5.06.2015

picnic in the park.

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Thank you all SO much for your sweet comments on my last post! We're really excited to move into our new home. We visited James Island again over the weekend to get more familiar with the area, and we had a picnic at Sunrise Park by the water. The park has great views of Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, and there is access to a small beach. I took advantage of our time outdoors to test out some new baby gear. 
I switched up my go-to diaper bag with JJ Cole's Heather Caprice Diaper Bag. While I prefer the look of my leather tote bag, I'll admit this bag is more practical. It has a waterproof liner and TEN pockets (!!), which makes it a lot easier to stay organized. The exterior gray fabric is stylish and it's a neutral "dad" friendly color that H doesn't mind carrying. The bag is roomy enough to fit all of Violet's things and our snacks.

When we arrived at the park we noticed a three-person band playing (talk about great timing!). So we set up our picnic under a large tree and let them serenade us :) We used the Prairie Blossom Outdoor Blanket and I loved it! The blanket is waterproof with durable fabric that wipes clean (perfect for kids) and it folds up for easy storage. It's also lightweight so it won't weigh you down. I wish I owned something similar when we lived in Chicago and went to concerts and picnics at Millennium Park and Ravinia.

After we finished eating we walked around for a little bit, and I carried Vi in the Agility Carrier. The carrier is REALLY easy to slip on (there's no wrapping). It has a panel that distributes weight evenly and it does not twist (which is my main struggle with other traditional baby wraps). It offers multiple positions for a baby so you can use it as she grows. You can find it on AmazonBabies R UsbuybuyBABY, and Target

It was so nice to get out of the house for an hour or two and have lunch together in a new spot -- I can't wait to go back :)

What are your picnic essentials? 
-xo-
Jillian 
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18 comments

  1. Wowza - 10 pockets can I just use it as my gym/work bag LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. I like that carrier! Seems easier than some of those wrap things :)

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  3. I have to be honest, my everyday work bag use to be the Kate Spade Diaper Bag. I loved that thing. All those pockets were great. I was sad when it came time to send her to bag heaven. Great pictures.

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  4. Looks like a perfect weekend!

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  5. Seems like you're moving to the most perfect little spot! Glad you had a good weekend!

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  6. Congratulations on your new home!! I'm still using my longchamp as my work bag/diaper bag/ go-to bag, I just can't give it up, but 10 pockets in a bag sounds much more appealing than my bottomless pit.

    Liz → {sundays with sophie}

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  7. Ten pockets?! I think that I would just make that my purse!! lol. I'm glad that you had a nice day at the park, it looks so nice! :-)

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  8. That blanket is the greatest blanket ever. We got one of those last summer and took it to the beach with us. It was perfect - easy to carry wrapped up in itself and even easier to shake off all of the sand. Looks like a fun day! And congrats on your new house!

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  9. It's been so long since I've had a picnic in the park, I think it's time to change that :)

    Looks like the perfect day, and yay for 10 pockets that's awesome!

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  10. Aww what a fantastic spot!! I will definitely need to check out this park. Vi in that floppy hat is the cutest thing ever, by the way :)

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  11. What a pictureseque spot. Loved the candids of you and V :)

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  12. What wonderful photos!!! We used to take lots of picnics in the summer and always used to get ice cream afterward...love those little traditions from childhood!

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  13. I would agree that I love my to tote over my diaper bag, but boy you can really pack a diaper bag full of stuff!

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  14. I'm going to have to look into this outdoor blanket - we love having picnics and going to festivals, and a regular blanket doesn't always cut it! Super cute stuff!

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  15. how precious!! i love that! memory making right there!

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  16. I can't wait to go on picnics in the park with my future babies some day. Great post!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

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  17. I don't think I have ever actually been on a real picnic lol. I love the idea of bringing hummus and crackers though, so simple. and i have heard such great things about JJ Cole diaper bags!

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