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What I’m bringing in my hospital bag

Tuesday
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I started to pack my hospital bag since I’m now 36 weeks pregnant. Hospitals usually provide what my baby and I will need such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary pads, underwear, diapers for the baby, and blankets (and I’m sure there’s still more that I missed!) So here are the things I’m bringing, aside from my wallet. FOR ME Balls – I’ll be bringing a few, small toy balls from my kids’ toy box. I brought one soft one and a tennis ball too for when my second child was born. During my first time going into labor, Brent  was […]

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How to Achieve a Fresh Makeup Look

Thursday
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I have a fun and fresh-looking makeup tutorial today a look for a clean summer look. I’m sharing my favorite makeup techniques and tips to achieve glowing skin, and to keep you feeling fresh and hydrated. Summer in Texas is getting seriously hot, so I have to keep myself well-hydrated. I make sure to drink plenty of fluids for my skin and body. I was inspired to create this fresh makeup look by vitaminwater, which I found at Target.

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Baby Shower for Baby Boy #3

Tuesday
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When I moved to Houston from the Philippines in 2011, I found my very first friends at Impact Church of Christ. This was the church Brent and I attended while he was in grad school. Brent and I love this church so much, not only because of the wonderful, diverse people, but also because their main objective is to help people who are less fortunate. Impact helps everyone, from children to the elderly. Over the weekend, some ladies from Impact threw a baby shower for me and my baby boy #3. Brent and I already have a name for him, […]

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Succulent Thank You Gift Idea With Free Printable Tag

Monday
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Today, I’m sharing with you all a tutorial on how to wrap a succulent plant, as a thank you gift idea. It’s so easy to do with only a few materials needed. I also want to share a free printable “Thank You” tag that you can print and use, to finish your gift wrapping. This succulent plant thank you gift idea is perfect for baby shower hosts, teacher’s appreciation, or to anyone else you appreciate.   Materials: Succulent Plant Kraft Paper Pencil Scissors Ruler Natural Burlap Fabric Clothespin Thank you tag The way you cut your paper will depend on […]

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6 Things you can do while waiting for a new baby’s arrival

Thursday
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As I’m waiting for our third son this coming August, I’ve been doing something to keep myself busy and help me prepare for the newest member of the family. I want to share a few ideas on things a first time mom (or an expectant mom like me) do while waiting for the new baby. I also partnered today with Playtex Baby™ VentAire® at Target , who offers a unique bottom vent and angled bottle design to help prevent reflux (which I’ve experienced from my older son!).

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Baby Bump Style: Blue & White Summer Stripe Finds

Friday
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Summer stripes like blue and white, are often my favorites to wear this time of season. I’ve been wearing stripes recently on my tops and dresses, which I like to pair with comfy sneakers or sandals. They help to keep me more comfortable in my pregnancy. You can also style these kinds of stripes in wearing wedges if you’re into dressing up especially in date night or weekend style. I wanted to share some of the blue and white summer stripes that caught my attention. They are more of a casual style and will make your outfit look comfy and […]

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My Easy Fried Rice Recipe

Tuesday
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Before I came to America, I had been eating rice every single day; for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, when Brent and I got married, I compromised with the food we eat for our meals. It’s not that he doesn’t like rice (he loves it together with other Asian foods!), but of course, I want to serve meals that he likes from his culture as well. When I do prepare rice, I sometimes want to make it more special, instead of just plain, white Jasmine rice. Today, I want to share how I make my own fried rice. You can find the ingredients easily in the grocery store, or you may already have them in your fridge. The good thing about this recipe is that you can add as much veggies as you like. We also like to eat this alone and sometimes add chicken to it. My toddlers love it!

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, design, and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of two boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Originally from the Philippines.

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

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