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I am currently in beautiful San Luis Obispo, CA with my bestie Leah.  We just finished a gorgeous wedding at Biddle Ranch Vineyard and it was such an amazing day.  Tomorrow we will be getting up and driving back to Southern California, but what I’d really like to do is go wine tasting with my bestie.  So, since I can’t actually do that, I’ll just dream about it and what I would wear!  Here are some of my picks for great wine tasting outfits.  So go shopping, and plan a wine tasting date with your bestie, for me… Please?!

Loving this Free People Maxi, the colors are the perfect transition from Summer to Fall.  Just throw on a denim jacket when it gets chilly!

I don’t know about you, but I love rompers.  They are flirty and fun and a great alternative to a dress!  This romper by Faithfull the Brand is so stinking cute and I love the color.  Again, so good to go into Fall!
Now this is an outfit for me… It’s basic but chic and will never go out of style.  You could add some really fun accessories to this amazing romper or just keep it simple.  No matter how you style it I guarantee it will look good!


I just tried this Spell maxi dress on and I may have to go back and buy it… The print is really pretty and the colors are so fun, I love that pop of pink!  You could wear this one casual or dress it up.  Would be great with a big hat and sunnies out wine tasting!

Ummmmm…. Totally just found this dress today and I’m kind of obsessed… Cleobella has some really amazing new dresses for Fall and this dress is just one of them!!!

Last but not least, this simple chambray dress would be so cute for a wine tasting trip!  It’s cute and sexy and you could definitely jazz it up with some fun jewelry!!  

Now go shop these babies below!!  And also, go drink some vino for me!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on August 20, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, FASHION, STYLE

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Celebrating a 30th Birthday in Style at Malibu Wines

When a beauty of a friend like Megan Welker has a milestone birthday, you celebrate!  Megan’s husband Adam and best friend Ala reached out to me to help make her 30th birthday extra special and I of course jumped at the chance.  Megan is one of those people that you meet and feel like you’ve known forever.  She is caring, thoughtful, loyal, hilarious, and beautiful.  All of the amazing qualities you want in a friend!  Megan has been so good to my family and I, helping with her 30th birthday was the least I could do!  Plus, I got to tag along and go wine tasting with her, so it was a win/win for me!

Megan’s birthday bash is also featured on Inspired By This today!

Photos by Megan’s Bestie Ala Cortez

We celebrated at Malibu Wines, which is such a fun spot for a day of wine tasting!!  The weather was hot, hot, hot, but we cooled down with all the good Summer wines!!  Plus they had wine popsicles… Done and done!!

Knowing Megan I know she likes soft natural colors so we really wanted to use that palette for all the things (as she would say).  So the florals had to be ethereal and soft, just the way she would like it!   MV Florals did the best job, as usual.  For all of the little details we turned to Poppy Jack Shop, she made the amazing menus out of balsa wood, a fun “this is thirty” sign for Megan to hold and a personalized wine glass for each guest!  Because everyone should have one when wine tasting if you ask me! 

Of course we had to cap off her big day with dessert!  Beverly’s Bakery made the tastiest treats!!  Hand painted macarons were made pretty and tasted even better.  Her cake was simple and adorned with flowers and a “Hello Thirty” cake topper by Poppy Jack.

It was such a fun day with great friends relaxing, drinking wine, eating an AMAZING charcuterie board, and spending time with our favorite birthday girl!  Happy 30th Megan!  It’s never looked better!!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on August 17, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS

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Ending Summer with a visit to the Orange County Fair

One of my absolute FAVORITE things to do during the Summer is visit the Orange County Fair.  My husband and I have been going for years and now we take our little ones.  We even shot a few of our engagement photos there!!  It’s turned into a family tradition and sort of an end of Summer hurrah!  Growing up in Northern California the fair wasn’t something we really did that often, but down here in Orange County it’s a must!!

This Summer was one for the books!  When we moved earlier this year we moved a few miles inland and closer to the fair grounds.  Our new neighborhood has really easy access to the fair so our visits multiplied by quite a lot!  I wouldn’t put us on carnie status quite yet, but we definitely made the rounds!

Court especially enjoyed the fair this year and keeps asking to go back.  There’s something magical and quintessential Summer about it all.  From the corn dogs to the funnel cakes.  The pig races, the games and the rides, there’s just nothing like it.  We decided to take our kiddos for one last trip and brought along our girl Alison Bernier to take photos.  Each photo she captured is just pure joy and fun!!

Here are those little crazies!!  The girls are wearing the cutest clothing line Wil + Frida with the most adorable accessories from Henny & Coco.  Meanwhile the boys are looking fresh in their get up from Whistle & Flute.  They had me at pizza tank and red shorts… I mean, come on…. I definitely need both in my size!

Now, you may think, wow, they’re crazy for going to the fair with all of those kids and taking photos!  Yes, yes we are.  But you know what, these photos are really cute and in the end it was really fun!!!  Plus, look at these cute faces!!


We played loads of games and went on tons of rides… We decided we should go big or go home for our last shot at the Fair!!


Love these shots of the cute little bums….

I loved watching these kids make memories and getting excited going from ride to ride and game to game.  It was non stop but so fun.  Summer memories are the best and it’s fun seeing it through their eyes!

Even the littlest ones had to join in on the fun!  This was Cruz and Henry’s first Summer at the Fair and they had to get in on the fun too!!


Can you believe it’s been a year since we had these two?!  So crazy how fast it goes by… A year ago I was chowing down and REALLY pregnant at the Fair!!


Well, my many trips to the fair this Summer must have paid off because I was the big winner… I played two games and won both Court and Edie a huge prize!!  Pretty proud of myself, so proud that I had to share it here.  So there you go!  It’s not every day you are a hero, I was that day… Don’t be jealous…


And that’s a wrap!!  Now that kids are getting started at school it really does feel like Summer has come to an end.  Thanks for the last hurrah OC Fair!!  See you next year!!!


xx

Jacquelyn

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By on August 16, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, KIDS, SUMMER

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Going Crazy for Gingham this Summer

One of the biggest trends this Summer has been gingham.  I’ll admit, at first, I wasn’t that into it… Us Beijos girls consider ourselves a little more boho and the thought of gingham is somewhat preppy.  But, as the Summer has gone on it definitely grew on me!  

Gingham isn’t just for the country clubbers anymore.  No, no, no, it’s for all of the fashionistas and I had to jump on the bandwagon.  There are so many fun options out there to add it into your wardrobe.  Here are just a few that have made it into my closet.  I also added a few other pieces I am coveting at the bottom of the post!

Photos by Nea Nabayan

First up is the classic print with a twist on this fun dress by MLM label, and it’s now on sale!!  I love the feel of this dress, it’s flowy and fun!  Plus the off the shoulder adds a little sex appeal, and who doesn’t love that!  In all honesty, my husband isn’t a fan of this one.  But truly, what girl only dresses for her husband?!  Not me!  I dress for myself and my girls, because we are the ones who know what’s up!

My shoes and sunnies are by two local brands I love.  Beek makes the most comfortable sandals and SALT always has the coolest sunglasses.  I also shot these photos at one of my favorite local spots, Lido Marina Village.  How cute is this place?!

I also invested in this really cute Rebecca Minkoff top this Summer.  Literally every time I wear it I get complimented on it.  It’s flowy and fresh.  The color isn’t your typical gingham, which is refreshing to me.  I pair it a lot with white shorts or jeans, it’s just one of those no brainer tops that goes with anything.  Here I’m wearing my favorite Target sandals, Wyeth pink sunnies, James Michelle coin necklace and my Summer bag from a few years ago.

Just a couple cute gingham piece I fell in love with this Summer!  And here are more for you to shop below….  Happy Tuesday!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on August 15, 2017 in FASHION, STYLE

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Back to School Lunches and Meal Planning with Pottery Barn Kids

When it comes to packing my son’s lunch for school I must admit, I have a hard time.  Maybe it’s because he’s so picky that I just want to make sure the actually eats something.  The boy probably only eats 4-5 things and it drives my husband and I crazy!  Or maybe, and this isn’t easy to admit, it’s out of convenience for me to make it easy.  But I rarely get creative or try new things.  Bad Mommy… I’m in a rut.  But that is about to change!!!  

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Andrea Howe of Howe We Live and discovered her Instagram feed full of tons of inspiration when packing your kid’s lunch.  Andrea is real about the struggles of having your kid’s eat healthy and I like that.  I know it’s not going to happen over night and I also know that I don’t want to be super rigid, everyone deserves a little treat here and there in my opinion!  Even the kiddos!  I mean life isn’t worth living without some ice cream every once and a while, right?!

With the guidance of Andrea and the help of Pottery Barn Kids I created a few easy and healthy lunch options!  I’m so excited to have Court start taking these to school.  He’ll be eating healthier and with more variety which is my main goal!  Keep scrolling to see these bad boys that I put together, hopefully they will inspire or help you!  Plus, Andrea answers a few key questions for us about meal planning and offers tons of great advice on how to make it easy!!

Photos by Alison Bernier


Tell us a little bit about you and your family…

I’m a mom of 3 1 girl and 2 boys ranging in age from 4-12, and a pet mom to 2 cats and a dog. My husband and I are both born and raised in Southern California, and we’ve been married for almost 19 years. I used to work in the fashion industry but now stay home with my kids while also working as an Executive Director at Beautycounter. We own our own IT business as well, so between being business owners and raising all these kids, we are quite busy. 

How did you start making these creative and healthy lunches for your kids? 

Both of my older 2 children are on the shy side, so buying lunches never appealed to them. Since I was going to have a long future of making lunches, I figured I may as well make them fun and healthy, but also simple. I purchased bento style lunch boxes for them and I was off! I found the different compartments inspired me to craft a lunch that would be enjoyable for them to eat while also being healthy and balanced.

What advice do you have for that mom in a rut with her child that won’t eat healthy or try new things, aka, me, haha… 

Stay calm but firm. Kids can be tough and stubborn, so it can feel so much easier to just give in. But I try to set a balance of respecting their wants by also doing my job as a parent and making sure they eat as healthy as possible. Often times this involves negotiations, like “You can have more of x but you have to finish y first” or can also mean your kids eat a lot of the same foods. That’s okay, as long as they’re eating somewhat balanced over the course of the day. I learned early on that the bigger deal I made of what my kids were or weren’t eating, the more stressful it became for everyone. So now, I make sure they understand how important it is to eat balanced and healthy (younger ones may not totally get it now but they will for sure understand as they get older), and always keep trying to get them to explore new foods.

I find it hard to get my child to try vegetables, how do you incorporate them in lunches? 

There aren’t a ton of fresh veggies my kids like, so they eat a lot of the same veggies over and over again, day after day, and that’s okay with me. For dinner we expand our options with other cooked veggies, but at lunch it’s usually a daily rotation of celery, carrots and sugar snap peas. I think we often compare our kids to others and feel like they all need to be eating and doing the same things. That creates too much stress for everyone, including you!

What are your favorite ways to add protein in the mix for lunch? 

Lunch meats of course are always a quick and easy way to make sure they get protein. I also love packing yogurt and they can make their own parfaits. Shredded, cheese and chicken along with tortillas allow them to make little tacos, a rice cake with some sort of nut butter with some chia seeds or hemp seeds sprinkled on top is also fun.

You told me that you always include a “special treat” in your lunches, tell us why you think that’s important…

Oh my kids love their special little treat each day and always have input on what I’ll put in there for the day. They look forward to it and it’s just an added little bonus for them in the middle of a long day. I do a small amount of jelly beans (I love the dye free ones from Trader Joe’s), a Justin’s mini peanut butter cup (if the school is not nut free), or even just a simple piece of dark chocolate or a single cookie. It’s definitely not necessary for nutrition’s sake, it’s more for their own mental health haha! We know how nice it is to enjoy a piece of chocolate in the middle of or at the end of a long day; well kids do too!

You have kids ranging in age from Elementary school to Middle school, do you have to vary what you put in their lunches?  Do they evolve or grow out of things?  How do you accommodate all three taste buds? 

They all get the same basics; protein, a crunchy carb snack of some sort (crackers or a few chips), a fruit and a veggie. The most I’ll usually do for my own sanity is adjust the protein. For instance my middle son doesn’t like sliced turkey sandwich meat, but the other 2 do. So I’ll give him roast beef or salami, and the other 2 turkey, but they all get the same of everything else. Quantities adjust somewhat as well; my youngest has a smaller style bento box than my older 2, but overall they get very similar lunches. It makes everyone’s life a lot easier. 

One other thing I’ll add is that continually teaching them how to feed themselves healthy is so important. Talk to them on a regular basis about why they need to eat balanced, and of course how. This will empower them and eventually, as my older kids do now, they’ll be able to pack their own lunch for themselves and do just a good as job as I do!

Thank you so much Andrea!!!  Such great info!


Now I took on the challenge of creating some lunches of my own… I was pretty proud of myself because this is not my forte… I did all of my grocery shopping at Sprouts, I love their healthy options that don’t break the bank!

 

 

Here are some of the lunches I put together! 

First I did these banana wraps with a whole wheat tortilla and peanut butter.  You could use almond butter, sunflower butter whatever your little heart desires.  I threw in an organic yogurt, some cherry tomatoes and a yummy coconut oil popcorn.

Going a little Mediterranean on this one… I did some salami, cheese and pita bread here with some grapes and raspberries on the side.  I love how Andrea encourages us to have treats for the kids, so I added these Simple Mills Double Chocolate Cookies.  

So… Remember how I said Court eats 4-5 things?  Well Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are one of them!  Realistically for me, they will be in his lunch.  To compliment his favorite sandwich I added persian cucumber and apples slices.  For his treat, chocolate covered sunflower seeds!  Which he liked… So let’s up that list to 5-6 things :)

Turkey rolls are a great way to add protein to your kid’s lunch.  I have put them in Court’s lunch and his teacher tells me he actually eats them when I do, who knew?!  My friend Melody from Life on Loma got me into the Simple Mills Cheese Crackers, which are all natural.  They are a great option instead of the over processed stuff.  Then some carrots and berries complete this nutritious lunch!

Last up I did a little rice bowl!  This one was the easiest, because I used leftovers!  We had chicken and rice the night before so I mixed that with some black beans and avocado for a yummy main dish.  Added some orange slices, pita chips and for that special treat?! Sprout’s version of M&M’s, because YOLO!


How cute are these two with their new lunch boxes?!  So ready for the big school year!!  The lovely Olivia had a great review for her new rainbow lunch box… “This is the best lunch box ever. It even has a zipper pocket for my fork and my napkin. Penny (her little sister) can have my old unicorn one now. ”  Spoken like a true big sister!!


You can shop all of my Pottery Barn Kid’s lunch essentials below!

Good luck to all the littles going back to school!  I hope everyone has the best year yet!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on August 11, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, FOOD, KIDS

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