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Mary Litton has lived in the DC area for over 12 years, and after an exciting career in public and international relations, she exchanged her gowns and glitz for jeans and playground shoes to stay home and raise her two young children. When she isn't practicing the Jedi arts or learning to sing the alphabet song backwards, she can be found at her computer working on her great American novels. While the only champagne in her life these days is the color of her minivan, she enjoys exploring the fun and fabulous side of the city through the eyes of her children. Grateful to a city that offers free museums and fearless in her quest for adventure, she and the kids take advantage of nearly all of the District's wonderful destinations. If you have something for moms, children or families that you would like covered on Miss A, please contact Mary at mary.litton@askmissa.com.

Emergency Supply Kits For Moms

Emergency supply kits come in handy for stressed-out moms (Photo Credit: wzakcleveland.com)

Yesterday morning turned out to be “one of those days”. It started out with a sick child, which meant rushing everyone out the door so we could make an early doctor’s appointment. Right after the appointment, I shuttled the other child to and from school, dropped off and picked up prescriptions, and ran errands. By the time we got home I realized that I was parched, hungry, and had a sinus headache because I was so busy taking care of the kids, I had forgotten to eat or drink all morning. This also meant that I was cranky and short tempered with my sick child, which made me feel even worse.

I never walk out the door without a bag full of snacks and supplies for my kids, but I don’t have any type of emergency supplies for myself. And there are plenty of days when I need them. So instead of grabbing some calorie-laden snack at the drug store check out or pulling through the drive through, I decided to keep my own stash of emergency supplies in the car specifically for “one of those days”.

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My personal emergency supply kit includes:

A box of grown-up snacks -my favorite are Cascadian Farms chocolate chip granola bars because they are individually wrapped, perfectly sized, and won’t make a mess.

Empty water cup – if I forget my water bottle, an empty cup can be filled at soda fountains or water fountains as I go about my day.

Medicine – I packed a supply of Sudafed because stress gives me sinus headaches.

Sudoku or Crossword puzzle – I constantly find myself waiting, whether it’s for five minutes in the preschool pickup line or twenty minutes at the drug store for a prescription. There are fun aps for the phone or I can stash a book in my glove compartment so I have something productive to do during my wait.

Twenty dollar bill – This past month, I have run into two cash-only stores. Plus, you can always use extra cash when you pass by the girl scout cookie table or bake sale. Or how about just a little treat for yourself that won’t get recorded on any credit card statements?

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