Maranda Lee: The Original Hot Mama Handbags Review & Giveaway

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Many women have shoe and purse addictions…. but one thing they don’t tell you when you have a baby is that you may become addicted to diaper bags.  You don’t know how many times I have heard my hubby ask why I need so many diaper bags.  But let me tell you…. I will never have enough!!  But I don’t want a diaper bag that looks like everyone else’s diaper bag, nah I am too original and unique for that.  And so when I found Maranda Lee I fell in love.  Literally.  Her bags are so beautiful.  I know you will think so too.


Maranda has been selling on Etsy since 2009 – after the birth of her second son she began creating functional bags, Hot Mama Handbags, that look like a purse but could carry all your baby necessities.  To put it simply diaper bags from heaven, hehe.  Since her boys are growing up Maranda decided her business should grow up too and so she has expanded her business to also include different sizes of purses and clutches.  I also want to mention that every item Maranda creates is hand cut and made to order.  Truly one of a kind so you don’t have to worry about some “other” mom having the same bag as you!  You get to be truly unique.

As I drooled over all the gorgeous bags Maranda designs not to mention all the gorgeous fabric there is to choose from it was hard to settle on just one, but I finally did.  I decided to go with the Large Emma bag and I L.O.V.E. it.


I think choosing the fabric was harder than choosing the style bag for me.  fabric2There are so many gorgeous fabrics to choose from… but I finally settled on Damask Granite for the outside of the diaper bag and Vintage Yellow Lattice for the inside.  The combination is absolutely stunning.  The Emma bag is very generously sized measuring 17” wide, 14” tall, and 4” deep.  This size makes it perfect for so many things!  I can even fit my laptop in there which means even after I am done using it as a diaper bag I will get so much use out of it.  But right now it’s my go to diaper bag and so I love the fact that it has 6 interior pockets.  Three slip pockets and three elastic pockets.  One of the elastic pockets is wider which makes it ideal for holding a wipes travel case and the other two elastic pockets are great for sippy cups or bottles (but we don’t use bottles).  It is made with stiff interfacing so that is stands a bit on it’s own instead of slouching and constantly falling over.  This also makes it easy to see into the bag and to find things when you need them right away.  The Emma bag comes with a standard magnetic closure and messenger strap with O ring strap slide that can be adjusted from 21” to 42”.  I absolutely love the key hook that is inside this bag as well – I am constantly losing my keys down in the depths of my diaper bags…. you could only imagine what falls down to the bottom, hehe… and so this is perfect for knowing right where my keys are at all times.  You can also upgrade the Emma bag to a zipper closure and to have a zippered cell phone pocket on the outside or a zipper pocket on the inside.  And I already mentioned all the amazing fabric choices!


I just can’t say it enough.  I stinking L.O.V.E. this bag.  From the fabric to the design to the quality this bag is absolutely amazing.  Maranda has so much talent and it is very obvious that lots of love and care go into each bag that she creates.  And now that I have one Maranda Lee design I want more!

Perhaps one of these…


Interested in purchasing a Maranda Lee bag?  The Large Emma bags range from about $70 – $80 and are well worth the money!  You will not find a bag with such great quality and with so many uses anywhere else.  I guarantee it.  But seriously, go browse around Maranda’s website and Etsy shop.  I know you will find something you love and if for some reason you don’t Maranda loves to create completely custom bags so you get exactly what you want.  And you can use the code “happenings15” for 15% off your total purchase.  Oh and guess what! One lucky reader will win a Large Emma bag in their choice of fabric!  Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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104 Responses to Maranda Lee: The Original Hot Mama Handbags Review & Giveaway

  1. Evelyn says:

    It’s been a while now since you’ve been using your Maranda Bag, do you still love it? How did it hold up? I’m interested in buying one and have been looking for reviews of the bag after good use and not just new. Please let me know. Thanks!!!

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