Writing with Sparklers

Happy (almost) July 4th! We spent the day at the pool with friends, had dinner with family, then grabbed some sparklers on our way home and played with them in the front yard while our neighbors shot off fireworks! I’d say we’re off to a pretty good start to the big weekend. I love writing with sparklers, so we pulled out the camera and took some pictures. And I thought some of you might enjoy trying this tomorrow night, so here’s a quick tutorial for writing with sparklers:

You’ll need a DSLR camera and a tripod (or just something sturdy to set your camera on top of) and some sparklers.

Wait until it’s completely dark outside then get everything set up. We used a high f-stop (f16), so it wouldn’t be hard to focus. Then we set a really long shutter speed (8 seconds). I lit the sparklers, so Anderson had something to focus on then he pressed the shutter release all the way and I started “writing” in the air. We all took turns, and got some pretty cool pics! Kingston was really into it. :)

I hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend and get a chance to try writing with sparklers tomorrow night! It’s fun but kind of addicting!

July 4, 2015 - 1:21 am

Angie - I love how the flag shows up in the background! So fun!!

3 People. 12 Times. (June)

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I call this one, “Triple Bun.” :)

July 2, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you, Ginger. :)

July 2, 2015 - 12:19 am

Ginger Hardwick Holliday - Hahaha! Too cute!

Front Door Makeover

Let me just start this by saying that I’m a bit embarrassed to show you the “before” situation here. I’ve come to realize that while I’m pretty good at decorating the inside of my house, (if you can call my granny chic – flea market – thrift store style decorating) I am completely lacking in the outside decor area. My version of decorating the outside of our home has mostly involved hanging a wreath on my front door and painting my yard flamingos, “Johnny and June,” when their paint started chipping. So last month when I was suddenly inspired to paint our front door I knew I better jump on that train before it passed by and never came back.

I found some great swatches of my favorite color – what I like to call “vintage turquoise.” You know that color, right?! If not, come on by my house and I’ll show you, because it’s EVERYWHERE! I was really excited when I sent the swatches to our HOA for approval, and then really bummed when they denied all of them. Apparently our neighborhood has a thing for beige, beige, and sometimes a little grey. So after complaining for about a week about how lame the HOA is, I finally decided on the least offensive color in the pre-approved packet that came with my denial letter: good ‘ole grey. I definitely gravitate to cool colors, so grey > tan, brown, cream, beige… Once the door was painted I started pulling in my beloved turquoise in the form of flower pots, a basket, a new wreath (obviously!) that I made from vintage fabric, an old quilt, and the cutest little birdhouse that Kingston painted. And I hung some turquoise bottles from a tree in our front yard.

And you know what? I think it worked out great! All those fun little accessories wouldn’t have worked if I had painted the door my original choice!


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Also, I’m turning into a bit of a weird plant lady. I’ve been planting a lot in our backyard and am actually enjoying taking care of all of them. The other day Anderson saw me watering some flowers for the second time that day and commented on how it had rained the night before, so the plants were probably fine. And I said, “No. Some of them need a lot of water. Trust me – I’ve been taking care of them, and I know what they need.” Whoa! As soon as it came out I was like, crap. I’m old. And I’m a crazy plant lady!


My favorite part about decorating the outside of our house is all the color it adds. The outside is finally starting to look like the inside!

Side note: I’m dying to hang some fun pieces on the outside of our house, but it’s stucco. And everything I’ve read says it’s not a good idea to drill into the stucco. Does anyone have any advice? Have you successfully hung stuff from your stucco walls?

June 30, 2015 - 12:53 am

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Well thank you. :)) Ha!

June 30, 2015 - 12:53 am

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks Alysson! Oh yeah-I hadn't thought of those! I'll check into it. :)

June 29, 2015 - 11:25 pm

Tammy Keeton - Awesome, girl

June 29, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Danielle Thomas - You are AWESOME!

June 29, 2015 - 8:16 pm

Alysson Copeland - What about using a heavy duty hook with the sticky on the back (I can't remember what they're called)? I'm not sure what you're hoping to hang, but maybe that's a better option?? Beautiful front door makeover!

June 29, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - HAHA! I know this sounds crazy, but that's the kind of thing that I love seeing in neighborhoods! The weird house with the Christmas lights up in July, the bright yellow garage door, etc. One of the reasons we want to be in a more urban neighborhood!!

June 29, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Brenda McCollum - If you want to see the worst turquoise door and garage door, drive through my neighborhood. The house is a gold toned beige and the turquoise does not go at all. Wish we had a HOA to say no!

The Underwood Family – A Lifestyle Family Session

I had the privilege of working with this awesome family while they were in the country for a very short time earlier this month. The weather looked terrible as I was headed to meet them, and I was concerned because we only had a small window of opportunity for their shoot. But the rain barely held off for us, and I’m so thankful!


3 Ways to Wear a Midi Dress – A Jacksonville Moms Blog Feature

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Needing a little summer wardrobe inspiration today?
Head over to the Jacksonville Moms Blog and read my post about 3 easy ways to style a midi dress!

June 19, 2015 - 6:26 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Yep. I'd steal that swimsuit you're wearing in your profile pic first. :)

June 19, 2015 - 6:26 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you. :)

June 19, 2015 - 12:01 am

Peggy Hyatt - I like no 2

June 18, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Jessica Thornton - I wish we lived closer so I could borrow clothes! Hahaha.

June 18, 2015 - 9:18 am

Becca - You nailed it with these, Lyndsay. Who would’ve thought dress and sneakers together? I love it!!!!!! Do more of these!

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