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Ending Summer with a visit to the Orange County Fair

One of my absolute FAVORITE things to do during the Summer is visit the Orange County Fair.  My husband and I have been going for years and now we take our little ones.  We even shot a few of our engagement photos there!!  It’s turned into a family tradition and sort of an end of Summer hurrah!  Growing up in Northern California the fair wasn’t something we really did that often, but down here in Orange County it’s a must!!

This Summer was one for the books!  When we moved earlier this year we moved a few miles inland and closer to the fair grounds.  Our new neighborhood has really easy access to the fair so our visits multiplied by quite a lot!  I wouldn’t put us on carnie status quite yet, but we definitely made the rounds!

Court especially enjoyed the fair this year and keeps asking to go back.  There’s something magical and quintessential Summer about it all.  From the corn dogs to the funnel cakes.  The pig races, the games and the rides, there’s just nothing like it.  We decided to take our kiddos for one last trip and brought along our girl Alison Bernier to take photos.  Each photo she captured is just pure joy and fun!!

Here are those little crazies!!  The girls are wearing the cutest clothing line Wil + Frida with the most adorable accessories from Henny & Coco.  Meanwhile the boys are looking fresh in their get up from Whistle & Flute.  They had me at pizza tank and red shorts… I mean, come on…. I definitely need both in my size!

Now, you may think, wow, they’re crazy for going to the fair with all of those kids and taking photos!  Yes, yes we are.  But you know what, these photos are really cute and in the end it was really fun!!!  Plus, look at these cute faces!!


We played loads of games and went on tons of rides… We decided we should go big or go home for our last shot at the Fair!!


Love these shots of the cute little bums….

I loved watching these kids make memories and getting excited going from ride to ride and game to game.  It was non stop but so fun.  Summer memories are the best and it’s fun seeing it through their eyes!

Even the littlest ones had to join in on the fun!  This was Cruz and Henry’s first Summer at the Fair and they had to get in on the fun too!!


Can you believe it’s been a year since we had these two?!  So crazy how fast it goes by… A year ago I was chowing down and REALLY pregnant at the Fair!!


Well, my many trips to the fair this Summer must have paid off because I was the big winner… I played two games and won both Court and Edie a huge prize!!  Pretty proud of myself, so proud that I had to share it here.  So there you go!  It’s not every day you are a hero, I was that day… Don’t be jealous…


And that’s a wrap!!  Now that kids are getting started at school it really does feel like Summer has come to an end.  Thanks for the last hurrah OC Fair!!  See you next year!!!


xx

Jacquelyn

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By on August 16, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, KIDS, SUMMER

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Beijos Best

Today marks the official last day of summer before the school year begins. It is crazy where all the time went. I swear it was just the last day of school, and summer was among us. But hey, summer you were good, and it’s time to go back to school, so mom can get some stuff done now. Ha! I don’t know about you, but my kids have an opinion about everything they wear. So when it came time to picking out back packs, they made sure they found just the right one. I mean, you gotta find the coolest backpack to make a statement on the playground on the 1st day of school, right? Rounding out my favorite back packs today! 

Starting off with the winners that my kids picked. I found the brand, State at Nordstrom, and although they are a bit pricey for kid backpacks, they are very durable and will last the whole school year. 

Perforated Hearts Kane Backpack

 

 

Greenpoint Kane Backpack

 

You can’t go wrong with Herschel Supply…

Heritage Backpack

 

‘Pop Quiz’ Backpack

 
 

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By on August 13, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, KIDS

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Back to School Lunches and Meal Planning with Pottery Barn Kids

When it comes to packing my son’s lunch for school I must admit, I have a hard time.  Maybe it’s because he’s so picky that I just want to make sure the actually eats something.  The boy probably only eats 4-5 things and it drives my husband and I crazy!  Or maybe, and this isn’t easy to admit, it’s out of convenience for me to make it easy.  But I rarely get creative or try new things.  Bad Mommy… I’m in a rut.  But that is about to change!!!  

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Andrea Howe of Howe We Live and discovered her Instagram feed full of tons of inspiration when packing your kid’s lunch.  Andrea is real about the struggles of having your kid’s eat healthy and I like that.  I know it’s not going to happen over night and I also know that I don’t want to be super rigid, everyone deserves a little treat here and there in my opinion!  Even the kiddos!  I mean life isn’t worth living without some ice cream every once and a while, right?!

With the guidance of Andrea and the help of Pottery Barn Kids I created a few easy and healthy lunch options!  I’m so excited to have Court start taking these to school.  He’ll be eating healthier and with more variety which is my main goal!  Keep scrolling to see these bad boys that I put together, hopefully they will inspire or help you!  Plus, Andrea answers a few key questions for us about meal planning and offers tons of great advice on how to make it easy!!

Photos by Alison Bernier


Tell us a little bit about you and your family…

I’m a mom of 3 1 girl and 2 boys ranging in age from 4-12, and a pet mom to 2 cats and a dog. My husband and I are both born and raised in Southern California, and we’ve been married for almost 19 years. I used to work in the fashion industry but now stay home with my kids while also working as an Executive Director at Beautycounter. We own our own IT business as well, so between being business owners and raising all these kids, we are quite busy. 

How did you start making these creative and healthy lunches for your kids? 

Both of my older 2 children are on the shy side, so buying lunches never appealed to them. Since I was going to have a long future of making lunches, I figured I may as well make them fun and healthy, but also simple. I purchased bento style lunch boxes for them and I was off! I found the different compartments inspired me to craft a lunch that would be enjoyable for them to eat while also being healthy and balanced.

What advice do you have for that mom in a rut with her child that won’t eat healthy or try new things, aka, me, haha… 

Stay calm but firm. Kids can be tough and stubborn, so it can feel so much easier to just give in. But I try to set a balance of respecting their wants by also doing my job as a parent and making sure they eat as healthy as possible. Often times this involves negotiations, like “You can have more of x but you have to finish y first” or can also mean your kids eat a lot of the same foods. That’s okay, as long as they’re eating somewhat balanced over the course of the day. I learned early on that the bigger deal I made of what my kids were or weren’t eating, the more stressful it became for everyone. So now, I make sure they understand how important it is to eat balanced and healthy (younger ones may not totally get it now but they will for sure understand as they get older), and always keep trying to get them to explore new foods.

I find it hard to get my child to try vegetables, how do you incorporate them in lunches? 

There aren’t a ton of fresh veggies my kids like, so they eat a lot of the same veggies over and over again, day after day, and that’s okay with me. For dinner we expand our options with other cooked veggies, but at lunch it’s usually a daily rotation of celery, carrots and sugar snap peas. I think we often compare our kids to others and feel like they all need to be eating and doing the same things. That creates too much stress for everyone, including you!

What are your favorite ways to add protein in the mix for lunch? 

Lunch meats of course are always a quick and easy way to make sure they get protein. I also love packing yogurt and they can make their own parfaits. Shredded, cheese and chicken along with tortillas allow them to make little tacos, a rice cake with some sort of nut butter with some chia seeds or hemp seeds sprinkled on top is also fun.

You told me that you always include a “special treat” in your lunches, tell us why you think that’s important…

Oh my kids love their special little treat each day and always have input on what I’ll put in there for the day. They look forward to it and it’s just an added little bonus for them in the middle of a long day. I do a small amount of jelly beans (I love the dye free ones from Trader Joe’s), a Justin’s mini peanut butter cup (if the school is not nut free), or even just a simple piece of dark chocolate or a single cookie. It’s definitely not necessary for nutrition’s sake, it’s more for their own mental health haha! We know how nice it is to enjoy a piece of chocolate in the middle of or at the end of a long day; well kids do too!

You have kids ranging in age from Elementary school to Middle school, do you have to vary what you put in their lunches?  Do they evolve or grow out of things?  How do you accommodate all three taste buds? 

They all get the same basics; protein, a crunchy carb snack of some sort (crackers or a few chips), a fruit and a veggie. The most I’ll usually do for my own sanity is adjust the protein. For instance my middle son doesn’t like sliced turkey sandwich meat, but the other 2 do. So I’ll give him roast beef or salami, and the other 2 turkey, but they all get the same of everything else. Quantities adjust somewhat as well; my youngest has a smaller style bento box than my older 2, but overall they get very similar lunches. It makes everyone’s life a lot easier. 

One other thing I’ll add is that continually teaching them how to feed themselves healthy is so important. Talk to them on a regular basis about why they need to eat balanced, and of course how. This will empower them and eventually, as my older kids do now, they’ll be able to pack their own lunch for themselves and do just a good as job as I do!

Thank you so much Andrea!!!  Such great info!


Now I took on the challenge of creating some lunches of my own… I was pretty proud of myself because this is not my forte… I did all of my grocery shopping at Sprouts, I love their healthy options that don’t break the bank!

 

 

Here are some of the lunches I put together! 

First I did these banana wraps with a whole wheat tortilla and peanut butter.  You could use almond butter, sunflower butter whatever your little heart desires.  I threw in an organic yogurt, some cherry tomatoes and a yummy coconut oil popcorn.

Going a little Mediterranean on this one… I did some salami, cheese and pita bread here with some grapes and raspberries on the side.  I love how Andrea encourages us to have treats for the kids, so I added these Simple Mills Double Chocolate Cookies.  

So… Remember how I said Court eats 4-5 things?  Well Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are one of them!  Realistically for me, they will be in his lunch.  To compliment his favorite sandwich I added persian cucumber and apples slices.  For his treat, chocolate covered sunflower seeds!  Which he liked… So let’s up that list to 5-6 things :)

Turkey rolls are a great way to add protein to your kid’s lunch.  I have put them in Court’s lunch and his teacher tells me he actually eats them when I do, who knew?!  My friend Melody from Life on Loma got me into the Simple Mills Cheese Crackers, which are all natural.  They are a great option instead of the over processed stuff.  Then some carrots and berries complete this nutritious lunch!

Last up I did a little rice bowl!  This one was the easiest, because I used leftovers!  We had chicken and rice the night before so I mixed that with some black beans and avocado for a yummy main dish.  Added some orange slices, pita chips and for that special treat?! Sprout’s version of M&M’s, because YOLO!


How cute are these two with their new lunch boxes?!  So ready for the big school year!!  The lovely Olivia had a great review for her new rainbow lunch box… “This is the best lunch box ever. It even has a zipper pocket for my fork and my napkin. Penny (her little sister) can have my old unicorn one now. ”  Spoken like a true big sister!!


You can shop all of my Pottery Barn Kid’s lunch essentials below!

Good luck to all the littles going back to school!  I hope everyone has the best year yet!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on August 11, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, FOOD, KIDS

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Back to School Style for the Little Guys and Gals

Can you believe we are already uttering the words “Back to School”?!  It’s crazy to me that this time is already upon us!  I also don’t really understand the school schedules these days.  It always used to start in September but now it’s any time between early August to early September!  August is still Summer people!!!

This week will be dedicated to the school season and prepping your kiddos for going back to school.  Now, I don’t have an elementary school kiddo quite yet, but Court is heading into his first full year of Preschool this year!  Meanwhile, Abby has big girl Dylan going into second grade and both her and Leah have Kindergartners in both Edie and Jett!  How did these kids get so big?!

Either way we’ve gotta get these kids ready for their years ahead and one of the most important things is their back to school style.  When I was younger back to school shopping was always a big deal!  My mom would take my sister and I and we would shop till we dropped.  We would also get to go with my grandma who would treat us each to an outfit or two.   It was a special time and definitely got me excited for the upcoming year.  There’s something about a new outfit and backpack that have you feeling all sorts of confident!

Photos by Megan Welker

Let’s start with my little guy Court!  Like I said, this is his first real year of Preschool.  Last year he started mid year and now I think he’s finally getting the hang of it.  He loves his teacher and his little friends, which makes me so happy!  I recently got him this little outfit for his first day back, even though he will get it messy in less than 5 minutes!  Haha!  At our Preschool fun comes  first and that is another thing that makes me happy!

I went to my go to for both of my boys, Zara.  I love what they have for kids and the price point, it’s always on trend and doesn’t break the bank.  His cute little shirt and pants are both from there.  The backpack and shoes are both from J Crew.  Court is obsessed with his new shoes, he calls them his “fast shoes”.  He needed a pair of shoes like this because they go on hikes daily at school and I thought these were perfect!

My favorite part of his outfit is his Preschool sweatshirt from Hatch for Kids!  They also have a Kindergarten sweatshirt that would be cute for the older kiddos!!  Both come in t-shirt versions as well!

And here are these little buddies!  I can’t believe how big they are getting.  They get so excited to see each other, it makes my heart so happy!


Now my pretty god daughter Edie!  I can’t believe she is a big kindergartner as of this Wednesday!!!  Her first day of school is coming up fast and I think we’re all kind of in denial about it.  Edie is really excited for her big first day, but I kind of want her to slow down, just a little bit!!

Best friends tend to think alike, and Leah also loves Zara!  Jeez, who doesn’t?!  So Edie is of course looking pretty in a sweet little dress from our favorite store.  Edie really likes pink, and by that I mean she doesn’t really like to wear anything else!  Haha!  I love the cute booties Leah got her from Old Navy, so stylish for Fall!  I want them in my size!!  They have so much cute stuff right now you guys, and the price is again, amazing!!  And of course, her cute kitty cat backpack completes the look, Leah got it at Zara on sale last year.  I found this one that they have now though that I thought was adorable.

More fun back to school ideas and inspiration coming the rest of this week!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on August 7, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, FASHION, KIDS, STYLE

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A Ballerina 5th Birthday Party that’s Pretty & Pink

I’m so excited to share this adorable ballerina inspired birthday party with you all today!  Giselle loves to dance and couldn’t think of any other way she wanted to spend her 5th birthday.  If she looks familiar, you may remember her from her princess themed party when she turned 3!  This girl knows how to celebrate and we love it!  There were tons of amazing details for this one that I know you will love.  The perfect inspiration for a prima ballerina!

This party is also featured on 100LayerCakelet with lovely photos by Heather Kincaid.

Let’s start with the pretty place settings!  I just love when a cute tabletop line matches a party aesthetic.  This Harlow & Grey collection was the perfect compliment to Giselle’s party.  I just added some personalized details from Poppy Jack Shop; like the stir sticks and the pretty ribbons with each guest’s name for place cards.

Honeycomb Affair was responsible for the beautiful floral arrangements.  And lastly, as favors each little guest received a wooden star wand from Gunn & Swain, the perfect magical touch!

Here’s the beautiful birthday girl herself!  She is wearing a custom floral headband from The Daydream Republic and her pretty dress is by Tutu Du Monde.

The little guests were definitely not short on fun things to do!  We had a crafting station with leotards for them to decorate with fun jeweled shapes, glitter and paint.  Doesn’t that sound like the best?!

If that doesn’t already sound amazing, the girls also got their own dance floor!  Complete with mirrors, a tutu to wear and ballerinas to play with!  The ballerinas taught the girls a dance and also did their hair & face paint.  How fun is that?!

There were so many pretty details for this party.  I loved the furniture we used from Witty Rentals that worked so well to compliment the theme.  There were also amazing balloons from Wild Child Party because we really can’t have a party without them!

Now what would a fabulous birthday party be without desserts?!  Sheila Mae was responsible for all of this decadence!  Too many amazing treats to count, and the sweetest end to this birthday.

We love this sweet family!  Until next time….

xx

Jacquelyn

Vendors

Styling/Design/Planning – Jacquelyn Kazas & Leah Carriger of Beijos Events
Photographer – Heather Kincaid
Calligraphy/Cake Toppers/Ribbon Place Cards/Stickers for Hangers – Poppy Jack Shop
Florals – Honeycomb Affair
Balloon Installations – Wild Child Party
Rentals – Witty Rentals 
Desserts – Sheila Mae
Floral Headband – The Daydream Republic
Tabletop – Harlow & Grey
Dance Floor & Mirrors – Town & Country
Ballerinas – Pure Imagination Party
Star Wands – Gunn & Swain

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By on August 2, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, KIDS

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