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    Blog — November

    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. 

    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!