What’s In My Handbag?

What's in my Handbag

Hi, friends!  I have something unusual for you today.  My friend Allison over at A Glimpse Inside has a super fun “What’s in Your Handbag?” series going on, and she invited me to participate last month.  Today I’m sharing with you my post.  Prepare to see a very full, very messy diaper bag.  I am a scattered, messy person, what can I say?

I have a five year old boy and an almost two year old girl, so my “handbag” is actually a diaper bag.  A JJ Cole diaper bag that my mother-in-law bought for me, to be more specific.  I really like it because it is huge, has lots of pockets, and it is much cuter than my previous diaper bags.  MIL did well, dontcha think?

Well, let’s dive into my messy diaper bag.  I’m not even going to show you all of the crumbs and trash that were in there.  Ick….

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I had so much in my bag that I had to take it out in stages.  Here is picture #1.  It is all of the items from my outer pockets.  In this pic are two ever-present items: my phone and my keys.  Also discovered was the Frozen CD and a Come Unto Christ CD that I got for my assignment working with the teenage girls at my church.

There are also two “babies” in this picture.  When my son was little we had him weaned from his 24/7 pacifier sucking to just in the crib soothing, and when I would take him out of his crib I would pop his paci out and say, “You are not a baby!”  He would always grin, and eventually he must have associated his pacifier and the word baby, because that became the family title forever more for pacifiers.  I love my littles.  :)

Also spotted in this picture is my checkbook (yes, I still use checks occasionally), a knob that I was looking at for my daughter’s dresser that I painted recently, and a card that someone gave to me.  Let’s take a closer look at that card….

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Look at that labels on those canisters.  Heehee.  It is like she knows me or something….  😉

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Round two!  Let’s take a look at what I found in the main section of my diaper bag.  I told you there was a lot of junk in that bag!  Let’s play eye spy in this pic……  I spy crackers, raisins, a granola bar, Ice Breakers Sours Mints, and cough drops.  I also spy a toy dragon, several toy cars, diapers and wipes, and my fun chevron wallet.  Also spied is two pairs of sunglasses and mittens: a big and a small version of each.  Last but not least, I spy a list of things that make me happy, which I made during a lesson at church and shoved into the bag and promptly forgot.  Wanna get to know me a bit better?  Here’s a closer look at the list.

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Yep, that’s a pretty great summary of me in a nutshell.  On to the final picture!

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Round #3 consists of the items from my inner pockets.  As you can see, that includes my kids’ health records, the card that I got from the drive I went to recently to sign up to be a bone marrow donor, some hand sanitizer and sunscreen, and some tampons (classy, I know….but realistic).  In those pockets, I also found a couple of business card holders full of cards, another toy car, a card with The Articles of Faith from my church on it, and a variety of pain killers.  I am a constant headache sufferer.  Blech.   Finally, I also found about a million pens and lipstick / lip glosses and an eyeliner, along with a mirror to help me put them on when I’m on the run.  To keep my daughter primped and pretty I found a plastic bead necklace, comb, and a bag of tiny elastics.  I got sick of her pulling her pigtails out in the car and then having funky hair, so I started carrying around extra elastics for fixer-upper situations.

Whew.  That’s a lot of stuff in one bag!  I probably should have taken this opportunity to whittle down some of that stuff and clean my bag when I took these pictures, but instead I shoved it all back into the bag.  Haha.  I have problems.  Big ones.  :)

So, tell me, what’s in YOUR handbag?

Sarah Westover McKenna
Sarah is the scattered creative mind behind Bombshell Bling. A former elementary school teacher and a current stay-at-home mom, she loves developing her creativity through her blog and her jewelry design business, Bombshell Bling Jewelry. Sarah is a lover of all things vintage, colorful, and BLING. She is also a sweets addict with a major obsession with s'mores.
Sarah Westover McKenna
Sarah Westover McKenna


  1. says

    Wow. That’s a lot of stuff! I recently went on a trip to NYC and as a result, downsized to a smaller purse that zipped (you can never be too careful, am I right?). There are a bunch more things I’m trying to figure out how to cram in the little guy but currently I have my wallet, my little zip bag full of tampons (let’s be realistic–a girl needs to be prepared!), my Kindle, an iPod my boss loaded an ebook onto for me, and my emergency Tardis (holds money and hopefully the Doctor XD).

    In the pockets I just have a thing of gum (Trident Layers: every time I see a new flavor I *have* to buy it, I just can’t help myself) and the card from our table at the wedding we went to in NYC. :)

  2. says

    I lOVE the picture of the canisters. Sometimes as moms we feel just like we need the prozac. Funny thing, in my house the cat is on prozac, not the people. We people must be really annoying. I have no little kids anymore, so the stuff in my purse is for me, although others help themselves to it too. In my purse is usually wet wipes, lotion, hand sanitizer, tissue, various medications and oils, my wallet that occasionally has money, a couple of throw away toothbrushes, lip balm, a hook to hold my purse off the floor if I’m in a restaurant, a couple of pens, business cards, sun screen, my phone, my 35 mm DSLR camera, a nail file, Fiber One Meal bar, a shopping bag and a comb. I sound like a nut for all of the things I can use to keep myself clean, but I lived in China for a year and there is no TP, towels or soap in the bathrooms, so always had it with me. I can’t seem to break the habit. :)