My Birthday Wishlist (+GIVEAWAY for TWO!)


I’ll be saying goodbye to my 20s next weekend! Am I excited? Yes! I feel that the more I age, the more new things I learn (like about motherhood and marriage) and the more I learn to mature. I wonder what my 30s will be like!  While writing down what I would like for my birthday, I actually thought, “Hmm… What else do I really want, aside from sleeping without early-morning interruptions from my kids, and a vacation in the Philippines?” Here are a few ideas I came up with:



  1. Bare Minerals Eyeshadow – I’ve heard good things about BM eyeshadows. They focus more on natural looking to wearable smokey eyes, which I’ve been using lately! This palette is good for a day-to-night eye makeup look.
  2. Hello Panda + Yakult – Most people prefer coffee as an energizer, but I prefer Yakult! I’ve been drinking it since I was a kid. I remember when I used to paint in college into the middle of the night, this was my power-up! I also think that a great match for Yakult is Hello Panda.  Brent knows how much I love Hello Panda. I always receive a BIG box every Christmas! PS: This is not an exotic food. It’s a chocolate-filled biscuit. Try it and let me know what you think!
  3. Becca Backlight Primer – It’s a primer that gives your skin a luminous glow!! Ahh! This is gorg for Summer!
  4. Tweezerman Pro Eyelash Curler – I have short eyelashes, so I’m always looking for a great eyelash curler. I’m looking for one that not only curls my lashes, but keeps them up. Has anyone used this Tweezerman curler before? Thoughts?
  5. CVS Photo Prints – I bought a big photo album a couple months ago, but I haven’t been able to use it. I always want to print my favorite shots of my family, friends and photography works since I have tons of them in my computer. It’s just that I never have a chance to print them out! I’m happy with how CVS photo prints work, as it it is affordable and the colors are great. I still like the way traditional photo prints look compared to photo books. I’m just more on the traditional side sometimes. 🙂
  6. Chicken Pad Thai – I love Thai food, and this means Pad Thai with Som Tum Salad. Brent is really good at making Pad Thai… Maybe he can make me some on my birthday… *cough* *cough* Maybe he can also make it spicy, please. 😉
  7. Thrift Store Day – This is the place where I can say I relax by digging through clothes and a variety of items. I love to grab my kids’ clothes here too! I just like how it challenges me to find good things that I can style, and at a very cheap price!!

After I finished writing this, I realized that if I had to pick my top 3, I’d choose: Chicken Pad Thai, Hello Panda + Yakult, and Thrift Store Day! Haha


April is my birthday month, so to celebrate and show my appreciation, I’m giving away these gorgeous green leaf makeup pouches for you and a friend (it can be your mother, sister, cousin etc.). My friend from college who is also based here in the the US, just launched her Etsy shop. I want to support her by sharing her shop with you all. I actually requested her to create a pouch inspired by a tropical summer island. The fabric is so beautiful, soft, and well-made. It’s big enough to store cosmetics, makeup brushes, hair accessories, or a phone. Whether you are bringing it to the beach, pool party, brunch date, or matching it with your outfit, this pouch is perfect on the go for summer!

How to enter and WIN:

  1. Simply follow me @emsmithartist and @ShkadoodleNoodle on Instagram
  2. Tag a friend in the comment box of my Instagram giveaway photo. That’s it!

Contest ends on 4/25 at midnight. I will message the winner in her Instagram. This contest is open to residents of the US and all over the world! 🙂

For up to 3 additional entries, do any of the following:
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Good luck everyone!!


5 Responses to “My Birthday Wishlist (+GIVEAWAY for TWO!)”

  1. sabine says:

    Em, this is such a cute post. Your 30s will be amazing, trust me. Been there, done that. I love your birthday wishes… they are so simple yet meaningful. I love thrift store shopping as well. When one of my daughters turned 18 she wished for Pad Thai for dinner as well. So yummy! Have a wonderful birthday with family and friends!
    — Sabine

  2. Karla Sceviour says:

    I would share with my sister,because she deserves a special treat 🙂

  3. julie says:

    with my mom because we have the same style and she would love it 🙂

  4. BarbaraMae says:

    Happy birthday! I would share this prize with my maid of honor so we could have matching bags.

  5. Rachel says:

    I’d share with my friend Ashley because she’s just awesome! 🙂

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