Diaper Bag Essentials

Diaper Bag Essentials Collage

This is a trial and error kinda process with the diaper bag. My diaper bag when Rosalie was a baby, had everything and the kitchen sink in it, and slowly I learned, there are only a few essentials I really need to carry around. Here are some of the items I’ve found are the most important and most used for us!

1. No brainer, a wallet.. Mine lives in my diaper bag now, because I’m less likely to forget my diaper bag over my wallet, so I just keep it in there at all times.

2. Lipstick!!!! Most days I barely wear make up, just because I don’t have the time to deal with it, so I’ll just put on a little lipstick once I get in the car.

3. My phone, although I forget that thing all the time! I mean, I can be talking on it and looking for it at the same time. Really though, I’m trying to get better about burying it at the bottom of the diaper bag, and not worrying about it.

4. Hand sanitizer or as Rosalie calls it Hanatizer. I love the Babyganics brand because it doesn’t have any alcohol in it and it’s all natural. It’s also foamy which is fun.

5. I always carry sunglasses, a lot of times they just end up on my head, holding my hair back where I forget about them, but I feel naked without them! This brand, and my favorite brand, are Karen Walker Anytime Sunglasses.

6. Pacifier. I was against pacifiers with Rosalie, so she never really took one. I tried to give Llewyn one the day he was born, and he just looked up at me like, “really, mom?” Occasionally, he will take one to go to sleep, but he’s not the biggest fan. This brand is Natursutten, which is a BPA free, natural rubber pacifier. It’s really a good one for breastfed babies, and is our favorite.

7. Water Bottle. When we are out and about, Rosalie only drinks water, and of course as a nursing momma, I need my water too! We love the Life Factory glass water bottles. We have been using them since she was really little. They come in different sizes, and have different tops. You can even get them as baby bottles.

8. I always carry some sort of snack for Rosalie. These fruit pouches are easy, and she loves them. We also like almonds, or dried fruit.

9. A book. Always have to have some form of entertainment. Sometimes I bring stickers, but I’ve hidden them recently because my car looked like it had snowed stickers inside…

10. Change of clothes. I still carry a change of clothes for Rosalie even though she’s been potty trained for a while now, you just never know. I aways keep plain white onesies for Llewyn.

11. A blanket. I love Aden and Anais blankets, so normally I will keep a couple in the car or bag. Rosalie always wants one if she’s going to nap in the car.

12. DIAPERS.. it is a diaper bag after all… We love Honest Company diapers, but recently they haven’t had Llewyn’s size at Target. I know I could order them online, but then I wouldn’t have an excuse to go to Target, so now we use Target brand diapers, and we love them!

13. Wipes, cause what’s a diaper without a wipe?! (I’m going to tell you this, because I’m that mom…but today, Llewyn had a SUPER blowout…I mean, he had been holding out for days, and I was starting to worry..anyway, it was so bad, I had to cut his onesie off him to try to avoid getting it all over his face..it just wasn’t worth trying to save!) Back to wipes, I use the Babyganics wipes also, and I even carry the little pack that are made for cleaning highchairs and seats and what not, the are great!

14. Band-Aides When you have a toddler, you know BAND-AIDES are a must. They want one for ever little ding and scrape. What can I say, band-aides are the new sticker!

I hope this wasn’t a bore, and I hope it helps someone in some way. I know pictures of littles ones are more exciting, but this was a post I’ve been procrastinating on for a while now.

Happy almost Friday!



Bowling Fun


^^ this photo is too funny not to share^^

Llewyn fell asleep pretty early last night, so when he sleeps, I sleep, and we slept hard last night (I think he woke up once for 5 seconds!) I don’t know if it was the mountain air from driving on the Parkway yesterday, but wow… I’m feeling refreshed and I’m going to make this Monday MINE!!!

We had a great weekend!

Friday night we went out to dinner with the kids, which wasn’t a challenge and was very enjoyable! Saturday morning, Llewyn and I met such a dear friend of mine, Rachel for coffee and donuts. I think this was the first time we got together to hang out, and didn’t take any photos, well, I did snap one!

Rosalie and David worked on the house with my dad and his dad. (Don’t you love how I say Rosalie, like she worked on the house too!) They got SO much done, and my soon to be bedroom almost has a floor!  But the coolest thing happened Saturday while we were working. An unfamilure car pulled in the driveway, and come to find out, the family use to live in our house many, many years ago. The woman is 91 years old now, and although she really didn’t remember the house, her daughter who also grew up here, remembered everything. She told us so many stories about living on the farm and her mother loved Llewyn and Rosalie. Its funny how babies can just light a person up. Anyway, they live in Maryland now, and she said next time they come down, she will bring us some photos of the house from when they lived here! This house has certainly been loved throughout the years, and has been home to many. So happy we can call it ours for now.

We had plans to go to the Drive-inn Saturday night, but when you have little ones, plans can change at any moment. So, we went bowling! I hadn’t been bowling since four years ago, when I was in England staying with my cousin and I can’t say I’ve ever been any good. David said he hadn’t been for at least ten years! Rosalie had a ball, really she did! ha ha

Yesterday after church, we decided to to take a drive on the parkway. The views were so beautiful. The colors of fall are my favorite. Yesterday just reminded me of how great our God is, and how thankful I am for his creation! We didn’t get home until eight, so it was obviously a good time, Rosalie had fun and Llewyn slept a lot!

Here are a few photos!


^^I forgot, we also painted pumpkins Saturday^^



^^Davids dad, Stephen, with Llewyn^^


^^check out the cool bowling slide^^



^^Rosalie and I chatting it up about how us girls have to stick together and beat papa!^^


^^my guys^^




^^I know this photo is blurry, but this is my life now days^^


^^from yesterday on the parkway^^


^^One day, when I can breath for a few minutes, I’m going to paint this^^


^^and this^^




^^it was super windy up there and cold..Oh and Rosalie is saying to Llewyn, “Don’t worry buddy, I’ll hold your hand!”^DSC_0940

^^I just bought a tripod, so we can get David in there too^^