Motivation Monday: Enjoying the Outdoors + Picnic Recipes

Today is the first Monday of May, and that means it’s time for another edition of my monthly series, Motivation Monday. For me, healthy living is all about motivation. It’s about finding the motivation to skip a second helping, go for a walk, or cook instead of ordering takeout . Each Motivation Monday features easy tips and a healthy recipe.

Last month was my fourth Motivation Monday, and I revisited my goals from the previous three months. I’m still having sleep issues, so I’ll continue working on that, but otherwise, I’m doing well with my other goals.

For May, my goal is to spend as much time enjoying the outdoors as possible. In that same spirit, I’m also sharing a few of my favorite picnic recipes from my archives.

Motivation Monday: Enjoying the Outdoors + Picnic Recipes | Hello Little HomeI’ve been feeling cooped up the last month or so, and now that the weather is finally nice, I’m planning to get outside as much as possible.

Here are my tips for enjoying the outdoors:

  • Schedule your workouts outside. At this time of year, I enjoy exercising outside whenever possible. I love taking walks in Riverside Park or around the Central Park Reservoir. It leaves me feeling energized physically and mentally.
  • Coat yourself in sunblock.Β I’m kind of a sunblock fanatic, and I’d rather get my glow from bronzer and self-tanner, than risk wrinkles or worse. Neutrogrena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen is my favorite. It’s super light and perfect for oily skin. I also switch to Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 at this time of year, and apply it to my arms and legs every day. That way if I’m caught outside unprepared, I’m covered (literally!).
  • Explore a new neighborhood. One of my favorite ways to spend a beautiful day is walking around a new (to me) part of the city. New York is huge, so there’s definitely a lot to see, but most towns have their own hidden charms. Just pick a neighborhood and spend your day exploring its streets, trying new restaurants or markets, and window shopping.
  • Dress the part. The weather can change quickly at this time of year, so make sure to layer. I like to start with jeans and a tee or a casual dress and then add a light sweater, scarf, and jacket. That way I can add or subtract layers as the temperature rises and falls. It never hurts to pack an umbrella either!
  • Eat alfresco. I love eating as many meals outside as possible, and you don’t need a porch or deck to do it. Pretty much any meal can be eaten alfresco, so why not head to the park for your next one? Just pack everything up and go. If you’re looking for a basket, this Woven Picnic Basket from Target is so cute and costs less than $20!

Speaking of picnics, my husband and I enjoyed one in Central Park this past weekend!

Motivation Monday: Picnic in the Park: Hello Little HomePicnic Recipes: Watermelon-Basil Quinoa Salad, Caprese Sandwiches & Strawberry Lemonade | Hello Little HomeWhat’s a picnic without some delicious food? These are some of my favorite picnic recipes:

  • Check out this Easy Five-Step Picnic post for my favorite Caprese Sandwich recipe. It’s basically a caprese salad in sandwich form, and it’s so good!
  • For a really unique dish, try my Watermelon-Basil Quinoa Salad. I know watermelon in a savory salad sounds a little strange, but I promise that it tastes amazing.
  • Wash everything down with my Strawberry Lemonade. You have to try this recipe! It’s the perfect balance of tart lemons and sweet strawberries, and it’s really easy to make. Pour the lemonade into mason jars with lids before leaving home and add fun paper straws when you get to your destination.

Motivation Monday: Enjoying the Outdoors + Picnic Recipes | Hello Little HomeWe had our picnic in Central Park. It’s full of beautiful flowers at this time of year, so we had to take a few photos. Just ignore my crazy hair; it was like that in every shot!

Joel even got in on action. I must have said something funny!

Motivation Monday: Enjoying the Outdoors + Picnic Recipes | Hello Little HomeIt was a great day, and I’m hoping there will be a lot more like it this month!

Do you have any goals this month?

P.S. Read all of my Motivation Monday posts.

I’m linking up with these link parties, as well as Make Bake Create, Much Ado About Monday, Tasty Tuesdays, The Scoop, Wine’d Down Wednesday, Create & Share, The Yuck Stops Here, Work It Wednesday, Create It Thursday, Pin It Thursday, Link Party Palooza, Flaunt It Friday, Craft Frenzy Friday, Be.You.Tiful, Fridays Unfolded, Fabulous Friday, Frugal Friday, Best of the Weekend, and Inspire Me Tuesday.

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Thanks for reminding me about my goals…mainly I need to get caught up on storing and backing up personal photos. It’s so hard when we take so many pictures these days! Your picnic looks so nice! I want that salad you’re eating!
Gina — On the Daily Express

So cute! Makes me nostalgic for our boozy picnic in Central Park!

I love this!!! I saw it earlier on Google and had to stop by and let you know I love your Motivation Monday – being outdoors. Something about enjoying the fresh air + adding a picnic too, always refreshing! Just yesterday I had a little mini picnic in our backyard with the kids, always a big hit!

What a lovely outing. And that sandwich looks really good. haha Cute post! πŸ™‚

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I’ve done better with my sleep this month! Yay! Oh picnics! I def want to do more of those! It’s soo nice being outside this time of year!

Wow, that picnic lunch looks amazing! Hope your doing well. πŸ™‚

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

Oh I want to go on this picnic. I love everything and the food looks amazing. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me.

Um, Yum! Those look like delicious recipes.

Perfect picnic!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipes πŸ™‚

I am definately looking forward to cooking/griling and eating outside more. I am excited that winter is finally gone and the sunshine has arrived. Stopping by from The Yuck Stops Here. Thanks for linking!

What a beautiful picnic! Stopping by from The Yuck Stops Here. I co host Family Fun Friday and we’re always looking for great encouraging family friendly posts like yours. Have a great weekend!

Love the photos of the picnic.. I heard it was nice in the city today.. my daughter said it was pretty sunny! thanks for entering my Fabulous Friday Party

Thanks so much for sharing you yummy picnic recipes with us on The Yuck Stops Here link party, what a fun treat! I hope you’ll stop by again next week with something YUMMY to share! You’ll find us here: HUGS

Hi and congrats on the feature on a stroll thru life blog! Your picnic looks amazing and fun. I love everything about it. Thanks for inspiring us all and sharing your picnic with us.

These are such simple but great ideas! This would be such a fun date idea! Thank you so much for linking up to the Be.You.Tiful Link Party! I love your blog and look forward each week when you link up.

It looks like you enjoyed some wonderful food and weather outdoors! How fun! Thanks so much for linking up with me, Ginnie! <3

Hi Ginnie! What a lovely post and picnic – love the inspiration to get out there and enjoy! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinned! Hope you’re having a happy week!

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