Side Hustles

Since I have been working at the barn full time I have been staying super busy. With it getting darker earlier at night I have a few spare minutes now though. I have been researching ways to make a few extra dollars from home. I have found 2 apps and 1 website that I have been using that I really like. I don’t spend much time with them each day and I make around an extra $100 each month. The 2 apps I use are Receipt Hog and Slide Joy.

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With Receipt Hog all I do is snap a picture of my receipts as soon as I leave the store. Receipts either earn spins or coins. You can cash out for Amazon cards or PayPal cash.

SlideJoy puts ads and articles on your lock screen. You can either ignore them or choose to read them. You earn $5 each month for doing absolutely nothing.  You can choose Amazon cards, PayPal, or donations.

The website that I have found that I like to use is Swagbucks. I usually make the most from using the watch feature. I just turn the videos on and let them play while I help Jacob with homework and cook dinner. It is super easy to use.

If you are interested in trying any of these easy ways to make a little extra cash let me know and I can send you an invitation to jump start your earnings. If you decide to try any of these and would like to know how I make the most money; let me know and I can do another post explaining everything. Do you have any side hustles? I would love to hear about them.

~Brittany

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Sponsors

My sponsors are amazing. They provide me with great products that help me with my business and my horses. I currently have 3 great sponsors; Purrty Purrfect Polos, Ballentine Hay Company, and K & I Transport.

Purrty Purrfect Polos and I have been working together for about a year now. I have quite a few pairs of their polo wraps. They are great quality. I have always been concerned with using polo wraps because in the past I have had issues with the Velcro not sticking very long. The Velcro on Purrty Purrfect Polo’s wraps is awesome. I can barely pull it apart to get them off my horses. Plus they come in super cute patterns. And best of all, they are affordable. If you are looking for cute polos at affordable prices take a look at Purrty Purrfect Polos.

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Ballentine Hay Company is a great company that provides my horses with amazing quality hay. They are located in Newberry SC. They sell round and square bales of coastal bermuda and square bales of alfalfa. Their hay prices are very affordable for the quality. An important part of the quality of the hay is the new irrigation system they just installed. Now even if we have a dry year, I will be able to get top quality hay for my horses. If you are in South Carolina and looking for great hay make sure you talk to Ballentine Hay Company.

K&I Transport is a transport company located in Little Mountain SC. They actually specialize in hauling cars to dealerships.  They help me transport my hay and tractors. If you are in the southeast and need something hauled be sure to get in touch with them.

Do you have any sponsors? Would you be interested in learning how to reach out to companies about gaining a sponsorship?

~Brittany

Give Thanks

Well I am a little late writing this post, but like they say, “better late than never.” I cannot believe Thanksgiving has come and gone! It seems like I was just writing “Happy New Year”.  This year has flown by and no, it hasn’t gone exactly as planned. I am thrilled with my life right now though.  I have an awesome son that has started school and loves it. I have a barn full of nice horses and a waiting list for more to come. There are very few things in my life that I would like to change. I know most people do the things I am thankful for posts during November. Thinking back, I wish I would have done one each week with the things I am thankful for, but I was slack and didn’t so I am going to put them all  into this post. Here goes a few of the things I am thankful for this holiday season.

  1. I am thankful for my amazing son. Jacob has changed my life in so many ways, but my favorite thing is being a mom. He is such a blessing to me.
  2. I am thankful for Jacob’s teachers and his school. He loves going to school and he loves to learn; that is so important. A great kindergarten teacher can set a child up for a lifetime of learning and success. I remember my brother crying before school every day because he did not want to go because he hated his teacher. Jacob’s school is also very active in the community. I am so thankful that Jacob has great teachers at a great school.
  3. I am thankful for my clients. I have a great group of clients. I love giving lessons and watching my students and their horses grow and become successful. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a horse that came to you and couldn’t lope a circle go on to have a career. One of the things I love and enjoy the most is seeing my students being successful. I have one student that has less than a year worth of barrel racing experience that qualified for her first world finals this year. She is so excited and I am thrilled for her. Earlier this month, I took two of my students to their very first show. They both won ribbons and we have a ton of things to work on over the winter so they can be ready to start back up when February rolls around.
  4. I am thankful for my home. I love my house. It fits my family perfectly. Most people would say it is too small or too old, but I think it is perfect. It was my grandmother’s house so that just makes it even more special.
  5. I am thankful for my family. My mom, dad, and brother support and help me in everything I do and that means the world to me. All the success in the world is no fun if you have no one to share it with. My family is always there for me through the ups and the downs and the good and the bad. They live and hour from me, but if I need somebody to run pick Jacob up from school if I have something I need to do nobody complains and it gets done. The other day, I had to go get a load of hay and after teaching all day my younger brother went with me to get a load of hay. I have an amazing family and I am so so very thankful for them and all they do for us.
  6. I am thankful for my job. There are so many people that get up each morning and dread going to work. I love going to work. I am so lucky to be able to have a job that I love. Earlier this year I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to make it just riding horses and giving lessons. It has been a ton of hard work, but I am making it and now I am getting ready to make a few new additions to the business.
  7. I am thankful for my sponsors. Purrty Purrfect Polos keeps my horses’ legs protected and looking cute at the barrel races and during practices. Ballentine Hay Company provides me with great quality hay to keep my horses looking and feeling good. K&I Transport helps me out with trailers to haul my hay and tractors.

I saw a post on snapchat today (be sure to follow me brittlamb10) that made me feel like I needed to write this post as a constant reminder of the things I am thankful for.  What are some of the things you are thankful for?

~Brittany

GOTV

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GOTV…those foure@letters were a big part of my senior year in college. GOTV stands fro Get Out The Vote. I was a senior Political Science major at Newberry College in 2008.  A huge part of our curriculum was participating in the Get Out the Vote campaign.It was all about getting people registered to vote and to the polls on election day. Well it has been 8 years and I am still enamored with politics. This election is a huge one, and I am not here to tell you who to vote for, but I am here to tell you to please go vote.You still have time to do your own research and make an informed decision that is best for you. This afternoon,  I was driving around and I saw  church sign and it really made me think…the sign said Go Vote you are not choosing between two people, but two futures. So if you are confused about who to vote for on Tuesday…stop looking at the candidates and look at the issues and then choose on the future and direction you want to see the country go. Just remember, it doesn’t matter if you are Republican, Democrat ,or a third party voter…Please Go Vote!

2017

Can you believe that it is the last quarter of 2016? Time sure flies. Every evening when I get home from the barn I am trying to get some paperwork done so I can stay current and not fall behind anymore. I am finally to a point where I am beginning to look at 2017. We are trying to get a calendar together. I have a client with a mare that is currently on track to futurity in 2017 which is another reason I am already looking at the calendar. I am trying to teach my client that entering futurities is not at all like deciding to load up and go to a weekend jackpot. You need to figure out your futurity schedule months in advance so you can pay all your entry fees on time and not fall behind.  Plus, futurity colts are young and new to the game the last thing you want to do is get them hating their job and over running them. If you fail to plan for your futurity season in plenty of time, plan to fail.

I am also starting to look at the 2017 calendar in order to get things ready for our internship program and camps. Since I am at the barn full time now, I am considering starting our internship program as early as March and continuing through mid-October. That way we can give more people the opportunity to come and have the experience of a lifetime. Plus if I know I have help we can take in even more training and consignment horses. If you are interested in more information about our internship, I should have more information posted by the middle of November, and applications will be available starting at the end November.

In 2017, we are hoping to move, we are quickly outgrowing our current facility now that I am working horses full time. We have been looking for the perfect place for a few months now and have it narrowed down to about 3 properties. There will be some changes at the new facility. I hope to have enough space to open a small store and carry feed (since I worked a the feed mill and have tons of expericence with the feed side of things), tack and supplies (we will also be selling items online), and clothing (hopefully some Ranch Dressin!!!) I am so excited about what 2017 holds in store. Do you have any new adventures planned for 2017?

~Brittany

Go Cubs!!!

As I sit here writing this post, I am also watching the first game of the 2016 MLB World Series. I am a big sports fan. Growing up both of my parents were PE teachers, now my younger brother is a PE teacher as well as football and baseball coach. My mom was a high school softball coach and my dad coached football and baseball, and my brother played sports. I was the odd ball that rode horses.  Sports were a huge part of my life. We went to all of the Clemson football home games until I started riding horses and going to barrel races. I still watch lots of college football on weekends when I am not at a barrel race. I also try to go watch my brother coach a few times during the season. MLB is not something I generally watch though. This year I will be watching as much of the World Series as I can, and I will be pulling for the Chicago Cubs. The first reason I am pulling for Chicago is the fact that my mom was born in Chicago. Most importantly though, I have to pull for the Cubs because of relief pitcher, Carl Edwards, JR (CJ). My brother went to high school with CJ. I also went to high school there, but I had graduated several years before either one of them got to high school. CJ spent nights at our house and traveled with us to baseball games. I remember watching him pitch in little league when he was around 10 years old and all arms and legs. I am so excited for our hometown boy to be able to make it to a World Series. I hope he gets to play some, but even if he doesn’t it is still an amazing experience for him.

Carl Edwards Jr.

Are you watching the World Series this year? Who are you pulling for?

~Brittany

First Field Trip

Well lots has changed in my life since my last post. Jacob started school in August so I quit my part-time job so I could take him to school, pick him up, help with homework, and just spend more time with him in general. I am working at the barn full time. I have a new boarder, am giving more lessons, and riding a few more horses now.

Today, Jacob had his first field trip. Of course, I had to go. I went to the barn super early, came home took Jacob to school, ran home and took a shower, and met the bus at Johnson Farms. They have a gem mine, pumpkin patch, hay rides, a corn maze, peddle go carts, a few farm animals, blackberries, blueberries, peach trees, and they recently added apple trees that will start producing in a few years. We had a great time! I can’t wait until field trip #2. I am so proud of myself for taking the leap of faith and quitting my job. I love being able to spend more time with Jacob. Before, there was no way I could  have gone on field trips with him. Here are a few pictures from our trip.

If you have a child and are in the Spartanburg SC area I recommend taking a trip to Johnson Farms.

~Brittany