The Great Purse Dump

I love me a good link-up, and Kendra at Catholic All Year has just the one for me today!


Before I go any further, I do have to admit, I was a little scared.  I’ve seen some of these over the years, but usually, the women who have done these have emptied their well organized “home on a shoulder” to show us that they’ve got absolutley everything they could possibly need while out with the kiddoes in beautiful, well matched Vera Bradley accessories.

Not. Me.

So.  Without further ado, I give you…. my Purse Dump.


The purse.  Isn’t she pretty?  This was an early Christmas gift from my very sweet and generous sister–

Thanks, Kathleen!!!


The contents of the purse.


The Hubs who couldn’t understand why I was dumping out my purse and meticulously taking pictures of its contents.  Its okay, honey, just go back to your book. 🙂

So, back to the contents.  Lets take a closer look, shall we?


First up, a half eaten bag of baby carrots.  I swear, this isn’t a plant.  Well, I guess at one point in their little baby carrot lives, they WERE plants, but,  you know what I mean.  Last week, we were running…. somewhere…. and I realized that we were at a point in the day when someone would probably start languishing from extreme hunger, so I grabbed these out of the fridge so that there would be NO REASON to stop at Chick-fil-A.  Unfortunately, I didn’t bother taking them out when we got home, and… completely forgot about them.  Oops.


Kids’ religious books for Mass.   Why bring a Mass bag when my purse IS the Mass bag!  At some point, I grabbed a handful of books, shoved them in m bag,and was out the door.  Religious reading, anyone?


A gift certificate for a massage that my brother-in-law and his wife gave me for Christmas (I guess I have it on my person in case I ever find myself suddenly with all sorts of free time and realize its the perfect time for some rest and relaxation?) and a magnet for a local pizza joint that someone else handed to me recently.


Receipts.  Seriously, what do I do with these things???  I’m not some awesome budget-er who pours through spreadsheets or well written out notebooks, penciling in my expenditures and seeing if I’ve met my budget goals for the week.  We’ve gone easy with how to do money around here– take out the allotted cash for the week, and when its gone, we wait for next week.  Easy peasy.


Misc. health info that I really don’t need to carry around.  Info on one person’s dental work, a reminder card for someone else’s dental checkup, discharge papers from Lilly’s ER stitches visit, receipt from pediatrician from when we had them taken out, and the paperwork that comes with prescriptions for a couple of us.  Exciting, no?


Last week’s church bulletin– I really don’t know why I take one each week…


Actual trash.  Craft sticks, chocolate wrappers that I’ve surreptitiously stashed and eaten to keep from kids, used Kleenex (uck.)`Civil War museum brochure, …. just.. trash.


Two Lego skis and Lego hair.  What surprises me the most is that this is the entiretly of toys in my purse.

Usually, there’s much more.


Checkbook that’s only used for Sunday Mass.  Really, my purse is just a holding place for this.


Two to-do lists.  Done.  Trash.


Great book on homeschooling that I was trying to find a quote in, but haven’t yet….


Book I stashed in my purse last week when I had two OB appts back to back with some free time in the middle.  Kate Morton is my new favorite author-highly recommend her if you’re looking for a good fiction read now!


Burt’s Bees tinted lip gloss.  Love.  LOVELOVELOVE.  If I’m wearing no other makeup (as is often the case), this says,

“hey, I tried, Okay?”


One of my rings.  I have no idea why that’s in there…..


Dolla dolla bills, y’all.  I’m gonna make it rain up in here!


Okay, so this consists of one crumpled and one ripped dollar.  So, that’s about a buck 75? -ish?


One lone, solitary diaper.  No wipes.  Let’s be honest, here.  This has less to do with needing a diaper while out, than realizing at 8pm that we’re out of diapers, but wait!  I think I have one in my purse!


Well, now that we’ve got all that junk out of the way, here’s the stash of stuff that actually SHOULD go in there.  Notice that thing at the bottom of the pile?  That thing you didn’t see before?  That would be my wallet.  How many times have I run out the door and grabbed my cell phone (missing from photos, because I needed it to take these high quality cell phone photos) and wallet, because, really, who wants to lug around a bag full of crap?  Not this girl!


Maybe I should clean it out more often?  I’ll put it on my to-do list and shove it to the bottom of my purse.

And for the official categories:

Favorite thing:  Burt’s Bees.  And I”m sure the chocolate that I ate was awesome.

Wow, I really have a lot of these:  receipts.  And pieces of trash.

I’ve been looking for those:  Um, truthfully?  None of it.  Although, someone may have wanted carrots these past few days and were at a loss…

Huh, that shouldn’t have been in there!:  Well, yeah, the carrots.  My ring?  That one escapes me.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my purse! (wow, that sounded weird)  Hop on over to Kendra’s to peek into a few more bags!



I’m also participating in Jen’s 7 Posts in 7 Days this week– head on over to Conversion Diary to find more of us and find some great new blogs to follow!

About Anne McD @ourlittlenthouse

Hey! I'm a stay at home, Catholic mom of 7, former homeschooler, now public schooler. Welcome to our crazy. Please excuse the noise.
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12 Responses to The Great Purse Dump

  1. I love that you have carrots! Way better than my fruit snacks. And I didn’t have wipes either. We are living dangerously.

  2. Ya know what, you don’t even need wipes. Wet paper towels from the bathroom work just fine. Ask me how I know.

    And, I’m amazed you can fit so many books in there. That is a super cute purse, but wow…that’s a lot of books to lug around.

  3. Theresa says:

    the lego hair is the best 🙂

  4. Jen M says:

    I love your bag! The carrots made me laugh. I was amazed I didn’t find any food at all in my purse… well, there was one hershey kiss. Usually I have a few kid snack bags in there somewhere!

  5. Caron says:

    I once told a young man that mothers didn’t have time to read the bulletin. Oh, he argued with me! HAH

  6. I love that bag! Also, I am pretty sure I got a similar look from my husband as I did this today! If I carry a pack of carrots it’s gone by the time I arrive at my destination. Handiest snacks, I think!

  7. Christine Golden says:

    baggies girlfriend – you need color coordinated ziploc sandwich bags….sort sort away! Each kid gets as much as they can cram in a baggie w/ their name on it. You as the queen get a whole storage bag. Thoughts?

  8. Holly says:

    Carrots and Legos for the win! I love this!

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