Sunday, March 1, 2020

Tales of the Traveling Tote #22

Welcome to our March 2020 edition of Tales of the Traveling Tote where TEN totes are living life and sharing their adventures. In January, our tote group celebrated a FIVE year anniversary with a very special Serendipity Tote Bag giveaway. The comments we received were serendipitous! 
My tote has been packed for long weekends in January and February. 
I bet you can guess that the queen 'Miss Aurora' enjoys the snow 
and is happy to celebrate our anniversary. 

In January, we celebrated Joe's birthday weekend at the Mirror Lake Inn. The snow was minimal and the lake was slushy, but we had lots of fun and decided to go dog sledding on Mirror Lake. In the 20+ years we have been coming to Lake Placid, we have never gone dog sledding and it was time! Lake Placid was also gearing up for the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1980 Winter Olympics that was held in their charming town. 
Doesn't the MacKenzie-Childs cup and saucer look so pretty in the snow?! 
We had record snow on February 7th and skiing was great along the Sacandaga River Auger Falls. We went with our hiking club and stayed for two nights in the Chi Rho Lodge on Lake Pleasant. All meals were provided, and in the evening we played cards and hung out around the huge fireplace. We are hoping for another record snowfall this winter before we head into spring. As long as there is snow, my tote will be packed for weekend fun.
Miss Aurora and I went to a baby shower of all baby showers on February 22 hosted by fellow MacKenzie-Childs lovers and parents-to-be. We were picked up in a parking lot by horse and wagon, and upon arrival we were greeted at the adorable entryway. Joe and I were happy to meet Patti from Pandora's Box at the shower, as well as a few Instagram pals, and we all enjoyed their home that was filled with excitement and a special Winnie the Pooh theme. 

 I'm only sharing photos of the baby's room and the actual shower, but I can tell you that Tom's passion for MacKenzie-Childs and his decorating skills blew me away. It was our shared passion for MCK that brought us together in the first place, and Tom warmly welcomed us into his home.

This is the proud dad.....Tom went all out to make this baby shower the best it could be.  The twins are due in May :-) I met Tom at the MacKenzie-Childs barn sale a few years ago, and thankfully social media helps us stay in touch daily. 
Any Schitt's Creek fans ?! Winter evenings have been fun as Joe and I both love the show. It's hysterical! 

When Miss Aurora heard that BEEKMAN 1802 and SCHITT’S CREEK collaborated on a pop-up store in Sharon Springs, (a small NY town in the middle of nowhere), we headed out for the day. Schitt's Creek fans have come from all over the United States! As a tribute to the show, Beekman 1802 transformed their cult favorite scent, Heirloom Rose, into Rose Apothecary — the namesake of David Rose’s general store in Schitt’s Creek. Miss Aurora is enjoying the rose scented candles, lip balm and goat milk soap very much.
 A group of friends arrived dressed as the entire cast of Schitt's Creek. Amazing!  
My friend Tami who loves sharing her tote photos with me, sent me this fabulous photo she took when she traveled to a stitching weekend. I would not get a single stitch done if I were there. LOL
Now about that giveaway! 
Isn't this the cutest wisk ?!!!! Visit Jenna and Miss Coquille and leave a comment to have a chance to win it. Good luck! 

If you have a few minutes to visit the other "travelers", I always find it fascinating to "visit" places they have been that I have never heard of. 

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  

Who Else Is Ready For 9PM Sunsets, Bonfires, And Warm Weather ?:-)  xoxo Deb

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. You have been a busy traveler! The dog sledding looked like a fun activity - and Lake Placid is always a fun town to visit! Sharon Springs is alos a fun little town and I look forward to visiting again in the spring - and you know I loved binge-watching Schitt$ Creek! The shower was TOO much fun and I cant wait to meet the little baby boys!! So happy we live nearby each other!! Happy traveling!!

  2. As always Deb ... such creative beauty!! You have such an eye for getting that perfect pic! Thanks for letting us tag along on your adventures.. I look forward to them each time. Thanks for also including my stitching getaway....those totes can hold a lot of crafty things ... hmm.. good thing or a bad thing๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™„

  3. Debbie, I absolutely love how you & Joe embrace winter as you do. Mirror Lake really looked to be a gorgeous weekend getaway, and your hike with your club mates a really fun weekend too. I so enjoy seeing taking advantage of all the seasons outdoors. That's my cup of tea, or cocoa, as may be the case with your mugshot. What a fun shower too. Tom's house looks like a MacKenzie-Childs mecca!

  4. You two are fun fun fun fun:)Lovely that you all got together!!baby's rom is and carriage..balloons..what's not to love!

  5. Deb, I love seeing photos of your winter excursions with Joe. Only a romantic dream for a southerner. Dog sledding must have been amazing, especially Mirror Lake Inn. And yes, the MC cup and saucer so pretty in the snow. How nice to be picked up by horse and wagon ♥️ and travel through the snow. Love all your winter wear too, you always look adorable. So nice you ran into Patti and you two must have enjoyed the shower and the house, so pretty with pieces of MC to enjoy...........

  6. Hi Deb, you and Joe are always going on snow adventures and truly loving the winter season! The dog sledding looks like fun, and omg that baby shower! Going by horse drawn carriage! I have never seen such a fabulous party and MKC love!! It sounds like you have such a great group of friends in your hiking club. I will be checking out the Schitts Creek show, looks hilarious!
    ❤️ Jenna

  7. You and Joe always have the greatest adventures. Look at that snow...amazing! Dog sledding must have been awesome. love seeing the baby showers pic. The nursery is darling. Tom's house is quite amazing with all of the Mackenzie Child's accessories. A wonderful adventure you have shared.

  8. I enjoyed reading about your adventures in the snowy north! Your photos are fun....and that BABY SHOWER!!!! Wow, I loved reading about it. Tommy is the most enthusiastic M-C collector. I love his IG feed! I think Miss Aurora enjoys dog sledding. How much fun! I don't know a thing about Shitt's Creek...I'll look it up!

  9. Debbie, your post is such fun to read! I feel as if I've been on a wonderful winterwonderland get away! Your photos are so cute, I especially love the tote filled with heartfelt goodies.

  10. Forgot to mention that fab shower! I'm truuly excited for Tom and Sean. What a colorful, love filled life these twins will live!

  11. I always love seeing the adventures that you and Joe take, Deb!! The baby shower was fabulous. What a darling table and the baby room for the twins...oh my...MCK heaven!!

  12. Oh you and Joe know how to enjoy the snow and what fun and fabulous places you go!
    That Winnie the Pooh baby shower was gorgeous and the nursery!!!! I just saw that reindeer on an Instagramers post this year and swooned! Found one, but beyond my budget, but so adorable there. Isn't it fun to find so many MC lovers around? I feel too lucky to be one of the "Ten"!

  13. Oh, what a fun trip this must have been. You look as cute as a Button!! Oh, that snow! It's beautiful but I have to say I don't miss is. Lovely lovely time and I hope all is well with you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. Dog sledding sounds fun! I went to Lake Placid the summer before the winter Olympics with my grandparents and their caravan club. We got to watch the figure skaters and ski jumpers practice. It was a really neat area and I've always wanted to go back.


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