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What’s in My Bag {{linkup + Lily Jade giveaway}}

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I’m a mom of three under five. You’d think I have figured out how to pack my bag so when I leave the house, there are no unmitigated disasters. Well, I cannot guarantee this. In fact, I really really cannot. Three kids these ages in public for prolonged periods of time can mean any number of issues. Hunger. Fatigue. Flat out tantrum. You’d also think I wouldn’t even want a diaper bag anymore.

And I don’t. That’s why I love my Madeline in Canvas because it’s a purse with a secret diaper bag side.

This fall I had AA take pics of me & my leading lady. Remember?

This winter, it’s been a real workhorse of a bag. I take it with me everywhere. But when I pack my bag, I try to pack for everything that could happen. Unless I just tuck a diaper & thin pack of wipes inside the baby’s car seat and then snug them into my sling while we go. So this is what I pack when I am ruddy trudy prepared.

I don’t use the baby organizer insert any more because a few items in my bag are for winter, and for me, and wouldn’t need a compartment. Also I find the Madeline has enough outer pockets that nothing gets lost in the bottom. Ever. One of my favorite parts.

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Winter gloves, house key, beautiful infinity scarf from my sister that doubles & triples over, a rosary from Lourdes, my sister’s honey balm for the chapped skin, and my latest wool knitting project.

For kiddos: teething stone necklace, wooden teether, felt finger puppet, spare pants that fit the baby AND the little girl, her sunglasses, cloth diaper, diaper wet bag, and some wipes.

Of course, we cannot go anywhere without SweetPea’s sunglasses.

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And it allll fits. With my octopus arm helper, of course, my Sakura Bloom ring sling.

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It looks like so much when it’s out there. But it all fits.

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And zips.

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So would you like your own?

Lily Jade is giving away THREE beautiful designer diaper bags!

To enter:
-share your “what’s in my bag” blog post using the linky tool below,
-share your “what’s in my bag” photo on Instagram using #ljorganizeme and tag @lilyjadeco,
-share your “what’s in my bag” photo on Facebook and tag Lily Jade!
Contestants do NOT have to have a Lily Jade to enter. Contest runs from February 5th-February 12th. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced February 13th at instagram.com/lilyjadeco!

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  1. Kathy Houle on February 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Yes please! Heading to Instagram! Just had a bad mishap yesterday since the bag would not zip shut!

    • Natural Mama Nell on February 5, 2015 at 7:56 pm


  2. What’s in My Bag? | Motherhood and Miscellany on February 5, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    […] need a diaper bag anymore. But I do love a pretty and functional handbag. Nell is hosting a link up/giveaway today for a Lily Jade bag, which is probably much too big for my needs, but you never know. Maybe […]

  3. Laurel on February 7, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Evelyn won’t leave the house without her sunglasses either! One of the outside pockets of my Madeline is exclusively for her sunglasses. Nothing else. 🙂

    • Natural Mama Nell on February 8, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Love it! How do they get so particular??

  4. […] doing this post as part of a link  up with Nell @ Whole Parenting. There is a giveaway involved so if you head over and look around, take the necessary steps you […]

  5. Susan Blackman Sharp on February 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I love Lily Jade Co Bags! I’m not sure how to enter this giveaway! Thank you!

  6. Katie Byers on February 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I always have wanted one of these, I soon will be juggling 2 under the age of 2 and I never can find what I need in the bottom of the bag. Whether it is the tylenol or the diaper rash cream, the worst the binky lol. This kind of organization will make it so I have one less thing to worry about lol.

  7. Liberty T. on February 12, 2015 at 9:37 am

    This is such great list and I adore Lily Jade!

    Here is my share on Twitter.


  8. Maria T on February 25, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Lily Jade i wanted one of these i like it so much but i think im late for the giveaway for sure next give away i will be in time

    • Natural Mama Nell on February 27, 2015 at 7:03 am

      They’re great!