Anchored East | Diaper Bag

If you are a new mom looking for your first diaper bag to put on your registry, or you are a seasoned mom needing to replace your old one that is falling apart, this is an amazing option!  Anchored East has created a functional yet fashionable bag that can work for any mom and for any occasion! As a backpack style, it is perfect for busy moms on the go and for chasing after your little ones as they run around.  The interior has space for everything you need for baby and there are even a few spots perfect to keep your personal items!  As a mom, I love being able to support other mom owned businesses, so read on for a behind the scenes look at this adorable diaper bag and the woman who made it happen.  If I have already sold you and you just can’t wait to have this bag for your next day out of the house you can grab it right here!IMG_5992-2.jpg


The Anchored East Company is based out of Maine, bringing to mind sailboats and New England style lighthouses scattered along a rocky shoreline.  The name itself is a blend of th classic nautical theme and the feel of being at home on the east coast.  The founder and owner of Anchored East, Emily, was born and raised in the state and still lives there today with her husband and two children.  She began the company after her second child was born, wanting to expand professionally as well as contribute to her family’s finances.  This is something I believe many full time moms can relate to, myself included.  And since she is able to run the business remotely, thanks to the flexibility of the internet, she still gets to spend her days with her children while continuing to build and grow her business.

The birth of the company occured in June 2017, only after the design was perfected to create the ideal combination of fashion forward and mommy function approval!  As production began, all the final details needed to launch the small business were completed. Emily hopes to add other color options for the bag in the future along with other products to the line.  The diaper bag can be bought from Amazon (Prime members rejoice!) or from a few local boutiques located throughout Maine.  This is great news because with Amazon you can get your 2 day FREE shipping and their customer service PLUS you can put it on your registry!


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When I look at this diaper bag, this is what I think of, because there are so many useful pockets and spots to put stuff!  I don’t know about you, but I stressed way too much over picking out my first diaper bag when I was still pregnant but if I had seen this one it would have been a much easier decision!  The color, a nice neutral gray (I seriously love me some neutrals) even makes it easy for Dad to carry too!  They say parenting is a team effort, why would that not also refer to the diaper bag, right?  The material is waterproof/juice-proof/spit up-proof basically all things messy proof which is a must for a bag like this.  This is consistent on the interior of the bag as well, which is large and spacious with room for pretty much anything you can think of! This includes, an insulated slot to put a bottle of breastmilk or formula, for a day trip or just running some errands, as well as 3 other pouches and one zipper pocket.

Some of my favorite features are on the exterior of the bag, besides the color and material.  On one side, there is a pouch to put a packet of baby wipes with a zipper for incredibly easy access, which has already come in handy on numerous occasions!  On the other side is a pouch perfect for your personal water bottle of any size.  The front has a pocket that is great for anything you need to grab nice and quick- pacifiers, favorite teether or snacks- or even your own personal items – wallet, keys, and chapstick.  And the last pocket on the exterior of the bag is actually on the back, putting it between your back and the bag when worn.  This is for anything you want to keep safe or out of reach, and there is padding to protect your back from anything you put in there.

Like I have already mentioned, this is a backpack style bag, but what I haven’t mentioned is that it can stand alone when you set it down.  You see, it has four little metal feet on the very bottom which allow it to stay upright every single time you set it down.  This is such a great feature especially for when you need to get into the main section of the bag.  It’s ability to support itself makes for easy access to all the pockets and also keeps things from falling out.  Last but not least, it includes adjustable clips that can be used to attach the bag to just about any stroller and/or shopping cart.  This bag basically has every single one of the best diaper bag features for a fraction of the cost without having to sacrifice on style.  And what makes it even better, is it doesn’t have to be used as a diaper bag! With it’s sleek design and versatility in can be used for almost anything you need a bag for!  So if you are just dying to have this adorable bag all to yourself you can head on over to Amazon to get your very own Anchored East diaper bag!


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This ‘Spotlight Article’ was sponsored by Anchored East however, all suggestions and opinions are my own. I do not represent or endorse any business I do not feel deserves praise or would not be of interest to my readers.  Supporting small businesses is my passion and helping them grow is my goal!


Iza Marie Bella | Online Baby Boutique


If you love fashion, especially on your kids, you need to check out Iza Marie Bella, an affordable online fashion boutique for children!  I am already hoping my next child will be a little girl but after seeing the items Iza has in her inventory, I now have all my fingers crossed!  She doesn’t just sell adorable bows and outfits for girls however, boys have just as many options to choose from and they are just as cute! If you are already as excited as I am about supporting this woman owned small business jump right on over and check out her inventory here,  or get the inside scoop on this shop and its quality items below (then go ahead and shop away!).



If you walk into a Target or a Kohl’s a lot of what you see is all the same stuff.  While much of it is adorable, as most items of clothing are when they are small enough to put on a tiny human, their clothing is also the same pieces you see everywhere.  Iza has done a fantastic job at finding not only adorable but also unique clothing at an affordable price, making your little one the most fashionable baby at daycare!

Iza is a female small-business owner who runs her online boutique out of her home near Phoenix, Arizona.  She began her journey as a business owner creating adorable custom bows for her friend’s children and eventually the demand grew enough to build it into a business.  Her impeccable style and passion for quality fashion at an affordable price are what allowed her to grow that business into the online boutique she has today.  Her love of fashion is why she runs this business in her spare time after her demanding full time job.  While her finance job is her professional career, she fills her free time with this fun and fulfilling endeavor to fuel her artistic side!  She hopes to one day expand to a worldwide audience as she continues to grow her vendor base, adding more and more adorable children’s clothing to her inventory!

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Not only are the clothes adorable, the quality is amazing with soft materials where they should be soft, clever sayings and some humor and flare thrown in!  My son has recently decided he is too good for clothing and diaper changes which means I am generally following him across the playroom floor trying to get his clothing on as if trying out for a circus act.  Many of the outfits are nice and stretchy which makes these on-the-go dressings just a little bit easier!  I mean, if you have ever changed a small wriggling child you can appreciate how nice clothing with a little elastic to it is.  The clothing is also to size which is incredibly important, and just in case you are unsure what size would be perfect for your little, Iza has included sizing charts to refer to.  

You really can’t beat the array of options and the great prices all in one place! Need to find an outfit for your little girl’s first special event?  No need to go anywhere else.  You can find the outfit the shoes and the bow all here at Iza Marie Bella!  Does that little boy in your life need some more t-shirts and shorts because he won’t stay out of the mud?  Again, so many options and I promise you will not be disappointed in their quality or condition.

Her adorable brand reps, 5 month old twins, Jayne and Zoie, can be seen wearing all the different styles Iza Marie Bella carries on Instagram @jayneandzoie.  Keep an eye out for a reveal of a new outfit every Monday on Instagram by the twins!


Navigating her website is very easy, and intuitive with no frills or confusing links. If you input your email when you enter the site you will be greeted with a coupon code for 10% off all first time subscribers no matter the purchase price!  For babies, the website is broken down first by gender and then by age (size), which makes it so easy to find exactly what you are looking for without having to dig around.  The toddler sections are also broken down by Boy or Girl and you will also find Footwear and Accessory sections.  And last but not least there is even a section for Mom too, where long maxi sundresses and the comfiest looking floral pants can be found!  I am anxiously awaiting mine to come in the mail so keep an eye out on Instagram for my review!

Within the navigation, you will also find her Iza Bella Headbands, the original products she started out making.  The handmade headbands are the sweetest little things, ranging in colors and designs from polka dots and plaids to glitz and glitter.  They are packaged in beautifully designed boxes and are the perfect gift for an expecting mom or a lucky little girl with great style!  Not only are they the most dainty little bows you have ever seen but you can receive them in only 3 days, for free!

Speaking of free 3 day shipping, her customer service is exceptional, setting her apart from other online boutiques, with a quick response time and FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed within the U.S.!!! Certain items even have free three day shipping!  Almost as good as Amazon Prime but single handedly provided by a one woman team!  How can you not get behind this store and the woman who put it all together?!?  So if you are now even more intrigued than you were before reading this ‘Spotlight Article’ head on over to Iza Marie Bella to get your shop on!  Make sure your coupon code MOMLIFE15 is applied to your cart to get 15% off your purchase of $50 or more!


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This ‘Spotlight Article’ was sponsored by Iza Marie Bella however, all suggestions and opinions are my own. I do not represent or endorse any business I do not feel deserves praise or would not be of interest to my readers.  Supporting small businesses is my passion and helping them grow is my goal!




InStitches Embroidery & More

Are you looking to get jackets made for your kid’s sports team, or maybe group t-shirts for a bachelorette party?  InStitches Embroidery & More should be your first stop to fulfill all of your personalized clothing or graphic design needs.


In a quaint little town in rural Vermont you will find a woman burning the midnight oil as she combines colors and switches screens on her machines.  You might hear the tick tick of the embroidery machines running in the background as camo hats are turned into personalized uniforms for a local company.   The impeccable design style combined with beautiful color creations set this company next to some of the best in the industry.  It can be hard to succeed as a small-business in a small town, but the fact that this town and the surrounding area has supported and returned to this company for all of its personalized clothing and advertising needs speaks volumes.

InStitches Embroidery & More is a woman owned custom apparel and design company run by Kayla Bessette based out of Bristol, Vermont.  She purchased the company in February 2017 after being employed for six years as a Graphic Designer and Project Manager.  Looking back at her first year, with her first anniversary approaching, she has acquired several new large clients and has regained the trust of former customers who had previously moved on to different companies.  Positive feedback and loyal returning customers will continue to help this company grow and flourish in the years to come.

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Her products range from custom embroidery and screen printing on clothing and hats to graphic design and promotional advertisements.   Every single one of her products are professional looking and of the highest quality.  At InStitches, the customer’s vision comes to life in a personalized custom product and brand to promote their business or event.  If the product cannot be produced on the premise by Kayla, she will happily find the best option to outsource any project.  She is dedicated to her clientele and has even driven two hours to buy shirts from a retailer for twice the price, because her wholesale supplier fell through, but the client needed the products that weekend.  This type of customer service and commitment to her craft is what will continue to help InStitches thrive and be successful.

InStitches, with Kayla at the helm, is a crucial part of the local community and even donates items to charities for good causes. She works with the Three Day Stampede, a yearly fundraiser to raise money towards finding the cure for Cystic Fibrosis.  She creates a new featured design each year and all of the proceeds are donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, seaking to find the cure.  She has also coordinated with the Vermont Air National Guard to make t-shirts for the organization.  Although the company is based in Vermont, InStitches is willing and capable of working with customers from anywhere to design your perfect product which will be shipped directly to you.  To start your order today you can contact InStitches at or visit her Facebook page at



Stay tuned for more on the Three Day Stampede Toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis in my ‘Create Good Karma’ section.  In the meantime, you can check out these links below to learn more about the disease and the way a small community has come together to battle it.


Small-Business Owners Assemble

As I spend more and more time thinking about ways to build and develop this website and blog I decided it would be really great if I could use it to help out others.  I mean who wants to just listen to me blab about myself and my adorable son right?  I have so many friends and acquaintances who are putting themselves out there, trying to make a living in this crazy world we live in.  I myself am now one of those people and wouldn’t it be great if we could all help eachother out a little bit?  Learn about the promotional offer, the future of this site and Monthly Giveaways below!


So I have decided to add a new directive to this fledgling project; Helping Promote Small Business Owners through my website platform in the form of exposé articles as well as my growing social media presence with promotional posts. There is also Ad space available on the website at a first come first serve basis.  Like they say, all press is good press.  So I put this out to my readers- if you own a small business, are thinking about starting one, or know someone who does and think they might be interested- reach out to me and see if we can put together some sort of partnership.  The more positive presence you have on the web the more people grow to trust you and your products.

Each partnership will be unique and catered towards the individual business. Not all businesses need the same type of promotion and I am capable of recognizing that.  Check out this great offer during this start-up promotional period, getting in on the ground floor of this project will not break the bank!  For only $50 I will write up a 500-1000 word promotional article and conduct social media advertising for your business or product, with 3 months included!  I will also include your personal logo and links to your websites and social media pages.  If you are happy with the outcome of our partnership after the first 3 months we can discuss continued shared support.

-For Product Based Businesses:  I will do an honest and positive product review on a product that you provide as well as discuss your business and your future goals.

-For Service Based Businesses:  Along with the article I will promote your business through a discounted offer of your choice with only a small return commision.  (This commision will go up so get in now to be locked in to that price!)


Furthermore, I plan to build on this idea and off this platform by establishing a small Online Store with the possibility of a brick and mortar down the road.  So if you have a creative side or have a product you are already selling and would like to expand, this is the perfect place for you!  Commissions will be fair and marketing of your products will be included. This would be a very low risk endeavor with only positive outcomes.  I have a unique set of skills that will be leveraged to make this endeavor a successful one!  So take a leap of faith today and do something great for your business!


My final promotional endeavor will be monthly giveaways, you heard me right, MONTHLY GIVEAWAYS!!  Giveaways are a great way to get exposure for your brand.  Because everyone loves free stuff right?!? The more exposure I am able to acquire the more people will see my webpage.  This means if you choose to place an add or I write up an article about your company, the more people will see it.  Giveaways will be held at the end of each month and the products will be grouped according to relevance.  So if you would like to get even more exposure let me include your product with one of my monthly giveaways!

Contact me at or message me on my Facebook page if you are interested!


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