Hi! I’m Lyndsay Almeida, a lifestyle photographer based in sunny North Florida. My blog is full of photoshoots, crafty projects, outfit posts, photography tips, and rambles about my family and faith.
If we're going to be blog friends here are a few more things you should know:
I love Jesus Christ and strive to live a life that honors Him. My husband, Anderson, and I have the cutest little boy (Kingston Rock) in the world. It's true. There was a scientific study, and he won. I adore our little family!
I started Pink Coffee Photo five years ago; and as you can see, bright colors (and coffee) make me a happy girl!
Thrift stores are my favorite places to shop, and most of my "down time" is spent making crafty DIY projects.
Check out some of my favorite post categories on the right.
Earlier this year Sunshine Magazine featured me in a fun interview! I loved working with their team, so I was excited when they asked me to be a guest contributor on their latest issue. My assignment was “TACOS.” And let me tell you – it was tough. I had to eat at my favorite taco places and take pictures of the yummy food. Exhausting, but worth the sacrifice. ;) You can check out the beautiful issue here. Just know that you’re going to want a taco or three afterwards. (Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!) Another feature I loved in this issue is the Savannah Top 5 List, because we’re getting ready to meet some friends there for a few days. I’m definitely checking out the spots listed!
I guess it’s really no surprise that I’m terrible about printing our personal pictures. I mean, “the cobbler’s children have no shoes,” right? I do print a few favorites here and there to hang on our walls, but the last time I made an actual photo album was when we went to Hawaii while I was pregnant with Kingston. How sad is that? I need to work on this. Maybe I’ll start tomorrow. ;)
In the meantime, I’ll let Books to Me do all the work for me and at least get some Instagram photos printed. When they contacted me about trying out their photo books, I was totally on board with the idea. In fact, I think they’re genius. The concept is so simple: you sign up for an account, either monthly or quarterly, and they automatically put all your Instagram pictures in a photo book and mail it to you. That’s it! There’s no designing, picking layouts, or cover styles (all the things I hate about putting together photo books!) I signed up for the monthly plan and received my first book less than a week later. It’s sitting on our coffee table, and Kingston loves looking through it. I do think that considering the large amount of stuff in our house (what can I say? I’m a collector of everything!) I’ll actually sign up for the quarterly plan when my free trial runs out. Four books a year sounds a lot better to me than twelve does! But either way, I love the idea of printed photos that we can flip through. Now if I could just get the Books to Me team to work on Kingston’s baby book for me. :)
Wanna try Books to Me for 75% off? Um, yes. Yes you do! Use the promo code pinkcoffeephoto and you’ll get your first book for only $6.00. Try it!
On my first Mother’s Day, Anderson gave me a beautiful silhouette necklace with Baby Kingston’s picture on it. It was THE perfect gift for a new mom. I think I might have even cried a little. (Could have just been the hormones!) Fast forward a few years, and I decided I really wanted an updated necklace. Baby Kingston’s profile was adorable, but Toddler Kingston’s profile is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. That little nose! So I went searching for the girl who made the first one, and she is absolutely no where to be found. Dropped right off the face of the internet! Bummer.
But I got a crazy idea. I could make my own! Then (because I always go to extremes) I decided to open my own etsy store and sell them. I mean, why not!? So I bought all the supplies, watched a few YouTube videos, and went to work. Then I spent about a month trying to perfect them. If I was going to sell these necklaces they had to be perfect! That’s when I realized that the amount of time I was spending on them meant I’d have to charge an arm and a leg – plus a kidney – to make the effort worth it. So I scratched the whole thing, and admitted that jewelry making is not for me. Oh well. It was worth a try!
So… all that to say, since I have all the supplies I thought I’d make a necklace and do a giveaway for Mother’s Day! Enter below and win one for the most important mom in your life, or for yourself. :) Here’s what you’ll get: A custom silhouette pendant of your special someone, so you can keep your child, husband or anyone you choose with you all the time! The pendant is 1 inch and features a classic vintage-style black silhouette on a white background. You can choose a 24″ or 36″ length chain in antique bronze plate finish. If you have two kids I can do two charms, and you can choose the chain length for each, or just stack them both on one chain. If you have more than two kids, you’ll just have to pick your two favorite. Ha! Just kidding! Enter through April 28th.
Let me know if you have any questions! And happy early Mother’s Day!!
Kingston and I decided to kick off our Easter celebration with a little party. So we invited some friends over to color eggs and eat cupcakes. While the kids were concentrating on their egg art we asked them about what Easter means, and they had some of the sweetest answers. Kingston says Jesus was in the tomb for “3 days, then 5.” We’ll work on that… It’s a big deal to us that our little guy knows why we celebrate this holiday, and I count it a huge blessing to have friends who feel the same way. I’m so thankful that he has these little buddies to do life with!
Let me just interrupt this post to draw your attention to this picture. Kingston LOVES Mrs. JoJo. LOVES. Look at that face!
Then the celebration continued with our church’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza. It’s pretty much the coolest Easter party in town. :)
20,000 eggs, inflatables everywhere, carnival food, and so many people that we had to park in the middle of a muddy softball field. Fun times!
We always celebrate with my family after church. It was too wet and rainy to hunt eggs outside, so we hid them all over the house. The boys loved it!
They’re so funny though – they all want the money eggs instead of the candy!
I’m always amazed that my Easter lilies know exactly when to bloom every year. I love that creation acknowledges the Creator!
And our only Almeida family tradition happens at Easter! It’s a Brazilian tradition that Anderson remembers from his childhood in Brazil. And it involves leaving carrots all over the house for the Easter Bunny. Of course, he eats them and poops out chocolate eggs in their place. I like to think it’s a little less weird now that we have a kid to join in the fun. :) Kingston was so excited about the whole thing this year!
I realized this year that everything I believe hinges on Easter. Everything. Without Easter there would be no hope, no peace, no joy!
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
What 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.
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?