Tales of the Traveling Tote #21, Fabulous Fall


Happy December!  🎉

Welcome to the Tales of the Traveling Tote #21

My tote, “Miss Coquille” and I have had a fabulous fall






We kicked off September with a 3 generation family reunion at the beach house




I took Miss Coquille with me to visit CCOG {CC’s other Grandmother}

who was staying at a Rustic Country Farmhouse

Miss Coquille carried the boxed lunches I promised to bring





This was a her friend’s home, but it was like a vintage flea market/museum

There was so much to see!





Can you imagine having a life size bear in your living room?





We did more back and forthing to the beach house





We celebrated a birthday at a super cool new restaurant in “the city”






And enjoyed Mother Nature’s Alabama Autumn Show





We spent many Saturdays watching Bama football on the patio with friends





I filled Miss Coquille with my sketchbook and crochet project

and spent the afternoons outside




And finally the days were cool enough to light the fire





and do a little strumming





 Sunday afternoons were spent at the baseball park





Miss Coquille carried a load of table decorations to a friend’s house

where we spent a happy afternoon creating a Thanksgiving tablescape






We had a lovely Thanksgiving week seaside

with mild temps, boating and swimming





We went to lunch at a local favorite, Lulu’s on the intracoastal waterway





Big E and Miss Coquille got carried away posing…





This is such a fun place, Lulu is Jimmy Buffet’s sister…

She brings her own version of cheeseburgers in paradise to Gulf Shores, Alabama

Not to mention her famous Fried Green Tomato BLT 😋





I was hoping to give you a tour of DD’s new house this month…





But the finish date has been moved to Jan 30

There have been changes and delays,

which, considering they tore the entire house down to the concrete slab, is understandable

They are patiently enjoying the process and watching it come together day by day




Stay tuned!

Be sure to visit all my fellow Traveling Totes friends,

they have been all over the world!

Visit Emily @The French Hutch and leave a comment to enter the giveaway



Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora’s Box

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch

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

Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women




Miss Coquille and I will be packing up tomorrow

to head back to the “city” and get ready for the holidays

But we want to share some very exciting news~

All the Traveling Tote bags have new sisters that they are thrilled about…

We will be telling THE TALE about these one of a kind totes in January

with another very special giveaway from MacKenzie-Childs!!


I wonder what it will be??



🎄 It will be like Christmas in January!! 🎅🏻


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity    What’s for Dinner?

Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday

Turn About Tuesday  Celebrate Your Story, You’re the Star

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck  Friday Features  Sweet Inspirations

Happiness is Homemade    Sunday’s Best Linkup

38 Responses to “Tales of the Traveling Tote #21, Fabulous Fall”
  1. Mary says:

    Happy December Jenna! Such fun to spend Thanksgiving at the coast. Love seeing the grands and seeing all those boys lined up on bow of the boat. I have it reminds me of us boating about 10 years ago with my nephews when they were younger…we have 12 nephews and 1 niece…like CC, she was outnumbered. 🙂

    • Wow, 12 nephews, that’s a football team! CC has 2 girl cousins so all together there are 8 boys and 3 girls…I’ve got to batten down the hatches when they’ll all be at my house for Christmas Eve!

  2. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh you’ve had a great fall Jenna. It’s always special at the beach and I know the grands love to spend their holidays there. Great family pics. LOL, can’t imagine having a big bear in the house! Can’t wait to see your daughter’s new home with that amazing view. Look forward to seeing you soon……..Happy December Jenna.

  3. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, it looks like you have had such a busy and wonderful autumn! We have vacationed in Orange Beach, and my kids loved LuLu’s. They had so much fun! Happy December!

    • Thanks Shannon, yes, Lulu’s is so much fun for kids! We had such a beautiful week of warm temps and summer like fun. Cold today though and I am headed back to the “city” 🙂

  4. Jacqueline says:

    What a wonderful fall filled with family and adventure! I just love sharing your beach home with you and the family! Lulu’s sounds fabulous – I would have to get a bite of several – my family is good like that – we aren’t germaphobes!!! So glad you could get everyone together. I bet it was a wonderful time. That farmhouse looked amazing! What a fun collection of items to grace a unique home. I know all about the frustrations of building – I bet they were planning on spending the holidays there – so disappointing, but they will have many ahead of them! My daughter called crying all of the time – but now I am the one calling and complaining to her!!

    • Thanks Jackie, actually, they really aren’t frustrated at all, they want it done right and are enjoying the process. It’s been wonderful for the children to experience the day to day changes, it’s kind of like watching a fairy tale come to life!

  5. Nancy says:

    Happy December Jenna! And you have had so much fun with family and friends this past fall. The family pictures are fabulous! Love seeing them enjoy each other and You!

    LuLu’s looks fun!

  6. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, you and MIss Coquille have had a fun filled autumn. I know your family enjoys all the family gatherings. You are the perfect hostess! Happy December and all the best for the holidays ahead. Your littles with the tree in the truck makes me smile. Oh, for the joy of little people in ones life!

  7. Rita C. says:

    Jenna, your local adventures suit me to a T – traveling tote, that is! Whether we go far or stay close to home, life is full of adventure when we simply enjoy our friends, family and seasons. I love seeing how you toggle back and forth from city to sea. Fall in AL has some real beauty showing in your pics! Life is good! Happy December!

  8. Deb cantales says:

    Miss Coquille and you are so fortunate to have a wonderful social life! Those life size bears are popular in our mountain resort area, and I have seen businesses carving bears and other wooden items with a chainsaw. Glad you had a place to hang Miss C! Happy December to you and your family Jenna. Let the Christmas magic begin! xo

  9. Bonnie Morgan says:

    You did have a fabulous fall! The three generations pic is priceless! I love all Miss Coquille’s poses. I look forward seeing DD’s house all finished.

  10. You HAVE had a rather busy and crazy month or two, but all good I think! Onward to the Busy Season!

  11. Jenna, you and Miss Coquille have had a fun and busy autumn. I love seeing your grands, they are too cute! You amaze me with your back and forth travels to the beach and entertaining in two homes with such ease. I can’t wait to see DD’s home when it is finished. Happy December!

  12. entertainingwomen says:

    Fried Green Tomato BLT, oh my, I’m on my way!…At least I wish I could be on my way. It looks like you had an amazing time at the beach, and I think you have made traveling back and forth between homes to entertain into an art form. All the little boys in the bow of the boat with their life jackets on brings back many wonderful memories for me. I’d say your made excellent use of your Autumn. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. CherryKay

    • Thank you Cherry Kay, as you can see I am happiest when I am home, north or south, and so grateful I can travel back and forth as I please…I can’t believe December has begun, Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  13. Jenna.. looks like you had a fabulous Fall. Can’t wait to see DD’s house when it’s finished. Enjoy your week.

  14. Hi Jenna, you and MIss Coquille are having a blast. Such cute photos of the kids. You are lucky to have two homes to enjoy. The lodge looks wonderful and seeing those bears brings back memories of my time living in the mountains. Lulus looks like a wonderful place to enjoy a meal. Your family looks like they are enjoying life. Thanks for a peek at DD’s house. Happy December.

  15. Kitty says:

    You’ve really had a fun-filled Fall, Jenna! I always love seeing pictures of your happy family, especially at the beach. Those little ones are growing so much. I also look forward to seeing DD’s house when it’s completed. Enjoy your time in the city!

  16. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, oh you and your bag have been to a lot of places this fall. I enjoyed looking at the photos and sounds like you had a nice Thanksgiving. Enjoy the week.
    Hugs, Julie

  17. rawsonjl says:

    That looks like some fun travelling!

  18. Jill Kuhn says:

    You have a beautiful family – I enjoyed seeing all the photos! ❤️😍 I always enjoy hearing about your adventures with your traveling tote… such fun! 👍

  19. Michelle says:

    I always look forward to the traveling tote to see what you guys are up to! I love that chair at the vintage shop! So unique!

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