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Toddler Packing List

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Toddler Packing List

by ToteSavvy Team on May 27, 2019
 Your little is now mobile and you're officially in the toddler phase. While it may seem like you'll need to carry less around with you on a daily basis, the opposite is likely true. Toddlers require a lot of essentials to keep them clean, dry, fed, and entertained. It's exhausting just thinking about it! 😅 Our toddler packing list will keep your toddler calm and content (at least until they see a squirrel) throughout the day. The secret is to pack a variety of snacks, entertainment, and a few "just in case" necessities like a first aid kit. You never know when your little one will fall or just want to cover their body in band-aids for fun.    WHAT TO PACK       With a complete list like this one, we recommend using ToteSavvy Original or Deluxe to get the most capacity out of your organizer. In the below example we're using ToteSavvy Original in Almond. It's the perfect size for everything on our packing list and fits nicely inside any large tote. You can swap for Deluxe if you like to carry cold drinks or perishable snacks. The cooler pocket in Deluxe is great for carrying anything that needs temp control!     
#BossMom Spotlight: Kortni Jeane

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#BossMom Spotlight: Kortni Jeane

by ToteSavvy Team on May 24, 2019
Kortni Jeane has been a boss way before she was a mom! Her namesake swimwear line launched in 2014, but she was making swimsuits for her family and friends since high school. We chatted with Kortni about how she stays inspired, the importance of inclusivity and how she keeps it all together.  Give us some background! How did you decide to create a swimwear line? What did you do before your own line?  In high school, I started sewing my own swimwear because I was tired of matching everyone else at the pool. I quickly had my sisters asking me to make them one, then friends, then friends of friends and all of a sudden I had strangers knocking on my parent's doorstep! Although I continued doing it as a side hustle for a few extra bucks through college, it wasn't until after I finished school that I decided to establish Kortni Jeane and manufacture my first collection! My goal from the beginning was to create a swimsuit that every body felt comfortable and confident in. Early on I noticed how many women were held back by the fact that they would have to wear a swimsuit and I hated that to be the issue for not joining on something they wanted to. I have a strong desire to change this mindset for women and make swimsuit shopping FUN. Where do you derive inspiration for all the different styles and prints for all of your suits? This is my most asked question and honestly the hardest to answer as I can't pinpoint it to a specific thing. Travel is one of the most inspirational things that I do. I love new experiences, seeing different cultures, observing how people live, what makes them happy and thrive. I am just inspired by everyday life and people. Not to sound creepy by people watching is one of my favorite, dare I say, hobbies. I am so fascinated by how different each of us are! We love how inclusive your brand feels. Being a swimwear line, how important is the message of body positivity to you? From the very start, it was so important to me to empower women to feel comfortable in their own skin. We often allow ourselves to miss out because we aren't feeling up to our own"standards" of how we feel we should look. But we were all created differently, so why try to be anything but ourselves? Only you can be you and that is so special. I want moms to do cannonballs with their kiddos, for teenagers to join in on beach day, and to play volleyball in the sand without having to worry about your swimsuit. I want people to look at themselves in the mirror when they're in Kortni Jeane and smile. How do balance work and motherhood? Can you share some tools/tricks/words of wisdom for what "balance" looks like for you? I have found that I just don't believe there is such a thing as "balance." Some days I am really focused on work and other days I just play with my babe. I don't think there is right or wrong when it comes to figuring out that "balance" for yourself. For me, it's just being present in what I am doing. So if I am working I don't sit feeling guilty about taking time away from my baby, and when I am sitting playing with my little guy I don't stress about what needs to get done at work. My time definitely isn't split evenly and is always changing, but allowing myself to focus on what I am doing in the moment has allowed me to feel less guilt and be more productive.  Let's chat organization! How do you organize your schedule, your inbox, and your bag? With my busy lifestyle, I need to be organized so that I can get the most out of my time. Just the other day my husband was in shock of my email and how many folders I have and how many subfolders my folders have. I have a place for everything so I don't waste too much time searching. As a working mom, my biggest thing is to have all the information I need with me at all times -  not overwhelming right? So where is that kept? On my phone. Through my cloud, I connect all my emails, folders, documents from each of my computers so if I need access to something while I am away from my computer it is easily accessed. A vendor or employee can call me up and I can answer any questions and easily make decisions. This allows me more freedom with my baby without having to skimp on the demand of my job. It's actually ironic we are talking organization as just the other day my sister asked to borrow my nursing cover and as she got into my diaper bag to pull it out she remarks, "I have never seen such an organized diaper bag." My initial thoughts, included,  "isn't everyone's diaper bag organized?" "Doesn't everyone use individual pockets to easily access their baby things? "And then I realized not all diaper bags have the zillion pockets. This is why I use a Totesavvy. There is enough chaos in my life, I don't want to stress about forgetting something at home or not being able to find it in the masses of "things" in my bag. Cause if mama gets hangry that nutter butter cookie better be in plain sight or ain't nobody happy. It's true, babies do grow up so fast. So in this stage of my life doing the small and simple things to stay organized allows me to spend more time with my baby and in the end that's all I could ask for.
What's Inside My ToteSavvy

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What's Inside My ToteSavvy

by Lauren Kutting on May 13, 2019
  As a mom of 3 (my oldest is 6 and my youngest two are almost 4) and a business owner, I find it crucial to always have a well-packed handbag. My needs change as I shift from work to home life, and a prepared ToteSavvy allows me to quickly grab and go as I move from one role to another. Now that my kids are a bit older I don’t need to carry quite as much, which has allowed me to pare down to my essentials, which subsequently has also opened up more handbag options. WHAT I’M PACKING Lately, I like to use ToteSavvy Mini for most daily outings and when I’m taking my kids from one afterschool activity to another. Since my little ones are now all potty trained, I don’t worry about packing diapers or a change of clothing for quick trips. Instead, I pack snacks, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and a few other “just in case” essentials. Here’s my full packing list: sunscreen (lotion) sunscreen (face stick) hand sanitizer spray antibacterial wet wipes band-aids and ointment 3 kids protein bars 3 boxes of raisins 1 RXbar (for me) Dior lip glow balm Sweat Cosmetics foundation powder stick with SPF Glossier boy brow  hair ties mints small wallet keys   All of the above fits inside two tall pockets and two short pockets of ToteSavvy Mini. That leaves me the inner flat pocket and insulated pocket open. Before heading out the door I’ll fill a bottle of water or grab a La Croix to slip inside the insulated pocket. My phone slides into the inner flat pocket for easy access.   WHY I’M LOVING THIS SETUP While I love ToteSavvy Original and Deluxe for work, travel, and other big outings, it’s freeing to carry a smaller handbag or lighten the weight of your large tote when you’re just running around town. ToteSavvy Mini still fits A LOT of essentials and keeps it easy for me to quickly switch bags. I don't mind having extra room around the organizer and actually like the open feel. Plus, as the weather keeps warming I like having a ToteSavvy that can be easily switched to a backpack for park trips.     I highly recommend giving ToteSavvy Mini a try if you're looking to pare down your essentials and pack a little lighter. Even if you're just organizing your own items, it's a great size to keep everything together and easily accessible.  
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#BossMom Spotlight: Neha Ruch of Mother Untitled

by ToteSavvy Team on May 07, 2019
When you meet Neha Ruch for the first time, you somehow feel like you've already known her for years. She's honest and warm without a hint of judgment to her. It's no surprise that her digital platform, Mother Untitled has put her on the map paving the way for the "grey" area of motherhood.  For those who are unfamiliar, can you explain what Mother Untitled is? Happy to! Mother Untitled, is a digital platform - a blog, social community, shop and newsletter -  for women who are making career pauses or shifts to make room for motherhood.  I’m very committed to rewriting the narrative about leaning into parenting as an empowered choice that can actually unlock more intention, connection and creativity.  It’s also important to note that the notions of the “working mother” and “stay at home mother” are quite black and white and our community really explores the lifestyle for all the women in the shades of grey in between. What was your career prior to children and launching Mother Untitled? I spent 10 years in between digital strategy at an ad agency, business school and running brand at an e-commerce start-up. When I had Bodie, I shifted into brand consulting two days a week and when I realized this niche of women like myself in “the grey area” was underserved in content, I started creating MU alongside raising my kid(s).  I always wanted to be a writer but equally loved digital brand building so I feel grateful for how it’s come together this way with Mother Untitled.     Do you have some practical advice for people who might be considering a career pause to make space for motherhood? What steps should they take to prep in advance? The best thing someone told me when I was considering what came next was that life and your career is a long game. Whether it’s a full pause or a dial down or a shift to something more flexible or personal, optimize for this chapter and trust the process.  You can keep checking in with yourself to see if whatever choice you are making for yourself and your family still feels right. A couple of tactical tips that I tell all my friends at this juncture: Practice answering the question, “What do you do?”  That can feel challenging to women new to this stage.  Here are some prompts to get your “story” down and my own experience with answering and stumbling on that question. Network!  I swear my best “networking” has been at baby classes and playdates. If you have a scheduled date night or girls night, challenge yourself to always carve out a quick drink or tea beforehand with a former colleague or a contact working on something that’s grabbed your attention. Consider everything - parenting talks at your preschool, book club, women’s network (i.e. HeyMama or The Wing) events - an opportunity to keep your network current.   Keep a hand (even a little toe) in the game if you can.  This is hard when you’re time-strapped but once the kids are in a playgroup or a nursery school or if you have a babysitter/nanny for some hours, I find volunteering your time or consulting on projects (or certainly starting you’re own if you’re keen) is a great way to stay sharp.  This can be one-off projects for your kids’ school or larger organizational efforts or businesses but it’s just about staying connected at whatever scale. Here are some more ways to stay connected during your time away from the traditional work force. You often talk about your strong support system, but you often hear new moms talk about how lonely they feel. How did you go about building and maintaining your tribe? I felt lucky to experience community early in my parenting experience - I know that’s not the case for everyone and so I’m going to first say I had a bit of timing and luck. Living in New York in my particular neighborhood helped - it’s a mecca for newlyweds so we were in close proximity to new babies. For example, a woman who was pregnant in my apartment building at the same time ended up being one of my closest friends and our boys have grown up together.  We still can’t agree on who made the first move but I’m pretty sure she dropped me a note and asked me for coffee when Bodie was 6 weeks old. I met a few women in a baby movement class who I really enjoyed - the regularity of a weekly check-in gave us some momentum and then we began initiating play dates outside of class.  Once I started giving myself some more room to work on Mother Untitled, I met a few women in my co-working space who have become dear friends. Friends from home and college who live further away have text chains that were my life line in the earliest days when I wasn’t so out and about.  Having a couple girlfriends to text when you’re up at those 4am feeds reaching the ends of the Internet is a blessing. Maintaining relationships when time and more specifically, time alone, feels scarce is hard. I have a weekly girls night on the calendar where I plan catch-ups with friends, sometimes one on one, sometimes as a group, sometimes for a drink or a full evening. As a mom of two - what are the tools that keep you organized and make you feel like you have it together? I’m very into anything that helps our home feel calm and that starts with me.  I’ve just started using Stillpoint (it’s an app for meditation for mothers) though I know people swear by Headspace. I have a week at a glance notepad (similar to this one) that lives on our counter which helps me sketch out the moving pieces to the week (school days, kids’ music or art classes, evenings out, etc.) so everyone (my husband, our nanny and myself) are on the same page.  Speaking of our new nanny who is the ultimate tool (in the best way), I also have a little family manual that I crafted that has all the basics - family contacts, kids routines’, etc. - to brief a new babysitter or friends or family who are helping out. For Mother Untitled, I use Slack with my team of freelancers to touch base on various projects and keep email back and forth to a minimum. I’ve dabbled with a lot of different project management platforms like Asana and ultimately Google Sheets works best as a running list of todos and to manage our editorial calendar.  I block schedule time to work and I leave the house to go to creative co-working spaces. I used to go to the Soho House but I’m keeping my life in a 10 block radius of late so I’ll walk to The Wing M-Th afternoons. To feel a little bit more in the know, I’ll listen to The Skimm podcast en route which is a quick punch list on headlines. For pick me ups, I’ll use GlamSquad blowdries or a mani & pedi at home during naps or after the kids go down for bed. On any given day, what can we find packed in your ToteSavvy? I am rummaging through right now to give you the honest nitty (but neat) gritty.  In the littlest pockets I have two natursutten paci’s, in the diapering section I have a handful of Pampers Pure diapers, Burt’s Bees burp cloths and a tube of Weleda Calendula diaper cream tucked into a pocket with Water Wipes.   On the opposite side of pockets I have Pehr bibs (both my kids are/were droolers so my bib game has to be strong) and two changes of Kyte Baby onesies.  In the outer pocket I keep a Look Look book, rings and Baby Paper for lightweight entertainment. Everything has its place which I love though my husband says he’s still very unclear on the method to my madness.
Best Backpacks for ToteSavvy

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Best Backpacks for ToteSavvy

by ToteSavvy Team on Apr 30, 2019
  Mark and Graham are known for their classic styles and beautiful monogramming. We love this backpack style since it's large enough to pair with ToteSavvy Original or Deluxe!  BEST TOTESAVVY MATCH: Deluxe or Original   As a sporty option, we love this neoprene backpack by Sweaty Betty. The material will work with any environment while looking its best year round.  BEST TOTESAVVY MATCH: Mini   The Brave backpack by Matt and Nat is simple yet highly functional. Its wide straps are very comfortable on your shoulders, while the sleek design offers great mobility in any situation.  BEST TOTESAVVY MATCH: Mini   We love Nena and Co for their gorgeous one-of-a-kind bags. The Convertible Day Bag is their larger style which has room for ToteSavvy Original or Deluxe! This tote converts from crossbody bag to backpack in a snap, making it ideal for everyday use.  BEST TOTESAVVY MATCH: Original or Deluxe    If you've left the house in the past year, chances are you've seen someone carrying this backpack. It's become a staple for most parents due to its gender-neutral design and easy nature. We love this backpack as it opens wide, making it easy to grab what you need. It's also super lightweight! BEST TOTESAVVY MATCH: Mini   This classic backpack style takes on a new look with its neoprene material. We love how functional and strong neoprene can be, while also offering a cool look. Classic backpacks are best suited for ToteSavvy Mini.  BEST TOTESAVVY MATCH: Mini   The Fawn Design bag will always have a spot on our favorites list. The design is so simple yet chic. While this bag can be worn casually, it feels luxe and more trendy. We love the wipeable vegan leather that's easy to clean!  BEST TOTESAVVY MATCH: Mini (though Original and Deluxe do fit)
Packing Deluxe for Pumping at Work

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Packing Deluxe for Pumping at Work

by ToteSavvy Team on Mar 25, 2019
As a pumping mom, it’s crucial to supply yourself with the right essentials and proper organization. We love how ToteSavvy Deluxe offers a fully insulated cooler pocket right inside the organizer. This allows for easy storage and transport of your breastmilk without lugging around an additional bag. You have enough on your shoulders, extras bags shouldn’t be weighing you down. We equally adore the Moxxly Flow when pumping at home or on-the-go. The pump can be worn under your own bra, eliminating the need for a hands-free pumping bra, and allowing you to stay fully clothed while you pump. Nothing is more degrading than stripping off your blouse and bra to squeeze into an uncomfortable pumping bra. Moxxly, we thank you for building a product that allows us to keep our dignity. During your pumping session, we suggest packing the below essentials:   Pump – obvs Moxxly Flow + accessories – your pumping parts Thin ice pack – to keep your breastmilk cool Medela Quick Clean Steam bags – to quickly and easily clean your pump parts Medela Quick Clean wipes – another way to quickly clean your pump parts (we love having options!) Wet wipes – for any spills or just to wipe your hands Hand sanitizer – always sanitize before touching your clean pump and parts. Nipple cream – 100% needed. It will save your nipples from cracking and chaffing Breastmilk pads – to soak up any milk leaks Ziplock bag – to store your clean pump parts between pumping sessions Snack – pumping makes you hungry. Nough said. Water bottle – Always consider your hydration and make it a priority to drink water Phone – It’s helpful with your let-down to look at photos or videos of your baby when pumping All of these essentials fit nicely inside ToteSavvy Deluxe along with your wallet, keys, and other daily items. We suggest pairing Deluxe with an oversized tote as it will allow room to carry the pump motor next to ToteSavvy.    A few notes when packing ToteSavvy Deluxe with your pumping essentials: 1. The pump motor will be too large to fit inside ToteSavvy so you'll need to choose a tote that's large enough to fit the pump next to ToteSavvy. In this example, we're using the Neverfull GM (photo below).  2. You'll notice there's still some room inside the cooler pocket. If you pump multiple times per day, you'll want to bring extra bottles or breastmilk freezer bags. 4-6 bottles will fit inside the cooler pocket. If you're using freezer bags you'll fit even more!  3. We chose to pack a wallet and the pump battery back in the outer x-large pocket. This one has lots more room inside it for a makeup pouch, phone charger, or anything else you take along with you daily.   
#BossMom Spotlight: Cara Delzer of Moxxly

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#BossMom Spotlight: Cara Delzer of Moxxly

by ToteSavvy Team on Mar 25, 2019
Bring us up to speed...how did Moxxly come to be? Moxxly was founded in 2014 by three women with a passion for getting shit done. When Gabrielle Guthrie, while finishing her masters’ in design, first saw a breast pump, she was incredulous that this product category hadn’t been more thoughtfully updated and immediately began the redesign. Meanwhile, I had returned to my post-MBA corporate job with a breast pump slung over my shoulder. A few weeks of undressing awkwardly in small, cold rooms around the office, I found my new professional propose and quit my job to create a better pump solution. Around this time, Santhi Analytis was finishing her PhD in mechanical engineering, looking to apply her background in medical devices and robotics to women’s health. The first time she saw a breast pump, she knew she wanted to solve the problem before she had kids and got right to work.  Why do you think it's taken so long to re-envision the breast pump? I think there are complementary trends on both the supply and demand side that have led to recent breast pump innovation. On the demand side, over the past few years, we’ve seen almost a 100 percent demographic shift from gen x to millennial moms. With this change comes different consumer expectations; millennial moms came of age in the time of iPhones, Tesla, etc. They’re also returning to work while still breastfeeding in record highs. They expect and need an updated breast pump experience.  On the supply side, innovations like 3D printers, Kickstarter, the excitement about the Internet of Things have made it (slightly) easier to get started as a startup in the hardware space. The breast pump product itself is still a beast of a design, regulatory, and engineering challenge, however; innovation in this space is not for the faint of heart. What do you see for the future in breastfeeding technology and products? What role do you see Moxxly playing? I think the future of breastfeeding technology needs to include innovation on both the brand and the product experience. We need to change the conversation about how we support modern women integrating motherhood into their identity first and foremost. Then, she needs the right set of tools — including breast pumps and accessories — to support her in this transition. As for the role I see Moxxly playing —we want to lead it!  For your first born, you were an employee. For your second, you owned your own company. Can you explain a bit about the difference between the two experiences? When my son was born in 2013, I was an employee at a big tech firm and felt very well-supported in my maternity leave. I had a 3-month leave, a pumping room when I returned, and a manager who understood the challenges of working parenthood. I’d like to think my team missed me while I was out, but also knew that at a multi-thousand person company, they’d get along fine without me for a few months! It was a gift to ease into motherhood that way.   For my daughter, born around Moxxly’s 2nd birthday, I was signing deal docs on my phone in the hospital. Life didn’t stop when she arrived — in part because I already had a toddler at home and in part because Moxxly was also still getting off the ground. I took a few weeks off, mostly, but we were a tiny team and if I didn’t show up to do my part, it didn’t get done. I was in charge of fundraising and I’m proud to report that we closed our acquisition before my daughter learned to walk. That professional success was not without personal trade-offs, and I do have some sadness about the time I missed with my baby daughter when she was so little, but I’m incredibly proud of the work we did at Moxxly that year. That’s a sacrifice I was willing to accept as a startup founder that I wouldn’t have been so willing to make at a large company.  With the many roles you play in a day - how do you stay organized?  Life-hacks: when cooking noodles, always make the whole bag (and freeze what you don’t need); never leave the house without crayons and almonds; and reward yourself with little treats regularly. A new lipstick can go a long way on a bad day.
Minimalist Diaper Bag Packing List

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Minimalist Diaper Bag Packing List

by Lauren Kutting on Mar 18, 2019
Narrowing down your diaper bag contents can be extremely freeing. It’s not always necessary to pack the entire nursery, which is why we built this minimalist packing list. Carry what you need without lugging around what you don't. Our minimalist packing list includes essentials you’ll need for your infant or toddler (12 - 36 months) without any unneeded extras. The keys items here are snacks, entertainment, and a few extra items to keep you prepared. Pro tip: When packing an extra outfit, roll it together (bib and socks included), then place inside the tall pocket. This space-saving hack allows you to be prepared for spills and accidents without adding bulk.   Download the packing list   We used ToteSavvy Mini to show you just how compact your diaper bag really can be. One of our favorite things about ToteSavvy Mini is how versatile it is. Pop it inside your favorite medium size handbag when you want to dress up, then switch to a backpack for a day at the park. Take a look at the packing video below to see how easily you can transfer from tote to backpack.     
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Diaper Bag Essentials for Your Newborn

by Lauren Kutting on Mar 04, 2019
image courtesy of @tracitaylorcollective   As a seasoned mom, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about packing my ToteSavvy for a newborn baby. I also happen to have experience in both breastfeeding and bottle feeding my babies. My oldest was breastfed for 6-months (after a VERY rough start) and my twins were breastfed for about a week then formula fed. Throughout my time with teeny babies, I learned a lot about what’s needed inside your diaper bag and what can be left at home. ESSENTIALS FOR BREASTFEEDING When you’re nursing you have to think about what your body needs along with what you’ll need for baby. Always have a large bottle of water with you (I love Swell bottles because they keep liquids cold for 48 hours!) and protein bars (or another easy snack) to curve hunger. I remember keeping granola bars on my nightstand because I would be starving as soon as I woke up to nurse my daughter. The same thing happened when we were out and about. Whenever hunger hit, I made sure to be prepared with a tasty bar. My favorites are RX bars and Go Macro bars. Other than water and snacks for myself, here’s my condensed list of what you really need inside your diaper bag when nursing a newborn.  Download the packing list Watch the packing video   All of this fits inside ToteSavvy Original size making it easy for you to tote around your essentials inside any tote you love. I suggest pairing ToteSavvy original inside a large tote for the most room. When my kids were newborns I liked having extra space around my ToteSavvy and even carried a weekender as my daily tote. It was fabulous!     ESSENTIALS FOR BOTTLE FEEDING After struggling to breastfeed my first I decided not to put pressure on myself to breastfeed my second. As luck would have it, I ended up pregnant with twins instead of another singleton (a word I never heard until after having twins). From the get-go, I knew I couldn’t exclusively breastfeed twins so I set myself up to pump and formula feed. Pumping lasted about a week and then I transitioned fully into formula feeding. When you bottle feed you actually carry a lot more around with you which means you have to be even more strategic with your packing. I purchased the short Tommee Tippee bottles that can be stacked inside ToteSavvys pockets. I would carry around 4 five ounce bottles (pre-filled with water) and a stacker of pre-measured formula. To make a bottle you simply pour the formula into the bottle and shake. Super easy. Other than bottles and formula, my packing list was pretty similar to what I packed while breastfeeding. Here’s what I suggest packing when bottle feeding a newborn. NOTE: This example is for one baby, not twins, though we're working on a packing tutorial for twins and multiples! Download the packing list! Watch the packing video   If you’re pumping and bottle feeding on-the-go, I recommend pre-filling your bottles with breastmilk and storing them inside the cooler pocket. You’ll have a little extra room as you won’t need to carry the formula along with you! All of the above essentials fit nicely inside ToteSavvy Deluxe. I prefer Deluxe when carrying bottles because you can store them inside the roomy cooler pocket. The laptop sleeve can easily double as a place to store folded clothing. Don’t let the “intended purpose” shy you away from this style!   Want to see more packing action? Watch our packing tutorials for newborns, toddlers, and more! Take a sneak peek at the tutorial for packing while breastfeeding below.       
#BossMom Spotlight: Sara Lyons

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#BossMom Spotlight: Sara Lyons

by Life in Play Team on Feb 25, 2019
With 9 years and 10,000 prenatal clients, Sara Lyons knows a thing or two about providing women with birth support. In 2010 she founded Glow® Birth & Body in Oakland, CA and last year, she launched The Birth Deck by Glow®, bringing her years of knowledge into the labor room with families all over the world. She now lives with her husband and two young children in NYC. We caught up with Sara to chat about family, motherhood, being bi-coastal, of course, how she stays organized. Both Glow® Birth & Body and The Birth Deck are centered around supporting mothers, which we fully support! Can you share a bit about your journey? I started working with pregnant families straight out of college in 2004 as a massage therapist specializing in a prenatal massage while I was living in Australia. I had the opportunity to learn from the owners of Body Freedom Urban Retreat about everything from birth support to HR. The experience was invaluable is what inevitably helped me launch my own center in Oakland. I'm excited to announce that we'll be opening Glow® in Chicago later in 2019! The Birth Deck by Glow® is designed for those preparing to have their first baby. For those who haven't seen it, what can they expect? Thank you for the love! The Birth Deck by Glow® is a compilation of the 50 most useful childbirth comfort techniques in the Glow® arsenal. After working with thousands of clients at Glow®, there are some clear winners in the comfort game and they can be broken up into four categories: Movement, Massage, Mindfulness and General Support. Each card in the deck illustrates a different technique and cards can be pulled at random throughout labor. The cards can also be used to prep for labor as part of your birth education. We’ve found that even if you read books and took classes, come game-time, a lot of that knowledge goes out the window and reminders are necessary. You work with women in such a special stage of their lives - what is your favorite aspect of what you do? The bridge to parenthood is a shared journey, something that impacts all of us no matter where in the world we’re birthing or adopting. I love witnessing this transformation that can bring people to their knees and lift them higher than the sky from one breath to the next. It’s a raw process that nothing can fully prepare you for and education really only comes through community. The healthiest way to experience the transition is with the help and guidance of others. Even when it feels like all the advice is judgement, it’s really just people wanting to help you do it better than they did it, to give you the advice they wish they’d gotten the first time around. I love being an impartial sounding board and resource for families all over the world. With two different businesses (one based in Oakland while you're based in NY) and two little ones - how do you manage to keep it all together? My time is always stretched. Always. As a business owner with employees relying on me, I often feel like I have many more children than the ones living in my apartment. I rely heavily on my calendar (I use iCal), Trello (a project management app) and focused advanced planning. Anything that gets left to the last minute will undoubtedly be stressful. Every night I look through my calendar for the following day and then at the coming days. I make a list of must-do communications and tasks to work through first thing once my kids are out the door. Secondly, I make or tweak the longer term projects that I am going to work on throughout the day between meetings and calls. And INSTACART is everything.  My husband and I have a vast childcare network that spans from daycare teachers to babysitters to neighbors. While the flexibility of my professional role allows me to be fairly available for my kids generally, it also means that I’m signing online after their bedtime in NYC to catch up with what’s been happening in California. Opening Glow® in Chicago this coming Fall will add another layer of communications and travel but it’s worth it for the overall flexibility. You have the ToteSavvy Deluxe and we'd love to know how you pack it on any given day to help keep yourself organized. My ToteSavvy Deluxe makes everything in my life easier and therefore better. Part of my night-before planning includes the items that need to come along with me. Living in NYC means that my purse is my trunk. Everything I *may* need must be on my body.   My master list that gets tweaked by the day: Water bottle in the long pocket (duh) A hearty snack in the cooler zip (super duh) Kindle for the subway & Moleskines for notes on notes on notes in the medium wide pocket Lip stuff x 3 (another duh) in the little pocket Airpods in another little pocket Fave pens and a pencil in an inner long pocket Computer glasses in an inner long pocket Tape measure for planning the Chicago Glow® Birth & Body space in small pocket Laptop Phone Keys
Deluxe Is the Ultimate Work Bag Organizer

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Deluxe Is the Ultimate Work Bag Organizer

by Life in Play Team on Feb 18, 2019
While ToteSavvy may have been originally designed for moms, we’re no longer a one trick pony. ToteSavvy Deluxe was created to suit the needs of not only parents but all women. We know you’re carrying your day along with you and you’re in need of some organization. ToteSavvy Deluxe is a great option to give your tote that little boost you’ve been looking for. Here’s what we suggest carrying with you and how to pack it inside our Deluxe organizer.     LAPTOP One of ToteSavvy Deluxe’s most unique features is its plush-lined laptop sleeve. This pocket is large enough for a 13” laptop or tablet, and padded for extra support. If you carry your laptop regularly, this pocket comes in super handy by keeping your tech from knocking around your tote. For larger laptops that are too wide for the laptop pocket, we suggest placing them down the center of your ToteSavvy to keep it secured inside your handbag.   HEALTHY LUNCH Packing a healthy lunch or snacks is becoming a popular trend, but it’s not always easy to carry those items inside your handbag. To avoid lugging an extra lunch bag around with you, ToteSavvy is equipped with a double-wide cooler pocket. It’s wide enough for a bento-style lunch box (we love Lunchbots large bento!) or a beverage and a few snacks. FUN FACT: This pocket fits 4 La Croix cans when you stack 3 across and lay one on top.   PLANNER Whether you carry a sleek and simple planner or a thick, luxe version, ToteSavvy has the right pocket to organize it. The wide outer pocket (opposite side from the laptop side) is perfect for medium to large size planners that are thick. If your planner is over 9” x 12”, we suggest carrying it inside the laptop pocket, or alongside that side of the ToteSavvy.   CELL PHONE / SMALL ITEMS You shouldn’t have to dig through your handbag looking for your cell phone. This is why we added a pocket, sized perfectly for your cell phone, at the top of ToteSavvy Deluxe. Quickly access your phone without disturbing the rest of your essentials. ToteSavvy Deluxe also has 3 small pockets which are perfect for keeping smaller items in place. We love packing lip balm, hair ties, hand sanitizer, gum, and other miscellaneous items in there.   WATER BOTTLE Slip a water bottle inside any of the tall pockets inside ToteSavvy Deluxe. The pocket will keep your water bottle from tipping over and stay easily accessible throughout your day.   SPARE OUTFIT Anyone else like having a backup shirt in their handbag?? If you’re prone to spills or work in an environment that requires a pristine appearance, we highly recommend packing an extra blouse or camisole inside your Totesavvy. Use the Marie Kondo folding method (tutorial here!) to fold your clothing before slipping it inside one of the tall pockets. Even if you don’t need it daily, you’ll be glad you have it. MAKEUP POUCH Along the lines of packing a spare shirt, it’s a good idea to pack a few makeup items to get you through your day. This doesn’t mean you need to pack a full kit to contour your face, but pack whatever it is that makes you feel refreshed and put together. For instance, tinted lip balm, mascara, blush stick, deodorant, hand cream, etc. are all great options for an emergency makeup kit. When you’re on-the-go all day, it’s nice knowing you can freshen up at a moments notice.  
#BossMom Spotlight: Jacqueline Linder of LunchBots

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#BossMom Spotlight: Jacqueline Linder of LunchBots

by Life in Play Team on Jan 28, 2019
 Keeping your family healthy while on the go is no easy task, but Jacqueline Linder created a solution. LunchBots is a line of eco-friendly food containers designed to reduce the use of plastic and inspire people to pack healthier meals. 2019 marks LunchBots' 10 year anniversary, so we chatted with Jacqueline about business, motherhood and how she stays organized. Since you started LunchBots 10 years ago (congrats!), have you seen a shift in the way people look at food? If so, why do you think this is? Yes, absolutely. As parents shift their eating habits, those habits and preferences filter down to their kids. There is a huge focus right now on protein-filled school lunches and foods with minimal amounts of sugar. Parents today are packing a variety of foods in all colors of the rainbow and balanced lunches that contain all food groups. We see a lot of colorful meals, snacks, and finger-style foods in the photos that our customers share.   image courtesy of the @thevegansix  Based on your line of work, you must get tons of healthy snack ideas! Do you have any "snack hacks" for busy parents? The LunchBots Instagram account is full of customer photos; we love seeing how parents use their LunchBots to display snacks and meals for their kids. Social media has allowed us to be in-the-know on what’s easy and healthy for busy parents to make. We love combos that are simple to pack, nourishing, and enjoyed by kids. A variety of dips and dippers is ideal (hummus with carrot sticks and wheat crackers, peanut butter with apple slices and pretzel sticks, guacamole with dried pineapple and tortilla chips) or a protein-packed Greek yogurt with toppings like granola and fresh fruit. What has been the most valuable piece of knowledge you've gained over the years as a business owner? Every year brings new lessons! When I started LunchBots, I had no experience designing, manufacturing, or selling consumer products and I was able to figure it out using a concept I call the next step. Instead of getting overwhelmed with things I don’t know, I just figure out a next step. It doesn’t have to even be the right next step - any next step works because that step always leads to the next one, and so on. I use this methodology for all our new projects. I’m currently writing a book on packing school lunches that will be released this summer and have been learning the book creation process one step at a time.   image courtesy of @tatachan On any given day, what can we find in your ToteSavvy? How does it help you in your everyday life? My Longchamp tote was a complete mess before I discovered ToteSavvy! You’ll find my business cards, LunchBots catalog, laptop, work lunch, and water bottle. I feel organized when I have a place for everything, and that’s the beauty of my ToteSavvy. I was ready to give up my tote for another work bag with lots of pockets and sections, but now I don’t have to make that change. As a business owner and mother, how do you keep everything organized? What are your go-to strategies? I do my best to simplify everything. With lots to juggle and very high standards, I learned that my life can get complicated quickly. My nature is to try to optimize too many variables at once. I’ve taught myself to simplify my home life and business by putting my energy into what is most important, which also saves me endless amounts of time!
Packing Deluxe for the Gym

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Packing Deluxe for the Gym

by Life in Play Team on Jan 21, 2019
It’s officially January, which means it’s also officially resolution season. One of the most common resolutions we hear is to stay fit. It’s an admirable resolution and one that many of us struggle with. No judgment here… we too have struggled with keeping to a workout schedule. It’s a daunting thought to jump right into a workout routine as soon as the holidays are over. This is exactly why we want to help make the transition into an active lifestyle that much easier. From personal experience, we’ve learned you’re more likely to hit the gym (at some point during the day) if you pack your bag in advance. It may seem too simple to work but here’s the thing… if you’re constantly reminded by the sneakers or yoga pants inside your bag, you’ll make more of an effort to get to the gym and cross it off your list. Being prepared for the gym also makes the transition smoother, eliminating any excuses you may come up with. Here’s how we suggest packing your ToteSavvy Deluxe so you don’t skip out on your resolution. PACK YOUR WORKOUT OUTFIT One of the great things about ToteSavvy Deluxe is it’s extra roomy. This means you can pack your workout gear inside the same handbag you’re carrying around all day. Nice right?! Your workout bag won’t be forgotten in the back of your trunk so your motivation will stay front and center with you throughout the day. Like to workout first thing in the morning? Pack your outfit inside ToteSavvy instead! Flats fit easily inside the large outer pocket. This comes in handy if you like to pack them to swap out heels towards the end of the day too. BRING AMPLE WATER AND SNACKS Pack a large water bottle to keep you hydrated throughout your workout and day. A reusable water bottle is also an eco-friendly option, helping you with another resolution of living green. Don’t forget to pack snacks for pre and post workout. We love things like protein bars, whole fruits, and nuts. The cooler pocket is a great spot to store these items and keep them cool throughout your day. POST WORKOUT TOUCH UP ESSENTIALS Depending on the time of day you like to hit the gym, you may want to carry a few essentials to freshen up afterward. ToteSavvy’s tall pockets are a great place to store deodorant, face wipes, a few makeup necessities, and more. If needed, the tall pockets could even fit a compact blow dryer, hairbrush, and styling products.   Now that your bag is packed, you’re that much more likely to keep to your plan and hit the gym. If your goal is to work out a few times a week, we recommend packing your ToteSavvy the night before with these essentials so you don't have to rush in the morning. Because 2019 is also going to be the year of zero stress.
How Our CEO Plans Her Week

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How Our CEO Plans Her Week

by Lauren Kutting on Jan 01, 2019
As a mom of three young children and business owner, I get asked the same question quite frequently. How do you manage to do it all? The truth is, I don’t. I don’t come close to “doing it all” because I simply can’t. I have a full-time job running ToteSavvy and I have three kids under 6-years-old. Without adding more time to the day, it’s just not possible to put in a full day of work and a full day of focused parenting. What I have learned in my 6 years of being a CEO mom, is that compartmentalizing my life is the best way to get things done and not feel like I’m running at a full sprint all day, every day. I can’t be engaged with my family when I’m trying to get work done, and the same is true for doing quality work when I’m half focused. After a lot of trial and error, I discovered the key to my success was learning how to compartmentalize my day in order to stay focused and get stuff done.   THE STEPS TO COMPARTMENTALIZING   Step 1: Areas of Focus -  The first step is to determine what areas of life you need to segment. For me, it’s family and work. These are the areas I value most, and subsequently where I want to spend the majority of my time. In order to compartmentalize these areas of my life, I schedule periods of time during the day to solely focus on one segment. For example, if I’m with my kids I focus on just being a mom. I try to stay off my computer so I’m not tempted to jump back into a work project. The same goes for work time. I put aside everything I need to do that falls into the “home life” category so I can solely focus on work.   Step 2: Make a Plan - In order to get the most out of my time, I like to strategically plan out my week in advance. I find it helpful to know what’s expected of me and how I’m planning to accomplish each task within the hours of the day. This goes for both work life and family life. I find that I’m able to get more done and feel like I’m putting in a “full day’s work” to both being a business owner and mom when I have a plan and set goals. More on how I plan and prep below! Step 3: Divide and Conquer - In order to feel like I’m adequately spending enough time and energy of each life segment, I divide my days and weeks accordingly. My kids are in school (most days) so I’m able to plan my work time during their school hours. During family time, or when I’m getting together with friends, I completely shut off from work (mentally) so I can focus my time and energy on who I’m with. This may seem super obvious, but it took me about 5 years to figure out how to live my life this way and it’s helped tremendously. PLANNING MY WORK WEEK To organize my work life I like to chart big monthly goals, then define smaller tasks within those goals to help achieve the larger goal according to schedule. I use a planner that includes blank pages for big-picture planning and both monthly and daily planning pages to organize the small tasks. Generally, at the beginning of each month, I’ll define those big goals or carry one over from the previous month. I take each goal and break it down into easy actionable steps that I can execute in a day or less. Then I determine which projects and tasks are a priority over others and plan my work week accordingly. It’s not a perfect science but it helps me have a path every time I sit down to get work down. Because I “turn off” my work life during time with family and friends, it can be difficult to pick up where I left off. This planning helps me remember where I was so I can jump right back in. Helpful Hint: I love using square sticky notes for my big goals or projects and smaller rectangular sticky notes for the tasks. I’ll set up at my desk and cover it in sticky notes before adding action items to my planner. I love doing this because if I mess up or want to redo something I don’t have to cross things out in my planner. My planner stays clean which further helps me focus during work hours. Another tip is to not schedule too much into one day. I used to be so eager to finish all of my tasks that I’d plan more than I could realistically do in one day. Now, I try to plan 2-3 tasks per day allowing for time to clear my inbox and handle other issues that come up. If I finish my set tasks early, I can always work on something from the next day and get ahead. FAMILY WEEKLY PLANNING Just as planning is important in order to do my job well, I've found it’s crucial in not feeling like a disaster of a mom. While I don't plan everything, I like to have the basics charted weekly so we have some direction. For instance, every weekend I plan our meals for the upcoming week. This includes every meal of the day our family of five is eating. On Sundays, I brainstorm recipes, write a grocery list, and grocery shop. If I'm short on time I’ll use a grocery delivery app like Amazon Prime Now or Instacart. Breakfasts usually aren’t too complex. I buy healthy cereals, oatmeal (or make overnight oats!), and/or eggs. Lunches are all packed in advance (thanks, Lunchbots!). I pack Mon-Wed lunches on Sunday and Thur-Fri lunches on Wed night. I plan to either cook or order takeout (or eat out) each weeknight so I have a plan after I pick my kids up from school. I try to cook 3-4 nights a week but it’s not always possible with busy schedules and general parent fatigue. And by the way, when I say I cook it’s not a 4-course meal. I love crockpot meals, sheet pan recipes, pre-made salads, and things that can be thrown together in 15 minutes or less. Weeknights can be stressful and the last thing I want to worry about is cooking. Outside of meals, I like to plan and prep the night before for activities and school. We have a backpack station near our back door where our kids hang their backpacks and store their shoes and jackets. We use an Ikea Kallax cubby system for the shoes and jackets which has worked out really well in helping the kiddos be more independent with getting out the door. That said, I still have full on power struggles with my 3-year-olds about putting their shoes on or wearing pants in general. #momlife For after-school activities (we do ballet and soccer!), I like to have their bags packed the night before or even on Sunday night. I’m really good at forgetting stuff (just ask my 6-year-old) so setting it out by the door in advance is mandatory for me. All of this prep work may seem like a lot of work for a Sunday but I’ve found it gets easier as you continuously do it, and it truly does help the week run a little smoother. Of course, I still have my moments when I forget something important or miss a deadline but I’m less stressed about when I’ll get everything done when I have a plan.
8 Must-Have Totes for Your Holiday Wish List

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8 Must-Have Totes for Your Holiday Wish List

by ToteSavvy Team on Dec 10, 2018
  The Tory Burch Studded Ella Tote is a perfect match for ToteSavvy Original or Deluxe. We adore how this tote is casual yet cool with the addition of the studded logo. This nylon tote will carry you from playdate to lunch date without sacrificing style.   Shop ToteSavvy Deluxe     The Saffiano Large Tote is an elegant tote you'll love to carry for years. The classic colors will complement every ensemble, while the craftsmanship offers a high-end designer feel for a fraction of the cost.   Shop ToteSavvy Original     Claire V handbags are quickly becoming the bag to carry, and we can see why. They're made in LA, exude the cool Cali style, and boast a quality level that's exceptional. The Le Zip Sac is a great choice to pair with ToteSavvy Deluxe or Original due to its size and handy should strap.  Shop ToteSavvy Original     The Payton Tote by Chelsea28 (found at Nordstrom!) is such a fun find. The metal ring detail is so on-trend without being too much. We love how this handbag is small/medium in size, allowing you to pare down what you carry daily and offload some weight. Its perfect match is ToteSavvy Mini for extra organization!  Shop ToteSavvy Mini     If you haven't shopped Zara for handbags you need to start ASAP. Zara always has unique finds that elevate your style game. This tote, in particular, is giving us all the Valentino vibes without the huge price tag. Bonus, it's also reversible.  Shop ToteSavvy Deluxe   MZ Wallace is a major favorite brand of ours. We love just how versatile their collections are, and how thoughtful each design is. While the large Metro tote is a favorite of ours, we also love this small Soho tote for ToteSavvy Mini. This tote checks every box (did you see the crossbody strap?!).  Shop ToteSavvy Mini   We've talked about the Rena Iman Audry tote before and keep coming back to it because it's just so good. This structured tote boasts a gorgeous leather that keeps its shape without feeling stiff. It feels like a dream on your shoulder and even includes a cool pouch that can double as a clutch. Shop ToteSavvy Original    
ToteSavvy Gift Guide

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ToteSavvy Gift Guide

by Life in Play Team on Nov 23, 2018
  This year, give the gift of superior organization. It's a practical gift that still feels luxe and unexpected. With 3 ToteSavvy styles and a large variety of colors, there's a ToteSavvy for everyone on your list. Take a look...             
#BossMom Spotlight: Meet Leslie Osborne

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#BossMom Spotlight: Meet Leslie Osborne

by Life in Play Team on Nov 13, 2018
  Entrepreneur, broadcaster, former professional athlete, and mom are just a handful of titles Leslie Osborne identifies with. After retiring from her professional soccer career she, alongside four other female athletes, developed Sweat Cosmetics – a high-performance make-up line designed to protect and enhance beauty for women’s on-the-go lifestyles. We spent a gorgeous afternoon with Leslie and her girls near their home in the South Bay learning more about Sweat and how she manages to juggle it all - and stay organized while doing it! We’re huge fans of Sweat Cosmetics - Can you tell us a bit about how the company got started? The company has 5 founders, including myself. Two of my co-founders (Emily and Taryn) had the idea 10 years ago while playing on their college soccer team, but the iteration of Sweat as we know it today fully crystalized a few years later when we were ALL playing soccer together professionally. It took us about 3 years to develop our business plan, fundraise, find our chemist and perform product testing and we finally launched the summer of 2015! High-performance cosmetics is such a smart concept. When developing the line, what were the non-negotiables? As athletes who were outside most days, we struggled with finding products that would give us coverage but also protect us from the sun. You know- look good, feel good, play good! On top of that, we wanted products that were actually good for our skin. It was always a battle choosing between sunscreen OR makeup! Whenever we wore liquid sunscreen, it would run into our eyes and burn as well as make us break out. When we wore make-up, it would clog our pores and get orange stuff all over our tops. We were determined to find a solution for women who lived an active lifestyle and were always on the go. That's how SWEAT was born.     What can we look forward to seeing from Sweat in the next year? We can’t give too much away, but we do have plans for some new product launches in 2019. We always focus on the essentials, so don't be surprised if there are some more skin care items in the mix.  As a business owner, sports broadcaster and mom of two, you’re juggling a lot. How do you stay organized? My ToteSavvy for one! It’s seriously a game-changer for my life on-the-go. However, I also learned how to juggle a lot from a young age. I have been playing sports my entire life which taught me excellent time management skills. My parents laid down a solid foundation that taught me organizational skills and how to recognize priorities. I’ve since applied these tools to every aspect of my life. When I transitioned from athlete to entrepreneur and then transitioned to mother, it just carried over. I wake up early (before the babies) to get work done and check my journal/schedule every morning to make sure I am on track and ready to tackle the day. Sundays are the most important day of the week for me to get a fresh and organized start to the week on Monday! What do you pack in your ToteSavvy? Haha! What don't I pack? Diapers (few of each size), baby wipes, diaper cream, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, sunglasses, business cards, (Sweat Cosmetics) twist brushes + our skin cleansing towelette wipes, Chanel lip gloss (166), my Dagne Dover essential clutch wallet, hair ties, my Suunto fitness watch and my Lululemon water bottle, and my GoMacro Bars for a quick snack for me and my toddler!     What is your favorite ToteSavvy pairing? My white Louis Vuitton bag that I can fit my life in! If you had to pick one item that’s currently in your ToteSavvy that you couldn't live without, what would it be? That's tough- I would have to say my Sweat brushes- literally. I wear them all day, every day. It's my daily on-the-go beauty and SPF routine plus I am constantly reapplying the translucent SPF twist brush on both my babies all day since we are always on the move!
Packing your ToteSavvy for Trick or Treating

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Packing your ToteSavvy for Trick or Treating

by Hilary Gebhart on Oct 29, 2018
  I can’t believe Halloween is almost here! I’m extra excited because this year my daughter is old enough to start to grasp “Trick or Treating.” I can’t wait to see her go door to door with her little candy bag….eeek! While Halloween is super fun for the kids, it is pretty damn chaotic for parents. Here’s what to pack in your ToteSavvy mini to help you survive the night. For me, there are two main categories that come to mind when talking about Trick or Treating: safety and comfort. Let’s talk about a few things to help keep everyone safe, especially since it’s dark outside. My town doesn’t have streetlights (like, people do. not. want. them.) and I live on a windy road, so safety is very important to me. Visibility is really important, so pack some glow sticks from the Dollar Tree or the Dollar Spot (at Target) for your kids to wear. I have yet to see a kid object to putting on a fun glow bracelet or necklace, and you can always use the extras in the bathtub another day Have you tried that? It’s a big hit in our house. Make sure to dim the lights! Lots of costumes, while cute, are pretty cumbersome. You have poofy dresses, ill-fitting bottoms with fake feet, and all sorts of crazy accessories. That, combined with excitement, other kiddos, and darkness, it can lead to some falls and scrapes. Diaper Bag Buddy is a mini first aid kit that’s perfect for an occasion like this! This way, you can fix up that boo-boo (see what I did there?) and be on your way. You also want to be able to see where you’re going when you’re walking from house to house! Grab some flashlights for you to light the way for your little ones. You can never have too many around your house (or in your emergency kit). I also love these safety sticks. They turn on and off and are reusable, which is so great.   Now that we have safety out of the way, let’s talk about comfort. It’s nice to bring this up a notch to make this a memorable experience! Snacks. Any parent knows that a well-fed kid is a much happier kid (hell, this could apply to any person in general). No one likes to be hangry. Make sure to pack some nutritious snacks because they’ve probably had some sweets already. Since there will be snacking and candy-eating, grab some Neat Cheeks to make clean up a snap.  The last thing you want to be dealing with is a sticky mess in the dark. #nope Don’t forget to take an extra sweater for yourself and for the kids. The last thing you want is a cold and whiny kiddo on Halloween. On that note, grab some hand warmers to keep you extra toasty as you walk from house to house! There's nothing worse than being too cold. While Halloween is mostly about kids, don’t forget about yourself! Maybe it’s just my neighborhood, but every parent can be seen with a red cup in their hand while kids go from house to house. Get yourself through the night by taking your beverage of choice in a cute Halloween container. Red wine would look great in this cup… so spooky!   If you want to go over the top, here are some other things you could add: Grab an extra (empty) bag to carry around in case your kid gets tired of their obnoxiously large accessory, or to carry extra candy. Baggu makes bags that squish up into practically nothing. With all of this house-to-house going during flu season, bringing some hand sanitizer might not be a bad idea. This glow in the dark tape also looks cool, and it could be a nice addition for a costume. Happy Trick or Treating!
Fawn Design Bag: ToteSavvy vs. ToteSavvy Mini

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Fawn Design Bag: ToteSavvy vs. ToteSavvy Mini

by Lauren Kutting on Oct 15, 2018
image courtesy of @chelseehood   It's no surprise our ToteSavvy customers have a huge crush on the Fawn Design bag. The versatile backpack design is the perfect casual-cool look for just about everyone. On top of that their bags are made from vegan leather which means them lightweight and easy to clean. A major plus for any parent!!  Since we know you love Fawn Design so much, we decided to dedicate a full blog post to showcasing a side by side comparison of ToteSavvy and ToteSavvy Mini inside. We hope this helps you determine which insert is best for your beloved Fawn bag!      Okay so here's the breakdown. ToteSavvy and ToteSavvy Mini both fit inside the Fawn Design bag. What it really comes down to is personal preference and how you utilize your handbag to determine which size is best for you.  For instance, pictured on the left is our ToteSavvy Mini. This smaller insert can be easily taken in and out of the bag. It small enough to not alter the shape of your Fawn bag and will allow it to keep that cool "slouchy" look. Our Mini ToteSavvy has 6 pockets and holds enough essentials for one baby or two toddlers. Our minimalist customers love the Mini because it allows you to pack "just enough" and keep from overpacking.      The image above shows a great representation of both ToteSavvy sizes inside the Fawn bag. Our original size insert (large one) is great if you really want to pack as much as possible inside your bag. It also offers a little structure to the Fawn bag which some customers have noted liking.  The original size is a snug fit which means you won't be able to access the inner Fawn pockets as well as you would with the Mini size. It's also harder to take in and out, but if you plan to solely use the Fawn bag as your main diaper bag then that shouldn't be a problem.      In these final images we're showing you how the ToteSavvy Mini (pictured left) allows the Fawn bag to have the slight "slouch" look. Our original size ToteSavvy widens the Fawn bag by an inch or so and creates a more structured look and feel.    As always feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have. We love to hear from you, and help find the perfect ToteSavvy for your favorite handbag :)     
OUR FAVORITE HANDBAGS FOR EVERY BUDGET

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OUR FAVORITE HANDBAGS FOR EVERY BUDGET

by Lauren Kutting on Sep 17, 2018
    Sole Society Hawna Tote ($64.95) Zara Studded Reversible Shopper ($45.90) Zara Leather Shopper with Pocket ($69.90) Gap Whipstitched East West Tote ($39.99) Sole Society Dawson Oversized Shopper ($64.95) Anthropologie Leopard Tote Bag ($78) Anthropologie Covent Garden Tote Bag ($88)       1. Tory Burch Gemini ($198) 2. Tory Burch Gemini – White ($198) 3. Rebecca Minkoff Washed Julian ($145) 4. Naghedi St. Barths Tote ($245) 5. Tory Burch McGraw Tote ($398) 6. Think Royln Wingman Bag ($178) 7. Kate Spade Watson Lane Maya Tote ($198) 8. MZ Wallace Large Metro ($225) 9. Tory Burch Ella Tote Large ($198) 10. Rebecca Minkoff Darren Tote ($345) 11. Everlane The Day Market Tote ($175)     1. Christina Louboutin Cabata Tote ($1,290) 2. Louis Vuitton Iena MM ($1490) 3. Louis Vuitton Sienna GM ($1850) 4. Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM ($1320) 5. Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM ($1400) 6. Goyard St. Louis GM 7. Valentino Rockstud Vitello ($1345) 8. Ferragamo Large Jetset Shoulder Bag ($1790) 9. Mansur Gavriel Large Tote Bag ($585) 10. Liberty London Marlborough Tote ($595) 11. Givenchy Smooth Leather Shopper Tote ($1250) 12. The Row Park Luxe Shopper Tote ($1790)