Redlocks Review: Iconoclast Dad Bags


Redlocks is here bringing you a review on a great product for dads: the Iconoclast Dad Bag! I am so blessed that my husband is a very ‘hands on’ father.   Raising a family with two working parents is a team effort so in the Doyle home we do not have typical gender roles.  My {amazing} husband is always rolling up his sleeves changing dirty diapers or cooking dinner.    With that being said, my poor husband for the last two years, has been forced to lug around the most gender neutral diaper bag I could find on the market-a grey floral print bag.   I am so grateful we found him a product that not only looks good but is really functional for out and about trips to the park, grocery store, out to dinner, or anywhere else daddy life takes him.

The Iconoclast Dad Bag is very durable and made is the USA!  This one shoulder backpack style bag is made extremely well it is still exceptionally lightweight.  Inside the bag there are several compartments to store the various baby gear-diapers, wipes, blankets ect.   It even comes with a fold out changing pad-this is a must!

The Iconoclast Dad Bag has mesh compartments in the inside which is great to find small binkies and toys with ease.  The bag is designed to swing around to the front so it never touches dirty bathroom floors but still allows the dad to be hands free


The Iconoclast Company-founded by a hands on father-really wanted to empower men when it came to childcare.   He really wanted to #BreakTheMold that in a typical family moms do most of the work-but not with the modern father.  The new aged modern dad helps out with all aspects of childcare so there needs to be more products out there designed for men. 

The companies philosophy is “the Iconoclast Dad Bag, because childcare isn’t just a woman’s job!” 

Since this is a diaper bag for my husband I figured it was best for you to read what he has to say about the product, so here ya go:

“Any dad that has had to carry around a diaper bag will appreciate the look and feel of this bag.  This isn’t your wife’s diaper bag.  It is light, stylish and functional.  It has padding in the strap and back so it sits comfortably on your back.  You can adjust it so that it sits on either shoulder and the pockets on the inside can be switched so that they aren’t upside down when you slide the bag to the front to get things out.  The minimalist design is something I really appreciated and feel that this bag could be used for anything and doesn’t scream diaper bag.  It has a real quality feel to it and seems like it will survive the daily battles of parenthood for years to come.  Now that I have this Iconoclast bag I won’t have those embarrassing moments when I’m holding the same bag as the lady in line next to me when I’m out with my kids.”–Kerry 


If you have an amazing modern dad in your life you should definitely check out this product for him available now at

Use the code “Redlocks” for 20% off your purchase from now until December 27th so get your Iconoclast Dad Bag soon!


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

Working Mom Problems


              Tired. Exhausted. Busy. Happy. The life of a working mother is no joke. Literally every minute, no wait second of my day is used up.   From the moment I wake up in the early hours tending to my children getting them dressed for the day to the moment I finally get to sit down and relax and finally check emails, write a blog, or {maybe} watch Netflix, every second in between is used, valued, and pushed to the maximum capacity.   When you are a working mom, you will always feel guilty kissing your little one and leaving them to head out to your job. You’re most likely running late, not a dressed up as you’d like to be, and have an extra large cup of coffee in your hand.   I don’t sacrifice a second extra away from my family so once I step foot at work I am moving a mile a minute to get everything done.  


                 Once I pull into work I park my car, grab my coffee to go, and the moment my foot hits the pavement I am darting around trying to get the millions of tasks accomplished.   When I am at work I never. stop. moving.  I am constantly multi-tasking trying to keep from the feeling of drowning in work.  The moments where I do get a break I am sitting at my desk, alone in the dark, listening to the endless wonk wonk wonk of my breastpump.  I don’t have time to hang with coworkers or have long chats about daily life, because every second I am doing something for work trying to get my ‘to-do’ list crossed off.   Then like a flash, I have to lock myself in a cold, dark room and start pumping then storing milk. The challenges of a breastfeeding, working mom are endless.  There is no “hanging out with other adults” during my day.  Its work, grade, teach, eat lunch alone while pumping, try to tune out the negatively and absorb the positivity-if you’re going to be away from your family it better be worth it.

            I used to go back in forth with the argument of what’s more difficult: the working mom or the stay at home mom.   I am lucky in my career since I am a teacher that I get to experience both sides of motherhood.   I am the August-May working mom who tries to get the laundry all washed, folded, and put away on a Sunday. The working mom who misses her kids terribly, loves her job at the same time, and still tries to get dinner on the table at a decent hour. The mom who is so dang tired from working all day, but then suddenly those little arm wrap around you and you get a second burst of energy.   It is so hard to be a working mom. How do people keep their house together???? I find it impossible as there are always dirty dishes or bottles in my sink. {Veteran working moms please share your secrets with me.} The positive note of being a working mom is every second and moment you have with your children it is cherished.   Its amazing! I try to do as many fun activities with my children as possible.  We never have “just another Saturday,” its always spent spoiling my little ones with activities because the mom guilt of being away from them during the week is unreal.


            Being a working mother I find it extremely hard to take care of myself.   I don’t want to spend any more time away from my children so getting my nails done, hair cut, going to the doctor, or even grabbing lunch with an old friend makes my heart sink.   I am sadly watching myself ‘go’ as I have no time for the gym, get my nails done, or even curl my hair.   At this point in my life, I am so busy {and exhausted} I am lucky if both legs get shaved in the shower.   Taking a day off of work to go to the doctor doesn’t happen-if I am taking a day off from my job it is to spend with my children.   Usually nap time is ‘rest time’ for moms-you count down the hours until the beloved nap time.   But for me on my cherished weekends, nap time for a working mom means running around like a manic. You have two hours {if you’re lucky} to get about 10 hours worth of children free errands in.


            The times I am on summer vacation I am the stay at home mom. The pressure of getting the laundry done goes out the window, I have all day Monday or maybe even Tuesday to fold and put those clothes away right? Making dinner is no longer a chore, it’s a time to be away from your children in a much needed adult break.  You can get more done with your day during nap time than the whole day.   Going on walks in the middle of the day is for entertainment rather than exercise. Trips to the grocery store and Target are much easier on a random Thursday afternoon than on a busy weekend.   But HOW do you keep your little ones entertained 24/7? That’s lots of activities, crafts, and imaginary dinosaurs to pretend to be.   Good luck putting on make up too, why get ready if you’re not leaving the house and going to get apple sauce chucked at you anyways? Then finally, the second your husband walks in the door from work you’re lucky if you can actually pee alone.   When you are a stay at home mother you never get a day off or a break.


            The working mom is harder, no the stay at home mom is harder…lets just face it they are BOTH hard! Motherhood is such a difficult and challenging journey. You no longer have just yourself to think about. Looking back at who I used to be in college and my early twenties, I had no one else to worry about but myself and I thought I was “tired” or “busy.”  Girlllll what were you thinking? As a mom, you maybe tired. exhausted. busy. but most of all you are HAPPY.  I wouldn’t change being a mom for anything-whether your working or staying at home we all share the same common goal to raise good people and we all have the same love for these little people.

Until Next Time…..


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle

***All of the photos for this blog post were taken at Symphony Park next to the Discovery Children’s Museum.   Get your Pogo Pass using code “REDLOCKS” for 60% off admission to this venture and several others around the Las Vegas area! For my original post of this pass, Read here

Redlocks Review: Nuby NanaNubs Massager

Redlocks is here reviewing a Nuby product on teething, the NanaNubs Massager!  This product is great for helping babies sooth their sore gums while cleaning at the same time!


My son is going through the teething phase, he is constantly drooling and in pain-poor little guy!  With recent shocking FDA reports of teething tablets gone bad causing seizures and difficultly breathing {thankfully I’ve never used them} its always great to find a product that helps ease our baby’s sore gums that is SAFE!   The Nuby NanaNubs Massager is great for this!

This Nuby NanaNubs product is 100% soft silicone which is great for soothing sore gums.   It also has soft bristles which helps clean baby’s gums very gently by the unique textured designed bristles.

This super cute banana shaped teether is designed so the peels are handles easy for baby to grasp.   This massager also assists in the eruption of teeth by gently massaging the infant’s gums.

This Nuby product, the NanaNubs Massager is of course BPA free and is available now at Amazon!

How else are you helping your little one with the teething process?


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle