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Mama’s Chat Night Reflecting on Self Care with Dr. Cassidy Freitas

Through-out the year I’ve posted about self care, and how important it is for us ladies.  It all started in January with a post I did with Dr. Cassidy Freitas, a licensed marriage and family therapist.  After having my second son last year I realized how us moms really lacked in the self care department.  I vowed to make adjustments and resolutions to that this year.  Fast forward and I have found different ways to care for myself this year.  From massages, to working out, to spending time with my girlfriends, it’s been eye opening.

Cassidy and I have been wanting to carry this discussion on with other mamas we know.  I reached out to my friend Julia of San Diego Songbird and owner of Gunn & Swain and Seaesta Surf.  As a busy mompreneur, she could completely relate.  Together, we decided to host a mama’s chat night and have Cassidy lead us in a conversation.  Self care was the main topic and how we sometimes lose our self in motherhood.  Cassidy helped us hone in on how we can make sure to practice self-care in big and small ways.  It lead to an insightful night full of support, love, thoughtfulness and camaraderie.  

I’m so excited to share the beautiful photos by Brooke Aliceon and have this party also featured on Glitter Guide today!  This was more than just a party to us, it was therapy…

When designing the table for this night I wanted everyone to feel close and comfortable.  So we did low tables to the ground with lots of blankets and pillows to get down and dirty and chat it up.  This was also easier for moms with little ones so they could be attentive to them and still join in on the talk.  The color scheme was soft muted pink tones which looked so pretty in that golden light at sunset.  We munched on the yummiest spread and drank rosé, the perfect addition to a night like this!  It was a great way to end summer and focus on a new season in the year to practice more self love and care.

The party was held in Julia’s amazing backyard and the light was beyond gorgeous.  Really, it was a magical night and looking at these photos makes my heart full.

Here is a little bit from Cassidy

Community and connection can bring us to a place of healing. This happened for participating moms through asking for help from family and friends, or finding a local support group. Allowing others “in” to care for us can be a vulnerable experience, but when the risk of being vulnerable is taken, the mom’s in our circle found that they were able to engage with more Self-Care and found themselves re-energized to engage in motherhood and their work.

The idea of “balance” is a unicorn, it’s a myth. In order for something to be “balanced” you need perfect weight on either side, and perfection is just not attainable. Also, perfectionism is typically externally driven, “what will others think?” If we get in touch with our internal values and use those values to make the tough decisions of prioritizing, our day to day lives can slowly become more aligned with what’s most important to us. Sometimes that means pouring ourselves into our families, sometimes it means saying yes to our work or projects, sometimes it means acknowledging that we are running on fumes and need to say yes to ourselves.

With any party you need good eats and drinks!  Lucky us were spoiled by A MIHO Experience, Butter & Crumbs and some good ol’ Trader Joe’s rosé…

We asked Cassidy to put together a few conversation starters for other mamas who wanted to throw a dinner party like this themselves…  I can’t encourage a night like this enough!  Grab your nearest girlfriends, a few bottles of wine and have these meaningful conversations…

Conversation Starters
1) What role does Self-Care have in your life right now?
2) What gets in the way of Self-Care? 
3)What are some of the messages you’ve received about Self-Care? (e.g., from family, discourses around gender and culture, social media?)
4) How might some of your personal values connect with caring for yourself?

5) Have there been times you’ve been able to overcome the Self-Care blocks? What allowed you to overcome those blocks?

Stay tuned for more Mama awareness and self care love events!  We can’t get enough of spreading this message…

xx

Jacquelyn

Vendors

Styling + Co-Host: Beijos Events 
Venue + Co-Host: Home of Julia Wheeler
Discussion Leader + Co-Host: Dr. Cassidy Freitas
Blankets: Gunn & Swain
Tables & Pillows: Pow Wow Design Studio
Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven
Half Moon Serving Trays: Dovetails + Darts
Placecards + Signage: Twinkle + Toast
Triangle Serving Tray: Rael Made

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By on September 27, 2017 in BEIJOS LADY DATE, CELEBRATIONS, REAL TALK, STYLED BY BEIJOS, TABLESCAPES, THAT’S SO BEIJOS

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Sunset Paddle Board Session with the Littles to end the Summer

The end of Summer is here, but if you live in sunny Southern California, you know it’s just beginning.  We spend so much time at the beach all Summer that I thought, why not make one of these days pretty special?  My friend Alatheia who owns Art of Being Female is good friends with Mike & Lauren Roberts, the owners of VESL Paddle Boards, and decided we all needed to get together for just that.  We met up for a sunset paddle board session and had the best time soaking up as much of these Summer days as we could!

This shoot is also featured on Inspired By This today!

Photos by Alison Bernier

What is so great about paddle boarding is that you can do it as a family.  We got a few of our favorite little fam bams together for this outing, with a great group of kiddos.  Mostly groms and a few little ladies to round it out.  I sat back with the moms while the dads took turns taking the little ones out for rides.  Well, I shouldn’t say I sat back, I did do a really pretty table for the kiddos to hang at!  You know me, never sitting still ;)

The details on this table were my favorite!  Gorgeous greenery from Rooted & Wild Co, water color place cards and fun drink stirrers from Poppy Jack Shop and the best napkins ever from Hostess Haven.  The rest was either part of my own home collection or purchased on Amazon!  Pillows and blankets from Gunn & Swain, Kawaiian Lion and Boho Pillow were laid out as well to keep those cute little bums cozy.

I loved seeing my son Court brave going out into the water, at first he was hesitant but then we couldn’t get him off of the board!  This Summer he started swim lessons, he still is mostly using his floaties though.  He felt safe with his arms held tight around my husband’s legs, and after seeing the big boys do it on their own, he was inspired!  Each of the boys wore the cutest Seaesta Surf shorts that day and frolicked in the water.  

Meanwhile, the parents kept their eyes shaded from the Summer sun with SALT sunnies, one of our favorite local brands.  And that cute little romper I’m wearing is from Beach Riot, another local favorite.

As usual we had an awesome playlist and used our Stelle Audio speaker… This thing has definitely been our number one Summer essential!

It was the perfect Summer day where it felt like it lasted forever and the sun was sparkling on the water.  The kiddos worked up an appetite so they dug into the acai bowls from Colette’s Catering, while the parents snacked on some sashimi.  Each were as delicious as they were pretty, Colette’s never disappoints!

All of the families had so much fun and I think we can all say for sure that we definitely need a VESL paddle board in our inventory!  Cheers to the Summer and the fact that ours tends to last through Fall ;)

xx

Jacquelyn

Vendors

Concept/Design/Styling – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Concept – Alatheia Hart of Art of Being Female
Photographer – Alison Bernier
Paddle Boards – VESL 
Calligraphy – Poppy Jack Shop
Florals – Rooted & Wild Co
Catering – Colette’s Catering
Napkins – Hostess Haven
Boy’s Shorts – Seaesta Surf
Blankets – Gunn & Swain
Pillows & Peace Sign Flag – Kawaiian Lion
Mud Cloth Pillows – Boho Pillow
Sunglasses – SALT
Jacquelyn’s Clothing – Beach Riot

 

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By on September 7, 2017 in FAMILY, KIDS, LIFESTYLE, STYLED BY BEIJOS, SUMMER, TABLESCAPES

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Create Your Own Paradise Breakfast

 


Now, what would tropical week over here at Beijos be without some yummy food? When I get to go on vacation. Pause. Sorry, I just sat here for what seemed like 10 minutes trying to figure out when the last time I went on vacation. Eeks! Looks like that is in order soon! But when I do, my souvenir is indulging in all the food I can get my hands on. So in the mean time, I whipped up a little tropical breakfast by the pool to crave my indulgences. Plus, it’s keeping summer going since I’m in full denial of fall approaching. 

Photos by Candiss Koenitzer


This little setup is perfect for brunch with your besties or just a Saturday morning with the fam. Create your own paradise instead of day dreaming about it, and you can do it in no time!

I’m letting you in an on a little sneak peek here guys! Check out the blanket… this guy will be a part of our collab with Gunn & Swain coming soon! 

When I had this idea to do a tropical breakfast, so many breakfast items came to mind. Do I go with the popular acai or dragon bowl? No, cause I kinda already did that last year with my tropical papaya bowls. Or what about tropical chia seed pudding that I have seen all over Pinterest? No… maybe I will try that another time. I wanted something with pancakes and fruit. I got it! Mini flat cakes it is! This is a take on all the pretty avocado toasts you see but with mini pancakes and tropical fruit. And of course, you always need a big platter of tropical fruit! 

I got a little tropical with my place setting with custom palm frond placemats by Meghann Miniello. Add your tropical playlist to the mix and you are ready to party in paradise but in the comfort of your own home! 

Let’s face it. The tropics can be in style all year long, you don’t need to wait till its warm outside to bring out some paradise. With summer ending, I’m actually wanting more tropical in my house to keep those vibes occurring all year long. Shop my favorites below!

Happy Friday!

xx

Abby

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By on September 1, 2017 in BRUNCH, EATS, ENTERTAINING, PICNIC, SUMMER, TABLESCAPES, Uncategorized

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Beijos Best

Happy Memorial Day! 

What is everyone up to today? Surely, it’s filled with lots of bbq action, fun in the sun, and maybe a drink or two. We celebrated yesterday, and get to sit in the car for three hours driving back to my parent’s house. Whoo hoo! The hubby always drives, so I gotta keep myself entertained while riding shotgun. I’m reasonably the worst person to sit next to as I’m always on my phone, which you can trust that I’m online shopping or on Instagram. You guys do the same thing, correct? I know I’m not the only one. Best wife award of the year over here. This morning, I was gearing up for our week on the blog, and cactus’ were on my mind. We have a fun recipe for Friday, and it got me into a cactus state of mind. I found this adorable cactus plate online, and before you know.. I’m throwing myself a little cactus inspired brunch. Shop the post below to get a little touch of cactus love in your life!

 

 

I have had these pink + silver flatware in my Amazon wishlist forever. I haven’t found a good excuse to buy them yet, but this little mood board just landed them into my cart. Having different kinds of flatware; has become my new obsession. I love this vibe with the cactus plate that would sit on top or mixed with the ceramic barbara plate on top of a wooden charger. Add in some dusty rose colored fringed napkins, and heart eyes all around. Those wooden chargers are such a great deal as they are an add-on item, and are a multi-use item. And how cute is that geometric terrariumSuch a fun summer staple for your outdoor and even indoor decor. This tablescape has me itching for some summer fun. This tablescape would also be so cute for a bridal or baby shower too! 

Get all the goodies here!

xx

Abby

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By on May 29, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, TABLESCAPES

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Last Minute Tablescape Ideas for Your Memorial Day Gathering

Memorial Day is just in a couple of days… and are you looking for last minute ideas to set that perfect casual table? How do you have the time to go out and get all this decor? It’s simple… Amazon. I’m sure you have heard me talk about it several times, but it’s just so easy! Of course, you can go to your local target or party store, and I’m sure you can find a bounty of themed decor. Which is totally cool in my books, but I like to go the non-traditional themed route sometimes. Plus, it’s always an excuse to get more tablescape items. Which I’m totally guilty of! Amazon shopping has become my new routine late at night before I go to bed. They have so many fun things on there; it’s so hard to resist! Score some of these items just in time for Monday…

 

I’m all about this layered blue look. All the elements you can totally use again! I love the idea of layering a Turkish towel as a tablecloth. If you haven’t discovered Turkish towels, you really should incorporate them into your home. They are great pieces to have in your bathroom, outside for picnics, pool, beach and of course as dining decor options. And who can resist those fringe details? Layer two different blue plates like this

Layer two different blue plates like this blue dot plate and this speckled plate, it will add cool blue textures to your tablescape. I fell in love with this navy + gold flatware; it was a must for sure. Rounding out the rest of the table are classic wine glasses which everyone has, blue toned tumblers to keep with that blue look, and fringed cream napkins. In addition, check out some cool serving trays also that will fit right at home with this tablescape, here and here. I love adding an element like a wood tray to the table to break up all the blue. 

All these items you can for sure use again for holidays like Father’s Day and 4th of July, and just use as your everyday summer tablescape. It all can be mixed and matched with other colors as well; it makes it easy to hit that add to cart button. 

Shop all the items below.

Happy Memorial Day friends! 

Be safe and have fun! 

xx

Abby

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By on May 27, 2017 in TABLESCAPES

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