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BYOM: Bring your own mug.

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How green should I go? Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable Tumbler, $8.99 at Amazon.com

I have been on a serious hiatus for a couple of reasons.

1) I’m horrible at keeping up blogs. I was like this with diaries as a child (see box of semi-started, half-written journals in my closet. Actually, stay out of my closet. That’s creepy). But I’m trying.

2) I’ve had to cut back on my cafe working. As much as I can rationalize it for my sanity and as a well-deserved diversion from my home office or hole I carved out for myself amidst back issues at the open desk at my company’s office, it still costs more to work at a cafe than it does to work at home. I was hoping at this point to have more submissions from others to share in place of my own reviews, but cafe working has not created the buzz I’d hoped… at least not yet! It would help if I could keep up with my posts (see #1).

While typing away in my hole the other day, a coworker shared with me that he can bring his own mug into Malaprop’s (a local Asheville bookstore and cafe) and they’ll fill it for only $1! This opened my eyes to a budget loophole that had been staring me in the face at every coffee shop counter with their handmade price tags. Travel coffee mugs! How many other coffee shops offer severe discounts if you BYOM? Sure, there’s the initial investment and it means lugging around a mug in addition to my water bottle (and diapers and my laptop) but what’s one more straw on this camel’s back? I’m a mom of a toddler, a sherpa with a Subaru.

So with this new awakening, I’m ready to venture back into the world of cafe working, my own mug in hand, and see what it does for my wallet. First, I need to find the right travel mug. So many out there to choose from. Anyone have a favorite? Suggestions?

Eco-friendly laptop bags we love.

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Choosing a laptop bag for your portable office is a personal choice that runs the spectrum between fashion and function. Here at CafeWorking, we want the whole mindfully designed package, which is why all of our picks also have that “something green”.

We heart these planet-friendly laptop bags:

1. Keen Cornell II Courier Bag

Made with repurposed materials, no two are alike. It has a sleeve for a 17″ laptop, plus plenty of zippers and pockets for your pens, phone and flash drive. $90, keenfootwear.com

2. Matt & Nat Vegan Ritual Laptop Bag

For the stylish CafeWorking woman, this faux leather bag is made for Apple addicts. In addition to the padded pocket for your 13″ MacBook, you’ll find compartments designed to fit your iPhone, iPod and iPod shuffle. Lined with 100% recycled faux suede. $180, zappos.com

3. Patagonia Critical Mass Messenger Bag

From your house to the cafe, to the climbing wall. A reflective strip keeps you safe on your commute while a waterproof zipper, padded removable laptop sleeve (for 17″ notebooks or smaller) and overlapping cover flap protect your gadgets and gear. We love the fleece-lined electronics pocket on the shoulder strap. Made from recycled fabric. $119, patagonia.com

What laptop bag are you coveting?