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37-week maternity looks featuring Pink Blush

Tuesday
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This has been a time where I’ve been experiencing lots of braxton hicks, especially at night. The tiring part is when I wake up around 3AM because of it. After waking up, it’s hard to go back to sleep. This is probably a good thing that may be an advantage for me. In a way, it’s helping me get ready for the newborn, and having to wake up to feed him. My doctor told me to drink lots of water whenever I experience frequent braxton hicks. My husband also told me to rest and stop making myself tired by doing things like cleaning… But who doesn’t like to have a clean house right? 😉

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Blog Anniversary: Hello Island Mama turns one + Giveaway!

Monday
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I’m celebrating my blog anniversary next month (Hello Island Mama is turning 1!)  and I’m excited to be having 2 giveaways!! Let’s talk about my first giveaway today! I’m collaborating with Filipino clothing brand 5 minutes, to give away  Php 1,500 gift certificate for one winner to use on their online website. Their dresses are so comfy! 5 minutes is owned by a Filipina mom, who designs her own clothing line. Her line offers fuzz-free and easy to wear clothing for women, that look chic! I’ve been part of their guest blog where I shared my post “5 things I can’t […]

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My Summer Maternity Shoot

Friday
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First of all, I want to thank my husband, Brent for taking these images. I think he’s now accepting that his life married to me involves pictures and photoshoots. 😉 It’s good to have someone to take pictures of you outside. It allows you to have different backgrounds, but if you like the indoors, and the husband is not available, check out my post: “Taking photos of your own baby bump.” I have some tips there on how I take pictures of myself inside, using a tripod.

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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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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.

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