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Shearing Day!

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Shearing Day!

I didn’t realize how much work went into having the alpacas sheared so I was incredibly grateful for the previous owners teaching us how to have a successful shearing day. The alpacas need to be sheared once summer rolls around. In Colorado, it can sometimes be difficult because it has snowed in May so usually shearing happens at the end of May. There is a balance though because you don’t want to shear them too early (in case Colorado decides to have a late snow storm) but you also don’t want to shear them too late. Their fibers are incredibly...

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Alpaca Fiber, Who Knew?!

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Alpaca Fiber, Who Knew?!

“So… there’s this guy that has an alpaca farm. He’s moving and needs a good home for his alpacas.” I knew right when Mark said “So…..” all dragged out and hesitant that we were either starting another project or we were getting another animal. Turns out, we were getting five. The story of the alpacas coming to live with us and how five turned into eight will be next week. I want to focus on alpaca fiber and how this fiber will make you feel like royalty! Many people group alpaca fiber and sheep wool into the same category but...

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The Wonders of Coconut Oil

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The Wonders of Coconut Oil

Before I started making products with nutrient-rich raw goats milk, I used coconut oil for everything. I used it for cooking, lotion, to take my makeup off, under eye treatments, you name it, I used coconut oil. Once I started researching soap and cream recipes I knew that two ingredients were non-negotiable going into each product: raw goats milk and coconut oil. I’ve discussed goats milk pretty extensively so I want to concentrate on coconut oil and why this miracle oil is my go to for everything, even toothpaste! I was first introduced to coconut oil because of my dogs....

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Duchess the Fighter

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Duchess the Fighter

Mark and I had been visiting the ranch for my birthday in March of 2015. We had already decided that we were going to move, we were just getting everything straightened out in California. Mark had decided to go into town for a couple things while I lounged around the house enjoying a much-needed quiet break. Mark came walking in the door and said, “I found you a birthday present but I don’t know if you want it so I want to tell you before I buy it.” I thought this was funny because Mark and I don’t exchange “birthday...

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We Got Milking Goats!... Now What?

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We Got Milking Goats!... Now What?

Fun, way too much information fact: I have always had gastrointestinal issues and very early on learned that I was lactose intolerant. I grew up basically staying away from dairy, which was frustrating because I LOVE mint chocolate chip ice cream. I got used to it though and just accepted the fact that I won’t be able to enjoy dairy the way that others do. That was until we started milking our goats. When Mark convinced me to get the goats, I really didn’t know what the plan for them was (this is how we roll, make rash decisions, figure...

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