Posts in “Family Shoot”

Merry Christmas from our family!

Monday, December 24, 2018

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Sweet moments this month of December.
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442236499803166926a 3 Shepherds…. surprise performance to Grandma and Grandpa 😉 They sang “Joy to the world” in toddler way…you know what I mean. Wardrobe was provided by their thrifty parents.

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Thank you for being part of our adventure and supporting this little blog! May the Lord bless you all! See you next year! 🙂

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16


Sailboat First Birthday Theme Ideas

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


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We celebrated our youngest son’s 1st birthday over the weekend. I can’t believe that he is 1-year-old now! I also can’t believe that he has no reflux anymore! Hallelujah! My son is such a happy boy, he is such a sweet baby boy and patient too. For his 1st birthday, I thought of using a sailboat theme for his party, since his second name “Alon” means “(Sea) Wave” in Tagalog. We had a small gathering with my husband’s family and I made lasagna rolls (love this recipe, but I tweaked the sauce and added ground beef), Filipino BBQ on a stick (my mom’s recipe! YUM!), and some desserts. Below are the D-I-Y decors I made for my son’s birthday party. They are simple ideas perfect for small gatherings, like the one we had. Most of the decor is made of old boxes and construction paper. You can find the materials at most arts-and-crafts stores. Personally, I love going to Hobby Lobby to grab these art materials. It’s like heaven for an artist like me!


I found this first birthday cake idea from Pinterest while looking for a cake recipe without egg whites. His cake is easy and fun to make. I found the frosting recipe from

What’s great about these ideas is that they are not only for birthdays! They can also be used for baby showers too! Share and pin your favorite sailboat decor idea 🙂

Have a great weekend and enjoy your 4th of July!!

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved — you and all the people in your house….then he and all his people were baptized immediately.” Acts 16:31-34


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Mother & Daughter

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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Makeup for Meg and her daughter Em (same as me!)

Photographed by Heather Buckley Photography

Makeup by Em Smith


Brianna’s Maternity shoot + Family

Friday, August 21, 2015

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What a beautiful family!! Thanks Brianna! 🙂

Photographer: Mara Casey

Makeup Artist: Em Smith

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