Mama’s Got A Brand New Bag

I’m not really a girly girl and never have been – I’m not one for shopping, and my other half often jokes that I shop like you’d rob a bank! I usually buy my clothes from ASOS, so I don’t have to deal with the strip lighting and heat in changing rooms, and generally speaking, I don’t wear much jewellery or accessories, or need a fancy bag to go with my outfit. I suppose I’m a bit of a tom-boy all in all! When Emma was born, our changing bag was a one stop shop for everything we would ever need. I found a Bababing one and although OH was horrified at the cost, it was a really good investment and meant that I could get Emma and I out of the house pretty speedily, even when she was tiny. I simplified everything that it was all in one place and all I had to do was replenish everything when we ran out of nappies or wipes.

I knew one day, Emma would become more of a toddler and not need this bag any longer, and recently the time arrived. It was around the same time I accepted my job, so I decided that Mummy and Emma should both have news bags and I thought I’d share with you our new attire!

Let’s start with Emma: when I take her to nursery, all I need to bring are a few nappies, wipes and a little change of clothes just in case…much more minimal that we’re used to! So I bought her this ultra cute Dotcom Gift Shop Rusty the Fox Mini Back Pack. I am absolutely in love with this brand and we have several other things from there too that have been featuring on my Instagram page. It’s so cute and I think it suits Emma’s style as I don’t tend to dress her too girly, the designs are perfect. This one is priced at £12.95 and quite small in size; I’d say it’s perfect for toddlers, but perhaps as she gets older we might need a bigger one.

Emma with her toddler bag

Now for Mummy:  now that I’ve entered the world of work, things have changed a bit. I’m trying to take my lunch into work to save the pennies as I am currently haemorrhaging money into SouthEast Trains’ pocket, as well as carrying my laptop and other bits and bobs. So it needed to be a decent size and I found this gorgeous Blake Triple Pocket Soft Shoulder Bag from Accessorize, which I love! It’s a perfect size to fit everything I need and comes with a little purse pouch for my cards too. This one is £37.00 so I treated myself but thought it was worth it and I love the tan colour too.

Mummy's new brown leather bag

A few weeks with our new bags and one thing has become clear…our trusty aforementioned changing bag is no longer required and is sat unloved at the back of the kitchen. It lasted well and was just what we needed in those days when we were in and out of the house so often and I wanted everything in one place. It crept up on me sooner than I thought but Emma now doesn’t really need as many things when we go out. It’s another little sign that my baby is growing up and we’re onto the next phase now. Next stop is my very under-loved wardrobe, so watch this space!

 

 

36 Comments

  1. November 1, 2016 / 6:55 am

    I need this bag!!!!!!!!!! It’s a good job I love you cause you’ve literally just made me spend £37 on yet another handbag!! Seriously though, good on you for treating yourself chick. And I love Emmas little back pack – so adorable xxx #DreamTeam
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  2. November 1, 2016 / 7:51 am

    I love this post – about bags but they are an analogy for your new stages in both your lives – very sweet and poignant. I also love your new bags. Can you put the changing bag on EBay?! Alison x #DreamTeam

  3. November 1, 2016 / 8:05 am

    Wow that’s gorgeous. I think I might take a little look myself…

    Sally @ Life Loving

  4. November 1, 2016 / 8:11 am

    I love bags and this one just looks fabulous! I live the tan colour and it’s definitely big enough to carry all the junk I carry around in my handbag. Emma’s rucksack is super cute too. Love the foxes x #dreamteam

  5. November 1, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Love the bags – the tan one goes with everything and the fox backpack is adorable! We’ve moved on from our changing bag too, and now I just use a big bag for work that I can throw a few nappies and snacks into. #DreamTeam
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  6. November 1, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Lovely bags, I’ve been after a backpack for the girls and this looks perfect!

  7. November 1, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    I’m bag obsessed. This is lovely. I was quite sad to say goodbye to my change bag. Although it’s very much like a handbag so still he s some use from time to time #dreamteam
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  8. November 1, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    All my bags are destroyed or out of date, i may to check this out! Thanks! #DreamTeam

  9. November 1, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Oh I love both of them. Emmas fox one is super cute, and looks perfect for nursery. Yours is great, and a good size. I’m not a girly girl, and rubbish at fashion but I do have a thing for bags. Accessorise always has good ones. #dreamteam
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  10. November 1, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Aw lovely bags! And really good for £37. It’s amazing how much difference a bag can make to your life and how you feel. Thanks for sharing #dreamteam
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  11. November 1, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Oooh both excellent choices! I love the cute little fox bag (I’ve not come across that brand before either) and tan bag is very stylish. #DreamTeam
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  12. November 1, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Oh hello beautiful! I always go to accessorize for bags as my first port of call. They’re so nice and big and reasonably priced for the length of life of the bag. I’m jealous of your new purchase #dreamteam

  13. November 1, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I LOVE your bag!! I need this bag in my life for all of the crap I carry around with me daily, and then I need a lovely new purse to put in it, ha! I’m going to blame you when my husband asks me why its beans on toast every night this month! Gorgeous!! #dreamteam
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  14. November 2, 2016 / 10:29 am

    I love both bags! I remember spending the most I’d ever spent on a bag on my changing bag – I justified it by saying it was for two of us! Although I did then treat myself to a lovely new handbag as a consolation for having to go back to work! #DreamTeam

  15. November 2, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    It’s such a momentous occasion when the changing bag is retired isn’t it? I love both of your choices though. The foxes are supercute and I’m amazed at how reasonably priced your bag is – it’s really stylish! #DreamTeam x

  16. November 2, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    I so need a new bag too. Stuck with a ‘bag for life’ for now and it will just have to do. Your bag is lovely and so is Emma’s. Enjoy! #dream team
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  17. November 2, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    I hate clothes shopping too and tend to use very and asos to avoid all the people who always manage to get in the way and annoy me when in the shops. I’ve recently become a bit of a handbag obsessive and it seems my daughter may be following in my footsteps too! Love both these bags x
    #DreamTeam
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  18. November 2, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    wow! i absolutely LOVE that bag!! #dreamteam

  19. November 3, 2016 / 12:11 am

    I used to love a nice big purse. For now we’re still in need of the diaper bag and a small purse for mommy for the essentials. #DreamTeam

  20. November 4, 2016 / 8:04 am

    The bags look lovely. Very good choices #dreamteam

  21. November 6, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Goodbye changing bags, hello cute snazzy bags. It’s funny when you have to put it away. I kept our out for ages. It just seemed like part of me strangely. Love your bag choices, Emma’s is so cute and you can’t go wrong with accessorize. Thank you for co-hosting #DreamTeam with me xxx
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