Christ-Centered Christmas Countdown (Fun Arts & Crafts!)

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Two years ago, I started doing a Christmas countdown and my boys loved it. This time, I decided to do it again but with simpler activities. This way, even busy mothers can participate and get crafty at home.  The important thing is to focus and understand the story of the day based on Bible verses. As a Christian parent, I firmly believe that it’s our duty to share the life of Christ and it’s lessons to our kids. Christmas is the perfect time to share the true meaning of this event – it’s all about our savior Jesus Christ who […]


Give Back and Share the Love

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These past few days, I’m grateful more than ever for the blogging opportunities that I have received. I’m not a big time blogger/influencer and is still quite relatively new in this field. I’m always thankful and feel extremely blessed for everything that I have right now. I know that I can’t do anything without God’s help and I believe there’s a bigger purpose to what I’m doing. I also know that God wants me to share the blessings I have received. I partnered with adidas to share a few gifts to someone who I really want to help. The first person […]


Mirror,Mirror On The Wall: Master Bedroom Makeover

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  After a long and busy day with work and the kids, it’s always nice to come home to a calm and relaxing space. I take a lot of things in consideration when designing our home, from moving around and buying furniture. We’re five in the family and having a lot of space at home is number one on my list. While I was doing research on tips to maximize space, I’ve read that mirrors can double the appeal of any room through its reflection and that it can also increase the brightness of a room. I’m so glad to […]


Easy Brewing with Hamilton Beach® FlexBrew™ Coffee Maker (+ Thanksgiving GIVEAWAY!)

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This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach. All opinions are mine alone. Moving to a different city is never easy let alone a country. I couldn’t be more thankful for my friends in Houston. I came from the Philippines and hardly knew anybody. They were friendly and welcoming, which made the transition to a new home easier for me. I think having a good support system to share your feelings or discuss the challenges of motherhood is essential to a healthy and balanced life. Since it’s Thanksgiving season, some of our friends came over to our house to spend some […]


Updating Your Old Photo Frames (Tutorial)

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A lot are asking me about the frames in our living room that I featured in one of my blog posts, Living Room Makeover. I used our old frames and some that I bought from thrift stores. The DIY of refurbishing your old frames to a new one is very easy. It saves money and you can design the frame any way you want. I find that my style leans more on Scandinavian style since I like simple lines and a clean feel at home. I decided to frame pictures that Brent took when he was in Indonesia and some […]


Happy Halloween! We are on-call!

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Our Halloween Family Costume 2018 is easy peasy, a perfect costume for busy parents like us and especially perfect for someone I know who isn’t fond of wearing costumes.. Hmm can you guess who? (Hint: someone who just came home from work this evening 😉 ) Materials for the wheelchair and props: Big cardboards for the wheels Velcro Acrylic Paint and Paint Brush Glue Stick and Glue Gun Secure-Flex Wrap Stick Empty Soda Plastic Masking Tape IV Tubing (I got it from Amazon but you can just use white clothesline) Stroller (We’re using Diono Quantum Stroller. We love it and […]


Who Inspires You?

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This post is sponsored by adidas. All my opinions are my own. Adidas Harden Pants / Adidas Samba Classic Shoes We all have people or things that inspire us. They’re the people we look up to when we need a little boost, or the activities we do when we need to refresh. I don’t need to look far for someone inspires me. I see him every day, share a home with him and our boys, and build dreams together. My husband is one of my greatest sources of inspiration and hope. My husband is a pediatric psychologist, a great father […]


Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, photography, motherhood 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. Based in Houston, Texas. Originally from the Philippines.

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