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The Ultimate Daddy Diaper Bag

Disclosure: I received a complementary diaper backpack to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

I’m so excited to tell y’all about the coolest diaper bag I’ve ever seen! Seriously. Check out this guy just chillin’ at a rooftop bar in Nassau.

SuperDad and I took the Twins on an Adoption Celebration Bahamas Cruise just before Thanksgiving. Because we planned to use two umbrella strollers, rather than our double Cadillac, we knew that SuperDad would be the one schlepping the diaper bag.

After half a dozen ^subtle^ hints, I realized that this plan wasn’t acceptable with any of our current diaper bags. (^actually I had a plan all along, but it was funny to watch him try to hint around about it^)

I reached out to a couple of diaper backpack people and was thrilled when DadGear said they were willing to hook us up exchange a backpack for an honest review. They even let SuperDad pick out a cool rock-concert-ticket-inspired backpack. You would never know this is a diaper bag, would you???
 
The first thing that was clear when we received the backpack was that it was designed by dads, for dads. Whereas bags designed for moms typically have room for EVERYTHING, this bag is designed with one thing in mind – efficiency. Period.

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♥♥ ♫♫We have a project♫♫ ♥♥

I’ve been thinking recently about all the comments we all get all the time – and how I wish I just had a standard response in my back pocket.

I guess I need two standard responses ~~ one sarcastic (because, duh), and one positive and graceful in case I feel open to discussing my family and the commenter seems to be coming from a positive place.

And I realized that I have brilliant readers who get THE.SAME.COMMENTS. So we’re going to do this together (I hope).

First, let’s come up with a list of the comments we get and for which we’d like to have a good response.

Once we have a good list, we’ll tackle them one at a time:
  1. I’ll do something witty/sarcastic to let you know which question we’re working on.
  2. You come up with responses to the question ~ either witty/sarcastic or positive and grace-filled, or both. 🙂
  3. I’ll figure out a way to make a contest out of it ~ with prizes and everything!!
So I think the best way to do this is for everyone to post their responses on facebook ~ that way other readers can “Like” which comments they agree with ~ this will tell me which one we should tackle first (it will also be the basis for the contest). 😉
 
So head over to the facebook post to give me your suggestions for comments/questions that you wish you had an automatic standard response in your back pocket. (Don’t be shy, there will be prizes involved!)
 
To be clear ~ I am only looking for the comments/questions themselves right now – save your responses for later.

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Hint:
It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I’m being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that’s not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a “sarcasm font”, I’ve come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my “sarcasm font”.

Gigantumongous Beach Bag from Saltwater Canvas

As a Florida resident living 30 minutes from the coast, I spend a lot of time at the beach.To be honest, I don’t particularly enjoy the beach. I love the ocean; can’t stand the sand. I would MUCH rather be on a sailboat in the middle of said ocean than on the shore dealing with sand and tourists.

But my family loves the beach, so I do what I can to minimize the torture enjoy myself. So far, my best source of beach enjoyment is cute accessories. I’ve got a cute little shade umbrella and an adorable beach blanket (that actually doesn’t come out of the car very often because it’s so damn hard to get all the sand off…) I’ve been on the hunt for a cute bag to complete the ensemble.

I’m sure you imagine that there is no shortage of cute beach bags in Florida. However, here’s where things get impossible interesting. As a mom to 3 under the age of 3 (all still in diapers) and 2 teens, my beach bag has got to be a yeomen. And it has to be easy to clean, because, ya know, I HATE sand.

Enter the Saltwater Canvas Whale Bag!

According to the website, the Whale bag holds 6 beach towels, toys and drink….. PFFFT!!! Did I mention that SuperDad and I head to the beach with our infant, 2 toddlers, and 2 teenagers? And occasionally our oldest joins us with his girlfriend. That equals:

 

  • 9 beach towels
  • 3 infant/toddler swimsuits + rashguards
  • 3 infant/toddler changes of clothes
  • 3 infant/toddler hats
  • 2 pairs of toddler sunglasses
  • 16 diapers (6 swim/10 regular)
  • diaper wipes
  • diaper cream
  • diaper changing pad
  • 2 sippy cups
  • 1 bottle
  • formula caddy
  • After-sun aloe lotion
  • Bug spray
  • 2 cans of sunscreen
I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but we use really big beach towels. So you could probably get 9 normal-sized beach towels, and I don’t know, a sand-castle kit?
And I know that it looks like it weighs a ton, but it really doesn’t. I wouldn’t want to carry it cross-country, but it’s really not as heavy as I expected it to be.
Plus, the mesh dries really quick – when we get home, after the bag is emptied, I hose it down and set it on the porch. It’s always been dry within an hour – and that’s in Central Florida’s 1,000% humidity.
Whale Bag specs:
  • 10 Colors to choose from below
  • 9 big outside pockets; zippered inside pocket
  • Snap hook for keys or glasses
  • 15″ tall & 15″ x 12″ oval base (stands independently for easy loading and unloading)
  • 1.5″ doubled shoulder straps run length of bag
  • Machine Washable, hang dry
And here’s the best part:
I got you a discount code!!!! 
Now through July 31st, 2014, use discount code duckmommy for 20% off EVERYTHING at SaltwaterCanvas.com, including clearance and overstock bags.

*I received a whale bag for review purposes. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.*