Friday, February 1, 2019

Tales of the Traveling Tote Special Edition - Where In The World Is...And A Giveaway

Today we have a special edition of our
Tales of The Traveling Tote, or
what we affectionately refer to as

We each have taken some pieces of our
MacKenzie-Childs along with us somewhere
and photographed them on location.  We
brought a bowl, dish, cup, mug or whatever
piece we wanted to.

Your job is to guess where we went
and for followers of 
Purple Chocolat Home
there will be a surprise giveaway
of a MacKenzie-Childs item!!

Of course, Miss Madi K, my Traveling Tote,
came along to help carry all of my goodies
on the plane - clue #1 I had to fly there.

I decided to go all out and not just bring a
piece of MacKenzie-Childs, but a tablesetting!
Ahh, you know me!  Let's set a table wherever
we go, and these gorgeous scalloped MC's
plates are enamel, so they travel quite

We went there for my birthday which was in
early January - we always try to get out of the
snow and cold to make getting older a little
easier.  Clue #2 It was somewhere tropical.

Since only hubby and I were going it was easy
to pack two of everything I needed.

The plate stack was anchored by silver ruffled
placemats, and topped with silver salad plates.
They were the only breakable things, but I
wrapped them in the napkins.

I brought along my beautiful starfish napkin rings.

Black flatware went perfectly with the MC enamel plates,

and a couple of plastic goblets completed the
setting!  Those had to be plastic, as I felt the
goblets would be most vulnerable to breaking.

Clue #3 We have been here before, last spring
with some friends.  Our favorite spot to camp out
during the day by the pool was greatly discounted because
my birthday is after all of the holiday vacationers
have gone home, so we got a cabana every day.

We ordered lunch by the pool everyday
and of course it was made more beautiful
by being served on MC!

Fabulous pool side shrimp cocktails,

and yummy nachos.

For those of you who follow us on 
Tales of the Traveling Totes, it would
be so fun for you to see how supportive
our hubbies are in all of our craziness!

They help us tote our bags, and set up
our items and even take photos sometimes.

They can even be hand models!

This picture will probably give it away!

Yes, we took the Leap of Faith,
a 60 foot drop, and we have the wristbands
to prove it.

Last time my friend and I waited in a long, long
line and when we got to the front of the line
we looked down and chickened out.

This time there was no line, so we
didn't have time to get scared.  Of
course hubby blazed the trail and I
figured it went by so fast that I was
going to do it!  I closed my eyes so I
wouldn't freak myself out!  Let me say,
it was so smooth and easy.  So glad
I tried it.

Yes, you go through the shark tank
but you are going so fast you don't see
a thing.  The milder slide right next to it
lets you go slowly through the shark tank
so you can see them milling about, waiting
for dinner....hopefully not me!

Clue #4 This is the iconic view you would
see advertising this resort, although I am
giving you a night view.

My birthday week was a blast filled with sun and
fun, water and good food and being with my
best friend, hubby dear, who took this
photo on the Rapid River. (He got a
great waterproof phone cover at the resort.)

Take a guess as to where we were and leave
a comment below.  I left a clue throughout
the pictures if you look closely.

The MC prize and the prize winner will be announced
February 8th.  If you don't have a blog where I
can contact you, please leave an email.  This 
giveaway will not be limited to just US addresses -

Now we are back to more snow than we have
had in years and years (hooray for the water in
the spring).  This was a controlled avalanche
up Provo Canyon that closed the road for
two days.  

Take a few minutes to visit other members
of our Traveling Totes Group.  Some of 
them might also be holding a giveaway!!!!

I can't wait to see where they have gone, and
what MC dish, mug, bowl, etc they brought 
along with them.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
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  

Tales of the Traveling Tote

Come back and visit all of us on March 1st
for another regularly scheduled 
Tales of The Traveling Tote 
and another giveaway.

I just love giveaways! 

I will also be posting this


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. What a way to bring in a new year, new decade, Jackie! Not only in MKC style (I can't believe you packed the entire tablescape, lol, but with little more than bathing suits to haul, why not?!), but in tropical fashion too! That's what I call a birthday celebration!

  2. Looks like a fabulous vaca and place to stay!! I love that you brought dishes - and USED them, clever!! And that SLIDE!!! You are certainly a brave one. And I agree, our husbands are pretty good sports with our crazy TTT ideas!

  3. I love all things MKC and love seeing your dishes along on this trip! You visited Atlantis resort in the Bahamas! On my bucket list of places to visit. Thanks for taking us along. Would love to win a piece of MKC!

  4. I love that you took a whole tablescape to Atlantis! That looks like such a fabulous resort and the pool Cabanas would spoil me rotten! You are brave to go down that slide!! What a great way to spend your birthday, and happy travels Jackie, you are always going somewhere luxurious!

  5. I love Atlantis and you look like you had a spectacular birthday!!

  6. Atlantis looks like a fabulous place to enjoy a birthday. Love that you set pretty tablescape. You always have the best fun. The beach cabana and the slide look awesome. Have a great weekend Jacqueline. So sorry I could not join you gals this time around.

  7. Happy Birthday! You went to Atlantis, and what fun to take your tablescape along with you. I'd love to have some of those yummy shrimp for lunch today! if I should happen to be your lucky winner, you can email me at joyb414 at hotmail dot com.

  8. Of course you took an entire table setting for two! I do love your style, Jackie! Honestly you and your hubby know how to have a good time and travel well. Atlantis looks like a fun, adventurous spot. I've never been to the Bahamas! Thanks for sharing your fun trip.

  9. Oh wow, what a great birthday celebration trip. Jackie you and your husband know how to have fun! You look adorable in your hat and sun dress, now I'm jealous. We've been to the Bahamas but not Atlantis. I think we need to return and go there. I would never go down that slide, pretty scary. I'm sure it was fun thought!!! I'm not surprised you took table settings for two, very classy and stylish, just like you. Oh yes, it would be so much fun to live close together. I can think of a lot of trouble we'd get in together :)
    Have a wonderful l weekend Jackie......hugs.

  10. Atlantis should give you a free trip with premium cabana service every day. They may have never had an advertisement this valuable. The place settings will have them calling to hire you! Beautifully executed. Thanks for taking us along on your birthday adventure. CherryKay

  11. What a great way to celebrate a January birthday! My hubby has a January birthday also and we tend to go skiing but maybe some day we will try something warm. Looks like a fabulous place to relax!! You know how much I love when we bring our own dishes to use, and the enamelware travels very well. Have a wonderful weekend Jackie. xo

    1. Forgot to say Atlantis looked like a fabulous place to enjoy meals on your MKC dishes!!

  12. What a beautiful place to celebrate your birthday, Atlantis. Happy Belated Birthday. I have never been there. A Tropical vacation is the best birthday gift you can ever wish for especially during this awful cold and snowy Winter we are having. Your starfish napkins holders are is cute.

  13. Happy belated Birthday! My grandson turned 3 in January so we have a January birthday in our family also :) Atlantis looks like a perfect place to celebrate a January birthday! The TTT gals are so cute with their traveling MC accessories ♥

  14. I am so glad you had such a wonderful BDAY trip! Happy belated birthday!!!

  15. Looks like fun. You were brave making that drop. Happy Birthday.

  16. I've never been to Atlantis, but your photos make me want to make plans soon! What a wonderful place to celebrate your birthday. I love how you've traveled with your MacKenzie-Childs accoutrements... You are too, too cute!

  17. What s great post and vacation. You were brave to go down the slide. I couldn’t do your great place settings and that you took them with you. Your food looks great on the MKC plates.
    Happy Belated Birthday. ��

  18. How fun Jackie! I’m guessing you went to Atlantis (you made that easy- thank you!). Having your own Cabana sounds luxurious and I would probably have chickened out on going down the slide too! Maybe that’s the trick- close your eyes and just feel the exhilaration! Your MC giveaway is lovely!

  19. Atlantas in the Bahamas what a fabulous place to spend a birthday!!! I have personally never been but that would be ideal! And to bring a whole table scape with you! You are the BEST! Love the MC giveaway!!

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  21. What fun to celebrate at Atlantis! I love that you packed complete table settings for two, including breakables. I i also love your MC tote. (


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