Diaper bags are kind of my jam

 

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Over time I have realized I’m kind of obsessed with diaper bags.  Most girls have their shoe addictions but not me–diaper bags.  What’s even better is I’ve never been a purse person but when it comes to bags for baby gear, I’m all in!  I think it’s because I want something that is practical, cute and makes my life easier.  That is why I decided to do a post about my top 9 favorite mom bags, hope this helps!

 1.  What’s nice about this bag is that it can be a shoulder bag or a backpack and comes with a dispenser slot for pulling wipes through so you can grab a wipe without even having to sift through your bag.

2.  I’ve had this bag for a few years now and have never looked back.  It’s complimentary for both moms + dads and has so many compartments for all of your baby gear.  It’s easy to clean and also offers a laptop pocket.  This bag can be both a backpack and shoulder bag.

3.  I like the simplicity of this bag and how wide it opens–making it easy to see find what you need in your mess of a bag (if you’re anything like me).  It has faux leather making all of those spit up accidents an easy clean up with a simple wipe.

4.   The more reviews I’m writing, the more I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve got a thing for backpacks.  I also love a good bag with stroller hooks and this one has just that annnd it’s cute with its neutral tones so that’s a bonus.

5.  Ok guys, I have serious love for this bag.  It’s real leather, has a laptop pocket and a side zip for you moms who need a safe place to store your cameras. This compartment even comes in handy for wipes and diapers.  I wouldn’t say it’s an everyday bag for me because I treat it like the holy grail.  I use it on trips and when I want to feel a little fancier because it’s just too good to damage.

6.  This bag offers functionality and style.  It has all the compartments you want and will zip at the top to ensure that your items won’t fall out.  It has leather details and stain resistant cotton fabric.

7.  I mean, I didn’t think this would be a thing but this bag offers a memory foam changing pad.  Whaaaattttt, so cool!  This feature makes for more comfortable changing with less of a fight.  It’s machine washable and offers crumb drains to avoid messes.

8.  I’m pretty sure anything with Rachel Zoe and Quinny will be good, real good.  This bag is so flattering that I almost don’t even care what it can do!  But, for your sake I’ll let you know that it has insulated bottle pockets to keep your bottles warm or cold and a pocket meant just for your phone.  And it can be worn as a backpack so, I’ll take two.

9.  It’s got Minnie and Mickey Mouse on it, what more do you need to know!?  As if it couldn’t get any better it offers 5 pockets in just the interior of the bag and has stroller straps.  It can also be worn as a backpack or shoulder bag and has two exterior bottle pockets.

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Happy shopping friends!

Paige

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This post is sponsored by AVEENO®.

Last night I flew back to find freezing cold weather and snow falling from the sky. Being an Arizona native and coming back from California where it was sunny and warm, you can imagine my response.  When the kids woke up this morning I told them that we were going to the pool, obviously a heated pool, and I wish I could have videod their reaction.  They were beyond ecstatic and honestly so was I!

Amongst the craziness of trying to find swim suits and beach towels, the one thing I had prepared was Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Zinc Oxide Sunscreen SPF 50. The kids were so great and helped me get everything packed up.  Well, Milo did at least.  She was the ultimate mini mom and even wanted to put Ruckus’ sunscreen on for him.  We tried the new Aveeno Baby Sunscreen and loooved it!  Luckily for Ruck, its tear free because Milo wasn’t so steady when it came to putting it on his face.  The sunscreen also contains zinc oxide which provides extra coverage from the sun.  Another thing that I love is that its hypoallergenic (which is HUGE in our house, my kids have allergies up the wazoo!), its non greasy and my very favorite is that it is formulated with oat so that it keeps my kids skin soft.  My kids both have extremely dry skin so I take advantage of the little bit of moisture wherever I can get.

I’m that mom that didn’t have a swim suit or even swim diapers for my boy because of how last-minute it was but it didn’t matter; with safe and effective sunscreen on hand, I could enjoy these tiny moments at the pool with my kids without a care in the world.  We all had way too much fun to even notice the diaper Ruckus had hanging down to his toes. 

This Aveeno Baby Sunscreen is now available at Walmart.

Paige

sharing is caring

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Paige: DressSandals

Milo: Dress I Sandals (sold out but similar style)

Ruck: T shirt I Jeans

It’s been rainy this week and we thought it would be fun to try a new cookie recipe.  Once we finished the cookies, for one reason or another the kids insisted on feeding them to me, over and over again.  I’d like to think it’s because they think I need the extra sugar but we all know that isn’t the case.  Milo always tells me that sharing makes everyone happy so what kind of mother would I be to pass up the opportunity to indulge in her kindness?  ; )

I’ll be sharing my favorite cookie recipe next week so stay tuned!

What made the day that much better was having on the most comfortable dress.  Not only that but it’s cute!  When it comes to style I first prefer comfort and this dress is just that.  The kids and I are all wearing Old Navy and I think they would agree with me that we sure do love a good Old Navy outfit!  Be sure to shop our looks above.

This post is in partnership with Old Navy.

Paige

too soon for swimmers?

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I’ve been drooling over all of the new summer lines that have come out and because I’m still currently surrounded by snow, I figured I’d live vicariously through all of you and bring you my favorite girls and boys swimmers!  When I say I’m drooling, I literally mean drooling.  There are so many that even I wish they made them in my size.  When they’re this cute, it’s never too soon to make a purchase, right?

Happy shopping friends!

Paige

Saying hi to spring with old navy

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Paige: Top I Pants I neckerchief 

Ruckus: Top I Pants I Shoes

Milo: Dress I Shoes

When Ben got back into town and the weather was finally nice, we jumped on the opportunity to be outside.  The kids had fun running around and we met some new friends with the most adorable St. Bernard puppy whose name was Brutus.  Brutus was loving on the kids and luckily they’re used to some good ol’ slobbery smooches.

Have you seen Old Navy’s new line Spring line?!  There are so many amazing looks for not only women but kids, toddlers, babies and men!  The best part is that it’s not just the tops or dresses that are good but even the accessories are great.  I’m that mom that couldn’t settle on specific items, I purchased a few full outfits for the kids.  Have a look and you will see what I mean.  The best part- everything is affordable!

Happy Shopping friends!

Paige

This post is in collaboration with Old Navy

Fridays Facts and how I embarrass Milo

 

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  1. This is Milo’s third day in a row wearing this Alice and Ames jumper.. I think she’s taking after me.  Whenever I get something new, you know I like it if I wear it every day for a week straight.
  2. My kids have been dancing to the Trolls soundtrack and James the Mormon on repeat
  3. Milo told me that she doesn’t like when I pick her up from school wearing my pajamas and that I need to change before I come to get her.  Yep, I’m already that embarrassing mom!  I thought there was a rule that if there is snow outside you don’t have to get dressed..

Happy weekend friends!

 

 

Maskcara? I’ve got you covered!

 


 

As you all know (if you’ve been following along) is that I’ve been the biggest Maskcara fan ever since the beginning.  I tried their makeup two years ago and instantly fell in love.  I even have a tutorial I made about how to apply the makeup in a previous post.  The best part is that Cara makes contouring SO EASY.  I never thought I would be able to contour but it’s a cinch!

Here is another tutorial just to give you a better idea of how I apply my makeup each day.  I love the way that it looks and how it isn’t a heavy makeup.  I love a good natural look!  If you have any questions, want to be color matched or if you want to see a certain tutorial- please let me know!  You can email me at paigeachristensen@gmail.com

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Find your color here: MASKCARA 

Paige

Winter Wonderland

        

Paige: Jacket I Denim I Boots  (they’re sold out all over but found a few sizes on Amazon)

Milo: Beanie I Denim I Boots

Ruck: Beanie I Denim I Boots

We’re living in a real life snow globe!  It’s been snowing where we live for the past two weeks and my kids are loving it.  I always complained about the cold after growing up in Arizona but it really just takes the right clothing and layers.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still learning and have my moments but it’s a work in progress.  I may live in my pajama’s and socks 99% of the day but the struggle to go outside in the snow is real!  Or at least for me.. but hey, baby steps.

Paige

Tutorial with Maskcara

 


I’ve used one makeup line for over 10 years and when it came to my face, I was never really happy with the foundation, bronzer and blush I had been using.  I always stuck with it because that was all I ever knew!  Last year I stumbled upon Maskcara and have never looked back.  Maskcara makes it EASY to apply makeup and not only that but its incredibly quick to put on too.  When you get your palette in the mail, you also receive a sheet that shows you exactly where to apply the makeup.  I love this makeup because it gives you that “I just spent four hours getting my face done by a glamour squad” look in literally 4 minutes without the parade of people to help!  I’ve never known a thing about contouring but Maskcara breaks it down for you and truly makes it simple.  You can find more tutorials on their Instagram and website.  I will say that one of my all time favorite things about this makeup is that you don’t have to carry around a whole tub of things with you when you’re going out of town or just out on date night.  You have your highlight, blush, illuminator and contour all in one small and convenient palette.

Here are the colors that I use: Light Palette

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I also use:

MAC Fluidline Eyeliner- Blacktrack

MAC Brow Liner- Brunette

MAC Lipstick- Steady Going

Feel free to ask me any questions that you may have!

Paige

 

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Ruckus: Overalls I Top I Shoes I Paige: Top I Pants I Boots

Something I’ve had to learn quickly is that boys are just plain ol’ busy bodies!  Since I’ve had Ruckus, I’m always ten times more tired at the end of the day compared to when I only had Milo.  It’s a good kind of tired though.

Not only are boys busy but they also love to torment their siblings.  Yesterday we had to put Ruckus in time out for the very first time because he would not ease up on hitting Milo.  It doesn’t matter if he’s being a pest because to him, any attention is positive attention.

Despite all the naughty that they come packaged with, boys are truly the sweetest and most sensitive little things.  If Ruckus knows he’s in trouble he instantly gets the biggest frown and slowly crocodile sized tears begin to trickle down.  In the end what I’m trying to say is that boys are perfect.  They’re the perfect example of the Sour Patch Kids- sour then sweet commercials.  When they’re naughty, they make it up to you with a million kisses just at the right time.  Even with the crazy, I’d still take ten more of my little Ruckus!

Paige