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#BossMom Spotlight: Betsy Fore of Tiny Organics

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#BossMom Spotlight: Betsy Fore of Tiny Organics

by ToteSavvy Team on Jan 13, 2020
In 2018, Betsy Fore, alongside co-founder Sofia Laurell launched Tiny Organics, a nutrient-rich, organic baby food company designed to build adventurous eaters from a young age. Inspired by her son Sebastian, Betsy has set out to build the most sustainable, whole and diverse food program for toddlers on the market. We chatted about everything from picky eaters and kale to balance and organization.  We love the innovative flavors you incorporate into your recipes. How do you come up with the ideas for your meals? We collaborate with the Food and Nutrition Innovation Council at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and are informed from their nutritional scientists around what and when to introduce a variety of foods to baby. We also partner with our Neonatal Nutritionist to ensure we are developing the recipes based on baby’s milestones. Our chef Maria has so much fun incorporating our “First 100 Flavors” approach by introducing children to foods from around the world with our recipes. My son’s personal favorites are Coconut Curry, Valencian Paella and The Perks of Being a Cauliflower.  Can babies actually like kale?!  Yes, our customers are obsessed with one of our best sellers “Kale & Quinoa Bowl” and we adults love eating it too!  What is your advice for parents with picky eaters? Is there anything that can be done? We love picky eaters and have been able to introduce our 100 flavors successfully by offering them multiple times. Babies and toddlers will not necessarily have a love at first taste with any new foods, so it is important to keep introducing and keep trying, sometimes up to 10 times or more until your child is accustomed to the flavor profile and can actually begin to prefer it.  What are some of your favorite kitchen staples you think parents of young children should have on-hand at all times?  We are building out Tiny heirloom products and I personally love our classic silver “Tiny” spoon. My mom still has my silver spoon from when I was a baby, and it’s so special to cherish these first momentos. I’ve recently become obsessed with different drying racks as it seems like as a new mom, you are constantly washing bottles, this one is so good. When I’m looking to unwind, I love to enjoy Otherland candles - they are such a welcome relief from a long day of trying to juggle it all. As soon as I put Sebi down for bed, I light one up. And they are especially nice paired with a french red wine!  As a mother, wife and co-founder, what does "balance" mean for you? Being present, if I’m with my team at Tiny, I am throwing myself into my work and am totally engaged. If I’m with Sebi, I’m not focussing on anything else but reading to him, cuddling him, listening to him and making lots and lots of eye contact. My partner and I are trying to get better at balancing date nights or any time alone, but we have begun planning couples trips for 2020, and those are great to look forward to!   Staying organized is the name of our game. We'd love to know how you stay organized on a daily basis. As it seems I’m always on the go, I currently cannot leave the house without my ToteSavvy, it organizes Sebi’s little life so well and the changing mat is a lifesaver for all my airport changes. For my personal life, I love to tap into my Calm app daily and set aside just 10 minutes before my commute to work every morning. I’m also training for a marathon right now and have been surprised at how organized I’ve managed to be just using Apple notes to track my miles! I recently downloaded Streaks, the app that helps you form good habits with a to do list, and I’m really excited as I’ve heard such great things!  Interested in raising an adventurous eater? Check out Tiny Organics online and on instagram to learn more!
Top Tips to Get Your Home in Order in the New Year

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Top Tips to Get Your Home in Order in the New Year

by ToteSavvy Team on Jan 06, 2020
New Year’s is a professional organizer's favorite time of year. Here at Done & Done Home, we love any opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to set up systems that will benefit us in the coming months.If you’d like to jump on the resolution bandwagon and get your home in order, we have a few tips to get you started. One of the most important things to remember is that organizing is a process, not an event.  So here are some general rules that will help you stay on top of things. Never Leave A Room Empty-Handed Through the course of a day, many of the items in our homes get relocated. Whether it’s your morning coffee cup or your child’s bucket of blocks, things end up where they don’t belong. Make a habit that every time you leave a room, you grab something and put it back where it lives. The same thing applies to going up and down the stairs if you have more than one floor. It may not seem like a big deal, but a 5 minute tidy will keep the clutter at bay.   Watch What Comes In The Front Door With the holidays behind us, now is a good time to commit to intentional consumerism. The main reason our homes get cluttered and disorganized is that we all have too much stuff. We like to apply the “one in, one out” rule. If you can’t pass up on a new pair of heels, another pair you already own has to go. Home decor, perfume, clothes, pet toys…whatever the item may be…if a new thing comes in, an old one needs to go out.   Do A Seasonal Edit No matter how careful you are, there will be things in your home that you no longer want or need. The changing of the seasons is a great time to go through your possessions. For example, if Spring has arrived, it’s a great opportunity to go through your winter clothes. Weed out the sweaters and scarves you didn’t wear and put them in your donation bin. Do the same process in all the zones of your home such as your pantry, linen closets, and medicine cabinets.Organizing doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Stay on top of the chaos by doing a little every day, be intentional with your purchases and go through your possessions every few months. And if you need a jump start or some assistance, we’d be happy to offer our expertise! Learn more about Done & Done on their site or on  instagram!
How We’re Getting Organized for 2020

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How We’re Getting Organized for 2020

by Kara Neff on Dec 28, 2019
Everything you need to know for the year ahead.  Some consider the new year their personal Renaissance--a time of reawakening, and a chance to recommit to all the promises that have slowly sloughed away over the course of the year. That gym membership probably got a lot more action in January then it did come March, and the same probably goes for those to-go coffee cups and pre-packed lunches, too. But we’re not here to judge, because we’re talking from experience. If parenthood teaches us anything, it’s how incredibly difficult it is to maintain our own personal well-being while managing that of our offspring. So if you’ve ever rolled your eyes at a headline that suggests your best life starts with a full 8 hours of sleep at night, step in line (we’ve been standing in it for years). Today, we’re recommitting to the recommitment and getting a headstart on the new year with all the ways to get organized so that we have our best year yet--really.    PLANNING If we’re talking brass tacks here, there’s nothing that a parent relies on more than a good, old-fashioned calendar. For some of us, there’s more than one--digital, planner, and that thing we stick to the fridge that just looks like we’re holding the week together. But because we’re really going deep in 2020, these are a few of our favorite organizational tools for tracking everything from school drop-off to playdates and that coffee with your old work wife that you’ve been trying to get on the books for months.      The way we measure productivity can sometimes get lost in the flurry of things--probably because we’re too busy doing things. But for immediate digital assistance, and the best way to keep it all together, we’re big fans of the Cozi app and family organizer. With one goal in mind--keeping busy families (and what family isn’t busy?) organized--Cozi really works wonders. And because it’s become a centralized part of our daily existence, and probably yours too, we’re no stranger to Google Calendars for an easy and efficient mode of keeping track of our day-to-day routines.      Plus, there’s something that some of us just won’t give up--and probably for good reason. There’s scientific evidence behind how writing things down better embeds thoughts into our memory, which is why we’re devotees to a classic calendar. Our go-to is the Moleskine, a brand revered by the elites like Picasso and Hemingway. In an array of colors, designs and organizational options, the modes of which to stay on top of the ball are virtually endless.  And for full family transparency, and to keep the whole team on the right ship, we love a good refrigerator calendar. With the full month in front of you, and out there for everyone to see, keeping everyone in line will be a little simpler.    PACKING  Packing can pertain to a variety of things, all relevant to how we approach our daily lives. Getting organized is especially relevant for how we approach packing, and whether that’s for your daily lunch, that quarterly business trip, or for moms packing their diaper bags, how you load each up matters.      The easiest approach to packing a lunch is having something that fits the whole family, and every food preference imaginable inside. This is the sole reason we’re always reaching for Lunchbots, the original stainless steel bento boxes that help us carefully and efficiently pack a lunch. (Plus, they’re super sleek and incredibly easy to clean.) It also gives us an excuse to pick up an ultra-cute lunch box. Helps us stay motivated, ya know? Pack lunches in advance to keep busy mornings running smoothly!     Diaper bags are an essential part of every mother’s day-to-day routine. No matter the journey, it requires a laundry list of just-in-case items and absolute essentials. Diaper bags have come a long way since our own mothers’ time, and with a broadening of the term and a market rich in options, it’s become all about how we pack it. Available in three sizes, ToteSavvy is ripe for the picking--and packing. Choose the size that works best with your favorite bag, and become the most organized you’ve ever been.    There’s no telling where the new year will take you, but we have a feeling it’s going to be full of a lot of fun adventures. So start planning now--then get ready to get all packed up.   
Bags for Every Budget

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Bags for Every Budget

by Kara Neff on Dec 08, 2019
Our favorite totes that fit every price point--and every essential.    Motherhood comes with a bit of baggage, but that’s not to say that it can’t be cute. We’d even be bold enough to take it one step further: motherhood can be cute, and functional. We’ve literally built our brand on it. Yes, there will be sacrifices. Sushi will not be a part of your life for the full nine months of pregnancy. You have almost certainly had your last night out (past 10 pm). And once you’re past the infant phase, you’re almost guaranteed to also be past the piece of your weekend designated for Netflix binge-watching.    But alas, there are a few things you can hold onto, like your favorite bags. Whether you’re taking these from pre-baby to post-baby, or you’re just in the market for a new bag, these are our favorite carryalls for every budget.      BAGS UNDER $100    1. L.L. BEAN HUNTER’S TOTE , $35 This workhorse tote isn’t just budget-friendly, it’s everyday, every way friendly. This bad boy will take you from work to the park and even to the beach without blinking an eye. And with it’s Thermoplastic, water-resistant interior, it’s practically made to hold your baby gear--inevitable spills and all. The medium size holds a ToteSavvy perfectly and will complement the rest of your L.L. Bean tote collection too.    2. BAGGU PUFFY TOTE , $68 We’re fans of Baggu because of their multi-use product line that’s budget-conscious and ready, willing and able to do our dirty work. This puffy tote is not only super cute, but the perfect size to fit life’s everyday accessories.    3. MADEWELL CANVAS TRANSPORT TOTE, $68 J.Crew’s beloved sister brand named this their signature tote, and it’s easy to see why. This bag is as easygoing as a mother of five, but as put-together as your most single friend. Roomy, casual-cute, and totally budget-friendly, it’s the everyday essential that never disappoints.    BAGS UNDER $200    4. MATT & NAT ABBI TOTE, $140 This luxe shopper tote is another workhorse that’s ready to do all your heavy lifting. And with a top zipper that keeps everything in one place--even when it falls off the roof of the car because you forgot about it while loading the kids in their car seats--you know that everything you packed will still be there when you pick it up.    5. NISOLO LORI TOTE, $168 Colorblocking takes this everyday tote from basic to statement. Plus, its oversized silhouette leaves plenty of room for diapers, wipes, bottles, snacks… and so much more.    6. J.CREW DEVON BONDED LEATHER TOTE, $178 Totally timeless, this bag by J.Crew is not only the perfect size, but the perfect fit for everyday--and every thing. Plus, with the option to monogram, you’ll still feel like it’s yours--even on the days when everything you’ve packed inside it isn’t.    7. CUYANA STRUCTURED LEATHER TOTE $195 Chic, structured, and classic, the Cuyana leather tote is the perfect complement to your look and your lifestyle.    8. LEATHEROLOGY LARGE ZIPPERED DOWNTOWN TOTE $195 High-quality leather and supremely durable straps make this amply-sized tote the answer to everyday essentials--and a thousand bribe-worthy sweets and snacks, too.    LUXURY BAGS    9. MZ WALLACE SOHO TRAVEL TOTE, $285 Known for their well-crafted and ultra-durable totes, MZ Wallace crafts timeless pieces that are ready to take you everywhere. And prepped and ready for anything, it’ll flow just as easily from carpool to takeoff, redefining what we mean by “take you everywhere.”    10. MARK & GRAHAM DAKOTA HIDE HANDBAG, $498 The step on the wild side that motherhood needs, this handcrafted tote takes you from school drop-off to happy hour with the girls without a second thought.    11. PROENZA SCHOULER LARGE TOTE  $995 Proenza Schouler is one of those designers that spits out fool-proof style every season. Which makes the reasons we love this particular tote virtually endless. But its sleek metallic colorway is the showstopper that sometimes, as mothers, our outfit needs. Because we know our hair hasn’t been washed in a week, but damn does our bag look fine. 
Our Favorite Gifts to Give for the Holidays

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Our Favorite Gifts to Give for the Holidays

by Kara Neff on Dec 02, 2019
The most-loved essentials we are happily gifting this holiday season.  It goes without saying that the holidays are an incredibly special time of year. The way we celebrate, feast and gather is the greatest indulgence, and one we do with love. Gifting, too, is a similarly special piece of the holiday puzzle. It’s also a finely honed craft, an art form that we’ve tried our best to perfect, so that each and every person on our gift list fully realizes how much they mean to us. Finding sentiment in what we gift, and the thought behind it, is what really matters. Up ahead, we’re breaking down our absolute favorite gifts to give our loved ones over the holidays, hopefully helping you check off your gift list. Because perhaps the greatest gift of all is the smile of the recipient when they’ve opened something totally amazing.  KIDS PERSONALIZED JACKET, $85 There are few things more frustrating in life than wrangling a baby or toddler into fall and winter layers. But when you find something so special and personalized just for them, how will they ever resist? Mom favorite The Tot just rolled out an exclusive collaboration with Levi’s featuring the personalized trucker jackets that won’t just be a closet staple for your kid, but also their new favorite piece to put on.  WOODEN TOY ANIMALS, $62 Something handmade and so meticulously crafted takes gift-giving to a whole new level. Featuring an assortment of forest creatures, like deer, foxes, bears and more, this wooden animal set is a timeless classic that will never lose its appeal. The perfect gift for babies and toddlers alike, this set will fit snuggly into their stockings or under the tree, and will be just as perfect when gifted again for the next generation too.  SIGNIFICANT OTHER    THINGS ARE LOOKING UP DECK OF CARDS, $40 Not your average deck of cards, this thoughtful stack is made to bring you a daily dose of much-needed optimism. This brilliant set of cards is the brainchild of Dr. Deepika Chopra, a woman who has made the practice of optimism her life’s work--and we’re so thankful for it. Get ready to find your happy place with the beautiful deck that’s the perfect size for stocking stuffers, and even more perfect for taking time to reset--a ritual every partner and parent should always prioritize.  GLASS FRENCH PRESS, $85 Class up your morning coffee ritual with the french press to end all french presses. This is the perfect gift for your significant other because it’s something you’ll get to enjoy too. Not only is it beautiful, and an effortless complement to your countertop aesthetic, but this functional coffeemaker is the ideal gift for the husband or wife that loves a heaping cup of freshly-made coffee.      BEST FRIEND   TOTESAVVY ORIGINAL, $65 For your best friend that’s expecting, the ToteSavvy original is the perfect gift to keep her prepared and organized for the next phase of her life. Ready to be packed for the hospital, and used again and again down the road, this present will live alongside her to make the journey into parenthood just a little bit easier (and every bit counts).  BAN.DO PLANNER, $28 Moms may always have their cell phones on hand, but there’s something very grounding about a good, old-fashioned paper calendar. With lives busier than anyone’s, your best mom friend is sure to need any extra bit of organization she can get, making this the perfect little gift to give.     PARENTS + GRANDPARENTS GRAY MALIN: ITALY BOOK, $36 For the parents and grandparents on your gift list, this book will be the inspiration for future travels, or the beautiful reminder of vacations past. A portrayal of the most stunning spots in Italy, Gray Malin knows how to capture the most special moments that this European destination has to offer.  VITRUVI STONE DIFFUSER, $119 The ultra-calming and incredibly relaxing stone diffuser by Vitruvi is a staple for the modern home. The ideal gift for anyone, the brand comes with an assortment of essential oils designed to customize the mood of your room, creating a soft and subtly soothing touch for any atmosphere. 
What's In My ToteSavvy: Whitney Goodman

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What's In My ToteSavvy: Whitney Goodman

by ToteSavvy Team on Nov 18, 2019
It's not news that traveling with kids is hard. We tapped into Portland-based mama Whitney Goodman @wmgoods, to see how she plans to pack her ToteSavvy Deluxe  for her Thanksgiving trip with the family.  I try to stay as organized as possible between running my brand strategy and marketing consulting business and running around after our 9 month old daughter, Inez. Because we’re in the holiday season, things are particularly hectic, including quite a few family trips. When we first had Inez, we used a full-on, enormous diaper bag, but as she’s gotten older I’ve been trying to streamline our whole system and paring it back to just the essentials. I recently started using ToteSavvy’s Deluxe in Merlot and am taking it with us on our trip to San Francisco this Thanksgiving. This allows me to just throw it into my bag, pack one check-in bag with all of our stuff, and be done with it. Plus it keeps things my bag organized (always a struggle for me), safe from leaky bottles or spills, and I can swap it into other bags super easily. Here’s what I’m bringing with us: My laptop and charger Sunglasses Airpods A change of clothes & light sweater for Inez Antibacterial wipes for the plane All natural cleansing wipes Water Wipes 4 Diapers A teether and two small toys That's it! Luckily the flight is short, so I have the ability to keep it a bit more paired down. I'll keep you posted on how it goes! Follow Whitney's adventures on her instagram @wmgoods and her blog, wmgoods.me. 
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Gifting Made Easy

by Kara Neff on Nov 11, 2019
Introducing our ready-to-go gift sets for all the moms on your gift list.  The truth about the gifting: it’s not always the easiest thing on our to-do lists. And speaking for ourselves here (but we know it’s true for you, too), those to-do lists are crazy long as it is. Which is the precise reasoning behind our latest and greatest: gift sets. In other words, gifting made simple. We figured, hey, a one-stop-shop for gifts that simplifies even one thing? That’s something. So get ready to check off a few boxes, because up ahead, we’re dropping the must-have gift sets of the season, and you’re not going to want to miss your chance to shop.  Newborn Gift Set What’s inside:  • Sophie La Girafe • Organic cotton footie by Petit Lem • Diapers and wet wipes from Parasol Co. • ToteSavvy Original (Soft Grey or Almond) We’re releasing our gift sets around the holidays. That’s for good reason--they’re the perfect gifts to give anyone on your list that’s expecting around the new year. But whether for the holidays or any upcoming shower, birth or birthday, The Newborn Gift Set features a bundle of essentials so carefully considered, your friends, sisters, and co-workers (another list that goes on and on) will be endlessly grateful to you for being so thoughtful. Everything from teething toys to diapers and more are all tucked within the ToteSavvy Original, the perfect complement to every new mom’s diaper bag--and stuffed with the must-haves she’ll be reaching for time and time again.  Toddler Gift Set What’s inside:  • Stainless steel bento box by Lunchbots (small protein packer) • Tegu magnetic blocks (travel size kit) • antibacterial wet wipes by Me4Kidz • first aid kit (medi buddy) by Me4Kidz • ToteSavvy Mini (soft grey or black) We designed the Toddler Gift Set around all the essentials for the new-but-not-new, new moms in your pack. An ideal set-up for the mother that uses a backpack, the ToteSavvy Mini works seamlessly into a busy toddler mom’s life, and comes stuffed to the brim with a mom-tested and approved Lunchbots lunch box. Plus, you’ll also find a travel set of Tegu’s insanely smart magnetic blocks, right alongside Antibacterial Wet Wipes and a first aid kit. Featuring all the things they need but may not have thought of on their own, this is another carefully curated gift bundle that mom can add to as she goes.  As is always the case, our brand ethos is built on the foundation of simplicity. That means simplifying your daily routine, your life on-the-go, and the forever-long to-do lists too. So for this season and beyond, let us support your gifting needs, too. 
Returning To Work After Baby

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Returning To Work After Baby

by Kara Neff on Nov 04, 2019
All the things to plan on packing in your bag when you head back to work.  Sometimes the hardest part about motherhood isn’t the act of giving birth, or the struggles of intuiting another human’s every need, or learning, together, how to breastfeed through tongue ties (or to opt for formula when that’s what works for you). Sometimes the hardest part about motherhood is creating an incredibly strong bond with your infant, only to have to return to work once you’ve finally fallen into sync.  Whether work is a part of your livelihood, a necessary contribution to your household, or a piece of your life that gives it all meaning and purpose, or a business that you birthed and nurtured just as you did your child--and whether that return to work looks like 6 weeks or 12 weeks or 12 months postpartum--it doesn’t matter. Because heading back to work can look a lot the same for all of us, tears included.  But, some good news: tears aren’t what we’re here for. ToteSavvy is the literal silver lining turning the ultra-chaotic world of parenting into some idea of order. Because if your morning starts with plans to get to a day at the office and daycare, respectively, that’s going to mean there are two giant bags to pack--and you’re going to want to do it thoughtfully, and methodically (especially if you’ll be pumping at work). The most important things to pack for returning to the office after baby, from the women who’ve done it too.  “Homemade oatmeal & flax granola bars (both promote lactation) in silicone reusable bag and lip salve.” --Aisling, @aisling_mcdonagh “Baby wipes, rubber bands (impromptu, makeshift, hands-free for pumping if you end up having to work while taking a pump break), travel size Aquafor for chapped spots, Chatbook of favorite baby pictures to flip through when you're missing your kiddos.” --Becca, @beccamoo1091 “For me: hand sanitizer, hair ties, a small pouch with makeup, comb, hand cream, small travel size perfume and deo, bandaids, snack bar, small ziplock of nuts, pen, sanitary napkin/tampon, sunglasses, [and] nail file.” --Neha, @neha_chinai  “My most essential things to pack once I returned to work were my pump parts and bags for the milk. I can not tell you how often I showed up to work without the Lansinoh bags!” --Deb, @prenatalyogacenter  "When I went back to work, I was a wreck. My son was born with Down Syndrome and I was so worried. So I filled my bag with self-care items to use when I was feeling stressed like roller-ball essential oils, healthy protein snacks... It's what inspired my company, Acorn & Oak, and now I never leave home without one of our travel-sized weighted blankets--so easy to take to work, and so helpful in combating the stress that parenting invokes." --Shelly, @acornandoakbyshellyrosenberg   “I gotta say - my hormones made me sweat. I had organic rosewater spray in my bag for a delightful refresh and to make myself feel lovely.” --Michelle, @radicallyselfish  “I *always* packed running shoes just in case could get even a 10-15 minute jog in before picking up my babies!!!” --Rosey, @roseyolivero   “Always always hand sanitizer. [And] wipes. You find uses for them far beyond your baby! I would take off pigmented lipstick before dousing my babies with kisses.” --Laura, @laurasiegel_nyc “Tissues: [the] transition back to work can be emotionally difficult and having tissues on hand for the sad moments helped.” --Kristy, @kristyawallace and @ellevate_ntwk “My back to work routine revolved around pumping… A plastic gallon Ziploc with four 8oz. Medela bottles and all the pumping parts. The bag made for spill-proof transport home at the end of the day and sanitary storage in the work fridge…” --Miriam, @heybloomwell “As a busy mom, I don't know how I lived and stayed organized without my ToteSavvy. I tell everyone I know that they need to get one. Whether its for personal, business or being a mom, it's the perfect addition to keeping me organized and on top of my game. Especially when it comes to me working. I can easily switch from mom life to work life and not feel flustered. It's the best invention, not to mention the quality is amazing and the colors and sizes are perfect." --Gabrielle, @gabriellemilford  What’s often an inevitable return to the office can sometimes be daunting. And, because you’re not just packing a bag for yourself anymore--but making room for pump parts, small toys, snacks for now and later, and the list, as we know, goes on--you’ll welcome the structure that ToteSavvy brings to not just your bag, but your life.
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#BossMom Spotlight: Liz and Lizzy of Lewis

by ToteSavvy Team on Oct 28, 2019
Liz Libré and Lizzy Ott first met in high school, ended up at the same college in Maine then both landed in NYC post-college with careers in the creative field. It was in 2016 when the two got together to build their first collection of bedding specifically for children and their brand Lewis was born. Today, the co-founders have (almost) six children between to the two of them as well as an expanding business of beautifully designed bedding, accessories and apparel designed for children, yet elevated for the parent. We caught up with Liz and Lizzy to talk about entrepreneurship, experiencing nature in NYC and of their secrets to managing it all.  How did you make the decision to leave your respective jobs and embark on the path of entrepreneurship?  Liz: When I was pregnant with my first baby, I asked my dear friend Lizzy (in school for her masters in interior architecture at the time) for help setting up the nursery. Lizzy couldn’t find any printed crib sheets that she loved, and suggested I put my illustrations on fabric. It was then that the idea for Lewis was born. We sat with the idea over the years, and continued to be dissatisfied with what we saw in the market, until we finally decided it was time to give it a try. What has been the most rewarding part of owning your own brand? What has been the most challenging? Lizzy: The most rewarding part of owning our own brand are the emails we receive from customers with photos of their kid's bedrooms or their newborn all wrapped in one of our swaddles. They are so heart warming and mean so much to us! We are so grateful we get to make the impact one baby or kid at a time that we’ve always wanted to! The most challenging is what many working parents deal with-- the juggle of home, young children, work. And trying to make time for ourselves in there. Some days are more successful than others! There is a strong nature theme in many of your prints, yet you're both based in NYC. Where are your favorite places to draw inspiration from, both in and outside of the city? Liz: Yes! We believe strongly that nature produces what kids are most naturally drawn to before they’re influenced by culture and media. Not only this, but we believe it’s where most adults find the most beauty, so there is an overlap for imagery that children love as much as adults. Inside the city, my family spends a lot of time in Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Lizzy and her family spend a lot of time in Central Park and Stone Barns (right outside the city!). We’re so lucky to live in a city that prioritizes green space. Outside the city, we’re both drawn to the coast. My family and I spend as much time as possible at the Jersey Shore, and Lizzy and her family spend a lot of time on the Rhode Island coast and visits family in Wyoming as much as possible. We’re both nostalgic for our time in Maine--always! What's next for the brand? Can we look forward to an adult collection anytime soon? Lizzy: Adult is probably not in our near future - but never say never! We’re continually drilling down on what can improve the quality of our products and fit, and editing the best possible selection of nursery print + color. We have been playing with some new baby gift sets as well as a few articles of clothing--so those are both possibilities for the near future. How do you juggle your personal time, professional time and family time?  Liz + Lizzy: It’s something that’s not easy for anyone--whether you’re running your own business or working for someone else. It has become somewhat easy to make office hours sacred. They are limited in a week and we’re passionate about what we do, so real focus is natural. It’s of course hard to turn that off at home, but we both make a conscious effort to put our phones away once we step in the door so that our kids are the focus and nothing else. We can always return to things we need to after bedtime, but during the week it is only a few precious hours a day we have with our kids, so we make it intentional. Fridays are also the flex / balance day for us. We expect to be out of office with our studio manager taking the reins, but we have options for when work is unavoidable on Fridays. We really cherish the extra family day, even if it makes working hours more hectic. Personal time is hard at the moment!  Liz: After having our third baby, James (3yrs), I thought I’d never be alone again. In the past year, as he doesn’t physically need me as much, it’s been easier to carve time out for myself. I wake up before everyone else to work out, a luxury I didn’t have for so long because sleep was so unknown. And now that our kids will happily have a sitter put them to bed, we make sure to have regular date nights. I get together with friends every couple weeks, and last year I started taking weekly tennis lessons with a group of women. This year I want to take a creative class. I love learning new things--it’s crucial for my creative process and I’m finally not too exhausted to do it! Lizzy: Personal time is difficult with children my age. They are understandably demanding of my time and I’m usually exhausted. I make it a point every once in a while to sneak out of the house for a few hours of solo time, I wake up extra early for a couple of workouts a week, and every once in a while dinner with girlfriends. The truth is I know all of life is seasons. Before I had children I had all the personal time in the world and I craved being needed more. I have very little right now, but I know this will ebb and flow over the years. As long as I always take a pulse check and make time when I’m nearing the end of my rope, that’s okay for this season. Can you share some of your favorite tips, tools and advice to keeping it all together? Liz + Lizzy: We’re big believers in pre-packed bags and zip pouches so there is always the right thing to grab without too much rushing around in the chaos of trying to get out the door. We pack our zip pouches for car trips, overnights and daily strolls. And we always have one ready to go!  On any given day, what can we find packed inside your ToteSavvy Deluxe? Lizzy: Liz and I are both big canvas carries when it comes to keeping all of our kid's stuff in one place for schlepping around ! We love that even in white canvas the Totesavvy disappears into the interior, but helps organize so much! We might have a small tote like this for a quick outing, or a much bigger one for a day--with the totesavvy padded out by layers of clothes, blankets and burp cloths. In here you can see our bunny -- I never leave home without a few small toys to entertain a one year old, a spill-proof cup that my kids can share, my Loeffler Randall wallet (that both Liz and I have!), a small pouch from our set for keys and lip gloss, a swaddle, and of course diapers and wipes. Not seen tucked into Totesavvy sections are emergency snacks - never leave home without them, some extra clothes and emergency pacifiers for the baby. 
How to Move Your ToteSavvy Between Bags

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How to Move Your ToteSavvy Between Bags

by Kara Neff on Oct 21, 2019
In our world, an uncomplicated life is our best life. That’s not to say motherhood isn’t without its hiccups--of that, we know, there are plenty. But through the chaos, and perhaps in spite of it, we came to realize a need for things that make the full picture look a little bit more fluid. ToteSavvy is the solution to keeping you organized, to keeping your life within some boundary of order and to help you keep a piece of the life you used to live. Becoming a mother does not mean you have to sacrifice style, or that bit of edginess you keep slung over your shoulder. Your outfit still deserves its choice of complements, just as you deserve to keep receiving all those compliments on your outfit.  STYLE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICE Live your life uninterrupted. ToteSavvy comes in three convenient sizes so that, no matter what your favorite bag looks like, there’s a size and style that fits you. What’s more, moving your ToteSavvy from bag to bag is an effortless endeavor. Not only are you preserving the integrity of your bag by allowing your ToteSavvy to take the brunt of the wear and tear, you’re able to easily transition by popping it in and out. Two convenient top straps give grab-and-go a new meaning, allowing you to pull out everything it holds in one easy swoop--and then pop it right into your next tote with ease.  HOW TO DO IT SIZED TO ORDER  Ensure all items are in proper order, held securely inside a pocket, and that nothing is loose at the bottom of the organizer. PULL-UP GAME Pull the ToteSavvy insert straight up and out with one hand while holding your handbag with the other. LOWER, SLOWER  To transfer your packed ToteSavvy insert from one tote to another, make sure the new tote is open to its fullest. Then, gently tilting the ToteSavvy down, place one bottom corner inside the tote*.  *Insider tip: If you’re working with a smaller tote, you may need to squeeze the other bottom corner together to help it slide down into the tote.  SHAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT Use the handles to gently pull up in a few swift motions to help the insert fall into place inside the tote.    Shop our full collection featuring the three ideal sizes when you visit our online shop today. To learn more about which size is right for you, check out our in-depth ToteSavvy Guide. 
Our Favorite Accessories for ToteSavvy

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Our Favorite Accessories for ToteSavvy

by Kara Neff on Oct 07, 2019
Practically made for each other: the full  list of our must-have accessories to pair with your ToteSavvy  It’s your job to be the mother, but it’s our job to shoulder the heavy lifting. So to save you some much needed time, we went to work to create a full breakdown of our favorite mom-friendly products that just so happen to fit perfectly in your ToteSavvy. Because some things are just better together. And through careful research, we’ve curated a list of perfect accessories to pair with your ToteSavvy.   INFANT   S’WELL BOTTLE S’well bottles are a to-go necessity, keeping beverages cool or warm, and making many a car-ride or stroller cruise a little easier. Plus, it’s another sustainable choice that you can feel good about. (And serious mom hack for formula babies on the move: measure your formula in a bottle, cap it, then keep warm water in the S’well bottle. Pour water from your S’well into your pre-made bottle when you’re ready.) Keep it snug and safe in any one of your ToteSavvy’s tall pockets.   POP PACIFIER  We were so happy for the arrival of the Pop Pacifier, something that’s a natural fit for baby and you--and we happen to mean that quite literally. Eco-friendly, fit for your baby’s mouth, and naturally hygienic, this product is one we keep with us at all times, giving baby peace, and us peace of mind. Bonus: it fits inside any of your ToteSavvy’s small pockets.   BROWN’S NATURAL FLOW ORIGINAL BABY BOTTLE Three of these Dr. Brown’s 8oz. bottles fit snuggly, upright, inside the cooler pocket of our ToteSavvy Deluxe, making everything from full days away from home and road trips alike easy, breezy.  INNOBABY PACKIN’ SMART STACKER  Innobaby makes products that are efficient and smart, making them ideal for moms on-the-go. They work as great for snacks as they do for measured formula, and they fit snuggly in any of your ToteSavvy’s pockets.  MULTI-USE CAR SEAT AND NURSING COVER Products that fold up and come with many uses are what our motherhood dreams are made of, which is why this multi-use nursing cover is always rolled up and tucked away in one of our ToteSavvy pockets. Easily covers your car seat, you and baby while nursing, or it can be used for basic shade when needed.   TODDLER    KLEAN KANTEEN  Klean Kanteen makes mommy favorite Kid Kanteen, another water bottle that we’re rarely without. They come in a variety of fun shapes and designs that the kids love. But we love them most because they easily pop in and out of any of our ToteSavvy’s tall pockets.  LUNCHBOTS CONTAINER Quite literally the perfect fit for our ToteSavvy Deluxe’s insulated cooler packet, so that whether you’re on your way to a playdate, to school, or a picnic in the park, you’ll be cool as a cucumber (and so will your snacks).  STASHER BAGS Stasher bags are the eco-friendly and sustainable answer to snack storage that we’ve been waiting for. Their snack-sized bags also happen to be just the right size for any tall pocket in your ToteSavvy, so that you can keep your little bites--or any various and sundry “little things”--right at your fingertips.  FUNTAINER® STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLE WITH STRAW  The Thermos straw water bottle is something you’ll rarely find us without, especially with that little voice almost always piping up from the stroller or the backseat--”water, water!” But because it fits in any tall pocket, you’ll be answering their request in no time. INNOBABY PACKIN’ SMART STACKER  Innobaby makes products that are efficient and smart, making them ideal for moms on-the-go. They work as great for snacks as they do for measured formula, and they fit snuggly in any of your ToteSavvy’s pockets.  TEGU BLOCKS  Tegu Blocks are the kinds of toys we live for: they essentially keep themselves in order, and they’re just as easy to pack away when strewn about. Which is especially true for the Tegu Blocks Travel Pals, which are the perfect size for any ToteSavvy pocket.  SQUEASY GEAR SNACKER  At this point, you may have noticed a trend: we’re really into things that travel well. As moms, we’re almost always on the move, and things like the Squeasy Gear Snacker (which you’ll always find tucked in our cooler pocket or tall insulated pocket) easily turn our purees into a grab-and-go option.  EVERYONE  PUBLIC GOODS BAMBOO WET WIPES  Mom to mom, we have a not-so-secret secret: we feel better about buying things we trust, and even better when it’s from a company we trust. That’s why we’re always reaching for Public Goods Wet Wipes--because, let’s be honest, we always need wet wipes. These are healthy, sustainable, and always right there when we need them--in any of our ToteSavvy’s tall pockets.  RENA IMAN CLUTCH WALLET  The Rena Iman Clutch Wallet is another 2-in-1 product that makes our lives that much easier. Extremely versatile, it serves as both a wallet, and safekeeping for our credit cards, insurance cards and more, and also as a beautiful accessory that we can move from bag to bag (just like our ToteSavvy). Plus, it’s the perfect size for either our side flat pockets, our laptop pocket, or simply adjacent to your ToteSavvy.   
Notes From The NICU: A glimpse inside one new family’s journey.

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Notes From The NICU: A glimpse inside one new family’s journey.

by Kara Neff on Sep 16, 2019
This September is NICU Awareness Month. And today: a glimpse inside one new family’s journey.
What's in My ToteSavvy: Gabrielle Milford

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What's in My ToteSavvy: Gabrielle Milford

by ToteSavvy Team on Sep 09, 2019
Gabrielle Milford (@gabriellemilford), founder of the Gift of Gabs is a full-time consultant and mom to a very busy toddler. Gaby's life got a whole lot more organized when she discovered ToteSavvy, and she's been hooked ever since. Learn more about how this Las Vegas mom packs her tote for a very festive fall outing! As a full time working mom there's not a day that goes by that I don't use my ToteSavvy. From toddler essentials and must-haves for work to spontaneous family outings, I couldn't get through any of it without my ToteSavvy Deluxe. I'm constantly switching out my essentials as I go through my day. From drop offs, meetings and spontaneous family trips, I find it extremely important to have my ToteSavvy packed for any occasion. I'm sharing what I plan on packing for a day trip to the orchard to pick apples and how perfect the Deluxe fits into my bag. WHAT I'M PACKING: punkin butt chapstick antibacterial wet wipes 3 diapers wipes clutch 1 gogo squeeze 1 individual bag of goldfish 1 nature valley granola bar lotion lipstick hydro flask wallet sunglasses keys clutch with bandaids, Tylenol, hair ties + gum   The pockets keep everything organized! I don't have to spend time digging through my bag, which is helpful when I'm in a rush to grab a snack out of my bag for my cranky toddler who refused to eat lunch. Without a doubt, my Deluxe always has this mama's back!   I definitely recommend giving the ToteSavvy Deluxe a try if you're a mom who needs a little organization in your life or want to look like you have it ALL together. You can even use their original which I’m a huge fan of as well. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram @gabriellemilford or visit TheGiftofGabs.com
What's In My ToteSavvy: Jamie Park of @Jamiesyang

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What's In My ToteSavvy: Jamie Park of @Jamiesyang

by ToteSavvy Team on Aug 14, 2019
As a working mama, I needed something to keep me organized while not losing my style. Then I discovered the ToteSavvy Deluxe, which I put inside my LV Neverfull MM and it's been a GAME CHANGER! By the way, it fits perfectly!!! When my needs change from work to home life, the ToteSavvy helps me quickly take things out. Even Baby A thinks so too!  WHAT IM PACKING:  FYI I have a 1 year old. So he requires a lot from me from diaper changes, to feedings, to entertainment, to clean ups, did I mention snacks and more snacks?  Here is a full detailed list of what I pack: 3-5 Diapers (depending on how long we are out for) Aquaphor Full-size Baby wipes (I use baby wipes for EVERYTHING!! Not only during diaper changes but it comes so handy during meals and clean-up of any kind) Teethers (I carry at least 2-3) Small toys Extra bibs + bibs when eating Disposable Placemats (this is a MUST when eating out, it makes it so much easier + sanitary) Food Shears (to cut up his food into bite size pieces when we go out) Extra baby clothes (onesie/shirt + shorts) Breastfeeding cover Hand sanitizer Sunglasses (both for Baby A and me) Small cardholder Extra wash cloths Water Bottle iPad/laptop (the Deluxe has a slot on the side that fits a MacBook Pro or iPad perfectly) Keys Chapstick Gum Baby Sunscreen Snacks, snacks, and snacks! (I carry around 3-4 different types of snacks) Boy, isn't that a lot?! What's even more exciting is that all of the items above fits PERFECTLY inside all the pockets! All sides have different sized pockets, so it's very convenient to easily grab things out. It's really designed perfectly for moms. BONUS FEATURE: It even has a large sized zipper pocket with an insulated cooler to keep snacks and bottles at the perfect temperature! ANOTHER BONUS FEATURE: The Luxe Red color matches PERFECTLY to the LV red inside!! I love how I don't have to lose my style while being a Super Mom. I love the ToteSavvy Deluxe SO much that I even got the ToteSavvy Mini for my Husband. He uses this and it fits inside his diaper backpack perfectly. I will be doing a full detail of the ToteSavvy Mini soon! Follow along on my adventures in motherhood on instagram at Jamiesyang.   
How to Organize Your Neverfull

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How to Organize Your Neverfull

by ToteSavvy Team on Aug 05, 2019
The Louis Vuitton Neverfull is hands-down the most popular bags to pair with ToteSavvy. It’s a great everyday tote that functions as a gorgeous diaper bag when paired with our organizer. Not in the diaper bag phase of your life? ToteSavvy is still a fantastic option to keep this oversize tote neat and tidy all day long. As far as Neverfull organizers go, ToteSavvy is one of the best-suited options. If you’re new to Neverfulls you’ll want to know they come in three sizes: PM, MM, and GM. PM is the smallest, MM is the medium size, and GM is the largest. The MM and GM are the best sizes for everyday use and hold a lot of essentials. Below we’re breaking down the sizes and showing you which ToteSavvy is best for the MM and GM   MM (Medium Size Neverfull)   The MM works with all 3 of our organizers (Deluxe, Original, Mini), each one fitting differently. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference for which you'll like best. Pictured above is the Deluxe. It takes up most of the room inside the tote and can be considered more of a "snug fit". Original fits the same as Deluxe as these organizers have the same dimensions. If you're looking for a bit more room around the ToteSavvy organizer and a lighter load on your shoulder, we recommend pairing the MM with ToteSavvy Mini. Below you'll see how ToteSavvy Mini provides pockets and organization without being too bulky, making it a great choice if you want to pack other items in your bag.   GM (Large Size Neverfull) The GM size Neverfull is a great all day, everyday bag with a large capacity. We recommend pairing ToteSavvy Deluxe or Original with the GM size. The organizer will sit down inside the tote and offer a ton of organization for everything you carry. You'll still have a little room around the organizer, offering the ability to pack more items or sinch the sides of your tote. Below you'll see how the GM looks with a ToteSavvy Deluxe.    For comparison sake, we want to show you what ToteSavvy Mini would look like in the GM tote. Below you'll see how our smallest size organizer looks inside an oversize tote bag. You'll notice a ton of room for other items which may or may not be to your liking. For this reason, we really only recommend Deluxe or Original for the GM.    Another point to note is how the ToteSavvy organizers sit inside the MM and GM. Below you'll see an image of the Deluxe inside both Neverfull sizes. When paired with the MM, the Deluxe handles peek out slightly. This isn't a problem for most, but again it really comes down to personal preference. If you think having handles peeking out would bug you then opt for ToteSavvy Mini when using the MM! Have more questions? We'd love to answer them in the comments below! 
What's in my ToteSavvy - The Gee Life

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What's in my ToteSavvy - The Gee Life

by ToteSavvy Team on Jul 29, 2019
LA-based mama Gee from TheGeeLife rarely leaves home without her LV Neverfull and ToteSavvy Deluxe combo. We wanted to know, on any given day, what we might be able to find in her bag. Read on for her essentials!  If you’re a mom to a baby or young toddler you know leaving a house without at least 15 things in your bag is a reality since you never know what you’ll need. I don’t always like to wear a bulky diaper bag, which is why I love my tote bags especially my LV Neverfull. But, my biggest beef with was that I could never find stuff in it because all the little items would get buried under the big items. Thanks to ToteSavvy that’s the problem of the past.  I have my sanity back thanks to everything being organized by my ToteSavvy - it keeps everything in its place so you can find when you need easily. Here’s a sneak peek at my bag contents: Extra set of clothes 2 Diapers  Pack of wipes Baby face wipes  SPF Kleenex  Teething tabs Tylenol Snacks: 2 bars, apple sauce  hand sanitizer Deodorant  Lotion Aquaphor Comb Lipstick Baby Glasses  My glasses Coloring book Other reasons I love ToteSavvy: Ease of changing bags (simply put the packed insert into other tote without moving individual items one at a time.)  It keeps my totes nice and clean from any spills, scratches and marks. (I had a banana mess once because my son got his hands all over it in my bag but there was no damage to the bag) ToteSavvy is super easy to clean (simply use water and paper towel and it’s like new again) There are 3 different sizes to fit different bag sizes   I love being organized and ToteSavvy is a genius idea!  Be sure to follow @TheGeeLife for her mom journey!
Our Favorite Crossbody Bags for ToteSavvy Mini

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Our Favorite Crossbody Bags for ToteSavvy Mini

by ToteSavvy Team on Jul 22, 2019
A great crossbody bag is a staple in any wardrobe. It's easy to wear and helps keep your hands and shoulders free. We love to pair ToteSavvy Mini with our crossbody bag to keep it organized throughout the day.  We're currently coveting the below crossbody bags, each of which pairs perfectly with ToteSavvy Mini.    See ToteSavvy Mini in Action   
How 8 Influencers are Packing ToteSavvy for Summer

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How 8 Influencers are Packing ToteSavvy for Summer

by ToteSavvy Team on Jul 08, 2019
We love seeing how our customers are using ToteSavvy to accompany them on their summer adventures - making it all a little more manageable. If you're not following these awesome women already, we suggest you start!   Brittany of @loverlygrey Taking her little lady on a lunch date with her ToteSavvy in tow//@loverlygrey   Lauren of @laurenkaysims Always traveling in style - this time to her sister's baby shower //@laurenkaysims    Gee of @thegeelife Our girl rarely goes anywhere without her LV Neverfull and ToteSavvy combo//@thegeelife   Thida of @thatgirlglick Looking glamorous while making those tough decisions on a vacation or staycation//@thatgirlgick    Jamie of @jamiesyang Feeling like the most stylish version of Mary Poppins with the amount she can fit in the bag//@jamiesyang Emerson of @classycleanchic We love the effortless this effortless summer style complete with the perfect summer tote//@classycleanchic Bianca of @biancacloxton We love how seamlessly our Deluxe fits inside the Fawn diaper bag//@biancacloxton Melanie of @musingsofamamabird Boat days are the best days, especially when spent with your family//@musingsofamambird
What's in My ToteSavvy - The Blooming Jaks

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What's in My ToteSavvy - The Blooming Jaks

by ToteSavvy Team on Jun 23, 2019
We find that our biggest inspiration comes from our ToteSavvy community, which is why we're launching our newest series, "What's in My ToteSavvy." We first peek inside the bag of Jeanyne Jakubowski, wife, mother and founder of The Blooming Jaks! During the summer, my purse magically fills with more "little people" items than anything. Since I tend to have more things to carry, I naturally gravitate toward larger bags. That creates a separate issue since most larger bags become "black holes." That was until I was introduced to ToteSavvy! I love how this organizer has multiple deep compartments of varies sizes, wipeable fabric, and three different sized organizers. See how I organized my ToteSavvy Deluxe for a water outing with my daughter. To avoid carrying multiple bags, I decided to pack her items and mine in the same bag. Here are the items I packed in my bag: Sunscreen Sippy cup (for her) Water (for me) Snack cup Sun shirt Chapstick and lip gloss 2 Books Toy Hand Sanitizer Diapers Diaper Cream Wallet Keys Stuffed animal Wet bag I had a jar of ice water that I zipped inside the insulated section to test how long my ice water stayed cold. Ice remained in my glass jar 3hrs later! I typically use this pocket to pack food/beverages that need to be kept cool.  I even had enough space for my personal items and for a (stuffed) friend! And I always attach my keys to the key ring to avoid endless digging. Summer adventures have become much more organized!        
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Best Summer Bags

by ToteSavvy Team on Jun 02, 2019
Summer is approaching and as the weather warms we love to update our handbag to match. Below you’ll find a curated list of great summer handbag options. From a cool neoprene tote to a fun and eclectic straw tote, every bit of your summer personality will be met. Each bag can be paired with any of our ToteSavvy inserts. We recommend Deluxe or Original for the most organizing power, and Mini for a compact insert that doesn’t weigh you down.