I often joke with my husband that people would be frightened if they took a peek inside my brain. It’s filled with an explosion of things to remember for work, the kids, home life.
I try to do a daily brain dump on paper to make all of the to-do’s visible. Appointments, practice schedules and the weekly meal plan are scrawled onto my Erin Condren planner in the kitchen (and replicated on iCal). Work reminders and project needs are scribbled in a notebook, accompanied by a messy array of strategically placed post-its at my office desk. Piles of my kid’s artwork, permission slips and fundraiser forms lay on the kitchen counter.
But that is the obvious working mom to-do’s. My track record on remembering these types of tasks are solid. You know what gets me? Keeping track of my own personal items.
I misplace my house keys at least once a week. I leave my favorite water bottle at the office. I forget where I last left my running shoes. Garage? Basket by the stairs? A stray corner of the house? The worst is when I lose a car key. I tear the house up in a frantic rage, and I usually find it at the bottom of my work bag.
Still, I need to keep these personal items together, and sometimes it’s the little things that make all of the difference in keeping my working mom sanity intact.
Systems and easy solutions help. For example, who has time to remember to take your favorite makeup items back and forth from home to work?
My makeup is often strewn about on my bathroom counter (surprisingly my husband doesn’t complain), and I can rarely remember to toss my favorite mascara or lipstick into my work bag for mid-day touchups or to powder up before a big meeting. I also don’t want to bulk, given I’m already lugging my laptop, phone, a few files and lunch back and forth everyday.
So I was delighted to discover a new lineup of compact products perfect for dropping into a tiny makeup bag I can leave either at my desk or in my office bag. The Stowaway line literally fits into the palm of your hand, and given it is the perfect size, you won’t waste away product.
I am definitely guilty of keeping expired product just in case I need something for backup, and I rarely finish my makeup. Apparently I’m not alone.
- Less than 1 in 5 consumers discard their mascara in the recommended three month time period.
- 89 percent of women hold onto expired makeup just in case they need it in the future.
- 75 percent of the average consumers don’t finish the makeup they purchase.
The quality of the product is definitely top-notch as well. I’ve had no problem with skin irritation, and I find myself now able to accommodate a midday touch-up if needed.
To give you the chance to test this line, I’m hosting a giveaway of the Stowaway line for the next two weeks. Just visit the site. Additionally, if you purchase one of their custom kits, Stowaway will give you a free lipstick and rouge when you enter the code BreadwinningMama.
It’s all about keeping it simple, so this is one new product solution I plan to integrate into my overall organizing routine.
Do you struggle with a workday makeup routine?
Do you have any tips to share?
Disclaimer: I was gifted one Stowaway kit to review in exchange for my honest review of the product. My opinions and statements about Stowaway are my own.