Back to School Haul|Pottery Barn Kids|Lunch Essentials

My four year old will be entering Pre-K for the 2017-2018 school year as she didn’t meet the cut off age for Kindergarten. Can’t say I’m not bummed about that because I’ve been teaching her basic math, and reading. I hate to think she’ll be kept back a year but it’s completely out of my hands. 

As Pre-K didn’t require much except the basics like hand soap, paper towels, wipes etc. I thought I’d do a review on our backpack and lunch items and why we had to buy so many different containers. 

If you don’t know this already, I am a bit obsessed with Pottery Barn Kids because of it’s durability. I feel like with PBK kids gear, I don’t have to buy backpacks and lunch totes yearly. From reviews, I’ve seen other moms talk about their kids using them for years. The price point for this kind of quality is not bad at all. I also like the backpack size which fits a preschooler perfectly without swallowing their tiny frame. So that was also a plus. 

Now that you know what I like about PBK backpack and lunch tote, here’s what I don’t like. The backpack is fine for now as she doesn’t need to take much stuff, a change of clothes and a folder maybe. But we’ll definitely have to upgrade once she hits grade 1, or even next year depending on the supplies she has to take to school. 

Let’s talk about the lunch tote and why you see two of them in the picture with a crap load of containers. PBK has a variety of different lunch totes but we went with the classic because my daughter doesn’t eat much. That being said, although you can’t go wrong with the quality, not many containers fit in there with other items such as a smaller container or juice box/water bottle. You’ll definitely want to purchase a bigger size tote for an older kid. The second lunch box is just a thermos brand one from Target. I randomly choose the largest sized one for when we send a food jar and a container. 

Here’s the price breakdown of what you see in the picture. I also did not pay full price for the PBK backpack and lunch items so I got a pretty good deal there. 

PBK backpack. These originally go for $39.99. Whoa! I know that’s a lot but with the coupon I had, I got it for $19. Sign up for their newsletter to get notifications on good deals. 

PBK Lunch Tote. Originally $20 but I got ours for $11.

Thermos Lunch Tote. $8.99 at Target.

Rubbermaid Lunch Blox. These are so cool. The containers clip onto the ice pack. Perfect size for small eaters. $8 on Amazon. 

PBK Food Jar. Orginally $18 but I payed $10 for ours which was cheaper than the thermos brand one so we went with that. 

Aladdin Food Jar. This is not a steel food jar like the thermos and pottery barn one. It’s made of plastic and keeps food hot for a lesser time. However, my daughter requested this and because I didn’t get her a trolls character backpack, I caved. The wide opening is perfect for soups and it seems durable enough to last us for years. $10 at Target. 

PBK double compartment container. This one I really like because there’s an ice pack that fits in the lid. Will be great for a little lunchable type situation. Originally $12.50 but I payed $8 for it on sale. 

PBK utensil set. Originally $8.50, paid $5 on sale. It’s a fork and spoon with a little holder. I thought it was practical and at five bucks, why not? 

PBK ice pack. That little horse you see in the picture is actually an ice pack. It came with another one in the shape of a peace sign. I ordered a couple of those some time back because they were .99 cents a pair. Originally $8.

Thermos Water Bottle. $15 at Target. 

Camel Bak Water Bottle. These are $13 each. I bought two at Babies R Us during a buy one half off sale. 

I would like to insert a disclaimer here. This is not a sponsored post. All items were purchased by me and reviewed truthfully for my fellow moms who are looking for deals and ideas. 

Hope this provided you with some options for your little one’s upcoming academic year.

Xo Kat

Choosing a major/career

Do any of us ever know what we really want to be when we grow up? Some people are dead on sure and they stick through their plan from elementary to college but it doesn’t work so progressively for everyone. I for one, wanted to be many things, the earliest being an archeologist and later on being a script writer or movie director. I had some pretty unrealistic dreams as a child that I realized could never happen as resources were limited and there was a one in a million chance that I’d be successful at any of it.

When I was at the stage in high school where you choose subjects based on what type of career route you plan to take, I chose the businesses. I studied accounting, business management, office procedures and social studies among others. Did the field excite me or interest me at fourteen years old? No it didn’t. I chose based on the advice from people around me and I believed it was the right decision to make. I wanted nothing to do with sciences and I dropped my one science subject and I didn’t take art. I rarely have regrets but it’s something I would go back and change if given the chance.

Most of my career choices were made based on people’s advice, being pressured into it and the hype surrounding it. I eventually did Marketing and Information Technology and my heart was neither here or there for either of it. One of the earliest dreams I had that stayed with me throughout was becoming an author. I wished I had realized this as a dream, a career of choice earlier more than as a hobby I took up to escape life. I could’ve done so much more at my age instead of just starting out.

The approach that I would take today in choosing a major or career is completely different. First and foremost, do not live someone else’s dreams. Figure out what interests you or something you can see yourself doing comfortably for a long time in the future. Another factor that comes into play, and is very important is the job market. Before even thinking about annual salary, make sure it’s a field where there’s demand or some room for progress. It happens so often that people complete a degree then land up doing something totally unrelated to their field of training because jobs are hard to acquire. I’d also take a year off after high school and really think about it. Get an entry job after high school, give yourself a taste of the working world…how to deal with people, how to take instructions from management and then really decide. To seek the most out of your potential, choose your major/career wisely and not because someone said so.