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Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

We spent the weekend camping with family and friends. It was such a great time. There was rain in the forecast, but our first two days and nights were absolutely gorgeous — perfect camping weather.

Camping has always been my favorite outdoor activity. I was so excited to team up with Dr Pepper for this post because, really, what’s better than pairing your favorite summertime activity with a favorite summer drink?!

It’s easy to create summer fun with Dr Pepper. Whether it be a BBQ in the backyard or a weekend of camping, Dr Pepper lets you connect with friends and family to create perfect celebrations.

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

My sister and I have been camping since we were young. It’s one of our favorite traditions. We make a few big salads and load up the coolers with hamburgers, hot dogs, and refreshing drinks. This time around we made a quick stop into Walmart for all of our last-minute necessities and we stocked up on Dr Pepper too, of course.

While there are a bunch of great campgrounds that I love, this one happens to be my absolute favorite because my sister and I came here as children. When we arrive, I am always filled with such a sweet nostalgia. We were also joined by a few new friends on this trip, a couple who had never been camping before! It is so hard for me to believe that a person could make it to adulthood without camping — but I was so excited to be able to share the experience with them for the first time. There is nothing in the world like the magic of a long day spent in nature and an evening spent sitting around a campfire, making memories.

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Fishing is another one of our favorite camping pastimes. I have to admit, I always need a little help with the process — I’m working on it — but the excitement of reeling in a great catch is just the best. This time around we were camping at a catch & release lake, but I’m looking forward to my next trip which will hopefully involve catching something that we can enjoy that very same night.

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

On our final day of the trip, we had a barbecue and pulled out all of the stops. Hot dogs, hamburgers, garden salad, pasta salad, potato salad, chips, dips, watermelon and cupcakes. It was such a fun and special way to finish out the weekend. There are few things in life better than enjoying a delicious meal, surrounded by nature, on a gorgeous summer day.

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

Every time I go camping, I come home with a heart full of love and a spirit of gratitude for the many blessings in my life. The glory of the natural world is the greatest reminder to live each day to its fullest potential. John Muir wrote that, “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” I just love that quote and find it to be so very true.

During each season in nature, there are different animals about, different flowers blooming, and unique sights and smells to take in. Camping brings all of the magic of nature to the forefront of our minds. Falling asleep with nothing between you and the natural world except a piece of fabric is exhilarating. Allowing the soft sounds of nature to lull you to sleep is the perfect end to any summer day.

Summer Fun with Dr Pepper // livelovesimple.com

I hope that this post will serve as a beautiful reminder to you to get outside, gather with the ones you love, and experience the endless joy of summertime. Dr Pepper is just one good reason to connect with friends and create beautiful memories. When you buy any Dr Pepper at Walmart from June 15th to August 15th this summer, you can upload your receipt right here to get an adorable can/bottle holder with ice pack like the one featured in this post and/or other prizes like:

  • Spend $5, get a unicorn beverage holder inflatable
  • Spend $10, get a Walmart e-Gift Card worth $5
  • Spend $20, get a 6 pack can/bottle holder with ice pack
  • Spend $40, get a Dr Pepper bottle shaped pool float

So get outside and enjoy an ice-cold Dr Pepper in the glory of summer! #PickYourPepper #Walmart Here’s to a summer full of fun, love, and laughter.

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