Blake Lively’s new thrifty venture from kids lemonade stand will inspire you to have a go too

The busy mum-of-four is championing female start-up businesses with this moneymaking spin-off

Blake Lively
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Blake Lively has taken a classic kids' summer holiday side hustle and turned it into a thrifty venture - proving money-making opportunities are all around you.

Families who might be looking for extra help amid the cost of living crisis, whether its how to save money or how to make money, probably weren't expecting to turn to Blake Lively for inspiration.

The 35-year-old American Actress is a mum-of-four to James Reynolds, eight, Inez Reynolds, six, Betty Reynolds, three and baby number four (not yet named) with husband Ryan Reynolds.

And while Ryan's latest business venture as co-owner of Wrexham Football club is going from strength to strength, and has seen him reportedly purchase a home in the UK, Blake has been showing off her entrepreneurial skills by taking inspiration from the iconic kids lemonade stand.

She shared on Instagram, "The female start up grind is underrated" and shared a snap of herself taken by photographer Guy Aroch promoting her latest venture called Betty Booze - an alcoholic drink for those aged 21 and over, following on from her non-alcoholic Betty Buzz refreshment for all ages.

She explained, "Jokes aside. Betty Booze comes from the lemonade recipe I made up 13 years ago for summer lemonade stands. Yeah. I still do lemonade stands. Yeah it was in my 20s that I really got into it."

Blake continued, "The lemonade stand version is obviously alcohol free. And it sells out FAST. I would often have adults in my life request a version of my lemonade but with alcohol. It happened so much that that’s where the idea for Betty Booze was born."

Blake revealed that it sprung from 'being asked to create something for everyone" and that "most women can relate", before explaining that she already had her non-alcoholic drinks with Betty Buzz but that her  "loved ones wanted more". 

"So here it is. And I couldn’t be more proud or grateful seeing you all share how much you love it as well!!!! My ego thanks you." She added, "And yes, we’re working on my lemonade without alcohol for Betty Buzz coming (not) soon (enough)."

Wrexham owners Rob McElhenney watch the game with Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively during the Vanarama National League match between Wrexham and York City at the Racecourse Ground

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And fans have welcomed her venture. One fan wrote, "I decided to give it a try with a little start up €500 and I got €6300 in 7 days it's so exciting."

Another fan asked, "can I get these in Canada?? They look so damn good."

And a third fan praised, "I think what you're doing is amazing, and all these people who are shaming you for opening yourself into a market where you can profit but might not indulge are just bored and sober instead of sober and thriving. And are straight up bullies who can’t just cheer on someone doing they couldn’t think of doing bc it’s genius! Go you! Absolutely go be that bad ass b we all want to be!"

If you'd like to have a go at making your own soft beverage, try this cloudy lemon and limeade recipe or these cocktail recipes for a refreshing drink.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)