what’s in my bag?

i’m excited to introduce a new series called “what’s in your bag?“, where i’ll introduce you to one of my friends, and get a peak into their lives and their purses!  i don’t know about you, but i love getting to see how other people live!  i’ll kick off this series with my own bag.


one of the perks of working at home is not working at home sometimes.  my desk is flexible – either at my actual desk, at my dining table, in my bed, or at a local coffee shop.  thankfully, our little town is filled with great, inspiring coffee shops, like sally loo’s.


while i am a total homebody, getting out and about is good for me.  when i’m at home trying to work, i often get distracted by the dishes or laundry, or other non-work-related tasks.

when i’m taking my work out of the house, i always take my messenger bag with and it fits all my needs perfectly!


i try to give myself a few tasks to work on out of the house, usually computer related (like blogging or photo editing) or design related (like coming up with new products and sketching designs).


my messenger bag is super durable, strong enough to hold my laptop and extra padded for it, too.  i  also always carry my covered notebook for jotting down ideas.  as much as i love using my phone for reminders and productivity, there’s something so fulfilling about just getting it down on paper!  my sketches are always so sloppy to start, and then slowly get refined, with lots of notes all around them as i get ideas of new things to try, or measurements for products, and adding in all the little details.


my purse, is filled with my own products (shocking, i know).  but i really have found them to be so useful, not only in organizing my bag, but each one serving a different, necessary purpose.  actually, most of my products have been designed out of necessity.


when i realized my sunglasses were always getting scratched inside my purse, i made sunnies cases.  when our town put a ban on plastic bags, i made reusable bags, with a tiny pouch that it rolls up into, taking up hardly any room in my purse.


what’s your drink of choice?  mine is almost always a hazelnut latte.  so yummy!


seeing it all spread out on a table makes me realize just how much my bag really holds!


and for the inquiring minds, here’s the sources:

1 – check book cover

2 – reusable bag (in its pouch)

3 – pencil pouch – holds my burt’s bees, lip liner, mascara, eye drops, kids’ sunscreen stick, hair elastics, and a few bobbies.

4 – covered notebook

5 – keys with a caribeaner – i always have my keys on a caribeaner!  its one of my “mom” tools that is so helpful!  i hate having to rummage through my purse with a child on my hip as i head to the car.  my messenger bags and mini messenger bags all have a key loop inside that i hook my caribeaner onto and then no more searching!  if i’m not carrying a bag i just hook the caribeaner onto my belt loop for easy, hands-free access.

6 – iphone with custom case – nothing like easy advertising!  this case is not only pretty and practical, but offers great protection for my phone.

7 – sunnies case – i never step outside without my sunnies on!

8 – tiny pouch – this keeps my business cards nice and clean inside my purse.  somedays i just add a little cash and my id, put my tiny pouch in my pocket and head for a walk downtown with the kids.

9 – travel tissue case – a total necessity as a mom, although my kids still all think their clothes are made out of tissues ;)

10 – zippered pouch – my favorite of them all!  my pouch holds all my receipts so they aren’t floating around crumpled at the bottom of my bag.

11 – best wallet ever!  i got this a few years ago from target and it has held up so well.  fits all that i need it to without much room for more, so it can’t get too stuffed.

12 – tiny measuring tape – i find myself always needing to measure things, like baskets for a shelf, or the height of a table.  weird i know, but its come in handy.

13 – coffee cuff – this was a gift from jeannett and made by another friend, andrea.  i love how the handmade community supports each other!





yes, i am old fashioned and still write checks.  my checkbook holder holds 2 checkbooks – one for personal and one for business.


thanks for following along, and i can’t wait to introduce my next guest on “what’s in your bag?”!

also a HUGE thanks to my friend, cameron ingalls, for shooting all the photos and teaching me a thing or 2.  or 10 ;)