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How to Create Summertime Memories With a Picnic For Two

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Here in Kentucky, we have pretty hot and humid summers and mild winters, so for at least eight or nine months out of the year, you can spend time outside doing your favorite activities. One of my favorite summer activities is having a picnic with my husband. It’s such an adorable way to spend time with one another, while also spending time outdoors. Sure, we could do the stereotypical date night; dinner and a movie (and there’s nothing wrong with that!), but why not take advantage of the beautiful weather?! There’s just something so classic and romantic about a picnic for two.

Lexington is considered a mid-size to large city (it’s the 60th largest city in the United States), and it is home to over 100 parks, ranging from small to large. My husband and I always go to Jacobson Park, which is located on 216 acres, and that isn’t even the largest park in my city! The largest in Lexington is Masterson Station, which is on 659 acres. We love this park in particular, because there are many activities to do such as the pedal boats and frisbee golf.

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Over the weekend, I bought a picnic basket. I had always wanted one for what seemed like an eternity, and now that I had one, I wanted to try it out. My husband was off work this entire week, so it was perfect timing. That’s something that I would like to call fate. There’s no one else that I’d rather go on a picnic with than him. We actually make sure to do this at least two or three times every summer.

We stopped by our favorite restaurant to load up on our favorite picnic food. We picked up some fried chicken and some sides, and then we swung into CVS to grab a Coca-Cola™. CVS is such a great place to stop by and pick up a ice cold Coca-Cola (Right now, they have a great deal that you don’t want to pass up! Two for $3 when you use your CVS ExtraCare card. Why not share with a friend and save money at the same time? You can’t beat that combination! Plus, who doesn’t like saving money?!). Summertime means that Share a Coke is back! This year, Coca-Cola has not only first names, but last names as well! There’s also over 1,000 names available!

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I’ve been looking for my name for an eternity. You wouldn’t think Whitney would be a difficult name to find, but it has been for me! I think that’s what makes the search fun. It’s fun seeing what names you can find and to see if you can come across your name. However, this year, I was successful! Look! It’s a Whitney and a David – a match made in heaven!

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There are still two months left of summer (and more like four months of great weather if you live in the South like I do), so there’s plenty of time to do all the summer activities that you want to do! You can go on a picnic like I did, spend a day on the lake, or even attend a festival. How about some inspiration to go along with your nice cold Coca-Cola?

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Tips for Creating a Memorable Summer Picnic:

  • Decide on your location (it could be the lake or park or even your backyard!)
  • Once you are at your location, decide on the perfect spot. If it is still sunny, you may want to seek shade underneath some trees or perhaps find a place near the water, if you can.
  • Since it’s summertime and the sun stays out longer, I would go on a picnic anytime after 7pm. Usually, around this time, the UV Index isn’t as high and its cooled down.
  • Grab a blanket, so you are comfortable.
  • Load up your bag or picnic basket with all of your food that you want to eat on your picnic.
  • Don’t forget items that you might not think of, such as; sunscreen, bug spray, or sunglasses.
  • If you want to listen to some tunes, while you picnic (yes, I just made it into a verb), a blue tooth speaker would be a great idea!
  • Stop by CVS for a Coca-Cola to share!
  • Create your memories and enjoy time with your loved one!

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Your Turn: How do you intend on creating memories this summer with your loved ones?

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  • My husband is from Louisville! I love your tips and a picnic sounds so nice!

  • Kristen Jones

    This is so fun! Once it gets a little cooler, I totally want to do this! It’s been SO hot in PA. P.S. You’re gorgeous! <3

  • Jessi Smith

    What a great idea! It’s rainy season here in Florida, but as soon it dries out, I think it’s going to be picnic time.

  • Super cute post and photos! I love little date ideas like this! And yay for finding your name on a bottle!
    Have a great weekend!

    xo, Jessy | http://www.currentbliss.com

  • Sam Temsah-Deniskin

    Cute idea! Love the suggestions

  • Picnicing is so fun! I love that picnic basket!

  • I love the idea of bringing blue tooth speakers! Thanks! Picnics are such a simple way to have fun. Thank you for the reminder. 🙂

  • Kate

    This is such a sweet and simple date night idea! I’m already planning one for my hubbs and I!

  • A picnic sounds like so much fun! I need to do this with my husband!

  • Samantha O’Brian Summers

    This is such a sweet idea!

  • Nicole Elliott

    This sounds like so much fun! Love that you do this often–and your parks sound amazing! ~ Client

  • shootingstarsmag

    That’s awesome you found both of your names! I really want to do a picnic in the park this year. I saw it every year, but it needs to happen.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • Your pictures are stunning! Picnics are so much fun!

  • I’ve been wanting to have a picnic all summer! These are really great tips to help me make that happen. I definitely know the feeling of finally finding your name.. it’s so cool!

  • I definitely had the most memorable picnic just last week when my fiancé proposed to me! Very VERY memorable moment to say the least. For the remainder of summer, we are going to enjoy walks together and truly enjoying the weather while we can!