Hello Spring + behind-the-scenes of creative photography

Hello Spring + behind-the-scenes of creative photography (9)

Hello, first day of spring! Can you tell in this picture how happy I am for this season?! Let’s say goodbye to thick clothes, and say hello to more fun, lightweight outfits. 😉 I love spring because it gives our family a reason to go out and enjoy the weather.


Family Weekend at Kemah Boardwalk

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Over the weekend, we went to Kemah Boardwalk for some family time with my mother-in-law, who was visiting. We’ve brought our kids to Kemah a few times before and they love this place. The sights, sounds, and fun activities make them so happy! Weekends are the perfect time for us to spend time with Brent since he works all day during weekdays. Kemah is a great place to bring your kids and family as there are different rides and attractions for the kids, which even adults can enjoy. They also have waterfront restaurants and a playground area for the kids […]


maternity and nursing wrap style dress

maternity and nursing wrap style dress (2)

I’m thankful for this month that my baby is now 6 months old, and I am still breastfeeding him. Of all my sons, I have breastfed him the longest. I had a challenging time breastfeeding my second son due to what I suspect was d-mer. Now, my baby and I enjoy the bonding from our breastfeeding sessions! Breastfeeding brings me so much joy as I watch him grow healthy and strong. It also brings joy to my husband as well, since we save money from it. hah! I think my favorite part of breastfeeding is that it’s easy to feed at […]


Kid’s play area + machine-washable rug

kids play area machine washable lorena canals rug cover(9)

How sweet to watch them play together! I really love this stage that my youngest son is in now. He’s able to sit on his own and watch his Kuyas (Tagalog for big brother) while playing or browsing through books  Now that the weather is not gloomy and super cold anymore, we are enjoying our play area with bright sunshine. This is where we mostly read stories, learn some Tagalog words from Filipino children’s books, play with legos and have other fun activities! Lorena Canals sent us this gorgeous rug to enjoy in the kids’ play area. One thing that […]


Talking about handling tantrums and more (VIDEO Q&A with my husband)

talking about handling tantrums and more child psychology

Sharing my husband Brent’s advice, as a child psychologist, regarding tantrums, why yelling is not effective, and his thoughts on depression.


A sign you need a MOMCATION (+ photo editing tips)

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Do you ever take a vacation all by yourself, leaving the house and mom duty for a few days? As much as I love my kids, I sometimes wish that I could take a few days away from the noise, refresh my mind, and spend time alone. Maybe I could have a spa appointment, go to the beach, stay in a hotel, and eat my favorite treats without hiding from my kids? Yeah, it’s all just daydreaming right now. 😉


Laundry Room Spring Cleaning

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When we moved to our apartment in Galveston Island, I fell in love with the ambiance and natural light coming in from our windows. I most especially love the laundry room, since we never had windows in our previous laundry areas. The laundry room can be the place that I forget to clean and organize, which quickly leads to clutter since I have 3 little boys and a husband. 😉 It tends to turn into a storage of art supplies, puzzles and games, unironed clothes, a pile of bedsheets, and my collection of cardboards and boxes.


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

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