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How to Make A New Mom Survival Basket

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We’re nearing the seventh month in pregnancy number two over here (I know! Where did the time go?) and of course, I’ve got baby on the brain. You can see how our little family announced that we were expecting baby number two here, how I told hubby we were pregnant (again) here, and what we’re having here.

Funny enough, I know SO many friends who are pregnant as well, and with all of these ladies expecting, I keep trying to come up with sweet ways to let them know we’re thinking of them once their sweet babies have arrived. I LOVE freezer meals, meal trains, and basically anyone willing to feed me in those first few weeks and months after baby’s arrival, but I also know we’ll quickly be having a new baby of our own, so prepping meals ahead for several friends may start to get trickier.

So I thought a lot about what it was like in the beginning with Scarlett; and what I remember most is how overwhelming it can feel. There’s a steep learning curve when it comes to navigating life as a new mom (or a mom to two, three, etc., I suspect.) There were days that I felt a bit like I was losing “me” – totally normal, I now realize. What made a huge difference: the helpful hand, the thoughtful calls, the reminders to take care of myself too.

The idea: create a “New Mom Survival Basket” that any mom with a brand new baby would love.

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make a new mom survival basket that any mama with a brand new baby would love. Click through for the DIY. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

The perfect “New Mom Survival Basket” is filled with love and a whole lot of spoiling for a mother of a new baby.

Obviously, these are just a few idea for things you might want to put in a basket for a new mom; there are so many variations, and you might want to tailor the contents to your gift recipient.

How to Make A New Mom Survival Basket

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

A Basket (Loving these belly baskets lately!)
The Perfect Card for Mom
A Cozy Blanket
Bath Bombs
Foot Wand or Bath Brush
Bath Sponge
A Pack of “Thank You” Cards
Comfy Socks
Chocolate (or their favorite candy)
A Good Book (or a stack of favorite magazines)
Candle
Hair Brush
Hair Clips (Because a bun is her new hairstyle go-to!)
Face Mask
An Activity Book (like a coloring book or this hand-lettering book)
Markers or Colored Pens or Pencils

DIRECTIONS

Head to your local Target and find just the right card for mom, plus everything you’ll want to fill their basket with.

Then, with an empty basket, start by folding a comfy throw blanket into the basket. Layer the gift items into your basket; and finally, top with a card. You can also wrap your gift basket in colored cellophane wrap.

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make a new mom survival basket that any mama with a brand new baby would love. Click through for the DIY. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Voilà! A gift any new mom would love.

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make a new mom survival basket that any mama with a brand new baby would love. Click through for the DIY. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

I loved standing in the card section at Target, reading each and every sweet greeting and sentiment. I can’t believe we’ll have another sweet baby in just a few short months.

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So there you have it: how to make a new mom survival basket, and just what you’ll need.

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make a new mom survival basket that any mama with a brand new baby would love. Click through for the DIY. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

What would you put in a new mom survival basket?

If you’re a mama yourself, any must-haves you know you would have loved in a basket or gift like this?

Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make a new mom survival basket that any mama with a brand new baby would love. Click through for the DIY. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Check out the American Greetings Pinterest board for more inspiration.

Love this post? See more of our DIY projects here.

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi

Gender Reveal: Baby Number Two Is A ….

The time has finally come for our gender reveal! We have the second round of big news to share.

A few weeks back, we announced that our little family was expecting baby number two. You can read more about that here, plus how I told hubby we were pregnant (again) here. And now, it’s time to let you in on secret number two …

We found out the gender of our newest addition, and baby number two is …

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Drumroll, please …

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Can you tell Scarlett is excited? Ha.

I’m pretty sure she’s most excited about running through a huge field in a “princess dress” than for our gender reveal, but also …

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She’s getting a SISTER!

I still can’t believe we’re having another little girl! I’m thrilled to give Scarlett a sister. I’m one of four kids – two boys and two girls – but the bond I have with my sister feels unbelievably special. She is my spirit animal, my better half, and the person I ALWAYS turn to for advice, laughs, tears, you name it. I still hope we can add a boy to the crew someday because I am crazy close with my brothers, and I always loved growing up in a big family; but for right now, in this moment, having another little girl … being able to give Scarlett a sister … it feels monumental.

I’m not sure we could have given her a better gift.

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Per usual, trying to get everyone in our family of three, toddler included, to smile on cue for these gender reveal photos, was challenging to say the least. Major Kudos to Annie, who always manages to get a few shots of everyone mostly looking happy, in sync.

And now we’re adding another wiggle worm to the pack. This oughta be interesting!

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I keep hearing that when you’re pregnant with baby number two, you worry about how you’ll love another one as much as you love your first. Funny enough, I haven’t really felt that. I am so in love with Scarlett, that the thought of getting another little one just like her makes my heart burst. Of course I know this second little girl will probably be nothing like her sister, and we’ll be starting from square one, but there is something comforting about feeling like we’ve done this girl thing before.

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Thank you to everyone for all of your support! It’s been a wild ride. Each doctors appointment, and slice of good news along this pregnancy journey has felt better than the last.

And having another little girl: I well up every single time I think about it.

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Hubby is totally outnumbered. And thrilled, by the way. He’s obsessed with having a little girl and couldn’t be more excited to be adding a second girl to the bunch.

Man, I like that guy.

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And I can’t say that I’m not already shopping for matching “princess” dresses …

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My Outfit: Free People Lace Slip Dress // CHELSEA28 Open Kimono // Dolce Vita Jasmyn Ghillie Sandals // French Market Basket via Amazon

Scarlett’s Outfit:  3Claps Dress // Target Toddler Embroidered Gladiator Sandals

Mike’s Outfit: Gap Men’s Button-Down Shirt // 7 For All Mankind Jeans // Cole Haan Shoes

 

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi

Cute Pregnancy Announcement: How I Told My Husband We Were Pregnant With Baby # 2

When I found out that we were pregnant with Scarlett, I could barely hold in my nervous energy, and immediately spilled the beans to my husband. (We had lost our first pregnancy, and finding out we were pregnant again just wasn’t something I could hold in. My husband was just as anxious and cautiously optimistic as I was, and I knew that the news would thrill him.)

Almost three years later, I held the secret – that I was pregnant with baby number two – for nearly a week! That may not seem like much, but when you’re holding in that kind of secret from a partner or spouse, at times you can feel like you just might burst with the news. I almost did. Several times.

I was actually nervous for another baby, nervous for another pregnancy, terrified of another labor and delivery, and worried about surviving the first few months as a new parent without our family being nearby to support us. Reading the results on that pregnancy test, though, it changed everything. Nerves immediately dissipated into joy, and plenty of tears, sitting on our big comfy bed, soaking up the most amazing information.

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One of the biggest differences for me, with this new pregnancy, is the feeling of calm that’s followed it. When we were pregnant with Scarlett, each movement I felt (or didn’t feel), each doctor’s visit, each stage of the planning process, felt terrifying. Having a baby; it was all so unknown. This time around, I know that the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is worth every nauseous second of the first four months, every ache and pain, every nervously-awaited test and lab result.

I suppose it was with that calm that I was able to hold in such a monumental secret from my husband and prepare a cute pregnancy announcement. I’m sure he had an idea. We were “trying” and I’ve never been very good at keeping secrets or hiding my emotions. But he was also about to take his board exams, and I wanted him focused on that major hurdle before we tackled another biggie.

I wanted the “surprise” to be low-key, and very us. I searched Pinterest for a cute pregnancy announcement, but none of them truly fit. Breakfast in bed, plus a sweet announcement, that sounded like perfection to me. So just after his board exams (which he passed … yippee!), I came into the room with a surprise breakfast in bed; vegan cupcakes – so that Scarlett could celebrate with us – and coffee. Always coffee.*

*Except for the three-to-four months that you’re totally nauseous and coffee sounds like the worst thing ever.

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I also whipped together a quick “Guess What? You’re going to be a Daddy again!” sign. We’re talking … I typed the phrase in pretty fonts on a Microsoft Word doc, printed it, and slapped it into an Ikea frame. Fancy.

Download your own FREE printable Surprise Baby # 2 Announcement for your husband here (or click the image below.)

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Then, by some miracle, I was able to find the baby hat Scarlett was sent home from the hospital in, threw everything on a tray, including the positive pregnancy test, because you know, hubby is a man of science and needs the evidence, and called it “breakfast in bed.”

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I brought the tray into the bedroom the morning after his boards and …

Hubby’s immediate, and very loud, reaction was, “I knew it!”

That boy, he’s full of romance I tell ya.

Then of course I wouldn’t let him eat the cupcakes until I stood barefoot on the bed and took a bunch of pictures. You know, blog life, and all that.

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By the way, Scarlett licked the frosting off of both cupcakes so all we got were two soggy chocolate “muffins” and some cold coffee. I think she’s the real winner here.

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So there you have it: my cute pregnancy announcement to tell my husband we were pregnant with baby number two.

Don’t forget to download your FREE printable Surprise Announcement here.

If you’re expecting or have already had little ones of your own, what cute pregnancy announcement are you planning on doing? How did you tell your partner or spouse the big news?


Lexi

Exploring Durham: Strawberry Picking at Waller Family Farm

If you follow along here on the blog or on social media, you’ll know that hubby and I are big fans of exploring our new home and the surrounding areas here in Durham. Because hubby works a lot (you can read more about the life of a medical resident here), we try to carve out special events and fun things to do when he does get a day off here and there. Strawberry picking has been high on my “to do” list since moving to North Carolina, and we finally had the chance to sneak away for a bit to visit the much talked about Waller Family Farm to pick strawberries.

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Waller Family Farm is a real working strawberry, vegetable, chicken, and cattle farm right between Durham and Chapel Hill. I was amazed at how convenient the farm was to us, and how easy it was to find, nestled into a few beautiful neighborhoods in Durham.

By the way, strawberry picking at Waller usually starts around the last week of April, and goes through May and into June.

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Although plenty of people came out to the strawberry farm over the weekend, Waller has it down to a system, and we had free reign of a couple of rows to pick away.

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Scarlett was in heaven – seriously, it was like she hit the strawberry lottery – and basically spent the whole time eating as many strawberries as we could pick.

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After we picked plenty of strawberries, we explored the farm grounds and Scarlett was thrilled to say “hi” to the cows and the chickens.

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Notice the bright red strawberry juice all over Scarlett. Clearly, she had a good time.

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There’s also a small area where you can buy jams, bread, fresh vegetables that are in season, and freshly cut flowers.

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Visiting the Triangle in the fall? Millstone Creek Orchards in North Carolina is one of our favorites for apple picking, hayrides, and family fun!


Lexi

Surprise! We’ve Got Big News …

This announcement is exactly what you think it is; hubby and I are thrilled to announce that we’re pregnant and are expecting baby number two this Fall! We’re already 18 weeks along, but it felt right to keep the secret between us and our immediate family, before sharing with the world. We experienced miscarriage before we had Scarlett, so I tend to wait well into our pregnancies before we share the incredible news. Thankfully, we’re carrying a healthy, growing baby, and it’s time to share! It feels so much more real going public with the news. I feel like I can finally breathe a sigh of relief, and embrace this growing bump.

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Baby number two is due at the beginning of October, but because Scarlett was almost a month early, we’re looking at a September to October “window.” Here’s to hoping this one stays in as long as possible!

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If you’ve followed along for a few years now, you’ll probably know that hubby has been ready for baby number two from the moment they wheeled Scarlett out of the OR. (You can read more about Scarlett’s birth story here.) I always wanted a big family – as did he – but after Scarlett – I needed time to settle into motherhood and to feel like myself again. Or at the least, some version of my old self. It takes time to feel confident in your ability to be a good mom, and it also takes time to heal. Emergency c-sections are no joke. I finally felt ready a few months back, and so, we leapt.

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Knowing how amazing it is to have Scarlett in our lives has made this pregnancy news all the more exciting for us. I dream about what our new baby will look like, be like, sound like, smell like. I scroll through old videos of Scarlett as a baby and tear up. I’m feverishly making lists and planning parties and room designs, and simultaneously taking it slower, enjoying moments with Scarlett, and reminding myself that we’ve done this before, and can do it again.

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I can’t say that the nerves haven’t reared their ugly head. Mostly I worry about how we’ll manage, how we’ll juggle it all, how we’ll make it work so far from any family, and how Scarlett will fare. I’m least worried about how Scarlett will adjust. She already seems excited with the news, though she continues to remind us that she’s the baby at random moments throughout the days and weeks. More than anything, I wish I had my family nearby. It pains me to think we’re raising our babies so far from my own family; whom I’m incredibly close with. But everyone has rallied around us, especially with the wonderful news, and I know they’ll be here when I need them. And hubby has been nothing but over-the-moon excited and reassuring, and I know, as a team, we can do anything.

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If anyone has any advice at all about making it work with two little ones – especially far from family – I’m all ears. I’ve been reading any and every article online about parenting two kids and staring at chubby little babies in fellow moms’ shopping carts at the store like a maniac. Can you tell I’m nervous and excited and every emotion in between?

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I’m so grateful to all of you for following along. This little blog of mine will continue to be full of fashion, beauty products I love, parties I can’t stop throwing, recipes I can’t stop making, travel, life, and peeks at our growing family. Now I’m off to plan Scarlett’s third birthday, a sprinkle/summer barbecue, and a gender reveal! Any guesses? Boy or Girl?

My Outfit: Knot Sisters Silk Maxi Dress (Non-maternity and under $100!) // Free People Boucle Slouch Cardigan // Dolce Vita Jasmyn Ghillie Sandals

Scarlett’s Outfit: Victoria Beckham for Target Toddler Girls’ Blush Ruffle Strap Flower Appliqué Dress // Target Cardigan // Target Toddler Embroidered Gladiator Sandals // Target Clear Bubble Umbrella

Mike’s Outfit: Gap Men’s Gingham Button-Down Shirt // 7 For All Mankind Jeans // Cole Haan Shoes

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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The Perfect Diaper Bag: Lily Jade (Meggan + Madeline Review, Plus a GIVEAWAY!)

I am WAY too excited about today’s post. I have been crushing on Lily Jade diaper bags for what feels like an eternity, and last Fall, I finally went for it, during a sale, of course, and snatched up my first ever Lily Jade diaper bag; the Meggan. And then, as fate would have it, Lily Jade asked me to collaborate on a review post AND diaper bag giveaway, and I jumped at the chance. Which means, I get to share with you the brand new and improved Lily Jade Madeline diaper bag in Camel with Jade lining, plus a side-by-side look at my Meggan in Brandy and Jade, what’s in my Lily Jade diaper bag, and one very awesome GIVEAWAY at the very end of this post!

Like most stylish mamas, I was loathe to give up my beautiful handbags for a … gasp … DIAPER BAG. I actually relented so much that hubby and I invested in a rather pricey designer tote bag that I deemed my “diaper bag” those first few months. Well, that lasted about three months into having a newborn. Don’t get me wrong, that beautiful tote still makes an appearance for special occasions and trips, and I love it SO much, but I just couldn’t bring myself to put dirty diapers inside it, and everything was getting lost in the endless cavern that is a tote bag. Then I switched to a nylon designer diaper bag, that I liked, but didn’t love. It still LOOKED like a diaper bag, and admittedly, nylon, even in black with fancy designer hardware, just wasn’t my style. I’ve had other diaper bags over the years, and though they were very cute, they always looked and felt like a diaper bag.

I remember spotting a favorite blogger or two rocking a Lily Jade diaper bag in various Instagrams, and I was always surprised to see it actually was a diaper bag (and not just a great and functional leather bag). And then I sort of fell down the rabbit hole that is Lily Jade’s Instagram feed. Nothing will have you dreaming of a Lily Jade diaper bag, more than their feed.

Here’s why: the bags don’t look like diaper bags. They look like gorgeous designer leather bags. The kind you would save up months for. The kind people constantly ask, “Where did you get that bag?” And then fellow mamas find out your bag is actually a diaper bag, and they’re demanding answers. I’ve been stopped countless times, just to get the details on my Lily Jade diaper bag. It is so pretty in person, and the fact that it is a fully functional diaper bag, makes it pretty unbelievable.

And, fun bonus, my husband LIKES these bags. He doesn’t mind carrying them at all. He’s always been great with carrying my purses, diaper bags, etc., but it’s nice not to have to force him into carrying a diaper bag with a baby duck print on it.

So let’s dive right in, shall we? Say hello to my brand new Lily Jade Madeline bag.

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Here’s a peak inside my Lily Jade Madeline bag; insert included. By the way, the insert is a washable 12 pocket organizer with two small handles that tuck away when not in use. It also includes a matching changing pad.

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We had just come back from a trip (thus the passport, extra activities, etc.), and I was easily able to use the Madeline for travel. The small zipper compartment at the top flap of the Madeline is great for travel too because you can slip your ID in there when going through security at the airport, etc. Little details and compartments like that, the kind that are so well thought out, are what really made me fall for Lily Jade.

WHAT’S IN MY LILY JADE DIAPER BAG?

I like to use these Travelon zip pouches for everyday use (and especially for travel) to keep extra organized. The pockets in the Lily Jade organizer are amazing, but I also really like having at least two diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and a change of clothes in a separate Travelon pouch, so that I can just grab the pouch and a changing pad – without having to bring the whole diaper bag – into the bathroom. This is a lifesaver on planes and in small bathrooms. The larger pouches are pretty flat, and slip right into the Lily Jade, just behind the insert.

I’ll also use the small zip pouches for things like medicine, and my own makeup.

Then I organize my keys and Tile, wallet, phone, iPad (I’ve been reading like crazy and I love all of the free books you can check out from the library; plus, it never hurts to have an iPad on a long day out when the little one starts to melt down!), an external battery charger for long days on the go, a small hair brush (we love these!), sunscreen, antibacterial, Shout wipes, sunglasses (for mommy and mini), extra clips and hair ties, a sippy cup for Scarlett and often a water bottle for me, and snacks, into the Lily Jade insert.

The pockets in the insert are all nice and deep, so you can easily fit a baby bottle, sippy cup, your own water bottle, etc. What I really love about the Madeline are the huge pockets on the front of the bag as well. They’re deceptively HUGE pockets, and can fit bottles in those pockets as well. Having a place to keep bottles on the outside of the bag is a big help when you’ve got the case of a leaky sippy cup.

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It really can hold it all!

The Lily Jade Madeline has an adjustable, detachable extra long strap for messenger carry or backpack carry. All of the straps are soft and wide, making it really comfortable, no matter how you carry it. Each bag has a pretty leather tassel with natural stone beads that really dresses it up.

As for wearing the bag …

It can be worn as a shoulder bag; probably one of the quickest ways to just grab your bag and go. And I love the option of either using the long strap or the handles. The handles are extra soft and extra long, so it sits extremely comfortably on your shoulder using the double handles.

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It can also be worn using the long strap as a crossbody or messenger bag

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I also really like the depth of this bag. It’s easy to reach into – especially from the crossbody position. A review of the brand new Lily Jade Madeline diaper bag, plus a side-by-side look at my Meggan, what's in my Lily Jade diaper bag, and a GIVEAWAY! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

And … drumroll, please … it can be worn as a backpack! This is a huge selling point for most parents because having a backpack option on a diaper bag means you can go completely hands-free. When you’re out and about with babies and kids, having the freedom to move around is pretty priceless. The backpack style is also probably the most comfortable, and keeps all of that weight off of one shoulder when you’ve really packed a lot for the day; i.e., a day at the Zoo or Disney.

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I actually also own the Lily Jade Meggan in Brandy with a Jade lining, so I wanted to show you a quick comparison of the two bags – the Madeline and the Meggan (two of their most popular bags!) – side-by-side.

Before I forget, all of the Lily Jade bags have magnetic closures, so even if it looks like there may be complicated buckles, don’t fret, they’re just for show, and actually smoothly and quietly (key, with a sleeping little one!) open and close using magnets.

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I love that both have the jade lining and large jade insert, so I can easily swap bags by simply pulling out the insert in one bag, and tuck it into the other bag, when I want to bring that bag for the day. It’s also a great excuse to stock up on Lily Jade bags! (Yeah, I’m a little bit addicted.)

The Meggan is a bit taller, though it’s hard to tell from the picture since the leather on both is so soft, and it’s hard to keep them standing upright. Especially without the insert in them. The Meggan also has the adjustable, detachable extra long strap for messenger carry or backpack carry and the wide leather double straps for shoulder or arm carry.

And here’s a picture we snapped before a recent vacation, with the Meggan on it’s own. It’s a great travel bag because it can fit SO much. Think everything I mentioned earlier in this post, plus lots of toys, a baby blanket, and more.

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And now what you’ve all been waiting for …

THE GIVEAWAY

I’m GIVING AWAY a $350 credit to Lily Jade so you can snatch up your very own Lily Jade diaper bag. Oh yeah, you read that right: you could WIN any designer Lily Jade diaper bag of your choosing!

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Disclaimer: Glitter, Inc. is not responsible for prize fulfillment, and prize will be sent directly from Lily Jade. Entry ends on March 7th, 2017 at 12:00AM EST. Please note entries will be verified. Open Internationally. No purchase necessary; void where prohibited. One winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. By entering into this sweepstakes, the entrant acknowledges that they are eligible for this sweepstakes according to all laws set forth by their state of residency.

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Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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