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.
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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.
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Arrows are everywhere right now in different colors and shapes. And I think I love them all! Last week I painted them onto shirts, dish towels, and baby burp cloths. I don’t even need burp cloths, but I found some in the back of Kingston’s closet and couldn’t resist! If you haven’t tried painting with freezer paper here’s an easy tutorial. For this shirt I just drew my own arrows for the stencil and painted them onto this T-shirt with Tulip soft fabric paint. It’s a fun addition to Kingston’s spring wardrobe. :)
Last weekend I had a few friends over for some much needed girl-time. They’re all amazing women and most either have stressful jobs or stressful kids. Just kidding! (Not really.) So I wanted them to be able to relax and just enjoy being together. We even used the fancy china. You know, after I dug it out of the cabinet and washed all the dust off. And let me tell you, I think the girls enjoyed it, because the last party animals left brunch at 3:00 pm. Yay for a successful party! I know I’m a bit late with the whole Favorite Things idea, but I’ve been wanting to host one of these parties forever and celebrating Love Day seemed like the perfect opportunity. Okay, I’ve actually been hoping someone else would host and invite me, because I’m not the best hostess. I love it, but it doesn’t come natural. I can either get dressed for a party; or cook, clean, and decorate for a party. Apparently these two things take the same amount of time and effort for me. And I can never accomplish both at the same time. But I decided to put on my big girl panties (plus a sequin skirt) and just go for it.
In case you’ve missed the Favorite Things craze, here’s how our party worked: Everyone brought 5 of their favorite things. (So 5 of the same item.) The item had to be around $5 each. My friends are all ladies of luxury, and I didn’t want this to get too expensive! It could be anything: a favorite beauty product, $5 gift card to a favorite store or sweets shop, kitchen gadget, book… whatever! Everyone brought their 5 wrapped gifts and received 5 new items to take home! When the girls got here we wrote our names on 5 pieces of paper and put them in a bowl. Then we each drew names to see who got to take home our favorite things. It was so much fun, and we all went home with some fun new goodies. I think my favorite was a can of spray paint-ha! I am so thankful for these girls… and laughter… and girl talk!
Another thing I always forget to do when I’m hosting is take a bunch of pictures. Go figure! Oh well.
We will HAVE to talk about my new yard love birds another day. But for now, meet Johnny and June. :)
Once upon a time, we went out on a hot date every Valentine’s Day. But now it’s the one night I don’t enjoy going out. It’s crazy! So instead we celebrated last week by spending the morning in St. Augustine. Just me and my Valentine… and his shadow. We love St. Augustine, especially the 30 minute drive down A1A along the coast. It’s beautiful! And Kingston usually falls asleep. :) St. George Street, yummy food (FUDGE!), and people watching are my favorite parts of a day in the nation’s oldest city!
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Well, that was FUN!!! I realized over the last few weeks that I want sharing God’s love with others, even when it’s not convenient, to become such a part of my lifestyle that I don’t even have to think about it. Not just something I do leading up to Valentine’s Day every year. I got so much joy out of doing little things for people when they didn’t expect it! And I realized that sometimes just one small act of kindness can make someone feel loved and appreciated. When I started this whole “Share the Love” idea I had planned for all of us to come together today and talk about some of the ways we’d showed God’s love to others over the last two weeks. Not to say, “Hey! Look what we did!” But to encourage other people to get out there and live outside their own bubble and be a little more selfless. But over the last couple of days I started feeling like that wasn’t what I wanted to share with you after-all. Instead I want to tell you about some of the things people have done for me and my family these last two weeks! I didn’t expect to be on the receiving end. And it showed me once again (as if I need to be reminded) just how blessed I am. Not blessed by material things, although if I’m being honest, we are. But more importantly we’re blessed with people. People who love us and encourage us and take time to “Share the Love” with us all the time.
- One of our FAVORITE babysitters watched Kingston while I went to a baby shower then wouldn’t let me pay her. - This sounds really weird. And I guess it is, but if you knew my husband you’d totally understand. Some of our friends went to an all-you-can-eat buffet one night and asked us to go with them. Sadly (for Anderson) we’d already eaten. So on their way home they dropped off some shrimp and steak for Anderson. Those are his two favorite food groups. The man was happier that night that he was on Christmas morning. - Several friends sent me Starbucks gift-cards! In cards and even one in an email. They know my weakness. :) - One of Kingston’s little buddies gave him a new toy “just because”, and he hasn’t put it down since. - A friend’s kid is learning to write and send letters in school. So he chose to write us a thank you letter for a gift we gave him two years ago. Ha! And he drew us a cute picture too. There’s a back-story there, so we laughed about this one a lot! - I got beautiful flowers from Anderson and a sweet friend. - Kingston and I went shopping with Grandma, and she paid. She always does.
(These are just a few things that came to mind when I sat down to write this post. I know there are many others.)
I’m so grateful that many of the people surrounding me in this life choose to “Share the Love” all the time. They live out I John 3:18: Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. It’s not hard for me to say the words “I love you.” But it is hard to live those words sometimes. I’m the queen of good intentions and am usually pretty aware of the needs of others around me. But I don’t always act on my intentions. Life gets in the way. I get busy. But I’m thankful that I’m surrounded with people who don’t get too busy for me. And they make me want to live more intentionally! That’s what “Share the Love” has taught me. And it’s been SO MUCH FUN!
***I do have to tell you one thing we did:. Kingston and I made cookies for the neighbors one day. And they were good. Really good. So good that we ate them all. So we had to have a do over. Hey, sometimes it’s not easy to share the love… or the cookies!***
When I posted about this on February 1st I told you that we were going to do a link-up today, so you can share some of the ways you’ve encouraged the people in your life too! So link up with us below. I’m dying to read your posts! If you don’t have a blog, you can link to your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. And speaking of social media, if you haven’t been following along with us check out #ShareTheLove2013 on Instagram and Twitter. You’ll be encouraged by all pics and stories!
I’m doing the “blog circle” with these 5 other girls again this month, so when you’re finished here, be sure to check out Ginger’s post and make your way through the circle until you find your place back here!
Our February has been really low-key. This is completely out of the norm for us, and I’m not complaining.
Things start getting crazy again soon, so I’m enjoying the calm.
Here’s to many more lazy Monday mornings in the kitchen.