New for Diaper Bags – Coming October 2014

I collect diaper bags like growing families collect strollers: I’ve got a bag for a baby, a bag for a toddler, a bag for if I have both baby and toddler in tow… a bag for the park, a bag for a quick trip to the store … I think you get the drift. A few months ago, when my first babe was around 2 and my baby wasn’t even out of the womb, I was so completely tired of any diaper bag. It was probably hormones, but I felt like my closet was chock full of beautiful satchels and totes – that I had collected over the years before I had any kids – calling, “Hey! Do you see us? It’s been 2 years! We want to see the light!”

With the massive size of some of them, I started to give it a try. First, I had some fun with my Kate Spade “All Typed Up Clyde” satchel:


I used the front zipper section for my cell phone, keys and diaper wipes and the inside had some pockets so I kept my wallet, diapers, a change of clothes (for the little one) and some snacks in there. It worked quite well for a few weeks. But it was heavy.

As the baby in my belly grew, my knees were already struggling with too much weight so I I had to switch it up. I was looking for something similarly big but not so heavy. The Longchamp seemed perfect:



To be honest, the Longchamp worked pretty well because it’s roomy, the material was durable and the fabric was easy to wipe clean. My one (pretty big) complaint: It was a black abyss of nothingness and everything. Sure, I looked sophisticated when I showed up with my kid and this bag in tow but when it was time to leave, I had to nearly empty all its contents to a table or the floor just to find my keys; not so sophisticated anymore.

When my baby was born earlier in the year, the volume of items needed to leave the house nearly quadrupled so I retired any real bag and went back to my collection of diaper bags. They’re all functional, but let’s compare … would you want to carry this or one of the bags above?


One of the bags above! Yeah. Me too. So you can only imagine my extreme delight as I recently came across a company that is offering a product that TURNS YOUR HANDBAG INTO A DIAPER BAG. [Gasp!] Yes. The company’s called Life in Play and they make an insert that goes into regular handbags but makes them functional for Moms (or maybe even just those who like being extremely organized):




Would this insert be good for one of your handbags? It’s easy to find out with their measurement guide. If your bag has a width of 14″ or wider, a height of 10″ or taller, and a depth of 3″ or wider, then you’re in luck! Not only could you keep using all your favorite bags, but with this 1 insert, you could suddenly have several bags that are perfect for holding all your little gear.

If you need an idea of some totes that this item pairs with well, Life In Play has also already put together a collection of their favorite totes – CLICK HERE.

Are you excited? I know I am. I’ve been hearing things lately and it’s not just a crying baby. I believe it’s my Longchamp hollering, “Hello? Is anybody out there?”


New Baby Gear: Formula Pro by babybrezza

I just came across an advertisement for the Formula Pro by babybrezza and it’s too cool/interesting/amazing not to share:



So what does this do? According to the company, “The Formula Pro uses patented technology to measure, dispense and mix water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature and consistency.  With the push of a button, you can prepare a bottle within seconds that has no air bubbles.  The water and formula powder are stored in right in the machine, so it’s always ready for you when your baby gets hungry.  The machine works with all bottle sizes and all formula brands and types.  You can also choose the amount of formula you want to make:  2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 ounces.  The easiest way to prepare baby’s bottles is now right at your fingertips.”

Pretty awesome, right? If you use formula, who wouldn’t want this? Especially for middle of the night bottles?

So now you must be thinking what I was thinking: How much does this cost? Is it like $50 or $250? Well my friends, I did the research and it’s $160. You can buy direct, from Babies R Us and also from Target; so if you have a RedCard, choose Target and save 5%.

For $160, I’d would want to make sure this thing was BADASS. If you want to confirm same, click here to read the Amazon reviews. As of writing, there are 121 reviews and this Formula Pro is averaging 3.5 out of 5 stars.

PS – How can this be any more interesting? It also comes in Limited Edition Colors (like KitchenAid mixers!):




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The Hottest Nursing Dress You Should Own

I wrote about one of my favorite brands – BOOB – a few weeks ago. Well, their new fall line just came out and I am IN LOVE. If you’re pregnant or nursing and you want to look smashing hot, check out this dress:



From the print, to the puffed sleeve, to the neck line which is just perfect for a fabulous statement necklace such as this one which is currently on (Surprise) Sale for the next 2 days:



If it’s in your closet, then you have at least 1 awesome outfit that won’t require any thought about, “What should I wear today?” (Answer: THIS!)

World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Aug 1 – 7

August 1st kicks off the almost end of summer (bummer!) and World Breastfeeding Week (awesome!).

I dabbled in my own little celebration of this event (WBW – not the end of summer) by hosting a Big Latch On event at Temple Emanuel this morning. The Big Latch On is a synchronized breastfeeding event. Last year, 14,536 women latched on for one “synchronized” minute. The goal, every year, is to beat the record of the year before. As of this moment, the total number for 2014 is still up in there air but  I’m proud to announce that the city of Pittsburgh (I was the only host in this city) contributed a total of 11 women to the count – and one of them traveled with 4 children in tow and another traveled over 2 hrs from WV! Add in a bunch of cute babies, some wonderful conversation, and some new connections made and I think it was a wild success:



As if this day wasn’t fun enough, one of my favorite designers – Japanese Weekend – is offering a 40% discount on nursing apparel in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. I have some JW in the Maternity Girl inventory but if you want to go crazy shopping from home, CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK and just be sure to enter “40WBW” at checkout. Enjoy!