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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!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on May 18, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, FAMILY, KIDS, LIFESTYLE, REAL TALK

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Edie Turns 5 with Tea & Belle

It has been a while Beijos Blog readers, and it’s feeling so good to write on here and share my daughters 5th birthday party with you all!  You can also find it here on 100 Layercakelet featured yesterday. 

As you know turning 5 is kind of a big deal, and even though I like to celebrate every year, this one had to be a memorable one. Adding to the pressure, Edie was insistent on a tea party!  She was also super excited to see the upcoming live action Belle movie that came out around her birthday, so she decided she wanted a tea party with Belle. Yeah, no big deal…make it happen mom!  Long gone are the days where mommy gets to choose the theme.  So  I had to put my Beijos hat on for this one and make it the way mommy wanted it, but also make her the happiest little girl in the world on her 5th birthday.  And it was pretty cool to see!! 

All photos by the lovely Heather Kincaid, at the cutest mama kiddo concept restaurant Au Fudge in Los Angeles.

Let’s start with the invites…

Meghann Miniello did an awesome job.  In fact, she knocked it out of the park with the doilies and the transparent yellow envelopes.  Man I’m a sucker for a good invite!!  Knowing Belle’s colors are red and yellow, I wanted to spin it up a little and make it a variety of pinks and yellow instead, haha.  I like the flow of those colors way better.  Plus they mix better with the metallics I was planning on integrating.  Then I found this magenta velvet ribbon and it added the perfect royal finishing touch! 

We had the party in the creative space at Au Fudge, which is a really pretty room! It connects to pretty cute tree house the kiddos were in most of the time, which allowed the mama’s to mingle and the kiddos to do their thing… get wild. I mean, I love this place, can one be open in every county??

Can we talk about this balloon install from Wild Child Party next please??  I called Jolie, because she’s been showing off her talents with balloon design and I asked her if we could do Edie’s name.  Let’s just say she’s pretty much amazing!

Jolie’s shop also provided the pretty pink table top. 

Loved tying in the magenta ribbon again here on the table.

Every little one had a personalized little tea cup at their place setting, hand written by Meghann Minniello

 

I wanted all the girls to have a little bouquet to take home and the boys an boutonniere of course!

Can we talk about these flowers?? Rekindle Creative is a pretty talented group!  I told them my vision and they got it plus added their own creative spin which I love!  All the shades of pink….heart eyes!!

The Cake was pretty and yummy might I add thanks to the pastry chef at Au Fudge

Cake topper by our girl Nic Roc Designs

More magenta ribbon on our little favors also integrating Belle’s hospitality “Be Our Guest”

This is my favorite picture of the birthday girl!!

The whole fam bam here to celebrate Edie!!

 

Little miss center of attention, and I think she liked it!

Now let’s get to tea time!

Cousin besties…

This avocado toast…let’s just say I dream about it!

These bouquets were killer… 

Then we surprised her with…Guess Who??!!??

The excitement on her face was magic!

She sang, did story time and painted their faces.  Belle was pretty much a must have at a princess tea party right??

BPIC (beijos partner in crime) and our Beijos family.

These girls are my heart…

All the little beauties doing their princess pose!! Yes, even Court and Levi!!

 It makes me so happy to see these little girls love each other like this.  Their mama’s have been friends for a lifetime!

Time to blow out the candles and call it another year Edie boo.

 Happiest 5th Birthday little love, I still can’t believe you are 5!!  Mama loves you will all of her being.

Xx Leah

Special Thanks to all of those who made Edie’s 5th Birthday nothing short of perfection!

Photography: Heather Kincaid Photo / Design & Styling: Beijos Events / Venue: Au Fudge / Flowers: Rekindle Creative Co. / Invitation & Calligraphy: Meghann Minniello / Cake Toppers: Nic Roc Designs / Balloon Install, Tabletop: Wild Child Party / Edie’s Dress: Little Ladies Boutique / Belle: Party Princess Productions

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By on April 28, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS, KIDS, LIFESTYLE, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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Easter Playdate with Pottery Barn Kids

We are on the countdown to Easter, it’s less than a week away!  I am so excited for this weekend’s festivities and this shoot will get you just as excited I’m sure.  This year I styled an Easter playdate with Pottery Barn Kids that’s full of vibrant color and tons of fun.  I especially liked this shoot because my son Court got to celebrate and play with his pre-school buddies.  It was so great watching them get excited for Easter, holidays with kids are the best!

This shoot was featured on Pottery Barn Kid’s blog yesterday and it’s also featured on Inspired By This today!   You can also shop this post at the bottom!

Photos by Ala Cortez

This kid’s Easter playdate was inspired by fun and bright colors!  I wanted to steer away from the usual pastels and go eclectic and playful!  I was really inspired by the weavings and creations of Julie Howard, owner of Shop Leo Kids.  I used her pom poms and weavings through-out the shoot and the color palette really formed after drooling over her beautiful creations. 

Most of the items I used were from Pottery Barn Kids, they really anchored the entire shoot.  I loved using their industrial style chairs with this shoot to set off the whimsical look a bit.  They also have such great pieces for Easter, I had so much fun choosing the baskets and table top pieces from them!  I threw in a few pieces from one of my favorite websites, The Little Market.  Their napkins, coasters and baskets complimented the rest of the table so well.

Another stand out has to be the gorgeous florals from MV Florals.  Her and I talked about using poppies, we both love them and they are such a quintessential Spring flower. 

An invite and signage are always necessary for a party and Leanna Retterath really took my vision and ran with it.  I love the mustard yellow floral invite she created and really love all of the hand painted eggs with each kid’s name on them as place cards.  The kids had so much fun finding their names and showing them off.   She also hand painted this gorgeous “Happy Easter” sign that would be such a pretty greeting on any front door!

Another thing the kids absolutely LOVED were all of the desserts!  I sent Natalie from Great Dane Baking Co. a few ideas and she created such amazing cupcakes, macarons and cookies all anchored by the prettiest little naked cake.  Let’s just put it this way, nothing got left behind on this shoot!

Lastly, I was looking for some cute clothing for the kids.  It’s hard to to take out the cheese factor when you’re shopping for your little ones over the holidays, any holiday really.  The girls wore the CUTEST dresses from Sadie Then Ty and I can’t stop getting compliments on those!!  The prints, the cut, the fabric, everything was just dreamy.  We accessorized each girl with some JL Designs bunny ears (the absolute cutest things ever!!) and some jewelry from Henny and Coco

The boys wore some neutral button ups and pants but had the ultimate bow tie accessory by Stag Handmade.  They looked so handsome with them on, we loved the floral print, perfect for Spring!!

The kids had so much fun at their special table and with their Easter baskets!  Like I said, watching them was the best part of this whole day… Oh, and that all of us moms got to drink some wine together :)  How cute are the hand knit bunnies from The Little Market?!  Hurry up and grab one for your kid’s Easter baskets!!

We can’t forget about the babies that were in attendance!!  Baby Elle, Baby Landin and Baby Cruz!!  All on our favorite Gunn & Swain Blanket!

We ended the day with an Easter egg hunt, of course!  The kids loved it of course!!  These are the days that I live for, seeing my kids smiling and happy about life.  And I’m so happy I can be a part of making their days exciting and fun!!

This was such a fun shoot and the kids actually got to have so much fun!  It really was a playdate this time, the kids had a blast!  Even all of us parents did too!  Thank you Ala for putting up with the madness and being amazing!!

Hope you have a happy Easter with your littles!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on April 10, 2017 in EASTER, KIDS

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