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National Picnic Day Must-Haves!!


National Picnic Day is in full swing on April 23, which means that it’s time to gather all of your favorite products to make your picnic day divine enough to be perched on top of Do Ri Me Meadow for a sunny afternoon lunch. 

Whether you’re searching for the most fabulous and practical tote bag or looking for the most delicious and refreshing beverages, this list has you covered with all of the necessary picnic items. These brands are sure to have you sing for joy (Julie Andrews style) during your picnic experience.


Andrea Carrano

Price: $295.00 - $570.00

Look ever so classy and extra chic while you’re enjoying your sunny picnic afternoon! The revival of Andrea Carrano, the original creator of high-end luxury leather shoes, is proof that good quality never goes out of style. Andrea Carrano has been synonymous with luxury favorites for decades and that hasn’t changed today (the brand was worn by Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn!). They continue to make everything by hand in Naples, Italy, using only the highest quality leather and fabrics and crafted by the finest leatherworkers.


Empty Provisions Footwear

Price: $135.00 - $155.00

The perfect sandals for any adventure this season
Empty Provisions Footwear is an ethical line of footwear that is committed to designing and producing items that are sustainable, comfortable, and stylish. After noticing a gap in the market for shoes that are modern, cute, and durable while being kind to the environment, founder Chrissy Durden sought to create a brand that followed these goals and ideals. Every shoe is designed in Somerville, MA and crafted by hand in small batches in central Maine with the materials also being sourced locally. 

I absolutely love these sandals! They are so comfortable and flexible and move with your feet. This is so important for me since I had my surgery last year and am still in recovery. The sandals stay securely on my feet. The design is simple and so pretty. The straps are very comfortable because they’re not stiff. They’re soft and flexible. I can not wait to live in these all summer long. They’re great for the beach, park, running to the store, and so much more. They’re the perfect sandal because they match everything and can be worn casually with shorts or dressy with a sun dress.


Urban Originals - Tote Bags

Price: Varies

The perfect bag to hold all your picnic essentials! Urban Originals creates drop-dead gorgeous bags that are Uber practical, without using any animal leather. The brand is 100% cruelty-free and vegan. Urban Originals uses the finest quality vegan leathers and recycled materials where possible and works to very low chemical requirements. So when you buy Urban Originals, you can feel as good as you look.
ReviewI received one of these beautiful totes and I am in love. This tote is so perfectly designed. There is so much room for an overnight or weekend getaway. It can easily double as a diaper bag as well. I love the handles and shoulder strap. They’re nice and wide and sit comfortably on the shoulder. The material of the tote is soft and the stitching is very professional. There is a large zipper to keep the bag closed. Inside are large pockets and a spot for a laptop or iPad. There is also a key strap inside to make finding keys easy. This tote makes a great gift for a man or woman. With Mother’s and Father’s Day coming, it would nice to give along with a spa gift card or weekend trip.


The Retro Bag

Price: $39.99 - $99.99

The perfect stylish and practical backpack to stash away cutlery, extra snacks and drinks! The Retro Bag reimagines classic styles into a timeless and stunning addition to your collection!  The vintage, yet trendy, styles are a must-have for globe-trotting and gym days alike.The Retro Bag is also committed to sustainability. Every bag is made cruelty free with eco-friendly , water-resistant materials and vegan leather. 

Retro Bag Leon Messenger Bag Review
I was sent this bag that I requested to review. It is a perfect crossbody for weekends and vacations. I hate being weighed down with purses and with my current situation, carrying a purse around isn’t easy. This retro bag is a nice light weight cross body with the perfect amount of room. It has a zip top and also a side zip pocket and a side snap pocket. There’s plenty of room and easy access to get my phone and keys. This bag is great for holding passports when traveling overseas. Available in four colors. Purchase link


Veronica M - Annisa Chiffon Halter Tie Ruffle Top

Price: Varies

Keep it cute and casual with this cheery yellow floral blouse! Veronica M will have you dressed to impress this season. The brand expertly combines classic styles and vintage patterns with a bohemian twist to create statement pieces and closet staples. All offerings are versatile and comfy, designed intentionally for how today’s women live their lives from day to night. The signature ITY fabric is a soft and breathable jersey woven with twisted yarn that beautifully increases stretch and durability. This makes the clothes wrinkle-resistant and functionally perfect for travel or everyday wear. Transition from work to home life and out on the town with style and ease.


Earth Baby 

Price: Varies

Be prepared during all of your outdoor activities with your baby by bringing along all of your favorite products from Earth Baby! Committed to using certified organic fruit and vegetable-based ingredients, Earth Baby’s products are non-toxic, gentle, and effective on baby skin, hair, and body. Earth Baby products provide immediate moisturization and superior hydration, emollient oils and vitamins with a time-controlled release, and dramatically reduced need for high levels of UV filters. They also have abest-selling, moisturizing, organic, hand-sanitizer for even children’s hands! Founded by a grandmother, mother, and orphan, Earth Baby’s founder donates 1% of all sales to two incredible organizations (Preface Project Foundation and Folded Flag Foundation) that build a better tomorrow and impact our community by fostering opportunities for the next generation as a token of gratitude to those that helped her along the way.




Price: Varies

Travel in style with your baby on all adventures this spring with Kyte BabyAward-winning, celebrity-loved, sleep bags and baby apparel! Unlike other baby apparel, Kyte BABY has the softest baby and adult pajamas that are economically sourced out of bamboo! Bamboo is three degrees cooler than cotton, while also being hypoallergenic. The fabric itself also promotes the smart use of resources and sustainability. Bamboo is the best choice for your baby and for the planet’s future, and this way of thinking is evident in every aspect of Kyte BABY! The founder’s daughter suffered from infant eczema and she needed comfortable clothing for her at night time for her sensitive, itchy skin, bamboo’s buttery soft fabric was the best answer for her baby girl! She invested in and created Kyte BABY for all babies, and mommies too! Recently featured inForbes and by A-lister Jessica Alba on her Clean Baby Registry List: Poosh! 


Price: $22

Imagine having silky soft, nourished skin while also keeping it protected from harsh sun rays! SUNPLUS is the sunscreen that has you covered no matter the activity. It’s a luxury lotion of vitamins, rich and multi-level moisturizers, antioxidants, and skin-loving superfoods. The sunscreen line gives protection from the sun’s harmful rays while moisturizing, soothing, and guarding skin against pollutants and premature aging. Enjoy a moisturizing sunscreen that won’t sting your eyes and is gentle on sensitive skin, plus water-resistant and sweat-proof. Kind to the skin and the planet, the packaging is vegetable-based and ingredients are biodegradable and ocean and reef safe. SUNPLUS is now at the Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, joining our growing list of resort customers (and their guests) such as Montage, Terranea, Pasea, and the Ranch at Laguna Beach. 



Price: Varies

Create your favorite tequila cocktails this spring with CaliFino! Tequila lovers are in for a uniquely smooth and refined drinking experience they won’t soon forget! CaliFino Tequila is a young high-end sipping tequila company designed to enhance any moment into a finer drinking experience. Straight from the Highlands of Arandas, Jalisco in Mexico, CaliFino takes pride in creating all of its expressions using 100% ultra-premium blue weber agave. It’s the next best thing to the Easter bunny this spring!

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Price: $26.00 +

Chido has arrived to make the sunny spring days feel all-around better! It’s the tequila cocktail that’s always ready for a good time. Grab a variety pack and get the party started! Made with real Blanco tequila, CHIDO serves delicious flavors filled with good vibration that treats each can as a mini getaway. With five flavor-filled varieties, there’s sure to be one that captures your tastebuds and lifts your spirits for the good things in life, one can at a time. Try the classic sea salt, tequila, and lime margarita, all that’s needed to concoct a drinking experience that serves up positive energy and delightful moments best enjoyed with friends. There’s even a pumpkin spice latte to savor, hot or cold! They take their mixology seriously.
My review: OMG these are so good! Move over hard seltzer because these tequila with sparkling water are amazing! I loved all of the flavors, but I especially like the Pink Paloma and Spicy Watermelon flavors. These are perfect for girls night out or tailgating. Can’t wait to sip some with my sister and sister in laws down the shore.

Outdoor Goods

City Bonfires

Price: $21.95 to $64.95

Warm hearts and make memories during your picnic extravaganza with your loved ones enjoying a City Bonfires kit. It’s easy, fun, and yummy! Elevate any mood with these special editions of their mini bonfires, perfect for romantic evenings, family fun, and gift-giving. All safe and cozy for roasting marshmallows and keeping warm this February, made with love from Maryland.
ReviewI really like the City Bonfires kits because they’re easy to take wherever I go. They’re perfect for the beach, a backyard deck get together or any intimate outdoor setting. They’re simple to clean up and discard. Everything is contained in the tin.
There are several different kits to choose from. I really like the s’mores kit which is perfect for camping. These kits make great gifts and are fun to bring to picnics.



Price: Varies

Perfect for your to-go beverages! Ever wonder how some people always have luscious, healthy, and young-looking lips? Well, there’s a safe and all-natural way to achieve just that and it doesn’t take a trip to a doctor’s office! It all has to do with how you use a straw. IntroducingLipSips, the reusable food-grade silicone device that prevents lip wrinkles. Attach it to any drinking straw and enjoy a better way to drink your favorite beverages.


Price: $9.99+

Pack your favorite bottle of wine for your next picnic day, and enjoy a glass accompanied with PureWine! Imagine no more headaches or other side effects that come after enjoying that beloved glass. Thanks to PureWine, you no longer have to suffer as it offers two unique filtration systems that eliminate the histamines and sulfites that cause wine allergies without altering the flavor of your delicious reds and whites. We’ll cheers to that! 

My review
These portable and disposable wine purifiers are so easy and convenient to use, and are a real game changer for me. I often suffer from headaches when I drink even the smallest amount of wine. These wands simply sit in a poured glass of wine for a few minutes and removes histamines and sulfites. I love that these are individually wrapped and fit so conveniently in my purse or pocket.

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Sun Protection



Price: $57.80 

With an antioxidant-rich formula and sun protection, this everyday lotion helps protect your skin against environmental damage and stressors. Lightweight and creamy with a mild fruit scent, it absorbs quickly, leaves no white residue, and provides the ideal base under makeup. Creating a home spa is a must to help ease our daily stresses and take care of our bodies. Spa Technologies makes it simple and soothing. The brand delivers essential items made of seaweed to revitalize the body, mind, and soul. The brand has inspired an industry trend and has been a trusted source for over 30 years.


Sun Patch

Price: $26.00-$49.00

Sun Patch is the only peel-and-stick UPF+ silicone sunblock on the market (UPF measures the amount of radiation that can penetrate fabric to reach your skin). Think of it as an accessory to your sunscreen. The patches feel like a second skin and have a California vibe that’s irresistible. They look like cool neon stickers in bright colors, with neutral options coming soon. Founder Gena was a mom looking for a solution to applying and reapplying suncare products on her kids, eliminating the fuss and mess. She also wanted protection and anti-aging benefits for herself too. The more she talked with other moms, the more she realized she had the perfect background to launch a sunblock brand. Hence, Sun Patch was born.


Lyrically Correct

Price: $24.99 - $76.99

Bring some fun and entertainment with you for every outdoor adventure! Put your lyric knowledge to the test with Lyrically Correct, a head-to-head trivia game created for the music enthusiast. Invented by two couples seeking to level up their game nights during quarantine, Lyrically Correct makes the vibe as lit or as competitive as you want it to be. Founding couples, Tiffany & Donte Jones and Nicollette & Juelz Rhodes represent all things #BlackLove as they journey to create joyous moments that bring friends & families together. As they found that most trivia games were full of obscure information that didn’t quite feel inclusive, the group decided to make something that represented them, the Black community, and a core part of themselves – good music.