Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Fifth Anniversary - Tales of the Traveling Tote.......A Surprise That Touches My Heart

Welcome friends! I am so happy to finally be able to share this with you. What's in the box? Here are some clues.
What's in the box you ask? It's a surprise that touches my heart. Each of us received a unique, hand made tote bag, designed especially for each of us. The designers did a little research on each member of the Tales of the Traveling Tote ladies, and chose fabrics to suit our personality! I sent a personal thank you to the designers in Aurora thanking them for choosing fabric that reminds of mountains! Also, a very special thank you to all my friends and readers who follow along on my adventures with "Miss Aurora". Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I would be traveling and having this much fun with a tote bag. My hubby and friends have had so much fun joining in, and even strangers approach me which leads to a fun discussion. Let me now introduce "Miss Tassie". I love the happy bright colors! 


Whether I am visiting our beloved New York State mountains in Lake Placid, or am at the grocery store, "Miss Tassie" is my new friend that will be at my side. You will see more photos of "Miss Tassie" in upcoming posts. I am in LOVE. 

We took a survey to see how many states our totes have been to, and it was discovered (as you will see on the map above) that we only have a handful of states left to visit (the ones highlighted in grey). Joe and I are going to Colorado so that will take care of one of the states the tote has not visited. 

Our totes have been to the following countries:
France, Italy, England, So Africa, St. Kitts, Neves, Grand Cayman, Honduras, Mexico 
OK it's giveaway time! Thank you for visiting! Check out every blog and leave us each your comment. On January 27th, you could have a grand moment. Winning a one-of-a-kind tote OF YOUR OWN!
Debbie with Miss Tassie @ Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Lulu @ The French Hutch
Patti with Miss Tizzy@ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss  Hello Gorgeous @ The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Gigi @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Penny @ Panoply
Sarah with Miss  Poppy @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie with Miss Pansy @ Purple Chocolat Home  

RickiJill with Miss Square Peggy @The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay with Miss Waverly  @ Entertaining Women
Have a great winter, and our next tote post will be March 1st!  
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..

45 comments:

  1. I love every one of the bags. Soo cute. That snow that I see in the pics is not so cute though. It's headed this way. Have a wonderful week, Deb, and enjoy your new bag!!

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  2. Your bag is perfect for you! So happy you like your new tote!!

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  3. I love your bag. What a sweet gift. I love this company that we all collect from: ��

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  4. Your custom tote is beautiful. What a special piece! Travel safely and in good health with Miss Tassie.

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  5. Miss Tassie is pretty darned cute -- and so is the giveaway. So generous of MKC to celebrate you all and provide the giveaway. (Lake Placid is looking good!)

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  6. I know you're in love with Miss Tassie, Debbie! It's so nice of MKC to provide a giveaway tote for someone lucky!

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  7. How thoughtful of MC but I must say so well deserved to all of you.The bag is precious..and I love how it's bonded you all and made travel even more fun.That was nice of pattie to alert you all way back when:)

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  8. Your tote is truly a match made in heaven! You and Miss Tassie look fabulous in the snow, picture perfect. You have a winter wonderland to enjoy and I know Miss Tassie will help you with all your errands and help carry travel essentials. How exciting this has been. Safe travels sweet Deb..........

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  9. Each bag has a personality. They lend personality to the person who totes them.

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  10. Just love your new tote. The colors are wonderful and will be such a treasure.

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  11. Wow Debbie you and Miss Tassie, love her name look fabulous. So colorful and fun just like you. Your adventures always inspire me. Love seeing the luscious snow. Enjoy your travels Deb be near or far with Miss Tassie and of course Miss Aurora.

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  12. Miss Tassie is a colorful beauty! She will be quite the adventurer on your shoulder in the future Deb, I know you will keep her very busy! I still can't believe that MKC created these incredible totes for each of us, I keep mine nearby at all times, I love to look at her!! My son couldn't not believe this story and was very impressed {hard to do 😂 } and my daughter said, "Mom, that looks just like you!!" What a wonderful job the ladies did designing these unique and oh so special totes! I wish you safe travels and fun adventures in 2020!
    Jenna

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  13. Miss Tassie is precious and beautiful, just like you!! What a fabulous ambassador you are for MC! They know that!!!! Thank you for always sharing your adventures. Love to you!

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  14. Love your post! It's nice seeing you enjoying the pretty winter weather. The only weather Jenna, Emily, and I have had is buckets of rain! ;P

    Miss Taassie is perfect for you, and I do love her name! It is so touching that MacKenzie-Childs honored us with such beautiful gifts. I'm looking forward to coming along with y'all on your adventures, even if it's only to the grocery store!

    xo,
    RJ

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  15. Love the Name ! Love all the totes! and I would love to have one of my own! I follow Jackie @ Purple Chocolate home. Matt621hew@yahoo.com

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  16. I would love to have a tote, please enter me in the give-away
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  17. Miss Tassie is gorgeous! I imagine your surprise when you received her. rush88888 at gmail dot com

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  18. It's such fun to check out all of the blogs to see your individual gifts. Enjoy!

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  19. Debbie, You could not have chosen a more suitable 'reveal' spot for Miss Aurora than the Lake Placid marque with all of its colors!! Looks like they were made to go together. I love the colors too and she promises lots of exciting adventures. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!

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  20. Wow what a pretty bag! Love that they were designed for each of you personally!

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  21. Miss Tassie is a perfect match for you. I'm in awe of each tote and how they truly reflect our individual tastes and personalities. I know Miss Tassie is in for some wonderful times ahead. Happy Traveling with all your "girls". Cheers to 2020 and our favorite company, MacKenzie-Childs!

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  22. I think it's awesome that they took the time and research to make an individually designed tote bag for each of you! I can't wait to hear where you're going in Colorado too :)

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  23. Miss Tassie is perfect for you, Debbie. My family & friends love spotting mine, too, and often make suggestions for where I should take photos, lol. These bags are so great. Your outings are already spectacular. What a way to welcome winter!

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  24. That is a beautiful new tote; what a fabulous surprise.

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  25. Bev says: All of the totes are special. This is so much fun to read about. Thank you for this special drawing.

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  26. What a beautiful story. I am from New York, too and Lake Placid looks magical!

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  27. Bringing friends together in shared travels is so special and to know that Mackenzie-Childs played a part in doing so makes it remarkable. I'm a big Mackenzie-Childs fan too and I would wear my one of a kind tote with pride as I travel, shop and just have fun with family and friends. Add New Orleans to the adventure list for Miss Tassie and the Ladies. Such an amazing gift from Mackenzie-Childs. Enjoy.

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  28. Happy New Year Debbie! What a wonderful surprise to receive your MKC one-of-a-kind tote. I’m so impressed how well each bag matches its fellow ‘toter’! I’m also impressed how you girls all found a carousel to be photographed by. :) Love the shot of you in all that fluffy white snow! Wishing all you safe and happy travels in 2020.

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  30. I am loving all of the custom bags that the wonderful people at MacKenzie-Childs made for each of the travelling tote sisters. The one you are giving away is so stately and elegant, I can see it coordinating well with the ever-present Courtly Check tote, but making it a little "fancier". I would name this bag Miss Fancy :-)

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  31. Congrats on being in the TTT group for 5 years. How fun that MC made up a pretty bag for one of you. I love the bag and look forward to reading of your travels with your bags!

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  32. I woke up to this white stuff, snow this morning. I don't like shoveling but it's great exercise! The bitter cold is the worst! I have to think positive. Is it spring yet? Lol.

    I love all your beautiful MC bags! Congrats on 5th anniversary!

    Good luck to all your readers and have a fantastic weekend!

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  33. What a sweet and thoughtful group of friends this circle is...All the bags are so engaging and beautiful..that seems to be the core of this company, and you represent it well. I too and in love with MC and treasure each piece. The stories that go along with your bags...oh my, how delightful to read. INclude me in your friendship circle....warm heartfelt hugs! Alda

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  34. Such an amazing gift! Who would,have thought how many years ago Pam would have brought us to this wonderful event! Thanks for sometimes letting me be an “honorary” member and posting my pics with one of THE original bags! I love living vicariously thru all you ladies with all the wonderful places you have been to and to see your creativity! So deserving for you!

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  35. Your tote is so pretty,how very special! I love the giveaway tote, too, and would love to win it. Happy winter!

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  36. I agree, I think yours looks like the mountains! Yours was one of the only ones I could guess and that's because you gave us the clue! I can't wait to see where she travels! I just love your picture of you skiing - the snow looks so perfect! Enjoy!

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  37. I love how you and Miss Tassie look at Lake Placid in the snow!

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