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Spring Has Sprung Giveaway!

The latest giveaway from The Country Chick and my Etsy shop, MaidenHillFarm, is finally here! 

Enter to win the following:

1 Preservative Free Beeswax Solid Lotion Bar

1 Beeswax Lip Balm

And 1 Small Beeswax/Cocoa Butter Cellulite/Massage Bar

In a cute, reusable muslin gift bag. 

Spring Has Sprung Giveaway

Now for the legalese: Open to entries from the US only. One lucky winner will be chosen at random when the contest ends on March 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM CST. The winner will be contacted by email to obtain their mailing address – if after 48 hours I haven’t received a response, a new winner will be chosen. When you sign in to Rafflecopter make sure to include an email address so that I can contact you. As soon as possible, I will mail out the prize.

P.S. If you don’t want to wait until the end of the giveaway, please visit my shop on Etsy here.

Best of luck to everyone!!!

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End of Summer MHF Giveaway!!!

Or should I call this the Beginning of Fall MHF Giveaway?

Maybe, but since it still feels like it’s 100 degrees here, I’ll just keep Summer in the title. And actually, there’s no sign of ending, yet. But let’s get back to the giveaway.

That’s right! It’s time for another giveaway. And the prize this go around?

A bath and body gift set from my Etsy shop, Maiden Hill Farm, including one bar of goat milk soap, one sample box of sugar cube scrubs, and a lip balm!

Summer 2015

Please Note: The Sugar Cube Scrub set pictured above is a full set not a sample.

A sample set will include 2 or 3 actual sugar cubes.

Now for the legalese: Open to entries from the US only. One lucky winner will be chosen at random when the contest ends on September 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM CST. The winner will be contacted by email to obtain their mailing address – if after 48 hours I haven’t received a response, a new winner will be chosen. When you sign in to Rafflecopter make sure to include an email address so that I can contact you. As soon as possible, I will mail out the prize.

P.S. If you don’t want to wait until the end of the giveaway, please visit my shop on Etsy here.

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Talking Soap.

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to do a soap demonstration at the Claybank Master Gardeners Club meeting.

By the way, a big thank you for inviting us! We had such a wonderful time!!

We (Mom and I) had so much fun talking soap and goats and all of the benefits you get when you combine them (soap and goat milk, that is ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). And of course, making soap. 

Cotton Pickin’, one of my favorites to make because of the pretty blue color.

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I think it turned out really well (find it listed in the shop in about two more weeks).

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If you’d like to have us do a Soap Making Demonstration at your event or club meeting, feel free to visit the Contact Me page. 

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September In Photos.

Looking through the photos I took in September, I realized I didn’t take that many.

A little advice, which is totally related to the above statement. . . . if you’re allergic to, oh, let’s say peanut dust (I know, it’s such a weird allergy, right?), possibly the worst place you could ever live is south Alabama. During fall.

In other words, peanut picking time. There aren’t enough antihistamines in the whole world to make September and October my favorite time of year.

Except I do love fall decorations. And fall food. And pumpkins. And college football. And, yeah, even fresh boiled peanuts.

And my birthday is in October. So, maybe I do like this time of year a little bit even if I do look like a sneezing, red eyed, sniffling hot mess.

But that’s for another day. Another post. Let’s get back to the topic at hand. . . .
September In Photographs

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, then you’ve most likely heard plenty about farm poodle, Bryony. And believe me, there is plenty more I could tell you about Bry (my absolutely, without a doubt spoiled to the brim dog).

Like, for instance, that I picked up 19 dog toys off the floor the other day Count ’em 19! I seriously need to teach her to put them back on her own ๐Ÿ˜‰ But enough about my spoiled dog.

You may not know that I also have two Weimaraners: Remy and Hunter. My gray ghost dogs.

Hunter is my old guy, and turned eight years old in September.

And while, he was much more, uh, precocious than even Bry in his younger days. Yeah, precocious. . . . that makes it totally sound funny and cute, doesn’t it?

It wasn’t. At the time. It is, now. We’re talking Chew City. Nothing was off limits to my precocious little guy.

But Hunny’s mellowed out over the years into a very polite, quiet gentleman, and mostly spends his spare time practicing his favorite hobbies:

Napping.

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Resting.

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And catching some Zzzzzs.

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Followed by, “Who can nap with you taking pictures of them, Ma?”

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Mose also had a birthday last month. Three years ago our very spoiled donkey (who’s always ready for a selfie and acts more like a cross between a goat and a really big dog most days) entered this world early one morning.

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The boy goats, meanwhile, are in rut. Big time! Which, if you’re not familiar with goats, just means that they’re acting like a bunch of hormonal, obnoxious, extremely smelly, lip curling teenagers that are concerned with one thing and one thing only. Girls. More specifically girl goats.

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This is the time of year that I try not to touch the boys or honestly, even get too near them if I don’t have to. And only if I have old clothes on. And I’m not going anywhere special in the next day or two. The short and sweet of it. . . . they stink. And whoever said farming is glamorous?

In other goaty news, soap has been on the agenda lately. Lots of soap. . . .

Soap collage
Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Oatmeal & Tupelo Honey, Lick Me All Over, Shades of Grey, and Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo Bar.

Check out the ombre action going on with Shades of Grey. How cool is that?

All four of the above soaps, along with a couple more, will be listed in our Etsy shop this week.

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Overwhelmed

Just a reminder that this blog is moving (http://thecountrychickblog.com).

Starting tomorrow (most likely. . . or maybe the next day) all posts on here will (hopefully, if it works right) redirect to the new url and site. Feel free to go ahead and take a look at the new blog – which is still being tweaked a little.

Regarding the title of this post. . . ย that is exactly how I’m feeling at the moment. Just a tad overwhelmed at all of the different options WordPress offers. But I’ll figure it out. Eventually.

And no. I’m not bald. Not yet, at least.

And what else have I been up to lately? Soaping. Lots of soaping. Which is not overwhelming. More like therapeutic, actually, and a much needed break from all the techno, css-ing, html-ing of blog building.

I had sort of fallen a little behind on restocking some of our most popular soaps, but never fear, they’re back! I will be relisting them over the next month.

I also made a couple of new seasonal additions. Such as Fallen Leaves (pictured above), complete with a thin pencil line of gold mica and a little soap leaf on top.