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Let’s Diffuse! – Daily Essential Oil Blends

Crazy hippie oil lady here again! Last night, my husband and I were watching Entourage, Season 1. I know random, we couldn’t find a movie that we both agreed on, so the only logical thing to do was to binge-watch, Entourage. Do you remember the episode, where they went to Gary Busey’s art show? My husband turns and looks at me, and says ” You are so Gary Busey”. True story. I wasn’t sure if I should ask how many martinis he had, or take it as a compliment? I mean, he is a pretty weird dude, but in a free-spirit and creative way. But it was, in fact, a compliment. Where am I going with this, right? Well, after he explained how Gary B. and I are similar in the creative, free- spirit, all-natural outlook on life, it got me thinking of new diffuser blends I needed to try. I know, this is how my mind works!  I’m always on the hunt for new diffuser blends to try. I wanted to come up with some blends that would be good for getting back into the swing of things with school starting. End of the summer night blends, making dinner blend, citrus blends… you feel me? I got my essential oil pro on speed dial and hit her up for some ideas. You remember Melody right, well turns out she had the same thoughts too! So we came up with some diffuser blends and bestowing those onto you today. 

And, don’t forget about the Essential Oil Giveaway, be sure to enter! It ends this Thursday. You can become a crazy hippie oil lady too, just like me. Haha! 

Recipes by Obsessed with Essentials

 

 

grapefruit. passion. wild orange 

such refreshing and invigorating helps to inspire and uplift you, and great for times of creativity
 
 
peppermint & citrus bliss
 
All citrus oils are great for an uplifting aroma and for mood.  Citrus bliss is a blend that has a ton of citrus oils in it.  Peppermint is known for its invigorating smell so great for morning times to give you energy.
 
 
lime.  elevation. tangerine 
 
This one is for the citrus lover!  This combo smells amazing and these oils especially help those of us that are a little cranky in the morning!
 
 
balance. serenity. clary sage
 
When I asked all the people in my private essential oil Facebook group what oils they loved for mood almost all of them said serenity and balance.  Both of those oils are powerhouse oils at calming down emotions and stress which I think are both very high at dinner time.  I added in clarysage as well for an extra added calming benefit to help unwind before bedtime and then it also helps balance hormones which almost all of us moms could use!
 
 
 
white fir. citrus bliss. grapefruit. 
 
Instead of using a candle which almost all have toxic ingredients try diffusing this blend that smells amazing and has great benefits for your health and mood…plus it will save you a ton of money!  
white fir, citrus bliss, grapefruit
 
Instead of using a candle which almost all have toxic ingredients try diffusing this blend that smells amazing and has great benefits for your health and mood…plus it will save you a ton of money!  
 
 
 
frankincense. wild orange. balance 
 
Balance is the grounding blend which is the top for anxiety, frankincense, helps with inflammation in the body so if you tend to get stress and tension headaches it is a great one and then wild orange is a mood uplifter and great for anxiety as well. “In studies, orange oil reduced anxiety when it was inhaled and when applied topically, it slowed down participants’ pulse rates and breathing rates, while they also reported feeling more cheerful and vigorous.  So it’s not a sedative or a stimulant but helps to balance our your mood.
 
 
Happy Monday! 
xx
Abby

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By on August 21, 2017 in ESSENTIAL OILS

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Fresh Grilled Peach Burrata Salad

 



F R E S H  G R I L L E D  P E A C H  B U R R A T A  S A L A D

Remember those juicy peaches from Tony’s Fruit Stand from Monday’s post? Well, I couldn’t let summer go with out a little-grilled fruit action, and peaches are the perfect fruit to grill! Trust me, once you have had a grilled peach or any fruit for that matter, you will never go back. You are seriously missing out! Grilling fruit brings out the sweetness even more and the caramelization on the outside. Soo good! And burrata? Well, it’s only the best cheese in the world! The sweetness of the peaches with savory burrata makes for a killer combination, and adding in procusitto, gives it that salty punch to make one flavor-packed summer salad. And it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t add in some unusual subjects into my salad game. 

The fam and I spent our last week of summer in one of our favorite places. Tahoe. Need I say more? My husband has been going to Tahoe since he was little. His family has a place that is in the same complex of some of his dearest friends that he met while young and free loose on the Tahoe shores. I’m sure you can only imagine the stories I get to hear. ;) Now as adults, we get to spend time with those close friends and have our kids grow up doing the same thing as him. I tried this recipe on them last week, and it was a keeper! I highly recommend having this grilled salad with close friends, wine in hand, and on the beach at sunset. That is what summer nights are all about! 

Photography by Candiss Koenitzer

 

D I R E C T I O N S

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Spray grill to prevent sticking. Grill peaches until grill marks and caramelization are achieved. Set aside to cool. Now, you could serve this as a warm salad, but I’m not a fan of warm soggy micro greens. I sometimes will even put the peaches in the freezer for a faster chill down, especially if its really outside.

 Once cooled, arrange grilled peaches, burrata, red onion, and prosciutto in alternating layers.

Once cooled, arrange grilled peaches, burrata, red onion, and prosciutto in alternating layers. You can omit the red onion if your not a fan, or even grill those as well for a less pungent taste.

Sprinkle the arugula micro greens generously on top.

A final touch, lightly sprinkle himalayan pink salt and lavender. If you do use the lavender, use the kind from the grocery store to insure it is edible. Add some aged balsamic vinegar for that extra touch and flavor right before serving!

xx

Abby

 

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By on August 18, 2017 in BEIJOS EATS, EATS, FOOD, RECIPES, SALADS

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Visiting Tony’s Fruit Stand in Marysville, Ca.

When we moved to the Sacramento area, I started a list of places that I wanted to visit that would be exciting for the kids and even a couple of locations for just mom and dad. Sacramento is the farm to fork capital, and I’m sure you can imagine my list is hugely long by now. I’m a huge foodie, so this pretty much makes me a kid in a candy store. Farm-to-Fork isn’t a fad or a marketing slogan in the Sacramento region – it’s a lifestyle. This lifestyle is something that I have been doing for some time now, pretty much since I had my son, five years ago. In the Sacramento region, there is an abundance of farmers markets, farm to fork restaurants, fruit stands, local craft breweries, and of course wineries. Not to mention all the festivals that happen year round here. Pretty much heaven for me! 


Photos by Aria Photography

1st on my list was to take the kids to Tony’s Fruit Stand in Marysville, Ca. This produce stand is not your typical side of the road fruit stand. Tony’s Fruit Stand grows a wide variety of California peaches, pluots, persimmons, pomegranates, lemons, mandarins and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. Since 1993, Tony’s Fruit Stand has been a local landmark for the community and travelers alike. They offer the finest seasonal fruits, veggies, nuts, honey and much more.

Driving up to Tony’s, it is surrounded by beautiful peach orchards. With its, peach colored umbrellas, its modern vibe, and bounty of locally grown products, this gourmet fruit stand set itself high above their competitors. 



I had to restrain myself from getting everything there. The jams, honey, dried fruits, homemade pies, lemonade mixers, fresh eggs, the list just goes on. Once you buy your produce from a local stand like Tony’s, there is no going back to grocery store produce. 











We got a chance to go into their peach orchards and pick some of the peaches. Having a peach right off the tree doesn’t get any better. The true taste of summer! I can’t wait to head back in Fall to get my hands of more of their yummy produce. 







And, if you aren’t local to the Sacramento area, they offer some of their yummy products online! I highly recommend the honey! See it all here.

See it all here.

So come along on this adventure with me as I discover this yummy farm to fork region, I can now call home. Stay tuned on Friday as I used those delicious peaches for a mouth watering grilled peach salad. A perfect side kick for end of summer bbqs. 

xx

Abby

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By on August 14, 2017 in BEIJOS DOES SACRAMENTO, SPOTLIGHT, SUMMER

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Beijos Best

Today marks the official last day of summer before the school year begins. It is crazy where all the time went. I swear it was just the last day of school, and summer was among us. But hey, summer you were good, and it’s time to go back to school, so mom can get some stuff done now. Ha! I don’t know about you, but my kids have an opinion about everything they wear. So when it came time to picking out back packs, they made sure they found just the right one. I mean, you gotta find the coolest backpack to make a statement on the playground on the 1st day of school, right? Rounding out my favorite back packs today! 

Starting off with the winners that my kids picked. I found the brand, State at Nordstrom, and although they are a bit pricey for kid backpacks, they are very durable and will last the whole school year. 

Perforated Hearts Kane Backpack

 

 

Greenpoint Kane Backpack

 

You can’t go wrong with Herschel Supply…

Heritage Backpack

 

‘Pop Quiz’ Backpack

 
 

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By on August 13, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, KIDS

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Essential Oil Giveaway!

Calling all essential oil lovers! It’s an essential oil giveaway! Yesterday, I got you all prepared for back to school with my favorite blends for the kiddos and of course, you! Today, I’m gushing about my favorite essential oil products, and because I’m obsessed with all of these, I have teamed up with my favorite vendors to help step up your essential oil game.

Here’s is the loot! 

First up, is the Via Allure Water Bottle by Vitajuwel. This is one of my favorites! Gemstones are being added to water bottles, pitchers, and dispensers to instill good vibes, wellness, and self-love. Vitajuwel makes it easy and pretty for you to enjoy clean gem water in a matter of minutes. Allure is a scarlet red garnet gem collection and is described as a symbol of sensuality and passion. Oh, la la!  This powerful, energizing stone is perfect for lovers! 


Next up, is that pretty crescent bone and lava necklace from Eclectic Rock you see on me! Did you know that you can put essential oil on your jewelry?!? Oh yeah! Lava is a stone of protection, strength, and courage. It is grounding, yet helps you go with the flow of life!! I need a whole lot of lava stone in my life! Lava is also porous and will absorb Essential Oils- Perfect for diffusing your favorite Essential Oils on the go!!

There is also kid jewelry too! The Curated Carrot makes the cutest tassel necklaces for kids to wear. My daughter loves to wear these accessories, not only are they cute but it gives her a little essential oil boost during the day. Plus, how cute is that tiny little owl!! She also makes ones for mamas, you and your little can match!

Our pal Melody from Obsessed with Essentials, is helping you start your essential oil game with travel gold diffuser. I love to use this one in the car or whenever I travel. You can plug into your car, computer, or outlet. Wherever you go, this pretty gold diffuser is right there with you. And yes, diffusing in the car is the best thing ever! Perfect for those hectic morning drop offs, sitting in traffic, or just wanting your car to smell good! 

And, my girl over at Whimsy and Wellness is stocking you up on the mom rollers that we gushed about yesterday. Plus, I like you, and I will be filling them up with the blends :) You will be one happy mama after you get your hands on those! Also, a clean casa bottle for you to fill with your favorite essential oil cleaner. 

Now, how are you going to carry all your oils with you while you are on the go? Well, good thing Baggage and Co. makes cute essential oil carry bags! I love these bags cause inside are little dividers that keep your essential oils separate and not stacked up on each other. No one likes a broken or leaking bottle of oil!  You will be getting one for you to put in your purse, and one for your little one to put in his/her backpack in case she needs some at school! Oh yeah!

Lastly, one of my favorite brands is Lava Essentials. They make all kinds of lava stone jewelry that you will love. My favorite piece from them is the lava stone keychain. I have this on my keys and use it all the time. Every morning before I step out for the day, I put a calming blend on my lava stone keychain. It’s with me all day and makes my car smell so good, and most of all — calming! Which we all need a little in our lives.

So, there you have it! All my favorite essential oil goodies in one fun giveaway! 

To enter, you will need to head over to our Instagram and follow all brands tagged and enter your email below. 

Essential Oil Giveaway

The winner will be announced 8.24!

xx

Abby

 

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By on August 10, 2017 in GIVEAWAY

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