Although it's been raining, it's officially Summer! Don't get me wrong, I still love my snowy, cosy fire Winter, but the last autumn/ winter/ spring seemed awfully long and miserable! After the first sunny (and hot!) week, I have been constantly checking on the weather report for more opportunities to go out, let it be for a day out somewhere or simply to enjoy our newly tidied up garden.
During one of the warm weekend, we went to have a barbecue at my brother's, and my sister in law took out some picnic blankets for the children to sit on. Why did I never think of that? It would have been perfect for the kids to enjoy our garden, sitting on a picnic blanket, just like they would in the park! However, the picnic blanket we've got has taken up permanent residency in my hubby's car, and it was a pain to pack it up, especially in this "I'm going to rain on you any minute" kind of weather.
TOMY's PR, like a genie, seems to know my problem, and has sent me one of their posh JJ Cole blanket to try out. I love it when someone spoils me when I needed it!
TOMY JJ Cole is a collection of convenient and stylish children's transport products. The picnic blanket is fashionable and I'm more than happy to carry it on my shoulder. It is waterproof (I even did a test for it!) on the inside and durable on the outside, easy to clean and much easier than other blankets to fold (it has a sewn-in guide to help with the folding and a Velcro strap to keep it together). It is padded to make it really comfortable to sit or lie down on, yet it did not feel clumsy nor heavy to carry on the shoulder. The picnic blanket is quite large (5ft x 5ft) and can easily allow an adult and a child (or 2) napping on it at the same time.
The picnic mat is retailed at £29.99, although they are on offer now in several stores. I'm going to keep ours at home for those picnic in the garden days!
Disclosure: We were sent a picnic mat for review purpose; all opinions are honest and our own