my sweet family

Happy New Year!

Photography by Alison Frank Photography

As I slowly settle into 2013, I take a moment to reflect on all the good that 2012 brought our little family, the most important one being the birth of our son.  Lucas turned nine months old yesterday, and it feels like he has always been with us.  It has been challenging finding balance in a household of five, and it has not always been easy, but our hearts are full of love and LOVE CONQUERS ALL.

In this new year, I have much I want to accomplish, but I don’t want to make a laundry list of items and call it a new year’s resolution.  No, not this year.  This year is all about perspective.  My perspective on life, and what the future holds for our little family.

Instead, I have come up with a few core principles I want to live each day.  Here is my list of three for 2013:

  1. Laugh More
  2. Worry Less
  3. Be Present

And with that, comes the realization that I can no longer strive for complete perfection in all I do.  I have come to learn that perfection is the enemy of productivity.  In waiting for the perfect moment, an opportunity may be lost.  In not having the perfect materials for a project, the project may never be completed.  This will be a hard one for me, as all who are close to me know me too well.  This is the year of “just do it” because waiting around just won’t cut it anymore.

I have baby books to fill with sweet memories that are passing us by, photos to frame for all who enter our home to enjoy, and recipes to try with my girls while they are still young.  This morning, I spent some time creating vision boards to keep in our bedroom, with the hopes that having a place to save clippings of inspiring photos will be a constant reminder of what can be in the future, and of what is in the present.

May you all have a blessed and prosperous 2013, and may it be filled with sweet moments that bring you love, peace, happiness, and health.

{Happy New Year}


~the sweetest mami~

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{last minute gift guide} for the gal in your life…

gift guide

I admit, this is more of a personal wish list, but thought it could be of use to any of you still shopping around.

With only seven days until Christmas, you may still be able to get your hands on many of these items, either online or in stores.  I like the idea of giving {and receiving} gifts that are personal and also seen as little luxuries that can brighten any day.

Here are the details:

Clinique lip gloss ‘Air Kiss’ $15 at Sephora; Bare Minerals Makeup Palette with Gold Clutch $30 at Sephora;  Personalized Stationery $15 at Shutterfly; Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch $295; Personalized iPhone Case $39 at Shutterfly; Mini Measuring Tapes $10 at Kate’s Paperie; Vintage Cakes book $15 and Decorate Workshop book $18 via Amazon Personalized Acrylic Tray $55 via Mark and Graham; Gemstone Ring $39 at Banana Republic; Olene Fragrance by Diptyque Paris $88; Amazing Grace Gift Set by Philosophy $39.50 at Sephora; Pink Pocket Planner $15 via Amazon; Gold Bow Double-Belt $28 at Banana Republic; Beaded Geometric Belt $55 at Calypso St Barth; Swarovski Vintage Rose Pen $34.

{Happy Shopping!}


~the sweetest mami~

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{last minute gift guide} for the little ones in your life…


Only twelve days left until Christmas eve.  I am finally done with all my shopping, and am ready to start wrapping gifts.  Now that I’m done with my list, I wanted to share a few gift guides with you to help you finish your shopping too.  Here’s a short list of items you may want to buy for the little ones in your life who bring you so much joy.

Many of these items were hand-picked (i.e. pointed out and/or admired) by my own sweet peas during one or more of our [all too frequent] trips to Target.  I think it’s adorable that whenever my girls spot Hello Kitty [or ‘Kitty Kat’ as they call her] or something sparkly, it always catches their attention!

You can find all of these items at Target and/or Amazon, as noted below:

V-Tech Kiss & Care Cows $10; Mr and Mrs Potato Head $14; Fisher Price Camera $32; Baby Thumper $10; Corduroy Toms Shoes for Boys $34; Hello Kitty Paint with Water $6; Cherokee Sequined Skirt (Target) $15; Pink Hello Kitty Mary Janes (Target) $20; Pink Radio Flyer $60; Hello Kitty Karaoke CD Player $39 (Target)

{Happy Shopping!}


~the sweetest mami~

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{countdown to christmas} make your own advent calendar


Our First DIY Advent Calendar

I was so inspired by beautiful holiday ideas I’ve been collecting on my Pinterest Holiday Board that I decided to create our own Advent Calendar.  I figured using small boxes for each day would be the easiest idea, and I could always reuse the boxes if I wasn’t happy with it.  I ordered small favor boxes from Paper Source and had enough ribbon lying around my craft area to use to tie numbered tages onto each one.  I coordinated the ribbons and boxes, and designed my own tags to use to match the same color theme.

All in all, it was a great idea, but one that took way to long to execute.  Here’s the rundown, for those of you interested in making one of your own:

Supplies needed:

  • Twenty-five boxes
  • Number gift tags 1 – 25
  • Hole puncher
  • Lots of ribbon
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Candy and goodies to fill boxes with

The whole project took about four hours, among three of us!  {Thanks Mom and Vic!}  We had to build the boxes, fill the boxes, cut out the number tags, measure and cut ribbon, and then figure out which tag and ribbon went on each box before filling them, so that the finished design would have enough variety. IMG_3535[1] Putting the boxes up on the wall was a challenge in itself, and the only thing we could think of was to use tape to reinforce it.  We all knew it wouldn’t stay up for long, but our options were limited since we have three little ones running around all day.  I rushed to photograph it all before it collapsed, and while we were in bed for the night, I heard random boxes falling onto the sideboard. Well, even though it fell apart, the girls LOVED the concept!  We had them open two boxes in the morning and they were super excited to get presents and find chocolate in their boxes.  We need to find another way to store the boxes now, but it’s nice to know that in the end it is all worth it.  We’re going to try stringing them on our tree as ornaments next.  Wish me luck! {happy holidays} xo ~the sweetest mami~ ps Get your free printable number tags here: Numbered Tags for Advent

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{celebrity look-alike}

Has anyone ever told you that you look like a celebrity?  Well, I get that a lot, but what’s funny is the variation in the celebrity they see in me.  If you ask me, I don’t resemble any of the celebrities people associate with me, but there must be a hint of truth in it, because the same names keep coming up every time I hear this.

Here are a few photos of my celebrity twins and me, for you to see for yourself…

This is me:


Twin #1 – Michelle Rodriguez

{of Fast and Furious Fame}

Well, I’ll give people one thing — we are both Puerto Rican and Dominican.

Perhaps we share similar features that are common among our people??


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Twin #2 – America Ferrera

{aka Ugly Betty}

Okay, we are both Latinas too, but she is of Honduran descent (who takes on many roles as a Mexican)…both origins so far from my own heritage.

Maybe just the hair?  Mine on a good day, though..

2010 NYILFF Premiere Of

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Twin #3 – Khloe Kardashian

{famous just for being a Kardashian!}

This one is interesting, since she is not even Latina.

Again, maybe the only thing I could see is our hair is both dark, long and wavy…

THE X FACTOR: Khloé Kardashian Odom. CR: Kwaku Alston / FOX.

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Okay, here I am again.  Do you think I resemble any of my celebrity twins?


Some might be flattered by the many references, but I just find it amusing.

Maybe I’d be more excited if people said I reminded them of the Latina beauties I admire so much for their beautiful style and grace at all times…


Jennifer Lopez

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Eva Mendes

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Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?

{have a sweet day}


~the sweetest mami~