tote well x madewell


for the past, i don’t know, four-ish years i have been toting around a diaper bag. lucky for me, there have been so many beautiful diaper bags made available for moms today. from back packs, to wipeable leathers, to not your average diaper bag, we have been blessed with some of the best. but recently, i found myself shying away from the good ‘ol DB. maybe its that finley is officially ‘not a baby’ anymore, or maybe it’s the fact that i know I have five months left before all the baby things pile back up. but obviously, i am pregnant so i also wanted to be sure to find something that could be used for mama and for bebe.

insert my madewell tote. it’s basic. it’s timeless. it’s cognac [my fav]. and it’s so so big [but not too big].  but like, insert a tote organizer later big for all the baby things. and it’s absolutely beautiful. just gorgeous!

so what’s inside my bag currently? well let’s take a peek!

glasses // these little guys are always with me. if you see me in the wild without them and wave me down, i’ll probs stare at you like a crazy person. hashtag can’t see. these ones are from warby parker and they are kind of my favorite.

wallet // because…gotta get that money honey.  obviously i carry this with me haha. but my poor, beautiful madewell wallet [that matches my tote perfectly!] has seen better days. all those sippy cups i used to carry around did some damage. there’s probably a way to fix this. right?! RIGHT???

lippies // at any given point there are always at least three tubes in my bag. colors + glosses. always always. and my lipsticks, well they don’t come off. more on that later!

diapers + wipes // yes, these are a select few of the baby items that still take home in my bag. we love seventh generation for our diapers + wipes. they’re free + clear and effective. although finley is using the potty every day, he isn’t ‘officially’ trained yet. but that’s okay. i do love me a diaper butt. but maybe just one diaper butt, so that means he has several months left to get it together. HA.

changing mat // i absolutely love carrying along a changing mat with me for those times when diaper changes are necessary. this one from gathre is made of leather, so it’s wipeable and easy to keep clean. the bonus? it doubles up as a placemat for us, too!

essential oils // in my bag, i always try to remember to carry a few of those every day EOs that i use most. for us, that is on guard for our hand sanitizer and germ kicker, my xanax blend to chill the heck out sometimes, past tense for those pregnancy migraines that like to sneak up on me, and lemon for our water. i think most of these have found their way into my car, but the xanax doesn’t leave me.

bonnet // finley loves hats. he asks to wear them all the time. and he will be wearing a bonnet as long as i can get away with it! with the cool mornings we have been having, and the sunny afternoons that come around, i have been making sure to keep a brimmed bonnet in my bag. we love this one from briar.

baby carrier // i never, ever, leave my house without a sling. my little lifesavers!  i always make sure i have one for those times when finley is napping or when we’re out running errands and he doesn’t want to walk anymore. we absolutely could not live without our wildbird slings.

tiny cotton bag// this little guy is actually what my wallet came in. and it is so cute! i love it because it is small enough to throw into my bag and it keeps a few items all together. in here is where i like to keep a few snacks [aka suckers] my lippies, essential oils, and hair ties.

so that’s it. the bag + the things i literally carry daily and everywhere. what’s in your bag? and where do you take it?

this post was created in partnership with madewell. however, all opinions and feelings are my own. 

a life update

hi sweet friends! these blog posts have been few and far in between lately and i promise there is a v good reason for that! firstly, summer is here. and boy does summer bring so many activities + get togethers. we’ve been on vacations, weekend getaways, soaking up the warm vitamin d in our backyard, taking boat rides on the river, and staying way too late. lately i have found myself completely overwhelmed and it has been so nice unplugging a bit more and just being there with my boys, literally watching them grow by the day. we’ve celebrated two birthdays this summer, which totally reminds myself that i need to post a hayden lane update. he is four now. F O U R.

we think these days go so incredibly fast, which i mean they do, but in all reality i feel like he has been here an entire lifetime with us. i hardly remember a time without him. so in all reality, four years sounds so completely short compared to a lifetime. but then i’m like, HOW IN THE WORLD ARE YOU FOUR. STOP GROWING. anyways, this should be for my hayden post. back to the update…

secondly, the v good reason for the time away. i feel so incredibly blessed to share with you all that we are expecting baby number three! yes, number three! i cannot even put into words how excited we are, just elated + on cloud nine. we found out as soon as we got home from our arizona/california vacation back in june and the very first people we shared our news with was of course, the boys. to hear them talk about the baby makes my heart explode. i know hayden will be my little sidekick and best helper and finley, well he keeps pointing to my tatas and saying “baby’s milk now?” but in all honesty, i know he is so ready for this role of big brother.

this little peanut is making me feel all the feels, including the lovely all day sickness. it’s been worse than ever before, but i constantly remind myself that this is such a good thing; a happy, healthy growing babe. the tiredness is so real, and most nights i am in bed before the boys. there’s been endless amounts of days of the boys watching way too much tv, followed with me lying on the couch next to them. but goodness, i wouldn’t trade this for anything.

we will be welcoming this little peanut in the winter, but until then, i’ll be filling all of these days with my two boys, soaking up our togetherness. watching my body change and work in such a beautiful way, taking in every little move this sweet baby makes, and praying. praying for a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby,  and for these two sweet boys to welcome this change with open arms. if you’re the praying type, we ask for you to join us in this exciting time. and we thank you for all the outpouring love we know this baby + family will receive from you all. you’re the best and we just are so happy you’re here with us on this next season of life!

xx lindsey

finley turns two

i’ll never fathom how time can go so incredibly fast, but yet it feels like you have been here with me an entire lifetime. you turned two this past week, and i remember the day you were born like it was yesterday. it’s been two full years of sweet snuggles, sloppy kisses, and love. two whole years of watching you grow, learn, and become the sweet little boy you are.

you are gentle. you are full of happiness. you make the world shine brighter each day and we are so blessed to have you in our family. i don’t think you’ll ever know how much i love you, but i hope when you look back at pictures or when you’re watching home videos you’ll feel that love. because my love for you is so immense.


  • you’re starting to talk in full sentences
  • you say “ummm” when you’re thinking of an answer
  • when i say ” i love you so much!” before bedtime you reply, “much!”
  • you still hate getting your hair washed
  • you cry for mo to sleep with you at night
  • speaking of going to bed you usually ask for “mommy’s room”
  • trolls is your all time, favorite movie
  • you kind of go potty on the toilet. only number two. and only like four times a month.
  • kid you are sugar obsessed.  you don’t get it often, but boy, watch out.
  • you know you’re name and say it perfectly!
  • your favorite food is burgers + chicken
  • you ask to say prayers at dinner
  • “oh shucks!” is your current favorite
  • all dogs + all cats are ry ry and mo mo
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