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A Mother of Two’s take on the Rejuvenation Cleanse from Project Juice

Well, Cruz is now 6 months old and I am still finding the balance to it all.  Having two kids is far different than one and the time for myself has basically flown out the window.  Gone are the days of getting back in shape right after baby, which is something I feel constant guilt about.  I have always been an active person, I love to run and work out, yes, I actually LOVE to run!  But since Cruz has come into the mix it’s hard to find the time for things like exercise.

Not only is it hard to find the time, there is also the guilt factor.  Not wanting to leave our babies or miss out on anything can be a big part of it all.  Just today I was at the park with my brood, Court, Cruz and our dog Dolly and I saw this gorgeous girl running looking amazing.  Not gonna lie, I was a tad bit jealous, I wouldn’t change my life for the world but I do miss the ability to cater to my own needs more.  

I’m also very grateful that I have lost most of my baby weight, but there is still that little bit left…  That little bit that is so hard to get rid of…  So I decided I needed a good kick start which lead me to Project Juice.  We’ve shared our love for Project Juice before and I knew to turn to them for something like this.  I decided to try their brand new Rejuvenation Cleanse.  Which fit well because that was my goal, to feel REJUVENATED!

The Rejuvenation Cleanse is functionally designed to invigorate your system, facilitate a detox and leave you feeling refreshed!  Just what this tired mama needs!  It comes with your usual four cold pressed juices but they added two wellness shots and two delicious chef crafted soups.  The cleanse also includes a superfood trail mix and a cleansing tea.  I liked how it wasn’t too intense of a cleanse, it kept me satisfied and full through-out the day, especially since I’m still breastfeeding.

Project Juice made everything super easy for me by labeling exactly which bottles to drink at what point through-out the day.  So really, I didn’t have to think about it too much, which of course I loved!  The less work I have to do, the better!  Since I am a work from home mom, with two little ones with me most days, it was nice having the convenience of it all.  I could just grab a juice and head off to the park, and when we were home I could just pop a soup on the stove to heat up.  Easy peasy!

Project Juice also supplies an information card that tells you everything you need.  I referred to the card quite a bit and it was super helpful.  For example, they have tips, like advising you to always start your day with warm water and a big squeeze of organic lemon.  They also give you ideas for snacks in case you feel weak, things like 1/2 an avocado with lemon and cayenne – one of my yummy favorites!

So how did the cleanse go?  Well to be honest starting one made me nervous.  I haven’t cleansed since before the babies and most days lately I’m just eating left over buttered pasta – you other mom’s can relate!  So keeping on track worried me, but like I said, the convenience of it all really helped.  I was also a little worried about liking the juices, especially the “Black Magic”, I mean drinking something black like that just scared me!  But it ended up being one of my favorite ones!  I was also worried about being hungry… But adding in the soups really helped to keep me fulfilled.

 After the cleanse I felt a definite change, not to sound cheesy but I did feel rejuvenated!  Being a mom is hard and taking time for yourself is even harder.  It seems like you’re always pulled in different directions, someone needs attention, dinner needs to be made, lunches need to be packed, etc.  But doing this simple thing for myself and taking care of my health felt so good.  Not only did my body feel good but my mind did as well.

Doing things for our self – self care, which we talked about earlier this year – is healthy for everyone.  For ourselves and for our families.  I find myself making healthier decisions since my cleanse and I’m excited to get back out and exercise.  It’s time to feel a little bit like my old self, a new improved self with two kiddos an amazing husband and an exciting career.  It’s ok if I don’t work out 5 times a week like I used to, but if I give myself a little bit of love and time every week I’ll be happy!

If you want to try out the Rejuvenation Cleanse yourself Project Juice has been kind enough to share the love!

You can save 10% with code BEIJOSREJUV on an order $100 or more till 3/31/17.

If you have any questions about cleansing please feel free to comment below!

All photos by the talented Megan Welker

Stay healthy and happy friends!




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By on March 9, 2017 in HEALTHY


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…
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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

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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Beijos Bride- Bridal Diet Plan

Hello again! This is the bride to be Ally coming at you with the good, the bad and the ugly of wedding preparations. I think any bride would agree that looking good for your big day is at the top of your to-do list. When I got engaged, I knew that this would be a priority, and I thought it would be one of the easier items to check off my list, considering I am a certified personal trainer. Wrong!! What most people won’t tell you ladies is that Champagne becomes a food group during your wedding planning season. Also, I have done some dessert tastings, food tasting and general snacking while planning sessions. If only cheese and crackers and some champs could really be a quality meal, one could wish.

So here I am 6 weeks out from my big day with several dress fittings in my near future and a dress that leaves no room for error. It is time to buckle down and make some magic happen. I put together a simple, easy to follow bride to be plan and I thought I would share with all of my fellow brides to be.

Step 1- Prepare. Fail plan, plan to fail. Planning your week around exercise, grocery shopping and meal prepping is the key to success.

Step 2- Do not deprive yourself. No one likes a “hangry” bride (hungry & angry)

Step 3- DRINK WATER. This is easily one of the most important steps in any diet regimen. Try to drink more water than usual, especially if you are increasing your workouts. Pro tip: Drink one glass of water right when you wake up. Not only does it start your water consumption early but it wakes up all your organs and will naturally energize you. Put a glass right by your bed so you can drink it right when you wake up.

Step 4- Be nice to yourself & make obtainable goals.

Here is an easy to follow Diet! Stay tuned for a workout plan!


Meal 1
½ cup of oats, ½ cup of berries and 1 cup of egg whites
One piece of Ezekiel toast, 1 cup of egg whites and ¼ avocado

½ Apple with 2 TBS of Peanut Butter

1-2 cups of green vegetables
½ cup of brown rice OR 3 ounces of sweet potato
4 ounces of Chicken, white fish, shrimp or ground LEAN turkey
¼ avocado


A favorite recipe of mine is the Sweet Potato quinoa patties from the House in the Hills.

Hard-boiled egg and 1 oz (about 23) almonds

1-2 cups of green vegetables
½ cup of brown rice OR 3 ounces of sweet potato
4 ounces of Chicken, white fish, shrimp or ground LEAN turkey
¼ avocado

Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt and a ½ cup of your favorite berry

Another favorite recipe of mine is the Warm Berry Compote with Greek Yogurt and Chia Seeds from Lau Sunday Cooks


Condiments that you can use for any meal:

Cooking Spray ( olive oil or coconut)
Mrs. Dash seasonings
Hot sauce (read labels. You want to use something low in calorie)
Fresh squeezed lemons and limes
Stevia natural sweetener

Black coffee (stick to stevia for flavoring)

 *don’t skip any meals. Life can get busy, but anytime I skip a meal I turn into the hangry women I referred to above and head straight to the box of Girl Scout cookies that I tried to hide from myself.

*Consistency is key. Stick the plan consistently. It may be an adjustment at first, but after a few days and some results it will become easy.

Best of luck ladies!



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By on August 30, 2016 in BEIJOS BRIDE, EATS, HEALTHY, Uncategorized


Beijos Healthy Protein Shake

To follow up our staying healthy post yesterday, we thought we’d give you a yummy recipe to follow your hard workout.

 I’ve been drinking this easy one for a couple years now and it’s really refreshing and full of all the nutrients you need after you push your body to it’s limits.  Here are the simple ingredients…

Lean protein powder (I prefer vanilla flavor) One Scoop

Berries (strawberries, raspberries and black berries) Handful of each

 One Banana

Fruit punch (secret: use crystal light fruit punch, no sugar and only 5 cals per serving!) One cup

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If you freeze your fruit it can take the place of adding ice, and you’ll have a thick rich taste to the shake. If you don’t freeze your fruit you’ll have to add ice, which is still good, just the consistency won’t be as thick.

Blend all the ingredients together and your done!

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So good and refreshing.  Let me know how you like it…it’s one of my fave’s.

Xx Leah

Special thanks to Megan Welker for the Photos

and Flowers by Mae Mae for the Blooms

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The Modern Bridal Beauty Kit with Project Juice

Our Beijos Bride Janna is back with a little insight into getting ready for her big day, which happened just a few weeks ago!  See what she did that last week to make sure she was fit, ready and happy!!

Photos by Megan Welker

Hi Friends – long time no blog!  I am now a happy newlywed, but am rewinding a bit to let you know about this awesome cleanse from our friends at Project Juice :)  Stay tuned for more on my GORGEOUS wedding in the coming weeks.  I know I’m biased, but it was a stunner!

I’ve done a couple 1 day cleanses in the past, and have always wanted to do a longer one, but was a tad intimidated. In the 3 months leading up to my wedding, I did a 1 day cleanse each month as an attempt to keep myself in check, and stick to some semblance of a bride diet.

meganwelker-projectjuice-1 When I heard about the Project Juice Modern Bride Beauty Kit, I was so excited because I had never come across a 2 day cleanse.  It’s a genius idea to market a cleanse to brides – It was literally exactly what I was looking for!  Having done it, 2 days is the perfect amount of time for a cleanse, and even better – YOU CAN EAT DINNER!  That’s the most amazing thing about this cleanse; you can eat actual food!  Really, anyone can do this cleanse.

meganwelker-projectjuice-3 You start and end the day by taking 2 of their “shots”.  These shots are super easy to get down, and I really liked the idea of having something smaller and more concentrated, rather than pounding an entire juice as soon as I wake up or right before bed.

meganwelker-projectjuice-8  The first juice, the breakfast juice, is right up my alley – ginger, grapefruit, and cayenne – DELICIOUS!  Since I am a greyhound drinking, red pepper flake obsessed, ginger lover, this juice was perfect.  And I love that it’s not too sweet, something I have encountered while doing juice cleanses in the past.

meganwelker-projectjuice-6 The D-Tox “mid morning snack”, is the next juice.  Let me tell you, if you put vodka and a straw in this thing, I could drink it by a pool alllllll day!  And not really feel that bad about it since ingredients like coconut water keep you hydrated.  This juice was a delight.

meganwelker-projectjuice-15 Up next – with lots and lots of H20 in between – was the #GetYourGreens juice.  If you are a green juice newb, this one may not appeal to you at the outset.  It does taste very green, but again, I love that it isn’t overly sweet.  I chose to have this one over ice, and found it quite refreshing. I should also mention that all Project Juice cold pressed juices are organic!!  Not all juices are created equal, and the fact that these or organic put it far above the rest.

  meganwelker-projectjuice-20 The afternoon snack is the Beta Bomb which has great citrus flavor and some cinnamon spice.  This was a perfect pick me up in the afternoon. A great counter to the bitter greens of the previous juice, and I wouldn’t be mad at making a cocktail with the one either :)

meganwelker-projectjuice-35  Each night of the cleanse I returned home and made hearty, healthy salads with my fiancé (now hubby).  I really do love that you can have dinner on this cleanse – we were so busy leading up to the wedding that I didn’t want to miss a rare night sitting down at the dinner table (or on the couch watching “The People vs OJ Simpson) with Sean.  In the week leading up to the wedding we tried to make connecting over dinner a priority, and the fact that this cleanse afforded me that is amazing.

meganwelker-projectjuice-25 I couldn’t recommend this cleanse enough for brides, or anyone looking to try out a cleanse.  It’s delicious, simple, and convenient – really what more could you ask for!  Thank you Project Juice!  I can’t wait for my next cleanse – pre-honeymoon perhaps???

Project Juice is so rad, that they are offering our readers 15% off to try this cleanse with the code beijosbride15 which is good till May 31st 2016!!  So hurry up brides and get yours now!!

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