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Entrepreneurial AdVentures BUCKET LIST

Welcome to AdVentures, our newest series on the blog.  In this column, we’ll take a closer look at our family’s entrepreneurial venture of the month.  We’ve already hosted a thrift sale and a coffee stand and made and sold homemade chocolate bars as well. Rumors of future projects such as publishing a children’s book and making custom cakes can be neither confirmed nor denied.  As with all AdVentures, the goal is to have some fun with the kids and learn more about entrepreneurism.

I think this whole concept of doing a monthly entrepreneurial adventure with the kids has really gotten under my skin.

Not like Kryptonite with Superman.  More like Sally with Lightning McQueen.

In other words, it’s left me feeling energized and inspired.  And maybe just a little bit giddy.  For real.

When we first kicked off this journey, I wrote:

I’ve started a little family project so we can have some fun and use more of our creativity. Over the last several months I’ve been thinking about a few entrepreneurial projects and the kids and I have decided to give them a try.  I’m not exactly sure where this journey will take us, but I’d like to share it with you.

At that time, I had really only thought of one or two projects.  Over the last several weeks, however, I’ve been compiling a list and I’d like to share it with you.  We’re calling it our AdVentures Bucket List and I thought if I put it out there for others to see, the law of attraction might come into play (yep, just did that…linked to

Taco wagon – coming in June
Custom cake – inspired by the Cake Boss
Homemade ice cream – inspired by Amy’s Ice Creams
Children’s book – inspired by Shel Silverstein
Custom superheroes – not sure where this one came from…but think it could be fun
Kid’s fitness event – possible Cousin…Power! production
Girl’s handbag – what girl doesn’t dream of having her own line of handbags?
Kid’s t-shirt – selling t-shirts is a right of passage for any entrepreneur

Just putting the list in writing gets me excited.  What a fun way to introduce the kids to a bunch of different ways to make (or lose) money.  Not only that, but we’ll get to create some more items from scratch and do a whole lotta learning along the way.

What other AdVentures should we consider?  Do you know anything about making girl’s handbags?  How do we spread the word about Shafer…Power?

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Stevie #

    I really like the idea of creating an app. Do tell more…

    June 15, 2012
    • The idea is still in its formative stages but I thought it would be a great learning experience for all us (the kids and I) to try and create an app. Certainly we would have to work with some developers to get it done but the kids play plenty of games on the iPod so they might have some ideas. Do you have any suggestions?

      June 17, 2012
  2. AR #

    How involved are the kids in coming up with the ideas?

    June 15, 2012
    • To this point, I’ve been coming up with most of the ideas, however, I think it will be fun to get them more involved over time. If think if I left it up to them, we would probably make candy for every AdVenture – which isn’t such a bad idea 🙂

      June 17, 2012
      • AR #

        Yes, I’ll be interested to see if they catch on to the concept of what you’re doing. Assuming they do, that would be fun progress.

        June 20, 2012
  3. Wow, the Shafers are all about diversification!

    June 15, 2012
    • Hi Kirsten, at this point I’m trying to expose them to a little of new things. Perhaps one of these AdVentures will spark something in them that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Having fun so far!

      June 17, 2012
  4. Nick #

    Cousin…Power? Who is that referring to? Some great ideas though! Interesting to see how much the kids will be involved in the implimentation of the AdVentures.

    June 19, 2012
    • Trying to pull off an entrepreneurial AdVenture with our cousins…stay tuned for more…

      June 20, 2012

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