Friday, 13 October 2017

• What's In My Diaper Bag •

Being a first time mum I want everything to be pristine, organized to perfection & easily accessible. That would be considered a miracle right?! Unrealistic expectations of motherhood. I can try my best though! I have partnered with TWELVElittle to show you what is inside the First Time Mum's diaper bag and to show you this beautiful unisex bag that is honestly, perfect for that dads out there! So they don't feel a little off carrying a diaper bag that looks like a purse.

When I received the bag my baby brain must have taken over when I was browsing on their site because finding the transportable changing pad inside felt like a little extra gift! This Unisex Courage Backpack in Grey was our first pick from TWELVElittle. Spencer was just as excited as me to receive & review! The adjustable straps make it a breeze for built men to wear. I personally like backpacks fitting nice & snug, however, spence is the opposite. The loose the better! 

Clicking on the photos below will make them larger. :) 

I was pleasantly surprised to see how much this diaper bag could fit! ... A LOT!
  • Diapers - One of each hour you are out & a couple more just in case!
  • Wipes - These are a must! Not only are they good to clean up little one but also multipurpose for anything! Even before we knew little one Young was on the way we bought the Kirkland brand just to have in the truck & various spots for cleanups, dirty hands etc. I personally like to have a portable pack instead of sticking a couple in a plastic bag. That way I can ensure they stay sealed & moist! 
  • Hand Sanitizer - For cleaning your hands in after diaper changes if there is no place to wash them. 
  • Changing Pad - Thankfully TWELVElittle provides one with the diaper bag! Godsend.
  • Plastic or biodegradable bag for soiled diapers & eco-friendly wipes.. Do those exist?!
  • Extra Clothing for your baby or toddler - Just in case a poopsplosion happens and it gets all over their clothing! Also good to change if they spit up.
  • Pacifier if your child uses one.
  • Blanket - blankets or receiving blankets can double as a lot of things. Changing pad, nursing cover, bib, burping cloth, you name it!
  • Sun Screen - to protect little one from the sun.
  • Bottles of formula or breast milk if you're not EBF
  • Teether - If teething or just to play with! 

Extra's for mum & dad

You'll notice how I put the most important at the top ;) 

  • Bottled water
  • Nature Bond Manual Breast Pump Milk Saver Suction
  • Breast absorbent pads
  • Snacks
  • New shirt & pants incase of spit up on or pooped on! You never know
  • Wallet
  • Keys 

Although you see below I have used the cushioned laptop slot for swaddle & some clothes, my husband is pleased that he can take his laptop on the go if need be in the same bag as our sons belongings if he's in a pinch & doesn't have time to pack his other laptop bag! Really great for those fathers who work on the go! 

Having our stroller & diaper bag ready for an outing although little one isn't here just yet has us so excited! We can't wait to go for walks & well, Spencer feeling best about wearing a backpack diaper bag & not a purse when & if he decides to go out on his own with out son.


Monday, 9 October 2017

→ My Maternity Style ←

Being pregnant has been one of the craziest experiences of my life. Not exaggerating at all. I've been through the highs & lows of trying to style my bump! At the beginning of this journey I was told I shouldn't buy too many maternity clothing items because it's expensive & you only wear it for a short amount of time. HOWEVER, when I tried that route I found myself feeling insecure in normal clothing because it didn't fit properly & regardless I would have to buy bigger size to accommodate my growing bump.

I was given a couple of gift cards for my Birthday (May4th) & went on a little shopping spree at Thyme Maternity. It was perfect timing because their summer collections just launched.
You can see my little write up here.

On my first little shop I will say my staple pieces are the Two-Way Maternity Tank Tops. I ended up picking up 2 more black ones and 2 white ones! They come from the Starter Kit which you can check out here. I almost don't go a day without wearing one! I like them under shirts just to feel extra comfy sometimes or just on their own with a blouse over top, like the photos below! 

This is one of my go-to looks, has been throughout the Summer and now Fall. In the Summer I would pair my basics from the starter kit with a different color open blouse or cardigan. Super easy, casual & work appropriate! I also purchased my Thyme Leggings that grew with my growing bump.

Scroll across the photos & tap to enlarge to get a better look! 


Wearing these basics from the starter kit not only give me free range to style with whatever cardi or blouse but also since they are neutrals, they always look go with anything & no one would know even if you just got one tank ;) Minimalism? The illusion! 

With the Fall season here our lovely island (Vancouver Island) is getting some chillier days and I couldn't help but pretty much drool over a couple of pieces from the Fall Collection. This long sleeve henley nursing top being one of them! I thought, heck.. I'll get the larger size to accommodate my bub but also perfect for nursing once he is born. It's super comfy & not to thick but not too thin for this season.
I also purchased a the jeans in the photos below in "Grape Leaf" because I can't get enough of the color! I like how it looks with my hair color. I feel like the shade of green can look good on literally anyone. It's super suiting for the Fall season too! I'd also like to mention that Thyme carries jean sizes up to 4x for plus size mama's. Having the extended sizes really helps branch out to those who once wished for the sizes. Now their reality! The nice thing about these jeans is that they can also be worn after pregnancy as well. So if that doesn't sway you I don't know what does! I love the fact that you're not spending your money just for 9 months of your life and then become unusable afterwards.

The Jeans are great for everyday or you can dress them up! You will see in the next outfit below! I liked to pair my jeans with my casual sneakers when I'm running errands or for when I'm at work! They are super comfy and easy to sit in at the office for a couple of hours. The belly panel is great because I feel like it gives me somewhat of additional support.

One of my favourite pieces from the Fall Collection has to be this sweater tunic it feels a little more dressier for more "formal" occasions. I feel super cute in the tunic because of the cute little sash to show off my growing bump! 
In all honesty I don't think I would have confidently made it through my pregnancy without Thyme Maternity wear. I was complaining at the beginning that I felt frumpy & I plan it all on wearing "normal" clothing that didn't flatter my new body or bump what so ever. I can say that wearing Thyme's pieces has been the highlight to my pregnancy because I felt cute, pretty, confident & overall it made me have even more fun with my pregnancy getting to dress the bump every morning. :) 


If you would like to see previous little looks I've put together while pregnant see below.  

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