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  • How to Blog

    To have a successful blog you must show up, write, and post. No fear allowed! Many people start blogs, but few continue them year after year.   Read More...

  • Amy's 2016 Gift Guide

    Here I am, a new mom all over again. While I LOVE this role it also comes with a lot of "needs" and purchases to be made. Thankfully some of my necessities at the moment are filled with items I saved from my last baby. I've also been blessed with great friends and family members who have gifted my tribe with some of our favorite baby items! Holiday Gift Guide for New ParentsI have a few old favorites and a handful new gems that will be perfect as a treat for yourself or to purchase for...  Read More...

  • We Have Loads To Be Thankful For This Year

    Not Just This Year, But Every YearAlthough it's hard to believe, the calendar doesn't lie; it is Thanksgiving week. It seems as we get older, time moves along more swiftly with each passing year. As children, the endless school days drag on and looking forward to the holiday break was the only thing that kept us pacified.   Read More...

  • Here's How To Get The Most Fun Out Of Your Weekend

    We all know play is important, but sometimes as a mom I get in a rut. Often I feel like we do the same activities day in and day out. The issue here is there is no room for exploration and growth for my children and I without new experiences.   Read More...

  • Certificate of Life

    We were commissioned to create something very unique and extremely special - a certificate of life for Micah Marie Hamell who was born into heaven. Like many women who have had miscarriages, still births, or who experience infant death Micah's mom Mindi mourns her daughter Micah's life. In spite of mourning she also wishes to celebrate and honor Micah's short life.  Read More...

  • I Quit My Design Job

    It's over? I quit. It's not an easy thing for someone like me to say.  Read More...

  • Chalk Treasures

    My daughter got to play a sport this year! She played soccer in a YMCA league and really had a blast. I loved seeing her do something new, something where she learned to navigate the art of teamwork, and stretch herself physically.  I think one of my favorite highlights from her soccer season was the day we arrived for a game and Kaitlynn found some fun chalk art.  Read More...

  • Where Change Resides

    This past year has been full of change. I've been learning how to be a mom to a babe, where my priorities lie, how to be more confident in my own skin, and just how strong I am. Daily my son has been changing and I've watched him become this little person who's able to walk and so ready for whatever the next day will bring.  Read More...

  • Thank You Mom

    Mom I always knew you were amazing, but as I grow older I'm learning that you are Super Woman. Thank you mom for everything you have done for me. Thank you for caring for me 24/7 when I was a baby, thank you for so many hours of your time during my softball games, thank you for all these years of beautiful birthday cakes, thank you for sharing Jesus with me, thank you for all the memories we've made at Affair of the Hearts, thank you for cheering me on as I pursue my dreams, thank you for teachi...  Read More...

  • The Creative Carnival

    Our good friends invited us downtown for a "carnival" a few weekends ago. They told us that it would be fun for the kids and free! So we headed downtown to meet our friends.  Read More...

  • You Are Beautiful - Hair

    Less is better. Simple is good. You are beautiful.  Read More...

  • Maximus's Room

    With a little inspiration from Pinterest, help from my mom, my husband's culture, and my own minimal style I designed our baby boy's room. Here is a glimpse of some of my favorite parts. I painted the glass on an old picture frame with chalkboard paint to make his chalkboard.  Read More...

  • A New Year - 2014

    Our family celebrated the new year by visiting Dallas and going to the Chinese Lantern Festival! My husband Sam planned the whole trip so I had no idea what to expect. The Chinese Lantern Festival was full of beautiful light displays and even an entertaining outdoor show.  Read More...

  • How can we be happy?

    How can we be happy? Here are some quotes (and my additional notes) from Shawn Achor's TED Talk: The Happy Secret to Better work. When we have a success we then move the target of success to a new target (A better job, bigger house, and so on.).  Read More...

  • Baby Maximus Tummy Shoot

    What started as a way to sooth my baby Maximus's tummy troubles turned into an impromptu photo shoot. How can you blame us? He's stinking adorable!  Read More...

  • amyellacreative name change

    If you haven't noticed...amyellacreative is now called myheartcreative. I figured everyone would be wondering why the name change and really the name change is exciting for me so here is the story: amyellacreative Background When I launched amyellacreative I wanted to create an online presence for my design portfolio, my doodles, and to discover my voice (still discovering) through blogging. The name amyellacreative was formed with my old nickname "amyella" and "creative".  Read More...

  • Maximus's Birth Story

    I planned to write baby Samuel's birth story long before even giving birth to the little guy, but I never planned for the story to go as it did. I guess his birth was a wonderful lesson for life and for motherhood: I can plan as much as I would like, but I am not in control. False Labor Round 1 I started having contractions 4.25.13 and they lasted about one day.  Read More...

  • Handmade Paper Notes and Pantone Colors

    We had a fun babyshower at my work last Monday. We enjoyed fruit, bagels, presents, and lots of laughter. One of the best presents baby Samuel and I received was from Jessica.  Read More...

  • Dear Baby Samuel - Letter 3

    Dear Baby Samuel, 36 weeks big guy. We are almost there. I want to take the time to tell you how much I have enjoyed growing you inside of me.  Read More...

  • Family Art Project

    Last night our family sat around the dinner table and created art together. I've been saving various art projects in preparation for summer. I decided this spring break to try out one of the art projects I saved with my awesome daughter and husband.  Read More...

  • Be the change.

    So today I came across Nella Hampton's birth story. This story changed me. As a pregnant woman expecting my baby boy's birth to be beautiful...it's amazing to read how Kelle Hampton explains the birth of sweet Nella wasn't exactly how she expected it to be, but she was beautiful.  Read More...

  • Dear Baby Samuel - Letter 2

    Dear Baby Samuel, I'm writing another letter to you finally. I have so much to say to you. You are 22 weeks and 5 days old today.  Read More...

  • invite designs for adoption celebration

    Recently my family and friends got together to celebrate the life and adoption of my sisters son, Tucker Kason Leck. I designed the invitations and created the party decorations! My talented and organized mother helped me host the party.  Read More...

  • Dear Baby Samuel - Letter 1

    Dear Baby Samuel, I'm writing to you on Thanksgiving morning. You are 14 weeks and 5 days old. From the moment I knew of you growing inside me I have loved you.  Read More...

  • relax

    I'm so thankful for the evening I have had. My husband took care of dinner, I watered the garden, played with my dog, and sat down to relax. Doodled up this little sketch.  Read More...

  • artist?

    My first art class was in the fifth grade. I loved every single art class I had throughout my public education. I was so inspired by my art teachers that I actually started my university level education out to become an art teacher!  Read More...