I really enjoy visiting gift shops, garden shops, specialty stores and antique stores during December. The decorations are often unique and it's always a fun way to gather some unique ideas for my own home.
I haven't been to Zerrillo Garden Shop in many years, so a friend and I stopped by and were greeted by a garden cart of adorable snowmen:
The inside sparkled with decorated trees...
...and vibrant colored poinsettias...
...and warm, vintage displays!
Garden centers are always a great place to gather some holiday decorating inspiration!
The Tales of the Traveling Tote is a series of adventures that share where our Mackenzie Childs tote bags have taken us. Four times a year a group of bloggers each write a connected post about the places we have been. We have built incredible friendships through our blogs and we hope you enjoy our tales as much as we do!
In September, we had quite a few days of 80' weather, so we spent a weekend in the Lake Placid area, which is exactly a 4 hour drive from our home.
The Gondola ride up to the top of Little Whiteface is the fastest gondola trip in in North America and it has the highest vertical drop in the east!
Below, top right, is Lake Placid Lake:
The Ausable River runs along the roadside and even thought the foliage was not vibrant this season, we got to enjoy the beautiful scenery!
Miss Kenzie enjoyed a trip to the Pumpkin Patch....
...as well as our yearly trek to Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard:
In late October the Traveling Tote bloggers met in NYC....
and you can read about that memorable weekend here or view the video here...
...and I enjoyed some shopping and champagne at Henri Bendel:
Herald Square is one of my favorite places to sit and people-watch:
A few days later Mom wanted to go to Mackenzie-Childs, about an hour away, so we spent the day in Aurora. Miss Kenzie will never pass up the opportunity to return to the "Motherland":
After a very warm October, November arrived with lots of rain and cooler weather and even some snow!
Mom and I saw the Lion King - great show!
At the end of November we went to Ohio for a baby shower for my daughter (expecting grandson #2), To Rochester to spend Thanksgiving with family and I also hosted an engagement party for my other daughter in Rochester, Miss Kenzie spent a lot of time stuffed in the back seat of the car....
...and filled with supplies...
...so now it is time for her to be stuffed with blankets by the fireplace and to settle in for a long, cold, snowy winter:
I am hosting the Traveling Tote Giveaway, so please leave a comment to be entered!
Although Susan (@Checkeredsox on Instagram) is not a member of our Traveling Tote group, I was fortunate enough to meet her at the M-C Barn Sale in July. I love this photo she sent me from her recent trip to England, with her M-C tote!