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Gifts For Him

Friday, December 6, 2019

It’s another year of gift giving this Christmas! Have you started shopping for presents yet? Or maybe a list of gift ideas for your loved ones such as the men in your life? Men can be hard to shop for and if you’re feeling the same, you are not alone 🙂 I asked my husband, Brent, to share his wish list, for lack of a better term. He really likes quality above everything else and rarely buys impulsively.  If you know someone like him who shares the same principle, check out the list for quality gifts for the men in your life.


  1. Bullet Grid Journal

Journaling is probably more of a woman’s thing but it doesn’t mean guys won’t enjoy it, too. My husband tracks his goals using his bullet journal. He enjoys making his own schedule and goals in different charts/columns. It’s not only for journaling but it can also be used for doodling and drawing. A perfect way to start 2020!

2. Qalo Silicone Wedding Ring

If your man is active, likes to swim, works out and prefers not to wear his ring on his finger, I recommend to get a durable silicone ring. Both of us have one and we love it so much! It’s comfortable to wear without the worry of losing or scratching it.

3. Klean Kanteen insulated tumbler 

Whether he’s a coffee lover, tea lover, or just hydrates eight times a day, this reusable tumbler is a good one to carry! It’s totally insulated and will keep your drinks fresh all day long. 

4. Hammock

Laying in a  hammock might be one of the best forms of relaxation ever. This hammock comes with plenty of colors to choose from. It can be used for two  and perfect for tall people as well. 

5. adidas Hat

If your man is a hat lover, better check out this hat collection from adidas. Whether for sports, hiking, or  just city strolling, it’s the hat to wear without sacrificing style. I own one from their women’s collection and it fits perfectly and comfortably.

6. adidas training top

A lightweight top for men even when they’re not super athletic. It can be worn for workouts, strolling, or while running errands. It’s made from moisture-wicking fabric that’s comfortable and drying even on extra busy days.

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I hope this list can help you and make your gift searching easy. Let’s face it! Shopping for men can be a real challenge. 

  How about you? What are your gift ideas for the men (husband, father, brother, etc) in your life?


In partnership with adidas. Thanks for supporting the brands that make my blog possible.



My go-to cordless shaver! No more cuts, razor burns, or irritation!

Monday, November 11, 2019

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Philips.

Shaving is hard. It’s hard to find time to do it as a busy mom of three boys. And getting razor burns, cuts, and irritation from shaving is not fun. Luckily, I found the Philips SatinShave earlier this year and have been using it as my go-to cordless shaver. It can be used on wet or dry skin, meaning no need to use shaving cream while shaving; yet it still leaves smooth skin with no irritation.

This past summer, I decided to search for an easy and effective electronic shaver that would work for sensitive skin. I had been using a disposable blade razor since I was in college, and decided it was time to try something new.  I was looking for something that wouldn’t be harsh on my skin or give me the razor burns, cuts, and bumps that I often get from a manual shaver. After searching and reading reviews online I found the Philips SatinShave. If you are following me on Instagram stories, you’ve seen that I’m hooked on this cordless shaver! It’s like a busy mom’s best friend 😉 I have been using the Philips SatinShave for few months now, and even before I worked with them on today’s post, I was a huge fan of this product!

I love the long battery life, and how easy it is to recharge the battery.  I have only recharged my Philips Satinshave once so far since I bought it at the beginning of the summer this year. It comes with a cleaning brush and pouch, so it’s easy to clean, store, and pack when I go out of town. The design looks classy, too.

The shave is very close to razor smooth, and I prefer to use this electric shaver since it is gentle and won’t irritate my skin and leave nicks and bumps. I never experienced a burning irritation after shaving with the SatinShave, unlike with manual razors. So far, I have only used it on dry skin.After I shave, I moisturize afterwards, and the results have been great. 

Life is so busy with taking care of little kids that it is honestly hard to find time to shave with a traditional razor, since you have to use shaving cream. But with Philips SatinShave, I can easily grab it and use without shaving cream.

If you have sensitive skin, or are an on-the-go person looking for good electric shaver, the Philips SatinShave is for you! I’ve been sharing this product with my own friends and I highly recommend it to every woman who wants a quick, easy, good shave. You can find this cordless shaver at for a very reasonable price. Plus, my readers can get 10% off with code SATINSHAVER at checkout, now through 12/31/19! Perhaps, it’s something you should consider for your holiday gift list, whether it’s for you or for the ladies in your life! I’d like to hear about your experiences with the shaver in the comments below! You can also visit to leave your feedback about the Philips SatinShave.



adidas House of Classics

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Being a mother of three has made me shop intentionally. Gone are the days of impulsive shopping and going over budget. I guess it just comes with the experience. My needs are less of a priority and I prefer spending for my family than myself. I love seeing my kids happy and content even if that means I don’t get the latest dress or shoes.

My style has changed, too. I prefer basics with plenty of mileage, roomy totes that can hold all the things I need, and shoes that I can comfortably walk (or run!) on for hours. Trust me, with three energetic little boys, comfy shoes is really a must.

When it comes to basics and footwear, Adidas has always been my go-to. As much as I want to run after my kids in espadrilles, it’s not possible. With their Home of Classics collection, I never felt that I had to sacrifice style over comfort. I can easily dress it up or down with anything in my closet. When you’re a busy mama, this is the ultimate pro: getting out the door in five minutes while still looking put-together.

I never thought that having a curated closet will improve my lifestyle dramatically. The time I save on mulling over which clothes to wear and what shoes to go with it is a lifesaver. I now understand Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg’s fashion choice more than ever! 

If you want to give your wardrobe a makeover, I suggest giving Adidas Home of  Classics a try. It’s quality and stylish that works well with almost any lifestyle. Are there any basics you’re planning to add in your closet?


Mix and Match Basics with adidas

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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In partnership with adidas

A New Year is a good time to invest in a new wardrobe. But being a mother sometimes mean limited sartorial choices. I always go for basics and essentials that can easily be styled for any occasion. I believe that a great wardrobe is a mix of casual basics complemented by fashionable and contemporary designs. It is important to invest in timeless essential pieces that can be worn throughout multiple seasons and can be combined endlessly. Running around three energetic little boys require both stamina and proper clothing!

Houston weather has been kind to us lately, allowing me to wear something other than leggings. Dressing up is something I still enjoy doing. Mixing and matching can be time consuming but if you’ve got your basics covered, it’s a no brainer.

This soft velour skirt from adidas is one of my current favorites lately. It’s slim, high-waisted, and extremely easy to dress up or down.

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I’m fond of soft colors because they’re easy to pair with other pieces. I matched my skirt with a light grey cardigan and a simple black top. It makes the look chic but balanced. I finished the outfit with knee high socks and black ankle boots.

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For the second look, I decided to go for a more laid back look. I borrowed one of my husband’s sweater to compliment the skirt. I’m a huge fan of oversized sweaters. I would wear them all the time if possible! 

The skirt is comfortable to wear and super soft, too! The plush texture gives the sporty skirt a feminine vibe. I finished the look with a strap-back hat and adidas shoes (this color is not available anymore but there are other colors to choose from) for a full on laid back style. Perfect for chasing and running around with the kids!

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Be patient with yourself as you build a core, mix and match wardrobe that works for you.

Building a wardrobe takes time and major decluttering. It took me a while to do so but certainly worth the effort. Stocking up on basics was one of the best decisions I made and have made my life easier.

What’s in your wardrobe? And do you prefer feminine chic or laid back style?


Summer Backyard Grilling

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This post is sponsored by Adidas. All my opinions are my own.

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There’s something about spending time outdoors that no mall or gadget can offer. I have three boys and I like exposing them to different kinds of activities such as painting, reading, and sports. From time to time I introduce new things that spark their interest. One of the fun and family outdoor activities that we have recently been doing is playing Frisbee. While this makes my children happy and healthy, it also makes them hungry! I decided that a great after-Frisbee dinner would be simple and easy-to-make Shrimp Skewers for us to enjoy.

I grew up in the Philippines where we love to grill seafood such as milkfish, tilapia, squid, and shrimp. One of my favorite dishes is sinigang shrimp. But since it’s summer here, I went for grilled shrimp instead. Shrimp is a good source of protein, and with a little marinade before grilling they taste amazing.. They’re perfect for delicious, healthy eating!

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This Shrimp Skewer is easy to prep and make.

All you need is the following:

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon of Sriracha hot sauce

1 cup oil

1 teaspoon of parsely

½ teaspoon salt

Dash of pepper

Jumbo shrimp (1 lb, no shell)

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  1.     Preheat grill on medium high. Soak barbecue sticks in water to prevent them from burning easily while grilling.
  2.     Combine all of the first seven ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir well. This is your marinade.
  3.     Set aside half of the mixed marinade.
  4.     Mix the shrimp in the medium bowl with half the marinade. Leave the shrimp in the marinade for up to 2 hours to add more taste.
  5.     Place shrimp on soaked wooden skewers and place skewers on the grill over medium high heat. Cover the grill for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the shrimp turn pink or opaque.
  6.     Brush marinade on the shrimp occasionally while grilling to keep them from drying and to add flavor.
  7.     Remove shrimp from the grill and brush marinade on the  cooked shrimp again.

8.     Serve with sliced lemon on the side, or make a simple green salad of your choice.


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These are so easy to make and prep time is a breeze. It’s a simple recipe you and your family can enjoy on any occasion.

Also, big thanks to Adidas for my activewear! I love that my top is comfortable, light-weight and well-fitting at the same time. The shorts are a breeze to wear, too. They’re made from sweat-wicking fabric that helps keep me dry and sweat-free even when I’m busy. Finally,I love wearing hats   when I go out, especially in the hot Texas summer! This strap-back hat is so comfortable to wear and fits perfectly. My son is also wearing one, which you can find here.

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Are there any activities you’re looking forward to this summer?

If you happen to make these Shrimp Skewers, of if you discover any ways to improve this recipe,, please let me know. Happy grilling!



New hair color with Schwarzkopf + 3 makeup looks to try!

Monday, April 23, 2018

This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf.  #FashionColorExpert #sponsored

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Today in Hello Island Mama, I’m partnering with Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME® to help me to get a new spring look. These looks are inspired by the runway, but I’ve adapted them so that readers can easily try them at home!! Hair is also a big part of my final look, and that is why I’m happy I had a chance to try Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME®. Scroll down for 3 looks you can try for spring and some great makeup tips!

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If you’d like to have a fresh makeup look this season, try adding a golden highlighter on the upper part of your cheeks and brow bone. I opted for this yellow-gold highlighter powder to bring out the glow of my skin.

How to: Use a tapered designed brush or fan brush to apply highlighter powder. This creates a subtle effect on your skin while applying the makeup. Use the brush to blur the edges and blend into your skin. I also like to  use matte foundation, which helps bring out the luminous effect of the highlighter.

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I rarely use colored eyeshadow for my eyes, but this rosy eye look is so pretty, especially if you match it with a pretty curl hairstyle.

How to: Apply eye primer or liquid concealer on the entire eyelid. This will help the eyeshadow to stay longer. Use a flat brush for the eyelid to apply a rosy eyeshadow powder.  Then switch to the blending brush to blur and to add the same eyeshadow on the crease. Use eyeliner to define your eyes.
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Turn your regular winged eyeliner into a sparkle look. There are few ways to create this look depending on what products you are using.  I used a regular black eyeliner pencil + glitter eyeshadow and a mixing medium.

How to: First, make sure you sharpen your eyeliner pencil before using to be precise in applying. Create a winged eyeliner shape you like, I created a look to wear during daytime. Using a pointed small brush, I mixed a pea sized amount of mixing medium and some glitter eyeshadow together. Using the same brush, I applied the mixture on top of the winged eyeliner, mostly on the center. Try to keep looking down (where you hold your mirror) while the glitter eyeshadow is still wet.Also, don’t forget mascara!

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Thankfully my mom is in town to assist me in coloring my hair using Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME® in Cocoa Red.  I was easily able to pick up this hair color in Walmart, and the result is a vibrant, fresh color! I’m happy with how the colors turned out, and even more happy that the color defies fading up to 9 weeks! It is a “true to box” color result. Not only that, it is still shiny after being washed multiple times. Check out other shades at the Schwarzkopf website ,or just head to nearest Walmart. new hair color schwarzkopf makeup looks Spring (9) new hair color schwarzkopf makeup looks Spring (11)

Share or comment below your on-trend fashion or beauty you like to try this spring!

Happy Monday! 🙂


maternity and nursing wrap style dress

Friday, March 9, 2018

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I’m thankful for this month that my baby is now 6 months old, and I am still breastfeeding him. Of all my sons, I have breastfed him the longest. I had a challenging time breastfeeding my second son due to what I suspect was d-mer. Now, my baby and I enjoy the bonding from our breastfeeding sessions! Breastfeeding brings me so much joy as I watch him grow healthy and strong. It also brings joy to my husband as well, since we save money from it. hah! I think my favorite part of breastfeeding is that it’s easy to feed at night, especially during the first few months when I lacked sleep.

maternity and nursing wrap style dress (1) I also wanted to share this cute wrap dress that is easy to use during breastfeeding. I picked a few other floral prints from Pink Blush that you might want to check out. They are perfect for the new season of spring!

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This wrap dress can be used if you are expecting. You can pair it with booties, wedges, and add accessories like a floppy hat or pouch. maternity and nursing wrap style dress (3)

Here’s a photo tip for today! I like to use a liquid based moisturizer, like coconut oil, on my shoulders and legs. When the light bounces off the skin, it creates a healthy, glowing look in pictures. Just make sure you don’t over do it so you don’t look greasy!


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What kind of dress styles do you like to use for nursing?


Gorgeous spring style pieces to check out!

Monday, February 19, 2018

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Sometimes, I miss living in LA where the winter weather feels like it’s spring, so I don’t need layers of sweaters and pants everyday! Even though spring doesn’t start until next month, I got really excited to wear dresses when the weather dropped down to 70 degrees in Houston. It felt so great and I even brought the kids to the beach to celebrate! Haha! For today, I thought to share some pretty maxi dresses, sandals, and accessories to check out and add to your spring wardrobe style. Browse these cute items below for more details on their site.

I think neutral color sandals can go with anything in your closet, whether they’re flats, wedges, or heels.

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I picked a few of the maxi dresses that you can check out for spring.  If you like printed maxi dresses, there are so many options to choose from here. Some of their styles can be convenient for nursing purposes too.

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ONE / TWO / THREE Gorgeous pieces to see for Spring wardrobe 2  FOUR / FIVE / SIX

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Accessories can refresh your wardrobe, making your outfit look cute and stylish. 

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What’s your favorite style to wear for spring season?




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