Ever cut your finger when you're out in public and not have a Band-Aid? Ever dribble tomato sauce on the white shirt you were stupid enough wear in public? Ever need a magnifying glass, a pair of scissors, rubber band, hair band, throat lozenge or antacid? Me EITHER! Yay!!! Dear Reader, you are SO prepared!!! Bully for you!
You didn't answer "YES" to all (or at least) some of the above questions? Shame on you! Luckily, I am here to help! Yet another reason to be a "Dear Reader" of this blog!
I am a mother and as such, I am prepared for most situations that arise. When our girls were little, I had a bag I kept in the car that contained "clean" games. I bet you're thinking, '"clean"' and '"little" kids' do not belong in the same sentence' aren't ya? Well, sorry to say it Dear Reader but you would be wrong-o! "Clean" games contain things like magnets and stickers. Clean games are books. I also had other things in the bag that do not fall into the "clean" category of games such as coloring crayons. Crayons inevitably tumble out of the container they're in, but, putting things away encourages organization in young children (and madness in adults) but lets not sweat the details. If you are chuckling right now about the fact our girls cleaned up after themselves from a young age, it's true. Best to throw in a few resealable bags in the clean bag.
Anyway, the point is I was prepared. Stay with me...
As the children grew, my bag got smaller. Instead of just games and coloring books, I added notepads, sketch pads, pens (yes pens) and drawing pencils and erasers. Books were still part of the bag but other games the girls could play together were added. Eventually, my bag of tricks became what it is today, "Momma's Magic Bag." My bag is called "Momma's Magic Bag" because there is truly no situation this little bag cannot help solve. It is small and VERY awesome!
Jealous much? Don't be. Below is a list of items in my "Momma's Magic Bag" that will help you get started making your own. Most all the items on the "list" can be found about the house, at yard sales or purchased for cheap.
Begin with a small coin sized-type bag you either make if you're crafty or purchase. (My mother, Ellen, and I even made them from the back pants pockets once, from pants the kids had out grown. We added, honestly, she added, a zipper but velcro works too.)
To the bag add the following:
travel scissors, a magnifying card, pill box with pain meds like aspirin, etc., stain remover wipes, hand wipes/hand sanitizer, feminine product, band-aides, throat lozenge(s), rubber band/hair tie, ear plugs (trust me on this one) antacids, paper clip(s), small binder clip, safety pins in different sizes, money (optional), nail file, sewing kit, and matches.
*DON'T forget to keep your bag stocked and the medications you carry in it current. (Which reminds me, I need to restock my bag!)
The above list will give you an excellent start on your "Momma's Magic Bag." Please share in the comments section any other items that might be helpful.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor