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Summer Family Game Nights

One of the things that I look forward to the most about summer are the nights. Those warm nights where you can stay up a little later, play outside till it’s dark, and indulge in all those yummy summer treats! Since we have been in our new town, I have been trying to do family date nights as much as possible. I mean we were away from Dad quite awhile, so it’s a fight to who gets him the most! There are so many parks here, and the nights are hot, we love to load up and take our date nights outside. Playing games with the kids not only creates those summer memories but it also teaches the kids sportsmanship, communication, and problem-solving. 

Photos by Megan Bautista

Family time outside is a must for this family. There are so many distractions inside your own home; you’re not giving your full attention. Outside, it’s you, dinner, games, and all those memories to create. One of the many games we love to play outside is dominos. I found this domino set that is perfect for those summer nights. Plus I like that it’s big, so its easier for the kids to play with. Most of the time, they don’t play the way it’s intended and end up building houses out of them. It’s amazing to see how their little minds think!



Here is my roundup of my favorite outdoor games

The best part about these family date nights is that dinner is easy! I like to take the kids to the store that day, and let them pick out some of the items for our al fresco dinner. It not only makes them feel important, but they also will eat it! I don’t know about you, but my kids get so distracted with playing games they never eat! We get home, and it will be bedtime and what do you know, they are hungry. Getting them involved ensures that I will not be making mac and cheese at 10 pm. See all my must haves below for an easy al fresco dinner!


Abby’s Essentials for an Al Fresco Picnic



Summer nights, please don’t end soon!

We can’t get enough of you!

Wardrobe Deets!





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By on July 18, 2017 in FAMILY, SUMMER


Three Ways to Stay Stylish While Being a Busy Mom with Sonnet James

Us three Beijos ladies are all busy moms, what mom isn’t?  With everything life throws our way, plus work and chasing after our kiddos, who has time for anything?!  When we discovered Sonnet James, a company founded with the idea to create “play dresses” for moms we had to check it out!  Being active and able to play with your kids comes with the territory of being a mom, and a lot of the time it’s hard to find fashionable clothing that keeps up.  So we set out to find three ways to stay stylish while being a busy mom with Sonnet James and the results are really cute!

Each of us chose a play dress to wear with our kiddos and we all loved what we chose!  The quality of each piece is amazing, built to outlast any grass stain, milk stain, peanut butter & jelly stain, or whatever comes it’s way.  We also like that nothing is too low cut or too short, you can actually PLAY without feeling uncomfortable and still look cute!  What a concept!!

Keep scrolling to see our choices and to read a little bit more about what we do to stay active wth our kids and how we feel about motherhood.  Truth be told guys, this was supposed to be a Mother’s Day post but like I said, we are busy moms!!!  Life is wild and crazy for each of us right now so time with our kiddos is the most precious of all!

Photos of Jacquelyn & Leah by Nea Nabayan / Photos of Abby by Erin Milnik


Jacquelyn is wearing the Daisy Tie Dye Dress

What is your favorite thing about being a Mom?

Gosh, where do I begin?!  From the moment I had Court I was on cloud nine.  Now having two little guys that depend and look to me for everything, well, I couldn’t be happier.  I love making them laugh, playing with them, cuddling with them and watching them learn and grow.  It’s amazing to see and it definitely gives me more purpose.  I’ve always been a go getter but my kids motivate me to try harder and be better at everything I do.  On the other hand, I love how they make me slow down.  There are days where I have a million things to do but Cruz wants to cuddle or Court wants to play and I say to myself, there will be a time where they won’t want this.  That makes me stop, slow down, and focus on what’s important; them.

How do you get active and play with your kiddos?

Well, with these two boys I don’t really have a choice not to!  My husband and I have always been active.  We both love to play sports and love to be outdoors.  I played multiple sports growing up, soccer was my main love.  Not a day goes by where I don’t do some type of activity with my boys.  Court basically requires it!  About 99% of our days start out with a walk to the park.  I will walk Cruz in his stroller with our dog Dolly while Court rides along on his scooter.  We go to the park for a few hours and play, play, play.  Court is usually dressed up as a super hero and Cruz is starting to walk now and getting into everything.  I’m totally that mom that is out there getting down and dirty playing with my kids.  Other things we like to do are go to the beach, the pool, play pretend super heroes or play soccer.  Having boys is truly tiring, but since I don’t have the time to work out as much as I used to, it’s nice to have these two keeping me on my toes!!

What is your ideal family day?

Our ideal family day would definitely begin with a day that daddy doesn’t have to work!  My husband’s job entails him being on call basically 24/7, so on the days where he doesn’t have anything we really make the most of it!  The morning would start with a walk to the beach, picking up our favorite smoothie along the way and then playing in the water.  Then on our walk back we would stop at the park and play longer.  When we get home it’s lunch time and then naps.  After naps, a trip to the pool!  Court is learning to swim these days with daddy and loving it, Cruz and I like to jump in as well, but mostly watch.  Then BBQ at home and watch a movie with some ice cream.  I honestly can’t think of a more perfect day than that!


Abby is wearing the Brielle Dress in Floral

What is your favorite thing about being a Mom?

I love that my kids are a purer, more innocent version of myself and my husband. With it being just me, I have had more time with them and they have truly inspired me to go back to a “me” that wasn’t as impatient, stressed-out, or tired. Pretty much a grouchy mom, no one likes that. They motivate me to be a better person in general, as I try each day to be a good mom. There are some days where I feel like I have failed, but at the end of the night those big hugs and I love you mommy so much makes anything that happened prior in the day all good. 

How do you get active and play with your kiddos?

My kids think that I have not one athletic bone in my body, so when I play soccer or any kind of sport they are amazed that I actually know what sports are for one, and that I’m actually kind of good. Believe it! I think I gained a couple cool mom points. 

What is your ideal family day?

Right now, our ideal family day is every Saturday for the next three weeks. Having the hubby gone during the week, makes Saturday a holiday every week for us. It dosent really matter what the day consists of, as long as it includes Dad, we are one happy fam-I-ly. Life is extremely hectic right now with moving, sports, and life in general so we try to cook dinner together or go out to dinner on Saturday nights. Usually followed by a movie just the four of us. As challenging as these past six months had been and has tested myself as a parent especially my patience, I wouldn’t change it at all. It really puts life into perspective and has given me new insight as how important family is especially when one of our tribe members is missing during the week. So long story short, any day with our whole family together is an ideal day in the Guido household. Now, eventually, when we are in our new home, our ideal day would probably be making breakfast together with our family playlist in the background followed by some park action and ending the day with making dinner and a family movie. 


Leah is wearing the Reese Dress in White

What is your favorite thing about being a Mom?

Ummmm, everything right??  I was just saying to someone, It’s hard to remember life before being a mom. Believe me, I had some great times.. a good childhood, some really fun adolescent years and some super fun twenties!!  But when I became a mom, it was the most powerful force, and it’s like life started all over and everything changed.  It’s the best thing ever mixed with the most exhausting thing ever.  I love having my three little personalities, I love seeing them blossom, and I love doing life again through their eyes. Most of all I love all the love coming my way, the cuddles, the I love you’s, and the super tight hugs.

How do you get active and play with your kiddos? 

This time of year we are swimming in our pool.  With my oldest, she just got done with soccer so we usually play in the front yard kicking the ball back and forth. For the little ones we like being outside on our front lawn playing with bubbles and toys. I love seeing their expressions when a plane soars over, a car passes by or when a bug crossed our path. We ride bikes on our cul de sac too. Believe me it’s all about getting all the energy out of these wild little active kiddos, so being outside is pretty essential.

What is your ideal family day?

Right now I like hanging with family at home.  It’s hard to enjoy the kiddos outside of the comforts of our house because I have two babies.  So if we decide to go to Disneyland or the Zoo or out to dinner it’s pretty chaotic and exhausting for both me and my husband, haha.  So a nice relaxing day is spent at home. I love being out and about so much and I miss doing it, but right now it’s hard with the ages of my kids. 

Thank you Sonnet James for thinking of mom’s and exactly what they need!  To have fun and live life to the fullest with our kiddos, but look stylish doing it!



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By on May 25, 2017 in FAMILY, FASHION, STYLE


Mornings at the Farmer’s Market

Spring is coming to a close soon, you can feel it in the air… Summer is about ready to take over!!  Remember that Spring list we have been dutifully checking off?  Well the next two days we check off our last two items!  Today is visiting the farmer’s market.  When I think of Spring I think of growth and all the delicious fruits and veggies that are available to eat.  Spending mornings at the farmer’s market is a great way to kick off your week and stock your fridge full of fresh foods.  I especially love taking my little guys with me, even if they do pick up all the free samples…

Photos by Nea Nabayan

There are tons of farmer’s markets in our area, but when you live by the beach they have them right there!  Our local farmer’s market is at the Newport Beach pier, it’s small but has just what we need.  Court really loves to go and check out all of the goods.  We pick out a few things to bring home that day, usually lots of fruits tend to make their way into our bags.  He also loves to see the flowers, and like I said, eat the free samples!

When we get home we take out all of our goodies (whatever makes it home that is) and plan for the week.  We make dinner that night with the fresh veggies and snack on anything else we brought home.  It’s so fun to take this trip out with my boys, I love that it’s interactive for them and that they also get to learn while we go out.  These little bonding moments may seem trivial but to me they are so important and fun.  

While we are there we talk about the different vegetables and fruit we see.  We’ll talk about colors and talk to the vendors.  It’s nice to get out of the house and do something like this.  Court loves being interactive with everyone and I love that he’s learning and being social.

When we were leaving the farmer’s market this past weekend Court sat to eat some of his strawberries.  A nice man sat next to him and he offered him some berries.  It was so sweet and made me so proud of this kind and loving boy I am raising.  These moments make my heart melt and let me know I am doing a good job, well I hope!

These weekly activities and outings are some of my favorite parts of being a mom.  I love to get out and explore with my little ones, its something my parents instilled in me and I’m happy to continue the tradition.  I’m always looking for other fun ways to get outside and be active with them… What are some of your favorite family outings?



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By on May 23, 2017 in FAMILY, SPRING


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!



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Lana & Michael’s Historical Spanish Wedding

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!  I couldn’t think of a better day to feature my sisters beautiful Spanish inspired wedding, also featured on Green Wedding Shoes today too by the way.  Check out the feature here.

Photos by Megan Welker

Starting with moments after their first look in this pretty historic hacienda

Her bouquet was bananas, but what would you expect from The Bloom Babes??

I’m flashing back to last Fall when I was helping my sister plan her big day looking through all of these beautiful pictures.  Back then we were meeting on a regular basis dreaming up all of the fun details.  Even though I do this for a living and manage multiple weddings at a time, it’s pretty special to see your little sisters vision come to life.  A time of planning and executing I will never forget, only to get a perfect day as the end result.  Plus a happy new couple and a new member to our family.

Some of my favorites of the pretty flower girl…but I’m a little biased!

Bloom Babes did a perfect job with the florals as per usual…love working with those babes!

They got married at the coolest chapel in Downtown Santa Barbara. El Presidio de Santa Barbara Historic Park.  So much history in the prettiest little town.   Just what my sister had been envisioning for her day.  Here’s our dad waiting to walk his last daughter down the isle.

This is the coolest picture, I just love Mariachis!!

Let’s parade over to cocktail hour, shall we??

And the escort signage from Blot and Dot, one of the favorite details…

And some more killer reception details…

This is my favorite part of designing, the TABLE!!  From picking the flowers to the table number detail, the signature wine glass to the place card and don’t forget the favor…and wait the napkin!!  All of these little things are carefully thought of, and rightfully in it’s place.  It’s a beauty to see it all come to life.  These table essentials all work together creating a story of uniqueness and beauty,  and all the while going along with the theme of the event.

These paper flowers hanging along side the lights came out so good!!

Maracas at the table for the celebration.

And little tequila shot favors for the guests to take home.

Circa Vintage Rentals helped us design this cute lounge

Guestbook table

And the history of two families becoming one

On to the sweet heart table…

These florals!!

Now on to invite suite details… Um Meghann Miniello, your so good!

Her details…

The gorgeous bride

And his details…

The handsome groom

Let’s jump back into these two for their killer couple shots during cocktail hour, these are some of my favorites!!

I think these two will make cute babies….

Congratulations you two, now let’s meet the fam…

All of the adorable nieces and nephews.

And our little fam bam

One day I’ll tell you the story behind this outfit my dad chose.  Let’s just say he likes to stir the pot!! haha

Now let’s party!!

Cheers to you Mr. & Mrs. Beal!!

We can’t forget about these gorgeous and yummy cakes from Beverly’s best!!

Let’s boogie..

Best dancer of the evening hands down…

It’s been a pleasure to share this special day with you.  Hope you enjoyed peeking into it!!

Xx Leah

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