Life with goatie girls.
|Posted by goatiegirls on October 30, 2016 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
It has been awhile. I hope you are all ready for Halloween and the
coming holiday season. Jessica has been working with me for several
months now. Learning my soap and lotion recipes and helping me with
customers and shipping out orders. She has been a joy to work with.
She's also teaching me to knit. AT MY AGE if you can believe it and
she's a very good teacher. My grandpet Finn can't wait to see her when
he's staying with his grandma.
This has been a hard year for our extended family with so many health
issues coming up. So I am doubly happy to have Jessica at GoatieGirls!
Jessica has grown up with goats. In fact I got my first three does from her mother. Which is also
the inspiration for GoatieGirls! She always asked me how the goatie girls were and that's always
how I referred to my girls.
Jessica will be introducing some great new essential oil and fragrance oil soap. (Most will be
available in lotion, lotion bars and sugar scrubs too.) A few are Orange Patchouli , Cool Water,
Tangerine, Black Tea, Cedar, Coconut Lemongrass, Lavender Rose, Hinoki Woods, Pears &
Berry, Oats & Honey, Plumberry Spice, Rosemary Tea Tree Lavender, Woodsman, Middle Earth.
In lip balms she is adding Chocolate Creme, Pumpkin Pie and Peach. Most of these will start
showing up around November 11th. So keep a watch on the web store.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween and thanks for
visiting us at GoatieGirls!!
|Posted by goatiegirls on July 2, 2016 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
I'd say I can't believe it's July but the heat would make a liar out of me! Life has been so busy
that sometimes you hardly have time to catch your breath. I have a new soap that will be listed
soon. Orange Poppy Seed so far the orange is rather faint but I'm hoping it will get stronger. (It
has gotten stronger)
We were throwing corn to the deer and wild life out by our game camera and there was this little
bunny sitting there munching away on bits of left over grain. I got within 3 feet or so from the
bunny and kept talking to him while he ate. When I threw the corn around he moved over a
couple of feet and watched. As soon as we walked away he went back to eating. We pick up all
kinds of birds, coons, rabbits, squirrels and deer on the camera. I just love watching them.
Happy 4th of July everyone!!
|Posted by goatiegirls on April 19, 2016 at 1:00 AM||comments (0)|
Hi everyone! We got much needed rain again last night and today! Garden is almost done. And
we completed a mini mudroom which I've wanted for a long time. I happened to be looking at
IKEA and saw a link to IKEA hacks where people took IKEA furniture and made it in to something
else. When I saw the Mini Mudroom I knew it was meant for me! You take 2 raw pine night
tables and use those to build the project around it. We used 1x2's 1x3's and 1x10's in pine plus
crown moulding at the top. We painted all the boards white except the bench and I stained those
with Jacobean mini-wax stain topped with Marine Spar Varnish. Everything is done with pine.
|Posted by goatiegirls on March 19, 2016 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
Last week I painted baseboards and cleaned behind all the furniture. I guess spring cleaning
fever has hit. Yesterday and today hubby and I mulched. It took 84 bags of mulch to do the big
landscape bed. The first time we mulched it took (I think) 168 bags of mulch.
Spring cleaning continues with washing all the curtains and windows.
Our Crab Apple and Carolina Jasmine are entwining above the gate. I think it looks really lovely.
|Posted by goatiegirls on February 24, 2016 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by goatiegirls on February 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
I don't normally do interviews but I like Jason Baggett's vision for his paper Residentpress.com. He
wants to present a rural/small town/farm/homesteading paper with ideas for a cleaner healthier
lifestyle. Now he's talking my language.
Check out the article! He did a great job!!
Business Spotlight: Hackett Based “Goatie Girls Soaps”
Posted on February 10, 2016 by Resident Staff in Business, Featured, Headlines, Lifestyle, MyLocal
It takes courage to step out from what you know, to try a new product. As adults, we typically fall into preset patterns around our home, our diet, and even our hygiene. With limited experience using handmade, or artisan=style soaps, we came across Goatie Girls right before Christmas, while perusing Belle Starr Antiques, in Fort Smith .
After using their products, we had to learn more of what it takes to produce this product. So, we were invited to spend a few hours getting to k
now what exactly is behind Goatie Girls.
After meeting Ginger Ballard, we could tell she is definitely passionate about her goats, and the products she produces, from her small farm, located just South of Hackett, Arkansas. “Goatie Girls” is all about educating the consumer on the positive effects of using goats milk products, especially the soaps, not only for health purposes, but for their therapeutic values. Both elements, we totally agree.
“Tropicana”, one of the Ballards herd at Goatie Girls, proudly giving us her best side.
Ballard stated, “At the moment I have six does, and one wether. Goats are herd animals and they you should always have at least two. The six does I have are all good producers and at their peak production give 1-1/2 gallons a day each. Milking twice a day. So that definitely covers my needs.”
Goatie Girls is a simple, yet complex small business that operates out of a small milking station in the barn, then progresses into the garage, turned production, and packing stations. That’s where the real work begins.
Ballard added, “When I make my goat milk soap I don’t use any water. There is only the oils, the goat milk, the lye and whatever additives such as fragrance oil, essential oil, honey, oatmeal, etc. The goat milk gives the soap and really rich creamy lather that is very moisturizing. And goat milk absorbs easily into the skin. Goat milk is a natural alpha-hydroxy and naturally exfoliates and hydrates dry skin. Goat’s milk contains Vitamins A, B6, B12 and E.”
Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized, meaning it doesn’t separate like raw cow’s milk does, and is also easier to digest than cow’s milk.
Try one bar of Goatie Girls saop and you’ll see why we truly love this product. For the outdoors lovers, we highly recommend the “Bug Be Gone” soap. Remember, goats milk soap doesn’t go bad, it only gets better.
For more information on Goatie Girls Soaps, visit their WEBSITE
|Posted by goatiegirls on February 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
Well we didn't get any of the rain that went through early this morning. Still warm but very windy.
IT's a balmy 64 degrees out there right now. After I finished chores hubby said hop in the mule
and we'll cruise the fence lines so off we go. A few mintues later and nearly to the other end of
our land we slowed down to look where the deer jump over the fence and I heard this panting.
Standing next to us were 4 of my youngest does panting and puffing. The little dears didn't want
to be left out. The older ones stayed up at the big barn. So I walked them down to where there is
still some green browse and they were happy. I listed the Mind Your Own Beeswax Goat milk
soap with vanilla and honey and also a few heart shaped soaps and shamrocks in Euclayptus
Taxes are done! I feel like I'm making progress. Still a lot of things on my list I'd like to get done. But do you
ever really get done?? Hope all is well with you and yours and a very Happy Ground Hog Day!!
|Posted by goatiegirls on January 13, 2016 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Rue's custom made goat coat arrived in the mail yesterday and it fits her perfectly. Rue will be 12 in
February and she's feeling her years. So we pamper her a bit after all she gave me some really gorgeous
kids over the years! Here's a picture of her. Later she went on a goat walk to browse on green brier and
honeysuckle and she was strutting her stuff.
I ordered this from the GoatCoatShop.com. It's insulated waterproof and made to fit. Also 20%
of all their sales go to the care and feeding of the animals at their rescue farm. To me that's a win
|Posted by goatiegirls on January 8, 2016 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
I have been playing with the soap! I had all my curing racks EMPTY on January 1st. I've been
doing some soaping since. I can fit 220 to 230 bars on each shelf. Okay the new soap...I think I
will name it Mind Your Beeswax. It's made with beeswax, honey and vanilla also of course goat
milk, olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, sodium hydroxide (lye) and sodium lactate.
The Curing Rack
Rolling racks of soap ready to go
I'm looking forward to 2016! I hope you are having a great start to your New Year and I look
forward to hearing from you.
|Posted by goatiegirls on January 8, 2016 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
As of January 17th the postal rates are increasing. Fed Ex and UPS are also increasing their rates.
I thought this might be interesting to watch. How your mail is processed.
Shipping rates effective January 17, 2016
$.01 to $5.00 shipping $2.75
$5.01 to $10.00 shipping $4.25
$10.01 to $50.00 shipping $6.75
$50.01 to $100.00 shipping $11.95
$100.01 and up shipping $15.95
|Posted by goatiegirls on December 13, 2015 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by goatiegirls on November 16, 2015 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
I am so sorry I have neglected you for so long dear friends. I simply have just let time get away
from me. Here it is almost Thanksgiving!! I hope you are all well and enjoying the fall weather. It
certainly has been nicer temperatures than it was a year ago. Today's high last year was 42 and
the low was 24. I have been really enjoying the nice weather. We've been going out and clearing
some of the dead and dying trees off our back land. It sure is nice to watch it open up. There is
so much green brier and brush to get rid of but it is so rewarding when you see what you've
accomplished. We had a new metal roof put on in September. This is the third roof we've put on
this house and it's only 13 years old. We seem to be in just the right place for hail to fall. The
first picture is of our house when we first moved here. The second is right after the new roof was
put on a couple of months ago.
The goats are all doing well. They are enjoying the mild temperatures but of course aren't happy
about the rainy days. I've been soaping and making lotion. I'm trying a new soap which will be
ready soon a Menthol soap made with peppermint essential oil and menthol crystals.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! I'll try to do a better job of posting.
|Posted by goatiegirls on September 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
Have I got good news for you! I get a lot of request for goat milk. Well now you can get it, not from
me but my friend Sally Tedford is selling goat milk for $5.00 a gallon you supply your own container.
That is a very good deal!! The perfect container to bring would be 1/2 gallon canning jars.
I am thrilled with my new commerical soap cutter. It makes cutting loaves a snap and absolutely
even bars. So now I won't have some thin bars, some thicker bars, etc. When I get a chance I'll
post a picture. At the moment we're in the middle of having a new metal roof installed plus
replacing some of the siding trim around the house.
I hope you are all having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Have fun and be safe!
|Posted by goatiegirls on August 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
What a beautiful day!! We are enjoying this break in the heat!! We cleaned and restained both
decks. Hopefully some repair work will be completed on the house next week. Today they are
moving the satellite dish from the house to a pole so they can start putting a metal roof on the
house. I started my morning making sugar scrubs. I've been making a lot of lotion this summer
and of course soap. The goatie girls are enjoying this wonderful weather too. It's nice to see them
So how are you taking advantage of this unexpected gift of nice weather in
|Posted by goatiegirls on July 29, 2015 at 5:45 AM||comments (0)|
For my local customers I thought you might be interested in this:
GoatieGirls soap available at Belle Starr Antiques in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
|Posted by goatiegirls on July 8, 2015 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Hi Everyone! I hope you are enjoying the summer! I've been trying to organize and de-clutter
around here. Also I've realized that what sells well at the farmer's market doesn't necessarily
carry over to online sales. Sooo I will be discontinuing some fragrances. I've started putting
some in the clearance section and over time will be adding more. Also containers that I bought
and never used will be sold such as the malibu tottle bottles that I rarely used. So now you can
buy 8oz of lotion in the tottle bottles for a bargain until they are gone. I'm sure I'll be finding other
items that need to go to. I also plan to sell my milking machine (which I absolutely love) since we
won't be milking at the volume we use to. Also my 5 gallon stainless steel milk pail. Some of my
small milking pails, my larger strainers and my cheese presses. There's probably a million things
I haven't thought of yet but I thought I'd give you a heads up.
The garden is finally starting to perk up and produce. A little rain a couple of times a week is a
good thing. Downpours and daily rain. Not so good.
The goatie girls are looking great and enjoying their relaxed pace. I hope all is going well for you
and that you are having a great
|Posted by goatiegirls on June 30, 2015 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
So more pictures from the deer feeder. They are looking so nice! Notice a raccoon joins the fun!
We're still trying to get caught up around here. We cleaned the gutters on the front of the house
yesterday. There has to be an easier way to do this! I used Soilove (soil remover for clothes)
straight on a sponge with outdoor bleach. It did a pretty good job but it still is a lot of scrubbing.
So the front of the house looks great! We ordered some JOMAX it will be around 10 days before
it arrives. We can not find it anywhere locally. I'll let you know how it works. You are suppose to
be able to mix it with bleach and water spray it on with a regular sprayer, let it sit 5 minutes and
then use the pressure washer on it. That would be nice.
We still have a little bit of mulching left to do. (Not over 150 or so bags.)
So are you all getting ready for the 4th.
I'm happy to say that the goats hooves were trimmed today and the hoof treatment worked well.
Have a safe and Happy 4TH!!!
|Posted by goatiegirls on June 1, 2015 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
We've been trying to get caught up on everything that we let go because
of all the rain. We've mulched our flower beds and garden. A little over a
week ago we cleaned the goatie girls barn. Saturday we gave them their
Calvary 9 shots, wormer and trimmed hooves. (I don't normally worm
them unless they've been sick or kidded but this year has just been so
wet.) Today we cleaned the chicken house from top to bottom. So they
should be happy...lately they've started staying with the goatie girls.
Tomorrow we probably we'll be out in the garden trying to catch up with
the weeding. But doesn't that sunshine look good?
|Posted by goatiegirls on May 30, 2015 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
So what happened to May? I'm sure it was here a little while ago. Really it did zoom past. We
went to the Fort Smith Farmer's Market this morning and even with all the weather problems they
had some nice veggies for sale. We got to visit with friends too! A very nice bonus! Then when
we got back home I trimmed all the goat hooves and everyone got wormer and Calvary 9 shots
which is like CD&T but with several more things covered.
We have a feeder out in the woods for the deer and a game camera to catch pictures of them. I
wanted to share this one with you. This buck is looking over at the camera like he's saying "What
the heck is that clicking noise?"
I also wanted to let you know that I have listed several new soap fragrances on my website and
Etsy. Amber Romance, Arabian Spice, Eastern Amber, Cedar & Saffron, Fudge Espresso,
Hinoki Wood, Oakleaves & Acorn, Orange Spice, and Toasted Coconut. Stop in and look them
over. And have a great weekend!!
|Posted by goatiegirls on April 25, 2015 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
A big thank you to the Tedfords for sharing their pictures of Jedi's latest kids. Jedi is the son of
Tropicana and Gideon.
The spotted one is a doe.
Again in this picture the spotted one is a doe.
We are so proud of Jedi and just love looking at pictures of his kids. I hope you are all enjoying
the wonderful weather we are having today. It's just perfect for yard work, gardening and of
course relaxing on the deck.