Kicking the Year off with a Healthy Start to Exercise

How many of you have made New Years resolutions to exercise?!  Raise your hands!!  Yup, me too!  I basically do every year…  This year I’m trying to make realistic goals, because let’s be honest, with two kids and my own business things aren’t exactly easy.  Without a doubt we can all agree that making the time for exercise is probably the hardest part, right?!  That sentiment could not be more true for me.

It’s not for lack of wanting or trying, it’s just impossible some days!  I have to put my kids and work first.  Although, I’m really making an effort to put me up at the top of the list more.  My favorite way to work out is running!  Most of you probably don’t know this but I was an athlete all of my life.  I played soccer growing up until college where I was recruited to play but decided against it.

Nevertheless, running has always been something I love.  It really is a love it or hate it thing.  But for me it’s the perfect and easiest way to work out and stay fit.  Keep scrolling to read about why I love it so much…

Photos by Alison Bernier
Clothing by Onzie
  Here are the reasons I love to run…

1. It’s free!  Yup, no gym membership or class fees!

2. You get to be outside!  Yes, you could run on a tread mill, but I love the feel of the air in my face and that it gets me out of the house and in the sun.

3. It works with any schedule!  I love taking classes for the social aspect and the fact that it pushes me, however having to be somewhere at a certain time can be difficult these days.  Running can work around my schedule, well actually my kid’s schedules.
4. It’s a great stress reliever!  I absolutely LOVE running, clearing my head and listening to music.  I definitely sleep better on days I go out for a run.

5. It challenges you!  Running has always pushed me, I don’t just do the same thing every time.  I like to mix it up with hills, time, pace, length.  You’re constantly challenging yourself which is a great motivator for me.

6. You can technically do it with your kids!  Truly, I don’t love taking my kids with me on a run, but if I need to I can.  And that’s an absolute win in my book!

My goals for these next few months are to make running a more consistent habit.  I’ve done pretty well so far by going 2-3 times per week, sometimes even more.  Eventually I’d love to mix in other types of exercise, like adding in barre, spin and doing circuit training.  For now, getting outside and running is working out well for me and I’m loving how I feel so far.

I’ve talked about body after baby on here before and it’s something I still struggle with.  Indeed most of the other moms I talk to are in the same boat.  Yes, I still fit into the clothes and sizes I wore before kids, but it’s just not the same.  Things don’t look or feel like they used to, and it can feel defeating.  However it’s sort of my new normal and I’ve gotta make the best of it.  

Plus, exercise isn’t just about how you look but also how you feel!

I always love to end my workouts with a good stretch, since I’m old now, waaaaa!!  But seriously, things don’t work like they used to so you’ve gotta be careful!  I always have a Gunn & Swain blanket in my car or my stroller just in case!

How do you fit in exercise with your daily routine?  Is this one of your biggest resolutions this year?!  Let us know in the comments below!

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By on January 22, 2018 in HEALTHY, LIFESTYLE, REAL TALK


3 Ways To Put A Little Love In Your Home For Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start to bring all the pinks and hearts into your home. Of course, this means the holiday decorations have been put away, right? Ok, kind of a funny story, but Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. Give me all the hearts, mushy movies, and pink inspired food + cocktails. I bet you probably think I’m one mush pot of emotions and a sappy, sensitive, and a warm-hearted soul, right? Nope, I just like all the pink in the house. Ha! (wink, wink)

When it comes to decorating for any holiday especially an all pink themed holiday like Valentine’s day, I like to have it flow with the rest of my house. And, it is effortless to do! I took three interior pieces that you all may have in your home and geared them towards Valentine’s Day. See three ways how you can add a little love to your home just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

Photos by Jessica Erickson

Ok, let’s start with my favorite! You might remember our spotlight on Gather & Mill located in Grass Valley, Ca. You could see it here if you missed it. One of the things I was so in love with was black and white weaving that Cassidy Fisher from The Northern Craft made. I needed one ASAP in my house. I had the perfect spot for one of her pieces too in my entryway. This is where you can use tones of blush, pinks, and creams and still have it flow with the rest of your house. As you can see it fits right at home! Doesn’t it just scream, “I’m the perfect Valentines Day piece!”. That’s what mine says at least! So to recap, incorporate the colors of Valentine’s Day into wall decor, whatever that be weavings, art prints, or even your children’s art drawings. 

The second way to bring the love into the home is to add some heart (the symbol that is). This can be thru art prints you style on your bookshelf, or even replacing some photographs you have on your wall already. Another idea is to frame an adorable card that you love and set that on top of some stacked books. Little touches around the house make a more significant impact then you think. For me, I added a heart plate from The Little Market into my cutting board display on top of my kitchen counters. See how a little touch can make the difference? Add some flowers next to it, and you have yourself one sweet little kitchen counter situation. 

Lastly, let’s talk kitchen towels. This is probably the most common way to incorporate holiday decoration into your home. My mother and grandmother always gave us holiday towels ever since I moved out in college. This still sits with me as part of my decoration routine. Change out the kitchen towels. You can get crazy and change out your bathroom towels. But one step at a time.

The Little Market has the best collection of hand and bath towels. I fell in love with their towels and they have made their way into my kitchen and even my bathrooms. And yes, as decorative towels! If you aren’t on team decorative towel, there are plenty of towels that you can touch and use for its sole purpose that are super cute as well! See some in my shopping guide below.

Shop all my favorite ways to add a little love to your house for Valentine’s Day. 







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By on January 19, 2018 in Beijos Interiors, HOLIDAY DECOR, HOLIDAYS, VALENTINE’S DAY


Cuddle Up this Winter with this Amazing Giveaway!

Boy do we have a good giveaway for you today!  Every winter we talk about keeping cozy and how we do it.  Of course this year wouldn’t be different!  Earlier this week I talked about cuddling up with my family, and all week we’ve shared the coziest spaces and ideas.  So today, we’re sharing it with you with our cuddle up giveaway!

How you ask?!  Well head on over to our Instagram and you’ll find out!  But if you keep scrolling you can see all of the fun goodies you can win…

Photos by Alison Bernier

First let’s start with this amazing robe from Maison du Soir.  We can’t get enough of this luxurious sleep and lounge wear brand.  There’s nothing better to cuddle up in!

Next, our friend Melody of Life on Loma sent this diffuser for our giveaway!  How great is that gold metallic?!  The perfect accessory for your home to diffuse all those amazing essential oils.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, this pink Beijos x Gunn & Swain blanket is just the best!  I see lots of cuddling being done with this little cutie!

Certainly, every good cuddle session deserves a cute sweater and Callahan makes the best ones!  This cream beauty will have you warm, cuddly and stylish all at once…

When your coming in from the cold and can’t wait to get inside, how about a reminder to come in & cuddle up?  Thank you Poppy Jack Shop for making that super easy with this door mat…
Of course, when you’re cuddling, a huge essential is a comfy pillow!  Boho Pillow always takes care of us with the best prints for our home, and basically has us wanting all the pillows.

A candle that burns gold?! Sign me up!  Costa Cabana sent us this candle for our giveaway and it’s pretty dreamy, perfect for those cold winter days that need some cozy vibes.

Last but not least, a Brixton beanie.  We love them because they keep us warm all winter while looking cute, and I’d call that a win!
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By on January 18, 2018 in GIVEAWAY


Home Tour – Siri Campbell of Roozen Abode

I’m so excited to share our first home tour of the year!  Home tours are some of my favorite posts to share because I get so inspired by them myself.  Today our home tour is with Siri Campbell, also known on Instagram as Roozen Abode!  I love following along and seeing her gorgeous bohemian styled home in Washington state.  Her photos never cease to grab my attention.  Her style is effortless and inviting, something I aspire to in my own home.

Keep scrolling to read more about this talented lady and see all of the gorgeous photos of her cozy home by Jessie Bennett

Tell us about you and where you live…

Hey! I’m Siri. I live in a small town north of Seattle, Washington with my husband and two dogs. My husband is a farmer and I co-own a hair salon. I’ve been doing hair for 9 years and absolutely love it.

How did you get your talent for interior design and style?

That is nice of you to call it a talent! :) To be honest, I totally make it up along the way. I have no idea what i’m doing but I love being creative and finding my own style. I used to re-arrange and decorate my room all the time growing up and I guess my passion for design hasn’t gone away. 

Where are some of your favorite places to shop for your home?

I love finding small businesses on instagram, etsy, urban outfitters, target, and thrifting.

You’ve got our favorite boho style down, any tips for others trying to achieve that look?

Thanks! I like to keep the majority of a room simple and neutral. I add in color and texture with rugs, pillows, and throws. I have a bit of a commitment issue with color so I like to be able to switch things up often. Pillows are the easiest way to do that!

Where is your favorite room in your home and why?

I’d have to say our living room. We spend the most time in there with family and friends. I always have fresh flowers and candles lit all over. It makes it a cozy spot to curl up.

Where do you get inspiration for design?

I find a lot of inspiration on Instagram, pinterest, and traveling. Inspiration is all around us and I love finding it in places you wouldn’t expect.

Where can we find you on the weekends?

When i’m not at the salon we are usually out hiking or exploring with the dogs. We love to travel and find new places to eat. (im a bit of a foodie) Both my husband and I play soccer so that takes up most of our Sundays. 

I love your piano nook, talk to us about that space and why its special

I was out running one day and saw it on the side of the road with a free sign, I ran up to the house and asked them to hold it for me and my husband would come over and get it. I called my husband and said “babe! can you go pick up this piano real quick?” his response was “do you have any idea how heavy a piano is?!” ;) to make a long story short, we rolled it home and now its never moving.haha! I don’t play myself but every time we have company someone sits down and knows how to play. I love it so much!

What are your plans for 2018?

To continue doing what I love and being the best I possibly can be at it.

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home tour with us!!



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By on January 17, 2018 in HOME, HOME TOUR, INTERIOR


Shop Spotlight – Daydream Surf Shop

Do you ever come across an amazing local spot that you almost don’t want to share it’s so good?!  But then you realize you have to tell everyone about it because yes, it’s just that good?!  Well that’s me today!  When I first laid eyes on Daydream Surf Shop I fell in love.  I loved the look of the space, but mostly I loved the feel of it.  The shop has a calming Southern California vibe without trying too hard.  It feels communal and welcoming, just my style!

Owners Becca Mantei and Kyle Kennelly strive for a “space that serves to promote the overall intention of good vibes”, and I can vouch, it does.  From the people who gravitate inside to the overall aesthetic, the vibes are good.  They have everything from coffee, a surf club, home goods and clothing.  Their vintage collection, curated by Becca herself, is definitely some of my favorite eye candy in the shop.

Keep reading to hear more from Becca about Daydream Surf Shop and all that goes into making it one of my favorite spots in Costa Mesa…

Photos by Riley Starr

How and when did Daydream Surf Shop come about? 

Daydream opened in December 2016. I opened the shop with my long time love/partner/BFF Kyle, after we both were unsatisfied with our jobs. We had both moved to the Bay Area together to go to school. Kyle went to UC Berkeley and I went to the University of San Francisco. After graduating we both got jobs in industries we though would be fulfilling but ended up being the opposite. Kyle worked in the matrix for JP Morgan as an investment banking analyst and I was working as an interior design assistant and had a couple different meaningless retail sales jobs.

We had always dreamed of opening a shop together one day, but it was really more of a pipe dream, nothing that we saw coming to fruition in the near future. After a year of working for The Man, Kyle was fired. AKA the best day ever. When that happened we both said F*** It! Lets do it! Lets open a shop together! Lets work for something we both actually believe in! Lets do what makes us happy and fulfilled!

We spent 2 years saving as much money as we could and tried to gain as much knowledge as we could about how to open and run a successful shop. Fast forward to today, and we’ve just finished our first year in business. It’s more work than I could have ever imagined, but is also the most fulfilling thing I have ever been apart of. 

What is it about you and Kyle’s backgrounds that make your shop successful?

Kyle studied economics and I studied design and fine art. We have a pretty good Yin and Yang situation between the two of us. Kyle is much more analytical and detail oriented and I am more focused on the bigger picture and feeling of the shop as a whole.

We also work together really well. I think since we’ve been together for almost 8 years we have both gotten really good at knowing what the other person needs. If one of us is feeling drained and over worked the other one is able to pick up on it and take care of them. It’s the best thing in the world to be able to work with my best friend, I highly recommend it. 

What are some of your favorite items in your shop?

My favorite part of the shop is our vintage collection. I hand pick every piece that goes into it. I sift through mountains of dirty clothes to find the gems buried at the bottom. I love being able to give new life to clothes that would have otherwise been thrown into a landfill. The colors, patterns, and quality that clothes were made with ages ago have always been something I’ve been interested it. I’ve been religiously going to flea markets since I was in Jr High.

We love that you value purpose and quality in the items in your shop, talk to us about that…

Purpose and quality are important, there’s so much waste that goes along with modern day consumption habits and we want to give folks an option to minimize that by curating our space with high quality goods backed by ethical business practices. We handle all the work of sourcing and buying products from brands we’ve researched and know to be pushing the envelope of ethical practices in terms of social and environmental objectives.

For example, Sightglass our coffee roasters, practice direct trade with all the farms they’re partnered with and will even invest capital in order to improve some farms’ production facilities and garner long-term relationships that make both parties successful. One of our other most popular product categories is vintage clothing which aims to bypass any clothing production whatsoever in favor of recycling garments, many of which are found in landfills but are in near perfect condition. 

Your surf club is such a great concept and quintessential to our Southern California lifestyle, tell us about it…

Our Surf Club is centered around a shift that has been operating in the background of surf culture for a number of years now. We and a growing number of folks see surfing more as an academic study of surfing history and design theory than a “sport” which is how mainstream surfing has been defined. It’s a recreation that provides a graceful and beautiful way for friends and loved ones to interact with nature.

Each person has their own individualistic style and with this comes a wide variety of boards that suit each persons’ physical and mental make up. We provide a place to learn what style works for each individual and walk them through various designs based on what is working and not working well. Each interaction will be coupled with relevant historical information revolving around each boards’ design and sometimes we’ll even give out little homework assignments for those that are looking to go a little deeper… usually it’s just something as simple as watching a short video online.

As for the nuts and bolts of the club, we have about 45 boards from dozens of legendary and contemporary shapers that we’re always selling and replacing with new ones. We have three levels of membership, a $20 day pass, a $50 per month level that allows folks a 3 day holding period with each board of interest, and a $100 per month membership that allows folks a 7 day holding period. The latter membership is great for our LA and San Diego members while most folks that are located more closely to the shop usually opt for the mid-range membership.

Why did you decide to add a coffee shop into the mix?

We are both big coffee fans. Aside from just loving coffee, having the cafe has allowed for our shop to become a place for our community to come together. Having coffee also gives people a reason to come in everyday. People don’t buy surfboards everyday but they can buy a cup of coffee everyday.  I love how it makes our space the place for people to spend time and hang out with one another. This component of our shop has made Daydream a space that folks have on their radar as a daily destination.

You host a lot of events in the shop, what are some fun ones you have coming up?

On 1/11, we had a gong sound bath meditation. It was a really relaxing event with a great turn out. We’ve had a couple sound baths at the shop in the past, it’s definitely an event that we will continue to host, so if you missed out on this one, there will be more! But I think the next event we are having is a flower pop up on Valentine’s Day! We will have beautiful floral bouquets and handmade ceramic vases available for people.

One of my best friends is the owner of the most amazing ceramics studio right down the street from our shop called Costa Mesa Ceramics and she will be making a bunch of epic handmade ceramic vases. Another friend of mine is the most talented florist and she will be creating beautiful floral arrangements. Who doesn’t love fresh flowers and ceramics? 

What’s next for Daydream?

That’s a tough question to answer because its very grand and changing dramatically all the time. We have so many rad opportunities and people that our shop will seemingly randomly attract and pull into our circle, it’s really remarkable what falls into place if you know how to let it.

We can’t really get too specific but we can say this, we will be focusing on making Newport, Costa Mesa, and costal Orange County a place for like-minded people to connect, learn, and enjoy themselves. We have a lot of places on our list of destinations that have all the communal ingredients we see as imperative structures of Daydream and will definitely be scouting to connect with these communities both near and far in a deeper fashion in 2018. 

Thank you so much for sharing Becca & Kyle!

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