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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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Memes for Moms Who Need to LOL

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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My sister and I are now both moms and we like talking with our own mom and sharing our everyday lives with our kids. We’ve been saying this to her lately, “Ma, ang hirap mag-alaga ng bata…” (Translation: Ma, it’s hard to take care of the kids.) She teases us and says “Now you know.” 😉 Yes, now I really appreciate how my mom worked so hard for us, her three kids. I still remember that she had a full-time job and woke up before sunrise just to prepare our lunch, prepare us for school, and a lot of other things! Brent and I have been experiencing a lot of craziness in the house lately. This led me to browse for mom-related memes, just for laughs. I thought to share some that made me L-O-L. 😉 It’s true that good laughter is the best (and a free) medicine, especially for parents.

 

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Which one of these memes do you relate with?

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These shirts are the cutest! They were made by a good friend of mine Ashli, who owns a shop called Christian Grace Embroidery. She’s a stay-at-home mom, like me, with 2 little children of her own. I love supporting mom entrepreneurs like her! I hope you will too. :)

P.S In case you missed my post, I joined Beautycounter as a consultant, to promote safe, high-performing makeup and skincare products. Read more here.

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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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DIY Baby Mobile Tutorial

Monday, September 25, 2017

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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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Carter’s Big Baby Giveaway!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. #lovecarters

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I’ve been a fan of Carter’s ever since I had my first baby boy, up until now, with my newborn third son! Their baby clothes always have cute designs, so I often end up taking photos of my baby wearing them! Today, I wanted to share an exciting, big giveaway that Carter’s is having this week in celebration of “The Original Bodysuit Day.

The Original Bodysuit Sweepstakes

If you are on Instagram and/or Twitter and love to take photos of your little ones, join the Original Bodysuit Sweepstakes on September 14th 10AM-6PM EST. All you have to do is post a photo of your baby wearing a bodysuit, using the hashtag: #bodysuitsweepstakes, on Instagram or Twitter from 10AM – 6PM EST. There will be five (5) winners to be selected to receive a $100 gift card from Carter’s, each hour from 10AM to 6PM EST. AND… (drum roll please…) one lucky winner will be selected to win the grand prize of Carter’s bodysuits for one year, in the form of a $625 gift card!

Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Original Bodysuit Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., DC, U.S. territories and PR, 18 yrs. and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 9/14/17 on or about 10:00 AM ET and ends on 9/14/17 at 6:00 PM ET. For a copy of Official Rules visit the www.carters.com/originalbodysuitsweepstakes. Sweepstakes is sponsored by The William Carter Company, 3438 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 1800, Atlanta, GA 30326.

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Double Points on Bodysuits

If you are a Rewarding Moments member, you can earn double points when you purchase Carter’s  baby boy bodysuit and/or baby girl bodysuit  on Sept. 14, open all day, in store and online. * Some exclusions apply. To learn more about Rewarding Moments, please visit here.

Bodysuit Day Twitter Chat Sweepstakes

Love Twitter chat? Follow Carters on Twitter and join Bodysuit Day Twitter chat on Sept. 14th from 1-2PM EST using #cartersbodysuitsweepstakes for more chances to win big! RSVP today!

Which bodysuit/s is your favorite for your little one?

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Mom life with 3 boys under 3

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Soothe Shirt from Lalabu

It’s been a month now since my youngest was born and today I wanted to share few things that have helped me survive my days with 3 boys under 3.  Everyday is different: sometimes my kids are easy and they play so well together that I think “Ahh, they are so cute, I want another one!” (kidding Brent!)… but sometimes they are NOT.  I’ve made many mistakes being a mom, but these mistakes allow me to make things right afterward and to learn to forgive and even ask for forgiveness. Being a wife of a child psychologist, I often wish my husband would be around to guide me on what to do/ how to handle the situation, or even just to remind me “Em, take some deep breaths” (kind of like being in labor, right? lol). So here are a few things so far that have helped me to survive so far:

Sit and relax

My boys love for me to read books to them and I find it not only makes them calm,but I feel relaxed as well because we get to sit down and have time together. Since I have a newborn, I simply ask them to turn to pages for me so I can read while I’m feeding the baby.

Clean up

Now I understand why my mom always asked us to clean up and get organized,: it feels relaxing and I love to see everything in place. Although I have lowered my expectations now since I have kids, Brent and I still try to teach our oldest kids to pick up toys before naptime and before they go to bath/bedtime. I also ask them to pick up toys before they get another toy out to play.  This not only helps to lessen the chaotic surroundings around here at home, but also teaches them to learn how to clean up.

Separation

My boys are close in age and that makes them play good together most of the time. Of course, they also argue about simple things sometimes, which can lead to fussiness or fighting. One of the ways to survive getting through this is to give them time to go to separate rooms to calm down.

Snack it out

Food saves a lot of fussiness and even grumpiness. Even just a few crackers will help a lot to give my toddler boys time to sit down and have few minutes of quiet.

Circulate the toys

Right now the kids have their own area to play and I find it helps to keep them occupied when I put out toys that they haven’t seen for few weeks. They get excited and have something to do while I’m busy with the newborn.

Diaper box

I just made a diaper box that I put in the living room so I don’t need to change my baby’s diaper in our room. It’s a big help and saves a lot of time!

Do you have other ways to survive taking care of multiple kids? I would love to hear them in comment box below!

 

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Welcome to Galveston Island

Friday, September 8, 2017

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Last month a lot of things happened, from the birth of my third son, to Hurricane Harvey. The latter urged us to drive down to Dallas and move to our new place in Galveston sooner. If only my eyebags could talk, I think they would ask to take a break! But who am I to complain… My family and I are safe, and I have a handsome newborn. I am also thankful that my husband can spend more time with the boys, since we moved here to be closer to his work. Did I mention we are close by the beach?! It already feels like home. :-)

I’ve been to Galveston a lot, but when we went in the past, we would mostly go to the beach or The Strand. There is also a Filipino store and restaurant here called “El Pinoy.” I will be going back there to grab some Filipino ketchup and Mang Tomas sauce. 😉

Have you ever visited Galveston? What kind of fun things do you and your family love to do here?

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Baby wrap from Solly Baby Wrap. (It’s sold out but you can try these other pretty colors.) #partner

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Road trip with toddlers and newborn

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, design, and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of two boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Originally from the Philippines.

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