I got this bag on sale at Target:
The outside is vinyl so it can get wet without soaking everything inside. It's big enough to hold a bunch of stuff, but not too big. And its pretty!
Here is what I keep in it...
My portable purse that holds the wallet, keys, chapstick, and cell phone that I blogged about here:
For the baby and toddler stuff, I got this fold over frame clutch from Target:
I put wipes, a few diapers, an extra change of underwear and pants for the big girl that is being potty trained, a onsie for the baby, a bib, some poop bags that I put the dirty diapers in, and a plastic freezer bag for possible dirty clothes.
I got a notebook similar to this one from Target as well to keep in the bag:
I tabbed it with a section for to-dos (since I always think of things to do while I'm not near my computer to do list), a section for work, and a section for 2 year old B's preschool class next year because I have somehow agreed to be the parent coordinator which is going to make for a lot more work and many more things that I'm going to need to remember to write down. I also left an extra tabbed section for a possible errand or grocery list?
I bought these decorative files from Amazon that fit perfectly in the bag:
I use 3... 1 file for papers for B and baby M (side note... I'm just realizing that baby M is almost not a baby anymore!!), 1 file for work, and 1 file for B's preschool class (since I'm the parent coordinator I'm going to be hauling around a lot of paperwork for that class too - what did I get myself into here???)
So far my bag is working out great. There is a zipper pouch inside where I keep pens and mints and other small loose items. The tote isn't too big, yet fits all that stuff and there is still room to throw in sweatshirts or food/snacks or toys, etc. If I am going out without the kids, I just throw that portable purse that holds my wallet and stuff into a bigger purse and I'm good to go. The diaper bag is still around, but I keep it downstairs as a storage place for when I need to do changings, etc. downstairs.
Oh, and I got almost everything on sale so it wasn't too expensive to put together - yay!