A baby on the way is a reason to celebrate—even if you can’t gather together in person. As a remote member of the Solly Team (I am on the east coast—everyone else is on the west!), I had a chance to be the guest of honor at the perfect virtual baby shower last summer, right before my second baby was born. While I can’t take credit for the sweet details the team put into making me feel extra special, I can pass them on to you. Virtual baby showers may be essential now more than ever, but they’re a super fun option anytime (and, I should mention, the ideal shower for introverts 😂). So whether your BFF is across the country or you’re simply maintaining a safe social distance with your neighborhood gang, here’s how to throw a thoughtful baby shower that’s safe, special and guaranteed to leave the mama-to-be feeling all the love. —Lauren

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This is for the postpartum mama, but really it works for everyone.✨ We may be physically quarantined but we don’t need to be emotionally quarantined. It’s easy for me to not reach out to other people when I’m having a hard time because I don’t want to be a “downer” but two things. 1 / self-isolating emotionally is only going to create more unprocessed emotion that WILL build up and 2 / when you share what you’re going through with others, it gently gives them permission to as well. EVERYONE is going through it right now, so don’t feel like you need to put on a happy face for yourself or anybody else. 💛

 

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As a new mom, you already have a heightened awareness of what colds are going around, but with the rampant spread of Covid-19, it’s easy to go from heightened awareness to full-on, “let’s get to the bunker” paranoia. You have enough going on, so we did the research for you so you can take the precautions necessary to keep you and your little ones safe, without having to sift through the bad information or fear-mongering coverage online (and from your mother-in-law).
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Whether you’ll have a baby in tow this V-Day bc (a) it’s easier than getting a sitter or (b) you just don’t wanna leave your little one quite yet (both totally legit!), these are my tried-and-true tips for enjoying it as a party of three. And btw, these tips hold up for date night year-round, so keep them in your back pocket even if baby isn’t due for a few more months.
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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.

 

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Hi Mama,

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!

Xx, Elle

 

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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.

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