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    We love our NICU families!

    We love our NICU families!

    Are you a family who has had experience in the NICU? Whether you have or you have walked alongside a family in the NICU, you know that it can be a scary place to be, especially during months where sickness and germs are spreading easily. You desperately need to keep your friends and family healthy as you care for your little one, even in the days after you come home. For the past couple years, we have offered our Elderberry Syrup free to NICU families, as a simple way to support them during a difficult season. We have countless stories from our NICU customers about the courage, strength and miracles their families have experienced. It’s a blessing to hear the stories and to be a small part of it!

    We are excited to announce that we are relaunching our NICU Family Program! This is a way that NICU families can receive our products FREE in the first year of their baby’s life. Here’s how you can participate:

    1. Email us at info@theelderberryco.com with the subject “NICU Family Program”. In the email, tell us a little about your story, including your first name, last name, email, phone number and the date your baby was born.
    2. We will send you a gift card for $100 to use throughout the first year of your baby’s life on any of our products in store or online at theelderberryco.com. You can choose from our best selling Elderberry Syrup, Elderberry Gummies, Wellness Tea and more! These products aren’t for baby, but can be used by your immediate family and friends to keep them healthy for lots of baby snuggles. 

    Community is so important when you are going through a difficult season and while we may not be in your inner circles to walk with you through your NICU experience, we are blessed to be able to support you through Elderberry Syrup! The peace of mind it gives me as a mom in keeping my family healthy is why I started this small business and why we have our NICU Family Program. We hope it blesses you and your family!

    Please share our NICU Family Program with anyone you know who could benefit from it! If you have any questions, please email us at info@theelderberryco.com.

    Merry Christmas from The Elderberry Co Team!

    Everything You Need to Know About Our Subscription Program

    Everything You Need to Know About Our Subscription Program

    One of the many things I LOVE about starting, growing and running this business is giving you guys an inside look into our operations. We may have customers in all 50 states and sell MILLIONS in immune-supporting elderberry products, but we are truly a small business. We have a team of 12 people here in southern Indiana who work SO HARD to make quality products and provide exceptional customer experiences. One of those experiences is our Subscription Program. I created this program almost three years ago to be a convenient way to get our elderberry products on a recurring basis, and it is one of the BEST things about our business. I know you’re busy, so I’ll bullet point everything you need to know:

    • Every product you find on our website will have the choice for “one time purchase” or “Subscribe & Save 10%”
    • Simply select “Subscribe & Save 10%” which will ask you to choose how often you would like to receive that product.
    • After selecting your frequency (i.e. every 2 weeks, one month, etc.), select “Complete Subscription”
    • Finish checking out and you are all set! You’ll receive that product on a recurring basis, saving 10% automatically with every order!
    • Want to change or cancel your subscription? It’s super easy! You’ll first need to create an account HERE. Once you create and activate your account, you’ll login and see a “Manage Subscription” button which will allow you to change your next order date, skip an order, apply a discount or cancel your subscription altogether. 
    • At any point if you need help, someone from our small team of 12 is here to help! Simply email us at info@theelderberryco.com, and we will be there for you :-)

    Our subscribers are the reason we are successful and able to continue growing our business. Now through the end of the year, save an extra 15% (for a total of 25%) off your order when you sign up for a subscription with code FIRST15 at checkout! 

    Thank you for trusting us to empower your family with a natural and effective way to stay healthy and active. Cheers!

    We asked our team, “What are your best life tips?” and here’s what we learned...

    We asked our team, “What are your best life tips?” and here’s what we learned...

    Life can get crazy sometimes, amirite? We have all been there and sometimes you just simply need some advice from the people that are in your corner. 

    The Elderberry Co. team is in your corner, and we thought it would be neat to share some of our best life tips with you. We all have a story to tell by our experiences. It was inspiring and fun to hear the stories behind the tips our team gave us. Encouraging words can go a long way and we hope that reading some of these will push you through some of the unknowns in life. 

    “When you truly let go of caring of what others think about you, you bloom into your freeing, happiest, and most beautiful self!” Alex, Customer Care

    “When you trust the one who created you, you’re in the right place.” Kimberly, Customer Care

    “Don’t take yourself too seriously, and assume good intentions in those around you.” Jenny, Owner

    “Show yourself the love you show others.” Megan, Chief of Operations

    “Trust your gut.” Tracy, Store Manager

    “Remember who you are, if you’re unsure take the time to discover. Everyone has a divine purpose.” Miranda, Operations Manager

    “Get to know Jesus. Intentionality and listening are so important. Limit your distraction (intentional brain breaks).” Megan, Store Team Member

    “Prioritize your personal needs and wants. We should be finding our truest self before placing anything in the way.” Lexi, Store Team Member

    What are some of the best life tips you’ve found useful?

    Three Must-Read Books for Homeschooling Mommas

    Three Must-Read Books for Homeschooling Mommas

    I am not a homeschooling expert…not even close. I started homeschooling last year with my Kindergartener and I was completely surprised that I made the decision to homeschool. Our reasons for choosing home, public or private school vary from family to family and I’m a firm believer that there isn’t a “wrong” answer to how you choose for your child to receive an education. For me, I chose homeschool because I wanted to protect the peace in my family and household. I didn’t want to have to ride the waves of quarantines and new CDC guidelines that schools were subject to in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. I didn’t want my child’s memory of Kindergarten to be masked and socially distanced from his friends and teachers. So I was fortunate enough to be able to keep my kids home with me and we set out on our journey to homeschool.

    I am a HUGE believer in community and specifically leaning on the wisdom of mentors and people who have gone before, so I reached out to the homeschooling mommas I knew and started asking questions. I came across three books that helped me so much as I started. If you are new to homeschooling, hopefully these books can give you the tools you need to feel empowered in your homeschooling journey:

    1. Teaching from Rest: A Home-Schooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie. This was the first book I read and it’s a super quick and easy read. I first laughed at the title because it sounded so flowery and impossible, but the author does a fantastic job at giving you the basics of setting a solid foundation to your homeschool. You’ll learn things like how to craft your “why” behind the reason you are homeschooling. It’s so very good and worth rereading every year you choose to homeschool.
    2. The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming the Wonder in Your Child’s Education by Ainsley Arment. I loved this book for so many reasons. It is BEAUTIFULLY designed and it really leaves you feeling empowered to homeschool. It helped me see that homeschooling wasn’t a lesser option than public/private schools. It also gave me summarized information from different homeschooling philosophies like Unschooling, Charlotte Mason and Waldorf. Like Teaching From Rest, it is an easy read and won’t take too long to go through.
    3. The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart: I’ll be honest, I haven’t finished this book yet (I’m notorious for not finishing books). But what I have read I have LOVED. She gives you practical ideas to implement into your homeschool. For example, this book is the reason we do “Wednesday Workshops” where I surprised my kids with a table full of arts and craft supplies and gave them freedom to “create”. It’s messy but oh so fun.

    I hope to share more with you guys about my homeschooling journey. If you are a homeschooling mom, please comment below with any other book recommendations you have found helpful to you!

    Top 10 questions our Customer Service Reps get asked

    Top 10 questions our Customer Service Reps get asked

    Customer service team here!

    Getting to work as the customer service representatives is seriously such a fun job. We sincerely are so blessed to get to talk to all of you and hear about how we are able to help in any way possible. We find joy in meeting our customers right where they are and explaining any and everything we can with a clear sense of communication. Communication is huge to us. That’s how many of us work best, knowing the things we need to know before committing ourselves to something.

    A ton of you are returning customers, and we are so thankful that you let us help be your support when it comes to keeping your family healthy! We wanted to step into some of these questions and answer them for those of you who are new or are needing a little refresher. Here are some common questions we can answer for you now that we get asked often.

    1. Can you use this as a syrup on pancakes/waffles?
    No, our Elderberry Syrup is not thick like maple syrup. We do not use any preservatives or glucose; therefore, our syrup is a juice-like consistency. If you were to put it on your pancakes, it would make them a bit soggy and not give your pancakes the ooey gooey sugary syrup consistency we all love! Instead, most of our customers will take their daily serving of elderberry syrup in one of our shot glasses.

    2. How do you keep your syrup cold during shipment?
    We don’t ship our syrup cold. We take great care in packing each jar, and we ship them at room temperature. We test our batches to ensure they are safe out of the fridge during the 6-7 days of transit. We do recommend getting it in the fridge when it arrives to ensure the longest shelf life.

    3. Do you use a canning process?
    We don’t use a canning process because we want to keep our honey raw (awesome health benefits from raw honey). We have a lidding machine that screws the lids on tightly, followed by a heat seal band around the top of the jar to ensure it hasn’t been tampered with.

    4. Is your honey local?
    Our honey is local to the Southern Indiana/Ohio valley area and located about 15 minutes from our shop.

    5. Do you have any sugar free products?
    Yes! Our Elderberry Syrup Kits are a great way to make a sugar free version of our Elderberry Syrup. Instead of adding honey to your kit, you can add an alternative sweetener or omit the sugar altogether.

    6. What if I take too much Elderberry?
    The only adverse effect of taking too much Elderberry Syrup is it could take on a mild laxative (think prune juice). Other than that, our syrup is simply a natural blend of berries, spices and honey so feel free to take more or less than our recommended serving size!

    7. What do I do with your syrup?
    Take one tablespoon (for adults) as a daily immune booster for overall health or you can add it to other recipes to enhance it both with taste and health! We have many customers who add their daily dose to their water, tea, or even coffee!

    8. New vs. old gummies, why are they different?
    When we first launched our gummies, we quickly learned that because of the extremely high vitamin C content, direct sunlight turned them BRIGHT blue. In order to keep them from turning blue, we needed to either switch to artificial colorants or lower our Vitamin C content. We HATE artificial colorants so we decided to lower the Vitamin C content slightly (it is still much higher than the recommended daily dose). In addition to the change in Vitamin C, we also listened to customer feedback and lowered our sugar content from 3.5g to 1g per gummy. 

    9. Is your Wellness tea just as beneficial as your Elderberry Syrup?
    Our Wellness tea is a customer favorite! While it has the benefit of elderberries, it is not as concentrated as our syrup. One tablespoon of our syrup would equal out (health benefit wise) to about 3 cups of our tea.

    10. How else can you sweeten the kit?
    While you can buy our raw honey separately, we have some customers who sweeten it with Stevia, Splenda or other sweeteners. 

    Please let us know if you have any other questions as we are ready to answer them! Thank you for letting us serve you as we grow as a small business.

    Written by Alex Dean & Kimberly Pavan