Updating Your Old Photo Frames (Tutorial)

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A lot are asking me about the frames in our living room that I featured in one of my blog posts, Living Room Makeover. I used our old frames and some that I bought from thrift stores. The DIY of refurbishing your old frames to a new one is very easy. It saves money and you can design the frame any way you want. I find that my style leans more on Scandinavian style since I like simple lines and a clean feel at home. I decided to frame pictures that Brent took when he was in Indonesia and some […]


Happy Halloween! We are on-call!

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Our Halloween Family Costume 2018 is easy peasy, a perfect costume for busy parents like us and especially perfect for someone I know who isn’t fond of wearing costumes.. Hmm can you guess who? (Hint: someone who just came home from work this evening 😉 ) Materials for the wheelchair and props: Big cardboards for the wheels Velcro Acrylic Paint and Paint Brush Glue Stick and Glue Gun Secure-Flex Wrap Stick Empty Soda Plastic Masking Tape IV Tubing (I got it from Amazon but you can just use white clothesline) Stroller (We’re using Diono Quantum Stroller. We love it and […]


Who Inspires You?

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This post is sponsored by adidas. All my opinions are my own. Adidas Harden Pants / Adidas Samba Classic Shoes We all have people or things that inspire us. They’re the people we look up to when we need a little boost, or the activities we do when we need to refresh. I don’t need to look far for someone inspires me. I see him every day, share a home with him and our boys, and build dreams together. My husband is one of my greatest sources of inspiration and hope. My husband is a pediatric psychologist, a great father […]


Everyday Brown Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

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Smokey eyes can be intimidating and may seem hard to do. But with proper practice and with the right tools, subtle smokey eyes can be your go-to look for work or nights out. I like wearing neutral shades because they’re more wearable and easily transitions from day to night. It also looks more natural and doesn’t look too harsh on the skin.

I partnered with Antonym to show how to create smokey eyes using brown and neutral tones. Their makeup is organic using only natural ingredients, eco-friendly packaging, and they have zero tolerance for animal cruelty.


Living Room Makeover Reveal

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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 […]


A Cup of Good Health

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This post is sponsored by Total Tea. All my opinions are my own. Drinking tea is one of my favorite ways to start the day. It gives the same energy as coffee but with less amount of caffeine. I’m so happy to come across Total Tea. I’m already a tea drinker and seeing their wide variety of flavors, I simply couldn’t wait to try. Total Tea is a family owned business based on Texas that believes a healthy life is a happy life! Their teas are organic, delicious, safe, and with no artificial flavors. As mother of three boys, I […]


Summer Reading with Kids

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Our backyard is one of my favorite spots at home. The kids not only enjoy playing but they also like it when we lay down our mat (we love our banig that’s made from the Philippines!) to hang out and read. We do this early in the morning to avoid the intense heat since we live in Texas. Brent and I teach our kids the importance of reading and books. It helps from brain development, creativity, to broadening their vocabulary. Books and activities refrain them from being too dependent on gadgets. Whenever my kids read, it also serves as my […]


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