I’m so excited to finally share with you guys our baby girl’s nursery! It has been a work in progress for a while now, and I started decorating pretty early on! I’m SO happy everything came together perfectly and it is finally complete…
I can breath a huge sigh of relief and check this off my endlessly long to-do list! haha I couldn’t have done it without the help of my Hubby, who spent hours putting everything together for me! He is going to be the sweetest and best daddy! Her room is our favorite in our home! I love just going in there and day dreaming about her being in here soon with me!
When I first started designing her nursery, I first thought about the colors I wanted for it and then wrote down the look I was envisioning. I wanted something girly and pink (of course 😉 ), light and airy, and etherial looking! I wanted blush pink, gold, grey, and ivory colors in her room! I first got the comfy blush pink Delta Children’s Emma Tufted Glider and sort of designed the rest of the room around that! I love the color of the glider- it’s the perfect dusty, blush pink color- which is exactly the shade of pink I wanted! I can’t wait to nurse her in it and read books to her every night! Then, I ordered her crib from Pottery Barn and I couldn’t be happier with it!! I knew I wanted something light colored and gender neutral, so we would be able to use it in our future kids’ nurseries as well! I love all of their furniture, decor and accessories for nurseries! I also got her pink tulle butterfly crib skirt from Pottery Barn and a butterfly crib sheet as well! I then designed and ordered a matching pink crib bumper from Carousel Designs and some other accessories such as a changing pad cover, more crib sheets, a lamp shade, and diaper stacker! When I ordered the crib bumper, I didn’t know anything about them being dangerous for babies. So now it is just for decoration, but I will be taking it out when she starts sleeping in her crib! I knew I wanted something pretty above her crib, and got some inspiration from IG, Pinterest and friends to do paper flowers! I think it really completes the room, ties all the colors together, and adds some texture to the walls. I also love her dresser/ changing station!! I spent hours researching the perfect dresser and trying to find the right color I wanted. I came across this one from Wayfair and knew it would be perfect for her nursery. It’s the perfect width and length for her changing pad and everything else I needed to store in there. It is also pretty reasonable compared to the more expensive furniture I was looking at getting.
I hope you guys enjoyed her nursery reveal! I am also hosting a Giveaway as well with some of my favorite baby companies, which will be on my IG tomorrow August 18th (@katelynpjones)! So stay tuned for that! Hope you guys enjoy and comment below if you have any questions! XOXO
As many of you moms out there know, getting back into working out after giving birth is no easy feat. With a new tiny baby to care for 24/7, keeping up with all the housework and being a good wife/friend/daughter/sister still can take a toll on you emotionally and physically. The nine months I was pregnant felt like an entire year, which basically you can sum it up to almost a year long haha I was on bed rest for part of my pregnancy and was not able to workout or walk for long periods of time. Having to “take it easy” for months and months was actually not as fun as it sounds and was sometimes miserable. All I could do is daydream about my baby girl and do most things from the couch or from my bed. I’m the type of person that always has endlessly long to-do lists and hardly ever stop to take breaks during the day in order to get all my tasks and chores done. So that is another reason it was so hard on me to take it easy.
Also, I got really swollen and had gained almost 40 pounds!!! I did still eat healthy throughout my pregnancy and craved lots of salads and fruit which I think helped keep my weight down more than if I were to eat a ton of junk food. But not being able to move a lot or workout was not good for gaining 40 lbs. It was hard after giving birth to even THINK about working out, even after the “Six Week” all clear from my doctor. I just did not have the energy, confidence, and time to do it!!! I would see other moms bouncing back into shape so fast after having their baby and it just made me feel even more discouraged. I felt like I could never have any time or energy to workout again. It felt like every second of my day was filled with something more important than working out. After about 5 months, I started to realize the importance of setting aside at least fifteen minutes a day for myself to recharge and do something that makes me feel better. Working out is one of those things I need to do each day to make me feel better and have that “me” time each day- which I think is important for all moms to have! I love working out in the mornings because I get it done with and I notice it puts me in a good mood and makes me feel like I have already accomplished something in my day! Working out in the morning also gives me more energy and stamina throughout the day! Below are some workouts I do throughout the week. Each week is not always perfect, but I do try my best to keep with a schedule and workout around 4 days a week. I’m not by any means a professional, but after doing some research and seeing results, this is what works for me! So far I have lost all my baby weight and I am back at my pre-pregnancy weight. My goal is to continue to workout to tone up for summer and stay fit to keep up with my baby girl!
I will mix things up a lot, but here is my typical workout week lately:
I have been walking at least three times a week, usually 3-6 miles each time! Going for my walks with Kennedy is something I always look forward to, and I know she loves getting outside too. I use the Thule jogging stroller and I LOVE it!!! Kennedy loves it as well and will always fall asleep in it no matter what! It is really smooth and has such great features.
She will look around at all the trees and scenery and will always take a nap in her comfy jogging stroller during my walk. I’m not quite ready for going on runs yet, but I plan on running with my jogging stroller and Kennedy soon! I’ve noticed walking has helped me shed some stubborn baby weight and it’s also so nice for me and Kennedy to get outside! Going for my walk is also a great time to listen to music and have some “me” time while Kennedy naps in the stroller!
I got a pack of fitness resistance bands for toning my legs and butt! The pack comes in five varying resistance levels- from light to heavy. I use these bands for my leg workouts and I do a variety of exercises with them. Below I’m doing a squat side step and the other photo I’m working my glutes by kicking back. You can also do donkey kicks and bridges with them. You can also use these for arm resistence and arm workouts as well!!! I’ve noticed a big difference in my leg muscles and defintion since I have started using them!
Lunges are great for toning your legs and butt! I do these every time I do my leg day along with my 7 pound weights usually. I will do 30 lunges (15 each side), and sometimes I will do two sets! I also try to dip low but not have my knee go too far down, and then come straight up and squeeze my butt at the top. That is important for getting it toned!
I have been using a jump rope for my workouts since I saw my favorite Victoria’s Secret models back in the day using one to get ready for the fashion shows. After that, I HAD to go out and get myself a jumprope to get myself in shape like them haha! But it really is a great total body workout and great cardio! I will try to go 1-2 minutes for a warm-up, then take a 1 minute break, and jump for 3 more minutes. My goal is to get to 5-8 minutes straight of jumping! This jump rope I got off of Amazon is really reasonable and works very well! It has memory foam handles and when I jump the rope is really smooth and never has any issues! You can take your jump rope anywhere and it can be done at home without a gym! If you don’t have treadmill or bike, jumping rope is a great alternative to getting your heart rate up and your cardio in!
I have been doing arm weights to get my arms, shoulders and back toned again. I have to carry around my 20 lbs baby everyday, so having strong arms is so important for me! I love doing a variety of arm workouts with my weights on arm and ab day.
Here is an example of what I will do on arm day:
Doing squats is something I use to hate doing but now they are my favorite and I have noticed great results since I’ve been doing them. They are great for tightening and toning your butt and legs and shaping and lifting your bum too! I make sure to always squeeze my bum when I come up every time! Here is an example of what I will do during leg day with squats:
3 sets of 15 regular Squats,
3 sets of 15 squats Jumping Squats
3 sets of 15 squats Sumo Squats with a 15 lbs dumbbell or kettle ball
Here are some other great leg workouts I love to do at home!
Right after my daughter Kennedy was born, they quickly took her away form me and she was admitted to the NICU. I have written a full in depth about what happened and her birth story here, but I’ll share a quick recap. She had gotten my Group B Strep infection (which my doctor had told me I didn’t have when I was pregnant) and another infection from me being in labor so long. She spent two weeks there on antibiotics to get rid of the infections, and right after she was born she had a couple sleep apnea episodes. Hearing all of these things that was going on with my baby was really scaring me, while I laid in my hospital room trying to recover and get some rest- which I hardly did that first week. While she was in the NICU, they had her heart rate and oxygen levels monitored 24/7, and the nurses were able to go to her quickly if anything was wrong or levels were off. Finally after two weeks of being in the NICU, we were able to bring my beautiful daughter Kennedy home!!! It felt like Christmas day and it was one of the best moments of my life driving away with her and finally taking her home with us. After all that happened with Kennedy in the first weeks of her life, especially her having had some sleep apnea episodes, I was so incredibly happy I had my Owlet baby monitor all set up to use at home. It gave me so much peace of mind and made us feel more calm about her sleeping here at home with us.
The Owlet Baby Monitor uses pulse oximetry to track your baby’s hear rate and oxygen levels and you can get real time updates of the levels directly on your phone through the Owlet App. You can check your baby anytime while they are sleeping, and if the levels fall outside of the preset zones of being too low or too high, you’re designed to be notified both on the app and the Base Station. A “red notification” is the type of notification you’re designed to get when the oxygen or heart rate levels are too low or too high. We have had the “red notification” sound two times, and my husband and I were quickly able to go to Kennedy and wake her up to tend to her. Kennedy is now six months old and we have been using it from the day were brought her home from the hospital!
A “red alarm” is the type of notification you will get when the oxygen or heart rate levels are too low or too high. We have had the “red alarm” sound two times, and my husband and I were quickly able to go to Kennedy and wake her up to tend to her. Kennedy is now six months old and we have been using it from the day were brought her home from the hospital!
I recently got the new Smart Sock 2, which is the new and improved design of the original Owlet Smart Sock. I was so excited to try the new sock out, because I have read so many great things about the design. The Owlet product is something we have used every single day for six months, so having a product come out with a new and improved design was so amazing! There are SO many great things I love about the new sock and I am so happy with the new changes. First off, I love the new wrap around design of the sock. With the original sock, Kennedy would sometimes be able to kick it off during her sleep, and the sock would be hard to get really secure. The new Smart Sock 2 has a strap that wraps around her ankle and it is so much mores secure. Kennedy has not been able to kick it off during her sleep with this new sock! Secondly, I love how there is writing on the inside which tells you where to place the sock (see photo below).
The strap that wraps around the foot is also wider than the previous one, which I think makes my baby more comfortable and it is easier for it to stay on with this as well. The updated sock also allows the toes to be open which makes it more breathable and comfortable for my baby. The sock can also be alternated between both feet, so you can give one foot a break or not have to worry about getting the correct sock for each foot. Just be sure to remember, the dome goes on the top for the right foot and the dome goes on the bottom for the left foot. Also, the bluetooth range as increased between the Smart Sock 2 and the base station- it is now a 12x increase (100 feet)!
It has been by far my favorite baby product and the #1 thing I recommend to parents of infants or my friends who are expecting soon! I have used it every single day since she was brought home. The nights I forgot to charge it, I really could not sleep at night because I didn’t have that peace of mind that the Owlet gives me. I am so grateful for modern technology and all the amazing baby products that help parents so much now. The Owlet Smart Sock 2 makes the perfect baby shower gift as well!
ALSO, with the Spring Promo going on right now, you can get a FREE pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins First Pair Collection with your purchase of Owlet’s Smart Sock 2!!!
*Owlet is intended to provide peace of mind. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.
I have been looking forward to writing this post and sharing my review of the Beaba Babycook Pro since I started using it! I have also been looking forward to Kennedy turning 6 months old so I can start making her food myself with this amazing device. So far I have been following the guide on what is recommended to feed 6 month olds. I have made Kennedy sweet pea puree, butternut squash, avocado puree, strawberry and banana puree, and plain banana puree. I fed her each food by itself for a few days to make sure she didn’t have any allergic reaction. Her most favorite foods to eat have been the butternut squash and strawberry and banana puree! Cooking her food with the Babycook has been SOO fun and easy too! I tell all my friends and family all the time how much I enjoy making Kennedy’s meals and the benefits of making them myself. First, I know what is going inside her meals, and there are no additives or extra sugars or perservatives. Secondly, it saves money to make it myself. Store bought pouches and containers are so amazing, but can be pricey and add up fast. There is also a lot of waste sometimes with baby food, especially if your baby doesn’t end up liking what your are feeding her. I have been buying most of her fruit and veggies organic, but you can save even more money if you by non-organic! I also love the feeling of making her home cooked meals, and I’m very grateful I am able to have the time allowed to do so. A new hobby of mine I’ve picked up is cooking, and using the Beaba Babycook has definitely started it for me. I love having Kennedy eat at the dinner table, and can’t wait for her to join in on all our family dinners together now that she is able to sit in her 4 Moms high chair.
With the 4-in-1 Baby Food Maker, the Beaba Babycook Pro, you can prepare fruits, vegetables, meat or fish from raw in only 15 minutes! The Babycook looks so sleek and great on our kitchen counter and comes with a recipe booklet, steam basket, spatula, mixing lid, and a step by step manual on how it works. This is a unique one-handed operation, and is very simple to operate once you know how to use the device. I also love how much food it can make at a time- up to 4.7 cups of food! I easily make Kennedy’s baby food by steaming it, and it alerts me when the steaming process is complete. I then blend it and puree it to the desired texture. Steam cooking the veggies and fruit locks in vitamins and nutrients, which is so important to me as a mother. I always want to make sure my baby is taking in the purest of food and getting her nutrients.
I use the Beaba Multi-Portioned Containers to store the food, and I freeze it. You can easily pop out the portioned food into a tupperware to dethaw the night before, or you can de-thaw and re-heat it in the Babycook Pro! In addition to feeding her solids and introducing new foods this month, I am of course continuing to feed her milk. I stopped breastfeeding at 5 months because I wasn’t producing enough for her and couldn’t keep up with how much she wanted to eat, and Kennedy is now fully on formula. I use the Baby Breeza Formula Maker and have been using the Kirkland Brand Formula (which is only about $16). I was using the Gerber Good Start Gentle Formula, but it was pretty pricey at about $30-50 a container, and we were going through the containers pretty fast! I have been using the new MAM Anti-Colic bottles and have LOVED them. Kennedy drinks from these bottles really great and she is alqays less gassy when she drinks from them. They are anti-colic and have a symetrically shaped nipple. This orthodontic nipple is ideal for baby’s jaw and teeth development.
I am constantly cleaning Kennedy’s bottles, pacifiers, and wiping her high chair tray and hands during feedings. I have been looking for a safe and all natural cleaning product brand, and found Dapple Baby. I use the cleaning spray to wipe down her high chair tray after feedings, and it smells amazing! I like using this spray because it is all natural, plant based and non toxic and smells like Lavender! So I know if her food touches it or she touches it, it won’t harm her. I love the hands + face wipes as well and use those ALL the time when I am on the go with Kennedy. I also wash all her bottles, pacifiers (she loves these ones and these ones), and teething toys (this one and this one) with the bottle dish soap. I highly recommend all the Dapple cleaning products if you are looking for an all natural, non-toxic and safe cleaning product to use around and on your baby!
For Kennedy’s 6 month feedings, her daily schedule usually looks like this:
7:00am- Kennedy wakes up
7:15am- Eats oatmeal and/or strawberry or wanna puree, followed by bottle (4-6 oz.)
9:00am- Down for 1st nap
10:30-11:00am- Wakes up and eats lunch. This month I have been giving her butternut squash, peas, or sweet potatoes, followed by a bottle afterwards. Playtime or runs errands with mommy until her 2nd nap.
1:00pm- Goes down for 2nd nap
2:30-3:00pm- Wakes up, bottle (4-6oz.), playtime
*Sometimes she will take another cat nap after her playtime for about 45min.
5-6:30pm- Depends when she woke up from her last nap, but I usually like to feed her dinner 2 hours after her last nap.
Making sure my baby is safe and okay is my number one priority as a new mom. I’m pretty sure, those things are on the forefront of every new and experienced parent’s as well. I was sent this Angelcare AC310 video monitor to try out and review for you guys, and of course I always give my honest review when trying out new products. I won’t post something I don’t or won’t use on my own baby!
After setting it up and trying it out for a couple weeks I have some things I love about it to share. First, the Angelcare monitor has a portable screen that can go anywhere throughout our home. The range of the monitor is 820 feet but if it goes out of range it will alert you. It also alerts you when it is running out of battery which I find very helpful. I would hate to put her down for a nap or to bed and then realize the monitor was out of battery! Another feature that I really love is it shows the baby’s room temperature on the monitor. It will show a red alert when it is too hot, and a blue alert when it is too cold. I like to keep her room between 69-73 degrees, and her nursery always gets hotter than the rooms in our home because she has such a large floor to ceiling window. So having the temperature reading on the monitor is very helpful. The room temperature reports last for two months.
The monitor also will change the screen display for daytime and for nighttime. One of my favorite features is that it has night vision without shining any light, so I can see Kennedy sleeping and check up on her from my room at night without having to go in her nursery! You can mount the camera on the wall, or set it near the crib (3 feet away from the crib for safety), so it is nice having those options! I have it set on her nightstand table, but I am planning on having it mounted on the wall! I also love how it has two way talk, so when she is fussing or crying, I can talk into the monitor and calm her down until I can finish what I’m doing and get to her. The camera and monitor are also so stylish and sleek. I love the white color, how great it looks in her nursery, and matches her nursery decor! I had another monitor that didn’t have nearly has many features as my Angelcare monitor, and it looked horrible in her nursery. I ended up returning it and I’m glad I did, because I LOVE this one and am so glad I got it!
In addition to the Angelcare Baby Monitor, Angelcare has more amazing baby products that I love and use! I have the Angelcare Bath Support, which I use for Kennedy’s bath time. She had outgrown her other baby bath tub that I was using at the kitchen sink, and found it difficult to bath her laying down in the bath tub. The Angelcare Bath Support is placed in the bathtub, and keeps her head and ears out of the water but I was able to put most of her body in the warm water! I love using the bath support in the bath tub so she can be supported in a seat, yet get to splash her legs and play with her bath toys still! This makes a great baby shower gift in addition to the baby monitor or you can register for it for your own baby shower!
Angelcare products are sold at most large baby retailers such as buybuy BABY, Babies R’ Us, Amazon, Target, Diapers.com, and Walmart! Target, buybuy BABY and Amazon have great baby registries and are really easy to use! XOXO
Hi! My name is Katelyn Jones and I'm the creator of A Touch of Pink Blog! I'm a wife, actress, model, and kitty mama currently living in Houston, Texas! I created A Touch of Pink to share with my readers my outfits, my life, and everything that inspires me. I have always loved everything fashion, beauty, living a healthy lifestyle, and traveling! By sharing some of my favorite things with you on my blog, I hope you leave feeling inspired! Be sure to subscribe below for weekly updates and follow me on my social media! XOXO Katelyn