Sláinte

Sláinte

Cheers Everyone!!! Saint Patty’s Day is just around the corner and I am so happy because Shamrock shakes are delicious :p lol.  Those little 3 leaf clovers supposedly were used to symbolize the “Holy Trinity” encompassing the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  How did that become a minty frothy cup of green goodness???

What else do you think of when you hear of St. Patrick’s Day? What about the other green beverage so adamantly consumed with this holiday?  That’s right, I’m referring to your good old green beer.  Now this one I get…kinda.  First off, the color green…said by some to represent Catholosism in Ireland and by others to be reminiscent of the lush tall grassy fields of their land.  greenbeerAnd secondly, Beer. Okay so fun fact: Arthur Guiness signed a 9000 year lease in 1759 for the over 60 acres of the Guiness Brewery which is the world’s largest stout brewery.  Ireland is populated by over 4.75 million people who each on average consume 369 12oz. vessels of beer yearly.  That is over 1.3 billion pints of beer sold to a country a little larger than the state of West Virginia, on a yearly basis….Insane!!! So, if we put 2 and 2 together we find we drink green beer once a year to celebrate the lushyness of the Irish fields of grass and the people (HA!). Okay, no offense meant C:. I personally know a non lushy and fabulous partially Irish girl that will probably want to toss something at me when she reads this…and she doesn’t even like beer! 😀 But to all of you that do, raise your glass. Sláinte!

blarney   What else comes to mind?  How about the word blarney? Supposedly, this word was said to have been used by Queen Elizabeth in the 1400s when referring to Comac MacCarthy because he could deceive people without offending them in his letters.  This practice dubbed both his Castle and the Blarney Stone.  The stone was said to have been cut from the same type of rock that makes up Stonehenge and people have visited the castle for centuries to try to hang up side down to kiss it hopes to be blessed with the gift of gab.  The stone itself was, in story, introduced to MacCarthy by a witch that he saved from drowning and has quite a history of its’own.  I have to admit… I would like to kiss the Blarney Stone some day but can you imagine how many pairs of lips have been on that thing!!?!! ({})  C3  ({}) Ahhhh!

leprechaun Some people might think of leprechauns when they hear Saint Patrick’s holiday is coming up.  These little green clad shoemakers are said to be derived from a small bodied fairy that drinks too much. Poor little chaps! Supposedly, You only have to listen to the hills for the sound of their little hammers tinkering and merry singing to catch one and blackmail them into forking over their pot of gold in exchange for the little Irish dudes’ freedom.  I don’t know about ya’ll but I would be very hesitant to kidnap a… uhhh.. being and then try to barter their freedom back to them.  That just seems so wrong on so many levels.  Plus,  they kinda seem a little creepy to me..no thanks!

I hope you guys have enjoyed my Saint Patty’s special and while I don’t know how to segue into Smittysrancho with this one, I was able to learn and share all of these tidbits with you today because my wonderful Mommy (the owner) of Smittysrancho.com believes in my sharing and communicating abilities.  I assure you, this company was created with the hopes of not only success but bringing my family closer together while providing a Christian based shop for gun, camo and wilderness enthusiasts to easily find their needs.  Every person should have and try to attain their own goals in life.  Smittysrancho.com is one such goal for my family and if you believe in supporting a family run small business with wonderful personal customer service and the willingness to provide the best, for the best, i urge you to visit the site right now.  Plus, this is exceptional timing as almost every piece of women’s clothing in the entire wilderness dreams line up is on sale.  In closing, however you choose to spend your Saint Patrick’s Day, take this with you: Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

 

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Focus on the Camouflage!

Derived from the French word camoufler – to disguise – camouflage has a very long and interesting history pre-dating WWl.

In the ’TIME’ article “A Brief History of Camouflage” (M.J. Stephey, 2009) Stephey states that in 1909 Abbot Thayer authored “Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom” which quickly “became required reading for the U.S. Army’s newly launched unit of camoufleurs”.

So why would this be required reading?  Because the animal kingdom is full of wonderful examples of disguise artists extraordinaire!

From the scientific study of algorithms and “clutter metrics” to the guy that took tie dye pants/coat outfits and drew tree trunks with a magic marker to disguise himself while hunting… M.J. Stephey sums up the history of camouflage as very simply – a survival tactic.

Now I know we may not currently need camouflage for our survival, but when many of us enter into the wilderness, our main goal is to blend in so we can become a part of our surroundings and see the many secrets hidden in the forests and meadows.    By wearing camouflage, we can get closer to unsuspecting birds and animals than we could if we were in our regular street clothes.

As of late, camouflage has also become something of a fashion statement, in that we see varied patterns on all manner of clothing articles from ladies lingerie to prom dresses.  Camo’s not just for the men anymore!

Let me show you what I mean…

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This pretty camo pattern is called “Naked North Snow” and can be found on all manner of ladies clothing on the Smittys Rancho website like this cute Henley Night Shirt brought to us by Wilderness Dreams.

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If you’re looking for something camo, but a little bit more feminine, there’s the “Naked North Pink” camo pattern in this pretty Wilderness Dreams Baby Doll Set… though I don’t recommend this pattern or outfit for a walk in the woods!

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Or maybe you’d like just a subtle splash of pink on your comfortable camo Capri’s for your backyard exploration – this pattern is called “Mossy Oak Break-Up Pink”.

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For something a bit less ‘girly’ that still gives you your ‘camo-fix’, here’s the “Mossy Oak Black Lace – Boy Short Panty”.

Ree 2014

Camo: It’s Not Just for Hunting Anymore!

Smitty’s Rancho Camo Tennis Tote
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With it’s beautiful True Timber MC2 Snow Camo with bright yellow accents or Mossy Oak Infinity with turquoise trim, I’m walking in style onto the tennis courts. The practical side is the pockets on the front and back for cell phones, keys, etc., and very affordable. Pre-order yours on SmittysRancho.com! Game on!

Wilderness Dreams Tankini Top
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The fabric dries quickly, keeps its’ shape, is cool and beautiful. A built-in bra eliminates the need for any other support, so this top is perfect for days at the gym, in the pool, in a kayak, on the court, or even as a camisole underneath your long-sleeved top for layering warmth.

Rolling Duffel Bag with Pink Trim
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Camo and pink has been hitting the fashion shows big-time lately, so don’t be left behind without this pretty rolling duffel.  Zippers and pockets keep everything safe and secure, durable fabric, wheels, and handle will get you through the airport without hassle, and it’s carry-on size, too!

Weber’s Womens Tri-Fold Wallet
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A beautiful compliment to my purse is this camo wallet with pink trim from Weber’s. Lots of compartments for credit cards, change and bills. Even stuffed full it zips and snaps shut.

Shady Lady Rifle Cases with Shell Pockets
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The patterns available in the oh-so-pretty rifle cases made by Shady Lady Shooting must be seen to be fully appreciated. The shell pocket on the outside is not just for shotshells, ladies. Keys, driver’s license, etc., will fit. The inside is soft and cushiony to protect your firearm.

Camouflage Fabric Designs: What Would You Name Them?

I took my walkabout early this morning before I went to the office. The air was crisp, the sun was just peeking over the horizon, and the leaves are just beginning to show the colors of Autumn. I got to thinking it would be great to see these patterns in camouflage fabric. What would you name them?

Sun-Kissed Grass
sunkissedfern

Hydrangea Puddles
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Shades of Shade
camofern

Green Veins
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Water Lilies
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Looking Up
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What would you name these patterns? Tell me in the comments below! And be sure to visit our website at SmittysRancho.com for the latest in camo.

Fave Back to School Items in Camo!

Whew! I can’t believe it’s almost time for the 2013-14 school year to begin. I don’t know what your weather has been like, but here in Ohio it’s been spring- or fall-like since May. What happened to the dog days of summer?   So, we’re school shopping, which includes clothes, shoes, books, and paraphernalia for carrying said items.

Mossy Oak Camo Backpack
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Whether you’re a girl or a boy that likes camo, SmittysRancho has a great backpack for you. These are rugged, fitted with hydration tubes and bladder, and roomy.

Tablet Cases
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This digital gun bag is my husband’s pick for his tablet.  It’s the perfect size, has pockets for identification, cell phone, keys, wallet, whatever you need to carry. It may be a gun bag but it’s a great tablet carrier. It opens flat for quick and easy access in the airport, too.

Hoodies
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Aren’t hoodies the perfect cool weather accessory?  SmittysRancho has them in Mossy Oak camo, Naked North Pink or Prois black with pink trim.

Phone Case
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Our daughter-in-law’s Mom came to visit the other day, and I absolutely loved this Realtree cell phone case by OtterBox!

Rolling Duffel Bags
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We can’t ignore the guys and gals going back to college, now, can we?  Why not send them off in style with these rolling duffel bags, available on SmittysRancho.com?  They’re carry-on size, too.

Ooooooh, Camo!! The Top Five Mossy Oak Products Out There

If you love being outside, whether you’re playing, working, hunting, relaxing, gardening, hiking, camping, whatever you do outside, you’re drawn to the beauty of God’s handiwork.  And is there a more descriptive picture for outside than trees and leaves?   I’m talking about Mossy Oak, of course.   It speaks of cool shade, healthy growth, summer vacations and good times to me.  And lately I’ve been drawn to the pink or pink-trimmed stuff.

Pink Camo Jeep
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My dream of owning a jeep just jumped about 3 notches on my Priorities List with the Pink Mossy Oak Jeep I just posted on Facebook. That’s sweet!

Camo Pink-Belted Swim Skort
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I have a Mossy Oak Breakup Swim Skort from Wilderness Dreams that I wear for anything and everything!  Super versatile, I wear it for tennis, swimming, shopping, even just hangin’ around the house on a hot day.

Pink Trimmed Seat Covers
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My new SUV is sporting the Mossy Oak Break-up pink trimmed Seat Covers and I’ve already got my eye on the matching floor mats, too.  Hmmm, they’d look really cool in my Pink Jeep, too.

Mossy Oak Break-Up Capris
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When it’s just a little too cool for my swim skort I reach for my Mossy Oak Breakup Capri’s (also from Wilderness Dreams).  If you haven’t tried these yet, they’re great!  They’re soft and comfy, and have an adjustable drawstring  for those days when nothing else seems to fit.

Mossy Oak Camo w/ Pink Trim Backpack
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I would be completely remiss if I didn’t mention my offspring’s offspring, and my favorite gift for the Grandkids.  You just can’t go wrong when you give them a Mossy Oak backpack!  The guys get the Mossy Oak with green trim and the girls get the one with the pink trim.  They love ‘em for travel, school, hiking, whatever!  And they come with a hydration tube for their water bottles to keep the liquids easy to get to.  (Really handy for airport, hiking, camping, biking…..well, everything!

Go to SmittysRancho.com to view some of the best Mossy Oak products for the best prices out there – So much camo, so little time!