Summer is all about BBQ’s, picnics and lots of time with family and friends! I have rounded up some of my favorite items that I love that make my summertime even better!

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#1. Picnic Basket

The first on my list is a great picnic basket. How stinking adorable is this one? It comes with plates, glasses and flatware for a party of four! This is perfect for an intimate date or for your whole family. I love how all the plates, glasses and flatware are reusable and secured perfectly with pockets and straps. You will be picnicing in style with this darling basket.

4th of July, red, white and blue, patriotic

4th of July, red, white and blue, patriotic

#2. Outdoor Blanket

Second on my list is a great outdoor blanket. I love this blanket tote because it is two-sided and water resistant so you won’t get damp or wet and the top side is a soft fleece. It is so easy to fold up and has a great shoulder strap so it’s easy to transport and carry. It’s not only great for picnics, but also outdoor concerts, park dates, and perfect to keep in your car. I always keep a blanket in my car because we use a blanket all the time during the summer season and this one is perfect!

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#3. Lightweight Cooler

Third item on my summertime list is an amazing cooler. We found this Pelican Elite Soft Cooler to be the best (and lightest!) cooler! It’s SO light and easy to carry. This cooler is perfect to bring to the lake, beach, picnics, road trips, etc. Shea and I both own boats so we bring coolers to the lake almost weekly. This one keeps everything cold in the disgusting 115 degree weather. Seriously it’s been fantastic!

#4. Bluetooth Speaker

Entertainment is key for a picnic, bbq, pool party, etc. We LOVE our bluetooth speaker and how it’s Alexa enabled. Our kids think it’s the greatest thing ever and so does everyone else. It sets the mood with a little music and you can ask Alexa all the questions you want! We seriously love ours!

4th of July, red, white and blue, patriotic

4th of July, red, white and blue, patriotic

#5. Insulated Tumbler

This is definitely my number one essential summertime item. I have used my tumbler EVERY SINGLE DAY! I don’t go anywhere without it. It keeps my drink cold for at least 24 hours and I LOVE IT! You need one and this one comes in 21 different colors!!! I also love these stainless straws too! Seriously amazing!

4th of July, red, white and blue, patriotic

I hope you will love these summertime essentials as much as I do and you are having a fabulous summer filled with tons of family, vacations, and fun!

xoxo, Ashton

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