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Friday Favorites: Baggu Bags

Happy Friday everyone!

I have decided to dedicate Fridays to feature my favorite things. Today, I want to share with you a fun and functional product that I have used for over two years…Baggu Bags! I LOVE these bags, partly because of the broad range of colors and prints available, but mostly because of their durability. I primarily use mine as reusable grocery bags when I hit the store, but I have used them to carry anything from pool supplies to workout gear. You can carry the bags in your hand, or wear them over your shoulder, almost like a tote. Each bag can hold 2-3 plastic grocery bags worth of stuff, or up to 50 pounds. They are made of ripstop rylon and can be washed along with your load of laundry. They make great gifts too!

Right now, I have 9 Carrot colored baggus, which is more than enough…but I would love to update my stash with more neutral ones for the fall!

Check out their website for more size and color options.

 

 

 

 

Little Man

Rumparooz Lil Joey Overview

Yes, we are cloth diapering! And I am really excited to share with you guys my very first vlog! Please excuse the ums, and eye glances to the left (I had a cheat sheet of things I wanted to go over)–this vlogging is harder than it looks!

I forgot to mention how we are handling the meconium in the hospital in the video, so I thought I’d tell you in this post. We are going to bring diaper liners…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are Bumkins Flushable Diaper Liners, but you can use any brand out there. I have even heard of people cutting up old t-shirts and using those for liners, or making their own fleece or wool ones. Meconium does not stain, in fact, it is easier to clean than breast fed poop. On average, babies only have meconium for 2-3 days, and, if everything goes well, I will be happy at home by then. I will do a cold rinse, and wash the diapers when we get home. While we are at the hospital, the dirty diapers will go in our wet bag.

Let me know if you guys have any questions about the Lil Joey diapers, or about diapering in the hospital, I will be happy to help!

 

 

 

 

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It’s {not} Official, But…

Fall is here! (at least in my eyes). The first day of Autumn is not until September 22nd this year, but when football season starts, that means summer has come to a close at our house. The leaf-turning, apple-eating, pumpkin-carving, wind-blowing, latte-sipping, scarf-lovin’ season is my favorite of them all. Here are a few inspirations for me this Fall. Check out the links below to get the scoop on these photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From top left:

OXBLOOD-COLORED HOBO $60

CARMEL APPLE NACHOS

LACE COLLAR NECKLACE

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

MENSWEAR WATCH

FALL INSPIRED DINNER TABLE

MOSS-COVERED LETTERS

KINFOLK VOLUME II

PINSTRIPE SCARF

LEATHER BOMBER JACKET

BEEF CHILI

DIY HANGER COAT RACK

ESSIE BOBBING FOR BAUBLES

DIY PAPER PLATE WREATH

DIY GLITTERED SHOES

PECAN PUMPKIN BUTTER

BEADED BALL PENDANT

SUNSET THROW

What are your favorite things during the fall?

 

 

 

 

 

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Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Asian cuisine is one of my absolute favorites. However, because of the limited amount of recipes I have, Drew and I often opt for Pei Wei. I found this recipe and was so excited to try it. It’s quick, easy, but has dimensional flavor that you will crave again and again.

Ingredients

2 cups, 4 handfuls, fresh shiitake mushrooms

1 1/2 pounds thin cut chicken breast or chicken tenders

2 tablespoons light colored oil, such as vegetable oil or peanut oil

Coarse salt and coarse black pepper

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 inch ginger root, finely chopped or grated

1 orange, zested

1/2 red bell pepper, diced small

6 to 8 ounce tin sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped (I used chopped cashews instead)

3 scallions, chopped

3 tablespoons hoisin, Chinese barbecue sauce, available on Asian foods aisle of market

large head iceberg or bibb lettuce, core removed, leaves separated

Wedges of navel orange — platter garnish

Directions

Remove tough stems from mushrooms and brush with damp towel to clean, Slice mushrooms. Prepare all of your vegetables. Chop chicken into small pieces.

Preheat a large skillet or wok to high.

Add oil to hot pan. Add chicken to the pan and sear meat by stir frying a minute or 2. 

Add mushrooms and cook another minute or two. Add salt and pepper to season, then garlic and ginger. Cook a minute more. Add grated zest and bell pepper bits, chopped water chestnuts and scallions. Cook another minute, continuing to stir fry mixture. 

Add hoisin Chinese barbecue sauce and toss to coat the mixture evenly. 

Transfer the hot chopped barbecued chicken to serving platter and pile the quartered wedges of crisp iceberg lettuce along side. Add wedged oranges to platter to garnish. 

To eat, pile spoonfuls into lettuce leaves, wrapping lettuce around fillings and squeeze an orange wedge over.

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Little Man

Mod Mum: Maternity Hospital Gowns

This is simply brilliant…

The Mod Mum has come out with a beautiful alternative to those itchy, unflattering maternity gowns. Their version comes in eighteen cute prints and coordinating sash options.

Here are some features listed on their website.

The design includes:

-Snaps all the way down the back to ensure you will have full coverage from behind.

-Snaps at the breastbone to help you breastfeed discretely and comfortably right after giving birth.

-Ribbon sash that can be tied in the back or the front to accent your beautiful belly.

-Designed with the hospital in mind! Your doctor and nurse can easily access anything they need, without you having to disrobe!

-After you leave the hospital, use your gown as a nightgown. It is beautiful and comfortable as well as easy for breastfeeding in the middle of the night!

I love the idea of being able to birth in something familiar, comfortable and flattering at a time when I am probably going to be at my worst, yet have tons of visitors!