Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tales of the Traveling Totes

"What a cute couple," our #3 son texted after he took this picture without us knowing. "Awwww, thank you Nick but why doesn't MacKenzie-Childs make a Courtly Check beach ball that we can toss around on the beach?"  
I should preface this blog post with this. We are a group of bloggers that enjoy MacKenzie-Childs and travel with our totes. I don't know if MacKenzie-Childs is aware of this free advertising, but I do love their Courtly Check and it works well even on the beach. 
Here we are leaving for Florida to attend my niece's wedding on Marco Island. I had no idea that my niece chose "Guava" for her wedding colors when I wore my "Guava" North Face jacket to the airport. I love how their dresses matched the tropical bouquets.

The Mister is not only great at carrying my luggage, but also has a very creative mind.  When I looked up from sipping a bloody mary on the beach, I discovered his sweet work of art.
Marco Island's beach and surrounding sand bars offer some of the best shelling in the world. A stroll along Marco Island beaches will reward the shell seeker with a wide variety of shells including whelks, olive shells, scallops and hundreds of other varieties.

Why is Marco special (especially in February)? It is an island. It is totally 100% surrounded by federal/state parks/preserves ... consequently man meets nature.

It's springtime in the sunshine state and it couldn't be lovelier. We enjoyed long stretches of pristine white sand and stunning scenery. 

We stayed at the southernmost tip of Florida's Gulf Coast on Marco Island.  Marco is the largest inhabited island in the beautiful 10,000 islands ecology. There are 3.5 miles of beaches at South Marco beach and Tigertail Beach. The island beach chairs an inland maze of waterways and strands of mangroves and saw grass, making it a destination for outdoor sporting an adventure such as boating, fishing, snorkeling, shelling and wind surfing.

It's a Mediterranean style village with a marina, and a fun place to walk to see the boats. If you're lucky you'll see dolphins too. We saw dolphins every day from our beach chair!

Miss Aurora breathing in the sea air on a sightseeing cruise out of Fort Lauderdale seeing the "Venice of America". Touring the beautiful waters of the New River and the Intracoastal waterway. I can't recall who owned which homes on the waterway, but I do remember that one of the homes was 40,000 square feet and that only one couple lived in it. I would need a compass to get around their home! Another home was owned by an 88 year old man who just married a 22 year old bartender from town. At least that's what the Carrie B captain told us. 
As we were awaiting a cruise in Ft. Lauderdale, I looked up and said "I wonder if there are any tenants?" I will definitely be purchasing this beautiful "Morning Glory"  bird house at the Barn Sale in July (if they have any left). I have one of the other bird houses and it is always occupied.
Two special things we did --  my niece's wedding and I got to meet a blogger friend!

I was thrilled to be able to meet Jayne! Jayne had a blog in 2008, and we were internet friends prior to that. Jayne lives in FL part of the year, and offered to meet us at our resort before Joe and I headed to a party. We could have talked the night away! 
Burrowing owls are so named because they live underground in burrows that have been dug out by small mammals like ground squirrels and prairie dogs. They are covered in brown spotted feathers and have long legs. They also sport distinctive white “eyebrows” above bright yellow eyes. They are one of the smallest owls in North America. They are easy to spot on Marco Island since the landowner is required to rope off the area around the burrow. 
For more information visit Florida Burrowing Owl in the city of Marco Island.

Bye for now! Don't forget to enter the drawing for the beautiful MacKenzie-Childs Green Flower Market Vase at Sarah's blog.

Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Yes, the whole family (OMG we have lost our minds). Miss Aurora (tote), Miss Bella (bucket bag), Madame Jumel (carry on) and Miss Key West (wallet). I had to make a card for each of their names and stuff it in the pocket of the bags so I would remember. LOL

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Tote Sistas:
 "Me" with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @ The Painted Apron
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester

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. Debbie... I've always wanted to go to Marco Island and after your post, I REALLY want to go. Your son is right - you two make a darling couple. How cute that your Mister wrote your blog name in the sand. As my dear departed Mother would say... he's a keeper. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear Debbie.

  2. Debbie, what a wonderful recap of your trip to Marco Island! I love the color guava (wore it for Daughter #1's wedding), and your niece's wedding party looked terrific. Joe is such a sweetheart the way he joins in our zany fun, and I love all your couple pictures. I bet it was hard for you guys to return to more winter after a trip like that. Maybe you could snap up one of those 'little' homes along the waterway that you toured (we took that tour also. That 40,000 sq ft home is close to what one might call stupid money, huh?). Nonetheless, I agree, CC looks terrific at the beach - or anywhere, for that matter. Your CC is growing!!
    I'm so happy to be a part of this friendship-sharing purse adventure.
    Happy March!

  3. First of all ..I had the pleasure of meeting Jayne..and she was lovely and I have thought of her many times.I still have special things we exchanged.
    I know you girls enjoyed meeting..Second of all..Joe is such a nice guy.
    I love FL..when we first started going to Fl..oh maybe 35 yrs ago..Marco was just starting to have developments is a beautiful spot and I see you stayed in the lap of luxury..looks beautiful!
    And of course all your MC just look like everything is just right:)Even the packing.

  4. Deb, I've never been to Marco Island but after your review I really want to go. So interesting about the owls, I love owls! You and Joe are adorable together and make the sweetest photos. I am sure this was a wonderful trip, seeing family at your niece's wedding would be the icing on the cake! Great post as always.........Funny how you slipped names into your MC pieces so you want forget. Great tip as the collection grows!

  5. That Guava! You were so smart to wear that on your trip! I know you had a magical trip to Marco Island, surrounded by family-south Florida is perfect this time of year, and the west coast is much quieter than the Ft Lauderdale area. Such a special family trip, and your tote collection is enviable!! I love the sweet message in the sand and the shell tic tac toe! So much fun to meet up with a special friend too! Yes, MacKenzie Childs needs to know about the TTTs!

  6. Your trip to Marco looks like it was a fabulous time - and getting to meet a blogger, too!! The owl must have been amazing - did you want to bring him home? You and joe looked so sharp at the wedding!! Love seeing all of your pics with your 'checks"!

  7. I had an aunt and uncle who lived on Marco Island. Sure do regret that we never made a trip to visit them. I need to put this destination on our travel list.
    You and Joe are so adorable. I love the shot of the two of you in the ocean. You need to frame that one! I think MacKenzie-Childs need to publish your group shot. The St. Patrick's table with all your girls is the best!
    As Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is suggested, "Rabbit, rabbits" for the first day of March!

  8. What an adorable picture of you and Joe, Debbie, and should be put in a frame. Love the picture of the beautiful bride and groom, and the wedding party. The guava color is stunning! Loved seeing the Mountain Breaths message scrolled in the sand. Isn't Joe the sweetest? You're sure getting a beautiful collection of MacKenzie Child's totes, bags and wallets.

  9. What a sweet post Debbie. I love the photos. The framed photo is priceless. The colors in the wedding are beautiful and vibrant. isn't your hubby the sweetest ever? Love your MC collections. xo

  10. What a great February you had, Debbie! I'm thrilled you got to meet Jayne ;) Love all of your photos!

  11. Debbie, You two are the absolute cutest couple!! Joe seems like he is enjoying the tote adventures as much as Mr. Fun is. I must get to Marco Island--have planned it a few times and then went elsewhere, but maybe it is the place for our tote tribe gathering! The guava color is perfect for a tropical beach wedding and makes me dream about warm weather and beach days. Love your collection of totes and I am going to use your name tag idea for mine too. I love my duffel but she doesn't have a name yet. I hope it warms up soon! Linda

  12. Loved all the photos of you and Joe, what a memorable trip the two of you had. The weather has been great this winter in Florida and it looks like it was perfect for the wedding. That is some collection of totes…it is nice that they were all able to come along on the trip.

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