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Hey lovelies, welcome to SDB! I'm Natasha. I am a walking, talking mombie fueled by coffee. I am obsessed with shoes, all things glittery and/or sparkly, and I have an owl obsession. We talk about everything from motherhood, lifestyle, and all things inbetween. I am a mom of three kids and we reside in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for tagging along! Now lets sit back and sip on a cup of coffee in the AM or wine in the PM and lets relax.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Easy Mini Apple Pies

This post is long overdue. I was supposed to post it on Easter Sunday but got a little distracted with the holiday, going on vacation over spring break, and my son getting surgery to remove his tonsils. He is home recovering and is such a little trooper. 

We had a very mellow Easter at home this year. It was a rather lazy but relaxing day for us. I cooked up an easy breakfast of bacon and mini apple pies. I always keep pre-made dough like crescent rolls and pie crust around. I just happened to have a can of apple pie filling in the pantry. These are easy and the possibilities are endless. I can't wait for marionberry season so I can make them into mini pies! Anyways, here is how you make these simple mini pies.


Pillsbury Pie Dough (or other store brand)
1 can Apple Pie Filling 
1 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter 


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While oven heats open can of apple pie filling. Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon sugar to filling in small bowl. Mix and set aside.

2. Roll out pre-made pie crust. I have a calzone cutter that I use to cut out perfect circular dough but you can use a pizza roller or knife and cut the dough into squares if you don't have a calzone cutter on hand. Add a spoonful of filling to center of the dough and pinch together edges. Place on greased cookie sheet.

3. Melt 1 teaspoon butter and dust over the dough. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The outside of the dough will be a nice golden brown. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. 


I have also made mini cherry pies which were so delicious. I may experiment and make these with dark chocolate and marshmallow fluff. What do you think? Leave a comment if you think I should try it. 

Thanks for stopping bye. Enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

What Every Mother Needs in a Diaper Bag

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Finding the perfect diaper bag can be a daunting task. Believe me, I know. I have had many different bags over the past six years and am never pleased with them. I can't even count how many on one hand. How sad is that? But...if you're like me, when you do find the perfect bag to haul all the baby goods you get stuck with what to put in it. Organizing becomes an ordeal and the things inside change with the ever growing needs of your children. What you need for a newborn is drastically different than what you need for a toddler.
I have learned what items are essential for packing the perfect diaper bag over the years. Mostly from trail and error. My bag will be different from yours depending upon the
age(s) that you are packing for. My diaper bag needs to accommodate my toddler, my preschooler, and my kindergartener. I never leave the house without the following items in my diaper bag.

1. DIAPERS. I always pack a lot of diapers for my toddler and Pull-Ups for my potty training three-year-old. I pack at least 6-10 for each one of them. The more diapers the merrier. These are the first things I pack when assembly the diaper bag. 

2. BABY WIPES. These are just as important as the diapers. I keep a large Coscto size pack in the diaper bag at all times for diaper changes and cleaning up sticky little hands and dirty faces.

3. BABY POWDER OR DIAPER RASH CREAM. My youngest two have very sensitive skin and always seem to get diaper rashes. I always keep a small thing of baby powder and diaper cream in the bag to help prevent and heal their rashes.

4. CHANGING PAD. When out in public I always use a changing pad when the kids need changing. I never leave home without one.

5. HAND SOAP. To wash hands after changing the kids obviously. My three-year-old also likes to play with sticks and constantly gets his hands dirty when we are at the park. Antibacterial soap is key to keeping hands clean and bacteria free.

6. SNACKS. My kids always seem to work up an appetite. I pack applesauce pouches and other healthy snacks for them to eat when we are out and about running errands.

7. CLOTHES. Two words, blow outs! My toddler has a blowout at least once a week. I keep an extra outfit for her as well as an outfit for my three-year-old just in case he has an accident too. I learned the hard way with my first when he had a blowout at Costco. Somehow he managed to get poop all the way up his back and down to his knees and we didn't have extra clothes for him. He ended up riding home in just his diaper. #FirstTimeMommyFail 
Now I always make sure we have extra clothing in the diaper bag. 

8. TOYS. When we are out and about, the kids get bored. I keep little action figures or cars in the bag for the boys and a small doll for my daughter to play with. I also have a book, paper, and crayons for them to color with.

9. SIPPY CUPS & WATER BOTTLE. My kids get thirsty. I always keep sippy cups and a water bottle for each of them. 

10. BLANKET. My daughter often falls asleep in the car on long trips to Olympia or errands around the Couve. A blanket is key for keeping her warm on cold days. A blanket also comes in handy on sunny days at the farmers market. I just drape it over the stroller and block out the sun.
11. DISPOSABLE DIAPER BAGS. I buy these from the Dollar Tree to toss icky diapers in. I also use them to put soiled clothing in if my kids have had accidents. They really come in handy and keep the diaper bag nice and clean as well as stink free. Plus they are cheap.

As a busy mom of three, the last thing I want to do is haul a huge diaper bag and my handbag around town. Unfortunately, I have done this faux pas for six whole years! I wish I would have known about ToteSavvy by Life In Play Company from the get-go. ToteSavvy combines the inner lining of a diaper bag with your own handbag collection. The organizer insert turns your purse into a fully functional diaper bag. No more Miss Bag Lady for you or for me! You get to stay stylish at all times and all your baby essentials stay nice and organized inside your favorite designer purse. The organizer comes in two colors, classic black and soft gray and has eleven pockets to organize all the goods. Put the organizer in your favorite handbag and you're off for a day on the town! To buy your own ToteSavvy organizer head on over to their website here.

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