Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Backpack & Lunch Bag Review

I can’t believe my older son started grade 1 this week!! It feels like he was just learning to walk yesterday & this week he marched right into his school without a second glance.

This year will be his second at his school. It’s a private school for children with Autism, that incorporates therapies into the everyday classroom.

Grade 1 is a huge accomplishment for my little dude, so we decided to splurge and get him something special for back to school. DINOSAURS!!! He absolutely loves dinosaurs. This is a new interest of his that peaked during playtime at school. He can tell you all the names of all the different kinds & loves to line them all up across my kitchen island and stomp around. Do you know what a Compsognathus is? I do, my 5 almost 6-year-old taught me all about them.

I didn’t set out to buy a Pottery Barn Kids backpack or lunch bag. Initially, I just googled “Dual Compartment Lunch Bag” and they’re what came up. I knew it was meant to be when I saw the multi coloured dinosaur pattern. And then a matching backpack?? I’m a sucker for anything matchy matchy.

My wonderfully accommodating husband popped into the Pottery Barn Kids near his work, so he could have a proper look and noticed they were on sale!! up to 20% off!! The only kicker was that they don’t sell the dual compartment lunch bags in that store. Online order it was then…

I ended up ordering the Mackenzie “Large” backpack & the matching dual compartment lunch bag, I had initially been looking for.

Mackenzie Backpack

Mackenzie Lunch Bag

The “Large” backpack is suited for kids/students 48″ or taller. It’s 17″ tall & will fit my little guy nicely for the next couple years. He’s pretty good at taking care of his things, his last backpack lasted for 2 years. So spending $51.00 on a backpack he’ll have for the next 2/3 years isn’t that bad.

What I love the most about this backpack is the padded, adjustable straps with clasps in front. We have days where he doesn’t want to wear his backpack & the clasps make sure he keeps it on all the way into the school #autismmomwin

I ordered both items on the 10th of August. $51.00 for the backpack (originally $65.00) & $30.00 for the lunch bag (originally $39.00). Shipping & Handling was $19.95 (it was shipped up from Massachusetts), and they gave a delivery time of 10-15 business days.

On August 13th, an email shipping confirmation came through, with an estimated delivery date of the 17th. BONUS! I really wanted him to get his new gear in time for back to school.

Right on schedule, early in the morning of the 17th the package was delivered. My little guy was so excited when he got home from school (summer camp-his school runs all year-long).

He loves his new backpack & matching lunch bag.

And he can tell you the name of EVERY dinosaur on it.

Happy Back To School!!!

xoxo 💋

love, dee

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes 

I love baking cupcakes. They’re super easy & you can customize them to suit any occasion. These cute little vanilla ones with their pale pink frosting & little gummy hearts are perfect for someone special.

So get your aprons at the ready, dig out your mixing bowls, and…..on your marks, get set, go! Happy Baking!


xoxo 💋

love, dee

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  • 1 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees & line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Set flour mix aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs & sugar until pale & fluffy.
  4. Add the vanilla & oil and mix until combined.
  5. Turn mixer to low & add half of the flour mixture, mix until incorporated.
  6. Add half of the buttermilk & mix until incorporated.
  7. Repeat with remaining flour mix & buttermilk, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed. Batter will be thick.
  8. Pour batter into lined cupcake tin. Fill to about 1/2 full.
  9. Bake for 14-17 minutes or until a toothpick in the centre comes out clean. Cool in tin for a couple minutes, then remove. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, pipe with frosting and decorate with a little heart gummy.


  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Pound Confectioners Sugar (Icing Sugar), sifted
  • 1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pink Gel Colouring


  1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter on high until light and fluffy.
  2. Reduce speed to low & gradually add the sugar, then the vanilla & salt.
  3. With a toothpick add a tiny bit of pink gel colouring to the frosting & beat until smooth.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Her

As Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I would share some things on the top of my list with you. There are loads of über pink & girly gift guides out there, mine is more dark & sexy (as that’s just the sort of things that I love!) so hopefully it will be perfect for all of the girlie girls with a dark side out there…

1. Jo Malone Sweet Almond & Macaroon Home Candle | $80.00

2. Heart Shaped Umbrella | $40.00

3. Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour – 538 Gris Obscur | $40.00

4. Charbonnel Et Walker Flavoured Truffles – Dark Chocolate Champagne | $40.00

5. Diptyque Baies Black Candle | $124.00

6. Agent Provocateur Luna Camisole & Brief | $360.00

7. Agent Provocateur Molly Kimono | $205.00

8. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Swarovski Edition Eau de Parfum | $410.00

9. Ted Baker ‘Rosamm’ Cosmetics Case | $60.00

10. Olivia Burton Big Dial Leather Strap Watch | $170.00

What do you think of my picks?


love, dee

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