This post, Cheers to Good Friends, is sponsored by Stanley-PMI but the content & opinions expressed here are my own.

Some of the best memories sprout from gatherings with friends & family. In an effort to keep making new adventures, I invited a handful of friends to get together on a warm & sunny autumn afternoon in beautiful San Diego, California.

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It's truly wonderful to have friends that you have a long history with & who accept you for who you are. To celebrate friendship, I put together a picnic spread with drinks, snacks, & music to get the party going. I busted out all my rad Stanley Brand loot & my friends loved every moment of it.

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Fall gatherings are most enjoyable when you have the right gear to keep your food & beverages at their best, especially when a typical autumn afternoon is 73°F. I filled the Classic Vacuum Bottle with ice water & my friend Matt raved on about how refreshing the water was since the bottle kept it cool all afternoon.

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We took turns updating each other about our lives, as I made drinks with the Adventure Happy Hour System. We reminisced about the good old days, thinking about our younger years when responsibilities were minimal. No full-time job. No car payments. No apartment hunting. No wedding planning. Just a bunch of kids beginning their adult life & their careers.

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Fred happily drank his beer in the Classic Stein while I poured the rest of us some shots from the Classic Flask. We had all the makings of a party with the convenience of being able to bring it wherever we went, which came in handy since we had to pack up & relocate because the park closed at 5 p.m.

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Since 1913, Stanley Brand has been a part of countless memories & adventures. Because their products are built to last, I know they'll be a part of my life for years to come. These items would come in handy at Coachella or any camping or outdoor activity.

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Although we don't get together nearly as often as we used to, it's always a pleasure when we do. We laughed at old stories, told some new ones, & simply enjoyed an afternoon together. With the hustle & bustle of adult life, it's refreshing to have those relaxing moments. Cheers to good friends!

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Stanley-PMI. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure. :]