Chasing Davies

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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June 6, 2020

My go-to Iced Mocha for Summer


 
I've been trying new recipes in the kitchen during quarantine. It's been nice to be forced to get creative and use things I already own (like pantry items that have been collecting dust), but I've also stumbled upon some now favorites!

Over the last 6 weeks, as the weather has warmed up, I've paused on my homemade (hot) latte situation (though I need to test out an ice latte soon), and been sucking down iced mochas that I adapted from the Hungry Girl. 

She created this "isolation mocha" and shared it on a live video on Facebook (watch it here).  I ordered the ingredients I didn't have right away, and have been making this iced coffee drink since!  It's pretty quick to make after you make it a couple times.


Here are the ingredients you need

1 tbs. Instant Coffee

1 tbs. (or to-taste) Monkfruit Sweetener 
(or other sugar/replacement preference)

1 tbs. Cocoa Powder

1 tbs. Powdered Coffee Creamer - Creamy Chocolate
(you get more calorie bang for you buck with powder)

Serving size of Collagen Powder
(I use this kind)

Dash of Cinnamon 

1/2 cup of hot water

Ice

1/3-1/2 cup of Milk/Alternative of your choice
(I use Silk's Creamy Cashew milk)

Tumbler
(I like Yeti or insulated Mason Jar Mug)

How to

1. Put 1/2 cup of water in the microwave for a minute to get it HOT

2. While water is getting hot, mix all your dry ingredients in your tumbler (get an insulated one to keep your drink cold longer later)

3. Poor the hot water into your tumbler over the dry ingredients and STIR (for about 30 seconds)

4. Fill up your tumbler up with ICE about 2/3rd to 3/4th of the way

5. Poor 1/3 to 1/2 cup of your milk choice on top & STIR


ENJOY!


 Ingredients & products I love for this drink:




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