Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Diaper Bag to Rule Them All - GIVEAWAY!


I think since I started wearing purses in high school, I have been leaning toward either a hoarder or Mary Poppins. Anything and everything was stored in my bag. Not much has changed as you can see from this embarrassing yet real post from last summer. It doesn't matter how big or small a bag is, I'll show it what it is made of and pack, pack, pack it all in. This has continued all the way through my mothering days. I'd like to be a Rachael, and sometimes I am that minimalist, but I guess it's just a tendency of mine to fill up my bag. And maybe it's because I irrationally like to cling to looking young while being a young mother, but I don't like using bags that look like I am a mom. 

Thank goodness, Lily Jade, the designer diaper bag extraordinaires, sweetly sent me one of their roomy and stylish diaper bags that don't look like diaper bags one bit. Really! Check them out. Each bag is made of luxurious, high quality materials and comes with a removable 16-pocket Baby Bag that can help provide a little organizational help either in or out of the bag. 

The Madeline has been wonderful since it arrived on our doorstep. The day after it arrived, I used it to go to Chicago with Conor to try bridesmaid dresses on with Mel and Liz for Geena and Brad's wedding. It was me, my bag, my baby and my baby's major blowout because that is what he likes to do when we travel. Fortunately, I had more than enough room to pack not just extra clothes with my normal caboodle, but an extra baby bunting as well since Chicago cold is no laughing matter. Then that night when we went on a date to trivia night with Alexandra and JJ, I took the removable baby bag out of my diaper bag and easily replaced it with some pita chips, hummus and a few bottle of beer. 

What I love the most about my Madeline is it's ability to be worn three ways. 

If I'm just going from the car to the store, I'll just sling it over my shoulders with the two shorter straps. 

All zoo and no nap makes someone a tired boy.

If I want more than one arm free for hefting Conor or Ryan around, but I still want easy access to my Mary-Poppins-esque bag, I wear as a cross-body bag. 


And, my favorite, if I am biking, I toss it on my back and off we go! 

Here is what I normally pack into my Lily Jade bag:

- DSLR
- wallet
- nursing cover (I just use a pashmina scarf if I choose to use a cover)
- teething toys
- mini airplane toy
- one diaper for Ryan
- one or two diapers for Conor (if I am using disposable, I use two. If we are going with cloth, it's probably a shorter trip and I just have one in the bag)
- a pack of wipes that is only about a third full (I try to rotate wipe packs to keep it at this, ha!)
- small size wet-bag 
- the Lily Jade changing pad
- extra onesie for Conor
- sunscreen
- hand sanitizer
- tissues
- band-aids (I'm not normally this prepared, but someone handed them to me last month and they haven't left their pocket in the bag!)
- pad of paper and pen
- checkbook
- makeup (90% of the time, I apply it in the car)
- Ryan's water bottle
- a million receipts


Lily Jade has just released their new line with four new designer diaper bag styles! Which one would you pick? Canvas? Metallic? Leather? You name it, they've got it. They also brilliantly now sell the Baby Bag separately for $55. They are sold in medium and large in both red and khaki. 

If you'd like to read more about Lily Jade, Grace, Anna, Janssen and Merrick all have great reviews. 

Lily Jade is generously giving away a $75 gift card for use on their site to one lucky Cedars and Tiny Flowers reader. Just visit their site, then come back here and comment what you would use your gift card on! This one and this one definitely have my attention. There are many other ways to enter via the good ole Rafflecopter.

They are also offering a discount code for you, my dear readers! Just use FLOWER15 at the checkout to get 15% off your order.

Good luck! 
P.S. Meggan, Landon and Sarah with Lily Jade have been so kind to work with! They are a fantastic, understanding and giving company. 

118 comments :

  1. I like the Madeline in red (same as yours in the pictures). And you are rockin' that fishtail braid my friend!

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  2. I lie the Sarah grace! So pretty!!!

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  3. Definitely the Madeline! I think I'm in love!!!!

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  4. I would love the Caroline in brandy!

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  5. the Elizabeth in red canvas is super cool - I love the ability to turn in to a backpack. chasing after my little boy requires flexibility and agility :)

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  6. I think I'd go with the Sarah Grace, but really I'd love any of them!

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  7. I think I'd go with the Elizabeth in camel too. So nice!

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  8. It's hard to pick one, but the Elizabeth in red canvas caught my eye!

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  9. I think I'd have to go with Anna in Gunmetal!

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  10. I love the Cailin in purple!

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  11. I was super excited to see this giveaway. I am in love with Lily Jade and am not embarrassed to say that I have been stalking their website daily for the past month. I am sold on the Caroline in Brandy but stuck on the high price tag. This little gift card would go a long way.

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  12. I'm also a purse hoarder, and I love the red canvas elizabeth and those baby bags are awesome too!

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  13. I love the red canvas Elizabeth!

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  14. The madeline is so nice! I also like the CHANGING PAD - KHAKI! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  15. So I can't decide because they all look so great. I really love that they're structured and clean looking because sometimes I feel diaper bags just lack that style which makes them meaningful bags. Boy, I sound ridiculous.
    And can I ask a secret question, how do you get all these great giveaways? Are all these great people approaching you or are you going out and looking? I mean you're great, I'd approach you if I made awesome stuff too!

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  16. I love the Madeline in Red... I obviously don't have kids yet, but not surprisingly, diaper bags work perfectly for a big camera bag. SO much easier to juggle all them different lenses.
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  17. I think I'd go with the caroline in brandy...but they're all pretty fabulous!

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  18. Ooo I'd get the Elizabeth in Camel. So nice. So organized

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  19. Madeline in red! Love it! And, you are such a gorgeous mama! Some day I will be able to braid my own hair! Some day :)

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  20. Definitely the Caroline in Brandy. Beautiful!

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  21. I think my fave is the Caroline in red!!

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  22. I love love love the caroline in brandy!

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  23. Love the Madeline in Brandy, but could never justify the price so the giveaway would be helpful towards making it less of a dream :)

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  24. I would get the Madeline in brandy! So cute!

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  25. The Elizabeth is the most stylish diaper bag I've ever laid eyes on!

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  26. I'd get the changing pad in khaki

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  27. I would get the Elizabeth in Brandy - so cute!

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    1. Actually make that the Elizabeth in Camel - sorry!

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  28. Oooh, I love the Cailin, Madeline in red, and Madeline red canvas!

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  29. Definitely the Madeline in brandy.

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  30. Caroline is definitely my fave!

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  31. I think my favorite is the Elizabeth in Red.

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  32. Do I have to pick just one? I love the Madeline in Brandy, Sarah Grace in Gold, and Caroline in Red. So many choices!!

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  33. Madeline in Brandy. I've loved LJ bags for a long time, from afar :)

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  34. Oh I have loved these bags forever...would really love the Caroline in Brandy :)

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  35. Elizabeth in brandy would probably change my life ;)

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  36. I LOVE the red Madeline that you have, and I also love the Elizabeth in Camel!

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    1. Also, if this comment happens to win, I'm worried my email won't come up...it's katie.patterson22 at yahoo dot com

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  37. If I get a Lily Jade bag will I look as cute as you??

    ;)

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  38. would get this one - http://www.lily-jade.com/designer-diaper-bags-p/c1-brandy.htm

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  39. I love the caroline in brandy but I really wanted a bag that closed at the top....My elizabeth came in the mail this week and its true love =)

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  40. I really like the Elizabeth in camel

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  41. Love, love, love these bags! I would buy one of the back pack ones in canvas!

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  42. I really like the Elizabeth in camel

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  43. I would pick Anna in Gunmetal :-)

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  44. I love these bags and how easy they are to organize! I would love the chance to own one!

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  45. Love the Anna and Caroline (both in black)! Expecting baby #1 in early September and would love an amazing diaper bag! :)

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  46. The red Madeline is beautiful - classic and versatile. Baby number six due in December and I'm CERTAIN he/she would love it! ;)

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  47. Love both the Anna and Caroline and would love to get one before my second is due in September.... I totally skimped on getting something nice my first time around since getting all new stuff was expensive... Love this!

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  48. I love the CAILIN ROYAL PURPLE!

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  49. The Madeline in Red is my favorite but I also like the Caroline in Red.

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  50. It's a toss up between the Madeline and the Elizabeth for me! Both suit my style well and I love the color choices! I'll be looking stylish while out with my first babe!

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  51. Wow so many great stuff. I love the Elizabeth in Camel - Lily Jade designer diaper bag

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  52. Anna bag in black ... But I also love the one you're wearing!! ♥️

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  53. Hmmmm I really love the one you're wearing. Love the back pack feature!

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  54. Anna in black :) madeline black Vanessa m.

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  55. these are so gorgeous! I love the Madeline in red...how versitile is that bag!!!

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  56. I love the Sarah Grace in gold such a lovely style!

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  57. the elizabeth is already on my wish list for baby #2 coming soon!!

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  58. I am in love with these bags. I've been drooling over them for months and I'd honestly take any of them!

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  59. Madeline is sooo nice! I'd definitely choose that bag.

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  60. I like the Cailin in royal purple!

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  61. Sarah grace in gold - it's very classic!

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  62. I'm very sad that I did not discover this bag during my first pregnancy. Would love one for my second!

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  63. I love the Madeline Red Canvas, it would look great with my red stroller.

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  64. I love the Madeline in brandy and the Caroline in red.

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  65. I love the Madeline in Brandy or Black, they are both beautiful! And the Elizabeth in Camel is my absolute favorite but WAY WAY WAY out of my price range, but a girl can dream!! :)

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  66. I love the Madeline in Brandy or Black, they are both beautiful! And the Elizabeth in Camel is my absolute favorite but WAY WAY WAY out of my price range, but a girl can dream!! :)

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  67. The Madeline in red is gorgeous! Looove that pop of color.

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  68. Ahhh! I can't decide! The Anna or Madeline maybe?

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  69. Definitely the Madeline, looks like the bag I have been searching for! I can't decide black or red!

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  70. I like the Sarah Grace in either color but the yellow baby bag is my favorite interior. Also, love the Elizabeth.

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  71. I like the Madeline in black. Cute, classic and goes with everything.

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  72. I've always loved this bag and hoped for it, but I've never seen someone rock it like you! You're using it in all the ways I have dreamed! I love how the Madeline's straps make it so versatile, yet still so lovely! Good for you for wearing it so well!

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  73. I would buy the Sarah Grace in Gold.

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  74. Hard decision but I think id have to go with Elizabeth in canvas.

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  75. I like the Madeline in Red just like yours!

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  76. Gotta love the Madeline in red or black!

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  77. Cailin or the Madeline...sorry that my inaugural comment is for a giveaway, nonetheless, your blog is wonderful and it was great meeting you on Friday afternoon! I don't feel too much like a stalker now:)

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    1. Loved meeting you, Jenny!! We should get together again soon.

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  78. I would get sarah grace in silver.

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  79. I'm so torn between the Madeline or Caroline because of the zipper... But in brandy for sure!

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  80. I need the Madeline for baby #2!

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  81. For some reason, the Cailin in Royal Purple is just speaking to me. So beautiful!

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  82. i love the Caroline!! in any color :)

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  83. I love the Elizabeth in Camel...but let's be honest, all of their bags are beeeeautiful!

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  84. Love the Madeline! The photos in your review were helpful--thanks for doing the giveaway. Hallie

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  86. The Madeline in red is pretty nice!

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  87. Sarah Grace Gold is pretty :-)

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  88. I would go for the Madeline in either Brandy or Red, I love the convertible straps to enable different ways to hold based on what your activity is. Would love to gift this to some of my mom friends!

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