Share Your Smile and Win

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Thanks to the great folks at Nestlé for making this post possible. As always, my comments, opinions, and my love for a good walk are my own.

There are certain activities that just click for a family, right? A special part of your daily routine, maybe, that everyone enjoys and can agree on, whether it’s a game on the morning ride to school, or an afternoon walk, or your family dinner at home.

For us it’s a walk “to the logs.” That’s what we call it. We grab our hats, our sweatshirts, and our water, and we head out the door to jump, balance and play on the fallen logs among the cypress and eucalyptus next to the bay. On the way, we stop by our favorite oak tree for a sit and a swing sometimes.

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But we always push on to the logs. It’s not far, but it’s worlds away from the pressures of our daily to-do lists.

The coastal breezes make the eucalyptus leaves shimmer. The path is soft, birds abound, and there’s even a bee hive we like to check on. After the kids play for a good long while, we like to sit on a log, sip water, and soak-in the sunset.

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As a mom I feel good about the water. For a couple of years now our boys have chosen water to hydrate, after a bit of resistance at first. But we just kept making it available for them, and now they choose it. That’s a relief because the math says by simply replacing a single 12-ounce, 140 calorie, sugar sweetened beverage with water each day for a year, one can cut more than 50,000 calories from one’s diet!* 51,100 to be precise, and even more in leap years! So I’m glad they are choosing water when we go to the logs.

It’s a time we treasure, just a few meaningful minutes we spend together, phones off, chores suspended, and amazingly few tiffs between the kids. Nature always makes things better that way. It makes them smile.

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Now, I’ve got a tip that will really make you smile!

I wanted to tell you about a contest called the Nestlé® Pure Life® Share Your Smile Contest, where your kids can draw what makes them smile and you can enter their designs for a chance to win! It is so great I wanted you to know about it.

Nestlé® Pure Life® invites parents to have their children Draw What Makes Them Smile and then enter their children’s designs for a chance to have them included in the 2017 Share-a-Smile bottle label collection. Also, the two Grand prize winners will each receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a trip for four to Florida, and Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water for a year (awarded as 24 coupons, each good for a half liter or 8 ounce 24-pack of Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water).

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Why not turn this into an enjoyable family activity of your own? Plan a special time for your children to draw what makes them smile? It’ll be fun. Then, enter your child’s design for a chance to be included in the collection and a chance to win prizes.

Please click here to download and print out the Share Your Smile entry form.

For more information and to enter, check out the Official Rules at If you submit a design, share it on social media with #ShareASmile tagging @nestlepurelifeus.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MANY MAY ENTER, FEW WILL WIN. Parents may submit a label design created by their child between the ages of 6–12 into the Nestlé® Pure Life® “Share Your Smile” Label Design Contest (“Contest”). Parents or legal guardians must be at least 18 years of age and legal U.S. residents residing in the 50 United States or D.C. Contest void outside the 50 United States and D.C. and where prohibited. Entry deadline 6/6/16. For full Official Rules, submission guidelines and prize details/ARVs, visit  Sponsor: Nestlé Waters North America Inc., Stamford, CT.

Just to be clear, this is not my contest, I’m just telling you about it because I hope one or two of you win an amazing prize!


* U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestle® Pure Life®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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