Thursday, 12 November 2020

What's In My Bag: Share The Dignity Mum and Bub #ItsInTheBag Campaign

Sharing what's in my bag for Share The Dignity #ItsInTheBag! I've done this the past couple of years in order to support local women. The Share the Dignity charity aims to ensure all women across Australia have access to sanitary products. Each Christmas they run the It's In The Bag campaign, where you fill a new or gently used handbag with some essential products and special gifts for a woman or teen in need.


This year, the same as last year, I've decided to do a mums and bubs bag. I've filled a nappy bag with a lot of essentials and a few special treats to let a mum to be or new mum in need know she is loved at Christmas time.




My decision to do a baby bag again this year was made thanks to a special gift with purchase Priceline had on. If you spent $39 or more on participating brands in store you got a baby bag filled with samples and full size baby care products. The perfect thing to start off my donation! The video shows how I fit everything inside and what I included:




As you can see in the video, the bag is a good size and I fit quite a lot into it! I made full use of all the pockets to ensure that as well as covering off the essentials for mum and baby, I included a few extra treats. It breaks my heart to think that there are mums across Australia who due to circumstances outside their control are facing a Christmas alone with their new baby. Maybe they are homeless, maybe they are in a domestic violence refuge, maybe they are living in poverty, maybe they have fled from extreme weather and have nothing left but the clothes on their back. I hope this bag brings a little bit of joy. There are many stories that Share the Dignity have on their site and socials to demonstrate how much of an impact this small gift can make.


How You Can Help:

There are so many ways to get involved:
  • This year, you can sponsor a bag if you don't have time to source all the products yourself. Your donation will be used to build a mum and bub bag, teen bag or woman's bag for Christmas.
  • You can put together your own bag of essentials - the list of required and optional extra items is on the Share the Dignity site. Pay special attention to the exclusions list if you are using the Priceline deal as part of your donation this year like I did - not everything in the bag is suitable to donate, and I had to remove some items. The deal is no longer available online but there are some bags still in stores.
  • If you're donating a bag, drop it off at your local Bunnings between 20th - 29th November. Following all local coronavirus precautions and restrictions of course.
  • If things are a little tight this Christmas, consider participating in the Share the Dignity sanitary products drive next year instead.
  • Share to raise awareness - you can follow Share the Dignity on Facebook, they have a lot of helpful tips and ideas for putting together a bag, and lots of info graphics to share. Like this one, which shows what to include in your bag:





With 2020 being a tough year for a lot of people, I really hope this bag makes a difference for one mum and bub and makes her feel special at Christmas time. If you have the ability, there are so many ways to give back this year - donate your time or money to your favourite charity, donate to It's In the Bag, or find an organisation in your country doing something similar - these are sometimes called Blessing Bags in other countries. You can see my woman's bag donation in 2018, and baby bag donation in 2019 for more ideas.

Have you participated in #ItsInTheBag or a similar donation drive before? What extra pieces did or would you include in your bag? I'll be doing this next year as well and I'm always open to new ideas for what to include!



Note: I was not paid for this post. As always all thoughts, opinions and images are my own.


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41 comments:

  1. That is such a great idea and I know that the woman who receives your bag will feel so blessed!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  2. This is such a great idea. I would like to do something like this here.

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  3. Oh my goodness! This is SUCH a lovely idea. It is wonderful that you were able to do this. I know it will make such a difference.
    the creation of beauty is art.

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  4. What a great cause! As a new mom-to-be who fortunately has the resources to prepare for my baby as I'd like, I think it's wonderful that there's a way to help those who don't. Thanks for sharing, I'll look into it!

    <3 Danai @ Living, Learning, Eating
    http://living-learning-eating.blogspot.com/2020/11/strategies-for-natural-induction.html

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  5. It is so wonderful that you do this every year. And WOW did you ever fit a lot in there. You are at true inspiration!

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  6. What a lovely thing to participate in, Mica, and I'm sure the recipient of your lovingly and thoughtfully filled bag will feel very blessed indeed! xxx

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  7. This is just such a thoughtful idea and that is a lot of stuff to go in it!! You are def. not skimping!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  8. What a great cause! Some woman is going to be very lucky to receive your bag, Mica. It looks like you’ve thought of everything.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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  9. What a terrific program. You thought of everything and your bag is full of the most thoughtful things. Hope the lucky recipient sees her life turn around upon receiving it!

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  10. This is such a wonderful idea Mica. I just read something like this on another blog and it's the best way to help others in this time.
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  11. What a wonderful thing to do at this time of year, Mica! I'm sure the mum who gets this will be moved and grateful at your thoughtfulness.

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  12. Dearest Mica.
    What a bubbly and happy voice on the video!
    Well, I was your 89th viewer.
    Hope this worthwhile and very practical idea will inspire a lot of others.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  13. What a lovely idea, Mica! The woman who receives your bag will be over the moon!

    Have a great weekend!

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  14. What a great idea. I'm sure whoever receives your bag will be thrilled.
    Grace & Peace, Iris
    www.IrisOriginalsRamblings.com

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  15. This is a very great cause... Have a beautiful weekend Mica.
    https://chicchedimamma.com/

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  16. How nice is this? I love this! That's such a thoughtful thing to do!

    https://twitter.com/LornaRaindrops/status/1326827310352375808

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  17. This is such a great cause, Mica! Whoever gets your bag is going to be so happy! Thank you for sharing this with us. I'm going to look into sponsoring a bag and seeing if there's an organization near my home like this.

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  18. This sounds like such a great cause! I'd love to support a cause like that and it seems like a better option than just giving money.

    Ekaterina | Polar Bear Style

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  19. I love that you put together a bag for women/teens in need! Love the baby bag - you included all of the essentials! I can't believe all of that fit into the bag - even better for the recipient. Love that there are so many ways to help! With this year being harder on many, this is great!!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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  20. A good idea for a good cause. Someone will be blessed with your bag.

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  21. What a wonderful idea to support women in need! I'm sure this needed more than ever because of the pandemic.

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  22. Very interesting article! Have a great weekend! 🍁🍂🍁

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  23. What a thoughtful idea! This will make a mom and her baby so happy and loved during this holiday season. I have not done something like this but I will look into it for something similar that I can do here. I hope you are well and happy Saturday Mica!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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  24. Such a good cause! I love this back, it's basically what's in my hospital bag for when I go into labour!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Yes! I can't imagine going into labour or having a newborn without some of these things, I really hope it helps!

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  25. I am truly surprised by how much things you can put in that bag, really a great idea !
    Sonia
    www.soniaaicha.com

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  26. I remember you participating in this dignity bag initiative in the past. This year it seems more timely and relevant than ever. I'm sure that with the pandemic and everything, there and many woman and teens who will appreciate this donation. I love the bag you choose and the product you included. You did a great job! I'm sure some mom will appreciate this.

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    1. Yes sadly there is a greater demand for bags this year. I really hope this helps. It's good to participate each year.

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  27. This is such a wonderful idea, your bag looks incredible. And that promotion with all of the samples makes this absolutely perfect too. The list of what to include is really helpful. I'm sure whoever receives it will be incredibly happy x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  28. This was such a lovely thing to do. I remember I did something similar when I was in school...it was organized by our teacher.

    www.fashionradi.com

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  29. I just love this idea! So special! And what a great size bag too. It can fit so many goodies for someone. Hope you are having a great weekend!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  30. que bien, con esta bolsa estas super preparada, lleva todo lo necesario.

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  31. Such an awesome cause.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home

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  32. This is such a lovely and important initiative!

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  33. Such a noble cause. I'm sure the ones who receives these packages are grateful. Very important initiative especially now that the world need positivity. New fan and I'm grateful to join your squad. Have a blessed week.

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  34. A imagem que mostra o seu blog
    é muito bonita, mas você com
    essas crianças é a coisa mais
    linda que já vi.
    Um beijo e boa noite.

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  35. What a lovely cause and this is such a great idea :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2020/11/fashion-forecast-bold-pink-hues-for-fall.html

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  36. That is great that you're doing that! I think it's so important to give back, especially this time of year.

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  37. Thank you all for your kind comments. I really hope this makes a new mum or mum to be smile at Christmas and it's nice to see how many of you have done something similar or want to look into it more - it's a good way to give back and I'm grateful to be in a position where I can.

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