Sunday, February 20, 2011

What's Inside My Bag? Here's a Clue: The Contents Would Make MacGyver Envious

My husband constantly ridicules the size of my purse. He jokes and laughs until we’re traveling and need something, and I can usually pull it out within a minute or two … or okay, maybe five. I’ve always carried a large bag, but now that I have a two-year-old it's only magnified. I agree that it's huge and clunky and quite heavy, weighing in at a whopping 10.1 pounds. But it contains everything I may ever need. It's ridiculous, I suppose, but I justify it by thinking of myself as one prepared mommy, albeit with a sore shoulder.

In no particular order, here goes:
  • My day planner – It's old school I know, but don't judge. I still like to see a month at a time. I literally enjoy penciling in my appointments, and I'm not ashamed.
  • Wipes – I wish I’d known the many uses of wipes before having a child! Who knew?
  • Three diapers
  • One rice cake in a baggie
  • Travel utensils for Ellie
  • My wallet – Although I carry an enormous bag I don't carry a George Castaza wallet like a few of my friends. Ahem. You know who you are.
  • One small hairbrush
  • One small booklet of ocean life stickers—These work wonders for keeping a toddler entertained for about one minute and 15 seconds.
  • One mini Play-Doh (blue)
  • One small bottle of bubbles
  • My iPhone
  • One baggie of Goldfish Crackers
  • My keys
  • Floss
  • One Shout Wipe – It's been in there for a very long time so I’m pretty sure it's dried out by now. But I think I’ll keep it just in case.
  • One package of Boogie Wipes —These are a little on the pricey side, I know, but in public they save me from wrestling with my daughter to wipe her nose. So they're worth it. 
  • Four glass lens cleaners
  • One box of matches from Bottega in Birmingham
  • One Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer (lemongrass sage scent)
  • Two safety pins
  • Two sunscreen samples
  • Travel size Tylenol container that actually contains Excedrin Migraine (It's really the only way to go.)
  • One coupon for $2 off Pull-Ups —I'm debating whether or not these are actually worth it. 
  • One pair of fingernail clippers
  • Five band aids—Make that four; Ellie saw these and discovered a boo boo that needed immediate attention.
  • Burt's Bees' Cuticle Cream 
  • One sample of Neutrogena Moisturizer
  • One Swiss Army Knife— I've had this for years. And who knows when you'll need a toothpick, tweezers or pair of mini scissors?)
  • 11 tampons – I agree that this seems excessive, but if you've ever been without and had to beg, borrow or steal one it's best to have plenty of extras.
  • Two individual containers of unsweetened apple sauce
  • Two packs gum: one Orbit (sweet mint flavor) and one Extra Dessert Delights (key lime pie flavor)
  • One Mickey Mouse book
  • One small pack of M&Ms (This is my break-glass-in-case-of-emergency treat.)
  • One sample size of Starbucks cinnamon spice-flavored coffee
  • One Knox County School Coupon Book —I’m vowing yet again to utilize these throughout the year to keep from scrambling in August.
  • Two disposable bibs – I know I’m not saving the planet with these, but they’re a lifesaver when eating out.
  • One apple
  • One small bag of pretzels (These are leftover from Halloween and in the shape of pumpkins.)
  • Two ink pens (both black ink)
  • One Lubriderm hand lotion
  • One lip gloss (night iris) and one lipstick (guilt free) – I still rarely reapply after the morning despite my mother's best attempts throughout years.
  • Two pairs of sunglasses (Ellie’s and mine)
Well, that’s it. Organized or fanatical? You decide.

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