A Travel Bag For Kids & Adults – Itzy Ritzy


As we are all approaching a big travel week/weekend, I thought I’d share one of my favorite travel bags – the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Everything Bag. Yes, they are created for kids, but I use them just as much as B does and we both love them. We have two of the “snack and everything” sized bags (7″x7″), both of which I got at different mom/mom-to-be events. Itzy Ritzy has a wide variety of material choices so you’re not stuck with a “baby” or gender specific look.  And yes, I use them for snacks for B (he actually calls them the snack bags) but I also use them for:

  • Carrying pacifiers when we travel (hoping to not use them for this anymore since I’m breaking B of the nightly pacifier habit soon)
  • Crayons
  • Toys with multiple pieces (Legos, small cars, blocks, etc.)
  • Puzzle pieces when we travel
  • Make up
  • Jewelry when traveling
  • Coupons when running multiple errands (I have a coupon organizer but this is more for the Macy’s/BB&B/Target coupons that I need for special trips)
  • Wet wipes from the big container when I am out of the travel size
  • Cell phone holder in the beach bag to keep sand and water away from my phone

And I’m sure I use them other ways, too, but these are the ones that immediately come to mind. The bags are great because they are lined with a PVC free waterproof material and they just go in the washing machine (or in a sink with soapy water) to clean. I have seen them at various baby stores but you can find even cooler material choices by going to the website HERE.

Itzy Ritzy makes a lot of other kid tote products, too. And, they are from the Chicago area (Naperville) so I like that I’m supporting a (sort of) local business.

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.

I’d love to hear if you have tried the Itzy Ritzy bags or have other travel pouch suggestions – leave a comment or two!


Hit the Road for Food

With the Labor Day weekend approaching, I thought I’d share a site that I love for road trips (but you can even use it in your own home town) – is the brainchild of Jane and Michael Stern who have written a series of food based books (and, apparently met as art students at Yale – see, even I learn something new when I re-visit sites!) and contribute to one of my favorite NPR shows, “The Splendid Table“.  For those outside of Minnesota, “The Splendid Table” is hosted by a woman who, I swear, shares her love of food and cooking unlike anyone else I have ever heard – really, it’s worth checking out here!

But we’re here to discuss  Jane and Michael have cris-crossed the country looking for local food created by local cooks.  Whether you’re hitting the highway this weekend and need to find the perfect stop between here and there, or you’re staying in town and want to try a local treat, check out’s recommendations.  In addition to Jane and Michael’s take on a restaurant, you’ll also find user comments to give you one or two more perspectives on a place.  Personally, I like the “must eats” part of the restaurant profile – anyone who has eaten with me knows I need direction!

So, this weekend hit the road and hit for good eats along the way.

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow!