Summer Bucket List

Excited for Summer?  You’re not alone!  Here’s a little inspiration for your Summer fun.  What do you have planned this summer?  Any vacations, or adventures?

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Summer Bucket List @howsweetlifeis

I have really missed keeping up with my personal blog and am hoping to revive it this Summer.  Lately, I’ve been caught up in the hustle and bustle of trying to ‘do it all’ and ‘have it all’ and it hasn’t been effective, to be honest with you.  I often find myself juggling too many things at the same time and so much multi-tasking has taken a toll on me.  It’s so hard sometimes to find time to squeeze everything in.  Being an awesome mommy, loving wife, and ultimate boss lady while also finding time to take care of myself has been near impossible, most days.

If you know me, you already know I’m your classic Type A personality.  I like order, planning, and being in control.  I’m rarely spontaneous and don’t like to make decisions ‘on the fly’.  This usually results in days that are fully planned with little (or no) downtime, and I’m left feeling stretched thin and also not productive.

I’ve forgotten how to relax and enjoy the art of ‘doing nothing’.  I’ve been too busy doing things to truly enjoy living life, and I really want to commit to changing this.  I need to stop and smell the roses along the way, instead of simply grabbing them and placing them in a vase because they ‘look pretty’, and not take the time to enjoy the moment.

This Summer, I want to slow down and purposefully make time for what matters in my life – friends, family, and renewing my body and soul.  We only live this life once, and if we don’t slow down to enjoy it, what good is it all?

Join me this Summer as I cross things off my Summer Bucket List and slowly make the move to being less busy and enjoying life more.  No, I will not give up my to-do lists or stop planning my days, but I will intentionally leave more blank space in my planner to sit back and enjoy all the good Summer has to offer.

Hoping you stick around for more updates, and invite you to follow my sweet blog and share your comments.

xo

 

 

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Free Printable – Motivational Quote!

Hustle Until You No Longer Have to Introduce Yourself

Hustle Until You No Longer Have to Introduce Yourself (c) Art Print by Sweetest Celebrations

There are times when you have to give it your all to make your dreams come true.  These times are tough, but the reward is worth it.  I’ve been working on my business for a few years now, and it’s finally starting to shape into what I always dreamt of.  This hasn’t been easy, though, and I keep many motivational quotes at hand to keep me going.  When I found this one, it was perfect, since in my industry, I go to many events and work with many talented people I admire greatly, and in the beginning it was really hard being the ‘newbie’.  I’m glad I stayed true to my vision though and took the time to connect with others on a one to one basis, in person and virtually.  This was hard, but so worth it.  Now when I am at an event, it’s so nice to be welcome by people who have actually become good friends of mine, and people I don’t know actually approach me knowing who I am before I introduce myself.

Whatever you do, do it with purpose, and even though it may take time to reach your goals, stay focused and the reward will be great.  I hope this quote motivates you too, and that you find a home for it so you can see it often and stay on track.

xoxo

Chic Master Bedroom Inspiration {pink ivory and gold}

Chic Master Bedroom Inspiration

Chic Master Bedroom Inspiration

Summer breeze, cool and calm…perfect time for a sweetest bedroom makeover!

This inspiration board features blush, ivory and gold, for just the right touch of feminine but also a hint of the modern.

Contact me today for your personalized inspiration board!

xoxo

Miami Beach Bachelor Pad – Inspiration Boards

I’ve been working on a fun design for a bachelor who just moved to Miami from the lovely land of Mexico.  He has a bit of a rock and roll edge to him, so I wanted to come up with a look that is sleek and modern with a bit of an edge.

Here are my inspiration boards.  He loved all these ideas, especially the skull and spotlight lamp!  We have bought much of the furniture already and are still in the process of completing some other purchases; stay tuned for more updates of the finished space!

Miami Beach Bachelor Pad – Dining and Bar Area Design by Haydee Duarte                               (c) how sweet life is

Miami Beach Bachelor Pad – Living Room Design by Haydee Duarte                                               (c) how sweet life is

Miami Beach Bachelor Pad – Bedroom Design by Haydee Duarte                                                       (c) how sweet life is

Most items are from Ikea, with most others from CB2 and West Elm.  Product information and prices are listed on the inspiration board when you enlarge it.

I hope these inspire you to glam up your own spaces in the new year!

xo

~the sweetest mami~

i’m dreaming of a {white kitchen}…

{via House of Turquoise}

Lately, I’ve fallen in love with white kitchens.  I love their clean lines, modern and classic look, and the open and airy feeling they evoke.  I’ve been looking through tons of photos of kitchens I love, and I see a common theme evolving.

Here is my wish list for our new kitchen, which we hope to have soon:

  1. White cabinets – up to the ceiling, for more storage
  2. Deep drawers for pots, pans and lids
  3. Pull-out function for corner cabinets
  4. Glass tiles in white or clear glass
  5. Glass cabinets and/or open shelves
  6. White counter tops with minimal shading
  7. Apron sink, with chrome faucet
  8. Clean hardware — stainless, chrome, or crystal
  9. Hidden storage for trash and recycling
  10. Dark wood floors, balanced with an area rug
  11. Baking station – all baking items and display of cupcake stands and dessert plates

Here are some more photos of white kitchens that are inspiring my design of our new kitchen…

{via House of Turquoise}

{via decorpad}

{via design indoor}

 

Visit my ‘Kitchen Remodel’ inspiration board on pinterest, for more kitchen ideas that I’m loving these days!

{happy decorating!}

xo

~the sweetest mami~

{be inspired} the power of inspiration boards

inspiration board for {how sweet life is}

Do you like this?  Great! I’m currently taking a Blog Design Workshop, and this is the inspiration board for my blog.  I only started this week, and already I’ve learned so much.   I’m so excited to update my blog, so that it reflects more of my personality and style.

If you like this board, visit the full version on pinterest, and while you’re there why don’t you create your own inspiration board for something you love?  Are you thinking of updating your home?  Are you looking for new meal ideas?  Need some ideas for family photos?  I have many boards you can browse through, that can inspire you too.  Follow me on pinterest here.

{happy pinning!}

xo

~the sweetest mami~

ps.  The Blog Design Worskhop I’m taking is hosted by Jo Klima, a talented graphics designer who blogs at August Empress and designs websites at The Darling Tree.  Registration for this workshop is closed, but you can  visit Your Darling Blog Design Workshop pinand join the mailing list to be notified when registration for the next workshop opens.