The Power Purse

Today’s post is fun and practical. Grab your purse, and let’s compare notes.

Jody and I are huge fans of an efficient purse. It’s like the Boys Scouts always say, “Be Prepared!” We both carry a medium size purse with a few things in it. In the little side compartment, there’s a lipstick, gum, a few pens, and business cards. In the main compartment we have:

  • Wallet
  • Calendar with a pen and mechanical pencil clipped to it (we haven’t yet gone high tech for scheduling)
  • Phone charger (these new smart phones lose battery life quickly)
  • Small bottle of Bath & Body Works body splash (we live in Florida – need I say more?!)
  • Small notebook
  • Travel-size tissue pack
  • Travel-size baby wipes
  • Mom’s Bag of Tricks

The Mom’s Bag of Tricks is a medium-size makeup bag. It seems like you’d need a huge bag to hold all these things, but with small, travel-size containers, it all fits with a little room to spare.

  • Band-aids, cortisone cream, antibiotic ointment (all in a snack bag)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Tylenol
  • Allergy pills
  • Allergy eye drops
  • Nail file
  • Panty liner, tampon (in a snack bag to keep from tearing)
  • Lip balm
  • Trial size hand cream (a really good one)
  • Trial size hand sanitizer (in a snack bag in case it leaks)
  • Travel size hair spray
  • Dental floss
  • Pack of rice paper (soaks up oil on a shiny face)
  • Sunblock stick
  • Benadryl stick (itch cream for bug bites)
  • Hair bands (for an impromptu pony tail)
  • Little mirror
  • Super glue (in a snack bag in case it leaks)
  • Mini-sewing kit
  • Bobby Pin
  • Saftey Pin
  • Small scissor
  • Tweezers
  • Mini-screw driver (or small pocket knife)
  • 6-inch ruler
  • Sewing measuring tape
  • Stain stick (in a snack bag in case it leaks)
  • Paper Clip and binder clip
  • Sharpe
  • 2 spare pens
  • Ring of spare keys to each car and the house

What’s in your power purse?

 

Jenni Stahlmann

Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.