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The Tales of the Traveling Tote #17 plus Giveway

The Tales of the Traveling Tote is a series of adventures that share where our Mackenzie Childs tote bags have taken us. Quarterly a group of bloggers each write a connected post about the places we have been with our totes. We have built wonderful friendships through our blogs and we hope you enjoy our tales as much as we do! Some of us even met in person in New York City. More about the giveaway and bloggers is below.

I would also like to introduce our newest member, Cherry Kay, from Entertaining Women. Welcome to our fun group Cherry Kay and Miss Carrie Ann Hall

*To read about how this group got it's beginnings, read it HERE

Our Thanksgiving was very quiet this year. I cooked a traditional Turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
We really haven't traveled this year.  We have been very busy getting my mom's house ready to sell.  Lots of packing and decluttering.  Mom is doing quite well. I offered to host her lady friends from her neighborhood for a Christmas Brunch at our home.

Mis Lola sitting in our newly constructed pool cabana. It was a long process, but worth the wait!
Miss Lola and I can't wait for next summer, so we can enjoy the new  pool cabana and pool.

Miss Lola and our sweet Dante enjoying the fall colors.

Miss Lola loves the attention!  She feels quite at home with the Mackenzie Childs nutcrackers.
My mom and I recently visited Nicolson Glass for their Holiday open house.  We watched them making cute snowmen this year.

Every year, it's a treat to visit Pottery World.  There are two stores in northern California. They really deck out the store. Tomorrow, they are having a 30% off sale.  Below, I had fun with the alien.  Miss Lola jumped in the

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Miss Lola and I with the giant nutcracker at Pottery World. They have some funky critters there, including the bear.

On to the Giveaway!
For a chance to win these Mackenzie Childs tote bag, be sure to visit Jacqueline's Purple Chocolat Home and leave a comment.  The winner will be chosen by midnight December 7, 2018.

*Only US addresses will be eligible, sorry, due to postage we have to limit it.

Follow along and travel with:

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jackie with Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home  - Enter the giveaway!
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda  
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Ricki Jill with Countess de Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Cherry Kay with Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women 

About Linda @ Life and Linda

Hello, welcome to LifeandLinda. I am from Northern California. I enjoy blogging, Designing Blogs, Decorating, cooking, entertaining, gardening and clogging. I hope you enjoy your visit.


  1. Linda, I always gasp at your beautiful photos! I'm happy to hear that your mom is doing well and you are enjoying the holiday festivities with her. That pool cabana is calling my name!!! Wishing you, Paul and your mom a very happy holiday season. xo

    1. Thank you Debbie. I hope we can meet up in 2019. Your Italy trip is over the moon. Happy holidays to you and Joe. xo

  2. Miss Lola sure does get around! I especially like her shots with the pink flamingo floatie and the giant nutcracker!

  3. Linda, Lola looks terrific in the pool house and on your kitchen sink with the Nutcrackers. Of course, the Pottery World photos are awesome, especially with the alien and reindeer. You look fabulous too. I know you've been super busy, but was glad to hear you were able to get your mom out to enjoy the glass-making. That looked fun, and the snowmen are adorable.
    It's so fun to gather the tribe each quarter virtually, and I hope 2019 might have a real life gathering in the cards.

    1. Thanks Rita. it is great fun blogging about our dear totes. Yes, busy times for all. Happy holidays to you.

  4. You have a lovely home and grounds, so I doubt I would travel much if I lived there, too! Happy to hear Mom is doing well - cleaning out her home must be a task...I did my mom's about 5 years ago - it is amazing what we collect and what we dont want to part with!! Have a great December and enjoy the holiday!

    1. Patti, you are so kind. We have put a lot of work into our home. I want to relax now. Enjoy the holiday season.

  5. Looks like you had a fabulous time with Miss Lola at Pottery World! It looks like an amazing place to visit this time of year! It's always fun reading about everyone's travels and adventures with their totes! So cool!

    1. Hi Gail, we did not get out and travel so much this year. So glad you enjoy our tote travels. Happy holidays.

  6. Your home IS a vacation:) I know it is work for you..but it looks like a fine resort.
    And how utterly wonderful of you to take this time to honor your mom by looking after her.
    Nothing is more important:)♥

    1. Monique, how sweet you are. It did take work, but you know all about that. Yes, mom is being cared for. I think she is excited about the possibility of building a cottage on our property.

  7. I'm happy to hear that your mom is doing well, Linda. I know it's a lot of work in getting her house ready to sell. I would love to visit Pottery World with you and Miss Lola, and to see your pretty cabana all finished. Happy weekend!

    1. Hello Kitty, I just love yes, lots of work preparing mom's house, but we are almost there. Happy Sunday.

  8. Dear Linda, you don't need to travel, your home is a travel destination! Looks like a fun fall for you and enjoying the open house and cute critters, great pic of you. Love that pool house cabana, yup, that will be fun to use when summer arrives. So glad your mom is doing well now. I'm loving your nutcrackers........Have a wonderful December....

    1. Emily, we love our home. We just need to learn to relax. Mom is excited about the holidays. Merry christmas to you and Jim.

  9. Such cute photos Linda, Miss Lola does look like she loves to pose! Your dog is adorable too, I love that he is black and white :) I know how busy you have been with your mom, so I am glad you've been able to keep up with your blogging...your pool cabana is a dream, and the tote on the float is hilarious! I love your beautiful Christmas decorations, my house is half Christmas and half fall right now, and I'm having guests this afternoon! Hoping they will be too busy watching the football game to notice, :) Happy December Linda!

  10. Oh the Cabana came out beautiful. I cannot wait for next summer to have you wake one morning and see me floating in your gorgeous pool!!!!! Seriously that view from the pool. So tell Miss Lola to move over!! Your home is always so beautiful Linda. It is like ready a beautiful Home Decor Magazine with each visit to your blog posts. Have a wonderful weekend. So happy to hear your mom is doing great.

  11. Linda, I'm so happy that your mom is doing better. I know she appreciates your devotion and care. Cherish these times together. Your pool cabana is gorgeous. Well, all of your home and property is gorgeous! I'm always amazed at the lovely California properties with their lush surroundings. I know you and Paul keep busy with all that is involved, but as Monique commented, your home is like a fine resort.
    Love the cute MKC nutcrackers in the kitchen. How perfect for them to stand guard as you are busy around the kitchen. It was fun for me to see the Nicolson Glass snow people. A good friend here collects these. She always has them on her mantel this time of the year. I didn't realize they were made in CA.
    Thanks for sharing all the adventures. Happy Holidays to you and Paul and your mom. Sweet memories of our time in NYC last October.

  12. Miss Lola and you are so cute with the giant nutcracker. The photo of Miss Lola in the pool cabana and on the flamingo are perfect. I am so glad your mom is doing well. Happy December!

  13. Wow, you and Miss Lola have already had so much Christmas fun, and she just fits in with all of the Christmas colors. Love your MC nutcrackers - they are so gorgeous. I can't believe that giant nutcracker - it just towers over you. It must be fabulous to see in person.
    The cabana and pool are looking amazing too. I can't wait to see that in person too - haha! I just love your counter and your backsplash and the cabinets are so fun! So many fun days ahead there, I can tell.

  14. Whatever Lola wants....Lola gets , and wow does Miss Lola look great in her travels. Linda you are amazing and your decor is even more amazing. I love the stories of the traveling totes. I hope your mom is doing well, Hugs
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  15. Glad to hear your mom is doing better. I love following the tote! These photos are great!!
    Now Im heading over to check out Jacqulines blog and enter the give away.

  16. So pleased to know that your mom is showing progress and seems to be enjoying her time. The glass blown Santas are darling. Your sneak peek at the cabana has whet my appetite. I'm excited to see it all. It's so exciting to join the Tales of the Traveling Totes gang. I look forward to many adventures to come! Thank you for the sweet welcome. I've enjoyed each glimpse into your world. Cherry Kay

  17. I'm so happy that your mom is recovering nicely. I love seeing your pretty home, and your pool and cabana....*le sigh*....
    I love that the alien borrowed your tote for a photo. It's so much fun!
    I admire you so much, and you are such a lovely and gracious person, Linda. I'm thrilled to be a part of the totes with you!


  18. Hi Linda, oh I'm glad that you had a nice Thanksgiving and that your mom is doing better. I know the big job of cleaning out houses and decluttering as I did it for my father-in-law. It will be nice if you do the luncheon for your moms friends. The cabana is gorgeous. It's so much fun all of the places you have taken Miss Lola with you. That is great that your group is growing too.
    Have a nice week.
    Julie xo


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