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Mirror,Mirror On The Wall: Master Bedroom Makeover

Monday
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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 […]

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

Thursday
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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 […]

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Updating Your Old Photo Frames (Tutorial)

Monday
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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 […]

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Happy Halloween! We are on-call!

Thursday
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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 […]

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Who Inspires You?

Thursday
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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 […]

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Everyday Brown Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Thursday
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Smokey eyes can be intimidating and may seem hard to do. But with proper practice and with the right tools, subtle smokey eyes can be your go-to look for work or nights out. I like wearing neutral shades because they’re more wearable and easily transitions from day to night. It also looks more natural and doesn’t look too harsh on the skin.

I partnered with Antonym to show how to create smokey eyes using brown and neutral tones. Their makeup is organic using only natural ingredients, eco-friendly packaging, and they have zero tolerance for animal cruelty.

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Living Room Makeover Reveal

Sunday
living room space with Havenly x Hello Island Mama

Our living room is not as spacious as our previous place.  It’s been difficult to fit our sofa, entertainment center, play area for kids, and my workstation into this room. A lot needs to be taken into consideration: color palette, furniture, and even light fixtures. So I decided to do some redecorating to make it more spacious and organized. I came across Havenly when I was looking for design ideas and tips to redecorate. Havenly is an online interior design online service that helps you find a designer and create your new space while shopping for new home finds in […]

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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.

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

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