Friday, October 23, 2009

BLOG MAKEOVER GIVEAWAY - you WANT to check this out!

I was ready for a change. For my blog. Although, I could personally use a makeover for myself but that'll just have to wait.....for, like, 15 years. You know, make sure I still have hair left by the time the kids all graduate high school.

So yeah, I got a blog makeover...how do you like it? I was kinda getting tired of the old look....ready for a change. And perhaps a beach theme seems a little, uh, well, out of season but we just love everything about the beach so it fit well. The colors are so calming...every time the kids stress me out, I just take a look at my blog and imagine I'm laying on a beach somewhere with a margarita in my hand!

Danielle at The Design Girl did my makeover and she was wonderful to work with. She sent me links to her portfolio and allowed me the freedom to choose whichever look I wanted that would represent our family best.

At the same time, she was extremely helpful when I needed her opinion on something, especially since we all know how I have a hard time making even the simplest decisions. She was honest about what she felt would look best, based on the design I chose. After perusing through the many blogs she's designed, I completely trusted her opinion.

Once I made a final decision on everything from the design, the elements and the background, she brought it to life and I was blown away by how awesome it looks. I'm one of those people who has a difficult time imagining in my head how something will look...that's because I have, like, zero creativity.

What Danielle put together for me far exceeded my expectations. I'm in love with the new look! And she was such a pleasure to work with...great communication, answered e-mails promptly...everything you would expect from a truly amazing blog designer, who takes great pride in her work.

Danielle has been generous enough to offer one of my readers a FREE STANDARD PHOTO BLOG MAKEOVER (valued at $75.00).

To enter the giveaway (this is the main entry), we've made it simple for you....

Become a follower of Danielle's blog, The Design Girl (then come back here and let me know in a comment what # follower you are)

For extra entries:
** You must complete the first entry above for other entries to count. Please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each additional entry.

-- Add Danielle's button to your blog (you can find it on her right sidebar HERE)
-- Post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to my blog
-- Tweet about this giveaway (leave the URL to your link)

This contest ends on Friday, October 30 at 9:00 pm PST. One winner will be chosen via Random.org. Please make sure you leave your e-mail address in your comment if it's not accessible on your blog profile.

In addition to the giveaway, Danielle is currently offering my readers a discount on the deposit for a blog makeover....rather than pay the usual $35 deposit, new customers can pay just $20 to get on the wait list! That's $15 off! Just e-mail Danielle at thedesigngirl@gmail.com to take advantage of this offer (and tell her I sent you).

And that's not all....Danielle is also offering my readers a generous 20% discount on any of her scrapbook kits purchased at Polka Dot Plum or Funky Playground. Use the coupon code "livingproof123" when you place your order.

Both of these offers will expire on Friday, October 30.

115 comments:

Shelly said...

I follow Danielle's blog The Design Girl.

Shelly said...

I have Danielle's button on my blog's scrolling sidebar under Friends.

http://atticgirl.blogspot.com

♥georgie♥ said...

LOVE your new look Helen!
I just became follower #873
I so need a make-over

Christina said...

This is exciting! Love your new look. My blog is so boring and sucky I could really use this! I'm following her blog now.

Christina said...

Got her button!

Brooke said...

i'm a follower now! :)

Thena said...

Love your new look, I need a makeover badly. There's things I want on my page and don't have a clue how to put them there. Im now a follower.

Corrie Howe said...

What a great give away! I'm doing some changes too, but I'm not even at the point of doing a make-over. I'm at a "do over."

Since you drop by my blog on occasion, I would appreciate if you'd complete my survey today to help me make some decisions.

BTW, Jonathan and Faith do play very well together but they are also each other's worst enemies. Those days are hard on everyone.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Your blog looks awesome!!!
I am a follower of Danielle's blog.

Heather said...

I love the new look, Helene!

wife.mom.nurse said...

Your blog looks awesome!!! I am so happy for your!!!

Mighty M said...

I love a beach theme!! Very cute!!

McVal said...

I love your new look! Of course I don't remember what you had before. I guess this one grew on me really quickly!
Mine probably needs a makeover too.

MamaOtwins+1 said...

I love your new look and I'm following Danielle!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

Tweeted!
http://twitter.com/MamaOtwins1/statuses/5097432631

Buckeroomama said...

Awesome new blog look, Helene!
Following Danielle's blog now (#881).

Buckeroomama said...

Added her button to my blog roll.

Buckeroomama said...

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/Buckeroomama

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I LOVE the new look! And I'm now folllowing Danielle.

Nezzy said...

It is a calming blog, I noticed it yesterday.

Ya'll have a wonderful fall weekend.

God bless you, sweetie!!!

kys said...

I love your look. I would enter but I just signed on with someone else - shoot!

PS I can't make decisions well either. It sucks!

Kim Betts said...

Woo Hoo number 883!

Kim Betts said...

I told all my readers to come here and enter!

Kim Betts said...

Tweeted!!!

http://twitter.com/KNBetts1985

Rebecca M. said...

Follower #885 my blog really needs some help...

Mama Jenn said...

Love the new look!!

Kim Betts said...

Got the button!

Jenny said...

I think I'm 884. Great giveaway, I so need a new design!

2SetsOfTwins4Me said...

I just became a follower.
She did a great job on your layout, looks nice.

I have been wanting something different for a long time

2SetsOfTwins4Me said...

I forgot to add, i am follower #885

DiPaola Momma said...

Thanks for the great giveaway my Twitter Mom pal! I was her follower #886 SHE IS ALMOST TO 900 WOWZERS! Have a great weekend!!!

Paula @ Organizing Tips For Moms said...

I love your new look!!

Megan said...

I loooove the new look! And now I'm a follower of Danielle's blog, because I want a makeover too!! I'm follower 887. :-)

Margaret said...

I would love a makeover on my blog! I am follower #890 (I think!)

Jamie said...

i think i'm 882 but honestly don't know how to tell.

Erin M. said...

Love the makeover---she did an amazing job. I really like the beach theme!

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

This is a great giveaway.

Please stop by my blog. I left you an award.

Kathleen W. said...

What great designs! I did my own, but I'm getting sick of looking at it.

I follow, #889

Kathleen W. said...

Got her button on my blog

Kathleen W. said...

Blogged
http://katydidandkid.blogspot.com/2009/10/weekend-contest-love-1024.html

Kathleen W. said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/KatydidandKid/status/5105672018

Momlissa said...

I love the new blog!

Peggy said...

I am follower #890
matternu@aol.com

Peggy said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/velvet1116/status/5108085463
matternu@aol.com

Mrs. Call Me Crazy said...

I don't want to enter, but I want to tell you that I LOVE the new look!

Chacoy said...

I am following:)
I am a new blogger and could really use this:)

shortmama said...

Not entering but I think the makeover looks great!!

Twincere said...

I am a follower of Danielle's blog, The Design Girl, follower #892

Monkeys mama said...

893

mkdforrest at austin dot rr dot com

Monkeys mama said...

Got her button

the-chunkymonkey.blogspot.com


mkdforrest at austin dot rr dot com

Monkeys mama said...

tweeted!

http://twitter.com/thischickisaten/status/5110850418

mkdforrest at austin dot rr dot com

Pam said...

Glad you had such a great experience. Love your new look. Anytime is the right time for the beach :)

The High Family said...

Now this is what I NEED! I could so use a fresh new look to kick my tush back into blogging again.

Your new look is fantastic btw! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! :)

I now follow Danielle and I am lucky number 894! (crossing my fingers!)

Kathy B! said...

The new blog rocks!!! I LOVE IT!

Kristin said...

Following Danielle's blog # 895

Kristin said...

Added Danielles button to my blog http://www.wholelottamama.info/search/label/My%20Favorite%20Blogs

Kristin said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/wholelottamama/statuses/5114574783

Jayme said...

Follower #896!!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Mama needs a blog makeover! I'm follower #897.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I just added her button to my blog.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Tweeted the link! http://twitter.com/dsfunctionalmom/status/5117390910

DysFUNctional Mom said...

(forgot to say I love your new look!)

Kelly said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted @
http://twitter.com/sarafan2

Great new blog makeover11 It's great!!

Kelly said...

I follow your blog

Amanda said...

Thanks for stopping by! I came just in time for a contest, I see! I added The Design Girl's Blog (and yours!) to my Google Reader!
Thanks!

Alicia said...

I love Danielle! I think she thought I was crazy because she did three blog makeovers for me, all within 3 months. I'm sure she's shocked I haven't contacted her again! But, she is WONDERFUL, and super professional to work with!!

Alicia said...

Oh, and I forgot to say that I love your new layout!

withoutadornment said...

This is such a great idea!

I don't have blogger, so I can't follow in that sense, but I added her to my google reader!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Mary said...

I stopped by to vist on Saturday SITS Day and have started to follow both your and the Design Blog. I'm follower 899.

Mary said...

I have the design girl's button up on my blog.

newlyweds said...

How cool, I am in desperate need of a makeover.

I am follower # 900!

melissa said...

im following and im #901....hope i win, love the new blog look!

Bethany said...

I really love it! The blog looks great :)

Jen said...

I LOVE your new look!!!

CGBG said...

I'm following Danielle's blog #902 and I love the beach look!

CGBG said...

I added Danielle's button to my blog littlebgcg.blogspot.com

heather@it'stwinsanity said...

I love your new look!

I'm follower #903 on Danielle's blog. I need a makeover too!

Courtney said...

follower 906

Courtney said...

got danielle's button scrolling

http://meandbella.blogspot.com

Courtney said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/5137192969

Liberty said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! I have 4 children... but they are all singletons.

Have a great weekend!

xxoo,
Liberty

Theta Mom said...

LOVING the new look Helene! AWESOME!!!

KK said...

I've been following her blog for a long time, but don't have a clue how to find out which number follower I am????

camelfam said...

I'm follower #908!

twinmama said...

Great look! Love the new style and your blog is very calming to me, too! Love the beach theme - it works any time of the year in my opinion.

Pricilla said...

I was follower 909
thank you
kaiminani@gmail.com

cdziuba said...

I am number 910.

cdziuba@aol.com My email is easily seen in my profile, thanks.

cdziuba said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/5154326515

cdziuba said...

blogged http://ceeceeblogger.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-makeover.html

Katie said...

I follow danielle's blog

Katie said...

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/EllisFan14/statuses/5164529820

blabla3269 said...

I am now a follower

samantha stolworthy said...

i really need a makeover....i dont even wear ANY makeup, because I dont know how to put it on or what colors go good with my skin. I cant even put eye liner on

Are You There Mom? said...

Sweet! I'm number 918....I think! ha

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

This is an awesome giveaway! I am follower #919:)

Thanks so much.

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

I have her button up on my blog:)

Mrsbear said...

I love the makeover! I'm in. Follower 935.

Amanda said...

I blogged about your giveaway :)

http://life-accordingtoamanda.blogspot.com/2009/10/makeover-yes-please.html

Amanda said...

And twittered? tweeted? about it too! http://twitter.com/amandacbeck

angie said...

What a fabulous giveaway! I'm follower #936.

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

I am follower 946!

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

I have her button on my sidebar.

www.mamanandgourmand.blogspot.com

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

I tweeted about it!

http://twitter.com/mamangourmand/statuses/5233284280

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

I posted about it on my blog!

http://mamanandgourmand.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-makeover-giveaway.html

PalmettoChik said...

I was follower 963.

Wendy
www.bumblebeesandbugladies.blogspot.com

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

Hi there...loved reading your pofile..."better to have hands full than a broken heart" nice!

Of all the people in the world I am the one I think who needs this giveaway the most...trust me when I say I am technologically challenged...how I crawled through starting a blog was only so overwhelming.

Right now I haven't been ab;e to blog... :( coutesy some "tag error" when I try to publish my posts... :(
Have been unable to figure out why ?? Still pursuing....

And thats why I need I really need this makeover... Thanks again! :)

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

Oh btw I am following ur blog too.. yay! # 725...or 726?

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

I am follower # 1003 on Design Girl ...nice number...;p

Yael said...

I'm follower 1012- good number! My daughter's birthday!

Megan said...

I do love your new look! It's adorable! =)

I'm follower 1040 of Danielle's blog.

Megan said...

Tweet Tweet:
http://twitter.com/MrsMeganC/status/5290142837

Laura said...

I am follower of Danielle's blog #1043. Loooooove the look of the new blog. Wish mine could be so elegant.

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm number 1044

Jinxy and Me said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/ThriftyJinxy/status/5300743444

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