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Family Beach Day in Galveston Island

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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

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When Brent and I found out we were moving to Galveston Island last year, we kept thinking how fun it would be to go to the beach often. Living close to the beach, we looked forward to time on the sand and water with the kids. We are beach lovers, as I come from the islands of the Philippines (you can see here how beautiful the beaches are where I was raised), while Brent lived in Thailand for a few years teaching kids. That is why whenever the weather gets warmer, we often hang out as a family at beach in Galveston!

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When we went to the beach over Easter weekend, it was like our mini getaway. Galveston Island has gotten a lot of tourists ever since the weather hit the 70s a few weeks ago, so it made us feel like we were on vacation too. We enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and the warm sunshine. Thankfully, our two eldest sons are really close friends. They enjoy the sand, sticks, and running back and forth from the little waves that reach the sand. The boys were also excited about their first kite flying experience with the kite they got as a gift from Grandma.

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Our youngest son is now able to sit on his own and entertain himself with baby toys, so Brent and I enjoyed some quiet and relaxation with snacks. Being the parent to three very active boys, can take a lot of energy. Our two oldest boys love to round around on the beach, like to be chased around, play with balls, and play with sticks (aka sword fighting), so we need to keep up. 😉  Even when we’re not at the beach, that is our everyday life with the boys at home..

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The kids love it when they sit on my husband’s shoulders… Though sometimes, one of them cannot wait for his turn. 😉 I admire how Brent really puts in the effort to play with our boys, even when he has had stressful days at work. He needs the energy to play and enjoy time with the boys, so having a snack like Creminelli Fine Meats™  helps him refuel and keep the fun going with our three active boys.

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Since I’m still breastfeeding my little man, protein snacks are a convenient source of protein to satisfy my hunger and keep my energy up. My husband and I really enjoyed the taste of the Prosciutto & Aged Mozzarella and Casalingo, Gouda & Dried Cherries snack trays. Our two older sons loved it too! family beach day Galveston Island 2 (11) family beach day Galveston Island 2 (16)

They are available in a variety of trays at Target or Starbucks. They are the perfect quick and easy on-the-go protein snacks for adventures like the beach, hiking, and wherever else life takes you! Take a look and discover other fun adventures of Creminelli’s on their Instagram. family beach day Galveston Island 2 (4) family beach day Galveston Island 2 (14)

Speaking of adventures, this was my baby’s first time playing in the sand. It was so cute to look at the curiosity on his face trying to figure out what all the sand around him was. And yes, he wanted to eat it all… 😉

I hope you all had a lovely Easter! How did you spend your Easter weekend? Any fun adventures? I’d love to hear them!

 

 

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My Summer Maternity Shoot

Friday, July 21, 2017

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First of all, I want to thank my husband, Brent for taking these images. I think he’s now accepting that his life married to me involves pictures and photoshoots. 😉 It’s good to have someone to take pictures of you outside. It allows you to have different backgrounds, but if you like the indoors, and the husband is not available, check out my post: “Taking photos of your own baby bump.” I have some tips there on how I take pictures of myself inside, using a tripod.
As I turned 36 weeks pregnant, I feel that I’m getting close to the finale! Things have been busy preparing for my new son’s arrival. We’ve been washing new clothes that we received from my baby shower, preparing a bassinet, and washing breast pump bottles and extra bottles (so Brent can also feed the baby so I can sleep). I also started to prepare a hospital bag and started to put the things I need for my little one and myself. I’d love to hear what you need in a hospital bag. I feel like I’m missing something!

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Similar Maxi Dress / Similar summer hat

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You can pair this outfit with ethnic sandals like these  / Similar wooden hoop earrings

SHOP MAXI DRESS

SHOP WEDGE SANDALS

SHOP FLAT SANDALS

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How to Achieve a Fresh Makeup Look

Thursday, July 13, 2017

This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company; all opinions are mine alone. #ColorMeHydrated #CollectiveBias

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I have a fun and fresh-looking makeup tutorial today a look for a clean summer look. I’m sharing my favorite makeup techniques and tips to achieve glowing skin, and to keep you feeling fresh and hydrated. Summer in Texas is getting seriously hot, so I have to keep myself well-hydrated. I make sure to drink plenty of fluids for my skin and body. I was inspired to create this fresh makeup look by vitaminwater, which I found at Target. Drinking a refreshing bottle helps keep me hydrated. It tastes great and is perfect for busy lifestyles like mine. Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to get glowing skin and to achieve a fresh makeup look. Scroll down for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create this look!

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How to achieve fresh makeup look

1 ) After washing your face and moisturizing, use a tinted moisturizer and apply to your face with your fingers.

2 ) I opt for liquid concealer to even out the dark circles and red spots around my nose. Use a dampened sponge to even out and blend the application well.

3 ) To fill in the brows, use a retractable brow pencil and a brow brush. Blur the edges and lines.

4) Use less powder on specific areas, like under the eyes and around the nose (if you have oily skin in this area), to set the concealer. I like to keep the other areas of my face free from powder so that it looks natural, healthy, and radiant.

5 ) I love using a liquid type of blush. Pat it down on your cheeks, using your fingers to blend. You may also use a cream blush or even lipstick with a creamy texture.

6 ) For this look I prefer a simple style without eyeshadow. This allows you to pat powder on your eyelids for a clean look and matte finish.

7 ) Curl lashes to the side and immediately apply mascara to lock the curls. Do the same for the other eye.

8 ) Apply your favorite lipstick. I’m using pink tone for this look, which is inspired by kiwi-strawberry vitaminwater.

9 ) Finally, use a bronzer to dust around your face and neck.

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Makeup tip: Use a spray bottle of water or facial mist spray on a rounded highlighter blush before applying highlighter powder. This makes it stand better, but keeps it looking natural (not flaky or powdery) on the skin. I love using this technique for myself and for my makeup clients.

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Highlight upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, chin area and tear ducts using a small brush or your pinky finger.


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How to achieve fresh makeup look vitaminwater instore

Have you tried “Shelf-Selfie”?  I did! Get 15% off when you buy vitaminwater, by simply following the instructions below:

1) Visit your local Target.

2) Snap a Shelf-Selfie (selfie in front of the vitaminwater shelf).

3) Text your image to 89000 to receive the hidden Cartwheel offer link for 15% off a 20 oz bottle of vitaminwater.

That’s it! Easy and simple

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vitaminwater offers a great variety of flavors. Check out other inspiring posts on how vitaminwater fits their lifestyles for the summer.

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How do you keep yourself looking fresh and hydrated from the inside out?

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Baby Bump Style: Blue & White Summer Stripe Finds

Friday, June 30, 2017

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Summer stripes like blue and white, are often my favorites to wear this time of season. I’ve been wearing stripes recently on my tops and dresses, which I like to pair with comfy sneakers or sandals. They help to keep me more comfortable in my pregnancy. You can also style these kinds of stripes in wearing wedges if you’re into dressing up especially in date night or weekend style. I wanted to share some of the blue and white summer stripes that caught my attention. They are more of a casual style and will make your outfit look comfy and cool this summer.

1 Ruffled seesucker stripe shorts  (On SALE!)

2 Off-Shoulder ¾ Sleeve Stripe Peasant Top

3 Off Shoulder Shift Dress (On SALE)

4 Blue Stripe Linen Pant  (ON SALE)

5 Shirt Dress

6 Maternity Striped Sheath Dress (BUY 1, GET 2ND 50% OFF)

7 Fitted Jersey Maxi Skirt (ON SALE!)

8 Striped Linen-Blend Shorts

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I’m wearing my DIY Sling Sandals but here’s something similar. stripes-baby-bump-style-2

SIMILAR DRESS /  SIMILAR POUCH CLUTCH / NAIL POLISH

 

Have a great weekend friends!

 

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Summer Swimsuit Favorites

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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After a long week of bed rest since being sick, my husband and I decided to head to the beach with the kids and enjoy the beautiful weather. It’s nice to live in Houston where we can take a quick trip to the beach and relax before another busy week!. Today I wanted to  share some one-piece swimsuits that caught my eye. I think they are all lovely to wear at the beach! They also look classy without  showing a lot of skin – which I like since I’m getting old 😉

Click the links below to see more details about these swimsuits!

1) One-piece Ruffle Swimsuit Polka Dots

2) Ballet One-Piece Swimsuit

3) Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit

4) Floral Print One-Piece Swimsuit

5) Beach Striped Halter One-Piece Swimsuit

6) Pink Off-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit

7) Laser Cut Black One-Piece Swimsuit  

8) Tropical Leaf Print One-Piece Swimsuit

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Good thing my almost 7-month baby bump can still fit into a normal one-piece swimsuit! Here’s a laser-cut halter one-piece swimsuit I got from Target. They are on SALE, so better check this deal out soon!

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Which swimsuit do you like above? How are you enjoying the long weekend?

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Baby Bump Style + Favorite SALE Picks!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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(Beach bag from Abejas Boutique, similar here / Thin belt similar here)

I am soon reaching the end of my second trimester, and my baby bump has been showing a lot these past few weeks. I love this time in my pregnancy as I can still wear clothes that aren’t maternity clothes. Lately, I’ve been choosing dresses over tops and pants because I’ve been easily feeling warm. I know it’s only spring in Texas, but it feels like summer to me. That’s the pregnant life, along with chasing two toddlers around.

When choosing clothes while I’m pregnant, I like to get one size bigger than my usual and try to style it with a belt or other accessories.  I’m wearing an off-shoulder dress (in the images above) that I got from T.J. Maxx. It’s not a maternity dress, but it has a flowy style, so I thought it would be perfect to wear while I’m pregnant. It’s cute for springtime too! Here’s similar piece!

Don’t you think it’s cute to dress up with a baby bump? Here are a few of my favorite picks of dresses and accessories that are on sale! These are great, regular, non-maternity clothes that preggies like me can wear.

Reverse Flowy Dress

Mango Flowy Striped Dress

Mango Off-shoulder Dress

Old Navy Striped Dress

Steve Madden Thin Belt

Straw Beach Bag

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Valentines Day Style

Sunday, February 12, 2017

 

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We are now in my hometown of Marinduque in the Philippines. I wish my husband was here with me and the kids now, to enjoy the beautiful island and be together on Valentine’s Day. I’m excited to see him when he arrives in the next few days. Anyways, here’s a new style post for the girls who would like to try an off-shoulder dress. Product details below!

Sunglasses @classiqueapparel

Shoulder bag @thesatcheldiva

Dress @shortcutsapparel

Sandals @erinbyetsy

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First Birthday Photo Shoot

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Say hello to the precious Zoie who just turned one this month! These are the pictures I took from her first birthday photoshoot, together with her mom and dad. It was so sweet of her mom Charm to create and prepare props for her shoot. They made it so much fun and cute, just like Zoie! I love how Charm did the DIY cardboard sign saying “One”. Great job Mom and Happy 1st Birthday Zoie!

Photography by Em Smith (me)

What’s your ideal photoshoot theme for your little tot?

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:10

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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.

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

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