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How to Make All Natural Easter Eggs

With littles running around, all natural and eco-friendly products are a must a must in my home. This year’s Easter egg dying was all about the all natural ways. I have seen for years now on Pinterest how you can use vegetables, fruits, tea, and even flowers to dye your eggs. I was a little skeptical if they would turn out the way they are presented in the pictures. I’m happy to say, Yes!  This year, I went for pinks and yellows for my color scheme. I’m really into the combination of shades of pinks and mustard yellow mixed with light wooden elements. Alongside the all natural dying, I included eco-friendly wooden eggs to give me that wooden element I love so much. Good pal, Meghann Miniello came by and hung out with me and took those wooden eggs to the next level by painting fun designs on them. Of course, dying eggs with your kids is a must, but I always set time aside for doing some myself. Get your girlfriends together, grab some wine, and create some beautiful bowls of eggs that you could set out for your Easter decor. 

 See our past creations here and here.

Here is what I used for pink and yellow tones in my eggs…

Tip: I left some in for only a minute or two, and others I left in longer for a deeper hue. To achieve my mustard yellow color, I left those in for two hours. It created the perfect mustard hue. I wanted light hues of pink, so if you want a darker pink leave your eggs in the beet water for a couple hours. 

Yellow

Mustard Yellow
Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Faint Yellow
Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.

Pink

Light Pink
Chop 4 oz. amaranth flowers and simmer in 2 cups water; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Mix 1 cup pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Dark Pink
Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets.

Mixed in were plain wooden eggs I got here from Amazon. This is where Meghann Miniello came in and gave some of those pretty wooden eggs a makeover. I love to put all the eggs in my Little Market Woven White Basket and set it on my countertop as a decoration piece. 

So cute right?!? We would love to see what you created!

Tag us with #beijoseasteregg 

xx

Abby

 

 

 

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By on April 6, 2017 in DIY, EASTER

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Kid’s Easter Craft

Let the Easter fun begin!  Easter is less than 2 weeks away and I am getting excited!  It really is one of my favorite holidays.  I obviously always try to make the holidays fun for my kids, and Easter is no exception.  Court’s amazing pre-school teacher, Ms. Sherri always does the best crafts with the kids.  Whenever I pick him up his hands are full of his projects from that day and he is excited to show me each and every one of them.  That’s why I thought a fun Easter craft would be perfect for him!

I’ve bought Court these wooden Easter eggs since his very first Easter, which happened a few days after he was born!  You can buy them on Amazon, but I also saw them in the dollar section at Target.  My idea was to have him decorate these wooden eggs so we could keep them and have them as a keepsake!  I liked that idea because you put so much effort into decorating the real eggs and never get to keep them, this way I could capture his little almost 3 year old creative mind forever!

Photos by Ala Cortez

I went to my local craft store and bought all kinds of goodies.  Paint pens, glitter, pom poms, stickers, puff paint, you name it.  At a recent Easter playdate (which I will be sharing very soon!) I let him and a few of his pre school friends go to town!  The best part was telling the kids about the Easter craft… They all got so excited to do it!!  Thank you Ms. Sherri for instilling this amazing sense of creativity into them!!  Here’s a little glimpse of the fun….

Nothing too fancy, just lots of fun stuff kiddos would like.  I’m being a real mom on this one and doing things that aren’t as pretty, but definitely fun!!!  I also think most of these are great for their fine motor skills and learning about shapes and colors!

Here they all are going at it!  I was really surprised with how excited they were for this!  Note to self, don’t let them wear their fancy clothes for this one… I thought I was being good by buying paint pens instead of actual paint, but it was still a mess!

Look how proud Rowan is of his finished product!!

There you have it… This is a great little craft to do with kiddos of any age.  I think the little toddlers had a lot of fun with it but the older they get the more intricate and detailed they can be!! It’s a great thing to do as a tradition and then keep each year’s egg, it would be so cute to look back on when they’re older!!

Stay tuned for more Easter posts coming your way!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

 

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By on April 4, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, CRAFTS, DIY, EASTER

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A Simple Spring Wreath DIY

Keeping up with our Spring to do list, today we’re sharing a simple Spring wreath DIY.  I love adding a little color to my front door and Spring is the perfect time for that!  There are so many beautiful flowers blooming right now, especially with the super bloom, that your door is just begging for some love!  I asked the girls at Rekindle Creative to help make my vision come to life.  They’ve created an easy step by step guide so you can make your door as pretty as this one.

All photos by Kayla Adams, and that pretty pink door is hers too!!!

From the talented Hannah Choi of Rekindle Creative

To create this springtime DIY, start with 3 sturdy branches (we found ours just in the front yard!).  Use twine wire to secure the ends together to make a triangle shape.  Once we decided on the top and bottom of the wreath, we added our greenery, such as acacia, italian ruscus, and laurel, to various areas using floral wire.

Now it’s time to pick your favorite blooms and get creative!  We like to work in odd numbers, so we set aside 3 blooms for the top and 5 blooms for the bottom right.  Some flowers we used for this DIY were poppies, ranunculus, and garden roses, but any of your favorites will do!

 Cut each stem to about 2 inches and use floral wire to secure them on the branches.  As we attached the blooms, we focused on balancing the colors and shapes around the wreath.  Fill in any empty spaces with fillers or greens, and your springtime wreath is ready to be hung!

Isn’t it the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!  I love all of the pops of color, and thank you again to Kayla for letting us use her perfectly colored door!  I love that pale pink!  If you make any of your own wreaths at home don’t forget to share the photos and the hashtag #beijosspringtodolist or #beijosdoesspring.  We want to see your beautiful work too!!

Happy Spring!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on March 29, 2017 in CRAFTS, DIY, SPRING

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Valentine’s Day Card Ideas

One of the best things about being a parent is getting to relive all of the holidays with your kids.  This is my first year with Court being in pre-school for a holiday, Valentine’s Day!  One of my favorites!!!  My birthday is the day before Valentine’s Day so it has always held a special place in my heart.  I was especially excited for this holiday because I got to come up with some Valentine’s Day card ideas!!

When Ms. Sherri, Court’s teacher, told me he had to bring 24 Valentine’s Day Cards for everyone in his class I was so excited!!  Yay!!  It was finally happening, I was getting to do the mom things I’d always dreamed about!  I really love coming up with creative ideas for my kids, whether it’s birthday parties, every day activities or special treats for the holidays.  So in my case I take these kind of things as a challenge… Challenge accepted Ms. Sherri!!

We all know that candy is not really ok these days…  There are so many allergies out there so you have to be so careful!  That’s why I wanted to come up with some non candy Valentine’s Day card ideas to share with you.  I asked Leah & Abby to each do one as well so we could share some options with you!  Hope they inspire you!!

All cards by the uber talented Meghann Miniello

All photos by the amazingly sweet Ari Moyashedi

For Court’s card I wanted to do something with a beachy surf theme… Because he’s like totally a grom bro!  Just kidding!  But really, he loves the beach and I just thought these army surfer men & women were so amazing!!  They are the perfect fun little gift and totally unexpected.  I definitely think he will be unique at class and both boys and girls will love them!

How cute is his little face in this photo?!  I took it the other day right before we headed down for some playground time on the beach.  His card says “You make my heart SWELL” – a little beach pun!!

Leah decided to do a joint card for Edie & Isla, her two little girly girls!  She found these adorable heart stunner shades online and knew they would be such a fun Valentine’s Day treat.  They come in a variety of colors – not pictured are blue, so if you’re worried this is too girly don’t be!  Every kiddo has fun dressing up and we can just picture how much fun these would be at a Valentine’s Day party!

Meghann added two little mini hearts to put the shades into and you can give the cards like this below!  The caption says “All the Heart Eyes For You!”  So perfect!!  I think this one is my favorite!

Next up is the Guido kids… Abby used this super sweet photo of Dylan & Jett having a smooch fest for her Valentine Card.  Nothing like these kissing photos to show them when they’re older, or when they are fighting to remind them that they actually DO love each other!  Ha!  Abby used Glo-Sticks for her special treat, so fun, right?!  The perfect addition to that Valentine rave your kids are headed too, haha, or for just some fun because who doesn’t love a Glo-Stick?!

The caption says “You make my heart glow”, isn’t that the cutest?!  And you can stick the glow stick through the card, how adorable is that?!  We know these would be a hit at school!

Hope this inspired you with some fun non candy Valentine’s Day Card ideas!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on February 8, 2017 in DIY, PAPER, VALENTINE’S DAY

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Fall Flower Arrangement

Morning Friends!

Are we getting excited for this week?!? Turkey day is one of my favorite holidays. You get to wear your stretchy pants and get after it. I have a strong weakness for mash potatoes and gravy! Total side note, but have any of you tried the new Starbucks turkey cranberry stuffing panini? Oh man, its been gearing me up for Thursday. Really good!

For my family, we switch each year and spend it with one side of the family. Often times, we still try to make our rounds to all three places. Can’t be mad at it sometimes, that’s three different times we are eating. Fat pants are needed for sure! I like to be the guest that is the best by bringing a dessert and some flowers. I like to make my own arrangement, it just means that much more to family. This year, I turned to Jennifer from Busy Bee Floral Design to give me some step by step directions to make the perfect fall arrangement. She is sharing it with you today too! You can make this arrangement a day before and store in a cool place, this way you are not rushed on Thursday. If you are hosting thanksgiving, this would be a perfect arrangement for your table. Head to your local flower mart, and get to picking. If you are in Nothern California, we suggest the SF Flower Mart or the United Wholesale Flowers (this is where I go).

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Photos by Yasmin Sarai

Step by Step Instructions by Jennifer from Busy Bees Floral Design

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Flowers

Sumac- greenery
Dinner Plate Dahlias- burgundy flower (upper left)
Peach David Austin Garden Rose (center)
White Ranunculus
Snowberries (lower left)
Blackberries (upper left)
Carnations (light pink color)
Chocolate Queen Anne’s lace (lower left below the Dahlia)
Amaranth (upper right)

Other Items

Vase
Floral Foam
Floral Tape (taped down the floral foam)
Shears

Step 1 

Proper preparation makes flowers last much longer.

Prep the flowers by cutting off the bottom half of the leaves on each stem of all the flowers. Removing the leaves before placing flowers in water decreases the chance of getting harmful bacteria.  Bacteria will significantly reduce the lifespan of your flowers. I also made sure to cut the bottoms of each stem at an angle to allow the flower to drink more water.

Step 2

Don’t underestimate the important of the vase

You will need to choose a vase based on the types of flowers you will be using. The vase is an important part of the overall aesthetic of the arrangement. We used a gold pedestal vase here.

Step 3 

Use a floral foam

To stabilize the flowers in the vase, I use a floral foam which stays at the bottom of the vase. Floral foams keep your arrangements in place.

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Step 4 

Add Greenery…we are getting close!

I start by placing the Sumac greenery in the vase to build a base for the arrangement.

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Step 5

Add Flowers to bring to life

Add the flowers! This is when the arrangement really starts coming to life.  Choose a focal point and arrange a clutter of mixed flowers. First I begin by using the Dinner Plate Dahlias since they are the focal point of the arrangement. I then began adding the roses and the Amaranth to fill in the empty spaces. Then begin using the other flowers in empty spots.

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Step 6

Make sure there are no holes

Fill in the holes. Make sure each of the flowers are represented throughout the arrangements and have a nice flow throughout. Too many of one flower will over power the arrangement. To finish, I always like to add more greenery and fill in the empty spots.

Thanks Jennifer!

xx

Abby

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By on November 21, 2016 in BAKERY, DIY, FLORALS

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