Long nights…. long days…

We’re all a little sleepy here.  

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… a little because our new little angel is keeping mommy awake at night.  No surprises there.  …a little because the big kids have been busy busy busy.  Dad has been taking them out to all kinds of local parks, amusement parks, local fairs, shopping in many many stores.

All this hustle and bustle makes it a bit challenging to keep the kids in their regular schedule… which sometimes results in more time spent like this…

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On the plus side, I got a little time to treat myself to a few really cute new outfits from Target.  I found some great stuff suggested by one of my favourite mom style blog, and the outfits worked great for me, being 2 weeks post partum!  I’m super pumped about actually having something nice to wear even when I feel lumpy and bumpy.  My favourite outfit was the “school pick up” outfit, which I’ve pretty much replicated, and bits and bites of others.

I also took advantage of Gap’s 40% off sale for labor day, and grabbed one of their fur-trimmed down puffer vest in pure red, although I love the heather grey one, that colour just looks awful on me.

Enjoy your labor day!  Let me know if you hear of any amazing labor day sales!

 

 

Diaper bag FOUND

I finally did it!  After searching through bags for-EVER to see what would be best as a diaper bag, I took the plunge.  I bought a great bag!

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This is actually not a diaper bag at all, but just a straight forward backpack.  We very rarely use bottles of any kind with our babies, so we didn’t need a “cooler pocket” that many of the diaper bags offer.  I’m also happy to stick a few doggie bags in one section to carry any wet messes, so I didn’t require the “wet pocket”.

I love the cute design on this bag, and it’s on sale right now for 25% off, which makes it very reasonable for the high quality of the bag.  This bag was reviewed to have lasted for 25 years!  The day I purchased the bag, they threw in free monogramming, which I don’t think is available anymore.  But the monogramming bonus makes it much easier for Sunday school teachers to locate our little one’s diapers.

I’m thrilled with how the bag looks, and it is super comfortable, even when it’s fully loaded like ours.  The backpack style will be really handy for me, because I’m definitely needing both hands these days.

I think this design is currently sold out, but there’s a few other styles that are quite cute too, you can find them on llbean.com.

Backpacks, not just for high schoolers

For the last few years, I’ve been struggling along using a free diaper bag that I got with my pump.  medelafreestylebreastpump-1

(I love my Medela freestyle pump.  The bag is just not ideal for every day outings.)

 

As we’re about to welcome another baby to our little crew, I think it might be time to upgrade.  The main issues I’m trying to resolve are wanting use of both arms/hands at all times (heck, I could use a few more arms, not less) and that my shoulder diaper bag is constantly sliding off my shoulder and knocking over one of my littles.

 

I’ve been looking around the internet universe, because, really who has time to go to a store anymore, to find a backpack that’ll carry stuff for the 3 year old, the 1 year old and new baby.  But I still want it to be cute, and it can’t be crazy expensive.  These are my favourites,

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1. Ying ying for kids, $70 CAD, amazon.ca

2. Lassig, $148 CAD, amazon.ca

3. Ying Ying for kids (brown dot for fashion), $62.50 CAD, amazon.ca

4. Ju-Ju-Be Be right back backpack, $140 USD, zappos.com

I think I might be leaning towards #3, they have a blue polka dot version too, which might be really adorable.  Coincidence that it’s the least expensive on the list…. I’ll never tell.