a picnic at the beach

We always do a lot of picnics during the summer, but more often than not, they're spontaneous. Where we're out and about and decide to meet up with Kenji after work and head to the park for dinner, or if it's hot out we can go for an evening swim. I love these nights! (well until you come home and have to bathe five sandy kids at bedtime... uh thats still a challenge. we need more than one bath!) Depending on where we are going, I will swing by one of our favorite stores and pick up some food, which makes dinner super easy. Tonight we stopped at Target and when you have five kiddos in their suits ready to hit the beach, it makes it pretty easy to get in and out with your picnic food without even walking down the throw pillow aisle. I picked up some pretzel slider buns and organic sliced rotisserie chicken to make sandwiches, along with some veggies and snacks. And iced coffee. Sometimes I will get their Gold Peak iced green tea or Cameleon cold brew coffee which is super good too! And then we hit the beach. The kids swam until sunset and Eleanor tried to eat fistfuls of sand, so I think it counts as a successful summer evening!

 △ some of my go-to picnic finds at Target: veggie or fruit trays, cheese, crackers like Annie's bunnies, dried fruit or trail mix (we love the Market Pantry peanut butter trail mix!), Kind bars, applesauce pouches for the little ones, bottled water and Starbucks coffee. Sometimes I will get the kids the Honest juice pouches or a Boathouse Farms strawberry banana smoothie too.

△ this little girl, I can't even take how brave she is! the way she just charges ahead!

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