Considering that some of our outdoor adventures are planned (e.g. purposely heading out for a walk) and some are spontaneous (e.g. pulling over to try out a new playground when we happen to be driving by), I try to always be prepared with the one item that has proven to be a necessity: a blanket.
Whether for an impromptu picnic, to hang out to examine bugs, or for me to lounge on while the girls swing, slide and climb, I always keep a blanket in the back of the car. Up until recently, that blanket was a 15-year-old, slightly grungy, a-little-scratchy blanket that I brought back from a spring break visit to Mexico when I was in high school. Needless to say, it wasn't the most pleasant option.
Fortunately, that mess has long been retired and replaced with something much more comfortable, compact, portable and stylish, the Monkey Mat from Chic Monkey Boutique.
Having long been a big fan of the way that Chic Monkey has proven to be a one-stop boutique for absolutely everything for babies, kids and beyond when you're looking for quality, originality and downright adorable items, I wasn't surprised when the Monkey Mat was added to their product list.
After all, when it comes to pulling out an item that is going to be functional, fashionable and convenient, Chic Monkey has only the best. Therefore, when an orange Monkey Mat arrived (also available in blue, pink and green), I couldn't wait to see how much easier (and much more chic) it was going to make my life.
Arriving in a 6" x 6" patterned travel pouch, I was happy to see that, when stored, the Monkey Mat is nearly exactly the size of two cell phones. For a full-sized blanket to fold up to that small, I was already a fan!
Instead of the massive armful of blanket that I was used to lugging around, this petite package could easily be tossed into a purse, diaper bag or backpack... or, due to the handy buckle strap, attached right on the outside.
Once at your destination — whether the beach, park, camping, traveling, sporting event, a relative's house, a quick changing pad for your baby, or many more — unfolding the Monkey Mat for use is just as simple as one would expect.
Simply unzip the pouch, pull out the mat, and watch in amazement as it unfolds to a full 5' x 5' clean, stylish surface.
The small details that went into the Monkey Mat really show the amount of thought put into it, as making the fabric water repellant is a huge bonus (who wants to sit on wet grass and feel it seep through?) and the added toy loops in the center are perfect for attaching small toys.
This would be a great way to keep a baby happily occupied while also keeping them safe from the dirt and grime that may be underneath!
At the same time, I love the Monkey Mat's weighted corners to keep them from flapping around in the breeze and the fact that there are additional loops at each corner in case you wanted to really connect it to the ground.
All in all, I couldn't ask for much more! The Monkey Mat provides plenty of space for my family to hang out, is machine washable for easy cleaning, and the storage pouch is attached so that I'll never misplace it or leave it out and about somewhere.
Even better, all that I have to do when we're ready to go is fold it back up and slip it right back into the pouch and it's ready for next time.
One mom's vision of an online boutique where fashionable items for the whole family can be found at affordable prices (the Monkey Mat retails for $42) has resulted in a great shopping experience. At Chic Monkey Boutique, you're not just a nameless order number, they care about personalized service and you know that your complete satisfaction and happiness is their top priority.
No matter if you are shopping for a gorgeous minky blanket, an adorable tutu dress, a fashionable and handy duffel bag, or much, much more, Chic Monkey will have the perfect gift for babies, kids and beyond.
Heck, as well as offering so many great products, Chic Monkey rewards their customers as well by giving them away! Head over to the Chic Monkey blog right now to enter to win one of these awesome Monkey Mats as well as a $25 Amazon gift card!
And, thanks to their generosity, one person is going to be able to purchase their own favorite product as well, because...
One lucky person will win a $35 Amazon gift certificate from Chic Monkey Boutique!
A big thank you to Chic Monkey Boutique for providing a Monkey Mat for me to review as well as a $35 Amazon gift card for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.