Toddler Totes That Free Up Your Purse

Merah Muda Upcycled Bags

merah mudah bags!

You really believed the day you ditched the diaper bag your Sherpa duties were done. But it turns out you barely have room for your wallet when you’re packing granola, action figures, and crayons.

Make your pack rats haul their own loot with a Merah Muda bag. Misha Kurniady initially created the mini versions of grown-up catchalls for her daughter, who wanted to accessorize just like Mommy. These days she’s expanded the line to include dress-up styles for fancy gals (hello, butterfly wing backpack), sporty messenger bags, and colorful totes.

Made from recycled fabrics (tee, denim, and knit remnants) and silk-screened with water-based inks, each carryall is heat cured to ensure the design lasts the life of the bag.

So you can carry on — with your purse.

Available online at etsy.com, $22-$45. For more information, go to merahmudaispink.com.

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this week in los angeles!

Skippyjon Jones Reading

What: Hear bilingual tales and mingle with Skippyjon himself.
Why: Skip on over.
When: Mon., 10:30 a.m.
Where: Pages, 904 Manhattan Ave., at 9th Pl., Manhattan Beach (310-318-0900). Admission is free.

Orit Harpaz Family Portrait Event

What: Get those holiday cards done ahead of schedule with Play L.A.’s package, including a 45-minute photo shoot that offers 30-60 images from which to choose an eight-by-twelve print.
Why: No excuses this year.
When: Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Will Rogers Memorial Park, 9650 Sunset Blvd., b/t N. Beverly & Benedict Canon Drs. Reservations (required) to 323-988-1189. Cost is $95.

Pumpkin Festival

What: Kids go wild at the Halloween bash with pony rides, carnival games, and seasonal crafts.
Why: Don’t forget to pick the perfect gourd from the on-site patch.
When: Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Info at 626-449-9144. Admission is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Merah Mudah

904 Manhattan Ave
@ 9th Pl
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Brookside Park
360 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103
Will Rogers Memorial Park
9650 Sunset Blvd
bt N Beverly & Benedict Canon Drs
Beverly Hills, CA 90210