New Blog Design and an Update

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your Summer! I am hanging in there and slowly starting to see glimpses of an easier life on the horizon. Nicholas is starting to sleep longer at night, wants to be held less during the day, and is starting to nap in his crib.






The evening fussy time, although his was never that consistent, is finally over for good. We are no longer lapping the first floor of our house 500 times a night trying to soothe a fussy baby.






I am sad that my little guy is growing up although it's exciting to see him change and experience new things. He is so smiley and happy most of the time lately. I am very blessed to have such a good baby! Jillian is finally adjusting to her new life too with another baby in the house. She loves to hug and kiss her brother every chance she can get and always wants to know where the baby is. I finally feel like I can leave the room to change a load of laundry or grab something upstairs without having to worry about Jillian conking heads with her little brother.






With the weather finally warming up, I have been trying to venture out of the house with the two little ones on my own. Yesterday I decided to see how the Splash park would go. It honestly went surprisingly well, the only issue I had was that they both fell asleep on our way there. Since Jillian had refused to nap for me earlier, I drove around the city for an hour while they both slept.






My drive was actually quite therapeutic! I was able to listen to the radio without interruption and enjoyed a peaceful afternoon drive as if I were by myself. We live within minutes of Lake Erie so I drove up and down the lake front while they napped.






Once Jillian woke up, we headed over to the Splash park for some fun before Daddy got home.






I am slowly adjusting to life as a Stay At Home Mom. It has honestly been a harder adjustment than I ever imagined and still trying to get used to my new life. I haven't forgotten about your questions and will get to them hopefully soon. Many of you asked about adjusting to life as a Stay At Home Mom so I will share with you in more detail how it's going in my upcoming Q&A post.






I took the kids to the office last week to visit Jeff and to turn in my badge and laptop. It was wonderful to see my old co-workers and show off my babies. A very bittersweet day for me, I am officially no longer employed!! I would have went back to work this past Friday if I had decided to return to work. It still feels so surreal to me and the finality of it hasn't officially hit me just yet.






The stars aligned this afternoon so I decided to give the ole blog a Summer make over. I love the orange and teal color combo this season and decided to go with the same color scheme on the blog. This was actually my first blog make over using PicMonkey and I have to say I am in love!! You all know how upset I was with Picnik going away, however, dare I say PicMonkey might be even better than Picnik??? Is that even possible? I love all their different fonts and their collage feature is finally up and running. PicMonkey is also keeping up with all the social media trends by offering a collage feature exclusively for your Facebook timeline.
Wow, it feels so good to actually to publish a blog post!! Hopefully this is a sign of more to come.
Hope you are all having a good week!

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  2. Oh, good to know on the PicMonkey! Thank you!! I tried it once but it was when they first started and they didn't have much. I'll have to try it now! And your blog looks professional. I have been using Picasa since the fall of Picnik and it is kind of labor intensive. I don't like it that much.

    Good for you on the outings! Impressive. Being a Stay-at-Home mom is tough. Blogging keeps me sane. :)

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    1. You will love PicMonkey, it's just as user friendly as Picnik was. So glad about that, there were tears when I found out Picnik was shutting down.

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  3. Love the new design. :)

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  4. It sure looks pretty ;) I just made a new header too, So fun!

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    1. Just hopped over to check it out, love the teal too!

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  5. Adorable babies! Glad being a SAHM is adjusting to you well. It's very hard. I left my 9 to 5 last April and it's been tough, but it's real rewarding at the same time. I'll bee curious to see your Q&A about this topic :)

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    1. Thanks Lindsay, glad to hear its not just me! It's defiantly the best for our families though I am sure. I think it would be harder leaving them too. No choice is an easy one!

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  6. Glad to hear that your children are doing well and that you are enjoying being at home with them. The splash park sounds like a great way to occupy them. Love your new header! So far I am liking PicMonkey, too.

    Have a great rest of the week and weekend.

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    1. Thanks Paula! Hope you have a good week too!

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  7. I too think Picmonkey is better than picnik! great new look :) AND glad to hear things are getting a little easier :) I remember how difficult things would get sometimes dealing with a new baby schedule, and an almost 2 yr old :) It just keeps getting easier from here ;) Enjoy! ~Bre

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    1. Thanks! I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yea!

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  8. You did a great job. I'm glad life is settling in for you. I like PicMonkey, too, but I'm still doing only only basic things. I would not know how to create graphics.

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  9. It looks so pretty!! love the color combo.

    You need to have some reading material in your car for moments like that. I embrace it now and take some time for me!! haha!!!

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    1. Reading material is a great idea! I should of brought my new Real Simple magazine.

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  10. Love the Orange & Blue!!! I used PicMonkey for my new blog design too & loved how everything turned out.

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    1. Thank you! I love your new Chevron design!

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  11. Hi Karen! I do remember you from the good ol' days! I'm your newest follower :)

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  12. Driving in the car is so nice sometimes! I often get out for a coke and then drive the long way home for a little break.

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  13. Hi Karen,
    I am a new follower I just wanted to say thank you for getting me through a very boring week at school i went through and read your whole blog it is wonderful. I actually found you on pinterest and am hooked on your blog it is great so professional I hope mine will look as good one day

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  14. Hello Karen - your blog looks fabulous, love the colour scheme!!

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  15. The blog looks great! Glad you're adjusting well. I'm sure you'll be a pro in no time!

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  16. Welcome to the "official" life at home! Don't worry, it's not too bad once you accept it, and with blogging, you never feel too alone! I love the pic of Nicholas in his crib, what a sleeping champ!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  17. Everything looks so pretty! Love the photos too! They are growing fast!
    xx

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  18. Wishing my baby slept in the car, love Picmonkey, and following you now!

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  19. I need to take my kiddos to a splash park! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop…I would love if you would come say hello :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

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  20. Your blog looks great! I'm glad things are getting easier! It is definitely an adjustment going from one to two!

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  21. your blog looks great! I havent really used picmonkey but will have to give it a try.

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