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Mommy Blog Designs: August 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Welcome to the All New Mommy Blog Designs!

My re-design is now complete!  It's been a fun few days with all 3 kids home!  We're still stuck in between summer camp ending and school starting!  So ... to keep my sanity ... I had to keep designing!  I've had so much fun re-designing my own site.

Come on in and have a look around!  What do you think?  Please let me know if you run into any issues ... any typos ... or any links not working properly.

And be sure to subscribe, if you haven't already.  I'm making it my new mission to pump up my $39 Pretty Pre-Made library with tons of new designs!  Click to Subscribe to Mommy Blog Designs.  That way you'll be notified first of my new designs!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Yeay! I'm Re-Designing My Own Site!!

Those who've been around me for a while know how excited I always am!  Well ... today I'm even more excited!!!  Today I'm giving my own site a complete re-design!!  Please be patient with me over the next 24 hours or so as I'm re-doing my site.  Lots of stuff is going to be moving around.  I'll have it all straightened out real soon!

Happy Blogging!




Friday, August 26, 2011

{August 26, 2011} FREE Friday Blog Design Giveaway is BACK!!

UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Congrats to our winner ... Kathy from MyDishwashersPossessed! I'm just getting in touch with her now ... and then I'll be setting up her new blog soon! So exciting!!

Sad you didn't win? Loved these new designs and wish you could have one too? Well ... You CAN! Check out my $39 pre-mades ... and you can order it right from there! Click to learn more about my $39 Unlimited Pre-Mades!
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Crackin' the Blogger Code ... another HOW TO Blogger Tutorial: How to post to your category page ... and NOT the main blog page

This is a neat trick that I learned recently. Sometimes you want to make a post and have it appear on one of your category pages ... but you really don’t want it to appear on your main blog page. I’ve wanted to do this a few times, and I’m sure if you knew it was possible, you would probably use this handy trick as well ...

So here it is ... and it’s so simple you’re not going to even believe it!
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{August 26, 2011} Today's Questions and Answers from Blogger ED on voiceBoks.com

Thanks ladies!  I saw a few questions and comments come in today ... so let's get right to it ...
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Crackin' the Blogger Code ... another HOW TO Blogger Tutorial: How to use the Table Tag

I love using the Table Tag! It took me a while to figure it out ... but now that I understand it, I use it everywhere!! I find that Blogger likes to put things in certain places ... especially when it comes to pictures. It never seems to want to let you put 2 pictures ...or dare I say 3 pictures ... right next to each other.

But with the Table tag ... you can neatly organize all your info ... and have it perfectly lined up the way you want it!

Here’s how ... Read more »

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{August 23, 2011} Todays Questions and Answers from Blogger Ed on voiceBoks.com

Hey Blogger Bloggy Mamas! Just a few questions came in today from our Blogger ED group on voiceBoks.com. So let’s get right to ‘em ...
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Crackin' the Blogger Code ... another HOW TO Blogger Tutorial: How to set up a Sticky Post

I’m having so much fun with this Blogger ED course from voiceBoks.com as I’m getting to learn so much myself! As I’m finding new things to write about, I’m learning myself!

This Blogger tutorial is another tidbit that I picked up on recently ... and I’m super excited to share with you!

Sticky Posts!
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August 22, 2011 - Today's Questions and Answers from Blogger ED on voiceBoks.com

Hey vB Blogger Bloggers! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! As I’m sure you noticed, I was off for the weekend. I spent a wonderful weekend with the family. I can’t believe that we’re in the final stretch of summer! So we spent the weekend doing some fun outdoorsy things!

But now back to work ... and that means it’s time to get down to some serious BLOGGER business!

You guys are giving me an easy night tonight! Only 3 questions have come in since our last Blogger questions and answer session. Perhaps you were all off for the weekend as well ... or perhaps I’ve just been doing a really great answering all your questions, and there’s none left!! lol!!

Whatever the case may be ... here are tonight’s answers ...
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Crackin' the Blogger Code ... another HOW TO Blogger Tutorial: How to Use the Jump Break Function

I was asked the other day about how to make my Blogger Blog look more like a WordPress blog. My first suggestion, as we talked about in that tutorial, was to remove the Blogger Menu bar.

Today here is another suggestion to make your Blogger look more like WordPress ...

Use the Jump Break function.
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August 19, 2001 - Today's Questions and Answers from Blogger ED on voiceBoks.com

Got Blogger Questions?  You're in the right place!  Or better yet ... hop on over to voiceBoks.com!  I'm leading a Blogger ED event over there ... and you can ask all the questions you want about designing and operating your Blogger Blog!

Here are the questions that were asked today ... the HOW TO blogger Tutorial continues ...
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Crackin' the Blogger Code ... another HOW TO Blogger Tutorial: How to Upload your own Background and Header

Yeay! Here we are at our 4th Blogger Tutorial! My goodness this 2 week event is flying by! And I still have so much more to share with you!! 

So I’ve been asked a few times about how to change the look of your Blogger Blog. Moms love to customize their own blogs ... and add their own personality to them! I think that’s awesome ... and I totally encourage that!

In this tutorial I am not going to teach you how to design your own header and background. I’ll save that for another series. So for now, let’s say you already have an image that you want to use.

First let’s start with the background. Here’s how to load it into your template.
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August 18, 2011 - Today's Questions & Answers from Blogger ED on voiceBoks.com

Hey vB chicksies! Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments! I read every one of them ... and I’m so glad that I’m able to help you with your blogs!!

For those visiting my blog for the 1st time (and not from vB) ... the following are the daily questions asked of me in a group that I’m leading ... called Blogger ED on voiceBoks.com. If you want to learn more about your Blogger blog ... or ask some HOW TO Blogger questions ... then come on over to voiceBoks.com! Looking forward to seeing ya there!

So here are today’s questions ...
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Crackin' the Blogger Code ... another HOW TO Blogger Tutorial: How to Remove The Blogger Menu Bar

I was asked a very interesting question yesterday on Blogger Ed from voiceBoks.com. I’m sure this question has gone through the minds of most Blogger Blog owners ...

“How do I get my Blogger Blog to look more like a WordPress Blog?”
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August 17, 2011 - Today's Questions & Answers from voiceBoks.com Blogger ED!

I’m so excited to be heading up an event that helps mommy bloggers with any issues they are having with Blogger.

This event is hosted by my very best BFF Lexie Lane from voiceBoks.com. If you’re not a member yet of voiceBoks.com, I highly recommend it! It’s the most supportive, encouraging, and helpful online community for mommy bloggers out there!

As you can see from this post ... the moms on voiceBoks really do contribute ... and they really do help each other out! That’s what this post here is!

 Over the next 2 weeks, I’m going to be posting all the questions that I’m being asked each day on voiceBoks ... and I’ll be answering them all here. If you’re looking for Blogger Tips ... then you’ve come to the right place!

So ... let’s answer today’s questions ... (These are taken directly from the Blogger Ed group on VoiceBoks.com) ...
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Completed Project - Busy Mommy List

Check out my latest completed project ... this for Brandy from Busy Mommy List.  Her blog is still relatively new, but she's planning on filling it up with tons of great stuff!  And I LOVE how she's even got sections for her kids to write reviews!  I think that's too cute ... and a great way to teach the kids about her business.

Pop on over and have a look at the new design ... and tell Brandy I say HEY!

Like her design?  It can be yours too!  I've got in for sale as one of my $39 Unlimited Pre-Mades!

Happy Blogging Mommies!!
Hugs!
Ro :)

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Crackin' the Blogger Code ... Mom Style!

I’m so excited to be starting a new series on MommyBlogDesigns.com. I’m calling it Crackin‘ the Blogger Code - Mom Style ... and I’m hoping this series will be full of valuable information that you can use to help you with your blog.

Over the next 2 weeks I’m going to posting lots of HOW TO articles ... specifically for Blogger blogs.


Why am I doing this?  Because over the past few months, I’ve jumped right into blogging ... head first! I’ve stripped down every line of Blogger code ... and I’ve learned a ton of tricks to put together some really great blogs.

I’ve been getting asked lots of questions lately ... so I’ve decided to do this HOW TO series for Blogger to hopefully help some of you out. I hope you get a few tidbits here and there that help you with your blog. And if you have any questions on any of the topics I’m going to write about, please feel free to comment. I will answer back.

Also ... if you have any suggestions for another HOW TO article for Blogger, please feel free to post that as well. I’ll be sure to get to all questions that come through.

Click to read all of my Blogger HOW TO Tutorials.  I'll be adding more to this list every day!  I hope you enjoy it!

Hugs!

Ro :)

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$39 Pre-Made - 06 - Money Savin' Momma!

Here's the newest design to be added into the $39 Pre-Made Library.  I call it 'Money Savin' Momma'!

Like this design? If so ... Buy Now!






After your payment is processed, send me an email: MommyBlogDesigns@Rogers.com with your blog URL and any special instructions you may have. I'll get back with you ASAP and we'll get your new blog posted! Depending on my workload, it only takes about 2 business days. Sometimes I can even post same day! It's that easy!

Are you a Money Savin' Momma? If so, let's get this design set up on your blog!
Happy Blogging!
xoxo
Ro :)

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

$39 Pre-Made - 05 - Pretty in Pink

I'm spending some time this weekend creating new designs for the $39 Unlimited Pre-Made Library.  I really want to start promoting this library, as I think it's an awesome deal!  For just $39 ... you can get an MBD Designed blog ... with co-ordinating background, header, and blog button.  Plus I even install it for you!

So here's another design for the library.  I call this one Pretty in Pink!  Because it's pink ... and super pretty!




Do you want this design for your blog?  All it takes is 3 simple steps:
1.  Click on the buy now under the picture
2.  Process your $39 (CAD) payment
3.  Click to EMAIL ME with your blog URL, and any special instructions you may have.

That's it!  I'll then contact you with some more details on the installation, as well as any questions I may have for you.

So ... if Pretty in Pink suits your blog, go ahead and order it now.  Depending on my work load, we may be able to get your blog set up today!  (Normal wait time is 2-3 business days ... but you may get lucky!  I may be able to fit you in same day.)

Happy Blogging!
Ro :)

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$39 Pre-Made - 04 - Chantilly Lace

Here's the newest design in the $39 pre-made library.  This design is called Chantilly Lace ... and it's a little more edgy and sexy!  Like all of my designs, this can be used for Blogger or WordPress!

If this suits your blog, then I'd love to set this up for you!

Click BUY NOW below, process your $39 payment, then email me with your blog URL to get things started!

Here's the design:








Want to see the rest of the $39 Pre-made designs?  Visit the $39 Unlimited Pre-made Library.

Be back soon with more designs!
Hugs!
Ro :)

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

FREE Friday Blog Design GIVEAWAY!
Enter to Win the Lovely Lilac Design!

UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Congrats to our winner ... BusyMommy from SomethingFrugalThisWayComes! I'm just getting in touch with her now ... and then I'll be setting up her new blog soon! So exciting!!

Sad you didn't win? Loved the Lovely Lilac design and wish you could have it too? Well ... You CAN! Check out my $39 pre-mades ... and you can order it right from there!  Click to learn more about my $39 Unlimited Pre-Mades!

Check back again nest week for another FREE Friday Blog Design!

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Yeay!!  It's that time again!!  Free Friday Blog Designs Giveaway is OPEN!!

The details of the Giveaway:

Up for grabs is 1 FREE Blog Design package including:

  • A beautiful custom background
  • A personalized header with a stunning stock image
  • A blog button
  • Co-ordinating Favicon 
  • Plus ... I’ll even install it for ya on your blog! 
  •  This can be used on Blogger OR WordPress! Yeay!

Yup ... I'm giving this away FREE to one lucky winner!

The design for this week:

The design for this week is called Lovely Lilac.  It's soft and super pretty!   And it could be yours ... FREE!  All you have to do is enter to win!

How to enter:

1. Do one or more of the things from the following list.
Each item gives you 1 entry into the giveaway. They are:

  • Follow Mommy Blog Designs on Google Friend Connect
  • Like Mommy Blog Designs on Facebook -
  • Follow @Mommy_Ro on Twitter
  • Tweet about the giveaway using hashtag #FREEFridayBlogDesign
  • Post a comment on Facebook

2. Then ... Leave me a comment below with the following:

  • Your website address that you want re-designed
  • Email address where I can contact you should you win
  • Which entries you did from the list above.
An example comment is: "I'm entering the FREE Friday Blog Design Giveaway! I would like to have www.MyWebsite.com re-designed. My email address is me@mysite.com. For entries into the giveaway, I followed on GFC, Twitter, and Facebook."

This giveaway is now OPEN ... and will be open until midnight EST on Friday, August 12th ... then I’ll randomly choose the winner and contact the lucky one over the weekend.

Go ahead and enter to win a FREE Blog Design!  Good Luck!!

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Completed Project - Centsible Savings!

So it took us a few days to connect and get organized, but the Giveaway winner from last Friday is now LIVE!

I invite you to go have a look at Christy's Centsible Savings!

Are you ready for this week's FREE Friday Blog Design Giveaway?  I'm going to start the design now ... and post later today!  Be sure to check back soon if you're looking for a FREE Blog Makeover!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Completed Project - Hopper Mania!


I was so excited to be helping my sweet sweet BFF Lexie from voiceBoks.com to design her new site Hopper Mania!  This is a fantastic idea that she has to have a central hub for all the blog hops of the members of voiceBoks.

In case you're not yet a member, I highly recommend voiceBoks.com.  I participate in many online mom communities, but voiceBoks is by far the best!  The camaraderie of moms is truly fantastic on this site ... and it's the only site that I feel like I truly know the members!  So ... I invite you to pop over to voiceBoks.com to say HEY!

 ... back to the point of this post ... Lexie is the owner of voiceBoks and is totally committed to helping all the members grow their blogs and their businesses.  Her newest venture is HopperMania ... and I'm so thrilled to have been involved with the design of this site.  So come on over and check it out ... but only if you're ready to HOP!

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Newest Project - Moodylicious Childrens Spa!

Christina from Moodyliciouschildrensspa.com contacted me a few days ago really wanting some help!  Her site is adorable already ... and her products and parties are cuter than words can say!!  (I wish I lived near her so I could take my girls to one of her parties!!!)

But her site is in serious need of re-organization and clean up.  The design is already there ... and looks great ...  but it needs a more professional look and a major clean up.  Plus ... she has asked me to set up her store on her site.

I'm up for the task!  This one's going to take me a bit ... but follow along with me!  Check out Moodyliciouschildrensspa.com

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Completed Project - learning4kids.net


Thanks Janice!  I had a wonderful time working with you and the adorable painted hand prints on your blog ... learning4kids.net!  We sure had a lot of fun working together!  We got to spell words the way we want to spell them ... like coloUr!  Australlia and Canada spell most words the same ... it's the silly Americans that don't like the U!  lol!

I had a great time working on learning4kids.net.  This was a brand new blog ... so we had to set it up from scratch.  Janice choose to the 'Make it Pretty ... and Neat' package, so she got a complete sign design ... inlcuding the look and the organization.  We set up her menu bar and organized all her info into posts and pages, with all her new content automatically going to the correct category links.  We put in a lot of organizational structuring, so her blog, which is going to be full of amazing content, will stay very organized.

Thanks Janice!  Spring will be there in Aussie soon enough!  All the best ... and Happy Blogging!
xoxo

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

FREE Friday Blog Design Giveaway #2!

UPDATE:  This giveaway in now CLOSED.  HUGE congrats to Christy from Waiting For Her Wings for being this weeks winner.  As soon as I get in touch with her, I'll get started on making her blog super pretty!

I invite you to come on back next week and enter again for your chance to win a FREE Blog Design!

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I had so much fun last week with my FREE Friday Blog Design Giveaway. When I got to email my winner ... and tell her she won a free blog design ... it absolutely made my weekend! So ... I'm looking forward to doing it again! Yeay!

The details of the Giveaway:

Up for grabs is 1 FREE Blog Design package including:

  • A beautiful custom background
  • A personalized header with a stunning stock image
  • A blog button
  • Co-ordinating Favicon 
  • Plus ... I’ll even install it for ya on your blog! 
  •  This can be used on Blogger OR WordPress! Yeay!

Yup ... I'm giving this away FREE to one lucky winner!

The design for this week:

The design for this week is called Round 'N Round.  It's bright.  It's bubbly.  It's fun.  And it could be yours ... FREE!  All you have to do is enter to win!





How to enter:

1. Do one or more of the things from the following list.
Each item gives you 1 entry into the giveaway. They are:

  • Follow Mommy Blog Designs on Google Friend Connect
  • Like Mommy Blog Designs on Facebook -
  • Follow @Mommy_Ro on Twitter
  • Tweet about the giveaway using hashtag #FREEFridayBlogDesign
  • Post a comment on Facebook

2. Then ... Leave me a comment below with the following:

  • Your website address that you want re-designed
  • Email address where I can contact you should you win
  • Which entries you did from the list above.
An example comment is: "I'm entering the FREE Friday Blog Design Giveaway! I would like to have www.MyWebsite.com re-designed. My email address is me@mysite.com. For entries into the giveaway, I followed on GFC, Twitter, and Facebook."


This giveaway is now OPEN ... and will be open until midnight EST on Friday, August 5th ... then I’ll randomly choose the winner and contact the lucky one over the weekend.

Go ahead and enter to win a FREE Blog Design!  Good Luck!!

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Learning 4 Kids ... almost done!


I'm just about finished working on Learning4kids.net. I'm having so much fun working with Janice from Australia ... and getting her adorable blog all set up.  I just had to post this already ... because I think her design is turning out soooo cute!  Check out her button!

We're doing a complete site design for Learning4kids.net ... so I'm busy now setting up all the navigation for it.  There's going to be so much amazing info on this site.  I can't wait for Janice to start posting stuff so I can use it with my kids!

Chat soon!

Oh ... and get ready ... FREE Friday Blog Design Giveaway is coming real soon!  I'm just finishing the design on it ... and it's lookin' groovy!  It'll be up in just a few hours!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August 2, 2011 On to the next project ...

No time to rest! Just finished up one project and I'm on to the next. Gee ... this is fun!!

I'm excited to working with an adorable lady from Australia ... all the way at the other side of the world! Gotta love technology. She was just telling me how excited she is for spring and to be done with flu season! And I'm sitting here in my shorts and tank tops inside because it's too hot to go outside. I can't wait for things to cool off and for fall to arrive!

This was the first time that it really hit me how powerful and amazing technology is these days. I feel like I'm sitting here chatting with my close buddies ... but they can be oceans away in a whole different world!

Well ... life may be different, but we're all in the same blogosphere!

So ... Janice is my new Australian client ... and she hired me to re-design her WordPress blog at http://www.learning4kids.net.

She's looking for a cheery, crafty, kid friendly blog. She's going to have lot of content, so she also wants to be sure we get the menu all set up for easy navigation.

I'm excited to get started! Here I go ...

August 2, 2011 FrugallyGreenMom.com is Complete!

Check out my newest design at  FrugallyGreenMom.com.

April is still playing around with the layout of her sidebars, but the design is complete.  I think we accomplished what we set out to do with this design.  We wanted something clean, green, and simple ... with an easy navigation system.

Thanks April for being extra patient with me ... as you were my first WordPress client.  But all in all ... I think it turned out AWESOME and I wish you many happy blogging years!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

August 1, 2011: My Current Project

I'm thrilled to be working with April from FrugallyGreenMom.com. She recently moved her site from Blogger to WordPress ... and she's asked me to help make her site Pretty!

Because her site is about being Frugally Green, we're going to for something simple ... and of course, the color scheme is green.

Check out her site now ... and watch the transformation!
http://www.FrugallyGreenMom.com

I'm also thrilled to have signed up with April as her sponsor in the blogorama bonanza! I'll be giving away a FREE Make it Pretty Package, so be sure to check it out. This will be happening mid-September, and more details will be coming soon! Here's the button for more info ...


Is your site next?  Do you want a Pretty Mommy Blog?  I'd be happy to help!


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