We’ve long-admired Sydney Liann for her down-to-earth blog (she was the first blogger we worked with back in 2011!), her worth-following IG feed, and her enviable style (so much that we hired her to style our Summer Style shoot a few seasons ago). We’ve loved watching her family grow as she welcomed her third baby this fall and since she’s a mama in the thick of it right during the busiest time of the year, we asked her to share her (realistic! practical!) tips for keeping the holidays feeling more festive than frazzled.
I think we can all agree that finding and giving gifts for the holidays is no easy feat, especially when you’re busy (*all moms, everywhere raise your hand*). This year, I put together a list of a few things I have my eye on (hint, hint!) and items I’m planning to get my husband, Jared (aka: the hipster papa), our kids and our neighbors + teachers! And if you’re reading this blog a few days before Christmas (I’m raising my hand right now with you, for real) I gave you a few last-minute gift ideas, too!
When Jared and I were first married it was tempting to try to recreate every tradition we grew up with and a dozen other ones we heard about from friends. There’s something solidifying in a family about carrying out traditions, but it can easily get out of hand and add lots of unnecessary stress.
My husband grew up with the German “St. Nicholas” tradition of putting out his shoes at night to wake to them filled by an “elf” in the night. My mother-in-law took it to the next level by doing it all 24 days before Christmas starting December 1st, which is obviously amazing when you’re a kid, but so much to keep up with as the elf. I tried to keep this tradition alive for the first three years after kids, but felt downright exhausted by Christmas morning.
Just had a baby and wondering how to keep up this holiday season? Don’t worry, Friend, I’ve got you. I’ve been there (4x over) and have talked to so many other mamas about how to make it simple and beautiful and enjoyable instead of just a time to survive.
I’m a minimalist at heart with a huge love for the holiday season so I’m going to take you through every step of my personal holiday guide, made especially for the new mama or papa. We’ll start with my fail-proof planning, considerations for hosting or “guesting”, and I’ll share my overly-thorough gift guides for everyone in your life, and my family’s most memorable traditions, recipes, and simple home decor.
I’ll show you every corner to cut, what to say no to and of course I’ll pull out my life coaching tool belt to help you keep calm, collected, and full of love, or whatever you want to be feeling this holiday season.
Friends, the Sollyween season is here, and it’s no secret that it’s our all-time favorite!!
This year all of our Sollyween dreams came true when we made Anne Geddes-inspired costumes with our loveliest Solly Baby products. If you’re searching for the most adorable (& simple!) costume, look no further, mama!
Below is a round-up of eight (yes, EIGHT) costumes you can easily make by using some of your fave Solly items. You guys, there is a baby gnome costume — need we say more?
To make life super simple, we’ve included a list of all the materials you’ll need for each outfit along with an inspiration photo of how we did it ourselves. We cannot wait to see you bring these costumes to life!
Hi mamas + papas,
I’m absolutely over the moon to share that Solly Baby Crib Sheets have arrived! Over the last 8 years, you have shared stories of your little ones sleeping so soundly (and being their cutest, coziest selves) while in the Solly Baby Wrap. I just knew there had to be a way to recreate this experience for baby, giving them all the zzz’s without being wrapped to your chest all night long (please tell us we’re not the only ones that have totally had to do this!).
The irony of motherhood is that kids live 100% in the present and yet because they do I have always had this voice in my head telling me that: because they are, I can’t. Am I alone in this? How can we live our lives in a way that plans for the future needs of our families while also actually living in all of those moments as they happen? How can we trade living in a rushed blur, running from one thing to the next, hurrying everyone and ourselves, for connection and memories, with our feet firmly rooted in the present? Well, I definitely don’t have all the answers but I have spent a ridiculous amount of time studying this idea of “presence” over the past year and I am excited to be able to share all I’ve learned over this next month with you!