I have a thing for mini shampoo bottles. Weird, considering I have more hair than I know what to do with, and it typically takes the contents of two mini shampoo bottles to actually wash my hair. And, if I’m being totally honest, usually the shampoo in said mini shampoo bottles isn’t really up to par. Still, ask the guy who married me and comments on the collection every time he opens the linen closet, I have a collection of mini shampoo bottles that would make a hoarder jealous. So, what’s with the mini shampoo bottles? Well, I spent most of my youth traveling with my grandparents, and my grandma is, hmm, let’s say thrifty (she reuses plastic baggies). So, it was just normal for her to grab the mini shampoo bottles and pretty much anything else that wasn’t nailed down to the dresser from a hotel room before we left it. To me, taking shampoo bottles is pretty much second nature. But when Matt pressed me about ditching some of my collection to make room for standard size shampoo bottles he needed to store, I said, “NO!” Since I clearly don’t lack bathroom products, I realized my attachment to the little guys had nothing to do with what was inside. I love mini shampoo bottles because of what they represent — the open road, dinners out, drinks on the patio, sleeping in and then laying in bed watching free HBO, continental breakfasts, beaches, pools, hot tubs, special occasions and much more. There are people who love to be home. The world calls them homebodies. And then there are people like my guy and me — we love to be out, away for the weekend, on vacation. What’s the word for that? Broke? (I kid, but hitting the road and every new bar and restaurant that opens along with your old favorites isn’t the cheapest way to live.) Whatever we are, it comes with a lot of travel-sized items. Sure, there are days when I lounge at home, but those usually come after a long weekend away (or just a long night out). And while I’m not one to shy away from home improvement projects (especially the ones that involve shopping for new things), I have come to realize that if it’s between a bigger house or an annual tropical vacation, the vacation is always going to win. And that’s okay with me. After all, you can never have too many mini shampoo bottles.
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.