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A DIY Geometric Advent Calendar That Anyone Can Make


With Thanksgiving long past us, you should be well on your way to decorating for Christmas. I usually have the house thoroughly decked out by now, but with us in the middle of our big move, a couple of decor pieces are what I have to work with these days. But my mind is always thinking of what my little ones will remember during the holidays, and I’m not going to have them miss out on any of our fun traditions just cause of a move.

The advent calendar is one of those very memorable traditions we do in our household. Each year, I have created with some fantastic vendors different ways to have an advent calendar. You can see our past advent calendars here and here. This year, I worked with the talented mama, Leanna from David and Leanna. She is no stranger to DIYs for the beijos blog. I wanted to do something that was a little bit out of the box. Along with that concept, adding colors that are non-traditional holiday colors. I love what we came up with, and the best part is you can do it at home too! 

Leanna is going to take you step by step on how to make this fun advent calendar!

Christmas is easily my favorite holiday! I like to put my decorations up as soon as Halloween is over, but for more sane people, all 31 days in December is more than enough. This Christmas, Connor (my son) is old enough to understand the countdown to Christmas, so we’re doing an advent calendar! Unfortunately for us, all the premade ones aren’t dairy free, so we, figured we’d make our own this year! I partnered with Abby at Beijos Events to create these super cute DIY paper advent calendars stuffed with whatever treats work best for you and your family! 

S U P P L I E S

A good pair of scissors  
Cardstock paper (we used paper source
hot glue gun
A pen or pencil
Printer
These geometric shape templates
Bakers Twine
An embroidery needle
Circle punch (optional) 
Mini hole punch
Gel pen of your choice (our white one
Mini wood hoop ring  

 

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D I R E C T I O N S

1. Gather your supplies.

2. Punch the circles for date labels.

3. Next, print out geometric templates onto cardstock.

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4. Fold your cut out template along the dotted line.

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5. Using a mini hole punch or your needle, punch two small holes into the top of your geometric shape.  

6. Thread a length of bakers twine through your newly punched holes.  

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7. And then, thread circle punched date marker through twine as well.

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8. Warm up your hot glue gun and check your shapes to make sure you understand how each side matches up.

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9. Glue tabs to appropriate flaps with tabs tucked INSIDE your shape, so the tabs don’t show once glued.

10. Then, pop candy of choice or any little items into geometric shape before gluing the last tabs down.

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11. Number your date markers.

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12. Finally, tie string at the top of your geometric shape at one end and to your ring at the other end – it will get a little crowded, alternate your lengths as you go.

Enjoy! Merry Christmas! 

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Aren’t those colors together so dreamy! Hanging wise for this one, you can do anything from hanging from a door, nailing to the wall in your little one’s nook area, or hanging it from your kitchen cabinet. I would personally do something high enough where little fingers aren’t able to access it. You will have all 25 days gone before you know it! 
xx
Abby
 

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By on November 28, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, CHRISTMAS, COLLABORATION, CRAFTS, DIY, HOLIDAY DECOR

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Beijos x Gunn & Swain – Fall & Winter 2017 Collection

If you follow us you know we love our Gunn & Swain blankets!  So much so that we have collaborated on a few collections.  Well, we have a new collection for you just in time to get cozy over the Fall & Winter season.  Think pretty jewel tones along with the best pastel blanket I’ve ever laid eyes on.  They are the perfect addition to your home or even a great gift!  

To make it even better, they are each named after a place in Portugal… Even the Azores where my family is from!  Let’s take a look at these beauties!

You can shop them all here!

Photos by Megan Welker

Let’s start with the Azores blanket… I love this pastel goodness!  Named after the islands off the coast of Portugal that I am proud to be from.  The colors of this blanket remind me of the beautiful hydrangeas that cover the islands.  If you’ve never visited this magical place, you should.

It’s the perfect addition to a nursery, an outdoor picnic or on your sofa at home!  I also can’t wait to use this one in the Spring on the beach, so many good options!!

Next up is the Costa Azul, named after a beach area just south of Lisbon.  The place is known for beautiful beaches with water’s as blue as the sky.  Sort of perfect for this turquoise goodness, no?!  This one is already in my boy’s room and they love cuddling with it!  They love how soft and cozy it is, and I can’t complain because it brings me the best cuddle sessions.

Last we have the Lagos blanket, named after a beach town in Southern Portugal in the Algarve.  I haven’t been lucky enough to visit this region, but plan to in the next few years with my family.  I hear it’s amazing!!  My husband can’t wait to go there because it’s known for great surf!

I love the bougainvillea pink color of this blanket, definitely one of my favorites ever!  It’s beautiful for Fall, but honestly great for any time of year, and any room in your home!  This one is a must have…



A few more shots of these beauties!  And did you see our collab tags on them?!  We’re feeling official over here!!

Don’t miss out on these as they are a limited selection!  Never too early to get that holiday shopping done!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on October 23, 2017 in COLLABORATION, GIFTS, SHOPPING

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Beijos x Gunn & Swain – Summer Collection

We’re at it again, teaming up with our favorite Gunn & Swain and another fun Beijos x Gunn & Swain mexican blanket collection!!  This collection is perfect for all your summer adventures, from road trips, to camping to the beach!

You can shop this pretty collection here, but hurry!  Like our last collection these are limited edition and will go fast…

Photos by Megan Welker

First let’s check out the Bolsa Chica, we love the  mint & grey combo here and it’s named after one of the great Orange County beaches…

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Hope you like them!!  We are pretty smitten!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 28, 2016 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS X GUNN & SWAIN, COLLABORATION, GIFTS, SHOPPING, VENDORS WE LOVE

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Spotlight: Cleobella for D’Blanc

Ok…so by now you know we are addicted to sunnies, what girl isn’t??  And when you find the right pair, it becomes an obsession.  With that said, today is the day people!!  The launch of Cleobella for D’Blanc.  We first spotted these beauties at a Coachella party we styled for these lovely companies back in April, which you will soon see all of the details of.  But honestly…we couldn’t get enough of these, we had to have them, and we definitely had to be a part of the launch today.  I mean, not only the glasses themselves, but the case and the pretty little ikat cloth that comes with, we died!  Let’s go through and talk about each one…shall we…

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But first, let’s hear a little about the collection from the collaborators themselves…

BALI MEETS ITALY

An exclusive collaboration between D’Blanc and free-spirited bohemian label, Cleobella. Combining Cleobella’s handmade Balinese design roots and D’Blanc’s handmade Italian heritage, we’ve created a collection that speaks true to our love of timeless works of art. Just like Cleobella’s bags and accessories are skillfully made with quality materials and sourced locally in Bali, our sunglasses are made the same way in Italy. It’s a meeting of two cultures and two aesthetics that translates into something confident, beautiful and inspiring.

This capsule collection includes three our favorite frames that have been reimagined by Cleobella.

Tanlines
The subtle cateye shape is adorned with hand-set metal studs along the top of this frame complimented with gradient lenses.

Sonic Bloom
A fusion of 70’s style and contemporary cool. Mazzucchelli™ acetate has been inserted between the lens and frame on this is a unique variation of our best selling metal frame.

Champagne Coast
This oversized acetate frame features a warm Havana tortoise shell complimented with rose gold metal eyewire details.

Each frame is packaged with a Cleobella leather sunglass sleeve inspired by its iconic Mexicana collection.

Hi Sonic Boom! These are the ultra cool oversized round beauties.  So unique with the acetate on top of the rims and on the tips.

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I had the pleasure of modeling them for you.  They are so fun, light and really send off that boho edge we all need to exude once and a while.

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Then there’s the Champagne Coast, which is like your everyday.  Love the gold rim separating the pretty tortoise here.

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We had our pretty bestie try these on for size and we know she makes everything look good, but  frankly put they look good on EVERYONE!

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Lastly there’s Tan Lines, which are pretty amazing.  So unique and so full of boho edge.  What a perfect update for the timeless cat eye!

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Jacquelyn wore these so well, they frame her face so good and we are pretty sure they will do the same on you!!

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Now we are just being silly in our new sunnies, so happy and giddy to have them on our faces…

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Purchase them here, they are ready for your face! I think they should be your summer staple…just sayin’

Special Thanks to our amazing gals over at Cleobella and D’Blanc and of course the fun photos by Megan Welker and her interns for the day Leah & Janet!

XX Leah

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By on May 24, 2016 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, COLLABORATION, FASHION, LIFESTYLE, SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT, STYLE, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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Beijos x Gunn & Swain – Palm Springs Collection

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We are so excited to announce our latest project and share it with you today!!  We teamed up with our pal and favorite friend Gunn & Swain on a fun and exclusive collaboration for the best Mexican blankets for Spring and Summer!

We were inspired by our recent getaway to Palm Springs and had to use these fun and bright colors… They reminded us of some rad pool time hangs, lounging in the desert heat, and even late night beach bon fires.

You can shop them all here!!  But hurry, these are a limited collection and will sell out fast!!

Photos by Megan Welker

First off is the pretty in pink Las Palmas...

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And the bright and sunny Caliente Tropics

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We honestly can’t choose a favorite, we love them all!!!  Make sure you pick one up, they are the best Summer accessory around… Beijos approved!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on April 7, 2016 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS X GUNN & SWAIN, COLLABORATION, SHOP BEIJOS, SUMMER

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