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Monday, October 15, 2007

Just When You Were Starting To Think I Might Be Deep.

I need a toddler bag.

Perhaps need is the wrong word, but I want a toddler bag. I am on the hunt for this invention and if I don't find what I am looking for I might just have to make it myself. Which will be quite a stretch for this non-domestic-chick.

I don't quite need the 20 pound diaper bag I used to need when going place to place with the babe. I need room for a diaper or two and some wipes. A sippy cup and a snack. And then my stuff. You know my wallet, keys, cell phone, anything else I'm hauling that day.

My old Kate's and Coach's won't quite work. Too small, too nice and too pursey.

And the Kate Spade diaper bag I just had to have is long gone. Yes, I sold her to some lovely lady off of Craigslist who's always wanted that diaper bag. Be ye not so stupid and don't buy a bag based on look, buy it on the principle of function instead. Sorry Kate, your bag did not have much function beyond making me have to dump out the entire bag everytime I needed something.

I bought a Skip Hop bag over the summer, which was lovely for travel and I'll hold on to that one for later use, but I'm really not into the whole messenger bag thing unless I'm traveling.

I don't want something small.

I don't want something large.

I want something JUST RIGHT.

I've been looking and researching and to more stores than one can count. I've looked at designer bags from Petunia Pickle Bottom to Reese Li, I've looked at no-name bags from Target to Babies R Us, but nothing yet resounds with me that this is it.

I don't want something that looks like a diaper bag, yet I don't want something that looks too nice to have toddler accesories tucked inside.

My quest for the right toddler bag is difficult which is why I am soliciting your help.

So throw a girl a line and recommend a bag or two.


And since I haven't quite made my millions yet so make sure it's reasonably priced. Thanks!

The other "invention" I'm working on right now that will put me right up there with Bill Gates is a new kind of shopping cart at Target.

Our Target has a Starbucks coffee in it. Which is sometimes oh-too-convenient.

However I can't get my non-fat grande carmel macciato with light whip before I shop, because I have nowhere to put it. (And maybe it's just me but I have a hard time steering a cart with one hand.)

They originally had a little attachment for the cart to place your cup, however people don't always return them and then they get left on carts out in the parking lot and get damaged and cracked, thus leaving my Target Starbucks without any of these fancy cupholders.

Ta-da, allow me to introduce my new cart invention. Child sits in cart facing the back of the cart so they can steer the attached toy steering wheel. (We're going all out here people.) Behind child is a compartment that folds in or you can pull it out, kind of like a cup holder in a vehicle, only it also has room for keys or spare change as well. Oh I'm thinking aren't I? In case you're having a hard time visualizing, perhaps I will make a sketch and attach later.

Voila! Place your coffee behind the child, thus out of child's reach while shopping. No more spilt coffee in the back of the cart. No more trying to steer with one arm.

I. Love. It.
Anybody know anyone in shopping cart design that would like to design my cart for me?

And finally, tonight yours truly is making a Chicken Pot Pie for dinner. I have no idea what's gotten into me besides the rapidly descending temperatures making me want some nice warm dinner. But I'm actually fairly excited about my very simple recipe and the healthy meal I've got planned.

All in a day's work, toddler bag hunting, cart designing and chicken pot pie.

My husband will be so proud.


Blogger Chris & Abbie said...

I just made Chicken Pot Pie last week! Where is your recipe from? Mine was from Martha Stewart's Food and it was ok - don't know if we'll make it again though.

I think we should find you a designer so we can get this shopping cart made before i have kids - we both know how much i'll be at the Starbucks in Target!

October 15, 2007 at 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you, you really just need a nice tote bag that will hold your stuff, check the perfume counters, they give away with purchase some really nice bags on a regular occassion. I'm proud of you, Chicken Pot pie, you have expanded your horizon. Love Mumsy

October 15, 2007 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liability issue when you hit the bump in the store sand spill on the little one/ stores will not want to take that risk....Keep thinking you will hit one out the park, I know it that brain is smokin.......... love ya

October 15, 2007 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger suchsimplepleasures said...

get a really big paddington is nice or the copies of it from ebay. those kind of purses fit everything in it. i started using a huge purse once i stopped needing a diaper bag. as for the cart idea...sheer genius. i needed one of those the other day when i was grocery shopping. my keys and car phone were underneath all the fruit.

October 15, 2007 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger ann-marie said...

my best bag suggestion is an l.l. bean boat and tote bag: (i'd attach the exact link to the page, but it's super long and would give your comments box a hissy fit. just look under their luggage and travel link for the boat and tote guide. they've got a million of 'em--even personalized ones!)

and you are thinking, girl! i love the cupholder-in-the-shopping-cart idea.

October 15, 2007 at 9:21 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

Ya know, I have heard that the diaper bag they send home with you from the hospital is the best. Not too big not too small. I am saving mine for just a time such as yours! Second, the Meijer here has cup holders on the carts, and a little basket in the middle part of the handle to either, a) put your keys on or b) hold your coupon wallet thingy!

October 15, 2007 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is offical, my wife has gone mad! Maybe someone can suggest a good therapist for her husband who has to endure yet another purse/diaper bag drama. I can still remember when S. received a Kate Spad (how every you spell it) for her birthday. I can still remember her glorious words, "I will never need another bag again." I remember how my heart jumpped for joy! Yes, I am even more blessed to have found this women than I originally thought. However, I soon learned that the words "I will never need..." really meant 6 months in "women speak." So, after all of you make recommendations for my beautiful wife's next purse/diaper bag combo, please remember to also suggest a good therapist for me :) PS - Strangely enough, this is one of the reasons I love my wife so much and why I do tell people "look, there she is, my wife."

October 16, 2007 at 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J, I completely agree that you have a wonderful wife. I did try my part tonight though, took her to my closet and had her take a look at the purses I had just in case one of them was going to make the "perfect toddler bag" but it was a not go. Sorry but I tried. Thanks for sharing her tonight, it was so neat to have two of the three sitting here with us tonight, brought back old memories of when my children were home. Love N

October 16, 2007 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger The Lindahl News said...

If you could tell me exactly what dimensions you wanted and how and where to place the pockets, could I sew one for you? (However, my machine can't handle leather and thick tapestry or vinyl textiles.)

October 17, 2007 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Coma Girl said...

I love your shopping cart idea!! Genius!

Now I am craving a low-fat Carmel macciato...

October 17, 2007 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Megasue said...

Simplicity...two words. Vera Bradley. Melissa and I are all about them...I think you should join the club. They come in many different shapes and sizes, and just about a bazillion designs and colors. And they're sturdy. I took my Piccadilly Plum tote to class with me everyday for two years, and the handles just started to fray (but not break) at the close of four book-filled semesters. Check out the full collection at, but if you want free monogramming order it from Geez...I sound like a distributor... I'm really not a dork...I swear :)

October 17, 2007 at 9:43 PM  

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