As a new mom of 2, I can honestly say I need about 8 arms to get through the day, more so when we out and about. Outings are strategically planned when you have a 4 year old and new baby in tow. So this time around I opted for a backpack baby bag to free up my hands just to make things a little easier when on the move. Those that know me know I am a streamline packer, I accredit that to years of travelling so my baby bag is no different. I wanted something small but practical and that doesn't scream 'baby' as I would need it for my day to day activities too. Although I would have loved a leather baby bag I found it quite bulky and as a mom and business woman on the move I needed light-weight for sure.
I stumbled across Sivart on Instagram and immediately knew I had to have it. These backpacks are fantastic quality, locally made (bonus!) lightweight and trendy. It has 2 zipped compartments and a inside pocket for smaller items or wallet.
See the Grid backpack in action
So whats in Mina Moo's baby bag?
Streamline baby bag packing at its best!
1. Change of clothes : 1 top and 1 bottoms
2. At least 3 bibs - so I am going to be biased and say that I love Mina Moo bibs! they lightweight and instead of changing an entire outfit after a spit-up you change the bib, easy peesy! less bulk for your baby bag too :)
3. Sticky Fudge lightweight blanket - I use mine as a feeding cover too
4. 3 nappies and travel size wipes
5. Oh Lief bum balm for baby- organic and natural whats not to love! and a Oh Lief travel size aqueous cream for me - I always find my hands are dry when washing up after a nappy change. Baby sorted! Mom sorted!
5. Extras: Mina Moo dummy clip and Fox and Moon plushy/rattle
6. Sivart bag flap doubles as a change mat for baby's bottoms, although there is enough space to pack a separate change mat.
7. Extra space to do with as you please! Milk bottles? Baby snacks? Baby hat? Change mat?
The art to streamline packing is to:
* Buy travel size items or use small containers for your bum creams etc and top up as needed
* Pack items that have multiple uses
* Think about what you will be doing for that day and pack plus 1 x worse case scenario, not worse case scenario x 3 lol! I know for us moms that is probably the most difficult part as its in our female genes to have options and more options! ha ha ha
Thank me later!
This post is rather delayed as I have a new Mina Moo growing in my tummy who is taking up most of my time and energy.
A couple of months ago I attended the Zana screen print workshop, I have been desperately trying to get onto this workshop since last year but its always booked out in no time as they only run a few workshops a year and space is limited. I finally made it on to the workshop in Feb this year and being 6 months pregnant was not going to stop me ha ha! needless to say their new space in Salt River is amazing! lovely and light! Really learnt some interesting and important industry insider tips.
Mina Moo's ultimate goal is to have our very own designs and have them locally milled and printed in Cape Town #BusinessGoals :) With the big corporates ever increasing imported clothing over the years starved off our once thriving manufacturing and milling industry in Cape Town, so finding the right prints in the right fabrics is super hard and this is one of the reasons I decided to attend the workshop. If you cant find it, make it.. right!?
Here are some pics of their creative space and some of my designs I screen printed, from scratch I might add, using the stencil method. More pics can be found on our instagram feed.
I love all avenues of creativity so I’ve recently teamed up with the talented @LameezSmPhotography to launch a fantastic collaborative giveaway.
Already bursting with ideas, I was immediately drawn to the tribal trend as I had these gorgeous tribal print fabrics on hand. In keeping with the tribal theme, I knew I wanted a dense forest scene, teepee and feather headdress to complete the look. And what do you do when you cant find any available? you make them. I made the headdress with bits and bobs from my craft box and the ‘teepee’ was a piece of hessian and trim I had.
So we set off to the forest for our woodland backdrop and precious little Hanan, our mayan muse, teepee, wooden stool and apache headdress in tow. Just a few props but with a talented photographer the results are simply gorgeous.
Lameez specializes in contemporary child and newborn photography, she loves capturing the spontaneity of children, preciousness of newborns and cuteness of little babies. Her work is classic yet modern and the moment’s she captures are a visual art piece.
To win this Mina Moo and Baby custom made Aztec print luxury blanket, matching dribble bib, dummy clip and snoodi (value R800) follow these 3 simple steps
- Follow @MinaMooBaby and @Lameezsm on Instagram
- Repost any of the blog post images on instagram tagging @MinaMooBaby, @Lameezsm and 3 friends telling us why you would like to win.
- Use the hashtags #lameezsmXminamoobaby #giveaway in your post and make sure your profile is set to 'public' in order for us to track your entry(s) for the duration of the giveaway.
Entries to the giveaway close Friday 7th August 2015 and winner will be announced Monday 10th August.
Giveaway will run from 27 July to 7 August 2015
Follow all 3 steps to enter – this will be verified
You may repost/regram pics as many times as you like over the duration of giveaway but only 1 entry for each picture per day accepted.
Follow all 3 steps for a complete entry and your profile set to public for the duration of the giveaway until winner is announced - this is to enable us to track your entry.
Winner will be chosen via random.org and announced 10 August 2015