Local Love – Lillie’s

We have a new favorite spot in town.

It isn’t new, or even new to us, but we’ve found ourselves hanging out more and more at Lillie’s Coffee Bar in Neptune Beach lately. It has all of our favorite things: lots of outdoor seating (and space for a toddler to run around and play with his cars), good food, the best vanilla chai in town, live music, friendly staff, and it’s just a block from the ocean!

Kingston was sick all weekend (still is – poor guy), and we spent a lot more time at home than any of us prefers. We’re go-go-go people and were getting cabin fever by Sunday afternoon. So we headed out to Lillie’s for a really late lunch, a short walk, and a little sunshine. It was just what we needed!

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April 12, 2014 - 3:38 am

Shannon Greene LeDuke - What a beautiful little adventure! Your pictures are all beautiful! Happy Friday!

April 10, 2014 - 4:30 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Now is the time to visit! Before it’s 95 every day. ;)

April 10, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Floral & Fudge Blog - All those palm trees. . . swoon!!
I need some Florida in my life.

April 10, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Esther Cummings - I just ran across your blog. So fun! Love the pictures, the colors and the name!

April 10, 2014 - 4:17 am

Ted Johnson - Hope Kingston's feeling better soon!!! CJ

April 10, 2014 - 4:09 am

Ted Johnson - We love it too (& so does Mara)! C & T

April 9, 2014 - 9:48 am

Donna Hastings - We have gone there for years. I think Kelley and her sister first told us about it. I had a great veggie wrap there, yes, I do eat other things than fried shrimp! Like to shop at the store across the patio with beachy inspired clothes. One Christmas they had a great Santa in beach chair where you could have pics made. Fun area. Maybe we will see you there sometime. Hope Kingston is better.

Julia’s Sweet 16 Party

Julia and some of the most important ladies in her life gathered last week to celebrate a very special occasion… her 16th birthday! It was a classy, “monograms and hot pink” all-girls luncheon at a beautiful location right on the beach. The perfect way to celebrate the guest of honor. The party was so Julia!

A few boys  – her sweet dad and brothers – crashed the party to deliver a BIG surprise.

I think it’s safe to say Julia had a “sweet” 16th birthday!

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March Via Cell Phone Pics

I’ve been slacking on my monthly cell phone pic round-ups. Because, well… laziness. :)
But I miss looking at them. There’s something about seeing the ordinary, small moments that makes me a little more thankful for each day.
So if only for me, I’m starting these again!

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Left: We randomly ran into one of Kingston’s cute little friends at the beach.

Right: Me and my shadow.

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Left: Has anyone else read this yet? So good! It’s about what God really calls us to as believers – not happy, flowery lives we sometimes expect.
#changed #giftfrommydad

Right: Celebrated “Sweet 16″ with the sweetest girl – pics from her party coming soon!

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Both: A rough day at the spa.

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Both: 8th Annual Spa Day with these girls. We started this tradition when we were all 12-yrs-old. ;)

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Left: Band practice.

Right: Wedding crashers.

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Both: Is this considered child abuse? I was scared that if I let him out of the cart I’d lose him in that sea of khaki pants!

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Left: I made this cheesy stuffed raccoon when he was a baby. Now he likes it. He named it Randy Raccoon.

Right: Another day. Another park.

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Left: His cars go everywhere with us. And they all have names. Pictured here – “Volvo” and “Walgreens.”

Right: That hat kinda goes everywhere too!

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Left: H&M with my shopping partner. We had the best day!

Right: “In spite of everything, God would love his children with a never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love.”
I love reading the Jesus Storybook Bible to Kingston while he eats breakfast! Pretty sure I get more out of it than him. :)

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Left: “Mom, we’re out of money!”

Right: My first attempt at coconut curry.

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Left: My car was at the dealership, and they gave us a loaded 5-series for a loaner.
So I accidentally gave them the wrong number to call when mine was ready. ;) #fakerichpeople

Right: So glad this guy loves a picnic as much as me. (Any time we sit outside on a blanket it’s a “picnic.”)

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Left: That would be my friend JoJo pushing three kids in swings at the same time. Yeah-she’s a pro!

Right: Three happy Almeidas at the bookstore.

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Left: Trying to do the 80/20 “clean eating” thing. I’m the only one in our house who’s totally on board. Look at him guarding his donut. Poor kid.
He thinks I’m gonna take 80% of it. :)

Right: I’m painting the couch that sat in my Grandma’s “parlor” forever! Now it lives in our bedroom. Trying to decide what color trim to use.
(The wood will be a mustard yellow and the velvet is blue.) I’m thinking pink, teal, coral??

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Left: Thankful for my partner.

Right: I seriously wear these shoes every other day. Need to work another pair into the rotation!

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Left: He can get in and out of his car seat all by himself. I like it/hate it.

Right: You saw it here first. These fabulous hospital wrap gowns will be all the rage this fall. #stealonewhileyoucan

April 8, 2014 - 1:44 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Amber!

April 7, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Amber Bouchat - Such sunny, happy pictures- I love it!

April 4, 2014 - 9:13 am

beth cupitt - holy smokes, i love the loveseat!!!

April 1, 2014 - 9:17 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Rachel, Thank you – we’re so blessed!

April 1, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Rachel - Loved looking at these photos!
You lead a beautiful life!!
http://www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

April 1, 2014 - 3:05 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks JoJo. :))

April 1, 2014 - 2:41 pm

JoJo - I always love your cell phone pic posts! Glad you’re doing them again!(:

Help!

facebook page

After years of resisting, I finally set up a Facebook business page over the weekend where I plan to post photo updates, photography tips, and ??? I have no idea what else! My biggest reason for holding out this long is because I didn’t think I could keep up with yet another website. Ahh! It kinda makes my brain hurt just thinking about it! But now that so much of the social media world is/can be automated, I’m excited to give it a try.

Will you please LIKE my page here?

And I’d love to know if you have any specific requests for content. :) Thanks so much!

March 31, 2014 - 8:39 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Desi, You are the BEST! I really might. :)

March 31, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Desi - You can always call me if you need help! I’m pretty decent at the whole social media thing. :)

Shopping for Boys

I love to shop! Getting dressed and putting outfits together is so much fun to me, especially when the outfits are for Kingston. Ha! He doesn’t really care what he wears yet and gets excited about dressing up and looking “handsome.” So I’m enjoying playing dress up with him while it lasts! (Leave me alone. I have one kid. He happens to be a boy. And I need to play dress up, so…) The only downside is when I go on a mission to find something really specific. It’s over. Nothing else will do. I don’t like to settle, and that makes things tricky, because I can’t always find what I’m looking for at the mall. And shopping at boutiques in our area is usually disappointing. Kingston and I walked the entire mall a few weeks ago looking for a pair of shoes for him. I could see them in my head, but none of the stores had them. Ugh! This is why I’ve come to love shopping online. Y’all. You can find ANYTHING online! Sometimes friends even ask me to search for things for them too. I’m telling you, me and Google are a good team!

So in the spirit of shopping and putting outfits together, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite places to shop online for little boys.

H&M – This is probably my favorite online shop for Kingston. We go to the actual store sometimes, but now that they sell on their website I usually just buy everything there. I’ve found that our local store sells out of stuff pretty quickly, but I can almost always find it online. Their pants fit my tall skinny boy great, but the sizing is a little weird. For pants and shorts we have to go down one size, but the shirts have a more standard fit. And I buy almost all of Kingston’s skinny jeans from the girl’s section here.

Zara – Zara is kind like H&M’s older, cooler, more refined cousin. Ha! I get a lot of shirts from this store, and they last forever. By the time he outgrows them they still have a ton of wear left. The quality is my favorite thing about Zara. And the shoes. Those are my other favorite thing. And their jeans fit really well too!

Target – We go to Target at least twice a week, but I rarely shop for kid’s clothes in the store. It’s easier to do it at home in front of my computer with no child in the giant cart saying he wants to “Go look at the toys!” We have a Target card, so shipping is free, and we get a whopping 5% off. I’ll take it! I usually only find a few shirts here and there, but this spring have come across a lot of goodies! The only downside to buying from Target is that every other kid we run into has on the same outfit. :)

Baby Gap – Best jeans ever! They always have fun, on-trend accessories too.

JC Penney – Yes. I’m serious. You know how I said Kingston and I walked the entire mall looking for shoes? Our very last desperate stop was JC Penney. I hadn’t been to that store in years, but a babysitter had just mentioned that she saw some great kid’s stuff there. I found the exact shoes I was looking for. And they were so cheap! A few stops before that I had almost settled for a pair that were three times as much as these. And as we were headed to the check-out counter I spotted a bunch of cute clothes too! But I was too exhausted to look. Next time we’re at the mall I’ll check it out, and I’m also packing some energy bars to keep up with my shopping buddy! Or maybe I’ll just eat my energy bar in front of the computer…

Etsy – Oh, Etsy! You are my other favorite. I know. I have like 5 favorites, but this site has the best toddler accessories. And I love supporting small businesses! I’ve found cute bow-ties, suspenders and hats here.

Okay – This could get really long and drawn out, so that’s it for today!
I picked out a few favorite pieces from some of these stores and added links at the bottom of the post if you’re interested.
Happy Shopping!

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1. Seersucker Blazer
2. Aviators
3. Grey Tennis Shoes
4. Green Chinos
5. Stripe T-Shirt

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6. Fedora
7. Tank Tops
8. Mint Skinny Pants
9. Chambray Tennis Shoes

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10. Leopard Tennis Shoes
11. Hoodie
12. Acid Washed Jeans
13. Citron Shorts

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14. Button T-Shirt
15. Baseball Cap
16. Sunglasses
17. Skinny Denim Shorts
18. Running Shoes

April 6, 2014 - 2:32 am

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you!

March 28, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Kassy - Cuteness overload. And you’re getting me in trouble. I just bought those running shoes!

March 28, 2014 - 8:35 am

Heather - You were not meant to live in jacksonville. When we lived in cali all the kids had a really laid back style but i feel like people here look at my kids like they’re/we’re weird. way to be ahead of the curve!

March 28, 2014 - 8:33 am

Anna - I’m loving all of your picks for my little guy. YOu should start a business with this too!!!!!!!

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