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What’s in Your Bag? Blogger Grace Patton answers.

Grace Patton is a fairly new transplant to Tampa from St. Louis but she never wants to leave. She has five kids, one husband, one dog and one blog ( where she chronicles life with all of the above.

“I have to admit that my diaper bag is littered with granola bar wrappers and receipts galore, but I do guard a few staples with my life and away from my 2-year-old.”


My bag of choice: “I’m a longtime fan of Lily Jade diaper bags due to their quality, versatility and classic styles. I would give every new mom one if I could because I know it would be the first and last bag they ever use.”    Photo Credit: Laura Foote



Wipes: “I’ve tried them all and prefer Kirkland (Costco brand) wipes. Even my husband, who rarely has much to say about baby gear, swears they are the best. I use them for face washes, carseat wipe downs and everything in between.”



Lip care: “I recently discovered Balm Dotcom from Glossier and am totally hooked. It’s great for dry patches of winter skin and your cuticles as well.”



Hand lotion: “I got this in a recent beauty box and love the scent. With so many diaper changes and hand washes on the go, I can’t live without lotion especially during the winter months.”



Headphones: “I love listening to books and podcasts and never know when I’ll be able to snag a quick five minutes to listen, so it’s nice to know where they are at all times.”



RX Bars: “I keep a few of these in my bag in case we are out longer than anticipated. All my kids love them and I love that they have added protein to keep us all full for a little bit longer.”


Originally published in the February 2017 edition of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.


Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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