Saturday, June 1, 2024

Tales of the Traveling Tote #39 and a Giveaway

Welcome to our June 2024 edition 
of Tales of the Traveling Tote.  

We started off in Cabo for the 
solar eclipse on April 8th.  It 
was almost a total eclipse.

Miss Petit Four was vacationing 
in Cabo with us and was lucky 
enough to experience the eclipse.  

The pull of the moon affects the 
tides, and with the eclipse happening, 
the beach was completely gone and 
the water was up in the chairs 
at the restaurant we went to. 

The Office is our favorite 
spot for breakfast and we 
went there 
that morning. I 
happened to bring my package 
of ten eclipse glasses with me 
and shared them with the 
waiters!  They were so excited.

Then we went back to the house
to view the full eclipse.  

The next day I got to meet 
Linda Primmer, who was one 
of the ladies who invited me 
into the Tales of the Traveling Tote 
group!  This was the first lady of 
our group that I got to meet in 
person. It was such a thrill for me, 
that I got emotional when I 
first saw Linda. 

 Linda and I have always 
called ourselves "Soul Sister", 
because we love the same style.  

We met up with them at their 
resort and when we went to the 
desk, the person there asked if 
we were sisters!!!  We LOVED that!!!

After touring their resort, we went back 
to our home and took a tour of it.  

Then the four of us headed 
to the Waldorf Astoria 
for dinner to celebrate 
Linda and Paul's 25th 
wedding anniversary.  

Our totes were so happy to be 
there to celebrate with them.

The resort happened to have fireworks
that night right behind our backs, 
and even the waiter teased us 
that the fireworks were just to 
celebrate their anniversary. 

After a delicious dinner of 
watermelon salad, empanadas, 
and lobster they were treated 
to a delicious dessert.  
Linda and Paul were so charming 
and lovely.  We had such a great time 
meeting them and celebrating 
with them.  

We were home a week and then 
off to San Antonio to visit my 
sister Jean.  

I had loved seeing Sarah Anderson's
pictures of the shakes she enjoys, 
so I contacted her and asked if 
they had a place in San Antonio.  
They didn't, but she invited us to 
come to Austen and visit her.  

On our way, I told my sister and 
her husband I had to stop at the 
famous Buc'ees 
gas station/destination stop 
for their BBQ sandwich.  Honestyly, 
it is the best BBQ beef sandwich 
I have ever had and I have craved 
it since I had one a few years ago. 

What a month I had, now I was 
meeting in person the other lovely 
lady who encouraged me to join 
the Tales of the Traveling Tote 
group.  I was over the moon to 
meet both of them in two weeks!!! 

Sarah is such a delightful lady 
and we loved visiting her in 
her gorgeous home.  

This is my favorite picture that 
I snapped of her.  She is so elegant 
and fabulous and this picture could 
be in a magazine.  

Her home could be a museum for 
MacKenzie-Childs!!!  Everywhere 
you look is another fabulous MC 
item from furniture to lamps to 

She even has a MC bathroom!!!

And her backyard is gorgeous 
too.  She is situated in such a 
pretty neighborhood with 
lovely homes.  

Miss Madi K and I had the best 
time getting to know Sarah in person. 

Truly these two weeks were dreams 
come true getting to finally meet 
two of the loveliest ladies, and 
especially since they were the two 
who invited me into the group and 
found a bag online for me so 
that I could be a part of this group. 
Thanks darling ladies.  Now I have 
a few more ladies to get to meet - 
on my bucket list!!

We are finally getting settled 
into our new home, and I will 
start posting that soon.  Whew! 
It has been a project.  

On to your favorite part and that 
is our giveaway!  We have another 
fun tote as a giveaway this time.  

Visit Emily to enter for the tote.

Pop on in and visit all of the 
other ladies in our fun group 
to see where their totes were 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 (you are here)

Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader


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. Hi Jackie, what a lovely Spring you have had! I bet experiencing the eclipse in Cabo was incredible, the waiters with their glasses are too cute! I am so glad you got to meet your "soul sister" Linda and show her your fabulous home! Such cute photos of you two~ Love the fireworks at that fabulous restaurant! I've never been to Buckee's but I have heard their BBQ sandwich is the best~ How wonderful to go visit Sarah in Austin, more very cute photos and I enjoyed seeing your peeks into her MKC filled home~that bathroom, wow! Happy June and Happy Summer!

  2. Hi Jackie, how special that you got to observe the eclipse in Cabo. Such a cute photo of the waiters in the eclipse glasses you brought them. You and your "soul sister" Linda have a similar style, and I can see how you could pass as sisters. Two beautiful ladies, and I love all the photos. I have met Linda, Sarah, Patti and Emily and would like to meet the rest of you some day. So nice that you and Sarah got to meet and that you got to see her MC filled home.

  3. Isn't it fun meeting with TTT friends? You and Linda certainly could pass as sisters! And Sarah is a delight! Lucky you! Your eclipse day must have been amazing by the ocean! Looking forward to seeing your new home! Happy Summer!

  4. I stopped by earlier to catch up and I definitely don't won't to miss anything in this fabulous post. What a treat to be in Cabo for the eclipse. I'm thrilled for you and Linda that you two could meet and spend time together. You could definitely be taken for sisters. Isn't it fun to meet our blog friends. I got to meet Linda when we were both in New York and she's lovely. Hope to meet you someday. How delightful you and Sarah were able to.spend time together as well. I met her years ago and several times since. She's a dear and I know you both enjoyed spending time together. I am looking forward to seeing your new home and how you decorate. I'm sure it will be spectacular. Happy summer Jackie...........

  5. Darling Jackie, your post is lovely. How fun to see the eclipse in Cabo. The waiters looked so happy with their glasses. Meeting you and Kirk was so special. You made Paul and I feel at home. Your lovely home is so fabulous. Soul sisters unite! How very special you got to meet Sarah. She is such a lovely woman with style and grace. Her home is beautiful. How wonderful she has a Mackenzie Childs bathroom. Happy summer Jackie and Kirk. Hugs

  6. Jackie, without question, your Austin visit will always be a highlight memory for me. You and Kurt were so dear to make the trip to Austin to meet and spend some time together. I hope you will come back! Loved meeting Jean and Greg too! I wish The Peached Tortilla still offered their amazing shakes. They need to bring back the tradition! Thank you for your kind words about our home. Sharing it with friends is the best part! I'm thrilled that Linda and Paul were in Cobo the same time you were there. How special that you finally met in person. Our Traveling Tote group is indeed special. I hope one day that we can all meet someplace together. Wouldn't that be fun? Glad you are getting settled. I'm eager to see photos of the new abode. Your homes are always stunning! Happy summer, dear friend!

  7. Awwww I love seeing all the photos with Linda and Sarah. You and Sarah BOTH have beautiful homes! We need to have a get together with everyone somewhere. Plan it, and I'll be there!

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I can tell y'all celebrated well (that dessert!), and I would just go with it: The fireworks were for y'all!

    I hope your summer is as nice as your spring!

  8. Just fabulous, Jackie! I am so excited to read about yours and Linda's travels (and I have yet to read Sarah's for her dovetailing experience of meeting you). We got to see more of Sarah's home through you than ever seen before - thank you! 😉
    Your home is Cabo is a luxury dwelling, for sure. Your energy and exuberance for life and living are so inspiring!
    Happy June!


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