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Great Gift Idea for Moms: Purse Essentials

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I get teased about the big purses I often carry. I think that habit started when I was a new mom. Whenever I left the house with Sam I’d have a full diaper bag and a purse loaded with just-in-case essentials. And by the time we didn’t need the diaper bag and the extras any longer, I was hooked on the convenience of a large purse to hold all of the small party props and recipe embellishments I’m always buying for Spaceships and Laser Beams’ projects. It’s a habit I haven’t been willing to break!


After recently talking with my stepsister, who is a new mom, I decided to introduce her to the pleasures of being a bag lady. She is going back to work after being on maternity leave and I remember what that was like. I think she’s going to appreciate the way I stocked her new bag. I found all kinds of needful items while I was on my recent Walmart run and I crafted an easy plus up for a cute little bag to hold small items like Chapstick — no sewing necessary — because I hate when bits and bobs roll around in the bottom of my bag.


I bought a handsome grey felt pencil case, but it was kind of plain. So I bought pom-poms. I am currently obsessed with pom-poms and am seeing them everywhere — from rugs to wreaths to Christmas ornaments. It’s a trend I am willing to jump on! I especially like the ombre effect of four shades of purple pom-poms. All you need to do is use fabric glue to add rows of purple pom happiness. A new mom just going back to work needs some extra bright spots.


To keep the lines of pompoms straight, I started by using a strip of masking tape as my guide.




Because she’s got to remember to take care of herself, I’m including some great products to keep her healthy too: Centrum VitaMints, Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables, and Advil Tablet Vial.

Centrum at Walmart


The Advil Tablet Vial made my cut because nothing’s stronger, longer lasting or better on your tough aches and pains than Advil, and nothing works on more pains than Advil (among OTC pain relievers). It’s been my go-to for years.



The new Centrum VitaMints are adult multivitamins with a refreshingly minty taste you can take/enjoy any time of day with or without food or water. I think she’ll be glad for this on-the-go boost. I also included Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables because of the immune support. You know—more healthy days, more healthy nights.


There’s a really pretty notebook for her too—because her to-do lists are about to get longer so at least they can go in a sweet-looking notebook. And And there’re new ear buds to keep her listening to her favorite tunes all day long.


And one more perk to make her smile: Rudolph’s Nose Thumbprint Cookies. Just because there’s no time to bake right now doesn’t mean she shouldn’t have a little extra holiday cheer!


Rudolph’s Nose Thumbprint Cookies

  • 1 stick + 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 drop of corn oil
  • 15 red gumdrops

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cream butter and sugar. Add in vanilla and cocoa and mix until just combined. In a separate bowl, sift flour, salt and baking soda. Add to wet mixture. Roll dough into small balls and press with thumb. Bake for 9 minutes. Once removed from oven, press thumbprint again to maintain indent. Cool cookies. Melt chocolate chips and oil in microwave in 20 second bursts. Stir between bursts. Use chocolate to stick gumdrops onto cookies.

Makes approximately 15 cookies



How about you? Please tell me you carry a big purse…at least sometimes. And that you stock it with pom-poms and treats and great products like these!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.