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Sunday

Spring Nautical Style

How to style a Spring Nautical look!
You'll want a light and airy ensemble when you are down by the sea this Spring and here are a few picks to get you started with some inspiration. Today I was wanting to find some fun and whimsical color combinations as well as accessories that are versatile yet still playful with lots of texture.
I really love that skirt and those bracelets....

1. Sunglasses (option) |  2. Coral Banded Skirt  |  3. Tassel Bracelets  |  4. Watch  |  5. Fedora Hat  |  6. White Bag  |  7. Cheerful Lip Color  |  8. Neutral Wedges  |  9. Creamy Blush  |  10. Pastel Nail Color
http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/spring-nautical-style.html
Shop this look...



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1. Sunglasses (option)  |  2. Coral Banded Skirt  |  3. Tassel Bracelets  |  4. Watch  |  5. Fedora Hat  |  6. White Bag  |  7. Cheerful Lip Color  |  8. Neutral Wedges  |  9. Creamy Blush  |  10. Pastel Nail Color


Please leave a comment below!
What are you wearing and liking this Spring?
Thank you so much for visiting, and have a
great day!!!

~Be Sweet
Christina
Sweetest Haute 

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Saturday

Show Me Saturdays Link Party #28

LIVE Saturday at 7:00AM Eastern

By linking up your content, you understand that your post may be featured on this blog. By linking up at this link party you agree to only link up your work and have the rights to your photographs that you are submitting.

Welcome back to the Show Me Saturday link party!

Exciting News! For the sake of efficiency...to save you time and energy...I've merged my link up with 3 other blogs and, of course, that means all those blogs will be showing off YOUR links and picking features each week! They each will be commenting, pinning, and featuring you. So please take a minute to visit their sites, leave a comment and say hello.


 Please follow each of the hostesses in some way.

SWEET HAUTE

3 Little Greenwoods 

Gingerly Made 

Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+

My Creative Days



http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/show-me-saturdays-link-party-28.html


 DIY Bohemian Wooden Arrow Wall Art

http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/show-me-saturdays-link-party-28.html

chore chart, blog, organization, organisation, chore, chores for kids, house cleaning checklist, chore list

How to Jump Start Your Spring Cleaning Adventure 

DIY Scrub for Tub and Sink Cleaning


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Friday

Cream and Black + Link Up Fashion Friday #16

 Business casual cream and black:) took a quick few shots at work.
I was going for a fashionable yet...work friendly look and I wanted to wear my sandals because it was sunny out. I was paying homage to Festival Season with this cream crochet top, I love music and southern California so of course...shout out to the festies:)
#coachella
Helmut Lang Belted Long Cardigan
MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Saffiano Leather Tote
DKNY Moto Leggings (option)
Plush Moto Legging
Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy' Glossy Lip Balm

Make sure to get your entries in at the end of this post.
Shop the look... 
http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/cream-and-black-link-up-fashion-friday.html





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Crochet Cream Top- Macys
Black Tote- Michael Kors- Nordstrom
Black Bead necklace- Target
Black T-strap Jewel Sandals- JCPenney
Black Moto Leggings- Nordstrom
Black Cardigan- TJMaxx

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Add a pretty necklace that compliments your color palette.

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Show off your fun pedicures:)
(that's paint drops on floor)

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Shiny gold tone details on the accessories...


http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/cream-and-black-link-up-fashion-friday.html

Welcome to the Fashion Caché Friday!
Live at 5:00pm Pacific Time.
 Caché means:
a collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible place.
"an arms cache"
synonyms:hoard, store, stockpile, stock, supply, collection, accumulation, reserve, fund.




Please link up your fashion, style, remix, 30x30 challenge posts, outfit inspirations, what you wore, beauty, and anything fashion / style related that doesn't 'fit' into the other link ups on SWEET HAUTE. I also have other parties here a 'Monthly' Organization party...join now if you have fashion organization posts like 30x30, closet organization...etc. As well as a DIY 'Weekly' link up party....join in if you have DIY fashion or beauty:)
My favorite links will be featured each week and will be posted to various social media platforms.

Rules:
1. Style related posts
3. {Extra Credit} Post about party to spread word!





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Also, if you are interested in joining my Collaboration Pinterest group board 'Style Icon' please email me at shautes @ gmail dot com. Follow board to be invited.


Please leave a comment below:)
Have a great weekend everyone!!!


~Be Sweet
Christina
Sweetest Haute 

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Thursday

How to Organize a Pantry

Ideas on how to Organize and Create a great Pantry!
Having a pantry big or small is a wonderful feature to have in a home. Even if your space is small you can turn a cabinet into the designated pantry area to keep your space organized. Having kitchen staples organized saves me time and energy when I'm cooking dinner or baking up some treats with my children. I'm going to share some DIY tips and ideas that have worked for me with you so you can make and keep your Pantry Organized.

We have a large Pantry next to our kitchen and breakfast room and as you can imagine, it accumulates containers, food, holiday decor...it can get cluttered if we do not regularly keep it orderly and tidy in there, especially after a trip to the bulk food stores.
The key is to 'Live with Less' stuff!

http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-to-organize-pantry.html
 Ideas on how to organize your pantry quickly!
{and on a budget}

http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-to-organize-mudroom.html
Home Organization 31 Day Detox Diet Series
Label  |  De-Clutter  |  Live with Less Stuff:)

Manage and Maintain your Pantry:
1. Empty out completely.

2. Deep Clean

3. Maintenance
-paint
-shelf liners
-cosmetic touch ups

4. Add storage/ hooks as needed.
-prevents tripping on things crowding floor / walk ways
-add shelving, get items off floor space

5. Label
-label designated areas for the particular item it houses
-label shelf areas for purpose / type / kids
-replace foods / ingredients in that area every time, encourage children to get into that habit
-promotes healthy routine

6. Memo Board
-add a memo board to keep track of shopping list.
-DIY Magnetic Board Tutorial from cookie sheet here.

7. Necessary items only Pantry 'Zone'
-only keep necessary 'Pantry' items in this space
-large appliances
-holiday / entertaining serving ware
-designated bins and baskets
-toss, or donate. 
NO OTHER ITEMS SHOULD BE IN THIS SPACE:)

8. Include Maintaining your Pantry in monthly cleaning routine.
-keep a 'To Do' check list on hand
-clean / sweep weekly
-return non-designated pantry items to correct room of house.
-only purchase what you actually use and need.
-throw out expired food, donate

http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2014/07/pantry-organization-fit-and-happy.html
 Read more about how we Organized our Pantry.


http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-to-organize-mudroom.html
Remember: 3 Steps
Remove  |  Sort  |  Live with Less
Home Organization 31 Day Detox Diet Series


Ok. You are ready to conquer your Pantry and make it into a dream pantry!
Please leave a comment below and thank you for visiting...

Have an amazing day full of pantry bliss:)

~Be Sweet
Christina
Sweetest Haute 

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Wednesday

Spring Bird Nest Cupcakes Tutorial

Spring Bird Nest Cupcakes

How to make DIY Spring Bird Nest Cupcakes Tutorial!
Perfect way to use the candy your little ones accumulated in their Easter Baskets, make these for a picnic, sports day, Spring birthdays, and for Mother's Day. Birds nest go with so many Spring themes and these cupcakes are a great idea for any event. 

Beautiful and easy Spring DIY party idea that you can make and use your extra egg cartons to re-purpose as decor, and also to carry them:) I love when decor can serve a functional purpose. For these Bird Nest Cupcakes I use the mini-sized cupcake paper, then a Tablespoon of cake batter when baking them. That way the cupcakes fit perfectly in the egg carton!
I also baked up some standard size cupcakes for these traditional treats.

Use whatever color you desire for cake and for the frosting and then decorate with chocolate shavings and malted mini chocolate eggs to make the adorable bird nest design:)

Pin it!
http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/spring-bird-nest-cupcakes.html
Mini-size Bird Nest cupcakes

Supplies:
Frosting
   - canned or homemade
Small / 'Mini' Cupcake Liners
Chocolate 
Grater
Egg Malted Chocolates
Box of Cake Mix
    - oil/eggs/water per mix instructions
Egg Carton
    - functional / decorative 

Bake. Decorate!
http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/spring-bird-nest-cupcakes.html


Step 1:
Bake up cupcakes in 'mini-paper' cups.


Step 2:
While they are baking, put chocolate in freezer for a few minutes then grate 1/2 cup chocolate shavings. 


Step 3:
If using a canned frosting simple 'whip' it up and get air into it then place into a plastic piping bag {ziplock bag}...snip hole in it...

Tip: Place cupcakes into carton prior to decorating for best results.


Step 4:
COOL cupcake entirely and then dollop frosting on the top into a peak shape.
-make sure cupcakes are completely COOL!


Step 5:
Sprinkle chocolate shavings and decorate with the malted eggs.

http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/spring-bird-nest-cupcakes.html


http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/spring-bird-nest-cupcakes.html
....soooooo sweet!

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Enjoy.

Please leave a comment below....
Thank you so much for visiting!
I hope you have a wonderful day:)

~Be Sweet
Christina
Sweetest Haute 

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Tuesday

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches 

How to make easy BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker / Crock Pot!
My family really enjoys a good pulled pork sandwich and this recipe is simple, easy and saves so much time especially for busy families who are always on the go. 

This recipe is also a great idea for parties in order to feed a large crowd a delicious and wholesome entree that is full of flavor. It's multitasking at its finest...just set it up in the crock pot and then tend to the rest of the details of your party. You'll only need a few common ingredients, a slow cooker, and you are set to serve your family a scrumptious BBQ wonderland of a meal!

http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/easy-bbq-pulled-pork-sandwiches.html
 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwhiches
....look at that color!

Ingredients:
Pork Tenderloin / Shoulder Roast
    -to fit slow cooker about 3-4 lbs.
1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Ketchup
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
1 teaspoon Paprika
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Chili Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Thyme

Fixings:
Buns
Cheese
Spinach
Purple Cabbage

Time: Low setting- 8hrs.
          High setting- 4hrs.

      http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/easy-bbq-pulled-pork-sandwiches.html

Step 1:
Trim and place pork loin in slow cooker bottom.


Step 2:
Mix dry ingredients first. Next mix in the wet ingredients, then combine until smooth.


Step 3:
Pour over the tender pork loin and cover, turn on crock pot / slow cooker.


After completely cooked, shred meat with a fork and tongs. Turn temperature setting to 'Warm' if using for service or turn off.

      http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/easy-bbq-pulled-pork-sandwiches.html

 http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/easy-bbq-pulled-pork-sandwiches.html


Enjoy!
Please leave a comment below.
If you make this recipe, please share with me on the SWEET HAUTE Facebook page!
Thank you so much for visiting and have an amazing day:)

~Be Sweet
Christina
Sweetest Haute 

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Monday

How to Organize a Mudroom

How to Organize your Mudroom / Drop Zone!
We all have one in our homes, big or small...we have an area of the house where we collect our jackets, keys, bags, shoes, umbrellas and it is usually next to an entrance. For that reason it is extremely important to keep that area clean and organized for safety and sanity reasons. No one wants to trip over bags and shoes coming in and out of the home, and nobody wants to see a mess of chaos first thing when they walk into their home every night.

We want to have a gorgeous view of serenity when we walk in after a long day and if your Mudroom / Drop Zone is the first thing you lay your eye on when you come home I'm going to share some DIY tips and ideas with you so you can keep your Mudroom Organized.

We have a Mudroom next to our back entrance and as you can imagine, it accumulates many jackets, bags, books, and boots...it can get crowded if we do not regularly keep it orderly and tidy up in there.
The key is to 'Live with Less' stuff!

In the image below you can see a few peaks at our Mudroom; it has a key organizing shelf, built-in desk, and hooks over bench seating...

http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-to-organize-mudroom.html
 Found this baby at Target:) Key Organizing Station

 http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-to-organize-mudroom.html
You'll always have an idea where you left your keys and glasses!
 
http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-to-organize-mudroom.html
 Home Organization 31 Day Detox Diet Series
Label  |  De-Clutter  |  Live with Less Stuff:)

Manage and Maintain your Mudroom:
1. Empty it out completely.

2. Clean it.

3. Maintenance
-cosmetic touch ups

4. Add storage/ hooks as needed.
-prevents tripping on things on floor / walk ways
-wall organizer
-shelving get items off floor space

5. Label
-label designated areas for the particular item it houses
-replace items in that area every time, encourage children to get into that habit
-promotes healthy routine

6. Trash Receptical
-if your space is big enough, include a trash container so things aren't being left instead of tossed

7. Necessary items only 'Zone'
-only keep necessary 'mudroom' items in this space
-1 seasonal jacket / shoes per person
-1 bag/ backpack per student
-store the rest, toss, or donate. 
NO OTHER ITEMS SHOULD BE IN THIS SPACE:)

8. Include Maintaining your Mudroom / Drop Zone in weekly cleaning routine.
-keep a 'To Do' check list on hand
-clean / sweep weekly
-return non-designated room items to correct room of house.
-throw out trash

DIY Built in Wood Trim Homework Desk TutorialDIY Wood Trim Board Batten Built in Homework Desk Tutorial


http://sweethaute.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-to-organize-mudroom.html
Remember: 3 Steps
Remove  |  Sort  |  Live with Less
Home Organization 31 Day Detox Diet Series


Ok. You are ready to conquer your Mudroom / Drop Zone!
Please leave a comment below and thank you for visiting...

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY full of organizing:)

~Be Sweet
Christina
Sweetest Haute 

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