Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What Is In My Bag

Actually that's a good question because half the time I don't even know what is in my bag.  Having read quite a few posts from fellow bloggers who dissect their handbags for us, I thought I would show you into the depths of my nappy bag...basically whether you are interested or not (!) 
 
Pre-babies I never carried a handbag.  I'm a 'wallet-in-the-back-pocket' kinda gal, and I squish my mobile phone in the front pocket of  my jeans.  I always have pockets (I always wear jeans), so never have to worry about a bag. 
 
Post-babies and I'm stuck with a nappy bag, because you just can't wrangle a sea of children without one.  Trust me...once they have got past the 'I-need-nappies-wipes-changes-of-clothes-hats-toys-etc' I'm going right back to that 'wallet/mobile phone-in-the-jeans-pocket' combination.  Too many hypens??  Perhaps.
 
So...this is my bag..
It's quite big!  Understandably.  It's also real leather and it was a treat to myself for my birthday last year.  It's from Isle of Charlie, which is a great website and I ordered it online.  I figured that with four kids (and three of them being under school age) I was going to get a lot of mileage out of this bag.   I tossed up between a gorgeous soft blue version, but then figured I'd get sick of it so went for the camel coloured.  I wonder if camels appreciate having bag colours named after them? Hmmmm....
 
Inside you will find terribly boring things like...
Ok, so there are nowhere near as many nappies in my bag as there used to be.  At one stage I had three in nappies.  It was fabulous.  Not really.
Wipes.  Possibly THE most handy invention.  EVER.  Seriously.  As well as wiping little bottoms they do noses, faces, hands, shoes, benches, bathrooms, toilets.....the list goes on.  I'm always covered in sticky finger stains from my kids and I'm often found scrubbing at my jeans during the last minute dash to head out the door with a bunch of wipes.  Buy some.  You will thank me.
We're getting out of hat weather really but as it is Spring it is weird and crazy and everywhere so the hat still makes an appearance.  Love the bobbly bits that hang down.  Gives my daughter something to chew on.
These rescue pastilles are awesome.  I keep some by my bed too.  I have the odd panic attack here and there, not ashamed to admit, and these are great.  I don't usually need to resort to these during the day, only at night sometimes, but it's handy having them in my bag just in case.
This is a little plastic container.  How cute is it?!  Currently there is nothing in it but I usually carry emergency snacks in here....biscuits, fruit...chocolate....tranquillisers.
I have done a Moo Goo review here.  This is an all purpose moisturiser that is really handy, has a sort of marshmallow-ey kind of fragrance and occasionally I will use it as a nappy balm.  Love it.
Yep..cute squirrel purse which is empty.  No idea why it is there.
Gorgeous pair of designer sunglasses by Ralph Lauren that I have hardly worn.  Got them a couple of years ago.  Mum picked them up for me when she was on holidays with my sister and her family.  They were in Italy!  Exciting!  And it took me ages to pay her back....I'm terrible.  I need to wear them more this year because the sun is really harsh here in Australia and I have wrinkles under my eyes from too much squinting.  Most likely from when I worked as a farm hand on various farms.  Hence my love for anti-wrinkle eye cream.
 
There is also usually my wallet but it is a bit of a disgrace and while taking these photos it had gone missing, thanks to my kids.  However, it is brown leather and is from R.M. Williams, which is an iconic Australian brand.  When I met my husband he had exactly the same wallet.  It was kooky.  I generally live in my R.M. Williams boots, but at the moment they have holes in the soles and let in water.  Otherwise they are the best.  (The boots aren't in my bag by the way...as we are talking about what is in my bag...but once I get on to the topic of my boots.....!  Enough Amber, shut up about the boots!!).
 
So that's about it really, other than the bits of fluff and the odd Matchbox car that I find, and random coins floating around the bottom. 
 
What exciting things have you got in your bag?












67 comments:

  1. Lol great post! I totally understand, I carry a HUGE bag, it weighs about as much as I do, and is stuffed with everything from diapers, to spider man figurines.

    www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

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    1. I was actually thinking of you when I wrote this post because I knew you would understand having four kids yourself!

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    1. Thanks Paola, and thanks for stopping by!

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  3. You are so prepared! Haha, I usually just do a mental checklist and run out the door if I have these three things in my bag: wallet, phone, keys :P

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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    1. It's a learned thing! Nothing worse than going out and finding you have no nappies! Blergh!

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  4. hello sweetie!!
    I`m here the first time & I wanna stay!
    How about follow each other?? I always follow back when I propose it :)
    I tell you that because I really love your blog! WOW!
    Pics so inspiring & descritpions are great!!!!
    so let me know sweetie!

    have a nice day!
    keep in touch :)
    kisses

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    1. Hi! Yes, absolutely..I'm following along with you on Bloglovin now so if you would like to follow me that would be great! Have a good rest of the week! x

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  5. The squirrel purse is so adorable! I am glad I am not the only who has the random empty coin purse in my bag! I don't really care a purse around unless I am going on an all day adventure somewhere, so I always get a bit of a surprise when I go through it.

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    1. Hi Steph, the best thing is when you find money in purses that you have forgotten!

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  6. I completely sympathise with this post! I have a 2 year old daughter, so always have to have all the necessities, some of which are in the nappy bag, some of which are in my handbag *Sigh*
    Great blog, I'll be sure to follow, be nice if you could follow back, thank you for the comment on my dry shampoo review, I replied, offering to do more hair product reviews if it'd be of interest to you.
    Tara x

    http://lovetarababii.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hi Tara! It will be nice to claim our bags back! I am following along with you on Bloglovin now. Thanks for following along with me! x

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  7. My handbag is full of receipts haha! Those stress relief pastilles sound great, I am such a stress head!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. Yes! I have tonnes of receipts too! The stress relief pastilles are awesome...Bach Rescue Remedy. You should be able to get them anywhere...they are made in Switzerland.

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  8. I've never heard of those pastilles before will have to look them up! I remember the days when I carried just 3 things in my bag! I still only carry those 3 things I just have to rummage through loads of nappies, and wipes, and toddler snacks to find them!

    www.didipie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That's so funny! Yes, I'm hearing you. Half the time I give up looking for stuff. The pastilles are awesome. Bach Rescue Remedy, they have liquid drops too. They are made in Switzerland so surely you should be able to get them in the UK.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Had a look over on your blog...love the bikini..very cute!

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  10. I always have my wallet and a bottle of water and, oh, I just found out I also have a dark green pencil in my bag, haha! Great post!

    Hugs from Denmark x
    Mathilde | MATHILDE JULIE

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    1. Hi Mathilde! Very curious about the dark green pencil now you have mentioned it!! Will stop by your page.

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  11. Hi Amber!
    My handbag is full of random pamphlets from around campus haha. Thanks for checking out my blog and leaving a comment there :D Have you any recommendations for good, cheap products?
    Love your blog, by the way.
    www.natillie.com

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    1. Hi Natalie. Thank you. I used to have a fair amount of Maybelline stuff when I was at uni. And Revlon has always been good. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. cute little post :)

    you have a lovely blog here and i love your design

    if you have a secound would be great to see you over on my blog

    http://myroutinesjade.blogspot.co.uk/

    have a lovely day

    Jade

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    1. Hi, thanks for your comments. I popped over to your blog and it looks great! Love your apartment. Good use of what looks like limited space.

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  13. Cute post, dear!!!


    Thanks for the comment!!

    http://the-haute-strawberry.blogspot.gr/

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  14. The sunglasses are amazing! I love your cute little container too - so sweet!

    Hayley-Eszti

    www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

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    1. They are nice sunnies Hayley...just need to wear them more!

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  15. Awesome items, always love posts like this! :D

    I have a new outfit post up, would love to know your thoughts! :)

    http://electricsunrise.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Helen, I loved your 70s inspired outfit, very cute!

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  16. Great post. My bag is currently stuffed with random things that us girls need! Makeup, sunglasses, phone, perfume etc.

    www.internetlyaddicted.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hi Laura! Why do we always need so much stuff!?! Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. I always have a BIG bag as I tend to carry quite a lot of random things. I can't deal with small bags lol Xx
    thefashion-junkie

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    1. Thanks for visiting Shereeeen! I've noticed lately that my big bag is less full...so this is a good thing!

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  18. great post! I am always curious about what goes in other people's big bags. I don't have kids but I carry a big bag around most of the time. Not very organized though, full of lipsticks, hand sanitizer, pill case and coupons which are old and expired :(

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    1. Hi! Isn't it depressing when you find a coupon past it's use by date. You think 'yay' and then after a few seconds it's like...'boo'. People do have weird stuff in their bags, that's for share! Thanks for reading.

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  19. ha ha our bags contain very similar things! good call on splurging on a diaper bag, it`s something you`ll use everyday and it`ll have a lot of wear and tear. my daughter loves dragging mine around the house!

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    1. Hi Emmett! Thanks for stopping by. My daughter likes to pull everything out of mine. She's 14 months old (actually 14 months today!) and she will get bits out and throw them about. Great entertainment!

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    1. Thank you! The sunnies are nice, just got to remember to wear them this summer!!

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  21. Well MY nappy bag never looked as cool as yours! I love it! I'm a bit scared to go through my bag, I know I have Lego in there !!!

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    1. Hi, I did have a fabric one which was given to me for when my four year old was born. It saw me through two kids but it basically fell apart! You know how it is! Kids! Ooo, haven't found any Lego yet. Give it time...!

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  22. Perfect sunnies!

    Eye See Euphoria : http://eyeseeeuphoria.com/post/tales-from-orlando

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  23. Even if it's a nappy bag, it's still adorable!

    jenjars.blogspot.com

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  24. Hi Amber, I absolutely loved your blog. did a little snoop and I kept clicking the older posts sign. Lovely blog you have here :))

    http://tinybitsofbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Anna, I had a good look over on yours and I particularly like your bedroom ideas for your new apartment. Sounds like an adventure!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. I'm like you, I really hate having to carry a bag but I have so much stuff I need to carry round with me! Backpacks are slowly becoming my best friend though, they are soooo much easier to carry around!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I'm hearing you! I'm thinking a little leather backpack might be my replacement bag when I no longer need to carry nappies about. Otherwise it's back to the old jeans pocket scenario! Thanks for stopping by.

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  26. What a cute bag! Thanks for sharing :) I just followed you on Twitter, Instagram, GFC & Bloglovin! :D

    Chelsea
    Chowing Down by the Bay
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    1. Hi Chelsea, thanks for following. I am following you right back on Bloglovin, Twitter and Instagram!

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  27. My bag usually has way too much stuff in it but I like to always be prepared for anything! I usually have some snacks, a camera, a book... the list goes on and on!

    http://mollyandstacie.com/

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    1. That is probably part of the reason why I normally like to go bag free! At least you are prepared!! Thanks for stopping by Molly.

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  28. This is such a lovely giveaway

    itsjustshalay.blogspot.com

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  29. Lol, I had a good laugh when I read about the boots, you're hilarious! And don't worry about having baby items in your bag. I don't have any children but when I use to work at a daycare mothers use to always carry one bag for everything. It makes life a whole lot easier!

    berrystylishofficial.com ♥ ItsBerryStylish

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    1. Hey Sierra, yeah, can't live without the bag. What is funny is when my husband (who is a big tough shearer!) has to take the kids somewhere and HE has to leave the house carrying my bag! hahahahaha!

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  30. My cousin has told me how much her handbag has changed since having kids.. and this gives me an idea of what she's facing! It's quite sweet to see! :) Although of course the gorgeous Ralph Lauren sunglasses were a beautiful finale!!

    http://aglassofice.blogspot.co.uk
    - I follow back on Bloglovin' -

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    1. Hi Gabrielle, thanks for stopping by. Yeah, kids change so much about yourself! I don't get to sleep any more (boo!) and I don't watch anything but kids programs on TV. Really like your blog, your recent post is great...love the Karen Millen top!

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  31. Nice post!!

    http://fashionwalkinbrussels.blogspot.com/

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  32. Such a lovely styled blog. great work! Seeing a mummies handbag is daunting :) Where's the space for all the beauty products? hehe

    Love LC

    luckypretty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Laura for having a read. Enjoyed seeing your blog too. My 'mummy handbag' is now where near as bad as it could be..haha. It was missing baby bottles and all that sort of stuff! Plenty of room for beauty products in this bag....just no time to apply them with four kids!

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