Sunshine Magazine Contributor

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!

Sunshine Magazine

PS – If you’re craving tacos, and you live in Jacksonville we recommend TacoLu and The Flying Iguana.

PSS – We aren’t so impressed with Corner Taco.

May 6, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - It was a tough job, but I enjoyed it. ;))

May 2, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Sunshine Magazine - Thank you for lending your taco photography skills to our pages! Looking forward to more features with you. Enjoy your visit to Savannah!

May 2, 2014 - 1:55 pm

JoJo Moore Miller - Yummy!! I'm making tacos tonight (seriously, I was going to make chicken but tacos it is!)! Great pictures!

Books To Me – Instagram Photo Books

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!

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May 6, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - That's awesome! Hope you like it, Heather!!

May 2, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Heather Bush - Just signed up using your promo code — so stoked!! Thanks so much!

May 2, 2014 - 1:52 pm

JoJo Moore Miller - This is awesome! I don't know why I'm just now seeing this post but I'm glad I did!(:

Custom Silhouette Necklace – Mother’s Day Giveaway

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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!!

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And since we’re talking about giveaways, don’t forget to enter the Amazing Mom Contest over at the Jax Mom’s Blog! Prizes include a shoot with me!!

May 4, 2014 - 4:17 am

Jamey Dillard Farrar - I know this is late but I LOVE this!

April 28, 2014 - 3:31 am

Ashley Schoenfeld - I selfishly want to win this for myself!!

April 27, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Kayla Gladin Steed - LOVE this! Such a unique piece and oh so special!

April 27, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Rae Pellegrino - I am entering for….me. I have 1daughter, who is 2, and I would love to ha e a necklace of her to wear.

April 27, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Leslie McCullough - I would love this of my 2 boys! What a great gift for grandparents too!

April 27, 2014 - 4:31 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Sara!

April 27, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I like how you think Laurie!

April 27, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you so much Susan!!

April 26, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Abbi Manning Taylor - Oh this is super cute! If I don't win I want to purchase..lol!

April 25, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Sarah Lockley - Super cute! Hope I'm the big winner :-)

April 25, 2014 - 2:44 am

Philip Jodi Cail Gibson - Maddison sent me :) I saw her beautiful necklaces and would love to have silhouettes of my two sweeties. Thank you for the opportunity.

April 24, 2014 - 9:40 pm

Sara - I love these!

April 24, 2014 - 8:31 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Of course I remember you!! That’s so thoughtful of you – sweet mom. :))

April 24, 2014 - 8:00 am

June Witt - I would give the necklace to my daughter. She just had her first baby. Love your blog. I don’t know if you remember me. I took care of you and Don in the nursery many moons ago.

April 23, 2014 - 11:54 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Ha! Jessica, I can definitely do three. :)) And I love your design work!

April 23, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Jessica Mundt - Ahhhhhh! Best giveaway!!! This is literally on my wish list! So sweet of you!
Ps-I will NOT mention that I have three cuties! Haha!

April 24, 2014 - 12:08 am

Susan Timmons Phillips - Major fan of the blog and your photography! Thank you for sharing your talents with the rest of us!!

April 23, 2014 - 8:05 pm

Meg - I would give the necklace to my friend Whitney who had her son early at 32 weeks by emergency c-section and her husband unfortunately wasn’t there because he just left for his first overseas deployment and won’t get to meet his son for the first time until he is 9 months

April 23, 2014 - 7:33 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Meg, You’re a sweet friend!

April 23, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Floral & Fudge Blog - I would have to have one of my Nolan's profile :)

April 23, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Kristy Monzon - I'M SELFISH! I WANT ONE FOR MYSELF! THEY ARE TOO CUTE!

April 23, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Laurie Chapman Brinson - I would give to myself and save my husband the trouble of having to buy me something. Win-Win!

April 23, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I know exactly what you mean. ;)

April 23, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Ha-Of course I can! And I may have spelled it wrong a few times in the post, so no judgement!

April 23, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - That's so sweet!

April 23, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Breanna Wasnotwas - Long time fan of your blog and I would love this for my two boys, well, for me, but of them…you know what I mean :)

April 23, 2014 - 11:35 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Mrs. Janice! That would be so special!

April 23, 2014 - 11:34 am

Janice Sweat - I would love one of my late, beloved husband.

April 23, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Rebecca Williams - Can you do Baxter's silhouette? And in the interest of full disclosure it took me an embarrassing number of tries to spell silhouette correctly….

April 23, 2014 - 11:06 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Ha! I’ll teach you, and you can run the etsy store. :))

April 23, 2014 - 11:05 am

Jen - I should start a list of things we will do when I move to Florida. 1. Go to the beach. 2. Learn how to make silhouette necklaces. :)

April 23, 2014 - 10:35 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Jobeth! That is SO SWEET! I love what you said about your Mom. :) And I know it’s all true!

April 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

Jobeth - What a priceless gift!
Entering for my Moma. Who is the most selfless woman around – she loves her family something fierce and her only grandchild, Reese is the light of her life. She’s given up so much to help with my dad over the last several years during his illness and helps with Reese when we need it. She doesn’t complain a single second for the responsibilities she has or what she’s had to give up. I would love to win this for her! Thanks, Lyndsay!

April 23, 2014 - 10:02 am

Jamie - Oh how adorable!!! I would love to give this to my soon-to-be sister in-law. She has pretty much come right in and taken over raising my niece (along with my brother in-law), with no questions asked. She is 20 years old, and has given up her young life to raise a sweet baby girl who is now 15 months old. My niece’s mother is not very stable & has never really been there for her. Shelbie, my sis in-law, loves my niece like her very own and would treasure this necklace so much! She is such a godsend and i am so thankful to have her.

April 23, 2014 - 2:01 pm

Jamie Stiles - Oh how adorable!!! I would love to give this to my soon-to-be sister in-law. She has pretty much come right in and taken over raising my niece (along with my brother in-law), with no questions asked. She is 20 years old, and has given up her young life to raise a sweet baby girl who is now 15 months old. My niece's mother is not very stable & has never really been there for her. Shelbie, my sis in-law, loves my niece like her very own and would treasure this necklace so much! She is such a godsend and i am so thankful to have her.

Easter

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!

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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!

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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!

easter33blogeaster23blogI’m always amazed that my Easter lilies know exactly when to bloom every year. I love that creation acknowledges the Creator!
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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!

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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

And… we’re still on a sugar high!

April 23, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Kristy Monzon - LOOKS LIKE Y'ALL HAD A BLAST! I ADORE YOUR LITTLE FAMILY!

April 22, 2014 - 3:09 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Exactly! Yes- you will have so much fun. This is when holidays start getting really good!!

April 22, 2014 - 6:23 pm

Meg Henning - great photos!! you are so right that everything i believe too hinges on Easter. our pastor said during the service if Jesus' body had been found, would there still be a reason for celebration? of course not and i am so thankful for that! i am looking forward to when my son is this age and we can do easter egg hunts, etc

April 22, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Yes! Mrs. Jen, you have an open invite! We'll let you know next time!!

April 22, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Jennifer Grantz Pearce - I love these people so much! Beautiful pics… Miss Julia and I will come to your party anytime!

April 22, 2014 - 12:34 pm

JoJo - What a SWEET post! I didn’t realize the bunny pooped chocolate eggs everywhere a carrot was eaten but DUH!! It only makes sense!(; Love doing life with y’all and the feeling is mutual…Mrs. JoJo LOVES Kingston (maybe not as much as Junie?! Did you see that girls face when tackling that boy?!(;).

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 19, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks Whitney! I'll check those out!

April 18, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Whitney Dianne - http://www.theveryworstmissionary.com/

This one is a friend of a friend's who is a missionary in Northern Ireland. http://coffeewithnoelle.com/

I'm going to have to check out Maskcara

April 18, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Whitney Dianne - http://www.theveryworstmissionary.com/

This one is a friend of a friend's who is a missionary in Northern Ireland. http://coffeewithnoelle.com/

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!

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