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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

Celebrate Daisy and Noah

8/15/2018 1:44 PM

We are celebrating the birthdays of Daisy and Noah! If you think most of our blogs are about birthdays, you're probably right! With eight kids (two married, two engaged), two foster kids, and three grandkids under the age of 4 - not counting the foster kids with who we maintain a relationship and the friends who might as well be siblings, it seems like every week we are celebrating someone's birthday!
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Daisy, soon to be big sister to Dawson, is turning 2! She is the first grandchild for our dad David and mom Lillian, who she affectionately calls Grandpa and Grandma. She loves playing in muddy puddles, covering herself in stickers, and helping on the farm.Daisy is excited to spend her birthday partying on Grandpa's boat! 
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Noah is going to be 18 and received his high school diploma on June 8. He recently got his license and while the enjoyment of cruising his siblings around has worn off, he can still be found doing it as he delivers soaps for us. His favorite scent is cucumber melon also known as Almost Summer!
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In celebration of both Daisy and Noah's birthdays, we are offering a FLASH SALE on our soap! Today only, take 25% off each and every bar when you purchase two or more!* Simply use code "DOUBLETROUBLE" when you check out.
Happy birthdays Daisy and Noah!
*Offer valid 2:00pm-11:59pm EST 08/15/18 on online orders only. Offer has no cash value and is non-transferable. Offer applicable when two or more bars of soap is purchased; cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer does not include taxes or shipping. 
Comments | Posted in Events By Jaklyn Travis

Love Letter to Leesa

8/9/2018 12:46 PM

Brother Kelub is the latest Travis to venture out on his own! He is the proud dad of Eleanore, affectionately nicknamed Ellie, and stepdad to Ava. 

Kelub and Leesa met the way most couples do nowadays: on social media - Instagram to be exact. Despite having born grown up in a small state (and even smaller towns) with many mutual friends, Kelub and Leesa had never crossed paths before!

Once they met in "real life", they were inseparable and began to spend their free time together. Kelub describes this as "falling madly in love" before beginning to officially date and then move in together. In a topsy-turvey order of events, shortly after, they were thrilled to find out they were expecting their first child together; quickly getting engaged with a beautiful ring Kelub selected. On August 4, 2018, they made it official and became Mr. and Mrs. Kelub Travis!
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Despite their whirlwind romance, their future plans are pretty traditional: build a house on a small farm and raise their kids. Once the kids are old enough, they are excited to travel the world as a family!

When asked, Kelub said one of the things he loves most about Leesa is "even on our worst days, we always find time to laugh and realize that things will get better". 

Congratulations to Kelub and Leesa! If Kelub is anything like our dad, Leesa, Ava and Ellie will be so blessed to have him leading their family. 

Join us in celebrating the addition of another sister and granddaughter by sharing your well wishes to our beloved brother and his bride! Comment below or on any of our social media profiles!

Comments | Posted in Events By Jaklyn Travis

Faith, Farm, Fish

7/19/2018 9:10 AM

Around the farm, you won't often hear a four-letter F word but today we're going to share a few of our favorites - don't worry, this post is still kid-friendly. 
First, is FAITH. While this isn't a four-letter word, it's the basis for all we do. Our parents have raised us to believe in a loving God and the power of prayer. As a result, we trust that even the small daily tasks we do have a higher purpose and we are always looking for ways to help others. We are grateful for all God has blessed us with and how He has used some really painful situations to bring us blessings (Romans 8:28). Our faith is a huge motivator for our family to be involved in foster care, as God calls us to care for the orphans. 
Next there is FARM. This one should be pretty obvious! We are a small, local, family owned and operated farm with a variety of animals all serving a unique purpose. There are many different kinds of farms; ours is primarily a dairy goat herd. Growing up on a farm has instilled many characteristics in us such as hard work, dedication, and loyalty - and also taught us some tough life lessons such as dealing with loss. We have a huge appreciation for all of God's creatures and are honored to be entrusted in caring for some of them. We take the care of our animals VERY seriously and consider them members of our family. Farming is not a hobby that you can do part time: it is a 24/7 365 grueling (but rewarding) commitment. 
Last is FISH. Our dad loves to fish! We have grown up spending summer days in Jamestown or on his boat fishing alongside him. Jaky and her family live along a small river and we have fun on hot Sundays taking the canoes and kayaks out to fish. The next generation of kids growing up are included as well and are all "water babies". After years of post-fish stink, Noah created a goat milk soap bar for cleaning up after a day of fishing that you can buy here
To celebrate our favorite F words (the only ones our mom wants to hear us use), enter code "FWORD" at checkout for a SURPRISE DISCOUNT on orders over $25 today only.*
Important: We understand that the farm life isn't for everyone and encourage anyone who is interested in learning more or considering starting their own to do their research and educate themselves. Animals are to be respected and treated well, whether they are pets or for working purposes. This is time consuming and expensive but it's the only way to be a responsible farmer. 
*Offer valid 12:01am-11:59pm 7/19/18 on online orders totaling $25.00USD before taxes or shipping. Offer has no cash value and is non-transferable and cannot be combined with other offers. Surprise discount is revealed at time of checkout. 
Comments | Posted in Goat Milk Soap By Jaklyn Travis

Happy Birthday Dad

6/13/2018 6:07 AM

This upcoming weekend is Father's Day and we have a double reason to celebrate our dad, David, as it's also his birthday TODAY!

Our dad married our mom 29 years ago and together they have raised all 8 of us as well as countless foster children and friends who came for a night or extended visits - and some who never seem to leave. Our dad is the best! He's hardworking, a good husband, teaches us about life and God, and knows how to have fun!
One of his favorite summer pastimes, when he's able to take a break from working, is taking us out on his boat. We have so many great memories of sailing and fishing with him. He also loves to ride his motorcycle and his favorite bike partner is our mom, Lillian. 
He's the kind of dad who actually gets you the pony you asked for at Christmas, or who can build you a whole house! He's remodeled and renovated both our house and our soap factory on his own. He built an entire barn in time for Derek and Jaklyn's wedding on the farm. He's passing these skills onto our brothers who are also able to help out around the farm. 
He is also an amazing grandpa to Daisy and her soon to be baby sibling as well as Ava and Ellie. When he pulls into the farm after work, you will see the kids yelling for him and racing to be the first to give him a hug. 
For all the dads out there, happy Father's Day! In honor of you, we are offering a FREE Cold Water soap with an online purchasenow through 6/17!* If shopping at the Scituate farmer's market is more your thing, we will be offering the same special for dads this Saturday from 9am-12pm. Be sure to stop by!
*Offer valid 6/13/18 12:01am EST through 6/17/18 11:58pm EST on online orders of $30USD+ before shipping and tax. Order must include at least one product from our men's line. Offer has no cash value and is not able to be combined with any other offer.
Comments | Posted in Farm News By Jaklyn Travis

Happy Birthday Mom

5/30/2018 9:34 AM

This week we are celebrating our mom's birthday.  She was born to immigrant parents in Ottawa, Canada and speaks both English and Portuguese and was fluent in French as a child (she claims that English is her 3rd language when she misunderstands or pronounces things wrong). To learn more about her mom, our Vovo, read our last blog here. Fun fact: each of us has her maiden name, Medina, as our middle name. 


One of her greatest callings is being a mom. She's a bio mom to 7, adoptive mom to 1, foster mom to countless, and surrogate mom to all (humans and animals alike). She is rarely found with a child or two close by to her and makes functioning in chaos seem effortless. She's full of smiles, belly laughs, warm hugs, and wise advice. 


Our mom has been married to our dad, David, for 29 years and in love with him since they were teenagers. Together they have devoted themselves to leading godly lives and set great examples for us kids. Seeing our parents have such a long lasting and strong marriage gives us hope for our families. To learn more about their love story, read our blog here.


In her "free time", she works alongside middle daughter, Rachyl and oldest daughter, Jaklyn, at Rachyl's Goat Milk Soap. She is always in the middle of a project and is full of ideas. She doesn't take herself too seriously, which is a good thing when you're working with two daughters! 


One of her favorite products are our body butters. In honor of our wonderful mom, we are offering 25% off your entire order of $30 or more when you purchase a body butter from our online store, today through Saturday!*  Please use coupon code BELIEVE (it’s her favorite word)


Join us in wishing the world's best mom a very happy birthday on social media or at the Scituate Farmer's Market this Saturday from 9am-12pm!


*Order must total $30USD prior to taxes and shipping and include the purchase of a body butter. Cannot be combined with other offers. Valid 12:01am EST 5/30/18 to 11:59pm EST 6/3/18 only. Offer has no cash value. 

0 Comments | Posted in Farm News By Rachyl Travis

Two Big Milestones

5/15/2018 3:23 PM

  • This week we celebrate two big milestones!
    The first is the birthday of our Vóvó (Portuguese for grandmother), Celeste Dos Santos Marques Medina. Born May 25, 1941 to a Pentecostal preacher, she immigrated from Portugal to Canada and then to the USA with her Diplomat husband. While in Portugal, she was a soap supervisor for the Lever Soap Company (you could say this runs in our blood!) and was also a seamstress and had a sewing school.  This skill has carried over to our handmade washcloths which are soft and durable (click here to buy your own). Vóvó's handiwork is also seen while scrolling through our social media profiles on granddaughter Daisy in many of her adorable and handmade dresses. Just a few years ago, Vóvó was proud to become a US citizen!  She owned a business in nearby Cumberland which sold Portuguese jewelry, clothes and homeware.  
    In addition to Vóvó's birthday, we are also celebrating our "gotcha" day for our youngest sibling, sister Meysha. Meysha entered foster care when she was just 24 days old and was placed in four homes - including joining our family when she was less then 2 years old as a temporary placement foster sister. As the years passed, she became such a intricate part of our family that we couldn't imagine being one without her! Two years ago, we were blessed to officially adopt Meysha and welcome her as a permanent member of our family!
    May is Foster Care Month and Rhode Island has an immense need for foster families: to learn more, please click here. Currently our family has two foster babies and Meysha has adjusted to being a big sister after some time of being "the baby". 
    Meysha makes our lip balms and loves working on content for our YouTube channel.  While her favorite animals are cows, she has fish and a goat named Joey. One of her favorite non-farm activities is praising and worshipping at church where she can be found in the front row. She doesn't stop at church: every night she prays before bed and loves the music of Casting Crowns. She's a great reader and chose going to Barnes & Noble for her birthday! Her favorite restaurant is Texas Roadhouse but it doesn't serve her favorite foods: lobster and sushi. 
    While she's best known locally for her red hair and spitfire spirit, she's also a true entrepreneur - and is still working on her pool fund. The other members of the family are really hoping she's successful by the time it gets hot this summer! 
    This week in honor of Vóvó and Meysha we have TWO DEALS!
    First is a FREE washcloth handmade by Vóvó with an online purchase of $35 or more now through Friday, May 25, 2018. Our soap paired with a washcloth makes a great gift; shop our selection now!*
    You can also catch Meysha at the Scituate Farmer's Market on Saturday from 9am-12pm. Mention this blog post and get a FREE lip balm handpicked by Meysha herself with any purchase!**
    *Offer valid 12:01am 5/15/18 through 11:59pm 5/25/18 on online orders of $35USD or more before tax and shipping. No coupon code needed.  Washcloth will be automatically added. Offer has no cash value, is non-transferable, and is subject to availability. Selection of washcloths is random. 
    **Offer valid 9am-12pm 5/19/18 on all orders at the Scituate Farmer's Market only; you must mention this blog post. Offer has no cash value, is non-transferable, and is subject to availability. Selection of lip balms is random. 

Kellie Bellinger
Comments | Posted in Farm News By Jaklyn Travis
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