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Updating Your Old Photo Frames (Tutorial)

Monday, November 5, 2018

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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 of mine, which are from the Philippines.

Materials:

Photo Frames.

Spray Paint

Newspaper or any large paper size

Photos

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1. Remove everything except the frame. I did this in an open area and laid a few newspapers to protect the surface of the ground.

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2. Start to spray all areas. Follow the instructions on the spray paint you’re using. I used a stick to turn the frames around to make sure everything is covered evenly.

3. Allow paint to dry for a few hours before putting the glass back in the frame.  You can also coat with varnish for protection
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That’s it! Super easy. You can design the frame however you want. Drawing patterns or painting on them is also a good choice. I find repurposing some of our items at home better than buying new ones. Less clutter and more savings! What stuff have you redesigned in your home?

You can also check some of my DIY projects here.

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Happy Halloween! We are on-call!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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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 it’s on sale!)

 

For my eldest kids:

Medical Kit Toys (Thanks Grandma Kelly!)

Toddler Scrubs

My ID from my Bible group

Clipboard

 

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Here are some of the behind the scene and quick video on how I created this wheelchair.

Anyone you know who wears scrubs to work? :)

Happy Halloween!

P.S Special thanks to our nurse friend, Lesley for my pink scrubs <3

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DIY Magnetic Door Curtain

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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Today I decided to try to make my own “Magnetic Door Curtain”. Like what I shared in my post few weeks ago, we recently moved to a new home so there’s still some decorating left to do. I wanted to create a cover for our door that’s easy to remove. Back in the Philippines, we’re used to wooden doors instead of ones made of steel. You can just imagine my excitement when I found out I can stick magnets to our door!

Materials:

Fabric of your choice

Round magnets

Hot glue

Scissor

Iron

 

Instructions:

  1.     Measure the window on the door and added extra two inches all around where I’ll fold and place the magnets.

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2. Use an iron to flatten folds on edges of the fabric.

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3.     Create two folds horizontally on the upper side of the fabric. Use an iron again to flatten folds.

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4.     Turn the curtain around to hot glue the magnets in place inside the fabric. (Sewing is also an option but if you’re in a hurry, hot glue is fine.) DIY Magnetic Door Curtain (4)

This is how it should like when magnets are placed.

  1.     Let glue dry and hang to your door.

Easy peasy!

What I like about DIYs is that I can personalize and customize any project. For this one, I was free to choose which design and what kind of fabric I want to work with. You can use leftover fabric or curtains you don’t get to use anymore but want to tweak. I used small refrigerator magnets that I found at home but you can try these magnets that are available in Amazon for less than $10 for 50 pcs.. Some hardware stores also sell magnets of different sizes and sets. If you want a more bohemian or lively style, you can add different colors of tassels to the bottom of your curtain.

Are there any DIY you particularly like doing? Or if there are any DIY projects you want to see, let me know in the comments.

Happy crafting!

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Lego Birthday Theme (My son is 3!)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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Today I’d like to share my second son’s birthday theme for his third birthday celebration, which is – wait for it – Lego! He and his friends had fun playing with water guns, slides, and making candy necklaces in our backyard. For his past two birthday celebrations, we had a Sailboat and Fish theme respectively. 

My kids are big fans of Duplo ever since Brent and my mother-in-law surprised them with their own set. To be honest, I was never really a fan of Lego or Duplo. It’s incredibly messy and painful especially when accidentally stepped on. But eventually, I learned to love it. It can keep my kids occupied and entertained for hours while honing their creativity and imagination. They love to give me pink Legos or something that they created with pink Legos and I make sure to keep them with me all the time. They really are the sweetest kids!

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Here’s the board I made for my son’s birthday. lego birthday theme hello island mama 4

I have Pinterest to thank for helping me out with this idea and that I was able to pull through. I’m not really good with baking, so I’m extra grateful for ready-made fondants you can buy at the store. I used them to design the cake and cupcakes for my son’s birthday. It wasn’t as hard as I thought. The fondants were quite easy to use, too. I never realized how relaxing and calming it was to design until I tried it.

Instead of buying Lego decorations, I used Duplo blocks to decorate the table, Brent helped design the cupcake tower.

Since our kids are half-American and half-Filipino, I decided to make Philippine and U.S Flags as fondant toppers for the cupcakes. I also made a Texas flag because we currently reside here.

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Here are the Lego Duplos set that my kids love to play and some of the sets I used to help decorate the Lego-themed birthday  cake:

My First Cars and Trucks

Town Around the World (they love this set, gifted from Grandma!)

My First Playhouse (I think these are their first Lego Duplo Set)

Push Train (This is the set I used to design around the cake)

World Animal Jungle Set (where I got the alligator Lego)

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I love that the colors worked well together. They really look like Lego!

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Happy Birthday my sweet little boy!

I thoroughly enjoyed the process and preparations for my son’s birthday. When it comes to DIY, the result is always something to look forward to. It can be a hit or miss situation and it takes a lot of work – but seeing my son and his friends happy makes all the work worth it. Every time.

Do you or your kids love Legos?

Don’t forget to pin your favorite image on Pinterest <3

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Chalk Shape Hop with Dial Complete® 2 in 1

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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My boys and I love being outdoors when the weather is warm here in Houston. If you are following my Instagram stories, you’ll see that we recently moved to a new home with a nice front yard to play in. One of the outdoor activities we love to do together is play “Chalk Shape Hop”. This is great activity for kids to learn about different shapes. I’m partnering today with Dial®, America’s beloved soap brand of 70 years. Dial® has recently released a new line-up, Dial Complete® 2 in 1 Moisturizing & Antibacterial Beauty Bar and Dial Complete® 2 in 1 Moisturizing & Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash. I’m partnering with Dial® to share a fun, messy, yet educational chalk activity that you can try with your kids this summer! This chalk shape hop is a hit with my boys and I hope it will be a hit with your kids, too!

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STEP 1 You can use different colors of chalk to make this activity fun. Start by outlining all the shapes you’d like for your kids to learn. I drew a circle, star, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, and crescent. I drew all the shapes close together so my boys could easily hop from one to another.

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STEP 2 Here’s the fun and messy part that my boys love. I let them help me color the inside of each shape.

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LET THE FUN BEGIN! I ask them to stand on a specific shape. Then I call out a shape and they hop from shape to shape as fast as they can until they get to the correct one! It’s a simple game, but my kids love it! If you have bilingual kids like I do, this is also a great way for them to learn shape and color words in both English and another language.

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My boys love to have snack time after playing. I trust Dial Complete® 2 in 1 Moisturizing & Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash to clean off all the bacteria they came into contact with playing outside. It gives me peace of mind to know my  kid’s hands are clean after such messy activities. We’ve actually used Dial® foaming hand wash for many years, as my husband likes how easy it is for the kids to lather up and rinse off. I love that it’s formulated to keep hands moisturized and clean with its antibacterial formula, even after repeated hand washing. It comes in three variants: Manuka Honey, Pearl Essence, and Rose Oil. I personally like Pearl Essence. The scent is calming and feels extra good on the skin!

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I purchased mine from Target, but Dial® is available in all retailers near you. There’s several ongoing coupons that you can use while supplies last:

    • Buy the Dial® 2 in 1 Moisturizing & Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash and receive $0.75 off
    • Buy the 3 pack of Dial® 2 in 1 Moisturizing & Antibacterial Beauty Bars and get $0.75 off
    • Buy the 6 pack of Dial® 2 in 1 Moisturizing & Antibacterial Beauty Bars and get $1.00 off

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Bacteria can’t be avoided, but we can arm ourselves with proper products to rinse them away. When it comes to our family, our kids’health is our number one priority. With NEW Dial® 2 in 1, messy activities are worry-free!

What’s your kid’s favorite outdoor activity this summer?

 

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DIY Hanging Plant Holder

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

DIY hanging planter tutorial

 

I love doing DIY projects at home. It’s a great way to relax, spend extra time, and be creative. It’s also the most ideal way to customize something to your own liking sans the expensive price tag. Today, I decided to make a DIY Hanging Air Plant Holder. It gives any room in the house life and the plants help improve air quality at the same time! It’s the perfect season to decorate your home with plants whether indoors or outdoors. Plants also help reduce stress and create a feeling of well-being. It’s a win-win for you and your home!

DIY Hanging Air Plant Holder

Materials:

Twine

Scissors

Hook

Your preferred air plant

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Instructions:

  1.     Cut four equal pieces of twine. Adjust depending on your desired length. Take a piece of the twine that’s the length of your planter and multiply by two and the width of your planter.
  2.     Repeat three times.
  3.     Fold twine in half. Tie a knot at the top of the fold.
  4.     Hang on a hook or lay flat then take two cords and tie a knot to create four separate knots. Distance should all be the same from the top.
  5.     Take two adjacent knots and one cord from each knots and tie them together. Make four knots more. All knots should be at the same level.
  6.     You can slide beads or stones in between knots to give it more flair or leave as is for a dainty and minimalist feel.
  7.     Make sure your pot fits properly before step 8.
  8.     Make final knot below the pot.
  9.     Hang anywhere in the house and display.

That’s it! Very easy to make and does not cost a lot. It’s always a challenge to do DIY projects but once you get the hang of it, you’re left wanting to create more. But I also shared some ready to buy hanging planters below if you’d like to check it out.

 

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What else do you want to make for our next DIY? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Nobunny’s perfect DIY mug

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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I was inspired to create this post after reading Anna Dewdney’s book Nobunny’s Perfect for my kids. It’s a story about bunnies discerning good from bad behavior told through rhymes and expressive illustration. As mothers, we always try to be the best example for our children. However, there are days when it can be a little overwhelming and it can feel like we can’t handle everything at once. Sometimes I get tired, impatient, and weary.  When I start to feel all these, I try to take a step back and ask for forgiveness and strength. I take comfort in knowing that Christ is here to help and forgive us through praying and believing in Him.

Going back, the adorable bunnies from the book gave me a DIY Easter idea perfect for kids and mothers. Below are the materials!

What you need:

Oil-based Sharpie Marker

Pencil

Alcohol

Cotton swabs

Free Printable “Nobunny’s Perfect”

Plain mug

Oven

FIRST Make sure to clean the mug and let it dry. 

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SECOND Use a oil-based sharpie marker to draw the bunny image as shown above.

THIRD  For the text, download this FREE printable “No Bunny’s Perfect” typography. It should fit all types of mug sizes. By using a pencil, shade the back of the paper with the design.

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FOURTH Put the design on the face of the mug. Use clear tape to set in place.

FIFTH Using a pencil, start to trace the design over the paper while applying a good amount of pressure. This will help the pencil marks be more visible for you to start using the sharpie.

SIXTH Begin to draw using Sharpie by tracing over the marks left by the pencil.

SEVENTH Put your mug in a tray and bake it at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Make sure to put the mug in the oven before it’s hot to prevent cracks. Turn off the oven after the timer’s done. Let the mug cool for a few minutes.

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Tip: If you need to fix up some mistakes, don’t worry. Just use Q-tips with alcohol to clean the areas you want to fix. Also, this mug is hand wash only.

I thoroughly enjoy doing DIY projects no matter the occasion. It’s always fun to create and customize something according to your liking. Plus it’s a good stress reliever, too! This can also serve as an activity for your kids to home and practice their drawing skills. They can paint or draw their favorite shapes, animals, or letters.

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By the way, my pink floral off-shoulder top is from Pink Blush. It’s a maternity top that can be used even after giving birth. It’s lightweight and can be used everyday. I love how the print is perfect for Easter!

Have a blessed Easter everyone!

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Fun breakfast bunny pancakes

Monday, March 26, 2018

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Easter is fun for kids and, with a little creativity in the kitchen, can be fun for parents as well! I’ve been wanting to do something for my two eldest boys to celebrate Easter early. However, I don’t want to give them too many sweets (because I’d end up eating a lot of them myself!). ). So instead, I made them these fun bunny pancakes and they loved them! It’s a fun Pinterest hack that is perfect for breakfast!

Here are what I used:

Pancake mix

1 Banana

1 Apple

1 Orange

2 Craisins

I Piece of stringcheese

You can use other fruits or food to recreate this look if you want. For example, you can use a strawberry for the nose instead of cutting an apple. I just used what I had at home!

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First, make the pancakes. Make one big rounded pancake and two additional small circles  for the whiskers. I used a small measuring cup so it was easy to pour a circle shape for the pancake. You can use pancake mix or make your own pancakes from scratch.

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Second, while waiting for the pancake,start to cut bananas for the ears and eyes., Cut the string cheese for the whiskers and front teeth, and cut the apples for the nose. Set aside.

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Once is everything is ready, arrange all the items as shown the picture show. You may also add a bow using orange and string cheese like I did. Marshmallows are okay for the teeth as alternative to string cheese.

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That’s it! Surprise your kids with this on Easter and I’m sure they’ll love it!!

Hope you have a blessed Easter Sunday, my friends!

God bless!

 

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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.

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