All through the last two years, I've struggled with my diaper bag. Don't get me wrong - it was navy with anchors and was very cute. But, am I supposed to carry the diaper bag AND my already large purse, which I also love? I tried many times to fit the diaper essentials into my purse, and it was just a little too small. So I usually moved my essentials from my purse to the diaper bag, and just carried that. But sometimes/many times I'd forget an essential, like ... my wallet. Plus, I didn't love the look of carrying a bag everywhere that was clearly a diaper bag.
So for Mother's Day, my gift was a Better Life Bag. These bags are fair trade, and making these bags gives women in Detroit a second chance at life, and an opportunity to support themselves and their families.
You can purchase from the ready-to-ship selections, but I chose to design my own! I got to pick the fabric, leather color, hardware color, pocket fabric, lining, and pockets. I'm SO pleased with how it turned out! Plus, I ordered the "Harper" bag, so it's actually a backpack. I can fit an astonishing amount of stuff inside, and it's so much more comfortable to carry on my back than my shoulder!
I actually like it so much, it's become my work bag too. I can fit my Surface and notebooks inside for work, and then once I'm home, I can switch them out for the diaper essentials, and I'm ready for our weekend adventures!
I recently took it as my carry on bag on a work trip. I could fit my Surface, magazines, books, and all my clothes and toiletries inside for my overnight trip.
I can't recommend this bag enough - and they're not paying me to say that. It's an incredible value, and for a great cause!
2. Holy Yoga YouTube Videos
I'm starting to figure out that I actually need to invest in taking care of myself, otherwise, I'm not going to be able to take care of others. I'm not about to join Brian with the whole triathalon thing - so I've decided yoga is more my thing. I took a yoga class at the YMCA years ago and loved it. There's a yoga studio downtown, but I've been looking for a "Holy Yoga" class. If you haven't heard of Holy yoga - it's yoga, but with Christian music and meditating on scripture. I thought it would be fun to try, but I haven't found a class yet, so I started following along with some Youtube videos. I've really enjoyed these ones, especially the morning routines.
This blog post with boho chic rugs under $100 has made my life better. I've been looking for a vintagey-boho rug for the office for forever, and most rugs in that style are freaking expensive. But this blog post has so many good options! From these options, I've found others in the depths of Amazon and Target. Now I just have to decide which one I like best. These are my three favorites, all for different reasons. Which would you vote for?