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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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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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Beijos Finds The Perfect Flannel

So we are in the thick of it y’all!!  This little thing we like to call Winter…burrrr.  And I know, I know we are spoiled in So Cal….we don’t really get them.  But I have to say this year it’s been cold for us.  Which is so great!!  We are getting a feel of some seasons this year with some brisk wind and some rain, hey we’ll take it!!  Anyway, with that said, we found the perfect flannel for those days we want to feel extra cozy but stylish ya know!?  It really wasn’t hard for us to decide since this company has some great styles…we went with Rails!  The fabric is so soft, the knit literally feels like pajamas!! I mean who wouldn’t want to cozy up in it all day everyday??  So here we are looking as cute as we can in our favorite flannels by Rails

Jacquelyn chose the classic Hunter style in Black Royal you can find here.  It’s an ultra soft button down with  with one chest pocket.

Pictures of Jacquelyn by Megan Welker

You will soon find out we are apparently a black and white crew because… what can we say we love the monochromatic neurtrals!

I went with a dress, because hey they are easy and I LOVE easy dressing!!  The Bianca in Vanilla Indigo you can find here.  It’s an ultra soft long sleeve button down shirtdress with a single chest pocket.

Abby went edgy showing us how to accessorize this bad boy in a couple different ways…one with her beanie and shades and the other wrapping it around her waste.  Super grunge cute!!

Abby also chose the Hunter in Ebony/Ivory Buffalo you can find here.

Pictures of Abby by Julie Cahill

We love Rails because of it’s super relaxed Cali vibe, but also it’s sophistication.  The quality guys, I can’t say enough about it…super legit with the perfect combination of comfort and tailoring!

If you don’t have a rails flannel…you need one, just sayin’ haha! Happy Shopping!!

xx Leah

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By on January 19, 2017 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, FASHION, LIFESTYLE, SHOPPING, STYLE

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Baby Spotlight – Babee & Me

Hi guys!  Back to baby land over here…this week it’s all about baby brands and how Jacquelyn and I found the cutest stuff to spotlight for all you new mamas. Or… you could be looking to find the perfect yet unique gift for a loved one having a babe…we got ya covered!  Today we are talking about Babee & Me, a handmade designer label for babies and kids quality toys and homewares out of Australia.  After having her two baby boys, Rachel realized how special it was for a child to have something unique, fun and handmade to play with. Based on her love of design, hand printing and wooden toys, she founded Babee & Me in 2010.

All photos by Megan Welker

First of all here are her amazing baby mats and softies…

Find Cruz’s mat here, and bear softie here.

They provide such a cute little back drop for baby to play on.

Find Henry’s baby mat here and fox softie here.

We just love these little softie’s, they are adorable for our son’s to grow up with and hang onto for life.  Plus…they make for a super cute decor piece!

These faces are just too good not to share…

Here’s a little Q&A from Rachel…

How and when did Babee & Me come to life?

Babee and Me started 6 yrs ago and was initially called Babee Blocks as my first products were soft baby blocks. This was just after the arrival of our second son and when I really wanted to make some handmade toys for him. So one thing led to another and before too long I had a website to sell them from and was running as a little business – I really discovered that being creative made me happy and gave me beautiful personal satisfaction. I also didn’t fancy those brightly coloured toys and merchandise type products you could get in all the department stores and loved to see my own children and eventually many others enjoying my original creations.

Tell us a little bit about you…

I am originally from New Zealand and after meeting my Aussie husband in Canada I moved here to a beautiful place called Byron Bay at the most easterly point of Australia. I am also a qualified biomedical scientist and personal trainer but by far enjoying having my own creative business the most – regardless of how hard it is at times! I love the outdoors, nature and a bit of fitness.

We love that your products are organic and ethically sourced, talk to us about why that is important to you?

I really think our babies deserve the best – they come from a place of such sterility inside us I only think it’s fitting we give them products that are as natural as possible and to keep as many chemicals away.

It’s so refreshing to find a play mat that has such a great design, where do you come up with your prints?

Thankyou! While I am inspired by trends – I like to do my own take on them or just do my own thing. So I only design and make products that I’m 100% happy with. I have to consider the unique fact that I hand print every one of my products in my home studio which can be quite labour intensive and stressful but worth it for the vibrancy of the print.

What is your favorite product that you make?

My gosh that’s a hard one – I love my playmats as I really feel they aren’t babyish so will grow with baby and end up being a feature in a room or used in different areas of a house once a little one has finished lying on them – they are also great for taking out and about as they are machine washable.

Here’s a little example how Jacquelyn uses it in Cruz’s room layered on the area rug, making it really stand out.

What’s next for Babee & Me?

2017 is going to be big for me as I start to move to mainly off shore manufacturing…. I simply have found all the hand printing stressful at times. It will mean every single one of my products will be GOTS organic certified, independently safety tested to worldwide standards and only made fair trade/ethical. This will also mean I will be able to have product stocked in many more stores around the world. I will still have a few locally handmade products available exclusively on my site only. I am super excited for the future!

We also love her wooden decor and blocks!

Check out her wooden toys here.

And more decorated on Henry’s reclaimed shelf…all the blocks, cactus and snow capped mountains from Babee & Me.

We just love how modern this line is, we hope you love it as much as we do! And thank you Rachel for sharing your creativity and designs with us!

Xx Leah

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By on January 10, 2017 in BABY SPOTLIGHT, BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, BEIJOS PICKS, GIFTS, LIFESTYLE, SHOPPING

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