November 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.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Simple Pieces for Your Not so Simple Babe

As we are getting  close to the end of the year I have been doing a lot of soul searching. I shared on Instagram on of my favorite podcast to listen to at the moment. Allie Casazza has such great tips on her blog and podcast where she talks about simplifying your life. She talks about how to stop cleaning up after you children's childhood and start being preset. That probably makes any mama take a deep breath and realize that a lot of time can be spent tiding homes, washing laundry and doing the dishes. 

I joke with my husband all of the time about becoming "minimalist". I'm only half joking though. I started our decluttering process a few weeks ago. It has been so freeing to get rid of the things we don't need or even use. 

When I started this process I realized I didn't need for my children to have fifty thousand pieces of clothing. WHY does it feel like they have so many? Maybe it's because I have three children. I just realized they don't need it all. They need pieces they will wear often. We all know how fast our babies grow (even though I hate to admit it!) 

So I encourage you to start small. I went through their clothes, hung the pieces we are keeping, made a donate box and a resale box. Let's be honest mama's- having a resale option for your babies clothing is huge. I use the app Kidizen. It's such an easy way to snap pics, post them and sell your gently loved pieces to other mama's. If you register be sure to use my referral code! zyc0n

I list our items so that I can replace with other things we need. With AP being eight months old she doesn't have an abundance of clothing. Which is great because she doesn't need them! Recently I found some pieces that screamed her "style" and I snagged them right up. 

Georgia Pocket Dress: Find it HERE.

Olive Top: Find it HERE.

Charcoal Overall Dress: Find it HERE.

Mustard Baby Doll Top: Find it HERE.

I love the simplicity of them. I just find it important to make the simple things "enough" these days. Not always trying to keep up with the latest and greatest can take a serious weight off of your shoulders. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Weekend Getaway- Dauphin Island, AL

Monday. After a full day of traveling with babies yesterday I'm actually really enjoying this quite  Monday morning at home. AP is napping, I've got coffee in hand and a fire going. Every year after football season Barrett and I try to plan a long weekend getaway alone. Last year we didn't get to go because I was pregnant and felt like doing a whole lot of nothing but lying in bed. This year it just worked out where we got to take a long weekend to the beach kiddos included. We had a grand time. 

Every summer we plan a beach trip or two. Usually we go to Destin, FL or Orange Beach, AL. Destin is our favorite and Barrett has a yearly conference in Orange Beach so we make a family trip out of that. We have never been to Dauphin, Island so we weren't exactly sure what to expect. Have you ever read the book Safe Haven? I love the movie as well. That's the vibe I got. Completely small town and a low key feel. It was amazing. Our beach house was feet from the water, there were very few restaurants and the weather was perfect.  We ate at a little taco place numerous times. It was the kiddos favorite thing we did! We had the best time and can't wait to go back. 

Sharing some snaps from our trip. I had all the intentions to bring my cameras for pictures and videos but realized about an hour in I forgot them- along with a few other necessities but we made it work. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

All About the DoTERRA Dream Kit and Why You Need It

Friday. Oh how I love you!

When I was getting ready to put this post together I started thinking about how long it has been since our family was introduced to the world of Essential Oils. Three and a half years. We had just welcomed a sweet baby boy into the world when my sister Sara brought us a baby gift. It wasn't your average gift though. She had started her journey with DoTERRA and wanted to share with us how amazing it was. I remember opening the kit she gave to us and thinking to myself, " I have no clue what to do with all of this." The essential oil world can be scary when you first dive in! That's why it's important to have someone who knows all about them to give you all of the EO knowledge. Thank the lord for Sara! She was there to answer my every questions no matter how many times I asked. We started slowly with using Lavender at bedtime and before I knew it we were using these little bottles for multiple things throughout the day. Here we are- almost four years later. 

This post is all about the DoTERRA Dream Kit

What's Inside 
Green Mandarin (15ml)
Magnolia Touch (10mL)
Pink Pepper (5mL)
Turmeric (15mL) 

I have to start with my favorite part of the kit. The DoTERRA Kids Collection. You know we have four kiddos in our family. Our six year old and three year old love their oils! They know that when they don't feel well, their moods aren't the best or they need some help winding down at bedtime they can reach for the oils. DoTERRA has formulated a collection of pre-diluted blends made with kids in mind. They include these handy little flashcards that help them figure out which roller bottle is best for that particular situation. It's the complete "Whole Body" toolbox. Formulated specifically for developing minds, bodies, and emotions, these essential oil blends feature unique combinations therapeutically balanced to provide powerful benefits while being gentle on delicate skin.

Next Up is one I just can't go without these days! Copaiba Softgels- When taken internally, Copaiba essential oil may help support the nervous, cardiovascular, immune, digestive, and respiratory systems. Barrett and I have both added the soft gels to our nightly routine! You can read all about the benefits of Copaiba HERE.

I don't know about you guys but I ditched my regular deodorant a few years of go and have been on the hunt for a non-toxic one since. I have tried them all and have only found couple. The new DoTERRA Balancing deodorant is a must. Made with DoTERRA's Balance Blend it is every bit of heavenly goodness. 

I've been dying to add Turmeric to our Essential Oil collection. I have heard such great things about it. Did you know that when taken internally it promotes a positive immune function and response? Read more about it here.

Yarrow | Pom will be available in December to purchase if you don't have to Dream Kit. It's a little pricey but that's how I always know it's the good stuff. Just take Frankincense for example. It's one we use daily! Read more about it here.

Green Mandarin is known for supporting healthy digestive and immune systems which we could all use. A few ways you can use this oils is to incorporate it into your home. You can use this as a food preservative or dilute it in a spray bottle to clean your kitchen. You can use it in your oral hygiene routine to promote healthy-looking teeth. Read more about it here

Do you know how many toxins are lurking around in your beauty and personal care products. One of the main ones being Fragrance. Companies can hide a ton of toxins in the word "Fragrance." Use the Magnolia Touch as your daily fragrance. It can also be used to help when feeling anxious. (Which is me 90% of my life.) So I know what I'm including in my daily beauty routine now! Read more about it here. 

There are a ton of uses for this next oil- Pink Pepper. You can dilute it with fractionate coconut oil to use for a massage, it may help calm and soothe the nervous system, and it may help promote healthy cellular immune function. Read more about it here

When I started with DoTERRA one thing I wasn't aware of was just how versatile these oils are. So many oils can be used for numerous things. If you find it overwhelming just know that! 

Now I'm sure most of you have heard of DoTERRA's On Guard blend. It's known as the protective blend. Now you can get your daily dose of On Guard while using your mouthwash. Insane! You can read more about it here. 

You can sign up to become a member for only $35.00. When you are a member you save 25% on all DoTERRA products! Do you want to learn more about DoTERRA? You can contact Sara and she will answer ALL of your questions!