When life gives you lemons… start a lemonade stand!

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This summer, 250 Tappers will host a #TruFanStand & enter to win a $1,500 tuition scholarship from Truvia Natural Sweetener! Stay tuned to see what thirst-quenching solutions Tappers come up with – follow the hashtag #TruFanStand on Twitter Facebook.

Hosting a neighborhood lemonade stand may be a childhood rite of passage, but it’s also an amazing learning opportunity for your kids.

Lemonade stands can:

  • Promote the value of quality work
  • Encourage responsibility
  • Help children socialize with adult neighbors
  • Nurture young entrepreneurial spirits
  • Emphasize the importance of team work

…not to mention they’re also a lot of fun!

Here’s a few tips for helping your child create a refreshing lemonade stand:

1. Location, location, location

Choose a location in your neighborhood with lots of foot traffic – but be sure to check with local authorities to ensure that you’re allowed to set up shop there.

2. Stand out from the crowd!

Repurpose an old end table, crate, or pallet board to create a real shop-feel to your stand. Not particularly handy? Cover a foldable table with a brightly colored table cloth and spend your creativity on designing a stand-out sign. Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 5.08.07 PM

 3. Don’t skimp on quality

When it comes to lemonade, it’s either love at first sip… or not so much. Explain to your children that your customers expect a great-tasting drink in return for their support of the business. Our favorite recipe? Classic Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade with Truvia Natural Sweetener

4. Diversify

Sweeten the deal with an array of tempting treats! Allow your children to choose from a few options and bake them together the night before you plan to open your stand.

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Some of our favorite recipes include: Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches; Tangy Lime Bars; Double Chocolate Avocado Cookies; Gluten-free Almond Macaroons with Raspberry Filling; & Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cookies!

Each is made with Truvia Baking Blend  - so even your most health conscious neighbors can’t say no!

5. Name your price

Itemize the cost of your supplies & show your kids how much each cup of lemonade is actually worth. Explain that successful businesses make profit, but also charge their customers fairly. Help them choose a reasonable price point for the lemonade. Practice with this virtual lemonade stand!

Use the profits to treat your kids to something special, or ask them if they’d like to donate to a charity!

6. Advertise

Create an eye-catching sign advertising your products & prices. Many sites offer printables (like FrogPrincePaperieSomewhatSimple, and Tater Tots & Jello) but you can also DIY by using a chalkboard, painting on wood, or drawing on poster board. If you’re using products sweetened with Truvia, be sure to let potential customers know that your products are a healthy choice!

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7. Put on the finishing touches

Engage your kids by encouraging to dress “in uniform” (think cute aprons or color coordinated outfits) and adding a few decorative extras like fun straws, cute cups, and balloons!

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(photo credit top right: Creamy Style; photo credit bottom middle: Flickr)

 

8. Make it picture perfect!

Snap a few photos to share on your social networks. Use Pinterest to find photo inspiration & then unleash your inner photographer! Some cool ideas include a “Life Gave Me Lemons” still-life, pics of the kids taste-testing their creations, & quality photos of your decorations. Share your work on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

Serving lemonade made with Truvia? Be sure to add the hashtag #TruFanStand & to include the product in your photos!

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(photo credits, clockwise from left: Refinery29; Confessions of a Prop Junkie; Studer V.; Centsational Girl; Elizabeth Designs; & Crave Photography)

Stay tuned to see what thirst-quenching solutions Tappers come up with – follow the hashtag #TruFanStand on Twitter Facebook.

Crowdtappers put their game face on for the World Cup #NTGAdvocates

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The crowd over at Neutrogena Advocates knows that when it comes to skincare, it’s imperative to #RespectYourFace.  So, with the World Cup coming to its major crescendo in July, Neutrogena suspected that Crowdtapping sports fans might be snapping some serious party pics while celebrating the big game. To help these guys look their best, Neutrogena sent a party pack full of products specifically designed for men’s skin.

The kit included:

The result? Some serious soccer fans with jaw-dropping good looks!  Crowdtap selected the top partiers to win signed Landon Donovan jerseys, with the grand prize winner to receive both Donovan’s home & away jerseys.

The competition was intense, but 6 partiers rose to the top of the pack.

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Grand prize winner Adrian L. wowed us with stellar party pics. He recruited 3 friends to test & try out the Neutrogena Men’s products as they watched the game. Even better? Adrian let us know that he’s a huge fan of the face wash & even included some action-shots of himself using it! Lookin’ fresh, Adrian, lookin’ fresh. All in all, the party looked like so much fun, we found ourselves wishing we had been invited. Maybe next time?

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 1.54.55 PMOur runners up also showed off their Neutrogena swag with a collection of selfies, groupies, and great commentary on the Neutrogena Men’s product line.  Way to go, guys!

Congratulations to our winners & a big thank you to all who participated! Want to learn more about men’s skincare? Join the #NTGAdvocates Crowd on Crowdtap today and find out how to address the unique needs of men’s skin.

Finally, be sure to Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter for the latest from the Crowdtapping community!

 

 

Tappers superset soccer with serious skincare – win Landon Donovan jerseys & internet fame

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“Multitasking” might be every millennials’ middle name, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best idea…

 

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Luckily, the Neutrogena Mens product line is specially designed to address the unique needs of men’s skin while offering optimal performance & protection for serious skin care. Take Neutrogena Mens Triple Protect Face Lotion: In one easy step it soothes razor burn, heals dry skin and helps fight signs of aging — hey, it’s your face, don’t you want to respect it?

Neutrogena challenged spokesperson Landon Donovan to do a little multi-tasking himself:

Not to be outdone, not even by Landon Donovan, Crowdtappers took to the streets to show off their super secret multi-tasking powers while practicing responsible skincare. We picked the most impressive ‘Tappers to win signed Landon Donovan jerseys!

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The Grand Prize of 2 signed jerseys (1 home & 1 away) went to Sam G. We were impressed by his excellent multi-tasking skills, his inclusion of the product (#RespectYourFace #ProtectYourNose) AND the quality of the photograph.

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Coming in second, five Tappers juggled various objects (or children) while showing off their mad skincare skillz! Congrats to winners (clockwise from left) Kelly L., Stephen L., George M., Robert M., & Mitch H.

Big thank you to all who participated! Log in today to #KeepTappin for your shot at more awesome challenges and killer prizes. And don’t forget: Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter to stay connected with the Tapping community!

Join Schick Hydro for a #Smoothrevolution Twitter party TODAY, 7/24 at 2 p.m. EST

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If grooming etiquette is a vital part of your daily routine or you’re amped for the new Assassin’s Creed Unity video game, you can’t miss the first ever gaming Twitter party on Crowdtap! Join @SchickHydro and our special guest, Assassin’s Creed, (@AssassinsCreed) to talk all things #smoothrevolution. Follow #smoothrevolution today, Thursday, July 24 at 2 p.m. EST to learn how to get the best shave for your skin, a Schick Hydro Groomer and over $725 in gift cards and other prizes!

Follow #smoothrevolution on Twitter and answer questions from @Crowdtappers to win. RSVP here!

The #smoothrevolution Party Plan:

  • When: TODAY, July 24, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST
  • Follow: @Crowdtappers, @SchickHydro & @AssassinsCreed
  • Where: #smoothrevolution on Twitter
  • Prizes: More than $725 in gift cards and prizes
  • Questions? Ask @Crowdtappers

Prizing Details: No purchase necessary. One prize per winner. US Residents only please. Eligible participants will be selected at random to receive prizes. The prize winners will be announced at the party and will be DM’d by @Crowdtappers to complete shipping details and select product of choice. Prizes must be claimed within 24 hours.

More Details: Winners will be selected at random every 10 minutes. No purchase necessary. Just RSVP by joining the event on the Crowdtap Facebook page. See Official Rules.

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Not a member of the Schick Hydro crowd on Crowdtap yet? Join here!

 

Winners will be selected at random every 10 minutes.  No purchase necessary. Just RSVP by joining the event on the Crowdtap Facebook page. See Official Rules. – See more at: http://blog.crowdtap.com/category/upcoming-on-crowdtap/#sthash.juggDAMl.dpuf

#DOAC: Winning Tappers head to Atlantic City for the Blake Shelton & Lady Antebellum Concerts!

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Being a super fan isn’t easy, but ‘Tappers are a particularly passionate crowd. So, when Atlantic City challenged Crowdtappers to enter the Lady Antebellum & Blake Shelton Ultimate Fan Contests, hundreds of Tappers set out to achieve the title of Most-Super-Superfan & score a pair of front-row fanzone tickets to one of the shows.

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Fans from all over Tapper Nation competed to score front row fan zone tickets to the Blake Shelton concert in Atlantic City on July 31st. The competition was stiff, but there can only be one Blake Shelton #1 Fan and that honor goes to Tracy M. from Syracuse, New York.  Tracy impressed with an essay composed entirely of Blake Shelton song titles – brilliant!

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Ashley C. from Jamestown, NY took second place which earned her some serious #DOAC swag. In her essay, she highlighted Blake Shelton’s humanitarian efforts, his role on The Voice, as well as what some of his hit songs like “Doing What She Likes” & “Ol Red” mean to her.

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Not to be outdone, Lady Antebellum fans rustled up a ton of enthusiasm for the country music trio from Nashville, Tennessee. Fans were asked to submit a short essay on why they deserved front row fan zone tickets to the concert on August 3rd in Atlantic City as well as create album cover art for a current or potential Lady Antebellum album.

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Tapper Dee S. from Long Beach, New Jersey won our hearts with her moving account of how Lady Antebellum’s charitable works & Christian faith inspire her every day. On her Lady Antebellum album cover entitled, “Inspired by Faith,” she cheekily depicts herself linking arms with the band!

Katie B. of Newcastle, PA came in second – citing Lady Antebellum’s down-to-earth attitude & love for their fans as her top reasons for being a Lady Antebellum super fan!

Congratulations to all of our winners & a big thank you to all who participated! Don’t forget to do something different this summer – #DOAC!

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter for the latest on exclusive opportunities from your’s truly.

Crowdtappers from the Cottonelle Clean Crew Crash the ‘Made in New York’ Young & Able Event

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Fashion & flushable wipes may seem like an unlikely pairing, but both are the products of great design – which is why Cottonelle stepped up to sponsor the Young & Able ‘Made in New York’ event supporting emerging designers!

Located in the Carlton Hotel in the NoMad neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan, guests arrived in the elegantly decorated art deco space for an evening of style and opulence.

 

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 2.16.45 PMThe Caravan NYC Stylist Studio co-hosted with star-studded partners like Cottonelle, Sexy Hair, Zoya Nail Polish, MD Complete Skin, Justin’s, Next Issue & Ziploop — which basically means that the Tappers who attended the event were sent home with some serious swag.

 

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The venue was transformed from an elegant hotel lobby to a beaux arts fashion show:

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(photo credits: Caravan NYC, YoungXAble, Carra D., & STGC NYC)

The show featured 4 up-and-coming indie designers from the New York area: the edgy Kai New York line; Luba Gnasevych’s architectural pieces; ultra feminine antique textiles from Mimi New York; and Kung Katherine’s elegant but modern womenswear.

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Tapper & Cottenelle Clean Crew crowd member Carra D. arrived looking fab and wasn’t afraid to gab about her best-kept beauty secret: Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths. New York City gets positively swampy this time of year & Cottenelle Cleansing wipes are easy to take on-the-go for a little freshening up whether you’re strutting down 5th Ave… or the runway!

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The night closed with an exquisite performance from Broadway star & neo-soul vocalist Morgan James, performing from her latest album Hunter – listen on Spotify!

Big thanks to Carra & all the Tappers there to represent us at the Young & Able Made in New York event with Cottonelle!

Be sure to Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter to keep your ear to the ground for more exclusive, one-of-a-kind opportunities like this!

 

 

Kathie Lee & Hoda know: the best things in life are free from Crowdtap!

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The #Tappers earned some major representation today when Crowdtap was featured on the Kathie Lee & Hoda show by Emmy-Award winning contributor Jill Martin! Jill emphasized that the Tapping community wins exclusive rewards and prizes for creating thoughtful & creative content for their favorite brands & products.

Big kudos to all the Crowdtappers who helped make Crowdtap one of the coolest places on the internet.

Not a member yet? Sign up now!

 

Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter to stay tapped in on all the latest at Crowdtap!

7 Tips for the Ultimate World Cup 2014 Party

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The party roster for the final World Cup match is almost as competitive as the game itself. Park the bus in front of your competition with these critical party ingredients.

1. “Kit” your game

Rep your team with free printables to put your party decorations, drink wraps, cupcake toppers & more in uniform!

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2. Take a dive on the pitch

Every party will have chips & dip, but only yours will have a field of dreams… err… guac! Fashion your own soccer field with guacamole, sour cream lines, and pretzel goals. SCORE!

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3. Make it a Friendly

Stock your cooler with beers from around the world. During down time, pit one country against the other for a little social taste-test scrimmage.

Not sure which brew belongs to which country? Check out this helpful chart featuring Beers of the World Cup.

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4. Keep it clean

Let your guests play Ref by passing out plastic whistle party favors. Keep a stack of red & yellow cards on-hand and dole them out for each party foul.

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5. Turn it up

Don’t let your party play dead ball during half time. Spotify has a number of playlists designed to get your guests pumped for the next half!

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6. Give the Golden Boot

Entertain your guests with some World Cup Trivia during half time & reward your most knowledgeable guest with a DIY Golden Boot (like this, but use a child’s soccer shoe)

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7. #RespectYourFace

If you’re more of a header, then be sure to protect the only true asset that can score you sponsorships & spokesperson gigs from big brands like NEUTROGENA: your face! Check out Crowdtap’s #RespectYourFace Mission – the winner will receive Landon Donavon-signed home & away jerseys!

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Be sure to follow along with us while we watch the final match on Twitter & Like us on Facebook to stay in the game!

Join McCormick for a #MasterOfFlames Twitter party 7/10 at 9PM EST

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Do your friends rave about your rack of ribs? Beg for your burgers?  If the grill is your domain, then this is the Twitter party for you! On July 10th, you can join Crowdtap and other McCormick Grill Ambassadors to talk all things grilling and share why you are a #MasterOfFlames. From best rubs to best recipes, we’ll cover everything you need to make some delicious grilled masterpieces this summer. RSVP here.

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Follow #MasterOfFlames on Thursday, July 10 to join the conversation.  If you have the best spice combination for BBQ sauce or know exactly what flavors make grilled chicken an art form, show up and tweet at @Crowdtappers.  You’ll also have the chance to win!  We’ll be giving out over $725 in Visa gift cards and prizes.  To win, just follow #MasterOfFlames on Twitter and answer questions from @Crowdtappers.  RSVP to the party on our Facebook page! Get your grilling pictures or videos ready to share as well!

The #MasterOfFlames Party Plan:

  • When: July 10, 2014 at 9PM EST
  • Follow: @Crowdtappers
  • Where: twubs.com/MasterOfFlames or #MasterOfFlames on Twitter
  • Prizes: Over $725 in gift cards and prizes
  • Questions? Ask @Crowdtappers

 

Prizing Details: No purchase necessary. One prize per winner. US Residents only please. Eligible participants will be selected at random to receive prizes. The prize winners will be announced at the party and will be DM’d by @Crowdtappers to complete shipping details and select product of choice. Prizes must be claimed within 24 hours.

More Details: Winners will be selected at random every 10 minutes.  No purchase necessary. Just RSVP by joining the event on the Crowdtap Facebook page. See Official Rules.

5 Tips for Taking Better Pics + #StarsNStripes Instagram Mission

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Instagram obsessed? So are we. Celebrate the 4th of July this month by showing off your #StarsNStripes on Instagram – you could win a $50 Amazon gift card!  But, before you start Instagramming every red, white, and blue decoration in sight, check out these 5 tips for better pics:

1. Don’t use Instagram to take photos.
Wha? But this is an Instagram Mission! 

What we mean is: Don’t use the camera in the Instagram app to snap your photo. Most smartphones have better features including zoom and auto-focusing. Take your photo first, then upload it to Instagram.

2. Keep Steady
Easy there, buddy!

Even the slightest hand tremor can result in a blurry photo. Anchor yourself to something – a light post, bench or table – and then snap the photo. ProTip: This is especially important at night. So, when you’re snapping shots of those fireworks this weekend be sure your feet are firmly planted!

3. Get an awesome photo editing app
Those exist?

You think Instagram has nice filters? There’s a whole wide world out there! Top Instagrammers edit their photos in an alternate app first & then upload to Instagram. Case in point: Instagram Queen Lauren Conrad has famously refused to give away which photo editing app she uses! Alternative apps include: Moldiv, Snapseed,& Diptic.

4. Use hashtags, but not too many
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Hashtags are a great tool for making your photos searchable & gaining followers, but too many tends to be off-putting to your average Instagram audience. So what’s the magic number? Social media stats say 7 is your sweet spot. You’ve already got #StarsNStripes & #Crowdtappers… can you think of 5 more?

5. Lighting
Another #sunset?

There’s a reason we see so many sunsets on Instagram: Natural lighting at sunrise & sunset is your best bet for the prettiest photos. Turn your camera from the setting sun for a moment, and capture your friends & family in this light – we promise it will look good on them!

Don’t forget to log in & enter the #StarsNStripes Instagram Mission this weekend – We can’t wait to see your #Red #White & #Blue!