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How To Find The Right Diaper Bag

Diaper bags make the list on every baby registry. On mine it was so popular I got two of them, and while you may laugh, I am glad to say they are getting put to good use. Above everything else you may need for your new bundle of joy, a diaper bag is more of a necessity than I can even stress. To help, I have put together a list of some of my favorites so you can build your registry, or shop for your friends.
Practicality meets high fashion. If I did not have kids, this would be my new purse. It has a bajillion pockets to hold all those itsy bitsy baby things, along with your make up, wallet, phone, and anything else you usually carry with you.
This absolutely classic look channels Channel circ a 1966. Once the kids are all grown up, you still have an amazing Kate Spade purse.
If your hubby has any reservations about using your Coach or Kate Spade diaper bag when he takes the baby out solo, he can opt to wear Oi Oi daddy gear. He can even take it to the office on Monday.
 I love their Baby Bag Patent Tote in berry, but it also comes in more neutral tones, and just like the others on this list, can double as a trendy purse. My favorite thing about it is its shear size; it has oodles of room.
Amy Butler is known for her intricate designs and this bag is no different. The circular pattern is gorgeous.
Unlike the others, this is a smaller diaper bag, but it makes up for it in cuteness. My Flat in London has great attention to detail. If you are like me, the bow on the front can complement your wardrobe, along with your little darling’s.
Which diaper bag has you going ga-ga at the moment?

Lay Off The Candy

I have been reading numerous articles about Halloween candy. And most of these did not have anything to do with which kinds are the favorites, or the best. Unless of course you count which ones are the best for your waist line, your children’s health, your children’s waist line, or your own health. Or any other combination you can come up with.
Seriously? Its Halloween for goodness sake! Lay off the candy! The whole point of treats is to treat yourself, let your child treat themselves, and everyone enjoy. It’s candy. It is not healthy, and it will never be. Because if you make it healthy, it stops being candy. It becomes food. And no one is going to get all dressed up to get regular food from the neighbors unless they are starving. In which case they wouldn’t care what they are getting, or how much fat it has.
So, for one day, put the measuring cups away, along with your “candy dictionary” that helps determine which candies are the “best” and in what quantities. This does not mean you should eat candy until you make yourself sick, or allow your children to do that. As always, moderation is key. But do enjoy the holiday, and let your children enjoy it as well. So what if they get a bit too hyper for a few hours? They will crash soon enough and go to sleep (albeit after screaming and crying for a few hours). Just remember, Halloween doesn’t happen every day.
P.S. If you have diabetes or any other serious condition, please disregard everything I just said and by all means consult your candy diaries to your hearts’ content.

Favorite Child

I think I have a favorite child. I know they say it is normal. And I would never tell either children that I favor one over the other. In fact, I am not even going to mention today who I favor most. But I fear that even though I try to hide it, and treat them both equally, I may be giving myself away. Children are pretty smart, and even at the youngest ages they pick up on feelings and moods.
I have also heard that with time mothers favor one child over the other and then it swaps. Hopefully this happens. Then I won’t feel so guilty since they will each get a chance to be in the spot light. But as guilty as I feel, I just can’t help it.
Do you have a favorite child? How do you cope with it?