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Tale of The Traveling Tote #39

Hello friends, time for another Tales of The Traveling Tote adventure and Giveaway. Quarterly, a group of us tote gals share a connected post about the places we have been. We have made some wonderful friendships and some of us have met in person.  We hope you find our posts as fun as we do. You can find more about the Giveaway at the bottom of this post. To read how this group began, you can read HERE.
This is a long post!

March we laid low and did not go anywhere. Some flowers were starting to bloom and it was so fun to watch them open up and gift us with some much needed color.
April, we celebrated my birthday with close friends, Jain from A Quiet Life Blog and her husband Scott.
Jain had surprised me with a lovely setting in her Lion's garden with champagne and gifts.

My husband made reservations at the Hotel Exchange for brunch. April 1st.

The day after my birthday, two girlfriends planned a Birthday luncheon for me at a lovely restaurant.
The best gift of all is the gift of special friendships.   Most of the ladies who attended my birthday are former cloggers. thus The Traveling Shoes.

In April, my husband and I visited Cabo to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.
We spent a week at Grand Solmar Pacific Dunes.  It was a beautiful resort with numerous pools and poolside cabanas.
The Grand Solmar Pacific Dunes resort is so beautiful. It is located on the beach.  The beach is not safe for swimming. They have 7 restaurants with plenty of poolside service.

Miss Checks tagged along on this trip, so I put her to good use posting with this guy with a sombrero.

The resort was 30 minutes from town, so we took the shuttle and an Uber back.
 When we first arrived in Cabo, Paul and I hopped onto a bicycle taxi. We walked a lot and took in the sights plus enjoyed some authentic Mexican food.
Paul and I posing with some fun characters around Cabo.

Ok, one of the best things on this trip is meeting my fellow tote gal Jackie from Purple Chocolat Home
Jackie and I have always called each our "Soul Sister." It was a pleasure meeting Jackie and her husband Kirk. Z long awaited dream to meet Jackie.We showed them around the resort and then we were off to see their amazing home.

They made us feel so welcome.  They even picked us up one evening.  They took Paul and I to their Amazing home above Cabo. I cannot put into words the beautiful home they built with incredible views.  The house is full of bling, which I love.  It was a pinch me moment. 
This photo was taken at Jackie and Kirk's house in Cabo. You can see a glimpse at how gorgeous their home is.
Jackie and I in her kitchen. So fun!  The people at the desk at our resort thought we were sisters.
Before going to the restaurant, Kirk and Jackie gifted us with hats with their Cabo home name , Casa Joya Del Mar.

After viewing their gorgeous home, they treated Paul and I to dinner at one of their favorite restaurants, Don Miquel at the Waldorf Astoria.
It was an incredible evening. We felt very comfortable and we shared stories on how we met our husbands. We had great conversation during dinner. We totally enjoyed a lovely dinner of  watermelon salad and lobster. We were then treated to a delicious dessert in honor of our anniversary.

Our dinner was their treat for our anniversary.  Beautiful views and ambiance galore. After dinner and dessert, we were treated to some magnificent fireworks right on the beach. 
A lovely trip all in all and a special treat meeting my soul sister Jackie.  Below is a video I created of the resort.  Just click it to start.

I have had so much fun in the last few months.  I am looking forward to some summer fun. I hope you visit the other tote gals to see where their travels took them. To enter the drawing for this "To Go Tote", leave a comment on Emily's blog.

Also a warm welcome to Diana @Nana Diana Takes A Break
who recently joined the Traveling Tote. Diana will participate in Sepotember.

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 Bookish Dilettante

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  1. Linda, wow you have had so much fun in the last few months. Anniversaries and birthdays are fun to celebrate with friends. So glad that you and Jackie got to meet after all these years! Kudos to Paul and Kirk for being such good sports. Have a wonderful summer at your slice of paradise.

  2. Hi Linda, Such fun birthday celebrations with Jain and your girlfriends. What a treat to visit with Jackie in Cabo and see her home! The resort looks amazing too with the pools. I can see why the restaurant is a favorite with the setting and the views. Happy June!

  3. A huge WOW, Linda! I was aware of your birthday treats by Jain and your blogger friends, but had no idea you met Jackie & Kirk in Cabo! How fantastic, and yes, you definitely could pass as sisters. When you mentioned Cabo, I thought, "oh, that's where Jackie has her home". Just fantastic travels overall, and the chance to meet a fellow tote traveler this year, and beautiful timing of enjoying your spring gardens earlier. Love this post!

  4. You definitely could be sisters! I bet you had a ball..You have been having a lot of fun:) Great for the soul:)

  5. So happy you and Jackie were able to get together!! You look like sisters!! Your resort and Jackie's home both look like fabulous places to spend a lot of relaxation. This is a place i have never been and it's on my "list". Great friendships you have made thru blogging!

  6. Oh my goodness Linda, you've enjoyed a wonderful spring. Beautiful peonies (I think) in your garden, birthday celebrations and anniversary (Happy Anniversary). The Cabo resort looks amazing and how wonderful you were able to meet up with Jackie and her husband. Wishing you and Paul a wonderful summer.......

  7. Wow Linda, what a Spring you had! Wonderful birthday celebrations with your friends and then a fabulous trip to Cabo for your anniversary. The resort where you stayed looks amazing, those beautiful pools~ I love all your photos posing with the fun characters around Cabo. How special to not only meet up with Jackie, but to go to her incredible home! You two do look like sisters, with you blonde hair, sunglasses and Courtly Check totes! The restaurant they took you to is gorgeous! Happy Summer, and I know you will have a wonderful time enjoying your poolside paradise!

  8. How great your Cabo trip was for both of you. Meeting up with Jackie and her husband and enjoying an evening of good food, beautiful settings and sharing friendship. Doesn't get any better than that. Have a great start to June. Hugs. Kris

  9. What a gorgeous resort! It would be easy to feel very pampered there. And you and Jackie may be Soul Sisters but you also DO look like Actual Sisters too!

  10. AnonymousJune 01, 2024

    What a wonderful spring you have had celebrating your birthday and anniversary. The Grand Solmar Pacific Dunes resort looks like a wonderful place for the special occasion and how nice to meet and share it with blogging friends. All the best for many more happy celebrations in the future. Karen (Back Road Journal)

  11. What a fabulous Spring you had, Linda, and getting to meet Jackie must’ve been such a treat! Happy June!

  12. What a fabulous spring with birthday celebrations with friends and then onto Cabo for anniversary celebrations. Meeting Jackie and seeing her beautiful home was definitely a treat. How nice of them to take you to a beautiful restaurant for dinner. Happy June, Linda!

  13. I'm not surprised that your birthday was so fabulous but I'm thrilled that it was. Honestly, the fact that you were celebrated and feted not only by your dear husband but by so many friends tells me so much about you and how much you are loved. This is just wonderful.

  14. AnonymousJune 01, 2024

    Sounds like you had a very fun spring. Lots of celebrations. Your friend and you do look like sisters. Their house is amazing as is the resort in which you stayed. Happy for you

  15. Linda, what fun times for both your birthday and your 25th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!!! Cabo looks amazing, both your resort and Jackie and Kurt's gorgeous home. Aren't we lucky to have met Jackie and Kurt in person. They are the dearest couple, as are Jackie's sister and brother-in-law. How special to finally meet in person after all these years of blogging friendships. I enjoyed your wonderful post and great photos.

  16. So enjoy reliving all your fun, you enjoy the best of times whole heartily! FABULOUS array of photos of a darn good life 😁

  17. You are darling in your birthday photo with your flower crown! Wow, the resort photos are gorgeous! And I am definitely jealous that you were able to meet Jackie! In Cabo!!!!! Y'all are too, too cute, and I love seeing all the AH-mazing photos of her home. Y'all do "favor each other" as we say in the South. Thanks for sharing your birthday and anniversary celebrations. Have a wonderful summer.

  18. Linda what a wonderful celebration for you. The resort looks beautiful and I can only imagine how splendid it must have been. Happy belated birthday and anniversary to you. xxoJudy

  19. Linda, what a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary at that beautiful resort. How wonderful to meet your blogger friend Jackie and go to her house and out to dinner. I hope you have a wonderful and fun summer at your place.

  20. Oh wow! It sounds like you had some lovely birthday celebrations but that trip to Cabo just looks incredible. How fun to get to meet up in real life with Jackie and have a wonderful time together.

  21. It is so fun to see all of your resort pictures too! Not only were we soul sisters on the blog, but in person. Paul was such a delight too. It was a highlight of our trip getting to spend time with both of you! I am a little late in getting around because Kirk's dad passed away and we had the funeral Friday and the lunch afterwards was at our house. Life always throws things at you!

  22. What a fabulous way to celebrate your anniversary! The resort looks lovely and your friend's house is just stunning. Isn't it fun to meet far away friends? We are planning a similar - if much less exotic - trip this summer. Enjoy!


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