• Belinda’s dispatch from the road: Happy Camper Cocktails’ summer 2017

    2017-2018 was, excuse my language, a helluva year. It was a BIG year of growth for me,  personally and professionally, with Happy Camper Cocktail Company. On a professional level, there were weddings that made me laugh, cry, and over-caffeinate. We did our first brand promotion partnership with a major corporation. We crafted celebrations & intimate executive retreats for top Seattle area companies. Happy Camper Cocktails served corporate employee picnics for some major local players. We even moved forward on our new catering kitchen space in Wilkeson and our Simple Goodness Syrups collaboration with Venise, but those are subjects for future blogs! And then right in the middle of it all,…

  • Simple Goodness 2.0

    Hello again guys! You may have noticed a bit of an absence for a while there. We went on a bit of a hiatus over the summer, so thanks for sticking with us and jumping back on board. It’s been a season of immense change and we’re excited to share some of it with you now. You may have also noticed we’re looking pretty snazzy these days with a new layout and a new URL www.simplegoodnessblog.com. This snazziness is just a hint of what’s ahead for us and we’re both very excited to be moving Simple Goodness forward and reconnecting with you, our readers and friends. Last Winter and Spring,…

  • Our Weekend Adventures and Baby Goats

    Man things around the farm are busy! In Washington we all look forward to this time of year when the gray skies start to clear and summer takes shape. On the farm, the spring and summer are the busiest parts of the year and this year is going to be no different. In an effort to get some last minute R&R before the craziness of summer takes over, our family took a short trip across the mountains to Lake Chelan for Kate’s 14th birthday! Originally Kate wanted to go to the ocean and go clam digging but the warmer than normal weather brought upon an algae attack in the ocean and they…

  • What to Expect When You Are A Farmer Expecting

    There are thousands of blogs written for parents who are expecting. I love reading these blogs and decided to share my own thoughts on what one can expect when expecting. To make it interesting, I thought it would be fun to share my experiences as a farmer. So, here are five things women who farm can expect when they are expecting! Enjoy! Don’t be surprised if you compare yourself to livestock If you raise livestock, it is almost a sure bet that throughout your pregnancy you will compare yourself and your experiences to those of the livestock you raise in the barn. Don’t be surprised if you accidentally or jokingly referring to your cycles as…

  • Real Cowgirls

    The last couple of weeks have been an adjustment for me. I am finally starting to feel better and spend less time hugging the toilet which means that the pounds are starting to pack on and my belly is noticeably bigger than before. In fact, Belinda and I recently had some maternity photos taken by the talented Mrs. Laura Morceau of Casual Family Photography and while we haven’t gotten them all back yet to share, below is a nice little teaser for you all. See…I really am starting to look pregnant! Anyways, as the scale starts tipping further and further towards a number that usually belongs to my husband I am…

  • I can’t resist…more baby goat videos

    EB had her babies last night while I was in car driving home from work. Luckily Kate and Ross were home to help. She delivered three kids, one large buckling (boy), one small buckling, and one very small doeling. The doeling is adorable with pretty blue eyes. She had a hard time figuring the whole nursing thing so Kate and I helped her out with a bottle to make sure she got the nutrient rich colostrum. Hopefully by the time I get home tonight her brothers have shown her the ropes. Below are some videos I took because I absolutely cannot resist the cuteness and I am guess neither can…

  • Sade’s New Arrivals

    Last night Sade welcomed two new doelings into the world. We welcomed Sade to the farm in July of 2012 and ever since then Sade has had a special place in my heart. We bought her as a single and since she was the youngest in the herd at the time the other goats picked on her quite a bit. Since I couldn’t stand to watch her be alone in the barn I often brought her inside the house so she could get her share of food and even catch a few movies. She quickly learned to come when I called her (watch the video) and she staked her claim on the…

  • Mama’s Baby Bump

    Yesterday we had the vet out to Pregnancy check Mama. Mama wouldn’t let the vet anywhere near her with his shoulder high plastic sleeve so he bumped her on the side instead. “Bumping” is basically applying a light nudge on the right hand side of the belly feeling for a bony mass. The vet definitely felt the calf wiggling around in there. Mama is so far along that you can tell just by looking at her that she is pregnant. The vet said the calf is definitely decent sized based on how large she is. We were a bit worried about her having a calf that is too large but…

  • Venise’s Blog: EB’s Natural Maternal Instincts Videos

    Probably the most amazing part of EB’s delivery  was watching our goat’s natural instincts in action. This was EB’s first pregnancy and it was amazing to see nature at work.  Just like they said she would, she became very friendly and was obviously distraught when we would leave her alone. When she started contracting we felt really bad for her and tried to stay with her as much as possible. When we were sitting with her she would quiet down and relax. While we enjoyed helping her feel comfortable we also noticed that she wasn’t progressing when we would sit with her so we would try to leave periodically so she could pace, stretch out,…