Katelyn is Graduating

Katelyn is a natural in front of the camera. Years in the pageant world definitely didn’t hurt! We laughed about how her Grandma entered her in pageants as a toddler, because she was so shy. Grandma thought that would help pull her out of her shell. And it obviously worked, because now she has a magnetic personality and will talk to anyone… about anything! She brought her mom and sister along and kept us all entertained during her photoshoot. We cracked up a lot but ended the night with a serious talk about life. And boys. (Oh geez!) And how God honors obedience. I left so encouraged. Because you know what? This girl get it. She knows her life is not her own. And she wants all that she does to glorify God. Katelyn, I can’t wait to see how God uses you. He already is!

 
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October 15, 2014 - 11:39 am

Vonda Kay - What kind words from someone Katelyn loves and admires. You did a beautiful job!!!! The location, the weather, the pictures…..PERFECT!!!!!

October 15, 2014 - 10:47 am

Kristin - Yay! They turned out great (as we knew they would). :)

Spooky Fun – With Dollar Tree

I’ve mentioned before that we aren’t really into scary Halloween decorations around here, but I do decorate a little! (See some of of past Halloween decor here.) Basically, I can’t resist the excuse to make a few new crafty projects, so when Dollar Tree contacted me about partnering with them on some crafty Halloween fun, I jumped at the opportunity! They sent me a box of spooky goodies, so I broke out the spray paint and glitter and made some new decorations for our dining room. You know why I like Dollar Tree? Because everything really is just $1. Have you ever walked in a dollar store and wondered why almost everything in the store cost more than a dollar? I mean, how is that a dollar store? Ha! Kingston and I like running to the Dollar Tree around the corner from us for some new cars and candy. :)

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These black creatures were in the box, and as soon as I saw them I got an idea…
First I “decapitated” the mouse and crow with a pair of scissors. Ha! Then I spray painted some old picture frames,
filled the frames with scrapbook paper, and hot glued the creepy black creatures onto the paper.
Here’s how they turned out:

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Also, note to self: Do not paint a room in your home black, especially if you take a million pictures.
Black soaks up every bit of light in a room and makes it so hard to photograph! Our dining room just became the next project on my list!

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The box also had some skeleton body parts, pumpkins, and candy (not pictured – possibly already eaten).
So I spray painted the bony hand to match the picture frames, glittered the skull head, and painted the pumpkin.
A few more details:

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Oh, there’s the candy!
I poured it into old jelly jars. (This is a weird admission, but I can’t throw jelly jars away. They’re so cute!)
Then I painted the tops to match the other blue details and cut circles out of the scrapbook paper to tie it all together.

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Thanks for the new Halloween decor Dollar Tree!

PS – This is completely unrelated, but I had to mention it. Kingston’s big boy room is featured today on Apartment Therapy, one of my favorite design websites! Go check it out, but be warned. You’re going to get sucked into the amazing design ideas and waste the rest of your day there!

October 14, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks so much Des! When am I going to see you out and about again?! We're going to Disney for a photoshoot this week… wanna come?!?

October 14, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Nails. :( You should see all the holes in that wall! Sometimes I use tape too – for paper banners and stuff. But after 5 years of my abusive, this room needs a paint job!!

October 14, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Whitney Dee-Ann Croxton - What do you use to hang your pictures and things on this wall? I have seen multiple things here and wonder how you don't have a bazillion nail holes…I am just trying to figure out how I can convince my hubs to let me hang more holiday items around the hizzy. :)

October 14, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Despina Anna Pappas - These are awesome!! Love the color scheme, especially because you went way out of the 'Halloween' box.

Life Lately – The Cell Phone Pic Version

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Left: Happy fall, y’all.
Right: Had the BEST day with my little partner. We had a picnic at one of our fav parks – right on the beach. When I took this pic we were sitting at Sonic waiting for a “green drink.” I told Kingston to look over at the camera, and he said, “Sorry Mom. I’m zoning.”

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Left: Today was “show and tell.” We took drum sticks.
Right: Randomly re-pierced my ears the other night. I can’t even remember how many there were, but I could only get two on one side and three on the other. Anderson was freaking out the whole time-threatening to puke and worrying about infection. #highschoolalloveragain

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Left: Good thing about Anderson working late: I don’t have to share dinner. Bad thing about Anderson working late: Everything else.
Right: Lunch date at Kingston’s school.

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Left: Just assembling a few chandeliers in the Chets Worship office. I only ended up with one bloody finger! I keep forgetting to post some pics of the final stage design. Note to self: Take pictures during the sermon Sunday. :)
Right:
God doesn’t call the qualified; God qualifies the called. Lately I’ve felt completely unqualified to be in a lot of situations I’ve found myself in. Actually, unqualified is an understatement! (Add inexperienced, immature, and unskilled to the list.) Thankfully none of that matters, because what I do know is that God has called me here “for such a time as this.”

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Left: Lunch date with Auntie Becky. She always brings gifts!
Right: Coffee Drinkers of the World – I have good news for you! Chick-fil-A sent me some vouchers to try their new coffee, and it’s good stuff. They’ve partnered with Thrive Farmers Coffee – the first time a fast food chain has offered a specialty-grade coffee. But now I keep finding my car in the drive-thru and don’t remember how I got there.

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Left: This purchase sounded like a great idea in the store. #smallcarbigproblem
Right: I’d like to request that he stay 3 forever! #threenager

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Left: I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of this man than I was this night. Instead of phoning it in at 60-yrs-old and “doing things like they’ve always been done” he (and his awesome team) is losing his religion and sharing about amazing grace. Grace that is greater than all our sin! I’m so inspired and encouraged. Love you, Pops!!!
Right:
Kingston and Charlotte are on their way to work. These two are hilarious.

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Left: Back when I was doing my scientific research. :)
Right: If we nailed the family pic all the time there’d be no fun in trying!

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Left: BOO!
Right: This is the beautiful Bride-to-Be who had me speak at her shower!

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Left: I’m made energy bites (or protein bites, or energy balls) -whatever you like to call them. :) And my house was full of LOUD music. Perfect Sunday with friends and fam.
Right: Kingston and Spike’s Great Adventure. — When I was a senior in HS my Grandpa died, so my Dad got a puppy to help cheer my Mom up. :) Never thought that dog would be around long enough for my kid to terrorize him. Ha!

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Left: Hangin’ at the kiddie pool in Orlando. With dried throw-up in my hair. You know. Just living the dream.
Right: I was taking this pic when Anderson (in true Anderson form) said, “Let’s stay another night!” I love how that guy loves life. :)

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Left: “Gettin’ cozy at The Cone!”
Right: We weren’t feeling the magic at Animal Kingdom. Then we ate a gluttonous meal and rode a water ride. That’s more like it!!

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Left: He sat through Girls Lunch like a boss, so I thought a treat was in order.
Right: :)

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Left: We spent last Sunday helping out at our church’s new Nocatee campus.
Right: Bad: He’s enough like me to be a 3-yr-old eye roller with an attitude. Good: He’s enough like Anderson to tell on himself for having an attitude.

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Left: Rain at the Jax Beach pier.
Right: Show & Tell v2.0.

October 14, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Love you too Mom!

October 14, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Your Mom's awesome. Uh.

October 14, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Hey Mrs Juanita!!

October 14, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Totally agree!

October 14, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Eddy Foye - I'm angry that the Foye family isn't in any of your "life via cell phone pics" posts any longer! I accept the blame for that. It just means that we don't hang out enough. That needs to change!!!!!!!

October 14, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Juanita Pittman - I love following you!!

October 14, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Peggy Hyatt - love this precious family

October 14, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Anderson Almeida - awesome

Like It Twice

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I’ve discovered Twice, a concierge-style online store that buys and sells secondhand clothing, shoes, and handbags for women. You can sell your clothing, shoes, and handbags to Twice or shop popular brands at up to 90% off retail. Basically thrift store shopping from my house! I clicked one of their ads on Facebook (that ends badly sometimes, but not this time!) and was pleasantly surprised by the selection and prices.

The best part was that I had a 50% off coupon code, so my whole purchase was less than $30!!! Score.
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I have been looking for some maroon pants for fall/winter and was scouring eBay for a pair of floral jeans and found both on Twice! Plus a fun pair of paint splattered jeans for good measure. All three pants fit perfectly and were in impeccable shape. They look completely unworn and came beautifully packaged!

What I bought:
Gap – Maroon Skinny Corduroy Legging Jeans $11.95
BDG (Urban Outfitters) – Printed “Mid Ride Twig Ankle” Skinny Jeans $17.95
Gap – Paint Splatter Always Skinny Jeans $21.95

And try this coupon code for 50% off your first order: U5T4VAR6
Happy Shopping!!!

October 10, 2014 - 1:02 am

Peggy Hyatt - too cute

The Wilkinson Family

I loved capturing this evening with the Wilkinson family.
They’re getting ready for the arrival of a baby girl and are excited about becoming a family of four! But I’m so glad they decided to freeze these moments of just the three of them. We joked that this is the “calm before the storm”. :)

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