Chasing Davies

February 27, 2017

Favorite Wears: Work Travel Look + Tips


I can't believe how fast February flew by - woosh!  And now it's about to be March, and I'm not quit ready for it!  March is a busy travel month for me - all work related. So I thought I would show you some work travel outfits that have really worked out well for me.  

I always struggle packing for any trip - without taking my whole closet - but especially work trips.  Here are a few tips:

1. Pick a color scheme so you can mix and match without having to pack a ton. I typically wear more neutrals when I travel - specifically black and white, and lately green has been my main color of choice.  It really goes with so much!

2. Pick your comfiest shoes that you've worn several times before (no time to be breaking in your new shoes).  I never know how long I'll be on my feet or how far I'll be walking, so I stick to my work-appropriate flats that look good with pants and dresses/skirts (like these!). I have about two pairs of heels I will bring for fancier work events or nights if I have room (these are my current fav).

3. Always bring workout clothes. Even if you don't think you'll have time - you either might find time, or you can change into them to wear them on the plane home (so much more comfy!).  I also double up my workout clothes as jammies to save space in my luggage/carry on.

4. Design outfits around layers - you can wear the same jackets or sweater cardigans over lighter pieces that are easier to pack. Plus, you never really know how hot/cold the buildings will be.  One meeting, I'm in short sleeves, then another, I have my jacket on!

5. Keep your accessories light. Mostly, this just saves time and energy - as packing all your jewelry in an organized way so nothing gets tangled usually takes up most room than its worth. I wear my favorite studs, necklace and ring while I travel and the rest of the trip.  If my travels are for a fancier event, I might pack ONE statement piece.

Do you have any work travel tips?

{Outfit Details: Lace Shirt (similar), JacketJeansPatent Loafers, Bag c/o Wallis}

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Photos by the talented Elizabeth of Elizabeth Ladean Photography.  
She shoots portraits, engagements/weddings and lifestyle sessions all around Kansas City.  You can follow here on Facebook here and on Instagram here to see more of her work!

February 23, 2017

Staying Active with Kids!

As you know from this post, I've been doing the Jenny Craig program (I've stuck to it - a few bumps, mainly due to work travel, but I'm making progress). Part of this program - and life - is working in exercise into my life.  I've always loved to workout and I grew up playing sports, but since becoming a mother with my career only getting busier, I have had a hard time finding the time.

I've also begun to think more about how to instill healthy habits in my children. In the summer, it's easy to keep them active - and stay active with them - with a mix of sports in the backyard and lots of outdoor activities, like family walks.

Children's Mercy shares 10 tips to keep kids active in the Winter here, and I'm finding that these are great tips for how I can also stay active WITH my kids - and get the wild energy out of them by bedtime ;). I still strive to get to the gym for a "real" workout a couple of times a week, but if I can blend my mom time with a workout, plus set a good example to an active lifestyle with my kids, that'll ease a lot of my own stress (about my own schedule, being with my kids enough and their wellbeing). 

Some of our favorite ways to stay active together in the cooler months:

1. The most fun - dancing! We play music videos via Vevo's YouTube channel, or my favorite, dance to choreographed videos via The Fitness Marshall - and get an amazing workout in by dancing. We laugh and move, and it's just all around fun. I even do these dance workouts alone during naptime - it's truly a great workout!  You can even make a YouTube playlist of all your favorite dance videos so you don't have to search each time. Check out mine, here!

2. Bundle up and head to the park.  Well, at least on the days that it's not toooooooo cold, especially when I can tell the kids need some fresh air and have lots of wiggles, we bundle up and go to the park. Bonus! We usually have the park to ourselves... Liam loves to play tag, so that gets me sprinting (he is surprisingly fast!) along with them.

3. Doing Yoga. For real! Kids are actually naturals when it comes to yoga. I think as we grow older, we teach ourselves out of the ability - slowly developing weaker cores, poor postures and tighter range of movement. I want to keep my kids doing yoga, so they retain those strengths, and it's something you can easily do at home (once you know the basics and have pretty good form) with YouTube videos or sequence printouts.  You can also try this DVD for kids specifically.

4. Play 'Simon Says' - One of Liam's new favorite games!  This is a great way to get them to be active, and then let them turn the tables onto you!  I especially like having them hop on one leg, crawl towards me, shake their booties and skip around the house! ;)

5. Indoor Bouncing - If your space allows, get a trampoline (that we also move to the backyard during the summer months) for your basement/play space, or even a blow up bounce house if you have a lot of space (you can also then deflate and put away!).  My kids love to bounce, and it's a great - and quick - way to expend some energy.  More for them, less for me, though!

 Do you have any tips for keeping active in the winter months or with your kids?

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February 22, 2017

Mamas & Minis Collective: 6 Toddler Books on Real-Life Heroes


A few weekends ago I saw Hidden Figures with my friend and her 8 year old daughter (my Goddaughter!), and I was so inspired. I practically cried the entire time! Those women are my heroes! I cannot wait until my kids - both Liam and Nora - are old enough to see that movie (and learn from it)!  And since they aren't right now, it got me thinking about other things I could be doing to teach them and show them real-life heroes worth learning about and learning from. I want them to know all kinds of inspiring stories from those that have paved the way of so many others, but more importantly, show them that no matter their ideas, they can give them a voice.

I want to instill creativity and perseverance, and show them they don't have to follow stereotypes on what they should/shouldn't do, but rather go after their dreams whether that's becoming a scientist or a teacher.  I also was looking for books that had real ways to inspire and problem solve!

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So, I did a bunch of searching and Amazon shopping, and picked up a bundle of great books! Then two-days later when I got them, I couldn't wait to to start reading them to my kids.  We've been enjoying them ever since - and my very favorite is when my kids ask me questions about these real life superheros after we're done reading the book, and we have a great discussion. My kids are only 3 and 5, but it's never too early to start talking about going after your dreams!

Do you have any favorite books??
For National Reading Month, you can check out other book recommendations from these mama bloggers:
Laura is sharing toddler books for difficult situations.
Sandy is sharing kid book subscriptions to keep them flowing in easily!
Carly is sharing atypical fairy tale books.

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