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Beijos Summer To Do List

Awww… The first day of Summer, and boy am I excited!  Summer has to be my favorite season of all!  And we are really feeling it with his HOT weather lately!  Just like any other season we have compiled our Beijos Summer To Do List.  Full of amazing ideas of things we want to do this upcoming season.  With Summer you know there will be lots of fun in the sun and we can’t wait to share it all with you!  Make sure you follow along here and on our Instagram.  We’d love to see you all get inspired and do some of our list too!  If you do please use the hashtag #beijossummertodolist or #beijosdoessummer and we will share them!!

Without further ado… Our Summer To Do List!!!

Pretty Graphics by our girl Meghann Miniello



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By on June 20, 2017 in SUMMER, TO DO LIST


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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Beijos Spring To Do List

And just like that, it’s Spring!! We’re so excited for this change in season, it seems like Spring is always the one you wait longest for.  But now that Spring is here it means warmer sunny days ahead and lots and lots to do!  We’ve compiled our seasonal list of fun things we plan on creating, doing, making, and wearing.  Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #beijosdoesspring or #beijosspringtodolist.  

We’re kicking it off today with a pretty beauty tutorial…  What are your plans for Spring?!

Graphic by our friend Meghann Miniello



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By on March 20, 2017 in SPRING, TO DO LIST


Beijos Fall Chili

We are right back at it, checking off our to do’s on our Beijos Fall list.  This one is extra good…who doesn’t like a cozy bowl of chili to fill that tummy?? Chili brings so many good memories to mind, but for me it’s mainly football.  Whether your at someones house watching the game or tailgating with friends.  A good bowl of chili is an essential when the words football and party combine.  Especially on a nice crisp Fall day.  If you make a good chili, it’s definitely something you are proud of and since there are so many variations of recipes I thought I would share the one I call the best.  This is a beef chili with no beans, it’s super delish and not too bad for you since it’s a lot of protein!



1 1/2 pounds beef round, cut into 1-inch chunks
Kosher salt and pepper
6 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 to 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons fine corn meal
2 tablespoons tomato paste
cheddar cheese, for garnish
tortilla chips or bread of choice, for garnish

(you can also add some sour cream and chives if that’s your thang)



Season the beef with salt and pepper. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat with 2 teaspoons vegetable oil; sear the beef in two batches, adding up to 2 teaspoons more vegetable oil, until browned on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the beef to a plate as it browns.
Reduce the heat to medium. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pot; add the onion, red pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring, until onion is soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the cocoa, chili powder, oregano, cumin and coriander; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the corn meal and tomato paste and cook until the tomato paste sticks to bottom and caramelizes, about 2 minutes. Stir in 6 cups water, scraping tomato paste from bottom of pan; bring to a simmer. Add the reserved beef; partially cover the pot and adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer until the beef is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Serve chili with fresh grated cheddar cheese and some bread or tortilla chips (I prefer tortilla chips).  And if you like sour cream and chives add those as well!!


It takes a while to cook, but it’s so worth the wait…Enjoy!!

Tomorrow we have some tailgating inspiration for one of our favorite cross town rival games coming up this weekend!!  Yup you guessed it UCLA vs. USC.  Fun times, and don’t forget your chili people…It’s a must!!

Xx Leah

All photos by Kayla Adams

All table top from Anthropologie

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Fall Wreath DIY

To kick off the Fall season we thought a Fall wreath DIY was in order!! Why not share with everyone that you are ready for this festive season to begin right on your front door?!  Our Fall to do list has so many fun ideas, and this is just the beginning!!   If there is any way we can decorate or jazz up our home we get excited, so this was right up our alley!  Our friend Meagan from MV Florals was kind enough to share her tips of the trade and teach us these two amazing Fall wreath DIY’s!  Something simple and something a little more ornate, and we can’t get enough of each of them!  Scroll down to see how you can get in the Fall spirit by dressing up your front door and decking it with leaves!

Photos by Megan Welker

Fall Foliage Wreath

meganwelker-sept8-22 1.  Choose your desired products to use.  For this wreath I wanted to use natural elements and foliage that dried, creating something that can be used the whole season.

From left to right in the picture I used feathers, dried mushrooms, wheat, birch branches, bittersweet, lotus pods, and pampus grass.

meganwelker-sept8-2 2.  Supplies Include:

-ribbon or twine to hang wreath
– wire
-glue gun (not shown)
-scissors(not shown)

meganwelker-sept8-5 3.  Start with cutting birch branches to the length and thickness of your desire.  Secure the branches together with wire on each end.  This is your base for the wreath.

4.  Start placing your larger foliage over the birch branches, securing with the wire.

meganwelker-sept8-9 5.  Start adding more foliage or blooms.  You may need to play and adjust as you go.  I did!

6.  After a few larger items are placed how you like, take your ribbon and tie on the back and front of the branches.  Hold it up to make sure it stays even and doesn’t fall forward.

meganwelker-sept8-12 7.  After your ribbon is tied, place your remaining products on the wreath.  I used a glue gun to secure the dried mushrooms and pods.

meganwelker-sept8-13 8.  Hang on your door and enjoy! =)

 Pampas Grass Wreath


This pampas grass wreath is super easy to make!  If you live in Southern California you can easily pick your own pampus grass wild (but you didn’t hear that from me!)  or its available at your local nursery or flower shop.

1.  Supplies needed:

-Metal Frame

meganwelker-sept8-39 2.  Cut your pampas grass down.  I used one piece and got about 2-3 pieces from it.

3.  Cluster the pampas grass and secure to the frame, without cutting the wire and leaving it long.

meganwelker-sept8-43 4.  Place another cluster of pampas grass over the first piece, making sure there is no frame showing.  You don’t need to cut the wire; by keeping it attached to the paddle it will create a stronger and tighter hold.

5.  Continue this pattern until you work your way to the first piece.  You may need to adjust the pampas grass on the last cluster to hide any stems.  Cut the wire and secure to the back.

meganwelker-sept8-46 6.  Hang up on your door!

*Tip- to get your pampas grass to dry and not shed as much, spray it with hair spray*

Thanks Meagan for sharing all of your tricks!

We love these wreaths so much and how festive they are for Fall!

Stay tuned for more fun Fall ideas and activities we will be sharing from our list!



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By on September 22, 2016 in DIY, FALL, TO DO LIST