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6 Things you can do while waiting for a new baby’s arrival

Thursday
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As I’m waiting for our third son this coming August, I’ve been doing something to keep myself busy and help me prepare for the newest member of the family. I want to share a few ideas on things a first time mom (or an expectant mom like me) do while waiting for the new baby. I also partnered today with Playtex Baby™ VentAire® at Target , who offers a unique bottom vent and angled bottle design to help prevent reflux (which I’ve experienced from my older son!).

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Baby Bump Style: Blue & White Summer Stripe Finds

Friday
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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 […]

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My Easy Fried Rice Recipe

Tuesday
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Before I came to America, I had been eating rice every single day; for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, when Brent and I got married, I compromised with the food we eat for our meals. It’s not that he doesn’t like rice (he loves it together with other Asian foods!), but of course, I want to serve meals that he likes from his culture as well. When I do prepare rice, I sometimes want to make it more special, instead of just plain, white Jasmine rice. Today, I want to share how I make my own fried rice. You can find the ingredients easily in the grocery store, or you may already have them in your fridge. The good thing about this recipe is that you can add as much veggies as you like. We also like to eat this alone and sometimes add chicken to it. My toddlers love it!

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Minimal Bathroom Summer Refresh (+ Win $1000 or $250 Target Gift Card!)

Monday
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Our guest bathroom is used mostly by the kids, and has been decorated with them in mind. However, since it’s summer, visitors like family and friends are visiting more often, and I wanted to give our guest bathroom a more clean, adult look (sorry kids!).. I found these lovely items at Target, where Quilted Northern offered an exciting and fun challenge for a bathroom refresh. I’m pretty excited to join this challenge to transform our guest bathroom into a clean, minimal, and classy look which requires only few simple steps!

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Fish Themed Birthday Party + Birthday Banner Tutorial

Thursday
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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 […]

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Tutorial: How I Curl My Hair (VIDEO)

Monday
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I finally had the guts to take video of myself for my blog, although I need to improve on recording myself, like not recording in the vertical position. 😉 This hair tutorial is about how I usually curl my hair, which I mostly do on the weekends when we go out. I like to begin curling with “dirty hair” or unwashed hair. I don’t wash my hair everyday and it helps my hair curl easily and have a loose, soft finish. Here’s the process on how I achieve this hairstyle. I brush my hair to make sure there are no […]

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6 Gift Ideas for Padre Under $30

Thursday
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My kids are truly blessed to have a dad who works hard, shares his faith, and is a good role model for them. Today, I thought to share items that will save you some time looking for a for a Father’s day gift. Read on and let me know what you think!   Leather Wallet with Magnetic Clip – Brent has this kind of wallet and he likes it because it is easy to use, carry around, and it’s not bulky. Personalized Mug : I think this will be a perfect gift for any dad, especially first-time dads. It’s not […]

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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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