Mama Son Date with Homethrown La

We got something reeeallly cute for you today!

We know this week is going to be all about Valentines day and what to do, what to wear, where to go, etc. But have you thought about the little man in your life?

Abby and Jacquelyn have two loves in their lives and they are about oh 3ft tall, and wild as can be. We have a tradition that we started with them that every Valentines Day we take them on a Mama Son date. Hopefully a tradition that they will love to do as they get older.

Our pals at Homethrown La have the cutest experience boxes. Their Mama/Son Valentines day box is filled with little love bug crafts, a sundae adventure, tattoos, and so much more! I mean how perfect is a Mama Sundae date? Get it… so cute.

A little about these gals:

we are both moms who share a background in children’s education. we know what kids like, and we will use our creativity and imagination to entertain them, while at the same time, not boring you, their parents. and, lest you worry that we only throw kids’ parties, there is nothing we’d love more than to convert your backyard into an sophisticated cocktail party–just for the grown ups. we would love to meet you and share our passions as we create a personal and unique event that you will never forget.

These curated experience boxes are just so thoughtful and creative for your little ones!

Photos by Megan Welker and Yasmin Sarai

Lets start with Jacquelyn and her little love, Court. They took their box to the park!

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How cute are those jars of sundae goodies? All the jars are filled with essentials for a love bug sundae.

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Someone is loving the chocolate dirt….

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Dirt kisses for mommy are the best!

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Look at me Mommy!!

Court’s Je T’aime T-Shirt is from Whistle & Flute

meganwelker-beijos-65  That little love bug sure seems to be enjoying his sundae!

We love the idea of taking your adventures to the park, such a fun time for mommy and son.

Now onto Abby and Jett. They stayed in for their love date…

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The boxes also come with a cute love bug craft where you can create and paint your own little love bugs.   yasminsarai_beijosevents_mamasonvdaydate-8 yasminsarai_beijosevents_mamasonvdaydate-10

Jett loves snakes so we created snakes and his version of a love bug. Tiny little hands at work are so cute….. we can’t get enough!

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Your little one can become a love bug as well!

Jett’s Love T-Shirt is from Whistle & Flute
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Now onto the sugar!

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Each box comes with a cute xoxo banner for you to hang up for your love date, and don’t forget the mama and son signs! These ladies think of every little detail for you!

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chocolate for the little man + vanilla for the mama

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Cheers!

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Mommy’s turn to be a love bug!

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eek! its a love bug on your arm Jett!

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This was such a fun time with our little love bugs! Hurry and order your own box from Homethrown La so you can create the same traditions with your little man!

xoxo

Abby

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By on February 7, 2016 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJOS PICKS, CELEBRATIONS, CRAFTS, FAMILY, HOLIDAYS, VALENTINE’S DAY

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Eats – Superbowl Sunday

It’s finally here everyone… The ultimate Game day.  What does everyone care about most?? The Game? The Food?  The Commercials?? The halftime show?? An excuse to get together with friends and family?? If your like us the commercials and food are pretty high up there, but that depends on the teams playing too.  If our teams are playing, then all the better the day becomes!! But let’s get real…the food right??  We wanted to share our most favorite appetizers with you today, because it’s all about munching and tasting a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  We couldn’t resist these two apps as we mouth watered the names for a taste test!  Take them to tomorrow to the get together you are having or invited to…you and your friends won’t be disappointed!

Taco Cupcakes

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Here is the finished product.  They are the ideal finger food and bite size for all the yummiest flavors into one.

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Here’s most of the ingredients pictured above and a list of what you need:

1 pound ground beef

1 package taco seasoning mix

2/3 cup water

wonton wrappers

refried beans

tortilla chips

shredded cheddar cheese

Toppings: sour cream, pico de gallo (onion, tomato, cilantro)

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The presentation is great too right, you’ll definitely impress the crowds taste buds and eye!

Ok, here’s how to make them:

Preheat your oven to 375.  Spray an 18 cup muffin pan.  Brown the beef, and drain the fat.  Add the taco seasoning mix and let simmer for 4-5 minutes.  Place the wonton papers in the muffin pan.  Top with 1 tsp of refried beans.  Crush a tortilla chip and layer on top of the beans.  Add 1 tsp taco meat, 1 tsp cheese, then repeat the layers starting with the wontons.  Once you got your two layers they are ready for the oven.  Bake them for about 15-18 min or until golden brown.  Remove the cupcakes, put them on a pretty plate and top them with your sour cream and pico de gallo fixings. And your done!!

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Easy right?? We have another easy one for you too…Next is

Cheesy Ranch Dip!!  Yes, dip people!!  Who doesn’t love a good one…This one is so easy, it will definitely be the winner at your party.

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This is all you need…

Ranch Dip mix

Sour Cream

Bacon

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Green onion for garnish

Chips and veggies

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In a bowl combine the ranch dip with the sour cream.  Fold in the bacon bits and shredded cheddar cheese.  Refrigerate before serving and your done!!

Enjoy your day tomorrow everyone!! And don’t forget the commercials!!

Xx Leah

All photos done by the lovely Megan Welker

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By on February 6, 2016 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES

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The Beijos Cocktail + Heart Couer La Creme – Valentines Day Sweetness


It’s Friday and you know what that means…..

Cocktail Time!

Trying to find a cocktail and dessert for that special day next week? We got you covered!

You can also catch this pretty little duo on Style Me Pretty Living today!

Photos by our sweet pal Yasmin Sarai

We are swooning over this cocktail, its perfect for celebrating the day of love with your special loved one or a crowd pleaser for a galentines get together. Her Partner in crime is the heart Couer La Creme, a dessert by The Sugar Studio that will make your heart flutter.

I’m sure you have notice by now, us Bejios ladies love a good cocktail or a glass of vino…. or two. Well, we thought it was only fitting to come up with our own cocktail, Meet The Beijos. Its a fun (well cause we are just flat out a fun time to be around, duh), fruity (who doesn’t love a little fruit), and its a pretty looking thing you and your tastebuds will want to party with!
We are very particular about our champagne brands, and our 1st choice is always  One Hope Wine. Not only do they have excellent wine and champagne, but they support a great cause, The Trevor Project’s lifeline. Every four purchases fund one hour of operational costs for The Trevor Project’s lifeline, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
So drink up and help save young lives.
The Beijos Cocktail
Ingredients
For Mixed Fruit Syrup:
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup mixed fruit: we like the mix of raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries
1 Tsp orange zest, we like using blood orange or cara cara oranges (optional)- its just gives a fresh citrus note
1/3 cup sugar: we like to use organic coconut sugar
For the Cocktail:
Garnish:
loose edible flowers in pretty pink and red hues
Instructions
In a small saucepan, bring the mixed fruits + orange zest, water, and sugar to a boil. Turn to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain mixture and let syrup cool.
2. Once cooled, pour about 2 tablespoons of the syrup in each glass. Top with champagne and garnish with flowers.
To go along with that pretty little thing… this decadent heart. Hilary from The Sugar Studio never disappoints, and wows us every time she stops by with her out of this world desserts.
Couer La Creme
Ingredients
12 ounces of cream cheese, softned
1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
2 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
Instructions

Place the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Scrape down the beater and bowl with a rubber spatula and change the beater for the whisk attachment. With the mixer on low speed, add the heavy cream, vanilla, lemon zest, and vanilla bean seeds and beat on high speed until the mixture is very thick, like whipped cream.

Line a 7-inch sieve with cheesecloth or paper towels so the ends drape over the sides and suspend it over a bowl, making sure that there is space between the bottom of the sieve and the bottom of the bowl for the liquid to drain. Pour the cream mixture into the cheesecloth, fold the ends over the top, and refrigerate overnight.

To serve, discard the liquid, unmold the cream onto a plate, and drizzle Raspberry and Grand Marnier Sauce around the base.

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How cute is the clear acyclic heart menu that Meghann Miniello created. Throwing a little love get together, make your guests swoon with these pretty in pink ideas.

xx

Abby

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By on February 5, 2016 in COCKTAILS, EATS, ENTERTAINING, FOOD, VALENTINE’S DAY, VENDORS WE LOVE

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A Little Valentine Swag


Did you see our party earlier?!  Well each of our lucky guests got an amazing swag bag to take home and we want to share that with you!!!  One lucky winner will get this rad swag bag, just enter below!!!  Good luck!!  Winner announced Sunday 2/7 at 7pm PST…

**One prize must be used in the Orange County area

Photo by Megan Welker

A Little Valentine Swag

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By on February 4, 2016 in GIVEAWAY

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Yes Way Macramé!!

A few weeks ago we had a fun lady date with some of our So Cal favs and we are so excited to share it with you today!!  There is so much goodness involved and we really got to work with so many great ladies to create this fun day filled with lots of laughter and lots of champagne!!  This party is also featured on Glitter Guide today!  Without further ado…. Let’s check out our little “Fake it till you Macra-make it” soiree!

All photos by our gal Megan Welker

meganwelker-macramakeit-10 meganwelker-macramakeit-135 We always love having our lady dates, you may have seen our last few here and here…  For Valentine’s Day we wanted to incorporate another fun activity like we had in the past, which lead us to Elsie Goodwin.  We came across her company Reform Fibers and fell in love with her designs and had to reach out, since she is so talented and also offers teaching lessons at parties!  It’s always fun to learn something new especially when you’re with a great group of girls and drinking a couple of cocktails!

Next we hit up our buddy (and idol) Jesi Haack, we have loved her since the day we met her, she’s so humble and down to earth and were dying to do something fun with her!!!  Jesi was nice enough to jump on board and her husband let us use his space for the party at Wolf Camp, which is just the best blank slate of a venue ever!!  It was so fun to team up with someone like Jesi who admire and bounce ideas off of each other, she really is so talented, we just basked in her glory ;)

meganwelker-macramakeit-104 meganwelker-macramakeit-79 For the decor we wanted something fun, girly, boho and pink… Basically all the things we love in this world!  Without going too over the top Valentine’s-ish we added some royal blues which, we loved!!  Hostess Haven supplied all of the pretty tabletop items, from the gorgeous textiles to the amazing cobalt blue tumblers and it all flowed together seamlessly!  Plus, those copper chairs from Found Rentals are just the best, like can someone please get me those for my own house??!!  Let’s take a look at more of this tabletop goodness…

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Now, let’s talk florals… When we get to work with Carissa of JL Designs we’ve basically hit the jack pot!  We worked with her for our booth at The Cream last year, our gal Megan Welker’s wedding and now got to have some fun with her for our lady date too!  She always bring so much pretty floralizing every where she goes, but watch out if she has a bottle of champagne!  She won’t let you get away with out having a few glasses!!

meganwelker-macramakeit-72 meganwelker-macramakeit-42 meganwelker-macramakeit-26 meganwelker-macramakeit-73 Now with any party, you’ve gotta have yummy food and drinks!  And this party, was of course, no exception!  We reached out to our friends from Whoa Nelly Catering who we worked with at this fun kids event last year, and they created the yummiest vegetarian menu ever!!!  I am still dreaming of the delicious vegan sandwich I devoured that day!!  And our favorite sparkly bottle is always One Hope Wine, they supplied some yummy champagne and white wines that we all maybe had a little too much fun with ;)  It did make for some fun macrame moments though!

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And obviously we’ve gotta have some yummy dessert!!  Thanks to Hannah’s Bananas, nobody’s sweet tooth went hungry!  I mean, this has got to be the BEST party trick ever, bringing in a frozen banana cart?!  Yes please!!

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meganwelker-macramakeit-156 meganwelker-macramakeit-160 Now, on to the macrame!!!  Elsie is a wonderful and very patient teacher, because let me tell you, this is much harder than you think!!!  We had fun creating a little mini hot pink dyed macrame hanging, but even the little mini took us about an hour to create!!  This macrame business is some hard work!!!  But oh so fun and rewarding, because let’s be honest, the outcome is just the cutest darn thing ever!!

There’s our lovely macrame guru herself, Elsie!

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meganwelker-macramakeit-196 We seriously had the best group of ladies, love everyone who came and helped to make this such a fun day!!!  We really do love any excuse to have a lady date with our gal pals, but since Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays it just made it that much easier!

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xo!

Jacquelyn

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By on February 4, 2016 in BEIJOS LADY DATE, CELEBRATIONS, HOLIDAYS, STYLED BY BEIJOS, TABLESCAPES, VALENTINE’S DAY

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