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The life saver in my purse

When life is funny and things get worse, keep a notebook in your purse.

I just made that up, Dear Reader. Aren't I clever?

Today, I'm writing for my Dear Readers who are also bloggers. It could still apply if you write in a journal or record your thoughts in scrapbook pages or the baby book.

Have you ever been out in public (say, just for an example, you were at the local Chinese buffet restaurant) when the idea for a great post struck you? What did you do? How many times have you thought, “Oh, I'll remember.” but then when you sat down to write, you'd forgotten?

Moms and Dads are forgetful. I think it's because we have too much going on, but that could be me just making excuses.

Anyway, I would hate to have forgotten something wonderful, like the time Grace ate banana pizza or the day she learned how to communicate her food preferences. It would be a travesty to misplace those memories.

So, here's my trick for remembering: I keep a small notebook in my purse, and when something strikes me, I stop and write it down. I got a cute little notebook on clearance at CVS for thirteen cents, and it has served me well.

If I see something that will make a funny story, I write it down. If I hear a good joke, I write it down. When inspiration strikes for a cooking/dieting/crafty article? You guessed it; I write it down.

There is so much inspiration out there in the world, and my little notebook allows me to bring it to you, Dear Reader.

Aren't you lucky?

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34 thoughts on “The life saver in my purse”

  1. This is a great idea. I keep a notebook on my bedside table for this exact thing but now I may have to add a mini one to my purse…what’s one more thing at this point it barely zips up anymore as it is!

  2. This is a great idea. I keep a notebook on my bedside table for this exact thing but now I may have to add a mini one to my purse…what’s one more thing at this point it barely zips up anymore as it is!

  3. I have a little notebook and also some post-it notes for the tiny purse. Amazing how inspired I get when I’m out on the town!

  4. I have a little notebook and also some post-it notes for the tiny purse. Amazing how inspired I get when I’m out on the town!

  5. Great idea!I love your blog! I left you and award at The Jolly Kitchen. Come pick it up when you can : )www.thejollykitchen.blogspot.comwww.thejollymom.blogspot.comwww.savingwithstyle.blogspot.com

  6. OK- you are not going to believe this, but just THIS MORNING I decided to do this exact thing and in fact, I’m going out this afternoon specifically to pick up a notebook.

    How weird is that?

  7. OK- you are not going to believe this, but just THIS MORNING I decided to do this exact thing and in fact, I’m going out this afternoon specifically to pick up a notebook.How weird is that?

  8. I do this too but I use a file card notebook — file cards on a spiral binding — so I can easily remove one & file it away.

  9. I do this too but I use a file card notebook — file cards on a spiral binding — so I can easily remove one & file it away.

  10. What a great idea! I always forget things if I don’t write them down. If you think you’ll remember you are wrong! Sometimes I write things on the back of my checkbook case. Funny to see them a year later.

  11. What a great idea! I always forget things if I don’t write them down. If you think you’ll remember you are wrong! Sometimes I write things on the back of my checkbook case. Funny to see them a year later.

  12. I have the notebook in there… but always seem to misplace the pen…
    my camera is almost always on hand though… especially since we had our little one

  13. I have the notebook in there… but always seem to misplace the pen…my camera is almost always on hand though… especially since we had our little one

  14. I do this too, and it’s so valuable because I’m always forgetting things these days!(total mommy brain)

  15. I do this too, and it’s so valuable because I’m always forgetting things these days!(total mommy brain)

  16. What a great idea! 🙂 I keep a little running note file on my computer, but a notebook would be wonderful when I am out.

    Blessings,
    Michele

  17. What a great idea! 🙂 I keep a little running note file on my computer, but a notebook would be wonderful when I am out. Blessings, Michele

  18. I keep Post-Its in my purse and a Sharpie. This way, I can also write a note and leave it somewhere. Like at the laundromat to warn others that the dryer just ate 50 of my hard earned cents and didn’t give me any heat.

    I always tell people that I have the memory of a gnat, so please let me write it down.

    Great tip!!

    Come by my place today to see how you can Cruise through the Holidays, in my WFMW.
    Have a Great Day!
    Kristin

  19. I keep Post-Its in my purse and a Sharpie. This way, I can also write a note and leave it somewhere. Like at the laundromat to warn others that the dryer just ate 50 of my hard earned cents and didn’t give me any heat.I always tell people that I have the memory of a gnat, so please let me write it down.Great tip!!Come by my place today to see how you can Cruise through the Holidays, in my WFMW.Have a Great Day!Kristin

  20. I keep a notebook in my bag, in the diaper bag, in the car, in my laptop bag and on my bedside table for moments just like you described! lol

  21. I keep a notebook in my bag, in the diaper bag, in the car, in my laptop bag and on my bedside table for moments just like you described! lol

  22. I am so with you! A notebook in my purse helps alleviate the curse of forgetting what I want to say when it is time for bloggy play. (See, I’m clever too, right?) 🙂

    Seriously, I think I’d be lost without paper and pen within reaching distance at all times, but especially when I’m stuck in a waiting room or a line somewhere.

  23. I am so with you! A notebook in my purse helps alleviate the curse of forgetting what I want to say when it is time for bloggy play. (See, I’m clever too, right?) :)Seriously, I think I’d be lost without paper and pen within reaching distance at all times, but especially when I’m stuck in a waiting room or a line somewhere.

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