Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Show Time

I had just set the bucket full of pine and oak leaves in its holder on the milking stand, when the first large glop of water splattered on my shoulder. Tilting my head back, I glared at the swollen rain clouds that hovered above me. I wanted to be frustrated, but instead I felt the resignation that, "Yeah Lily; this is what you get when you wait till the last minute".
It was a grey Friday morning, the day before the Forever Goat Show that my mom and I attended every year. I had started shaving down our goats the previous day, but I still had one more to go.  Unfortunately the spring storm clouds that had been lingering ominously had finally decided to break. I had contemplated moving the shaving equipment into the milking room for all of five second. But for those of you who don't know, shaving goats is a furry business; I wasn't going to be the one sweeping up the piles of fine shavings and completely taking apart our milking machine because it had gotten clogged with hair. No thank you.
Exasperated, I put all of the equipment safely under cover and went back inside, hoping that I would have the luxury of a little sun later in the day. Around 2 O'clock a goat-breeder friend of our's, Mrs. Kelley, would be arriving with her goats, and we would be trailering to the show together. Some time after 5:30pm, a church friend who was also a tattoo artist would be arriving to help us tattoo our yearlings. We had a full day ahead of us, and yet the sky had decided that it was going to have a meltdown.

Despite the difficulties of the event, goat shows were always a lot of fun. The pre-show preparations could be somewhat laborious, but the show itself was a time where all the long time goat breeders gathered together for a day for friendly (and on occasion not so friendly) competition. All of the goat breeders of central Florida knew each other, either personally or through association, so it was also a time for old friends to catch up with each other. Sadly, I would not be going to this show, simply because I had other commitments that needed to be fulfilled (mostly school related), but my mother and Mrs. Kelley would attending.
I realize that not many people know exactly how a dairy goat show operates, so allow me to explain:
Just like any livestock show, conformation is key, but dairy goats do have their own set of qualities that are most important in a breeding-quality animal. Since a dairy goat's primary use is in milk production, their entire anatomy should be best suited for their job.
Naturally one of the main thing that a judge will look at is the mammary system (a doe's udder). There are many aspects to the udder, all of which contribute to the over all milk production. There are also things such as length of bone, dairy character, chest and rib-cage, depth of barrel, escutcheon, hip placement, et cetera et cetera. The list is overwhelming. What surprises most people, is that all of these characteristics, even the most seemingly trite ones, are not just to describe the "prettiest" goat.  Every single detail contributes towards creating the most fully functional, milk producing dairy goat. Even something as insignificant as the width of a doe's nostrils, because the more oxygen that she is able to inhale and circulate through her system, the better her milk production will be.
Needless to say, the judging process can be quite lengthy, but in return you get an excellent evaluation of your animal, and you get to show off your animal. It's one thing when an animal that you bought from someone else win. It's entirely different when a doe that you bred for yourself wins.There is a huge amount of gratification, and it is excellent advertisement for your farm.

Goat shows have always been apart of my childhood, and some of my best memories with my mother were at them. These shows were a wonderful way for me to bond with my mother, and it was something that we shared together. Not only that, but most of the people that I know at the local shows have known me since I was very young, and have watched me grow up, so attending these shows is almost like a family reunion.

Granted, some people may have a hard time seeing the draw, but there is something charming about the dairy goat and the people that own them. We all share a similar love for the same creature, and this brings us together.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The MTV Movie Awards 2014

  This year SimplyCaprine had the exciting opportunity to participate in the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in association with  The Artisan Group®.  On April 11th-12th the GBK's Luxury Gift Lounge was the exclusive host to an invitation only selection of renowned celebrities and members of the press.  The Artisan Group® exhibit was set up to welcome Hollywood celebrities and members of the press and gift a selection of handcrafted gifts  And perched there on display for all attendees to view was SimplyCaprine's  bars of Cedarwood Lime soap, and Sea Salt Bar, along with bottles of matching Blissful Body Oil.

   On top of being on display we were present in the 100 of The Artisan Group® coveted swag bags which were gifted to all attending celebrities and members of the press.  Each contained dozens of flawlessly handcrafted gifts from the most exquisite artisans and along with the others they would find SimplyCaprine's Sea Salt Bar wrapped in pretty blue and white paper and nestled with a business card inside of an all natural cotton bag.

One of the exciting rewards that comes with being on display with The Artisan Group® is that as each celebrity swings by to receive their bags they get to take a picture with one of the items on display.  This year we are thrilled to announce that five different celebrities picked our product for their photo!!!

Jeff Kober ~ Well known for his role in "China Beach" and "The Walking Dead" as well as being in several other popular TV series

Jonathan Sadowski ~ Known best for his roles in "She's The Man" and "Friday the 13th"

Sherri Saum ~ Star of "Sunset Beach" and many other TV shows

Jonathan Lipnicki ~ The young, uprising star that is perhaps best known for his roles in "Jerry Maguire" and "Stuart Little"

Draya Michele ~  The beautiful actress from "Basketball Wives LA"

   We could not be more excited with such fabulous exposure, but perhaps the most wonderful reward from our participation is the response that we have gotten from all of the celebrities that were gifted. They have all been so gracious and thankful.  I do believe that this has been the most all-around heartwarming group of celebrities that we have gifted thus far.
   As a small business this has been an incredibly thrilling experience and we cannot wait to see what comes next in our future!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Just Kidding!

Oh it's that lovely time of year!  The time of hot cocoa, blazing fires, ugly sweaters, nipping frost, and...


Each Spring we summon in the new year with a fresh batch of rambunctious kids, making January easily the most stressful, sleepless, wonderful time of year.  If I had to pick one reason why we continue to raise dairy goats in such size and scale, I would tell you without a moment's pause that it's because of the kids.  There is nothing in the world quite as adorable as a baby goat and we are blessed with them in large quantities.

Since our primary reasons of breeding dairy goats are for show and production, we choose to bottle raise all of our babies.  There are several reasons for this;
Firstly, it reduces the chance of them picking up any milk-transmitted diseases that may be passed from the dam.
Secondly, bottle raised kids are much friendlier and much, much easier to handle, making it easier to train them for show as well as to sell them.  In a few months they'll have grown quite a bit and it's no fun to be chasing them around in the Florida summer heat!

Now bottle raising kids means that we attend each and every one of the births.  Once they are born we put them in large tubs of hay and bring them inside the house for the first twenty-four hours.  And this is where the long nights begin!  During that first night, it is my job to sleep on the couch next to them so that I can wake up every hour or so in order to make sure that they have enough colostrum.  As you can imagine, this combined with the kiddings themselves can create a lot of stress.  However, in the long run it is worth it every single time.

   And so we wait with bated breath, impatient and straining.  In fact I'm waiting right now!  Our first doe of the season looks as though she's ready to pop any second.  So wish us luck and Happy Kidding!

Lily P.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Fashionable Occasion: New York! New York!

An explosion of light, and the sharp, resounding crackle of camera lenses.  Wisps of unruly hair held in a perfect mass of tangle by sweet hairspray.  Nails and cuticles meticulously manicured, and the aroma of designer perfume that saturates the atmosphere.  Women with chiseled, elfish features wait patiently as they are fitted into loosely molded garments of densely contrasting colours.

Welcome to New York Fashion Week.

This is the last place on earth that you would expect to find the crisp, bright packaging of a local, handmade bar of soap.  And yet there, buried in The Artisan Group's elegant swag bags, at GBK's New York Fashion Week Luxury Gift Lounge, are the burlap packages of SimplyCaprine's Cedarwood Lime Goat's Milk Soap and Body Oil.

It's been a long road to get here, a journey overflowing with goat's milk, essential oils, silk ribbon, and scrapbooking paper.  But at last we've arrived and we take a step back to observe our work in pride.  And we couldn't be happier!

Cedarwood Lime Goat Milk Soap and Body Oil

Cedarwood Orange Goat Milk Soap and Body Oil

And take a look at some of those who received those fabulous swag bags, we scroll through the names in amazement.  Names like;

Carissa Rosario - Maxim Model
Dr. Rosetta Garries - Renowned NYC Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon

Emma Kenney - Showtime's "Shameless"
Glamo - Celebrity Stylist
Ice-T - Law and Order SVU
June Ambrose - Celebrity Stylist

Matt Letscher - ABC's "Scandal", CW's "The Carrie Diaries"
Patricia Field - Fashion Designer
Philip Bloch - Fashion Designer

Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola - Jersey Shore
Siggy Flicker - TV personality, Author

As well as several members of the press including;

British Vogue
Fashion Daily Magazine
Beauty News NYC
Huffington Post
In Touch
Life & Style
Maxim Magazine
OK! Magazine

We could not be more pleased with the results of this event and we're keeping our fingers crossed for good feed back!  We offer out deepest gratitude to The Artisan Group for making these celebrity events available to small town businesses like us!  If you click on the link to visit the 2013 GBK NY Fashion Week Gift Guide, you can view all the artisans who participated with us;  We're on page 11!

2013 GBK NY Fashion Week Gift Guide

We'll keep you all updated on any progressive developments that we have from this event!

Phillip Bloch sent this tweet to The Artisan Group; how awesome is that?!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Soap Naming Contest

The winner of our soap naming contest will win:

One $50.00 Gift Certificate for any SimplyCaprine product, and of course, one bar of this newly named soap!!

 This soap is scented with an essential oil blend of star anise oil, clove oil and peppermint oil, along with a swirl of organic cocoa powder.  It is a savory/sweet/exotic scent and almost smells edible...yummy!!!


  • Leave your name selection on this blog
  • Follow us on Facebook and share our status update about this contest.
  • Follow us on Twitter and retweet this contest.
Entries will close on Monday, September 17th and winner announced on Wednesday September 19th.

So put on your creative thinking cap and good luck!!!

Monday, August 13, 2012


Hello Everyone, my name is Lily Perez, I am sixteen years old and I'm with SimplyCaprine goats milk skin care.  

    As a quick background overview, for those of you who don't know us, the business was founded by my mother, Toni Perez, and I approximately four years ago as a means to support our Lamancha dairy goat herd.  We make all our products from home and are located in Floral City, FL.  Our products are made all naturally with farm-fresh goats milk and are free of any preservatives, chemicals, synthetic additives or irritating fillers.  We have an online store at and we also sell our products at the Inverness local farmers' market, in Inverness, FL.  We also supply our products for whole sale.

    Together we are the infamous Mother/daughter team and we work together to inform the world of a clean alternative to the mass-production of commercial soap lines.  Mom is definitely more precise, dedicated, skilled, and much better at following instructions than I am and therefore she is the one who actually makes the products.  I, on the other hand, am more whimsical and artsy and yes, a bit eccentric, so henceforth I am responsible for the packaging and designing.

    After much procrastination and hesitation, due to my loathing of computers, I have finally decided to take up this blog as a way to keep all my ravishing readers up to date, not only on the newest developments of SimplyCaprine, but also on the happenings of our farm.  I dearly hope that you enjoy and I look forward to the adventures ahead. 
    But for now I bid you adieu, farewell!


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