Tips for the Best Lemonade Stand in the Neighborhood


Tips for the Best Lemonade Stand in the Neighborhood

Morgan Briscoe, Guest Blogger
April 30, 2019 

Lemonade stands have a long history in the US, dating back to the late 1800’s. Having a lemonade stand for children is both early introduction to entrepreneurship and a fun rite of passage. While lemonade stands can range from simple to sophisticated, here are some tips for your kids to have the best stand in the ‘hood.

Question and answer yourself first: Before you make your first pitcher of lemonade, ask yourself important questions. Why do you want to start a business? What do you want to learn from this experience? Do you want a business partner or to work alone? Write down your answers and build your goals from that.

Figure our your costs and supplies: Determine the costs of running your business. Write a checklist of items—don’t forget lemonade and serving supplies, ice, your stand, posters, etc.—and figure out your cost per cup. Then determine how much to charge per cup. Your pricing should cover your costs and make some money on each cup, but not be so high that people will not buy. Also, finalize how you get the money to start your business—usually a loan from a friend or family member and make an agreement to pay them back after your stand.

Set your $ goals: Set your financial goals. How much do you wish to make once your costs and loans are repaid? What will you do with your  money? Lemonade Day recommends that with their earnings kids, “Save Some, Share Some (non profit) and Spend Some.”

Location, location, location: Look for safe places with lots of vehicle or foot traffic. Or contact the managers of a local business to get permission to set up in front of their store. Wherever you locate your stand, check with your city or municipality beforehand to determine if a food permit is needed. If you’re going to be set up on a running/bike trail where people might not carry cash but have their phone with them, consider accepting Venmo or other wireless payments and listing that on your signage.

Determine what makes your stand unique and diversify your offerings: What makes your stand a step above the rest? Do you offer multiple flavors? Secret family recipe? Do you have the coldest lemonade or the warmest customer service? Will your proceeds benefit a charity? Will you offer baked goods, or free hugs or anything in addition to your lemonade? Whatever it is, make sure your customers know about it through your products, marketing and communications.

Make your stand…a stand out: Make sure your stand is functional and fabulous! Use pictures from the web, Pinterest or other sites to get inspiration for your stand. Signage should be easy to read, even from far away, and include name, pricing and important information.

“Make sure your stand is functional and fabulous!”

Figure our your costs and supplies: Determine the costs of running your business. Write a checklist of items—don’t forget lemonade and serving supplies, ice, your stand, posters, etc.—and figure out your cost per cup. Then determine how much to charge per cup. Your pricing should cover your costs and make some money on each cup, but not be so high that people will not buy. Also, finalize how you get the money to start your business—usually a loan from a friend or family member and make an agreement to to pay them back after your stand.

Decorate with props: fresh ingredients, flowers or objects that go along with your theme. Offer a free sample or something to giveaway with each cup sold. Try a 2-for-one or volume discount. Also, promote your stand ahead of time through social media or flyers in the neighborhood. Make sure people know when and where to find you!

Deliver great customer service: The most important asset to any business is its customers, so practice with your family before you go out to sell.  Determine ahead of time what you both will say to people when they walk up to the stand. Make good eye contact, remember your manners and thank your customers.

Recap after the event: A good entrepreneur never stops learning. Write down what you did well with your stand, what goals you achieved, didn’t achieve and what you could improve upon in the future. Compare your results against your goals and budget.

Have fun and continue to learn about and spread the love of entrepreneurship.

For additional lemonade stand resources, please visit: https://lemonadeday.org/resources

Lemonade Day is a free entrepreneurial program for children. On May 11 th , in Austin, kids will set up stands all around the city in honor of Lemonade Day. If you’d like to register and take part in Lemonade Day Austin 2019, please do so at: www.lemoandeday.org/austin

2019 Best Of Childcare Awards


2019 Best Of Childcare Awards

HAPPIFAMLI, Senior Awards Correspondent
April 29, 2019 
Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting for the 2019 Best Of Childcare Awards.  We appreciate all of your feedback and were overwhelmed by the response.  We are so excited to announce this years award winners.

Our previous Best Of Child Care Award winners for 2018 were:

Dogs and Children: Proper Interactions and Bite Prevention


Dogs and Children: Proper Interactions and Bite Prevention

Tara Stermer, Guest Blogger
April 22, 2019 

Dogs have been seen as a learning tool for children for generations. They are often added to families to teach kids how to be responsible, compassionate, and help with
the bonding stages. We all love the TV shows, and news stories, of the heroic dog that helped their child during a crisis. Whether it is a fire, a well, a stranger, or an attack from another animal. We tend to humanize dogs, because we consider them part of the family. 

However, in the most serious situations, we forget that even us humans cannot, and will not put up with the very same behaviors we expect a dog to put up with. One of the worst cases I have seen was a child that was attacked by the family dog after 2 years of living together. The child required plastic surgery and multiple stitches. The family reported to us that the dog never showed any aggression at all to the child in the first 2 years. The child could lie on him, take his toys from him, kiss him on the nose, etc. They asked me if I thought it was a mental problem with the dog. Maybe “rage” syndrome, is what they asked. 

Having the family pet bite or attack your child, is the most heartbreaking situation that can happen for everyone involved; but it is not “rage” or a mental problem. It is a communication problem, and a double standard problem. I tend to place humans in the same situation as the pet daily so people understand what they are asking their pet to tolerate, so here are some examples of what we would not tolerate from a child, but ask a pet to.

“We forget that even us humans cannot, and will not put up with the very same behaviors we expect a dog to put up with.”

Example one: Being jumped on when we are sleeping…
You had a tough day and finally get to relax on your friend or relative’s couch to unwind. All of a sudden a child comes running in screaming, and jumps on you. Would you be perfectly content with this? Would you allow your child to do this to another human? Would you allow your child to do this to you or their sibling everyday?Probably not! There would be a talk about proper manners, or how to be calm around people and respect personal space. But we allow children to do this to our dogs, and are surprised when the dog “suddenly” bites them. We immediately blame the dog, and state that the dog has a mental problem, rage, or blame the “breed”.

Example two: Taking food off your plate…
If you were sitting down for dinner and your child grabbed food off your plate, would this be acceptable to you? If your child grabbed food off their sibling’s plate at dinner, would this be acceptable? It would most likely cause the child that lost his or her meal to start yelling and screaming. Proper etiquette around feeding is not just for humans. Dogs will become just as defensive about their plates as you or any human would be.

Example three: Bullying for toys…
If your child was on a playground and another child came up and roughly pulled their toys away, you would most likely confront the parents of that child to not allowing bullying. If your child came up and grabbed a book from someone that was sitting and reading, would you allow this or teach the child that was inappropriate and rude behavior? While some dogs will tolerate this behavior, as some children on a playground would, allowing bullying behavior should not be acceptable to any being.

Example four: Inappropriate touching…
If you got a letter home from school because your child was chasing and smacking another child, maybe pulling the other child’s hair; would you ignore the behavior? We have all seen what happens when siblings start poking each other, pulling hair, or pinching each other. Parents rarely tolerate this behavior towards other kids or adults, but think this is cute when they do it to a dog. After one long 20 pound hanging hug, normally we step in and explain that is a “bit too much affection” to others, but not dogs…

So what kinds of interactions are ok with dogs? The same interactions we would expect from a child with other children or with adults.

Sharing is caring: Playing fetch is a great way to show sharing. Your child throws the ball, and it is just like sharing toys. Have the dog drop the ball and back up, or you get the ball and give it back to your child (if your dog is overexcited about play) to throw again.

Working together like schoolmates:
Teach your children to give simple commands like sit, stay, down, and roll over. Just like kids in their class, they will learn to work side by side instead of rough housing and wrestling all day.

Proper petting/touching:
Children should be petting a dog, gently and on their backs; not grabbing or getting in their faces. One way I practiced this with my own child was to teach her she could only pet the dogs if she sat in my lap. This is the safest and most educational way to teach a child dogs can be pet only if an adult is present. Proper touch is very
important, and it is not given if the dog is uncomfortable with it.

Warning, I am approaching!
Teach kids to say the dogs name prior to approaching the dog, so the dog knows they are coming. They should approach slowly and not run at them. Know your dog’s body language- if they look stiff, are wide eyed, or heavily panting- stop your child’s approach.


Tara Stermer is the owner of K9 Workingmind, Training By Tara LLC. For more information visit www.trainingbytara.com


Fantastic Magic Camp


Fantastic Magic Camp

April 15, 2019
If you are not sure if your little one can handle the summer camp experience with all the older kids yet, we have found a solution for you.
Fantastic Magic Camp is running three NEW sessions especially created for 5 to 6-year-old campers this summer. All of the magic and fun of the regular two-week Fantastic Magic Camp compressed into bite-sized one week camps specially tailored for younger campers. They will teach Magic but also have a juggling class, a puppet class, snack and game breaks. In addition there will be a professional Magic Shows each day. 

This new program will make Fantastic Magic Camp even more fun for 5 and 6 year old’s, and will be located just down the street from where older siblings can attend the regular program for 7 to 12-year-old’s. From 9:00 am to 4.00 pm with an optional “Rehearsal Time” from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM for an additional fee.
Jr. Session 1 
June 3 – 7 (One week) 
Jr. Session 2 
June 10 – 14 (One week) 
Jr. Session 3 
June 16 – 21 (One week)

Register today by clicking here! 

Family Wildflower Tours: Pictures, Picnics & Family Fun


Family Wildflower Tours: Pictures, Picnics & Family Fun

Laura Standefer, Senior Wildflower Correspondent

April 8, 2019

It’s spring time, y’all. It wouldn’t be very Texan of us to not discuss the most picturesque locations to see bluebonnets and other wildflowers. Whether you’re taking an excessive amount of pictures of your babies and pets, or simply enjoying the scenery, there are several places around town that are covered with iconic Texas wildflowers.

Photograph by Kat Standefer Photography

I’m a sucker for family pictures. Of course, I always pick out an outfit that looks great on me first, and then find something for my husband and son that somewhat matches. My guys moan and groan, but they eventually oblige. They may not realize it now, but they’ll be glad we have these pictures in the future. We’ll reminisce about the spring of 2019, where the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes carpeted the fields and highways, and how our four-year old threw a tantrum in front of everyone stuck in rush hour traffic. But really, it’s all worth it because,

“This Texas tradition is timeless and the memories are priceless.”

Here is a list of some of our favorite places to enjoy Texas wildflowers near and around Austin!

Brushy Creek Lake Park: Cedar Park

Here, the bluebonnets surround the small lake and the scenery is simply breathtaking. This park has ample space for everyone to enjoy the wildflowers, plus amenities such as covered picnic tables, a playscape, a splash pad, hike and bike trails, bathrooms, and more. This place is personally my favorite!

Mueller: Central Austin

I am not-so-secretly envious of my friend who lives in Mueller. That place is a one-stop-shop for EVERYTHING and if I lived there I would probably never leave. There are several reports of bluebonnet sightings in Mueller this year, especially near the Southwest Greenway area, and this makes for a perfect wildflower family outing. While the Mueller subdivision is known for its dining and entertainment, it also includes several parks, which are relatively close to each other. They have hike and bike trails, a lake, a pond, picnic areas, interactive and accessible playgrounds, the list goes on!

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: South Austin

Yes, it seems like a no-brainer to put a wildflower center on the list, but the flowers are especially abundant this year so if you haven’t been, now is the time to go! The center offers guided tours, picnic areas, natural playgrounds, a cafe, classes, and so much more. There is an entrance fee, but is free for children under five, members, and UT students, faculty, and staff.

Old Settlers Park: Round Rock 

Old Settlers really has it all. This park has 40 picnic areas, seven parks (including the updated Joanne Land Playground which is marvelous), a small lake, miles of trails, and too many more amenities to list. While the volume of flowers can vary, you should be able to find vibrant bluebonnet patches somewhere within the park’s 645 acres. Forgot to pack a picnic? Salt Lick BBQ’s Round Rock location is just a few steps away. Does it get any better?

Old Settlers Park by Kat Standefer Photography

Wildseed Farms: Fredericksburg

Honestly, you may see more bluebonnets than ever before just driving through Fredericksburg, but why not stop at one of the most bountiful wildflower displays in Texas? Wildseed Farms is open to the public and offers an unforgettable nature experience at no charge. This Hill Country gem contains walking trails, gardens, a vineyard, and their very own Brewbonnet Biergarten (how clever is that?). You can even purchase seeds to create your very own Texas garden at home. 

St. Edward’s University: Downtown Austin

Even if you’re not a St. Ed’s mountain goat, you have to admit that they have one beautiful campus! Located just south of downtown, bluebonnets have faithfully bloomed on the university’s lawn and it has become one of the most talked-about locations for stunning photos. Stop by St. Ed’s the next time you’re out exploring our famously weird downtown Austin. 

Balcones District Park: North Austin

If you’re looking for something closer to the Domain area, Balcones District Park is the perfect location for bluebonnet pictures. After you capture your instagram-worthy pictures, keep the fun going by taking advantage of the playscape and other amenities this park has to offer. Its walking trails will allow you to explore the running waters and peaceful scenery nestled within our busy city.