The Elephant Organics: Blog
On May 9th, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation declaring the second Sunday of May a “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” Although much time has passed since its origin, and although traditions have changed, Mother’s Day continues to be a widely celebrated day where we take the time to show the moms in our lives how much we care.
Each family has their own special way of celebrating the occasion. For some, it is a holiday laden with lavish gifts and delicious brunches, for others a day for giving Mom some much-needed time off, or perhaps it is marked with macaroni necklaces and homemade cards. For families who want to recognize the occasion and get Mom something she truly wants, the most important question is “what should we get her?!?” What do you get the special person who is somehow multi-tasking as a caretaker, storyteller, nurse, chauffeur, finder of lost items, chef, household manager, and cuddler extraordinaire (or perhaps some combination of these, and likely a multitude of others)?
Personally, my own answer to this question has changed over the years. I have only had the privilege of being a mother for eight years so far, so my experience is limited at best. In the first couple of years, when my children were very young, I craved a luxurious morning of sleeping in and a little bit of precious alone time. Now that my children are a little older, I cherish their homemade cards and craft projects, and I even appreciate the at-home “spa” day that I was treated to this year, which included a somewhat clumsy application of sparkly nail polish on my toes, a hand massage with vanilla-scented lotion, a cup of tea and was accompanied by the “Spa and Relaxation” playlist on our Alexa device.
But I couldn’t help but wonder: what do moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day? So, I polled some real moms to find out what their answer to this question was. They answered anonymously so that they could be completely truthful, and the ages of their children range in age from 1 year – 18 years old. Here are some of their responses:
- “Would love breakfast in bed!”
- “A diamond tennis bracelet, a sleep-in, breakfast in bed, and lots of cuddles with the two best kids in the world (in reverse order).”
- “What I would like most is some me-time!!! A morning or an afternoon to myself to do whatever I want!”
- “I would love to spend some time with my kiddos / hubby, and it wouldn’t hurt to get a beautiful bouquet of flowers!”
- “Lots of kisses and a massage.”
- “I would love it if my family would do one thing that I usually do around the house to help recognize all I do, and help me out with it for the day / week.”
- “I would love a day where I don’t have to plan a thing, drive anywhere, and have healthy food that I like magically appear in from of me for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”
- “I would like a cozy robe, some homemade cards, and maybe a bouquet of flowers!”
- “This Mother’s Day, my husband is taking me for brunch, and then to a garden center so I can pick out new plants to put in our garden!”
- “I want to be woken up by running feet and giggles with homemade cards, have meals with no dishes to wash, and enjoy a bubble bath!”
Whatever this Mother’s Day has brought you, I hope that it was enjoyable, and that you were able to create some new memories. Part of my Mother’s Day present was to be able to write in peace long enough to finish this quick Blog post!
Happy Mother’s Day!
I vividly remember finding out that I was pregnant with both of my children. The shock/excitement/fear/elation of a positive pregnancy test, that magic sound of baby’s first heartbeat. In that time gap between discovering that our family was growing until being able to observe the baby via ultrasound, I briefly considered – what if there should happen to be two heartbeats instead of one? That utterly overwhelming (and slightly terrifying) bit of anxiety was laid to rest when it turned out that indeed both of my pregnancies were singletons. However, I had the chance to sit down with Jacqui, a mom of twins (who graciously lent their adorable faces and natural modeling talent to The Elephant Organics) and ask her what being a mom of multiples was really like.
Upon first meeting Jacqui, you cannot help but be drawn to her. She has a contagious laugh, a sweet disposition, and an effervescent spirit that is downright magnetic. The first time that I met her, she had both of her daughters, T & S, in tow. T was sitting pleasantly in her stroller, smiling up with a mouth adorably dotted with tiny nubs of baby teeth with wide, inquisitive eyes. S was toddling along with the determined consternation of a brand-new walker, just discovering the pleasures of self-mobility as a biped. Jacqui was confidently managing the needs of both girls, fishing out a snack for T, up-righting S when she stumbled.
In addition to being a superb mother, Jacqui also holds multiple certifications in social work, and has her own company, Weissman Wellness Geriatric Care Management. Whew! She might be Superwoman – but she was surprisingly modest, incredibly friendly, and refreshingly candid in her responses to my questions.
Me: Did you ever consider what it would be like being a mom of twins before you found out you were expecting the girls?
Jacqui: I had never imagined my life with twins. Pre-babies, I was living in Brooklyn, running a company and living life with no real worries or cares beyond what was fun and worked in my own personal life and marriage. When my husband and I decided to have children, I had imagined slinging one kid on my hip and going – you know – going on with my life, but with a baby. All of that changed the minute we found out we were having twins… in a pandemic.
Me: How did you find out you were expecting twins? How did you feel when you found out?
Jacqui: I was excited, but terrified. There are so many unknowns during pregnancy, and despite being in my late 30s, I knew nothing about babies. It was scary to think that I would have to figure that out, double time.
Me: How did you tell your husband that you were going to have twins?
Jacqui: We found out together. There was always the possibility of this, as we did IVF, which increases that possibility, but hearing those words, “look, two babies” and “look, two heartbeats,” will always be shocking. Even now, 15 months in, I am still flabbergasted.
Me: Was there anything special that you did to prepare for welcoming your two babies?
Jacqui: I was four months pregnant the world whet into lock down, which made for a unique experience. We prepared by making the massive decision to move out of our beloved Brooklyn home and into a new home on Long Island. This decision was heavily influenced by the need for space due to the twins, and all of the pandemic uncertainty. Outside of that, we prepared the nurseries and I made an effort to connect with other twin moms to learn about experiences and gather as much advice from those who have been there as I could. Things like the most helpful items for twin moms to lighten the load were extremely helpful and information I wouldn’t have had without other twin mom’s help. My friends joked that all twin moms are in a club – it turned out to be true!
Me: What was the first week like at home after you gave birth?
Jacqui: The first week was a blur. A beautiful disaster, really. Bottles, boobs, bassinets. It was an exercise in winging it and enjoying the chaos.
Me: What are your top three pieces of advice for moms who are expecting multiples?
Jacqui: My advice for moms expecting twins:
- Take it slow! Everything takes 4x as long with 2
- Embrace the chaos. There is no perfect, and your babies will cry – no, your babies will scream – that’s ok!
- Don’t be afraid to accept help, or to just say no. It’s ok to not attend that dinner, to say no to visitors, and it’s perfectly acceptable to never shower again (half kidding on that one).
Great advice for any expectant mom expecting one, two, or even more babies!
If you are interested in learning more tips about caring for twins, or products that Jacqui says have been helpful in her journey, here are some links that she recommends checking out:
Lucie’s List (for reviews of all items- focused on safety)
Table for Two Twin Feeder (makes those late night bottle feedings so much easier and takes half the time)
Baby Brezza (Your kids own little instant coffee maker)
Hi! My name is Liz, and I am a co-founder of The Elephant Organics. Thank you for checking out our website and our new Blog!
When The Elephant Organics was first launched in 2017 (originally as Pink Elephant Organics), we knew that we wanted to create a special clothing line that really reflected our family. Inspired by the birth of my daughter, Ahnika, what began as a boutique line of girls’ clothing has grown into a lifestyle brand for the entire family.
We noticed that we often reached for the organic milk or produce at the grocery store, so why wouldn’t we want the benefits of organic and chemical-free clothing, too – especially on the tiniest new member of our family? That desire to make healthier and more sustainable choices for our family (while not sacrificing comfort, fit, or style) is what ultimately inspired The Elephant Organics.
We are passionate about striving to change the world for the better one little bit at at time. Sound ambitious? That’s because it is! But small changes can make a big difference. Making the choice to purchase clothing that has a lower carbon footprint and is healthier for the environment can make a great impact on our future. Choosing to make clothing more sustainably can contribute to slowing climate change, preserving forests, lessening water pollution, and even decrease the amount of microplastics that end up in our oceans.
So, what does our Motto “Where Organic Meets Real Life” mean to us? It means that we strive to incorporate healthier and more sustainable choices, like organic food and sustainable clothing, into our busy lives. We are passionate about making the choice to shop sustainably an easier one by providing customers with exceptional quality, and comfortable easy-to-wear styles. We want our organic and sustainable fabrics to be easy to fit into your real life – and we don’t want you to have to sacrifice style to do it!
We choose to use Organic Cotton and Bamboo crops as the foundation for our line.
Our Organic Cotton is grown without harsh chemical pesticides and uses less water than conventional farming methods. Our pajamas, and a number of our styles are made with 100% Organic Cotton. This fabric also provides extreme softness, breathability, and cool, cozy comfort. We also use our Organic Cotton in blends with other fibers to create superior fabrics with the performance you have come to expect from synthetics with the benefits of Organic Cotton!
Bamboo is actually a fast-growing grass that is naturally drought and pest-resistant. That means bamboo does not require harsh chemical pesticides or artificial irrigation systems preserving farmland and conserving water. When the bamboo is harvested, the plant is not destroyed, which again contributes to sustainability of the farms. Our bamboo viscose is irresistibly soft and silky and washes and wears beautifully. The fabric is cool, comfortable, and breathable.
Family-Owned, Operated by Moms
We are a family-owned company started by my father-in-law, who has decades of experience in the textile and garment industries, and myself. Our team is built of moms who are passionate about what we do and the styles that we provide. We believe that work-life balance is achievable, and doing what you love can certainly help the balance! This also means we understand what it is to be a busy mom (or dad, or grandparent, or aunt, or uncle) and we want to make your shopping experience as enjoyable and easy as possible so you can get your Organic Clothing and get on with everything else in your life!
Mom-Tested (and Approved) Designs
Did I mention that our team is run by moms? We test EVERYTHING on our own families before we bring it to market. This means that we go through a lot of fit, style, and print changes before we get it right – and we are picky (just like you!). We want to make sure that our clothing washes and wears well – for adults and for kids – so you can enjoy it for years to come.
I would be lying if I told you that designing and selecting our prints and colors wasn’t my very favorite part of this endeavor. Every single print that we decide to put on our clothing has a story behind it. From our whimsical holiday prints (Christmas is my very favorite holiday) in family matching styles, to a Movie Night print (spoiler alert – coming soon!) inspired by many family movie nights during our pandemic lock-down, to our Signature Elephant Logo print that symbolizes good luck and family, every print is designed to have an elevated and unique personality. I hope you can find something on our line that speaks to you!
My children (Ahni age 8 and Vin age 4) love being able to match each other, and the special adults in their lives. My passion for family matching started when Ahni was just born and I would color coordinate our outfits. At that time, there weren’t very many true Mommy & Me styles available, so I did the best I could to find pieces that went together. To me, this meant adorable photos and a feeling of being bonded to my new little one. As our family grew and my children grew older, they thought it was “so cool” to match one another, Mommy & Daddy, and sometimes extended family as well! Few things bring a family together in a playful and fun way like perfectly coordinated pajamas – and they don’t have to be just for your holiday cards! We find ourselves cuddling up in our matching Elephant Organics pajamas frequently, and I love the beautiful feelings of love and togetherness they bring out.
Thank you for reading, and for getting to know us a little better! In future Blog posts, we will be exploring Real-Life topics including motherhood, mental health, mindfulness, sustainability, raising children, and physical well-being. I can’t wait to take the journey with you.