Spark Magazine

Spark Magazine

So, I have some fun news. :) A few months ago I was interviewed for Spark Magazine, a local magazine here in my city. The article just came out, and after nervously managing to read it with one eye peeking out from from behind my hands, I was so honored by it. The author, LeAnne Letize McGee, did such an amazing job of telling the story of how this little blog got started.

Spark Magazine

This was the article. I’m humbled.

Spark Magazine

Here’s where the story begins.

Spark Magazine

So crazy seeing my name up there! I’ll post up-close photos of the article below.

Spark Magazine

Spark Magazine

Spark Magazine

You can also read the online version of Spark here.

If you made it this far, thank you for sticking with me! :) And thanks so much to my sweet friend Erin, who is my constant cheerleader and encourager, for the recommendation and for taking the fabulous photo of me you see in the article.

Thanks for looking!

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73 Responses
  1. Melina

    Congratulations, Amanda!! Thank you for the fantastic fonts, delicious desserts, fabulous food and the photography…WOW! After my 3 boys hit the sack, I love to see the new things you post! Keep up the great work!


    That is so fantastic, Amanda! Congratulations! I am one of those “blog stalkers” who seldom comments (shame on me), but I just had to this time. You are amazing!

  3. Chelle

    you are awesome, you deserve that :) anyway, I’m a new reader, subscriber and fan! always can’t wait for your new posts ^^
    good day, you two

  4. Amy L Brown

    Just wanted to say that I love your blog! I am an Alabamian also! Your blog is so geniune and I just love your pictures! Great job!

  5. Willie

    Congratulations Amanda. I love your photography and really loved your pics of Italy. I so want to go their one day too. I love what you do and have kept all your tutorials on photography. Love your pooches. So happy for you.

  6. Nicole

    YAY! How exciting! Congrats on your success! I am a traveler and I love taking pictures too. I absolutely love reading about your travels and LOVE your photography. I keep going back to your Photography tutorial to learn and also dream of having a better camera some day to do all the cool things with the aperture and shutter speed (see I’m learning the lingo…I think.) Congrats again! :)

  7. Emily

    Congratulations, Amanda! The article is lovely! I really enjoy your blog; thanks for what you share with your readers.

  8. shari

    Congrats on the article. You give so much to all of us who follow you, that I think you are a truly beautiful person. I wish the world was filled with more people with your outlook. Thanks!!

  9. Elisa Schaub

    You look absolutely beautiful in that pic they put in the magazine! :) I like everyone else agree that you definitely deserve all this success and sweetness the world has to offer! I remember once I emailed you a question because I was having an issue changing the fonts on my blog and felt so honored when you sent me a personal response with some advice, I think your genuine passion for life in every aspect makes your blog that much more special. I’m such a big fan of kevin and amanda!!!

  10. Becky

    OMG how exciting that you are featured in the Spark magazine. That is such a wonderful story. I just wish I would have known to do something I love to make a living at. You are truly an inspiration in every aspect of living your dreams and that sharing gives joy. Hats off to you my dear. I always look forward to your blog each and every day. I will have to look for this magazine and buy it to read the rest of it. Looks like a good one. Hugs, Becky

  11. Donna

    Dear Amanda,

    After all these years of hard work (eating cupcakes and delicious food all over the world) and making hundreds and hundreds of frees fonts for all of us out here in bloggy land – CONGRATULATIONS for well done work! I am honored to have known you, if even just by blog!

    Blessings, and only more wonderful things to come in your and Kevin’s future.

  12. ryane

    I’m sure it must feel Amazing to be on this list and featured in this magazine. How exciting ! Of course your on the list You should be on this list. You share so much with us Love your Photos, Fonts, the places you go, Recipes with step by step clear instructions for sappy people like me to follow. Thank you!

  13. Judith Rushing

    Your followers are so proud of you and you should be very proud of yourself also. Congratulation on the article and thank you all you do for us your devoted Fans.

  14. Terri d

    How cool is that! Congrats a job/hobby well done~you deserve it. And all the perks that go along with your work another job well deserved. Love following your blog and get so many things out of it.

  15. Krissy

    Wow, it’s so cool that you are in Huntsville. I’m right up the road in Arab. :)
    Congrats on the Spark magazine article!! That is awesome!!

  16. heather in mississippi

    So awesome, Amanda! I hope I run into you somewhere next time I’m in Huntsville! :o) I’d love to meet my fave blogger!

  17. Melinda

    Wow, what an amazing article. I think its just the sweetest thing ever that your husband bought you the domain name. :) I started my Mom Blog about 3 months ago and am really enjoying it. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  18. Angie

    Kind of like having your name in lights, huh? So awesome! Congrats on the recognition – your blog is always a favorite stop in my reader :)

  19. creole wisdom

    I just wanna know why you weren’t on the cover!? What a great publication and I loved your article. It’s been fun watching you grow, I think I started reading your “blog” or website in 2002 or 2003. You are amazing Amanda!

  20. Cathy B

    Congrats on your great article. You should be very proud. I have a friend that lives on Lake Guntersville so I get over to Huntsville from Atlanta several times a year. We should get together and shoot.

  21. Judy

    This is wonderful! I had no idea you were in Huntsville…not far from me at all and I actually have a sister who lives in Huntsville. My nephew is a manager at one of the Krogers there! What an incredible journey! Thanks for sharing so much of it with us!

  22. Debi

    AWESOME Amanda….. I love peeking in on this wedsite every time I get the change… love the recipes/scrapbooking/fonts…….oh I guess I just love it all…
    Thanks for all your hard work.

  23. Shelby

    Congratulations Amanda! You have come so far, and deservingly so. You worked so hard to create this site, and it has been great seeing the fantastic response. Definitely far away from the days staying up late and playing Animal Crossing! ;-)

  24. Sara

    That is awesome! I’m impressed and glad to be able to learn so much from you! Keep up the great work! I can’t wait to learn more! And you have been a rather big help in photography improvements, thanks!;)

  25. Cbower

    What a great way to start a Monday morning by reading such a positive, happy story about someone who is in my “cyber” life daily.
    Absolutely have enjoyed all your posts and pleased that you have been recognized by others as well. Awesome : )
    Here’s wishing you continued success and happiness and thank you for sharing with us as graciously as you have : )

  26. Chere Mortensen


    You go girl. So very proud of you and all the fun things shared with us. You rock! Not sure how long I have been reading your beautiful blog but it has been a long time. You, Kevin, Howie and Miley are a smile to our e-mail lives. Thanks again for being you.

  27. lori p

    Oh my….how very exciting! I <3 your story and the way that you share yourself-so REAL & JUST WHO YOU ARE. Wonderful for you & Kevin!

  28. Lynne

    Very interesting! I enjoyed reading about you and your blog. I have followed you for a couple of years now. Keep up the good work!

  29. Kathy Martin

    How fun! One million viewers a week? Wowza! Paid trips?!?! And I thought you were independently wealthy or something! ;) Great to read about you and your blog! Congratulations on the mag interview!

  30. Southern Gal

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting. I’ve benefited from so many of your tutorials and helps here on your blog. It’s a great place to visit!

  31. amy kuti

    Love love loved the article! Very exciting for you! I love your site as well and am glad I found u!! Have a great day!!

    Amy :)

  32. Maureen

    Congratulations! It looks like a lovely article and I am so happy for your success! You are one of the few bloggers who have “made it” and remain accessible and humble, thank you for all you do for us readers! Enjoy!

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