The Contents of my Handbag – Part Two

When I returned to work after maternity leave, capsule three years ago now, troche I recall randomly doing a stock take on the contents of my handbag one rainy Monday lunchtime. Oh how lovely it was to have the luxury of time to do such things, particularly so when it was after I’d eaten and properly digested a sandwich, compared with my scoffing of four milk chocolate digestives and a mug of cold tea by way of lunch ala my maternity leave days.

Yesterday I bumped into a friend whilst we were both on the birthday party circuit (you know how weekends with kids can be) and she asked when there would be more on the blog, confessed she was missing it (*blush*) and had taken to re-reading old posts to remind herself she wasn’t alone in this mad journey they call motherhood.  She regaled me with one of her favourite posts – the handbag one – which prompted me this lunch time (after I’d called to pay the final balance on our holiday, rearranged Super Daddy’s doctor appointment for that nasty toe infection thing he has going on and booked the Little Princess into holiday club for a portion of the upcoming school holidays) to have a rummage through my bag and see how the contents stack up as a working mum to a six year old princess and a four year old monster….who’d have thought – not a baby wipe in sight.

1)      Three Lancome Juicy Tubes (one mini, two full size), a Clinique Chubby Stick, L’Oreal Glam Shine lip colour, Clinique lipstick in the same colour as I wore on my wedding day, two pots of Vaseline – one ‘original’, one ‘limited edition pink bubbly’. A while back I wrote about ‘lipstick on the school run’ – amazing how this little piece of advice has had such a lasting impact!

2)      An Edward Monkton ‘Shoes of Salvation’ pencil case, filled with highlighter pens, bull dog clips, old school HB pencils, and another mini pot of Vaseline.  The pencil case is stained with some purple residue which I think is beetroot juice from a recent lunchbox and loose lid escapade. Despite the staining, I like it very much. It makes me feel organised and keeps the biros that seem to breed in my bag in some kind of order. A colleague did ask upon seeing said pencil case however – “What are you, like twelve?”

3)      My fabulous Mulberry purse, which thank goodness escaped unscathed from the leaky lunchbox incident. It’s all pretty and leathery on the outside, and full of annual membership cards for Science Centres, Childrens’ Farm parks, Sea Life Centres and the Zoo on the inside.

4)      Two empty water bottles

5)      A Hello Kitty brush (not mine)

6)      My work ID Badge with requisite dodgy photo which five years on looks nothing like me. Despite it only being a head shot, a colleague did comment that he thought I looked taller in the photo than I do in real life?!

7)      Perfume – Chanel Chance – also worn on my wedding day

8)      A timetable for ‘Street Envy’ Dance Class – wish it were mine, but alas, for the Princess

9)      A plaster, unused, still in wrapper, awaiting the next ‘Mummy look at the size of this cut on my finger’ wail (cue magnifying glass which I will inevitably need to locate said cut.)

10)   Rogue pieces of dried mango from the snack pack I took to the cinema on the weekend

11)   A pale blue hair bobble

12)   Two lids from mini sports water drinks (ALWAYS worry about the kids swallowing those)

13)   A black, slightly mushy banana

14)   My work blackberry – the battery of which ran out whilst I was checking emails in the pub on Friday night. It was a sign.

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  1. Man, that’s a lot of lipstick/lip related equipment ! Nice to see you 🙂

  2. Super Mummy says:

    A completely inappropriate amount, how does one amasse such a collection…and rarely wear it too?!

    Nice (ish) to be back 😉

    Thank you x

  3. Chantelle says:

    Love this post! Yes I believe all of the lip related products are essential!! 🙂

  4. Super Mummy says:

    What’s in your bag Chantelle? The little princess was even shocked at the number of lip stuffs when we counted them out the other day, and believe me she’s a sucker for a wee sneaky steal of mummy’s lipstick!

  5. Chantelle says:

    Carmex, Mac lipstick, Revlon lipgloss, flower bomb perfume, 2 discount vouchers for Gambado soft play, a couple of nappies and wipes, Bepanthen, Marc Jacobs purse, socks and an empty packet of chewing gum!! 🙂

  6. Super Mummy says:

    I rest my case! There’s a mummy handbag right there! Socks for you or little one? And what’s Carmex?

  7. Chantelle says:

    Socks for me as I hate that dreaded feeling of arriving at play group without socks, having to show my unpolished toes (Even though I’m a fully qualified manicurist (and childminder!!) !!)

    Carmex is the best lip product ever, it tingles a bit and you can get it in original or cherry! Transforms a flaky lip in a second! Try it out!


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