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Summer Backyard Grilling

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This post is sponsored by Adidas. All my opinions are my own.

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There’s something about spending time outdoors that no mall or gadget can offer. I have three boys and I like exposing them to different kinds of activities such as painting, reading, and sports. From time to time I introduce new things that spark their interest. One of the fun and family outdoor activities that we have recently been doing is playing Frisbee. While this makes my children happy and healthy, it also makes them hungry! I decided that a great after-Frisbee dinner would be simple and easy-to-make Shrimp Skewers for us to enjoy.

I grew up in the Philippines where we love to grill seafood such as milkfish, tilapia, squid, and shrimp. One of my favorite dishes is sinigang shrimp. But since it’s summer here, I went for grilled shrimp instead. Shrimp is a good source of protein, and with a little marinade before grilling they taste amazing.. They’re perfect for delicious, healthy eating!

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This Shrimp Skewer is easy to prep and make.

All you need is the following:

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon of Sriracha hot sauce

1 cup oil

1 teaspoon of parsely

½ teaspoon salt

Dash of pepper

Jumbo shrimp (1 lb, no shell)

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Instructions:

  1.     Preheat grill on medium high. Soak barbecue sticks in water to prevent them from burning easily while grilling.
  2.     Combine all of the first seven ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir well. This is your marinade.
  3.     Set aside half of the mixed marinade.
  4.     Mix the shrimp in the medium bowl with half the marinade. Leave the shrimp in the marinade for up to 2 hours to add more taste.
  5.     Place shrimp on soaked wooden skewers and place skewers on the grill over medium high heat. Cover the grill for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the shrimp turn pink or opaque.
  6.     Brush marinade on the shrimp occasionally while grilling to keep them from drying and to add flavor.
  7.     Remove shrimp from the grill and brush marinade on the  cooked shrimp again.

8.     Serve with sliced lemon on the side, or make a simple green salad of your choice.

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These are so easy to make and prep time is a breeze. It’s a simple recipe you and your family can enjoy on any occasion.

Also, big thanks to Adidas for my activewear! I love that my top is comfortable, light-weight and well-fitting at the same time. The shorts are a breeze to wear, too. They’re made from sweat-wicking fabric that helps keep me dry and sweat-free even when I’m busy. Finally,I love wearing hats   when I go out, especially in the hot Texas summer! This strap-back hat is so comfortable to wear and fits perfectly. My son is also wearing one, which you can find here.

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Are there any activities you’re looking forward to this summer?

If you happen to make these Shrimp Skewers, of if you discover any ways to improve this recipe,, please let me know. Happy grilling!

 

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New hair color with Schwarzkopf + 3 makeup looks to try!

Monday, April 23, 2018

This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf.  #FashionColorExpert #sponsored

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Today in Hello Island Mama, I’m partnering with Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME® to help me to get a new spring look. These looks are inspired by the runway, but I’ve adapted them so that readers can easily try them at home!! Hair is also a big part of my final look, and that is why I’m happy I had a chance to try Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME®. Scroll down for 3 looks you can try for spring and some great makeup tips!

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GOLDEN GLOW  

If you’d like to have a fresh makeup look this season, try adding a golden highlighter on the upper part of your cheeks and brow bone. I opted for this yellow-gold highlighter powder to bring out the glow of my skin.

How to: Use a tapered designed brush or fan brush to apply highlighter powder. This creates a subtle effect on your skin while applying the makeup. Use the brush to blur the edges and blend into your skin. I also like to  use matte foundation, which helps bring out the luminous effect of the highlighter.

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ROSY EYE BEAUTY

I rarely use colored eyeshadow for my eyes, but this rosy eye look is so pretty, especially if you match it with a pretty curl hairstyle.

How to: Apply eye primer or liquid concealer on the entire eyelid. This will help the eyeshadow to stay longer. Use a flat brush for the eyelid to apply a rosy eyeshadow powder.  Then switch to the blending brush to blur and to add the same eyeshadow on the crease. Use eyeliner to define your eyes.
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GLITTERY WINGED LINER

Turn your regular winged eyeliner into a sparkle look. There are few ways to create this look depending on what products you are using.  I used a regular black eyeliner pencil + glitter eyeshadow and a mixing medium.

How to: First, make sure you sharpen your eyeliner pencil before using to be precise in applying. Create a winged eyeliner shape you like, I created a look to wear during daytime. Using a pointed small brush, I mixed a pea sized amount of mixing medium and some glitter eyeshadow together. Using the same brush, I applied the mixture on top of the winged eyeliner, mostly on the center. Try to keep looking down (where you hold your mirror) while the glitter eyeshadow is still wet.Also, don’t forget mascara!

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Thankfully my mom is in town to assist me in coloring my hair using Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME® in Cocoa Red.  I was easily able to pick up this hair color in Walmart, and the result is a vibrant, fresh color! I’m happy with how the colors turned out, and even more happy that the color defies fading up to 9 weeks! It is a “true to box” color result. Not only that, it is still shiny after being washed multiple times. Check out other shades at the Schwarzkopf website ,or just head to nearest Walmart. new hair color schwarzkopf makeup looks Spring (9) new hair color schwarzkopf makeup looks Spring (11)

Share or comment below your on-trend fashion or beauty you like to try this spring!

Happy Monday! :)

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maternity and nursing wrap style dress

Friday, March 9, 2018

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I’m thankful for this month that my baby is now 6 months old, and I am still breastfeeding him. Of all my sons, I have breastfed him the longest. I had a challenging time breastfeeding my second son due to what I suspect was d-mer. Now, my baby and I enjoy the bonding from our breastfeeding sessions! Breastfeeding brings me so much joy as I watch him grow healthy and strong. It also brings joy to my husband as well, since we save money from it. hah! I think my favorite part of breastfeeding is that it’s easy to feed at night, especially during the first few months when I lacked sleep.

maternity and nursing wrap style dress (1) I also wanted to share this cute wrap dress that is easy to use during breastfeeding. I picked a few other floral prints from Pink Blush that you might want to check out. They are perfect for the new season of spring!

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This wrap dress can be used if you are expecting. You can pair it with booties, wedges, and add accessories like a floppy hat or pouch. maternity and nursing wrap style dress (3)

Here’s a photo tip for today! I like to use a liquid based moisturizer, like coconut oil, on my shoulders and legs. When the light bounces off the skin, it creates a healthy, glowing look in pictures. Just make sure you don’t over do it so you don’t look greasy!

 
 

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What kind of dress styles do you like to use for nursing?

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Gorgeous spring style pieces to check out!

Monday, February 19, 2018

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Sometimes, I miss living in LA where the winter weather feels like it’s spring, so I don’t need layers of sweaters and pants everyday! Even though spring doesn’t start until next month, I got really excited to wear dresses when the weather dropped down to 70 degrees in Houston. It felt so great and I even brought the kids to the beach to celebrate! Haha! For today, I thought to share some pretty maxi dresses, sandals, and accessories to check out and add to your spring wardrobe style. Browse these cute items below for more details on their site.

I think neutral color sandals can go with anything in your closet, whether they’re flats, wedges, or heels.

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I picked a few of the maxi dresses that you can check out for spring.  If you like printed maxi dresses, there are so many options to choose from here. Some of their styles can be convenient for nursing purposes too.

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ONE / TWO / THREE Gorgeous pieces to see for Spring wardrobe 2  FOUR / FIVE / SIX

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Accessories can refresh your wardrobe, making your outfit look cute and stylish. 

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What’s your favorite style to wear for spring season?

 

 

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Makeup tips before going on a date

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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I wanted to share a checklist with makeup tips for you, that might help before you go out on a date tomorrow or this coming weekend. Makeup is fun to do and can enhance your skin and facial features, but only with the right application and technique. It also helps to finish your look with the right wardrobe. For example, something like this pretty floral wrap dress from Pink Blush, would be great for Hearts Day. Whether you’ll be wearing makeup for the first time on your date or you’re trying a new look on Valentine’s day, here are some tips to help you with makeup application.

Avoid foundation with SPF

If you go out for a date night and are planning to take some pictures with flash, try to skip foundation with SPF so you don’t have the appearance of white-ish skin in photos. I like to use a good coverage foundation. Something that will give your skin a natural look and doesn’t feel heavy at all.

Less glossy lips

Use a matte or satin finish of lipstick to get a long-wearing lip that lasts throughout the day/night. A lipstick that is too creamy tends to come off easily and may transfer to your teeth (Problematic for when you say “Cheese!”) I also advise to limit the use of lip gloss. If you’d like to have a long-wearing lip application and smooth lips before applying lipstick, exfoliate your lips before applying those products. Here are some gorgeous colors of lipsticks that you can try.

Lash Out

Lashes are gorgeous! Even if you don’t wear eyeshadow, good lashes make your eyes flattering. If you are planning to use false lashes, I recommend natural false lashes that look like this. If you are comfortable applying individual lashes, that will be the best way to achieve natural looking lashes that don’t look fake. Let’s be honest though, many of us don’t have time to put on false lashes, especially when you have little kids or are always on the move. You can opt to use mascara with primer to volumize and lengthen your lashes as well.

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Good Base

I never forget to apply moisturizer to my face before applying foundation. It makes such a big difference with the application and finish of your foundation. I like to massage my face for a few seconds with moisturizer first. Make sure you choose a moisturizer that is lightweight and non-greasy.

Keep it simple

Keep your makeup simple and clean; no glitters, not too much contouring, nor excessive powder layered on your foundation. Don’t use mirrors with magnifiers to check your makeup because obviously it will just show all the imperfection of your skin. It’s better using a normal mirror and looking from a distance showing your whole face and neck.

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My Valentine’s date. He got the memo! Haha! Be sure to check about our cultural differences (when Filipina meets Kano) 😉

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

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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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3 Favorite Hairstyling Hacks For Busy Moms

Thursday, January 11, 2018

3 favorite hairstyling hacks for busy moms

Ponytail and bunny hairstyles are my everyday hairstyles, as a mom of two toddlers and a baby. They’re quick to do and don’t bother me and my baby during nursing time. I honestly don’t give any effort to my hair sometimes. I prefer to use my limited time to do my makeup first, when I go out. However, I found some hairstyling hacks that totally helped me as a busy mom. That is why today, I wanted to share 3 of my favorite hairstyling hacks that I’ve been using lately. Have you tried any of these?

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Double Ponytail

Use this hack to make your hair look full or longer, by dividing your hair into a double ponytail. You can adjust the bottom of the ponytail depending on how long you want your hair to look.

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Spray Bobby Pins

Use a hairspray/dry shampoo to spray bobby pins, before styling and using it on your hair. This makes the pins sticky and allows for a good grip, keeping them in place in your hair.

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Puff It Up

Use a pen, pencil, or chopstick to puff up the top of your hair for some volume. Then, use hairspray to set it.

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It sounds simple, but these hacks totally make a difference! Hope everyone has a great weekend.

By the way, make sure to follow me on Instagram to watch my makeup tutorial/tips every Monday. On Thursdays, have fun watching fellow moms take over my Insta story! So many fun things are happening this month! See you all!
Top sponsored by Pink Blush

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Nursing in Public

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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When I gave birth to my first son, I wasn’t comfortable nursing in public, even more so if there were a lot of people around me (especially men). I felt self-conscious and nervous, but I learned to overcome these feelings with some help from my friends, who are fellow moms. I saw how they did it and followed some of their tips about nursing in public. Today, I want to share some of these tips that I’ve learned.

Prepare ahead of time.

If I go out and I know that I will need to nurse my baby, I prepare everything inside my diaper bag beforehand. This includes my nursing cover and burping cloth. That way, when I nurse him I can just grab my bag beside me and get the things I need during feeding time.

Wear something easy to breastfeed in.

This is very helpful and makes breastfeeding sessions easy. There are a few styles you can wear which include: v-necklines, loose shirts, or shirts with built-in bras. I mostly love wearing a wrap front v-neckline with stretchy fabric, like this black wrap dress from Pink Blush. It can be worn as a maternity dress too. It makes it easy for me and my baby because I can just drag down the front cover when I need to breastfeed.

Wear an easy-access bra.

I like to use either a bra with removable cups with a hook, or sports bras. It depends on what kind of outfit I’m wearing for the day.

Use a nursing cover.

I’ve been using a multi-purpose nursing cover for my newborn this time around. I mentioned it here in a previous blog post. I like to use this cover often, but if I’m outdoors in the Texan weather, I try not to cover my baby’s whole body.

Pick a spot.

All babies are different. My eldest son didn’t want to feed when there was noise around him. On the other hand, my other two sons were fine with it. Finding a place to sit and support your back is also important while nursing a baby. If I’m at church, I use my nursing cover, but if my little one starts to fuss, I bring him to the nursing room. It’s more comfortable and easy to feed there for me.

 

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Do you have any tips that make nursing in public easier, especially for first time moms?

Dress sponsored by Pink Blush, but all opinions are honest and my own.

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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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