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Outdoor Gear for Good Times.

By: Jen Shoop

*Image via Castello di Vicarello.

We cannot wait to start living in our backyard this summer! Last year, our outdoor essentials included this mosquito-repelling Thermacell gadget that we liked so much we gave to both my parents and Mr. Magpie’s; this four-pack of inexpensive cabana striped towels (for fun in sprinkler / kiddie pool — I just kept these by the back door! — for travel/stroller, these Dock and Bay ones are awesome since they fold up tiny but are surprisingly absorbent); this virtually indestructible, portable speaker; Mr. Magpie’s Pro-Kadima set (for some reason, he and his friends love this game? — this Sunnylife style is even more aesthetically pleasing); and Mr. Magpie’s large stainless steel cooler, which he liked to keep stocked with beers while grilling / entertaining. It is honestly shocking how long that thing keeps cool — days! Mr. Magpie’s dad has the exact same one and also uses it while entertaining al fresco so guests don’t need to continually go inside to find a fresh drink. Igloo has a similar one that comes in great colors if you want something besides stainless steel.

This year, we are looking forward to making use of our new cornhole set (also love this gorgeous scalloped one and this fun floral), and I am eyeing —

+a small cooler for various excursions and Wolf Trap trips, and am torn between one of these soft-sided totes and one of these Igloos;

+a new, heavier-duty picnic blanket — this one intrigues me because it’s waterproof on the bottom and “perfectly weighted to stay flat on the ground”;

+these acrylic striped outdoor tumblers (look for less with these);

+these popsicle holders are so clever for little ones — you catch all the drips in the tray and not on the hand!

+this enormous outdoor storage chest to house all outdoor toys/balls in our garage;

+these reasonably-priced reclining folding chairs — I often find us in need of extra seating/portable seating! — although I’m tempted by these ones, which are even closer to the ground and better for beach/outdoor concerts/picnics.

backyard gear

LARGE IGLOO COOLER // BIRD KITE // TOWELS // BEACH CABANA // QUILT // SPEAKER // IGLOO COOLER // PADDLE SET // POPSICLE MOLD // CORNHOLE SET // SOFT-SIDED COOLER TOTE // FREEZER PACKS // RECLINING FOLDING CHAIRS // RATTAN BEVERAGE COOLER // THERMACELL MOSQUITO REPELLER // WATERSLIDE RING TOSS SET // CROQUET SET // JUMBO JENGA SET

A few other finds below…

P.S. Al fresco dining finds.

P.P.S. A summer salad you must try.

P.P.P.S. Memories of my childhood home.

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