Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – A Review

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Middle school science was not my favorite. Neither was high school science, but that’s not relevant here. I just didn’t care. At all. So every year I did the same science project. The title was “Which Nail Polish Lasts The Longest?” And it was pretty much exactly what you’d expect. We’re talking about life altering scientific discoveries. :) Basically, my lifelong love of nail polish started early! And that brings us to the point of this post. Finally, right?!

Have you tried Sally Hansen Miracle Gel yet?  I’ve read about it recently in several of my favorite magazines and finally decided to try it!

This sounds really weird, but I think of my nails as another accessory. One I wear everyday. (Ha! Yeah – that really does sound weird!) So I love painting them and have it down to a science – it takes me about five minutes and usually lasts a good 4-5 days. Not bad for hands that do a lot of dishes! My go-to polishes are OPI and Essie. But I’ve found that for me, OPI lasts longer. I do two coats. No base or topcoats. Just color.

When I read that Sally Hansen Miracle Gel claims to last “up to 14 days” just like a gel manicure, and it doesn’t require a light to set, I had to give it a test run. An extra coat sounded like a good trade-off for two weeks of pretty nails. So I bought the polish at Target and chose Wine Stock, a deep, fall-ish burgundy. The color and top coat were $8.99 each, less for both than I pay for one gel manicure. Wait. For the record, I don’t get gel manicures very often. Just for special occasions!

Process: The application was easy – two coats of the color, then one of the top coat. I did make the mistake of starting the top coat before the color was completely dry, and one nail was a little streaky. But after I gave the rest of them a minute to dry, it worked great. Then I just let my nails dry, and that was that!

Outcome: I loved the finished look! And my nails were pretty and shiny for about 5 days. Then they started chipping a little on the ends. And by day 7 I had to take the polish off. I don’t like chippy nails, and mine were looking pretty bad at that point! Turns out Miracle Gel didn’t last much longer than my regular polish. So… I’ll definitely finish the products I bought, but probably won’t buy it again.

What do you think? Has anyone else tried it?!

October 13, 2014 - 10:46 pm

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October 7, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I haven't tried those yet. Will definitely check them out! Thanks Mary Ann!

October 2, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Peggy Hyatt - Lynds Shannon did mine one time with a kit she bought. I think the top coat is the key. It lasted about 2 weeks. even with water and a lot of cleaning.

October 1, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Mary Ann Fachko Thompson - I love Nails Inc. gel polish from Sephora. It lasts about a week or so too.

September 30, 2014 - 7:41 pm
September 30, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I guess that's a good thing?!

September 30, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Lynn Hyatt - Lynds, I'm officially bored! But I love ya!

September 30, 2014 - 4:49 pm

JoJo Moore Miller - I was looking forward to your review to see what you thought. I tried it too. I wasn't impressed as mine started chipping about the same time my regular polish starts….2-3 days.): However, I did like how it looked right after I put it on and I liked the polish brush.

Waiting for Baby Quinn – A Lifestyle Maternity Shoot

Brian and Tracie are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their baby girl, Quinn Evelynne (isn’t that pretty?!?) in just a few weeks. I loved capturing them on a quiet Saturday morning at home and can’t wait to meet Baby Quinn very soon!

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September 29, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Lindsey Ray - Love these, and this sweet family!

September 29, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Kimberly Briesmeister - love these!

What I Wore


… to church a few weeks ago.
We’re in that weird place between summer and fall when everyone is going crazy about pumpkin everything and we’re still sweating it out here in Florida. So this outfuit is a little bit summer/a little bit fall.

Dress (worn as top): Forever 21
Corduroy Skirt: JCrew
Leopard Sneakers: XOXO (from Zulily) Similar ones here.
Bag: Anthropologie (Thrifted!)

I’ve finally stopped calling these posts “Outfit of the Week.” It didn’t really make sense, because sometimes I was just posting the only outfit I had pictures of that week. But the title “outfit of the week” sounded like some sort of declaration. Like it was the most fabulous thing I put on all week! Ha! When in fact, it was usually just the only outfit I had a picture of. Also, I don’t even post outfits the week I wear them sometimes. It might be the week after (depending on how busy I am.) So yeah. This makes more sense… at least to me. :)

September 29, 2014 - 4:20 pm

C.K. @ 50 Days of No Grey - Love your shoes!

September 27, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Maddie - Lyndsay, I love your outfit posts. They always give me good ideas!

September 25, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Peggy Hyatt - cutie

Love and Marriage


Over the weekend I had the privilege of speaking at a bridal shower for a girl I’ve known since she was born. It was an honor, but I have to admit that I felt a little intimidated/unqualified to be talking to a room full of women about marriage advice. Looking around that room, I realized that there was a lot of wisdom represented. And I knew that the bride-to-be and I could both learn from most of those ladies! So I decided to just share from my heart a few things I’ve learned/am learning from the last (almost) 7 years of marriage.

Anderson asked me later what I talked about, and as I told him he kept saying, “That’s really good.” I don’t know if he was shocked or what! But then he told me I should share it here on the blog. At first I was hesitant, but then thought, “Why not?!” So here goes.

Proverbs 31:10-12
A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.

1.) Pray for your husband.
Everyday. All day. And tell him you pray for him. There’s nothing like knowing your partner is praying for you!

“A wife’s prayers for her husband have far greater effect on him than anyone else’s, even his mother’s. A mother’s prayers are certainly fervent. But when a man marries, he leaves his father and mother and becomes one with his wife. They are a team.” – The Power of a Praying Wife

– Thank God for him. Even when you don’t feel like it!
– Pray for his physical protection.
– Ask God to give your husband a hunger for the Word. The bottom line is this: if his relationship with God is what it should be, his relationship with you will be what it should be.
– Ask God to help him to excel at his work.
– Pray for God to protect him from temptation. There’s a good chance that you will be the only person specifically praying this for your husband. Don’t take it lightly!
– When u get mad at him, talk to Jesus about it. Before we got married my Grandma gave me some good advice. She said, “When you get upset with Anderson. Make sure you talk to the right person about it. You can’t change him. Your Mom can’t change him. Neither can your friends. But Jesus can. So just talk to him about it!” Sometimes I forget this and complain to my Mom about something Anderson has done. She always reminds me to pray about it!

2.) Make sure your husband is your best friend.
Talk to him about everything. When you get good news and can’t wait to tell someone, make him your first phone call! Accept him for who he is. He’s different from you, and that’s what attracted you to him in the first place. When we first got married I realized how different Anderson and I were. He’s a Latino stereotype – loud, always excited, ready for a party, and chronically late. I’m more of a one-level person. People are like, “Are you excited? Are you happy? What are you?!” Because I’m pretty even all the time. So Anderson freaked me out a little. I was like SLOW DOWN and come down a little closer to my level! But over the last 7 years I’ve learned to love those things about him. He makes life exciting! And I’ve become so laid-back it’s crazy!

Another way to develop that friendship is to find your “we” activities. What the heck does that mean? Here’s an example: I love thrift store shopping LOVE IT! Anderson doesn’t share that love. But WE? Oh, WE love it. So he goes with me sometimes. Not all the time. Frankly that might ruin the experience for me! And on the flip-side, Anderson loves soccer. It’s basically in his blood. I’m bored to napping by it. But WE? WE love it. So we go to games sometimes, or I’ll go watch him play.

3. Make your home a fun place.
As a wife you will (in a lot of ways) set the tone of your home. Laugh a lot. After a long day your home needs to be a place of rest, relaxation, and fun.

Proverbs 21:9
It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

Don’t make your man wish he lived in the corner of a creepy attic somewhere! Be spontaneous sometimes. Eat ice cream for dinner. Who cares?! It’s your home. You make the rules now! Life can be stressful. Home doesn’t have to be.

4.) Find a good church and get so involved that they get sick of seeing your faces.
The girl I was talking to is marrying a military guy, so I asked a friend who is a Navy wife what she would share with a nearlywed/newlywed walking that same path. This is from her: You will need a church community when he deploys. They will become your family! Get involved in a support group or Bible study for military wives. Those women will be able to relate to you perfectly. Share your struggles with them!

5.) The most important thing is just to decide from the beginning, before you walk down the aisle if possible, that Jesus is going to be the most important person in your home. If you and your husband do that, you are going to have the BEST adventure. Because when you’re following Jesus you never know what’s going to happen, but that’s what makes it fun!

And then after the shower I texted these to her. A few little gems to make that first year an easier transition. :)

– Lots of sex!
– Cook a meal every now and then.
– If you can’t cook, cook naked. He won’t care how bad the food tastes!*

*Of course these are just things I’ve been told. I can’t speak for the validity. :)

September 25, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Debbie Hagan - Lyndsay,
You did an awesome job at the shower. I was so proud of you. You are an awesome wife and I can’t tell you how happy I am for you and Anderson. And yes we can all learn from you also, no matter how old we are. You are a precious young woman and I love you sweet girl. I wish so bad Leah could have been there to hear it. Thanks again for sharing. Love ya bunches

September 24, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - That's hilarious. I'm learning from the best!!

September 24, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Hey Mrs. Tonya! I miss you!

September 24, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Tonya Teston Trawick - Thank you for your obedience and sharing. Always love hearing what God has put on your heart sweet girl! Blessings Always!!

September 24, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Lauri Holt Greenhaw - The beauty of "if you can't cook, cook naked"…still gets you out of cooking! #greatadvice

September 24, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I needed it more than anybody! Thanks girl!!

September 24, 2014 - 2:04 am

JoJo Moore Miller - So, so good, Lyndz!!! Loved it all and it was such a good reminder for me! Thankful for you!<3

September 23, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Happy 1 Month Anniversary, Mandy! I'm happy for you!

September 23, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - No way! Valerie, that's so cool. Someone else said that too about fighting-So funny! Why have I never heard that one?!

September 23, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Susanna, That's pretty funny… and true!!

September 23, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Susanna Morrison Cummings - Love these! Cooking naked made me LOL…A piece of "advice" I've given before is "If you're going to fight, fight naked. It's hard to take yourself too seriously that way!" :)

September 23, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Valerie Thigpen - Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida.. This reminded me of your grandmother "Shirley" when she gave a devotion on the family/husband. She said almost the exact thing. Such wise advice. Also, just to add to your wisdom of the ones you text. Tell her "to fight naked" when that happens then no one can get mad. LOL.HEHEHE!!

September 23, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Mandy Caron - Haha I just married 1 month ago today..I needed this! Love it!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

And the Almeida “Year-Of-Disney” continues!
Remember how I told you that earlier this year Anderson decided what we needed in our lives more than anything else was annual passes to Disney? Yep. So we made our second trip to the land of the mouse last weekend. This time we went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, because we wanted to try a different park. We stayed at the Art of Animation Resort for the second time. And once again, it was Kingston’s favorite part of the trip. (You can read all about the last time we stayed there and see a lot more pics here.) I’m starting to see a pattern here – expensive theme parks: yeah, okay, but cheap Cars hotel: YES, PLEASE! We decided on a whim (that’s how Almeidas role) to stay another night, so we went over to the All Star Music Resort. The guitar shaped pool was fun. They upgraded us to a suite (second time Disney has done that!), and it was a great room, but we decided to stick with the “Cozy Cone” in the future… at least until Kingston outgrows his car obsession!

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At first glance, Disney’s Animal Kingdom doesn’t have that magic Disney pizazz. It’s hard to explain, but you know that feeling you get when you walk up to the Magic Kingdom – a mix of excited butterflies and relief that you finally made it from the parking lot? Then you get that first smell of cotton candy and baked goodies on Main Street USA! It’s the “magic” in Magic Kingdom. So yeah. There’s no magic when you walk into Animal Kingdom. It smells like animals and reminded us of a (much) bigger version of our zoo. We quickly decided there was only one way to get in the Disney spirit and headed to the nearest restaurant for a giant breakfast that we hoped would consist of Mickey Mouse shaped something. The Rainforest Cafe totally did the trick! After that we headed to the Kilimajaro Safari, and the day only got better from there. Our favorite part was the Kali River Rapids ride. Kingston and I were in the seats that got soaked, and he loved it! (Note to self: Don’t wear jean shorts and get on a water ride. We’re total amateurs.) The Lion King show was fun too! And it was the perfect place to seek out some shelter as an afternoon thunderstorm rolled in. The thing I like most about the Disney parks is the staging and props. I love looking at all the details and thought that they put into giving each area a realistic feel. I swear if you squint a little, and ignore all the fanny packs, it feels like you’re some far-off exotic land. And that’s what makes the adventure so exciting – a little escape from reality. Even if just for a day!


Animal Kingdom experts, I need you to weigh in. Are those zebras real? The two standing up? I swear they looked so fake. Or drugged or something.
I even Googled them when we got home but couldn’t find an answer!


Okay Disney experts. Which park should we try next?

September 22, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Despina – I really think you should come with us next time. :) That's so funny about the zebras! The cars show sounds really cool. I guess at this point the tix have paid for themselves, so we really can't lose?!

September 22, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - No way! That's so cool Kayla Mercedes Knowles. The safari was one of my favorite parts. Glad you could solve the zebra mystery. ;)

September 22, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Despina Anna Pappas - I LOVE WHEN YOU GO TO DISNEY! I think the Zebra question is valid, I know they changed that ride to make it less 'scary' for kids, as they used to chase elephant poachers. I thought after the change they were adding more animals, but I also think the Zebras were biting each other and blocking the jeeps. They may have been replaced after bad behavior. Next time I go, I'll keep an eye out.
I think you should go for Hollywood Studios next, but I'm not sure if KRock would love it or not. There's a car stunt show! If you explore a bit, there are some really cool museums and places that teach you about Disney, the man. And Star Wars! It's my 2nd favorite park.

September 22, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Kayla Mercedes Knowles - All the animals including the zebras are definitely real! I actually had a rhino charge our vehicle a few weeks ago on the safari! I worked at Animal Kingdom for 1 of my 2 years working for Disney and while it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the Magic Kingdom, it definitely has a few gems. :)

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