Wednesday Wow! The Non Lemonade Stand

Forget the sugar....there is something better!

Forget the sugar….there is something better!

Do you know what is in a cup of lemonade that sweet little girl with the pony tail just sold you for $1?

  • Fresh lemons /lemonade concentrate and a BUNCH of sugar.
  • Ice and a little  water.

Sure it sound harmless enough, and Lord knows I’ve pimped, encouraged my daughters to sell tons of it for their brothers AAU basket ball team. But to my defense, I didn’t know what I was doing. But as I always heard, when you know better, you should do better. Well, I’ve learned a few things since then.
Thanks to herbalist, Dr. Oz and other health saviors, we can freshen up our water with natural fruit flavors that make it more tempting to stay hydrated without adding empty calories or needless sugar.

Some people even add tea bags, as sun tea using the heat of the sun, and garnish with mint leaves, lemon slices. frozen fruit small frozen fruit.

We made our own Vitamin Water. Not the one 50 Cents, the business man/rapper sold, but a fruit and herb based water drink.What we learned was if you build it, they will buy it!

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I couldn’t locate the recipe we used, it was last year. But you don’t need mine, go ahead and find a mix you like. Try these:

Drink One: The drink is comprised of 8 oz. water, 1 slice of 

grapefruit, 1 tangerine, ½ of a cucumber (sliced), 2 peppermint leaves, and ice. Mix together in and enjoy.

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Drink 2: Citrus Cucumber Water
Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber, sliced thinly
  • 2-3 lemons, sliced thinly or juice
  • Water

Drink 3- ingredients

  • 2 – 3slicesripe honeydew melon
  • 1lime, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 4mint sprigs
  • 2water
  • Ice cubes

Drink 4-Aside from tasting delicious, my favorite part about this drink is the way it looks. The blackberries sit at the bottom and the mint leaves at the top, with an ombre effect of color in between. Muddle a small handful of blackberries (I just used a bowl and a spoon to do this) and add them to a glass jar. Top with a few leaves of mint (split in half for maximum flavor), and fill to the brim with cold water. Put a lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before drinking. (See picture here)

Snatch more recipes here on Buzzle!

The pay off of selling the world greatest drink

Here are some tips for your Vitamin Water Stand:

People don’t look up lemonade stands in the phone book, so you have to make sure they can see you and know where you are AND what you have to offer.- QC Supermom

Instructions

Plan ahead. Find a spot where there is lots of foot traffic and aim for a warm day. Some places may require permission.

2  Make signs. Log on to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., to let everyone know  the location of your stand and the date and time you will be selling lemonade. Put several signs up in the neighborhood and save a big one to put on the stand or table that you will be selling from.

3. Get change. Depending on the price of your vitamin water, lots of quarters and several dollar bills are a good idea.

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Buy supplies: lots of supplies, a container for the vitamin water,napkins, ice. and a 

trash container, for used cups and napkins.

5. Make lemonade from a frozen can or fresh from lemons.
6. Put cut fruit in a large container. Make sure the container isn’t too big for you to carry.
7. Set up your stand or table. Be sure to attach your sign and to have some chairs/stools for you and any helpers to sit on.
8. Stock the stand with your supplies and the fruits.

9. Be a salesperson. When people go by, call out, “Fresh Vitamin Water!” or “Get your ice-cold Vitamin water here!” Once they arrive, be sure to tell them why it’s great for them. You might be able to deliver or sell it via pre-ordered gallon size.

10Refill supply container as needed.

  • It’s always best to sell lemonade with a friend. That way, one of you will be free to get more vitamin water, stock the ice, cups or napkins, or empty the trash can while the other minds the money.

Vary your products! Instead of just vitamin water, offer simple smoothies, too. Maybe blend up or bake a couple of snack mixes. If you can, offer frozen fruit juice bars or  homegrown  veggie -fruit kabobs too. 3 – 5 items are plenty; you don’t want to get overwhelmed. We sold blue jeans on our last stand & it was a hit!-QCSupermom

  •  Be sure to taste test all your products before you sell them. Make sure that your products are not too overpriced or under priced. You want to make a profit, right?
  • Be sure to ask customers whether they want lots of ice or just a little, give exact change back, be approachable, keep your area clean (have a bottle of hand-sanitizer on the table, so the customers know that you are clean and free of germs.) NEVER leave your cash box unattended and last but not least, Don’t be afraid to cut your price a bit at the the end of the day if you are high on supplies. It’s better to get some return on investment than to dump out product.

Loving it yet? Check out these other resources-

How to sell fast (10 steps)

How to maximize sales

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See what Yummly has!

The good then about it is it made money then, and it will now. A good spot is the beach, a park, or a popular cul-de-sac in a neighborhood. Good look! QC Supermom

An Idle Mind is the Devils Workshop: A Teens Guide to Summer #1

You’ve heard that saying before right?  An idle mind is the devils workshop. Or maybe you’ve heard it like this: The idle bodie and the idle braine is the shoppe [workshop] of the deuill, or even, “Tell him to be [a] good boy and study hard.It  all boils down to this, unless you want brain drain and a whole in your wall, find something for your child to do.

                   But what to do with your teens during the summer when school is out?

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If your mind isn’t occupied with positive things you will think up trouble and get into it. You need to find something productive to do before you cause problems for yourself.- QC Supermom

Part I- -part II will be in Wednesdays wow! This series is gonna bless somebody. It’s just that good.

It is very difficult to keep your mind off of negatives when you have a lot of time to think; and nothing productive to think about. Previously I shared some great summer tips for preschoolers. Then my teens reminded me that they too deserved a blog of ideas for them to consider. So here we go. A list of geared to keep teenagers busy this summer. Most of these maybe kick started by the help of family & friends. Everyone knows somebody, right?!

Babysitting

The Big Sister

The Big Sister

Babysitters are paid well for their time. I have friends in Charlotte who pay their babysitters $12-$15 an hour. You could even barter your pay. Payment varies depending on the sitter’s age, kids age, duration and activities. (Being CPR certified will get you even more pay)

Car Wash attendant

Fast cash and a great workout! The common wet down on a hot day will be an extra perk! What else can I say?

Pet Walker

You don’t have to be a dog whisper to do this. Just walk the dog.I have an older friend . She has a tiny, playful dog. They walk to the mailbox together most days, but guess who can make that money on the days she’s not feeling well?  YOU! Why stop there? Go a step further. Offer to wash & dress the pet for a couple of dollars more.

Personal Assistant

I’m sure that you know some moms that are totally stretched out.(                     ) They need more hours in a day. What if you can make their day easier and get paid? Grocery, crafts, clothes, travel, even  entertainment shop for moms,and their busy families.The more options the better. Just always look for deals, frills, bells and whistles to add value to your offerings. Think perceived value!

Salon Helper  summer

Sweep, get refreshments, sell perfume, necklaces, etc. Be the person they look for for those extras just before heading out for the night! Keyword is convenience, available and adorable! (Soon you maybe able to sell on Esty with your own  signature line)

Restaurant Wait Staff

Although you’ll be on your feet for the entire shift, you’ll also learn about serving, effective communication skills and the value of a great smile. Why? Because most of your money will come from customer tips.

Camp Counselor

If you love the outdoors and don’t mind being away from home, camp counseling is a great way to enjoy the summer and make new friends. With all the socializing and activities, it’s practically as fun as being a camper. Plus, the time away from home is great prep for college life. If you are a good leader this may be for you.

“While some of your friends may be logging major couch time in front of the TV, getting nowhere, you may very well find yourself updating your resume, figuring out ways to save the Earth, or brainstorming about business ideas with other friends who, like you who don’t parents want to see a devils workshop in their house. ”- QC Supermom

Park Employee

Check out the job opportunities at state and national parks. There’s a wide range of work to be done, from guest services to concessions to getting down and dirty in the wilderness. You’ll get to work in a beautiful environment and learn about local ecology.

Volunteer 

We found Elmo at the Herbalife party!!!

We found Elmo at the party!!!

Who said that jobs need to pay in cash? Volunteer work can give you something many paying jobs can’t: that warm fuzzy feeling.  This is an excellent  way to perk up your resume and college applications. And at the end of the day,you may have learned a new skill.

So find a way to stay busy. Be productive. Keep your mind occupied. More tips in Wednesdays post. Share it!

Till be next big question, take care!

QC Supermomidle