Do You Know What I LOVE?

My new backpack. I’ve had it two months now and love it more each and every day. You know how finding a bag you like as a mom is just about impossible? That is my experience anyway. You research bags for hours, you watch videos, you read reviews, you try them out in stores, and eventually you purchase one and half the time (more than half?!) they just don’t do everything you want them to do.

And even if you find the perfect bag, your needs change! Seemingly overnight because kids grow and change so frequently and that means your bag needs change!


(To read about my blog and affiliate links skip to the last couple paragraphs of this post!)

I’m not going to sit here and tell you to buy MY bag, because your needs are likely totally different than mine. Maybe you want something high end (this is not it), maybe you want something small (this is not it), maybe you want something with ten thousand pockets (this is not it), etc, etc.

But what I needed this bag has and I LOVE it!

I wanted FIRST a bag that has a stay-open main compartment. I had a bag like that when Everett was a baby and as a photographer mom on the go having my bag stay open so I can grab my camera easily is primary for me. I’m guessing this is a very particular-to-me need! haha. But I have taken my dSLRs with me since Brooklyn was a baby. I mean honestly since I was a teenager and bought my first one! Me + a camera always! I hear most moms, even my “old” (long term) photographer mom friends are now using phones for basically all their photos and leaving their big cameras at home. And I get that, it’s easier. But I just do not personally like my phone photos like I do my real camera photos. I have a samsung galaxy note 9, too, so it’s not like I have a piece of poop phone… I still just don’t prefer the phone look.


Can I tell you the best part of this bag? It was almost free! I took some time to set up affiliate links through Amazon way back when I did my apartment “tour” post. I didn’t really have time to do that but had been asked a bunch of times where things were from so I made that blog post and for the first time in my life used affiliate codes and made enough money to partly cover the cost of this (already cheap) bag! If you click on the link for this bag you’ll see it costs around $40 (Amazon prices change) and I paid $14 out of pocket for it so yep, I have made a whopping $26 on Amazon. lol!

But you know what, I value every penny of that $26 because it’s $26 I had to go toward buying myself a desperately-needed backpack and that bag adds major value to my life every single stinking day. Every day.

And that’s why I felt like posting about it, because I love it. I love using it. That’s all.

If you want to buy one please BELIEVE me when I say it feels like cheap quality for the price tag. Like less than WalMart quality (because I have actually found WalMart diaper bags to be pretty awesome) and I’m guessing the straps will break before a year is up. They show zero signs of wear and tear so far after two months of rough use (I’m a beast to my bags) but I read reviews that showed the straps breaking and the straps feel so flimsy.  They don’t hurt my shoulders or anything at all like that, but they feel like they’ll come undone eventually. If you want I’ll let you know if it breaks. Because I’ll just be buying the same exact bag again when that happens because the rest of it is awesome. Like, the pockets on the side of the backpack are huge and I can toss my giant cell phone in there easily. I can even reach around and grab my cellphone out of the side pocket while it’s on my back!!! I’ve never been able to do that with any other bag.


I made this link to the bag an affiliate link just because hey, I found this thing after researching forever and it doesn’t affect you to use my link. I don’t blame you if you don’t… if you want to click off my page and Amazon search for it instead just to avoid giving me the 4% kickback I totally get that and the exact search to use is: “Kah&Kee Leather Backpack Diaper Bag with Laptop Compartment Travel School for Women Man (Camel, Large)”

But if you don’t mind people using affiliate links here it is: My Favorite Backpack

*And now a whole bunch of talking about affiliate links*

Sometimes when other bloggers or instagrammers use affiliate links or are sponsored, I think what bugs me is that I don’t know what they’re getting back and how motivated by money they are in sharing with me so I immediately am turned off. ALL, and I mean 100%, of my affiliate links are for products I have sought out, researched, found, and bought. It’s not like I’m using Amazon to then sell to others. I’m buying things I like and then once in a while when I get around to blogging, if I share something I like and use links I figure… taking time to do this, I might as well use affiliate links.

Purchasing through the affiliate links I share makes me spending the time to share feel more worthwhile. I spent two hours putting together my apartment tour post and made $30 off of it. I think that sounds fair. It motivates me to use links if I share about products. IT doesn’t motivate me to blog more, though. I’ll blog forever because I love it. haha.

Also when I went to get that link on Amazon I saw the lavender version of my bag again and want it. Maybe if the one I have breaks I’ll get that color next. I love lavender!

New Fans and Camping Bunk Beds!

The A/C in my apartment is not working and despite the apartment “person” (I don’t know the title) coming to check on things and try to fix it, no luck. They called the A/C company (again, not sure the name of this stuff) but they’re ignoring the request for service for now so we’re just sweating to death in our 80 degree place. The REAL problem was this was the same week we got sick and all had really bad fevers!!! I kept the windows open all day but at night we were still pretty warm. I promptly bought some fans from WalMart and now we’re sleeping in breezy peace.

Also if you’re wondering about Payson and Ember in those cot-like bunk beds (camping bunk beds!) it’s because most nights they come in my room and sleep on my floor (“we’re scared!”) and it’s often enough that I felt bad for them on the floor and got them these. During the day they drape blankets over them and pretend the bottom bunk is a fort 🙂

You can find them using this Amazon affiliate link. (Cost is the same for you with my link but gives me a few cents and as a single mom of six, I could use even a few cents. haha)

I have a lot of other camping gear that’s really space saving and useful for a large family, let me know if you’re interested in a future post about that!