Just before Christmas, I got an email from Stacy at Apera Bags asking if I’d like to check out one of their bags. Actually, this is what her email said,
“I saw your blog and thought- with her healthy and active lifestyle she NEEDS an Apera bag!! Apera’s cause is simple- to inspire all athletes. “
I knew things would be a little lean under our Christmas tree this year – I felt blessed to be getting such an awesome treat! She offered to send me a bag and asked me to let her know what I thought of it.
(Spoiler alert: One word – LOVE.)
I picked out the Performance Duffel (in fuchsia) partially because it looked like a great gym bag, and partially because it looked like it would be an awesome diaper bag. Because, let’s be honest – I spend a lot more time hauling around diapers than gym clothes these days.
But I have to admit, when the bag arrived, I immediately started googling fitness classes and gym memberships because I wanted a place to take my new bag. No lie. It’s that amazing. As Stacy said in her first email to me,
Apera bags don’t stink. Literally. Groundbreaking antimicrobial product protection, inside and out, resists bacterial odor. Our innovative vented compartments allow your bag to breathe, while clever wipeable linings make for easy cleaning. How’s that for a refreshing approach to your bag? And Apera’s intelligent storage make our bags extremely functional. Your shoes, electronics, and wet or dry gear are kept separate and organized. And the amount of stuff you can carry is unbelievable. Really, you have to see it to believe it.
She wasn’t overselling this bag. It’s amazing.
I haven’t had a chance to take it to the gym yet since I currently don’t have a gym membership, but it’s been sitting on my floor just begging me to take it somewhere.
Last Friday, I decided to meet my best friends at the Mote Marine Aquarium. It looked like it might rain so I was trying to pack diapers, lunches, snacks and three rain coats in my regular diaper bag. Wasn’t going to happen. That’s when I remembered – my Apera bag!
I grabbed it and started stuffing things in, exclaiming the whole time – “I can’t believe how awesome this bag is!” My husband said he wishes he would have recorded my reaction on video. This isn’t quite as good, but you can probably hear my excitement as I show off my bag in the video I posted on my Facebook page.
I was seriously stoked.
Oh and here’s something really cool about their company - Apera donates one custom bag to a Special Olympics athlete for every three bags they sell. So when you buy an Apera bag, you’re inspiring all athletes. Love it.
Yes, the bag is a little big to use as an everyday diaper bag, but you better believe it will be used for any and all special event outings like our trip to the aquarium in the future. (If you have friends with twins or two babies close in age like mine, the bag fits perfectly on the back of a double stroller!)
And hopefully it will make it to the gym one of these days. I mean, there’s nothing like some new fitness gear to inspire you to get in there, right? I really could have used this bag a few years ago when I was going swimming after work and had to pack a bathing suit, towel, change of clothes,etc in my bag. This would have been perfect!
Want to win your own Apera bag? You can!
Just sign up for their email newsletter by providing your email address at the bottom of the Apera website. Then, at the conclusion of each month, they will randomly draw a name from those subscribers in their email newsletter database to select a winner. The bag that was chosen for January is the Active Pack (in whatever color you choose).
Sign up and YOU will have a chance to win your own bag!
Do you have a new favorite fitness-related product? Tell me about it (and feel free to include a link to your blog if you’ve reviewed it!)
Apera sent me a bag with no strings attached – this post includes all my own opinions, and all my own gushing!