DIY Boot Organization

So after my wedding we had a major crate overload. Thanks to Pinterest I found this idea and decided to put my crates to good use.

Pinterest is almost deceiving because of the “pin now, read later” philosophy. I don’t know about you, but for me the read later never seems to happen. 

So when I discovered this idea I put it into action right then. The crates are all different styles, sizes, and shapes. I personally like the mix-matched look.

  
Sadly this isn’t even half of our boots (we may have a slight addiction). As you can tell there are a few empty spaces from the boots that we are currently wearing. 

The crates have definitely served their purpose. They help to keep my entryway organized and tidy while adding a rustic/vintage touch. After all, it’s all about the appearance. 

So next time you find a cute Pinterest idea, be sure and put it to work. Most likely you won’t regret it. 

This was a fun, simple, easy project! 

~The Rustic Ranch Wife 

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Vote Kyle Jack for the 2016 Fan Exemption!

Why should Kyle be the 2016 fan choice exemption?

I’ll tell you why….. You’ll never find a more loyal, caring, honest person than Kyle. He is known for his big heart, friendly personality, loud mouth (in a good way), and cheery spirit.

Barrel races wouldn’t be the same without Kyle. He keeps everyone laughing, whether it’s by dancing in the arena or making a random comment. If someone needs help Kyle is the first to lend a hand.

If Kyle is a part of your day, you know it will be a great day. His uplifting personality is contagious. You’ll never find a more genuine friend.

Kyle is everyones number one fan. I usually don’t hear people cheering for me while I’m running, but I hear Kyle (I know I’m not alone in this). He sits there runner after runner, race after race, cheering on everyone. Who really has time for that?

The thing about Kyle is that he makes time. It’s now time for us to make time for him and take 30 seconds out of our day to vote. There are only a few days left so everyone get voting.

After years of having Kyle as all of our cheer leader, it’s now our turn to cheer on Kyle! Everyone vote Kyle for the 2016 fan exemption.

You can vote by following this link

http://www.rfdtv.com/story/30250666/2016-the-american-fan-exemption#.Vqm7Pjal7FJ

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

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A day in the life of a ranch wife…

You’ll get used to mud. It covers your your driveway, you’ll never have a clean truck, it dirties your wood floor from his cowboy boots tracking it in (I could seriously sweep and mop every day), clumps in your entryway, and stains and ruins pants that cover the laundry room. Then there is the constant battle of brushing it off your horse before you can saddle and pushing cow pens at the feed yard so that the cattle aren’t knee deep in it.

 

Dinner before dark? Yeah right! However, the freezer is always full of meat. There is beef, beef, and more beef.

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You’ll get used to cowboy gear landing where it falls. Cowboy hats, spurs, boots, and wild rags among other gear will be strewn all over your house. Just put them away so he can find them the next day. He can’t help it after a long hard day.

You learn to resolve conflicts because cattle mix in the pastures and never stay where they are supposed to be, the hired help doesn’t show up for a day of work, the market is down, or the cattle aren’t the weight you desire.

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Patience… You learn patience… Trailing the cows up the mountain is an all day process. A day after day process. There may be that one cow that keeps giving you trouble and trying to go astray, or an old cow that isn’t as fast. Those old cows are sure beneficial when gathering time comes around. They know the way home and show the others. They may be slow, but they are consistent.

The cattle get on the highway at 2 a.m., or in this case they get in your neighbors front yard. It’d be to easy to get out during the day, or even better to not get out at all. It’s part of it, you just take the officers call, get out of bed, and go get your cows.

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Holidays…. What are those? Cows require care every day whether it’s a holiday or not. They need to be fed on Christmas, birthdays, and mothers day. You learn to plan around and make it work.

You get to spend date nights in the tractor feeding the cattle at the feed yard. Yes, I think his tractor is sexy, ……! You know the next part lol

Family pictures are all instantly cute. There is always an old fence, cattle, horses, old barns, weathered equipment, wild flowers, creeks, sprinklers, or an insanely beautiful view.

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You learn to work hard, ride for the brand, and pay attention to detail. The calf that’s droopy today may not be here tomorrow if not attended to in the right way at the right time.

You learn to be honest and reliable. A job that is half done isn’t worth doing. A half built fence will still let the cows out. Hard work when done right pays off.

Ranchers build friendships that last a life time. A day of branding, pushing cows, taking in the views, or any time spent on the ranch brings people together.

Ranch life is hard work. It’s our way of life. You learn to love it. It becomes unimaginable to picture life any other way. The long days, late nights, and early mornings are suddenly worth it when you begin to see your dedication paying off.

I can’t tell you how proud I am of my ranch guy. He devotes his life to ride for the brand. Not many people can hack it. A full day of work on the ranch can be overwhelming, but he works every day in a precise, efficient manner. I tell you what, good or bad, I wouldn’t trade my life I’m a ranchers wife!

~ The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

Bathroom Makeover

I absolutely love our house, but there are certain parts of it that need a little updating! Luckily I love having a project. We updated a lot in our house before we moved in, but there is still some updating to do.

My latest update was our master bathroom and guest bathroom. I first decided to stain the cupboards to give them a darker appearance. I used an old masters gel stain. By using a gel stain I avoided having to sand  my cupboards. Trust me, it’s so worth it.

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I used this foam brush to apply to gel stain evenly over the cupboards. Then I used a brush with bristles to wipe off the excess gel stain. I applied two coats to achieve the darkness I wanted. Each coat makes the stain a little darker so you can apply as few or as many coats to get your desired darkness.

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I wanted a distressed/rustic look to my cabinets so I applied the stain heavier in the creases.

I couldn’t do my cabinets and leave my countertops so I bought a giani granite kit to redo my countertops. Giani offers multiple color options to choose from in their kits.

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I was a little nervous to use this kit or any kit for that matter. I mean, what if it didn’t look good? Sometimes advertisements and pictures can be deceiving. However, this kit was so simple and easy to use. It included everything I needed to give my countertops a complete makeover. They went from drab to fab in two days! This kit also included a dvd with step by step instructions making the process even simpler.

Before you begin make sure your countertops are clean.

Step 1: Primer (Foam brush for corners and edges) Let dry eight hours.

The black primer had me a bit nervous at first….

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Step 2: Color one (the colors are labeled so that you know which one to use first)

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Step 3: Color two

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Step 4: Color three

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Once all three colors are applied (apply them on top of each other before they are dry) let dry for four hours.

You can apply as much or as little of each color to get your desired look. There were a few places that I made too light so I just reapplied some black primer over the light. There were also places that were darker than I wanted so I applied more light. You can reapply and add as you please.

Step 5: Clear top coat (apply two coats of top coat)

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Let dry four hours for each coat.

This was such a fun project that was actually pretty easy. I absolutely love the end result.

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If your thinking about it, just go for it! You won’t regret it!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Denver Lovin

I think it’s safe to say that Tait and I had a lot of fun in Denver. We were there for the superior cattle sale, as well as the Denver Rodeo. When we got to Denver we had a standard economy rental car. However, Tait saw a car in the parking lot and fell in love!! Needless to say we upgraded.

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And the whole week he thought he was a nascar driver…… Kinda scary!

The superior sale in Denver is a big deal because they give out awards for the representatives who sold the most cattle as well as other categories. For those of you who don’t know superior is a cattle auction that is on the TV so buyers all over the country can see and bid on the cattle. We had fun at the representative dinner. I’m so proud of Tait, he hasn’t been a rep for very long and he is so young. His dedication is paying off and I know that he will go far. He already has such great successes. It was a great night for these two cattlemen.

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The Denver Stockshow and Rodeo! Wow!! It is such a big rodeo!! We had so much fun!! It’s like Vegas shopping all over again!! I’m not sure that Tait liked that part so much….. lol but I did get this super cute jacket!

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The rodeo didn’t go as well as hoped for. Tait made an excellent run to be winning the rodeo, but didn’t quite give the steer enough of a head start. It was definitely a bummer.

Additionally, I got to go to the Denver mart (WESA) with my bestie from college. It was so fun to be reunited with Bailie. 5 years of separation, over a thousand miles, and we didn’t miss a beat. The friendship this girl and I made is a once in a lifetime deal.

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These are some college days photos because we are slackers and didn’t get any new ones!!! Boy do we look young! It was so much fun to reminisce and catch up. I absolutely love this girl to pieces.

At the Denver mart Bailie talked me into buying the cutest cowhide runner! I’m so glad I did because I absolutely love its new place in my house!

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Overall, Denver was a complete success! We got to hot rod our car all over town, spend time with great friends, shop, and rodeo! All of my favorite things! What more could a girl want?

I’m one HAPPY girl.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

My Favorite Travel Tips/Hacks/Items

So as I’m sitting here in the airport waiting for our delayed plane to Denver I decided to write a blog post about some of the traveling tips/hacks/items that I’ve learned over the years.travel

  1. I never fly without a scarf. It can be used for the typical purpose which is to add style to an outfit (multiple outfits if I color coordinate), but my favorite use is for a blanket on a cold plane. The scarf is small and compact so it’s easy to fit in my carry on and can keep me warm.
  2. Water! For those of you who know me, you know that I am a severe Dr. Pepper addict. However, plane rides through me for a whirl due to the humidity on the plane and air recirculation. I instantly feel dry and dehydrated.
  3. I pads come in use for many great reasons. Games, books, music, movies, work, or in my case homework.
  4. My husband and I love this auxiliary splitter. It allows us to both plug our headphones into one iPad or computer so that we can watch the same movie.
  5. Moisturizers are crucial for my skin. I already have dry skin so you can imagine after a plane ride.
  6. Lysol disinfecting wipes can be great to wipe down in area in the airport or on the plane. My husband is a bad germaphobe so these come in handy. Besides you never know who changed their baby or coughed all over the tray table on the plane… Yuck…
  7. Hand Sanitizer is something that I never go without, but especially not when I travel. The last thing I want on my vacation is to get sick.
  8. Vitamin C comes in handy to boost my immune system. I don’t think there is a such thing as taking too many precautions.
  9. Bounce Sheets keep my clothing and luggage smelling fresh. I don’t like to have dingy, smelly clothes when I arrive at my destination.
  10. Battery Charger. I don’t know what it is about traveling, but I swear my phone, iPad, etc. always dies way faster than normal.
  11. Skull Candy Headphones are excellent for on the plane. They block out all the background noise so that you can actually hear you’re movie, music, etc.

I hope these tips come in handy! Time to board!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

New Years Resolution

Words to live by…

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If you know me you’ll know that I am an OCD clean person. Sometimes I wonder if I’m so worried about my house, vehicle, trailer, etc. being so clean that I don’t have time to stop and enjoy the smaller things in life. And how sad is that? I always say you only live once. So this year I’m going to try and go with the flow, enjoy the ride, and see what life throws at me. Besides cleaning is no fun anyway.

Nothing good comes from a half done job. Think about it…. You can’t halfway cook something and expect to eat it, or halfway do an assignment and get a good grade (the grad student is coming out in me). So I’m going to jump in full throttle and ride the ride. Here’s to 2016, the best is yet to come.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

My Updated Dining Room Table

We had a beautiful dining room table. However, the floral cushions didn’t exactly go well with our house. The entire house follows a rustic-western theme, except this table.

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So I decided to recover them with the help of my mother. I mean how hard could it be? First, I went out and bought the fabric that I wanted to recover them with.

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I then used a simple screw driver to unscrew the cushions from the chair.

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Once the cushions were unscrewed I laid them on the fabric and cut a piece big enough to recover the cushion.

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After the piece was cut I used a staple gun to stable in the top and bottom edges. Once the top and bottom were stapled in I then stapled in the sides.

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The next part is the tricky part. The corners. They are a little difficult. You have to rearrange and play with the material until you get the material to lay the way that you want. Once that’s achieved you simply just staple the corners down.

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Lastly, you screw the cushions back onto the chair. Follow the same steps for all of the cushions.

Once completed you’ll have a brand new table appearance.

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This was a fun, cheap, easy, quick project that completely updating my dining room.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

My First Roping

Every year for new years we go to Mesquite for the annual World Series roping.This year was a little bit tricky because we had to split up. Tait was in Denver at the rodeo where he had an awesome run and won 4th in the round. He goes back to Denver around the 17th. Yay!  He had one truck and trailer in Denver and I took the other truck and trailer to Mesquite. The problem was that I rope on the horse (Chuck) that he was roping on in Denver. Chuck is the best horse and such a great baby sitter. He makes it so that I literally just have to worry about catching, which is plenty to worry about for me. Tait left in such a hurry for Denver because it was right after Christmas and we still had family staying with us that he didn’t get a chance to help me load the trailer. As I was loading all of our hay and getting the trailer ready for Mesquite Tait sent me a text of the Broncos stadium. That stinker went to a Broncos game without me. I was sure to text back a picture of the hay so that he knew I was having as much fun as he was…. not…..

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Tait is a huge worrier. It’s like bad…. So my whole drive to Mesquite he was sure to check on me multiple times. The worst is it’s only a 3 hour drive so you can imagine how many phone calls I received. I can just hear him saying “Where are ya now?” and I’d reply “five minutes past where I told you when you called five minutes ago.” It seemed that every time I was jamming out to a great song is right when he would call. When I got to Mesquite I got the horses all settled in and the trailer unhooked and set up at the end of the arena so that we could sit in the trailer and watch the roping. It turned out to be super nice and convenient.

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Then I went to my inlaws house and got myself settled in. I enjoyed a nice relaxing evening in the hot tub and watching a chick flick. My relaxing evening was interrupted at 4am when Tait woke me to go pick him up at the arena. He had to drive all night because I needed Chuck for the roping the next morning. He’s such a good husband to make sure I’m mounted on the best horse and taken care of.

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Last year I told Tait that my new years resolution was to start practicing so that the next year (this year) I could enter. I don’t like missing out on the fun so I might as well rope too. I began practicing shortly after and this year I did enter. The roping didn’t go as good as it could have, but it didn’t go as bad as it could have either. I caught way more than I missed and for that I’m happy. Not to shabby for my first roping ever. Besides, I had a blast doing it.

I love to get pictures of Tait roping. When I roped I told him to take pictures of me. He surprised me and actually did a great job, but I don’t think he liked the switch of our roles lol.

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Here are some of my favorite pics that I got of Tait roping throughout the week.

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He is such a great roper and at both ends. It seriously doesn’t matter if he heads or heels because he is so talented at both. We had a blast ringing in the new year in Mesquite, spending time together, and doing what we love. We can’t wait to go back for the next roping at the end of the month.

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~ The Rustic Ranch Wife