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Baby Spotlight – Babee & Me

Hi guys!  Back to baby land over here…this week it’s all about baby brands and how Jacquelyn and I found the cutest stuff to spotlight for all you new mamas. Or… you could be looking to find the perfect yet unique gift for a loved one having a babe…we got ya covered!  Today we are talking about Babee & Me, a handmade designer label for babies and kids quality toys and homewares out of Australia.  After having her two baby boys, Rachel realized how special it was for a child to have something unique, fun and handmade to play with. Based on her love of design, hand printing and wooden toys, she founded Babee & Me in 2010.

All photos by Megan Welker

First of all here are her amazing baby mats and softies…

Find Cruz’s mat here, and bear softie here.

They provide such a cute little back drop for baby to play on.

Find Henry’s baby mat here and fox softie here.

We just love these little softie’s, they are adorable for our son’s to grow up with and hang onto for life.  Plus…they make for a super cute decor piece!

These faces are just too good not to share…

Here’s a little Q&A from Rachel…

How and when did Babee & Me come to life?

Babee and Me started 6 yrs ago and was initially called Babee Blocks as my first products were soft baby blocks. This was just after the arrival of our second son and when I really wanted to make some handmade toys for him. So one thing led to another and before too long I had a website to sell them from and was running as a little business – I really discovered that being creative made me happy and gave me beautiful personal satisfaction. I also didn’t fancy those brightly coloured toys and merchandise type products you could get in all the department stores and loved to see my own children and eventually many others enjoying my original creations.

Tell us a little bit about you…

I am originally from New Zealand and after meeting my Aussie husband in Canada I moved here to a beautiful place called Byron Bay at the most easterly point of Australia. I am also a qualified biomedical scientist and personal trainer but by far enjoying having my own creative business the most – regardless of how hard it is at times! I love the outdoors, nature and a bit of fitness.

We love that your products are organic and ethically sourced, talk to us about why that is important to you?

I really think our babies deserve the best – they come from a place of such sterility inside us I only think it’s fitting we give them products that are as natural as possible and to keep as many chemicals away.

It’s so refreshing to find a play mat that has such a great design, where do you come up with your prints?

Thankyou! While I am inspired by trends – I like to do my own take on them or just do my own thing. So I only design and make products that I’m 100% happy with. I have to consider the unique fact that I hand print every one of my products in my home studio which can be quite labour intensive and stressful but worth it for the vibrancy of the print.

What is your favorite product that you make?

My gosh that’s a hard one – I love my playmats as I really feel they aren’t babyish so will grow with baby and end up being a feature in a room or used in different areas of a house once a little one has finished lying on them – they are also great for taking out and about as they are machine washable.

Here’s a little example how Jacquelyn uses it in Cruz’s room layered on the area rug, making it really stand out.

What’s next for Babee & Me?

2017 is going to be big for me as I start to move to mainly off shore manufacturing…. I simply have found all the hand printing stressful at times. It will mean every single one of my products will be GOTS organic certified, independently safety tested to worldwide standards and only made fair trade/ethical. This will also mean I will be able to have product stocked in many more stores around the world. I will still have a few locally handmade products available exclusively on my site only. I am super excited for the future!

We also love her wooden decor and blocks!

Check out her wooden toys here.

And more decorated on Henry’s reclaimed shelf…all the blocks, cactus and snow capped mountains from Babee & Me.

We just love how modern this line is, we hope you love it as much as we do! And thank you Rachel for sharing your creativity and designs with us!

Xx Leah

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By on January 10, 2017 in BABY SPOTLIGHT, BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, BEIJOS PICKS, GIFTS, LIFESTYLE, SHOPPING

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Beijos Picks – Gift Wrapping

Since I have been doing the gift wrapping post for some years now, if you are a loyal follower you know it is one of my favorite things to do this time of year! This year I wanted to be a little funky, even though my favorite combo is craft paper a simple ribbon and some pine branches… It’s good to step outside of the box and see what else is out there.  One of my favorite paper places in the world is…yup you guessed it Paper Source!  I mean they have the prettiest paper and use the best combination of color.  They are classic, funky and vintage all at the same time. Plus they have the best greeting cards evvveeerrrr!!!  So this year I went to Paper Source and got some paper and ribbon to show off my gift wrapping skills.

Here is my throwback with with the cute little vintage Christmas scene and the braided yarn.

The other little detail are these acrylic gift tags done by our girl Nic Roc Designs.  They add the perfect, yet unique touch to your gift.  People will flip at the detail, I’m telling you.  You have to check out her shop here for an array of gift tags, perfect to adorn your gifts with this season.

Next is my funky donkey Christmas paper lol… I love the idea of black, hot pink and blue on my wrapping paper, mixed with a traditional tree here and there.  So I also went with some pink, yellow and green hemp ribbon on this one. I didn’t want to take away from the beautiful detail of this paper.

Then for my gift tag I went with the stag for sure.

Hey so I hope I’m making you run out to Paper Source for some kick ass paper and ribbon, and don’t forget your gift tags from Nic Roc!!

Happy Christmas peeps!!

Peace, Leah

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By on December 7, 2016 in BEIJOS PICKS, CHRISTMAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS, PAPER

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Beijos Gift Guide

We just love this time of year hanging with family and shopping for our loved ones.  This year we are making it pretty simple for you guys.  We put together a gift guide consisting of a collection of our favorite items.  So if your having trouble on what to get mom, dad, hubby, brother, sister or the kids we have got you covered!

Let’s start off with the ladies in our lives.  These items below could work for your mom, sister, or best friend.

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Going left to right and down the first one is Gourmand EDP Fragrance that you can find at Urban Outfitters here.  We are literally obsessed with the scent and it’s so affordable.  The next one is an Honest company make up palate you can find here. This is one anyone would love to get. The colors are fab and comes with a blush and two lip colors! Then we have a little cozy box from our friends at The Little Market you can find here. They must read peoples minds when thinking about the perfect gifts.  Those mugs are so cute!! Next up we have something very fun.  It’s called V. Paperie and it’s a monthly subscription box for paper stationary.  The boxed come every month filled with beautifully designed cards, notepads, notebooks, writing utensils, and other fun accessories.  We thought this subscription was such a fun and thoughtful gift.  Check out more details here. Next up is this fun little key chain we discovered at Free People.  It’s got a phone charger hidden in the tassel, this might be the best stocking stuffer ever! And last but not least and tried and true flannel from Madewell.  Who doesn’t love getting a new flannel, especially in these festive colors.

Moving on to the dudes…

 

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First off we have some Swell Bottles.  I don’t know about you, but my hubby is constantly trying to steal mine on the daily, so why not get him one of his own.  These bottles are so great to keeping beverages cold or hot!  Find them here.  Next up is this horn handle multi tool, perfect for any guy on the go. Find this nifty gadget here.  These awesome white sneakers are next.  Guys have tons of shoes, but I doubt they have something different and cool like these Vans you can find here.  Then the flannel of course.  This buffalo check one will make your dad, brother or hubby look stylish and hunky! Find it here.  Movin’ on down we have this uber cool jacket from Marine Layer.  We just love this brand and this jacket screams retro with the color block.  Last but not least a fun little stocking stuffer…Beard tonic.  For those of you with husbands with beards you will love this.  Herbivore botanicals uses yummy essential oils to keep his beard looking healthy and smelling so good.  And you know how much they all care about their beards (insert eye roll emoji here).

Now for the fun part… the kiddos!

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It is the most fun to buy for out littles, here are a few ideas.  First up is this adorable little raccoon.  Find him here.  Isn’t he the sweetest??  Next up is this fun Folk guitar.  Perfect little gift for a little boy.  Then these cool custom skateboards by The Zookeeper.  We love the wood and natural colors of these.  Onto the little ladies, this amazing playhouse from Land of Nod is hands down amazing! Keep her busy with this fun modern house.  Then these jaw dropping wicker play bassinet set from Anthropologie is just irresistible! Last but not least this very cool cactus light also from Anthropologie for her room.  Find it here.

Well that brings our gift guide to an end.  We hope we gave you some good ideas!!

Happy Shopping!

Xx Leah

 

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By on December 2, 2016 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS TIPS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS

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The Little Market Fall Candles

It’s no secret we have a lot of love for The Little Market, not only do they have the prettiest selection of home goods but they are also a fair trade company working to empower female artisans around the world.  The Little Market practices fair trade principles, and every purchase generates meaningful income for the artisans and their families.  We recently styled their candle collection and seeing the amazing Fall candles has us giddy for the season and ready for the yummy smells it entails.  They launch some of these candles today so we couldn’t help but share them with our readers!  The scents are beyond amazing and make your home feel ultra cozy and bring Fall right into the room!  So let’s take a look at some of The Little Market’s Fall candles shall we?!

Photos by Megan Welker

Let’s start with the Fig candle… We love using figs in the Fall, whether it’s on a cheese plate or in a dessert, we can’t get enough!  Figs are also great to use when styling things like a holiday table or even a Fall wedding!

unspecified-27 Second on our list is a Fall favorite, the Pumpkin candle!  Everyone needs a pumpkin candle in their life for the Fall, it’s just so good!  That is THE scent of Fall and it just warms your heart smelling it!!  Let’s just put it this way, it’s a definite essential!

unspecified-18 Another delicious scent?!  The Maple Syrup candle… This one reminds us of a cozy weekend breakfast and lots of football on TV to follow!  Sounds like the perfect Fall weekend in!  Can someone please bring me some pancakes and bacon right now?!  Thanks…

unspecified-24 Next up is a Fall tradition, the Apple Cider candle… We plan on doing some apple picking this season, how about you?!  And to us the season is incomplete with out this tasty treat, so why not have a candle with the same delicious scent?!

unspecified-14 Now if you want to feel real cozy and snuggle up, this Cinnamon Bun candle will be the perfect one to burn… It smells so yummy we can’t wait to take a quiet morning to read some magazines, wear our coziest socks and burn this delicious candle!

unspecified-15 Last on our list, but certainly not least, is the Toasted Marshmallow candle.  I have a confession to make…. I LOVE smore’s, and I frequently have my husband toast marshmallows for me, because he’s basically a professional at it :)  This candle smells so delicious, I definitely think I’ll be picking one up!  It reminds me of camp fires and family time around the fire!

unspecified-25 And there you have it!  These are just a few of the amazing candles The Little Market has, be sure to head over to get your home ready for Fall!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on October 3, 2016 in FALL, GIFTS

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Baby Spotlight – NuRoo

Alright…we told you we were going to start inundating you with the best baby products around right??  Well, Jacquelyn and I have been at home with our newborns for a couple weeks now trying some of the best new baby brands and here is one of them. We’ve come across the best nursing scarf and swaddle made by NuRoo.  They are all about the 4th trimester and the benefits of keeping your baby close during the first couple of months and beyond. This is just the best time spent with your newborn. It’s all about the bonding, the skin to skin, the cuddles for days and oh that newborn smell…can we bottle it up??

Lets start with the swaddle…We let Henry and Cruz try out this swaddle and they just love it.  They sleep so soundly in it and the prints are so cute!! What makes this different from all the other swaddles out there you say??  It’s the only swaddle you’ll need from birth until the they get old enough to roll. It also grows with your babe!!  There are two interior pockets and a removable seam to extend its length.  It provides a perfect fit at every stage promoting baby safety and a sound nights sleep!!

Here is adorable baby Cruz in his new NuRoo swaddle. Jacquelyn, tell us why you and Cruz love this…

I can’t help but laugh but literally the minute I put Cruz in the NuRoo swaddle he calmed down… That day he had been a little fussy/wiggly and I couldn’t get him to settle down and I thought, I’m going to try this sucker out!  The second I had him in there he calmed down and fell right asleep, it was a miracle worker!  Haha!!  I really wish I would have discovered this product with my older son Court who we couldn’t keep in a swaddle to save our lives.  I use this swaddle for naps and at night for Cruz and he stays perfectly content in there the whole time, it’s incredibly soft to the touch which I love as well.  I mean, he even smiles in his sleep with it, how could you go wrong?!

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Here’s both of these little dudes enjoying this super soft breathable swaddle.

Henry really likes to be swaddled.  He sleeps better because he’s tight in there, just like he was in the belly.  I love how easy it is to use and that it will grow with him.  Plus with other swaddles we have he wiggles himself out of.. this one he can’t.

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Another great item from NuRoo is their Nursing scarf. Play with it to customize the coverage…wrapped or draped, front and back, over the shoulder or around your neck. The fabric is super soft, and breathable for baby. And we love that it can be worn as a scarf too.

Here’s a little from our pretty mama Jacquelyn using her NuRoo nursing scarf.

I’m one of those moms who loves to nurse… I had a really easy time with it when I had Court and now with Cruz it’s been real good as well!  I love how the NuRoo nursing scarf is incredibly soft and cradles Cruz while he is feeding.  It gives him an extra sense of cuddling while keeping him cozy.  Plus, it’s functional for me to wear while we are out and about!  The other day I had both kids at the park and it came in handy to have a few times with my hungry little chunk of a babe!

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This scarf is made of the softest fabric.  Right now I use it to cradle Henry in, almost like wrapping him up in a blanket.  I love this stage with him and wearing the scarf allows me to cuddle up with him while I’m nursing.  It allows me to stop in time and take in the moment.

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 All photos by Megan Welker

Hope you guys have the opportunity to try these out like we did!!  They are the best out there and will not disappoint!

Xx Leah

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By on September 15, 2016 in BABY SPOTLIGHT, BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, GIFTS, LIFESTYLE, SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE

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