The thing about being a mompreneur is that your house becomes the main storage area for all your businesses. Late last year, I contacted Kat Ong, a professional organizer from SpacethatWorks.com and I agreed to contact her after we have our garage sale (was set last December). I said that she would probably find it easier after I got to sell things that I wanted to let go. I did sell a lot of stuff, but ‘new’ stuff came in and the ‘situation’ of my home is a bit ‘messier’ than it was during the time that I contacted her. She mentioned in her email “Costs depends on the situation of a space. I’d have to see the place first and do an assessment, interview you and take photos – all kept confidential”. I didn’t get back to her because I feel I’m not ready for her to fix the place. She might fix it then I’d just mess it up after a week (saying naman!). So Kat, if you’re reading this, I’m so sorry! I might fail you after.
Check out a few photos of our place, which used to be a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary. It’s still beautiful (in my eyes), but now with more character, especially with Zeeka in the picture.
When I was talking with my interior designer when the house was first built, I wanted things that were both functional and stylish. As you know, our home is not huge so we wanted everything to be functional and beautiful. She was successful in giving us what we wanted, but that was four years ago and that was before we had our daughter in the picture.
I’m like any other mom who loves looking at beautifully decorated spaces, well taken pictures and amazingly shot OOTDs on Pinterest. I am amazed at how moms, like me, can actually keep their houses tidy as if they were pulled out from a magazine. I am amazed at how a scene with them carrying a baby can look so picture perfect just like how celebrities would look while carrying their babies. I am amazed at how neatly they pack things into a diaper bag and everything seems so organized.
Looking at what makes it (the picture) all work are actually products that help moms like us feel like things can still be beautiful and functional for you and your baby. These products are made by BUILT.
BUILT, founded by Aaron Lown and John Roscoe Swartz, has already been in the industry for 10 years. BUILT is actually a product innovation company. Their goal is to make products that are effortless in use, delightful to experience, distinctive in appearance, and ingenious in design. I fell in love with this brand for the first time when I bought its one bottle wine tote before as a gift. I loved the design of their neoprene totes.
Most of their products are made from Neoprene, since it’s durable (tear, heat and water-resistant). It’s reusable and highly protective (can absorb the shock of everyday handling). It also insulates up to 4 hours and is light weight and machine washable.
I was happy to find out that they are now creating products for babies, too. All current baby and lunch products are BPA Free and Latex Free. I was most impressed by the Station Convertible Diaper Bag (Php 5950). It’s actually a diaper bag that transforms to become a changing area for baby.
– Made from neoprene (the wetsuit material)
– Tested for FDA food safety, lead safety and phthalates
– PVC, BPA, latex and vinyl free
– Unzips to convert to an integrated changing station with a removable and machine washable changing pad
– Interior pockets to store diapers, wipes, etc.
– Two exterior bottle pockets – insulates up to 4 hours
– Additional exterior pockets for quick access
– Adjustable shoulder strap with padding for shoulder comfort
– Stain resistant
Exterior Dimensions: W 13” x H 10.8” x D 6.5”
Strap Drop: 27.6”
The other products that caught my attention are the Messy Mate Toddler Bib (Php 1195) and the Caddy (Php 1895).
Cool products, right? Built is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Quirks Marketing Philippines (@quirksph). To check out more products from Built, you can like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BuiltPh) or check out Quirks Marketing Philippines’ Instagram account (@quirksph). Make it work for you and your baby by purchasing Built from these stores: