The Chelsea Diaper Satchel: Chic New Style from Skip Hop

Skip Hop has recently announced a new addition to their collection of gorgeous, yet functional  diaper bags — the Chelsea Diaper Satchel. The Chelsea is downtown chic, and just in time for New York Fashion Week, taking you from the runway to running in style.

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The sleek, black appearance is stylish and sporty. Two insulated bottle pockets are located on the sides, and the front features a flip-down compartment to complete a second look. A cushioned changing pad is included, and the lightweight, durable fabric makes this bag a breeze to carry.

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I absolutely love the fact that there are 12 pockets, making this bag perfect for baby and yet also stylish enough to be used as an office, career, or travel bag. Functionality and versatility put this bag at the top of my list for fall must-have diaper bags.

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With an adjustable shoulder strap, the Chelsea can be worn over your arm or shoulder. Gold hardware accents the faux-leather details, clip-on stroller straps, and metal feet to keep the bag raised from the ground.

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Exterior zip pockets are a requirement for me in any handbag, making essentials easy to access without having to dig through the main compartment. Skip Hop always make this convenient, and like their other bags, the Chelsea does NOT disappoint. I can’t wait to check this out in person!

You can purchase your Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Satchel ($99) online here.

Modern Cutlery for Toddlers

While browsing a few online shops last week, the Toddler Company brand of feeding gear jumped off the screen to me with its simple beauty, so I wanted to share them here with you.

The colors are bold and fresh, the lines are clean and smooth, and the pieces even look like a breeze to clean. Toddler Company has created a cup, bowl, plate, and set of utensils that deserves your attention, and that can be hard to say for children’s place settings.

Plus, the design stands out as modern and fun.

The cutlery ($30) was designed ergonomically for little fingers that prefer chubby objects. Gripping these utensils looks easy and comfortable, which means better maneuverability, and for anyone that has ever cleaned up after a toddler’s meal, you know maneuverability is key in this beginning phase of eating!

The bowl ($20) is designed in a scooping-friendly manner, with sloped sides and an easy-to-hold rim. All of their products are available in red, orange, blue, or green.

The plates ($20) are also wide and easy to carry or hold in place.

The outside of the cup ($15) is made of a slip-resistant surface (as are the utensils, bowls, and plates), but the bottom of the cup is weighted and smooth, made for easy sliding across the table and less spills.

Shall we?

The Toddler Collection can be found in the US at modernmini.

Mod Picnic Products

Picnic season is upon us, and if you’re looking for a good excuse to have a fashionable lunch at the park or the beach, here are some products that would make for a fabulous presentation. My son and I are frequenting the beach this month with family in town, and sand toys are always a huge hit — but this entire grouping was designed around this amazing grill.

1- The Rucksack by Gin & Luck– Coming Soon
Though this bag is geared towards those who like to imbibe, with the bags made of heavy canvas, leather, and waterproof compartments, this is easily also a bag that every parent or caregiver would love. The openings for wine bottles on the side bags could be used for those perfect bubble wands, and the gadget compartments could also be functional for storing sunscreen or outdoor flatware. This bag is on my must-see list for this summer!

2- Scoppi– $30
A clever new product that can be used year-round to shovel or sift snow and sand, and it appeals to all ages? Count me in.

3- Thermos Foogo– $10
A straw cup with the classic thermos style, design, and quality made for active toddlers.

4- City Boy Picnic Grill– $229
The design is incredible, sleek, sophisticated, and everything you would want in a portable product. The price is hefty, but if you live in an apartment or in a city space with grill restrictions, or just love to travel, this would be the perfect splurge.

5- West Elm Tassel Blanket– $49 (on sale now $35)
Throw this on the sand, grass, tabletop, or even living room floor to create a beautiful instant place setting.

6- Skip Hop Bento Mealtime Kit– $24
Always a great choice for packing baby and toddler lunches along with rationing out treats!

7- Monbento Single– $26
This Bento box is airtight, BPA-free, microwave and dishwasher safe, making it a nice option for home, work, and on-the-go.

Jazz up your paper plates with the Colorblock Picnic Utensils from Anthropologie. Unbundle each set for four utensils made of bamboo with non-toxic paint. $14.

Now you’re all set. Where is your favorite place for a picnic? Mine is the beach, provided we bring enough fresh water to rinse off before adding sand to all of our food!

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Orla Kiely Baby Changing Bags

Many fashion designers carry diaper bags and changing bags for parents, and I wanted to start featuring several that I know our readers will love. I have had my eye on one line for quite some time now — the Orla Kiely Baby Changing Bag. Their bold, signature prints stand out over many other printed changing bags.

The Nautical Multi Stem Print Baby Changing Bag from the SS13 Collection. $244.

The bag has a matte laminate exterior, allowing it to be wiped clean, and a cotton twill lining. The inside has a zip pocket, key fob, and six pockets. A foldaway changing mat is included with a vertical striped signature print.

Exterior details include two from outer slit pockets, a large zip pocket, and a zippered compartment at the bottom of the bag. The strap is adjustable and can be worn as a shoulder bag or messenger style.

The Pre-Spring 2013 Collection features the yellow and scarlet Daisy Stem Print Baby Changing Bags. Sale $122.

The Small Print Shadow Stem Baby Changing Bag in Lichen and Multi can be found in the Past Season collection. Sale $122.

You can find all of the Orla Kiely Baby Changing Bags on OrlaKiely.com, along with all of the additional gorgeous items they carry.

Re-Play Recycled Tableware


Re-Play is a line of children’s tableware from the makers of Dandelion. Re-play is made from FDA-approved recycled plastic: milk jugs! This line of feeding gear makes an environmentally-friendly statement, as well as a trend statement. The colors are terrific. Even better, Re-Play is sustainable, with materials originating just three states away, their molding plant is located within 150 miles of their warehouse, and the packaging is just 20 miles away.

The entire Re-Play collection features utensils, bowls, plates, cups, and divided plates. The cup spouts contain a silicone valve to keep them leak-free and spill-proof.

I was shopping at Target the other day and noticed the line in stock, so I picked up a set of their utensils (spoons and forks) for my son to try out.

He is 15 months old, and although the spoon appears to be a little wide for his mouth at this age, he didn’t seem to notice. This fork is the perfect introductory fork for a toddler as the spines are neither too long nor too pointy. They wash off easily and have been a great addition to my diaper bag for use at restaurants. I do have to say that I absolutely love these colors, and my diaper bag may grow bigger by one divided plate soon as that would be another perfect addition for dining out.

You can find Re-Play at your nearest retailer, or online at the following links.

Utensils (8 pack) – $4
Bowls (3 pack) – $5
Plates – $5
Cups (2 pack) – $5
Divided Plates (3 pack) – $6

Giveaway: New Diaper Bags from Jonathan Adler and Skip Hop

March has been a fun month on the blog with giveaways running back to back– and this week is no exception!  We’ve scored a wonderful giveaway: a Jonathan Adler ♥ Skip Hop new Light & Luxe diaper bag.  But wait– it gets better. Not only will the winner receive a Light & Luxe bag in the pattern of their choice, but they will ALSO receive a Jonathan Adler ♥ Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station in their favorite pattern.

I wish I could enter this one myself since I’ve been dying to try out this new bag. I love a good tote.

Skip Hop diaper bags are immensely popular for many reasons, but the main two are that they’re functional and fabulous. The fabulous-ness just gets ratcheted up when Skip Hop pairs with Jonathan Adler, who we just talked about last week!

The new Light & Luxe diaper bag is a chic lightweight tote, featuring two large front insulated bottle pockets, and a custom silhouette. The corners of the tote can be tucked in towards the bag and zipped up, creating a more trim and handbag-like appearance. The bag also features cotton shoulder straps, stroller straps, eight pockets, a zip-top closure, and a cushioned changing pad. Laminated, BPA-free and Phthalate-free fabric ensures that the bag can be easily wiped clean. The Light & Luxe is available in the signature Jonathan Adler prints of Abacus (yellow and gray), Nixon (black and white), and Syrie (blues).


Can I just say that these would also make awesome summer bags for the beach, pool, and children’s sporting events? They certainly would.

The Pronto Changing Station is available in four mod patterns by Adler: Chevron Blue, Flame Yellow, Nixon (the Light & Luxe matches this black and white print), and Wave Multi.

These portable changers can fit in large diaper bags, can be carried on your wrist, or clipped to your stroller. The changing pad is extra-wide, includes a built in pillow for baby’s head, and can be zipped off of the main compartment if needed for use separately. The Pronto can fit four large (disposable) diapers, accessories, and the enclosed wipes case.

The Light & Luxe retails for $70 and the Pronto retails for $34. Whether you’re going out for the day or just running out on a quick errand, you’ll be ready to go in Jonathan Adler style.  You can find both bags online through Skip Hop, AND, you can enter to win your very own pair this week in our giveaway!

You must leave a comment letting us know what you’d choose it you won.  There are a few additional entry methods you can take advantage of to increase your odds of winning.

This sweepstakes is open to US resident over the age of 18.  It starts right now and ends April 1st, 2013 at 12:01 am EDT.

Thanks to our friends at Skip Hop for this fun and generous giveaway and good luck to you!

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Storksak Diaper Bags

Over the past two years, I have been on the quest to find the perfect diaper bag, and there are two bags that keep standing out to me above all of the others, and they are both Storksak bags: the Sofia bag in Taupe, and the Tania Bee in Grey Multi. This bag is gorgeous, roomy, and classic enough to be more than just a bag for baby essentials. It could easily double as a stand-alone bag for a career woman, a spacious bag for weekend excursions, or a bag for a trip to the ballpark with your family. I have it on good authority that a Storksak insider regularly uses this bag as her carry-on when traveling. She is typically able to fit her regular handbag items, iPod, iPad, overnight essentials, snacks, a lightweight sweater or scarf, and more all inside of the gorgeous Sofia bag. What I find most beautiful about this particular bag is the color, so I thought I would put together a few of the classic neutral diaper bags that Storksak has to offer. Their collection is amazing and impressive—there is truly something for everyone.

1) Tania Bee, $210
2) Sofia Taupe, $425
3) Olivia Grey, $198
4) Sofia Natural Canvas, $250
5) Kate Colorblock, $220
6) Elizabeth Leather, $345

Now, if you’re a typically neutral/black/gray outfit-wearing person like me, this year may bring some risk in to your life. This spring and summer will be filled with bright color, and if you’re not ready to take that trend leap with a vivid shirt, than try taking it with a statement diaper bag!

1) Tania Bee Hot Pink, $210
2) Ashley Coral, $185
3) Tote Yellow Tan, $132
4) Olivia Berry, $198
5) Tote Fuschia Orange, $132
6) Tania Bee Burnt Orange, $210

Well, now that I think of it, I will be needing the fushia orange tote, too. That would be a perfect bag for a summer splash of color! Which of the Storksak bags do you find yourself drawn to? Their selection is incredible. You can shop their entire collection here.

Holly Aiken Diaper Bag Collection (and Design Your Own!)

Last summer Holly Aiken sent me one of her signature diaper bags for a review and I feel that the quality is so fantastic that I have to mention it here, too. Holly Aiken is a Raleigh, North Carolina artist who has been designing, making, and selling her product line at her shop, Stitch – Holly Aiken for almost ten years. Her products are created with durable vinyl drawing design inspiration from retro styles and colors found in dime store aisles and vintage racing jackets. Her signature style is the “bold black webbing trim, accented by stripes or crisp geometric shapes.” Since the material of the bag is vinyl, you can use soap and water to clean them, or even just throw them in the dishwasher.

Bomber (Atomic) $178

Bomber (Bird) $178

Airship (Star) $186

Airship (Daytona) $186

Here is an example of all of the items able to fit inside of the Bomber (Atomic) Diaper Tote.

A sturdy tote is incredibly useful as a diaper bag because it not only stands upright unsupported, but it is open with easy access for tossing items in and out on-the-go. Holly Aiken also offers a line of customizable bags, where you can pick your style, pattern, and colors.

Emerald green is going to be a hot color for 2013, so find another shade of green you love and make it bold and unique.

It is way too much fun to spend time mixing and matching colors and bags. You could have one for every outfit. I would love having this bright pink and red tote for February.

You can find the entire collection online at Holly Aiken.

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