Chasing Davies

April 29, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Busy Mama

Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Busy Mom

These are all things I'd want for myself.... *ahem*... and a few I have (and totally recommend)!  As a mama to two toddlers, a busy career, a side job/hobby (this lil blog here), lots of travel and lacking sleep, like so many of you, there aren't enough hours in the day.  So, besides more time, these are some items that would make any busy mama's life a bit easier, thus great gifts!
1. Amazon Echo (w/ gold cover!) - Most of the time when I remember to add that one thing I actually need to the grocery list, or that I still need to pay my credit card bill, or need to add something to our family-calendar my arms are full of laundry or kids - and then later I've forgotten again. I have heard awesome things about Amazon Echo - just being able to talk to it whenever the to-dos flood my mind, a la... "Hey Echo, please add a case of Rosé to the grocery list!"

2.  Sona by Caeden Tracker - In the world of trackers, there is no shortage, but this one doesn't just track your activity, but your wellbeing. Sona’s advanced sensor tracks Heart Rate Variability (HRV), a metric that provides a well-rounded view of your overall health and stress levels.  It tracks all your activity - steps, movement, calories burned, etc; and it also tracks your heart health and then offers 5 Guided Resonance Meditation sessions.

3. Stitch Fix - This is a program that connects you with stylists to do all the shopping for you! Sending you pieces (jewelry, shoes, jeans, clothing) that you indicate you like/want/need straight to your doorstep. Send back what you don't want and pick your own pace for shipments!

4.  An elevated blender that works fast - I actually already have the Blendtec, and I love it. WORTH IT! Blends smoothly the first time around (even tons of frozen stuff), removes so much of the frustration I had with my regular blender - and time.  I can't recommend it enough.  

5. Comfort on my back patio - this is the season that all I want to do is relax outside, especially since we have a great backyard that my kids can run wild, but our outdoor space is not relaxing. Our whole yard needs work (landscaping, organization, patio feng shui), but I want to start with a pair of chaise lounges.

6. Save the flowers, bring me all the Succulents! Remembering to water or having to throw out the soon-to-be dead flowers is just another thing the Echo will have to remind me to do. But I love living plants and the greenery - so succulents is the perfect option for me. 

7.  A bag for it all - I have this one (but love all the options from the Pacapod line) and seriously use it for everything! For work with my laptop and lunch, for my kids when we're out and about (pop in the pouch with the baby diaper goods) and even for great for traveling. A bag that can do it all saves so much time shifting things around - and from forgetting which bag you last left your wallet (or keys or favorite lipstick...).

8. A weekend getaway - especially good timing before you start solidifying all your summer plans!  A kid-free, weekend getaway with your girlfriends or husband with a kid-free brunch, sleeping in, a nice restaurant, live music, etc etc.  I'm excited, because we have a couple Saturday getaways with friends coming up in June!

If you are a mama - what are those gifts you really want?  Share them in the comments!

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April 28, 2016

Spring Soccer Season; Post-Game Snacks



 

My baby is growing up! He’s on his first soccer team, making me an official soccer mom! His pre-K games started early April, and we took it very seriously! We let him pick out his soccer cleats (a little bright, huh?!), bought him multiple pairs of socks and shorts, and promptly signed up for our turn to bring post-game snacks!

Right away, I knew I wanted to keep the snack simple and wholesome. Simple, because I’m always running 10 minutes behind (I’m a working mama with too much on my to-do list), and wholesome, because we’re really serious about limiting the sugar in-take and keeping our kids developing healthy habits. But they’re also kids, man. So, I love that Capri Sun now has an organic juice drink in that same classic pouch (that I remember LOVING as a child myself!) with no added sugar.


Capri Sun Organic is a certified USDA organic juice drink that contains one serving of fruit*, and is made with simpler ingredients and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives! This juice drink gives kids the taste they love and parents the wholesome drink options they can feel good about serving, and it pairs perfectly with a simple treat, like little oranges. How classic is that for after a soccer game?


The first game didn’t go quite as planned! The game is split, with the first 30 minutes for practice –and Liam LOVED that! He followed all the rules his coach (our good friend, and super terrific with these kiddos) called out, and really liked playing with his team. But the minute the second 30 minutes rolled around, it was the start of the game with the other team and Liam froze. He was shy, overwhelmed and not into it. I felt so bad for him. 

Regardless, something we learned last summer in swim lessons, it just takes him a bit longer to warm up to new things/people.  By the time the 3rd game came around - he was all in, and having fun! That made my heart swell with pride for him - for taking a chance and just having fun!


We all still had fun watching the game! Nora partook in the fun on the sidelines with me, while her Dad helped coach and Liam practiced, and then sat with his team on the field. She really wanted to join, so next is getting her signed up next summer (when she’s 3, and ease her into it a bit sooner). At least for now, she was able join in on the snacks.


You can get Capri Sun Organic at retailers nationwide for $4.29 per 10 pack of 6-oz. pouches in the Fruit Punch, Tropical Punch, Apple and Grape!  

I am so glad I’m at this stage of parenting – watching my kids play sports and learn new things with other kids is exciting! Even if it can sometimes be frustrating and heart pulling… I just want to crawl in their head and tell them that it’s all OK. Make them understand that the fear doesn’t have to be a reality, and it’s about having fun! But I can’t, we, as parents sometimes have to watch them figure it out in their own way, on their own time.  Just as we all did.

* Each pouch provides 1/2 cup fruit juice which is one serving of fruit according to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.


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April 26, 2016

Mamas & Minis Style Collective: Spring Mocs + a GIVEAWAY!

One of my favorite things about fall is wearing booties, so I was so excited to discover these Moccasin booties that are perfect all year around.  And even more perfect, I can match with Nora in her own little pair of toddler moccasin booties.  Needless to say, I don't think she was super enthusiastic about matching her mama. These days, she'd rather match her brother.  But it's almost Mother's Day after all, and well, let's be honest - these tiring days, it's the little things that brighten my day, so we pressed forward and she ended up loving being my twinsie.
My kids are growing so fast, it's hard to keep up. They are learning new words, rebellion tactics and attitudes every day (at only 4 and 2 years old), and it's getting a bit scary! I feel like I went to sleep with sweet babies one day, and the next woke up to teenagers.  As a working mama, at this stage, I'm especially feeling frazzled.  So, for this coming Mother's Day, I think all I want is a clean house and a long, quiet nap.  

What's on your Mother's Day wish list??

Nora was mixing patterns in her sweet little mixed striped shorts and floral blouse, which she loved so she could literally roll around on the ground while playing outside.  Her shorts are from Tea Collection, which has the absolute cutest stuff for babies into kids.  I'm obsessed with everything.

I was feeling the boho vibe with my fringe booties and flowy, white linen dress.  And my bag is the perfect summer edition of the popular leather bucket bag that I've loved so much.  This bag is by Pip's Marche, which is a super cool company.  They travel around the world to connect you to people's stories and products that support local artisans and communities in emerging markets.

This bag is designed and handmade in Ecuador with suede and leather, including a locally inspired patterns.  When you purchase a product from Pip's Marche, you'll receive info on the artist who worked on that product - connecting you to their story. I love that!


{Outfit Details: MAMA - Dress, Bag c/o, Booties c/o; NORA - Shirt is old from Old Navy, Shorts c/o, Booties c/o}

!!!!GIVEAWAY!!!!

Guess what!  To celebrate upcoming Mother's Day (and really everyday), we're all giving away $100 to Minnetonka Moccasins so one lucky winner from each blog can pick out their own new booties (whether for you and/or your mini!). Make sure to enter mine giveaway below, and then hop to the other mama’s blogs to enter theirs!

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Hey! You might have noticed a slight change in this month's mama post! We've rebranded to be more  inclusive of all mamas and their children (not just daughters - I have a son, too, after all!).  Stay tuned for monthly posts from Sandy, Laura, Carly and I as part of the Mamas and Minis Style Collective!  

AND for an even more interactive space to ask questions in real-time - you are invited to join our brand new Facebook group.   This is a space where we can discuss the latest trends for both mama and littles, and we'll be sharing the best sales/deals weekly!  It's all about celebrating motherhood, which doesn't mean loosing yourself.  
You can see past post Mama Style posts from this series right here!
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