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What’s In My [Diaper] Bag | Baby Gear

Oh the dreaded diaper bag.

As a photographer, I am no stranger to the large bag. I love my Kelly Moore bags that allow me to carry way too much gear at once.

As a first time mom, I needed a large bag. I had no clue what I needed at first and didn’t want to be out in public without a solution to my problem, whatever it might be at the time. Fast forward a year and, like many other moms out there know, I’ve discovered you can survive with a lot less than you think.

Despite that, you still need things for the baby. I guess. Hmpf.

Side note: I love those days here and there where I can just take my wallet/purse with a phone tucked in it and keys hooked to it. It’s so light and freeing!

Again, when I first started out, I was toting around everything in my house. Honestly, back then I wasn’t even carrying THAT much, but as a baby-wearer, I always had a wrap or two in there…and those things take up some room.

As time passed, my “diaper” bag changed multiple times. My current one is a simple drawstring gym style backpack that I shove everything into. With the help of some wet bags, I do somewhat organize things.

What's in my diaper bag

What’s in my Diaper Bag:

  • New Balance drawstring backpack
  • scissors for cutting up food on the go
  • extra pair of clothes
  • extra socks (he’s not usually wearing socks, or maybe even pants, so I keep some in case of hot surfaces!)
  • wallet
  • keys
  • wet bag with baby wrap in it (to keep it clean)
  • wet/dry bag with changing pad, wipes, and extra diapers
  • Extra wet/dry bag because I’m addicted to them
  • not pictured: ez-pz mini mat for eating out

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Next bag? I hope to actually sew my own with spaces for everything. Why? Because I like to dream up things that take too much time and effort when I don’t have the time or energy to do them! heh. Let’s see when that happens.

 

What’s in your diaper bag?

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Paprika Recipe App | A Review

I grew up helping out in the kitchen from time to time, and making my own breakfasts and lunches from probably around middle school. It was always simple things because, like my mom, it didn’t take a fancy or elaborate meal to please me. I also LOVE leftovers. One pot/dish meals were my favorite!

Fast forward to when I got married. The hubby was brought up a bit differently. Like all things in marriage, we slowly found “our” definition of meals that was a mash up of what we each use to like. Then over the years it continued to evolve until I made almost everything from scratch. We attempted to use minimal to no processed foods. For my recipe oriented, easily forgetful mind, this meant meal planning. I soon started searching for the easiest way to manage my recipes and ingredients.

After several failed attempts to find an app that did what I wanted, I finally stumbled upon Paprika. I was in love. It allowed me to do exactly what I wanted. I could add my own recipes, grab recipes from the internet, include notes, nutritional info if I desired, scale up and down, meal plan, and compile a grocery list based off my meal plans.

I quickly bought it for my phone, iPad, and computer.

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This thing saves my life. I can get on my computer, drag and drop my recipes around, map out my week, and have a grocery list in no time. It syncs each of my devices so I can have my grocery list on my iPad or phone when I go shopping. I know EXACTLY what I need at the store and I can get in and out of there! Ugh, such a relief.

Note: I use to use my iPad, which I loved since I could see more of the list at once, but now that I have a little one who loves to steal technology and throw it on hard surfaces, I use my phone.

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I love the ability to organize my recipes and have sub-categories as well. It really helps me when I’m searching for recipes since I have so many. It allows me to organize things based on dietary needs for family and friends, or for certain times of the year. Ugh, I love organization!

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Another awesome feature is rating the recipes. Nothing usually survives in my “cookbook” unless it rates 4-5 stars. The only way a 3 star might survive is if I feel like it might become a 4 or 5 star with some tweaks here and there. It doesn’t always work though!

My only “con” is that I can’t rearrange the grocery aisles on the grocery list. It would be nice to arrange them the way my preferred store is laid out. I don’t like to backtrack in the grocery store, but if I don’t scroll well and miss something, it happens. I hate backtracking so much that sometimes when that happens I will just give up on that item  entirely. I’m so lazy!

What’s you’re favorite way to organize recipes?