Happy March! I don't know about where you live, but we had some ah-mazing weather this past week. We took advantage of the warm February temps and headed into Boston to spend the day exploring the North End (our favorite!). Of course we ended up at a playground to keep a certain little someone occupied since she was skipping a nap. And guys! She walked with a walker for the first time! She also loved looking at the water, enchanting every single person that walked past us, and then passed out hard on the way home. I can't wait for this weather to come back and stay so we can have so many more days like this.
I feature Penny's outfits on Instagram all the time, but I just had to show you this one here, too. Lulu & Roo sent us over this freakin' adorable matching sweatsuit, and omg you guys, I jus't CAN'T. EVEN. Probably my favorite outfit on her ever. And the comfiest looking. You know how you always say, 'I wish they made that in my size' when looking at kids clothes? Yeah, well, Lulu and Roo does. And I think I'm going to need that now, too.
Also, I don't think I've ever shared pictures of her nursery on here, so here's a peek. You can see some more on Instagram under #seepennysroom.
You guys, I am so in love with this bag. As much as I liked the look of our last diaper bag, it just wasn't working for us like I wanted it to. It was always a hot mess. Everything was just shoved in there wherever there was room. Bottles were in one pocket, formula was buried in the bottom of the main compartment under diapers and toys and blankets, burp cloth in another pocket. Bla.
Enter Pacapod. They have this brilliant design that involves two small pod bags inside the main bag. One insulated pod for feeding, another designed for diapering. They fit perfectly inside the main bag, but easily come out and can also be used individually (even have their own straps so they can be attached to your stroller by themselves!). Out to eat and need to head to the restroom to change a diaper? Just grab the changer pod instead of lugging the whole bag with you. Genius!
When Pacapod offered to send me an Oban bag to try out, I literally squealed with excitement! I've been desperately wanting a diaper backpack to be hands-free. Since I actually usually wear P in a carrier when we are out, a backpack made so much more sense. The Oban can convert from a messenger bag to a backpack. So its nice to have that option. We've been out a handful of times now with this bag, and I'm loving it so far! We're staying a lot more organized and efficient than we were before.
If there is one negative I've found (and it might just be with this style. They offer so many great options!), its that there isn't much room in the bag for extra items with both pods in there. You can put an extra outfit in the changing pod. And small toys, keys, wallet, etc. fit well in the front pockets. But there is no where to put, say, a light blanket or my Solly Baby wrap. It hasn't been too much of an issue yet, though. Especially since we've been trying to pack lighter and lighter as P gets older. So maybe it's a good thing, haha.
Here's a breakdown of what we are actually able to fit in there, though:
Feeding pod - two (Comotomo) bottles, formula/snack dispenser, squeeze pouch, spoon, and bib.
Diapering pod - handful of diapers, wipes case, change of clothes, diaper cream, travel size hand sanitizer. (changing pad is included, too!)
Other pockets: Covered Goods cover, Sophie, wooden toy, paci and clip, mittens, baby sunglasses, my wallet, phone, and keys.
Pacapod offered me their product in exchange for a review, but all thoughts are my own.
bonus, here's a happy baby in a swing:
I got a 'Mama Day off' this past weekend, when Zach was on baby all day and I was free to do whatever I wanted. It was my first full day to myself since Penny was born. So what did I do? I headed into Harvard Square to try on all the clothes at Anthropologie, of course. Including this jumpsuit. And man, this jumpsuit kind of reminded me of toddler clothing (lol), but I was also obsessed with it and never wanted to take it off. So it came home with me. And I immediately put it back on for the rest of the day. Best purchase in forever.
cardigan: ugh I don't know. Ive had it forever
necklace: Mama & Little (use code HOLLY for 15% off)
This past weekend, we made our annual trip up to New Hampshire to visit the Ice Castle. Last year I was pregnant during our visit, and I remember saying that I could not wait to bring our littlest Darling for the first time.
Walking around there with her was jus as magical as I imagined. She, on the other hand, was indifferent. Haha. Like any 8 month old, she was more interested in the other people and trying to tear off her hats. Next year. Next year she'll go down the ice slides and she'll love it for sure.
This is and always will be worth the 2 hour car ride.
I'm hosting a giveaway over on my instagram, where you could win a $50 gift card towards your own Mama & Little teething jewelry! You have until Sunday night, so head on over there (@hollyjollydolly) to find out how to enter.
And if you don't win, don't fret! You can still use code HOLLY at checkout to get 15% off your Mama and Little purchase.
I'm only a little obsessed with this teething jewelry.
And oh heeeeeeey mama friends - did you know you can use code HOLLY at mamaandlittle.com to get 15% off your order? Hint hint :). Treat yo self. And your baby.
necklace and bracelet: Mama & Little (use code HOLLY for 15% off your purchase)
jacket: c/o Sheinside (old)
jeans: Urban Outfitters
You guys, there are no words that actually do this dress justice. I literally let out a little squeal when I slipped it on. It's an ALLTHEHEARTEYES dress.
Now if only I had a bunch of fancy parties to wear it to :/
Check out all of eShakti's dress selection here.
dress: c/o eShakti