Baby Diaper Bags for Petites + Honey-Soy Salmon w/ Zucchini

When trying to find a baby diaper bag for my registry, I initially wanted the Skip Hop 'Duo Signature' Diaper Bag since I thought it looked the cutest and seems gender-neutral so that A could use it too. However, after my awesome friend purchased it for me, I realize it looks very awkward on my frame since it's 13" high. Please also excuse my super wrinkly skirt - it's yet another item I retrieved from my donation pile that fits very comfortably over my bump now. :)

Bodysuit: Topshop (old but cute update here and here). Skirt: BCBGeneration (old but similar here and cute one here). Shoes: Sam Edelman 'Yardley' in Python. Bag: Skip Hop 'Duo Signature' Diaper Bag.
Since I didn't love it, I decided to keep an eye out for any other options that might work and I didn't see anything for a long time until an ad on Nordstrom for the Babymel 'Soho' Messenger Diaper Bag popped up. I immediately ordered it to compare and I definitely preferred it to the Skip Hop one since it's 2" shorter in height, which looks better on me, and is also more roomy, which is more practical. It's super lightweight as opposed to the Skip Hop but I did think the fabric was a bit too thin to be very durable because it seems it could snag and tear easily.

Bag: Babymel 'Soho' Messenger Diaper Bag 
After doing some more research online, I noticed many complaints about the velcro breaking and don't want to chance it since it is pretty pricey at about $100 so I decided to give the LeSportsac Baby Travel Bag and Kipling Alanna Baby Bag a shot since both have good reviews and are 12" high.

I like the size of the Kipling Alanna Baby Bag but it's too heavy to be practical for me so back it goes. :(

Skirt: H&M Patterned Jersey Skirt (old but new pattern here). Flats: Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer (in black suede but cute nude version here). Bag: Kipling Alanna Baby Bag.
Luckily, the one that took the longest to come and was my very last option is perfect! The LeSportsac Baby Travel Bag is super lightweight and is the perfect size for me. I love the two insulated bottle warmer pockets on the inside as well as the extra bottle pockets on the outside and stroller straps that come with it too. So happy I can finally pack my hospital bag now for next month (or earlier)!

Top: Banana Republic Essential Short-Sleeve Vee Tee. Skirt: BCBGeneration (old but similar here and cute one here). Shoes: Crocs Leigh II Ankle Strap Wedge. Bag: LeSportsac Baby Travel Bag worn with the long strap on the left and shorter strap on the right.
Here's a recipe for salmon and soy sauce glazed salmon with zucchini that A really enjoyed:

Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
4 6-oz. salmon fillets
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
Nonstick cooking spray
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4" half moons
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Place fish in a large zip-top bag. Add the honey and the soy sauce, seal, and turn to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Drain and discard marinade.
2. Preheat broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Broil fish for 5-7 minutes per 1/2" thickness, or until it flakes easily with a fork.
3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini. Cook about 3 minutes or until just tender; season with salt.
Serves 4.
Nutrition facts per sandwich:
319 calories
35g protein
11g carbohydrates
15g fat (2g saturated)
37mg calcium
1g fiber
2mg iron
10g sugar
375mg sodium

Leaving you with the quote of the day, "The trick is what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." -Carlos Castaneda


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