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Advanced Soap Making; Removing the Mystery www.anniesgoathill.com

I am excited to announce the release of my new book, Advanced Soapmaking: Removing the Mystery, co-authored with Alyssa Middleton of Vintage Body Spa.

Coverage from our Amazon.com page, where the book is available, “Enter the world of progressive soap making through Advanced Soap Making: Removing the Mystery. As if you were attending one of their private classes, the authors, Mary Humphrey and Alyssa Middleton lead you through step-by-step instructions, tips and formulas: * How to create unique soap formulas and size the formula to any mold * How to make luxurious goat milk soap * How to beautifully swirl and layer * How to blend natural scents like a pro * How to embed and rebatch natural soaps You will also gain extensive knowledge of common and exotic soap making oils, butters, herbs, unique liquids, hardeners and waxes. The glossary and resource guide erase any remaining advanced soap making doubts with easy to read terminology and locations to shop for ingredients, packaging and other soap making needs.”

My personal goat milk soap making techniques are included in the book, as well as the formula that I follow. Goat milk soap, including most made from scratch soaps, are worth every penny you either put (or pay) into them! Learning how to make the soap yourself really does pay off – for the health of your skin!

If you are new at soap making, or even if you are more experienced, I feel you will find this book to be a great resource.

Happy reading, and happy soaping!

Mary

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hammering the books out (via dreamstme.com)

My book, temporarily called All About Goats from Annie, is firmly on the road of progress.

Never did I think I would see 71 pages of goat health related reference material in one chapter, but it happened. Whew! I have been refining the content, completing the research, which has amounted to more time devoted to one chapter than the entire 36,000 words I have so far written in the book.

At this point, I have set a goal to publish by October 31, 2014, with that being the latest date, hoping for a sooner release. For those of you waiting for the book, it is not going to take much longer!

Other writing projects on my white board:

Advanced Soapmaking: Removing the Mystery, co-authored with Alyssa Middleton, is soon to be released. We hope to have the book proof in our hands within 7-10 days.

Annie’s Adventures On the Farm (temporarily named), a youth fiction novelette, is nearly 80% complete. It will set sail after All About Goats from Annie is published.

Hammering the words out, onwards!

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sarah www..anniesgoathill.com

I am making huge progress with the goat book that I am writing. I am nearing the stage of clean-up before sending to an editing team. This book covers many aspects of goat ownership, including, but not limited to, things to consider when purchasing goats, health and wellness care, milking, many of my own personal experiences and stories.

What topics would you like to see included in a goat book? Think about the articles and books that you have read, what have you not seen that you would like, or need, to learn about?

Please leave your comments here, or email me at anniesgoathill@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Mary

 

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A week ago I started something I consider monumental in my life.

My husband and I were away from home. Out of the blue the urge to start a new book came to me.

We were in a remote location when the writing notion hit. We were nowhere near a store, and basically stranded for a  few hours. We started gathering paper from anywhere and everywhere – a 2″x4″ tablet, the back side of junk mail, envelopes, and even cardboard boxes. The words flowed…they gushed out as if they had been dammed behind a concrete wall for years.

I suddenly realized the book that my husband suggested that I write four years ago had just been started.

Today, I transferred my hand-written notes to a Word document and officially started the Annie’s All About Goats (to be re-named) book file. I now have a preface and two chapters, and more hand-written notes to begin another chapter.

The purpose of the book will serve as a basic guide. As the writing progresses I’ll update you here, and will likely be asking for your favorite goat supply locations, and other information you may want to see in the book, including goat care tips. I may even hi-lite a few goat farms for those of you that want exposure.

I am excited! I hope you are too.

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comittment www.anniesgoathill.com

The most prominent virtue I gained in 2012 was the ability to be flexible without looking back.

Life and business thrives with an acceptance of change – one that allows us to merely become fluid any time it is necessary.

In 2012, I shut down my soap business and goat farm. It was not an easy shift, but to this day it is providing opportunities that I never imagined could exist.

I started The Creative Entrepreneur blog series in 2012. With the pivoting of business and writing gears, I found I could not devote myself to both my personal and series commitments.

In 2012, I also began writing several books, co-authored with Melissa Middleton of Vintage Body Spa. We published the first book of our series, Essential Soap Making, as an e-Book. We recently re-submitted the book to editing. It is being re-formatted as a book in print. The newly formatted book is within weeks of a publish date.

I have committed (myself) to publishing eight books in 2013. If you are raising your eyebrows at my lofty goal, trust me, so am I. Being flexible, as life continues to take amazing twists and turns, will lead to greater success. But committing to the writing goal, by just tying the knot that won’t come undone, is how it will be accomplished.

I hope you stay and witness my exciting journey ahead!

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boer and dairy goats www.anniesgoathill.com

Annie’s Goat Hill was not something that I planned out on paper.  The farm and the soap company evolved from a passion for natural things, and from a strong life-long love for animals.

I am excited to share with you the featured article that I wrote for the Orscheln Farm & Home Blog.

Each time I write my story I realize how much I have accomplished, and I find that I am excited to share as much as I can.

Thank you to Orscheln Farm & Home, my hope is that the article helps to promote positive inspiration!

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I have been weighing out the pro’s and con’s of starting a new blog for a very long time.

My longing is to write about anything and everything that I feel passionate about. Most of those thoughts have nothing to do with the soap business.

The Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted soap website will be re-designed in the future, with the link to this blog located on the main navigation page of the new site.  It only makes sense to me to ensure a big portion of  the blog content is related to soap, products, the soap business, the farm (milk wouldn’t exist without it), and bits and pieces of me (who I am).

One of the joys that I have come to know as a business owner is the reality that I can be myself.  I love it! I have the capability and power to make my own decisions, to guide my own ship(s).  And writing is a boat that has sat at the dock.

So, the decision was made to start a new blog, www.Mary-Humphrey.com, geared towards writing, and link to it and the posts here (for a while).  For those of you that have expressed your enjoyment of my posts, I would love for you to follow me over!

Marching forward!

Mary

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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