Lemonade Stand

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Peeps but the opinions, stories, thoughts and experiences are my own. They sent me a big ol’ box of Lemonade flavored peeps and this is what happened…

So a big box arrives full of adorable marshmallow birds. The Peeps are here!

I’ve seen the crafts. I’ve seen the recipes. I’ve even seen the amazing dioramas that people build out of them. What on earth are we going to do? Should we make s’mores? Should I arrange them on top of a lemon pie? Should we make a stop motion video with them? Should we make a “pick the duck” game out of them like at fairs? This is fun!

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He suggests the obvious answer.

The kids taste the lemonade flavor (they love it) and we start talking about lemonade and whether or not we still have lemons growing on our tree and whether or not I’ll make some lemonade for them.

And then brilliance hits. We’ll have a lemonade stand! We’ll give a free lemonade flavored Peeps away with each purchase! (This way we won’t eat the entire box!)

The kids love the idea (thinking their profit will be even higher with the added value of candy) so we make lemonade and they add a drawing of a peep to their already existing sign from past lemonade stands.

As we are grabbing things to go outside I take a closer look at one of the packages. It says, “A donation will be made to Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation for childhood cancer.” Huh, that’s cool. I guess I’m not so brilliant for thinking of pairing lemonade peeps with a lemonade stand. It was right there drawn on the package.

I mention this to the kids and (still thrilled from our last charity project with the shirts) they want to donate all the money from their lemonade stand to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

After only about five minutes, a neighbor we always see out walking happens by and the kids are ready with their sales pitches.

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Three dollars!

(Lemonade stand business tip to parents #1: Don’t charge a set amount. Just say customers can “Pay whatever they want.” They’ll make more this way. Adults fall for the kid cuteness factor and just start handing out cash. Trust me, we’ve done it both ways.)

Then neighbor lady (no, I don’t remember her name because I suck and I can’t remember any of my neighbor’s names) ate the lemonade flavored peeps and sipped lemonade and I watched her get high on sugar.

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Once high she pulled me aside to laugh about how she hadn’t had a peep since her kids were little and how she used to steal them out of their Easter baskets when they were sleeping.

And then!

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She still had some lemonade left so I think she just wanted more peeps. The peeps were winning. Winning against our homegrown lemonade. Maybe because we aren’t very good at making it. (Kidding, we really do know how to make it now.) 

In the end, she wound up giving us six dollars and some change. We completely cleaned out her wallet.

(Lemonade stand business tip to parents #2: If you must do it during the week, set up your stand at the end of the day when people are heading home from work. Otherwise stick to the weekends. We did this particular one mid-afternoon on a Wednesday and business was too slow. They’ve had weekend stands where they’ve pulled in 20 bucks in less than an hour.)  

We had only two more customers before we ran out of lemonade got too hot and made a grand total of $8.64 which we donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

We still have a few Peeps left. Not sharing though. You’ll have to stop by our next lemonade stand.

 

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I can’t remember what I was going to write here. I already told you that this is a sponsored post so it wasn’t about that. Except that when free candy knocks, you open the door. There are select things I’ll always open the door to and I think we all know what they are. Candy, hot tubs and booze. Any questions? 

Oh and that this post was written while on a sugar high, drinking booze and sitting in a hot tub. Except minus the last two things. Sadly. 

 

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100 Responses to Lemonade Stand

  1. Ape11 says:

    Love that your kids are so charitable. And lemonade Peeps sound amazing! Must try them. Kudos to the Peeps people for using you guys for such a good campaign for their product and the charity.

    • Jackie says:

      Yes, I love all the charity projects you guys have been sharing about, it is really inspiring. Peeps are one of my favorite candies because I’m a huge marshmallow freak. So, hooray!

    • Uma says:

      I love it when companies do charity work and work with creatives like this blog! Good feelings all around.

  2. Elaine says:

    Totally with you on the “don’t set a price” thing. My older one is even aware that his little sister can really rake in the business with her added cute factor, so when business gets slow, he sends her around recruiting, and then he’s pretty much trained her to say “even though we’re not charging money, you can give us a TIP”. It works.

    • Jill says:

      Yes! We don’t set a price and one time a lady drove up and gave them five bucks and didn’t even want the lemonade! She just gave them money to be there.

    • Tina W. says:

      A tip! Brilliant! Totally trying this, we charged a quarter last summer and I think we LOST money on our stand, lol.

      • Ann says:

        Us too, course we had to buy lemons which are expensive here. Not exactly teaching good business sense, am I? LMFAO

        • Jenny says:

          I don’t think that has to be the point, all my childhood lemonade stands were huge failures but I have fond memories of how much fun it was.

    • Julien says:

      I LOVE kid’s lemonade stands. I pull over every time I see one.

      I’m a total sucker for cute entrepreneurial kids.

  3. Stephanie says:

    That is so great! I am glad that you could bring a smile to her face, and help for such a great cause. Now I really want Peeps.

  4. My son always wants to do a Lemonade Stand, but there really isn’t enough traffic by us to make anything- but the one time he has, they had so much fun! I’m trying to teach them about giving and instilling that passion in them, so a great way to let them do it and promote giving would be the combo- we may be trying it again!

  5. Ben says:

    Please be really careful with the sponsorships. Product placement is the exact opposite of what I read your blog for, which is the honest human experiences of a real person. The success of your blog is so deserved — I just had a lot of fun giving a copy of your book as a gift. But now corporations want to buy you, because they want to attach their product to your integrity. You can’t take the deal without draining away some of the integrity and sincerity of your blog. At which point they’ll attach to someone else. There’s a really big divide between having ads in the margin of whatever honest and usually hilarious thing you choose to write … and having part of your content become “Your ad here.” I think all-pervasive advertising is one of the more subtly damaging forms of environmental pollution our kids are swimming in.

    • Sarah says:

      It is her blog and she deserves to make money and get free candy as she sees fit. Maybe she doesn’t want to write for free. ALL blogs start making money eventually but I’ve never seen another one criticized about it. Even though she got free peeps the content is still a real life story so I don’t see any difference. I say congrats!

    • Melissa says:

      But this post could have been written exactly as is, even without sponsorship. In my book, that’s what makes a great sponsored post. And, she did note at the very beginning of the post that it was sponsored so no reader had to get to the end to find that out. Also, it served its purpose. I was entertained, amused, and now I really want to buy some lemonade Peeps.

      • Karen says:

        Ditto.

      • Gabrielle says:

        Exactly!
        This blog post could just as easily start, “I bought lemonade peeps. Then this funny story happened…”

        In fact, that’s a simple test for future posts– if the story wouldn’t offend you if the author had simply made a Target run, then don’t bother getting worked up!

        • Han says:

          Exactly! This post stands alone, she could have not even mentioned that it was sponsored and then she wouldn’t be getting criticized like this. Honestly, I’ve never seen a blog get attacked for trying to make a living and I read a ton of blogs so this is strange.

          If you see a post that starts with “this is sponsored” you have free will to stop reading that post.

    • Taryn says:

      This is the first one I’ve ever seen her do so she is very careful with who she’ll work with, she even says “candy, booze & hot tub”. I LOVE peeps and if you’ve seen their contests you know it is a company with a sense of humor. A perfect match actually.

    • Kellie B. says:

      And on top of all of the other responses, the sponsoring company was donating the proceeds to charity which hardly qualifies as “environmental pollution”. How much more “honest and sincere” can you get than by telling people up front (which she did) that it was sponsored? It’s not like she has those annoying pop-up ads that refuse to go away. This soapbox issue is irrelevant in this situation.

      • Kelly says:

        ads are environmental pollution. and he didn’t say she couldn’t do it, but to be careful, and I think that is reasonable.

        • Han says:

          But this is her environment, the ads aren’t invading your personal space, they are housed on a location owned by her that you choose to go to.

    • Kelly says:

      I agree with you. This one isn’t bad, and it can be handled carefully and done well. And you totally deserve to make money too. But it is indeed a slippery slope, and I have seen a lot of blogs I really enjoy go downhill too. It’s a fine line and I have faith you can walk it. He’s right though, they will want to use you, and well, just be careful.

      • Kelly says:

        I agree with Ben, btw…that was the “you” to which I referred.

        Yes, she can get all the “free” candy she wants, and crockpots and blenders and whatever….but it does come with a price, it isn’t truly free. I love her blog, bought her book and do want her labor to be reimbursed. But Ben is also right.

    • Elisabeth says:

      Wow, chillax … all she said is Peeps sent me a buttload of free candy, and here is what I did with it … the candy is awesome and other people really liked it (they are Peeps, surprise, people like them) and they paired well with a lemonade stand … also, guess what, a portion of the proceeds to the candy goes to a charity. Wowee … hardly a shameless plug or a placed advertisement. Still was cute and real, and it isn’t like every entry is sponsored.

  6. Sarah says:

    We’ve been wanting to do a lemonade stand, thanks for the no price idea, that’s a good one. Mixing it up with a charity is really cool.

  7. Em says:

    My kids are too young for a lemonade stand (they’d just run in the street) but I can’t wait to try it later with them. I have fond memories of doing it with my brother when I was little.

    • Cyndi R says:

      That made me laugh. My girls are at the same “run in the street” age.

      I look forward to a lemonade stand when they are older and when we live on a road that isn’t in the country and doesn’t have vehicles trying to qualify on it.

  8. Carrie says:

    PEEPS! I honestly had no idea they are sold all year which is a bad thing for me to know because I have a rather unhealthy relationship with them.

    Did you see this funny peeps graphic that How To Be A Dad did? They are the only other blog I read along with yours, so funny both of you work with peeps! http://www.howtobeadad.com/2013/15949/7-abnormal-uses-for-peeps

    • Elisabeth says:

      Oh honey, the Mall of America has an entire Peeps store … like a year round, brick and mortar store, that sells all things Peeps. They also have an all Hello Kitty store, which is weird, but the Peep store I can totally get behind (pardon the butt pun).

  9. deeda says:

    The sugar high lady made me literally LOL. So very cute.

  10. Madeleine says:

    Aw, I love it and I really like the idea of lemonade Peeps too..even though I have never had a Peep (I’ve only been this side of the Atlantic for 2 and a bit years).

    • Elisabeth says:

      Tee Hee … homemade peep – lick marshmallow and dip in colored sugar (or instant lemonade powder in this case). Bite, chew, swallow. Repeat 😛

  11. Wendy says:

    Kudos on the sponsorship, I hope you make more than $130 bucks this year, lady. Just Don’t Quit!!! Sell your soul if you have to but don’t quit on us! xoxo

  12. Erin says:

    Lemonade stand with free peeps, that is adorable and good on you guys for donating. Now I want a peep.

  13. Karen says:

    OMG, have you seen the crazy things people do with Peeps? Those elaborate scenes on Pinterest? They never get that far in our house, we just eat them like Crappy Boy. 😉

  14. Erica says:

    What a fabulous idea! Free peep with purchase. I had to look at the peep site and didn’t know they had so many seasonal/flavored peeps. You should see if you can get them to send you the candy cane ones and do a hot chocolate stand near the holidays. I’m sure it’s never really that cold there but it would still be fun 😉

  15. I love that drawing of the neighbor lady so much that I’m just gonna go ahead and pretend it’s me.

  16. Karen says:

    I heart peeps and lemonade stands and summer and this blog. Thanks for all the warm fuzzies today!

  17. Tina W. says:

    I’m not a peep fan EXCEPT in hot cocoa! Not exactly the season for that but I always get those minty ones in winter.

    I hope you get a hot tub and a booze sponsorship soon, now those would make for some great posts!

  18. Brittany Cousar says:

    Great post! Who could resist a lemonade flavored Peep? I will keep an eye out for these! Unrelated to this post, I just want to mention that I got your book and LOVE it! You make parenting cool and if I wasn’t married and if I was a lesbian I would ask you to marry me.

  19. Vicki says:

    LOL at the rainbow star sugar high! ;-D

  20. Nina says:

    So adorable I love that your neighbor lady went back for seconds of the peeps and that it brought back memories. What a cool experience for all of you. I wish my son was old enough for a lemonade stand now!

  21. Taryn says:

    That picture of your neighbor lady happily eating a peep made my day.

  22. Maria says:

    I love this post! And I love the charity idea around it!

    I am now thinking about new ways my students can do fundraising in the Fall. So looking at Peeps gave an idea about a great Halloween fundraiser!!!Thank you!

    Here is another book that has similar ideas of teaching a child the value of money, donating some of the profits, etc.
    http://www.musicteachingandparenting.com/2013/06/teaching-kids-about-value-of-money.html

    Maria

  23. Ann says:

    I so want some lemonade and some peeps now. Do you guys deliver to Maryland? 😉

  24. Chris says:

    The sugar high reminded me of Sinbad’s skit about Weight Watchers & the chocolate spray. You’ve probably got the neighbor standing in allies at night trying to score some Peeps. “Though shalt not enable thy neighbor.” =D

  25. Jackie says:

    I had to laugh at your ingenuity of “how do I get this candy out of my house so my kids don’t eat it all” and coming up with the lemonade stand. So perfect! Loved this!

  26. Dan says:

    Somebody give this woman a hot tub and booze sponsorship. Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker and that would be one hell of a combination.

  27. Jenny says:

    I love lemonade stands and lemonade peeps sound pretty yummy. I wish I was one of your neighbors!

  28. Amanda Reed says:

    I think I love peeps more than the average person.
    Lemonade is also awesome.
    Charity is fantastic.
    Cancer sucks.
    I give this blog a 10 out of 10.

  29. Molly says:

    Public service announcement!
    Do not attempt to make s’mores out of Peeps!
    The sugar caramelizes and turns into molten lava that sticks to your skin and continues to scald you as you feverishly attempt to remove it from your now blistering self. Obviously I learned this the hard way! Yowch!

  30. Carol says:

    I lovelovelove Peeps! I think it’s great you gave one away with every drink, though I don’t think I would have had the willpower to stay away from them.

  31. Jen May says:

    The stars for the sugar high, cracked me up!!

  32. Cassandra says:

    I’ve never liked peeps…even when I was little I would gag on them. But something about them is so endearing that I find myself trying one each Easter and buying them for the sheer cuteness even if I can’t stand to eat them.

    My brother and I used to arm our peeps with toothpicks and face them towards each other in the microwave and then stand there getting microwave radiation all over us as we egged our peeps on. It was always a great victory to get the first hit/poke. Then my brother would eat the whole mess.

  33. MommyOfOne says:

    Omg my mouth was watering the entire time I was reading this post… lemonade is awesome! In Peeps, brilliant!

    Lemme just say, donating to childhood cancer also ROCKS, too!!!

  34. Allison says:

    I’ve been buying cake pop sticks & sticking them in the peeps then dipping them in chocolate. I don’t care for marshmallows myself, so I give them to my mom who loves them!

  35. Missy says:

    I’ve never had Peeps, didn’t even know what it was until you explained it(i live in Australia). Might go online and see if I can acquire some. Have to try the flavours!

    You are doing so well in having taught your kids to earn money, and also the value of being generous (wow, donated 100% of profits!). I’m taking notes(and writing it on the inside of my fave book, Parenting). In that regard, when is Book#2 coming out? Cos i will definitely be purchasing! Will there be free Peeps? Hahaha….

  36. Sherry says:

    We live on a court with very little traffic. When my kids were young, they set up a lemonade stand with neighbor kids…imagine splitting profits 5-ways 🙂 They charged 25 cents, of course, both of us moms bought a few cups. The only other customer was the mail carrier, who gave them $2.00 (for two glasses) just to be extra nice!

  37. sarah freeman says:

    we don’t have peeps in australia 🙁 but thankyou for sharing the delight they brought 🙂

  38. Ugh, peeps! Now if it was a cadbury egg stand, I’d be all over it!

  39. Amy U says:

    Talk about crappy treats! You’d be better off consuming, well, crap.

  40. Gretchen says:

    As the mother of a young cancer survivor, I sincerely thank you for donating to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Childhood cancer is sorely under funded and every penny helps.

  41. Sarah Almond says:

    I think I got a sugar high just reading this! I love all things lemonade, and I love sugar-it’s making me wonder if these peeps could be the stuff that dreams are made of…

  42. jo says:

    you guys rule.

  43. hillary says:

    When I was a freshman in college, one of my friends covered the windshield of another friend’s car in Peeps. A few days later my roommate and I were looking out the window and saw a squirrel in a tree eating a Peep!

    Side note, my roommate married the Peeped friend 12 years later.

  44. Your children have such tender and amazing hearts! <3 !
    It is amazing how children cna be so direct and simple and sooo spot on sometimes. I think their idea to eat them,.. and then eat them with lemonade was great! (must be some other child thought of it too)
    PS-I cant wait until you all do the shirts again! 😀

  45. nikki samson says:

    i’m in australia..i don’t know what peeps are..sounds like we are missing out on peeps…. cue sad face..I love lollies(candy)..lol

  46. Emily W says:

    “There are select things I’ll always open the door to and I think we all know what they are. Candy, hot tubs and booze. Any questions?”

    Uhm…where’s the love for the ice cream??

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