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Father’s Day Photo Album Box

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for Dad for Father’s Day, the only way is to aim straight for the heart. My hubby has the biggest heart in the world. Add patient, understanding, loving, and we got ourselves one big softie! And of course a hunka hunka, duh. Truly, the best Dad I could ask for! The kids and I try each year to aim higher in the tear scale. Last year, we went less teary and more practical with a fun leather catch-all for all his crap, to put it blunt. See it here, I highly recommend this DIY as its super cute, practical and makes any amount of coins or receipts look cool. The year before, had the bar set high. You might remember the wooden signs each of Beijos ladies did in which we had the kids tell us why they love daddy so much… see that here.

This year, since my husband has been living in a different city from us since January, the kids and I were certain that we wanted to incorporate pictures for him to look at. I picked out pictures starting from when they were babies to current. He has no idea what is about to come to him. That tear scale will be weighing heavy this year.

This simple wooden photo album is a great DIY that you can make with your kids! And also any important man in your life!

I do have to say the only thing to look out is that spray adhesive! I had a total Clark Griswold afternoon after using that stuff!

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M A T E R I A L S

1 Wooden Box
1 sheet of  White Poster Board
1 Package of Full Sheet Label Paper or Printed Photos (cut to 3 inchs)
Pencil
Metal Ruler
Double Stick Tape
Spray Adhesive
Washi Tape
X-Acto Knife

Walgreens is having a sale on all prints and ends today! If you enter code: PICSWITHDAD you get 40% off, how could you NOT take this up! Just remember you will have to cut your pictures down to 3X3.

I N S T R U C T I O N S

S T E P  1
Using the ruler, mark off 3.5″ wide strips on the paper. You can cut as many as you like- you’ll connect them later to make the final accordion strip. Each photo square will be 3.5″ long so you can multiply that by the number of photos you want to put in your album to calculate the total length you need.

S T E P  2
Cut out each strip and mark 3.5″ squares down the length of each strip. Fold accordion-style, at each 3.5″ mark. You will have to press firmly since the poster board is heavy.

S T E P  3
Connect the strips to each other using a glue stick or double stick tape. Add a strip of tape  (your choice of color) down the center of the strip, leaving a little folded tab of tape at either end to make it easy to grab. This will give a seamless look if you are doing more then one strip.

S T E P  4
Put your choice of photos into a word doc and size them to be 3″ square. You should be able to fit 6 to a page. Or have them printed out at Walgreens in a 4X4 and cut down to 3″.

S T E P  5
Print out each page onto the label paper and cut out photo. Press the photos onto each square of your accordion strip. Place the strip in the box. Or you can print out at your local photo store and cut to measure 3″ and simply adhere with spray adhesive. Be careful, it is SUPER sticky! No one wants a Clark Griswold moment like me! Place all together in box. Meghann Miniello used her handy work and we labled this little box, “Life with Dad”.

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Shop the post here and get it all in time for Father’s Day!

xx

Abby

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By on June 6, 2017 in DIY, FATHER’S DAY, Uncategorized

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Spring Floral Arrangement DIY

Yesterday we shared our love for wearing Spring Florals and today we are sharing an easy DIY floral arrangement!  Thanks to Meagan from MV Florals, our go to floral guru!  She created this gorgeous arrangement that, if you ask me, would look really pretty on the table this Mother’s Day.  Or even as a gift for the special Mama in your life!

This is another one of our items on the Beijos Spring To Do List, so be sure to tag us if you try this at home!  The steps from Meagan are simple and listed below, now let’s get to it!!

All Photos by Megan Welker

1.  Choose your foliage.  Remove any leaves at the very bottom of each stem. 

I used a mix of wax flower, ruscus, lisianthus,and bay laurel.  

2.  Choose the blooms you would like to use.  Remove any leaves at the bottom of your flower stems, and gently remove the guard petals and thorns on the roses (the guard petals are the outer petals on the rose to protect the inner, more delicate petals).

In this arrangement I used a mix of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, veronica, sweet pea, and lisianthus.

3.  After soaking your OASIS foam, cut it to size in your container.  I like to have the foam stick out a bit of the container; for me its a bit easier to work with.  Fill the container with water.

 4.  Start by creating the line and shape you want with greenery.  Use a mix of greenery to give your arrangement more texture.  I start from the outside and work my way into the middle.

5.  After most of the Oasis is covered with greenery, you can start your placement of blooms.  The first couple blooms you place should determine the height and width of the arrangement.

 6. Place your bigger focal flower next.  In this arrangement I used the peonies and garden roses as my focal flowers.  After they were placed, it made it easier to fill in everywhere else with smaller blooms and greenery.

 7.  Fill in any holes and check if there is any Oasis showing.  Make sure to cover all oasis with pieces of greenery.  

Isn’t it gorgeous!!!  We can’t wait to create some magic like this soon!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on May 9, 2017 in DIY, FLORALS, SPRING, TUTORIAL

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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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