Tuesday, 24 March 2015

My Diaper Bag

For the first few months of motherhood, I used a regular diaper bag and stored my phone, wallet and keys in the front pocket. When I went out without Luke, I would simply remove my items from the pockets and carry them around, which was extremely inconvenient. If I was at the grocery store I would try and set them in the front of the cart while I shopped but they just fell through the cart. If I was shopping, I just had piles of items in my hands and pockets while browsing racks, also not great.

I knew there had to be a better solution for transitioning my bag, from my time out with Luke to my time out alone. I also hated flipping back and forth from the diaper bag to a purse because I ended up having purses all over my house and random items in all my purses.

I heard about a trick for organizing baby items in diaper bags by putting everything into separate ziplock bags. So, I put 6 diapers, an outfit, some bibs, and a few miscellaneous items, all in separate ziplock bags. This made it easy to remove all Luke's essentials from the bag when I went out alone.

I hunted for the perfect bag, it needed to be big enough to hold everything, zipper shut, easy to carry and fashionable. Finally I came across a fabulous brown leather backpack at one of my favourite Sarnia stores, Shoes @ 144 Front. I had actually wanted a backpack purse for awhile now and loved the idea of this style for a diaper bag.

So far this bag is the best diaper bag I have used and it looks great, bonus! One of the things I like most about it, is it can be worn when I have Luke in his sling. It was always a little challenging to stick my debit card and phone in the sling along with Luke, because I was unable to wear the bag and sling at the same time. The backpack is the perfect solution to carrying all my essentials while wearing Luke in the sling.

If you are ever on the hunt for a great purse, amazing shoes, wallets, socks and outstanding customer service, you need to visit Shoes @ 144 Front, its worth a trip downtown.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Gratitude Monday - I Set The Tone

Last week I was feeling a little stressed at times, it was a busy week and I didn't take much time to slow down and reflect, which I know leaves me feeling frazzled. In addition, Luke was a little off as well, he was having a hard time going to bed and would only let me be the one to tuck him in.

Finally on Saturday, I started to slow down and think about why Luke had been acting a little different. I realized that he was simply feeding off my emotions. I had been buzzing around all week and even though Luke is with me all day, we hadn't had as many quiet snuggly moments as we usually do.

After realizing this, I felt bad for Luke. He was trying to tell me all week "hey mom, lets just chill for a few moments and everything will be ok". It only took me 7 days to get the hint but I got it.

I will never be the perfect mother or completely avoid ever feeling stressed again but I will remember the lesson I learned this week, I set the tone for this household and Luke will learn to handle himself in situations from watching Tyler and I. I already knew this but sometimes it takes me getting smacked in the head with the concept, to learn the lesson.

Today I am grateful for the lessons I learn when I do slow down and reflect.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

I Am 30

Today I am 30, Wahoo! Its an exciting day, I am here with my health, family and cake, what more can a girl ask for.

Honestly though, I really am excited to be 30 and to be growing older. Everyday I like myself a little more and learn something new about myself and worry less about what the world around me thinks of me.

When I was in my early 20's I was filled with self doubt. I did a lot of learning in those years but I would never want to repeat them, no thanks. I am all about moving forward these days and only looking back to learn from those previous mistakes.

My life is a pretty awesome journey and I have a feeling its only going to keep getting more awesome, which means I need to grow and get older. So don't bother feeling sorry for me for getting one year older and reaching this milestone birthday because I couldn't be more excited about it.

In honour of my birthday week, I am eating dessert every night!


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Follow Your Dreams

My youngest sister has turned her childhood passion for dance, into a successful career. I think this is pretty cool so I interviewed her and am excited to share her story with you. Check it out here.

Follow Your Dreams