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Mirror,Mirror On The Wall: Master Bedroom Makeover

Monday, November 12, 2018

 

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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 have found this full-length mirror from Varaluz. It’s perfect for our room and for Brent and I, too, since we’re both really tall. The mirror can be mounted or you can simply lean it against the wall (we strapped to the wall for safety purposes). What I especially love about it is that it’s handcrafted and made from recycled materials from the Philippines. It’s sustainable furniture that helps the environment and 100% crafted with care by Filipinos from my home country. There’s so much waste that can be put to good use and Varaluz is one of the living proof that we can create something beautiful from recycled materials.

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(DIY plant holder tutorial / similar “blessed” pillow / similar world map canvas)

Our room is now brighter and more spacious. It certainly added a different feel to our space. It also helps us save a few pennies! We can keep the lights off during daytime. If you place it near light sources (lamps, windows, or chandeliers) it will reflect the light to the room.

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Do you have any mirrors placed in your home?

Thank you to Varaluz for partnering with Hello Island Mama.

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Living Room Makeover Reveal

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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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 one place. Havenly definitely helped me achieve the living room I wanted for our home.

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The process was clean and simple. All I needed to do was take the survey to determine what style I was aiming for. I thoroughly enjoyed going over the images and picking favorites. This part is essential because it helps narrow down what you really want to do. You can even add Pinterest boards or other images close to the design you prefer. It was a bit difficult to choose which Interior Designer to work with at first, but Allison really captured my attention. She also likes wood and is not afraid to use color. I received great options for furniture and décor pieces that fit the budget. Allison really listened to what I wanted, and she even added a cute teepee that divided the space beautifully and created an area for my boys. Before this makeover, our living room was incredibly cluttered! We squeezed my workstation and the reading/playing area in such a quaint space. Once the design was finalized, I was more than ready to shop! What I love about Havenly is that you do all of this process in just one place, their website.

This is what my interior designer Allison created for the concept board which has a blue, green, and beige color scheme with rattan and natural woods.

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The new layout gave us more space where the children can play and move easily. Our living room looks much larger now! I enjoyed shopping through Havenly and I love that the brands I trust can be found on their website. I can’t stress enough how much I adore our redecorated space. Everything meshed together well from the color down to the décor pieces.

Are there any rooms in your home you want to decorate? What style do you prefer? I’m sharing $50 off a Full Room Design or $20 off a Mini Room Design!

Thank you so much to Havenly for partnering with Hello Island Mama!

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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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DIY Hanging Plant Holder

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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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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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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Kid’s play area + machine-washable rug

Sunday, March 4, 2018

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How sweet to watch them play together! I really love this stage that my youngest son is in now. He’s able to sit on his own and watch his Kuyas (Tagalog for big brother) while playing or browsing through books :) Now that the weather is not gloomy and super cold anymore, we are enjoying our play area with bright sunshine. This is where we mostly read stories, learn some Tagalog words from Filipino children’s books, play with legos and have other fun activities! Lorena Canals sent us this gorgeous rug to enjoy in the kids’ play area. One thing that makes me excited to use this is that it is machine washable! If you have three boys, you’ll probably need a rug that is easy to throw in the washing machine. You’ll also need one that doesn’t worry you about stains, dirt, and spit up from the baby. 😉 This one rug checks off all those criteria. Who else can relate??

The one we have for our kids’ room is called “Bereber Beige”. It is simple and super soft, whether for your kids’ room or for the living room.  There is also this runway rug with a similar print for use in the kitchen or hallway.

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The rug is 100% super soft cotton, which is so nice for my baby to lay down in, especially for his tummy time. Lorena Canals rugs also use natural dyes, so there is no irritation for babies and kids like mine with sensitive skin. kids play area machine washable lorena canals rug (8)

Here are some of my favorite pics from their site that you should check it out for your home. There is also a wide selection of cushions with unique and cute designs, blankets of varying colors and shapes,  stylish baskets to hold items like magazines, scarves, toys, and wall decor! Be sure to check out their website to browse these super cute pieces and for inspiring images to see!

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Azteca Natural

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Round ABC

I think this is attractive for a kid’s room. I like its simplicity and how it’s educational at the same time.

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Hippy Mint

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Do you love to use machine-washable rugs at home?

Don’t forget to follow me and Lorena Canals on Instagram!

 

This post is partnership with Lorena Canals Rugs. All opinions are honest and my own.

 

 

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When You Don’t Feel Thankful

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Most days, I feel thankful and appreciate my life, as well as the things and people around me. But I’ll be honest, there are days where I compare myself to others and find myself full of complaints, frustration, and disappointment. We are now studying Romans at Bible Study Fellowship and I read a verse this week from Romans 10:11. It says, “Anyone who believes in Him will never be disappointed”. It lit my eyes up this week and showed me that no matter how we feel, the important thing is to trust Him and be thankful for what plans He has for our lives. It might not always be the way we want things, but it’s part of His plan for us. To keep myself from forgetting some of the things I am thankful and appreciative for, I made notes for myself. Here they are:

  • Having more time to see my kids as they grow up, and being able to be a stay-at-home mom with them.
  • Having helpful and generous parent-in-laws who help us.
  • Having good health insurance for our family.
  • Having enough money to buy our groceries every week.
  • Having a husband who helps out with the kids after a long and stressful day at work.
  • Having my sister, mom, and brother who take time for my kids by talking and entertaining them in video calls, even though they are thousands of miles away.
  • Having friends who encourage me in spirituality and motherhood.

How about you? What are the things you can forget to be thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Our shared room with baby + organic baby mattress

Sunday, October 22, 2017

This post is sponsored by My Green Mattress, but all opinions are honest and my own. shared room with baby organic crib mattress (8) shared room with baby organic crib mattress (3) shared room with baby organic crib mattress (4)

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Brent and I always wanted to sleep close to the new baby, before he turned one year old. Our first two sons slept in a bassinet as babies, during the first few weeks after I gave birth to them. I found it easier to get up and feed them, most especially when they were still waking up at night frequently. When I gave birth to my third son, I really didn’t expect that he would be the biggest baby I have ever had. He weighed ten pounds at birth! See my birth story here. Just imagine how much he weighs now, after a couple of months… He’s a big baby indeed, and cute!

We are thankful to have found a place in Galveston that has much more space for us. It has bigger rooms that work perfectly for our shared room with a baby crib. We are using an Emily Natural Crib Mattress from My Green Mattress for our son’s crib, which fits perfectly. I wish I knew about this baby crib mattress back when my two eldest boys were babies. They have sensitive skin and one of them has eczema and allergies, so this would have been great. My Green Mattress is a family business located in LaGrange, Illinois. They use organic cotton and 100% natural eco-wool quilted covers. You can tell that the quality of this mattress is astounding since it is hand-crafted. I like how this company prioritizes offering all-natural mattresses that are non-toxic, soft, and comfortable for babies.

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I can’t wait for our little son to use this mattress, all the way until we transform his crib into a toddler bed! shared room with baby organic crib mattress (11)

Are you also sharing your room with the baby? How does your little one sleep?

 

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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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