Oct 052015
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Someone once told me that you should always keep a kite in your trunk.  So this is what my trunk usually looks like:

Always keep a kite in your trunk - just in case!

I like to keep at least one or two kites plus a ball, some kid-size sporting equipment, sand toys, and a lightweight stroller.  That way if the mood strikes us we can hop out and spend some time playing in a local park or even take a walk.

Nestlé® Pure Life® Water is a great way to stay hydrated

Of course I also keep a stash of sunscreen and wipes.  And if I think we’re going to be gone longer than just a quick trip to the grocery store, I usually toss a couple of ice packs in a bucket or cooler and throw in a few bottles of water.  According to 88% of moms surveyed, water is the beverage their child most regularly drinks in the car* so it sounds like we’re not the only ones.

Lots of outdoor fun with water squirters

We’ve been buying Nestlé® Pure Life® Water pretty much exclusively for the last few years.  We love the taste, it’s convenient to pick up at Walmart, and it’s reasonably priced as far as bottled water goes.  With all this heat we’ve been having it’s important to stay hydrated indoors and out so we make sure to have a few cases on hand at all times.

Bubbles loves swinging in the backyard

Whether it’s to spend a little time on the swing set or to cool off with water squirters, we always make sure to stop for water.  Each time Mom or Dad goes for a drink of water, ask your children if they’d like a drink of water, too.  Soon, it will be the kids asking the parents if they’d like to join them for a water break.*

Lots of outdoor fun with water squirters

If it’s too hot – or too cold or wet or stormy or whatever – to be outside we don’t let that stop us from fun family adventure.  Recently we did some indoor camping complete with a DIY Faux Campfire that is super-easy to make.

DIY Faux Campfire (That Glows!)

Make an easy DIY Faux Campfire from a water bottle, construction paper, and a clay pot. Plus see the easy way to make it glow red like a fire!


DIY Faux Campfire supplies

  • Empty water bottle
  • red and orange construction paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • red food coloring
  • water
  • clay pot (optional)


  1. Cut a piece of both red and orange construction paper in half lengthwise.
  2. Either free-hand sketch flames onto the paper or just start cutting so each paper resembles flames.
  3. Layer the orange flames under the red flames, trimming off the ends so there isn’t much overlap; tape down.
  4. Add a few drops of red food coloring to 1-2” of water in the bottom of the bottle; shake to combine.
  5. If desired, place the bottom inside a clay pot to act as your “firepit”.

This easy DIY Faux Campfire will even glow orange-red to give it a "real" fire feel (no flame needed!)

When it gets dark enough, shine a light through the bottom of your faux campfire.  I used the flashlight feature on my cell phone; it’s a trick we discovered by accident a few weeks ago.  The light will shine through the colored liquid and make it glow, and as the water moves around a little it will seem like your fire is “dancing”.

Make your faux campfire even more fun by adding faux S'mores! Skewer a marshmallow on a stick and "roast" over your "fire"

Of course you can add to your indoor fun by giving the kids chopsticks or blunt skewers and threading marshmallows onto the end.  Toast them over your faux campfire and sing some campfire songs or tell a few stories.

I’m lucky in that Bubbles will usually drink plenty of water without any kind of prompting.  One of the ways we arrived at that result was letting her drink from a bottle (usually one of ours) versus just drinking from her cup.  Other tactics moms think would get their child to drink more water include using “fun” straws (40%), and choosing packaging with fun graphics or characters (29%).*

Nestlé® Pure Life® Water at Walmart

No matter how you approach it, drinking water is one healthy habit that you can help your kids create today.   Nestlé® Pure Life® calls this The Ripple Effect and to ignite the movement and encourage kids to get the water they need throughout their day, they are providing water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars, an organization that strives to keep children safe and healthy through afterschool programming.

Visit pureliferippleeffect.com and share your tips for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect!  Nestlé® Pure Life® Water has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars.  Information source – At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country.

Easy DIY Faux Campfire with fun faux S'mores - great indoor family fun night idea

Plus don’t forget to save an empty bottle or two for your own DIY Faux Campfire project!

What ways do you have for getting your kids to drink more water?

* Nestlé® Pure Life® conducted their online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12. Hydration tips by Robin Plotkin © 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc.

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  5 Responses to “How to Make a Faux Campfire for Indoor Camping Fun!”

  1. Nestlé® Pure Life® Water is so tasty and affordable too, we love it as well! And I really love your fun ideas to keep fun things in the trunk, and also the super fun craft!

  2. Water is important to me, I make sure my girls drink as much water in a day as they can. It helps their metabolism and keeps them hydrated too. That’s such a creative way to make kids appreciate water more!

  3. I love your indoor BBQ what a clever idea #CreativeMonday

  4. DIG this!!! Many thanks for linking up at #CreativeMondays

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