What is Ranch Bucket Brands?

As many of you already know, I work for this awesome company called Ranch Bucket Brands! It is a company based out of Colorado, where I was born and raised and I absolutely love everything they stand for and what I get to do for my job. Our founder, Brian, originally developed this idea through his passion for photography. His impeccable photography is the focus of all of our products. In my opinion, this gives all of the hats a unique and personal touch. All of our products are homemade, ecofriendly, and can be custom made! My favorite aspect of the brand though is that it is travel inspired. This is what initially drew me to the product because traveling for me, is the best gift that life can offer and to get to do it through my work shows how fortunate I have been through this company. The hats are all made with all repurposed materials and are organic. In today’s day in age we take advantage of everything that we are provided with, not taking a moment to consider how it might be harming our earth. I personally have seen the detrimental effects human kind can have on the environment, specifically watching it occur here in Australia at the Great Barrier Reef, only a few hours from me. Ranch Bucket hats are just one more way we can give back to the environment while still giving to ourselves. Best of both worlds! Another inspiring thing about our company is our mantra. Our mantra is “to encourage people to get outside, get creative, and look great while doing it.” I feel we do quite a good job of this with our brand and our worldly outlook. When it comes down to it though, the main reason I love our brand is the story behind them. Not one is the same, they are individual and unique just like every human being is. They are so easy to wear and there is not a certain type of person that can where them, it is universal. The same hats I wear out with a trendy outfit or just to the grocery store, are the same hats my boyfriend will throw on to go to the beach (he is always stealing my hats). I just thought it was important that as I continue to blog to y’all that you got a little window view into why I joined this rockin’ company! If you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or message me privately, and I will leave a link to the Ranch Bucket Brands website as well just in case you want to check them out or make a purchase!

Xoxo

-Gabi

www.ranchbucket.com
Edit 

Review: Emerald Pools and Optical Point Zion National Park Utah

Review: Emerald Pools and Optical Point Zion National Park Utah

Emerald Pools

This was my first hike in Zion and it was the perfect starter. This hike is completely doable for all ages as long as you take it at the pace that your body requires. There was a lot of intriguing nature aspects and more than enough to look at. Emerald Pools is not a hike that is purely for exercise but is more of an experience, and absolutely breathtaking. The scenery is something out of a storybook. There is a lot of water, which for me, are the hikes I am drawn to. The time of year I went, (June) was so green and lush against beautiful reddish rocks creating a contrast that is just striking.  My big disclaimer is GO EARLY. It is a very popular hike because of its beauty and lack of complexity, so around eight when the park begins to get super crowded this hike is a hotspot. We got up and went into the park as early as we could, which was about six in the morning and the crowds were already starting to become overwhelming on our trek back down. Besides the crowds there are not many negatives to this hike. Although there is a lot of sand instead of rock that you are walking on so sand may fill your shoes but all in all this was a great starter hike for my day.

 

Optical Point

Now this one is more difficult. Optical Point leads you to the highest point in the park. This hike is very steep and it gets your blood pumping with the incline it possesses right off the bat. Another unique aspect Optical Point has to offer are switchbacks that resemble Angels Landing, which I have written about before,

https://ranchbucket.blog/2017/06/14/the-thing-about-angels-landing/

but with less of an incline and more spread out. Up through these switchbacks, you get a beautiful view of the whole park, I found the going up to be slightly boring until you look out at the view and cross behind back into the rocks more which is not until further along the hike. Once you get past this part you get to the more exciting side where you can explore a little. There are caves and crevice’s that are hidden through the backside of this hike. There is a whole canyon to wander through with water ways and sand. It truly is a dynamic place unlike any other. We ventured off the trail to check out some of these cool cracks and hidden treasures in the mountains topography. I was in complete awe. This hike can get crowded but it is not quite as popular as the Narrows, so I would suggest this one over that for the purpose of less population. One of my favorite parts about Zion in general are those beautiful red rocks. We stopped for lunch in some of these cool caverns on the hike and I was just engulfed by so many natural colors it was overwhelming. If you are in relatively good shape I would definitely suggest this hike as well.

Happy Exploring!

Xoxo

Gabi

10 Reasons I Advocate for, and Am Myself, Traveling Alone

10 Reasons I Advocate for, and Am Myself, Traveling Alone
  • Grow Your Confidence

With no one else around, now you have to be the one to ask that stranger for directions. This is such a sure way to become self-reliant and grow into yourself.

  • Pace

You can move at your own pace. Spend the amount of time you want somewhere or on something. This is a guarantee that you will not get bored with your travels and your sightseeing.

  • Find Yourself

Cheesy… I know but it is true. How are you ever going to know how you act and think without constant influences that have existed throughout your entire life. (This is also the reason I moved away from home for college)

  • Affordable

I understand that traveling is expensive, but when you’re flying solo traveling can be cheaper! There are solo traveling deals all over the place, so I suggest doing research and focusing on being flexible. Since you are traveling alone, you only have one person’s opinion to consider and flexibility can lead to more deals as well.

https://solotravelerworld.com/30-cheap-travel-tricks/

  • Money

Going hand in hand with #4 – when you are young you do not have the money to travel, but when you are older and have the money, you lack the time and ability to enjoy the destinations to the fullest extent.

 

  • The Friendship

It forces you to meet new people you might not have met if you were traveling with a friend or family member. It is so much scarier traveling alone, when you are with someone you rely on them, confide in them, and unfortunately remain in your own bubble not really letting new people or experiences in. When you travel alone it pushes you out of your comfort zone which I think is essential in life to grow and to meet others. The friends you make along the way can be friendships that will last a lifetime and who knows maybe you can learn something from them too.

  • Lack of Judgment

You are presented the opportunity to do things without a voice of reason, (i.e. family or friends telling you no) you become unapologetically free to say and do as you please with no fear of judgement from others.

  • Distancing yourself

Distance makes the heart grow fonder, a cheesy but true statement. If you are not growing fonder, then it probably is not a valuable asset to your life. The people that mean the most will not disappear from your life because you take this time for yourself.

  • Speed

You have no one tagging along that you have to beg to get up early or push to do that wild thing you want to try. Along with pace, you set your own speed, and there is no one to force to keep up.

  • Lessons

Even if you find out you hate being alone, at least now you are aware of what you really want out of this blessing of a world we have been given.

 

I diverge on this final note, from one of my favorite TV shows, “We do not get unlimited chances to have the things we want, and this I know, nothing is worse than missing an opportunity that could change your life.”  Addison Montgomery Greys Anatomy.

Things I Am Addicted To

Things I Am Addicted To
  1. My Hydro Flask

If you do not already have one I highly suggest getting one. Not only do they come in a multitude of bright fun colors, but they keep my water cold for days literally DAYSSSSS. I have the large turquoise one. It has a sticker with my initials on it, front and center so no one can confuse my precious water bottle as their own. It goes everywhere with me too. Just ask anyone of my friends; the beach, the movie theater, it has been on a night out too… My number one recommended product.

https://www.hydroflask.com/

birth 012

  1. Egg Sandwiches on English Muffins

I find myself eating these all the time any time of the day. You can cook your egg however you prefer, but my preference is scrambled with a little bit of cheese in them. The brand of English Muffins I have found to be my favorite are Thomas Original Nooks & Crannies English Muffins, but I know they have some really good gluten free ones out there too if that is a concern for you. All in all, not too shabby of a meal to be addicted to.

https://www.instacart.com/safeway/products/58658-thomas-original-nooks-crannies-english-muffins-6-ct?department_id=33

  1. Hats and Sunglasses

I have crazy obnoxious hair that is super curly and thick, so I am consistently using sunglasses, not to wear, but to hold my hair back and hats. As most of you by now know if you’ve kept up with my page, I am the VP of International Sales for a hat company called Ranch Bucket, so this has worked out in my favor when it comes to the messy hair department. I have a hat in every color so there is no outfit clashing, and they are all so trendy looking so if I still want to wear something cute but not do my hair it all flows together.

http://ranchbucket.com/

IMG_0801.JPG

  1. Mac Highlighter

Specifically, Lightscapade #936. It is the only one I will buy when it comes to highlighter. Normally I try not to spend too much money on makeup but this is one of my splurge items. If you like this product as much as I do, I would also recommend Mac blush Just a Wisp #84 or Laura Geller New York Pink Buttercream #2256 which has a little darker and more bronzed outcome. As far as mascara and lips, I like my basic waterproof Loréal Paris mascara in Carbon Black #395 and for lips I have got a variety in the works, but when it comes to wanting it to last surprisingly enough the cream lip stain at Victoria Secret has done incredible work for me. It is called Velvet Matte and is usually up front by the cash registers. On top of that I do my Too Faced lip injection lip gloss.

http://www.maccosmetics.com.au/product/13849/30735/products/makeup/face/powder/mineralize-skinfinish#/shade/Warm_Rose_

http://www.maccosmetics.com.au/product/13842/31094/products/makeup/face/blush/mineralize-blush#/shade/Just_A_Wisp

http://www.laurageller.com/baked-blush-n-brighten.html

http://www.ulta.com/voluminous-carbon-black-waterproof-mascara?productId=xlsImpprod1790017

http://www.mecca.com.au/too-faced/lip-injection-extreme/V-015460.html?gclid=CMrKyI3jgNUCFVAKKgoddSEKPw

https://www.victoriassecret.com/beauty/lip#1268019887546

 

  1. My Laptop

I honestly cannot sit in class without my laptop. I would probably leave a class rather than be there without my laptop. I need to be able to do something to keep my mind from wandering so my laptop is a must for notes and googling answers that the lecturer breezed through to quickly for me to copy down.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

This is something people supposedly swear by when it comes to losing weight. For me, I just like the kick it gives to my metabolism and it gets it moving for the day. Now I do not know if it is actually doing anything weight loss wise for me personally, but I like to think it is just keeping everything running smoothly internally! I usually have a small portion of it before lunch and dinner at least four times a week. It is really good for your skin and scalp too!

Can get at any grocery store: http://www.ausnaturalcare.com.au/bragg-organic-raw-apple-cider-vinegar-946ml?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIh6b6nuOA1QIVDgoqCh1IDwBNEAAYASAAEgJLU_D_BwE

  1. Getting My Nails Done

Once you get gel regularly it is hard to turn back. You just feel uncomplete without it, basically naked. I used to do some wild stuff with my nails when I was younger and have mellowed but still the addiction stands.

june 169

  1. iPhone Case

I have many iPhone cases (including a Lumee… I know) my absolute favorite though is the one I have that holds my credit cards in the back. I often do not want to carry a purse and my phone never leaves my pocket/hand so this has been my saving grace.

https://www.ebay.com.au/i/192131240154?chn=ps&dispItem=1

 

Adventures in Byron

Adventures in Byron

My Review on Byron Bay New South Wales Australia:

I got the splendid opportunity this weekend to have a getaway in Byron Bay in New South Wales. I was more than excited (or as the aussies say “keen”) since the girls I am living with currently have been raving about their experience in the bay a couple weeks before. Byron is only an hour and a half drive from where I am currently living, which is basically nothing compared to everywhere else I want to adventure to. We left Gold Coast at about five in the evening on Friday, so we arrived at the hostel we stayed at, Byron Bay Beach Hostel (which should not even be considered a hostel with how nice it was I felt like I was in a hotel) we changed quick and headed out to dinner at Cheeky Monkey Restaurant and Bar. This was a great way to kick off the weekend. They served us dinner and then the cool thing about this place is after dinner they clear the dining area and the tables became a dance floor. I got especially lucky because they were having a special night where it was a paint party! I had a great time at Cheeky and would recommend it to anyone staying in Byron for at least one night out.

I got up the next day, and my luck again, Byron was having a beachfront market that I believe they only do monthly or something along those lines. I explored the market all throughout Saturday morning and even bought the cutest little bikini. Anyone that knows me, knows I am a sucker for festivals and markets. I just love walking around and getting the authentic food while supporting local businesses, coming from my own local business that I work for, Ranch Bucket. I explored Byron a lot on Saturday, got some beach time in, and checked out various shops. I went to two different restaurants on Saturday. For lunch, I went to Slo-Mo Joes and for dinner we went to Main Street Burger. Slo-Mo Joes was just around the corner from our hostel and my friend Veronica and I decided to try it on a whim… I am sure glad I did. Veronica got the most immaculate looking eggs benedict, and I being the child that I am, got mac and cheese. Not just any mac and cheese though, it was topped with bread crust and bacon. This mac and cheese had to be in my top five favorite mac and cheeses – and trust me I have had a lot of mac and cheeses – I would definitely recommend this place for brunch or lunch it’s easy to miss since it is down an alley but they even warmed up their homemade walnut brownies for me and they were impeccable. I also made a stop at Main Street Burgers. The highlight of this for me was the as they call them “chips” which to us American are fries, but these fries had the best seasoning with a mayo garlic sauce on the side. Just talking about them is making me crave them.

If you are looking for more night life besides Cheeky Monkey, Woody’s Surf Shack is my groups personal favorite.  That is where I spent my Saturday night and I have to say the staff was so friendly and all of my friends who tagged along had a blast.

My last day, I got up early in the morning and went ocean kayaking through Go Sea Kayaking, but if you are not into Kayaking there were many other activities like snorkeling and even skydiving, but since I have already been skydiving back home in Colorado, and I am a baby when it comes to cold water, kayaking kept me dry enough. My roommates did snorkel though and saw sooo much wildlife, just freezed their little booty’s off. While kayaking we saw quite a few whales. This is the time they are migrating through this area of Australia to get to warmer water to have their little whale babies. That was super cool to see and learn about! After that I relaxed on the beach a little before heading back to my home away from home. All in all, an incredible weekend well spent in a beautiful place. If any of you have further questions about the trip or Byron leave me a comment or send me a message!

-xoxo

Gabi

Goals for Australia

I was thinking as my first week in Australia kicks off, I should outline what my main goals are for the time I have here. A lot of the goals are pretty generic for most twenty somethings no matter the location they reside in, but as I push forward in Australia I would love to get a bit more out of my comfort zone.

  • A Cliché but Goodie: Beach Time

I do not get a beach when I am home. I get a freezing pool and a desert. So, I plan on soaking up as much sun rays, water dives, and sandy toes, as I possibly can. There is something about the water that just has a piece of my heart and always will. I really hope one day to settle down somewhere close to the water. It never ceases to leave me in awe that the ocean is a place that we really know nothing about.

  • Get Good Grades

Although this is about the coolest thing I have ever done, my priority still lies with my education. I am here for school too, and I plan on maintaining the GPA I came with.

  • Create a New Perspective

I want to see things different. I want to appreciate smaller things more and release the trivial ones.

  • Bucket List Check Off

For me personally, there is nothing more satisfying than being able to cross something off one of my many lists I have created for myself. Australia holds a lot of places that have been on my bucket list since I was twelve. While I am here I do really want to be able to check some of those things off the list and be able to experience all I have dreamed of. It will just take me that extra mile on completing my list of big life moments.

  • Live More Carefree

I am a planner. I know in many situations this is not a negative, but the Australian lifestyle and vibe is very laissez faire. I want to learn how to let go and let be, become more spontaneous, and to let go of the reigns every now and then.

  • See the World in a New Way

Hopefully in a more beautiful way too, I feel like I am consistently shown a negative side of people and the world, I am ready to see the good.

  • Lastly, but certainly not least…

I want to get a picture of a Kangaroo in my Ranch Bucket hat! No one can tell me that would not be the coolest cutest thing ever! ~ Inspo by my friend Nathan

 

Lots to do, so little time, but glad to finally be here!

 

 

 

 

Hello Australia

Hello Australia

Late post, but I wrote this from the airport the other day on the start of my journey out to Australia. I have safely landed and am settling in quite nicely!

Today I left for Australia. At first it felt like any normal day, it did not seem very real just yet that I was leaving my family, my friends, my boyfriend, my country, and my Dutch Bros (if you know, you know) behind for six months. My parents came down to see me off, and the quality time was amusing and special as always. My dad is quite the character, that’s for sure. It was extremely hard to say goodbye to everyone, from my friends to my boyfriend. My friends, the ones still left in our college town for the summer said their final goodbyes after a relaxing night at my apartment watching the bachelorette – because we are a total clique – and eating all of my yogurt covered pretzels. Most of my goodbyes were done in May, but I have to say some particularly hard ones were my boyfriend and the friends that have made an effort to check in on me and actually show interest in my new big life move. I never cease to be amazed and humbled by how people come out of the wood works in our lives and surprise us on every level with their compassion and love through the simplest of things. I really do have to thank a few people for all of their love and support. For my friends, Peyton, I need to thank her for making me feel like I was important enough to celebrate my leaving and reminding me that I would be missed when I was already gone. Brena, my hometown friend for being my countdown buddy. She has been checking in with how I feel about everything for the last two weeks and never fails to remind me that I am going to have the time of my life and should be nothing but excited. Now, my boyfriend.  For loving me and supporting me despite my abandonment of him for around half a year, the countless Australia tips since he has already been there, and for being as excited as I am if not more. America, I am excited to go, I hope you are in better shape when I come back, but I will not travel places without being proud of where I come from because I really have had some of the best experiences and opportunities life has to offer in my home. Lastly my parents, coming all that way to say goodbye, supporting the dream… and funding it. I will never be too old to watch them wait until they cannot see me anymore as they wave vigorously until I cross behind that final threshold at the airport.

… so here we go.