Mother’s Day Advice and Thoughts

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and we really can’t think of a better holiday, I mean celebrating motherhood is so important and necessary considering all that they (we, haha) do.  We reached out to a few of our favorite mamas to find out their favorite moments or things about being a mom or the best advice they could give.  It was so powerful and inspiring to read everyone’s responses, we hope you are as moved as we were with these thoughts on Motherhood and advice…

Leah Carriger of Beijos

meganwelker-outfitsandmama-37 I haven’t been a mom for very long in the grand scheme of things, I just turned 4 last month in mom years, but I have to say I’ll never forget what my parents told me when I told them I was pregnant with Edie.  They were over the moon with joy and the first thing out of my dad’s tearing up eyes was, “Mija, having children is the best thing you will do and experience in life”.  In my own emotional state of pregnancy, it made me tear up too.  Plus my dad had never showed his emotion to me like this before, so it was a great moment.  But I really didn’t understand the scope of the statement even then.  Today when I think about being a mom, I reference what he said to me that day, because it’s so simple, and so true.  No matter what I do I always go back to those powerful words.

Abby Guido of Beijos

yasminsarai_beijosevents_abby'smother'sday-7 I’m still in awe that I was blessed with being a mom to both a daughter and son. They are such opposites, and are truly little mini me’s. Its amazing to see parts of you and your husband in these two little souls. I will often stare at them, and not because they said something funny or did something wrong, its realizing the amount of love I have for these two, and that I get to be their mom. They probably think I’m a tad nutty, cause they will ask often, “mommy why are you staring at me like that?” One day they will realize the mommy crazy stares, and kiss attacks they get every day. I strive everyday to be the best version of myself for them.

Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos

meganwelker-outfitsandmama-86 Every day as a mother to Court amazes me… It amazes me that my body grew this amazing little person, it amazes me that I could love this him so much it hurts and he amazes me every day with his eagerness to learn, his hilarious sense of humor and his endearing love.  Court has a way of always making me feel great about myself, even when I have no makeup on and there are dark circles under my eyes, he looks at me like I am the best and most beautiful person he’s ever seen… I wish I could see myself through his eyes, and I hope that I live up to everything he thinks of me.  One of my favorite moments of the day is putting him to sleep at night, he always hugs and kisses his daddy and his doggy Dolly and then we go to lay down together in his bed for a bit…  I’ll always ask him if he had a good day and he says “Yes Mama” and squeezes me really tightly.  Being a mother isn’t easy, it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had… There are days that are tough, especially with a  toddler, but I try my best to be patient and loving just like my parents were with me and I know as long as I’m giving it my best, I’m doing a great job.

Taylor Sterling of Glitter Guide

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Motherhood teaches me so much every single day. I find it fascinating how much having a child teaches you about life and who you are and who you want to be. I love those small moments where my daughter says something funny, surprising or just looks at me with so much love I could burst. Those moments make all the hard parts melt away and makes you want to bottle that feeling up forever.

It’s not only children who grow. Parents do, too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. —Joyce Maynard

Julia Wheeler of Gunn & Swain

IMG_3180 My favorite moments with Gram are slow mornings when we head to the beach for breakfast with just the two of us and play in the sand with nowhere to be, in no rush, just hanging out and spending time together. It’s not always easy to stop and just be present and it’s easy to get frustrated with a needy or whiny toddler, but in those quiet moments, it’s when I remember that this all goes by so fast and I want to soak up as much of this time with him as I can.

Meg Perotti of Meg Perotti Photography and Little Meg

004133-R1-009 Being a mother is full of so many heavy moments. It’s not just the physical literal weight you carry by growing your children and then hoisting them onto your hip for years but it’s the weight of raising a human, of being everything for them all the time. But, motherhood is also full of a lightness- a take your breath away, sock me in the gut I love you so much, this is the meaning of everything lightness. For me, it’s the answer to all of my questions about purpose and these moments are my favorite thing about motherhood. This heavy stuff- the weight? It’s hard to ignore – and on some days it’s easy to get buried under- but what makes motherhood so special to me is how it brings back the ability to enjoy simple things in big ways. The way you can look at your child doing something as mundane as using a spoon and cry because, “Look! She is using a spoon!” or how you get to enjoy things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches again and how watching your child see the beach for the first time- seeing her run through the waves with wind in her hair makes you want to take her to the beach every day. Being a mama has given me a lust for living like I have never known. It’s a gift to be given the ability to feel my heart swell every day and to find beauty and love while carrying a weight so big as a life.

Erica Beukelman of 1011 Makeup

joel_erica_2015_101 I would say the most unexpected thing, and one of my favorites about being a mom, is how much I am the one that actually learns from my kids. Momming is hard, and they have taught me so much about grace, and love… and I love their love for discovery and endless questions: Like when my four year old asked me “how did you and daddy make the baby in your tummy” I panicked and said “Um, it’s hard to explain buddy”, and he responded with “Im pretty sure you used a cotton ball”… their little minds are just the best. It is an honor to be a mom of all boys and to teach them about chivalry. As a mom of boys, I have also planned ahead and told my hubs I will be buying my daughter-in-laws wedding dresses in order to ensure my spot at the fittings :)

Delbarr Moradi of Delbarr Moradi Photography

12224603_1498041767158107_1489978910_n I ran down the stairs in an effort to get Delara (my 3 year old) out the door for school and when I looked behind me, she was no where to be found.

“Delara???”, I called out.
“Yes, Mom?”
“Where are you? We’re going to be late!”
“I just hugging and kissing Aria!…coming!!”
and then my heart exploded.
Delara loves her sister more than I could have ever hoped for at this stage. They are 2 years apart and as crazy as life can be at times, the moments I see them interacting and Delara loving on her little sister makes me melt and reminds me this is ALLLL worth it. Crazy mom hair and all.
**photo was when Aria was a lot smaller, she’s 9 months now. I just love this so much though because its my heart and soul in a pic. I love being a mom to these two girls.**

Jesi Haack of Jesi Haack Design

FullSizeRender Have grace for each other. It takes a village. So use your village. And be someone’s village. Tell random moms you see how good of a job they are doing. Refrain from judgement. Like, REALLY try and refrain. No one TRIES to be a crappy mom. So give the benefit of the doubt. Give a smile instead of a disdainful glance. Be each others teammates rather than each others competition. There are many successful ways to raise a child. Be open. Be cheerful. Be in it together.

Yasmin Sarai of Yasmin Sarai Photography

yasminsarai_beijosevents_yasmin_mother'sday-3 Motherhood is hard, messy, and requires so much sacrifice; but it is such a grand calling and children are a blessing. I truly try to keep this perspective in my day-to-day life as a mom, during the challenging, not-so-pretty moments, when my toddler is throwing a fit or my newborn is fussy. Most importantly, my faith keeps me anchored and reminds me that all the sacrifices are worth it because my girls are my greatest legacy in this world. Both God and my husband help me to be a better mom and show me so much patience and grace, so my best advice to any mom is to nurture and invest in those important relationships, as well as friendships with other women, both young and old, who you admire and respect, to support you and help you keep a healthy perspective on motherhood and life. I’m so thankful to be mama to two of the sweetest girls around, Gwendolyn May (age 2) and Evangeline Roux (age 2 months). A few of our favorite things to do together are walking to church every Sunday and working in the garden. Gwen likes to help me water the plants and, like most kids, likes to get her hands dirty. Reading books, tea parties, and of course, impromptu dance parties in the living room are some of our favorite go-to fun activities. We also love getting cozy and curling up on the couch to watch British kid’s shows… the accents and music on those shows make them less mind-numbing and much more pleasant to watch, haha!

Amber Thrane of Dulcet Creative

unspecified My favorite thing about being a mom is getting to be around the BEST little teachers at all times. They have taught me so much through their love. They’ve literally LOVED me into a better person. At this point they don’t have any other mom to compare me, no social norm to judge me against, so I am free to be my weirdest, most “real” self without any judgement. That is powerful. It heals the deepest parts of you. I can get too hopped up on coffee and sing in the car at the top of my lungs and force them to join me in a three part harmony to a song they probably shouldn’t even be learning, teach them funny dance moves just so I can laugh at them attempt them or sit on the kitchen floor eating a tub of ice cream with them for dinner because I’m too lazy to make dinner and they think its all AWESOME. I can do no wrong. Someday they will be teenagers and think I’m SO embarrassing but I’m soaking up all these lessons in self-acceptance and self-love while I can! And if you think about it, maybe through all my failing and learning along the way I’m teaching them a lesson too: Its OK to be you.

Hope you all have the happiest of Mother’s Days

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on May 6, 2016 in MOTHER’S DAY, REAL TALK

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Mother’s Day Giveaway

Another week, another giveaway!!  You know with Mother’s Day in less than a week we had to have something up our sleeves ;)

This one is good, it’s the perfect relaxation kit for any Mama out there!!  Check out all the fun goodies below in detail and enter by following each of the participating vendors on Instagram below!  Good luck to you all!!!  Winner announced on Monday 5.9.16…

Mother’s Day Giveaway!!

Now you can’t see this ring to well in the flat lay, but it’s oh so pretty!  It’s the prettiest white drusy ring by Love Tatum and it will be that perfect touch to every outfit!!  We are in LOVE!

meganwelker-mamagiveaway-10 We think every Mama should have this tee… It’s just too perfect!!  The Bee and The Fox has the cutest collection of tees for Mamas and their littles, but this one has to be our favorite!

meganwelker-mamagiveaway-8 Us Beijos ladies love our Plum Pretty Sugar robes, they make us feel pretty and elegant, even when we have bed head and haven’t brushed our teeth yet, haha!!

meganwelker-mamagiveaway-16 Now if you have a fab robe, you must have fab jambes, and Maison du Soir is the epitome of luxe in that department!!  Now these are something we can relax in!!

meganwelker-mamagiveaway-18 If you know us then you know we LOVE us some Boho Pillow and this pillow is by far one of our favorites… Excuse us if it doesn’t make it in the winner’s shipment by “accident”…

meganwelker-mamagiveaway-14 To add to the pillow for the ultimate coziness we threw in our Beijos x Gunn & Swain collaboration Las Palmas blanket… Pink, cozy, amazing!

meganwelker-mamagiveaway-12 If you are like us, you like a little extra help with that relaxation… And nothing does that better than a bottle of champs!!!  And it helps if it’s super pretty like this One Hope bottle!!

meganwelker-mamagiveaway-5 Last but not least, our buddies at Ollie & Me sent over this super yummy Herbivore Botanical Coconut bath soak, to keep you smelling nice and super soft, for when you give your littles those extra cuddles!

meganwelker-mamagiveaway-4 Good luck!!  Can’t wait to see what lucky Mama wins!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on May 5, 2016 in GIVEAWAY, MOTHER’S DAY

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Beijos Cinco de Mayo for Two

We love any chance to dress up a table and make it look real pretty for you, and Cinco de Mayo is our favorite holiday to do just that- the Beijos way! We teamed up with some of our favorite vendors, The Little Market, Siestas for Fiestas, and Commerce Fine Goods to bring you a more imitate way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. As much as we love having our dear friends over to help us celebrate, sometimes a simple get together with another fun couple or just your special someone is just as fun.

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Stunning pictures by our gal Yasmin Sarai yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-17 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-20 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-25 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-23 No cocktail should be without a cocktail stir, its like being naked. Meghann made sure we were fully covered! yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-32 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-28 Siestas for Fiestas have great textiles that are perfect for this boho fiesta. Bright colored blankets ,table runner, and napkins were right at home.  Accompanied by The Little Market glassware, and Commerce Fine Goods dinnerware you have yourself a perfect evening fiesta for two! yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-30 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-34 Terra cotta is our new pal, we are currently obsessed with using it any chance we get. The combination of terra cotta and bright colors like yellows, oranges, and pinks is our jam lately. Meghann Miniello, made our terra cotta dreams come true with her signs. Let’s not forget her die cut wooden white floral chargers, and salud cocktail stirrs. See the terra cotta bar signs below, so good! yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-58 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-56 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-55 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-46 Any holiday, any table, pretty much any reason…. you need flowers and lots of it we say! We had the pleasure of working with Allie from Bloomwell and Co. and boy did she capture the boho fiesta look we were going for. Love the kumquats and fresh herbs that were peaking out. yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-12 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-48 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-10 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-47 Umm… how cute are these flower details on the chairs. They add that perfect pop of color to a white chair. Love this idea! yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-81 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-83 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-84 Now the nights can get a little chilly, and Siestas for Fiestas has you covered with their bright textile blankets. Put a couple on your chairs for yourself and your guests.

Lets check out the bar shall we?  yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-66 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-52 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-54 Fiesta like there is no mañana!

Terra cotta tiles done by Meghann Miniello yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-53 Us beijos ladies love a bowl full of flowers, something so pretty and happy about them. yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-65 Now no fiesta can start without cocktails and food, are you with us?! yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-69 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-70 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-78 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-71 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-91 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-73 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-88 Our gal pal, Molly from Organicopa made the food just as pretty as the table! Food should look this pretty all the time. We have worked with Molly in some of our past parties, and she sure does keep our bellies happy!  Of course, we can’t forgot cocktails! We are crushing hard on guava and aloe vera margs. Yeah you heard it right, Aloe Vera Margaritas. Yummy! Ay! Ay! Ay! Ay!

Last week we showed you how to make these pretty aloe vera margs. yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-98

Aloe Vera Margaritas

Drink safe and fiesta on my friends!

xx

Abby

 

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By on May 4, 2016 in CINCO DE MAYO, ENTERTAINING, STYLED SHOOTS, TABLESCAPES

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Spotlight: Mama Rings- Bueno Bueno Shop

Lets keep the gift ideas flowing shall we? If you missed our leather signs for your mama see it here.

We have the perfect Mother’s day spotlight this week for you! Personalized jewelry is one of our favorite accessories. We love having our children’s names and initials on our personal belongings like our jewelry to our cell phone cases. We are really proud mamas, and love to show it off! It brings a smile to my face that I can simply just look down at my wrist and think of my two little loves. We are always on the look out for that next perfect jewelry item to add to our collection.

 I have been looking for that perfect ring to go along with my bangles that I wear everyday. I wanted something a little bit different then having the kids names on it, mix it up a bit!

Que in The Bueno Shop.

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The Mama Ring.

When we 1st saw this Mama ring, it was a no brainer that this had to be in our collection. Its a perfect hand cut brass ring that will go with any outfit or occasion. From dress up to dress down. This is definitely a staple piece item that all three of us Beijos ladies are currently sporting.

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Abby likes to pair the mama ring with her brass name cuffs and a statement ring.

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Leah pairs her mama ring perfectly with her vintage turquoise ring.

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Jacquelyn loves to show hers off standing alone so its all about the mama ring. Much like the mama herself! haha!

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This Texas based shop is a one stop shop for your custom ID rings. They also have nameplate necklaces as well. Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and pick up one today!

Brandi also has the Bueno Blog, her blog that shows her travels schenangians. Follow along!

 Photos by Yasmin Sarai and Megan Welker

Happy Mother’s Day!

xx

Abby

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By on May 3, 2016 in BEIJOS PICKS, JEWELRY, MOTHER’S DAY, SPOTLIGHT, Uncategorized

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Beijos Picks- Mother’s Day Gift

This week is all about that special mama in your life. We can’t express how much our moms mean to us. Obviously we don’t need a holiday to let them know that, but when that Sunday rolls around we are ready with the perfect gift for them. Of course our mamas are the 1st ones on our list, but we do have many more important women in our lives that we like to acknowledge. We wanted to keep that in mind when coming up with that one special gift. We love to think of different and unique ideas when it comes to gifting. Something personal is always our number one thought. So when it came to mother’s day we wanted it to be just that- unique and personal. I mean who doesn’t deserve that more then your mama?!?

 We teamed up once again with our main calligraphy babe, Meghann Miniello to create that perfect gift. This special mama is always game for our ideas! If you remember last year, we did a Father’s day gift idea- My dad is rad because. See it here. We wanted to go along the same idea but with a more feminine and delicate touch. So we thought why not a blush leather?

Photos by Yasmin Sarai

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So pretty right? This is a gift that is not only perfect for Mother’s day, but its a piece that can be up all year long in your house. You can place it in your office, family room, entry way, above your bed, or even in a nursery. So many great spots for this beauty.

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So pretty right? We fell in love with these when Meghann brought them by. We wanted to keep them for ourselves. hee hee.

We each chose a quote that we love and reminds of that special women in our lives. This could also make a great birthday gift or just a I love you gift.

Want one of your very own, contact Meghann Miniello to have her custom make one for yourself or a loved one.

Give your mama an extra squeeze and kiss today she deserves it!

xx

Abby

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By on May 2, 2016 in GIFTS, MOTHER’S DAY

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