Always On The Go: The Perfect Family Bag

Frequent travelers understand the cyclical nature of perpetual packing and unpacking, and perhaps never fully emptying those travel bags.  Adding kids to the mix instantly requires an improvement of one’s organizational game. I’ve been traveling several times per month for quite some time now.  Whether I’m solo on a train, traveling in the car with my husband, or with the kids in tow; I’ve learned that a great versatile bag is an absolute must.  Despite the kids being well out of diapers, I’ve come to rely on the multiple pockets and organizational structure of a few great diaper bags (that don’t scream baby bag!).  Black and white and monochrome have certainly had their day in the baby-gear arena, but we’ve been crushing on a hue that falls distinctly between the two.  When 7AM ENFANT rolled out their palette-pleasing Heather Grey collection and sent us a bag to test, we knew it would be a hit among families like ours who love having functional things suitable for the entire family.

Big Diaper Bag with Pockets in Grey

Longtime fans of the  Voyage bag, now both my husband I can head out in its latest color.  The helpful thing about this bag is the zipper running across the top of the bag, and along both sides. When unzipped, the back portion folds completely down (so you can see everything).  No need to worry about finding that lost paci or missing microscopic Shopkin inside that fully packed family bag.  The interior zipper lined pockets safely store the important stuff.  And sippy cups and bottles can be secured in an upright position to their designated spots – without having a dreaded liquid spill.

Family Travel Bag

This bag is super light (and soft!) and comes with an insulated lunchbox, a separate zippered pouch and a plush diaper changing pad.

Diaper Bag Accessories 7am enfant

Can you see why it’s become our universal favorite?

Great Diaper Bag in Grey

Check out 7AM ENFANT’s entire Heather Grey Collection here. If you have a baby, their snugly footmuffs are an absolute must, along with a pair of WarMMuffs to keep mama’s hands warm.

Share

Valentine’s Day Love Candies

With Valentine’s Day just days away, these homemade Valentine’s Day Love Candies are a fun way to spread the love with a thoughtful candy goodness gift.  The final product is pretty and yummy with a crushed candy heart center.  Skip the store-bought treats this year and grab this simple recipe below!

Candy Recipe Pink Love Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Love Candies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bright Pink Candy Melts
  • ¼ cup Small Candy Hearts (red, pink, or white)
  • White Fondant
  • TOOLS:
  • Fondant Roller
  • Fondant Knife
  • Peanut Butter Cups Candy Mold

Instructions

  1. Use a Candy Melt Pot to heat candy melts or microwave candy melts at 50% for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat at 50% for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat at 50% in 15-second intervals and stir until completely smooth. Do not over heat.
  2. Using a spoon, slowly pour candy melts into each circular mold. Fill only halfway. Gently tap mold onto countertop to remove air bubbles.
  3. Crush small candy hearts with a small spoon. Sprinkle crushed candy hearts into each mold. Cover with candy melts (to the top of the mold).
  4. Place mold in freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Knead fondant, roll into ball and flatten with fondant roller. Carefully cut out letters: L, O, V, E with a fondant knife. Tip: You can use a small frosting tip to cut out the O.
  6. Remove mold from freezer.
  7. Add a tiny amount of candy melts to the back of each letter and gently press each letter onto candies.
  8. Add a small amount of candy melts to the top of the remaining candies and sprinkle crushed candy hearts. Place all candies in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and serve!
http://www.marinobambinos.com/2016/02/valentines-day-love-candies/

easy candy recipe LOVEFor other Valentine’s Day craft ideas check out our favorite Valentine for kids and our DIY Heart Felt Necklaces.

Happy Love Day!

Share

On Individuality & Styling Tween Hair

ballerina

Compensation provided by SoCozy.  Thank you for your support of Marino Bambinos. I have a sweet memory of sitting at the dining room table when I was around my daughter’s age while my mother and father collectively tried to French braid my hair with the help of a book.  With several bunches of strands in […]

Share
Read more…

Welcome February + Free Printable Calendar

slider image

I may not know where January flew off to, but it always feels good to turn the calendar to a fresh new page.  We’re excited to welcome this new month with the launch of free printables!  This month’s free printable is a pretty, February 2016 calendar sheet. I’m in constant negotiations with the kids to […]

Share
Read more…

Keeping Baby Warm + Bugaboo Footmuff Giveaway

bugaboo stroller bunting

As historic heaps of snow clobbered upon our city, we too joined in the snow-play mid-storm.  The children were bundled up like mini sumo wrestlers because I still go a bit overboard in securing their warmth in frigid temps.  And now, as we trudge to school in Blizzard Jonas’ aftermath, I can’t help but be […]

Share
Read more…

Not Your Mama’s Fanny Pack

Hipsters-for-Sisters

There is something incredibly liberating about being years away from transporting around an overstuffed diaper bag. Now I make the kids wear packs for our day-tripping – and I suppose that I’ve streamlined my must-carry essentials (save those days that I need my camera, plus lenses and a laptop).  I’ve been searching for a smart […]

Share
Read more…