Monday, April 27, 2015

Momma Mondays: What the F is in your bag?

It's a well-known fact that if you have kids, you carry around a lot of crap with you. Aside from the obvious items (diapers, wipes, etc.) we're here to tell you some of the other essentials we bring with us on a day-to-day basis. Whether we're heading to the playground, Target, out to eat or visiting friends, these are a few things that make our lives easier.

What's in Lori's bag:

External battery charger
Whether the charger is charged up is always a crap shoot but I generally always cart this around with me. If we are out for lunch or dinner or shopping and *someone* gets cranky, I hand my son my phone (that always dies rapidly) and I like having the extra security and insurance of some extra juice. You can pick one of these up just about anywhere. I got mine on Amazon but I've seen them at CVS, Rite Aid, etc. This is a true lifesaver.

Cooler bag
Whether you live in the suburbs or the city, and especially with warmer weather on the horizon, this is a must. You never know how long you'll be out and what you'll pick up, and nothing puts a damper on things than having ice cream milk rotting away in your stroller/car. I have several in different sizes. The one pictured below is from Homegoods, but I have a Vera Bradley one that is large enough to hold a 6 pack of beer cans. For larger trips, I have one from Wegmans that can fit 3-4 gallons of milk.

Lanyard keychain
As a childcare giver, you know that you can never have too many hands. Getting in and out of the door or strapping a little F-er into a stroller or car seat is not for the faint of heart. Nothing sucks more than to realize you lost your keys but losing them with a screaming kid is a whole new ballgame. Sweating and cursing come to mind. Retrace my steps? Ha! I couldn't even tell you what I ate today! Sure you'll look like a janitor or gym teacher with a ton of keys dangling from your neck but at least you'll always know where they are.

*editor's note: just because you have a lanyard doesn't mean you won't lose your keys at the Please Touch Museum. *ahem* If you have one or get one, make sure you strap this baby around your neck so you don't lose them. Thank God for honest people*

Cooler bag, external battery charger and lanyard

What's in Kristin's bag:

Play Pack
These little F-ers cost a mere $1 (I've found them in the Dollar Spot at Target and at Michaels) and are the best thing to carry around in your bag for a toddler in my humble opinion. Inside a resealable plastic bag you'll find a mini coloring book, a few crayons, and a sheet of stickers. They're available in all different characters like Mickey, Disney princesses, Ninja Turtles, etc. We actually gave these as birthday party favors, too. Whether you need to distract your kids in the car or at a restaurant, this is the best dollar you'll spend!

Wet Ones:
As I mentioned in our Earth Day post, I'm a hand sanitizer freak. In addition to my Honest Company spray, I always carry Wet Ones because you never know what your kid is going to touch (or wipe on you), and sometimes you need something more heavy duty than sanitizer or a baby wipe. Gross. Plus, they come in handy for wiping down restaurant highchairs/tables, dirty swings, etc. Expert tip: Don't leave a pack in your car, because they'll dry out ... or freeze solid in the winter. 

Since both of us have extremely fair skin, I need to keep sunscreen on hand at all times. If you're the type of person who gets burnt just from driving to/from the food store, you know what I mean! Currently, I have Bare Republic SPF 30 in my bag (you can see my post about it here). In the summer, I often carry a spray bottle as well for easy reapplying. 

Snack trap
Whenever we go to out, it seems *someone* is screaming for a snack the second he sees another kid with one. I like to keep one of these on hand just in case, and it helps prevent him from throwing food all over the F'ing floor.

They don't make this version of the Vera Bradley backpack anymore,
but this style is similar. 

What's in your bag? Anything we should check out? 


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