Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lily Jade Diaper Bag Review

I first saw the Lily Jade diaper bags on Camp Patton and Diana Wrote, and then began seeing them all over the blogosphere. They're everywhere, I tell you! And for good reason!

Anyway, the more I saw of this amazing bag, the more I wanted to get my hands on one!  I was gifted a beautiful designer diaper bag when Evangeline was born and have loved using it for the last two years.  The only thing that proved difficult with it was the limited pockets and organization.  I was always digging alllllll the way to the bottom to find a binky, my chapstick, or a cereal bar.  When I saw the incredible organization behind the Lily Jade bags (16 pockets!) I knew I wanted to give it a try.

I emailed Landon and Megann, the husband and wife team behind Lily Jade, to see if they'd pair up for a review or giveaway.  This is the message I got back:

Hi Corinna,

I want to gift you a bag.  As I read Sarah's email to you and then read your blog posts about your loss last year and your new baby this year I felt moved to pray for you.  In praying for you I sensed the Lord wanting to bless you and remind you of some things that you probably already know.  That He alone is above all things and that He has your life and the life of your family in His hands.  So consider the bag a gift from Him.  There are no strings attached.

Send me your address and I'll send one your way.

May the light of His face shine on you and fill you will all hope, all peace, and all joy.

My eyes started to well up when I read Landon's email.  I called Kemi right away and said "want to hear a story about the kindness of strangers?!" I was so moved by their generosity and prayers.  It is such a blessing to support a business with such generous leadership and prayerful hearts.  

So on to this amazing bag!!!

I received the Caroline bag in black.  The hallmark feature of the Lily Jade bag is the inner removable "baby bag." The canvas inner compartment allows you to organize all baby's items, and then snap it in the bag.  When you leave baby with the sitter, or you want to quickly get the baby stuff out of your bag to use it as a purse for date night, you simply pull out the removable baby bag and ta-da! Instant stylish purse for mom.  It truly doesn't look a bit like a diaper bag.  I won't even attempt any pictures of me modeling the bag-not my style, and it's been done (here and here).  The inner baby bag is made of washable material, allowing it to be machine washed when milk and crumbs get all up in there like you know they will.  The outer is made of butter-soft leather, and I know it'll just look better with age, which is great because I'll be using it forever.

The inner "baby bag"
The Caroline and Madeline bags are STILL on sale right now, but rumor is that will be going, going, gone VERY soon.  Run don't walk, mamas!  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Around the Interwebs

Helping mama "do makeups."

Do you have a swimsuit yet? If I wasn't so pregnant, I would definitely go for this one or this one

Making this for dinner this week. Because it's too dang hot.

This shirt is so feminine and pretty.

This article was a game-changer for me.

These tees are supposed to be the best out there. I want to order a few for summer.

Great mom solution for labeling sippy cups.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Currently. {Vol. 3}

Thinking about:
How to teach Evie about…body parts. Yes, for reals. She's a little a lot precocious, and has been asking about body parts. More specifically, I feel like I cannot get undressed in front of her because she's pointing at everything awkward and demanding "whas zat?"  She recently wanted me to identify a body part that rhymes with ripple and when I told her it's a "body part" she promptly lifted her shirt, identified it on herself ("body part!") and said "Papa has body part too!" Ohemgee.  I heard that there's some sort of Theology of the Body for kids, and I need to get on that. ASAP. HELP.

Evie in her "restaurant." Eating gorgonzola cheese and blackberries.  Yep.

Blogs! Especially Camp Patton lately. She is hysterical :)

Listening to:
I'm revisiting some of my old favorite chick songs from when I was single. Listening to Imogen Heap, Priscilla Ahn, Rosie Thomas, Tegan and Sara, and Tristan Prettyman just takes me back to being 22 and driving around late at night with my friend Ashlee in her old VW Jetta, windows down, summer breeze blowing, listening to girl music and talking about boys.  Sometimes I'm sentimental for those days when life seemed complicated, but was so, so simple.

New Girl. Love love love New Girl.

Thankful for:
Feeling a little more sane this week than I did last week. I'm hopeful that somehow (somehow!) by the time this new Ndolo arrives, I can have some sort of a more clear plan and life can feel a little more sane.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Evie Lately

Oh This One. It's funny how little I accurately predicted about Evie when she was born. I had her pegged as a soft, gentle, quiet little lady.  In reality, our newly-two year old is as fiery as they come. I love her sweet sass and nutty personality.

Playing in water has been #1 on your list lately.   It's the fastest way to get you out of a crabby mood, and you could sit and pour water and splash for hours.

You LOVE restaurants. At the mention of going to a restaurant you hurry to clean up your toys, run and find your shoes and shout "ready!" You could sit in a restaurant for hours and you never want to leave once we're done eating.  And you reallllly love your "sparkle water."
You've just recently gotten interested in playing with dolls, and I love to see how sweet you are with them.  You'll be a great big sister soon!

We gave you a little backpack for your birthday, and suddenly you look too big! Seeing you wear your tiny backpack breaks my heart. I'm already picturing your first day of Kindergarten and know I'll be the only one crying.

Watermelon is pretty much your main food source these days.  You can't get enough.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Currently. {Vol. 2}

Thinking about: This little one in my belly. I keep trying to predict when this one will be here, what it will look like, boy or girl, etc. We made the mistake of telling Evie our "boy name" and our "girl name" and now she refuses to call the baby anything but the "boy name." She'll be very confused if this little one is in fact a lady baby.

Reading: One Thousands Gifts. Still. It's been on my nightstand for awhile and I'm not finding as much time for it as I'd like.  I LOVE this book though! If you haven't' read it, I highly recommend it.
Listening to: Raffi and Evie's personalized Elmo CD. Yes, personalized. It says "Evie" about a hundred times a song and she is totally delighted by it. We are not allowed to listen to ANYTHING else in the car.

Watching: "About a Boy." Have you guys seen it? Kemi and I just picked it up and it's pretty funny!
Thankful for: I've had a pretty tumultuous couple of weeks, business-wise. The amazing thing about hard times is how sweet it makes the good times. I'm thankful right now for friends and family who rally you and stand behind you, especially Kemi. We have had some late nights the past few weeks, talking big-picture talks, and I am so thankful to have him as my partner in this crazy life.