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This guest post is from our favorite ladies, Natalie and Holly, over at The Modern Proper. Their mission is to reinvent proper for the modern homemaker, one delicious meal at a time. Check out more of their delicious recipes here.

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It’s been a little over five years since I had my first child. Upon his arrival I was overwhelmed with love for this new life that was cradled in my arms. It was a love no one could ever prepare me for, and it took my breath away on regular basis. In that time I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by a loving community that stopped by with gifts, flowers and best of all, food.

Fast forward 9 months later, my husband and I found out we were having another baby. That was a shock, to put it mildly. Just as I was caught off guard by this second pregnancy, I was unprepared when he arrived an entire week early, with a delivery so fast I struggled to wrap my brain around what had just happened. My then 17 month old had a nasty cough and cold, it was snowing in March, and our unfinished bathroom remodel left us without a shower. Unlike with the birth of our first born, my husband had to return to work quickly, and in those first few days I experienced emotions I didn’t even know existed within me. The crying went from the typical post pregnancy hormone tears to straight up ugly crying real quick. I knew I needed help, but I had no clue where to even begin to ask. I did this once, I should be able to do it again, right?

That first year of our second born’s life was extremely eye opening and raw for me. It wasn’t until he was 18 months old that my husband and I were even able to talk about some of the feelings we were experiencing, and things we had gone through. It was in that conversation that I was finally able to express that my greatest desire was for someone to just take care of me. I wanted someone to feel sorry for me and to genuinely ask how I was doing, because in that time, I was not okay. Like most hard things in life, we survive. We find it in ourselves to draw from an unseen strength and rise to meet the needs of our families. And I did just that, survived. Where I found that I failed miserably was meeting my own needs. I was exhausted, underweight, unhappy, and overwhelmed. When I was finally able to look in the mirror and see myself again, I made a vow to offer nurture to the other mom’s I knew who were in the throws of adjusting to life with a newborn, because I knew just how tough it could be, and I knew what I had needed so desperately.

Part of preparing myself for this cause was creating an arsenal of recipes that were delicious, home-cooked, protein-packed, healthy, comforting and great for leftovers: the perfect meals to bring new moms in the midst of the struggle. Tortilla soup is at the top of my ever-growing list. While food is an obvious physical provision for new moms, I like to think of it simply as an offering that opens the door to ask the question “how are you really doing?” and offer reassurance that she is in fact doing a great job and yes, she will survive.

 

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Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 rotisserie chicken
1 (15 oz) can diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 small onion, chopped
1 zucchini, large chopped
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can creamed or sweet corn
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 bay leaves

Serve with:
4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
fresh lime juice
sour cream
cheddar cheese, shredded
corn chips, crushed
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While rotisserie chicken is still warm, pick all meat of the bones. Place chicken meat in a large soup pot. Discard bones, or save if you like to make homemade stock. Place all ingredients from roasted tomatoes through bay leaves in the same pot as the chicken. Turn heat to high. As soon as soup begins to boil, turn to medium-low heat and continue to cook until onions as translucent and zucchini is tender. About 30 minutes.
Serve soup with chopped cilantro, fresh lime juice, sour cream, cheddar cheese, avocado and corn chips.

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What an amazing week! We launched the new Solly Baby Spring/Summer 2016 line earlier this week and have been running like crazy to keep up ever since. As a little treat for our followers we decided to jazz up the traditional launch giveaway by highlighting the styling that goes into the looks for each model. Every day on Instagram, we’ve been featuring a look and giving you an opportunity to “Win the Wardrobe” by following the listed brands and commenting. Today we’re giving you an extra chance to win each look by pinning your favorite style.

If you missed a look this week on instagram, they’re all listed under #SollyStyle so you can go back and comment on each one if you love them all.

Winners will be announced Monday morning.

Happy pinning!

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I am constantly on the hunt to find fresh colors and prints that you’ll feel excited to wear, and not just because of the sweet little one that will be inside of it. There’s no reason babywearing shouldn’t be as fun as it is functional! As much as I love the style component of our product, versatility is always a top priority. Just like mothers have to wear multiple hats every day, ready for just about anything, your wrap should be too. Every shade and print can be worn around the house, around town, and for a night out on the town. We go through literally hundreds of shades every season until every single one passes that criteria.

This season I was inspired by natural elements that have just enough color to feel fun but are muted enough to encourage calm, inside and out. Baltic, one of my favorites because the shade is so perfectly neutral and chic, reading like a chambray or a denim, was inspired by our trip to Stockholm. We arrived at our little Scandinavian cabin on an archipelago surrounded by the Baltic Sea, serene and a deep blue, halfway through our six week adventure. Walking across the street to the still and peaceful sea was exactly what we all needed to recenter. Every time I see this shade of blue it brings me back to skipping stones on the water as my youngest slept soundly in the wrap.

I can’t wait to share more of the colors with you this season and the inspiration behind each color.

We’ll be launching all the colors on Wednesday, March 8 at 9pm PT!

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For the first time ever we’ll be taking our sale up and down the Pacific. Announcing the Portland Warehouse Sale this Friday, March 4 from 10am – 2pm and Carlsbad is on Saturday, March 5 from 10am – 1pm.

We’ll be clearing out Solly Baby FW15 inventory so most of the wraps will be discounted! ARQ will also be in Portland showcasing the Spring line with major discounts!

Please feel free to bring your families (babies are always welcome), and we will have certified baby wearing educators at both locations. For the Ace Hotel, there is street parking and a pay lot across the street. For Carlsbad, there is a free parking lot on site and street parking around the building.

If you have any additional questions, please email us at pr@sbaby.azurewebsites.net

Hope to see you there!

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5 ways to help new moms:

February 15, 2016

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Having been the recipient of help from friends and family after 3 babies, and the giver many times throughout my mamahood, I’m always creating a mental checklist of ways to REALLY help moms with newborns.

My top 5:

+ Food! When we need it most, but our energy or attention needs to be on other little people and things. A meal, fresh or frozen, healthy but yummy snacks (Trader Joe’s makes it easy), her favorite treat, or some fresh bread or fruit goes a long way.

+ Quick, thoughtful visits! Just showing up can mean the world–check in on her, ask her how she’s feeling, offer to hold the baby while she’s takes a shower; don’t talk about yourself and don’t stay long!

+ A simple, meaningful gift. A candle, fresh flowers, or something useful like some new soap, cozy socks, or a Wrap really help and say “I care” during a big life change. Even better, show her how to use her wrap if she already has one and wants to learn (because this is not the time for unsolicited advice ;).

+ Remember brother/sister. Something for any older children in the house to do, like a craft kit, play-dough, stickers, or Dolly wrap (just like mama) can be a lifesaver when days adjusting at home feel stretched.

+ Be encouraging! Tell her she’s doing such a good job, that she looks beautiful, that her baby is perfect and that you are there to help! That’s all we really want to hear, right?

 

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For your baby valentine

February 1, 2016

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We cherish every reason to celebrate our little loves well beyond Valentine’s day, but look to this gift guide for our round-up of the sweetest gifts for your baby valentines. Don’t we all live for every extra I love you, kiss and hug, both given and received! xo

 

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01. Harem Pants / 02. Pacifier Clip / 03. Knit Heart Blanket / 04. Solly Ox Blood Wrap / 05. Letterpress Print / 06. Love Bobbi / 07. I Love You Teether / 08. Flower Rattle / 09. Romeo & Juliet Board Book

 

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Building Balance

January 19, 2016

As a mom, you and I both can understand the most universal challenge of finding balance. While this comes differently to each of us, Solly Baby’s style is when “mama’s dancin’ with baby on her shoulders,” or when babywearing happily helps us juggle it all while keeping what matters most the very closest.

If “physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness” (-Joseph Pilates), then instructor Jenny Redford of Hello BODY Pilates is helping build a really happy you. With your baby wrapped tight, follow her simple instructions to work as much of the body as possible, “keeping in mind that we don’t want to jostle baby too much and we want to give ample attention to your posture.”

 

 

Before you begin — 

When returning to exercise, pay special attention to reconnecting to the pelvic floor and deep abdominals. Even though the movement is mostly focused in the lower body, keep your focus on drawing in and up in the belly to initiate each movement. This will help you to support baby and to find your balance. I also recommend wrapping baby a bit higher than usual to keep their little legs out of the way.

I show both an option to do this with 2-3lb hand weights/weighted balls and without. You can opt out of the arms completely to hold baby’s head or you can place your hands on the back of a chair for balance. If you perform it as shown, 3x’s each exercise, alternate sides and repeat the series several times. You can also perform each exercise individually 8-12 times. Finally, if something doesn’t feel right, stop. See you doctor when necessary. Move mindfully always.

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Releve / Centering, Balance, Calves
Stand tall, weight in the balls of the feet. Lift and lower heels with resistance.

Passé Lunge + Arm Reach / Balance, Thighs, Glutes, + Shoulders
Bring the right knee forward, sliding the right toe up the leg to passé (as low or as high as you’re able to maintain your balance). Then reach the right leg 2-3 feet back to a lunge. Left leg bends 45-90 degrees, knee over foot. Arms reach forward, palms up. Body hinges to a slight diagonal. From the lunge, lift and press the hips forward over the standing leg as you bring the right leg directly back to your passé. Body returns to upright.

Plié, heel lifted + Arm T / Inner-thighs + Quads
From the lunge, pivot 90 degrees toward your back leg to a wide second position. Legs Rotate outward. Lift the right heel as both knees bend deep to 90 degrees and lift to standing. Arms hold in a T, palms up. The back and chest are broad, shoulder blades reach down. Knees point in the direction of the toes.

Pulse Plié, heel lifted + Arm T / Inner-thighs + Quads
Lower to a deep plié, lift and lower several inches with as much control as possible. Arms hold in a T, palms up.

Hold Plié, heel lifted + Arm Circle / Biceps, Shoulders, Inner-thighs + Quads
Holding a deep plié, arms draw small circles; back and then forward. Upper body remains still, support the arm motion with your back.

Side Leg Lunge + Arm T / Balance, Glutes + Shoulders
Legs and feet rotate to parallel. Lunge into the right leg then push off from the lunge and extend right leg; balance on the left leg. Control as you resist back into the lunge. Arms hold in a T. Hips remain level.

Side Leg Lifts + Arm T / Balance, Glutes, Core + Shoulders
From your last side leg lunge, hold your balance. Lower the right leg to tap the ground then lift the leg 6-12 inches. Arms hold in a T. Hips remain level, centered over the supporting leg.

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