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Eleanore Rose Travis

1/19/2019 6:57 AM

Eleanor Roosevelt Travis, affectionately known as “Ellie” (or “my baby” to Daisy), is a year old today! She’s the daughter of Kelub and his wife, Leesa, and baby sister to Ava. In the past year, Ellie has proved to be a true Travis and overcome many obstacles. 
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Born premature, she weighed just 5lb 6oz and was 17” long. For awhile, she wore literal doll clothes! Now, she fits in 12 month clothing and is considered average size. For the first two months of her life, she was bottle fed before mastering breastfeeding and making it to a year! Another big change has been her speech. Originally, she was fluent in baby babble however now she can say mama, dada, baba (bottle), dog (I wonder why), and kitkat (the animal, not the candy). Image may contain: 1 person
Some of her favorite things in the world include playing peek-a-boo, pig piles, pulling her sister’s hair (like a true younger sibling), Sesame Street, her dolly, and her ride-on horse. 
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Her mommy says her favorite product is our lavender soap which is great for it’s calming attributes. Shop our Field of Dreams soap and body butter to see for yourself!
 
We love you, Ellie! Happy first birthday
Comments | Posted in Farm News By Rachyl Travis

Gentle | Pure | Natural

1/2/2019 10:53 AM

This year we celebrated Christmas with several new babies! Kelub’s daughter Ellie, Jaky’s son Dawson, and our foster babies Grayson and RJ - in addition to the other littles: Ava, Daisy, and Rosey. We love all the children in our family and want the best for them. 
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This is why we want to talk about our product ingredients with you. There are so many brands which market to families and claim to have pure, natural, or organic ingredients that are safer for your little love. 

First - what do some of those terms even mean?
• Pure - marketing term, there are no regulations or guidelines 
• Natural or All-Natural - this term generally simply means that the ingredients can be found in a natural state
• Fragrance Free - there is no added fragrance (natural, organic or synthetic) to the product
• Unscented - this means that the product doesn’t have a noticeable smell but that can be because it is masked by ingredients which remove the scent
• Tear Free - contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t mean that the product is safe for baby’s eyes! It actually means that a numbing ingredient has been used which makes baby’s eyes not tear up if contact is made

As you can see by the brief descriptions above, many companies will slap these buzzwords on their labels and not have much or any difference from products which don’t. So how do our products compare to the leading “baby-safe” brands?

All our products are handmade in small batches - we believe in quality over quantity. We personally order all of our ingredients and strive to support local, small businesses when possible. We use these products on our kids as well! Let’s take a look at some of our top sellers:
unscented soap
Plain Ole Bar
We suggest that you use this soap all over baby’s body. You can also let the bar rest in warm bath water to create a safe soak for them (although your bar won’t last as long this way). 
 
Ingredients: 
Raw Goat’s Milk, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Sodium Hydroxide*

*This ingredient is necessary to turn the fats and oils into soap. 
shampoo bar 
Goat Milk Shampoo Bar
We recommend this product for baby’s hair. We NEVER add numbing agents to our products so baby’s eyes may become irritated if the shampoo bar makes contact. If this happens, gently rinse with clean water. 

Ingredients: Organic Olive Oil, Goat Milk, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Sodium Hydroxide*, Organic Essential Oils**
 
*This ingredient is necessary to turn the fats and oils into soap. 
**Because some people have sensitivity to essential oils, we encourage you to speak to your pediatrician regarding your child’s medical history and testing a small amount on their arm first.  
unscented lotion
Plain Ole Body Butter
After a warm bath, massage our thick and creamy body butter onto baby’s skin (avoid the diaper area, this is not a rash cream). Quick to absorb, our body butter will leave baby feeling extra plump and huggable. 
 
Ingredients: Goat Milk, Distilled Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Emulsifying Wax NF*, Stearic Acid**, Avocado Oil, Optiphen***
 
*Used to make the ingredients into lotion; NF means that it conforms to the specifications of the National Formulary. 
**Derived from vegetables, this ingredient is used to thicken our body butter to the creamy consistency you have come to know and love. 
***Because our products are made using goat milk, we add a small amount of preservative to keep the body butter from spoiling.
flavor free lip butter
All Natural Lip Butter
We recommend this product for baby’s dry or chapped lips and cheeks - it’s also great for treating that pesky drool rash. Moisturizing and soothing when applied, this lip butter quickly absorbs and doesn’t leave behind a greasy film. 

Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter
 
As you can see, our ingredient lists are short and easy to pronounce. In contrast, below is the ingredient list for a leading “baby-safe” 99.9% natural and tear-free all-in-one shampoo and body wash (to compare to our Shampoo Bar and Soap): water, decyl glucoside, coco-betaine, lauryl glucoside, sucroselaurate, glycerin, fragrance (natural fragrance), betaine, sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein,coco-glucoside, xanthan gum, glucose,glyceryl oleate, sodium chloride, citric acid, potassium iodide, potassium thiocyanate, tocopherol, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate, lecithin, ascorbyl palmitate, limonene. We have one word: YIKES! 
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Our goal is to Make Natural The New Normal (TM) and what better way to start than to give your baby the best? That’s why we are offering 25% off each of the products listed above when you spend $25 or more online today through the end of the week!* Simply enter code “BABYSAFE” when checking out. 
 
*Discount valid on online orders of $25USD or more excluding tax and shipping. Offer not valid when combined with other discounts. Offer valid 12:01am EST 01/01/2019 through 11:59pm EST 01/06/2019. Offer has no cash value. 
 
Comments | Posted in Goat Milk Soap By Rachyl Travis

Christmas Tradition

12/5/2018 1:56 PM

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As the holidays pass by quickly, we like to take a moment and keep an old family tradition in the midst of Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
 
Starting way back in 1986, our mom began to send Christmas greetings to our friends and family. Since then, and with the addition of 8 kids (plus fosters, spouses, and grandkids), this family tradition has evolved...
 
Each year we gather to take a group family picture and our mom sends out a newsletter (which began around 1998) catching everyone up on our year. This was before social media so other than landlines and visits, no one knew what we were up to as a family! There is something special about documenting our highs and lows and sharing with those we love, even if they follow us online. In the very beginning, our family didn’t own a computer so my mom would use a typewriter and photocopier!
 
Check out some of our family pictures and even an old newsletter our mom found! What tradition does your family keep?
 
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vitntage newsletter
Comments | Posted in Farm News By Rachyl Travis

Thanksgiving 2018

11/15/2018 8:48 PM

2017 family pixWe are excited to celebrate Thanksgiving in just a few days! This year we are excited to be celebrating for the second time with our foster sibling pair, Rosie and RJ, as well as for the first time with foster baby Grayson, and newest grandchildren, Eleanore and Dawson. 
 
While the farm never closes, we take it easy on Thanksgiving. After caring for our animals, we will all head inside for a giant family dinner. Our mom spends hours preparing a delicious meal made from ingredients we either grew ourselves or that were locally grown. Our turkey is always a farm fresh bird (some years we have even raised and processed our own). A fun tradition is everyone bringing their signature dish to share. 
 
We take time to remember some of what we have to be thankful for, such as our health, our business, our farm, and of course our friends and family - and we can’t forget our customers! Without you, our dream becoming reality wouldn’t be possible. We are grateful not just on Thanksgiving but every day that God has blessed us in so many ways. 
 
Starting today and throughtout the weekend, we would love to say “thank you” to you by offering 25% off our entire online store by using code “THANKFUL” at check out!*
 
How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Comment below or tag us on social media!
 
*Offer valid 11/16/18 12:01am through 11/19/18 11:59pm EST on online order prior to taxes and shipping. Offer not applicable when combined with any other offer or sale. Offer has no cash value. 
 
Comments | Posted in Farm News By Rachyl Travis

Halloween

10/31/2018 12:32 PM

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2018 is flying by! Halloween marks the end of October and feels like the unofficial beginning of winter, especially with the chilly temperatures we have been having. 

 

As a family tradition, the older siblings always take the younger siblings trick or treating. After they get back home, the older siblings “inspect” the candy to see what they want out of the batch. Once the older kids get their pick, dad gets his share of the goods. At the end of all the “inspecting”, the younger siblings get to take the rest of the candy.

 

The little girls (Daisy and Rosey) are going as characters from Grease and baby RJ is going to be a giraffe. Meysha has decided to go as a vampire, which was Jaklyn’s favorite costume growing up. Unfortunately for Jaky, it’s looking like Dawson is going as “unborn” so, she has decided on going as the famous April the giraffe.

 

Rachyl, Izek and some of their friends celebrated last Friday by attending a harvest celebration at Faith Family Church. Although not an alternative for Halloween, there were many fall activities and decorations while they joined fellow church friends for a few hours.

 

While our farm is not open to the public, we encourage you to go visit one of the many small farms in Rhode Island who offer Halloween and fall-related activities such a petting zoos, corn mazes, pumpkin picking, hayrides, and more! 

 

Check out our social media for pictures of our costumes and be sure to tag us so we can see yours. Happy Halloween!

Comments | Posted in Farm News By Rachyl Travis

Jaklyn and Derek's Anniversary

9/25/2018 3:19 PM

Today Jaklyn celebrates her third wedding anniversary. Together they are the proud (and exhausted) parents of two year old Daisy and soon-to-be born Dawson. They plan to have two more biological children, and are exploring foster care. 

Two years ago was the first Travis sibling wedding, the one that started them all. Since then, brother Kelub has married Leesa (now parents to Ava and Ellie), oldest sibling and brother Mical has married Crystal (fur parents to Xena and Titan), and brother Jekub is planning a 2020 wedding with fiancée Sadie. With 4 of the 8 siblings expanding their own families, the Travis clan is growing quickly!
 
Derek and Jaky had a beautiful church ceremony - a special request from our dad, David. They rode in an antique truck to the photo locations before partying the night away on our farm. Our dad and brothers built a barn which was christened with their wedding reception. 
 
Join us in wishing Derek and Jaklyn a happy anniversary by leaving your best marriage or house hunting advice below or on any of our social media profiles! 
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Mark 10:8 “And the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh”.
  
 
Comments | Posted in Farm News By Rachyl Travis

Mical and Crystal Get Married

9/11/2018 3:58 PM

On September 1, Mical married our newest sister, Crystal. It was a beautiful outdoor setting with mostly traditional elements followed by a party, redneck style. Friends and family gathered together to celebrate their wedding (finally!). 
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They had a giant wedding party which consisted of siblings Jekub, Kelub, Noah, Mike, Jaklyn, and Rachyl along with friends and Crystal's brother Michael and their dearest friend, Desiree, officiated the ceremony.  Long time friend, Chad was the best man and his girlfriend, Marissa was the maid of honor. 
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With only two months to plan, their big day included many DIY aspects, making it all the more meaningful to not only the happy couple, but their guests as well.
 
Now back from their honeymoon up north, Mical and Crystal have plans to move out of state and start a family, adding human babies to their fur babies, Xena and Titan. Both are free spirits with unconventional ideas that sometimes stress out the more traditional members of our families. With their carefree attitudes, we can see them traveling coast to coast in their camper living a nomadic lifestyle or settled down on their own land somewhere. 
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We are excited to see what the future has in store for Mr. and Mrs. Mical Travis and pray they will be blessed with wisdom and provision. Join us in wishing these crazy kids well with a special gift from us. Purchase any bar of soap online and receive a free bar: the more soap you buy, the more free bars you get!
 
Photography: Maggie Bee Photography
Favors:  Goat Milk Soap
Dessert:  Pies made by Sunset Orchards
Flowers: Country Gardener in Scituate
Bridal Gown: Alexandria Boutique
Venue: Travis Family Farm
Food: Little B's Food Truck and Portu-Galo Food Truck
Appetizers:  Vovo Celeste and Auntie Lulu
 
A special thank you to Jaklyn who hosted the girls slumber party the night before the wedding and Derek for allowing it and to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence for letting them take pictures on their property and having champagne and cookies waiting for them.
 
 
Comments | Posted in Farm News By Rachyl Travis

Celebrate Mical

8/22/2018 2:54 PM

This week we celebrate the very oldest Travis child (and brother) of the family: Mical.
 
Mical started our clan of siblings and has certainly given our parents a run for their money! A God-loving, motorcycle riding, hardworking, nearly married, country man who can be found testing limits (and our mom’s sanity) or playing with the little kids, Mical is the brother you either wish you had or wish you didn’t have, depending on the day. He’s loud, funny, and the first to help out anyone from family to friends to strangers. 
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Mical is set to marry his longtime girlfriend Crystal and they plan to move up north off the grid with their dog, Xena. There he will continue to operate Travis Family Construction, the business he owns with our dad. Crystal is onboard for 6 little Micals in the future (in response, we are already praying for her...). 
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Mical was the brother who was the first to start trouble and more often than not, the one in it. He’s always down for a good time and loves adventure, adrenaline, and danger.  While he can tease or prank us, he is also very protect of anyone else who tries to. 
 
While he doesn’t help with the animals or products, he does repair and build various structures around the farm. When we tragically lost our nursing barn, Mical was part of the crew who spent a weekend completely rebuilding it to surprise us. 
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We are celebrating Mical’s day of birth (which to our very Portuguese grandparents is also the most precious birthday of the year) by offering you 15% off all products when you use code BESTBRO at checkout!*
 
*Offer valid 12:01AM-11:58PM EST 8/22/18 through 9/3/19 on all online orders of $25.00USD or more, before taxes and shipping. Offer has no cash value and is cannot be redeemed with any other discount. 
Comments | Posted in Farm News By Jaklyn Travis
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