ReeBaby Diaper Bag Review

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Not many of you know that I love bags! I know every Mommy does! But for someone like me with children so close in age, a diaper bag is always an extra thing to carry along with your regular purse, which only adds to your sorrow! Imagine handling two monsters,  a fully-loaded diaper bag plus a huge purse for your own essentials! So save all the trouble I like to carry one ultimate bag every day for months at a time, but then the search for ‘the perfect diaper bag’ is really a never ending quest. Plus, as your needs change, your perfect diaper bag’s features change as well.

Right now I’m a mom of an ‘almost’ 3 year old preschooler and a one year old toddler. And since I’ve had only one vintage diaper bag (gifted to me by one of my lovely aunts when we were expecting the Big Thing), I found myself yearning for yet another new diaper bag, much to the Husband’s chagrin. We’re still carrying around two separate bags when we’re out and about with both kids, so my diaper bag is basically for all the primary stuff. I was getting sick of transferring my personal items from diaper bag to purse and vice verse, so I really wanted a beautiful bag that I could carry as both a diaper bag and a purse.

I’d never heard of this company before, but while browsing diaper bags on an online shopping website I was struck by how chic it looked. And this awesome beige colour just caught me atttention!  I thought it was just the bag I have been wanting to get myself. And two weeks later, I opened the box and unwrapped my perfect diaper bag.

It really is as perfect as it’s going to get for the stage I’m in right now as a mom, and I’m so in love with it that I just had to write this in-depth review. There are so many little details I love about it, so here we go.

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I’ll say it up front: this is a huge bag. And I knew it’s going to weigh heavy, but thankfully it’s super compact and light in weight. Plus I’m an over-packer so it needs to be this big to accommodate everything that I want to carry day to day.

The material is sturdy and the stitching is impeccable. It really looks and feels like a high quality bag. The top handles are absolutely amazing. They’re just the right length to fit over your shoulder, but it’s also extremely comfortable to wear it in the crook of your elbow. The very, very subtle yet extremely adorable– it reminds me that even though this is a very elegant bag, it’s still a diaper bag! :)

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There is a shoulder/messenger strap that attaches to the bag. It’s SO comfortable on your shoulder, no matter how heavy the bag is. I don’t like using backpacks and I don’t like wearing bags messenger-style, so I’m always looking for styles that can be worn as a shoulder bag. The shoulder straps are wide enough so there is no problem of them constantly slipping off my shoulders. I keep it at a short length and it hugs the bottom of the bag nicely when not in use.

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The sides of the bag has pockets so you can stuff it with keys, pacifiers etc. The bag also has outside pockets on both sides. These pockets are quite roomy. Another thing I like about this bag is that there’s specific place for diapers, wipes, and changing pad. Meanwhile did I mention that this lovely diaper bag comes with a matching changing pad and a feeding bottle cover? Ahh! I love it!

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The inside lining of the bag is also beige-ish in colour. There is one large bottle pocket made of this lining, and it’s elasticized at the top. During the outings I use this pocket for my cell phone and other things I want to be able to grab easily. There are loads of other pockets for wipes, diapers, and for whatnot. It also has room for my wallet and iPad! Ta-da!

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It also has a advantage of converting into a stroller bag. This velcro strap can be put onto the handle of the stroller and it only get simpler for assessing things while you are on a walk!

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There is also a zippered pocket on the inside so things like keys and lip gloss easily slip in. I love using these pockets for things that are essential to have in the bag, but not necessarily used every day– such as extra baby clothes, medicine / band aids, emergency snacks for the Big Thing etc.

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Last but of course not the least.The closure! It’s a simple yet strong zip that hides off everything from the world.

All in all, I am so thrilled with this bag that I am sure I will use this long after my girls is out of diapers!

P.S: Just yesterday one of my sisters exclaimed..Wow! How pretty she is!! Well she was talking about my new diaper bag! And I thought…! Anyways this bag is the most chic diaper bags/purses of mine! And I’m surely going to take it along everywhere I go, at least for an year or two!

** We were sent the ReeBaby diaper bag for the purpose of a fair and honest review. All the opinions and images are my own.

 

 

Let’s Meet on Happy Parents Junction

I’m so happy to announce it to you that Bella Happy Baby India is hosting a Facebook event for all the mommies and daddies to help them get all of their parenting questions answered. Remember I did a review of the Bella Happy Disposable Diapers here on The Mommy Blog? If you haven’t read it yet then so can do it now! :)

And the best part of the event is that I was approached by the Bella Happy Baby team to be one of the Chief Blogger Advisers for this wonderful event! And I literally did a little happy-dance and instantly said “Yes”! What better can I wish for? Alhamdulillah!

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So here I’m sharing the details of the events, so you can come over and get your questions answered!

It’s a 3-day Facebook event named “Let’s Meet on Happy Parents Junction” hosted between 2:30 to 3:30 PM from 11/9/2014 to 13/9/2014. You can tune in to Facebook and ask your questions on diet, cloth diapering, baby food, toddler tantrums, and anything baby!! We will be more than happy to serve you!!

So all lovelies be there tomorrow at 2:30 PM to enjoy together, this new adventure called ‘parenting’!

See you there!! Cheers X

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Handmade Gift for Teacher’s Day

The Big Thing was very excited about her first Teacher’s Day. Especially since she got a whole set of ‘new/first’ teachers for her life, who she completely adores! We planned this a couple of days in advance. Though I could not decide on any thing in particular. I had a bunch of ideas in mind!

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So the first thing we decided on were the beautiful handmade flowers that were made by one my co-sisters. The Big Thing loved them so much that she wanted to give them to her teachers. And I thought it would be a wonderful idea if she could write notes for her teachers, that could go along.

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Instead of having a plain white paper with regular brown envelope. I decided on getting her some coloured paper stocks so she could make them some handmade cards. Out of 6 teachers, she shortlisted to only 4 including his class teachers.

As for me, I intend to experiment with something new and decided to make paper bag from a normal envelope. So on Thursday I started making envelopes while I waited for the Big Thing to decorate them and write notes for her teachers.

When she was back from school. We both sat together and I helped her write down the notes and she loved decorating the envelope in her own way. She’s being taught ‘shapes’ at school so she made different shapes.

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{Inside: A Handmade Card, some chocolates and a handwritten note}

And here’s the finished product!

We also made this special little card for her first class teacher.

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Since this is an annual event. I’m sure she will be able to do it better the coming year Insha’Allah! Until then let’s love our teachers for loving us so much!

 

 

 

Four Photos | August 2014

This series Four Photos reminds me of taking more and more pictures every month. And I’m sure I will cherish all these moments for years to come.

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^^ I took this snapshot from our television when both the girls were busy watching ‘Tangled’. And since we don’t watch too much of TV. It was a wonderful two-on-one time with the girls.

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^^ This month we got to attend one beautiful wedding and I just tried to capture this row of lights while the Big Thing was busy playing around.

P.S: I also got myself a beautiful picture with our ‘I-don’t-like-to-look-in-the-camera/I-hate-smiling-when-you-are-photographing’ daughter, which is an achievement indeed!!

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^^ Oh! This! I just got a bit ‘more’ creative with these Rubbabu Toys we were sent for a review. The review will come up soon, until then let’s spread “L O V E”.

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^^ And how can I forget this one?? The Husband gifted this to me! Alhamdulillah! It’s so wonderful and chic! I’m just loving this baby to bits! ( I know that’s what is called bad editing but excuse me, I was trying to use Photoshop for the first time)

 I strongly suggests all of you to try and capture little moments in life, so you can look back to see how much fun you have had while snapping them. So go get your cameras and start making some memories!!

Soul Ring-Sling Giveaway

sfaceYayy! I’m so so happy to be hosting yet another awesome giveaway by a wonderful brand I completely adore and trust. Remember I reviewed the Soul Ring Sling a couple of months ago here on The Mommy Blog?? And I also told you how much I’m loving it.

As you know, I have always been a huge fan of baby-wearing. I have always encouraged other mommas and daddas to babywear as much as they can. Because wearing your baby close to you directly multiplies the bond of love between your little one and you

So here’s something for you, the lovely folks at Soul have chosen to giveaway one of their beautiful Soul Dragon fruit Classic Cotton Ring Sling to one of my readers, a prize valued at up to Rs. 1500/-.

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This giveaway ends at 12:00 PM on 20th September , 2014.

You may use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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The more entries you submit, the better odds you have of winning!!

This giveaway is open to Indian residents aged above 18.

GoodLuck!

Ireeya Baby Blanket Giveaway Winners!

So, here I’m to announce the winners to one of my giveaways. The Ireeya Baby Blanket Giveaway.

Ready to find out the lucky winners of Ireeya Baby Blanket Giveaway? Me too!

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Congrats ladies!!! To claim your prizes just email me (hfareen@gmail.com) your mailing address and I’ll get those prizes to you ASAP

Cheers!

P.S. BIG thank you to Ireeya for being such an awesome and generous company!

Bella Baby Happy Disposable Diapers Review

In a couple of month the Big Thing will InshaAllah turn 3, which is certainly a milestone for me as a mother of two. And I proudly accept that I have been diapering our girls for years now. And gladly the Big Thing is out of her diapers, expect for the night-time. But the little one is still diapered 24 X 7, cloth or disposable, ‘diapers’ is the word of the millennium for us and that’s same for almost every mom out there.

I spend my days either doing cloth diaper laundry or fetching for ‘magic’ diapers so we can peacefully survive a whole night without a diaper change. And one fine day, I received a nice fluffy package (You know how obsessed I’m with packages, don’t you? And fortunately or unfortunately, that very evening I had to go out somewhere and couldn’t do the laundry and we ran out of our regular stash of disposables, so that’s when these lovely diapers came to my rescue, actually our rescue!

I was so thankful to God for sending them our way, on the very fortunate/unfortunate eve. You know how mad your husbands can get, if you ask them to get something for outside, just after getting home after a long and tiresome day!!?

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Frankly speaking, until a couple of months back I never heard of Bella Baby Happy diapers, which is extremely saddening, given that these work wonderfully well.

Moving on, we were sent, diapers for both the girls in their own sizes. And when I first opened the courier package and saw the diaper packaging, I just loved it. The colours were lovely. But it was just too ‘fluffy’ and so I thought the diapers might also look way too bulky on the baby.  But luckily I was happy that I was wrong. I used them for night-time and loved it when both the girls got up dry and happy, unlike most of the nights with other disposables.

Bella Baby Happy diapers are modern disposable diapers with super soft inner layer that distributes wetness all over the surface of the diaper core. It’s wonderfully comfortable and extra absorbent. These are available from newborn to toddler sizes. Also the newborn’s diapers have been made with special care to protect the newborn’s umbilical cord from any sort of infection, which I think is extremely caring of the company. Because I personally had to face a lot of problem, in the initial days with both the girls’ umbilical cord touching the diaper.

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And since the baby’s bottoms are covered most of the time, it’s very important to select a diaper that’s not harsh to you baby’s skin. And these are by-far the best ones I have ever used with our girls. The sizing is also amazing and has snug fit. The soft elastics does not harm your little one’s delicate skin.

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And this is how it looked on the inside. Just look at those blue gussets around the legs, which can catch almost all the poop, without any leakage.

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I also liked the wide flaps of the diaper, which again eases the comfort and fit of the diaper, on the baby.  Plus the velcro fasteners keeps the diaper in the right place without pressing the belly.

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And did I forget to mention the adorable prints of the diapers? Oh yes! Every diapers comes with a different fun printed and colorful collection of animals which only makes the diapers a bit more appealling to the mommas like MEE WEE!!

All in all, I completely adore these diapers and will definitely recommend it to all the mommas out there. And if you are heading to a party or a road-trip or to see your family, then don’t forget to tuck a few of these diapers into your diaper bag because I assure you these won’t tell you down in anyway!

You can buy these diapers from Firstcry website. And don’t forget to give them a thumbs-up on Facebook so that you receive all the latest updates from them.

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** We were sent the Bella Baby Happy Diapers in exchange of a fair and honest review. All the images and opinions are my own.

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