Olive Us: Episode 3: Lemonade Stand

May 30, 2012

Would you like to see the next episode of Olive Us? In this one, Olive is having trouble getting customers at her lemonade stand. Find out what happens when she brainstorms with her brothers and sisters!

Once again, it’s something completely different from the previous episodes. This is our most scripted video yet — where the kids get their first chance at reciting written lines.

I hope you enjoy the show! If you’d like to stay in touch about all things Olive Us, be sure to subscribe here. You’ll receive a weekly email with updates, new videos and behind the scenes footage. For example, here are Maude & Olive demonstrating Zing, Zing, Zing — the hand game they played in episode 1.

Once again, a big thank you to Pottery Barn Kids for sponsoring our first 3 episodes!

Lemonade Stand Props

Trestle table, green stripe umbrella, red chairs, nautical banner, toy tiger, wire basket, veggie apron, red lantern — all from Pottery Barn Kids.

Red check tablecloth and short straws from Intermarché.


Olive’s red tennis skirt and Maude’s denim dress from Kayce Hughes.

Oscar’s cropped pants and robot t-shirt from Polarn O. Pyret.

Betty’s red pleated skirt, Ralph’s shorts and red tee, Oscar’s red sneakers from Zara Kids.

Betty’s embroidered top from Yumi.

June’s polka dot dress from Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Mini line for Target.

Ralph’s shoes by Superga.

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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ivonne May 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

I love it! Super cute


2 Kim May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

These videos make my day! What a wonderful memory you’re helping to create for your children. Thanks for the smiles…


3 Zoe - SlowMama May 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

This is my favorite one so far because the sibling cooperation/collaboration really shines and each of their personalities come through. (Also, it reminds me of how it was with my own childhood lemonade stand!)


4 Design Mom May 31, 2012 at 3:01 am

Yay for lemonade stands!


5 Jennifer F. - American Mom in Bordeaux May 30, 2012 at 10:42 am

Super cute!! Love it – need to have my kids see it. Thanks for the feel good video!


6 Kristin May 30, 2012 at 11:02 am

Wonderful. Love the kids, the music, the fun feel of the whole project!


7 Lisa May 30, 2012 at 11:13 am

I am Olive Us’ biggest fan:)


8 Kristin May 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

This was my favorite!


9 Adrienne May 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

I have to say, Oscar is stealing the show these last three episodes. He’s too funny!


10 Design Mom May 31, 2012 at 3:01 am

Oscar is such a charmer!


11 mattie May 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

this is my favorite so far! i loved how their love for each other really showed. my favorite part was when oscar said that he just wanted regular lemonade. he cracks me up.


12 Christine S May 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

My children (3,2,2) LOVE to watch Olive Us. As soon as the opening credit music starts, they coming running.

I can only hope to aspire to raise my children as good as you have yours.


13 Design Mom May 31, 2012 at 3:02 am

So glad to hear your kids love it. Yay!!


14 alexis_gentry May 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

So, the response from my kiddo was “WHERE is Baby June????”. Hehe. Honestly, the kids are all wonderful on film. Kudos! Nicely done. Can’t wait to see the next one!


15 Design Mom May 31, 2012 at 3:03 am

Sweet June! She only gets a little cameo in this one. : )


16 juliagblair May 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Oh, so MARVELOUS! I loved it all and really tasted the lemon along with
each one. Delighted that Oscar did not grimace. Reminded me of our Bobby when he was little and loved lots of vinegar on his beet greens!
Relieved that the enterprise and the entrepreneurs succeeded!! Thanks MILLIONS and
CONGRATULATIONS on a wonderful episode!!!


17 sophie May 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm

but what happened to living with kids????????


18 Design Mom May 31, 2012 at 3:03 am

Hi Sophie! I just published this week’s Living With Kids post. Sorry for the delay! I think the holiday on Monday threw off my week. : )


19 Erin S. May 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Wonderful! My son (age 3.5) and I watch each episode together. He says the Lemonade Stand is his favorite so far. :) And, if I may add, Olive is a beautiful girl!


20 Chantelle Thomas May 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Super cute! My favorite part is all the kids making sour lemon faces but Oscar is all “whatever”.


21 Design Mom May 31, 2012 at 3:04 am

Isn’t that hilarious! He loves eating lemons.


22 The New Diplomats Wife May 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

these are so cute- and what a fantastic way to capture every day little things that kids get a kick out of, but my favorite are always the “june cameos” as i call them ;)


23 Mau May 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Aww how sweet! I am loving the series!


24 Cynthiaj May 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Love these — they remind me of a Wes Anderson movie!


25 Design Mom May 31, 2012 at 3:04 am

Wow! What a compliment. I’ll tell Ralph. He’ll be so proud!!


26 hyzen May 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Maybe it’s just me, but when I click on the links above, I don’t see where to go to actually watch the video–am I missing it? There is a big white box on the page which is where I’m guessing the video is supposed to be, but there’s nothing there. FYI for you in case there’s a technical glitch, and if the error is mine, please let me know, because I’d love to watch!


27 hyzen May 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Just an update–I was able to view the video tonight on my Mac, as opposed to the PC I was using earlier–not sure if that was the issue, or if it was something else you fixed in the interim. Anyway, I watched it with my kids, and they loved it (as did I)!! So many wonderful moments, and the music is always just perfect… :)


28 Design Mom May 31, 2012 at 3:05 am

Thanks so much for letting me know, Hyzen. I didn’t make any changes/fixes so hopefully it was just a temporary glitch.


29 Julie May 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

The Lemon eating reminds me of my own family; my husband and son can eat a whole lemon no problem while my daughter and I grimace at the thought! Lovely video!


30 tere May 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Lemon faces are priceless!! Our kids loved it!! And dad was the first to buy, how supportive. We are entering winter here, if it wasn’t for that the lemonade stand would be working now. This series is great, keep them coming, congrats!


31 Amanda May 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I think this is my favourite yet! So fun!


32 Megan - So Inviting! May 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Love it! So sweet and summery!

Do they ship internationally?


33 Jenny May 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Okay seriously, you have possibly the cutest children ever.
I love these videos so much.



34 Tiffany May 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm

My little girl said it was her favorite too. And now I’m in the mood to make fresh strawberry lemonade with the strawberries we picked from the garden today.

Know what it reminds me of? When a bunch of us got together to make “commercials.” Do YOU remember that? I wonder if mom still has that tape somewhere……


35 Paige May 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm

So cute! A totally glam lemonade stand. You’ve inspired us for summer. The kids were great!


36 mom in mendon May 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Just great!! All of us love “Olive Us”!


37 Jenny May 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I loved the part where June puts the random plastic tiger on the table.

One of the earlier comments questioned what had happened to the living with kids theme, but I have to say I feel like these demonstrate living with kids at its best. These little films are a sweet reminder that while, as parents, we have the responsibility to foster a spirit of creativity and cooperation in our families, this responsibility does not have to be overwhelming. Whether we have access to perfectly styled props or not, most of us can manage a lemonade stand, a potted plant, or cooking with our kids. Great job, Blairs.


38 Design Mom May 31, 2012 at 3:06 am

What a kind comment, Jenny! Thank you.


39 Trina {Beginner Beans} May 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

“I just want regular lemonade, Olive.” Too cute!

And the lemon-eating sour faces are such a fun photo/video opp. Definitely going to do that with the kids :)


40 Design Mom May 31, 2012 at 3:06 am

Oh! I love the idea of a series of photographs of the kids eating lemons. Wouldn’t that be fun hanging in a kitchen?


41 jenny also May 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm

stealing that idea. we have a big lemon tree in the backyard and “eating lemon” portraits would be beyond perfect for over the kitchen table.


42 Béa May 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Congrats to all the actors :)


43 Shannon { A Mom's Year } May 31, 2012 at 7:18 am

This is such beautiful work. Even the way the colors were coordinated is so inspiring…I loved all the red, white, and blue. I’m with all the other commenters who loved that Oscar didn’t even blink when he bit into the lemon. My lips are puckering just thinking about it!


44 jenny also May 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Love it, especially all the gorgeous primary colors in the clothes and props. Oscar has the “it factor” for sure and Baby June with her sweet curls and tiger stole.


45 jenny also May 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm

ooops. last line should have read “stole the show.”


46 jenny also May 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm

stole the show


47 Patricia June 1, 2012 at 7:35 am

This one is my favorite so far! Olive Blair is a natural, she should go into acting, seriously!


48 Sharon June 1, 2012 at 8:09 am

My kids and I love watching these together! That little Oscar sure steals the show!


49 Kate The Great June 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Toby and I watched it three times in a row. At the last time, I gave a narration– after this long of reading your blog I’ve gotten pretty good at naming your kids by sight.

My favorite part was Oscar’s non-sour face in contrast with everyone else’s sour faces. I had next-door-neighbors who loved to eat lemons, just as Oscar does. Even as a kid I thought they were crazy, and it makes me laugh every time to watch Oscar go get another lemon and sit back down.


50 Sarah W June 10, 2012 at 12:24 am

Cutest family ever!


51 Tina Martinez June 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

LOVE these videos! You inspire me :)


52 Alix July 12, 2012 at 9:42 am

I know I’m totally late to this episode but I had to tell you how awesome it was.
Olive is especially wonderful (and her big brother too). The lemon biting sequence was completely adorable. Yay yay yay!!!!!!!!!


53 Dale Coykendall July 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm

LOVE these… great series… ADORABLE beautiful, funny kids I feel the concept would have succeeded as well without voices… that part seemed a touch stagey to me took it away a bit from the dreamy ageless feel.
Still terrific though keep up the great projects


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