Found it! The Perfect Diaper Bag

I’ve been on the hunt for a diaper bag that didn’t look like a diaper bag. I wanted something that would hold up to the wear and tear a diaper bag goes through without the plastic sheen of something you’d find at Babies R’ Us. I set about scouring the internet for either the perfect purse that would double as a diaper bag or maybe a designer diaper bag I could snag on ebay. I found a few that would have worked… but the price was either more than I wanted to drop or lacked the compartments I needed in a standard purse.

Enter the laptop bag.

I found this gem while perusing my local TJMaxx. It was instant bag love. Why hadn’t I thought about laptop bags before? They had a ton of my key features:

– Large Size (this one even unzips to expand at the sides if I wish)
– Looking for a little variety from everyone else’s Skip Hop baby bag
– Water resistant interior
– A few (but not too many) large compartments
– Able to hold up to heavier weights
– Comfortable straps

Not to mention the price was a steal at $24.99 (I had recently admitted defeat a on a Timi & Leslie diaper bag when the bidding match on ebay went over my $90 cap).

So there you go for anyone else who is frustrated by the diaper bag buying process – see if a laptop bag is where you need to be.

Bag: Bueno Collection

Photo Prop Oldie or Goodie? Balloons!

I have a shoot coming up and I’ve been thinking location, props, etc… and it got me thinking about giant balloons. Are they over-used at this point? Or if cleverly placed, are they still ok?

So what do you guys think?

I’ll see if I end up using them or not… I have to locate them too – I don’t think they sell the large ones just anywhere. Anyway.. I’m off! Happy Thursday everyone 🙂

~~ Ashley


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Driving in Britain :: Day 4

We didn’t have internet last night at our bed and breakfast so I was sort of stuck on the blogging front. But to sum up the day – we started out by picking up the car at the airport. I’ll admit I was a little scared of driving but it turned out not to be as bad as I thought it was going to be. It’s still a little weird to drive on the left – and have the stick on the left… but all in all I got it pretty quick (Joey did have to occasionally remind me on the smaller roads to “get on the left!”. Anyway – we got a late start and started driving down to Alnwick to see the castle there. We took a road than ran along the coastline and it was beautiful. We stopped for a long lunch in a tiny village which put us into Alwick with only an hour to run through the castle. While it was really pretty (and well kept) we were a little disappointed that the “Harry Potter” bit wasn’t pushed more (but can we blame them? The castle was built in the 12th century… Harry Potter was filmed in 2001).

We drove the rest of the evening to our B&B in a little medieval town called Hexham. The house we stayed in was HUGE and gorgeous and had only two rooms for guests. We ate the most delicious Indian food and went back to the B&B to sleep. Unfortunately between my sudden allergic reaction to Britain and the B&B owner’s son playing his music overhead from 3am till 7am – I got almost no sleep 😦 And Joey was up because I had to keep getting up and blowing my nose so often.

My laptop is about to die so I have to go… 😦 But I’ll be sure and update what happened today tomorrow… I know 🙂 Confusing.