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Cinco de Mayo Giveaway

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and we’ve got the perfect giveaway to have you ready to fiesta all day!!!  It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway and with a fun holiday like this, we thought it was the perfect time!  I personally don’t know what I like most about Cinco de Mayo… There’s the food, the margaritas, the fun colors and the mariachis!!!  It really is one of the best!  Well this giveaway will really have you all set for all the fun!  Keep scrolling to read more about each item and how to enter!!

Photos by Megan Welker

 Cinco de Mayo Giveaway

Here are the details…

Do you remember our love for Shop Leo Kids for our Easter playdate?!  Well owner Julie Howard is at it again creating this gorgeous colorful weaving that will be fun for Cinco de Mayo and all year long!!

If you’ve been following us then you know they’re our favorite…. The Mexicana clutch from Cleobella is a must every day, not just Cinco de Mayo… And this one is the color of the moment – yellow, we can’t get enough!!

Siesta for Fiestas is an amazing company that gives back.  They have these vibrant blankets complete with pom pom fringe, perfect accessory for your home or table on this festive day!

Our pals The Duo Studio recreated the Hola sign we had in our Cinco de Mayo shoot a few years ago, to a mini version you can display anywhere in your home!!  So excited about this one, it’s the cutest!!!

Embroidery is a big trend this Spring and The Bee & The Fox has the sweetest Mamacita tee that is just begging to be worn on Cinco de Mayo… We love how subtle yet festive it is!

Lovebirds LA is a fun brand we’ve loved partnering with over the years.  They gave us these amazing Mexican blanket inspired camera straps and one for you too!  Perfect for all the fun Summer adventures ahead you’ll need to capture!

We’ve had a major crush on Santa Marguerite for some time now, their clothing is so cute, we love every piece!!  This tunic is even prettier in person and would make for the cutest outfit to fiesta the night away, with a margarita in hand of course!

Any excuse to wear a hat is good in our book!  Brixton always has some of our favorites, including this woven cap is such a fun Summer accessory that will go with any outfit!

Last but not least… Our favorite candle EVER!!  The Little Market’s Churro candle is just the best!  We gave it away last year for our Cinco giveaway and had to bring it back we loved it so much… It’s just that good!

There you have it!!  So fun, right?!  Don’t forget to head to our Instagram to enter too!  Winner will be announced Monday 5.1.17 at 9am PST on our original Instagram post…

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on April 24, 2017 in CINCO DE MAYO, GIVEAWAY

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Blackberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta

It’s Friday and that means it’s the weekend and it’s time to TREAT YO’ SELF!!!!  I’ve got a delicious recipe to share that Mama Bettencourt (aka my mom) made for me a few weeks ago.  She’s always trying something new and this blackberry buttermilk panna cotta was a crowd pleaser.  My Mother in Law was visiting when she made this and ended up eating it for breakfast and dessert she liked it so much!  Lucky you, she is sharing the recipe with us and she says it’s easy…  Music to my ears!

Photos by Ariane Moshayedi

Ingredients

Panna Cotta

3 tablespoons cold water
.25 ounce unflavored gelatin 1 envelope
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 strips lemon peel
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

 Blackberry Sauce

12 ounces blackberries divided
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

Panna Cotta

Add cold water to a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Stir to combine and let sit, the mixture will become rubbery.

While the gelatin sits, pour the heavy cream and sugar into a large saucepan, whisk together and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add in the lemon peels. As small bubbles begin to form here and there, remove from heat and add the salt, vanilla, and bloomed gelatin to the pan, stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Whisk in the buttermilk and lemon juice.

Strain through a sieve to remove the peel and any lumps. Pour into 8 small serving dishes or ramekins and allow to cool to room temperature. Once the mixture has cooled, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours, preferrably overnight.

 

Blackberry Sauce

Add 6 ounce of blackberries, sugar, and lemon juice to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, bringing to a low boil. Use a wooden spoon to help break down the berries into a seedy pulp.

Stir in the remaining berries and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before spooning over the chilled panna cottas. Panna cottas can be served immediately or placed back in the fridge until ready to serve.

Now grab a spoon and go to town!!  The lemon flavor just puts this one over the top good!!  Enjoy!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on April 21, 2017 in EATS, RECIPES

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

One of my favorite holidays is right around the corner, Mother’s Day!  It’s the day to show your mama how much you love and appreciate her, and I can’t think of someone who deserves affection more.  Since we are mother’s ourselves we really look forward to this day to focus on family and reflect on what really matters.  I put together this Mother’s Day Gift Guide for you, because it’s never too early to start thinking about what to get her!  Plus, I made it super easy for you to shop these items at the bottom of this post!  So keep scrolling for all the details!

One thing that I always want as a mother myself is some good relaxing time… Some time to myself, even if it is just an hour!  So a massage from my friend Melody at Here & Now Massage is a definite must!  You can read more about her from our post earlier this week, but she is doing an amazing Mother’s Day special… A free upgrade to a 75 minute massage with the purchase of an 1 hour massage gift certificate.  Now that will definitely make Mama happy!!

Continuing with the relaxing trend, our friends at The Little Market have the prettiest and yummiest bath salts.  These are great to give along with the massage and encourage the busy Mom in your life to take a break.  They also have great spa gift sets if you want to really spoil her!  And this pretty robe by Eberjey is simple and sweet, something for relaxing time and something she will use day after day!

Other items for Mom?  Accessories are always a great and easy gift!  I don’t know about you but buying clothes can be tough with sizing and all, so accessories are just a no brainer.  I’m in love with this Mar Y Sol Tulum tote, the perfect Mom bag for Summer to fit all her “stuff”.  I’m a fan of anything blush and these Raen Torrey sunglasses along with the Cleobella Sevigny clutch gave me major heart eyes.

I just got this Brixton Small Plans Fedora and these Vanessa Mooney Astrid earrings myself and can’t recommend them enough!  Every one needs a good Summer hat, and when you’re a busy mom at the park with your kiddos it’s nice to keep the sun out of your eyes and your skin safe.  Plus, it’s super cute!  Statement earrings are big for Spring/Summer and these make a statement with out being obnoxious.  They are pretty, feminine and perfect for Mom.

Last but not least is this amazing book, Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe.  The older I get the more I want to take care of myself, especially my skin.  I’m sure most women feel the same way.  This book details how specific ingredients feed your skin, offering breakdowns of the vitamins and nutrients they provide.  Plus, the pink and rose gold on the cover are real pretty to look at!  Haha!  But seriously, my own Mom is always looking for new recipes to try so I know a gorgeous cookbook would be a great gift for her.

Now don’t forget to spoil that special Mom in your life this year, plan ahead because Mother’s Day will be here before you know it!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

 

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By on April 19, 2017 in FAMILY, GIFTS, MOTHER’S DAY, SHOPPING

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Wedding Spotlight – Witty Rentals

It’s time for this month’s Wedding Vendor Spotlight and this month’s duo of Witty Rentals are dear to our hearts.  Maybe it’s because we’ve worked together on some of my favorite projects, but I also think it’s because we both started our businesses around the same time and have sort of grown together.  One of our first big shoots, that we still get lots of love for, was our Aloha Bridal Shower shoot, and lucky us got to work with the Witty girls on it!  Since then we’ve both grown and it’s been amazing to see their well deserved success unfold.

Witty Rentals is a combination of Tiffany Garcia and Chelsea Bradford, two beautiful girls inside and out.  They are based in San Diego, CA but travel all over to make beautiful weddings even more fab.  I’m excited to share their story with you today and their amazing work and beautiful collection.  They are always one of our go to vendors for one of a kind rentals and you will learn why today!

Keep scrolling for a Q&A with co-owner Chelsea Bradford

Tell us a little bit about you and how you two became friends…

We met in a growth group about 12ish years ago… we were 15 and 16 I think. Tiff left shortly after to live in Sweden for the year and then we reconnected a few years later and hit it off right away. Some of my earliest memories together involve blasting Queen and Tiff’s 80’s Volvo, Sven. 

What were each of you doing before you started Witty?

Before Witty, Tiff was a nanny and made jewelry on the side. I was living in Long Beach, nannying as well and in school full time majoring in Ceramics. 

 How and when did Witty come to life?

Tiff was working for Amorology doing coordination and found that her favorite part of the job was pulling furniture for clients. She noticed that there was a gap in the market for boutique rentals in the San Diego area, especially more modern rentals, so she decided to leave Amorology and start her own company. Tiff and I have always had very similar tastes in design so she asked me if I wanted to partner with her. Without hesitation, I said yes (not really understanding what I was getting myself into). We started with pieces from our houses and a few bucks from each of our pockets and bought things here and there until we burst out of her parents garage! 

Your collection is so unique and well curated, how do you find your pieces?

Thank you! That’s definitely our goal! We try to find things that other rental companies don’t have to set us apart and the best way to find unique pieces is to thrift! I can confidently say that at least half of our inventory came from a thrift or flea market of some kind. 

 What are your favorite pieces in your collection?

Oh man, it’s so hard to choose! I think right now we are both obsessed with our new Maven dining tables! They’re what dreams are made of! But honestly, this answer changes from week to week based on what’s new! 

 What’s the best part about owning a business with your friend?

The level of honesty and open communication between us, we make a point that our friendship comes first and the business comes second which keeps us both happy! 

  What is your favorite project you’ve ever worked on with Beijos?

I’d have to say our favorite shoot was the Thanksgiving one we did at the Woodshed with Megan Welker and Bloom Babes! It was so simple but that color pallet and the furniture selection was so dreamy! And our favorite wedding was hands down Cayucos! The view from the beach, the small town charm… can’t beat that! 

What is next for Witty Rentals?!

What’s next for Witty is finding a larger warehouse, first and foremost! But on top of that, our main goal is to start a Venue. We want to be able to offer the space and the rentals and have them all work together seamlessly! It’s been our dream since the beginning of Witty and we know this is the year it’s going to come to fruition! 

We seriously love these girls and their amazing inventory… Can you see why?!  There is just so much good stuff and we love using it to style our events!!  Check them out for your next event, we know you’ll love them too!

xx

Jacquelyn 

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By on April 18, 2017 in SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Self Care – Massage for the Busy Mom

Earlier this year I spoke about Self Care and how I really want to make it one of my resolutions for 2017.  Well, lucky me, one of my dearest friends Melody has gone into the field of therapeutic massage with her own business, HERE & NOW Massage.  She is sharing tons of amazing information today on why it’s so important.  Best part of all?!  Melody is offering $10 off your first session if you mention BEIJOS, so keep reading!!  Melody is so well versed in the benefits of massage, it was really eye opening for me to hear what she had to say.  

As a busy work from home Mom – which with a toddler and baby is nearly impossible somedays – a massage sounds AMAZING, but also unrealistic.  I barely have the time to wash my hair, how will I have the time for that?!  But after talking to Melody and learning more about the importance of massage I’ve decided it definitely needs to be added to my “self care list”.  

Being a mother is one of the most selfless jobs out there.  You are constantly putting yourself last and your kids (and anyone else around) first.  With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I can’t think of anything else better than to gift a relaxing HERE & NOW.  Just gifting an hour or so of quiet calmness is basically like gifting a million dollars to a Mom!  Because I literally can’t think of anyone who deserves a massage more than a Mom.

Melody came over to my house recently to give me a massage.  Yes, she does at home massages which is a total game changer!!!  If I’m being completely honest, it’s hard for me to go get a hair cut or even my nails done.  When you’re that busy it just seems like a chore at times to go get that done.  However, as soon as I’m there and I can relax, I love it… It’s just getting there and making the plans to do so that is tough.  But with how easy Melody made it for me, how could I say no?!

So let’s check in with Melody and hear more about why massage is such an important self care concept…

Photos by Megan Welker

Robe by Maison du Soir

First of all, let me introduce my beautiful friend Melody!

HELLO! My name is Melody and I am a Massage Therapist in Orange County, California. After 10 years in the corporate world of public relations and marketing, I felt compelled to make a change in order to combine my love of working with people and my passion for holistic wellness.

In my pursuit of becoming a Holistic Health Practitioner, I graduated from California College of Physical Arts as a Certified Massage Practitioner and began my business HERE & NOW shortly thereafter, offering specialized bodywork, mindful wellness and a holistic approach to better health.

Working with a variety of clients ranging from individuals looking for relaxation to those working to overcome injuries through a therapeutic massage approach, I specialize in an integrative blend of Swedish and Therapeutic practices to provide pain relief, release of muscle tension, stress reduction, improved circulation and more.

Becoming a massage therapist has brought me to a place of where I am able to practice living in the moment – in the HERE & NOW – by focusing on and helping others in body, mind and spirit through bodywork, wellness and better health.

Why is self-care and massage important for women?

Whether you’re a momma (new or experienced), an executive, a business owner, a mentor, a friend (and the list goes on), it’s likely you have many responsibilities in your day-to-day life and it’s also likely you don’t put yourself on your “to-do” list. With the laundry list of things that need to get done around the house, with the kids and school, at work, etc., putting time aside for yourself is easier said than done. By the time your day is over, you’re wiped out and you just want to catch up on some much needed z’s.

So why should you incorporate self-care and massage into your daily/weekly/monthly routine? If you don’t start now it won’t be long before you’re battered from exhaustion (if you’re not already) and operating in a mental fog (sound familiar?) where it’s hard to make it through the day without forgetting important appointments, getting through your tasks, and truly being there (in body, mind and spirit) for the ones you love. With the (most) important role you have as a mom, putting yourself first, at least some of the time, is the only way you’re going to be at your best and massage therapy is one of the easiest ways to get there! Massage not only incorporates relaxation of your body and mind but also has some serious health benefits that you probably could benefit from.

What are the benefits of massage?

There are so many benefits to massage therapy that it’s hard to list just a few but let’s start with what a mom needs most – some serious (and solo) R&R! No kids, no hubbie, no work, no distractions (are you excited yet?). Beyond just the obvious tranquility and rest you’ll be giving your body and mind, the list of health benefits of massage is even more impressive and perfectly suited for the new/busy/working momma:

 Manage Anxiety & Depression – Motherhood is the greatest undertaking for most women. It comes with highs and lows, the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly. It’s not easy! If you’re suffering from postpartum, talk to your doctor about how massage therapy could help you.

Ease Pain – Tight shoulders, neck tension and low back pain sound familiar? Whether you’re breast feeding, carrying around your toddler or just dealing with day-to-day stresses, pain is probably second nature at this point. It shouldn’t be.

Hormone Regulation/Balance –  Are your hormones out of whack? If you’ve just had a baby it’s likely they’re all over the place with estrogen and progesterone hormone levels changing and prolactin and oxytocin hormone levels rising to facilitate breastfeeding. Those with decreased libido, fatigue, migraines, mood changes, irregular periods, hot flashes, and poor focus can also benefit greatly from balancing hormones.

Improve Sleep – Okay fine, this one is not entirely up to you if you have a newborn or if you’re sleep training but at the end of the day, you need your z’s, deep (REM) sleep. Or maybe there is so much stress in your life that you’re suffering from insomnia. Bottom line, you can’t afford lousy sleep!

Boost Immunity: Got germs? Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses. Because who has time for the flu?

Promote a Better Sense of Well-Being – We all need a break every now and then. Time to recharge, rejuvenate, refresh and get centered. Not only will you feel relaxed but you’ll also feel re-energized and ready to take on life even better than before.

The list is long but here are a few more things massage therapy may also help with: digestive disorders; tension headaches; soft tissue strains; circulation; reducing blood pressure; sciatica, chronic pain; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; rheumatoid arthritis pain; fibromyalgia; chemotherapy-related nausea..

How do I maximize my in-home massage experience?

BEFORE: Get someone to watch your kid(s). Give yourself two hours for a 60 minute massage – 30 minutes to get ready and relax pre-massage and 30 minutes post-massage to shower, dress and return (slowly) back to your normal routine. Before your massage, pick a quiet room in your house, take a hot shower, light some candles or a diffuser with essential oils and put on your favorite soothing music.

DURING: R-E-L-A-X. It might not be easy but this is YOU-time. No kids, no housework, no co-workers or cell phone…just YOU. Take deep breaths, focus on your body and the movements of your inhalations and exhalations and keep your mind in a neutral place. You want to stay in the preset, in the now.

AFTER: Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Massages are dehydrating and it’s important to replenish by drinking plenty of water. Fluids (and toxins) are pumped into your circulatory system, where it heads toward your kidneys eventually moving out of your system. The water provides your kidneys with the water they need to effectively eliminate waste and toxins.

Try to take it easy (again, easier said than done) the rest of the day, practice some breathing techniques if you get frustrated or if your mind starts to wander, and remind yourself of what good you did for yourself with the massage you had earlier.

What if I’ve never had a massage? What if I’m not comfortable with my post-baby body? What if I can’t relax?

First timer? No problem – there’s a first for everything. Your in-home massage therapist will come prepared with everything needed (table, sheets, oils, music) and will explain the entire process (basically you lay down and relax while the therapist does all the work). This is your time, you’re in a safe place and there is nothing for you to worry about. Leave the stresses and your self-judgements at the door, and take this time to put your mind at ease. Still not able to relax? Take deep, long breaths, imagine yourself on your dream vacation and anytime your mind starts to wander, bring it back to your body and the present moment. Have more questions? Check out the frequently asked questions here: Here &  Now website.

What if I don’t have time?

MAKE THE TIME! Do I need to say it again? MAKE. THE. TIME. That’s right, you need it, you deserve it and you’ve earned it. The best part of an in-home massage is that you don’t have to leave the house – no bags to pack, traffic to fight, parking to find, or extra time to plan around. Let’s face it, we don’t all have the funds to enjoy what some may consider a “luxury”, but at the end of the day, self-care is crucial for you to be the best mom to your children, partner to your spouse, employee to your boss, friend to your girlfriends, daughter, sister, boss… So whether you’re getting a massage, making it to your favorite yoga class, taking a quick nap, getting a mani/pedi, or even indulging in 60 (uninterrupted) minutes of the latest episode of The Bachelor, MAKE TIME FOR YOU.

How often should I be receiving massages?

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, it be a specific health condition or you’re simply looking for a stress reliever. Whether you have the financial means to get weekly massages or just one from time to time, the benefits you’ll receive will make a huge impact on the quality of your life.

In the Orange County area? Book your in-home massage with licensed massage therapist Melody Althaus, owner of Here & Now Massage | Wellness | Holistic Health.

Remember, if you mention BEIJOS you receive $10 off of your first session!!  So go treat yo’self or even gift a Mama you love with the best gift of all – some TLC! 

ENJOY!!! And don’t forget to take care of your self!!! XX

Jacquelyn

 

 

 

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By on April 17, 2017 in BEAUTY, HEALTHY, MOTHER’S DAY, SPOTLIGHT

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