Well, well, well…. after several several weeks of working with a fantastic WordPress designer named Katelyn at Smitten Blog Designs who was SO patient with me regarding my millions of edits and suggestions….
AND after many hours spent reviewing design ideas and manuevering existing blog posts…
NO THANKS TO CAKE HAS ARRIVED
AT ITS NEW HOME!!
While I definitely grew to love my old place at Blogger, I think this move is JUST what NTTC needed. I’m also so happy to have a custom design and love what Katelyn and I ended up with. You guys read my blog and know how particular I am about what I eat… Can you imagine how many questions/edits Katelyn had to deal with?? Phew… She’s a rockstar!
If you’re looking for a blog re-design, I highly recommend Smitten Blog Designs, specifically Katelyn if you need a WordPress designer!
I must admit I will sort of miss that scrapbooky original design… as it was my first real template. It’s also where I met all of you guys!!!
PS… Does anyone remember the rotating cakes from the VERY first NTTC page?? We’ve come a long way, baby!
CHOOSING A DESIGN
It’s difficult to change your design. It’s like redecorating your home. You want it to be reflective of you, and to be cozy and lovely at the same time.
I tried to pick similar colors to what I had used on the Blogger site. I chose grey, yellow, and teal as my original colors and Katelyn suggested a pop of pink. Voila!
I love Chevron patterns, so that was an easy addition. They remind me of my mountains that I see every day. Still… there was something missing. I needed something that would show that this wasn’t a baking blog. Something that made it very “No Thanks to Cake.”
I thought about adding a runner to the page… since this page is mostly about healthy living and weight loss, but I felt like a runner may not be appropriate since I’m so new to running. Then, yoga came to mind. We all know that I’ve grown to LOVE yoga… and this “warrior” girl seemed like the perfect pic for my design. She’s active, she’s proud, and she’s strong. She’s a WARRIOR. I kind of like to think of myself as the same.
A NEW ADDRESS
I also took the plunge and decided to self-host the site and purchased my own domain. Doesn’t that sound so grown up?? So, now you can find your favorite blog at the following address:
NOTE: If you have a link on your blog, use Google Reader, or a bookmark, please update it to this new location so that you keep getting all the updates and redirected appropriately to this new page. Also, if you’re an email follower – - I suggest signing up for the RSS feed (top right hand corner or the follow button on the lower right) if you want to keep getting posts delivered to your inbox.
I’ve still got quite a bit of editing to do to get the place spruced up just as I’d like it to be… The longer I waited to publish the more comments I missed out on transferring. So, I finally just decided to do it tonight!
What do you think? Do you love it? Any suggestions??