Chasing Davies

December 8, 2016

Gift Ideas for the Whole Family!

Gift ideas for the whole family


Sometimes it's easier to get a gift for a whole family/group of people vs. indavidually. Something that will actually serve multiple people allows you to spend a bit more on an item, too, which maybe gets that family something they've been really wanting!  But it's also a great way to get creative, personal or sentimental.  Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for the whole family:

1. Obsessed with these sweet old school letter board sets that come in lots of sizes/colors. Change out the messages in your home, make dinner menus, or let your kids just play - love this gift for the whole home!

2.  A game you can all enjoy! Ridley's Game Room: Sing It Back (also have other games) comes with 140 cards with directions that each person takes turn following. Such a fun way to get kids feeling confident from an early age - and have fun. :)

3. Back to the Roots has several different ways to get your kids learning and having fun with their food in a parent-approved way!  They have ready to grow and farmer sets that would be a great gift for the whole family!

4. The Amazon Echo Dot is cost-efficient and so easy to use. We've loved asking Alexia about the next day's weather, or to easily play us our favorite songs. The kids are learning to talk (poliently) to her as well - practicing enunciating their words better so she can understand them. ;) I feel like the Echo is like a life assistent - so many things you can do!

5. Art is always welcome in my home - and whether it's with a personal photo or of colors you think the recipient might enjoy/go with their home, it's sure to be a special and unique gift for everyone to enjoy in the home!

6. I always love finding unique ways to use my beloved photos, and my kids love seeing their faces out in frames... so doing a puzzle together as a family to form a photo of them would be magical. :)

7. Save time cleaning - a gift that everyone can reep the benefits of, plus guys and kids will think this iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaner is the coolest thing!

8. Come winter, we're all cuddles over here - ready to cozy up under blankets to stay warm (maybe with a movie and popcorn!).  I love having lots of blankets around, and especially when they look so good - like art! Happy Habitat makes the most beautiful ones.

Another great gift idea, get subscriptions/family passes to local zoos, museums, etc.  The gift of an experience is so beneficial for creating family bonding time and lasting memories. We have a Sea Life in Kansas City that I especially love to visit in the colder months (something fun to do inside!), but also they have great specials like KIDS GO FREE happening right now! Use code 1410 at check out to get 1 free kid entry per 1 adult ticket purchase!  Something fun to do NOW through Jan. 31st, 2017.*

*This offer is for the Kansas City Sea Life only, and cannot be applied to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City. If you could please include this information on your post for your readers, we would greatly appreciate it! 

What are some of your favoite gifts to give a family??

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December 5, 2016

Decking the Halls & Holiday Cards!


To say that Liam was so excited to start decorating for the Holidays after our return home after the Thanksgiving away would be an understatement.  If anyone needs some help getting into the spirit, just come hang out with Liam for a moment. :)   He's certainly been very inspiring in our home, and Nora, while still a bit young to completely understand, has been excited by her brother's excitement. She LOVED decorating the tree.  They both go so into it, we just let them own the entire decor creative direction.

The picked their favorite ornaments (and only a few were broken in the process) to hang on a select few spots of the tree... LOL.  I really had nothing to do with it (besides spreading out the ornaments a bit after they went to bed), so I sat back and designed this year's holiday cards with Basic Invite. They have over 250 choices with several different paper types. But with an easy filtering process, I found ours in a snap. 

I love using a photo for Christmas and Holiday cards - giving them and receiving them! It's such a lovely way to get updates from your friends and family.  I never feel like I have time to send out cards, but I love getting them so much, I make time - and with the right process, it actually isn't that hard anymore. See the bottom of this post for more info and a discount code!

What is your holiday card and/or decorating traditions or style? 

Easy design and shipping Photo Holiday Cards
Holiday Mantle Tree Decor and Garland
Multi Color Bottle Brush Trees for  Holiday Mantle Decor
Cute Photo Holiday Cards

I was really excited to partner with Basic Invite for our Holiday cards this year. I'm always looking for good designs + an easy process, and they nailed it for me. I was able to easily import my addresses and send out a customized email to those they I needed updates from to be automatically pulled in.  Then all my envelopes came pre-addressed with our return address already populated.  

I didn't even have to lick the back of the envelope - easy pull of back to stick down the flap.  It ALMOST felt like cheating, but I still had to stick the stamp on. ;)

You can get 30% off your order with code holi30 - You DO have time for these ones, I promise! 

Shop some of our favorite Holiday decor here:

This post in partnership with Basic Invite, but all opinions are my own.  

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December 2, 2016

Prepping for the Holidays at Beauty Brands


The holidays are full of to-dos - mostly fun like parties and reuniting with friends and family, but it can be stressful to fit in all this extra (even if it is fun) stuff into an already busy schedule (do we still have to work...??!).  I've been using some of my remaining vacation days from work to prep and pamper for the busy holiday season, and my favorite place to show myself a little extra love is in the Beauty Brands salon

It's also a wonderful place for a girls day or afternoon!  Sarah (of Sarah Scoop) and I met there a couple of weekends ago for a full morning of relaxing. We each selected different services, but left feeling equally pampered.  First I went with a relaxing "Luxury Facial" that was 90 minutes long - in this time, they also included massage, too (depedning on what facial features you need/add ons you get, this was a seriously the cherry on top).  It was heavenly and totally relaxing - just what my fazzle mind and broken out skin needed.

Beauty Brands uses all the best professional grade products and top of the line equiptment in their facial.  The private rooms are in the back of the salon, so super relaxing and quiet. The table was warm and comfortable, and the esthetician was wonderful!

I always love the post-facial dazed look and crazy hair from all the scalp massage and product!  Good thing I had a hair appointment next!  

I love getting my hair did! A simple wash and blow dry/style (no cut/color) is so relaxing and saves me from having to do my hair for days! Plus, a good hair wash by someone else (more scalp massage.... my favorite) is a real treat, and after already feeling relaxed from my facial, I was floating.

After my services, I couldn't leave the salon, without doing some holiday shopping for gifts!  Beauty Brands has special beauty/skin/hair gift packages for the holidays to make it really easy, plus the staples that always make good gifts, like perfumes/colognes! I personally always love visiting Beauty Brand's perfume lit up table display.  It's so pretty!

How are you staying sane this holiday season? Let Beauty Brands help you keep yourself together or put you together for your big holiday parties!

This post is in partnership with Beauty Brands! Thanks for having me for such a wonderful day in the salon, Beauty Brands!  
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