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    Blog — experiences

    Monday morning thoughts…

    Monday morning thoughts…

    We didn’t have a blog scheduled to post this morning, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that a spontaneous blog may be a nice way to start a Monday morning for me and maybe for you as well. So here I go just sharing a few thoughts that I honestly don’t even know what they are as I type them (yikes). 

    The whole reason I (accidentally) started this business was because I wanted to help other parents feel empowered to help their families stay healthy. For me, my first child was constantly going to the doctor the first year of his life with sniffles that turned into ear infections and prescribed antibiotics. As a new mom at the time, I hated that cycle and I was left feeling like there wasn’t anything I could do to help my child feel better. It was at that point that I found elderberry syrup. I made it for my family and immediately saw the benefits it had to offer in supporting our immune systems and keeping us healthy and active. I knew there were other moms out there that felt the same way I did and wanted a way to help their kids. So I posted on Facebook offering samples, with no intention AT ALL of starting a business. Now, four years later, my elderberry syrup is in households across the country and my mission to empower families is happening every day. Families are staying healthy and active as they experience the incredible benefits and power of elderberry, a simple plant that grows everywhere. Words can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am for my journey.

    I love The Elderberry Co more than I can even describe. And not just the products that we make, but the community it has brought to me and my family. What started as a one-woman-show in my home kitchen is now a WONDERFUL team of 12 people…the absolute best people in the world. Some of you guys see part of our team on social media doing crazy tik toks, some of you see our team at the register at our cute little shop in downtown New Albany, Indiana. We have the hardest working, fun-loving, deeply compassionate people on our team and I could not have built this business without each and every one of them. 

    Our story is far from over. We have some incredibly exciting new products coming in 2022 that we think you will LOVE! Our mission will stay the same, we exist to empower you with a natural and effective way to support your immune system. If you are new to The Elderberry Co, we hope you check us out and try out some of our products (I personally recommend the elderberry syrup over everything else). Go see the silly tik toks on Instagram, read some of our past blogs and if you have any questions, our sweet team members are ready for you. Comment below or email us at info@theelderberryco.com

    Thank you for journeying with us!

    How do you say “thanks”?

    How do you say “thanks”?

    It is the most wonderful time of the year. People are together as the weather calls for unity. Why? Because it is cold and there is nothing better than being cozy inside with the ones you love and appreciate. We are in the season of giving and loving. It seems this time of the year we value our family and friends more with our actions and words than any other time of the year due to the natural state of thanksgiving and Christmas. Covid put a dent into those plans in 2020 but as things loosen up a little here and there, we can be more present with the people we love. 

    Here are a few ways you can show up and show your gratitude to family and friends this season. 

    • Create something memorable for someone you care about. Holding onto something that was personally made always brings joy to someone's soul. It’s the thought that counts, the effort put into a gift just for them. 
    • Cook a meal for them, there is nothing more hands-on than someone taking the time to cook a meal to fuel the body. Even if it’s full of carbs, it’ll fuel their love for your efforts to make something that is tasty. 
    • Write a note with some intentional details on how you view them. Receiving some kind of affirmation always is a peace that reminds someone they are seen and cherished. Use your words to captivate just how valuable they are to you. 
    • Come up with a way to get some pictures taken with your family or friends. Photos are worth a thousand words and those photos can be held onto for ages. A short time of taking pictures communicates to someone special that you want to create memories you can look at for a lifetime. 

    Whatever you may do, do it with love. Show up for the people you are thankful for and simply spend time with them. 

    There are tons of ways you can communicate to someone that you are thankful for them. Please share some creative ways you plan to do that for people this holiday season. 

    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?

    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

    Figuring Out Fatherhood - Part 2 By Michael Watson AKA Mr. Elderberry

    Figuring Out Fatherhood - Part 2 By Michael Watson AKA Mr. Elderberry

    Last week, we chatted about Relationships and Integrity in Part 1 of Figuring Out Fatherhood. Catch up on Part 1 HERE. This week we conclude our blog with the final two gifts we can give our children in our journey of fatherhood: Teaching and Experiences.


    TEACHING

    This is the gift that will lead our grown children to adopt the lessons learned from us or to run in the opposite direction. “Great dads gift their children with a kind of upright teaching that prepares them to meet the challenges of life and walk in their God-ordained purpose. Doing this well necessitates vision and intentionality” (Loritts, pg. 91). As a follower of Jesus, I believe that God has gifted us the opportunity of stewarding His children, with the ultimate goal of pointing them back to Him as their true father and to launch them into this world prepared to pursue and live out the calling He has placed on their lives. 


    But there is the practical, disciplinary side of teaching as well; Where we teach our boys how to be men and our girls how to be women. Discipline is difficult, and the main reason I want to throw in the towel as a dad. It takes so much consistency and vision, knowing that putting in the hard work while they are young, will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Vision leaks and must be repeated again and again to be retained. One way that we have been able to implement some great teaching moments with our young kiddos is what we call Best, Worst & Weirdest. In the evening, usually at bedtime, we take some one-on-one time with our kiddos to talk through their day.

     

    Best: What was the best part of your day? Let’s celebrate that! 

    Worst: What was the worst part of your day? Let’s talk through it. 

    Weirdest: What was the weirdest part of your day? Let’s laugh at that!


    The age-old tactic of sandwiching the hard stuff in the middle of the good stuff plays out pretty well. But it gives us a chance to do some significant teaching while also helping our kiddos identify things throughout their day and how it made them feel. Right now, one of our short term goals is to raise teenagers who will want to talk to us about how they are feeling!  


    EXPERIENCES

    We are the architects of our kids normal. Especially in the early stages of childhood, we as the parents get to determine our kiddos experiences and and begin shaping their world view. “Great fathers place a premium on giving their children the R.I.T.E. kind of experiences over gifts. Things wear out and expire. Experiences endure, marking us forever.” (Loritts, pg. ?)


    Start with the end in mind. Picture your kids as adults. What are the things you would want them to have learned? What values would you want to instill in them? How would you want to prepare them for life on their own? Start there and work backwards. What moments and milestones over the course of their 18 years of adolescents will help to accomplish those goals? It’s easy to exchange long term resilience for short term comfort and happiness. Father with the long view in mind. An incredibly practical resource for planning out these moments and milestones is the book Family Discipleship by pastors Matt Chandler and Adam Griffin.


    The best advice Bryan gives in his book is the simple, yet often forgotten truth that “the best parenting we will ever do is from our knees. (Loritts, pg. 140) As dependent as our children are on us, we are equally dependent on our Father in heaven to accomplish anything good in the lives of our children. Fathering and failure go hand in hand. Even when we have the best intentions, we are going to fall short. Before you pick yourself back up, spend some time on your knees asking God for the strength and wisdom to try again.


    Thanks so much for joining us on this journey. Comment below with any questions or reflections that come up as you pursue fatherhood. Here's to the difficult but rewarding road ahead! 


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