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Van Gogh Sunflower Art Lesson

What You Need:

  • 1 sheet of red or blue construction paper (11” x 17”)
  • 2 sheets of yellow construction paper for the vase
  • Green construction paper for stems
  • Tissue paper in various colors for petals
  • 1 sheet of black, brown (or any other color you like!) construction paper for the table
  • Small beans, glitter, rice, beads and/or sequins
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • White Chalk

What You Do:

  1. Show your child a picture of Van Gogh’s painting, “Sunflowers” and talk about the different colors and textures in the painting with your child. Ask your child things like what shapes she sees in the painting and what the texture of the flower might feel like.
  2. Set your (11″ x 17″) sheet of red or blue paper vertically on a table. This will be the background for your child’s Van Gogh inspired masterpiece!
  3. Help your child draw and cut out a rectangle to make the table that her Van Gogh vase will sit on. This can be up to 3 inches high and can be as wide as the width of the sheet of paper. Set your table piece aside.
  4. Have your child draw a vase in pencil on the yellow paper. Make sure the vase shape is big enough to fit the stems, and small enough so there is room for the flowers at the top of the paper.
  5. Then have your child cut the vase out of the paper, but don’t glue it down just yet.
  6. Help your child cut out stems that will be tall enough to go into the paper vase, but short enough so there is room for the flower heads. Encourage your child to use Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” as inspiration while she’s making her work of art.
  7. Ask your child to glue the table, vase and stems onto the background paper. Help her glue each object into place. Make sure to glue the stems down before the vase so they appear as if they are inside the vase.
  8. Have your child cut or tear the petals from the different colors of tissue. As you do this, talk with you child about the different kinds of shapes petals can be – triangles, ovals, rectangles etc.
  9. Once your child has enough petals, help her glue them onto her stems. She can leave the tips of the petals unglued to make her piece more three-dimensional.
  10.  Have your child cut out a circle shape for the center of each flower she’s made and glue it into place.
  11. Once your flower centers are in place, help your child spread a thin layer of glue onto the centers of her flowers and have your child sprinkle on beans, rice, glitter, sequins or beads (whatever she likes!) to create added texture on her still life. Set aside to dry.
  12. Once the piece is dry, have your child draw a white chalk outline along one side of the vase to create a highlight. This will give the impression of light and shadow in the piece.
  13. Hang up your new masterpiece!

Did You Know?

Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter born in 1853. His works are some of the most famous and among the most expensive paintings in the world. During his lifetime, he only sold one work of art. And the majority of his best known paintings were all created within a only 29-month period of time.

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NESTLÉ PURE LIFE, “Share Your Smile” Label Design Contest

As summer is approaching and temperatures are rising, it’s so important to keep hydrated.  You can probably tell our family is always outdoors, whether it’s at the theme parks or attending outdoor sporting events. One of my main concerns is to make sure my little girl is getting enough water. At this age she’s becoming very picky with anything she eats and drinks so I have to get creative. Nestlé Pure Life has come up with a fun way to get kids to drink water.  First of all, giving her a full size bottle of water really overwhelms her so she instantly says no when I tell her to drink some. These cute small bottles of water are perfect for her. Also, the fact that Nestlé has fun labels on the bottles just make them more appealing.


5 Hacks for Making Drinking Water More Fun

As summer soon approaches, many parents will be thinking about keeping their kids entertained and well-hydrated during the hot days. Water is a healthy beverage choice, but getting the young ones to choose water over sugary beverages can often feel like an uphill battle.

Today, beverages account for 47% of added sugars in the U.S. American diet and more than 13% of calories consumed per day. Replacing a single 12-ounce, 140 calorie sugar-sweetened beverage with water each day for a year can cut more than 50,000 calories from one’s diet.

This summer, arm yourself with the following creative tips to keep your family healthy, happy and hydrated:

  • Prepare ahead of time. Sort out a week’s worth of bottled waters at the beginning of the week for lunches or on-the-go events. Store them in the freezer and remove when needed to stock lunches, backpacks or gym bags. The water will be on hand to drink when your children are thirsty and ready.
  • Get silly with your cups. Have cups, straws, lids and other drinking “equipment” available to provide to your kids to help make drinking water more fun. Empower them to fill their own cups of water, and praise them when they do.
  • Use “fun tactics” to personalize bottles or cups. Try storing a disposable cup or water bottle on a low shelf or in the side door of the refrigerator, and label it with your child’s initial. You can use a favorite character sticker or trinket to identify their specific cup or bottle, or designate a special space in the fridge just for your child’s water!
  • Integrate water drinking habits into playtime. During play dates or other group events designate an adult Water Captain to help with hydration. The captain sets an alarm on his/her phone for various intervals, depending on conditions such as temperature and the type and level of play. Each time the alarm sounds the group breaks for water.
  • Create a reward system. Create a chart or graphs (or log it online) together with your child, and help them meet their goals with frequent reminders throughout the day. If goals are met, reward them with a water-centric item, such as a personalized water bottle or novelty straw.

Tapping into your family’s creativity will encourage everyone to participate and develop healthy habits over time. This year Nestlé Pure Life is also helping to make drinking water not just a healthy choice but also a fun one by kicking off an interactive contest. Visit for details on how to submit your child’s drawing of “What Makes Them Smile” for a chance to have their child’s design included in the 2017 Share-a-Smile bottle label collection, plus additional prizes.


Contest Details

WHAT: NESTLÉ PURE LIFE, “Share Your Smile” Label Design Contest

WHEN:  The contest will run from April 7, 2016 – June 6, 2016; online submission portal opens on May 6th, 2016. The winners will be announced on or about August 16th, 2016.

WHO:  Parents of Kids ages 6-12 are invited to enter the contest – entries will be divided into two age groups, 6-8 and 9-12. Parents are asked to visit  where they can download the “Share Your Smile” design template and find the Official Rules for the contest and instructions for the design.  Completed entries can be mailed between 4/7-5/6, or uploaded via the website from 5/6 – 6/6 for a chance to win.


Super Hero Breakfast – Batman™ vs Superman™



I remember the first time I was introduced to the world of Super Heroes. I was very young and recall watching a man fly through the air…”it’s a bird…it’s a plane….it’s Superman™!” One of my favorite movies when I was young was Superman II….yes I’m dating myself but still who could beat Christopher Reeve as Superman™ and who doesn’t love the Batman™ movie franchises?  Now both Super Heroes will be on screen for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice out in theaters on March 25th.   

Even though my girl is a little young for the movies, she LOVES Super Heroes, especially ones that wear a cape! To gear up for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice we need to practice our Super Hero moves! In order to do that, we enjoy eating  General Mills’ Super Heroes cereal.

Superman™ Caramel Crunch and Batman ™  Chocolate Strawberry have:
• No colors from artificial sources
• No artificial flavors
• No high fructose corn syrup
• Only 9 grams of sugar per serving
• A good source of Calcium and Vitamin D
• 12g of whole grain per serving

Plus they are absolutely delicious. We simply can’t choose between one or the other, so we enjoy Superman™ Caramel Crunch for breakfast and Batman™ Chocolate Strawberry for a small snack.

Here is a look at how my little girl spends a typical Super Hero day.

Superman™ Caramel Crunch for breakfast.


Batman™ Chocolate Strawberry for a snack.


Sometimes Super Heroes need dad to walk them home….but not before a few more action shots!


Look out for these General Mills’ Super Heroes cereals and join the fun.



You can also purchase specially marked boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix and Lucky Charms which include:
•  1 out of 4 collectible, custom comic books
• Comic book is found inside the box
• Available for a limited time beginning March 7, 2016

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Purchase your box of General Mills’ Super Heroes cereal by downloading  a $1 OFF any Superman or Batman Cereal coupon at


Today’s post was sponsored by General Mills, but my love for their Super Heroes Cereal option is all my own!