What’s in your purse series week fifty one

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from my friend Carrie.  Thanks Carrie, this purse made me laugh until it hurt.

–If you want to submit your purse to the series take two photos of your purse {nice, clean non-blurry ones} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom

what's in her purse

Here is the reality of my purse: part business office, part diaper bag, part shipping station, part activity center, part house manager, part trash can.

There is no way I can detail everything that was in my bag, so I’ll just give you the highlights:

  • A dozen writing instruments (not counting the Ziploc bag full of crayons)
  • $1.47 in loose change found roaming the bottom of the bag.
  • dental paperwork that should have been turned into the school 5 months ago.
  • Two (empty) personal checkbooks & two checkbooks for two separate small businesses.
  • Food: 3 Z bars (for the kids), one bag of trail mix, (for me), a bottle of water and a pack of gum (is gum food?). There was also a mint green plastic fork.
  • A roll of packing tape and dispenser.
  • 15 keys on a ring and I don’t know what any of them are for.
  • 2 clay sculpting tools.
  • diaper & wipes holder
  • a change of clothes for the baby (but only 1 sock)
  • wad of Kleenex (unused)
  • bag of crayons and small notebook
  • business cards for both my businesses (www.team-sparkle.com & www.thisismejournal.com)
  • an emergency preparedness pamphlet that would have ended up in the trash, but now post-japan quake, it seems highly relevant & is still in the bag.
  • 7 matchbox cars
  • a Batman action figure
  • a couple Legos with wheels
  • a pair of sunglasses with a missing lens.
  • stick-on wall hook
  • 3 grocery shopping lists
  • 2 sunblock sticks
  • point and shoot camera
  • paperwork for my sons upcoming adenoid surgery
  • three lip glosses
  • vintage rick rack
  • The huge pile on the left is just trash. As much as I continue to tell my kids “I am not a trash can”, I still cart around huge amounts of trash in my bag.
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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. suzieqw :

    OMG I’m sure this is what mine looks like and I’m afraid to take it all out. LOL

    • suzieqw :

      Minus the baby necessities cuz my twins are 9 now.

  2. Christina :

    Can I just say thank you for showing a purse that finally looks like the mess mine is?!!!! The others have been inspirationally neat, but I’m so glad I’m not alone with the mess my purse has become :)

  3. katrina :

    The best one yet! Good for her… airing out her “dirty laundry” :)
    LEt’s all admit this is actually how most of our purses are

  4. Susanne :

    Finally, a realistic one! Love it!

  5. kage :

    I would like to see some more lipsticks. Like let’s trade the writing utensil # with lipstick ok?

  6. sara :

    This is hysterical. Now I feel like someone else will understand the state of my purse. Thank you Carrie :) My fave, btw, was the mint green fork…and the clay modeling utensils. SO gloriously random.

  7. Ms. Veronica's :

    LOLZ – thanks so much for the laugh. There’s always comfort in seeing that ‘randomness’ doesn’t just live in my purse:-)

  8. melissa :

    i want to know what kind of purse that is. it’s super cute and i want one!