Friday, 15 November 2019

What's In My Bag: #ItsInTheBag2019 Nappy Bag For Share The Dignity

A special what's in my bag post today as I'm sharing what I have pulled together for Share the Dignity's It's In The Bag Christmas campaign!

Share The Dignity provides sanitary products to those in need across Australia and every year at Christmas time they have the drive to donate a little more than just pads or tampons.

You can fill a new or gently used bag with some essentials and a few (non-food) treats to make a woman, teen or new mum smile. Last year I donated a handbag for a woman in need, this year I am donating a nappy bag for a mum and baby.


What's Inside My Nappy Bag:


It's In The Bag Christmas Campaign Share the Dignity Nappy Bag | awayfromblue blog


A little more about what's in the bag and why is in my video!




I had so much fun putting this bag together! As you can see, it had to be quite a big bag to fit all the essentials in it so I went with this pink and grey Kmart gym bag. Nothing else was big enough! I had forgotten just how many things you need as a new mum, now my youngest is 3 and a half! I ticked off all of the essentials from the list for mum (things like breast pads, maternity pads, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner) and for baby (nappies, wipes, nappy balm). With the little space I had left I added some extras for mum, like a hairbrush, lip balm, tote bag and of course a little hand written card.

I can't imagine being a new mum at Christmas time in a shelter or homeless and so I hope that this bag helps a little. While I picked up a lot on sale spreading my shopping out over time, I also picked up things we use and love at home for the boys. I've shared my review of the Mater baby products before on the blog when I collaborated with them, but this post, like last years It's In The Bag post, was not paid for in any way and I purchased the Mater products myself.


Ways You Can Help


  • Share The Dignity has some great ideas about what you can put in your bag to give to a woman, mother or child in need. See what to put in a bag for a lady, teen or new mum. You can donate your bag at your local Bunnings from Friday 22nd November to Saturday 7th November.
  • If you don't have a new or gently used bag to donate to the Christmas campaign, why not take part in the sanitary products drive in April or August next year?
  • If you're not in Australia and still want to help women in need, have a look and see if there are any charities in your country that put together blessing bags. Similar things I found on google are blessing bags in the US and bags of kindness in the UK.


What You Can Include In Your Nappy Bag:




There are so many ways to give back at Christmas time. If your heart aches for men, women, children, mothers, animals or families in need, Christmas is a great time to give back. I loved being able to do a little something for a struggling mum this year and hope in some small way it brings a little joy at Christmas time.


I'd love to do this again next year too! Have you done something like this before? What should I include in my next bag?


Note: My posts, like this one, are usually written 2-3 weeks in advance. I had to add on this updated note though. We are safe from the bushfires, as are our family and friends. For ways to help, see here: https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/bushfire-donations-heres-how-you-can-help/11696418


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64 comments:

  1. Such a lovely post Mica and beautiful video!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  2. Good post ๐Ÿ˜Š thanks for your sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. It is wonderful that you are sharing this. What a wonderful way to give back this season!
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    1. It is a nice way to give back a little! :)

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  4. Wow! You carry quite a bit in your bag! I'm impressed, dear!
    Have a wonderful weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    1. yes I wanted to donate as many essentials as possible! :)

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  5. Such a great idea and the items you included will be so helpful for a new mom!
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  6. This is absolutely amazing that you’re doing this! I’ll have to see if there’s something like this near me. I really hope there is because this is such a near and dear cause, gifting one mother from another. Thanks for sharing!

    Xo,

    Jalisa
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    1. I hope you can use the links in the post to find something near you! :)

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  7. You are such a sweetheart for doing this, Mica. I can't even imagine being a new mum and homeless at the same time:( I love all the stuff you put in the bag. And so cool you even added a nail polish:)

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    1. Yes it's so sad thinking about all the different scenarios someone would receive this bag - i hope it helps a little!

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  8. What a wonderful way to give back to someone in need! My office does Christmas hampers for single parents - we buy all the items on their lists, from toys to art supplies, to grocery gift cards. It just makes you feel good inside, doesn't it, Mica?

    I would put a couple of trashy novels or magazines in the bag for mum! :-P

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    1. What a nice way to give back Sheila! :) I think I need to get a bigger bag next year to fit more in! I tried buying smaller baby products so I could fit another pack of pads in but still no more space!

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  9. This is great. Always good to be prepared when going out with your baby. You really never know what might happen.

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    1. Yes I'll never know what circumstances lead to a lady needing this bag but I hope it helps her and I'm glad I could donate it!

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  10. What an amazing organisation!! I remember helping my church out with a similar project a couple of years ago. These gifts make all the difference and are especially meaningful during the holiday season xx

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  11. Ahhh idk if my comment went through, but this is such an amazing organisation!! I've done similar projects with my church in the past. These types of gifts make such a difference & I feel like they're especially meaningful during the holiday season xx

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    1. It did! It's so nice your church does something similar as well!

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  12. Such a wonderful Idea Mica and awesome video darling.


    xoxo
    Lovely
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  13. The nappy bag you have put together is amazing. I'm sure that some mum will be very happy to receive it. Such a great idea to put together a bag for a woman in need. Wonderful examples of women giving to and helping other women. It is always important to give back, but there is something special about giving back at Christmas time, it seems even more meaningful. I think that whoever is in need appreciates the help on Christmas all the more because holidays can be lonely. Thank you for sharing. A fantastic charity project!

    P.S. I hope that the smoke has cleared up a little bit. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Yes Christmas is the perfect time to give back, and I hope it really helps someone! The smoke comes and goes sadly, although it's been clear for a couple days now which is nice.

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  14. What a great way to give back Mica! That huge bag reminds me of just how much STUFF new moms always have to have with them, it can be overwhelming! I'm thankful that the diaper days are behind us, other than at night. :)
    I keep hearing about the fires there, I hope you are safe where you are!

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    1. Yes I said that to my mum while I was trying to find a bag it would all fit inside - you forget how much stuff you need as a new mum!

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  15. This is such a great idea to do something in need for Christmas. Nice on you to give and share this post, now I am aware about it. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Glad I could introduce you to the idea! :)

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  16. You have sacred heart Mica. It's a great project for sure.
    Here, we also have many activities for charity.
    GBU

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  17. What a great charity and how thoughtful of you to help out. Thanks for posting we need some positive news in this age of negativity.

    Allie of
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    1. Yes it's nice to do things to help others in little ways!

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  18. Such a great idea and cause. TFS!

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  19. Great idea dear!! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a lovely day! xx

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  20. So glad you are safe and glad you are able to help someone in this way. I don't know that I've done anything like this before, but I donate in small ways to people near me who are on tighter budgets than mine. We had a Compassion child in India for a time, and I enjoy donating to missionaries and to my church... I think you did a great job filling your bag!
    Liberty @ B4andAfters.com

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    1. Compassion does great work too! It's nice you can give back with them :)

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  21. This is such a great charity, and very sweet of you to take part. I agree giving back is important. We have a similar charity at my church for new mums and struggling women.

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    1. It's great your church has something similar! it's really needed sadly :(

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  22. What a great way to help others *.* You should be proud of yourself. Thank you for sharing with us!
    Xoxo ❤
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  23. Such a special and beautiful post. How thoughtful you were too! Christmas is a great time to give back. I really love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Shauna

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  24. Amazing post;) Thank you!

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  25. This is such a fabulous idea! It's a great way to support others that are not able to buy those things themselves.

    xx Simone
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    1. yes it's nice to gift someone all the little things we take for granted! :)

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  26. happy Sunday! I hope all is well.

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  27. This is so sweet and such a great idea, love the things you included! Great post and video Mica xx

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  28. This is such a great thing that you're doing, Mica! You have such a big heart. xoxo

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    1. All credit to the ladies who came up with the idea, I'm just taking part :)

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  29. It is great that you are participating to put together a handbag for a woman in need. All of these are perfect essentials - especially with women's health products. I like that you picked out the good brands too. I love that this is the time when we are especially mindful of others. Thanks for sharing the contents from the nappy bag! You're an amazing person!!

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    1. I have used a lot of these brands so had to include them as I know they are good! :)

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  30. Good on you Mica! What a unique and lovely way to help those in need. The holidays are the perfect time of year to really put the focus on giving back.

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  31. I love that you've found such a lovely way to give back to the community! People don't often consider what it's like to be unable to afford the essentials

    Jill
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    1. yes it's nice to do a little something to help!

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  32. The Share The Dignity drive is such an important campaign and a great way to give back during the festive season!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. It is a wonderful charity to do so much for those women who are hurting!

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  33. Such an amazing thing to donate! I'm sure the recipient will be incredibly thankful. The organisation is incredible too! x

    Sophie
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    1. They are a great organisation to run this drive each year! :)

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  34. Todo se ve estupendo! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ Que tengas una feliz semana! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ‚

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  35. What a great idea. We do similar at work for colleagues . There s a basket in the loo we donate products too for another colleague when they have an 'emergency '. Some men donate too.

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  36. Thank you all for your kind comments - it is so nice to give back at Christmas time and it's great there are so many opportunities around for us to reach people who need a little extra support!

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