What’s in your purse?

Hi friends <3 Thanks for sending brave wishes and love to Livi for her shots. Turns out she only had to get one today (wahoo!) but was not a happy camper. The book they gave her when it was over was a nice consolation prize, along with a Tweety Bird band-aid.


(She loves looking at the fish! I was pretty stoked that the Pilot could step away to meet us. He’s usually flying during the week, so it was nice to have some back-up for the doc appointment. Usually I want to cry along with Livi… it breaks my heart)

Since most of the day has been spent at the ped’s and cuddling my favorite girl, this is going to be a fluff post. Hope that’s ok 😉

I LOVE reading nosy things about other bloggers. Maybe I’m totally strange, but I think the “what’s in my purse” posts are really fun. It’s been a while since I’ve done one (my last “What’s in the quart-sized baggie?” one is here), and since my purse stash has become even more random over time, here we go.

Please keep in mind that my purse is an abyss of crumpled receipts and wrappers, but there are some treasures in there, too.

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Random prize of the day goes to:

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Hot pink baby socks. They don’t even fit Liv anymore.

The goods:

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Snacks: I usually have a packed snack for us (sandwich, fruit, protein balls, jerky), but also keep extra snacks for Livi just in case. These are also great if we’re grocery shopping and she decides she wants to eat everything we’re buying… I can distract her with a snack from my purse until we pay. Right now the purse snacks are Annie’s fruity bunnies, a fruit strips, and some Evolution nuts (for me!).

Lip gloss: I rotate between my favorites fairly often. Picture above: Philosophy almonds and cream (love!!) and Revlon lip stain.

Nail polish: I don’t usually carry nail polish and top coat around, but my last manicure was in the car while the Pilot was driving. Fancy, haha. That one is Essie Chinchilly.

iPod and headphones: my trusty little iPod -I use it for teaching and podcasts- and headphones for phone calls while I’m driving.

Cards and crumpled dollar bill: I stopped using a wallet (no idea why) and just carry the cards I need around with me. It makes losing them extremely easy. As far as the dollar goes, I can’t help but hear an old man’s voice in my head saying, “Now, don’t spend it all in one place!” 

Baby sunscreen and diaper: necessities.

Little toy and a spoon: the tiny toys are awesome for when we go out to eat. I also like to have a spoon or fork on hand that Livi can use, since restaurant ones are gigantic.

The purse I’ve been carrying around was from one of my Stitch Fix boxes:

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The brand is Emperia. This Mary Poppins bag holds a ton of stuff, and matches pretty much everything.

So tell me friends: what’s the most random thing in your purse right now??

What snack do you usually carry around with you? I alway have a water bottle and some type of fruit.

Hope you have a great night and I’ll see ya in the morning <3



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  1. Michelle 2 3cheaprunners on January 29, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    most random item in my purse right now…a mini bottle of Ketchup

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      haha i love it!

    • Star on January 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      I have a mini bottle of ketchup in my bag too!! But I can’t bring myself to use the last of it because the bottle is so darn cute. Isn’t that ridiculous?! haha.

  2. Jacqueline on January 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    When I was in my teaching credential program, I remember a few of us girls went out on a Friday night. When a group of guys we were talking to “didn’t believe” we were teachers (bad pickup line? not sure), we ALL pulled Post-Its out of our purses to prove we were. Go figure.
    And yes, there is half a pad of Post-Its in my purse right now…

  3. Meg on January 29, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I love fluff posts!! And this game is SO fun, love it. Hmm, most random thing at the moment would have to be a teeny tiny stand up picture frame that was my prize out of Christmas cracker! Ha.

  4. Colleen on January 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I usually keep ginger people ginger chews and a couple bags of TJ’s trek mix for snacks in my purse. The most random thing I have is a soprano recorder; i teach music and always have a spare in my purse!

  5. Amy on January 29, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    The most random thing in my purse right now is a Mason Jar lid band from some Canadian version of Mason Jar I stole from my mom’s basement. I had it in there because I was trying to find replacement lids. No luck, obviously. I always carry a larabar and a piece of fruit, although usually at the time I’m ready to head out for any errands or anything, I’m drinking my green smoothie, which is very conveniently portable! 🙂

  6. Brittany Fry on January 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I was thinking this morning about doing a post like this while I was digging through the endless pit of a purse that I carry around. I think I will on Friday. I too am nosey and like to see what everyone else has in their purses. Speaking of being nosey tomorrow there is a link up for Photo an Hour being hosted by Steph at Southern Mess (snhblog.com) and Meg O (megoonthego.com)

  7. Maggie on January 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I used to carry a waterbottle around but it just got to be way to heavy! Now I stash them around the house and at work so I can stay hydrated. Right now, the most random thing I have in my purse is… a heart rate monitor. I’m working out from home tonight instead of the gym at work so I knew if I brought it all the way home, I would be extra motivated to work out in my living room.

  8. Bri on January 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Fun post! Love the baby socks! 🙂

  9. Abi@AbsofSteel on January 29, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    My purse is kind of boring, I do carry around how to do CPR cards from when I got cpr certified, so that’s kind of random. I feel like moms always have the most interesting things in their bags, love the hot pink socks.

  10. Britt on January 29, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    The most random item in my purse right now is a liquid eyeliner that I stopped using after I was tired of looking like a panda all the time! I hate liquid eyeliner!
    I always ALWAYS carry a bottle of water and trail mix. I just created my own recipe for peanut butter protein fudge that is to die for, so I’m sure that will be making an appearance in my snack bag soon!

  11. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on January 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Fun post! I love your purse, by the way 🙂

    The most random thing in my purse would have to be a tin of black shoe polish 🙂

  12. Rhiannon on January 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I’m totally nosey too and enjoy random facts about people! The most random thing in my purse is a barely read-able movie receipt from a show my grandpa and I went to…probably about three years old. I keep finding it but refuse to throw it away because it makes me smile. He’s the best movie date!

  13. Floey on January 29, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Love that purse! Did you get it online?

  14. Neiry on January 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    The most random item in my “purse” (purse=backpack when in Grad school) is a lighter. I don’t smoke. Never have. And yet, there it is.

  15. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    omg babe i totally love the snoopy/nosey posts too with random info – they are the best. why? i don’t know but they are and i am totally copy catting you next week 😉 i sure hope you do not mind 😉 love you!

    p.s. i always have a water bottle in my purse too!

  16. Tiffany on January 29, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I love to see these kinds of things too! I carry entirely too much stuff in my purse so it’s hard to answer what is most random – maybe sugar packets (I only use sugar in the raw for my tea). I usually carry almonds and a granola bar for snacks. Since I’m pregnant, I have so so many snacks on me at all times just in case!

  17. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on January 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I have about 3 different pairs of headphones in my purse right now. I don’t know how they got in there as I only every use one!

  18. RachelG on January 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I have the same little container of altoids! 🙂 The most random thing in my purse is probably my book “She May Not Leave” by Fay Weldon. I almost always have a book or magazine in my purse. 🙂

  19. Natasha on January 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Does your ped’s office get the books through Reach Out and Read? If so it’s a great federal program and she will get a book at every well visit through age 4. The idea is to help children build a home library before kindergarten.

  20. Jenni @ Fitzala on January 29, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I never think about things like this, but I always enjoy learning about other people.

    Nothing random in mine- except for I keep most things in plastic baggies to keep them together. All the chapsticks in one, lotion in another, snacks in another… Makes it easier to find things!

  21. Jessie on January 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Strangest thing in my purse… bottle caps from a brewery tour we went to last summer… whoops. Did you all end up getting Gelato twice in 24 hours ;-)??

  22. andrea on January 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I love reading your blog but lately when I read it on my phone I get all these pop up things about checking my phone for a virus now and etc. Not sure why but your blog seems to be the only website that I visit where I get them. Just wanted to let you know. Maybe its just my phone.

    • Mia on January 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Andrea, that doesn’t happen to me on my phone, iPad, or Mac when i read Gina’s blog. I have an android, so not sure if its your phone OS? Good luck!

    • Michele on January 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      I get something similar on my laptop. There are certain things my anti-virus blocks.

      I don’t know if I carry anything strange in my purse. Maybe band-aids, alcohol wipes and anti-bacterial wipes? I always have a mini bottle of water with me but I can’t seem to find any food that keeps well in my purse if I don’t eat it right away. I used to carry protein bars but they ended up getting all smooshed and I would have to throw them away so I stopped carrying them.

    • Abi on January 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      I have the same issue with the anti virus pop ups on my phone.

      • Fitnessista on January 30, 2014 at 12:13 am

        thank you for letting me know! emailing my ad guy now to get it fixed. sorry about that 🙁

  23. Mia on January 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Hot chili flakes…..what can I say? I like spice and not every restaurant has them. Also, about a 1″ stack of fertility office visit receipts, because I’m sure everyone visits their RE every 3 days….

  24. MeganS on January 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I have a chestnut in my purse. My husband gave it to me once for “good luck”. I dont know that chestnuts are lucky but it’s the thought that counts! 🙂

  25. Theresa on January 29, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I love this! I shared my own version tonight at my blog–thanks for the inspiration! I honestly thought most of my purse was random.. I have some accessories from my wedding last month, like a bow from the packaging to our favors, and my international student ID from Taiwan. At the very least, it’s definitely reflective of my life this past year!

  26. Julie on January 30, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I always have 3-4 pens in my purse. In every purse. Not random I guess.

  27. Missy on January 30, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I carry those single serving packs of Justin’s almond butter or peanut butter. They’ve come in handy plenty of times.

  28. Amanda on January 30, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Ooooh…I love posts like these! I always carry hand sanitizer in my purse. And my Kindle so I can pull it out and read a few pages while waiting for someone or in line at the post office, etc. But the most random thing right now is a measuring tape. I can’t remember what I needed it for, but I think it’s time to clean out the bag!

  29. Livi on January 30, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I always have some snacks and some make up in my bag! plus 100 other things I don’t actually need…

  30. Beth on January 30, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I’m a mom to a 2 year old so my purse looks almost exactly like yours. Even down to the little Tykes toy for resturants – ours is a pirate. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

      so cute 🙂

  31. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on January 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Oh man, I’m not sure I want to dump out my purse and see what’s in there. You never know what I’ll find! haha Josh calls it my Mary Poppins bag.

  32. Meagan on January 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I always keep a deck of playing cards in my purse- comes in handy when we’re stuck waiting somewhere or want something fun to do at a restaurant or bar! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

      that’s a great idea!

  33. Devin on January 30, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Do you happen to have any more details about that bag that you posted? I looked at the link that you included and couldn’t find that exact bag. It looks like just what I’ve been looking for.

    The most random item in my purse is a spare pair of size 2T underwear that I have on hand for accidents now that my 2 year old daughter is potty training. Originally I had just thrown the underwear into my bag, but everytime I opened it to get something out, I was so confused about what the underwear were that I finally got smart and put them in their own ziplock with a small pack of wipes.

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

      i dont :/ i searched online for something similar, too, and all of the ones i found were sold out
      hahah! love that

  34. JennP on January 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I have ONE pink toddler Stride Rite shoe, to which I cannot find the mate. I know the other is probably in a ditch or dumpster somewhere, but those shoes are expensive, and I can’t bring myself to throw it away! I also know that if I remove it from my purse, I’ll immediately find the other and not be able to remember where I put the first one 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2014 at 10:10 am

      haha, that totally sounds like something i would do 🙂

  35. Tricia @ Balance In Progress on January 30, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Aw poor girl. My daughter starts crying as soon as they make her sit on the scale. She knows what’s coming! My purse is full of random toys and such. It is probably due for a clean out.

  36. CourtStar @ StarSystemzFitness on January 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

    So cute, right now I have pens, rubber bands, my wallet (girl you need a MONEY CLIP) + a coin purse with all my transit cards! My weirdo thing is probably stevia, not weird to use healthy peeps but all my friends think its odd I carry organic tea bags + stevia with me! Lots of Love C

  37. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on January 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    This is so odd, but I have to thank you for putting a picture of the Ariel Little People on here. My daughter just received one as a gift, but I thought it was defective because it is missing the typical “Little People bottom.” Now I see that Liv’s is the same, so I will have to take “Call Fischer Price to get new Ariel” off my to-do list.

    Bless you.

    Most random thing in my purse is my pair of socks.

  38. Erin on January 30, 2014 at 10:36 am

    A urine sample cup from my OB’s office, lol!

    Also, Essie Chinchilly is my favorite nail polish color EVER!

    • Erin on January 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Let me clarify, the cup is new, not used 🙂

  39. Cassie Vaughn on January 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I am a purse neat freak (with no kids) so my epi pen in case of dairy attack!?

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      yikes!! good you have one, though!

  40. Keri on January 30, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    What color is the lip stain? I recently purchased a too light shade and it makes me look dead!

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      smitten! love it. what color did you get?

      • keri on January 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        I think it’s called honey. Total impulse purchase:/

  41. Ashley on January 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I pretty much always have Special K Black Berry Crisps in my purse. They are so delicious but the only bad part about those is they can get crumpled up!

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      i’ve never heard of those!

  42. Maureen on January 30, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Ok you’re going to love this. My husband, the goof, loves to put things in my purse when I’m not looking – so I get to where I am going and open the purse and pull out something really strange. So, what is in my purse that is really strange? My dog’s squeaky stuffed hedge hog. Nice.

    Fun topic – enjoy the rest of your week my friend,


  43. Michelle on January 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I have a couple random things. First is a ziplock bag full of pieces of gum. Hubby takes a full pack with him every day and comes home with a couple left but has to take new pack the next day so I am the gum cleanup. Also have a pair of socks, underwear and pants for my son who has been potty trained for a year and they would be too small anyway!

  44. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome on January 30, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    A set of fake vampire teeth. Two year olds!

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      you win! haha

  45. april on January 31, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    i love these posts because i’m nosy, too. 🙂

    i always carry a few snacks with me – usually a larabar, an apple, and a pack of almonds. the most random thing i have in my purse right now is a pack of antibacterial hand wipes (a few weeks ago i randomly found a pair of chopsticks from my recent trip to china, but since then, i’ve put them in my utensil drawer :)).

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