If you follow any sort of popular “Mommy Blog” you will come across posts titled “What’s In My Bag”.
If you decide to read further you will then see pictures of a super cute mom with a name brand bag on her shoulder.
You will then have the privilege of seeing the contents of super moms bag and you will either be in awe or feel shame.
Supermom’s bag will be neat & tidy and filled with all sorts of organizational items. She will also have toys that are handmade and she will carry couture or biodegradable makeup.
It may look a little something like this…
When I was a blog newbie I was in awe of how these women really seemed to have it all together, even down to the tiniest detail of what is inside their pocketbooks. Then I compared myself to them (as all women tend to do) and felt shame that I was not that neat and tidy and put together.
After a couple years around the blogging block and living in the role of motherhood, I realized that NO ONE has it THAT together. And if someone is telling you they have it all together they are lying or trying to sell you something.
That’s when it dawned on me that these “What’s In My Bag” posts were really just creative ways of advertising. The financial supporters of these blogs require a shout out and clumping them all into a custom-made hobo bag was a great way for the blogger to name drop. They are making money by blogging and are able to be stay-at-home moms in the process. I can understand that and appreciate it.
Now my little blog does not make any money nor do I have any sponsors names to drop, but I have a bag…you wanna see what’s inside it?
I knew you did.
So I present to you…
Here is my bag. Its a crossover between a purse and a diaper bag. Okay. It’s a backpack. I got REALLY tired of carrying a diaper bag and purse around. Then I got tired of carrying a diaper bag around like it was purse. So I just moved everything into one convenient non-mommish location. My back. I got it at Kohls. 50% off. I love it.
There are no compartments in side. Everything is just kinda thrown in there. Just the way I like it.
After dumping my bag all the items landed in perfect order like so…
1) Self-Explanatory Diapers.
2)Target brand wipes. Unscented
3)Target brand wipes in a Ziploc bag because Reagan went to town on a package and I was not about to throw those unused wipes away.
4)Princess panties for Emily. We have not had to change them in an emergency yet. I probably just jinxed myself.
5)A half eaten banana. Sometimes you don’t want the whole thing at once.
6)One sock turned inside out? I didn’t know that was in there.
7)Extra clothes for Reagan. Notice it is winter attire. Glad I did this post so I can pack clothing for the current season.
8)Sippy cup. Non leaking. Crucial.
9)The girls check up books for when we go to the pediatrician. Its easier just to keep them in the bag rather than trying to remember to bring them to the next doctor visit.
Take a closer look…
1) Hair elastics so we can always rock a ponytail
2)Little coloring books with stickers and crayons. All from the ONE SPOT at Target.
3)Coupons. Almost always expired.
4)Little tiny Vaseline lip stuff.
5)My favorite gum. It tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream.
7)My favorite gum in a wrapper. Sometimes it’s not appropriate to spit. I am a lady after all. Occasionally.
8)A random wristband.
9)Goldfish. Every mom needs goldfish. A couple tried to escape.
Looking for number 6? Yeah. I forgot number 6 in the pic. Are you surprised?
I’m not the only one that carries her life in her backpack. Emily also has things that are important to her that she needs on her person at all times.
Isn’t this little bag so cute? I will admit I have borrowed it.
And here is what almost 4 year old Emily thinks is important to have in her bag when out and about going where ever it is that she thinks she is going. I promise you the items below were the exact items I found in her bag.
1) A teacup. A lady is ALWAYS ready for a tea party
2)Two flash cards of the letter “H”. I’m not sure what she is thinking here. But there is a process. I mean, its not just any two flash cards. Its the letter “H” twice. She had something very specific in mind here. I just don’t know what that is.
3)A bangle from my jewelry drawer. Girlfriend loves to go in my jewelry drawer.
4)One yellow ball. Of course.
5)Half of a syringe.
6)Two letter “O” magnets. Again, this is not random. Do they go with the “H” flash cards? Is she going to spell “OhOh” or “HoHo” or “Hooh”? Do they go with the yellow ball and she is collecting circles of the same color? I do not know.
7) 3 out of 4 Candyland pieces. I was actually looking for these.
8)Lastly, and the most interesting, Equestrian Girl Twilight Sparkle’s leg. It came off a while ago and I haven’t been able to put it back on. Why is it in her bag? I’m not sure, but at least it’s not Twilight Sparkle’s head.
There you have it.
You can probably tell a lot about a person if you look at the contents of their bag. I’m a mess and Emily is…interesting.
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