March 2019 | 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.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Best Mom Advice To Surviving The First Year

This article was first published on A Mother Is in March 2019

Whether it’s your first, third or fifth child you will quickly realize that people love to give all sorts of parenting advice. This can be so overwhelming for any new mom. You will hear the countless comments about what others did that worked for them. As a mom of four I’m here to give you a little hope and to let you know that all babies are different. The pregnancies and postpartum months will all be different. You will struggle with different issues each time and question yourself. For me, it was the until baby number three that I quickly realized the struggles moms can have. 

I successfully breastfed two babies, both times making it almost a full year. There was no doubt in my mind that I wouldn't be able to exclusively breastfeed the third time around. It wasn’t until the two month mark that we started having issues and we both struggled just make it to that sixth month mark. This is when it became apparent that all of my journeys would be different. What worked the first time might not work now. But that’s okay, because this is YOUR journey. 

I found it hard to accept help when my babies got past six weeks. It’s just this natural mama instinct to want to do it all ourselves. If someone would offer to bring us dinner I would feel guilty. “My baby is almost two months old, I should be capable of making my family dinner again right?” 

I believe the biggest misconception about postpartum is that moms feel that once their babies get to a certain age, they should be able to “do it all” again. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Mom’s should never feel guilty about getting help especially during the first full year. Let someone make you dinner, let them babysit so you can get a few extra hours of sleep or a shower. The first year is always the most challenging- getting help from others will make it easier for you. Plan an afternoon out of the house doing something you love, go on a date night with your husband, and my all means don’t feel guilty if your friend wants to come over and help you fold the laundry. The best advice for surviving the first year of motherhood is more simple than we think. Just take the help and do something that makes you happier every now and again. Take it from me, It will make you a better mama! 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Avocado Chicken Salad From True Roots

Link to True Roots | HERE 

Our family has had our fair share of clean-eating days. Three years ago my husband and I were eating a clean diet and felt great but because we are humans e fell off of the wagon a few times. Now we always eat healthy and try to workout. Sometimes are better than others and some months we eat a little too much ice cream. Instead of focusing on a "diet", losing weight etc. we decided to just make small changes to the way we prepare food. 

I've loved Kristin Cavallari for years but became so fond of her when she became a mom and adapted a healthier lifestyle. Last year I bought her cookbook when it came out and have tried a few recipes here and there. Honesty though, sometimes it's just easier to grab the pancake mix or packaged chicken salad from the store. Sometimes thinking about revising recipes can be overwhelming, or at least that's what I thought. That was until we started making small changes. I started making one wholesome recipes a day and now it's just become a habit. Being the healthiest is a must for my sweet babes. They deserve a mama who is on her A game! 

So I thought I would document this weeks recipes on the blog. Simple recipes all out of Kristen Cavallari's cookbook True Roots. I have always loved the idea of having many home cooked meals throughout the day. I grew up cooking in my grandmother's kitchen and I loved that. Although now the healthiest thing- my husband loves to tell the story of how my homemade lasagna won him over. 

It's so crazy to me that if you just take the time to fix healthy meals it seems to get easier and less complicated overtime.  I could have easily cooked an egg in the skillet and went on about my day for breakfast. Instead I made avocado toast with an egg, arugula and crushed red pepper flakes. Turns that boring egg into SUCH a good breakfast and really helps to get my day going (and coffee, of course) 

Today's lunch was Avocado Chicken Salad from True roots and let's just say, I'm pumped there are leftovers. Avocado and pink himalayan salt are a staple in our kitchen so I'm not mad about having both of those included and PHS. I forgot to snap a after picture before I devoured it but wanted to share the recipe with you guys if you don't have the book. If not I highly suggest it! 
Stay tuned for tomorrow's recipe. Butternut squash pancakes. YUM. 

Grab your copy of True Roots HERE

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

How my Style has Changed as i'm Nearing Thirty

Thank you to Pink Blush for sponsoring today's post. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
You can shop all item from PinkBlush HERE

Light Pink Cardigan : HERE

Green Ruffle Dress : HERE

Although I'm still two years away from thirty I have realized that this past year a lot of things have changed. My style included. Amongst other things such as my body (thanks to my three beautiful babes that it carried.) My taste in furniture and home decor is evolving as well. I think back to the days when I thought everything in my home had to be brand new. I couldn't wait for the day that I could purchase all new furniture. It's seems as though when I hit twenty-seven I just woke up. I remember thinking, "Do I really care?" Honestly, the answer is no. I started truly finding my personal style when I found other bloggers with similar taste. I did an Instagram clean out and started following other accounts that were like mine. Since I did this my head has been more clear, I don't feel negative somedays for not having new things and I appreciate what I do have much more. One of my favorite past times since changing my lifestyle is thrift shopping. Not even kidding. I have started finding the best little nic nacs for our home this way. 

A few months after I had my third baby I realized the clothes that I had in my closet weren't really doing it for me. Not only did I not care for the style of them, since my body had changed I didn't like the way I looked in them. The older I get the more I realize that I am now drawn to less super bright outfits. When I was ready to update my closet I knew my staple pieces would come from PinkBlush. Their pieces truly never let me down all from pre, during and post pregnancies. They also have so many style options that I'm able to find things as my style is evolving! 

My everyday "mom outfit" for taking care of the kids and home is always a cozy cardigan, a tank and jeans. I found this light pink cardigan and I find myself wearing it multiple times a week. For my for dress up pieces I knew the color scheme I had in mind and this dress was a perfect fit. I find myself leaning more towards darker colors these days and I love it. 

I also want to say- something I've learned and feel like I have talked about numerous times since having my last baby is about postpartum bodies. Being closer to thirty, having my third baby and having them all within five years took a toll on my body. We are almost one year postpartum and I'm starting to truly love my body again. Instead of focusing on the number that is one the scale, I'm focusing on health. I believe feeling comfortable in your body has a lot to do with feeling good in the clothes you are wearing. I know for me that I feel so much better when my clothes fit and I'm not trying to get into a pair of jeans I've had for ten years. Things change over time. Styles and our bodies. It's perfectly normal to change things up from time to time. 

If you are on the hunt for a couple of great PinkBlush pieces I highly recommend these two!  You can find the Light Pink Cardigan here. It is available in three different colors. You can also find the Green Floral Layered Ruffle Sleeve Dress here. It's really flowy and comfortable. I love it for throwing it on those days I want to fee a little more dressed up.