October 2018 | Balancing in High Heels

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Balancing in High Heels is a fashion + lifestyle blog written by Ryann Donahoe. This blog is a source for everyday, affordable style, the latest beauty finds and all things lifesyle with a touch on motherhood.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Designing A Nursery In Three Simple Steps

I have never been one of those moms who prepare's the baby's nursery months in advance. Mainly because with our first baby we lived in a two bedroom apartment. We set up the crib and hung a ew things but she also shared a room with a five year year old little boy. We moved into our new house I loved setting up her nursery. At that point she was about 7-8 months old. That's totally not normal lol. Setting up a special nursery at 8 months!?




Fast forward to our second baby. We quickly outgrew that house and then three year old still had her sweet nursery. Our new baby boy shared a room with his older brother. A few months later we moved again and all three kids had their own rooms. Again I loved setting up the nursery for our sweet boy in our new house.

Now on to today!
When we found out we were expecting our latest  we weren't exactly sure what to do. We had H in the nursery and AR in her room with. If you remember on our Instagram I posted about her staying in our room in a portable crib. We got that set up before she made her arrival! Once she got here she slept in a rock in play. When she outgrew that we moved her to a bassinet right beside the bed. After that she went into the portable crib for a couple of months at the foot of our bed until we realized it was time. Every time one of us would get out of bed it would wake her up. So we decided it was time to move her to her nursery. But I knew we had to make it special! It had been brother's nursery- filled with all of the little sports pictures and boy things.

I started looking into ways we could make this space special. This being my last baby- I wanted her to have the most perfect nursery. Thats when Rock Mountain Decals came into play. Did you know that you can make a space in your home unique and personal without having to spend a lot of time and effort changing it up? Rocky Mounting Decals is a company that create removable wall paper and decals. I had a vision in my head about what I wanted in to look like. Everything pink and girly!

For AP's nursery we went with the Peony Flower Wall Stickers. You can find them HERE. They are the perfect addition to any little girls room! I also wanted to add a personal touch so I got a Name Decal. You can customize it with different fonts and colors.




Here are THREE simple ways you can design a nursery-

1. Find a theme and don't overthink it. With all of our kiddos we never had a true theme. I looked on Pinterest, got ideas and put something together. Don't overthink it!

2. Find a couple of timeless pieces- These Pottery Barn chairs are great. They add a sweet touch to the space and it's also something they can use for years to come. THESE are on sale! Get some great crib sheets, an amazing quilt and your all set.

3. Personalize it- Decals are easy touches to put on the nursery to give it a unique feel. The Rocky Mountain decals we use are removable. You can change them up from time to time. Your baby's nursery can grow as he/she grows.

Thank you to Rocky Mountain Decals for sponsoring today's post! 










Friday, October 19, 2018

Cozy Fall Sweaters + Nursing Mama Must Have

You guys.. What a week it has been! I have had so many things to do outside of the house during the day and I am just plain exhausted. Today is more relaxed so AP and I are having a slow morning. I normally try to do seperate fashion post from my mom post BUT today it just worked out that I could combine them. 

SWEATER WEATHER 

The weather is finally cool enough for use to wear our cozy sweaters and I love it. You will never believer where I snagged this $16 sweater- grab it HERE




I love the darker colors for fall but for some reason I always tend to get lighter color sweaters and cardigans. I sized WAY up in this one. I usually do in all of my sweaters to give them that slouchy/oversized look. So keep that in mind! I'm going to link a few other sweaters below that I'm currently loving also. 

Now on to the mama stuff. Are you a pregnancy or nursing mama? Do you have any nursing mama friends? When I was nursing AP I came across this company called MILKIN' COOKIE. These are the best lactation cookies! I had the hardest time this go round with nursing. We pushed through and made it to six months. If you are looking for something to send a new mama this is perfect. Seriously how adorable is this MUG




Use code: MILKINMAMA2018 for 10% off of your order!

A huge thanks to MILKIN' COOKIE for sponsoring today's post.







Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sixth Month Update

Six whole month's with our sweet baby AP. It still seems so crazy that she's here yet I don't remember what we did before her. She is definitely the star of this show! This post is going to be short and sweet- mainly because Mama is tired Y'all. I'm going to share some a few updates and some of our favorite baby items thats we can't live without. 

BABY UPDATE 

We have our six month appointment next week but if you can tell by our pictures- AP is thriving! After our four month weight gain challenge (thankfully) haven't had anymore issues. We will find or next week her weight but I'm not at all concerned! We have tried food here and there but she doesn't have it daily. Sweet potatoes are her favorite! She's rolling around  front back to front and front to back. She absolutely loves her exersaucer, sitting up on her blanket with toys and being held my mom of course. On thing that happened this month that has officially tore me to pieces is the fact that we have completely stopped nursing. I went into this pregnancy saying we would breastfeed for a year and it just didn't happen that way. I have been an emotional wreck but here is what I need to say. DO what is best for you and your baby. I have seen an entirely different baby since we started supplementing with formula. I had no clue my baby was starving. If you have to use formula please do not feel like a bad mom. 

MAMA UPDATE 

Well now that we have officially stopped nursing I'm just waiting for the weight to fall off. With all of my babies I don't seem to lose weight until they wean. Thirty pounds- I still have a whole thirty pounds to go to get to my pre pregnancy weight. So on that note and all of the formula talk. Our bodies have gone through some major changes. I try to focus on staying acting, eating healthy and being happy for my family. 

SIX MONTH FAVORITES 

TOYS! My absolute favorite age has to be six months. The giggles are in full force and they love play time. THIS is our current favorite toy at this age. I'm sure other mama's would agree! THESE and also THIS are other's we are loving. Anything that makes noise and they can chew on will do just fine. Now that we are exploring the world of solids we decided to get something she could sit in while we are at the table but didn't want to get an actual high chair right now. We love THIS ONE for feeding her and it's also perfect for when in in the kitchen trying to get things done. It keeps her very entertained! 

We are still loving all of our previous Favorites. I'll link my other blog post here so you are look back on those. Baby Safety we lovesleeping must havesDiaper bag must haves 





Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Self Tanner Must Haves 2018


Now that it is officially fall I thought it was the perfect time to share my Self Tanner Must Haves with you! I've been using self tanner religiously since my teen years. A couple of years ago I went in to get some things looked at that I had forever. During my second pregnancy these changed and it had me a nervous wreck. They day I went in my dermatologist told me that it's normal to have them change during pregnancy but she wanted to check on just to be certain. 

Thankfully it came back normal but since then I don't leave the house without sunscreen on and ALWAYS wear sunscreen on my face. I have an awesome two inch scar on the side of my face from the removal. So on to today's quick little post! Take it from the self tanning queen- these are the some of my favorites. I will change them up from time to time or sometimes I'll layer didn't ones to get a deeper color.

My current favorite is the Beauty By Earth. It's an all natural self tanner and I'm ALL about that.
Before I found this one I wore the Jargons Instant Sun. My go to self tanner in High school and college was the Banana Boat Summer Color (my friends will remember this I'm sure!)
The other ones are ones I love and you can find in drugstores and Ulta!

Shop them all below!