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


My Fall Wedding Essentials

Hey Guys! So I’m trying something new today.

Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to have a fall wedding (fall & winter are my favourite seasons) unfortunately that wasn’t the case. We got married in early May.

Many years married now, I still love to look at wedding magazines that feature fall wedding trends. So, I’m going to share my fall wedding essentials with you.

Cakes. Traditional cakes are fine, but why not go for something a bit more eye catching. Naked or semi-frosted cakes are quite beautiful. They have a sort of rustic charm to them. I like them because they kind of mimic the changing season, how all the leaves are falling and trees are bare. 

I’ve seem these a lot lately. A bold, jewel toned coloured cake.

Flowers & Decor. 2015’s fall wedding colour seems to be this bold burgundy wine colour that they’re calling Marsala. It’s so romantic. I love it paired with bronze or copper accents.

I’m also a sucker for a long farmhouse table. There’s something very inviting about all sitting together at one long table.

Details. Fall coloured flower petals scattered down the main aisle runner. Cozy flannel blankets for your guests to wear if your having an outdoor space. Little touches like bronze pens to write the guests names on place cards.IMG_3258
No cheesy bridesmaid dresses here. My plan was to have elegant long dresses in either a rich blue or that burgundy colour that is so popular at the moment.


The dress!! To me, fall screams for lace or ruffles…something dramatic. A long train, maybe a sleeve…and a blinged out shoe. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the gorgeousness of this bronze sparkly heel. Amen!

The groom. Of course the traditional black suit/tux will always be an essential, but why not try a cool looking grey suit or navy tux. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the navy tux. It’s great against any skin tone because it’s not as harsh as black. My Brit would rock a navy tux!


I was inspired to do this post by The Black Tux.  Have you guys heard of them? They’re  an online suit and tuxedo rental company that looks and feels nothing like your traditional suit and tuxedo rental company. In 4 simple steps you can rent a suit for your big day. And with all that money you save renting suits for the groom & groomsmen, you can splurge on a pair of fancy shoes…perhaps with a red bottom??

I really enjoyed writing this post & getting to share something new with you.

Hope you liked it too!!!


love, dee