Mom Purse with a Working Upgrade: Fashion Editor by Thirty-One

I have a love/hate relationship with purses. I’ve never been a purse kind of girl, but it wasn’t because I didn’t like them or see the need. It was because I needed to have the perfect purse. Every time. So this led to spending hours shopping and leaving frustrated that all the ideal purses were $$$ when I could just be a little more bohemian and buy a cloth one for $15.

Which I did. Several times. And always hated them.

Fashion Editor by Thirty-One

For the past few months, I’ve been using the Fashion Editor from Thirty-One – part of their new Jewell line. Because I have southern friends, I’ve heard about Thirty-One for years ;) but I haven’t ever owned a product of theirs. The description stated, “perfect for work, with a zippered laptop pocket” and I was sold.

I carry my laptop with me several days a week to work after therapy/when Bella has her classes and had been starting to think I needed a purse that was meant to carry one – with padding. I had the world’s ugliest laptop bag I’ve been using for two years, but thankfully one of the cats finally barfed on it and freed me from the feeling that I had to keep taking it with me.

The Fashion Editor is this purse that hits every mark I have in my head for a purse. Like someone who makes a list for a potential spouse, I have a purse list.

  1. Good sized
  2. Neutral color
  3. No slip straps
  4. Several pockets (but not too many)
  5. Place for a cell phone
  6. Somewhere to clip my keys

Fashion Editor by Thirty-One

I wanted to be able to fit my giant glass water bottle, a Macbook Air, and whatever animal Bella insisted she needed until we got to where we were going. Plus all my other stuff.

Fashion Editor by Thirty-One

I love how lightweight this bag is, even when crammed full of stuff. I also love that my laptop sits in it securely, and the cell phone pocket on the outside has a little magnetic clasp. Now that I see the quality of their bags, I find myself looking at the women in my food co-op who bring their cute Thirty-One totes with them every week, and thinking how handy that would be too.

Fashion Editor by Thirty-One

I can say that not only am I a big fan of their products now, but also what they stand for. Thirty-One Gives lists ways they are involved in giving back through partners like:

 

Interested in purchasing a Fashion Editor bag or seeing what else Thirty-One has to offer? Find a consultant (or ask your friends- more than likely someone is one!) and check out their entire Jewell line as well.

 

I was not paid for this review but did receive the Thirty-One Fashion Editor for review. Thank you to Thirty-One!

Capture a Moment with OneDay

 This post was sponsored by the OneDay app, but all opinions (and super cute video below) are my own. 

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The other day I told Sam, “Isn’t it cute how Bella says Pterodactyl? (She pronounces the ‘P’). Let’s never correct her.”

We have these little memories of her saying things wrong since she started talking. One or two random words she mis-hears, that she then says that way for a while until suddenly it’s gone. She called fans “sa’s” forever, cats were “tikkies”, school buses were buses and actual buses were “schools” (that was the best).

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From Skepticism to Love – & an Essential Oil/Diffuser Giveaway!

Young Living Oils Thieves and USB Diffuser Giveaway
Essential Oils – let me start this post by saying that I’ve been a HUGE skeptic of them for about the past year. Watching friends post on the benefits, rave on results – they were the fun cheerleaders and I was the emo chick on the bleachers wondering if everyone was on crack.

Interestingly enough, it was Sam who first introduced me to oils. Eucalyptus in our humidifier when we were all sick last winter. I fell in love with the scent of that running in our home. Then lavender for little cuts and burns. Peppermint cut with coconut oil for the non-stop headaches I had when pregnant with Kaden.

I tentatively started to ask about different blends I was seeing – what did they smell like? What could they help with? I was surprised to find that with some of the absolutely crazy claims I’d seen online (Cure Ebola! Beat Cancer! Send your child to Harvard at 3!) – the people I knew were honest about them.

They weren’t a cure all for things – but they helped. They smelled great. Oils added an extra layer of help to your routine of prevention/care.

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A Peek Into Our Christmas Day

Yesterday was magical. I couldn’t have picked out a better day for us. The night before Christmas, Bella opened one present (carrying on the tradition from my family), put cookies and milk out for Santa, wore the cutest Christmas nightgown ever, and took an hour and a half to wind down and pass out.

Christmas 2014

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Jump Start the Holidays with Kiwi Crate {& Discount Code!}

This post contains affiliate links.

 

I’m starting to think about Christmas gifts. I mean – I adore Thanksgiving. I want to enjoy it before we do Christmas stuff.

Although two years ago we put up our tree November 1st with the thought of “Christmas for 2 months YAY!” but by December 15th I was ready to light that sucker on fire and throw it out in the yard.

SO.MANY.NEEDLES.

Anyway.

This week is a fun one because all the sales start. I’m usually the person who thinks, “I’ve got tons of time to buy gifts.” Then one day I realize that all of my stuff will have to make the 2 day shipping deadline on Amazon to get to everyone by Christmas. So this year I’m determined to get things here and wrapped and shipped before Dec. 22nd.

You all know we love Kiwi Crate. I’ve written posts for both here and Babble singing their praises over the past two and a half years. This holiday season they’ve got all kinds of fun stuff happening:

Use the code MERRYSUB for 60% off!

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