Chasing Davies

July 6, 2020

At Home Workout Finds from Amazon

 

 
All my workouts have been at home or outside at parks or in my backyard, and even when I'm not working out, I'm mostly wearing at least yoga pants. I figure when I start my day and get dressed, I'm going to work out, so I might as well just get dressed in my yoga pants and sports bra.

Because I was going through my stash so fast (since that's mostly all I'm wearing), I needed to supplement. I tried a few new brands at much lower prices than my typical workout wear brands, and pleasantly surprised!

Sharing my new favorite Amazon found brands and other items that I'm loving in this new workout from home lifestyle.



Bottoms: Love these liquid-shine black cropped pants to wear even off the (workout) mat, I have have these cropped "naked feeling" pink cropped pants, and these leopard leggings are similar to ones I have from Athleta.

Tops: This nude sports bra is great for summer with a mesh top and back, this breezy workout tank also has a mesh back to keep cool in the heat, and I love the back on this strappy sports bra (and lots of color options).

Matching Set: I love the scalloped edge to the yoga bralette (and it's criss-cross back) and the edge of these matching bottoms in solid or the mesh-design insert of these coordinating bottoms.

Essentials:  Everyone needs a pair of dumbbell hand weights (even a light pair) can be the key to tons of toning exercises.  I've had my Garmin smartwatch for several years, and love that it keeps me on track with steps and tracks my calorie burn, etc.  I'm eying this foldable yoga mat after lugging my typical rolled up around to some parks for group workouts.


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June 24, 2020

A Trip to the Gardens {A Reason to Get Dressed}


 
Our days are pretty similar day in and day out. All our trips, like most, have been cancelled, camps also cancelled.  We're still mostly quarantined at home, hanging outdoors with only a few families a few times a week who are also limiting their exposure while keeping distance. So with this little variety, we took a day off work and headed on a little local adventure to break up the day and step away from the monotony.

Some how we'd never been to Powell Gardens. Only 45 minutes southeast of Kansas City, an expansive space with art sculptures, a pond with several islands that can be explored, a beautiful chapel, walking paths, and 7 themed gardens full of extraordinary landscaping. We ooo'd and awww'd our whole way through and could have spent more time there but the rain came. 

Powell Gardens is taking safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You have to make a reservation for a time to come so they can limit crowds. They have arrows marked on the walking paths to keep traffic going the same direction, as well. We went on a week day, in the morning before a rainy afternoon, so we only saw maybe 4 other groups of people, so felt very safe the entire time.

I definitely want to go back!  And if for nothing else, but to get dressed again. It was nice to put on a summery dress and leave the house. I love any easy, breezy dresses, especially in white Swiss dot and lace fabric.

My first real outfit worn since quarantine:





Now I just need to find more family-fun outdoor adventures that are safe from crowds. Do you have any recommendations within driving range of the Kansas City area? 


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June 10, 2020

Amazon It List: Summer at home edition

 


A few fun finds relevant to summer - especially give our more-at-home situation this summer!  This will be an interesting summer (trips cancelled, camps cancelled, play dates minimized, visits with family/friends limited). What Amazon finds have you found lately (bonus if they entertain the kids)?
 
With all the added time at home, I've been working overtime to spruce up my home and carve out little areas that feel different.  My screened in patio feels like a little getaway right now, and plants are adding to that feeling. I love this hanging planter that I just got, now I just need to fill it!

I'm a Yeti fanatic (I've tried other versions, and Yeti just works best for me), so stocking up on my summer drinkware, this rambler Yeti is great for cocktails and wine for your summer drinks outside!

And speaking of outdoors: the pools are closed in our area this summer, so we're thankful to already have a blow up water slide that our kids love (and will make them tired after an afternoon playing on it). Here are a few similar options: 

Our weekend fun revolves around picnics with family and friends where we can be outside and remain 6+ ft away, and so a good picnic blanket/mat is a must! I'm also very into this picnic basket/cooler situation!

My husband has been buying any and all outdoor yard games to occupy our kids while we work and have some family fun in the evenings or at said picnics. Our current favorite is corn hole or bags, depending on where you are from. :) And this one is portable and lights up for night games! Here are a few others:

I'm an ice cream lover, but I've been cooling off with frozen fruit that almost magically turns into ice cream! ✨My whole family loves this (so easy to use and clean) frozen fruit soft serve maker, and customizing our own flavor mixtures.

In spending a lot of time multi-tasking at home these days, on a whim, I got this phone holder which adds another screen to my at-home work station and easy to stay up to-date on incoming messages.

I'm loving simple tops that can go from Zoom calls to walks around the neighborhood. I also love the puff sleeve trend happening. The detail on this one is subtle, yet fun ( and comes in multiple colors)!

Anyone else living in yoga pants?  Literally 95% of the time for me... so I picked up this pair in a fun blue color (they have more neutrals, too) because they're light weight and thin, but still have some compression to them.

Nora has the long sleeve/pant version of these sweet little pjs. They have quickly become her favorite because they are so soft. They come in many color options, and light weight for summer!

Like almost everything else in my life, my jewelry has been simplified.  I wear subtle ear cuffs that I hardly even take out - and I am ready to switch out my current ear cuff for these ones!

Summer edition Amazon It List:




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