Many of my childhood memories are of going to the park with my mom. We would travel to parks in other towns and have a picnic lunch, bring our bikes and make a parade there, get ice cream, or go to a park near a pond and feed the fish. We’d drive across town and visit “the train park”, or to the “pirate ship park”, or even just a short walk to our neighborhood park with the really, really big slide. She found a way to get us out of the house and make a simple thing so much more special.
I’m so proud of my mom. This past fall and winter she went through double knee replacements, but despite that, has been working hard to get back to feeling good. She is truly an inspiration to me. Now that she is able to walk without as much pain for the first time in almost 10 years, we have been going to the park for walks when we get together.
I’ve been wanting to treat my mom to a girls’ day out, and created a special picnic at the park.
We love the grocery section at our World Market, so we went there for picnic essentials. I love that their prices are similar to what you’d find in the grocery store, but their selection is anything but normal! We were greeted with happy and colorful displays, it was like spring in a store.
We picked up picnic perfect snacks: a six pack of sparkling lemonade, kettle corn, crackers, cheese wedges, and of course, lobster pate. Can’t have a picnic without it! ;)
(That’s a joke. This was our first time trying it.)
The World Market brand kettle corn was SO good! We used this galvanized bucket to hold it, but now can use it for storage, parties, or in décor.
The picnic blanket plates, bowls, charger, and woven mat add a nice touch, but my favorite were the .99 spreading knives. I don’t like wimpy spreaders touching my cheese, these were BIG.
Who brings a bottle opener to the park?! I did. And I’m not ashamed to admit it. This key bottle opener (1.99!) goes right on my keychain.
And the picnic blanket was the perfect tablecloth. It is big, rolls up, and can be washed easily.
You know, for the times when you’re being a ham for the camera and accidentally spill lemonade all over. ;)
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How are you going to pamper your mom this Mother’s Day?