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Making Spring Buddha Bowls

I think we say this every year, but where does the time go?!? I swear Jacquelyn, and I were just scheming ideas for our spring to do list, and today we are checking off our last final spring item with our buddha bowls. But don’t fret, summer is among us, and this summer’s to-do list is a goody! Summer is my favorite season… I think most of you feel the same way. How could you not, it’s filled with sunshine, al fresco dinners, maybe a vacay or two, and most of all making fun memories with your little ones.

Cooking with this season’s freshest bounty is always a must. I love to make dinner on spring and summer nights and eat outside with my family. It is what puts the biggest smile on my face! The best nights are when I can get one or both kids to help me cook dinner. I have some of the best memories cooking with my family when I was younger, and I hope I can instill that into my two kids. It requires time, a lot of patience, and some extra clean-up, but well worth the effort. 

These bonding memories not only teach them about what it is in season, but also creates an opportunity to discuss the senses (taste, sight, smell, touch), boosts self-esteem, and encourages creativity which I love. All I can say is that I’m doing something right cause my kids eat more vegetables than my husband and myself combined. One of our favorite things to make is buddha bowls or hippie bowls. Also, these bowls allow each of us to put in our favorite ingredients. This is my take on a spring Buddha bowl. 

What the heck is a buddha bowl some of you might ask?

A buddha bowl or hippie bowl is a vegetarian bowl that is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top much like the belly of a Buddha. While there are a lot of variations of these bowls, they usually incorporate a starch, vegetable protein, raw and cooked vegetables along with some fruit, nuts or seeds, and a dressing. It’s really up to you! And who wouldn’t love that? 

Abby’s Spring Buddha Bowl


Brown Rice
Asparagus (broiled or grilled)
Grilled Zucchini
Radishes (variety)
Purple potatoes (I roasted with salt + pepper and then mashed with a fork)
Chia seeds
Micro Greens (I like spicy arugula micro greens)
Heirloom cherry tomatoes (roasted)


Layer arugula on the bottom of your bowl. And I sometimes will toss the bottom layer of arugula with some dressing before putting in the bowl. Then layer with brown rice. Then simply pile together your ingredients next to each other. Lastly, drizzle the citrus vinaigrette, and serve immediately. So, there are no rules to Buddha bowls, it’s all about healthy options all in one place, cooked or not cooked. Totally up to you, which is fun especially for the kids. As a result, it gets them to eat their veggies. Or so we hope! 

Citrus Vinaigrette


Makes 1 1/2 cups

One small shallot, finely chopped
¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
Three tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Two tablespoons fresh orange juice
¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Combine first six ingredients in a small jar; season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper. Finally, shake to blend and pour onto your bowls. 

Can be made up to 1 week ahead, and kept chilled.

Watch out for sneaky little hands!



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Mornings at the Farmer’s Market

Spring is coming to a close soon, you can feel it in the air… Summer is about ready to take over!!  Remember that Spring list we have been dutifully checking off?  Well the next two days we check off our last two items!  Today is visiting the farmer’s market.  When I think of Spring I think of growth and all the delicious fruits and veggies that are available to eat.  Spending mornings at the farmer’s market is a great way to kick off your week and stock your fridge full of fresh foods.  I especially love taking my little guys with me, even if they do pick up all the free samples…

Photos by Nea Nabayan

There are tons of farmer’s markets in our area, but when you live by the beach they have them right there!  Our local farmer’s market is at the Newport Beach pier, it’s small but has just what we need.  Court really loves to go and check out all of the goods.  We pick out a few things to bring home that day, usually lots of fruits tend to make their way into our bags.  He also loves to see the flowers, and like I said, eat the free samples!

When we get home we take out all of our goodies (whatever makes it home that is) and plan for the week.  We make dinner that night with the fresh veggies and snack on anything else we brought home.  It’s so fun to take this trip out with my boys, I love that it’s interactive for them and that they also get to learn while we go out.  These little bonding moments may seem trivial but to me they are so important and fun.  

While we are there we talk about the different vegetables and fruit we see.  We’ll talk about colors and talk to the vendors.  It’s nice to get out of the house and do something like this.  Court loves being interactive with everyone and I love that he’s learning and being social.

When we were leaving the farmer’s market this past weekend Court sat to eat some of his strawberries.  A nice man sat next to him and he offered him some berries.  It was so sweet and made me so proud of this kind and loving boy I am raising.  These moments make my heart melt and let me know I am doing a good job, well I hope!

These weekly activities and outings are some of my favorite parts of being a mom.  I love to get out and explore with my little ones, its something my parents instilled in me and I’m happy to continue the tradition.  I’m always looking for other fun ways to get outside and be active with them… What are some of your favorite family outings?



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By on May 23, 2017 in FAMILY, SPRING


Stylish for Spring & Summer with Rachel Pally

With the hot hot weekend we just had, I’d say I’m ready for SUMMER!!  Not trying to pick favorites, but it’s probably my favorite season.  Not like there are much of a change of seasons in California, but you know what I mean…  With these hot months coming up I obviously want to keep things stylish, but as always comfy.  I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Rachel Pally for this reason.  Her fabrics are extremely comfortable and light weight, but her designs are equally stylish.

I wore Rachel Pally a lot during both of my pregnancies for that reason.  The fabrics are amazingly stretchy so they work perfectly with your growing belly, so if you are pregnant you should definitely invest.  The best part is you can continue to wear them after!  The designs are timeless, so they can be worn for years to come.  Today we’re sharing 3 different designs from their newest collection that are perfect for the upcoming months.  Abby and I each chose fun pieces that I know we will wear all Spring & Summer long, and even into Fall!

Photos of Jacquelyn by Ariane Moshayedi / Photos of Abby by Erin Milnik

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Let’s kick things off with a jumpsuit (ps it’s on sale!)!  A few weeks ago I posted about how jumpsuits are so big this season and shared a few of my favorites.  Well add this one to the list!  This black jumpsuit is so perfect, it can be dressed up or down, plus I it is beyond comfy!  The black color makes it so versatile and classic.  I paired it with these amazing new SALT sunglasses and my new favorite Beek sandals.  It’s a great casual look that I could basically live in.  Seriously, the jumpsuit feels like wearing pajamas, but you obviously look way cuter!!

Now Abby went with this super cute short little ruffled number.  We’ve already talked about our love for the off the shoulder trend this season.  I can’t get enough of it!!  This dress is perfect to throw on any day over the Summer.  It’s lightweight, stylish and the color goes with anything!  Abby of course accessorized it up with the bag of the season by Cult Gaia.  And keeping with our love for Target sandals she wore these with her Wyeth Sunglasses.  The perfect little Summer outfit!

Last but not least, the sexy Summer maxi… I mean our lives wouldn’t be complete without it!  And Rachel Pally does that perfectly as well!  I will definitely be wearing this dress on a few date nights this Summer.  If you are invited to any weddings this Summer, this dress would be so perfect!!  The color is yummy and the ruffled detail on the neckline is real cute…  I added in my favorite tassel earrings by Vanessa Mooney, these leather sandals and a simple clutch.  Done and done!!!

Now you can stay cool and stylish this Spring & Summer with Rachel Pally as well… Just shop below!





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By on May 22, 2017 in FASHION, SPRING, STYLE, SUMMER


Spring Floral Arrangement DIY

Yesterday we shared our love for wearing Spring Florals and today we are sharing an easy DIY floral arrangement!  Thanks to Meagan from MV Florals, our go to floral guru!  She created this gorgeous arrangement that, if you ask me, would look really pretty on the table this Mother’s Day.  Or even as a gift for the special Mama in your life!

This is another one of our items on the Beijos Spring To Do List, so be sure to tag us if you try this at home!  The steps from Meagan are simple and listed below, now let’s get to it!!

All Photos by Megan Welker

1.  Choose your foliage.  Remove any leaves at the very bottom of each stem. 

I used a mix of wax flower, ruscus, lisianthus,and bay laurel.  

2.  Choose the blooms you would like to use.  Remove any leaves at the bottom of your flower stems, and gently remove the guard petals and thorns on the roses (the guard petals are the outer petals on the rose to protect the inner, more delicate petals).

In this arrangement I used a mix of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, veronica, sweet pea, and lisianthus.

3.  After soaking your OASIS foam, cut it to size in your container.  I like to have the foam stick out a bit of the container; for me its a bit easier to work with.  Fill the container with water.

 4.  Start by creating the line and shape you want with greenery.  Use a mix of greenery to give your arrangement more texture.  I start from the outside and work my way into the middle.

5.  After most of the Oasis is covered with greenery, you can start your placement of blooms.  The first couple blooms you place should determine the height and width of the arrangement.

 6. Place your bigger focal flower next.  In this arrangement I used the peonies and garden roses as my focal flowers.  After they were placed, it made it easier to fill in everywhere else with smaller blooms and greenery.

 7.  Fill in any holes and check if there is any Oasis showing.  Make sure to cover all oasis with pieces of greenery.  

Isn’t it gorgeous!!!  We can’t wait to create some magic like this soon!




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How to Wear Spring Florals

Well you know how the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers!  That’s what we are talking about today, how to wear Spring florals.  We’re really into the Spring season now and there are so many pretty floral pieces out there to choose from. Abby and I are all about it and chose a few of our favorites.  There are so many different ways to wear prints and we chose four to share with you today!

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Photos by Megan Welker & Erin Milnik
Jacquelyn’s Hair by 1011 Makeup

Let’s jump right in with this pretty maxi dress by Auguste.  I fell head over heels with this one the minute I saw it and knew it had to be mine!  The floral print on here is almost like a watercolor painting, and I really love the colors.  Another favorite, the off the shoulder look, which we said a few weeks ago is such a big trend this season!  It’s a dress you can dress up and dress down but I think I’ll be going fancy and wearing it to a few weddings this season.  I normally don’t do heels with maxis but this one was just begging for it!!

Abby went short and flirty with her Spell dress, and I really love the print here too!  It’s sort of a floral paisley and the colors are amazing!  What I love about the colors are they are so good for Spring through Fall even, they’re soft and warm at the same time.  Plus, those little cut outs are nice and sexy, meow!!!  Abby paired her look with her favorite lucite sunnies, a blush Cleobella Mexicana clutch and her cute platforms.

Now let’s try a Spell top!  The one I’m wearing here can be worn as sleeveless or one shoulder!  I went for the one shoulder, a little unexpected, which I like!  Again, this top could be dressed up or down, but I went for a more casual look.  The print is so soft and feminine, it’s almost like a vintage Hawaiian floral print!

I paired it with some vintage denim cut offs, and by vintage I mean I’ve had them for 10 years, haha!  They are my favorite cut offs however I just got some Levi’s 501’s that are slowly becoming my new favorites…  Speaking of favorites, this Brixton hat is going to by my ultimate Spring/Summer accessory – even my husband Nate tried to wear it the other day and convince me it was a men’s hat… Nice try babe.

Last floral look?!  Well the cutest little romper on Abby of course!  This romper by Spell (can you tell we love this brand?!) has such a great cut and fit.  That pop of pink in the print and the tassel fringe detailing on the neckline is just perfect too.  This is such a great day to night look for those hotter days, and would be a real cute date night number too.  Abby paired it with our favorite Target sandals, tan Cleobella Mexicana clutch and a pair of sunnies.  That’s one cute outfit!!

Are you loving these floral looks as much as us?!  Gah!!!  Thank you Spring for bringing out all the fun style!!



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By on May 8, 2017 in FASHION, SPRING, STYLE