my diaper bag dilemma.

I’ve been on the search for a new diaper bag.  For my 30th birthday a couple weeks ago, my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and could you believe I asked him for “a really nice diaper bag?”  : )

For the past two years I’ve been toting around a Vera Bradley diaper bag — I like it alot, but I’m ready for a change.  I want something a little more “city,” as I’d like to call it. Something a little more stylish and not diaper-bag-like.  I’d prefer a nice leather bag, but of course that’s not practical considering I’d be carrying around bottles, food, and a wet bag of soiled cloth diapers.  So the search for the perfect undiaper bag has been pretty hard!  Someone seriously needs to get on the ball and make better looking diaper bags, because I must say that most diaper bags out there are so darn unattractive.  So I recruited my best friend, Gifty, to help me on the diaper bag search.  It took a while, but we narrowed down the options to 3 bags.  All of them being backpack type options because I honestly think a backpack would be the most convenient for toting around twins and a 2 year old.  I’m really torn between what to choose.  What would you choose?

SYM Charlie Diaper Bag – I love that this looks like a travel bag of sorts.  It’s got leather handles and even turns into a backpack.  I contacted SYM’s Catherine Choi, the designer of this bag, and she said she knows mothers of twins who use this bag and it totally works if you aren’t a person who carries alot.  I’m just not sure if it would hold enough for three kids.  But I overall love the look, and the fact that it’s a full fledged diaper bag that doesn’t look dorky.

Infusion Rucksack Bag – I LOVE that this is just a normal bag — it’s not a diaper bag.  I especially love rucksacks: a backpack in it’s simplest form.  This bag is so classy looking for a simple backpack/rucksack, in my opinion.  The only thing is that this bag isn’t lined inside, so accidental spills could ruin it.  I also contacted Infusion’s Abby Meadow, the designer of this rucksack, and she mentioned that there are moms who use this bag as a diaper bag and love it.  Overall, love it’s simplicity.

Okkatots Diaper Bag – This is NOT my ideal bag, but I included it in my top 3 because it’s so darn roomy.  This backpack honestly seems like the most ideal bag to carry 3 kids worth of items, and in a completely organized manner.  Look at all those compartments!  If I choose this bag, it would be functionality over fashion for sure!  In the end, I’m not opposed to choosing a bag for its functionality because it would probably pose as the easiest/most convenient solution, but then again, a girl’s gotta have a nice bag, right?  ; )


Today I met with Heather so that our girls could play together on this warm cheery day, and also so we both could catch up on our day to days, crafting, and babies. Her and her beautiful family literally live 2 minutes from our home (my parent’s home).  I’ve never driven that short of a distance anywhere while living at their home — my parents live in the boondocks.  So it felt really good to visit with a friend/neighbor.  Heather lives in the neatest home her hugely talented carpenter husband refinished with upcycled pieces — a wonderful blend of new and old.  I admire anyone who can work with wood, it’s such an awesome awesome talent! Interesting to think this is what Jesus did on a daily basis.

I met Heather through the Bradley Method class we took before our babies were born.  It was so nice to meet such like-minded folk through the class.  Heather gave birth at home with a midwife for her second child after having a c-section for her first child!  So proud of her!  Giving birth at home is something Greg and I would so like to do someday, but not while living with the parents!  Hopefully when we have our own home.

Heather and I reconnected after our babies were born.  She saw all the sewing and crafting I did, and she commissioned me to craft a tote bag for a give-away her business was sponsoring its customers.  I jumped at such a cool opportunity.  The criteria was that I thoughtfully consider the environment by reusing old fabric for the project.  I ended up upcycling fabric Heather gave me from some old curtains. I pretty much used my own pattern when creating the tote; except for the dimensions, which I used from another pattern.  The fabric was made of cotton canvas with an embroidered flower motif.  I also added a trim of crocheted lace. Love the way it turned out — so much so that I’m considering making another for Dhara and our weekly library jaunts.  Heather loved the tote as well and will probably be using it in a giveaway at a Green Life Festival at Savage Mill later this month, that is if she doesn’t keep it herself!

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

tote is fully lined, reinforced + perfectly sized for such trips as the library or market