Packing a Diaper Bag with 2 Toddlers

As a mom I’m always on the go and when I feel like there’s no way I could get any busier, I do! It seems like my to-do list just keeps growing and growing, which is why I’m happy to have my JJ Cole Caprice bag—a diaper bag that can handle my busy schedule.

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I love that this diaper bag has plenty of storage space as well as pockets and compartments to carry everything I need, and it’s stylish too, which is a win! Plus, it’s versatile—this tote bag can be carried by its’ handles or by its’ shoulder strap. One of my favorite things about it is that it has stroller straps that make it possible for us to easily attach it to the stroller (I have been wanting a diaper bag with this capability!).

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Packing a Diaper Bag with 2 Kids - emilybogner.com

And in case you need another reason to check out this JJ Cole diaper bag, here’s one: it’s a neutral color, so my husband doesn’t mind carrying it one bit!

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When it comes to packing a diaper bag, we have a system down. With our first son, we overpacked every time we left the house because we just knew we needed at least two or three extra outfits, five diapers, wipes, a nursing cover, and a handful of burp cloths for three hours of church or two hours out and I’m not exaggerating at all. If you’ve read my post on creating a sleep routine, you know my oldest had reflux, which meant constant spitting up so we literally had to have all of the above. Packing the bag for two toddlers looks quite a bit different.

Packing a Diaper Bag with 2 Toddlers:

1) Diapers – we pack a couple diapers in each child’s size.

2) Baby Wipes

3) Cups – our kids can use regular cups at home (yay!) but when we’re out and about, these are easier for us to use for water.

4) Snacks (not pictured)

5) Extra Outfits – we try to pack one extra outfit for each child. Depending on weather, we might bring two sweaters or jackets. Right now it’s warm outside so the boys can wear a shirt and shorts or a romper.

6) Blankets – we often pack a blanket for each child just in case they want one in the car.

7) Books (not pictured) – we often take board books with us wherever we go. That way, we have something to entertain the kids with if necessary.

8) Bandages & Antibacterial Ointment – I always like to be prepared with bandages and antibacterial ointment just in case. Thankfully, we haven’t needed to use the stash in the diaper bag yet!

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Be sure to check out Babies R Us for all JJ Cole products!

Xx, Emily

5 Indoor Activity Ideas for Rainy Days

*Today’s post is sponsored by Trademark Innovations and Smiling Tree Toys. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Do your kids whine when they’re stuck inside all day? Right, neither do mine. But just in case you have a rainy day (we’ve been having a lot of those here in Northern California recently!) or a snow day, and are stuck inside, here are some indoor activities we do to help the day pass more smoothly and happily . . .

1) Hang out in a Teepee – We were so excited to receive this canvas Teepee from Trademark Innovations, and my hubby, who grew up loving cowboys, was even more excited when we found out it was in a cowboy print. The Teepee makes any activity that much more fun for them (especially activities #3 and #5).

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2) Build a fort – I loved building forts as a kid. We’d get all the couch cushions, pillows, blankets, and sheets we could find and put together huge tented forts that we’d play all kinds of games inside or lay under on a movie night. My kids are still a little too young for this activity, but I can’t wait to build forts with them when they’re older.

3) Read – Days that are filled with rain and snow are perfect for reading! Are your kids sick of all the books you have? Start a rainy (or snow) day collection of books—books that you only take out on a rainy (or snow) day! That way, it will be a treat when you bring out those special books.

4) Make Believe – When we are stuck inside all day, we play lots of make believe! We pretend to be dinosaurs, lions, or dogs—I love that we get to use our imaginations together!

 

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5) Puzzles – Our little guys like these wooden name puzzles from Smiling Tree Toys, they put all the letters in, then dump them out and do it all over again!

What are your favorite indoor activities for rainy days or snow days? Share them in the comments!

Xx, Emily

What I Eat When I Want to Indulge

Mom life isn’t easy. It’s exhausting. For me, it seems like every day presents a challenge of some kind. And when I’m in the midst of a ridiculously busy day, it’s nice to have a treat I can indulge in. Lately, that treat has been these delicious VitaTops!

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What I Eat When I Want to Indulge - emilybogner.com

When I get hungry throughout the day, I usually have a small window of time that I can eat so that means when I need a snack it has to be quick to prepare and easy to eat. One of the reason I love VitaTops is because they are such a unique product–there are so many ways to enjoy them: I can toast them,  eat them frozen, or eat them at room temperature by either tossing one in my purse before I leave and giving it about 30 minutes to thaw, or by quickly placing it in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

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So I can eat them frozen, at room temperature, or warm, depending on how I’m feeling that day and how the weather is. Amazing, right? And these MuffinTops are yummy and healthy–they’re made with clean and simple ingredients that offer a range of nutritional benefits.

Quick and easy? Check!

Delicious? Check!

I found my VitaTops Wild Blueberry MuffinTops at Target! You can find yours at your nearest Publix, Kroger, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, or Target locations.

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Have you tried VitaTops yet? Click here for $1 off coupon and to find stores that carry VitaTops near you!

I loved both the Deep Chocolate and the Wild Blueberry flavors!

Xx, Emily

Random Acts of Love (Part of the “Love Your Husband” Challenge)

Did you accept my challenge to show your husband you love him once every day until Valentine’s Day? Awesome!

The best use of life is love.
The best expression of love is time.
The best time to love is now.

-Rick Warren

Here are some ideas for random acts of love you can do for your husband over these last two weeks until Valentine’s Day (including some of your ideas that you were kind enough to share with me!).

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Random Acts of Love:

• Cook his favorite meal
• Make his favorite treat
• Give him your FULL attention and listen
• Pick up his favorite snack (and leave it somewhere for him to find)
• Take the time to speak his love language
• Give him a hug and kiss before he goes to work
• Give him a hug and kiss the second he comes home from work
• Write him a quick love note
• Write him a thank-you note
• Express your gratitude throughout the day for all that he does
• Plan a date night out or a date night in

 . . . and ideas from you:

@happilymidwest – Laura got her husband’s truck washed and detailed, and then left a note for him on the dashboard to find in the morning!

Stacie – when her husband was working from home, Stacie brought him a glass of water. She also wrote him notes, and made him cookies!

Jana – Jana and her husband each have responsibilities around the house and one of her husband’s is taking out the trash. Because her husband had a long day at work, she enlisted the help of her daughter to gather all the trash together and take it outside (in cold, snowy weather) one night so he wouldn’t have to.

@mykidslavishlife – Colleen says she and her husband try to make date night every night by picking up the house, eating snacks, and hanging out in bed.

I have loved hearing about the random acts of love you have been doing for your husbands, keep sharing them! You can message me, email me, tag me in your post, whatever.

We’ve got two more weeks to go until Valentine’s Day and honestly, I haven’t been perfect at this! There have been crazy busy days that I forget until late and so my gesture was just thanking him that day for all he does for our family and giving him a kiss! The point is that you are thinking of him and making an effort to help him feel loved. Big gestures are great, and simple things are wonderful too!

Xx, Emily

The Love Your Husband Challenge

There are exactly 4 weeks until Valentine’s Day 2017. I decided sometime in December that this year I HAD to do something DIFFERENT and I invite you to join me in a challenge that I’ve given myself . . . something I’m calling the Love Your Husband Challenge!

• I will be completing at least one conscious act of love for my husband every single day until Valentine’s Day.

• Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to join me and complete a conscious act of love for your husband today, and every single day until Valentine’s Day.

Choose your love: love your choice

– President Thomas S. Monson

I love my husband every single day! In fact, I shower him with love whenever I get a chance! So . . . why did I give myself the challenge to do a conscious act of love for him every day until Valentine’s Day?

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Because when I entered the Sacramento LDS Temple almost five years ago, I knew I was marrying my husband for eternity. Our intention was that we would create what we called an “epic marriage”. We wanted to grow with each other, face challenges together, celebrate triumphs together, and be even more madly in love as the years rolled on than we were the day we got married.

The key word in that sentence though, is that we wanted to “create” an epic marriage, we knew it wouldn’t just happen to us . . . we needed to make the choices for that to happen. And therein lies one of the deepest misunderstandings I think I’ve ever heard about love: that it happens to us and that we can fall in and out of love and we have no choice in the matter.

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I don’t believe that for a second. Rather, I believe love is a verb. Like the quote above, I believe we choose our love. I have chosen my husband. Because I have chosen my husband, I must love (verb) my choice.

‘love is a verb. The feeling of love is the fruit of love. So love your wife. You did it once, you can do it again. Listen. Empathize. Appreciate. It’s your choice. Are you willing to do that?’
– Stephen R. Covey

I would rephrase this for myself to “love him, listen to him, empathize with him, appreciate him”. There is no such thing as giving too much love. So if I love (verb) my husband every day, why give myself this challenge? Because I want my husband to feel loved and appreciated. I don’t think it’s even possible for me to give him too much love.

And why should you join me in this challenge? Because, in my opinion, it’s always a good time to love someone we love. What do you have to lose?

I am so excited about thinking up ways to show and communicate my love for my husband and to share them with you along the way. And I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Some ideas to get you started: shoulder massage, give him a kiss, make dessert (or just scoop him some ice cream!), leave him a love note to find as he’s getting ready for work, plan a date, or a movie night at home.

I hope you will join me in this challenge! If you post about your random acts of love, please use the hashtag #theloveyourhusbandchallenge so I can see them! I’d love some more ideas for random acts of love I can do for my husband. If you have any ideas, please share them in the comments!

Xx, Emily