for the bacon and mayonnaise, which are high in fat, and the bread or toast, which are high in carbohydrates, the sandwich is basically a "salad between two slices of bread or toast".If you already have a salad sandwich, then converting it to a salad should be a snap, and the advantage is lower carbohydrate because of eliminating the bread. The salad recipe shown here eliminates the bread or toast, and adds two more flavors from the dill and the apple cider vinegar. If you aren't worried about carbohydrates you could add the bread back in by using half a cup of croutons to the recipe. Leaving out the bacon might eliminate one of the main flavors, so I didn't do that here. You could use turkey bacon to reduce the fat and the red meat, but you might be sacrificing some of the great flavor added real bacon. Another twist you might add to this classic would be to add a few 1/4onch cubes of sharp cheddar or other cheese of your choice.


1/4 of head of lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
2 dozen yellow miniature pear tomatoes(or red or yellow cherry tomatoes), halved
2 slices of bacon fried crisp and crumbled
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 tsp dill weed
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp water


1 - Add lettuce, tomatoes and bacon in medium sized bowl and toss.
2 - Mix mayo, dill weed, and vinegar and mix then thin with water.
3 - Drizzle the dressing over the lettuce, tomato, and bacon then mix to coat all
4 - This dressed salad may be chilled for 1 hr or so in the refrigerator before serving to enhance the flavors.

Two Tasty Chili Recipes

By: Charli-Anne Supora

Remember the last time you had a steaming bowl of chili? It was delicious, wasn't it?

Chili is likely a welcome treat for your family anytime. Why not serve a satisfying meal of chili to them today? To help you do this, I've provided you in this article with both a 'mild' savory chili recipe, and a 'spicy' HOT one, to give you two kinds of different 'mouth watering' tasty chili recipes, one of which is sure to please them.

Add both of this article's taste tempting chili recipes to your recipe box, and dig them out whenenever you're 'stuck' in coming up with ideas for your family meal planning.

You'll want to give these tasty chili recipes ideas (for what I'm going to predict will be some of the best chili meals you've ever enjoyed) a try. They truly are delicious, and rather easy to prepare, though do require a significant amount of cooking time.

Before offering you this 'basic', and rather 'mild', chili recipe idea...

...a favorite of quite a few of my friends (within the many tasty chili recipes I've acquired)... you should know a couple of things.

First: This is what many would call a "Yankee" Chili recipe. It differs  from the "Texas" style more spicy, tasty chili recipes. It has beans, It has meat. It has tomatoes. If you consider yourself a "Chili Purist" and tend to thumb your nose at this milder Yankee style of savory chili, that's ok. Then you'll likely prefer the 'alternate', hot, spicy, tasty chili recpe I've provided for you toward the end of this article.

Second: While this is a 'basic' chili recipe, it is special to me because it was one of my Aunt's favorite flavorful tasty chili recipes. People raved about her chili. Whether she made a "small" batch - enough to feed a hungry family of four - as in this recipe - or a bigger one - usually in a roaster pan - leftovers were never a problem. Of course as with any of the truly tasty chili recipes, the prepared chili is better warmed up, but with this delicious mild chili recipe there was rarely any left for her family the next day.

So what was her 'tasty chili recipe' secret?...

Darned if I know. When I first asked her for her 'recipe', she just stared at me like I was some sort of fool who just popped out from under a rock. "There's  no 'special' recipe" She said, "It's hamburger, beans, and tomatoes."

Well, this turned out to be 'true'. However... it DOES make a big 'difference', as to how they are combined and cooked. So... I'll elaborate just a bit for you.

Here's what you'll need to need to get started:

1 onion (either large or medium-sized, your preference)
1 lb. of lean hamburger
1 14 1/2 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 14 1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes
3 1 lb. cans of kidney beans
2 tbs minced garlic
2 tbs mixed Italian seasonings
Some Cilantro, Chili Powder, a tad bit of Lemon Pepper, and salt to taste
Note.. About the ingredient proportions for my Aunt's 'Yankee' style mild tasty chili recipes' meal -  - this is for a hungry family of four, and is approximate. You can modify them to suit your needs, your tastes or what you've got on hand.

My Aunt always used stewed tomatoes. For me though (since I'm not 'into' huge tomato chunks), for this version of one of my tasty chili recipes (basically that of my Aunt, but with a 'bit' of 'enhancement' from me), I'll use a can of crushed, and a can of diced. Dark or light kidney beans are fine. However, you'll want to prepare this mild chili recipe using better quality hamburger (and avoid ending up with a pan of too much fat).

Chop the onion into fairly small chunks.

Brown the hamburger and onion. It's best to add spices (but no salt) at this stage, and cook them into the meat. Add minced garlic - a couple of tablespoons is good. In addition to garlic, some Italian Seasoning mix, Cilantro, Chili Powder, and a tad bit of Lemon Pepper will reatly enhance the flavor in this satisfying chili recipe.

If you, and your family prefer your chili on the 'milder' side, avoid adding too much chili powder. Also... I've found, as with many tasty chili recipes, it's better to let the individuals being served add salt and pepper to their own taste 'at the dinner table', rather than attempt to 'please the majority' during my cooking. Besides, I've learned, adding salt too soon during the cooking of one's special soups, and tasty chili recipes tends to 'harden' meats.

Once the hamburger and onion is cooked, you can toss this into a pot or crock pot with the tomatoes and kidney beans. Heat everything on high until it's hot, and then turn the heat down to simmer until you're ready to dig in. And that's it. Really!

The longer this mild chili recipe cooks the better it will taste. If you can hold off until tomorrow' it's even better - just let it simmer until evening, let it cool and put it into the r frigerator, and warm it anytime the following day.

If you like a thicker chili - leave the top off while simmering. For thinner chili - add some water. If you like a spicier chili, add a tablespoon of salsa to your bowl before serving. Top it off with grated cheese (Mexican blends go well with this.)

Although this is one of those tasty chili recipes which is excellent all by itself... feel free to experiment, and improve on it however you like!

Now... for those of you who prefer SPICY chili recipes...

This next one... from my unique ebook offering special soups and tasty chili recipes... (many of them prize winning chili recipes, see end of this article) is going to 'knock your socks off' and tantalize your taste buds!

A.J.Foyt's 500-Mile HOT tasty Chili Recipe: Yield: 6 Servings

3 lb stewing beef, cubed
1 lb chorizo (Spanish sausage)
2 large onions, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 jalapeno peppers, peeled+diced
3 T olive oil
3 T chili powder + 1/2 t cayenne + 1 t salt
3 15 oz cans tomato sauce
1 12 oz can Mexican beer + 1 1/2 c water
Brown Meat, onions, garlic and jalapenos together in olive oil. While mixture is browning, add cayenne and chili powder. Stir often. Add tomato sauce, salt, water and beer.

Cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often.

Uncover and simmer for 2 hours.

Caution... you might want to only use two (or one) jalapeno peppers for your first time with this HOT, savory chili recipe! Also (in my opinion), its best to hold back on the salt until just before serving. Enjoy!


7 Essentials to Get Motivated

By: Dylis Guyan

Lack of motivation or despondency is like a virus. It's catching. It only needs one bad apple in a group with poor motivation and a bad attitude to suck the life out of a project, nullify the enthusiasm of the others in the group and bring the project to a faltering full-stop. So can you nurture it? Is it something you can have control over?

I would say a very big YES! Motivation is under your control.

You need to be aware of the cornerstones which give us all motivation in order to feel that energy yourself and pass it onto your team.

These are the fundamentals needed for good motivation:

1. Know yourself

First of all you have to be honest with yourself. What are you doing the job for? What gives you a buzz? Is it the money? The respect you will get from your line manager? The reward you feel when your customer is satisfied? Is it motivating to see your company grow? Do you enjoy negotiation and confrontation or do you enjoy balancing the books?

By understanding what you love doing and what your strengths are it makes sense you can visualise how even the most mundane task can contribute to the most mundane goal.

Once you know you and your team's STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES and preferences you can administer tasks which suit their positives and negatives.

2. Know the road ahead

If you are sure of the journey ahead, you know what to expect and can deal with unexpected problems more easily and with less stress. You can prepare for eventualities rather than dealing with a crisis everyday which will leave you battered, frustrated, angry and exhausted.

If you live in a present day bubble you are only dealing with the task in hand. You cannot see how that may satisfy customers, boost the business, or how you can win respect.

Take time to organise and prioritise your actions, taking into account how your role affects the BIGGER PICTURE.

3. Have clear measurable goals

Without goals, work can be just a constant drudge. Committing to a goal allows you to organise your work better and gives you an end point of achievement. Meeting a goal can be highly satisfying rewarding and addictive.

But the goal needs to be ACHIEVABLE or you will end up getting frustrated and probably despondent. So it has to be measurable in some way.

Remember as well that long-term goals can sometimes be too distant to enhance enthusiasm. So find ways to break that long term goal down into smaller chunks – and with each milestone feel the BUZZ!!

4. Don't be afraid to reward yourself

Work is just a four letter word. There is the philosophy that you are not working unless you are doing something you don't want to do and have a really bad time doing it!!! Nonsense! If you can find work you are passionate about, skilled at, and one that you enjoy you are much more likely to succeed and have fun while you are doing it.

So when you complete a task put icing on the cake – give yourself a treat and enjoy it without any guilt – you deserve it!!

5. Be flexible

There is a tyrant and a dictator on your desk: they are called your task list and your diary. Seeing a long list of tasks first thing on a Monday morning can be terribly disheartening.

But learn to give yourself space. Be flexible in order for you to do your job to the brilliant standard that you are capable of. Stop thinking of the task list as the list for the day and prioritise and spread tasks over the week where necessary. You know you are going to have to factor in life during the day – and that's ok. It happens, so give yourself a break deal with the now and spread your tasks accordingly.

6. Be kind to yourself when things go wrong

Things will go wrong. You are not superhuman. If you are doing your best – no one can ask more from you. You can spend too much time wallowing in frustration and anger and this only wastes time and cripples your functioning on future tasks.

Put a line under it. You are still the same capable individual. Learn from your mistakes and be even better next time.

7. Cute reminders

This is all about a change in mind-set and it doesn't change overnight. So fill your office with reminders about wrong-head thinking.

Start with yourself. Then cascade those good feelings down to your team. Have a regular workshop on motivation and the feel good factor. Now that's the kind of training course that may get overbooked!!

I found very quickly that motivation is catching too!! A virus we could all do with!!

Find a Way and Be The Best You Can Be

About the Author
Dylis works with B2B business owners & Professional Sales People, to help them attract more prospective clients & convert them into high paying clients who give repeat & referral business.

Make the Most of Your Make-up

By: Sarah Gray

How do you feel about your make-up? Do you experiment with each season's new colours? Or do you think you still apply your make-up the same way you did 10 years ago?

 Many women I meet say the latter. They are almost embarrassed that they don't know how to wear make-up properly. But, who really teaches us? There was no Make-Up option on the school subjects list! And if our mothers were not make-up wearers, we don't have them as a make-up role model either.

 You will be pleased to know that there are a few basic rules we need in order for us to apply our make-up to help us look our best.


If we wear a full face of make-up or are having just a lipstick day, it is crucial that we wear make-up in the colours which suit our colourings. We need to consider our hair colour, eye colour and skin tone.

Ensuring we are wearing the correct shade of foundation is an easy technique to learn. My experience has shown me that many women test a foundation colour on the back of their hand. Try standing in front of a mirror (wearing no make-up), hold the back of your hand up to the side of your face - is it the same colour? Rarely do we find that it is. So, next time, test foundation at your jaw line, where the lightest part of your skin, the part you need to match against, is found.

The importance of colour extends further than just our foundation. We need to consider the right eyeshadows, eye pencils, blushers and lipstick shades. A Make-Up will show you just that; your best make-up colours to suit your colouring.

 Eye Shape

Learn how to apply your eye make-up to suit the shape of your eyes. Maybe it will be the use of lighter shades or perhaps the use of eye pencil to enhance your eyes.

 If you wear glasses, brighter or softer shades could enhance your eyes depending on whether you are short or long sighted.


Your Make-Up Lesson will also teach you simple, effective techniques for applying all your make-up; from foundation to eyeshadows, blusher to lip pencil. The key is being able to recreate the look when you get home and so your Consultant will ensure you are given hints and tips which are simple and which are appropriate for the time you have each day!

Day to Evening

Some of us like to alter our make-up for an evening event or special occasion. During your Make-Up Lesson, your Consultant will show you how to easily and quickly adapt your daytime look to one which is appropriate for an evening.

 Most importantly, your make-up should be up-to-date and appropriate. That is appropriate for the workplace, your age and your personality. So, one thing a Make-Up Lesson should not do for you is make you into something you are not.

About the Author

Sarah Gray is a Senior Image Consultant with Colour Me Beautiful Image Consultants. Based in Warwickshire, Sarah offers advise on all aspects of Personal Image including Make-Up Lessons, Colour Analysis and Style Consultations, Wardrobe Weeding, Personal Shopping & Corporate Presentations.

How To Have A Succesful Long Distance Relationship

Long Distance relationships are a true test to a couple\'s commitment and personal limits. LDRs take a great amount of effort to maintain and often people involved in them, realize that they evolve into a state of emotion that they never found themselves in before. When your partner is miles away from you, it is very easy to let things go wrong and lead your long distance romance to an early death. Some people find it difficult to bridge the distance through communication, others become overly obsessed with what their partner is doing when they are not there and as a result they spiral down a road of jealousy and suspicion. They key is balance and following some basic steps to keep your relationship healthy and strong.

Communicate and visit often

It cannot be stressed enough how important communication is for every relationship, especially if it is an LDR. With the distance working to keep you and your sweetie apart, your defense is keeping all lines of communication open. It doesn\'t matter how you do it as long as you do it. Every long distance couple should find ways to communicate that make both partners comfortable and happy. You can talk on the phone everyday, send e-mails, faxes or text messages and whatever you do make sure you share your feelings and expectations and be true to one another. Try to make the time to visit each other as often as possible or as often as your budget permits you to. A relationship cannot thrive if the only thing you have is the phone calls. You need to see each other up close and personal every chance you get. The key here is to set up some \"rules\" about frequency of communication and visits and stick to them, consistency can help a LDR survive. (Check our Communicate Better and Travel section)

Avoid jealousy and be trusting

One of the easiest ways to destroy a perfectly healthy relationship is to poison it with jealousy and drama. When you start a long distance relationship you must be realistic of the difficulties ahead. It always helps if you go in a relationship with the idea that everyone is innocent and worth of trust until proven otherwise. Don\'t fall in the trap to interrogate your partner every time he/she decides to go out for a drink with people you haven\'t met or he/she didn\'t get back to you right away when you called and left a message. Just because you are in a LDR, you lives won\'t pause. Your partner will naturally have a social life where he/she lives and so should you. Sure it helps to have your eyes open and not be totally naive but being overly suspicious is unhealthy for you and your relationship too. You should both maintain your social activity and be happy with yourselves.

Be positive

Staying positive and not focusing on the negative aspects of a LDR is essential to keeping your relationship blooming and your partner content. Being away from your sweetie is not all bad news. Use the opportunity of personal time to pursue your interests and hobbies as well as your career objectives. Another positive points it that long distance dating pushes both of you to be more creative, communicate better since you don\'t have \"face-to-face\" time and test your feelings. As long as you see the long distance relationship as a temporary state, you will keep your chin up and transmit that feeling of security and happiness to your partner too.

Long distance dating is all about a balanced relationship between partners; a relationship built on strong foundations of trust, understanding and determination to make it work. The two partners should be reasonable about their expectations and willing to cooperate so that this relationship can lead to a happy ending. If these parameters are taken care of, you have nothing to worry about.

Visit the Community Website for anyone in a Long Distance Relationship (LDR) or interested in this topic. 

Western Fashion

Western trends keep growing in mainstream fashion, once limited to just the local Western Wear store brands like Justin, Tony Lama, Double D, Stetson, Lane Boots, Ariat, Original Cowgirl, Tumble Root, and many others can be found in mainstream retailers like The Buckle, Macy's, Dillards, and trendy fashion boutiques.

Even traditional fashion brands are drawing from the western lifestyle, and the trend seems to still be on the upswing. So keep rocking your boots, check out Grandma's closet for some cool vintage western shirts and enjoy being a trendsetter.

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Wedding Outfits - be the Best Dressed Guest

By: Chris Scarles

Follow these tips to help you look like the belle of the ball. Consider the occasion carefully and do your research before you let the credit card fly in all directions. Is it:

Indoor / outdoor?

Sitting / standing up?

Daytime / evening?

Glam / relaxed?

Be yourself. Don't become all frivolous and flowery if, at the best of times, you feel better in a neat suit (i.e. you are a classic). Or don't put yourself in that well co-ordinated suit if you feel more comfortable in trousers and a top (you might well then be a natural). Dressing according to your personality will help you have more fun in the process.

If you have not consulted it yet, Chapter 4 of Colour Me Confident deals with the issues of Style Personalities. Once you know and understand your Style Personality, putting your everyday and "special event" wardrobes together will become second nature.

Ignore fashion. Just because it's "in" it doesn't mean that the garment you are considering is going to be right for you. As well as colour and the price you need to check things like scale of the pattern, where the waist is, the length of the dress/skirt and whether these are right - or wrong - for you. The baby-doll look is popular now, but do you want to look pregnant? We always advise that you should wear clothes that are comfortable - a little looser is a lot more flattering than a little too tight.

Standing or sitting

If you are going to be standing up for the whole occasion, you MUST wear shoes you have worn before which have been put through the test.

If the occasion takes you into a garden, choose a stack heel or wedge which are unlikely to sink into the ground as you step on the lawn. Stack heels are big this season, and the choice of style and colour is yours for the taking.

Warning: Linen is a fabulously cool fabric to wear in spring and summertime, but if you are going to spend a fair amount of time sitting down, you may want to consider its crease factor.

Plain or patterned

You need to consider whether what you are buying is going to be a one-off or something you'll want to wear again and again.

With so much pattern around you'll have a field day choosing yours. Make sure the size is in proportion with your scale. Patterns can be great to "hide" bits you don't want to show off: a patterned top or dress can help disguise round tummies.

If you are wearing a pattern, keep the accessories plain; i.e. with a patterned dress, choose a plain coloured bag and shoes. Think about the costume jewellery too. Of course if you are a creative, you will ignore all this and do what you fancy on the day!

A plain coloured outfit will be more versatile as you can change your look simply by swapping accessories

Buying clothes should not be a chore. It is about having fun. Once you know what suits you and what colours and styles you should go for, shopping will be that much easier.

Route 66: The Red Chief Motel

I have been doing some exploring in my own back yard lately, and one recently discovered gem of Route 66 was just a few miles away from my doorstep. The Red Chief Motel was your traditional Route 66 1930's auto lodge. The front building was a cafe and cocktail lounge just located just down from the Sycamore Inn in what was then unincorporated Cucamonga. More like apartments than a Motel each bungalow included a kitchen and a garage.

Today only the main building stands and is home to Gao Sushi, the traditional facade has been covered up by wood panels in an attempt to make the building look more modern. I just wonder what happened to the original sign.

A satellite view shows the original driveway loop that was once lined with bungalows motel rooms.

You can visit the building or grab some Sushi at:

8270 E Foothill Blvd
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Nambung National Park Western Australia

Nambung National Park is a national park in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, northwest of Perth it is a place you have to plan to go to. The park is known for the Pinnacles Desert, which draws it's name from the limestone pillars that were formed when the desert was covered with sea water.

Europeans first visited the area in 1658 when Dutch maps recorded North and South Hummocks on their maps. Philip Parker King also mentioned the Hummocks in his journals in 1820. The Pinnacles Desert area remained relatively unknown until surveyed in the late 1960s after the area had been added to an existing national park that was formed in 1956.

Learn more and plan your visit HERE