9 Pink Diaper Bags that Pack a Punch

Even though I would classify myself as a tomboy, fashion wise, I love a good shade of pink. The pieces of clothing in my wardrobe are 95% black, gray, and olive green, but the remaining items are typically fuchsia, plum, or a light pink. As the tones of pink progress towards salmon and coral, I love them even more.

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With today’s diaper bag post, I wanted to focus on the bright, uplifting shades of pink that pack a punch.

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|1| Tribe Whitsundays Carryall |2| Storksak Ariel |3| Storksak Ashley

|4| Kate Spade Stevie |5| 7 A.M. Enfant Barcelona

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|6| Storksak Noa |7| Storksak Tote

|8| Petunia Pickle Bottom Sashay Satchel |9| Storksak Olivia

Storksak stands out among all diaper bag companies at carrying the biggest selections of colors (solids, not prints) with sophisticated designs. I can’t stay away from featuring them since they are a favorite of mine. My next diaper bag post will feature excellent selections under $100.

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15 Nautical Navy Diaper Bags Give New Meaning to the Baby Blues

Navy is one color trend that is coming on strong for the year, and these are the “baby blues” that I can appreciate coming on strong.

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From beautiful shades of royal blue to the deepest of navy, this list includes a little something for everyone. Personally, the navy and brown (canvas and leather) bags are my absolute favorite.

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|1| SoYoung Charlie |2| Danzo Messenger |3| BabyBeau Joel |4| Storksak Tote |5| Pacapod Mirano

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|6| Babymel Soho |7| Stokke Changing Bag |8| Diaper Dude Original

|9| Storksak Olivia |10| Petunia Pickle Bottom Sashay Satchel

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|11| Storksak Catherine |12| Petunia Pickle Bottom Hideaway Hobo

|13| Storksak Caroline |14| Tribe Singapore Sling |15| timi & leslie Abby

The selections are almost overwhelming! Nautical navy is a classic color that will last forever, so there’s your justification to splurge on your favorite (just call me a diaper-bag-hoarder enabler). Enjoy!

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12 Vibrant Yellow Diaper Bags for 2015

Winter has been making itself known this past month, and, even though I am in sunny north Florida, I have been finding myself wanting more color to brighten up my day. So… I thought I would feature 12 vibrant, yellow diaper bags that will be perfect as a cheery splash of color in your day.

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These bold shades of yellow have been popping up everywhere this season. I’ll call it a “winter sun” shade, and it’s nice, though surprising, since Pantone named Marsala as the color of the year (check out my list for Marsala Diaper Bags on BuyModernBaby). The Marsala and Yellow both work well as classy, autumnal tones together.

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|1| Nova Harley Brisbane |2| Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote |3| Nova Harley Divine

|4| Storksak Noa |5| Nova Harley Manhattan |6| Storksak Color Block Tote

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|7| Kalencom Elite |8| timi & leslie Sophia |9| Okiedog Sumo

10| Petunia Pickle Bottom Sashay Satchel |11| timi & leslie Charlie |12| Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack

Stay tuned… I will be featuring Navy, Pinks, Geometric, and Aztec featured diaper bags next!

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Announcement: Toms Socks Debut!

We’re back online full-time over here at Little Brim Baby, and this year we’re starting with a quick announcement for products that men and women will love. It seems a bit humorous to start a new year with this announcement, but let’s start building ourselves a better year from the ground up, shall we?!

Toms Shoes have been loved for a few years now, and today they announced a line of cozy Socks to pair with their comfortable footwear. Prices for Woven, Yard, Cable Knit, and Alpargata range from $24-$28.

TomsSocksAnd while we’re talking about new Toms lines, I LOVE the Charcoal Felt Men’s Searcher Boots. The leather shoes are also a beautiful addition for men who want comfort and style. Cheers!

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3 Fun Geography Quizzes

Clearly this week has established that I am a total geo-geek. Along with baby gear, diaper bags, parenting, bourbon, beaches, and bonfires, I love maps. Today I wanted to share a few fun geography quizzes. Enjoy!

I was born and raised in Illinois and Iowa, and have had a midwestern/Great Lakes accent that has been slowly neutralizing over the past 10 years of living along the east coast. Certain words though, like kitty-corner and gym shoes, have yet to disappear from my vocabulary to be replace with local equivalents. Dialects within the United States has always fascinated me, so I thought it would be fun to share one quiz to see how your results match up against your current place of residence versus your hometown.

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From the New York Times: How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk

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From National Geographic: Today’s GeoBee Quiz

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And, since I said “3 Quizzes,” here’s a list of a lot more listed as one fun link.

12 Items of Home Decor featuring Maps

It’s Day 4 of my Geography Awareness Week celebration, and today I’m featuring 12 items to map-up your home decor scene. Other posts this week include great geography toys, a list of books for little map lovers, GIS Day resources, and Maps, Apps, and Crafts at Jacksonville Moms Blog. Enjoy!

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|1| Crocodile Creek World Placemat |2| Silikids USA Placemat |3| Moomin Valley Soup Cup |4| NYC Subway Map Paper Cups |5| Wild and Wolf Map Flask |6| Wild and Wolf Map Thermos |7| Cat Studio Tea Towel |8| Weegoamigo Map Muslin Swaddle |9| Colorful World Map Pillowcase |10| City Dinner Plates |11| Out to Sea Crib Sheets |12| Linen Map Pillowcase

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Happy GIS Day!

It is finally that one special day in November for which everyone is thankful, and warm sentiments can be found in people all over the world — GIS Day. Today is the middle of the week of my Geography Awareness Week celebration, can you believe it’s half over already (tear)? Other posts this week include great geography toys, a list of books for little map lovers, and Maps, Apps, and Crafts at Jacksonville Moms Blog. Enjoy!

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What on Earth is GIS Day?

Per the website of Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), the dominant powerhouse of GIS software, GIS is:

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

In simple terms, GIS is a map-making software program that allows complete and total customization for specific mapping needs. The importance of mapping to solve problems is traced back to London in the 1800’s. Scores of people were being struck ill with cholera and, once the locations of the sick individuals were placed on a map, the problem was traced to a local well. Problem solved! Now, on to mapping Ebola

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What do you do with a Geography/GIS Degree? Aren’t all the maps already made?

I’ve heard both questions countless times. If you’re looking for a career in geography and/or GIS, check out these resources. As for all of the maps — GIS is used to solve many problems and it will be a tool that is around for generations to come. One example is the UPS Right Turn Method (pretty amazing). By mapping routes and traffic, logistics mappers discovered that UPS could save time and money by making only right-hand turns whenever possible. GIS is also used in FEMA flood zone mapping, marine surveying and mapping, police crime mapping, ATF/DEA drug and weapons tracking, local city planning, fast-food restaurants for site situation analysis (locations near churches, schools, etc.), and thousands more. If you can give me a need, I can pretty much find a way to map it for you. When we were deciding to move from the DC area, I made a map that showed the U.S., and did a city selection narrowed down by which attributes that were important to us. I selected zones within a specific number of miles near family, miles to the beach, our favorite stores/restaurants, and proximity to our outdoor activities.

I worked for 12 years in a career as a GIS Technician/Analyst/Manager/Aeronautical Information Specialist, all utilizing GIS technologies for different private companies and government organizations. One of the most interesting positions, in my opinion, was when I worked as a contractor for FEMA during the 2004-2006 hurricane seasons, which included Hurricane Katrina. It was quite intense, to say the least, being tasked with a map request while watching a news anchor live on CNN discussing that they were waiting for the results of that map before acting on movements. My closest moment of fame was being called by the White House, on my cell phone, to request a large plotted map. Once we created the map, we went to the only super secret location in the D.C. area capable of the print requirements (coughKINKOScough in Georgetown), where afterward they would meet me on the street to pick it up while President Bush waited in Air Force One idling to leave for New Orleans. I was excited to make “the drop,” and was nervous as the huge, black, tinted-windowed SUV pulled up in front of me, yet the person who got out was some preppy young college kid, but now at least it makes for a good story. I think I am still recovering from working three months of 12-14 hour night shifts during that hurricane period.

Local Events and GIS Resources

Through the City of Jacksonville, JaxGIS

Northeast Florida GIS (NEFGIS). NEFGIS is a group open to the public for anyone with an interest in GIS. Check them out and sign up for their mailing list if you are interested.

Now, the only thing left to do today is to get that #GISDaySelfie in! (coughNERDcough)

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***All nerdiness in this post is fully represented and embraced by myself, except for that selfie thing above. Now THAT is nerdy. I sure do love maps though.***

8 Books for Little Map Lovers

I’m continuing my Geography Awareness Week celebration by highlighting 8 fun books for your little map lover. If you missed yesterday’s post on geography toys, check it out, along with my post on Maps, Apps, and Crafts at Jacksonville Moms Blog. Enjoy!

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|1| National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas

|2| Around the World with Mouk (we LOVE this one)

|3| There’s a Map on My Lap |4| Smithsonian Geography Visual Encyclopedia

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|5| The Geography Book: Activities for Exploring, Mapping, and Enjoying Your World

|6| Maps (this is a beautiful book for children, and I would love it, too!)

|7| Maps Activity Book |8| U.S. States and Capitals Flash Cards (fun stocking stuffer)

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