Posts Tagged ‘diaper bags’

Sunday Funday Giveaway: Mighty Be by Ju-Ju-Be

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Mighty Be in Marvelous Mums

I have a feeling you will like this week’s giveaway! Inspired by my recent diaper bag woe’s post, this week’s giveaway is for a Mighty Be by Ju-Ju-Be!!! For most of you this bag hardly needs an introduction. Ju-Ju-Be is a well known and well loved brand in the cloth diapering community. The Might Be in particular is a great choice because of it’s size. It can comfortably fit enough cloth diapers for an long outing plus much more! There are lots of pockets in it to keep you well organized. It snaps open and close for easy access. In addition to the high functionality of the bag, Might Be diaper bags are super cute! The prints are whimsical and the style of the bag has a hip, sporty, fun look to it.

If you would like to win a FREE Might Be diaper bag, enter this week’s giveaway today!

 
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Diaper Bag Woes

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Abraham joined me right before I crossed the finish line

I recently ran my first half marathon barefoot. I know, I know…what in the world does that have to do with diaper bags? Even though I can pretty much relate anything to running, if you can ‘bare’ with me here, I promise there is an actual connection this time (such a cheesy pun, huh?).

I ran the race with a small purple backpack that held two different pairs of back-up shoes and two different kinds of socks just in case the course was not barefoot-friendly.  The bag also held other little random things I like to have with me when I run (chapstick, snacks, music, phone, etc). Throughout the race I would sling the bag from my back to my shoulder to grab various items from it. At one point during a super rocky section I stopped to put on my huaraches/running sandals. Unfortunately one of the straps broke almost immediately. So I stopped again and put on my second choice back-up running shoes. At this point a man passing me says “You are like Mary Poppins…I keep waiting to see what you are going to pull out of that little backpack of yours”. 🙂

Fast forward to a few days ago when a mama from the Mom’s Milk Boutique facebook community posted a picture of her new beautiful Mighty Be by Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag and all of the contents she was able to stuff inside of it (with room to spare!). The picture made me immediately think of the Mary Poppins comment from my race. This was one well packed mama for sure…Mary Poppins may even have a thing or two to learn from her! She had snacks, clothes, diapers, toys, baby carrier…you name it, she had it. I might be able to pack a bag well for a run/race, but when it comes to outings with my kids I am sadly inept.

I almost never have band-aids when we need them for a skinned knee at the park. I often have a poopy cloth diaper and no wet bag to stick it in while changing baby’s diaper at the store.  I have (more than once) left freshly filled water bottles on the counter at home only to kick myself later when the 5 of us try to share a $7 16oz disposable water bottles at the zoo. My three-year-old has spent the entire day wearing his 10-month-old brother’s pants because I forgot to pack extra clothes for him. I sheepishly bum food off friends more than I care to admit because I don’t pack enough (or any) snacks for my kids. I guess that’s the fate of a Girl Scout dropout…the “Be Prepared” motto was lost on me!

So in attempt to remedy my diaper bag woes, I decided the first step is to purchase a new bag. Right now I am using a 12 year old Jansport with a broken zipper. Before that I was using a very old, well-loved, hand-me-down ERGObaby backpack with a huge hole in it, stretched-out water bottle holder, and missing velcro (in other words my stuff always fell out of it). Before that I used any random bag I could find around the house. Five years and three kids later, I figure it’s time I invest in a good diaper bag. No I take that back…it’s time to invest in a GREAT diaper bag! Suggestions welcome! 🙂 Step two is to get organized and create a system, but since step one has to come first (and let’s face it, is waayyy more fun!) let’s get shopping!!

So what category do you fall into? Are you Mary Poppins or a Girl Scout drop-out? Would love to hear your diaper bag essentials and/or bloopers.

-Sarah