Good. Not So Good.

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Good:

– One night last week Anderson came home from work, and we were in the car headed to the beach – surfboard and all – in about 10 minutes. It was the best night! We’ll definitely be doing that a lot this summer.

– I made a Father’s Day printable for you! It’s a list of questions for your kids to answer. Click here to download it, then let your kids make Dad’s day special by filling out the questions about him. I can’t wait to see what Kingston has to say!

– Anderson says if Brazil wins the World Cup this year he’ll get a tattoo. I’m pushing for a portrait of his beautiful wife. I can’t even explain to you how big of a deal this World Cup stuff is to my soccer-loving Brazilian man. But you can believe I’ll actually be paying attention to the games this year. :)

Not-So-Good:

– We almost bought Kingston a cactus for his room. I’m not sure what is wrong with us, but here’s what happened: We were in Home Depot one Saturday (we’re overhauling our yard and have been there a lot over the last month) walking through the plants when Kingston saw a cart full of cacti. He got really excited, because he’s still obsessed with the Cars movies. And all of the books, cartoons, and movies are set in the desert and talk about cacti. So he asked if he could have one for his room, and we looked at each other, shrugged, and said, “Sure.” Idiots. I started poking all of them to see which one was the least “pokey” when I looked over at Anderson (with little needles sticking out of all my fingers) and said, “Um. Do you think this is a good idea?” We had one of those WHAT WERE WE THINKING? moments and quickly moved away from the from the dangerous plants.

– We’re in the process of moving Kingston to a big boy bed, so I’m re-doing his room. Let’s be honest: I needed an excuse, and the poor little (BIG) guy is getting way too tall for his toddler bed. In the process I’ve thought a few times about how moms sometimes make a huge deal about the whole crib –  to toddler bed – to big boy bed thing. And I thought, “Hmm. I really don’t get that at all. This is fun!” Then…

– We started the process of picking a preschool. And as excited as I am for him to go to “school” a few days a week, you’ll probably find me hanging onto the poor boy’s leg that first week yelling, “Please don’t go!” as he tries to walk into class. I was totally fine with the whole thing, but then I accidentally found myself in the lunchbox/backpack aisle at Target and almost had to stop by the pharmacy on my way out for some happy pills. We haven’t made a final decision about where to send him, but we did rule out all schools that require 3-year-olds to wear uniforms. I just can’t!

– Is shopping for a kid’s mattress as big of a pain as Anderson and I have made it? We went to a mattress place (THREE actually) and Anderson told the lady we just needed a basic twin mattress and box spring. Then he felt the basic mattresses and announced that they feel like they should be in prison. So we moved on to the not-so-basic ones. Something was wrong with them too. (I don’t even remember anymore.) So by the time we left the store – empty handed- we were looking at paying as much for our toddler’s mattress/box spring as we did for ours. We don’t call him The King for nothing! Now we have a dilemma… what are your mattress buying tips? Please help me tell Anderson we aren’t setting our child up for a lifetime of back problems if he doesn’t have the memory foam bed! No child needs to be sleeping on a cloud, right?

July 12, 2014 - 4:38 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Hey Stan!!! I’m with you all the way on that one. We’re raising a bunch of softies over here. :)

July 12, 2014 - 3:05 am

Stan Pittman - The Cacti story was hilarious!! Our boys all sleep on a 4-5 inch thick piece of foam for a mattress. I've never heard any complaints! :)

June 29, 2014 - 9:41 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Kyra!!

June 27, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Kyra Faulkner - OH I love these photos! I’ll now be stalking your blog trying to find our tips or camera suggestions! (:

June 20, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Skyler - Hey! Well we have these mattresses for our 3 boys

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Comfort-Dreams-Select-A-Firmness-11-inch-Twin-size-Memory-Foam-Mattress/3158652/product.html?searchidx=1

Love them, we have a medium and a soft. I can’t tell the difference but my husband says the soft is the best ;) we did not use a boxspring with it either. And they are made in the USA, that was huge for me. I found some cheaper but made in China. Anyways they are great and shipped for 2.99, woohoo

June 17, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - We can do this, Andrea! :)

June 12, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Andrea Worley - love the Father's Day printable! totally gonna use it! My daughter is going to preschool too this Fall, it's a mixed of emotions over here too! :)

June 12, 2014 - 1:21 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Abbi! A lot of people are saying to check Sams out. I guess I never think of it since we don’t have a membership… might have to get Grandma and go!!

June 12, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Definitely taking this wisdom to heart. :)) Thank you!

June 11, 2014 - 10:21 pm

abbi - I always love These post!
We a actually got Kennedy’s first mattress at SAMs. It’s a better quality but reasonable too. We had the same problem when we were looking for her’s too:)

June 11, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Tamara Stapp Blankinchip - Love you and love your blog! Regarding the mattress….we bought the "cheap" kind at first and believe it or not Hannah started having back and neck pains, so….we went the Memory Foam route and it truly was worth the money. Don't buy the name brand kind. We bought her's at the cheap mattress place off Beach Blvd and Southside Blvd., (can't remember the name of it, but it is something like Discount Mattresses). Anyway, we only paid about $400 for it which was a lot since we only paid $99 for the first one; but trust me……it isn't worth getting up many times during the night because your child can't sleep! Spend the money……get your sleep! HA! Love you!

June 11, 2014 - 3:54 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - I’ve been looking online too, Ashley – I’ll have to check Amazon! Thank you. :)

June 11, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Mom, I know! I'm afraid that's going to happy since he's so much like ME!!! YIKES!

June 11, 2014 - 7:52 pm
June 11, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Tammy Pumphrey Smith - Well….I love my memory foam……

June 11, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Ashley - We got our mattress of amazon for like $150! It’s pretty hard, but you can just purchase an egg crate or pillowtop mattress pad to make it softer. (especially since back to school and dorm stuff will be coming to target soon, you may get a really good deal on one)

June 11, 2014 - 12:55 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - I’m gonna have to Google bunkie – ha!!

June 11, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Beth - We had to buy a “bunkie” for the bed he picked which is so hard. I went to sams club and bought a $75 memory foam gel mattress topper and now he has the best bed in the whole house!

June 11, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Peggy Hyatt - lol what if grandma just buys it and brings it over . :) Oh and remember you cried every day when I dropped you off for k 5 . I felt like I should hide in the room and see why?? well I did stay a few days in the hall with my ear to the door. You were fine you just didn't like change and missed me. love you . at least this is what I tell my self lol

June 11, 2014 - 11:55 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks, Michelle! I don’t think we’ve been there yet!

June 11, 2014 - 11:13 am

Michelle - We have been shopping for a mattress for our daughter too, just this week actually. It’s a pain and some of them can be SO expensive. My best advice is to go to Mattress Discounters. I think there is one in the Town Center. Mattress Discounters had a comparable mattress that we liked at Mattress Firm for over $150 cheaper. It’s at least worth a try if you haven’t been there yet!

Julie and Little Miss Hannah

How pretty is this Mama/Daughter duo?!

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June 11, 2014 - 12:28 am

Peggy Hyatt - very pretty

June 10, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Sally - Beautiful display of your talent and their beauty…all from The Lord for His glory. Thankyou

The Garcia Family

The beach is definitely the Garcia Family’s “happy place.”
Baby Emma was so excited to be there, and ran straight for the water. No fear!
I think she might follow in her daddy’s sandy footsteps and be quite the surfer one day.  :)

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June 11, 2014 - 12:30 am

Peggy Hyatt - sweet pictures. I love mom in the blue dress

June 9, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Whitney Dianne - Emma is so photogenic!! Great pics! Hard to choose a favorite.

June 9, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Anonymous - Anna Mae Fitch What a joy! I love you all so much

June 8, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Maggie Kauffman - Emma you've made me smile from the first day. Happy Baby…Beautiful family! Love you all.

June 6, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Kathie Anderson - Really great photos of a really beautiful family!

June 6, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Leann Hellender - The last picture is so funny- I know Emma was saying NO I DONE WANT TO LEAVE! all are just fantastic!!

Outfit of the Week

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My Grandma Shirl was the linen queen. She rocked it like no one else all summer long. I love it too, and when I saw this skirt at the thrift store I thought of her and had to buy it. But we all know the problem with linen, right? Yeah. Both times I’ve worn it I’ve looked like I put it on then rolled around on the living room floor for 30 minutes. One big wrinkled hot mess! Grandma had a secret to keeping her linen clothes wrinkle free for as long as possible. If she was going somewhere special she’d plan to arrive early. Then she’d wear something she could quickly change out of and hang her linen dress/skirt/blazer in the back of her SUV. When she arrived she’d pop into the bathroom and do a quick change into her still wrinkle-free outfit. Tada! No seat belt lines, or “accidentally sat on it weird” lines. Just a crisp linen outfit. One of these days I’ll adopt her methods. But for now I’m just gonna keep walking around proudly with my “I obviously have a toddler” wrinkly skirt. :)

June 4, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Bliss Nogueira - That is the draw back with linen, but it always looks SO nice and so cool. Like your on an island having a fabulous party haha

June 4, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Peggy Hyatt - I remember :0 You look cute. love ya

June 4, 2014 - 1:10 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Jessi!!

June 4, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Jessi - I love your cute bangs and that top is so darling paired with a sunny yellow skirt! Love it all.

Jessi
http://www.haircutandgeneralattitude.com

June 4, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Anderson Almeida - pretty thing

Local Love – Sweet Theory

How to Have a Great Day:

– You’ll want to start with a sleepy little boy sneaking into your room and waking you up with his mouth right next to your ear. He’ll say, “Get up, Mamma. It’s time to get up!”

– Tell that little boy you have a surprise treat for him. Then watch his face light up!

– Head all the way across the city to Sweet Theory Baking Company in Riverside. (It’s a drive from the beach but so worth it!) Sweet Theory is a vegan bakery that uses organic ingredients to make doughnuts, cupcakes, cookie sandwiches, and lots of other mouth-watering goodies. Everything on their delicious menu is egg, dairy, soy and peanut free. They also have some gluten-free items! Basically that all means I can eat sweet treats without feeling gross afterwards. Yes! It’s definitely on of our favorite local places to grab dessert, or breakfast, or a snack. ;)

– Let your cute side-kick pick his treat of choice. He’ll go straight for the doughnuts and pick the Homer. Get one for yourself too (obviously!) You’ll probably want to try the Stretch Pants. Then pick one more. This one is your wild card. You’re getting it “just in case.” Just in case you decide to stop by hunky husband’s office on your way home. You can’t tell him you went to Sweet Theory then show up empty-handed. You have to protect yourself! Pick the Maple Bacon for him.

– Grab your take-out box of goodness and a blanket and head to a nearby park. Then let that cute little boy attack his doughnut.

– You basically cannot have a bad day when you start it like this! Trust me. We tested it!

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PS – We did go by Anderson’s office, and he was pretty excited about the doughnut. He likes surprise as much as Kingston! Although he declared once again that he “doesn’t like bacon on his dessert.” We didn’t tell him it wasn’t even really bacon. :)

What other spots should we try for this Local Love series?!

June 3, 2014 - 2:03 am
June 2, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Anderson Almeida - thank you for calling me hunky and not chunky!!! love you, thanks for the donuts

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