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What’s in my over-40 handbag

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Wanna know what’s in my over-40 handbag?

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog post for women over 40 are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions or habits of her dear mother – who tried very hard to raise her properly and hopefully is not reading this blog post. 

OK. Let’s begin.

Don’t you just love knowing other people’s “business”?  I do.

WAIT, let’ me clarify!  Not their personal business, but I do love bloggers’ posts sharing what’s in their handbags.  It’s become a trendy phenomenon too. Magazines do them on celebrities – like this one on Kenya Moore from the Real Housewives of Crazy-ville…I mean, the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Plus, bloggers have been doing them forever.

I think I know why “what’s in my handbag” posts are so popular – they are the perfect intersection between being nosy and finding useful info.  I often get great ideas about what to carry in my bag (sometimes).  Other times; I realize I’m carrying way too much and must purge ASAP. Actually, my over-40 shoulder confirms that truth long before I happen upon one of those blog posts. Anyway, I find them lots of fun, and couldn’t resist doing one of my own!  So, let’s talk about what’s in my over-40 handbag.

First, I cleaned the extra junk from my bag and organized it a bit. That’s when I took this shot. Looks pretty cool, doesn’t it?  Not too much and not too little inside.

Before I begin, check out this travel case I made into my cosmetic case.  I love this thing and I love that it is black and white polka dots (see below)  See how much I can carry? #Winning

what’s in my over-40 handbag

Yes, I need every single thing in there – every single item (smile)!

Let’s dig in and take a closer look at everything now, shall we?

what's in my over-40 handbag

Then, I have my cute little pink eyeglasses case.  Picked that one up at my eye doctor’s office.  Us girls over 40 must keep our readers nearby, right?

See my mace?  Isn’t it packaged ever so darling?  It almost looks like lipstick. I picked it up at a shopping event for a nonprofit called In the Word Ministries.  Check them out online.  I can’t remember the vendor’s name, but comment if you want to know.  I’ll find out.

Girl, I don’t even need to explain my accordion fan – unless you’re under the age of 40.

Up top is my ibuprofen.  I just keep adding more and more pills to this container when I run low.  Do you carry ibuprofen or is that just a me thing?

I love my cute little mirror.  A sweet girl at my church gave it to me. It’s all sparkly and pretty – just like me!  I think of her every time I use it.  I really do.

See the pink cosmetic case?  That’s for errr…ummm… special times of the month. No explanation need. The sticker on there is just one of life’s weird anomalies – even weirder is that I haven’t removed it.

Altoids – always in my bag.  If you don’t know what they are for, you should. #halitosis #garlicbreath

Up top once again is my simple brown wallet. It’s really a wristlet.  Need to get some other solution.  This one isn’t working for me.

Under my wallet is what every girl should have at all times – an emergency piece of chocolate. The picture was taken around Valentine’s Day – so it’s not old, crusty, and expired.

Lotion that smells like vanilla beans – I like Bath and Body Works for the handbag.  The scents perk me up during dubious times of the day (i.e. long, stupid meetings).

To the right is my combination pick, rake, comb thingie. Does anyone know what it is called? I’m sure it has to have a name.

Strewn to the side is my Hy-Vee brand sweet Cinnamon spice tea.  Love that stuff; it needs no sugar. Hy-Vee is one of the grocery stores in my area.

Then, there is my tissue.  Allergy season is right around the corner. Aaaaa-choo!

This over-40 blog post revealed something about myself I don’t’ think I knew. Either I really like pink or retailers just make everything feminine pink. No, I must select the pink stuff – either way, my handbag is full of it. Maybe, it’s my favorite color and I had no clue. Oh well.

I should have stopped there…you would have thought better of me. 

It’s been about a month since I snapped that pic above. I must say, I was sort of proud of myself for having so few items in my freshly cleaned-out bag.  Are you ready for the devastation that has since ensued?

At first, it was so incredibly junky, I couldn’t get everything in the shot. How did I pick up so much more crapola to carry around every day???

organizing my handbag

Full disclosure: the left of the screen is a bunch of random receipts and a recipe a coworker gave me the other day. I could have faked you out and not included it. However, I’m nothing if not authentic. Gotta be real. And Girl…you know you have a receipt or two in your handbag this very minute, right?

I also now have a TJ Maxx gift card.  Yaay to my best friend, Cheryle!

Since the previous pic, I added my Coastal Scents Power Play lip palette (as if I didn’t have enough lipsticks in that travel case/cosmetic bag).  I am an affiliate because I love their stuff. This lip color is highly pigmented and has real staying power!  Plus, it’s super affordable!  Their delivery is also amazingly fast. I hope you’ll check them out. Click this link and I get a few pennies. J

Now, as you can see, I even added an extra (a DUPLICATE) hand sanitizer. Why?  I dunno. Same reason I added a small bottle of Shanghai Tang perfume and a Bare Minerals compact. #handbaghoarder

The Ziploc you see there is full of business cards because I’m too goofy to buy a business cardholder. Girl, my complexities are shrouded in complexity.

More tea for the winter weather!  This flavor is Plantation Mint. I hate that name …um… for obvious reasons, but I still drink it.

I did get a new wallet though. I picked it up from TJ Maxx (my friend knows I love that place!)  Love that dark teal color and the package of tissues above it seem to match.

Unfortunately, I have no intention of cleaning anything out (aside from the receipts).  I need it all. No, I want it all.

There you have it. Now, you know my business. 🙂  Thanks for reading.

That’s what’s in my over-40 handbag story. Does mine look like yours?

Hey! If you’re a blogger, do a post and let’s tag one another! Fun!

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  1. Wish my handbag was as orderly as yours. I have mentos, a comb like yours, wallet, lipstick, sugarless gum in a variety of flavors, lots of receipts and coupons and an occasional lottery ticket. I enjoyed peeking into yours. . .

    1. Check with me on two weeks. I may have a whole different story going on in there! LOLOL Gonna try to keep it simple and organized.

      Thanks for stopping by! ?

  2. Altoids are definitely a must! Also I love the tins for other uses once I’m done. They’re perfect for kids’ crayons or a small sewing kit, for example.

    1. What? Now, I never thought of that! Great idea! I’m so gonna begin to keep them…especially for a sewing kit. Thanks! ?

  3. First of all your purse stuffing seem very reasonable. I love that you carry tea bags. Second, I don’t trust women who don’t carry a purse. Third of course I carry Advil. Fourth I carry coupons, a few with the best intentions. Lastly because I live in an area where you are expected to bring your own bag, I have a rolled up shopping bag in my purse for those times I just pop into a store and forget to bring a bag!

    1. Thanks Haralee for the reassurance. I love the idea of carrying a coupons! I never seem to have them with me when I see something on clearance (like Walmart, CVS or Walgreens!) I’m going to stuff my cosmetic coupons in my wallet. ?

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