Amy - In my family cooking/baking is definitely a way to show love and appreciation. I bake a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for my Mom. I have also taken my Mom to Cranwell for a spa day and to The Clark for an outdoor picnic and walking the galleries.
Lately we've been buying things for others via non profits because we all have everything we need- so this year I am giving my mom and mother in law a year of school for a girl. We also buy farm animals. And last Christmas we got my Mom a baby elephant to sponsor. Now she wants to go to Kenya to meet it, which I had not anticipated!
Sara - Always have a water bottle with you, I keep a refillable glass bottle at my desk at work and metal bottles in my car and purse. Sometimes just taking a moment to hydrate yourself can help you center and refocus. Indulge in a luxury item for yourself, whether it's that high-end mascara you've been eyeing, an incredible bottle of whisky, or the occasional Netflix binge session.
Brian - Usually I go for a jog in the morning and then get brunch with my mom. And be careful about getting your Mom lilies if she has cats, they are toxic for the kitties.
Sheri - My natural self care remedies are FIRE CIDER, Urban Moonshine's Joy Tonic, coconut oil for all things... tea tree oil and lavender oil for happy minds. To keep myself sane and happy I also like to paint after the kids are in bed and listen to Taylor Swift on vinyl with my husband because he's a good sport. For my parent's I enjoy preparing foods for them and force feeding my Mother Fire Cider. We also enjoy each others company and since I was born on Mother's Day I like to say my mother and I have a special bond... and by bond I mean that I totally stole the spotlight for all future Mother's days. You're welcome Mother.
Najwa - This Mothers Day I will not be heading to a spa for a facial, or sipping cocktails over brunch. This year I choose to sit in our breakfast nook with my child and make blueberry muffins. I will allow her the space and time to find the way she most enjoys interacting with the gooey process. I will take deep breaths and be sure to have enough eggs on hand in case one or two end up on the floor. Most importantly, I will let myself relax in the experience, knowing that while she may never feel the same way about food that I do, I have shared an important part of myself with her.
We'll tell you why!
Well, Sheri will tell you.
It's an exciting time here at Fire Cider HQ. After a long search, we can finally share the good news about our future home. Later in 2017 we'll be moving to a building that will house our entire company and process under one roof, and we get to stay in our beloved hometown of Pittsfield, MA!
Construction has already begun to renovate the space. We're updating the building to accommodate our warehouse and offices as well as our new, custom kitchen. The 20,000-square-foot facility will enable us to increase our production capacity and expand our distribution throughout the United States and Canada. Production at the new facility is scheduled to begin in Fall 2017, with a bottling line to be added in 2018.
We worked with Jan Perry Realty, Lee Bank, and 1Berkshire to purchase in Pittsfield’s East Street neighborhood, and we've secured the professional services of Springfield-based The Dennis Group for architectural and engineering design. This move wouldn't be possible without help from the Community Development Department and the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corp (PERC).
We'll be posting updates each month showing you our progress, and the fun, exciting things we have planned for our new home. Stay tuned!
This week we're talking to our Customer Service and Office Manager, Sheri. She's a fierce Mama, tireless Fire Cider ambassador, and fun loving goofball guaranteed to brighten up the office. Keep reading to find out what her favorite movies are, and why she would travel to the past.
Tell us about what you do at Fire Cider HQ. I am the Customer Service gal... You have a Fire Cider question? I'll answer it! I also do book keeping.
How long have you worked here? 3 years! I was their first employee!
What is your favorite way to use Fire Cider? A shot straight from the bottle! That way you don't have to share.
I also like the mini concoction I make for my kids... Heat up about a half cup of water (not too hot because...kids), add lots of lemon and some extra honey! (Or LOTS of extra honey if you're my son, David...) Finish with a half shot of Fire Cider! Great for sore throats.
Do you have any hobbies? I love to paint, garden and raise wild children (as long as they are my own).. I'm good at that... Hiking and drinking fine, cheap wine also make the list.... Because those are hobbies too, right?
If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future? The future scares me... I'd definitely go to the past... That way I could type a letter to my grandmother on a typewriter while talking to my best friend on a rotary phone.
Two favorite movies? Rear Window and Ponyo... Mostly because after watching Ponyo my kids always want to eat noodles and broth with hard boiled egg and HAM! yum....