Sunday Favorites

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Oh man, we have finally had some beautiful sunshine and weather this past week. So, I blew a lot of time off by taking the princess to the parks in the area and letting her just run amok! LOL We have had several picnics down by the water as well. And that made me remember it was time to put together my "To-Go Summer" bag.

This post was one of my very first posts on his blog, March 19, 2009.

Spring and summer are here...finally! Woohoo! Time for heading to the park, street fairs and festivals.

This time of the year can be the best time of the year for lots of free and super cheap activities to enjoy. So, get yourself prepared and enjoy all the fun!

Put together your summer time tote bag and keep it handy to grab on your way out.

Use any tote bag/backpack to create your summer tote. If you don't have any type of tote bag, pick up one of the reusable "green' bags all the stores are selling.I have seen them for as low as $1.00 a bag (Target). Remember, if it isn't too girly, your guy will trade off and on with you carrying it at different events (okay, most of our guys will carry it regardless of how girly it is, but it would be nicer for them if it isn't some bright pink Hannah Montana tote bag!).

Now, start gathering and saving all those extra condiments we get from fast food places. Such as catsup, mustard, dressings, salt, pepper, wet wipes, etc. don't forget to save all the extra napkins and plastic ware you get and don't use either. Put them all in a ziplock bag (or for a truly frugal idea, toss them in an empty bread bag with a twist tie)and toss that bag in your tote.

**This is important: please don't think for one minute that I am telling you to go to a fast food restaurant and stock up on free condiments. That is stealing. We do so many fast food shop jobs, that we always seem to have a ton of this stuff that they put into our bags.

Next, in another bag, put some paper plates (got any left over from a birthday party, Christmas party or clearanced so cheap because they were so ugly?...use them!) and throw in a few disposable cups as well. You can use plastic cups that have to be washed, just remember to bring a separate ziplock bag to put those if after they have been used and make sure you take them out and wash them before you use your tote again.

It doesn't hurt to throw another little bag together with maybe some Tylenol, band-aids, sunscreen, lip balm or other little things that are handy to have.

This is a great way to use different samples you have gotten in the past. Also, I don't know about everyone else, but I seem to get tons of little makeup cases or pouches free all the time. Whether they were gifts or a cute little bag that held some product or the plastic zipper cases that new valances sometime come in, regardless, I seem to get a lot of them. I use them for my summer tote instead of ziplock bags. So, the idea is to use what you have.

I keep my bag stocked all summer. We go to a lot of festivals and I toss my wallet in the tote, keys, camera and usually a couple of bottles of water. Sometimes, I throw in handy little cheap snacks to have throughout the day. I also keep those individual flavored drink packets that I get from freebies or super cheap. that way after I have drank my water I usually stop at a water fountain and refill it and add the packet for a different drink.

The point of the paper plates and cups are this, we love festivals and occasionally want to try the different street food but, as we all know, that can be really expensive and street fairs and festivals can be just a nice cheap day. So, we plan ahead at how much money we are willing to spend on food or drink while we are there and we just get one of the item we want to try and then split it. So, also make sure you have a plastic knife to help you cut something up.

Of course, if you are planning a day out adventuring, pack a lunch, drinks and snacks. Keep a small cooler in your car/truck. Also, I keep an old blanket in a zipped bag (from a new blanket) in the truck all summer long as well. And to be honest, Troy and I enjoy different freebie events like this so much that we keep our lawn chairs in our trucks until Fall! We never know when we are out and about what kind of fun thing we will happen upon.

So, be prepared and have a blast at all the fun things that are happening around us during the upcoming seasons and do it frugally!

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  1. Ohhhh, you just don't know how badly I want to win the business cards. I'm starting to reorganize my store so that I have a section for vintage and collectibles and I want to set up a booth as well.With working full time,it's a pain,but I'll get it done. The business cards would be so perfect..and I have my fingers crosses.

  2. Oh thanks for sharing... this would be great for the family outings after the Lenten season!
    Happy SF.

  3. I always had those bags packed and ready especially when my kids were young. Now we take a thermos of coffee and all our fixin's and stop at a beautiful spot and have coffee for pennies!

  4. Diann, I keep that bag packed year round! Here in NC, the weather is mild enough to be outdoors most of the year (except for this strange winter!) and now I have one packed geared towards the babies I watch
    xoxo Pattie

  5. In our former town, there was a Street Festival that was billed as "The world's LARGEST free street festival.

    We went downtown for it most evenings - - - just to get the yummy food.

  6. Hi Diann...

    Girlfriend, I love your post today!!! I had an epiphany! Hehe! We are always going to all of the Spring and Summer car shows...I need one of these bags for all of these events! Sheeshh...I don't know why I never thought about it! This would be perfect...and I especially like the idea about adding a baggy for sunscreen, chapstick, etc. The sun can be pretty brutal when you're outside all day at a car show! We do always keep our chairs in the vehicle...that's a given...but I am definitely going to make up one of these bags!!! Thank you so much for sharing the great idea with us for Sunday Favorites!!! This is definitely one post that I'm so glad that you reshared!

    Have a super Sunday, Darlin'!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  7. This is a fab idea! ~ I do have many of those zipped plastic ''jobbies', that spa related gifts come packaged in for instance..,I'll have to pack a summer tote and put them to excellant use; thanks so much for sharing!

    Do pop by for a visit; this is my second week with Cheri's, 'Sunday Favorites', meme and I'm loving meeting all of my fellow participants!..,

    Also you are warmly invited to participate and/or visit me for my 23rd, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', blog tea party meme.

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen


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