Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Tales of the Traveling Tote 34 and a Giveaway

Welcome to our March 2023 Tales of the Traveling Tote!
I haven't been blogging much because I have been 
traveling so much!  I was hacked on Instagram and 
haven't been able to resolve that, so a little discouraged 
with social media at the moment.  

But travels go on and we want to take you along
to all of the places our group have been!

We have spent most of the snow laden 
winter down in Cabo and I was able to spend 
my birthday here with friends and Valentine's Day,
and we have done some entertaining.  

We have friends who have purchased a lot 
close to our home and they are coming down 
to work on plans for their home.  They invited us 
over to the Garza Blanca Resort, and we and Miss Madi K 
spent the day with them.  The picture above is out 
on their deck overlooking the pools.  All rooms have 
a hammock!  Everything was so luxurious. They were 
ready to open and then Covid hit, so they weren't able 
to open right away, so the resort is like brand new. 

The bedroom and bathroom were like from a movie set.

Look at this bench in the shower. 

When you enter the suite you think this is just a 
mirrored wall, but it is a huge sliding door that 
leads into the master bedroom.  I want one of these!

I brought my new coordinating tote that 
Deb gifted me.  I put my makeup in it as we 
were heading to dinner after the pool.  

We had shrimp, shrimp, shrimp poolside.  This was 
quite the place.  Miss Madi K carried all of the necessities 
to the pool!  I do worry a little when I take her to a pool, 
as she is quite valuable, and it would be horrible 
if someone walked off with her.

My friends surprised me with a 
sunset sailing adventure for 
my birthday 
through Cabo Sails, 
 complete with 
a birthday sash, crown and 
even a candle.  

My smaller tote came along for this adventure, 
filled with a shawl in case it got chilly. 

They paid extra for a special occasion cake and had 
even been asked how to spell my name, so we all 
had a good laugh when they brought this out.  I 
think they forgot about the cake and improvised. 

Despite the cake, the rest of the food was delicious 
and we had a wonderful time.

Valentine's dinner was with friends at 
Marea at the Montage Resort.  They have the 
most amazing lobster.  They had a special 
heart shaped chocolate mousse for dessert 
and then gifted everyone strawberries and 
cake pops.  Marea is situated ocean front and 
is one of our favorite special occasion places. 

I am blessed to have such wonderful and 
fun friends who love to travel too.  This group 
photo was taken at a lovely restaurant called 
Secret Garden. 

We always have to take an iconic pool photo.

Later we had another group of friends come and 
we did the sailing adventure with them.  The water 
was a little rougher,

and although the food was amazing again, people 
got a little seasick and didn't eat much. 

I brought my smaller tote along this time too. 

We still had a great time, 

and the sunset out on the ocean was fantastic. 

This is a sunset from the house.  We try to 
go to dinner after sunset every evening 
so we can watch it from home.  

While we are 
enjoying the sun and fabulous weather, the 
kids are being dumped on with record snows 
and it is supposed to snow again all week. We 
need the water, so that is good, but we are 
worried about the snow load on the roof and deck
of our Sundance home.

Thanks for coming along with me, my totes and 
our friends.  

Now for the giveaway:

Please visit my MacKenzie-Childs friends to 
see where they have been off to.

  Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch

 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box  

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

See you again in June!


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. This post warmed me right up Jackie! Glad you are enjoying your little glam bag. Those sunsets are amazing! You are very blessed to have friends that enjoy traveling as much as you do..

  2. Jackie, I'm thrilled you have enjoyed the warmth and sunshine of Cobo. What fun photos of you and your friends enjoying life. Keep traveling and making memories. Live each day to the fullest! Happy March!

  3. Never a dull moment in your life Jackie, so glad you've been frolicking in Cabo and not home shoveling snow! How great that you have friends building close by and that so many of your friends were able to join you lately. Those sunset sailing adventures sound fabulous {except for the seasick part} and wow those sunsets are gorgeous! I hope you don't have any damage to your Utah homes. Spring has sprung in Alabama, it's been in the 70s this week. Happy March and on to the next adventures!

  4. Cobo is a wonderful place to enjoy during the winter avoiding all the cold and snow. What a wonderful trip this was, your birthday surprise and those sunsets! Amazing! I love the pool snaps you girls do and it's always special to spend time with friends. Looks like you had a great trip. I sure hope you have your hacked blog problems resolved soon. Happy March Jackie........

  5. Wow - you are certainly enjoying your Cabo home! Are you and your friends all wearing the same sunglasses in the first few photos? Love that!! Your photos are always beautiful and I dream of visiting that archway in the water some day! Lucky you to be enjoying this area with all of your friends....and those sunsets!! wow! Sorry to hear about your instagram fiasco - I just don't understand the thrill these hackers get out of doing that!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful piece of heaven you have in Cabo!

  6. How lovely that you can escape the cold in Utah and spend winter in Cabo! I enjoyed seeing photos of the Montage. Our daughter just got back from the Montage in Deer Valley! I'm happy for you that your friends bought property close to you in Cabo. Y'all will have fun. It looks like you entertained two fun groups this winter! Although your cake might have been underwhelming, you still got to spend it with good friends on a sailboat. You can't beat that! I'm happy that you're feeling better and enjoying all the things. Happy Belated Birthday!

  7. Jackie, so glad you go to get away to your special Cabo house. How special your friends are going to build a house there. You girls look so cute in your matching glasses. Fun times for all. The food looks delicious. Sounds like a you had a fabulous birthday. Happy March.

  8. What a fun filled trip! I love the resort and would really enjoy that sliding door. The food looks amazing.

  9. WHat an absolutely charmed life you lead, Jackie! Your Cabo lifestyle is so wonderful, and how you share it with friends and family is a real blessing for everyone. I love the phot of you and your friends in sunglasses, all laughing, smiling. Cabo truly is beautiful, but so is your home back in Utah. I'm so glad your health is restored so that you are able to enjoy it all. And shame on Instagram for not preserving and restoring your account! Happy March!


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