Going Crazy for Gingham this Summer

One of the biggest trends this Summer has been gingham.  I’ll admit, at first, I wasn’t that into it… Us Beijos girls consider ourselves a little more boho and the thought of gingham is somewhat preppy.  But, as the Summer has gone on it definitely grew on me!  

Gingham isn’t just for the country clubbers anymore.  No, no, no, it’s for all of the fashionistas and I had to jump on the bandwagon.  There are so many fun options out there to add it into your wardrobe.  Here are just a few that have made it into my closet.  I also added a few other pieces I am coveting at the bottom of the post!

Photos by Nea Nabayan

First up is the classic print with a twist on this fun dress by MLM label, and it’s now on sale!!  I love the feel of this dress, it’s flowy and fun!  Plus the off the shoulder adds a little sex appeal, and who doesn’t love that!  In all honesty, my husband isn’t a fan of this one.  But truly, what girl only dresses for her husband?!  Not me!  I dress for myself and my girls, because we are the ones who know what’s up!

My shoes and sunnies are by two local brands I love.  Beek makes the most comfortable sandals and SALT always has the coolest sunglasses.  I also shot these photos at one of my favorite local spots, Lido Marina Village.  How cute is this place?!

I also invested in this really cute Rebecca Minkoff top this Summer.  Literally every time I wear it I get complimented on it.  It’s flowy and fresh.  The color isn’t your typical gingham, which is refreshing to me.  I pair it a lot with white shorts or jeans, it’s just one of those no brainer tops that goes with anything.  Here I’m wearing my favorite Target sandals, Wyeth pink sunnies, James Michelle coin necklace and my Summer bag from a few years ago.

Just a couple cute gingham piece I fell in love with this Summer!  And here are more for you to shop below….  Happy Tuesday!




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By on August 15, 2017 in FASHION, STYLE


Visiting Tony’s Fruit Stand in Marysville, Ca.

When we moved to the Sacramento area, I started a list of places that I wanted to visit that would be exciting for the kids and even a couple of locations for just mom and dad. Sacramento is the farm to fork capital, and I’m sure you can imagine my list is hugely long by now. I’m a huge foodie, so this pretty much makes me a kid in a candy store. Farm-to-Fork isn’t a fad or a marketing slogan in the Sacramento region – it’s a lifestyle. This lifestyle is something that I have been doing for some time now, pretty much since I had my son, five years ago. In the Sacramento region, there is an abundance of farmers markets, farm to fork restaurants, fruit stands, local craft breweries, and of course wineries. Not to mention all the festivals that happen year round here. Pretty much heaven for me! 

Photos by Aria Photography

1st on my list was to take the kids to Tony’s Fruit Stand in Marysville, Ca. This produce stand is not your typical side of the road fruit stand. Tony’s Fruit Stand grows a wide variety of California peaches, pluots, persimmons, pomegranates, lemons, mandarins and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. Since 1993, Tony’s Fruit Stand has been a local landmark for the community and travelers alike. They offer the finest seasonal fruits, veggies, nuts, honey and much more.

Driving up to Tony’s, it is surrounded by beautiful peach orchards. With its, peach colored umbrellas, its modern vibe, and bounty of locally grown products, this gourmet fruit stand set itself high above their competitors. 

I had to restrain myself from getting everything there. The jams, honey, dried fruits, homemade pies, lemonade mixers, fresh eggs, the list just goes on. Once you buy your produce from a local stand like Tony’s, there is no going back to grocery store produce. 

We got a chance to go into their peach orchards and pick some of the peaches. Having a peach right off the tree doesn’t get any better. The true taste of summer! I can’t wait to head back in Fall to get my hands of more of their yummy produce. 

And, if you aren’t local to the Sacramento area, they offer some of their yummy products online! I highly recommend the honey! See it all here.

See it all here.

So come along on this adventure with me as I discover this yummy farm to fork region, I can now call home. Stay tuned on Friday as I used those delicious peaches for a mouth watering grilled peach salad. A perfect side kick for end of summer bbqs. 





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Beijos Best

Today marks the official last day of summer before the school year begins. It is crazy where all the time went. I swear it was just the last day of school, and summer was among us. But hey, summer you were good, and it’s time to go back to school, so mom can get some stuff done now. Ha! I don’t know about you, but my kids have an opinion about everything they wear. So when it came time to picking out back packs, they made sure they found just the right one. I mean, you gotta find the coolest backpack to make a statement on the playground on the 1st day of school, right? Rounding out my favorite back packs today! 

Starting off with the winners that my kids picked. I found the brand, State at Nordstrom, and although they are a bit pricey for kid backpacks, they are very durable and will last the whole school year. 

Perforated Hearts Kane Backpack



Greenpoint Kane Backpack


You can’t go wrong with Herschel Supply…

Heritage Backpack


‘Pop Quiz’ Backpack


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Back to School Lunches and Meal Planning with Pottery Barn Kids

When it comes to packing my son’s lunch for school I must admit, I have a hard time.  Maybe it’s because he’s so picky that I just want to make sure the actually eats something.  The boy probably only eats 4-5 things and it drives my husband and I crazy!  Or maybe, and this isn’t easy to admit, it’s out of convenience for me to make it easy.  But I rarely get creative or try new things.  Bad Mommy… I’m in a rut.  But that is about to change!!!  

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Andrea Howe of Howe We Live and discovered her Instagram feed full of tons of inspiration when packing your kid’s lunch.  Andrea is real about the struggles of having your kid’s eat healthy and I like that.  I know it’s not going to happen over night and I also know that I don’t want to be super rigid, everyone deserves a little treat here and there in my opinion!  Even the kiddos!  I mean life isn’t worth living without some ice cream every once and a while, right?!

With the guidance of Andrea and the help of Pottery Barn Kids I created a few easy and healthy lunch options!  I’m so excited to have Court start taking these to school.  He’ll be eating healthier and with more variety which is my main goal!  Keep scrolling to see these bad boys that I put together, hopefully they will inspire or help you!  Plus, Andrea answers a few key questions for us about meal planning and offers tons of great advice on how to make it easy!!

Photos by Alison Bernier

Tell us a little bit about you and your family…

I’m a mom of 3 1 girl and 2 boys ranging in age from 4-12, and a pet mom to 2 cats and a dog. My husband and I are both born and raised in Southern California, and we’ve been married for almost 19 years. I used to work in the fashion industry but now stay home with my kids while also working as an Executive Director at Beautycounter. We own our own IT business as well, so between being business owners and raising all these kids, we are quite busy. 

How did you start making these creative and healthy lunches for your kids? 

Both of my older 2 children are on the shy side, so buying lunches never appealed to them. Since I was going to have a long future of making lunches, I figured I may as well make them fun and healthy, but also simple. I purchased bento style lunch boxes for them and I was off! I found the different compartments inspired me to craft a lunch that would be enjoyable for them to eat while also being healthy and balanced.

What advice do you have for that mom in a rut with her child that won’t eat healthy or try new things, aka, me, haha… 

Stay calm but firm. Kids can be tough and stubborn, so it can feel so much easier to just give in. But I try to set a balance of respecting their wants by also doing my job as a parent and making sure they eat as healthy as possible. Often times this involves negotiations, like “You can have more of x but you have to finish y first” or can also mean your kids eat a lot of the same foods. That’s okay, as long as they’re eating somewhat balanced over the course of the day. I learned early on that the bigger deal I made of what my kids were or weren’t eating, the more stressful it became for everyone. So now, I make sure they understand how important it is to eat balanced and healthy (younger ones may not totally get it now but they will for sure understand as they get older), and always keep trying to get them to explore new foods.

I find it hard to get my child to try vegetables, how do you incorporate them in lunches? 

There aren’t a ton of fresh veggies my kids like, so they eat a lot of the same veggies over and over again, day after day, and that’s okay with me. For dinner we expand our options with other cooked veggies, but at lunch it’s usually a daily rotation of celery, carrots and sugar snap peas. I think we often compare our kids to others and feel like they all need to be eating and doing the same things. That creates too much stress for everyone, including you!

What are your favorite ways to add protein in the mix for lunch? 

Lunch meats of course are always a quick and easy way to make sure they get protein. I also love packing yogurt and they can make their own parfaits. Shredded, cheese and chicken along with tortillas allow them to make little tacos, a rice cake with some sort of nut butter with some chia seeds or hemp seeds sprinkled on top is also fun.

You told me that you always include a “special treat” in your lunches, tell us why you think that’s important…

Oh my kids love their special little treat each day and always have input on what I’ll put in there for the day. They look forward to it and it’s just an added little bonus for them in the middle of a long day. I do a small amount of jelly beans (I love the dye free ones from Trader Joe’s), a Justin’s mini peanut butter cup (if the school is not nut free), or even just a simple piece of dark chocolate or a single cookie. It’s definitely not necessary for nutrition’s sake, it’s more for their own mental health haha! We know how nice it is to enjoy a piece of chocolate in the middle of or at the end of a long day; well kids do too!

You have kids ranging in age from Elementary school to Middle school, do you have to vary what you put in their lunches?  Do they evolve or grow out of things?  How do you accommodate all three taste buds? 

They all get the same basics; protein, a crunchy carb snack of some sort (crackers or a few chips), a fruit and a veggie. The most I’ll usually do for my own sanity is adjust the protein. For instance my middle son doesn’t like sliced turkey sandwich meat, but the other 2 do. So I’ll give him roast beef or salami, and the other 2 turkey, but they all get the same of everything else. Quantities adjust somewhat as well; my youngest has a smaller style bento box than my older 2, but overall they get very similar lunches. It makes everyone’s life a lot easier. 

One other thing I’ll add is that continually teaching them how to feed themselves healthy is so important. Talk to them on a regular basis about why they need to eat balanced, and of course how. This will empower them and eventually, as my older kids do now, they’ll be able to pack their own lunch for themselves and do just a good as job as I do!

Thank you so much Andrea!!!  Such great info!

Now I took on the challenge of creating some lunches of my own… I was pretty proud of myself because this is not my forte… I did all of my grocery shopping at Sprouts, I love their healthy options that don’t break the bank!



Here are some of the lunches I put together! 

First I did these banana wraps with a whole wheat tortilla and peanut butter.  You could use almond butter, sunflower butter whatever your little heart desires.  I threw in an organic yogurt, some cherry tomatoes and a yummy coconut oil popcorn.

Going a little Mediterranean on this one… I did some salami, cheese and pita bread here with some grapes and raspberries on the side.  I love how Andrea encourages us to have treats for the kids, so I added these Simple Mills Double Chocolate Cookies.  

So… Remember how I said Court eats 4-5 things?  Well Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are one of them!  Realistically for me, they will be in his lunch.  To compliment his favorite sandwich I added persian cucumber and apples slices.  For his treat, chocolate covered sunflower seeds!  Which he liked… So let’s up that list to 5-6 things :)

Turkey rolls are a great way to add protein to your kid’s lunch.  I have put them in Court’s lunch and his teacher tells me he actually eats them when I do, who knew?!  My friend Melody from Life on Loma got me into the Simple Mills Cheese Crackers, which are all natural.  They are a great option instead of the over processed stuff.  Then some carrots and berries complete this nutritious lunch!

Last up I did a little rice bowl!  This one was the easiest, because I used leftovers!  We had chicken and rice the night before so I mixed that with some black beans and avocado for a yummy main dish.  Added some orange slices, pita chips and for that special treat?! Sprout’s version of M&M’s, because YOLO!

How cute are these two with their new lunch boxes?!  So ready for the big school year!!  The lovely Olivia had a great review for her new rainbow lunch box… “This is the best lunch box ever. It even has a zipper pocket for my fork and my napkin. Penny (her little sister) can have my old unicorn one now. ”  Spoken like a true big sister!!

You can shop all of my Pottery Barn Kid’s lunch essentials below!

Good luck to all the littles going back to school!  I hope everyone has the best year yet!



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By on August 11, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, FOOD, KIDS


Essential Oil Giveaway!

Calling all essential oil lovers! It’s an essential oil giveaway! Yesterday, I got you all prepared for back to school with my favorite blends for the kiddos and of course, you! Today, I’m gushing about my favorite essential oil products, and because I’m obsessed with all of these, I have teamed up with my favorite vendors to help step up your essential oil game.

Here’s is the loot! 

First up, is the Via Allure Water Bottle by Vitajuwel. This is one of my favorites! Gemstones are being added to water bottles, pitchers, and dispensers to instill good vibes, wellness, and self-love. Vitajuwel makes it easy and pretty for you to enjoy clean gem water in a matter of minutes. Allure is a scarlet red garnet gem collection and is described as a symbol of sensuality and passion. Oh, la la!  This powerful, energizing stone is perfect for lovers! 

Next up, is that pretty crescent bone and lava necklace from Eclectic Rock you see on me! Did you know that you can put essential oil on your jewelry?!? Oh yeah! Lava is a stone of protection, strength, and courage. It is grounding, yet helps you go with the flow of life!! I need a whole lot of lava stone in my life! Lava is also porous and will absorb Essential Oils- Perfect for diffusing your favorite Essential Oils on the go!!

There is also kid jewelry too! The Curated Carrot makes the cutest tassel necklaces for kids to wear. My daughter loves to wear these accessories, not only are they cute but it gives her a little essential oil boost during the day. Plus, how cute is that tiny little owl!! She also makes ones for mamas, you and your little can match!

Our pal Melody from Obsessed with Essentials, is helping you start your essential oil game with travel gold diffuser. I love to use this one in the car or whenever I travel. You can plug into your car, computer, or outlet. Wherever you go, this pretty gold diffuser is right there with you. And yes, diffusing in the car is the best thing ever! Perfect for those hectic morning drop offs, sitting in traffic, or just wanting your car to smell good! 

And, my girl over at Whimsy and Wellness is stocking you up on the mom rollers that we gushed about yesterday. Plus, I like you, and I will be filling them up with the blends :) You will be one happy mama after you get your hands on those! Also, a clean casa bottle for you to fill with your favorite essential oil cleaner. 

Now, how are you going to carry all your oils with you while you are on the go? Well, good thing Baggage and Co. makes cute essential oil carry bags! I love these bags cause inside are little dividers that keep your essential oils separate and not stacked up on each other. No one likes a broken or leaking bottle of oil!  You will be getting one for you to put in your purse, and one for your little one to put in his/her backpack in case she needs some at school! Oh yeah!

Lastly, one of my favorite brands is Lava Essentials. They make all kinds of lava stone jewelry that you will love. My favorite piece from them is the lava stone keychain. I have this on my keys and use it all the time. Every morning before I step out for the day, I put a calming blend on my lava stone keychain. It’s with me all day and makes my car smell so good, and most of all — calming! Which we all need a little in our lives.

So, there you have it! All my favorite essential oil goodies in one fun giveaway! 

To enter, you will need to head over to our Instagram and follow all brands tagged and enter your email below. 

Essential Oil Giveaway

The winner will be announced 8.24!







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By on August 10, 2017 in GIVEAWAY