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Shiny New Website & Giveaways!!!

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Did you know that creating a new website is just like having a baby?!?  As someone who has baked two babies recently I promise you I’m pretty close to an expert on these things.  About 9 months ago I decided it was time for a refresh on my website.  As artists and just humans in general we grow and our style and tastes change.  So there came a time when I looked at my website and just felt it was time for a refresh.  There was nothing wrong with my design but it just felt stale to me, probably because I’ve been staring at it for 4 years or so almost everyday.  Now when I started this journey I knew it would take awhile but seriously I had no idea it would take as long as it takes to make a new human being!

I thought it would take me just a few weeks to create a new design and refresh my look.  Um yeah that was wishful thinking.  Instead I spent weeks drawing out designs and page layouts not to mention generating lists upon lists of new content and pages that needed updating.  Just like any expectant parent I read tons of articles and took classes, I even started paying more attention to any website I came in contact with.  It has been exhausting!

And you know what just like making children the job isn’t done after 9 months and neither is my website.  But frankly at this rate my website will be 18 before I decide it’s perfect and as you can guess I’ll probably do a few redesigns in those years ;).  So instead I’m celebrating what is done!  A new look, a new logo and renewed enthusiasm in my site as a whole.  I still have a long list of things I want to implement and update but I’m calling my site done but not perfect for now :).  I’m excited to share tons of new blog posts everything from clients sessions and weddings to vendor interviews and tips from the pros to help with planning your wedding.  Plus soon I’ll have my own fancy schmancy newsletter so you can get tips and tricks related to photography, getting ready for your session or planning your wedding!

To celebrate my new look I’m hosting a week long party right here where I’m channeling a bit of Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres with what I’m calling the 5 days of giveaways!  Yep you will have to come back everyday this week to see the new prize and get entered to win, each contest will run for a week with winners being announced on the blog.  To kick things off I’m sharing my love of notebooks and blue pens with one lucky reader!  I have a serious obsession with buying notebooks and making lists all in blue ink.  When I worked on the military base I guaranteed no one would ever steal my pens because they all had blue ink and everyone there wrote in black ink :).

So for Day #1 the prize is these two adorable notebooks from Target and of course my favorite style of blue pen :)!

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  • StacyMarch 31, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    Love the new look.. and I think those are my favorite journals from Target too! (Greenroom?)

  • Melissa Arlena JeffcoatMarch 31, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    Yep they are Greenroom! Love them they are so cute 🙂

  • NikkiMarch 31, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Right now – I’m totally obsessed with the ergo baby carrier. Being able to wear my little one has made a huge difference in the amount of things I’m able to get done around the house. And she loves being in it! Win win!

  • :) camilleMarch 31, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    wow! i am very obsessed with cute looking diaries/journals. i need to buy more – you’re making me want to. 🙂 love the new look!

  • Melissa Arlena JeffcoatMarch 31, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    A girl after my own heart Camille 🙂

  • Melissa Arlena JeffcoatMarch 31, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    We have one too! Seriously love:). We wore Will on the boat last year and plan to with Rob this year!

  • Tori WatsonMarch 31, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    yay for a new website!! it looks great! and also yay for fun notebooks. 🙂

  • Melissa Arlena JeffcoatMarch 31, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    Thank Tori! Still love your Wardrobe Wednesday posts :)!

  • Kayla BurkeMarch 31, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Great site! I love how bright and cheery and inviting it looks 🙂

  • Melissa Arlena JeffcoatMarch 31, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    Thanks Kayla! That’s exactly how I want it to look, yay! 🙂

  • sarah goodwinMarch 31, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    I am loving the anchors!!!! looks fabulous

  • Melissa Arlena JeffcoatMarch 31, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Thanks Sarah! I’ve been thinking about including something nautical since we got our sailboat :).

  • Lacoya HeggieMarch 31, 2014 - 9:14 pm

    As usual, your website is lovely as ever. Awesome job! 🙂

  • Melissa Arlena JeffcoatMarch 31, 2014 - 9:35 pm

    Thanks Lacoya! I’ve been enjoying your blog posts on your new site!

  • Amanda Veronee (Anthomanic)April 1, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    I love how light and fresh the blog feels! It’s more you than the old version! …plus I always think of sailboats and your ‘first mate’ blog post when I think of you 😉 weird, I know!

  • Melissa Arlena JeffcoatApril 1, 2014 - 10:53 pm

    Thank you! I’m sure in another 4-5 years I’ll want to change it again but it fits me right now :). I definitely wanted to include something to represent sailing, I’m happy you think of sailboats when you think of me 🙂 We should get you and Robby out on the boat before that baby comes!

  • Sarah BradshawApril 2, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    I’m obsessed with stripes! Any color!!

  • Melissa Arlena JeffcoatApril 2, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Ooohh I hear you on that! I used navy and white striped fabric to cover the cushions on our first boat and it looked so pretty!

  • Melanie FeeApril 3, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    Lol… somewhere in between but leaning more towards a 1st grader! Lol) This is such a sweet giveaway… LOVE!

  • Erika HildApril 3, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    The site is beautiful!

  • Erika HildApril 3, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    I’m currently obsessed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I want to paint everything with it!

  • Trish BarkerApril 4, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    Congrats on successfully baking two babies AND a new website!

  • wendyApril 4, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    love these journals!

  • MelanieApril 6, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    I am OBSESSED w/ Pinterest.. I think it’s a bit unhealthy?! Lol) Just a bit!

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