Updating the Outlets in our Fixer Upper

If your house wasn’t built in the last decade you probably have these old yellow outlets like I do. Don’t worry they are an easy fix and I’m about to give you a step by step tutorial. If I can do it so can you.img_6653

The first step is to flip the breaker and kill the power. Then you’ll need a screw driver or drill to remove the outlet cover and outlet.

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Once the outlet is unscrewed from the wall pull it out with the wires still attached. Next, you’ll have to unscrew the wires from the outlet. Note where the white, black, and ground wires are attached to the old outlet. img_6634 img_6635

When you’ve loosened all the screws then you can simply pull the wires off. Just like that you’ve removed that old outdated outlet.

Now to put the new outlet on, you’ll wrap the wires around the new outlets screws. Be sure to put the wires in the same spot that they were on the old outlet. Hint: the ground wire usually goes to the bottom green screw.

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Once the wires are attached, place them back in the wall and screw the outlet back in.

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Lastly, screw on the cover plate.

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Then turn on the power and woolah your good to go.

If you want to add a little glam to your outlets like I did, you can get these lighted outlet covers and usb covers from https://www.snappower.com

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By just updating the outlets it can give your house a new, fresh, and updated feel.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

The Superior Way

As if our life isn’t crazy enough, it’s about to get crazier. I feel like we constantly are living in a whirlwind and as fall approaches that whirlwind is about to be even busier. Tait has been gone so much lately. A couple weeks ago he was in Sheridan, WY selling cattle at the superior sale. Then last week he was in Denver, CO selling more cattle at a different superior sale. This week he leaves to go to Wyoming to gather, ship, and deliver our cattle that he sold on the superior livestock auction. It sounds simple I know, but there is really so much more that goes into it. The whole process takes quite some time.

Superior Livestock Auction is a satellite video that markets cattle to the nation’s livestock industry. It’s amazing because you can sit on the couch in your home and buy or sell cattle that are across the nation. It really is pretty neat, you can read more at http://www.superiorlivestock.com/home/about-us/about-superior-livestock

That being said, Tait is a representative for superior livestock auction. This is what the video looks like on the TV

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Tait begins by videoing the cattle for a customer, which trust me he has down to a science. In order to get a good look at the cattle on the video that he uploads to the tv for the sale, he has to ensure that the cattle are moving at the right pace. They can’t go to fast and they can’t go to slow or be at a stand still. In addition, the lighting is very important. Sometimes Tait waits until the sun is just right. He also has to be certain he has a steady hand. If the video is shaky you can’t see the cattle very well. All these small details and many more are important to Tait because if the cattle buyers can’t see the cattle on the video when watching the auction on their TV they most likely aren’t going to buy them. img_2608

The next step is to sell the cattle, which is what Tait did in both Sheridan and Denver. The cattle are sold on a contract, which includes a delivery date, how many head of cattle are sold, the feeding program the cattle have been on, what breed and sex the cattle are, the base weight of the cattle, the vaccination program the cattle are on, whether they have horns or not, where the cattle are currently located, where the cattle will be delivered to, the brands that are on the cattle, etc. By having such a detailed contract the buyer knows exactly what to expect in their purchase.

img_1573The last steps are to gather the cattle, get brand inspections, ship, and deliver the cattle, which is the step that Tait is currently on.The cattle have to be weighed and weigh in at whatever the contract said they would weigh. To the left is a picture of Tait weighing cattle on our scale. However, the cattle can also be weighed on the truck at semi scales.

Tait just got home from Denver Friday night. We had a day to pack and get him all ready to go and now he’s already off for Wyoming to get the cattle ready for the delivery. It  takes a crew to gather the cattle and get everything ready.  It also takes a lot of gear for a cowboy to be able to do his job. A cowboy needs his cowboy hat, chaps, gloves, coats, clothing, wild rag, boots, spurs, food for the week, bedroll, rain slicker, horse, truck, trailer, saddle, horse tack, horse feed, etc. You have to be prepared for any kind of weather because you never know what mother nature will throw at you. Whether its sunny, or rain, sleet, and snow, the cattle have to be delivered on that contract date.

 

Once the cattle are delivered, the job is considered done. Tait takes pride in his work. His clients come to him for his reputation of integrity and being honest. His customers are satisfied to the point where they’ve started coming back to buy or sell more cattle. He gets the market for both the buyer and the seller. I couldn’t be more proud of the man I get to call my husband. He gets the job done the superior way.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

 

Rodeo Fashion

Due to the response I’ve had of people asking me where I got certain pieces of my outfit I decided to create a blog post! My outfit for the Filer, ID PRCA was super fun. Not to mention, I got a lot of compliments on it. What girl doesn’t like to be complemented on their outfit? So for all those who are curios I’ve linked each item in my outfit to where I got it from right here on my blog.

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Hat: Charlie 1 Horse http://www.charlie1horsehats.com

Kimono: Buckle http://buckle.com

Necklace: Backwoods Barbie Couture https://www.instagram.com/backwoods.barbie.couture/

Bracelet and Earrings: Triggers Boutique http://www.triggersreno.com

Shirt: Among the Willow Wagon http://www.amongthewillowwagon.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

Belt Buckle: Redford Ranch Style https://www.redfordranchstyle.com

Jeans: Miss Me http://www.missme.com

Boots: RitzyGypsy Boutique http://ritzygypsy.storenvy.com

 

Another fun part of my outfit was my hair. On the drive I decided that I was going to learn how to do a fishtail braid. To my surprise I found out it’s actually pretty easy. Just follow the steps below

 

I hope this post gives you some fun outfit inspiration for your future rodeo fashion.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Shasta

Okay so I may be a child at heart! But guys seriously how cute is Shasta?!

I’d been telling Tait that all I wanted for my birthday is a mini horse and he replied numerous times about how dumb that idea was. So you can imagine my surprise when he showed up at the office on my birthday with a mini horse. Yes… I may be spoiled, but so is he so I guess it’s a win win.

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Yes he walked the horse in the building.

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I don’t know who loves him more, me or Texas?

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My new project is redoing a cart so we can go on pony rides.

Stay tuned…. More to come on the adventures with Shasta.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

The Biggest Little City in the World

Reno has been such a fun little trip. The Reno rodeo and BFI provide us with a perfect trip in the middle of June. What’s even better is that between Reno and the NFR we get a nice little rodeo vacation every six months that provides lots of opportunities for SHOPPING!!! Oooops, I mean for watching my husband rope! Yay! We also get to spend time with great company.

Tait and I are extremely blessed to be able to do what we love and hit the rodeo trail. We are even more blessed that we have family that travels all over to watch, support, and cheer us on.

Rodeo is a sport that has both ups and downs. This year Reno was a bit more of a down. However, the downs are what define us as cowboys and cowgirls. You have to be able to take that down, learn from it, and carry on. The bad runs provide us with the perfect opportunity to learn our flaws so that we can turn them into our strengths.

The great thing about rodeo is that there is always another one!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

Spring On The Ranch

Spring is a busy time of year for a rancher. Between gathering the winter desert ranges, branding the calves, and turning out on the summer ranges there is hardly a spare second. I know that it sounds simple, but there is really a lot of detail that goes into it. Everybody has their own role.

The thing I love about it is that I got to spend time with my family and friends. It is a family friendly environment. We can all go, laugh, and have fun along the way. Heck, I even took my selfie stick for some extra fun. (My husband rolls his eyes at me for that, but I love pictures and we have to document the memories somehow.) Since I’ve been slacking on my blog lately the photos below are from different times throughout the Spring.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

My Decorating Style

When I think of how to explain my decorating style it’s hard because I love the western/rustic look, but I also love the farmhouse style mixed with some vintage, shabby chic, and antiques. My house includes a combination of all of these themes. I guess you could say I’ve created my own style. Now if only I had a name for it. Any ideas?

My entryway has lots of cowboy boots (we may have a slight addiction, especially because this isn’t all of them), an old barn wood mirror, and a cow hide table runner, which fit the rustic/western theme. However, I’m sure you can spot touches of vintage, farmhouse and shabby chic. My favorite antique is my great grandmas cowbell.

My dining room has a cow hide and cow hide placemats, which fit my western theme, but then most of the decor fits more of the farmhouse/antique style.

I love to incorporate antiques into my decor, especially when they have meaning and belonged to a family member like my great grandpas journals in the bird cage.

My kitchen goes along with a farmhouse theme. However, there are some antiques tucked away too. The pots and pans on top of my top cupboard belonged to my husbands great grandma and the oil lamp on top of my other cupboard belonged to my great grandma.

My living room has touches of farmhouse with the old window, crates, tin, and barn wood.  The barn wood also fits the rustic theme along with my cow hide and cowboy fringe pillows, old cow bells, horse harness, the saddle my grandpa gave me when I was a baby, and a pair of old chaps.

My family room is definitely more western, but I’m sure you can still spot touches from the other themes.

The family room includes our trophy saddles and belt buckles and has old barn wood frames of rodeo pictures. It also includes an old scale and an old window with a picture of my husband and I. One of my favorite pieces is the old wood table, crates, and pullies because they came out of my husbands great grandmas house.

In decorating my house I’ve enjoyed designing my own style. I love being able to incorporate bits and pieces of my husband and my ancestors into the design.

I guess you could say I’m a bit of a “junktiquering” queen. But, hey one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

A special thanks to my grandma Woodward for blessing me with my decorating skills.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Lucy’s 2nd Birthday

My adorable niece Lucy turned 2 this past week and I was lucky enough to get to help with the decorating. My sister in law chose “The Wheels on the Bus” theme. It turned out to be so stinking cute!


Is she cute or what? It was so fun watching Lucy open all her presents. Although a couple presents did distract her and she didn’t care to open the next.

Enjoy

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Front Porch Lovin

My front porch is seriously one of my favorite things to decorate! I absolutely love that I get to update it with each season. It makes it that much more exciting and gives me something to always look forward to!

With summer around the corner I had a lot of fun playing around with bright colors. The end product turned out great. According to my husband it looks like a junk yard…. a cute one though. He’s lucky he added the “a cute one though.” Luckily for me, my husband gives me the reins and is always sure to comment on the new decor and how much he likes it. Did I luck out or what? I mean the decor changes almost as much as my outfit.IMG_3743

Here are some of the recent porch looks my house has had….

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I hope I’ve given you some new ideas and inspiration for front porch decor.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Heber City UTBRA

Heber City puts on such great races. It rained the day before the race and the groundsmen were out mucking all the outdoor stalls. They definitely go above and beyond to keep the facility nice. Luckily, Heber has a nice indoor pen so the ground is never horrible.

Barrel races are so much fun because not only do we as barrel racers get to compete doing what we love, but we also get to spend time with the amazing people in the barrel racing community.

All of my best friends are people that I’ve met through barrel racing and rodeo. You couldn’t find a better group of people if you tried.

Both of my horses worked great for me in Heber. We still have work to do and plenty of room to excel. Barrel races/competition runs show the competitors the areas in which they can improve. The improvements are something to work towards and grow together as a team.

I’m pretty lucky to have the teammates I do right now. I can’t wait to see what our future holds.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife