Beijos Gift Guide

We just love this time of year hanging with family and shopping for our loved ones.  This year we are making it pretty simple for you guys.  We put together a gift guide consisting of a collection of our favorite items.  So if your having trouble on what to get mom, dad, hubby, brother, sister or the kids we have got you covered!

Let’s start off with the ladies in our lives.  These items below could work for your mom, sister, or best friend.


Going left to right and down the first one is Gourmand EDP Fragrance that you can find at Urban Outfitters here.  We are literally obsessed with the scent and it’s so affordable.  The next one is an Honest company make up palate you can find here. This is one anyone would love to get. The colors are fab and comes with a blush and two lip colors! Then we have a little cozy box from our friends at The Little Market you can find here. They must read peoples minds when thinking about the perfect gifts.  Those mugs are so cute!! Next up we have something very fun.  It’s called V. Paperie and it’s a monthly subscription box for paper stationary.  The boxed come every month filled with beautifully designed cards, notepads, notebooks, writing utensils, and other fun accessories.  We thought this subscription was such a fun and thoughtful gift.  Check out more details here. Next up is this fun little key chain we discovered at Free People.  It’s got a phone charger hidden in the tassel, this might be the best stocking stuffer ever! And last but not least and tried and true flannel from Madewell.  Who doesn’t love getting a new flannel, especially in these festive colors.

Moving on to the dudes…



First off we have some Swell Bottles.  I don’t know about you, but my hubby is constantly trying to steal mine on the daily, so why not get him one of his own.  These bottles are so great to keeping beverages cold or hot!  Find them here.  Next up is this horn handle multi tool, perfect for any guy on the go. Find this nifty gadget here.  These awesome white sneakers are next.  Guys have tons of shoes, but I doubt they have something different and cool like these Vans you can find here.  Then the flannel of course.  This buffalo check one will make your dad, brother or hubby look stylish and hunky! Find it here.  Movin’ on down we have this uber cool jacket from Marine Layer.  We just love this brand and this jacket screams retro with the color block.  Last but not least a fun little stocking stuffer…Beard tonic.  For those of you with husbands with beards you will love this.  Herbivore botanicals uses yummy essential oils to keep his beard looking healthy and smelling so good.  And you know how much they all care about their beards (insert eye roll emoji here).

Now for the fun part… the kiddos!


It is the most fun to buy for out littles, here are a few ideas.  First up is this adorable little raccoon.  Find him here.  Isn’t he the sweetest??  Next up is this fun Folk guitar.  Perfect little gift for a little boy.  Then these cool custom skateboards by The Zookeeper.  We love the wood and natural colors of these.  Onto the little ladies, this amazing playhouse from Land of Nod is hands down amazing! Keep her busy with this fun modern house.  Then these jaw dropping wicker play bassinet set from Anthropologie is just irresistible! Last but not least this very cool cactus light also from Anthropologie for her room.  Find it here.

Well that brings our gift guide to an end.  We hope we gave you some good ideas!!

Happy Shopping!

Xx Leah


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Beijos Nursery – Henry Grant

Another year, another nursery for the Carriger family…haha.  We welcomed our Henry Grant this past August 9th, so this one for a boy which made me excited, but felt challenged all the same.  I have 2 little girlies and this is a whole new world for me.  My theme was all over the place at first, but came together nicely in the end.  I wanted it a little modern with rustic, wild and free touches. We moved our little Edie into her big girl room, so this room was a little sentimental to work in since it was hers when she was a newbie.  Taking apart her baby room as I was decorating a new boy nursery, all the feels come back and now I look at my pretty little 4 and half year old and gasp with admiration and blessings. They grow so fast right before our eyes, so keeping that in mind I wanted to make Henry’s nursery a special little sanctuary for him to grow in.

Captured perfectly by Megan Welker

At first I was set on an all white wall nursery, but then I fell in love with this matte light grey paint you can find here.  I wanted it light and bright, so it was nice to find a grey that still brought the brightness into the room, and added a slight background color at the same time.



Here he is…



This blanket by Woolf With Me was absolutely needed, Lindsay’s collection is so unique and so soft!!  Along with the name blocks by Little Born.


This romper by Misha and Puff is to die for…had to show you the back side too!!


Big sister Isla loves her new baby brother so much…she can’t get enough just like the rest of us.  She loves playing in his space and helping mama watch over the baby.



Edie loves her little brother too.  She loves singing to him, which gives him the biggest smiles ever!

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Daddy and his little boy.  So awesome to see them together since we were convinced we would be blessed with another little girl.

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Henry has been the perfect addition to our family.  He is the sweetest boy, with his smiles from ear to ear, and his adorable little baby chuckles.   His easy and happy disposition adds a little peace to our lives so we can stop and smell the roses in this crazy little house from time to time.



Here is the other side of the room.  His gallery wall, which I love the mix of the frame colors, gives this side a little depth in a sea of light.


I also love the hint of copper used in his room.  This Land of Nod pendant in here is striking.


This little piggy I just couldn’t pass up!!



His little reading nook is also my fave.  Daddy built all the wood shelving in his room.



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More small details on his reclaimed shelves…

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I knew I wanted to integrate his copper initials into his room, and added a little rustic western touch with the cowboys and indians.


Sleepy Hank…


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These tiny feet and toes…


I had a lot of fun designing Henry’s nursery, hope you enjoyed a peek at it.  All the amazing vendors and links listed below.

Xx Leah

Photography: Megan Welker / Styling: Leah Carriger of Beijos Events / Tree stump side table: West Elm / Pillows: Boho Pillow / Wood blocks, cactus, and mountains: Babee and Me / Wild and Free banner: Letters and Laurels / Henry blocks: Little Born / Toy trucks, copper letters, and pendant: Land of Nod / Copper mobile: CB2 / Buffalo print, grey blanket, bear rattle, and plush monkey: Land of Nod / Succulent prints: Edyta Szyszlo / Rug: Rugs USA / Crib sheet, changing pad cover, & Henry print: Woolf with Me / Fox softie: Babee and Me / Hamper and trash can: Anthropologie / Planter: West Elm / Wild Thang sign: Letterfolk / Ottoman: Lulu & Georgia / Mountain Print: Tessa Neustadt / Elvis Print: / Bronco Print: Leslee Mitchell / Frames: Framed and Matted / Dresser & crib: Babyletto for Honest Co. / Diapers & wipes: Parasol / All shelving units: Dad / Leah’s dress Free People / Henry’s knit jumper Misha and Puff / Girls’ dresses Little Trendsetter

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Holiday Cards with Hello! Lucky

Now, how many of you have gotten all their gift giving done? If you have, good for you!! I’m still in a food coma from Thanksgiving. One step at a time, right? When it comes to gift giving, we like to make sure the presentation is just as good as what’s inside. If you see me at the card shop, I’m the girl with 5 million cards in my hand, and reading each one. Is it pretty? Is it perfect for the occasion? Does it give you a good chuckle or smile? Make you warm and fuzzy? Does this card make look like a cool gift giver? A lot of pressure goes into buying cards for people.

Thankfully, Hello! Lucky comes thru with the best cards for the holidays. We showed you our love for Hello! Lucky last year with their 2015 holiday collection, and today we got our faves for 2016. One word PINK!


We love the pink retro vintage theme they got going on this year.


 This Winter Foliage is hands down my favorite! The pink neon and gold foil is a perfect girly girl card for a special friend or family member in your family.


Hello PINK!  The Christmas Wreath card is calling all pink lovers out there.

 Next up, is what I think is a classic holiday card that anyone will love.

A modern twist on the classic dove card.


Lastly, for those that aren’t neon pink fans (what!!!), choose your favorite city to show your love.



Los Angeles Holiday Doodles


San Francisco Holiday Doodles

So many more ones we love, check out all of them here.

Happy Gifting!



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By on November 29, 2016 in BEIJOS PICKS, HOLIDAYS, Uncategorized


Macrame Advent Calendar

It’s here!! The countdown to Christmas! We have so much pretty stuff for you this holiday season. Now our 1st Christmas post has to be all about counting down the days till the big guy gets here. The one, the only, the advent calendar. Each year, we try and find that perfect advent calendar that will fit perfectly into our holiday decor and home. Last year, Duo Studio created this wooden gem for us. You all know by now, us Beijos ladies love us some macrame. So when we discovered Elizabeth Mctague macrame holiday trees we became captivated and had to get our festive holiday hands on them. See more from Elizabeth and her macrame holiday decor soon on the blog. Till then, let’s stop and stare and this beauty.




I knew I wanted to have an advent calendar to be made out of macrame. Elizabeth’s large holiday tree was perfect! She customized it with an olive green dip dye color on the fringe ends. Now, I just need some Christmas stars to complete the calendar. With the help from pal, Meghann Miniello I got my Christmas stars that she made from a transparent white acrylic. Each star was labeled with their day, and they were ready for their debut.





I needed to make this macrame be present in the home and also kid friendly. This little corner of my house was perfect. It’s the 1st thing you see when you walk into our family room. Adorned with festive fern wreaths made by Jennifer from Busy Bee Florals, this space was almost complete. No corner in your home is ready without Boho Pillows. A must in each of our homes, well pretty much in every room in our homes. In addition to our ever-lasting love for Boho Pillows, we have a crush on Chaser Brand’s Fringe Pillow and Blanket for this holiday season. Now, if you are dying for one of these beauties you might have to wait for next holiday season from Elizabeth Mctague, BUT have no fear, you can always buy one of her pieces and add a holiday splash with your countdown pieces. Make some out of these ornaments, or label these ornaments. There is no limit as to what you can do! Best part, this little piece can be left up all year long way after the holidays are over.



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By on November 28, 2016 in HOLIDAY DECOR, HOLIDAYS


Fall Recipe – Caldo Verde Portuguese Soup

It’s the last of our November soup recipe posts and I couldn’t let this month pass by without sharing one of my favorite soups, Caldo Verde.  I mentioned my love for soup earlier this month and much of that stems from my amazing Avó.  Growing up she always made the most delicious soups.  If you haven’t heard of me speak of her, my Avó is my Portuguese grandma.  She immigrated here with my grandfather, my dad, and his brother and sisters almost 50 years ago.  I grew up with lots of Portuguese culture and traditions, which meant lots of Portuguese food.  At Avó’s it was customary to always have soup before dinner, and each of the soups in her arsenal were equally yummy!  Caldo Verde, which translates to green broth, was one we had a lot of the time and is known as the national soup in Portugal.  I think you will really love the flavors and comfort behind this soup, plus it is pretty healthy and easy to make!

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2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 teaspoon crushed garlic

4 cups of chicken stock

¼ teaspoon black pepper

2 large potatoes, chopped

1 link of linguica sliced thin

½ pound kale, stems discarded and leaves shredded

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In a large saucepan heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Add the onion and garlic, cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, about 10 minutes.

Add the chicken stock, pepper and potatoes, bring to a boil.

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Using a blender or food processer, blend the soup to a puree consistency. Then add back to the pan.

Meanwhile cook a few of the slices of linguica in a pan on the stove.

Add the kale and the rest of the sliced linguica and simmer until it is kale is wilted, about 10 minutes.

Top with the other sliced linquica and serve with bread and butter, another Portuguese must!

meganwelker-cruz-4 Lucky us, One Hope wine has been pairing each of our soups with their delicious wines this month and for the Caldo Verde the recommended their Pinot Noir.  They chose this wine specifically to match well with the spicy linguica saying: Heat from the linguica sausage will be tempered by the fresh berry notes in this California Pinot Noir.

Don’t mind if I do!!  You can’t talk me out of a good glass of red wine!




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By on November 25, 2016 in FALL RECIPES, FOOD, RECIPES