What’s in my Bag?

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I’ve seen many “What’s in my Bag? type posts and think they are kind of fun, but I haven’t written one, until now.

Here’s my bag:

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It is a Simply Noelle buttery light tan leather tote. I bought it on Thursday in the gift shop at the hospital where I work. It was pricier than I prefer to spend, but it seemed like a nice quality bag, I had a 30% off birthday coupon, and birthday cash that I had been saving to use on something I wanted, but wouldn’t normally buy.

After having kids, none of the previous purses that I’ve owned have had enough room to carry everything – I used to carry a small over the shoulder Coach purse just big enough for a small wallet and keys – but those days are gone.

Prior to buying my new bag, I had been lugging around an old black canvas L.L. Bean backpack with my wallet, essentials, and diapers & wipes. [Insert big mom purse jokes here – really, all the crap you have to carry around with kids is crazy]. The backpack gets the job done, but I have been wanting to find a bag with a lot of room yet nice and more professional-looking to be carrying into work. My other requirement was that it have a zipper so that I wouldn’t lose anything and my kids couldn’t take anything out of it.

I liked this bag because it was plain, yet had the interesting braided straps. It had the required zipper and enough room to carry diapers, wipes, and such. I can even fit my laptop and charging cord, although it is too large to zip. I will often blog on my lunch break so being able to carry my laptop without using a second bag is a plus.

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I also love that it has an inside strap to hook my keys on, making them easy to find so I don’t have to root around the bottom of my purse. The inside pocket is nice to carry my sunglasses and there is a zippered pocket which fits my phone nicely and is easy to reach if needed. It came with an over the shoulder strap, which will come in handy when I need my hands free.

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Inside my purse:

  • Keys

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  • Wallet
  • Sunglasses
  • Notebook

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  • Purse organizer containing my migraine & seizure meds, phone charger, an emergency pacifier, hand sanitizer, diapers, wipes, bobby pins, hair ties, kleenex, and a pen

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  • Lots of candy from my kids’ Easter eggs (thanks, Grandma)

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  • My phone

I always keep a hard covered notebook with me so I can make lists or write down things I need to remember on the go. My favorite are Moleskine notebooks with an elastic strap to keep the book closed, find them here on Amazon for $14.19. I also have a smaller version that I keep on my nightstand to write down ideas when inspiration arises or I think of something in the night that I should not forget.

My wallet is another Simply Noelle product, which I bought on sale for 75% off last summer when all the spring colors went on sale. My sunglasses are $5.00 J.C. Penney’s clearance cheapies that I bought one day while shopping after my daughter had broken my others.

I love my Hoxis purse organizer because I can quickly pull it out and place it in another purse or diaper bag. It has snaps so it can be expandable if necessary, and it holds a lot of stuff. I bought mine on Amazon for $7.90.

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As you can see there is still plenty of room inside after adding all my essentials (and removing all of the Easter candy).

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What kind of bag do you carry? Do you have a “mom purse?”

What’s in your bag?

Sarah

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6 thoughts on “What’s in my Bag?

  1. Tina Siuagan says:

    I have the same tote organizer, but only in gray and yellow combination. I like the fact that it’s made of lightweight material, which doesn’t add to the bag’s weight. I’m a tote girl by heart. So I guess I would love carrying “diaper bags” when I get married and become a mom in the future. Lol.

  2. Tina Siuagan says:

    I have the same tote organizer, but only in gray and yellow combination. I like the fact that it’s made of lightweight material, which doesn’t add to the bag’s weight. I’m a tote girl by heart. So I guess I would carrying diaper bags when I get married and become a mom in the future. Lol.

  3. Laurel says:

    Great post!

    I haven’t carried a “mom purse” in years as my son is already almost 17. I still have a big bag and I carry wipes and hand sanitizer just for myself or for any possible accidents I might have. LoL. Also I have to have a place for some small cosmetics for touch ups.

      • Laurel says:

        LOL. My mom sews so she has these flour bags she turns into purses that she uses. I was so embarassed about them when I was young. Now I think they might actually be cool – the cloth is resistent to a lot of stuff plus it could be fun to decorate. And it won’t get ruined in the wash. 😆

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