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The Best Diaper Bag for Your Style

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

A woman can never have too many handbags. A clutch for date night, a tote for the beach, a purse for day-to-day activities…the list goes on. Plus, within each category, you also have to consider your color preferences, decide whether you want to save or splurge, and choose whether you prefer something trendy or classic.

When it comes to purchasing a diaper bag, you’ll have to make the same decisions! But we all know moms are too busy to browse website after website, so we’ve rounded up a few options (most of which come with changing pads!) that will satisfy you no matter your palette, budget, or style. Now get shopping–we even feature an option for your man! Click the images for details.

Conservative with a Twist: This Baby Essentials bag is nice and simple on the outside (love the gold handles!), while the leopard interior (surprise!) adds a wild element. It’s perfect for the mom wants a streamlined style with a little bit of funk. ($25, 

Pink Lady: What spit-up? This tote by Trend Lab will remind you of your days as a full-time fashionista but is also roomy enough for all of your current essentials ($30, Kmart) 

Baby Got Backpack: This Bumble Collection sack can be worn multiple ways, and its cheerful print is great for spring and summer. ($100, 

Pattern-Friendly Parent: Preppies and design fanatics will love the Greek Key print on this Hoohobbers tote. Bonus: it’s super eye-catching (read: it’s difficult to misplace among your stash of baby gear and dirty clothes!). ($88, 

Messenger and a Bottle: Can’t forget about Dad! He won’t need to send out an SOS when he’s armed with this Diaper Dude bag–its no frills look makes it an excellent choice. ($123, Hayneedle)

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Your Kids’ Summer Essentials

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Summertime is right around the corner! But there’s always so much to pack and buy before the fun can start. Whether you’re prepping your little one for sleepaway camp, the beach, international travel, or just a trip to Grandma’s, we’ve got you covered! (Click on the pictures to shop!).

For the Little Camper 

Accessories: Your nature-lover will enjoy having a place to keep track of fun memories, friends’ contact info, and more in this journal with a woodsy design. (Chronicle Books, $10)

Games: A group activity like Mad Libs will be enjoyable for the whole cabin. (Ebeanstalk, $4) 

Tote: The duffel is a sleepover classic, but it’s also great for longer trips. This orange color makes it easy for your kid to identify his bag. (Paragon Sports, $45)

Don’t Forget: Stamps and stationery so he can send letters to friends and family (hey, snail mail isn’t dead!), fun snacks if he needs a break from camp food (as long as the camp directors say it’s allowed), and a note from mom and dad to dig out if a homesick moment strikes. Worried about kids’ belongings getting mixed up in the cabin? This camp-specific set of labels, on sale until June 30, is weather-resistant and will help him keep track of all of his stuff. (Mabel’s Labels, $40)

For the World Traveler 

Accessories: This notebook is tres chic! Your little travel companion can use it to doodle on the plane or make a list of must-sees. (Chronicle Books, $12)

Games: If you’re worried about overweight luggage, pack a lightweight card game that will keep kids occupied during long plane or train rides. Plus, kids will have a go-to activity if there’s downtime in the hotel room. (, $6) 

Tote: You may be traveling from destination to destination or have a ways to go from the airport to your hotel. A backpack is a practical way for kids to tote their stuff and pull a rolling suitcase at the same time. Make sure zippers stay shut and keep an eye out for strangers’ wandering hands so that nothing goes missing en route! (Amazon, $45)

Don’t Forget: That summer reading book (long plane rides are the perfect time for kids to tackle work), music and DVDs (plus headphones!) for additional entertainment, and chargers (plus country-specific converters) for all electronics. (Headphones: Sears, $25) 

For the Beach-Goer 

Accessories: Help her sun in style with this cheerful chair and umbrella set. (Hayneedle, $33). 

Games: Keep your little one occupied with a variety of toys to use in the sand. The multitude of options makes it easy to share with siblings. (Walmart, $21)

Tote: Kids can stash towels in this mesh bag which can later store wet swimsuits. (Paragon, $14)

Don’t Forget: It may seem like a no-brainer–but sunscreen is absolutely essential. Pack sunglasses to comfort sensitive eyes. This colorful lunchbox is cheerful and also keeps their snacks and drinks cool. (Paper Source, $23)

For a Visit with Relatives 

Accessories: A pillow will help keep little necks comfy in the car or on the plane and can double as a nighttime snuggle buddy if kids are wary about bringing favorite stuffed animals on vacation. Games: Grandma may not have tons of toys on hand, so be sure to pack some travel-friendly favorites! A game like Scrabble is fun for all generations. (, $19)

Tote: If Grandma is only a car ride away, you don’t have to be as concerned about weight limits and hauling hefty luggage. A canvas tote is a road trip must for keeping games, snacks, and books accessible. Plus, kids will love having their own personalized bag. (Grandin Road, $39) 

Don’t Forget: This vacation is all about relaxation and bonding time, so encourage your kid to choose some special activities to do with relatives. Is there a movie your daughter has seen recently that Grandpa would absolutely love? Rent it and bring it along to watch together! Is Grandma great at photography? Encourage your son to bring his camera so he can snap along with her. Is your little one curious about Uncle Jim’s life story? Bring along this ball filled with questions for kids to ask older relatives. (It  may help you learn more about your family, too!). (Walmart, $19) 

Have a wee one on board? Make sure Grandma and Grandpa’s house is babyproofed.

Babyproofing Your Home: Grammy¿s House
Babyproofing Your Home: Grammy¿s House
Babyproofing Your Home: Grammy¿s House

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