A Picnic with Friends {Featuring JJ Cole}

Recently we’ve been really taking advantage of the nice, warm evenings at dinner time during the work week. Not only does Caroline enjoy eating outside in her high chair or on a blanket, but it makes clean up so much easier.

So when JJ Cole generously offered to send us the Prairie Blossom Outdoor Blanket and Heather Caprice Diaper Bag for summer picnicking I didn’t hesitate to say yes! We’ve already used the blanket quite a bit in our backyard, the park and will also be bringing it to the beach with us next week. Not only is the fabric soft, durable and washable (you can wipe it clean), it folds up easily and includes a detachable strap for carrying or attaching to a stroller.

Anyway, this week Caroline’s daycare hosted a family picnic in the lawn and I cannot tell you how many JJ Cole outdoor blankets were in attendance! Apparently I was the last one to the party on finding this awesome outdoor blanket.

While pregnant with Caroline I searched high and low for the perfect (and cute) diaper bag that I wouldn’t mind toting around everyday. I had a lot of specifications and ended up splurging on the Kate Spade Stevie Bag. Oh, first time mom regrets! I used it for about 10 seconds before I realized I am just not a diaper bag person! So sadly, that bag has sat in perfect condition in Caroline’s closet and instead I just throw baby things (toys, books and snacks) into my every day tote that I carry. 

However, I have also been using a JJ Cole Diaper Tote in addition to my every day tote for Caroline. I pack it each morning with backup clothes, extra snacks, etc. and leave the bag in her cubby at school. This bag rocks. It holds so much stuff and contains a million pockets. I actually did a full review on it awhile ago (here) and am pumped to add a more gender neutral version (Heather Caprice Diaper Bag) to my collection for Thomas!

For dinner, the school had a food truck at the event. However, we weren’t sure
how Caroline would feel about a hotdog so we picked up some Chick-fil-a
for her. She had no complaints.

 I think there are 4 chicken nuggets stuffed inside those chipmunk cheeks.

It was such a fun family evening and we enjoyed watching Caroline play with her daycare pals and hanging with friends. And a huge thanks to the folks at JJ Cole who provided us with awesome products! You can find all sorts of other amazing JJ Cole products by following them on instagram or searching for the hashtag #jjcolestyle.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these products for yourself or a mommy friend, you can find the Prairie Blossom Outdoor Blanket (here) and Heather Caprice Diaper Bag (here)! Don’t forget to use a 20% off coupon for Buy Buy Baby!





  1. LHWinstead
    May 14, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    What a fun idea to have a picnic 🙂 I love the blanket you found! It's perfect!! Caroline looks adorable stuffing those nuggets in her mouth haha Oh and I loveee your dress!!

  2. Jillian Manesh
    May 14, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    we picked the same pattern 🙂 i love that blanket!! i know we're going to use it all summer. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  3. Jo
    May 14, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    I have that dress too, love it! We have an outdoor blanket and an outdoor mat- both birthday gifts I've requested the past two years- and they're so nice to have for the beach, and now with Lawter, for outdoor play/picnic! We put ours on the deck with the "baby cage" around it sometimes (so L can't try to crawl off the deck!). Super useful! Your daycare does such fun stuff!!

  4. Girl Meets Bow
    May 14, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    What a fun event! And Caroline is too cute stuffing down those chicken nuggets (that's what I look like too!) 😉 Happy Thursday!

  5. Liz Joiner
    May 14, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    She is just so cute! I can't get over cheeks. You look great! I can't believe you due in just two months or so.liz @ sundays with sophie

  6. Evelina
    May 14, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    I totally need a blanket that doesn't let grass or leaves stick to it! I love her dress. She is so cute!

  7. Jenn
    May 14, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    Love these photos and that blanket sounds awesome!

  8. Kate @ A Thought and a Half
    May 14, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    That blanket looks and sounds awesome for all outdoor occasions!

  9. Meghan
    May 15, 2015 / 1:56 am

    We have that blanket and went to a MOMS Club picnic party and I swear EVERY family had one! It really is the best blanket!

  10. Elda Larrazabal
    May 15, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    you just look so adorable in your dress!! Wishing I was as cute as you when I was pregnant! Also, I have a Kate Spade diaper bag now and I absolutely love it because it doesn't look like a diaper bag…it looks like a tote!! I take it literally everywhere! I cant believe you never use yours!!

  11. Jenny Ayers
    May 16, 2015 / 2:47 am

    I'm loving your dress, where did you get it? 🙂

  12. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    May 18, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Nothing better than a picnic outside x

  13. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    May 19, 2015 / 2:25 am

    I really need one of these outdoor blankets! We're actually going to a Mommy & Me event tomorrow morning that it would be perfect at! And what a fun event her daycare put on!!

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