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Guest Contributor: Bethany Menzel // This One’s For You Blog

“When wearing my wrap in the winter I find it easiest and comfiest to do lots of layers. I like to start with a tank or tee underneath the wrap because it makes it easy to nurse without taking my wrap off. Then I layer from there; adding a cardigan, flannel, short jacket, sometimes a scarf & mitts. I’m a fan of mixing patterns so I decided to pair my plaid flannel with my striped wrap.” -Bethany

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+ Photos by Elissa Crowe Photography

On Bethany:
Jeans – H&M
Jacket – Forever 21 ( similar one here )
Flannel – Nordstrom ( similar one here )
Boots – MTNG/Anthropologie ( no longer available )
Cardigan – H&M
Diaper Bag – Etsy
Hat – The Oxford Trunk
Wrap – Solly Baby

On Poppy:
Sweater – Baby Gap
Tights – Baby Gap
Moccasins – Freshly Picked
Beanie – Baby Gap ( no longer available )

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I will never forget having my first baby. It was a time of complete euphoria and complete exhaustion! I truly feel nothing but fondness when I think of those first weeks with baby, but I also remember very clearly that getting my teeth brushed was a major accomplishment. A shower? Talk about productive! Needless to say I wasn’t doing much cooking!

Since I didn’t know what I was getting into, I didn’t prepare any food ahead of time. Luckily I had a good friend and a mom who knew better. Between the two of them Nate and I had a freezer full of prepared dinners that simply required defrosting and reheating. Those meals were a lifesaver for us! We ate wonderfully during a time when about all I could manage was cold cereal.

Having food waiting in the freezer when baby is born is not only a good idea but almost a necessity, especially if you have other little ones running around! The following 12 meals are perfect for freezing ahead and are delicious, too! Get all the cooking done before baby arrives or, better yet, get your mom to do it for you! Whoever does the prep, once your sweet one is here, you’ll be so glad you won’t have to think twice about prepping a good meal. All of these recipes are great for freezing and a few are even dairy-free, something that many nursing moms need.

 

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This Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Quiche looks especially scrumptious. Get the recipe from Well Plated!

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One of our family’s most favorite recipes is Grammy’s Orange Chicken. This dinner is ultimate comfort food, has no dairy except for butter, and is not heavy on spices. Plus it freezes nicely! Get the recipe from This Week for Dinner!

This cozy Spinach Tortellini Tomato Soup is not only delicious but filled with healthy tomatoes and spinach, and the pasta makes it nice and filling. Get the recipe from Diethood!

Chicken Noodle Soup was one of my most favorite meals after having babies. After my third child, a friend of mine (who also happened to be a chef…lucky me!) brought over a huge container of homemade chicken noodle soup and it seriously made me happy! If you want to freeze some soup ahead of time for yourself, Simply Sated has a great recipe!

 

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Chicken Pot Pie is another great dinner for new parents! Protein, veggies and pure deliciousness is just what you need in those early weeks with baby. Get the recipe from This Week for Dinner!

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Yes, filling healthy dinners are a great thing to have in the freezer, but so are yummy Nutella Stuffed French Toast Sticks. Whether for breakfast or a snack, you definitely need to fill your freezer with these French toast goodies! Get the recipe at From Valerie’s Kitchen!

When I started compiling this list, I got in touch with my friends at Once a Month Meals because they are the freezer food experts. The whole team wholeheartedly recommended this Crockpot Mongolian Beef recipe, so I think it is a must! Click here to get the recipe from Once a Month Meals!

Lasagna is a fabulous meal to have in the freezer after baby is born. One of the best things we did was divide a cooked lasagna into individually-wrapped servings, so Nate and I could just grab a few servings at a time. This lasagna recipe from Ina Garten is a traditional tomato-based lasagna but with a few flavor twists. A friend brought it to us after one of our babies and it was divine! Get the recipe on This Week for Dinner!

 

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If you’re looking for a completely different kind of lasagna, this Creamy White Caprese Lasagna is a great option. Get the recipe from The Cookie Rookie!

Beef stew was another meal that my mom cooked and froze for us when we had our first baby. I don’t know if it was just because I was completely famished and bleary-eyed, but it was one of the best things I ever tasted! I am sure I would have devoured this Vegetable Beef Stew from The Lemon Bowl just as thoroughly!

Once a Month Meals also put together two complete freezable meal plans tailored for new parents. These meals are dairy free and the meal plans include side dishes and dessert, too. You’ll love having these meals stashed away! Click here for the recipes from Once a Month Meals!

 

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Guest Contributor: Jane Maynard // This Week for Dinner

 

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Many of you have asked us to share more photos and info from our “Boom Boom Room” experience so here are our top 5 most favorite moments from the Golden Globes Gifting Suite:

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1. Introducing some of our most fashionable young visitors to the babydoll wrap: We brought the babydoll wraps as a last-minute decision because it was recommended to bring something fun for young kids to do — we had no idea it was going to induce so many smiles and laughter!

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2. Spending some quality time with old friends: Getting to spend the day with Susan was such a treat! We are both so busy that it’s hard to find the time to catch up but whenever we get together, it’s easy to quickly pick up where we left off.

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3. Baby Frances is a star! My tiniest child loved every minute of her first Hollywood experience. She greeted all our visitors with the biggest smile and stayed true to herself by not letting the hustle and bustle of the Hollywood life get to her.

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4. Watching my team go crazy over one of the So You Think You Can Dance choreographers: Her name is Stacey Tookey. She is incredibly adorable and is planning on wearing her baby while she choreographs for So You Think You Can Dance this season.

5. Getting to share the experience with all of you! Thank you so much for always supporting us and for taking this journey with us. It was really fun and we’re so glad we got to bring some of our favorite brands home with us to giveaway to a lucky reader.

xx

Elle

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Casting Call

January 14, 2015

Casting Call Solly Baby SS15

We are so excited to get back in the studio and shoot the spring/summer line! The photoshoot will take place on Wednesday, February 4th in Los Angeles, California. We are in need of 4-5 moms/dads + babies between the ages of 0-6 months to model our new styles. As with all our photoshoots, this will be a fun, relaxed and baby-friendly shoot. Our casting calls are only posted on our social channels because we love drawing from our Solly Baby community — getting to meet you and spend the day with people from our community is the best!

Details below — if you and your little one sound like a good fit, please email us at pr@sollybaby.com with the following information:

+ 2-3 recent photos of you and your little one

+ your baby’s age

+ sizing information for both of you (so we can forward the information to our stylist)

+ contact information

Location

Los Angeles, California

Date + Time

February 4th, 2014 7:30am – 5:00pm (but we’ll book you in an hour and a half time slot)

Compensation

Free Solly Baby Wrap of your choice from our new line, $100 to cover travel expenses, etc. + professional photos of you and your little one taken by world renowned photographer, Max Wanger.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

xx

Elle

(The casting call window will close on Wednesday, Jan. 21)

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This year, we were asked to participate in the Golden Globes baby gifting suite known as the “Boom Boom Room.” We met so many amazing people and made some new friends along the way.

Since we believe everyone deserves in on the fun, we collected our favorite products and created our own Golden Globes Gift Basket to share with one lucky winner.

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Here’s how you enter:

Pin one of these photos from our Golden Globes inspiration board below (because obviously all of these gorgeous dresses were inspired by a Solly Baby wrap), use this hashtag when you pin your photo so we can find you #ThatsAWrap


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We will choose one lucky winner on Wednesday, Jan 14. Please make sure a link to your website/blog/instagram is included in your Pinterest profile so we can get a hold of you.

(And please don’t forget to follow all the brands on Instagram.)

Good luck!

For the full list of products included in the gift basket, see below the jump.

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Bringing Baby Home

December 29, 2014

The feeling of a new baby in your home is almost impossible to describe. Time seems to stand still for a moment and, even amidst crying and gas and sleeplessness, the beauty of the whole thing is almost intoxicating. Somehow Shelby Osmond captures it perfectly in this video. Like, I-should-probably-have-ten-more-babies-perfect. Check out more heavenly baby moments on her blog, Brandon and Shelby.

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EMC Holiday Gift Guide

December 10, 2014

EMC-Gift_Guide For every wrap purchased on our site, we donate $1 to our partner charity, Every Mother Counts, 100% of which goes directly to programs that dramatically improve maternal health worldwide. Since we couldn’t think of a better gift Solly Baby could give this holiday season, we wanted to give a little more. For the month of December we’ll be donating $10 of every Burnt Sienna Solly Baby Wrap sold on our site to Every Mother Counts. Check out the rest of their gift guide here.

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This is Solly Baby’s family traveling series Wrap Around the World with Solly Baby. Here you’ll find our traveling tips & notes from our five-week adventure across Europe with my husband and three children (ages 5, 3, and 6 months).

By planning our locations and activities as we went along, as well as asking for suggestions from locals and other traveling families on Instagram, we learned a lot and are sharing in hopes of encouraging other families to plan their own “babywearing adventure”. See more pics on Instagram and with the hashtag #wraparoundtheworldwithsollybaby.

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WHY: LONDON

+ London was our first stop for a few reasons: it was the shortest flight from LAX to Europe and they speak English. London is also absolutely charming. The homes, the shops, the parks, the palaces, the guards. All of it is perfectly magical, especially in early fall.

*Tip*

We knew we’d be exhausted upon arrival so we wanted to lessen the pain as much as possible. We spent the first three days getting over jet lag, not leaving the house until one or two in the afternoon, so we tried to maximize our afternoons and evenings.

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STAY

+ We booked an an apartment/flat in Kensington by the Natural History Museum through Orbitz that was okay, but right on the subway line which kept me up all night! The location was great, though. I always look for places near public transportation, a grocery store, and in a very central location so you don’t waste time and your little ones’ energy going in and out of the city.

*Tip* 

If you’re staying > 3 nights, book a house through Kid & Coe, Airbnb, or Home Away. If you’re staying < 3 nights get a hotel. Homes were key for traveling for such a long time. We could all stretch out, do laundry, go to the grocery store and you get a totally different feel for each city. We loved using Orbitz for hotels because we kept earning Orbucks throughout the trip, which helped pay for the next hotel, flight, or car rental.

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TRANSPORTATION

+ Taxis

+ Double Decker Bus (great way to begin a trip since you get an overview of big sites and then decide what you’d like to visit from there)

+ Subway

*Tip* 

London is an intense city. You can’t just meander down in the subway or you’ll get trampled and lose your kids. We preferred staying somewhere central so we could primarily walk or to take a taxi to an area we’d be staying in for the day. Taxis are pricier, but it made everything so much simpler that I wouldn’t have it any other way while traveling with little ones. Also, London taxis almost all have 5 seats so you can catch pretty much any taxi driving down the road.

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*Activities*

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+ Paddle Boats on the Serpentine

+ Catch a double decker bus tour to see main sights (Queensway near Notting Hill is a good place to catch bus as well as Buckingham Palace)

+ Covent Garden for market and street performers

+ London Eye and surrounding playground

+ London Zoo

+ Find Britney Spears & Kim Kardashian! (Kidding, they were both there while we were and so we got this suggestions quite a bit)

+ Train to Windsor and Legoland

+ Kensington Palace

+ Stroll thru Notting Hill

+ Southbank to walk along Thames past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (too much walking for our little ones so we viewed this from the double decker bus)

+ Walk over Millenium Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral

+ Buckingham Palace, changing of the guards

+ Trafalgar Square

+ Experience some East London vibes at Old Spitalfields Market or Broadway Market

+ Portobello Road Market

+ Chinatown

*Parks & Museums*

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+ Hyde Park: this is a huge park and has several playgrounds Diana Memorial is the most recommended, Kensington Gardens has a pirate themed playground, and we played at the Children’s Park and played with the ducks nearby

+ Regents Park

+ Natural History Museum

+ Science Museum

+ Tate Modern

+ Crown Jewels at Tower of London

+ National Portrait Museum

+ British Museum

*Tip* 

When traveling with small children, I would suggest “doing” things rather than “seeing” things. Long walks just to look at things are torturous for most little ones! Make it a walk to a chocolate shop or to feed the ducks and then look at Big Ben on the way rather than having Big Ben as your final destination. Better yet, do a double decker bus tour first to see all the big attractions and then just fill your itinerary with fun activities.

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+ Bakeries (I know PAUL’s is a big chain, but it did not disappoint)

+ Portobello Market for lunch+ Wagamamas

+ The Orangery for tea at Kensington Palace (they were booked when we were there, but I so wish I could’ve taken my oldest daughter for tea time here!)

+ Monmouth Street Coffee

+ Camden Market

+ Borough Market

+ Mother Mash

+ Dishoom

+ Broadway Market on Saturday

*Tip*

We only ate in sit-down restaurants if we knew our kids were up for it and the food was amazing. I read a tip from Design Mom before we left suggesting to eat before or after busy hours at sit down restaurants for a less stressful dining experience and found that very helpful. Most of the time we’d stop by a bakery for breakfast and grab croissants and hot chocolate or juice and then we’d stop at the markets for lunch and try things. We’d get fresh fruit, sandwiches, and dessert was all too easy. We generally ordered dinner in from an Italian restaurant below our flat or pick up food from the grocery store. Our kids were always so tired by evening and London is not the cheapest city so this helped offset the cost.

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SHOP

+ Hamley’s Toy Store (6 floors of toys!)

+ Harrod’s Kids Floor & Disney Cafe

+ Liberty of London

+ Quaint children’s boutiques around the city

*Tip*

If your kids are anything like mine then they’ll fixate on the toy shopping idea and not focus on anything else until then. We quickly found out that it was best to tell them we would not be doing any shopping and then if they’d had a good day of listening and weren’t too wiped, we’d surprise them and let them pick out something small.

As far as the shopping I wanted to do, it just wasn’t feasible with 3 kids so we’d either split up for a bit so I could explore. It also kept me from breaking the bank. 

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REFERENCES

+ Check out our Pinterest Board Traveling with Kids for our favorite websites and articles on traveling with little ones! London is toward the bottom!

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