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.




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.


{Summer Brights} Fun ideas to brighten up your home.

Classic Dominican Creamsicle – “Morir Sonando”
Courtesy of ‘Dominican Cooking’

I’m on a decorating high from all the little changes I’ve slowly made in my home, and all those that are yet to come.  Here are a few quick tips I hope you can use to liven up your home during these summer months.  It’s amazing how far your dollar can go, when you make a conscious effort.

  • Bring fresh flowers into your space.  For less than $10, there are many single-bloom bouquets you can buy at your local grocery store.  My favorites are sunflowers and pink roses, depending on the mood I’m in.  If you want to make an impact with a small amount of flowers, simply place individual blooms into small bud vases (or wine bottles, even) and display them grouped together or spaced out evenly on a larger surface such as your dining room table or a shelf.
  • Frame a few of your favorite photos and make a statement.  I’ll bet there are plenty of great memories you’ve got stashed away waiting to be displayed.  Select a few of your most fun and colorful shots, and group them together in simple white frames to bring some joy into your world.  If you have spare frames lying around, but are different colors, just spray paint them all in white for a more uniform look.
  • Make your own art.  Go ahead, embrace the artist in you.  Buy a canvas board and scribble a quote that is meaningful to you.  If you dare, do it in your own hand writing.  If you want it to be picture perfect, buy a stencil and fill it in with paint once done.  I have so many ideas for boards I want to create, I almost don’t know where to start.  Here are some I am considering for somewhat of a ‘family wall’ I am going to create near our entry:  “Home is where the heart is”; “Love lives here”; “Duarte Family, established 2008”; “LOVE” in block letters, much like the famous sculpture.  In our kitchen, I am going to make our own “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” sign(s).  The possibilities are endless.  Start off by painting the background, then adding your own lettering in a complementary color for a nice pop.

Here are a few images I hope will inspire you.

Courtesy of Scrapbook Blog by Melissah
Courtesy of tatertots & jello
Courtesy of Tessyla, at Etsy

{Happy Decorating!}


~the sweetest mami~