Last Minute Tablescape Ideas for Your Memorial Day Gathering

Memorial Day is just in a couple of days… and are you looking for last minute ideas to set that perfect casual table? How do you have the time to go out and get all this decor? It’s simple… Amazon. I’m sure you have heard me talk about it several times, but it’s just so easy! Of course, you can go to your local target or party store, and I’m sure you can find a bounty of themed decor. Which is totally cool in my books, but I like to go the non-traditional themed route sometimes. Plus, it’s always an excuse to get more tablescape items. Which I’m totally guilty of! Amazon shopping has become my new routine late at night before I go to bed. They have so many fun things on there; it’s so hard to resist! Score some of these items just in time for Monday…

 

I’m all about this layered blue look. All the elements you can totally use again! I love the idea of layering a Turkish towel as a tablecloth. If you haven’t discovered Turkish towels, you really should incorporate them into your home. They are great pieces to have in your bathroom, outside for picnics, pool, beach and of course as dining decor options. And who can resist those fringe details? Layer two different blue plates like this

Layer two different blue plates like this blue dot plate and this speckled plate, it will add cool blue textures to your tablescape. I fell in love with this navy + gold flatware; it was a must for sure. Rounding out the rest of the table are classic wine glasses which everyone has, blue toned tumblers to keep with that blue look, and fringed cream napkins. In addition, check out some cool serving trays also that will fit right at home with this tablescape, here and here. I love adding an element like a wood tray to the table to break up all the blue. 

All these items you can for sure use again for holidays like Father’s Day and 4th of July, and just use as your everyday summer tablescape. It all can be mixed and matched with other colors as well; it makes it easy to hit that add to cart button. 

Shop all the items below.

Happy Memorial Day friends! 

Be safe and have fun! 

xx

Abby

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By on May 27, 2017 in TABLESCAPES

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Watermelon Papaya Rum Smoothie

With summertime around the corner and this weekend being a holiday, all I can think about is a cold frozen treat poolside. Who’s with me? With any holiday weekend, I like to get a little festive, and this watermelon and papaya smoothie is a crowd pleaser. Watermelon and stars are the first things that came to my mind when thinking about Memorial day. Well that and bbq, but I don’t think anyone wants me to try and make a pulled pork smoothie! With the weather being so darn hot, this is the perfect cocktail to cool down with and be festive all weekend long. Plus, I might have made a sneaky little treat out of those stars. 

Throwing a little Memorial Day bbq or just hanging poolside? Shop the post below for our favorite essentials to serve up this tasty fruity treat! I even went ahead and found it all on Amazon, so you could order today and get it in time! Your welcome! 

Watermelon Papaya Rum Smoothie

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups watermelon cubes, frozen
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cups fresh pineapple
1/4 cups fresh yellow kiwi
1/2 cup tropical nectar juice 
1/4 cup papaya, frozen 
One tablespoon agave
2 oz white rum
Star Cookie Cutters

Directions

1st things first, boozy stars. You gotta get festive for this weekend, and fruit soaked in booze is the only way to go. Take your papaya and cut out multiple stars and place them in a shallow bowl. You can even do this with your kiwi as well. Pour rum over them and freeze. Yeah… I went there. You could also mix in some of the tropical nectar to tone down the rum. Might be a good idea, we aren’t 21 here anymore, and trying always tends to end poorly.

Now, you might not be able to find yellow kiwi at your local market. If you can’t, you can totally omit or use the good old green ones. I just thought these were a fun touch since you don’t see these around a lot. 

Everyone in the pool! No ice here! Your frozen fruit will act as your thickening agent. Who likes a watery smoothie? Not me! Simply throw everyone into the blender and mix until well blended. Add more juice if you need it to be thicker, or more rum if you are feeling crazy. But remember your boozy star friends, so careful on the amount of rum. 

Pour into your outdoor glassware; I’m using the Acrylic Glass Set from World market. A great set of classic glassware to have on hand for the summer coming up! Garnish with your boozy stars and slice of kiwi and mint. Now… your boozy stars don’t have their floaties on so they may very well sink to the bottom. Some may have their life together and know how to stay afloat as well. Either way, a little surprise for your guests! Also, this drink can be made with no booze as well for the kids or a mama to be! 

Shop the post below to be Memorial Day ready! 

Cheers!

xx

Abby

 

 

 

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By on May 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Three Ways to Stay Stylish While Being a Busy Mom with Sonnet James

Us three Beijos ladies are all busy moms, what mom isn’t?  With everything life throws our way, plus work and chasing after our kiddos, who has time for anything?!  When we discovered Sonnet James, a company founded with the idea to create “play dresses” for moms we had to check it out!  Being active and able to play with your kids comes with the territory of being a mom, and a lot of the time it’s hard to find fashionable clothing that keeps up.  So we set out to find three ways to stay stylish while being a busy mom with Sonnet James and the results are really cute!

Each of us chose a play dress to wear with our kiddos and we all loved what we chose!  The quality of each piece is amazing, built to outlast any grass stain, milk stain, peanut butter & jelly stain, or whatever comes it’s way.  We also like that nothing is too low cut or too short, you can actually PLAY without feeling uncomfortable and still look cute!  What a concept!!

Keep scrolling to see our choices and to read a little bit more about what we do to stay active wth our kids and how we feel about motherhood.  Truth be told guys, this was supposed to be a Mother’s Day post but like I said, we are busy moms!!!  Life is wild and crazy for each of us right now so time with our kiddos is the most precious of all!

Photos of Jacquelyn & Leah by Nea Nabayan / Photos of Abby by Erin Milnik

Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn is wearing the Daisy Tie Dye Dress

What is your favorite thing about being a Mom?

Gosh, where do I begin?!  From the moment I had Court I was on cloud nine.  Now having two little guys that depend and look to me for everything, well, I couldn’t be happier.  I love making them laugh, playing with them, cuddling with them and watching them learn and grow.  It’s amazing to see and it definitely gives me more purpose.  I’ve always been a go getter but my kids motivate me to try harder and be better at everything I do.  On the other hand, I love how they make me slow down.  There are days where I have a million things to do but Cruz wants to cuddle or Court wants to play and I say to myself, there will be a time where they won’t want this.  That makes me stop, slow down, and focus on what’s important; them.

How do you get active and play with your kiddos?

Well, with these two boys I don’t really have a choice not to!  My husband and I have always been active.  We both love to play sports and love to be outdoors.  I played multiple sports growing up, soccer was my main love.  Not a day goes by where I don’t do some type of activity with my boys.  Court basically requires it!  About 99% of our days start out with a walk to the park.  I will walk Cruz in his stroller with our dog Dolly while Court rides along on his scooter.  We go to the park for a few hours and play, play, play.  Court is usually dressed up as a super hero and Cruz is starting to walk now and getting into everything.  I’m totally that mom that is out there getting down and dirty playing with my kids.  Other things we like to do are go to the beach, the pool, play pretend super heroes or play soccer.  Having boys is truly tiring, but since I don’t have the time to work out as much as I used to, it’s nice to have these two keeping me on my toes!!

What is your ideal family day?

Our ideal family day would definitely begin with a day that daddy doesn’t have to work!  My husband’s job entails him being on call basically 24/7, so on the days where he doesn’t have anything we really make the most of it!  The morning would start with a walk to the beach, picking up our favorite smoothie along the way and then playing in the water.  Then on our walk back we would stop at the park and play longer.  When we get home it’s lunch time and then naps.  After naps, a trip to the pool!  Court is learning to swim these days with daddy and loving it, Cruz and I like to jump in as well, but mostly watch.  Then BBQ at home and watch a movie with some ice cream.  I honestly can’t think of a more perfect day than that!

Abby

Abby is wearing the Brielle Dress in Floral

What is your favorite thing about being a Mom?

I love that my kids are a purer, more innocent version of myself and my husband. With it being just me, I have had more time with them and they have truly inspired me to go back to a “me” that wasn’t as impatient, stressed-out, or tired. Pretty much a grouchy mom, no one likes that. They motivate me to be a better person in general, as I try each day to be a good mom. There are some days where I feel like I have failed, but at the end of the night those big hugs and I love you mommy so much makes anything that happened prior in the day all good. 

How do you get active and play with your kiddos?

My kids think that I have not one athletic bone in my body, so when I play soccer or any kind of sport they are amazed that I actually know what sports are for one, and that I’m actually kind of good. Believe it! I think I gained a couple cool mom points. 

What is your ideal family day?

Right now, our ideal family day is every Saturday for the next three weeks. Having the hubby gone during the week, makes Saturday a holiday every week for us. It dosent really matter what the day consists of, as long as it includes Dad, we are one happy fam-I-ly. Life is extremely hectic right now with moving, sports, and life in general so we try to cook dinner together or go out to dinner on Saturday nights. Usually followed by a movie just the four of us. As challenging as these past six months had been and has tested myself as a parent especially my patience, I wouldn’t change it at all. It really puts life into perspective and has given me new insight as how important family is especially when one of our tribe members is missing during the week. So long story short, any day with our whole family together is an ideal day in the Guido household. Now, eventually, when we are in our new home, our ideal day would probably be making breakfast together with our family playlist in the background followed by some park action and ending the day with making dinner and a family movie. 

Leah

Leah is wearing the Reese Dress in White

What is your favorite thing about being a Mom?

Ummmm, everything right??  I was just saying to someone, It’s hard to remember life before being a mom. Believe me, I had some great times.. a good childhood, some really fun adolescent years and some super fun twenties!!  But when I became a mom, it was the most powerful force, and it’s like life started all over and everything changed.  It’s the best thing ever mixed with the most exhausting thing ever.  I love having my three little personalities, I love seeing them blossom, and I love doing life again through their eyes. Most of all I love all the love coming my way, the cuddles, the I love you’s, and the super tight hugs.

How do you get active and play with your kiddos? 

This time of year we are swimming in our pool.  With my oldest, she just got done with soccer so we usually play in the front yard kicking the ball back and forth. For the little ones we like being outside on our front lawn playing with bubbles and toys. I love seeing their expressions when a plane soars over, a car passes by or when a bug crossed our path. We ride bikes on our cul de sac too. Believe me it’s all about getting all the energy out of these wild little active kiddos, so being outside is pretty essential.

What is your ideal family day?

Right now I like hanging with family at home.  It’s hard to enjoy the kiddos outside of the comforts of our house because I have two babies.  So if we decide to go to Disneyland or the Zoo or out to dinner it’s pretty chaotic and exhausting for both me and my husband, haha.  So a nice relaxing day is spent at home. I love being out and about so much and I miss doing it, but right now it’s hard with the ages of my kids. 

Thank you Sonnet James for thinking of mom’s and exactly what they need!  To have fun and live life to the fullest with our kiddos, but look stylish doing it!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on May 25, 2017 in FAMILY, FASHION, STYLE

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Making Spring Buddha Bowls

I think we say this every year, but where does the time go?!? I swear Jacquelyn, and I were just scheming ideas for our spring to do list, and today we are checking off our last final spring item with our buddha bowls. But don’t fret, summer is among us, and this summer’s to-do list is a goody! Summer is my favorite season… I think most of you feel the same way. How could you not, it’s filled with sunshine, al fresco dinners, maybe a vacay or two, and most of all making fun memories with your little ones.

Cooking with this season’s freshest bounty is always a must. I love to make dinner on spring and summer nights and eat outside with my family. It is what puts the biggest smile on my face! The best nights are when I can get one or both kids to help me cook dinner. I have some of the best memories cooking with my family when I was younger, and I hope I can instill that into my two kids. It requires time, a lot of patience, and some extra clean-up, but well worth the effort. 

These bonding memories not only teach them about what it is in season, but also creates an opportunity to discuss the senses (taste, sight, smell, touch), boosts self-esteem, and encourages creativity which I love. All I can say is that I’m doing something right cause my kids eat more vegetables than my husband and myself combined. One of our favorite things to make is buddha bowls or hippie bowls. Also, these bowls allow each of us to put in our favorite ingredients. This is my take on a spring Buddha bowl. 

What the heck is a buddha bowl some of you might ask?

A buddha bowl or hippie bowl is a vegetarian bowl that is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top much like the belly of a Buddha. While there are a lot of variations of these bowls, they usually incorporate a starch, vegetable protein, raw and cooked vegetables along with some fruit, nuts or seeds, and a dressing. It’s really up to you! And who wouldn’t love that? 

Abby’s Spring Buddha Bowl

Ingredients

Brown Rice
Asparagus (broiled or grilled)
Grilled Zucchini
Radishes (variety)
Blueberries
Cucumbers
Avacado
Purple potatoes (I roasted with salt + pepper and then mashed with a fork)
Chia seeds
Micro Greens (I like spicy arugula micro greens)
Heirloom cherry tomatoes (roasted)
Arugula

Directions

Layer arugula on the bottom of your bowl. And I sometimes will toss the bottom layer of arugula with some dressing before putting in the bowl. Then layer with brown rice. Then simply pile together your ingredients next to each other. Lastly, drizzle the citrus vinaigrette, and serve immediately. So, there are no rules to Buddha bowls, it’s all about healthy options all in one place, cooked or not cooked. Totally up to you, which is fun especially for the kids. As a result, it gets them to eat their veggies. Or so we hope! 

Citrus Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Makes 1 1/2 cups

One small shallot, finely chopped
¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
Three tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Two tablespoons fresh orange juice
¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Combine first six ingredients in a small jar; season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper. Finally, shake to blend and pour onto your bowls. 

Can be made up to 1 week ahead, and kept chilled.

Watch out for sneaky little hands!

 xx

Abby

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By on May 24, 2017 in EATS, FOOD, RECIPES, SALADS, SPRING, TO DO LIST

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Mornings at the Farmer’s Market

Spring is coming to a close soon, you can feel it in the air… Summer is about ready to take over!!  Remember that Spring list we have been dutifully checking off?  Well the next two days we check off our last two items!  Today is visiting the farmer’s market.  When I think of Spring I think of growth and all the delicious fruits and veggies that are available to eat.  Spending mornings at the farmer’s market is a great way to kick off your week and stock your fridge full of fresh foods.  I especially love taking my little guys with me, even if they do pick up all the free samples…

Photos by Nea Nabayan

There are tons of farmer’s markets in our area, but when you live by the beach they have them right there!  Our local farmer’s market is at the Newport Beach pier, it’s small but has just what we need.  Court really loves to go and check out all of the goods.  We pick out a few things to bring home that day, usually lots of fruits tend to make their way into our bags.  He also loves to see the flowers, and like I said, eat the free samples!

When we get home we take out all of our goodies (whatever makes it home that is) and plan for the week.  We make dinner that night with the fresh veggies and snack on anything else we brought home.  It’s so fun to take this trip out with my boys, I love that it’s interactive for them and that they also get to learn while we go out.  These little bonding moments may seem trivial but to me they are so important and fun.  

While we are there we talk about the different vegetables and fruit we see.  We’ll talk about colors and talk to the vendors.  It’s nice to get out of the house and do something like this.  Court loves being interactive with everyone and I love that he’s learning and being social.

When we were leaving the farmer’s market this past weekend Court sat to eat some of his strawberries.  A nice man sat next to him and he offered him some berries.  It was so sweet and made me so proud of this kind and loving boy I am raising.  These moments make my heart melt and let me know I am doing a good job, well I hope!

These weekly activities and outings are some of my favorite parts of being a mom.  I love to get out and explore with my little ones, its something my parents instilled in me and I’m happy to continue the tradition.  I’m always looking for other fun ways to get outside and be active with them… What are some of your favorite family outings?

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on May 23, 2017 in FAMILY, SPRING

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