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Spotlight: Obsessed With Essentials

This past holiday season I decided to take the plunge into the ever popular essential oils.  I have seen this little revolution happen all around me for the past 5 years and little by little it peaked my interest.  I never bought into it though until I started seeing for myself the incredible benefits that can be had from using these all natural resources.  Some of these stories include avoiding sickness altogether, most commonly the cold and flu virus, headaches, anxiety, allergies, receiving natural boosts energy, getting a good nights sleep and the list goes on!!  You mean I don’t have to medicate myself with over the counter drugs constantly when one of my family members or myself is experiencing these common ailments??  All natural did you say???  Ok I want to know more….and although I felt late in the game when I finally invested in this fabulous phenomenon, I felt the need to share all the knowledge that was at my fingertips.  This was all too good since we live in a world where we are constantly striving to use only the best to promote health and wellness for our loved ones.  It’s what it’s all about right??

All photos by the lovely Megan Welker

So like I said this past holiday season, I told the hubby I wanted some oils to jumpstart my collection.  He was all for it, so I went the guru herself.  She is a dear friend of ours here at Beijos and we recently visited her lovely home so she could educate us a little.  It’s the wonderful Melody Brandon, who also co- owns the ever popular  and yummy Sweet & Saucy Shop!! How does she have time for this being a bakery owner, a mama and investing her time into her newest passion with these essential oils?? Who knows…she’s what we call a super mom!! You need to follow her instagram feed over on Life on Loma to see this super mama in action.  Anyway, here is what she has to say…

How and when did you discover your connection with essential oils?
I started looking for more natural health solutions when I got pregnant with my daughter Blake about 5 years ago and started having to question why things like why best friend “Excedrin” weren’t allowed haha.  I always had grown up in a home that used modern medicine for everything and wasn’t really aware of all the side effects that it can have on you, so when it came time to prepare for having my own little one I quickly realized how helpless I felt and started to research natural health options.  I had never heard the words “essentials oils” until I was 28 years old and when I saw my sister in law using them on her kids and singing their praises I knew it was something I needed to look into more.  I found out that actually SO many people were using them and I made the jump and got my first kit with Doterra for a Christmas present and have been obsessed ever since!
 
 
How has this obsession affected your life and your family?
It has been the biggest blessing ever.  I rarely, if ever, have to go to the doctors office, pay co pays, worry about what to do when my kids are feeling sick, etc.  My son who is 2.5 years old has never even had to be on any type of over the counter medication…definitely a huge time and money saver!  They not only have helped with physical health issues but are amazing for mental health too.  I am a busy mom with two businesses and absolutely love using them daily for hormonal support, stress, energy, etc.  Helping my friends and family use essential oils has been such a joy too and now that I share my passion on my personal Instagram account I have even got to connect with people in other countries!  Getting a text, call or email from someone saying their children finally slept through the night, their allergies actually went away, they haven’t had the domino effect of sickness every month in their family, and on and on really does make me so happy to share my passion and love of essential oils with not only my family, but others as well!
 
 
Tell us more about these cute little roller bottles you make?
Well since I have an addiction for anything gold and I hadn’t found anything that I loved look wise for roller bottles and labels that didn’t break the bank I decided to make them myself.  I had Tina Yang from @missmultee custom write them, then get them printed at a local sign shop and then I adhere all of them myself…can we say labor of love haha.  I love spoiling anyone who wants to join this oil journey with me so they always get some for free and then can conveniently have them in their purse or bag so they can use their oils throughout the day.
 
 
Give a the recipe for a common blend…
One of my favorite daily perfume blends that not only smells amazing but is also great for anxiety, stress and mood is Balance and Wild Orange. It is so refreshing as well since all citrus oils smell so yummy! I do 10-20 of each oil in a 10 ml roller bottle and then fill up with fractionated coconut oil.  I apply it to my wrists, back of the neck, temples or behind the ears!  I also place these oils on diffuser jewelry when I wear them!   
 

 
What is your most used blend?
One of my most used blends is my “sanity” blend aka my “hotmess blend” for when I feel stressed out and am losing it!
It is 5-7 drops of these 6 oils…
Console
Serenity
Balance
Clary Sage
Peace
Peppermint
 
 
What is your advice to the essential oil beginner?
I say the most important thing is to be plugged into a essential oil community that can help you learn, answer your questions at 12am when you are freaking out over what to do for a fever, and offer you lots of continuing education so that you actually use your essential oils and don’t let them sit in a box in your cupboard!  That is my I love our private Facebook group, Obsessed with Essentials, because I found that having a support group was the main thing lacking for the essential oil community at large and it really is the deal breaker in your essential oil journey I feel like!
 
 
What is the best kept secret about this oil revolution?
That there really is an oil for EVERYTHING!  No joke…from bug bites, to panic attacks, fevers, immune support or just a replacement for that toxic candle in your home, essential oils really are so versatile and once you start, you really can’t stop!  As far as a specific oil that is most underrated I would have to agree with my girlfriends Jesi Haack and Carissa Jowett and say that Vetiver oil is AMAZING and they wish they had known about it earlier!  The smell is so unique and earthy and both of them are addicted to diffusing it.  It is also the top oil for ADHD, great for anxiety, mood, and sleep among other things.
 
 
What is your favorite blend?
I absolutely love the “Anthro blend” for diffusing during the day in my house instead of candle. It is White Fir, Citrus Bliss, and Grapefruit! 
 
 
Can you believe all of this amazing information???  Well it’s only a snippet so if you want to more and get plugged in with an essential oil community or watch a intro to essential oils webinar you can email Melody at obsessedwithessentials@gmail.com
 

So we can’t share this amazing info with out telling you about some other amazing things like making an all natural face toner!!

Recipe for a 10ml spray bottle:
1 tsp witch hazel
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar 
1/4 tsp rose water
2 drops Rosemary EO
2 drops Lavender EO
 
 
Or making some amazing all natural bath salts…
 
 
Aaaaannnndddd last but not least…. a GIVEAWAY!!  Yes go to our instagram to learn how to win this…
a set of 4 roller bottles with custom labels that you can put your own essential oil blends in.  Melody will let you choose the words you want from her list
Make sure you are following us @beijosevents, Megan Welker @meganwelker and Melody Brandon @lifeonloma to win!!
 
 
Hey we hope if you didn’t already know that we educated you a bit from Melody’s plethora of knowledge here and enticed you to be thirsty for more like us!! Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY, the winner will be announced this Saturday (11th) night!!  Good Luck :)
Xx Leah
 
 

 

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By on March 7, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS TIPS, GIVEAWAY, HEALTHY, LIFESTYLE, SPOTLIGHT, Uncategorized

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Reading with Bear & Bud Book Club

I recently discovered the best company with an even better mission.  Bear & Bud Book Club is a monthly reading subscription with a book and a craft for your kids.  Each month a new story is sent your way complete with activities to keep your little one engaged.  Their mission is to have your kids get excited about reading and be creative.  Now that’s something we can get behind!

Bear & Bud has a subscription for everyone.  It starts with Picture Books for the youngest readers, then to Growing Readers and lastly Tweens.  Each box comes with a book, “Can’t Wait” craft kit, activity and discussion guide, and  “After Reading craft kit.  Bear and Bud is offering kids a reason to connect, get excited about books, be creative, have fun, learn, and love reading for a lifetime!

Court and I were lucky enough to try a Picture Book box and Abby and Dylan got to test out the Growing Readers box.  We’re going to share our amazing experience but first, we want you to have a chance to win a box of your own!  Along with some other fun goodies… You can enter on our Instagram but extra entries can be made below.  Make sure you follow all of the brands once you get to their Facebook or Pinterest pages :)  The winner will be announced on Tuesday 3.7.17 at 9am PST on our original Instagram post.  Good luck!!!

Plus, our friends at Bear & Bud are offering our readers 15% off any single box, or the first month of their monthly subscription with code BEIJOS15.  Makes for the perfect gift too!

 Beijos x Bear & Bud Giveaway

Court was VERY excited to get a box in the mail.  He thinks every shipment we receive is for him, but this time it actually was!  He wanted to open it right away and read his new book.  This was already exciting for me, to see Court that excited to read.  We read every night before bed but to tear him away from his toys, games or the tv during the day was pretty amazing.  When we opened the box he literally said “Wooooowwwww!”  It was the cutest thing.

We read the book and opened the adorable crafts, Court had a lot of fun being involved.  It was special time with him and I to be creative together.  What was especially fun for me was to see him so involved and proud of his work.  Adding the crafts to the story really made it more fun for Court, it was really wonderful to watch.

Abby’s little Dylan is a big almost 7 year old and reading on her own!  She is the perfect candidate for the Growing Readers group. She had fun choosing her own book with her mom, and although she is busy with homework these days she still had fun with Bear & Bud.  Dylan was able to read the book aloud and even got her little brother Jett in on the fun!

Letting siblings play along makes it even more fun!  Being social and creative together is always good and it adds confidence by teaching others.  These two had so much fun interacting and exploring their new book, it really is the sweetest thing!

We really love Bear & Bud Book Club and know you would all love it as well.  Not only can you purchase the subscription for your own child but you can also gift to others!  We really can’t think of a better gift!  Don’t forget to use the code BEIJOS15 to save 15%!!!

Have fun with your little readers, it’s really the best to see them grow and learn and have fun doing it.

xx

Jacquelyn

Photos by Ariane Moshayedi, Megan Welker and Yasmin Sarai

 

 

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By on March 2, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, GIVEAWAY

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Beijos Valentine’s Day Giveaway

By now you must know we looooooove a good holiday, and really any reason to celebrate.  Valentine’s Day is really up there on our list and we want to share the love – pun intended :)  We are giving away all of the red, and all of the pink, to one of you!  All of this can be yours by clicking above, then following or liking each of the accounts.  Every like or follow is an entry!  By clicking it will only take you to the accounts, so make sure you actually follow!!

There are so many fun pieces to this amazing giveaway that will sure set your heart on fire this Valentine’s Day!!  Keep scrolling to see all of it!  Winner announced 2.9.17 on our original Instagram post…

First up are these adorable XOXO balloons from North Star Balloons.  They are gonna look so cute hung up in your casa for the day of love!!

These gorgeous jambes are from Plum Pretty Sugar and we are pretty smitten.  We wouldn’t mind staying home and cuddling up with someone special in these!

Did you see Meghann Miniello’s dance party prints we talked about yesterday?!  Well she’s giving away a free set and this adorable Hey Lover sign… You know, to put on your door in case that special someone comes knocking!

ban.do is basically always our favorite… I mean they really can’t do wrong and these three pretty in pink essentials below will have you ready to party…

Our new obsession?!  Lovestitch… You’ll thank us later!  This sweet little makeup bag is just too cute and we know you will love it as much as us!

Ok, Valentine’s Day calls for two things… Chocolate and candles, ooh la la!  Thank you The Little Market for making our Valentine’s Day complete…

James Michelle has our favorite jewelry pieces, and this dainty heart choker will be an every day essential for us.

The softest tee with the best message – Love + Peace!  Gotta love Chaser and their soft & cozy t-shirts…

Gunn & Swain always has us covered with every blanket color under the sun, and this pink is perfect for the day of love!

Last but not least, all of this pretty confetti you see in these photos is from The Confetti Bar, how about a bag of it for yourself to throw around?!  Consider it done!

There you have it!  The essentials to spoil yourself and have a fab Valentine’s Day!!  So you better enter!

Good Luck to everyone!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on February 3, 2017 in GIVEAWAY, VALENTINE’S DAY

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Winter White Giveaway

Winter White Giveaway


Winter White Giveaway
We’ve got all your Winter Whites ready for you in one sweet giveaway!!  All of this can be yours by clicking above, then following or liking each of the accounts.  Every like or follow is an entry!  By clicking it will only take you to the accounts, so make sure you actually follow!!

You can also sign up for a newsletter and enter your email!  Keep scrolling below to see all of the amazing Winter White items up close…  This contest runs from today till 1.31.17, winner will be announced on our original Instagram post 2.1.17 at 9am PST!


Let’s start with this super luxurious pajama set from Maison du Soir – you will fall in love, trust us!

Next up, a Beijos essential, this Herbivore Botanicals sea mist hair spray.  Perfect for those beachy waves in your hair we all want.

This gorgeous weaving by Robyn Parker will look SO good on that wall in your home, riiiight?!

The “I Did My Best” tee from Shop Bando – enough said!

We think your couch needs some love too… thank you Boho Pillow!

We are all about the lucite sunnies that go with everything, and these ones from Wyeth are SO good!

Gotta keep cozy and look fab this Winter – Show Me Your Mumu sent us this adorable sweater just for that!

The ultimate Winter essential?!  A blanket of course!  Gunn & Swain’s Driftwood blanket is one of our favs…

Did you see our post about Maslo Jewelry last week?!  Then you know how in love we are with this brand!  Well we wanted to share the love…

Another Beijos essential in THE best color ever… The Cleobella mexicana wallet!

You can usually find us wearing a Brixton hat, and now you can too with this safari inspired hat!

Last but not least, the Toasted Marshmallow candle from The Little Market.  The yummiest sent for the winter season!

Good luck to everyone!!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on January 25, 2017 in GIVEAWAY

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Happy BOHOlidays 2016

Every year we get the chance to design and style the Boholiday Party with our friends Julia owner of Gunn & Swain and Lisa owner of St Eve Jewelry, and each year it gets better!  This was our 3rd annual event and by now these girls have become close friends and it’s even more fun!!  All of us ladies have kids at this point and we thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and have the party be more of a family affair!  We also went a bit different than the average holiday party and had a tropical vibe with a little glitz added….  Keep reading to see how the 2016 Boholiday party went down and all the amazing vendors that made it happen!  And if you are into really rad free stuff, scroll all the way to the end so you can see about our giveaway!!

Photos by Kelsey Albright

This party is also featured on Inspired By This today!!

Here are our adorable hosts and collaborators, Lisa and Julia!  A little bit from Julia…

“We look forward to this event every year because it’s such a fun way to kick off the holidays! This year we thought it would be fun to tie in our kiddos since all of the brands involved have little ones so we had fresh juice from Project Juice, a kids lounge with custom coloring pages created by Daniella Manini and on-site styling for the littles from Little Style Collective. We also wanted to tie in a charitable aspect and since we were throwing such a kid-friendly event, we figured the ideal charity would be one to benefit children & families. We hosted a silent auction to benefit Wildcard Army, which helps children and families with medical issues in their time of need. For the grown-up babes, there was plenty of shopping and holiday styling to be found on the racks of Costa Cabana with the newest looks from Knot Sisters and bling from Gunn & Swain and St. Eve Jewelry.”

This past year Lauren, Lisa’s amazing sister, took over ownership of the former Hidden Jewel and changed it over to Costa Cabana!  She’s worked so hard to fix up the store and make some major updates and we are so happy and proud of her!  We can’t leave the shop without buying something… Which we love but hate, haha!  But seriously, they have so many amazing brands and styles in the shop, it’s one of our favorite shopping destinations!

How cool is this display Lauren has in the entrance of the store?  Definitely asking the hubbies to build us one of our own!!

There’s our buddy skully!  Each year we adorn him with something amazing, and MV Florals didn’t disappoint him this year!

We told MV Florals we wanted tropical with splashes of gold on the leaves and she nailed it!  How great is this installation and a new take on the tropical trend?!  We’ve done so many tropical themed parties with her at this point we needed a new angle and we are in love with this one!

A bit of the detail… So good, right?!

Now for the yummy treats!!  Colette’s Catering really spoiled us with this spread!  That charcuterie plate was totally amazing!  All of the dishes were so visually appealing and vibrant in color but also delicious!

Our bar set up was adorned with gorgeous vintage glassware collected by our beautiful friend Lisa and One Hope wine and champagne was flowing!!!  It made for a very happy event ;)

We love these Jenn & Jules tropical cocktail stirrers!

Like we said, the wine was flowing, just the way we like it!

Parchment Cookies made these yummy treats for us!!

And Project Juice was on hand with tasty beverages for the little ones and the adults who wanted something non alcoholic, or if you’re like me, wanted a mixer, haha!

Another fun aspect we added to the party this year was a potting station with Chels Pots!  Our talented friend Chelsea creates these amazing vessels that guests could purchase and plant a succulent in!  It was such  fun and interactive part of the event, and the little ones loved it too!

We also had the amazing Little Style Collective there to help style outfits for the little ones, they did an amazing job helping people with gifts!!  Plus, those girls are just fun to be around :)

Now… For that lounge…  It’s just the best, right?!  We had some fun pieces from Witty Rentals mixed with pieces Lauren, owner of Costa Cabana owned.  Add in some Gunn & Swain pillows and some MV Florals arrangements and you’ve got this killer set up!

Our sentiments exactly below.. Thank you Poppy Jack for the amazing signage!!

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the little people!!  They had a full lounge set up from Witty Rentals also, with lots of coloring pages by Daniella Manini to keep them busy :)

And the night wouldn’t have been complete without Victoria Bailey singing the most beautiful songs in front of the amazing Drop it Modern backdrop!

And of course some of the party people!

There’s the adorable Lauren and her little Harper Ruby!

And Lisa with her sweet Everly!!

Now for the giveaway!!!

A few of our VIP guests got these rad swag bags at the party and we are giving one away to you!!

Here’s what you win:

Chaser Brand Tote

Boho Pillow Ornament

Daniella Manini Art Print

Gunn & Swain Blanket

Facial Works Facial Bar Gift Card

St Eve Jewelry Necklace

Cleobella Key Chain

Shop Bando Notebooks

The Aestate Art Print

Head on over to our Instagram to see how to enter!!

Good Luck and Happy Boholidays!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on December 14, 2016 in CELEBRATIONS, GIVEAWAY, HOLIDAYS, SHOPPING, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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