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Boo Appeitite With A Healthy Halloween Treat!

When it comes to the month of October, there is definitely no shortage of sugar comas around our house, especially on the night of the 31st. My little ones try to shove as much candy as possible into their little mouths before bed on Halloween night. Even I’m a little guilty of indulging in a few mini snicker bars, and I’m not even a big candy lover. It’s gonna happen… its Halloween after all. So I could try to intermix some healthy treats in-between all those sugary bites. Now, it can be hard to get kids to eat something healthy with candy in sight. Simple solution: Make it fun for them to eat! 

My daughter is all about the magic spells this year with her favorite movie, Descendants 2 out. There is a lot of “magic potions” being made in our house this month. I took that idea, and created a magic spell treat that she couldn’t resist! 

Cone Calligraphy by Meghann Miniello

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography

I N G R E D I E N T S 

Organic Popcorn 
Organic Mini Popcorn
Pumpkin Seeds
Chia Seeds
Shaved Coconut
Edible Glitter 

D I R E C T I O N S 

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss to combine. Using a spoon or even your hands put popcorn trail mix into cones like the ones that Meghann Miniello created for me or any fun Halloween container. Sprinkle some edible glitter on top, and along with any Halloween sprinkles you have. I used silver stars to go with the whole magic theme. What little one could resist sparkly popcorn!!?!

Get your sparkle on! Sprinkle all the glitter you want. The more the better! I used a color combination of white, rose gold, and a bright pink. You can also put the popcorn in separate bowls and sprinkle the glitter individually and toss to combine prior to combining all ingredients. 

This makes a great treat for anyone that needs a class treat for their kids’ school, and for any Halloween get together you have going on. 







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Make Your Own Pumpkin Mask In Less Then 20 Minutes


With Halloween season creeping up around the corner, pumpkins are everywhere you look. Even after Halloween is over there are still pumpkins that pop up everywhere during fall. Pumpkins have so many uses… decor, tons of seasons treats, those yummy pumpkin seeds, and so much more. But my favorite use of pumpkins is all over my face! This squash is awesome for your skin! Pumpkin contains enzymes that help to dissolve dry skin cells.  It contains vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotene, vitamins C, K, and E for those wrinkles, and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron, which helps eliminate redness. This mask only contains three ingredients, and I’m pretty sure you have all three ingredients already in your kitchen. Plus what are you gonna do with Halloween’s leftover pumpkins! 

An easy homemade pumpkin mask full of vitamins to nourish the skin and enzymes to dissolve away dead skin cells leaving you with radiant, glowing skin!

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography

P U M P K I N   M A S K

I N G R E D I E N T S 

2 Tbsp organic canned pumpkin puree or 1 small pumpkin (but make sure its organic)
1/2 tsp organic Manuka honey
1/2 tsp coconut milk or coconut oil

*extra bonus add 1 tsp vitamin E



1st wash that face! You can’t waste all this time with layering on all this goodness on a dirty face. Wash with your regular cleanser and gently pat dry. 

Combine pumpkin puree, honey, and coconut milk/oil in a small bowl and mix well. 

Apply the mask using your fingers and avoid getting the mixture too close to the eyes. You might feel a slight tingle, which is totally normal!

Allow the mask to set for about 20 minutes.

Gently wash off the mask with a warm, and follow up with a moisturizer.

During the fall season, I apply this mask once a week along with my normal skin care regimen.

You can also make a BIG batch of this amazing mask and freeze into ice cubes and store away for later use. Simply, just take out a cube each time and allow to thaw. 




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By on October 16, 2017 in BEAUTY, DIY, SKINCARE


Farmer’s Market Bowl

With all the fresh bounty of produce, harvest festivals, and farmers markets every day here, there are endless choices of yumminess to create. I love this time of the year, I feel this is the best time for veggies.  I recently discovered a hidden gem of a restaurant called Farmhaus. It is located in Granite Bay on Auburn Folsom Rd. You really have to look for it, or you will miss it with a blink of an eye. I had their farmers market bowl and well…  it was so delish, I had to try to recreate it. A farmers market bowl is basically what you think it is. Lots of fresh produce, protein if you so desire, and a grain. This is such an easy dish, anyone can do it!

Photos by Candiss Koenitzer

I N G R E D I E N T S 

grilled chicken 
black beans 
1 cup cooked brown rice 
fresh grilled corn
 shaved cabbage
quartered grape tomatoes 
thinly sliced watermelon radish
 sliced bell pepper
sliced or whole black olive
sliced avocado
quartered lime
chipotle sauce


In a bowl, layer your ingredients. Start with brown rice on the bottom. Next up, the thinly sliced cabbage. I like to squeeze some fresh lime juice on top of the cabbage and salt and pepper it up before adding the next ingredients. and then the remaining produce. Place the sliced avocado on top and squeeze fresh lime juice on top to your desired taste. I did about two-quarters of the lime. Finally, drizzle the chipotle sauce on top. Garnish with the cilantro, and enjoy! 

And doesn’t it feel good to be eating something that is good for you and yummy! I like to chow down on these at least 3 times a week. 







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By on October 12, 2017 in BEIJOS EATS, FALL SALADS, FOOD


Ashley + Jeremy’s Rustic Boho Wedding

There definitely is no shortage of boho inspiration here over at Beijos. It’s kinda our jam. But when we get to throw that boho vibe into a mix of rustic and a bit of edge, it is something that is new + fresh for us to play with. This past summer I did a wedding in Nothern California at Roaring Camp. It is a rustic ranch style property where families can come and picnic as well as having events like this wedding. The bride, Ashley, wanted vintage textiles, rustic florals, moody jewel tones, and eclectic details. These gypsy style elements all came together to create a free-spirited look and it was a perfect backdrop to celebrate these two families coming together as one. 

Photos by Megan Welker

Let’s start with this sweet ceremony setup… we kept it simple with a couple vintage rugs and a macrame backdrop. You were surrounded by tall beautiful redwood trees and we wanted to let nature speak for itself.

A train ride away, guests were dropped off to the barn for the reception. 1st, the cocktail hour where guests lounged and sipped on cocktails and got in some action with the VW photo booth bus! 

We can’t enough of Cultivate Rentals lounge setups! 

A moody sweetheart table with moody jewel tone florals, brass candlesticks, vintage glassware, and vintage rugs from Cultivate Rentals to complete the look.


Menu by our fav gal, Meghann Miniello

Pops of black in the dinnerware and candles really give you that moody look we were looking for!

Get yo’ desserts! A wagon filled with every yummy treat you could think of! 

This moody boho wedding has us excited for all the fall weddings coming up!


Design/Styling: Abby Guido from Beijos Events
Photography: Megan Welker
Florals: Wendy Lea Floral Design
Menu + Signage: Meghann Miniello
Lounge, Glassware, and Rugs: Cultivate Rentals
Cake Topper: The Roc Shop









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By on October 10, 2017 in BEIJOS WEDDING


Trick or Treat Halloween Tote

Trick or Treat!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to get into the spirit with. How could you not with all the costumes, spooky + gross food to force your kids to eat, cocktails that smoke, and decorations that could scare you know what out of you. This year, I wanted to do create a trick or treat Halloween tote that was different than the usual suspects. A tote that could not only be used for my daughter but also I could borrow it. There was only one person that I knew that could create exactly what I was looking for. That would be the one and the only, Leanna from David and Leanna. This lady is amazing. She has three boys, runs a successful Etsy shop, blogs, and she is an absolute babe and one of the sweetest ladies around. And today, she is giving us the play by play on how she created this perfect boho trick or treat Halloween tote. 

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the wonderful ladies of Beijos Events a couple different times, so I was super excited when I was asked to help out and create a DIY tutorial for a Halloween straw tote. It looks like Halloween is going to be heavily Batman themed this year so I’m pretty amped to have an excuse to make something girly! So here it is; the cutest little DIY straw Halloween tote with sequin script lettering and yarn tassels. Follow along to make your own! – Leanna

Trick or Treat Tote

You’ll need:
Sequin trim
Hot glue gun & hot glue
Trick or treat stencil (or your own design)
Straw tote bag
Yarn in colors of your choice
Pom Pom makers
Sharp embroidery scissors
Wide eye needle

These Pom Pom makers from Amazon are magical.  

 Making Pom Poms

Wrap one side of the Pom Pom maker in your choice of yarn. You’ll need to hold onto the ends at first until the multiple layers hold it in place. 

Once the first side is full, close that side by pushing it back towards center. Note: the “fluffier” your yarn, the fluffier your Pom Pom. Press the yarn between your fingers to determine its fluffy-ness. If it compresses a lot you’ll get fuller Pom Poms. 

Wrap the other side like you did the first. Your Pom Pom maker should look like this.

Take your scissors and cut along the spine from the hinge end (cutting from the other direction may cause the Pom Pom maker to open accidentally). 


Cut a length of yarn and wrap around the Pom Pom maker along the spine (same place you cut the yarn before). Pull tight and tie a double knot. 

Gently pull Pom Pom arms apart by pushing outwards and the. Pull the center of your Pom Pom maker apart by pulling outwards on each side of the center (The white part of my Pom Pom maker for reference).


Gently fluff Pom Pom with your fingers

Trim away all excess until well rounded.

Making Tassels

Wrap yarn around your hand (keeping your fingers evenly spaced) until you reach your desired tassel thickness.

Gently remove from hand to maintain the loop.

Strong a length of yarn through the entire loop  (I have a second length of yarn looped separately so that I can hide my knots, but this step is not necessary).


Tie a double knit tightly, this will be the top of your tassel. If you want to hide your knot you can flip the tassel upside down so the knotted string is inside the tassel and the extra string is now the top. 

Cut through the loop at the bottom of your tassel.


Wrap a length of yarn three times around the tassel near the top, gently pulling tightly and keeping the shape of your tassel in tact.


Tie your knot (I usually tuck mine inside the tassel to hide it once tied). 

Trim the end of your tassel until even. 


Sequin Lettering

Trace or draw your phrase onto your tote, I used a new sharpie (finer point). 

Carefully place your sequin trim along your lettering before gluing

Do just a few letters at a time with the hot glue gun. 

I made sure to glue down the loose strands on the edge of the trim before gluing each time.

Some letters worked better as one continuous strand while others needed to be cut in specific locations. Go slowly and measure before cutting and gluing.

Hot glue can get a little messy so just remember you’re better off letting it harden and then removing it than trying to get it off before it dries. Dried hot glue leaves less residue behind than trying to clean it up while it’s hot.

Finally, use your wide eye needle to thread through your Pom Poms and tassels and the tote!


Thanks Leanna! 


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By on October 9, 2017 in CRAFTS, DIY, HALLOWEEN