Friday, July 31, 2015

Tales of the Traveling Totes

Hi All,

Today, I'm joining the Tales of the Traveling Totes, so please read through to the end and make sure to check out all the lovely ladies' blogs to see where their totes have traveled this July!

What is Tales of the Traveling Totes, you ask?

A group of women (who kindly let me join their ranks) all have Mackenzie-Childs tote bags, and bring those bags on their adventures. 

I happen to have one, too, that my parents bought me for my college graduation.

Her name is Christabel-- yes, like that Coleridge poem. It's my favorite. :)

Christabel and Me. 

She's not the traditional Courtly Check, which is black and white. It's fitting for me...I'm not the traditional type, in any sense of the word, even though I *love* anything Courtly Check, purple or not!


Christabel totes around my trusty laptop and writing materials every day. I've been in the editing process of my debut novel, Punished, for the past few weeks, while finishing up the second book in the Crescent City Creatures series. Meaning, I take my laptop everywhere. 

Here's my mini-blurb for Punished:
Mary just wants to get away from her boss, but quitting her job would leave her and her sister homeless.
Raphael is a criminal living with the never-ending guilt of the crimes he committed centuries ago.
Punished brings them together in a romance filled with lore, laugher and love.

I wrote the mini-blurb this week. Do you know how difficult it is to write a blurb for a 65,000-word novel in fifty words or less?!

I needed a break. 

That's a Steel City Pop sticker.

So I decided to take Christabel on my trusty Vespa, Buckbeak, to a popsicle shop. Sometimes, a cold, sugary treat is the perfect summer reprieve from work! 

I collect stickers for Buckbeak

I love Steel City Pops because they're local, delicious, and their menu changes all the time. I love trying obscure flavors of popsicles! 

My favorite flavors are chocolate, guava and buttermilk.

Me and a guava Steel City Pop. 

Roll Tide!

I couldn't help but take a few home with me. They even came with a cooling pack so they wouldn't melt on the ride back!

Be sure to check out the other Traveling Totes! 

*Visit my other Tote friends:*
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C. @ Panoply 
Samantha with Christabel @ Samantha Stone
Sarah with Miss CC @ Hyacinths for the Soul
and our non-blogger friends:
 Colleen with Miss MacKenzie Joy
Tami with Miss MC la Mer


Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths  is having a giveaway - Make sure you visit her to see the details: 

A special thank you to my sweet photographer! :)

I'll be traveling with Christabel to Nashville the second week of August, so stay tuned for more adventures with my tote! 



  1. Sammie, welcome to the sisterhood of the traveling totes. I'm loving that version of the CC tote. You definitely lend the youthful edge to our group. Traveling around town on that classy Vespa kicks it up a notch. So glad you have joined in the fun. I look forward to the Nashville adventure, and best of luck in your writing career. Congratulations on the first book!

  2. Thank you! :) I'm so happy to be a part of the fun! (And I'm thrilled to meet others who love Mackenzie-Childs!) I'm so excited about my book and Nashville, the tales of my traveling tote will only get more interesting! lol

  3. This was a great post!! I love the idea of traveling around on a Vespa, however not at my age!! Steel City Pops sounds like a fun place to spend some time on a hot afternoon! You have the cutest photographer, too - lucky you!! So happy you joined our group and i look forward to your Sept post!

  4. Samantha, Welcome to our Traveling Tote group! I love your purple bag. It is the same style as my Miss Rosie but in a different color. Congratulations on your first book! That is an amazing accomplishment and I look forward to reading it. Buckbeak is a perfect name for your little Vespa. Linda

  5. Hi Sammie! It's nice to make your acquaintance as a fellow traveling tote tribe member. :) I must say, I think I'm in love with your Vespa, and the steel city pops - love that takeaway cold pack. Happy trails, until we meet again.
    Rita C at Panoply

  6. Patti, you're never too old for a Vespa! :) My dad and aunt both ride around on theirs... it's definitely a family thing, lol. Thank you, I think my photographer's pretty cute too :D I'm more than thrilled to join this group! It's so unique, I love how totes connect all of us! It's the beauty of blogging.

  7. Linda, thank you for the kind words! I'm glad you noticed the name Buckbeak...I have way too much fun using Harry Potter references! And yay for looking forward to my book!! I'm so excited for it to come out, I can't wait to see what you'll think about it!

  8. Rita, I think Steel City Pops and Vespas are both addicting. :) I never had a chance! But then, I think Mackenzie-Childs can also be addicting... lol. So glad to join the tribe!

  9. Hi Sammie, I am Miss Aurora's owner! LOL Lucky you to receive the MacKenzie-Childs tote and wallet for a graduation gift. Did you travel with your mom to the barn sale a couple years ago? Congratulations on your first book! Have lots of fun on the Vespa and I look forward to your travels for the fall post. Perhaps you are taking the Vespa to a park😄

  10. Hi Debbie! I am lucky :) A store in Birmingham was having a huge sale, and I asked for something that would fit a laptop and documents for graduate school! I did go with Mom to the barn sale three years ago--we were supposed to go this year, but I received a contract with my publisher, Liquid Silver, at the end of June and had to write instead of heading up to Aurora! But I definitely plan to go next year... I promised Mom! That's a great idea, taking my Vespa to a park! I know I'll mention the trip I'm taking in August to Nashville-- I plan to take Christabel shopping, maybe for cowboy boots!

  11. Ok so I wish I'd bought myself a tote. *sadface*
    Buttermilk Steel City Pops make summer bearable in Alabama. I McLove them!

  12. Have you tried the sour cream and cherry? It's a lot like buttermilk, but with pieces of cherries in it!!