Tag: reusable bags

Cool handbag organization tips and accessories for the (sometimes) organizationally challenged.

As organized as I may be in other aspects of my life, I consider myself a bit organizationally challenged when it comes to my handbags. No matter how big or small it is, I always manage to lose things I need in the black hole of my tote or purse, or pull out the wrong thing at the wrong time. Have you ever tried opening the door with a crayon? Or a tampon? Yeah. So in an effort to reorganize my stuff and make my life slightly easier, I put together a few handbag organizing tips, then scoured the web for some of my favorite...

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Pop culture dolls: Ridiculously hip, surprisingly cuddly.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own David Bowie to snuggle, we’ve got good news: These pop culture dolls by French artisan My Name is Simone are just as much for you as they are for kids. Whether you’re into Ziggy Stardust, the King of Pop, or a certain fabulous fashion designer named Karl, they’re all based on her favorite style icons who will look equally as posh on the couch or on a shelf in a mod nursery. There are five dolls available now from Little Collector, each made of 100% organic, sustainable materials. Along with the three you...

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7 cool snack containers for kids that beat plastic bags

We’ve got a gaggle of snackers in our homes, so cool snack containers for kids are an absolute must. They’re a far more eco-friendly choice over plastic bags, which as we all know by now not only saves waste but plenty of money over the long run. Plus, we’ve found that packing our own snacks before we head out actually forces us to make healthier choices for the kids when we’re on the go. Let’s admit it–rest stops and c-stores can be filled with some less ideal temptations when you’re already starving. We’ve rounded-up seven of our own favorite reusable snack containers that are...

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New Baggu leather bags feel like a breath of fresh spring air

Well, Baggu has certainly come a long way since we first discovered their durable, stylish reusable nylon totes back in (eep) 2008. The collection has grown to include so many gorgeous styles and colors, and now Baggu leather bags are fast becoming a staple of the collection. In addition to the original Leather Baggu, they’ve introduced accessories ranging from an $18 leather coin purse to a small leather clutch in fun spring colors (shown at top). Affordable Mother’s Day gift perhaps? The 8″ leather pouch would be a great staple in my existing tote, to stash my earbuds, phone charger,...

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Probably not a bag for the kids.

I love everything about this shopper bag by Wild & Wolf — the color, the size, the price, and the fact that it somehow magically knows exactly what is in my bag at any given moment! If you’re a parent, probably best that you carry this tote around before the kid is old enough to actually be able to read it. Or hey, just hang it on that hook behind your bedroom closet door for you know…randomness. That’s what it’s made for. Get the Random Crap tote bag at Burke Decor. And then you know what to fill it...

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Reusable gift bags that could fit in Santa’s pockets

I like to keep a stash of gifts on hand to give to those last-minute people I totally forgot to shop for— bottles of Essie nail polish for my kids’  room moms, or Starbucks gift cards for the piano teacher—you know, just in case. But it never fails that I have the gift but no reusable gift bag to pop it in without much fuss. The Etsy shop 1 Pixie Place has a huge selection of muslin bags, and I’ve scanned through them to choose some of my favorites. Whew, it was hard to pick just a few! They’d be perfect for...

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Some of our favorite lunch bags for kids get even cuter

My kids have loved Milkdot lunch bags since we first found them. And Milkdot’s brand new styles give us one more reason. Or, three.   Milkdot reusable lunch totes are the right size to shove in multiple bentos and a small water bottle or juice box, complete with a little net pouch on the side for a piece of fruit or a note from you (awwww). The handle makes them easy to carry around. and I really like that the bags are structured, but still soft so I can cram them into a backpack if need be. I love...

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The portable picnic blanket

I love picnics, but I hate schlepping giant picnic blankets with me, especially because in New York, we don’t always have car trunks to shove everything into. I was so excited to find this Picnic Bag that converts to a blanket, at Yield Design Co. In five great colors, the duck canvas bags are made with zippers in lieu of seams, cleverly allowing the bag to unfold flat so you can plop right down without adding extra ground cover to your load. When you’re done, zip it up and sling the tote over your shoulder. It’s also great for...

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FEED plus Target: a collaboration we can get behind.

I’m a big fan of the FEED mission, which sells products to directly feed schoolchildren both at home through Feeding America and abroad via the UN’s World Food Program. Whenever I carry my FEED bag, I’m reminded of the good it did. So I’m excited about their collaboration with Target–but it’s ending soon. So if you haven’t checked it out, now is a great time.        The FEED + Target collaboration includes so many kinds of products; check the Target website and there’s surely something in there that you want, especially considering it supports Feeding America. And...

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7 smart ideas for trimming waste and saving money

featured partner We love that the notion of cutting down waste has gone from something for the uber-frugal, to something we all want to do, both to save money, and make sure the earth as we know it is still here for our kids in years to come. After all, the little differences we all make individually can add up to big change, right? So we’re happy to share some of our favorite ways to cut back on unnecessary waste, brought to you by our sponsors at Glad who seems to be thinking the very same thing these days–and...

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FEED the world: let them know it’s Christmas time

In honor of World AIDS Day today, there’s a lot you can do. It can be as simple as signing a petition to keep funding for AIDS treatment and prevention going to save the lives of moms and babies. It can be talking to your kids about AIDS and how far we’ve come with treatment and research. And it can be making a generous contribution through the simple act of shopping. The Project (RED) shop offers a lot of great products that help support AIDS research and treatment to various degrees. But what I particularly love is this FEED (RED) Love 30...

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Traveling to France with the accessories, but not the plane ticket. Le sigh.

I’ve had Paris on the brain lately. Leave it to Petunia Picklebottom to come out with new French-inspired prints on pretty new accessories and make me even more wistful. In fact, you don’t even have to be a mom to carry these. The Strolling in St Germain fabric rounds out the gorgeous city print collection to make an even dozen. I love it on the new boxy diaper backpack from Petunia. It’s so beautifully classic and sophisticated. The crimson-and-navy coated cotton fabric coupled with hand-embroidered accents make it a piece reminiscent of some $400 scarf you might find on Rue St Honoré. It’s...

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Shop smarter with a whole new kind of reusable bag

When grocery shopping, I try and take my own reusable bags. And I love that now some cities are charging for paper or plastic, to encourage you to BYO. So I love this new company that’s offering everything I’ve wanted in a reusable shopping bag. Check out Reisenthel EasyBags and you’ll see each bag fits snugly in a shopping cart and sits flat, unlike standard totes. For larger trips, you can even fit 2 bags side by side in the cart.  Each bag clips into the cart for easy packing and unpacking while velcro secures the top closure.  There...

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Earth day pick – Neat-os reusable snack bags

Of all the ways my family has gone a little greener, perhaps the easiest has been ditching plastic bags for reusable bags. And since discovering this new brand, we’re almost completely plastic bag free when it comes to snack time and school lunches. The Neat-os reusable bags are some of the coolest I’ve seen, made right here in the USA and feature a cool clear section so you can actually see what’s in the bags (smart, right!). Created using food-safe materials that’s free of BPA, lead, and all the icky “p” words (like pvc and phthalates), these bags will...

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Baggu with a bang

I love my Baggu bags so much that I’ve been tempted to use them as actual handbags, especially with all the junk I schlep around in my purse. Well, now I can actually do it without having to compromise my love for a swanky bag. The new Baggu leather bag is the same shape as their popular reusable shopping bags, just much fancier. Made from super soft leather, you get the laidback feel of a less-structured bag but with loads of style. I’m partial to the Platinum myself, which I think adds some flair to what might seem like...

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3 greenmoms’ LunchSkins now at Target. Go green!

I’ve been using the 3greenmoms LunchSkins eco-friendly sandwich bags ever since we featured them here awhile back, so how exciting to hear that they’re launching a brand new line for Target. Hooray! Their new LunchSkins2 sets are available at Target starting this week, and feature a coordinating snack bag and sandwich bag in adorable, bright patterns. Along with a super tight velcro-closure, their one-of-a-kind sturdy fabric (used by professional bakers!) is dishwasher or washing machine safe. Even if you’re an avid plastic bag user like I was, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to switch. And how...

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Totes fabulous!

My collection of reusable grocery bags is a ragtag group of ne’er-do-wells. There are the boring but cheap bags, the political ones we got free at the parade, the glittery Halloween one, and the very confused grocery bag featuring a pig smiling from a sandwich. But then this adorable reusable tote from one of our favorite baby brands had to show up and throw them all into the depths of self-loathing. It’s the new Faraway Fold Out Tote by Petunia Pickle Bottom, and each of their five patterns (including my favorite, Frolicking in Fez) is so gorgeous, you’ll wish...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest lunchboxes and lunch bags.

It’s a tradition for so many families – the school year starts off with a clean new lunch box, full of promise (and not so full of last year’s peanut butter crud). Here are a few that we love because they’re not only adorable, they’re built to last. Pink Robot Lunch Box Our readers have begged us for pink robot items; leave it to Beatrix NY (at top) to have that very thing covered. ($34 at Beatrix NY) Laptop Lunch Bento System For older kids, a bento system is so practical, especially in this season’s hot purple. ($25 and up...

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Vespa, baby!

Sometimes I picture myself like in a movie scene, on the back of a shiny turquoise scooter (yes, in my fantasy it’s turquoise, okay?), silk scarf in my hair, cruising around Europe without a care in the world. That’s not likely to happen any time soon, but I do love these bags that can add a little of that mod-hipster-cool attitude to your daily grind. The vintage styled Vespa travel bags are sturdy and mildly childproof, with just enough bells and whistles to be practical–zipper pockets, mesh compartments and an adjustable shoulder strap. It’s such a fun, casual bag...

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Cuter than the average pic-a-nic basket

I don’t care if Toronto hasn’t quite gotten the spring memo yet– I’m already dreaming about park visits and picnic lunches. And when I spotted this adorable insulated picnic lunch bag at ModCloth, I fell in love. And I knew right away that I wouldn’t be handing it over to any of my kids. Oh, no. That sweet thing will be all mine. The Blueberry lunch bag is cute, but I think my heart belongs to the Watermelon one. (Gosh, even the color names are adorable.) The red checkered pattern on the Watermelon lunch bag reminds me of a...

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