Lately I've been working on making our day-to-day activities more streamlined. Doing everything with a 24-pound toddler in tow is a lot of work, so if I come across something that makes life easier I'm all over it. Here are three recent purchases that are helping me and my daughter keep our paleo lifestyle as simple as possible ...
The backpack purse. Backpack-style purses must either be a total fashion faux pas or a super popular must-have item because they are hard to find. Finally, after two months of searching, I found a simple black Tommy Hilfiger one at Marshall's. Between the diaper bag and my handbag I always felt like I was carrying too much stuff. It became unmanageable, and I realized that I needed a hands-free handbag solution. Tossing my belongings directly into the diaper bag? Not an option for me. I realize a lot of moms do that and find it very convenient, but I tried it and it isn't my thing. I considered a crossbody bag (which are easy to find), but I felt like that was too much strain on my neck and shoulders. This $30 backpack purse is making our play dates, park visits and shopping trips so much easier.
LunchBots: I hesitated to buy this stainless steel lunch container. At $17, it seemed expensive. But I couldn't find anything I liked better that was any more affordable, so I decided to just give it a try anyway. I love it! It is the perfect size for a toddler lunch and easy to slip inside the diaper bag. It also makes a great toy when empty. Last night, we brought our daughter along to a late-evening meeting with our real estate agent and the empty LunchBot kept her entertained for 20 minutes.
The HydroFlask water bottle. We are in the middle of a heat wave here in Portland, and I am so glad that we discovered the HydroFlask before the 90+-degree temps rolled in. I had been in the habit of filling plastic cups with ice and water and trying to carry them around along with all my other gear, and it was such a juggling act. The HydroFlask eliminated this problem. It is absolutely hands down my favorite water bottle of all time. Hot stays hot and cold stays cold, just like the company claims. It doesn't sweat when you fill it with ice like my old Camelback one does, and it is easy to grip and carry around. The only downside is it doesn't fit into my car's cupholder, but that is my car's fault. Fortunately, I can set it on the seat beside me because it does not leak. At risk of sounding like an infomercial, the HydroFlask makes staying properly hydrated a breeze. I also love that the company is based in Bend, Oregon because I'm all about supporting local(ish) companies whenever possible. We got ours at Kitchen Kaboodle for $20 (they must have been on promo at the time, because they seem to be more expensive everywhere else).