This past week, I took one of my boys to a playground that had a lot of great features, including a kid-friendly zipline. From the moment he saw pictures of the zipline, he was excited to try it out. But when we got to the playground, his excitement turned to fear and apprehension. He was […]


We look forward to what this new year has in store! The experiences, the lessons, the ups, the downs, the laughter, the smiles, the hugs, the continued journey. For me personally, I desire to be a more compassionate husband—the kind that tells his wife he loves her more each day; a more available and loving […]


As we were getting our kiddos ready for bed, our foster daughter handed me a twisted, tangled, knotted jumble of necklaces. We had several conversations recently about keeping her jewelry neat and organized so this type of thing doesn’t happen (again…and again…), but she had had her own way of “organizing” things. Earlier she had […]


Remember to make even the seemingly “little” moments into special memories that will be remembered for years to come. Rather than simply putting some cold hard cash under her pillow, this was the surprise that one of our kids woke up to after leaving her tooth for the Tooth Fairy. It only took a few […]


Ball Canning 4oz Mini Mason Jars are the perfect size for Christmas gifts for our kiddos’ teachers! We filled them with @hersheys Hugs and @jjscocomels Coconut Milk Caramels for a sweet “little” treat! It’s also great that they can reuse these mini jars for so many different things—they’re great for paperclips, loose change, snacks and […]


There’s something magical and festive about the glow of Christmas lights in Mason jars! Side Note: I’m a firm believer that Mason Jars are one of the most versatile items you can have in your home! Whether it holds your favorite beverage or serves as a container for your DIY decor projects, these glass vessels […]


When your daughter asks you to help her dress like a reindeer for Reindeer Day at school, what do you do? Since she needed it for the next day and it was nearing bed time, we didn’t have time to head to the store. So, we looked around the house for what we had on […]


The excitement and innocence of a child’s amazement towards looking at Christmas lights is one of the highlights of the holiday season. As much as I personally enjoy looking at all the brightly colored lights that decorate homes, neighborhoods, and streets, I love to hear and see the excitement when my kiddos experience this time […]



While on a scouting expedition to find some local areas for family portraits, I took a short drive to the Boone County Arboretum in Union, KY since it was relatively close by. Having lived in the Northern Kentucky area for over a decade now, this was one of the places I had always meant to […]


About Hearth & Heart Inspired

About Hearth & Heart Inspired

Husband to a wonderful and caring wife, father to three great soon-to-be-adopted kiddos, graphic designer by trade, photographer by passion. This blog shares some of the experiences, lessons, and thoughts along our journey. We hope you feel encouraged by visiting our page! -James de Leon

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