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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!

 

CATEGORY DIY, Family, Food
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DIY cute container for the pantry with FREE printable

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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As much as I like the extra space where we live in Galveston, we have limited storage for our groceries. I decided to start cleaning up and organizing our cabinets for groceries. I used a DIY container (similar to the container for our laundry room) to hold coffee, baking ingredients, and sugar. The cool part about these homemade containers is that you can put whatever you want in it. Plus, you can label them with the FREE printable name tags, which you can download below! Keep scrolling for a tutorial on how to create this simple container option for your kitchen.

Materials:

Boxes

Scissors

Fabric of your choice

Twine

Pencil

Hot Glue

Cutter

FREE Printable (download here)

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I used small boxes from Target, but you may use larger ones depending on your pantry needs.

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Remove all the sleeves from the box and start to cover it with fabric, using hot glue. Make sure the fabric fits well before you glue it onto the box. DIY container for pantry FREE printables name tags (4)

I also added a separate, folded fabric on the front of the box’s top edge. It adds some simple style.

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For the name tags, I made them from leftover cardboards (probably a little bigger than a business card). I made rectangular cutouts with spaces in the center. I then glued some big twine rope around the edges to decorate it.

DIY container for pantry FREE printables name tags (3) Again, simply download these FREE printable name tags. I also shared other tags that say things like: Asian food, sweets, seasonings, crackers, etc. to use for your own pantry.

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Here are the before and after images of our pantry. If you liked this, you may also want to check out my DIY coffee-stained serving tray tutorial.

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Laundry Room Spring Cleaning

Thursday, February 22, 2018

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DGSpringCleanEssentials #CollectiveBias

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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. The cardboard and box collection, I’ll explain more about later.

Since the spring season is coming, my goal is to start cleaning and organizing our laundry room. With the help of a few cleaning products from Dollar General, my laundry room transformed into a clean area with a fresh vibe for the new season. Here are a few of the ways which helped me do it! Enjoy browsing and see the before image below. Don’t judge. :)

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TAKE OUT THE TRASH

I realized many things piling in the laundry room were not useful or important, just eating up space and making the room cluttered. One of these things were my cardboards and boxes… BUT, I tossed some of them out using Glad® Trash Bags and kept the other boxes in storage for future use.

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WIPE THE SPOTS

I wiped the blinds, countertops, appliances, windows, and shelves to remove dust all over the room. Using paper towels and Formula® 409 made my cleaning so much easier.

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FINISH THE LAUNDRY

We had a pile of bedsheets that needed to be cleaned, so I finished washing them to lessen the amount of things waiting to be washed. I used all® Laundry Detergent, which we’ve always used for our bedsheets and clothes, especially for the kids. We also have a child who had bad eczema, so we like to use this dermatologist recommended detergent.

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We’ve never cleaned our washer ever since buying it, so I gave it a deep cleaning with some bleach to remove mildew and avoid mold growth and nasty smells.

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USE A CONTAINER FOR STORAGE

I kept the cleaning supplies for the laundry inside this DIY storage that I made using… My collection of boxes, covered with a cute fabric! See? My collection can be useful! I think keeping supplies inside a storage box makes the room look cleaner and well organized. It acts as decor as well.

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ADD GREENERY

Indoor plants can change the atmosphere of a room. Since our laundry room has plenty of natural light, I added a hanging planter to finish the area. This room is totally ready for spring! And… If you are wondering how our laundry room looked before… Oh boy, here it is.

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I arranged all the kids’ puzzle/games together in a large box where my kids could easily grab them. I use the cabinets to arrange some of their learning and art materials too.

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What area of your house do you want to start with for spring cleaning? Be sure to get all your cleaning supply needs at Dollar General. You can also head to their site to take advantage of this great deal and instant offer, “Spend $15, Save $5!” It starts on the 18th of February and ends on the 18th of March.

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XOXO Banner (FREE Printable)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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Do you ever use “xoxo” at the end of your emails or messages? I barely use it, but I thought it’d be cute to use for this Valentine’s Day banner decoration. I used this banner in my previous blog post titled Cultural Differences (When filipina meets Kano). I added my kids on that post’s images as cupids! This banner is now hanging on my workspace to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit! Today, I wanted to share this easy and cute “xoxo” banner, that is a perfect addition for your decorations. Whether it’s for a Valentine’s Day party with friends, or to surprise the special person you love, it’ll add a nice touch to your decor. Scroll down for a FREE printable!

 

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Materials:

Printable XOXO

Printer

Colored Pink Paper (Dark and light)

Scissors

Style of string you prefer

Tape

First, download this free printable of XOXO letters and print it. You may print as many as needed depending on how long you want your banner to be. Cut out the letters. Tape string behind the tops of the letters, to connect them. Leave some slack between each letter so that when you hang them, they won’t overlap. If you want your banner to have a more rigid design, paste the letters on top of cardboard and cut them out again. That’s it! It’s so easy and fun to make for your upcoming Valentine’s Day.

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Off Shoulder Black Dress from Pink Blush and it’s on SALE!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

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11 Favorite Books for the Baby + DIY Book Container

Saturday, January 6, 2018

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If you come to our place, you’ll see the books of my kids everywhere. Brent and I love to read books to our kids, especially before naptime and before bedtime. It’s part of our kids’ routine and it’s one of our favorite bonding time activities. Books have been my life saver too when my two toddlers need to have quiet time or a calm-down moment (this is also to help me 😉 ). Since my baby is turning 5 months, he’s showing some interest at the pages of the books I’m browsing through and reading to him.

Here are 11 of our favorite books for our baby, which my two toddlers loved when they were babies too.

  1. Can you choo choo!
  2. Good night Moon
  3. I love you stinky face
  4. First 100 Words
  5. Red Truck
  6. The very hungry caterpillar
  7. Dear Zoo
  8. Baby Einstein: Mirror Me!
  9. Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book
  10. Peek-a-WHO?
  11. The Beginner’s Bible All Aboard with Noah!: A Lift-the-Flap Book

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I also thought to make a book/toy container out of an Amazon box without sewing. I have a thing with cardboards, it’s hard for me to let them go. 😉 Check out my other works using cardboards such as DIY Playhouse, DIY Play Kitchen, and more.

Materials:

Box

Fabrics (for outer part and for the inside of the box)

Natural Jute Rope

Glue Gun and Stick

Scissor

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Instructions:

Start by folding the upper flap of the box inside and seal with tape. Choose the main fabric you want for the outside of the box. Cover it with that fabric and trim the excess. I did some folding as shown in the image shown above. Make sure to pull the fabric as you stick it with hot glue so it won’t get loose.

For the interior, I used a free canvas bag that Brent brought home. I removed the zipper part and handle, and covered the inside of the box with it. Again, trim the excess fabric. I left about a ½ inch of fabric to glue over the top edges of the box

Lastly, use a natural jute rope to put an accent and add natural charm to the container. That’s it! You can also use this container for diapers or small toys.

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I hope this tutorial inspires you to recycle some boxes and make them useful at home. :)

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Dream Big, Pray Big. Free 2018 Calendar.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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Hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve! My family and I a had a totally great one with our good friends from church, although we didn’t stay up late until midnight. We watched fireworks and had a great meal prepared by the Bilnoski family. Speaking of New Year’s Eve, it’s so funny to know that most of my American friends on Instagram had no plans to wake up their kids or let their kids stay up until midnight. On the other hand, most of my Filipino friends on Instagram planned to celebrate with their little ones. If you haven’t seen how the Philippines celebrate New Year’s Eve, here’s a video taken in Manila.

Since it’s the first week of 2018, I wanted to share to all my readers a simple and inspiring calendar, to use for the new year of 2018! It says “Dream Big, Pray Big” and encourages me to trust God more this year. I also included a Bible verse too! This printable calendar is nice to use for your workspace, post on the fridge, on your school binders, or you can attach it to a clear clipboard like I did.

What you need:

FREE printable of 2018 Calendar

Clear Clipboard

Corner Rounder Punch

 

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All you have to do is print out the free printable 2018 calendar. Then, use a corner round punch to have it perfectly fit a clear clipboard. That’s it! I love having this in my workspace!

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Dream Big. Pray Big. Whatever your dreams are, use the most powerful tool you have: praying and trusting Him. God knows what is good for us, and in His time.

Happy New Year, friends! I can’t wait to see how 2018 is going to be!

 

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Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Friday, December 22, 2017

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Merry Christmas everyone! I can’t believe there only 2 days to go before Christmas. I hope everyone finds peace and embraces the season with loved ones, even if it’s one of the busiest time of the year. Since I rarely post my whole family’s faces on my blog and Instagram to set some boundaries, here are my beautiful boys who always make my day so alive (starting at 6:30 AM or earlier…) and my man. Having family and kids makes my Christmas more meaningful and exciting! One of the other reasons I love Christmas now is that we can have a family photo session, even though it is quick (like I shared some editing tips in my previous blog post). Obviously, our baby was photoshopped since he sleeps unpredictably. 😉

Thank you for continuing to stop by my little blog. I hope everyone has a safe trip if you are traveling for Christmas.

Have a wonderful Christmas time with your family and loved ones!

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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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