How to Build an Empire with a Lemonade Stand

Lemonade StandAs you may remember, I wrote a post a while back about my son wanting to set up a lemonade stand. And how I had told him no. Well, today I said yes.

I’m not sure if the heat was getting to me, or if I was just in the mood for lemonade, but my son came asking after me to help him set up a lemonade stand for him to make some money, and I told him yes.

I went into the kitchen and got to making some fresh lemonade and added some lemon slices in it to make it extra pretty. We made signs for $0.50 lemonade. We got Mr. GameBoy to set a table out in the front yard, along with a chair for BoogerFace to sit in. We got some ice and some cups and headed out side to make the big bucks.

As I had mentioned before in my previous post is that I didn’t want to have a lemonade stand because we lived in the country. The speed limit is 55 mph and the people that do go by are not going by very slowly. My biggest fear was that he was going to be heartbroken from disappointment when no one stopped by.

This time I figured it would be okay. He might be sad for a little while, but at least he wouldn’t be mad at me anymore for being a “mean momma.”

It was hot outside today… very hot. I don’t know how he stood the sun and the heat, but he actually seemed to be enjoying himself sitting up tall in his little chair, getting ready for all of the customers to show up.

I called my mom to make a run by our house to buy a cupful just so he would at least have one customer. She agreed to head over a few minutes later.

It’s not often that I’m wrong. But when I’m wrong, I will fully admit to it.

I was wrong.

Less than five minutes passed by when he got his first customer. The car sped by, but then something miraculous happened. They did a U-turn and headed back!

They were coming back for a fresh glass of lemonade and to put a smile on that little boy’s face. And, so, he made his first dollar from the car with two people in it.

And this kept happening. A few minutes would pass by with no customers, and I would be getting antsy, ready to give up and head back inside, when another car would turn into our driveway to purchase some lemonade.

I didn’t know he had it in him, but BoogerFace stayed out there selling lemonade for over an hour. Let me tell you, that is something. Getting my son to sit still and stay interested in something for that long is not something that happens very often. I think it was the love he has for money that kept him happily behind his table holding the cups and pitcher. He even made a couple of tips.

I’m so proud of that little boy, and I’m glad that I finally said yes.

101 Easy Craft Project Ideas

Stained Glass Look That’s Easy Using Inexpensive Materials

Recently I was not feeling good and my son was getting restless. When BoogerFace becomes restless, he becomes very, very persistent about having me do stuff for him. But I wasn’t feeling well, so I looked through my Pinterest board for an activity that he could do without a lot of help from me.

What I found was a brilliant idea that I had completely forgotten about pinning.

Sharpie Art-Featuring Stained “Glass”

Sharpie Stained Glass

This was made by a ten-year old girl named Sophie. She has amazing talent.

We decided to make a similar project.

The only materials need were Sharpies and wax paper. Lay the paper out flat and go to town!

It turned out pretty good. It kept my son busy for almost an hour because he was so interested in this project. He was so proud of it that he ended up giving it to his new teacher as a beginning of the year present.

Looking around I have found other examples of sharpie stained glass art. They have been done on pretty much any type of clear material that can hang from a window, such as laminate paper, a clear shower curtain, and on the glass of a picture frame with no backing to let the sun through.

Enjoy!

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Glittered Ombre Seashell Ornaments!

Ombre Flittered Seashell OrnamentsOne of the most popular trends now-a-days is the use of ombre blending in the use of crafts, painting, or decor. As beautiful as it can come out, it is certainly easy to understand jumping on the band wagon!

Booger Face has a thing for seashells. Booger Face also loves glitter (although he doesn’t like to admit it). I recently can upon a craft idea that includes all of these things! Which definitely peeked my interest.

Here are a list of instructions for Ombre Glittered Seashell Ornaments, from the Martha Stewart website.

The best thing about crafts like this is that it requires very little prep and very little cost! I hate spending money on things that I want to use in a craft, so I’m always in search of crafts that can be created with materials I have on hand.

Seashells of course are the main ingredient. Check, I brought some of those back from the last trip to the beach.

Glue. Check!

Glitter. Check!

She lists some other things in there, but really that’s self explanatory. No need, Martha!

Some of the seashells that I had brought home already had the hole in them, should I choose to make them hanging and not just beautiful baskets decor. So really, I glossed over the other materials she stated….

She says to use baking cups to mix the glitter, but shoot… muffin cups are more likely to be found in my home!

Take at least two colors and gradually blend different amounts of the colors together to create a smooth blend from one extreme to the other.

Brush on some glue to your shells and start to sprinkling with a spoon. This is where the kid comes in. Wow, do kids love glue and glitter! Since you are using the unsteady hands of a young child, you may want to cover the shell you want a different shade with a piece of paper, gradually moving it down with each shade added.

Honestly, even if it doesn’t turn out “ombre”, instead a hot mess of clumped glitter on a shell, it will still be loads of fun for your child! And if you do choose to turn these into ornaments, why not give them to loved ones as gifts? I know that my mom would love to get one of these bad boys from my son!

Enjoy!