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The Power of Cute Details: A Lemonade Stand Story

This week at our house is quite busy!  Between work events and one little girls fourth birthday, we also have our community garage sale.  And along with garage sales comes the childhood summer tradition of running a lemonade stand.

I remember setting one up at my mom’s garage sale when I was little and made a whooping $45!!!  I’m still blown away by that amount of money.  So to carry on the tradition, and teach our daughter a lesson in entrepreneurship, we diyed a super cute lemonade stand for her.

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Ok, now that I’m off the entrepreneurship soap box, let’s get back to the lemonade stand.  I’m always a champion of opening your home and inviting others in, without being fancy and even if you aren’t the most confident host.  However, there are times when adding some cute details, really makes the event extra special.

In this case, adding cute details to the lemonade stand can really drive interest and sales.  Adding a few extra things really made the lemonade stand stand out.  It didn’t take a lot of extra time or effort either which is the best part.

Lemonade Stand DIY

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We used this diy tutorial to make the lemonade stand.  It’s pretty easy with just a few crates you can get at any craft store or even Wal-Mart.  We made a sign for the top too, but it’s not necessary.

My recommendation for painting your stand is to use spray paint on the crates instead of rolling the paint.  The spray paint can get into all the nooks and crannies of the crates a lot better.

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Lemonade Stand Details

Now as far as adding cute details goes, you really just have to think of things that you’d like to see at a lemonade stand and then add them.  So a simple bowl of lemons and fun straws for the cups were easy.

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You’ll obviously need a sign so everyone knows how much to pay.  This was a quick, handwritten sign put into a picture frame to keep it displayed nicely.

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I also made a quick little bouquet of flowers out of tissue paper.  This took maybe 3 minutes with a few pieces of square tissue paper.  I just wrapped a craft pipe cleaner around the tissue paper and made a stem with it.  Then just shape the tissue paper into a flower shape.  Super easy for any kind of party or event.

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I also added some quick party decor.  Cutting triangles out of color coordinated paper and stringing them along the top of the stand really added a little extra pizzazz.

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Other great party decor options to dress up a lemonade stand are large paper flowers, tissue paper poms, or lanterns.

Even if you don’t use party decor, other small additions will make your lemonade stand stand out too.  Cookies or cupcakes, potted flowers on either side of the stand, fun cups or cup labels, or flavored lemonade are great additions.

We’ll be adding a platter of cookies when we are open for business and a pink lemonade option. One thing I still need to figure out is a simple way for my daughter to collect money. Drop your ideas in the comments!

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Hopefully these extra details and neighborhood advertising will be able to drive in more sales and help her reach more people.  A portion of her proceeds are going to go back to a local charity.  This should help her to understand that there are others that aren’t as fortunate as she is.

This little girl is pretty excited to start her first business!  But mostly I think she’s in it for the lemonade!

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I hope this encourages you to take a few minutes to add some extra details to whatever it is you do today.  Whether it be a party, just making dinner a little more special tonight, or even taking the time to chat with an old friend, adding special touches really can make an impact in someone’s life.

Be sure to check out my Instagram stories to see real time how she does running her business this weekend!  And check back next week for a recap of her flamingo themed birthday party!

 

 

 

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13 Weekly Summertime Toddler Crafts

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend and remembered those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.  Because Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and kids being out of school I wanted to help with some ideas to keep the kids entertained all summer long.  So I rounded up 13 weekly toddler crafts that are perfect to try this summer.

More time during the summer means more time to celebrate the season and do things you maybe wouldn’t normally do during the school year. I definitely am not thinking about crafting with my toddler throughout the school year, are you?

sumemr craft ideas, toddler craft ideas, toddler crafts every weekWhile I only have a toddler and baby, my toddler still gets bored throughout the day. Without a plan, I have no ideas on how to entertain her.  There is only so much coloring she can do right?

So I decided to make a plan!  There are 13 weeks between her last week of preschool and the start of another school year.  I found 13 toddler crafts that will help to keep her occupied and give us some time to work on a project together.

I enlisted her help (and Pinterest) to find 13 toddler crafts that would be fun, age appropriate, maybe educational, and uses things we already have at home.

I definitely didn’t want to have to go to the dollar store and buy a bunch of stuff in the hope that we may use it one time for one craft.  Although the dollar store is a great place to pick up some of the items needed for these crafts.

I figure I’ll let her decide which craft she’d like to do each week and we’ll figure out a day that makes sense to sit down and do it.  And full disclosure, we’re already behind.  This is a no judgement mom zone, so if we don’t get to them all that’s totally fine.

Most are pretty easy and don’t take too much time to set up or make.  Some will need supervision while others are a do what you want kind of thing (aka, go play while I get something else done!).

13 Weekly Toddler Crafts to Last All Summer

1. Paper Plate Ring Toss

Found at A Little Learning for Two, this one is a simple set up and hopefully a game that will entertain for longer than a few minutes. Plus, my toddler could always use some help with hand eye coordination, or just coordination in general.

2. Cupcake Liner Fish

Found at I Heart Craft Things, these fish are cute and a good way to use up random cupcake liners.  I love how they are layered to give the fish dimension.

3. Pouring Station

We’ve done this pouring station before and it makes for a great activity on a hot summer day.  Learning how to stop pouring before spilling is a skill we’re still working on. Find it at Busy Toddler.

4. Painting with Pom Poms

We have so many pom poms, this will be a great way to use them up so I don’t keep finding them all over the house!  Find out how to do it at Crafty Morning.

5. Shaving Cream Colors

My daughter has been into knowing what colors mixed together make, so this is the perfect, and even better, mess free, activity to learn color mixing.  Find it at Best Toys 4 Toddlers.

6. Firework Painting with Toilet Paper Rolls

We’ve actually done this project once before and it turned out super cute!  The perfect thing to do around the 4th of July. Find it at Happiness is Homemade.

7. Sticky Paper Mural

I’m excited to see if my infant can play along with this craft.  I did have to go out and buy some contact paper. It’s a huge roll though so we’ll get to do this activity again and again! Find it at I Can Teach My Child.

8. Paper Plate Masks

These will be fun when my daughter decides she’s a scary bear, or a fast cheetah! Find it at Learn Create Love.

9. Ice Cream Math

Thought I’d throw in a purely educational craft also.  Find this one at Fun-a-Day.

10. Paper Bag Pinatas

To be honest, this craft may be more for me than it is my daughter because it just screams it’s time to party.  But she’ll get the candy once she breaks it open. Find it at Somewhat Simple.

11. Popsicle Stick Ballerinas

My daughter loves to do ballet so these little sticks are perfect to dance around with her. Find them at New Young Mum.

12. Paper Bag Jellyfish

Another paper bag craft because we already had those on hand! Find these jellyfish at No Time for Flashcards.

13. Handprint Color Mixing

Lastly, I included another color mixing craft, but this one is a lot more messy.  It uses multiple people to mix the colors, but I figure I’ll just have my daughter put one paint on one and another on her other hand then mix the paint together between her hands. Find out how to do it at The Simplicity of Learning.

There you have it!  A round up of 13 fun crafts to do all summer long.  Celebrate those slower days and fill an afternoon with a project that may just teach you or your kids something!  Which will you do first?

 

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Festive End of School Summer Party

Well, my first born has officially completed her first year of Preschool!  Now it’s time to celebrate summer!  I’m equally excited for the freedom, and nervous to have her home all the time, haha!

I wanted to do a little end of year celebration and thought you might want to incorporate it into your end of year chaos too.  Why is it that there is always so much going on in the month of May?  School events, graduations, beginning of summer, vacations start, it’s never ending!

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End of School Summer Themed Party

It’s always a good idea to throw a party!  Why not one for the end of the school year?

It doesn’t take much to make kids happy.  I mean they’re already not having to go to school anymore.

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For my little party, I set up a station that I think all kiddos would love.  I included some summer essentials.  You know, water to hydrate, sunscreen to keep the burns at bay, and sunglasses mostly for the cool factor.

Doing a little station like this doesn’t have to cost you much at all.  Use things from around your home that are summer related.  Or do what I did and hit up the dollar store.  I probably spent $4 for all of this.

Making a fun, decorated station will make the simplicity of the get together more exciting.  Kids will think everything looks so fun, they’ll be playing for a long time.  Read, out of your hair for awhile 😉

I found this cute palm print melamine tray at the dollar store and it’s perfect for corralling a bunch of summer stuff.  Or you can use it to serve some festive refreshing drinks or snacks from. Plus it matches the fun palm print wrapping paper backdrop.

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The best sunscreen!

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Summer Party Snacks and Activities

As evident from our recent road trip, my daughter is a snack queen.  Literally every time she was in the car she was asking for a snack.  She could have just eaten the largest meal of her life, but required a snack once we were on the road.  She just kept saying, “but I’m supposed to have a snack!”  I guess we should have told her it wasn’t a requirement just because we were in the car.

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I think most kids love snacks more than meals, especially at a toddler age.  So you can’t go wrong including some snacks in your summer party.  I used some popsicles we had in the freezer since last summer.  Other great options would be fresh fruit, ice cream, cracker jacks, or popcorn.

I also spent a couple dollars at the dollar store to replenish our water guns that have broken.  My daughter calls them “shooting things” but loves using them in the summer.

Invite classmates or neighbors over and have them squirt each other.  Or give the kids instructions to squirt the plants and you’ll get your watering done by someone else.

For only a couple dollars the kids will be entertained and cooled off for hours.

I hope this summer party has inspired you to put a few things together for your kids to help kick off summer.  When are you done with school?  Or are you already enjoying the freedom of summer?

 

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Pinkalicious Party Ideas

Hey friends!  I haven’t been around much this week because I always have a hard time going from working on the weekend to getting blogging done.  I’ve forgiven myself for not getting things done and am back on track with this Pinkalicious party today.

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My daughter received her first Pinkalicious book from her cousin about a year ago and has loved them ever since.  But now that Pinkalicious was made into a TV show on PBS, it’s even more the rage at my house.

Although her upcoming birthday party already has a theme, I couldn’t pass up celebrating her love of reading and throwing a little Pinkalicious party for her.   It’s a great idea to use a book theme for a kids party.  There are a ton of party ideas you can pull right from the pages.

We set up all things pink and of course treated ourselves to cupcakes.  Decorating for this party was a breeze because we had so many pink things already.  This is yet another reason I love color coordinated party decor because you can use it again and again.  No plastic, themed, one use party decorations here!

Pinkalicious party ideas, Pinkalicious fairy wands party craft, Pinkalicious party crafts, Pinkalicious cupcakesWe used a combination of pink pinwheels, banners, and pink tissue tassels.  Another great way to DIY easy party decor is to wrap up boxes with party coordinated wrapping paper.  Plus, the box adds height to any dessert or gift table.

Pinkalicious party ideas, Pinkalicious fairy wands party craft, Pinkalicious party crafts, Pinkalicious cupcakesTo keep the kids busy during the party I decided to have them make Pinkalicious fairy wands.  I cut out gold glitter stars and just attached them to skewer sticks from the kitchen.  Then I let my daughter tie on all sorts of pink and gold ribbon and trim.

This is super easy craft to let kids do by themselves.  It’s not messy and it will help them work on their fine motor skills tying the ribbon around the sticks.

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Pinkalicious party ideas, Pinkalicious fairy wands party craft, Pinkalicious party crafts, Pinkalicious cupcakesWe couldn’t have a Pinkalicious party without the pink cupcakes!  These simple cupcakes came from Safeway, and I will tell you they are the best value for your money.  I was able to get 6 cupcakes for only $4.00!!!  You can’t beat those prices.  Then I added a cherry on top from cherries I already had on hand.

The cupcakes were the only things I purchased for this party.  I will take a $4 party any day.  And if I’m spending that little, there is no excuse not to celebrate all the time!

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I also wanted to provide you with a ton of other ideas you could use at your own Pinkalicious party.

  • Have a short storytime and read a Pinkalicious
  • Make fairy wands
  • Make and decorate crowns like Pinkalicious wears
  • If you’re having a winter party, you can read the Pinkalicious ice skating book and have your party goers paint with ice
  • Play pin the cherry on the cupcake
  • If the kids are older, have them decorate or even bake their own pink cupcakes
  • Ask all of your guests to wear pink

This was a fun (and cheap) little party to put together that brought a smile to this little girl’s face.  And that’s all that matters really, right?

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Ready for her cupcake!

I hope you are inspired to maybe read some of these books, watch the show, or even just to go buy some $4.00 cupcakes!  Be sure to come back next week to see all of my Cinco de Mayo inspiration and ideas!

 

 

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10 Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas

Thanks for all the love on my Easter tablescape earlier this week, friends.  I’m continuing the Easter theme today and giving you lots of different ways to make an Easter basket.

I’ve always wanted to get my kids these kinds of Easter baskets from Pottery Barn, but man are they expensive.  Maybe one day? Don’t you just love how they can be personalized?  I also love that they have the quality to last for several more years of Easter egg hunts.

Maybe I should hop on them now (pun intended) so that my kids can get several uses out of them before they don’t want to participate in Easter egg hunts anymore.  At what point do kids stop wanting to hunt for eggs anyway?

Well anyway, if you don’t want to spend a small fortune on an Easter basket, try putting one of these ideas to use.

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Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas

My thought process is that because you already have to buy things to fill the Easter basket, try incorporating the basket into what you already have to buy anyway.

Here are a few ideas I found from the list below and linked up for you in case you want to give any of these a try.

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1. Bike Basket

If you’re already buying a bike for an Easter gift, then just fill the bike basket with candy and other Easter treats. My neighbor is actually doing this and I thought it was genius!

2. Umbrella

What better way to get ready for Spring than with an umbrella?  Instead of stuffing the umbrella into a basket just open it up, turn it upside down, and fill with all the Easter goodies.

3. Shopping Cart

Does your toddler love to play store like mine?  I’m not sure if it indicates that we go to the store too much, but she loves to play it.

Instead of an Easter basket, just use a toddler play shopping cart.  It makes perfect sense to fill it up with play food, a cash register, and other store related toys.

4. Stroller

My little girl also loves to play babies, which always involves a stroller.  So if you don’t already have a stroller, or you do, fill it up with baby toys for Easter.

5. Truck Bed

Now if you have a little boy, this may be more appropriate because I don’t know any little boys that don’t like trucks.  Get a larger toy truck for Easter and fill the bed of the truck with candy and other small toys.

6. Kiddie Pool

If you really want to use Easter as a chance to get ready for the summer, then get your kids a small kiddie pool and fill it up with everything you’d normally put in an Easter basket.  They’ll get so much use out of the pool in the summer.

7. Back Pack

If your kids are a little older and in school, maybe it’s time for a new back pack?  You have to buy the back pack anyway, so just use it to put your Easter stuff in.  Two gifts in one!

8. Hats

If you have a teenage boy, use a hat as his Easter basket.  He probably doesn’t want a traditional Easter basket anyway.  So get him a hat with his favorite team logo and add a chocolate bunny inside.  You’re never too old for a chocolate bunny!

9. Gardening Bucket

Spring is the time when people are getting outside more and getting the yard and garden ready for summer.  Involve your kids by getting them a gardening bucket with kid appropriate gardening tools for Easter.  You can always add plenty of candy to the bucket too.

10. Purse

I know as a teenage girl, I always wanted more purses and bags.  Now I’m relegated to diaper bags, womp womp.  But if you have a teenage girl using a purse to hold her Easter treats is a great basket alternative.

I hope something on this list gives you an idea for an unconventional Easter basket this year.  I’m sure your kids would love anything to get anything on this list!

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