The Perfect Messenger Bag: Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

For the past few months, I’ve been scouring the Internet for The Perfect Tote Bag. It occurred to me today that I would be doing you, dear readers, a huge disservice if I did not share with you The Perfect Messenger Bag: a Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag.

It’s attractive, durable, weather resistant, convenient, and it is loaded with organizing pockets. Working on a college campus, it was perfect for carrying everything I needed. It’s also traveled with me on the few occasions that I’ve flown or taken a train.

For probably at least six years (I don’t remember when I bought it, but it was before I had any children), I’ve carried this bag to work with me on a daily basis. It still looks 95% new. Its biggest blemish is completely my fault. When my son was about two, he scribbled on the inside flap with an ink pen.

This bag is still going strong and has shown no signs of slowing down. Timbuk2 knows how to make a good bag.

I purchased this one before I was a mom and before I owned a smartphone or a tablet. I’ve outgrown it a little bit for my day-to-day needs, but I love this bag.

Timbuk2 sells very practical, good looking bags, and you can customize many of them. Mine was a standard issue, but since I love green, it totally worked for me.

This is my trusty messenger:

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Below is a shot of the interior, loaded with my stuff. See that red ribbon? On the other end is a hook for keys – love that feature! And there’s a pocket that’s the perfect size for some sunblock!

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

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Product Review: Command Products for Hanging Frames

So far, I have yet to hang any art in my house using nails. It’s true; I haven’t needed Ben’s help with a hammer and nails once since we moved in!

Our last house had mostly very textured plaster walls, and nails were pretty much the only option when it came to hanging art on the walls. Our new house, however, has nice smooth walls, and since I discovered Command picture-hanging products, I’ve been on a roll!

These all have been hung using Command products:

family photo wall

Family photos printed, framed AND hung. Check me out.

gallery wall

The start of a gallery wall going up the stairs.

Ohio print

Our first item to be hung on the walls! This was a birthday gift made by Blake and Irene!

I mostly eyeball the placement, but occasionally do enlist the help of a small level.

Here are links to the products I’ve used:

Command picture hanging strips

Command Sawtooth Sticky Nail Hanger

Finding a Baby Gate for a Split-Level Staircase

Although I appreciate my husband’s creative suggestion to find some discarded baby gates at garage sales and zip tie them together, I thought the better approach to finding a safe and non-hilljack baby gate for our split-level staircase was to buy one made for that purpose.

It was expensive, but I feel much better about the safety of my home.

Here’s what we ended up with:

baby gate for split-level staircase

baby gate for split-level staircase

It’s great! It completely does the job, and I plan to purchase two more for the top and bottom of the staircase.

The specifics:

This is a Custom Fit KidCo Configure Gate with one 24″ Gate Extension.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 3: Children

Today, I am thankful for children, especially the two I am blessed with.

Psalm 127:3-5

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.

Children are worth saving. Children are worth having. Children are worth protecting.

Take good care of yours, and find an organization in your community that puts effort into this.

Here’s one in mine: Hancock County Women’s Resource Center.

Here’s another that helps kids in Haiti: Mission Possible.

Both are great organizations, and there are many more doing great work.

Photo by Levenhagen Photography

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30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 2: My Husband

Today, I am thankful for my husband.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Ben’s a real good guy. He strives to glorify God, and he is conscious of his responsibility as the spiritual leader of our family. He always has made me feel special and loved, and he’s funny, too. He makes me laugh often. He’s also handy around the house. I’ll keep him.

Photo below by Levenhagen Photography.

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