Blogs I Love Following

blogs i followWhat did we do before blogs? I mean, how did we find recipes, outfit inspiration, weird home remedies, photo shoots, birth stories full of TMI?!

I kind of discovered blogs about 8 years ago and have kept up with so many sites off and on since then. Reading the content and trying new projects is fun, but I also like the personal connection that develops after reading a blog for years and years. It’s so much different than a magazine. (Remember those?!) I feel a little invested in some of theses sites and the people behind the screen. I don’t know if this makes sense to anyone else – ha! But there’s just something about that connection…

Anyway, if I’ve completely lost you feel free to join back in now!

I wanted to share a few of the blogs I currently love following. Some are old favorites and a couple are new finds!

1. A Beautiful Mess
I’ve been reading this blog for-e-ver. Like, since 2007! It’s full of all of my favorite things: photography, crafty DIYs, plus lots and lots of decorating projects. It’s one of those great sites that has a little something for everyone. It’s been fun to see Elsie and her team become so successful over the years.

2. Maskcara
This is my absolute favorite beauty site. I’ve tried so many of the hair and makeup tutorials that Cara posts. And I’ve never been disappointed by any of her product recommendations. I like that she doesn’t take a lot of product sponsorships, and when she does review something that was gifted to her she’s totally honest about whether she likes it or not. She recently did a post about getting rid of product build-up in your hair, and I tried it that same night. I had some major build-up going on and had tried so many different shampoos, but it just kept getting worse. Cara’s baking soda and water method totally worked and only took a few minutes! I’ve also learned to HAC (highlight and contour) from Cara’s blog. How did I get this far in life without knowing this?!

3. Tara Whitney
Tara’s site is another one I’ve been following for years. In fact, hers is the only photography site I regularly look at these days. Her images are refreshing and real, and she shoots my favorite subjects – families! Even though she doesn’t blog regularly anymore I always enjoy her posts.

4. Sincerely Jules
Jules has the best laid-back, tomboy style. I love how she pairs even the dressiest pieces with sneakers or ankle boots. She’s also an expert at mixing patterns. This is one of my favorite recent outfits she posted.

5. Paper & Stitch
This one is full of beautiful DIY projects! Brittni writes about DIY, home decor, fashion, small business tips, and she just happens to live here in Jacksonville. My favorite series is “Projects to Try this Weekend.” She posts it every Friday, and there’s always at least one on the list that I want to try!

6. Jacksonville Moms Blog
The site is such a great resource for local moms in my area. They have a small army of writers who are constantly posting fresh content on everything from the best local markets to the most popular birthday party venues in town. They even host events just for moms! I’m actually partnering with them on a big Mother’s Day Giveaway right now and an event next month!

PS – I follow all of these sites through Bloglovin. I like how it organizes everything for me and keeps it in all in one place.
What are some of your favorites?

April 18, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Whitney Dianne -

This one is a friend of a friend's who is a missionary in Northern Ireland.

I'm going to have to check out Maskcara

April 18, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Whitney Dianne -

This one is a friend of a friend's who is a missionary in Northern Ireland.

April 18, 2014 - 12:02 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Mine too! How did we not know this?!

April 18, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Floral & Fudge Blog - I just discovered Maskcara's highlighting and contouring a couple weeks ago! My makeup looks so much better!

Outfit of the Week


Dress: Anthropologie
Blouse and Shoes: Thrifted
Bracelet: F21
Last time I wore this dress: here.

I’m in a flats faze. There was a time when I almost never left the house in flat shoes, but lately they’re just about all I wear.
Now when I do put on a pair of heels my feet kind of yell at me.
I might have to go into some kind of training program when I get tired of flats again!

April 16, 2014 - 9:46 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Love you Pops. You’re a little biased!

April 16, 2014 - 11:45 am

Pops - You’re like your Mom – more beautiful all the time! Love y’all.

April 16, 2014 - 11:30 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Ha! Thank you Annie! You’re the sweetest. :))

April 16, 2014 - 11:20 am

Annie - Can I just say you have KILLER LEGS!!!! KILLER!!! Go girl!

One Spark


We had a great time at One Spark last week! It’s a five-day event where artists, entrepreneurs and innovators show off their projects all over downtown Jacksonville. The creators compete for over $300,000 in crowd-funding and prize money. And the crowd gets to vote for their favorite projects. We saw some exciting ideas, and tasted some really good food. But my favorite part of One Spark is the energy it brings to the downtown area. As we walked the streets Friday night we ran into so many friends and acquaintances from all over North Florida. I loved seeing all the support for our city. One Spark made me proud of Jacksonville!


April 16, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Tiffany Lutins Dalton - I see the UNF goldfish made it in your pics!

April 16, 2014 - 2:33 am

Floral & Fudge Blog - What a fun event!
I love that you guys get so many photos of the three of you together :)
I just bought a clicker(?) for my camera so we can hopefully take more selfies of the family together!
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April 15, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Julie - We enjoyed it! Great to see so many people doing something wither ideas! I believe this event could also motivate those attending to come up with their own ideas! I’m sure Gannon at 1 year of age was taking notes for his own entry in One Spark 2025!

April 15, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks. :)

April 15, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Anderson Almeida - great pics!

April 15, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks Jen! You'd fit right in down here!!!

April 15, 2014 - 5:49 pm

Jen Flavin - you just keep giving me more and more reasons to come to Florida. btw, i'm LOVING your bangs. like more than loving love. super cute!

April 15, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Amy - I loved the event this year. It was such an improvement over the first one, so I can’t wait for future festivals!

Just for Moms – Photoshoot Giveaway

motherI know some of you are like me and haven’t even bought Easter baskets yet, but um… HELLO!
Mother’s Day is right around the corner! How did that even happen?!? Don’t panic though. I have the perfect gift idea for you.
I’m partnering with one of my favorite local sites, the Jacksonville Mom’s Blog and giving away a FREE photoshoot with image cd! Get excited! I only do giveaways once or twice a year, so jump on this. And it gets even better, because The Jax Mom’s Blog is giving away some other great prizes to ONE AMAZING MOM! Hurry over to their site now and nominate your favorite mom… or yourself. ;)

April 18, 2014 - 9:49 am

Blogs I Love Following » Pink Coffee Photo Blog - […] in town. They even host events just for moms! I’m actually partnering with them on a big Mother’s Day Giveaway right now and an event next […]

Local Love – Lillie’s

We have a new favorite spot in town.

It isn’t new, or even new to us, but we’ve found ourselves hanging out more and more at Lillie’s Coffee Bar in Neptune Beach lately. It has all of our favorite things: lots of outdoor seating (and space for a toddler to run around and play with his cars), good food, the best vanilla chai in town, live music, friendly staff, and it’s just a block from the ocean!

Kingston was sick all weekend (still is – poor guy), and we spent a lot more time at home than any of us prefers. We’re go-go-go people and were getting cabin fever by Sunday afternoon. So we headed out to Lillie’s for a really late lunch, a short walk, and a little sunshine. It was just what we needed!


April 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

Shannon Greene LeDuke - What a beautiful little adventure! Your pictures are all beautiful! Happy Friday!

April 10, 2014 - 4:30 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Now is the time to visit! Before it’s 95 every day. ;)

April 10, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Floral & Fudge Blog - All those palm trees. . . swoon!!
I need some Florida in my life.

April 10, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Esther Cummings - I just ran across your blog. So fun! Love the pictures, the colors and the name!

April 10, 2014 - 4:17 am

Ted Johnson - Hope Kingston's feeling better soon!!! CJ

April 10, 2014 - 4:09 am

Ted Johnson - We love it too (& so does Mara)! C & T

April 9, 2014 - 9:48 am

Donna Hastings - We have gone there for years. I think Kelley and her sister first told us about it. I had a great veggie wrap there, yes, I do eat other things than fried shrimp! Like to shop at the store across the patio with beachy inspired clothes. One Christmas they had a great Santa in beach chair where you could have pics made. Fun area. Maybe we will see you there sometime. Hope Kingston is better.

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