7 Things Moms Should Carry At All Times
Here's everything you need:
Remember MacGyver, the '80s TV action-adventure hero who saved the day with ordinary household objects? Adopt his strategies and become a Save-the-Day Mom. Here's everything you need:
1. Vaseline (1.75-oz tub)
It's an instant lipgloss and moisturizer, and it also soothes sunburn or diaper rash, shines shoes, removes adhesive bandages painlessly and helps stuck zippers glide smoothly.
2. Aerosol hairspray
Ozone hazard or not, it'll halt a run in pantyhose, remove ink stains, laminate kids' artwork, double as craft glue and exterminate the bumblebee that refuses to fly out of your minivan.
3. Duct tape (Duck Tape's three-yard flat pack)
You're at a friend's house and there's not a childproof lock in sight. Whip out a roll and in no time you'll be relaxing over coffee. Long wait at the pediatrician's office? Grab a Sharpie, mark a dotted line down the center and stick it to the floor: instant Matchbox car highway.
4. WD-40 (trial size)
Squeaky stroller wheel driving you nuts? Stuck with a shopping cart that has a bum wheel? One squirt and you're set for the Tour de France. It also removes chewing gum from hair, crayon marks from walls and stickers from just about any surface.
Bump, bruise or broken bone? Fill one with cold water for an instant cold pack. Bored kids? You have what you need for an impromptu soccer or volleyball game—or a science lesson on static electricity.
6. Cordless curling iron
Give your hair a quick curl in the parking lot, or crank up the car radio and use as a makeshift microphone to belt out the latest Sheryl Crow tune. Just turn it off first so you don't burn your lip.
7. A great book
It'll make the countless hours you spend waiting for baseball, gymnastics and band practice to end fly by. Bonus points if it makes you laugh (burns calories) or cry (relieves stress). Points deducted if the book has pictures or is on the children's bestseller list.
by Deborah Carpenter, a MacGyver Mom with a 2- and a 4-year-old