Chasing Davies

January 17, 2017

Making Our Own Valentine's | DIY Valentine's Day Cards


The last few years, my husband and I have stayed up late the night before our kids' school Valentine's Day party, getting their Valentine's cards together (writing their names/putting them together/sorting them).  This year, I wanted to get the kids more involved (now that they are older) - and get ahead to avoid the night before panic! And this past weekend was the perfect time to break out this craft since we were iced in!  

We were going a bit stir crazy.  The kids really wanted to go outside, so I took them to play in some fresh (cold) air in between ice showers - and while it didn't last too long, it's always good for them to get outside!  After thawing out, we began our DIY Valentine's craft and the kids loved it so much, they did that for the next TWO hours (I helped some, but also was able to clean the kitchen)!  I love when they get into things like this, and are now really excited to share their own little creations with their friends in February. 

So, to make our very own Valentine's cards to hand out to Liam and Nora's friends at school, we covered the table in paper (to protect from paint/markers/spills) and got the following supplies:

1. Perforated Paper
2. Paint and/or Markers (we used both!)
3. Stencils to help make your designs
Optional: A gift to affix to the back. We chose to give heart stickers!

And then, I really just let the kids go at it!  Nora kept it pretty abstract, while Liam was really intentional about drawing a design on each specific card.  And there were vary few messes, if you can believe it or not. The only major spill was by me when knocked Nora's water cup for her paint brushes over across the table. Oy.

 {matching buns!}

And here is where the perforated paper really comes in hand!  
It was so easy to separate the pieces!

After I separated all the cards, I used wasabi tape to affix stickers to the back as a lil' gift for each kid.

Want some more Valentine's Day prep and celebration ideas?  

Carly has a sweet 'Love Coupon for Kids' idea over here!
Sandy is sharing Valentine's Day treats to make with a heart shaped cookie cutter here.
Laura is making healthy Valentine's treats with her lil' toddler here.

You can see past post Mama posts from this series right here!

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January 16, 2017

The Most Important Fashion Staple

It's a new year, and while I get angry every time I go to the now-over crowded gym, or try to pick up my kale/spinach (mostly for smoothies) to find them 99% picked over, I'm riding the motivation for my own good.  I've already started a new healthy eating program, looked back on 2016's failures and now, I'm cleaning out my closet and dresser drawers - starting with my undergarments. 

This is the one area I totally neglect, keeping bras around for waaayyyyyyy too long, and wearing the same one or two over and over, while I have a completely stuffed drawer full of others.  While I was cleaning out my drawer of bras - I found some from pre-pregnancy for goodness sake! Now, obviously my body has majorly changed - twice! (those sweet little blessings...), and it's completely ridiculous that I have hoarded these old bras.

Now, I don't know what is worse - old bras, or wearing the same one for more than a year, almost every day.  They do have a lifespan - and that is too long. I didn't even realize how unflattering my once favorite bra had become until I received these new Olga bras. It was an instant makeover right there. Instantly my tops looked and fit better.  

And finally, it's not about just getting a new bra - but obviously the right one. The right one for your body most importantly, but also for the outfit or material of the top you're wearing.  That's something I've been playing with a bit more recently.  As I mentioned, I was wearing the same bra for far too long, but with anything/everything.  I now have brand new bras in 4 different styles - all from the new Olga Flirty collection.

Bras c/o by Olga, part of the new Flirty Collection.  The Laundress Delicate Wash to make your now new and better bras lasting as long as possible, the Laundress Delicate Spray to remove odors, and Scented (vanilla pear!) Liners for your drawers!

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January 13, 2017

Getting Started with Jenny Craig

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. -- Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!

I'm not one for sticking well with diets or limited food-type meal plans, and while I actually like working out/getting to the gym, my schedule is so erratic and it's hard for me to be consistent.  Since having kids, my job has only gotten busier, my travels have increased and thus came stress and stress eating.  I just never got the baby weight off, and I'm finally at the point of being sick of it.  What still haunts me, and what has mainly kept me from thinking too much about doing something like this in the past, is fear that nothing will work. And that I'll try, and it'll be hard - and yet, no results. 

Well, like any new year, January brings the chance to reevaluate, try something new and get motivated.  So, I'm riding that fresh motivation and trying Jenny Craig. I've never tried this program before, but what pulled me in is it's super accommodating and flexible to individual schedules.  If you don't live near a Jenny Craig center, or have a crazy schedule like mine, 'Jenny Craig Anywhere' offers one-on-one support through consultations over the phone or via video chat.

At Jenny Craig, they've made personal support a priority over their 30 years. Every member is paired with a dedicated consultant who provides them with their customized support to identify their challenges and goals, and helps them to create unique weekly meal and activity plans.  And then, each week, your consultant will work with you on any challenges from the previous week and help develop a plan for the week ahead. Plus, your consultant will keep track of your success with weekly weigh-ins and teach you how to self-monitor.

It's only been a week since I received my meals, snacks, menu and starter kit in the mail, and had my kick off call with my consultant - who is also available by email between weekly phone meetings - and I hardly feel like I'm on a "diet".  The food is really good and contains a variety of things - so I'm not getting bored, but also figuring out what I do like!  Their provided food plan is only until you lose the first half of your goal weight loss, and then you will ween to prepping your own foods - which I really like this phased approach!

And since I do travel quite a bit, I'm working with my consultant to make the best possible choices when eating out (and I can't bring all my Jenny Craig food with me).  But, I do love that a lot of the foods are also easy to grab (and even eat/drink) on the go!

I was really surprised at how much food arrived (frozen stuff came in a dry-ice cooler and shelf-stable items on top) for my first two weeks, and as I was going through it all, putting it away, I was really impressed by the selections and variety - and um, REALLY excited about the desserts!  But besides the desserts, my favorite might be the breakfasts!!  YUM.

So, I'm sharing this, because I hope this will also help keep me accountable - but also, so if any of you have tips/tricks, you'll share with me! Have you ever done Jenny Craig?  I'll keep you updated on how it all progresses, too!  Thanks for your support!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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