Check Out the New Look!

Over this past weekend, my blog received a new design.  I want to give a big thanks to Mindy over at Simply Designs for creating such a beautiful new look for my site!

New Features
My hope is that this new design will also make it easier for you to navigate around my site.  If you look to the right, I now have buttons for each of my categories of blog posts.

There is a search box available to you in the header which should help you find posts I have written about that you would be interested in reading.

You can take a look along the sidebar to see my most popular posts and my most recent posts.  You can also more easily find my social media links now, which are the small buttons at the top of the sidebar.

If you want to spread the word about my blog, I’ve added a grab box that will allow you to put my logo on your blog or website.  Thanks for sharing!

Still to Come
I have a few more changes still to come that I’m excited to share with you.  I’m going to be launching a newsletter in the near future.  My plan is to publish it twice a month.  In the newsletter, I’ll be sharing extra information along with some special deals for subscribers only.  Plus, I’ll have a gift for those who subscribe.  I hope you’ll love it!

I will also be starting a blog carnival very soon.  Are you wondering what on earth a blog carnival is??  It’s a great way for a variety of bloggers (and non-bloggers too!) to share their recipes, information, and tips.  I’m really excited to host one, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.  It’s going to be called Fill Those Jars Friday.

Finally, you will soon notice a few ads up on my site again.  As much as I hate to take away from the beautiful layout, I do need a way to offset the time and money I put into this site.  I hope you’ll understand, and I appreciate your support of my little piece of the virtual world!

What Do You Think?
I’d love to hear what you think of my new site and its new features.  Is there anything else that you’d like to see that would make it easier for you to use?  What do you think of my upcoming newsletter and blog carnival?  Please share in the comments!

P.S.  Have you entered my GAPS Intro Giveaway yet?  There’s still time!  And check back later this week for one more giveaway I’m sure you’re going to love.  It’s been a fun week celebrating a year on GAPS with a new look and giveaways for all you lovely readers!


  1. Meghan says:

    I love the new design!

  2. Shauna says:

    I love it too, Mindy! You now have your own icon on my IPad desktop. I’ll be checking in regularly :)

    • Mindy says:

      I’m honored, Shauna! Thanks for adding my icon! (And don’t you just love to read blogs on your iPad? One of my favorite things about having one!)

  3. Love the new look! Very clean and streamlined, but also very attractive. I’m planning a redesign too…..but not in the immediate future. I know what you mean about needing to recoup something for your time and effort – I have recently added some ads too :(

    • Mindy says:

      Thanks, Debbie! I’m really enjoying it. :-) I look forward to seeing yours at some point. It’s always nice to change things up!

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