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Our American Dream

6/27/2017 8:04 PM

The “American Dream” means something different to everyone.flag

 For our family, it started when our mom, Lillian, became a citizen! Originally from Canada, she came to America with her family and after several years, was officially an American citizen – something she is still excited about to this day!dave and lily

With that start came her drive to work hard and eventually have a family. She met our dad, David, and it was love at first sight. They became inseparable (even though she was young and had a curfew) and were married before she could even drink! They shared the same dream: to raise their four children on a sustainable family farm. They never thought they would share eight children, countless foster children, and be watching their grandchild grow up on the same family farm! Their American Dream came true for them!barn

Daughters, Jaky, Rachyl, and Meysha are now living out their American Dreams as well through Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap built on the foundation their parents set for them. Working hard together, they are making positive differences in the lives of many new and loyal customers through the trusted, high quality, handcrafted products loving produced from fresh goat milk hand milked daily.three girls

To celebrate this special day, we are offering 10% off all products now through July 4th, arguably the most American holiday of the year! Shop for yourself or someone special, but hurry because just like a good dream, this offer won’t last long!soap and flag

Comments | Posted in Farm News By Jaklyn Travis

BOGO Sale for Father's Day

6/14/2017 8:33 PM

27th fathers dayThis is our dad’s 27th Father’s Day since our oldest brother, Mical, was born! Since then, he’s had six other biological children, countless foster children, and one foster-turned-adopted child to celebrate this special day with. 
 
Our dad, David, married our mom, Lillian, in 1988. They shared a newlywed dream of owning a sustainable farm where they could raise their kids (originally they planned on “only” having four!). In 1994, they bought their first home which is where Travis Family Farm is located today! Their newlywed dream has come true and they are excited to now watch their grandchildren grow up on the farm, starting with Jaky’s daughter, Daisy.grandpa
 
Father’s Day is a special day for all of us. We truly love, respect, and appreciate our dad for everything he did and is doing for us. If anything needs to be fixed on the farm, he is the man to call! On a hot summer day, he can be found taking one or some of the kids out on the boat or fishing if he doesn’t have work. While we were never spoiled, if one of us happened to ask for something, like say, a pony or goat, for their birthday, it would be there.girls with dad
 
We enjoy making our dad a big breakfast and giving him handmade cards to show him how special he is to us! This year, Jaky will be able to celebrate her husband, Derek’s, first Father’s Day with their daughter, Daisy, here!derek and daisy
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To help you show your dad how special he is to you, we are offering a special Father’s Day sale! All of our men’s products listed below are BOGO (Buy One Get One) until Saturday (while supplies last).  They may be purchased online* or at the Farmers’ Markets** where Rachyl participates.
 
The following products are favorites among the men in our lives – and are sure to be a hit with those in yours! Celebrate your dad – or someone special – today with a gift that they will love and you can be sure is good for them and their skin!
 
 
Happy Father’s Day, Dad! We love you!
 
*free soap will not show in cart and no coupon is needed

**Farmers’ Markets where Rachyl is include:
             Friday mornings at Goddard Park
             Friday nights at Blackbird Farm
             Saturday mornings at Scituate 
 
 
Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee shipping for Father’s Day; so if you need them for Sunday, stop by the Farmers’ Markets listed above. 
0 Comments | Posted in Goat Milk Soap By Rachyl Travis

Rachyl’s favorite part of Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap is attending local farmers’ markets! She loves seeing customers returning (she has their orders memorized, remembers their names, and knows what questions to ask about their lives!) and meeting new customers. With a friendly, happy smile she’s ready to answer questions and recommend specific products for specific needs.

 First Farmer Market in Scituate

If you’ve never been, a farmers’ market is a local outdoor market where craftsmen, farmers, and similar small businesses set up tables under popup tents to sell their products, generally on a set weekly day and time. Some farmers’ markets happen year round or are indoors while others are short term on a seasonal basis.

 

You can find just about anything at a farmers’ market from fresh produce to meat or baked goods, handmade home goods and decorations, sometimes even petting zoos or animal rides. Most farmers’ markets accept cash, while some vendors also accept credit or debit cards, checks, and EBT/SNAP for valid purchases. Other farmers’ markets require that you prepay to receive specific currency, like a token at an amusement park. The best way to be prepared is to call ahead and ask! When in doubt, bring cash. You will also need your own bags (bonus if they are reusable or recycled!).

 Goddard Park Farmer Market

One of the many perks of a farmers’ market is meeting the local vendors who actually create, raise, grow, or otherwise produce the item(s) you are purchasing. You can ask questions and truly know what you are buying and where your money is going. More often than not, vendors are local, family-run, small businesses so you are supporting a good cause! Many vendors also participate in charities, donations, or fundraisers so your contribution goes even further! The local economy thanks you!

 soap box

Don’t see anything you want or like? Another perk is that you can discuss a custom order! Many vendors are open to meeting your specific needs and will take the time to truly understand what you are looking for and how they can help.

 This year, we will be participating in the following Rhode Island farmers’ markets:

 

Comments | Posted in Events By Noah Travis

...truly I tell you, whosoever welcomes a child such as this, welcomes ME. ~Jesus~  (Matthew 25:35-36 & 40)

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For those who follow our family, you will know that fostering children in the State’s care is something very important to us. While we can’t share details about the children or their situations, we can share more about the process, why we do it, and what we love about it!

 

If you are unfamiliar, “fostering” or “foster care” is when you are licensed through DCYF (Department of Children, Youth and Families) to provide short or long term care to children in the State’s care. These children have been removed from their parents or guardians for various reasons and range from newborns to 18 year olds. You can provide “respite” care which is when you watch children for another foster family so they can have a break (example: they may have an out of state commitment and not be able to take the foster children, so you will provide care for them during that time period), emergency care which sometimes is a phone call in the middle of the night for a child with nowhere to go, short term care which is a few days or months, or long term care up until the child ages out of the system at 18 years old.

 dewey

“Aging out of the system” means that the child is now legally considered an adult and therefore no longer eligible as a foster child. Some families allow these children to continue living with them, while other families decide that the child will need to move out. When a child leaves the family, it can be a very traumatic experience – no matter the reason or duration of time they spent with that family. Many children develop unhealthy but necessary coping mechanisms to deal with the pain and loss they experience throughout their time in the foster care system.

 foster babies

Foster care parents are not perfect and as with any group of people, there are those who do it for the right or wrong reasons, who are good or bad people. We aren’t going to focus on the latter in this blog but rather our personal experience.

 mom and me

Why do we foster? Because we believe that every child deserve love and a family! If we have the room and means to provide this to a child, how can we say no? Do we get attached? Is it hard, challenging, draining? Yes, yes, yes! But at the end of the day, knowing we gave an innocent child love they may not have received otherwise outweighs any sadness or difficult moments we experience.

 "I am Not afraid to grieve.  I am afraid of what will happen to these children if no one took the risk to love them"foster kids

Seeing a child relax and feel safe and a part of our family is such a reward and blessing. We truly love all the children we have fostered as if they were biological siblings. We remember their names, stories, birthdays, their time with us – and in some cases we are able to continue a relationship with them! In one case, our short term placement turned into a long term placement and then evolved into adoption! Adoption is permanent, legal placement of the child with a family. Our youngest sister Meysha has lived with us since she was only a year old and just last year was officially adopted into our family! The only thing different between foster care and adoption for us is that Meysha has the security to know that she will always be with us! We love her just as much as before.judge


"Every Christ-follower has a role in solving the foster care epidemic"

There are hundreds of thousands of children looking for foster families and adoption! Please consider speaking to your local DCYF agency about what you can do to help. If you aren’t able to foster or adopt, there are many other ways you can help! These include making donations of items children will need (many children are removed with only the clothes on their backs), supporting or joining organizations which provide mentoring or tutoring, or looking into fundraisers and other activities which support one aspect of foster care. Do you know a family that fosters? Bring them a care basket! It can include pre-made meals, basic necessities for the child, a “coupon” for babysitting should they need a break, or other items, just like you would bring a family bringing a new baby home! Every thought, action, and donation does make a donation in the lives of these innocent children and those who support them!

 "because a child can never have too many people to love them"

Adoption Day

FUN FACT:  Meysha loves cows and someday is hoping to have her own company.  Meysha's Manure will deliver quality poop to fertilize gardens.  In the meantime, she helps Rachyl's Goat Milk Soap, LLC by making the lip balm and selling at farmer's market. She always has a goal of selling 10 at each market. Can you just imagine what God has planned for her in the next 9 years when she's Rachyl's age.  

To celebrate National Foster Care Month, every online purchase will recieve a FREE lipbalm.

Comments | Posted in Farm News By Rachyl Travis

The Perfect Gift For Mothers

5/10/2017 6:47 AM

 

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 14th! In honor of Mother’s Day, Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap is running a special promotion for all the mothers in your life! For a limited time only (or until supplies run out!) you can purchase a Mother’s Day Gift Basket sure to make your loved one’s day.

 gift basket

Filled with a variety of Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap all-natural products, you can express your love and gratitude with the comfort of knowing that each product is safe and beneficial when used! Be sure to order as these limited edition Mother’s Day Gift Baskets will sell out quickly!

 

gift basket

Comments | Posted in Goat Milk Soap By Rachyl Travis

That’s right! You’re personally invited to join us in celebrating Rachyl’s 15th birthday on May 5! No, we aren’t hosting a block party (although Rachyl would love that), the gift is actually for YOU! In celebration of Rachyl, we are offering 15% off your entire purchase from our online store (excludes tax and shipping) on May 5th only. This offer is valid on the entire Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap product line: soaps, lip balms, lotions, soap decks, washcloths, etc. so you can replenish your stock or share with a friend.  

 Rachyl with her goat

It’s incredible to think that on Rachyl’s 7th birthday (eight years ago!), Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap was born with the gift of Rachyl’s first pet goat. We are so grateful for our loyal customers like you who have joined us on this exciting journey and would like to offer you FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50.00.

Comments | Posted in Events By Noah Travis
This week we are introducing you to two members of the Travis Family: youngest sisters Meysha and Rachyl. 
 
First, Meysha.
 
favorite goat
 
Meysha is the youngest of eight siblings and known for her fiery red hair and matching sass. Meysha is six years old and her three favorite things are God, goats and her neice Daisy (8 months old, daughter of oldest sister Jaklyn). Her least favorite thing is jeans! 
 
According to Meysha, the best part about living and working on a farm is seeing [animal] babies being born and cleaning stalls, while the hardest part about living and working on a farm is when animals die. Her favorite animal is Joey (a goat).  Meysha gets days off from farm chores on her birthday and when she's at school. Her favorite farm chore is milking with their new milking machine.
 
Meysha says that she spends the most time with her older sisters, Jaklyn and Rachyl, when they are doing all the farm chores. For fun, Meysha helps her sisters and plays with Daisy. The funniest thing that's ever happened to her on the farm is slipping on ice, but the scariest is when her cow almost stepped on her. 
favorite cow 
If she could have ANY animal in the world, Meysha would have goats and cows because "they are the best!" Lucky for her, she does have both! In fact, when she's older she wants to be a cowgirl because she "loves cows". 
 
FUN FACT: when she was 5 she became an aunt! 
 
Her favorite Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap product is the soap because it has goat milk in it and it helped her itchy skin. Her favorite Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap scent is Monkey Farts because it smells good (this fruity blend is the #1 kid approved scent). 
 
Speaking of Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap products, Meysha makes lip balm by melting oils and putting them in tubes and labels on them. 
 
Out of all her jobs (working on the farm, making Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap products, and selling them), Meysha's favorite job is working on the farm because she likes to stay busy. 
 
In closing, Meysha defines being a “farm kid” as "I like it, its great, I get up early to take care of all my friends". 
 
Next up is second youngest sister, Rachyl, the founder and face of Rachyl's Goat Milk Soap. To learn more about how Rachyl started out, click here
 
favorite thing
 
When asked her name, she responds "Rachyl with a Y" as her name is commonly misspelled. In fact, all of her siblings have uniquely spelled names. On May 5 be sure to wish Rachyl a happy birthday as she will be 15 years old. 
 
Her three favorite things are turkeys, goats, and food while her least favorite thing is carrying water buckets. The best part about living and working on a farm is seeing animals every day, but the hardest part is waking up early. 
 
Lucy (Dalmatian) is her favorite animal. Older brother Kelub drove to Georgia last year to get her for Rachyl's 14th birthday. 
 
Rachyl wishes for a day off but farming is an every day job. In her free time, her favorite thing to do is go hiking. Her favorite farm chore is birthing baby goats because she is seeing the miracle of life that God has entrusted her with. The sibling she works with the most is older sister Jaklyn and they do "absolutely everything" together. baby goat
 
If Rachyl could have any animal in the world she would pick a camel to ride and use for milk, however unlike Meysha, this is not an animal found on the farm (currently). 
 
Looking into the future, Rachyl wants to continue to run her business and be able to hire family and friends. 
 
Much like Meysha, Rachyl's funniest farm memory is when she slipped - but in her case it was on mud and she fell in dog poop! The scariest thing that’s ever happened to her on the farm is when she was chased by an angry buck! 
 
FUN FACT: Rachyl is awesome at fishing!
 
Her favorite Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap product is Tea Tree soap because it helps with her acne and her favorite Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap scent is Vanilla because "it just smells delicious!" While she helps make all of Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap products, she mostly makes the soap. 
 favorite thing
Her favorite part of Rachyl's Goat Milk Soap products is working is selling at farmer's markets because "I love my customers and I love explaining to people the benefits of goat milk."
 
Rachyl sums up being a “farm kid” as "every day is an adventure!"
Comments | Posted in Farm News By Noah Travis

You’ve probably heard the saying “what's on the inside is what matters” and we couldn’t agree more – which is why we use simple, wholesome, organic ingredients in our Goat Milk Soap.

However, today we’re talking about what’s on the outside – and that matters, too!

 When Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap first started, we used plastic baggies with a ribbon to give our soaps as gifts to our friends and family. goat milk soapWe quickly learned that this option wasn’t eco-friendly and as we transitioned into a business rather than a hobby, we switched to simple recycled shopping bag paper bands to package our soap bars. This was a better eco-friendly option, but didn’t protect our bars. Next, we used recycled feed bags with a band which was eco-friendly and protected the bars, but was time consuming and made the scents hard to smell. rachyl's goat milk soap For the next few years, we continued to use the recycled feed bags for fundraisers, favors, and personalized gifts and the multi-purpose muslin bags hand stamped with an inserted business card that you’ve come to recognize at farmers’ markets and many local retailers. However, after more research, we have decided that 2017 is the year of new packaging!

goat milk soap 

Starting this year, we will be using our muslin bags for seasonal scented bars, shower favors, and fundraising. We are excited to announce that beginning soon you will see the same great product in an even better package: recycled boxes! Recycled boxes are better for the environment as they reuse paper waste that would have otherwise been dumped in a landfill (or worse – littered) and can be recycled again (hint, hint: please recycle!). The boxes provide a more secure barrier between our soap and the outside world from the time each bar is hand crafted and packaged on our family farm until it reaches your home. This ensures that our soap stays pure and free from any exterior contaminants and that you can easily spot any damage to the box. On top of the health practicality of recycled box packaging, this new looks goes with our simplified scents.

 Soap Box

Speaking of scents, we have chosen our top 10 scents and renamed them based on input from you, our valued customers. Without further ado, here are the scents and their new names!

Somewhere on a Beach (Coconut)

That 70s Soap (Patchouli)

Olde Tyme Remedy (Tea Tree)

Heart & Hive (Oatmeal, Milk & Honey)

Kinda Nutty (Almond)

Way Out Here (Country Cowboy)

Plain Ole Bar (Unscented)

Cool Beans (Vanilla)

Almost Summer (Cucumber Melon)

Field of Dreams (Lavender)

 

Let us know, are you excited about the new packaging? What’s your favorite scent?

Comments | Posted in Goat Milk Soap By Rachyl Travis
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