In a Lady’s Purse

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Traditional Western remedy for achy knees:


Pizza + Beer = Almost as good as acupuncture and cupping.  🙂


Naw, really – we met some friends for dinner tonight (Michelle + Ben and Nate + Kate).   We wrapped things up at the clinic late (I inhaled a banana while checking out the last patient) and rushed to the ‘burbs for our meal. 


We started off with purple potato chips + melted gorgonzola… AMAZING.


I got a small artichoke and pesto whole wheat pizza for my entree and ate half.  Guess I know what’s for lunch tomorrow.  🙂




We played a fun game at the dinner table.  The game is called In a Lady’s Purse.  Here are the contents of our purses (+ wallets and the normal stuff):


My Purse:

  • An external flash
  • A SLR camera battery charger
  • A bank lollipop
  • Three (THREE) iPhones


Michelle’s Purse:

  • Nuts
  • A measuring tape
  • A date book


Kate’s Purse:

  • A diaper baggie
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Pepto-Bismol


What random things are in your purse or pockets?  One thing I didn’t photograph was my infamous lip balm bag.  I have a little pocket change purse filled with 5 or 6 different types of lip balm – I’m obsessed!



  • Carolyn @Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well. March 11, 2011, 10:19 pm

    I have to know. Why 3 ( three ) iPhones?

    • Caitlin March 11, 2011, 10:19 pm

      1) Mine
      2) Husband’s
      3) Clinic!

      • Allison @ Happy Tales March 12, 2011, 2:49 pm

        Ohhh I was wondering what the third was for! I remember you saying the clinic had one, and I figured you probably had one…so I was quite perplexed as to why you had a third! Now it all makes sense…

    • Baking 'n' Books March 11, 2011, 10:28 pm

      LOL – I was going to ask the same thing!

      Well – pizza and beer was my forte tonight as well…but not for achy knees. Still counts right?

      • Laurie March 11, 2011, 10:36 pm

        ditto, thanks for clarifying

    • Anne March 14, 2011, 12:20 pm

      i’m really glad this was the first question asked:)

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 11, 2011, 10:21 pm

    Crackers, wallet, phone and chapstick. That covers all my needs while out. I hope your knee feels better soon.

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 11, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Hahaha, so funny! Once my extended family went to a comedy/improv show, and they randomly grabbed a few of the audience members’ purses. As they were presenting the items from a family member’s bag, they took out a GIANT bottle of Bean-O, amongst other blush-worthy treasures… Even the actors lost it. : D

  • Karolina March 11, 2011, 10:27 pm

    Agh, I’m always wrestling with my purse. No matter what other things I add, these are ALWAYS in my purse: Chapstick, wallet, phone, gum, migraine meds, lactose pills, pen, larabar (sometimes 3 or 4 larabars!), and usually a camera. These are the necessities!

    • Laurie March 11, 2011, 10:39 pm

      thumb’s up for the migraine meds.

      • Karolina March 11, 2011, 10:45 pm

        Yup. Wish I could go without them, but definitely don’t want to be stuck getting a migraine without them. Always be prepared, right? 🙂

    • Katie March 12, 2011, 8:08 am

      3-4 larabars lol 🙂 me too! i thought i was the only one!

  • Danielle March 11, 2011, 10:30 pm

    Wow, I was going to ask about the 3 phones too! LOL

    That pizza looks delicious!

  • Laurie March 11, 2011, 10:39 pm

    Meds:kid’s epi pen, my headache meds (advil, excedrine, treximet (the big guns),
    Skin control: purell, hand lotion and lip balm
    phone and pager (work)
    gum wrappers
    NO money, lots of plastic

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) March 11, 2011, 10:40 pm

    Three USB flash memory drives. Duh.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 11, 2011, 10:43 pm

    THREE iphones?! that is hilarious! In my purse are 1. a million mints 2. camera 3. ipod 4. itouch 5. planner 6. tissues 7. granola bar 8. sunglasses. That pizza looks amazing!!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 11, 2011, 10:45 pm

    In my purse:
    small scraps of paper to make lists

  • Lisa March 11, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Why so many iPhones?

    In mine:
    Allergy eye drops
    Tibetan prayer beads
    Lots and lots of gum (kinda addicted)

    • Caitlin March 12, 2011, 11:41 am

      Clinic, Husband, and mine

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 11, 2011, 10:53 pm

    2 wallets (one work, one mine)
    3 chapsticks
    4 pens
    2 notebooks
    WW book
    cell phone
    business cards
    Keys (work, home and car)
    Anxiety Meds
    At least one water bottle (usually 2)
    Dried fruit

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 11, 2011, 10:56 pm

    I was going to ask why so many iphones but I saw the previous comments. 😀 I used to carry around giant water bottles and whole pieces of fruit and whatever other odd things suited my fancy. Now it’s pretty standard. Camera, phone, sunglasses, ipod, wallet, car keys, hand sanitizer.

  • Betsy March 11, 2011, 11:05 pm

    i always have 3, max 4 things in my purse!
    i do this checklist when i leave the house…
    maaaayyyybe 4-lipgloss
    i’ve been made fun of for the size of my purse (usually tiny enough to fit 3 items only!) many a time, but at least there’s no diggin’ around when it comes time to find something!

  • courtney @ the granola chronicles March 11, 2011, 11:08 pm

    Hand sanitizer and burt’s bees – ALWAYS in my purse!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 11, 2011, 11:21 pm

    I don’t always have my wallet with me… or my cell phone… or my keys… but I will ALWAYS have a fork or a spoon for emergency eating 🙂

  • the veg meg March 11, 2011, 11:22 pm

    I, too, was wondering about the iphones… I have a zipper pouch (that I made!) with lotion, lipgloss, etc in it, my wallet, an umbrella, the playbill from the play I just got home from, a drafting pencil (nerd), and a TI-83+ (silver edition) graphing calculator (super nerd).

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence March 11, 2011, 11:25 pm

    In my purse: wallet, sunglasses, book, camera, makeup, contact solution, headphones, and a LOT of random coins!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 11, 2011, 11:28 pm

    I no longer find it odd for people to have multiple cell phones, in fact, it’s almost ordinary to me now, lol.

    That pizza and those chips … Yum!!

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 11, 2011, 11:54 pm

    I like to keep a snack with my in my purse. 😀

    I have never had PURPLE potatoes before! Do they taste different compared to regular potatoes?


    • Caitlin March 12, 2011, 11:42 am

      They were a bit sweeter – I really liked them.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 12, 2011, 12:07 am

    artichoke and pesto on pizza, yum!

    you are SUCH a blogger rolling with your DSLR charger and external flash..i love it!

    i am a massive!!! lip balm addict!!! I can relate!!

    i always have gum, mints, and cash money baby 🙂

  • Mama Pea March 12, 2011, 12:14 am

    Someone’s underwear is in my purse.

  • Lauren March 12, 2011, 12:20 am

    I have at least 3 post-it note pads in all my purses because I am a to-do list addict on post-its and all my technology.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now March 12, 2011, 12:26 am

    Besides my wallet, I always carry a small re-usable bag for groceries etc. (mine folds into a ball and takes up very little space), my iPhone, planner, and sometimes camera. I try to carry light.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 12, 2011, 12:26 am

    Gas pills, lactose pills. *embarrassed*

    • Caitlin March 12, 2011, 11:42 am


  • Charlie March 12, 2011, 12:43 am

    In my purse: lip balm, hand cream, kleenex, keys. And lots of receipts that I just throw in there :P.

  • Marina March 12, 2011, 1:56 am

    Pizza sounds like a perfect remedy!
    My purse: asthma medicine, wallet,tissues, lip stick, cell phone. Not much. But sometimes there’s a lot more trash inside 😀

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) March 12, 2011, 2:00 am

    I’m kind of boring. . . I really don’t have anything exciting in my purse. I keep it pretty clutter-free otherwise it drives me crazy!!

  • jassy March 12, 2011, 3:21 am

    notes, papers, 2 phones, ballpens, wallet, make-up clutch bag, chargers, umbrella 🙂

    why is the potato purple? food coloring? 🙂

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 12, 2011, 3:24 am

    one of the weird things I have in my bag is cards and letters from people 😛

  • Clare @ RunLoveRun March 12, 2011, 5:40 am

    Those chips look lovely!!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 12, 2011, 6:07 am

    I am OCD with my purse and everything in it is imperative! This also happens because, as a student, I am constantly swapping my necessities from backpack to purse and back again. I do have a note from my friends in my wallet that lists 20 reasons why I’m special! I feel weird if I don’t have it with me

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef March 12, 2011, 6:52 am

    i don’t really carry odd things in my purse because i hate having a heavy purse! so it’s just the necessities 🙂

  • Kara March 12, 2011, 7:54 am

    Wow, you have drug dealer-level number of phones in your purse 🙂

    I have diapers, wipes, extra outfit for the baby, burp cloth, toys, more toys, and just in case I forgot, some toys.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 12, 2011, 8:01 am

    3 iphone?!?!?!?!?

  • Tammi Marie March 12, 2011, 8:23 am

    I asked my library to order your book and they did!! Yay!! 🙂 Can’t wait to read it.

    • Tammi Marie March 13, 2011, 10:14 am

      no response?

      • Caitlin March 13, 2011, 4:00 pm

        Oh so sorry – I must’ve somehow missed this. Thank you so much 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.

  • Meaghan March 12, 2011, 8:29 am

    I carry my entire life in my purse 😛 Wallet, hairbrush (full size – no joke I got the “Marcia Brady paper plate award at a sorority event one time :P), makeup, medicine (ibu, sudafed etc) keys, snacks (granola bars etc) pens, moisturizer, blackberry and more. My purses are always huge so I can throw everything I need for the day in it!

  • K is for Karma March 12, 2011, 8:32 am

    Love this idea! In my purse:
    Naked juice (green machine)
    about 10 pens
    bronzer & chapstick
    socks (?!?!)


  • Jacalyn March 12, 2011, 8:50 am

    my purse doubles as my work bag. It’s a huge Dakine bag. In it: about 6 lip glosses, keys, recent dictations from work, headband, scrub cap, water bottle, mints, lotion, ipod, crystal light packet, pens, excedrin migraine, two 23 gauge needles???, pharmacopoeia, calendar, hairbrush, small notebook and surgery goggles. Dang! That’s why my shoulders hurt. Sadly, the only things I can get rid of that I don’t need on a daily basis: lip gloss, excedrin and those random needles.

    • Caitlin March 12, 2011, 11:43 am

      Maybe you should get a cute backbag style bag if you have to carry so much!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 12, 2011, 8:54 am

    3 iPhones?!?

    My purse contains all the usual stuff, plus a whole bunch of receipts. I really need to clean out my purse soon. 😛

  • colleen March 12, 2011, 10:05 am

    My answer depends on the bag I am carrying. Monday-Friday it is my work bag with: date book, Ipod, phone, pens(one is every color), pencil, powder, work keys, two lipsticks, one chapstick, wallet, a book, bills to mail, a reuseable bag, and female items. Weekend or night bag has: wallet, phone, Ipod, chapstick, powder, and pen. Don’t get me started on what is in the outing with the kids bag.

  • Kelly March 12, 2011, 10:21 am

    I am kind of a minimalist when it comes to my purse. Currently I have:


  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 12, 2011, 10:27 am

    Haha, I always have random things in my purse too! Today one would find earmuffs, my camera, a mini notebook, gum, lip balm, lip gloss, and other random nicknacks 🙂

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty March 12, 2011, 10:33 am

    I have my appointment book, a small stone that has the word “happiness” carved onto it, a plethora of lip glosses and chapsticks, a camera, and my ear-shaped silicone key ring holder 🙂

  • Christine March 12, 2011, 10:34 am

    haha! I carry around a handful of chapsticks as well. I thought I was the only one around here that did that, guess not!

  • Kris March 12, 2011, 11:21 am

    Belt (took it off when trying clothes on yesterday), napkin (I hoard them for spills), purse organizer (love, it works so well), spoon (for yogurt on the go), migraine/pain meds (aspirin, Excedrin, Aleve) plus lipstick, phone, etc.

  • Eats Veggies March 12, 2011, 11:32 am

    -wallet, keys, iPhone, ear buds, work id, brush, Kindle

    Not so normal:
    -(dirty) gym clothes, shower stuff, work I brought home, weekly meal plan, recipes, flat iron, deodorant, empty ring box, acne cream, Q-Tips, passport, lock

    • Caitlin March 12, 2011, 11:43 am

      Don’t lose your passport!

      • Eats Veggies March 12, 2011, 2:49 pm

        Yea, I have NO IDEA why it’s still in there. I needed to make a copy of it the other week so I took it to work and never took it out. I guess I’m subconsciously prepared for leaving the country suddenly.

  • Olivia R. March 12, 2011, 11:42 am

    keys. wallet. coconut chapstick.peach lotion. lipstick. gum wrappers.headphones. water bottle. planner. 🙂

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life March 12, 2011, 11:45 am

    I have to have lip balm on me at all times! There is just no substitute!

  • Amber K March 12, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Wallet, chapstick, change bag, extra hair ties, and gum. My purse is tiny and I like it that way because otherwise I totally overload it.

  • Ashley March 12, 2011, 12:26 pm

    haha, i totally have a lip-balm obsession, too!

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles March 12, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Oh gosh, what don’t I have in my purse!? I’m a medicine cabinet (excedrine, asprin, ibuprophen, lactaid, pepto bismol pills, beano…sometimes dayquil or allergy meds), phone, sugar in the raw packets, wallet, luna bar(s), dried fruit, 8 different chap sticks/lip glosses, a massive pile of receipts I need to organize…

  • Lacey @ Lake Life March 12, 2011, 1:35 pm

    I’m suprised that I don’t have arthritis yet, because in my purse is a notepad, cell phone, GPS, chapstick, wet naps, wallet & checkbook, meds, tampons, perfume, foundation, gum, a mini flashlight and a can of de-icer.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 12, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Where oh WHERE did you go to eat last night!? Ryan said he’s taking me out to dinner tonight before a concert we’re going to, and I am SO pumped! Majorily craving pizza, too! (I ran my 5th half marathon this morning and squeezed in 5 miles beforehand to call it an 18miler… my longest distance evaaaaa! Felt so good!)

    • Caitlin March 12, 2011, 4:37 pm

      We went to Brixx! The one on East is closed currently but there’s a bunch of others to check out.

      Good job on the Corporate Cup!!!

      • Allison @ Happy Tales March 13, 2011, 12:11 pm

        Ohhh yes, Brixx. Yum! We actually ended up at Cantina 1511 on East, sooooo good! I’m already wanting to go back!

  • Cindy March 12, 2011, 3:10 pm

    I’m heading back to Scotland right now, so mine is full!
    backup makeup kit
    gum (2 kinds)
    2 pens
    eyeglass case
    feminine products
    passport and boarding passes

  • Charise March 14, 2011, 10:03 am

    Normal: keys, iphone, earbuds, wallet, assorted chapsticks and lip glosses, work ID, birth control and allegra, pen

    Less normal: emergency snacks (I’m hypoglycemic) like lara bars and nuts, hand sanitizer (husband is a germaphobe and uses it at gas stations and public restr0oms), mini notebook, random old grocery lists/to-do lists, winter gloves

  • Heather March 14, 2011, 3:35 pm

    Inside mine is completely random. I have, not kidding, 3 diapers, wipes, klenex, Excdrin, coupons, baby hat, baby headband, scooby snacks, chapstick, sudoku book, camera, charger, MP3 player, flash drive and USB connector. (Plus my wallet and girly products) Maybe not COMPLETLY random but funny that the kids stuff took over. LOL

    A measuring tape? Random

  • Lindsay March 15, 2011, 12:55 am

    I actually went and looked inside my moms purse because hers is huge! She has her wallet filled with credit cards, cash, check book, and business cards. Her tolietry bag filled with nail file, hairspray, hair brush, bandaids, tylenol, excedrin pm, splenda(puts it in her coffee), and hand sanitizer then in the rest of her purse she has her keys, two cell phones, ipod, gloves, note book and pens! I dont know how she finds ANYTHING in her purse!

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