Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Tales of the Traveling Tote #14

The Tales of the Traveling Tote is a series of adventures that share tales of where our Mackenzie Childs tote bags have taken us.  Four times a year a group of bloggers each write a connected post about the places we have been. We have built incredible friendships through our blogs and we hope you enjoy our travels as much as we do!

To read about how it all began, go HERE


December was a hectic month with lots of entertaining and company.  This tote came in handy to deliver little gifts to friends and neighbors:

And this is where "Miss Kenzie" has sat for the winter months, holding fleece throws to cover me as I watch my "educational" Bravo shows!!

We have had our share of snow and ice this past winter and it isn't over yet - I am quite anxious for spring!

Our 2nd grandson, Callan, was born at the end of January, so we drove out to Ohio (7.5 hr drive) to meet him!  He is such an alert baby and I smothered him with hugs and kisses all week long.  Once I realized how well he fit into my tote, I considered kidnapping him and bringing him back to NY!

Scarlett, their pooch, also had to get in on the action!

Some day Callan will see these photos and realize how crazy his "Nina" really was!

Another thing I have enjoyed this winter is going to the movies - I have seen some good ones, and a few flops.  This is a Saturday night ritual with a good friend - while John stays home and watches his "sports" on TV!

Meet my new tote bag, "Mr Dilly", as in "Pica".....that makes me laugh!  This was a gift from MacKenzie-Childs last month and I can't wait to bring it to the beach!

But we won't be going to the beach for quite a while as the lake is still frozen.  
In this photo the lake looks like clouds, however the lake blends into the clouds on the horizon!

As you can see, it was a quiet winter!


Jenna is hosting our giveaway this time, so make sure you stop over and leave a comment on her post:

Don't forget to blog hop to see how the other bloggers have spent the last 3 months!
Come along and travel with:
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
(You are here) Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda G with Miss Poppy @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
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
Lea and Miss Scarlett @ Cici's Corner

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  1. Little Callan could not be any more precious! I love that he's in your tote. Someday you'll look back and be amazed. :)

  2. Oh goodness! The photos of your little grandson are adorable! He fits right in with his layette's almost like MacKenzie-Childs camouflage! AH-dorable! I haven't been to the movie theater in so long Ic an't remember the last movie I saw at one....we watch almost everything on Apple-TV!

    Mr. Dilly is so nice. I think it would make the perfect beach or lake bag! It's nice to meet you, Mr. Dilly!

    Thanks for letting me be a part of your group! :D I'm loving it so far!

    Ricki Jill

  3. Patti, that is the best shot and use of our totes yet!!!! Your sweet little Callan, the grands and Scarlett are adorable in your tote. Love all the pics especially the snap of the lake and horizon. Such a sweet post. Congratulations on your latest grandson!!!!

  4. Patti, your grandson is adorable! And the tote cradle is priceless! Mr Dilly is hilarious, it looks like such a great tote...I don't know how I got by without Miss Coquille, this is truly the best bag I've ever had, I use it for everything! Happy March, maybe your snow is just about over and Spring is just around the corner!

  5. Patti, This is possible the best use ever for your tote! You should put him in every time you visit to see how much he has grown! Congratulations to you and your daughter on his arrival. And Mr. Dilly does look like the perfect beach companion. Maybe we'll see you both on the Cape this summer! Linda

  6. I find the pics of your Little adorable....Looks like a friend is what I would have needed to fill my cinema love..and a closer cinema:) Only have seen Wonder.
    The Greatest Showman was supposed to be amazing:)

  7. That precious Callan fitting in your tote is priceless!
    And I love your new tote for the beach.
    It is wonderful!
    Have a great week,
    White Spray Paint

  8. Congratulations on the birth of Callan, Patti! He is simply adorable and looks perfectly happy in your tote. I love the black and white checkered cap and blanket, too. Your Mr. Dilly is wonderful and I know will be happy to taken along to the beach in the summer months.

  9. Patti, I couldn't wait to see how you styled Callan in all your totes. I knew it would be clever, and it is! You are the queen of keeping the roads hot - no chance for ice to stay long - anywhere - when you're in the picture.
    I love the fact the MacKenzie-Childs acknowledged your loyalty as a consumer and ambassador for their brand with the giveaway. One for us, and one for you. And a perfect name. Dilly Dilly!!

  10. Well you already know I want a little Callan love myself. He is too adorable in the checks and especially in the totes. Scarlett is pretty adorable too. I'll take one of each!
    Clever mosaic of the movies. You've been a busy lady. I haven't been to one movie!

  11. Patti, what a cute post. Callan looks so adorable. He fits perfectly in your tote. You are a wonderful Nina.I think it is wonderful Mackenzie Childs finally recognized your loyalty. Our totes are so perfect for holding so many things. Mr. Dilly is so cute and perfect for the beach.

  12. Patti, Callan would have disappeared in my tote too, if I were there. I think that is the best tote picture I have ever seen, especially the one with it in your hand - haha - he will love these photos. And I am sure Miss Kenzie loved toting that bundle of love around. I did consider putting our new grandbaby in Miss Madi K - maybe I will when she gets a little older. I think her 2 1/2 year old sister would be just like Scarlett and want to hop in the tote! A struggle to be replaced by a new little one!!!
    Isn't Mr. Dilly a beautiful bag! Wow, I love the detail and texture on him. Such a fabulous surprise and treat from Mac Kenzie Childs. You deserved it!

  13. Hi Patti... what sweet pics of the baby and pooch in your bag. Wow.. you saw a lot of movies!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  14. Congrats on your new grandson-he's a cutie:@)

  15. Darling pictures of your sweet, Callan! What a clever idea! Grandchildren are wonderful and worth all the driving to visit them. We just got home from a long road trip seeing ours.
    You did see a lot of movies. I have not been to the theatre but have seen Victoria and Abdul on Netflix.I made notes to check on several others. I've heard great things about The Greatest Showman on Earth so I am anxious to see that for sure.
    I'm excited to receive the tote soon. Will let you know when it arrives. I really was thrilled to win.

  16. That grandson is so beautiful and perfect Patti💙

  17. First of all, thanks for being the mastermind behind the Traveling Totes group! I will always remember when you contacted me to buy the tote on sale! And from there the group was started, and the friendships have been incredible. Darling pictures of your sweet Callan and I know there will be more to come. I love that you get out to the movies on a regular basis. The last movie I saw was The Greatest Showman, and loved it. Have a great weekend!


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