Summer Essentials: Picnic Edition

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This week, I got to enjoy precious time with my best friend who now lives half a world away. Grace flew from Jordan for a visit, and I loved getting to see her over the past few weeks that she was here. In our last time together, we mixed it up and decided to have a picnic with another friend, too. 

It was a breezy, calming afternoon of girl time, us chatting and my getting to see Grace be a sweet auntie to Aiden. Friends who love your baby and have been praying for him since day 1 are such a blessing, especially when they come halfway across the world to visit!!! Here's what I'd recommend so you, too, can have a relaxing summer picnic:

Step 1: Find a park (or that friend with acres of lush grass in their backyard) that also has shade. It's summer, and maybe you DO want to spend 10 minutes slathering yourself with sunscreen, but if not, shade is always an easy option. 

Step 2: Bring a picnic blanket, because itchy grass is the worst. We brought an oversized blanket that gave us plenty of space to spread out and lounge around. 

Step 3: Pack up your food...and sandwiches are easy to pack and bring. If you go down the pre-made sandwich route, put it in tupperware so it doesn't get squished in transit. 

Step 4: Grab something to drink. I've loved vitaminwater since 11th grade when Devin's mom always gave us different vitaminwater flavors every time I went over his house. I grabbed a 20-pack from Sam's Club so that I wouldn't have to keep going back to restock, since life is so busy. (Plus, having so many on hand is a surefire way to get hydrated on those busy days when you don't have time for a relaxing picnic!)

Step 5: Bring things to do. Yard games like horse shoes are really easy to transport and set up! Or grab a frisbee! Or a hackysack if you have dreads and skateboarded in the 90s! For us, it was Aiden who provided all the entertainment haha. 

What do you bring on your picnics? You can go here to find vitaminwater in a Sam's near you.

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