Survival of the Prepared

With the winter season comes beautiful glittery mornings, ice and snow sculptures only found during this time of year, crackling fires at our indoor hearths, warm times spent with friends and family… and the not-so-pleasant potential of power outages and getting snowed in by all that beautiful snow.

Are you prepared in case of such an emergency? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) outlines a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit which includes items you might need in the event of an emergency.

So why am I bringing up this subject?    I’d like to introduce you to Smittys Rancho Survival Food and Equipment.  

Let me share some Smittys Rancho survival favorites with you:

Keep up to date when the power is out using the Kaito Voyager Emergency Radio.  This compact radio can be powered 5 ways – solar, crank, AA batteries, AC and USB. This is good for folks like me that cannot remember to check batteries.  *** This item was our Smittys Rancho #4 best-seller for 2014!


Do you depend on a well to provide drinking water?  If the power is out, your well won’t be drawing up water for you to drink.  The Sawyer Point One Squeeze Water Filtration System easily turns any water source (including melted snow) into potable drinking water.  This long lasting, easy to use item is a must-have for your survival kit!

all in one system

FEMA suggests at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food be kept on hand for emergencies.  Smittys Rancho offers many types of emergency foods by ‘Wise’ to help you stock up.  From gourmet freeze dried meats to vegetables in sauce, you’ll be cooking up dinner in no time.

Check out some of the selections!

   w1  Meats

 w2   Fruit

eggs     Eggs

          sampler kit  Sampler

Finally, for safety’s sake, you will also want to make sure you have a well stocked first aid kit on hand.  The Sawyer First Aid Kit is compact; weighing just one pound, and is the perfect emergency kit item.

first aid kit

Like my Grandma always liked to say, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.   Taking some time to prepare now for a winter power outage or snow-in event could make your future emergency a whole lot less painful later.

Stay warm and be prepared, see you next time!

Ree 2015


Smittys Rancho – Love by any other name, L’amour, Dragoste…

Once again Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us quick, and with it comes the one year anniversary of me becoming the ‘voice’ of Smittys Rancho here on our blog. Last year on February 3rd I made my debut entry, and I have been happy to bring you fun facts, interesting information, and super shopping ever since. Just wanted to take a moment and say thanks for having me, and I really do enjoy spending time here with you.

And now on to some Valentine’s Day trivia, and tidbits.

The origin of Valentine’s Day is a lot less cheerful than our modern-day chocolate filled celebrations depict it to be. Some sources state it all began in ancient Rome with a drunken fertility ritual Lupercalia – involving women lining up to be ‘beaten’ with the hides of recently slain animals.  (Say it with me… eeewww!)  It is also speculated that during this time of ritual, there was a ‘lottery’ of sorts that paired off eligible couples to spend the holiday together for the purpose of testing out the effectiveness of the fertility beatings.  Believe it or not many actual long lasting relationships were forged during this time of unusual celebration.  Hummm, sounds a bit barbaric, but a lot more personal than the dating websites we currently use (wink).

(2011 –The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day – )

Did you also know…

  • In the middle ages they believed single people would marry the first single person of the opposite sex they saw on Valentine’s Day morning


  • The ancient Celts would give hand carved wooden spoons as symbols of love in Whales


  • Valentine’s Day was officially made a holiday in 1537


  • Valentine = from the Latin word valor – aka worthy


  • Valentine’s Day is the number two card giving holiday – behind Christmas of course


  • There are TWO, not one middle-age Christian martyrs associated with the holiday


  • And finally, it is reported that 85% Valentine’s Day cards are purchased by ladies

(2012 – Valentine’s Day Trivia: Fun fast facts about Valentine’s Day – )

So last week we provided some ideas for you to share with your man for his gift to you… but what about your gift to him?   Smittys Rancho hasn’t forgotten how much we love our outdoor loving men-folk, and we have some really nice items that are just right for him.

Let me run through a few of them here for you. First off is the popular and affordable ‘Webers Trifold Leather Wallet’. Real leather, seven storage pockets and a clear window for his license makes this a very popular item with the gentlemen.

weber wallet

And what guy wouldn’t love one of these great Browning Buckmark or Ducks Unlimited Neon Lights for his man cave or trophy room?

browning neon light   duck light

We also carry the versatile KNJ Clip-on Holster for Concealed Carry in four different sizes – perfect for his firearm. Features reversible clip, thumb break and belt loops.

knj cc holster

That’s not all we have at Smittys Rancho for our guys, so make sure to let your love shine and buy something nice for your Valentine!


Ree 2015


Smittys Rancho Presents – Your Favorites from 2014

Last year was a very exciting time for those of us here at Smittys Rancho, and a lot of it has to do with YOU! Because we have been so well met as an online presence, our founder Jeanette decided to take the next step and open a ‘real’ store here in Northeast Ohio which has also been well met around the neighborhood.

Thanks to your patronage of our business, we will be able to continue bringing you the best hand-picked items for outdoor ladies everywhere – into 2015 and beyond. We are all very excited about the new year, but we wanted to take a moment to let you know what the favorites of 2014 were – our Top Ten Sellers.

It is no surprise to us that the Number One Seller of the Year for 2014 was the ‘Wilderness Dreams Mossy Oak Breakup Camouflage Capri’. These soft and comfortable Capri’s are a big favorite with you and around our neck of the woods too.

capri  Number 1

The second-best seller was the ‘Gamma Camo Tennis Racquet Overgrip’. As many ladies found out in 2014, these padded and decorative do-it-yourself grips are a great addition to anyone’s tennis sporting equipment.

gamma  Number 2

Next up there’s the sexy and comfortable ‘Wilderness Dreams Breakup Camouflage Halterkini’… it’s not just for the beach – wear it anywhere.

halterkini  Number 3

Another top seller which surprised none of us (because it is so awesome), the Kaito Voyager Emergency Radio – for everyone and anyone that likes to know what’s going on when the grid goes down – and all of you wonderfully ‘ready-for-anything’ preppers out there.

kaito   Number 4

Because our swimwear is just so darn super-cute, in 5th, 7th, 8th, and 10th places, you guessed it – swimwear!

Number 5 – The pretty pink belted swimwear skort by Wilderness dreams

swim skort  Number 5

Number 7 – The ‘Wilderness Dreams Mossy Oak Boy Short Swimwear Bottom’

mossy oak bottoms  Number 7

Number 8 – The pink trimmed swimwear halter top, also by Wilderness Dreams

pink trim top   Number 8

Number 10 – The very cute pink belted camouflage swimwear bottoms – Wilderness Dreams (seeing a pattern here…)

belted bottoms   Number 10

Since we skipped around and got excited about the swimwear winners, here are the last couple top ten items for 2014.

Coming in at number 6 – the way-cool ‘RealTree Pink Camo Delta or Dixie Sunglasses Grey Lens’.

glasses   Number 6

And last but not least – in the number 9 slot – the ‘Wilderness Dreams Activewear Pants with Mossy Oak Pink Breakup Camo trim’. **One notable thing about this entry is that it was only on the market for a very short time at the end of 2014 and still made our top ten list, how about that!

We might just be looking at 2015’s top seller here – who knows.  And since we just love the whole active wear collection, I’m linking the picture to the page with all of the separates so you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

Number 9    pants   x

And there we have it, our best sellers of 2014 – your favorites – the majority manufactured by Wilderness Dreams.

Once again, thank you so much for your patronage in the past, and we hope to see you in 2015 either in person at the store, at one of the events we plan on attending – or right here in cyber space.

Stay warm and see you next time!

Ree 2015


Smittys Rancho – On New Year’s Resolutions…

Hi and Happy New Year to you and your families, we hope you had a warm and joyous holiday season.

I don’t know about you, but every time we have a new year, I sit and hear everyone talking about this-and-that they are going to do differently… all of which usually lasts a few weeks or months at most.

So what is it about the New Year that prompts folks to want to vow to make changes?

According to Examiner,com, new year’s resolutions date back thousands of years ago.  Today more than 40% of people make some type of resolution for the New Year, and only about 12 percent of them are followed through. (The History of New Years Resolutions, 2014)

Think about it though, a fresh new beginning to do anything with every year of our lives.  How much better does it get than that? So what did you vow to do with your new year?  I personally decided to quit smoking which is something I have tried in the past with some initial success (followed by a regression at some point).  Hopefully this time I can make it stick.

Here at Smittys Rancho, we are vowing to better serve you in 2015 by offering both our online selection of products, and the products found in stock at our recently opened ‘brick and mortar’ facility located in Massillon Ohio.  It is very rewarding for us to actually get the opportunity to meet and talk to some of our customers in person, and this summer we’re looking forward to making more new friends and meeting many outdoors oriented ladies as we participate in the Second Annual Gritty Chix Mud Run.

Also for the New Year, we will continue to bring you more interesting information via our blog and monthly newsletters as well as the great handpicked ‘must-have’ items to purchase from our respected suppliers.  A lot of great things on the horizon, and we hope you will be here to join us for the fun as the New Year progresses.

Make sure to check in with us next week as we present our 2014 top selling items.  From all of us here at the Ranch, a very Happy New Year ~ 2015~  to you.

Ree 2015!