It takes a village. Seriously. If I could, I’d have a whole squad behind me for everything. Diapers. Naps. Feeding. Playing. Feeding. Naps. More feeding…. More diapers. But, my village consists of me and the hubs. Not to mention twin boys that are almost 6… so this child is gonna be covered. Right? Rough around the edges? Absolutely. But, alive and taken care of.

I keep trying to replay life 5/6 years ago over and over in my head but memory fails me. I want to remember all of the things I did that made life somewhat easier. Now? Pshhh… it’s a breeze! But with an infant if you forget one thing, ONE THING, the world can crumble around you. “Did you remember the wipes?”, “NO! I thought you did” yadda yadda yadda…  I was that mom who had a big pad check list titled “DIAPER BAG ESSENTIALS”. Never even used the damn thing. But, once you get into your routine and you have all of your little compartments, it gets easier to pack for the day. It’s amazing at all the shit we carry around for another human, isn’t it?!

During my registering process I kept thinking about that damn diaper bag and all of its contents. What did I use? What was a waste of space? So, I’ve put together a nice little list for you, and for me. I have based this on the assumption that I will breastfeed this time around – so no pumps or bottles required. But, obviously, this is not an end all be all list! Need makeup, throw it in. Need more than just one bar, add the entire fridge if you’d like! When I would pack for the boys, I had to take bottles because I could not nurse. So I would take breast milk from the freezer and let it thaw in a small cooler. What ever works, right?!

diaper bag essentials

No. 1 – Baby Wrap – I ADORE every single thing about this company based in Australia. Their diaper covers, wraps and little clothes are to die for! It’s a good thing this baby is not a girl or I would be in some serious trouble with the hubs…

No. 2 – Baby Carrier

No. 3 – Disposable Nursing Pads – You don’t really want to take ones that you need to wash around with you all day. You’re going to have enough on your plate to worry about. These pads are biodegradable and won’t hang around in the dump for years to come… Just something to think about.

No. 4 – Nursing Cover/Scarf/Car Seat Cover – How versatile are things these days! And you can find these covers in all kinds of cute patterns to fit your style.

No. 5 – Toys – Sophie is a must.

No. 6 – Extra clothes for baby because, you know, blow outs. And not the I just got pampered by my hairstylist kind.

No. 7 – Soiled diaper baggies – These little bags were the BEST! And they’re biodegradable which is a win/win.

No. 8 – Diaper “clutch” – This little diaper bag also comes with a travel changing pad. Score! There is this one too that is just too adorable to be a diaper “clutch”

No. 9 – Diaper rash/Skin cream – Don’t leave home without it

No. 10 – Wipe Carrying Case – Nicer on the environment if you don’t keep buying those little 40 count wipe bags… Got it!?

No. 11 – Blanket – You never know when you’re cold, baby is colder than you, you want to stop at the park or just to have for other reason and this blanket is just too pretty to pass up.

No. 12 – Burp Cloths

No. 13 – Little bags to compartmentalize all that shit for yourself! Trust me, if your bag doesn’t have pockets say goodbye to your phone and keys because there is a black hole in that little bag of yours.

No. 14 – THE BAG – It’s essential for your sanity, baby’s sanity and everyone else’s around you that you actually keep yours and baby’s belongings in one nice, organized space. I love Matt&Nat. They are 100% vegan and this bag is just what I’m looking for. It has upright sides, a flat bottom, pockets, and enough space for everything you’ll need. I also found this one from Fawn Design that I could even see my hubs carrying. And this one from Sole Society. Who says you can’t have more than one! I plan on it because they can get down right nasty and you’ll want to change your look of course… Plus, all of these that I’ve mentioned will carry over into an actual mommy’s bag one day.

No. 15 – Water bottle, that is reusable, for yourself because breast feeding, or just taking care of kids in general, can deplete you of all hydration. And, once again, taking care of the Earth is a big important part of your everyday lives as well, right?!

No. 16 – Food for mama – These bars are my absolute favorite! I keep some on me at all times. They are good for you and delicious…

No. 17 – Lip balm – This lip balm is AWESOME! It moisturizes and colors your lips naturally. It’s really freaking great and I suggest you buy some.

 

What would you add, or take away? Tell me your thoughts! Everyone could use a little extra help 🙂

avocado toastCreating the perfect bite is actually an art. From piling chips with the correct ratio of beans, lettuce and salsa in that huge burrito bowl at Chipotle to the fancy fish dish with roasted root vegetables and puree… It’s an art damn it. And this toast does not disappoint in the perfect-bite-every-time category. Meet your new favorite way to eat avocado toast. Never had it? Well, you’re in for a treat. It’s super easy, delicious, and versatile. I love this combination. At first I was eating just plain ol’ avocado toast which, in it’s own right, is freaking delicious. Then, I added a tomato. Um… hello! And then there’s the saying “throw an egg on it”. Well, OK!

Adjust this “recipe” any way you like it. Add a touch of garlic or if you’re looking to kill a vampire go all in. Tomatoes, or not your thing. An entire avocado… Hey, it’s your toast after all. I like my eggs a teensy bit crispy on the edges, but you could add scrambled or a soft/hard boiled egg. It’s all up to you.

Avocado Toast with tomatoes and an egg

Ingredients:

good bread, sliced

garlic clove

avocado, sliced or scooped out for smashing

good quality extra virgin olive oil

flaky sea salt

red pepper flakes

tomatoes (I prefer juicy heirlooms), sliced

egg

What to do:

Toast that bread. And when I say toast, get the ends a little crispy so the center of the bread is nice and firm – no one likes soft toast.  And good bread is good bread. No substitutes.

Meanwhile, fry your egg. Add a little oil to a pan over medium to low heat. Crack the egg in the pan and let it sit until the edges are beginning to crisp. You don’t want the yolk to cook on the bottom, but the whites should firm up. Flip carefully and let it sit for up to a minute, no longer or you’ll cook the yolk…. You also have the option of cooking eggs any other way you like. Just time your toast to the egg cooking process.

Once your toast is ready, peel and cut your garlic clove in half. Rub the toast with the cut side of the garlic. Add your avocado slices, or smash it on top of the toast. Lightly sprinkle the avocado with a pinch of salt and pepper flakes. Drizzle a touch of olive oil on top.

I like to add the tomatoes on top of the toast and cut my egg up on the plate, adding as I go. Perfect bite. Every. Time.

avocado toast 3Seriously, I could’ve licked my plate clean… but for photographing purposes I chose not to.

Happy Eating!