Former ABC15 Smart Shopper Chelsey Davis Hamilton had two dreams that, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, she brought to fruition.
The Centennial High School graduate longed to write children’s books and appear on the small screen with her husband, Brandon Hamilton, a former TV host and anchor/reporter.
Their show, “Home Sweet Arizona,” will regularly air on CW61Arizona at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, but the premiere is set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, just after the Day of the Dead Parade. The first episode will address “all-things scary.”
“It’s going to be a lot of fun being able to finally be on a show together,” Davis Hamilton said. “We’ve always been at competing stations. We’re doing all aspects of this together — hosting, executive producing, shooting and editing.”
“Home Sweet Arizona” is a marketing-friendly, local program that provides helpful information for all things home, including real estate insight, renovation tips, decorating, design, protecting a home, ideas to create memories with families at home, and holiday ideas.
“Let’s talk kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, offices, cinemas, backyards, landscaping, pools, pest control, the buying-and-selling process, flipping homes, unique properties for sale, vacation rentals, home-away-from-home experiences, things to do and enjoy outside the home in Arizona, etc.,” she said.
“Think HGTV mixed with Hallmark’s ‘Home and Family.’”
Davis Hamilton considers a home to be not “just a roof that’s over your head. People call Arizona home.”
Davis Hamilton realized another dream during the COVID-19 pandemic: writing children’s books. During the quarantine, she penned five books, the first of which, “Wyatt’s Wheels,” was self-published through Amazon in July, Disability Pride Month.
“Wyatt’s Wheels” tells the story of a little boy with spina bifida who wants to try out for the track team. Thanks to amazing friends and family, the wheelchair-bound boy achieves his dream while teaching people what it means to win. She said the response has been “overwhelming.”
“I’m passionate about advocating for and cheering on people with disabilities,” she said.
“I also love alliteration. So, my children’s books will include these four I’s: inclusion, impact, inspiration and innovation. We are all capable of achieving our dreams.”
Davis Hamilton is a triple threat. She serves as author, publisher and illustrator. Each book is an independent story, but in the end of each, she teases the next one. In this case, it’s “Serenity’s Superpowers,” about a blind girl who “saves the day.”
“I’m really excited,” she said. “It’s a couple weeks away from being released. I’m working on audiobook versions of it as well. People who have any type of visual impairment need to enjoy these books as well.”
Davis Hamilton is aiming to have another book released by November.
“I poured my heart and soul into this,” she said. “To get that reaction is very special.’
Love at first sight
Hamilton left his co-hosting duties at “Your Life Arizona” to work in real estate for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and the TV show.
The “power couple” have been married for more than five years. The two met in 2014 when they were morning traffic anchors at competing stations in the Valley.
“It was love at first sight,” she said.
The two saw each other on television before they met. An acquaintance told Hamilton he should reach out to her.
“On our first date, we went to Postino on Central,” she said. “I drive a truck. I parallel parked my truck. He had a Hummer at the time. He used the valet. They pulled the Hummer away and he was wearing a vest, jacket over his shoulder and doves flying behind him. We talked for three hours. I left and called my girlfriends and said, ‘I met the one.’ It was love at first sight. Our first date picture is in an ornament that’s a TV.”
A former five-year NFL cheerleader, Davis Hamilton is an avid Cardinals fan. She was part of morning anchor teams for nearly a decade, doing traffic, entertainment reporting, creating series and Smart Shopper hosting. She remains dedicated to her GPS (God’s Plan for Success) and to being sunshine for others.
“Although it’s important to make a great first impression, it’s most important to leave a lasting one,” she added.
Hamilton is also a historic preservationist; DIY expert; and host, producer and creator of shows.
“He will tell the story of a property, not just shoot it,” she said. “He wants to save the integrity of some of these homes that would otherwise be destroyed. It’s been really fun. We look at things and we think differently than most people would. We tell a story.
“He’s been doing such an amazing job. He’s so supportive of this leap of faith. I had this deeper calling. This is what I needed to do to achieve the dreams and the goals and the passions that God put in my heart.”