Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Fun in the Sun - a Special Edition of the Tales of the Traveling Tote....and a GIVEAWAY!

The Tales of the Traveling Tote is a series of adventures that share where our Mackenzie Childs tote bags have taken us.  At least 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 tales as much as we do!

To read about how it all began, go HERE

This is a special edition, sharing our Fun in the Sun during the last 2 months!

 The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything!

Here's my latest tale:

June was a busy month.....

....I took my Aunt from Florida on her first Mackenzie-Childs Farmhouse Tour in Aurora:


My beautiful niece got married on the South Shore of Massachusetts:


In July we traveled to Virginia and DC to visit my youngest daughter and her husband:

The last time I was in DC was in Jr High School and my husband had never been!

Sadly, my cousin went to Vietnam in the 60's and was only there for 3 days when he was killed - this was my first time to see his name on the Memorial Wall:

Richard J Carson

We visited the Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Lucketts, had lunch at Silver in Georgetown and on the way home toured the oldest Brewery in US, Yuengling!

Caitlin and I spent an afternoon in Leesburg and found some cute shops, especially this adorable Pie Shop...

...and check out the adorable ceiling of pie tins:


Mid July I was so excited to meet another member of our Traveling Tote group - Cherry Kay, from Entertaining Women, was visiting friends in the Thousand Islands and we met for an afternoon of lunch, shopping and lots of pics:

She is just a delight and we had so much fun, lots of laughs and it was like we had known each other for years!


July also brought me back to Aurora for the MacKenzie-Childs Annual Barn Sale:

I stayed on the campus of Wells College, in a room with a view of Cayuga Lake:

Standing in line waiting for the Barn Sale to open....

...gave us many opportunities for photo ops with Candi from WV and Diana from IL...

...and mimosas!

Running into Instagram friends, Susan, Tommy and TTT pal Debbie was also fun:

Crystal, a follower of my blog,  drove from Michigan.....

.....a NY FB pal, Scott and I....

...and our "buddy" Greg, from SoHo:

I enjoyed dinner at the Fargo, in Aurora and the Inn At Taughannauk in Trumansburg, overlooking Cayuga Lake:

It was fun evening of friendship, karaoke, good food and lots of laughs!


The following day John and I headed to Canandaigua Lake, another one of the Finger Lakes to have lunch with Cate, while her husband prepared to be a groomsman in a wedding later in the day.  Cate is expecting her first child!! :

The last weekend was spent in Ohio visiting my other daughter and her family and babysitting thies cute little guys:

and my daughter and I squeezed in a little shopping at A Proper Garden in Delaware, Ohio:

It's been a great summer, so far!!


My friends have these totes and say they are not "TTT wannabees", however I enjoy seeing photos of their totes and their travels:

Patti B's tote loving Wallcourt Hall in Aurora:

Joan L's tote celebrating in Saratoga, NY

Maggie's bag, NOT enjoying LaGuardia during the storm:

Visit the other Traveling Tote wanderers to see how they have been having "fun in the sun"

Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box YOU ARE HERE!
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
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  

NOW, for the giveaway:
Just leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win this "Butler's Pantry Dish Towel"

If you leave an "anonymous" comment, don't forget to leave your email addy!!

Winner was announced Aug 4th : Em @ Dust and Doghair

 Thanks for stopping by!

Miss Kenzie and miss carrie ann hall
meeting for the first time in Clayton, NY

Friday, July 26, 2019

Fashion Faux Pas.....

fashion faux pas is one of the biggest sartorial sins one can make when getting dressed. Whether it's wearing something wrinkled that should have be ironed or allowing your underwear to show through your outfit, a fashion faux pas can ruin an otherwise on-point outfit.

Here are a few helpful hints:

 Clothes that don’t fit are a definite no no. 

Camel toe? No thanks!

There’s nothing worse than seeing a woman hobble around in too-tall heels.

Socks with sandals - NEVER!

Visible gaping between the buttons of your blouse - peek-a-boo!!

Having bra straps peep out the side of your tops and dresses - it's an undergarment, ladies!!

Turtlenecks - do you like the "illusion" of your boobs hanging down around your waist? - - -  and never, ever wear a flesh colored one!!

Don't over accessorize - unless you want people to notice the bling, instead of you!

Don't dress like a teenager when you haven’t been one for decades!!

Can you add anything else to the list?

 Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Mango-Pineapple Juicy

Patron Citronge Mango is a premium reserve, extra fine mango liqueur which is a clear and smooth liqueur with a natural, sweet aroma and refreshingly crisp mango taste that's perfect for all tequila cocktails.  

The refreshing mango taste is smooth and sweet with light citrus notes and a hint of pineapple and peach and is made from high-quality Ataulfo mangos, cultivated in Mexico .

I mixed the liquer with pineapple juice for a delicious, refreshing cocktail....

....and garnished it with a few chunks of pineapple!

It's a perfect summer cocktail!

Here's a recipe, from the Patron website, using Citronge Mango:
Mango Margarita

.75 ozPatrón Citrónge Mango
1.5 ozPatrón Silver
.75 ozFresh lime juice
.25 ozSimple syrup, to taste
+Chile salt rim (optional)
+Lime wedge for garnish
  1. Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill.
  2. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge.
  4. For spicy mango, add a chile-salt rim.
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