i always love featuring my mama friends on part & parcel because i think their bags will be drastically different than mine. i’ve been finding – besides the tonka trucks – there is a lot of crossover. especially snacks, because i love a good snack. you never know when you’re going to get hangry, and it’s best to be prepared.

alison’s backpack – something i’ve also been rocking – covers all the bases. this mama-on-the-go is prepared for any situation and looks so stylish doing it. for photos of the cutest kids, great family fashion and tough workouts, you’ll want to follow alison on instagram. but for now, let’s take a peak inside her bag.



my bag looks a lot different than it did four years ago. i love me a classy black cross body purse and still switch it up to one of those when i don’t have my two little sidekicks with me {when is that?! ha} but most days i am rocking a backpack! with two kids {one in each hand!} a backpack was a total game changer for me! i love my new grey Kute’n’Koo one but I switch between that and my super casual Boken Essentials backpack – perfect for our day to lives and weekend adventures.

what’s inside?

kirkland wet wipes
even when my kids aren’t with me, my wet wipes are my best friend. dusting the truck at a red light, cleaning my boots, wiping sweat off my face after teaching SurfSet – you name it. but mostly for sticky fingers and messy faces.

water bottles
a contigo water bottle for me and munchkin no spill water cups for the kids. we drink a lot of water and the moment we get in the truck Ryder asks for water.

must have snacks!! usually a selection of Lara Bars {coconut cream pie} & Kids Clif ZBar {iced oatmeal} & Love Child Organics Bars {cherry spinach}. my kids have this terrible habit {that i clearly started} of needing a snack every 15 minutes it seems. some may think my name is snack as i hear it more than Mom most days. most days. ;)

vaseline and bath & body works bare mint gloss
winter or summer my lips are dry so i am always putting vaseline on my lips but also love a little shimmer to make me feel a little put together even if i rarely really am.

my phone
mainly for the camera. photos as my love language and i LOVE love love taking photos of my kids. plus google maps saves my life most days. i am SO directionally challenged.

poop bags
mainly for the dog if we stop for random walks.

randoms: wallet, a couple diapers, sunscreen, hair elastics, chocolate if i’m lucky, plackers {because having something stuck in your teeth is the worst} and tissues.


what are your essentials?

this little slice of the internet has introduced me to a lot of lovely people. it was an incredible gateway for me meeting new people once i moved to calgary almost six years ago (what? six!?)

one of those great people is Irene – you may know her as @heyseto! as a born and raised calgarian she’s basically a unicorn. and for that reason, she’s also my oracle for when i want to know something great about this city i’m calling home. Irene knows the pulse of the city and makes an effort to keep ahead of the curve when it comes to new and local.

who better to dish the essentials for any wild rose country lady? check out Irene’s calgary localist must-haves:


happy camper crewneck
i think every girl in calgary already has a Camp Brand Goods “happy camper” sweatshirt and if they don’t, they need to get one. i have had mine for many years now and it is super worn in and well-loved. {laura’s note: i have one, too!}

artisan bonbons
sometimes you just need to treat ‘yo self with these delectables from the chocolate lab.

peppermint lip butter
that dry calgary weather means some extra work on my skincare regime. Rocky Mountain Soap’s chapsticks are great for keeping those lips smooth and kiss-worthy. i like the peppermint for a little extra tingle. {laura’s note: one of erin’s favourites, too}

alpine studs
i love these beautiful earrings because they let me take keep the mountains with me.

alberta pin
a chance to show off my alberta love in a simple little pin.

wild rose beauty balm
Neal’s Yard Remedies also has rich and creamy moisturizers to help rehydrate your skin. i like the wild rose beauty balm because it covers all your skincare bases. {laura’s note: one of my favourites, and one of tanya’s, too}

dote magazine
a copy of dote magazine to read up on the latest style and décor trends in calgary. plus it makes for the perfect adornment on the coffee table.

peter is the most delicious cold-pressed juice. perhaps it’s due to the fact that juice because somehow made carrot juice so palatable or that it reminds me of childhood stories of peter rabbit.

what are your local must-haves?

i’ve been doing part and parcel for a few years now, and never tire at getting a look at what my friends – and some strangers – consider their daily essentials. especially find it interesting when it’s in a different setting than what i’m used to. while Erin and hang out much more regularly as city people now, it all started on the trail. the contents of her hiking backpack familiar with – she always has great snacks and bug spray when i forget it – but her purse i’m not acquainted with.

let’s peek inside Erin’s bag, shall we?

this has made me come to realize i keep basically nothing in my purse.

peppermint rocky mountain soap company lip butter
because ain’t nobody got time for crusty lips and alberta is dry as hell.

lemongrass rocky mountain soap company hand lotion
for the same reasons above regarding hands. ;)

skull candy headphones
>because music is a must while taking transit or going for a walk.

swell bottle
full of lemon water because hydration is key.

iphone charger and a battery pack
because i’m on my phone way too much and it will most likely die before i get to where i’m going.

calgary public library card
because we are lucky to have such a large library system and you never know when you might need a good book!

that’s it! other than my wallet/keys/phone which i think are givens.

what are your pure must-haves?