CleverMade SnapBasket LUXE Collapsible 30L Canvas Tote

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Oh my goodness, I'm so smitten with the new CleverMade SnapBasket LUXE Collapsible 30L Canvas Tote! First off, it's so pretty with its navy blue and white striped pattern. Plus, it features vegan leather edging and straps. It collapses down flat and can be wrapped up tight with the built-in WrapStrap. Friends, this tote holds so much stuff!
The WrapStrap is a thick elastic band that you can flip over to the bottom so it doesn't even show when you're using the bag. It features four feet so you can set the bag anywhere, even on the floor, and the fabric won't get dirty.
To open the SnapBasket LUXE, just lift up on the top edges and on two opposite sides, you'll see (in the picture below) two striped sections that are hiding the "snap" part of the tote. Just press those from the inside towards the outside and this gorgeous tote stands straight up on its own!
Below you can see how it looks after I've snapped the sides into place. You have no idea how happy I am to have a tote bag that won't fall over on me! I use tote bags all the time, for shopping, traveling, and storage in my home and my car. It's the perfect bag for taking packages to the post office, toting gear to class, bringing home groceries, shopping at the craft store, collecting souvenirs on a trip, and so much more!
The SnapBasket LUXE is a 30 Liter bag, which is 8 gallons! It measures 18.5" L x 11.75" W x 11.5" H fully open and collapses down to just 1.3 inches! When I'm not using (which won't be very often), I can collapse it down and slide it under my dresser, my bed, or stand it up on its side to slide it between my desk and the wall. This bag is so big that both my baby goats fit in it!
You can also see that the bag is fully lined, so you have two layers of fabric to make it much more sturdy and more durable. The vegan leather edging help to make it even more sturdy and the leather straps are going to easily hold up to constant use. I love how CleverMade combined the striped fabric with the solid fabric for extra flair too.
There is even a nice zippered compartment for a phone, keys, lip gloss, glasses, and money. This is the perfect tote for hitting yard sales and flea markets too. This summer, it will be perfect for trips to the lake (or the beach, although we don't have those in Kansas). It holds a full picnic lunch for the park too!
I have never had a tote bag that had these many fabulous features and I am absolutely delighted with the SnapBasket LUXE! It is also available in a Heather Gray or a Rose Herringbone style, but my favorite is the Navy Striped. It's only $29.99 and would make a perfect gift for anyone on any occasion! Check out the other CleverMade products too, like the SnapBasket Coolers and CleverCrates.
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Warmhearted Children's Book: Miss Pinkeltink’s Purse

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This children's book is the perfect way to teach children about giving from the heart! A warm-hearted homeless woman finds a home in Miss Pinkeltink’s Purse by Patty Brozo and illustrated by Ana Ochoa (from Tilbury Press, ISBN: 978-0884486268; Hardcover $17.95; Ages 4-8). From its humorous opening through its sad midpoint and uplifting end, Miss Pinkeltink’s story shines a light on humanity.
This children's storybook, with children as agents of positive change, reminds us again that communities are best known by their treatment of the disadvantaged among them. "Rosy-cheeked and quite antique, Miss Pinkeltink / carried everything but the kitchen sink. / Her purse was so big that it dragged on the floor. / When she rode on the bus it got stuck in the door." It's a great book to teach children about how different people have differing resources, and that even the poorest among us can be generous. It also teaches that good deeds come back to you tenfold.
Generous and eccentric, Miss Pinkeltink fills her huge purse with everything from a toilet plunger to roller skates, and then gives it all away. "She offers tape to fix a flat tire and a bone to a kitty: Miss Pinkeltink’s gifts never quite hit the mark, / but she gave what she had, and she gave from the heart." And then, with nothing left to give or to shelter herself, she huddles on a park bench, trying to sleep in the rain. And that’s where Zoey sees her from her bedroom window and knows that something must be done. I absolutely love this book and think every child should hear the story!
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Have I Ever Told You? Children's Book

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Children's books can be so powerful and this book is one for the ages! Have I Ever Told You? By Shani M. King and illustrated by Anna Horváth (from Tilbury House Publishers, January 2019; ISBN: 978-0884487197; Hardcover $14.95; Ages 5-6) offers "powerful words of love and encouragement...to children of all ages, races, religions, and walks of life...followed by character-building affirmations of dignity, respect, and value."
It holds the message of dignity that every child on this earth needs to hear: You are loved. You matter. You make me smile. You make me the happiest person in the world, just by being you. “Have I ever told you that, for me, there is no one more special than you? That for me, you are the most special child in the world, and that I love you now and will love you forever? Have I ever told you that?” What a wonderful children's book to snuggle up and read to your child at bedtime each night!
Shani King wrote Have I Ever Told You? as a note to his children, to remind them that they are amazing in their individuality and that they have the power to choose who they want to be in this world. The illustrations create a masterful visual narrative: warm, witty, simple, profound, and as ferociously empowering as a children’s book can be. I love the inclusive messages and illustrations that help young children understand that each one of us, no matter who we are, are important to the rest of the world. This book is a must for every home!
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