A Girl’s Day Out at the Anaheim Packing House

Are you like me and always looking for something new to do in your own town?  I always love to discover new places to go and things to do, and you don’t always have to travel to do it!  I recently teamed up with Visit Anaheim to see everything Anaheim has to offer.  Obviously Disneyland is the first thing that comes to mind, but Anaheim is expanding to much more than that.  The Anaheim Packing House is the perfect example of that!

If you haven’t seen this cute spot you really need to check it out.  Leah and I visited a few weeks ago and spent the day exploring.  We’re sharing it all with you today with photos from Nea Nabayan.  So keep scrolling to see what The Anaheim Packing House has to offer…

The historic Anaheim Packing House is the Sunkist’s former citrus packing house, originally built in 1919. Now, the two-level foodie haven features a large central atrium with communal dining surrounded by nearly two dozen innovate culinary purveyors. Enjoy a variety of tastes, from flavorful international cuisine and down-home southern comfort fare to artisan cocktails and handcrafted desserts.

Right away we were drawn to the greenery and air plants hanging from the rafters, I mean how cool is that!?  There are so many great spots to choose from to eat or drink, it’s almost overwhelming!  Overwhelming in only the best way possible, I mean who’s gonna be mad at tons of amazing food and cocktail choices?!  Not me!!   The options are endless, you can choose to enjoy one vendor or progressively by getting appetizers from one vendor, entrees from another, finishing it all off with a dessert.

But, The Anaheim Packing House is so much more than just a place to dine, it’s an experience and a feast for all senses.  From live music and entertainment on the weekends to art installations everywhere and the history, lively ambiance and community spirit of it all.  The Packing House is for all ages, whether you’re going on a date with your family, friends or partner, you’ll find a vibe and eatery that will satisfy whatever you crave that day.

Leah and I decided to have a girl’s day out at this sweet spot and it was such a fun day!!  Our first stop had to be a cocktail of course!  So we headed to Hammer Workshop & Bar for a drink.  The drinks were as yummy as they were pretty and it’s the perfect spot to scope out all of the food you want to try as it’s centralized on the top floor of The Packing House.  Such a great way to kick off this lady date of ours!

Next up, some yummy Mexican food!  We could have gone so many different directions with food, but in my opinion you can NEVER go wrong with Mexican!!  Leah and I stopped in at Urbana for a bite to eat and immediately fell in love with the vibe of this place.  It is full of color and has a funky feel with lots of nods to Dia de los Muertos!  So fun, right?!  And the food… Well the food is freaking amazing!

Next up, it was time for a little dessert!  And to be honest, it was definitely time to cool off!  We went on a SUPER hot day so Pop Bar definitely sounded delicious, and it didn’t disappoint.  These handcrafted gourmet popsicles are to die for good and the flavor choices are so fun and creative.  

Also, can we talk bout those citrus stairs?!   I love all of the  nods to building’s former glory as a packing house.  You’ll also spot vintage citrus crate labels, outdoor seating on a train car, citrus trees and much more!

We weren’t stopping there on our food train…  A stop at Pandor was essential, because well, take a look below…  I love myself some chocolate and really think it’s the perfect end to any meal!  I mean, desserts and girlfirends should just go hand in hand… This was definitely a day to indulge and The Packing House is basically the best spot to do that!. Pandor is also a great spot for some coffee, but we weren’t quite there yet because we still had some drinking to do…. 

To end our day we walked across the street to the MAKE Building.  This spot is another aesthetically gorgeous spot that we fell in love with.  

The MAKE Building is brought to you by the same developer as the Anaheim Packing House and is a 10,500-square-foot structure that was once a marmalade factory dating back to the early 1900s. With a second lease on life, MAKE now houses Unsung Brewery, Pali Wine Co., Jav’s BBQ (soon to open) and Stone Groove Still House (a spirit distillery – coming soon).

Mirroring the community spirit of The Anaheim Packing House, MAKE also boasts communal indoor and outdoor seating, live entertainment and the building is a work of art as well.

How rad is Unsung Brewery?!  With all of the nods to comic books and super heroes I think any dude would be happy to be there… Beer and Comics?!  A guy’s heaven!  Even my son Court would die over this place!!  We loved doing their beer tasting too!

Next up, the brand new Pali Wine.  For this hot day we opted for their Rosé and it was delicious!  Then took it outside to the communal area to enjoy…  This space is so fun and we loved all of the greenery and the modern feel.  I can see myself spending lots of weekends here enjoying some wine and beer!

This area is so fun and cute, and growing rapidly!  Downtown Anaheim has been evolving and there is so much to look forward to! Center St. Promenade, located around the corner, is the next place on our list to check out!  It’s home to a number of eclectic shops and eateries.  

Visit Anaheim gave us some info on more upcoming spots to check out….  We are super excited for Modern Times’ Leisuretown. Located in a craftsman house down the street from Anaheim Packing House, patrons can look forward to boundary-pushing beer, a café, stalls serving food from Southern California’s best chefs, a swimming pool complete with poolside bar, movie screen, and great coffee. Leisuretown will open late 2017.

Thank you Visit Anaheim for showing us what we’ve been missing in Anaheim and that there is more to Anaheim than that Disney place ;)

Where are you planning on exploring this Summer?!



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By on August 3, 2017 in GIRLS DAY OUT, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL


Summer Beach Hangs with Seaesta Surf and Bink & Boo

My friends Julia and Bianca, owners of Seaesta Surf and Bink & Boo, are doing a series of Summer beach hangs.  There’s nothing better than spending a long day at the beach.  It’s what Summer is made for!  Especially for us moms who know that it’s the best thing for fun and to tire out our littles.  These ladies are mamas themselves and their brands are the epitome of Southern California cool.  So of course, they are the perfect hosts!!

When Julia sent me the photos of this fun day ( that I was so sad to miss ) it looked beyond cute and fun! So much so, it has inspired us to start a new series on our blog!  If you pay attention on social media we’ve been using the hashtag #thatssobeijos – and that’s exactly what this party is!  So Beijos!  

Going forward we will be taking submissions for parties, home tours, family sessions, etc that you think are “So Beijos” and sharing them here!  Please send your submissions to so we can see how you are inspired and living with Beijos in mind at home.

In the meantime, lets take a look at what these talented mamas put together for a few of their friends down in sunny San Diego! And if you’re interested, their next Summer hang is on July 21st!  So save the date!!

All photos by the talented Jennie Corti

Here’s a little bit from Julia…

We wanted to create a space for families to come hang at the beach for a mellow afternoon so we brought everything you’d need for a beach day with the kiddos! We had a bunch of shade, sand toys, beach blankets, healthy snacks, juice from Suja Juice and sunscreen from Sun Bum/Baby Bum. A ton of local families came to hang out and it was the perfect low key day to surf/eat/nap! Well, we’re hoping we wore the kids out so they’d nap on the drive home!

Doesn’t this look like so much fun?!  I love their set up!  It’s colorful, eclectic and fun for everyone!!  Can we talk about this umbrella?!  I’m in love with it!! And there are just so many cute little faces I can’t stand it!!

These boys are so cute in their Bink & Boo and Seaesta shorts!!!  This is what my boys live in all Summer long, seriously the best!!  The little guy right here with his tongue sticking out is having the best day ever!

It looks like it was such a fun day for everyone!  They will be hosting future Summer beach hangs so stay tuned… We may even be in on one of them coming up!!!

More fun Summer posts coming at you the rest of the week!  Stay tuned…



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A Day at Disneyland with Magic Kingdom Mamas

Disneyland is one of our favorite places to visit with our kids.  Living in Southern California, especially only about 10 miles from Disneyland, you have to take full advantage!  My husband and I used to have annual passes even before kids, but now seeing it through their eyes is even better!  Leah and I both have annual passes and take our kids as often as we can.  It’s the perfect playdate, meet up at opening and play hard till nap time.  Or go in the evening for a parade and a few rides, change into pajamas and drive home, easy peasy!

All photos by Nea Nabayan

At this point we sort of consider ourselves Disneyland professionals.  However, we are nothing compared to Julie & Emily, aka the Magic Kingdom Mamas!  We love following along with this sister duo who visit the parks frequently and have THE BEST tips and tricks to making your visit amazing.  They know the ins and outs like no other.  Of course we had to plan a meet up with them and share all of their knowledge with you!  So if you are planning a trip to Disneyland with your kiddos, this is the post for you!  Don’t forget to follow along on their Instagram Account for more tips on the daily, and their adorable dance moves!

We met up with them earlier this month, and a few of our other Disney obsessed friends.  You may recognize these faces from these Instagram accounts – @wildevalentine, @jl_designs, and @1011makeup.  It was so fun seeing all of our kiddos together at the happiest place on earth, we were rolling deep with this many!  Julie and Emily lead the way though so we were in the best hands!  Here’s our Q&A with them and some amazing tips and more from the Magic Kingdom Mamas and us!!

How did you come up with the idea for Magic Kingdom Mamas and when did it all begin?

When Emily’s son was born, we lived about 2 hours away from each other. We wanted our kids to have the same close relationship that we had with our cousins growing up, so we made it a point to meet once a week halfway. Disney was the perfect spot (can’t get more magical than that!). After going to the parks consistently for a few months with our kids, friends and family started asking us questions about it— how to keep kids entertained while waiting in lines, what to do there with babies and so on. One day we were talking about it with our husbands and they said “why don’t you guys just start an IG account?” Haha, and that was it! We started this account initially for friends and family, really having NO idea that it would transform into a website and business and all that. It is is wild to think that it actually happened! 

How often do you go to Disneyland?

 We go at least two times a week!

What is your usual route when you go to the parks?

 Our usual route if we do a full day at Disneyland (starting at opening) is Fantasyland first because that’s typically an area that draws the most people by mid-day (especially families with young kids!)! After Fantasyland we like to stop in Toontown for the welcome at the gate by Mickey or a couple of his friends when it opens one hour after Disneyland opens.

After Toontown we head into Tomorrowland to ride Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters or Autopia (Jedi Training Trials of the Temple is also one of our kids’ favorite shows to stop for)! After Tomorrowland, we love to stroll through Frontierland, then to New Orleans Square for Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion (if our kids are feeling up for those two, ha!), then to Critter Country for The Many Adventure of Winnie the Pooh. Lastly, we head back toward Adventureland to check out the wait time for the Jungle Cruise! This route can change depending on wait times, but this is pretty common for us!

California Adventure route starting at park opening:

 We start in Cars Land to ride one of the most popular attractions, Radiator Springs Racers (IF we don’t get a Fast Pass for it first), then we like to do the other two Cars Land rides, Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree! After Cars Land, we head to Toy Story Midway Mania on Paradise Pier – if the standby wait time is too long, we will grab a Fast Pass for it. While we’re down by the Toy Story ride, we like to ride King Triton’s Carousel because the line is typically short, then we walk past Silly Symphony Swings, Jumpin’ Jellyfish and the Golden Zephyr to check wait times (all three typically have short wait times).

Our last stop on Paradise Pier is The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure ride,  then we head toward Grizzly Peak Airfield to grab Fast Passes for Soarin’ Around the World (our over 40 inch kiddo’s love this ride). After Soarin’, there aren’t a ton of other attractions left to do for our kid’s age groups, so we either go into A Bug’s Land to ride the four attractions there (usually all have short wait times) or Monster’s, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. The great thing about Monster’s, Inc. is the line is usually pretty quick, but if it happens to be an extra busy day, and you only have 2 in your group, ask the Cast Member at the attraction’s entrance for a “Buddy Pass” to bypass the line and enter through the exit to ride right away!

Favorite photo spots in Disneyland:

-In front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
-Anywhere on Main Street 
-Blue and white It’s a Small World wall 
-The Mark Twain
-Toontown (so many good, fun colors and buildings!) 

Favorite photo spots in California Adventure:

-Hollywood Land back drop next to the Hyperion Theater
-The famous blue wall (popular photo spot) at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land
-Paradise Park overlooking Mickey’s Fun Wheel
-Route 66 in Cars Land 
-The boardwalk on Paradise Pier (down by Toy Story Midway Mania and Mickey’s Fun Wheel)

What are the top tips you could give to someone visiting Disneyland & California Adventure? 

1. ARRIVE EARLY! We tell people this all the time! It is so worth waking up early to get to the main gates before opening. What we do is arrive to the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure right when it opens which is 60 minutes before the parks opens on SundayMondayWednesday and Friday, and 90 minutes before the parks open on TuesdayThursday and Saturday. The Main Gates to the parks actually open anywhere from 15-30 minutes BEFORE the official park opening/rope drop occurs so guests can wander Main Street in Disneyland or Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. It’s nice to be in the park and ready to go before the rush! The first couple hours after the park opens are usually pretty slow, so it’s a great time to get the more popular attractions done! 
2. Pick 5 can’t-miss attractions for your kids’ age groups and try to get those checked off your list first thing so you can enjoy the rest of your day a little more stress-free. Things can be unpredictable with kids, so over planning can sometimes make for a not so fun day if things don’t go according to plan. Try not to have too many expectations for the day – it’s way more relaxing that way! In regards to attractions, be sure to utilize Fast Pass if an attraction you’re hoping to get on offers them! Fast Passes will cut down your wait time significantly. Rider Switch is also really great thing if there is an attraction that not everyone in your party can go on/or doesn’t want to go on.
3. Use the Baby Care Centers! The Baby Care Centers have been lifesavers for us, not only when our kids were babies – we still use them all the time! There is one Baby Care Center located at the north end of Main Street in Disneyland,  across from the Little Red Wagon Corn Dog stand (feed your babe then get yourself a corn dog!!!), and one next to Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in California Adventure. Both centers offer a private nursing area, high chairs for feeding little ones, microwaves for warming bottles/food, clean and comfy changing tables, preschool sized potties, and various baby things for purchase (cash only) that you may have forgotten at home such as diapers, wipes, formula, pacifiers, sunscreen, Gerber baby food and more! It’s an amazing place!
4. Take breaks! It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a Disney day, but with young kids, it’s so important to stop for breaks, snacks, etc! Just a few minutes is all that’s usually needed, but it always refuels us! We like to bring a blanket to spread out to let the kids play with their cars, coloring books or other toys (the dollar store is a good place to get toys because it’s not a big deal if they get lost at the parks, ha!)! 
5. Let your little ones get some out of stroller play time in – it’ll help when you have to stand in lines! Our kids love Goofy’s House in Toontown at Disneyland to get their little legs moving. We also like to explore Tarzan’s Treehouse in Adventureland and Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island – the ultimate playground! In California Adventure we love the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (amazing spot with rock slides, rope swings, rock climbing walls and more!) or the Animation Academy! On hot days, we visit the splash pads in A Bug’s Land. 

6. Use the official Disneyland App – the greatest tool for a Disney day! The app has so many helpful things like attraction wait times, entertainment schedules, restroom locations, PhotoPass photographer locations, wifi hot spots, restaurant locations (you can book reservations on the app!), and so much more. 

What are your top 5 rides or attractions at each park?

 Top 5 attractions at Disneyland for our kid’s age groups:
1. Peter Pan’s Flight
2. Casey Jr. Train
3. It’s a Small World
4. The Teacups
And just to add our “big kid” ride picks – Emily’s favorite is Big Thunder Mountain and Julie’s favorite is Splash Mountain!
Top 5 attractions at California Adventure for our kid’s age groups:
1. The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure 
2. Toy Story Midway Mania 
3. Jumpin’ Jellyfish (must be 40 inches to ride)
4. Radiator Springs Racers (must be 40 inches to ride)
5. Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters (must be 32″ to ride)

Favorite “big kid” attractions – Emily’s is a tie between Radiator Springs Racers and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and Julie’s is Soarin’ Around the World.

Favorite entertainment at Disneyland:

1. Mickey and the Magical Map at the Fantasyland Theatre (only shows on FridaySaturdaySunday and Monday)
2. Mickey and friends with the Disneyland Band at Town Square in front of the Main Street Train Station at 12:30 daily. The daily schedule doesn’t include that the characters dance with the band, so we always tell people to be sure to see it! 
3. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple at the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage 
4. Fantasmic! – returning July 17!
5. Main Street Electrical Parade (last performance is on August 20!)!
6. “Remember…Dreams Come True” fireworks spectacular 
Favorite entertainment at California Adventure:
1. The Red Car Trolley Newsboys 
2. Disney Junior Dance Party
3. Frozen Live at the Hyperion
4. World of Color 
5. Pixar Play Parade 
Favorite treats or things to eat?  
This is a hard one because we could go on and on! Haha! 
Our favorite treats are:
1. The dark chocolate-covered pineapple spear or any of the chocolate-covered Mickey-shaped rice krispy treats from the Candy Palace on Main Street, Pooh Corner in Critter Country or Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure
2. The Mangonada – 2 scoops of mango sorbet, chamoy sauce, mango slices, tajin and lime
from Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure
3. Mickey-shaped beignets from The Mint Julep Bar or Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square 
4. The classic churro from any churro stand throughout both parks!
Favorite meals:
1. We love any of the meat and veggie skewers from Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland with a pomegranate piranha lemonade on the side!
2. Pommes Frites and a Monte Christo Sandwich from Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square
3. CORN DOG (duh!) from the Little Red Wagon on Main Street
4. Fried chicken with green beans, mashed potatoes and a biscuit from the Plaza Inn (it’s so gooood)!
5. Mickey waffle plate from Carnation Cafe on Main Street
4. Greek meat and veggie skewers from Paradise Garden Grill in California Adventure  
5. All American Breakfast or the kids Mater and Flo waffle plate from Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land in California Adventure
6. Lobster nachos (substitute for tri-tip if you’d like!) from the Cove Bar

What are you most excited about for Disneyland this Summer? 

 We’re most excited about the return of Disneyland classics that have been closed for well over a year due to refurbishments and Star Ward Land construction! Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island was the first classic to re-open about a week ago. One of our favorite shows of all time, “Fantasmic!”, will return on July 17, Disneyland’s 62nd anniversary and lastly, the Disneyland Railroad, Rivers of America (Mark Twain, Sailing Ship Columbia, and the Davey Crockett Explorer Canoes) will re-open on July 29! We’re also really enjoying Summer of Heroes at California Adventure – lots of Marvel fun for kids including new character meet and greets, complimentary super hero face painting, new super hero-themed food offerings, and new entertainment! Summer of Heroes last day is September 10. We hope everyone gets to experience the fun happening at both parks this Summer!
We can’t agree more with all of this great advice the Magic Kingdom Mamas have leant to this post.  Thank you SO much ladies!!!
Some Beijos Advice…

A bit of advice from Leah and I, is always go with the flow when visiting the park.  I used to try and make sure we did so many things in a certain amount of time but it’s far more fun to do what you can and enjoy yourself then to rush.  Also, be prepared for melt downs and crying, it happens!  And don’t be embarrassed because it happens to EVERYONE!  We’ve seen it happened to others and definitely experienced it ourselves!

All of the resources Magic Kingdom Mamas gave are great but we have another… Visit Anaheim!  They have lots of great ideas for restaurants and other info that is helpful for people visiting.  We’ve definitely pointed some out of town family members in their direction and it’s been super helpful.

 We love California Adventure for many reasons… To me it seems like it’s the better park for boys, there is so much that Court loves there.  Monsters Inc, Cars, Toy Story, Grizzly Run, etc.  He also loves going on Little Mermaid with Edie of course!  There are usually less crowds there as well.  But another reason we love it?!  They serve alcohol!  We swear we are not alcoholics, but sometimes mama needs a glass of wine or a beer while dealing with the chaos of Disneyland… Speaking of, let me tell you a little bit about our shoot!

At the very end of the day Leah and I were at California Adventure solo with just our kids.  First we dealt with a blow out with one of my sons, I mean a bad one, it was all over… Thank god I had a change of clothes.  Then we decided (foolishly) to let our kiddos run in the water play area in Bug’s Land.  We had NO idea they would get so wet!  

So there we were with 4 extremely tired (a few crying) and two soaking wet kiddos trying to maneuver through California Adventure.  That’s when we hit up one more ride and it was time to go! Haha!  You never know what is gonna happen, so like I said, go with the flow.  You’ll have a much better experience if you do :) Here’s some photographic evidence of the end of our day, don’t worry, no blow out pics!

I call this multi-tasking!!

And that’s a real life day at Disneyland for ya!  Haha!  But it really is the happiest and most magical place on earth!!  Let us know if you have any more questions in the comments, we will do our best to answer them!

Stay tuned for a REALLY big giveaway tomorrow!!!



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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!



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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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