When I was a kid, I used to make fun of my mom’s huge purse. I now eat my words. I have searched for the perfect, stylish big tote to contain all of the baby stuff, snacks, clothing, toys and kid gear that must go with us at this stage of our family’s life. The urban-hip Merin Designs Tote is a fabulously stylish and functional solution. I’ve been testing out this bag for more than six months now and it’s seen every season from sun to snow. I’ve taken it with us on the plane, to the pool, the beach, the boat, the mountain and the gym. It’s even big enough for an overnight trip and can keep my yoga mat, keys and wallet all neatly organized and dry in its inside pockets. In addition to its very stylish design, the coolest feature is its waterproof bottom. The company’s tagline, “Keep Your Bottom Dry” delivers on its promise – I’ve set this bag down in a pile of snow and a big pool of water next to the pool and everything inside stayed dry as a bone.
One of the things that I like most about Merin Designs Totes is that it was designed for moms by a fellow Seattle-area mom. Founder Kea Rensch of Bellevue started Merin Designs after this mother of three became increasingly frustrated with the number of bags she was carrying around during her daily activities with her kids. Her mission was to find one tote that fit all of her kids’ stuff that was both trendy and functional. The Merin Designs Totes retail for $88 and are available in seven beautiful custom-died colors, with a waterproof fabric bottom, waterproof interior pockets, a cell-phone slip and key clip. You can even get them custom embroidered with your family’s initials. Whether you are headed to the beach, the mountain or just around town, Merin Designs is the perfect big tote to keep all your family’s gear neatly in order and dry. For more information, check out www.merindesigns.com.
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