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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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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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Back to School Style for the Little Guys and Gals

Can you believe we are already uttering the words “Back to School”?!  It’s crazy to me that this time is already upon us!  I also don’t really understand the school schedules these days.  It always used to start in September but now it’s any time between early August to early September!  August is still Summer people!!!

This week will be dedicated to the school season and prepping your kiddos for going back to school.  Now, I don’t have an elementary school kiddo quite yet, but Court is heading into his first full year of Preschool this year!  Meanwhile, Abby has big girl Dylan going into second grade and both her and Leah have Kindergartners in both Edie and Jett!  How did these kids get so big?!

Either way we’ve gotta get these kids ready for their years ahead and one of the most important things is their back to school style.  When I was younger back to school shopping was always a big deal!  My mom would take my sister and I and we would shop till we dropped.  We would also get to go with my grandma who would treat us each to an outfit or two.   It was a special time and definitely got me excited for the upcoming year.  There’s something about a new outfit and backpack that have you feeling all sorts of confident!

Photos by Megan Welker

Let’s start with my little guy Court!  Like I said, this is his first real year of Preschool.  Last year he started mid year and now I think he’s finally getting the hang of it.  He loves his teacher and his little friends, which makes me so happy!  I recently got him this little outfit for his first day back, even though he will get it messy in less than 5 minutes!  Haha!  At our Preschool fun comes  first and that is another thing that makes me happy!

I went to my go to for both of my boys, Zara.  I love what they have for kids and the price point, it’s always on trend and doesn’t break the bank.  His cute little shirt and pants are both from there.  The backpack and shoes are both from J Crew.  Court is obsessed with his new shoes, he calls them his “fast shoes”.  He needed a pair of shoes like this because they go on hikes daily at school and I thought these were perfect!

My favorite part of his outfit is his Preschool sweatshirt from Hatch for Kids!  They also have a Kindergarten sweatshirt that would be cute for the older kiddos!!  Both come in t-shirt versions as well!

And here are these little buddies!  I can’t believe how big they are getting.  They get so excited to see each other, it makes my heart so happy!


Now my pretty god daughter Edie!  I can’t believe she is a big kindergartner as of this Wednesday!!!  Her first day of school is coming up fast and I think we’re all kind of in denial about it.  Edie is really excited for her big first day, but I kind of want her to slow down, just a little bit!!

Best friends tend to think alike, and Leah also loves Zara!  Jeez, who doesn’t?!  So Edie is of course looking pretty in a sweet little dress from our favorite store.  Edie really likes pink, and by that I mean she doesn’t really like to wear anything else!  Haha!  I love the cute booties Leah got her from Old Navy, so stylish for Fall!  I want them in my size!!  They have so much cute stuff right now you guys, and the price is again, amazing!!  And of course, her cute kitty cat backpack completes the look, Leah got it at Zara on sale last year.  I found this one that they have now though that I thought was adorable.

More fun back to school ideas and inspiration coming the rest of this week!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on August 7, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, FASHION, KIDS, STYLE

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Matching with Your Mini with Plum Pretty Sugar

It’s no secret that our kids’ closets are completely stocked with cooler clothes then our own. Who else has this problem? But can you blame us? I just can’t resist sometimes. When I had my daughter, Dylan, I was beyond excited to put forth all my hard practice of baby doll and Barbie dressing into action! I now finally get to dress a real life doll! Ha! Having both a boy and girl, the girls win hands down in the fun zone when it comes to clothes shopping. I love anything that is a mini version of what I would wear. However, Dylan, my sassy independent 7-year-old begs to differ. She is at the age, where all she wants to wear is anything with glitter, kitty cat graphic images, and these huge Jo Jo bows! It’s been quite the struggle for us to agree on outfit choices these days. I’m a little afraid that this is already happening, What is going to happen when she is 15? For Pete’s sake, did my 10 years of doll dressing become a waste? Sheesh! I do have one trick up my sleeve that she loves Every. Single. Time. Matching mom! I’m not sure who loves it more, me or her. You might have seen us gush about Plum Pretty Sugar and their super cute robes, here. But did you know they have a little girls line too?! It’s beyond adorable, and I had to get my hands on matching rompers for summer!

Photos by Erin Milnik 

When I got these gems in the mail, I had Dylan open up the box. She loves when things come in the mail for her, as I’m sure every kid loves! The look on her face was priceless, I should have gotten it on video. She could not contain the excitement that she gets to match mom, and she just had to put it on right then and there.

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The Amalfi Romper is an effortless romper featured with this summer’s off the shoulder trend, a flounce overlay bodice as well as a drawstring waist. I can’t say enough how light weight it is, and super comfy. A lot of rompers can ride up, if you know what I mean. This one is a keeper. The light weight material allows you to wear this a cover up, dress it up or dress it down for around town. And of course to pair with the Petit Saint Romper to match your mini! We paired our matching rompers with our current favorite sandals. My flats are from Target, and Dylan’s tan sandals are from Cotton On. 

I also fell in love with this Cay Off the Shoulder Tunic. Effortless, light weight, and super cute… this is definitely going to be a summer staple for me. I paired it with some sunnies, sandals, and my new summer staple, a straw envelope clutch I found on Amazon! This outfit will be on repeat all summer long.

Scroll down below to get the complete looks. Get yourself and your mini summer ready with Plum Pretty Sugar!

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xx

Abby + Dylan

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By on June 1, 2017 in BEIJINHOS STYLE, STYLE

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Life with Two Boys and Winter Water Factory

Most of the time when people see me out and about with my two boys they say “Oh, you have your hands full!”  I must admit, they are right.  Having two kids is a big jump from one, anyone will agree I’m sure.  But having two boys is a whole other ball game.  Other moms I talk to with boys can relate.  Don’t get me wrong, girls can be tough too I’m sure, and it of course depends on the child.  But my two are full of tons of energy and wildness which makes life with two boys very interesting.

Photos by Nea Nabayan

Clothing by Winter Water Factory

Every day is an adventure with these two.  Court is now three, and well, he’s definitely a three-nager.  He loves to dress up and pretend, his imagination is endless.  Most days we play super heroes, he never tires of it.  There is a different costume he is obsessed with and won’t leave the house without every day, right now it’s Spider Man.  

His energy seems to never run out!  I’m embarrassed to admit, but sometimes, (like last night) he doesn’t fall asleep till around 10pm.  He’s our little energizer bunny!!  He loves life fully and whenever I ask “what do you want to do today” I get the same answer – “PLAY!”  Court is strong willed and determined in everything he does.  Which also makes for some interesting days, and sometimes tantrums.  My husband and I are trying to manage those as they come, but wow, they can really turn you upside down!

With all of the craziness, he’s also extremely loving…  That’s something most boy moms I know say.  Yes they are wild and crazy, but boy do they love hard.  I get lots of hugs, even if they do start as tackles, and kisses.  So in that way, life with two boys can be pretty amazing.  Last night he told me I was his favorite person to play with, and the cuddles and “I love you”‘s are abundant.  He still asks me to carry him to bed, and sometimes I have both of them in my arms at once.   This is not easy going up and down stairs considering I found out today he weighs 37 lbs and Cruz has to be around 20!  

I’m trying to soak in all of the good stuff so it out-weighs the hard toddler stuff.  Plus, if I can pocket it all up and have it stored in my memory it will help dealing with him when he’s a teenager and doesn’t want anything to do with me.  Am I the only mom who thinks about things like that?  I think about my sons as adults and how I won’t be able to hug and kiss them like I do now, it’s depressing… Maybe I’m a weirdo, haha!

Now Cruz… Cruz started out as such a mellow guy, and well, he’s not!  I thought, wow, this time I got an easy one!  No, this guy is such a love but he’s busy like his brother.  I guess it may be a little bit of monkey see, monkey do over here.  He is very mobile, crawling and walking along everything.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he started walking within the next month or so.  He will be 9 months next week!  Court started walking at 9 months too…  I don’t wish early walkers on anyone!

He’s at the age where everything is going in his mouth, so we have to be extra careful!  Big brother has an affinity for legos, which is just awesome (emoji eye roll).  Cruz still doesn’t sleep through the night, however I’m still breastfeeding him… Maybe that’s why, but both of my boys weren’t good sleepers ever.  The one thing Cruz is doing well at?!  Eating!  Court is still tough with eating, Cruz however loves it!  That has been a relief and lots of fun to see him try new foods and actually like them!

Another Cruz thing… He gives hugs!!  Like really good and long ones, they are the best!  Plus, can you believe that blonde hair?!  Like what in the world?!

Cruz loves his brother so intensely, it’s amazing to see the way he looks in awe at him.  I can’t wait till they are big enough to play together!!  We did their first bath together the other night, mostly because I can’t bathe Court without Cruz getting into some type of trouble while I do!  It’s so fun to see them interact with each other, I can only imagine the type of trouble these two will cause… They are both just too smart for their own good.

When I was young I used to say that I only wanted boys – two boys to be exact.  I don’t know why I said that, maybe because I was a bit of a tomboy.  I know I thought life with two boys would be fun, which it definitely is!  I’ve been saying I want more… I’m not so sure these days.  Life with these two is keeping me awfully busy!  I love the idea of adding a girl to our tribe, but I would probably have another boy.  Which in all honesty, I wouldn’t be upset about.

Another great thing about having two boys is making them wear matching outfits, haha!  This is something I NEVER thought I’d get excited about.  Now I know why my mom did it to my sister and I, it’s addicting!  Winter Water Factory has been one of my favorite brands for my boys, even when Court was a baby.  

They have the best prints, great boy and girl options, and it’s all made in the US.  Their prints are like amazing art work that I would have in my home, I love them!  They even make cute dresses for moms, so I can get in on the fun too!  Everything is an organic cotton and it’s so yummy and durable.  They wash well and stay in great condition wear after wear.  I can’t recommend them enough!

 To sum it up, with all of the craziness, adventuring with these two is my favorite thing ever.  Add in their daddy and it’s even better.  Life with two boys seems hectic now, and I’m sure it will get even crazier.  I think the lack of sleep is tough these days, but I manage!  I’m excited for new adventures with them and to watch them grow.  Seeing our little one’s minds and personalities develop is just the best, I am lucky I get to watch these two!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on May 18, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, FAMILY, KIDS, LIFESTYLE, REAL TALK

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