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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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Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial

Monday, December 18, 2017

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My husband Brent has always been a fan of Star Wars. I remember the first year we were married, he tried to have me watch Star Wars and I fell asleep… 😉 There is a new Star Wars movie out this month, and I will accept his invitation to watch it with him. I think that will be my gift to him. 😉  With the new movie out, I wanted to share a Star Wars inspired gift wrapping tutorial on my blog. You can use it this Holiday season for your presents to loved ones, who are avid fans of Star Wars. Whether you’re wrapping a gift for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, etc., this idea is totally fun and easy to make.

Materials:

Kraft Paper

Darth Vader Photo (saw this free printable from this site and made a layout (See below) for you to print for your gift wrapping)

Scissor

Twine

Tape

Red Straw

Black Paper

Glue

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STEP 1 Wrap your presents with kraft paper and seal with tape.

STEP 2 Use this FREE printable Darth Vader layout with a standard sized paper and cut the image out. It comes in two sizes, so that it will work with small or large gifts.

STEP 3 Glue the Darth Vader print out and place on top of the gift wrapped item.

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STEP 4 For the lightsaber, cut the red straw in half and cover the bottom with a piece black paper, using glue to stick.

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STEP 5 Wrap twine around the gift wrap and stick on the DIY Darth Vader lightsaber.

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STEP 6 This is optional: You can paint the initials of the person you are giving the gift to on the bottom of lightsaber, to serve as the name tag.

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That’s it! Easy and fun to create for Star Wars fans out there.

Have you watched the new Star Wars movie already? Please convince me to watch it. 😉

Check out more of my DIY gift wrapping ideas: Christmas Wreath Inspired / DIY Christmas Wrapper / Santa, Reindeer, Star Wars 

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Baby’s First Christmas Shoot + Photo Editing Tips

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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Our baby will be celebrating his first Christmas in the next few days!! Since our baby arrived last summer, he has given us so much joy, especially for his older brothers. Having another baby taught Brent and me to be more mature, though it is really hard most of the time. However, we can’t wait for all of them to play together next year!! It will be awesome… And loud! 😉

We had our Christmas family photoshoot last week and it was the quickest shoot ever (less than 15 minutes). I wanted to share with you all a DIY Christmas box that we used as a prop with the boys. My friend Sabine suggested wrapping a box to use as a prop, for a family shoot. It was a great idea for the toddlers to make sure they stayed in the same place. Since I love doing fun and creative photo manipulation, I thought to apply some editing for our baby’s photos. I thought it was cute!

Here is a simple and quick DIY gift box to try for your Christmas family shoot.

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Materials:

Kraft Paper

Ribbon

Scissor

Hot Glue

Tape

I used a medium sized box in which ideally, my baby would fit inside. I did not put him inside though and I don’t recommend that you actually put your baby inside either. :) Wrap up the box with kraft paper or any Christmas wrapper of your choice. I wrapped the box on the inside as well just in case the camera can see the inside of the box. I used thick ribbon and hot glue to make sure everything was set for the shoot. That’s it!

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If you ever use Photoshop or are planning to learn about this software for your Holiday card, here are some tips from yours truly:

  1. Take a lot of shots of you and your props from different angles. I also use a tripod and remote to make sure everything is in the same frame and to make the shoot fast and easy (before the boys wake up!).
  2. Take photo of you and your baby in the same location to get the same lighting.
  3. I like to use a vector mask so it’s easy to remove the background or to undo it. Sometimes, I also use the pen tool.
  4. I consider the shadow of my baby as well to make it more realistic, when I overlap him onto the main image.

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P.S. I also love to style myself, wear a pretty sweatshirt from Pink Blush, and put some makeup on (I love this brand! 100% natural that works! ). Santa hats are also cute to add for the shoot! :)

I hope my little man brightened your day today! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram.

God bless, friends!

 

 

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Christmas countdown 2017 (opening a book)

Friday, December 1, 2017

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Cheers to the first day of December! It’s that time of the year again for the Christmas countdown with my kids. Last year, we would open a paper bag with notes inside and draw one out of the bag everyday until Christmas. Each note contained a Bible verse about Christ and activities for the day (see our Christmas countdown last year) to teach them more about the true meaning of Christmas. This year, I decided to start the countdown by opening a book each day, which has been used by some moms and grandparents out there for kids. I’ve been looking for Christmas themed books that talk about the birth of Christ and/or about sharing and giving. I was able to see fine a few of them online. I’ve also included non-Christmas themed books that still talk about kindness and giving, as we as parents try to teach these values to our kids. My two and three-year-old boys love to listen during storytelling and I’m sure they will be excited to do this every morning, especially unwrapping the books. Here are a few books that are perfect for Christmas reading.

1 The Giving Tree

2 Did I ever tell you how lucky you are? By Dr. Seuss

3 God gave us Christmas by Lisa Bergren

4 The mine-o-saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

5 The Pine Tree Parable by Thomas Nelson

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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My Workspace + DIY Post-It Board

Sunday, October 8, 2017

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I made an easy and affordable DIY Post-it board for my new workspace. Since we just moved here last month, I only now got a chance to organize and clean this area. This is something that I’ve been excited to do. The area serves as my quiet place to unwind when all the boys are napping. I put less stuff on the shelf so it doesn’t look cluttered. On it, you can find a couple of frames, the Bible, and a gift from a friend. I decided to add a couple of items to my workspace that are inspired by my home country: the Philippines. These items include a Philippine flag and a Bingo container, which my siblings, cousins, and I played with when we were young. If you have noticed, the DIY leaf painting on the wall has been moved a couple of times.  You may have previously seen it in the bathroom or master bedroom. I think this painting will stay awhile in my work station, since it symbolizes my blog’s logo. I love how the Post-It board helps me with important reminders, so I don’t forget about things. Even though I have my own planner, I always find it easy to remember things if I write them down on a Post-It and stick it up somewhere. If you’d like to create this kind of Post-It board, here are the materials and steps. So easy!

  • Cardboard frame (less than $2 from IKEA)
  • Twine
  • Glue stick and glue gun
  • Scissor
  • standard paper

Start by gluing the twine in layers around the cardboard frame. I ended up with about 4 layers of twine. When you get to that layer, simply cut the excess twine off.Once you’ve done this, you can cut out more pieces of twine and glue them to the corners to make corners for the frame. Then, use a piece of standard white paper (or any type of design that you’d like to use) as the frame’s background. That’s it! You have a simple, easy, and affordable Post-It board. You can also use a dry erase marker if you’d like to write directly on the board instead of using Post-Its. You could also use both ways!

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Chair from a garage sale of Impact Church. They have an annual garage sale every March, so follow their page for announcements! work-space-diy-post-it-board (1)

Do you find it more effective to put your reminders on Post-Its, in a planner, or a cellphone calendar?

 

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DIY Baby Mobile Tutorial

Monday, September 25, 2017

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MATERIALS

Pom Pom

Embroidery hoop

Twine

Thread and Needle

Scissor

Today, I’m sharing a tutorial for a do-it-yourself mobile. You might have seen this baby mobile from my previous post: “6 things you can do while waiting for baby’s new arrival.” This DIY baby mobile is simple, easy, and it is affordable for savvy moms! I was inspired to create this a few months before I gave birth to my third son.  I was browsing through Pinterest, looking for ideas on decorating a changing table area. The materials I used were mostly from Hobby Lobby, where you can find a wide range of art supplies and materials for different DIY projects. Here are the steps I used to make theses baby mobile pom poms

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First, cut two strands of twine between 18” to 20” long, which can be longer based on preference. Start tying the first strand of twine to the top and bottom of the embroidery hoop. Do the same for the second strand of twine, but tying it to the left and right parts of the hoop. diy baby mobile tutorial 5

Cut another strand of twine, which will be used to tie everything together. This strand will also serve as the top of the mobile, from which you can hang it on the ceiling. You may add a couple of round beads to give the baby mobile a look with some natural charm. Trim excess twine so it looks neat.

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Now, take another two strands of twine and tie them so that they cross in the center of the hoop. Tie them tightly because some of the threaded pom poms will hang from them. The ends of each strand should be tied to the same places where your previous knots are.  

Once you are done, grab your pom poms and thread them with a needle. You may then start inserting the needles in the pom poms, one by one, and put some space between them. You can measure the thread length you’re going to use based on how long you want it. You can modify any part of this project to suit your style and needs. :)

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I created two sets of sizes for thread. The inside part I made longer, while the outer part was made shorter. I tied the longer threads to the cross of twine, and I tied the shorter threads to the actual hoop.

I hope you enjoy this easy and fun tutorial for making a baby mobile! What kind of DIY projects do you love to make for your baby?

 

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Succulent Thank You Gift Idea With Free Printable Tag

Monday, July 10, 2017

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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

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The way you cut your paper will depend on the size of your succulent. For my plant, I measured and cut a 14”x 14” kraft paper using scissors, and put the pot in the center. Then, I wrapped it around the plant container as seen in the image above. Try to cut your paper so that it can wrap around your plant container like that. succulent thank you gift with printable 2 succulent thank you gift with printable 9

I used a natural burlap fabric (leftover from my DIY Christmas Tree Skirt) to use as a ribbon or bandana styling to help seal the kraft paper around the plant container. succulent thank you gift with printable 7 succulent thank you gift with printable 10

Print the “Thank You” tag (Here’s a FREE printable you may use and print) and use a clothespin or something similar, to attach it to the gift wrapping or burlap fabric. I printed my tag on standard paper and glued it onto kraft paper to make it look nicer. That’s it!

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Who do you want to give this succulent thank you gift to?

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Fish Themed Birthday Party + Birthday Banner Tutorial

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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My second son turned two this month! I can describe him as a brave and strong toddler. He loves to swim (using his floaties of course) and even jumps into the water on his own. I am proud of him in many ways, especially when he copies us when we pray before eating meals and going to bed. He is such a sweet boy with lots of energy. 😉 We had a great day with his grandparents and a few friends, celebrating his birthday with swimming and splashing.

Since he is fascinated with fish I thought to make his two-year-old birthday celebration into a fish theme. To make this party more “fishy”,my mother-in-law and I worked together to create a fish birthday cake for him! My little boy loved it, and so did my eldest son!

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I made a birthday banner that is different this time, since it says “two” not “happy birthday”. Here are the materials that I used. Most of them came from Hobby Lobby.

Cardstock Paper

Twine

Scissors

Tape

Glue

Pencil

*Round sized pattern (see details below)

Cardboard

White Paint (optional)

 

First, I sketched the word “two” on blue cardstock paper. The bigger, the better. I used one that was 12” x 12” in size from Hobby Lobby. You can make the sketch easier by printing out the word “two” from a computer, and  then tracing it onto the blue paper. Font styles depend on your preference, but I suggest to use a wider/bold font style. Finally, simply cut out the word “two”.

For the fish, I drew a big oval as the body and added a tail that would fit on an 8” x 11” yellow paper. You can use this first sketch to trace the second fish pattern. Use another paper for the stripes and tail color. I used the color orange for this style. Glue the orange pattern onto the fish body and trim the excess (as seen in the picture above).* Add the fish eyes by using small and medium round-shaped container lids. Use then to trace on black and white paper. Glue the white rounded paper, then the black circle for the eyes.

This is optional but you can create a fish rod to add onto the birthday fish banner. I used cardboard to draw a fish rod then cut it out with scissors​. I also painted it white and used yellow paper for the handle and twine for the fishing line. You can also add some fun details like small circles on the side. I used twine to put these designs together along with tape at the back of the designs.

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Anyone else​ have kids turning two this summer?

I hope you all enjoy this tutorial! Have a great weekend ahead!

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My little son. Mama and Dada love you!

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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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