Eats- Lemon Blueberry Thyme Granita

With summer coming to an end, we are holding onto those warm days and nights. The weather is still letting us enjoy those warm nights, and to cool you down I love serving granitas. It is a great dessert or even snack for the whole family. I have been making this for years, and my favorite variation is the lemon blueberry thyme. Even the kids love it!

Grab your fork, and get your granita on!

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Photos by our gal Yasmin Sarai

Ingredients:
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
5-6 springs fresh thyme
3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries + raspberries
1 cup fresh lemon juice

Juice lemons – you will need about 4-5 large lemons to make 1 cup of fresh juice.

 Add water and sugar to a medium sauce pan and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and thyme.  Let steep until all the goodness has cooled.

 Puree blueberries in a blender.

Once cooled, pour the lemon-thyme syrup into the blender with the pureed blueberries. Blend until combined.

Pour mixture in a square, shallow baking pan and place in the freezer.

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After about 45-60 min, use a fork to scrape the frozen bits into the center of the pan to combine.

Return to the freezer for about 2-3 additional hours, scraping and mixing about every 45 minutes. After the mixture has set, serve or keep overnight in the freezer. If serving the following day, scrape until you produce yummy flakes, and then serve!

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I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

xo

Abby

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By on August 27, 2015 in FOOD

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Makeup Bag Essentials

We’ve teamed up with our go to hair and makeup gal Erica from 1011 Hair and Makeup to let us inside her daily carry all makeup bag.  What can’t she live without?  We are always looking for the next big thing or the old tried and true favorite that can make our makeup lives quicker and easier in our fast paced lives!

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First of all, how cute is her make up bag??

Here’s what she has to say:

“I like to keep it really simple, and natural makeup is my most fave…On a day to day basis I typically use foundation and cream blush applied with my beauty blender and mascara.  I always set with a rose water spray and a good old fashioned chapstick.

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She contiues with:

I love Lorac because it has SPF, I love Cover Girl Lashlast because it’s a good ol’ faithful and They’re Real if I’m feeling fancy.  And always a beauty blender…Always!

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By on August 26, 2015 in BEAUTY, MAKEUP, SKINCARE

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Wedding Hair & Makeup Ideas with 1011 Makeup

When planning a wedding one of the very first things a bride thinks about is her entire look…   From the dress, to the hair, to the makeup.  Sometimes she has had the vision of herself that day for as long as she can remember, sometimes she is surprised by the direction she goes.  No matter what, if you ask us, a bride always looks gorgeous because she radiates so much happiness on that special day.

Your hair and makeup are a huge part of your wedding, not only do they make you look great, but they also make you feel great!  It’s your day to shine and having that extra help from a professional can make all the difference.  But how do you decide which route to go?!  Hair up?  Hair down?  Bold Lip? Sultry Eye? Au Natural??  So many tough decisions that sometimes you can wonder after your big day… What if?

What if I would have gone a different route??

One of our favorite hair and makeup gurus in the business is Erica of 1011 Makeup, not only is she unbelievably talented but she is also fun, witty and as sweet as can be.  We are lucky enough to call her a friend.

We recently teamed up with her and a few of our wedding industry friends to ask that question… What if you could get married all over again, what would you do?  The results are gorgeous and the comparisons are really fun, and in some cases funny, haha!

Erica told each of us while doing our makeup and hair, it’s your day!!  Haha, it was fun to relive the “bridal treatment”… Take a look at what she created!!

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Our own Leah Carriger looked like a classic beauty on her wedding day in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. She will be celebrating 5 years with her hubby Damon this October.  She had her up and beachy and beautiful makeup.  For an updated look she did a boho braid to go with her bob and a sultry eye with a light lip for her makeup.  Totally different looks, and either way she looks gorgeous if you ask us!!

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leah-meganwelker-10.11-4 Image-1 Melody of Sweet & Saucy Shop, just the best and most beautiful darn desserts you will EVER find, also came and played dress up with us!!  She is married with two seriously cute kiddos and went a little funkier this time around!  After having her hair down on her wedding day she tried a gorgeous updo and kept the makeup simple and light… The outcome is seriously stunning and we love that she stepped a bit outside her comfort zone for it!

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melody-meganwelker-10.11-93 Image-2  Photographer Ashley Keleman recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary to her husband so this was especially fun for her!!  She had to dig up these photos to send to us :)  For her updated look she went with a fun braided up do which looks amazing on her gorgeous red hair and a smokey eye and sexy lip… So different from her first look, both equally beautiful!

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ashley-meganwelker-10.11-22 IMG_3736 Our newest bride is our bestie Megan Welker!!  She got married to her love Adam just 3 months ago, they just got back from their Cabo honeymoon yesterday!!  She was a knock out on her wedding day with long flowing hair and natural makeup… She went with a similar look for makeup, I mean, why change a good thing?  But a low chignon for her hair.  This girl can’t take a bad photo, so we don’t know what to say!!  Stay tuned for a look at her wedding next week…

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carissa-meganwelker-10.11-67 Image-4 For our own Jacquelyn Kazas who will be married for 3 years this September, she wanted to try something completely different for her hair… She went with a half up, somewhat retro look on her wedding day with fairly natural makeup.  On her wedding day she kept going back and forth with her hair up or down… It was a tough decision!  This was her perfect opportunity to try that updo and needless to say Erica got it right!!  She also went with a more dewy makeup look, which is usually a no-no when it comes to photos but it turned out quite stunning…

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jacquelyn-meganwelker-10.11-43 Image-5 Our last and favorite transformation comes from our girl Jesi Haack of Jesi Haack Design… She is the most creative of them all so of course she would have the BEST wedding look… We love how adventurous she is!!!  We almost didn’t recognize her when she sent us her wedding photos, dark hair and all… This time she had Erica make her hair big and do a really amazing berry lip.  We are seriously obsessed with how it turned out, very Roxie Hart a la Chicago, don’t you think?  Love her hair so much and love how Erica made her blue eyes shine!

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jesi-meganwelker-10.11-77 Image-6 Thank you so much Erica for creating these amazing looks!!!

We hope we inspired you with some fun hair and makeup options for your big day, maybe even got you to step outside your box, and maybe even got you to laugh at a few of these photos :)

Happy Weekend!!!

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By on August 21, 2015 in BEAUTY, BRAID, BRIDAL, HAIR, MAKEUP, VENDORS WE LOVE

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Wedding – Helpful Tips From Photographers

We think it’s pretty fun to plan a wedding, but we also know how over whelming it could be.  We also belive that photography is one of the most important vendors you’ll hire to document this uber special day you will remember for the rest of your life!  To help us all out we contacted some of our favorite gals out there in the photography biz to give us some tips to help smooth over the process of your wedding day, so listen up, what they have to say is pretty good!

First we are hearing from Megan Welker…

#1. DO have an engagement session, even if you feel like you don’t need one. I love to do them for my couples because I feel like it gives us all a chance to get to know each other better. It’s a great opportunity for them to see how I shoot and the poses I use and it’s great for me to see how they interact together, which makes us all so much more comfortable together when the wedding day rolls around. And who doesn’t love extra photos during such a fun and exciting time? meganwelker-engagement-270 meganwelker-engagement-330

#2. DO get ready in a well lit (and tidy!!) room. Getting your dress on in a room with a lot of natural light makes for great photos. If a room is dark (like, cave dark) I usually try to open doors, windows, anything I can. If that isn’t an option I will ask my brides come outside instead. It’s worth it ladies!

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#3. DO a first look! I never, ever pressure my couples into doing a first look but I do like to give them all of the pro’s to doing one. First of all, you get to spend more time with your guests instead of taking photos during cocktail hour (and who doesn’t want to drink more with all of the people you love?). You get to spend time together, just the two of you, you will have time to do all photos with your bridal party and family. And best of all, it’s NOT rushed at all because we’ve scheduled the right amount of time for it all and not rushing to get back for your grand entrance. Best of all, you both still get that fuzzy feeling and cry happy tears when you see each other down the aisle.

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#4. DO an unplugged ceremony. An unplugged ceremony means your guests are not to use their cameras, phones, iPads (dear God, no iPads please) during your ceremony. It takes their focus away from “getting the shot”…for Facebook? and instead being present during your vows. No one wants to look out at their guests and see devices. It’s hard as the photographer to get a nice, clean shot of the bride coming down the aisle when others are blocking the view…

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#4. Talk to your photographer about lighting at your venue and what time is best for your ceremony to take place. Typically, two hours (or less) before the sunset is prime. It makes a HUGE difference.

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If you must have your ceremony at a certain time and the light is less than ideal, think about getting married until a canopy for better (diffused) light. It’s so much better than the sun in your face because, you know, squinty eyes and all.

Here’s what Meg Perotti had to say…

Tip 1 : Do an engagement session or at the very least, grab  drink/dinner with your photographer before your wedding day. A photographer is with you all day- with a camera a few feet from your face- you’ll want to feel comfortable with each other and get a sense of their work style ahead of time so you can set your insecurities aside and feel 100% at ease with your photographers ability to document your big day.
Tip 2 : Get a pretty hanger for your dress. A $4,000 gown hanging on a plastic hanger is criminal.
Tip 3 : This one isn’t always totally feasible but if possible, get ready in a location that is bright and airy! – and have your bridesmaids keep their belongings all tucked away in a closet or in an adjoining room .. nothing looks worse than a bride in a gorgeous gown surrounded by yesterdays lunch leftovers and dirty socks.

Tip 4 : After you’ve decided to trust the photographer of your dreams? Trust the rest of your team. No one photographs better than a relaxed bride- and no bride is more relaxed than a bride with a killer vendor team. Surround yourself with people you know will pull through to execute all of your wildest dreams and then do your absolute best to forget about all of those wildest dreams when your wedding date arrives. Your photographer will capture you best when you’re at ease and are enjoying yourself fully.

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Tip 5 : Make plenty of time for getting ready photos. Some of the best shots during the day are caught during those moments of anticipation. Front load your coverage …. dancing photos are fun but can be adequately covered in one dance set.. most of the guests who are going to dance, will dance right away and in my opinion, the sweatier people get the worse they photograph. :)
Here’s what Yasmin Sarai had to say…
Say yes to the dress! My biggest tip to brides is this: Don’t be afraid to choose a dress that suits your personal style. It’s sometimes easy to go with the dress that everyone else loves but don’t be afraid to choose something different! The photos that stand out to me most are often ones where a bride has chosen a dress that is a super classy, timeless look or one that oozes personal style. So often it can feel like I’m seeing the same dress wedding after wedding. Strapless dresses aren’t for everyone so my advice is don’t shy away from something with sleeves or a higher neckline. When a bride feels beautiful, comfortable, and confident, it really shows in the images!
Give yourself enough time! Delays usually happen at the beginning of the day, when the bride is getting ready. This can create issues with the timeline for possibly the rest of the day. Communicate with your vendors, especially the photographer, about how much time they recommend. Be realistic and take travel time, traffic delays, hair and makeup adjustments, and so on into consideration. If the timeline is delayed earlier in the day it may lead to less time for photos, unhappy waiting guests, and unneeded stress for the bride and groom, so it’s safest to give yourself lots of buffer time!
Tell the officiant to move it! One of the biggest pet peeves of photographers (other than the guest with the iPad standing in the middle of the aisle trying to take their own artistic photos), is when the officiant stands in the center of the couple just as they’re about the share their first kiss. Give your officiant the heads up and ask them to step aside as they make the pronouncement of “You may now kiss the bride!” so you can get an amazing photo of your smooch without the officiant grinning widely in between the two of you. It’s a small thing that can make a huge difference!

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 And last but definielty not least….We have some tips from Carlie Statsky
1. Schedule a 1-2 hour engagement session with your wedding photographer
Absolutely everyone feels awkward when they first have the dark barrel of a camera lens pointed at their face, so engagement sessions are a really great opportunity to get comfortable with your photographer and that camera lens. I love to use each engagement session as a time to learn a little more about each couple, like how they met, what their style is, if they have any insecurities that we should know about when photographing them, (like if they dislike their profile, or big smiley expressions etc) and if they have any specific image requests, so be open to sharing that kind of information with your photographer. I also use that time together to show my couples how to pose in a way that looks natural, so that they can more easily fall into various poses on their wedding day when there’s much less time to explain and show things. By the end of your engagement session your photographer will feel less like a stranger and more like an old friend, which will only help you feel more relaxed and look more photogenic and in love in all of your wedding photos!
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2. Create a pinterest board with inspiration images to share with your photographer, but give your photographer the creative freedom to create something unique for you
I find pinterest a really helpful tool for getting an idea of the look and feel that a couple are hoping to create for their wedding, so I always ask to see a couple’s wedding-related boards, and I’m always inspired by what I see there. I think it’s equally important to avoid asking a photographer to copy a certain image for you, since each artist needs the freedom and creative control to be able to do their best work in any given environment. When you trust your photographer and follow their lead towards good light and great locations, (even if that means getting your dress or shoes a little dirty) your photos will always turn out better!
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3. Work with your photographer on the timeline and be sure to include some time for sunset photos
I always like to look over the wedding timeline before it’s set in stone to make sure that there’s enough time for photos of everything, with nice little time buffers so that no one gets stressed even if things runs a little late, (which they often do.) I also recommend trying to do as many of the bridal party pictures and family portraits before the ceremony as possible, and to keep the post-ceremony group photos to a minimum so that my couples can go and enjoy some of their cocktail hour instead of spending it all posing for formal photos. I also try to schedule in time to capture important ceremony and reception details before guest are invited into those spaces too, since there’s nothing worse than jackets on chairs and bags on tables in the photos. I also really encourage my couples to take about 20 minutes away from the reception to enjoy a few quiet moments together to get some beautiful shots just before sunset when the light its at its best. Those golden hour photos are the ones that couples usually end up loving the most and are the ones that get blown up and framed on the walls of their home because they remind them of how magical that day felt, so don’t miss out on that little sunset session with your photographer!
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Hope this was helpful to all the future brides out there planning their weddings… there were a couple eye openers for us as well.
Xx Beijos gals

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By on August 20, 2015 in BEIJOS BRIDE, BRIDAL, PHOTOGRAPHY, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Beijos Interior – Nursery For Miss Isla Jean

The fun little nursery for my new babe Isla Jean is complete and beautiful.  I couldn’t be happier walking into the space everyday, playing with her on the floor and rocking her to sleep.  Here is a peek into the space we love so much,  photos by my gal Megan Welker. Also featured on Glitter Guide today!

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One of the first pieces I picked out was this mobile from Dot & Bo, I love it!!

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This cute little mix in her crib is my favorite.  Stuffed Cats from Sweet Threads, Pillows from Urban Outfitters, West Elm and Etsy.

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This rug is what I was inspired with first from West elm

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In Love with this light box, another must have for her room.

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My husband build these honeycomb shelves. He loved building something special for her room.  Find them on Etsy here.

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Special little pieces hanging from these Land of Nod Elephant hooks

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Gotta have Freshly Picked moccs for my little lady too!

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Flamingo print from The Animal Print Shop

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My vintage dresser my parents kept all these years.  It was mine when I was young.  So special to have it in Isla’s room.

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Bedding and Wallpaper by Serena & Lily, blanket from Land of Nod. Also the amazing name printed wood piece by Twinkle & Toast

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Rocking chair from Land of Nod, Pillow from Urban Outfitters, Moroccan Pouf from Amazon

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Find the deer clock here and print here

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Ikea diaper cart for nursery essentials

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Now onto the sweet photos of my girls…

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Introducing Isla Jean…

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My husbands grandma made these little shoes for his sister over 40 years ago.  They’ve been passed down to every little girl in the Carriger Family ever since.

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This picture is my fave of them

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I think I have the balance of having two down for now.  It takes twice as long to do anything but so worth the joy they bring me everyday!!

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My Edie loves her new baby sister

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Hope you enjoy the space as much as I do.  Stay tuned for more Carriger family photos.

Xx Leah

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By on August 19, 2015 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, FAMILY, HOME, INTERIOR, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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