Packing with the Kids

Motherhood, Travel


Owen drawing

Owen holding Ella

I decided to start packing a little early for our trip to Florida next month as I wanted to see what fit, what didn’t, and what we still needed so that I wouldn’t be scrambling for things last minute. I dressed the kiddos in their swimsuits to pretend we were at the beach and they played nicely on my bed as I sorted through clothes, trying not to over pack, but its hard! You never know what the weather will be like and girls have a lot of dresses—or at least we do! 😉 Owen kept Ella busy with Art Cards and Fruit and Veggie Stroller Cards from Wee Gallery in between colouring his 32 Ways to Dress a Bear Activity Book. I was originally going to save these gifts for the trip but we all go excited, myself included so I caved and we’ve been enjoying them. Ella makes me laugh every time we take out the Art Cards, she’s so focussed and you can see how intrigued she is by the cards with zero expression until she sees the lion card then for some reason she breaks out in to the biggest smile EVERYTIME, its so funny! The best part about these toys is that they stimulate development and imagination. We love them!

Everything else from workout wear, summer and spring clothing, sandals, sun protective swimmers and hats have all been put aside and its all ready to go when we are. Now, I just have to figure out how I’m going to get all of it in to two suitcases! Wish us luck!


Oemi Baby and Me

Fashion, Motherhood

One month has come and gone and our little Ella is growing faster than we could ever imagine. Ella is over 8lbs. now and it amazes me that she is exactly how I expected she would be from the way she was in my tummy. She was always moving around, especially during the night, and all her kicks and movements are still the way she settles herself. I knew she would be strong, and she is. Owen is getting into the routine of having a baby sister who needs a lot of his Mom’s attention. He loves his little sister but he has also enjoyed having time with me for our Mom and son date nights together.

We have also found getting out of the house as a family to be much easier than the first couple weeks. We have been able to enjoy seeing our friends at several Christmas parties where, besides my little ones, my Oemi bag was the topic of conversation. I’ve received so many compliments on it and when I tell them “it’s actually a diaper bag” … “you’re kidding!” is typically the answer. The Parkside Bag goes from diaper bag, to work bag, to out-with-the-girls bag, its perfect! I showed my Mom the other day, and she went on about how great this would be for her work and I swear if I wasn’t watching her close enough she would have run off with it! I might have to get her one before she does 🙂

Oemi Baby also makes adorable blankets and baby clothing. If you are searching for the perfect gift for Mom this holiday season, I’ve picked out a few of my favorites. Click on the photos below and happy shopping!

Thanks Oemi Baby for sponsoring this post!



Limited Edition Bag-Wine

Think of it as having the same great flare and functionality of the original Oemi Baby Bag, but with a few special touches for an extra hint of luxury.


Brownstone Baby Bag

Stylish and functional, the Oemi Baby Bag has been crafted with the needs of fashion-conscious parents in mind. It is the perfect alternative to the traditional diaper bag.  In fact, the only person who will know it’s a diaper bag is you!



The Oemi Parkside Diaper Bagis made from 100% leather and is the perfect alternative to the traditional diaper bag. Beautifully crafted and are made for the fashion conscious parent on the go.