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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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