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    Blog — mom

    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!

    When Your Business has a Birthday…

    When Your Business has a Birthday…

    All my life, the month of November has usually been a pretty uneventful month. No birthdays or big events, just Thanksgiving and the anticipation of Christmas. But that all changed when, on November 8, 2017, I posted on Facebook and that one post changed my life. Now, every November, my family and my team celebrate all that God has blessed us with through a small business called The Elderberry Co...that all started with a simple Facebook post.

    The story of The Elderberry Co. is nothing short of God’s grace and provision, a beautiful journey of how a small idea founded in kindness has grown into a nation-wide movement empowering families toward healthy lifestyles. You see, on November 8, 2017, I simply asked on Facebook, “Making a batch of elderberry syrup. It is how our family stays healthy, especially through the winter months! Message me if you would like to try a sample!” I wanted to share with my friends and family a solution that I had found to keep my family healthy. From that post, I had a handful of friends who asked for samples. And from there, it slowly gained popularity in my community and I started selling jars out of my home kitchen. 

    In 2018, I had grown big enough that I needed a bigger kitchen, and I wanted to increase my influence to more than just my local community so I made a BIG move into a commercial kitchen and got certified to sell online (which is where most of you know me from!).

    Selling online was CRAZY successful. I needed more hands to help so I started hiring help. And I just have to say, our small team here at The Elderberry Co. is full of the hardest-working and best people in the world. I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate working alongside each of them.

    Since our online launch in 2018, we have continued to grow and our customer base reaches all 50 states! There are so many stories I could share about my journey: the balance of motherhood with business owning, learning all the FDA regulations, managing and leading a team. It has been a wild ride! But regardless of all of the bad days, this journey has given my family and me so much joy and fulfillment. The idea that I’ve been able to help empower families across the country with a solution to keep their families healthy is an absolute DREAM. Thank you for coming alongside us and our small business! We hope you can celebrate with us this month as we celebrate FOUR years of this beautiful small business!

    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!