Sometimes when we go out shopping I just need a little time to … you know, shop. It is so much easier to get this task done when I don’t have to chase after a 2-year old. She has her own priorities, her own thoughts about where to go, her own shopping list. Sometimes I just need a little time to check things off my list, but no matter what I bribe her with, there is always a fight about sitting in the shopping cart. So I developed a way to make shopping a little more fun and easier on the both of us: Cart Picnics. I pack a picnic…food, snacks, sippy cup, blanket, friends… I put the blanket in the bottom before we even get inside the store and set it up and get to enjoy a little shopping while she is contained.