5 Secrets to the Chic Diaper Bag

chic diaper bags
Want a chic diaper bag?   Here is a secret:  Nearly any oversized bag can make a stunningly stylish diaper bag, if you know what features you need.
  1. Look for something that is easy to clean.  If it is not machine washable, select something that has a smooth, slick, waterproof surface.  If it is cloth, choose a machine washable bag.Here are some helpful hints for your shopping:
  2. Look for something relatively easy to open with one hand.
  3. Look for something with pockets.  (You may use pockets for things like hand sanitizer, diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, burp cloths, small toys, ointment, plastic bags, bottles, and teething rings.)
  4. Look for something that is comfortable and easy to carry.  A backpack style is most certain to free your hands.
  5. Finally, purchase an insert for your oversized bag like the Skip Hop Pronto.  Having this truly transforms any larger bag to a diaper bag.  (Plus, it is all you need for travel, and your husband can maintain a feeling of manliness while carrying it.)
RED Valentino / Leather tote, $960 / Dooney & Bourke zip bag / Gucci tote, $650 / Vince Camuto bag / Topshop backpacking bag / Coach carryall bag / 3.1 Phillip Lim mesh tote bag / Backpacking bag / Ted Baker patent leather bag, $195 / Nine West tote

Fashion for Friday: The Long Short

One of the most doable, wearable, and terrific trends of the year:  the long short.  Here are 5 reasons why:
  1. This “trend” is classic.  Timeless, not trendy.  It is not something you’ll want to remove from your wardrobe in future seasons.
  2. This style is is great for any age.
  3. Wear it anywhere.  You could confidently wear this to anything from work, to meeting your future in-laws.
  4. It is modest.  (Remember ladies:  men imagine perfection.  Why make them think less?)
  5. A DIY opportunity.  You (or your local tailor) may hike up the hem on a pair of trousers or jeans you already own. knee shorts
The Row striped shorts, $475 / Knee length shorts, $600 / J Brand short jean shorts / Marni knee length shorts, $515 / Dondup metallic shorts, $270

Coconut Oil, Coconut Juice, Coconut Milk, & Coconuts: Nutrition for Babies


It took us 4+ lactation consultants, 2 midwives, an ENT, 2 frenectomies, a dysphagia specialist, a Modified Barium Swallow Study, physical therapy, double-pumping with a hospital grade pump (every 2-3 hours, around the clock), donor breastmilk, a list of lactogenic herbs, nipple blisters, mastitis, and 7 weeks to establish breastfeeding.


During our 7-week circus, I ran out of milk…several times.  It was heartbreaking.  Nevertheless, I had many hours in which I was hooked up to pump, and thus I spent many hours researching options for our newborn’s nutrition.  One of my delightful discoveries was the option of coconut juice/water/milk/oil for infant nutrition.  Apparently coconut is one of the least likely foods to elicit an allergy, and it is the first food fed to Thai babies.  In addition to being safe for infants, it is composed of the main fatty acid found in breast milk –lauric acid.

To assist you in navigating the benefits of the various renderings of the coconut, some basic descriptions may be helpful.

Coconut Glossary:

 Coconut Juice – This is the liquid from a young, green coconut, before it matures to the brown coconut.  This may be presented in stores as “coconut water”, but the juice is more flavorful than the coconut water from a mature, brown coconut.

Coconut Water – This is the liquid from a mature, brown coconut.  It is not as sweet as coconut juice from the green, immature coconut.

Coconut Milk – This white liquid is often used in cooking, and can be made from coconut “meat”.  (The process of making coconut milk is in a link below.)

Coconut Oil – This is solid, translucent white oil at room temperature.  There are many, many applications for this miracle oil.


Here are some of the resources I found in my research.  I hope they are helpful for you!

Coconut ‘meat’ provides B vitamins, protein, zinc, phosphorus and iron. Experts used to believe that coconut is too high in unhealthy fats to be considered a useful addition to the diet – but more recent research has suggested that the fat in coconut is actually very good for us!

This is because it is high in lauric acid, which also happens to be the main fatty acid found in breast milk. Lauric acid is what makes breast milk so digestible and is believed to protect the body from infection and boost the immune system.

Read more:  http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/can-babies-eat-coconut.html#ixzz21BTwd8UX

Here there are “formula” recipes* with goat milk & green coconut juice.
Here is a coconut milk based “formula” recipe.
Recipe for homemade coconut milk.
*Because I was offering at least half of our son’s nutrition from breastmilk, I used the following simple recipe for our baby.
Coconut Juice & Goat Milk Infant Formula Recipe
2 oz Green/Young Coconut Water or Juice
3 oz Goat Milk
Infant probiotics
I strongly advise against the use of any white or brown or raw sugar –no matter how small the amount– in infant formula recipes.  Young coconut juice is naturally sweet.

{Friday Fashion Finds} Pregnancy Chic: Belts

Have fun with your maternity wardrobe.  Accessorize and accentuate.  Putting a cute belt just above your bump is such a sweet way to switch up the look of your maternity LBD or your blouses.  I love the pop of color that a belt can bring to an outfit.  It is fabulous to have a belt with visual interest of sparkle, a cute buckle, bow, or flower.  I love the cute attention that a little bow belt brings to your bump –it would be perfect for some pregnancy pictures, don’t you think?
How do you add flair to your maternity wardrobe?  Please share!
Witchery leather belt, $42 / Oasis studded belt, $24 / Patent leather belt, $98 / Genuine leather belt, $105 / Alice + Olivia skinny belt / Cole Haan wide leather belt / Topshop waist belt / Forever New waist belt, $18 / Dorothy Perkins / Forever New waist belt, $18 / 2b snake belt / 2b snake belt