Monday, June 15, 2015

MacKenzie-Childs Traveling Tote

This is going to a long post so help yourself to a cookie while you visit ;o)

Dear Blog Friends,

Twenty years ago, I wrote a list of three life goals.

1.  Learn to make a good pasta salad.

2.  Finish hiking all 46 mountains in New York State that are over 4,000 feet in elevation. (some of the most beautiful mountains in America)

3.  Travel

So far I am 2 for 3, and still working on traveling the United States.

What is a Traveling Tote, and why are we doing this you say? It all started in January when a text message was sent to me by Patti @ Pandora's Box telling me that the Courtly Check tote bag was on sale and that we might want to take advantage of the reduced price. After I bought mine, she contacted Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul and Linda at More Fun Less Laundry (love the blog name) wanted some fun too. 
My dear friends Tami and Colleen are also MacKenzie-Childs "collectors" so we invited them to share their adventures. Sorry, neither of them have blogs. Tami might share a photo of her sweet self this summer, and I'll include it in my September post.

Of course, we named the totes and bags ;o)

Debbie (Miss Aurora) @  Mountain Breaths 
Linda and Miss Rosie @  More Fun Less Laundry
Patti and Miss Kenzie @  Pandoras Box
Sarah and Miss CC @  Hyacinths for the Soul
Tami and Miss MC la Mer
Colleen and Miss MacKenzie Joy
Miss Aurora's maiden voyage was to Tybee Island in March. She enjoyed leaving the snow behind, and going to the beach. 
Over Mother's Day weekend, Miss Aurora transported picnic items to a private 35 acre garden in the village of Marcellus. A few times each year, the Hanford family graciously open their gardens to the public with proceeds going to benefit a local non-profit agency. 
Miss Aurora went to our camp over Memorial Day Weekend. She said I stuffed her too full and brought everything but the kitchen sink. The tote has a roomy interior so it's very tempting to overload it. 
Miss Aurora and Miss MacKenzie Joy attended the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY and the chic tote was filled with a bottle of champagne, crackers, strawberries and cheese. We loved the Rhinebeck and Hudson Valley area, and read that National Geographic Traveler proclaimed the Hudson Valley region as one of the top 20 destinations in the world. It's designated a National Heritage Area is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture, and a food and farmer’s market scene. 
While Miss Aurora was waiting in line for a tour of Old Savannah, she decided the pirate would look mighty handsome holding the tote.
              Miss MacKenzie Joy (Colleen's bag) made her debut in February to celebrate                                                                            birthdays with a group of friends at Zeina's.
Miss Aurora went to the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid in February. Not exactly an exotic journey in the snow, but a fun adventure.
Cherish your friends and the memories by doing crafts together. We are a group of seven women that get together on a regular basis and we recently celebrated two birthdays and made it a crafting day. I enjoyed filling the tote to the brim with gifts and supplies.
Tami's tote, Miss MC la Mer. went to a needlepoint class.  She also loves going to Cape May and thus her beautiful name.
Miss Aurora was seen visiting Paula Deen's restaurant in Savannah in March.
   Miss Aurora can dream right? She'd like to take her pretty self to the Cinque Terre to see the 
                     centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. 
              In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep terraces.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Great post and what wonderful traveling memories! Love the pirate! Hoping someday all of our totes can meet and travel together!!

  2. Such a sweet post..instead of the traveling pants..the traveling totes..
    Well done!

  3. Debbie, Doesn't the Girls Pampering Club sound intriguing? Miss Aurora is a very well-traveled tote and she has been to places I would love to go, especially Tybee Island and Savannah. It's nice that she is chic enough to carry champagne but has enough fun in her to hang out with pirates! :) I'll be looking forward to her summer adventures. Linda

  4. Looks like the perfect size for any type of traveling...hope you have a chance to take Miss Aurora to the Italian Riviera and stuff her full of goodies to bring home!

  5. What fun what fun, to see your escapes through the "eyes" of your travelin tote Debbie!! Oh how I wish I could drive a big truck to the annual McK-Chds summer sale!

  6. Debbie, you and Patti are traveling girls. I so enjoy seeing all the adventures that you and those classy totes took. Love the idea of a Girls Pampering Club. I think Miss Aurora definitely needs to see the Italian Riviera. As a matter of fact, I think Miss CC does too! ;-)
    Love the Waterlogue photos that you and Patti included. I need to start using that app again.
    Happy Travels!

  7. A beautiful, whimsical journey of a tote. She even made friends with a pirate! I like her already. Dreamy, evocative photos and lively commentary--fun, fun, fun!

    1. Thanks Michael Lee! Miss Aurora gets around and makes friends easily ;o)

  8. I enjoyed my travels with you and Miss Aurora, Debbie! You both know how to travel with style! The pirate holding the tote gave me a chuckle this morning and I so love your idea of dreaming of your trip to Italian Riviera one day. Oh to be a member of The Pampering Club. However, your idea of Friends of the Traveling Tote is much more adventuresome in spirit.
    Thank you for the cookie at the beginning. Now how about that pasta salad recipe....? Fun post!!

    1. Kitty, I'd be happy to share the pasta salad recipe. It came from Italy 😄

    2. Kitty, I'd be happy to share the pasta salad recipe. The recipe came from Italy and even my hubby loves it. (He is Italian and never liked pasta salad).

  9. Oh Debbie, what a wonderful trip! You look great in your black and white outfit and that bag is to die for!
    I wish I could join you and Patti for such fun. Wounderful post, I so enjoyed it!
    Have a great weekend ahead.

  10. Sorry I didn't get to join in with my faux MC. Health issues had to come first.


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