When Amarilys played house as a little girl, she would nominate herself as a single career woman... she'd be flying first class to big meetings, not racing home through traffic to make dinner. But her steps lead to a different path. She instead chose to marry her college sweetheart, move to the other side of the world and back, and hunker down in nippy Minnesota with her boys. When Amarilys is not corralling her two sons, you'll find her painting in her at-home studio. Working as a commercial illustrator has her listening to Christmas music year-round while drowning in watercolored flora and fauna. Her personal work is an outworking of her faith and life experiences. Walking in the wisdom to know what matters most for the moment is an ever-revolving struggle--one worth painting about, blogging about, and encouraging others in. The Puerto Rican Murphy Brown -turned- sassy mommy of a trilingual home wouldn't change a thing. Except maybe the flying first class part. See Amarilys' Illustration Work at Watercolor Devo & Wedding Offerings at Watercolorful Weddings.

Punchy Painted Pumpkins

Pumpkin EVERYTHING. Am I right? Well, if you know anything about me, I'm about watercolor EVERYTHING (or at least painted EVERYTHING). So I thought I'd give my pumpkins the same royal treatment! I know I'm...
Aiming For Friendships and Not Follows | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Aiming for Friendships and Not Follows

We all know what we like to see on social media. But even more—we're pretty keenly aware of what we don't want to see as we scroll through our online playgrounds. If I wrote...

Let’s Do This Summer Project

It's that season again! The itch to get rid of the old, sweep up the remains, and grab some paint swatches is upon us. It begins on such an exciting note! We folded the...

SAHM (Soul At Home Mom) Athletics

I'm sure you have your workout routine. And I'm sure that you religiously hit the gym 3-5 times a week as your doctor ordered. But for times when your workout pants are seeing more crazy than...

A Case for Homegrown Hosting

This is a case for NOT being "the hostess with the mostest." This philosophy of hosting would not have your friends' enjoying their favorite drinks on tap or tickled by your beautiful displays of...
Clearing Out Creative Projects | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Clearing Out Creative Projects

I paint. I design. I teach. Repeat. And all in this room! My studio is full of all the artsy chochkies that make hungry eyes jump. I've got brushes and paints and papers. I've...

Being the New Kid

Making friends gets more difficult as you get older. At least making good ones. It's as if we're barraged with a grab bag of factors that come into play. You find there's a never-ending...
Finding The Upside of Winter | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Finding the Upside of Winter

People would call me cold-blooded, because I am in need of outside aid to warm up. I'd rather think that my skins feels a lot more comfortable when the external temperature matches my inner...
When Working For Yourself Doesn't Work | Rochester MN Moms Blog

When Working for Yourself Doesn’t Work

It feels like I've worked for myself for as long as I can remember. But it's only been a few years. Long nights, early mornings, feeling the glee of an exciting opportunity, and feeling the threat...

Valentine’s Day Printables!

In a crunch or want to spruce up the family table? Download these two 5x7 Valentine's Day printables that are designed to be used as either last-minute cards or stand-alone prints! One PDF download with...