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15 Movie Props That Will Change Mom's Life

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As a mom, I often feel like the underdog. I'm always reminding everyone to put dishes in the dishwasher and clean their rooms. Somehow it's always up to me to figure out what to make for dinner. I sort socks. So many socks!

So when I saw Sylvester Stallone would be auctioning off "Rocky" memorabilia, I took notice. I mean, Rocky is not only a fighter, but he's an underdog. Just like me. Having a piece of someone who has gone the distance and prevailed will give me inspiration, when I'm nagging about the rooms, pairing nearly—though not exactly—identical black socks.

Those "Rocky" gloves, robe and boxing trunks are no doubt way out of my budget. But surely there are props from other movies I could use. In case we're not totally broke after buying six tubs of cookie dough from our kids' fundraisers, I'm thinking these other movie props would be awesome to bid on:

The movie: The Hunger Games

The item: Katniss Everdeen's bow and arrow

Why we must have it: For teaching our toddler boys the importance of proper aim when doing No. 1.

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The movie: Pitch Perfect

The item: Beca Mitchell's cup

Why we must have it: Trying to copy the moves in the "Cups" song will entertain our little ones for even longer than a Wonder Pets episode.

The movie: Up

The item: The enormous bouquet of balloons

Why we must have it: To magically lift up our house and plop it down on a street in the town's best school district, preferably close to a Starbucks.

The movie: High School Musical

The items: Wildcats pom-poms and megaphone

Why we must have them: To cheer our tykes on when they finally take a bite of broccoli.

The movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The item: Invisibility cloak

Why we must have it: We can slip this on after we pretend to leave the PTA meeting and hear what the other moms really think of us.

Okay, it might be weird to have the lipstick that Molly Ringwald held in her cleavage, but that shade looks like it would look good on just about anyone.

The movie: Election

The item: Tracy Flick's fishbowl

Why we must have it: To fill with our own sticks of gum to bribe our kids to hang up their jackets, put their backpacks away and put the toilet seat down.

The movie: Groundhog Day

The item: Alarm clock

Why we must have it: Once we hit the hay—after getting the kids to the bus stop, preparing an after-school snack, helping with homework, making dinner and cleaning up—we can set the alarm clock and realize that tomorrow will be exactly. The. Same.

The movie: Aladdin

The item: Magic carpet

Why we must have it: To get us to all those lacrosse games on time. Why, it would be a whole new world!

The movie: Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

The item: Stilts with magnifying glass attached to a helmet

Why we must have it: It's the perfect way to safely walk around our living rooms and, for once, avoid stepping on all those tiny Legos pieces.

The movie: Say Anything

The item: Boombox

Why we must have it: We can amaze our kids with this contraption. (You carry it around and play music on it? Really? Where are the earbuds?)

The movie: The Breakfast Club

The item: Claire's lipstick

Why we must have it: Okay, it might be weird to have the lipstick that Molly Ringwald held in her cleavage, but that shade looks like it would look good on just about anyone. (Having a go-to shade can make the difference between arriving early at the PTA meeting and snagging a nice, inconspicuous back-row seat vs. having to take the last seat available—usually front-and-center. No!)

The movie: The Karate Kid

The item: Daniel's headband

Why we must have it: It will give us the confidence, when the head classroom-mom tries to rope us into leading the next class party, to stand our ground. We will not be bullied. Sand the floor!

Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Barrel of Monkeys and Etch-A-Sketch are so much fun, they just might tear our kids away from their tablets for a while.

The movie: Flashdance

The item: Off-the-shoulder sweater

Why we must have it: Amazingly, it's back in style! Plus, it's perfect for throwing over our pajama tops when we race to the early-morning bus stop.

The movie: Toy Story

The item: All of those toys!

Why we must have them: Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Barrel of Monkeys and Etch-A-Sketch are so much fun, they just might tear our kids away from their tablets for a while.

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The movie: The Wizard of Oz

The item: Dorothy's ruby slippers

Why we must have them: Because even with our never-ending to-do list, we really do believe there's no place like home.

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