Welcome to Be A Fun Mum 2.0. I’m absolutely thrilled with the design by brilliant Kate (aka Picklebums). Kate was able to disipher 2 pages of my brainstorming to capture the exact feel I wanted for Be A Fun Mum. There are still a few tweaks to links and pictures but overall, the new blog look has come together beautifully.
Saying Goodbye to Be A Fun Mum 1.0
I’m excited about the new design but there is a part of me that is sad to say goodbye to the old theme. Be A Fun Mum 1.0 reflects so much of me and I adore it. You can read about the previous banner design here: Be A Fun Mum 1.0
Why am I changing something I love? Well, Be A Fun Mum has taken an identity of its own. It’s less about me and more about what Be A Fun Mum has become. The Be A Fun Mum 1.0 theme didn’t reflect all this so I’ve gone with something extremely different and I’ll tell you why.
Introducing Be A Fun Mum 2.0
Welcome to Be A Fun Mum 2.0. Isn’t it happy? I wanted the new theme to reflect my content and I’ve detailed some of this below.
The bright colours dispersed with a lot of white brings a lightness to the blog. I hope when readers visit, they feel like they’ve taken a breath of fresh air.
Fun and colour go hand in hand. When Kate and I were talking about colours, I said I wanted a lot of colour but didn’t want a stereotypical rainbow hues. Instead we’ve gone with retro colours that are fresh, bold and bright.
There’s a retro element to the fonts and colour in this theme. The reason for this is I want to capture “good old fashioned fun” and a simpler way of living. The retro theme is simple and fun, with a funky hit of personality.
The flowers represent the “love the moment” concept. And can you see they are alive? They are growing? I wanted the flowers to be growing to represent the quality of being who you are and the ability to “bloom where you’re planted” (wherever that may be).
Last week Be A Fun Mum was hacked. I was devastated. When I talked to my host provider they said I would lose all the comments from readers. That’s over 6,000 comments. You know, I was more upset by this than losing some blog posts. The comments people leave here add so much value to the blog. The thought of my content without any apparent interaction brought me to tears! I cried, drank coffee, then diet coke (fortunately I didn’t go for fourth C: chocolate as well)…and I cried some more. Fortunatley my host provider was able to save the comments and I was ecstatic. So thank you so, so much for taking the time to add value to this blog by interacting, whether that be leaving a comment or sharing it with others. It makes this blog alive, and without readers, it would be a blog without soul, and that would be very sad.
Navigating around the site
Navigating around the blog is much easier with the new template.
I want to celebrate the re-launch of Be A Fun Mum, and so some gorgeous people are sharing their products with us. Entering is simple: just leave a comment below and it would be nice if you could support to these lovely people who have supported me by checking out their websites and joining them on facebook.
***Giveaway ended. Winners have been notified by email. Congratulations!***
1. A selection of postcards and giftwraps with matching tags from Veronica Mayson from Phoenix Trading
2. All Around The World Game from Brainbox World courtsey of Global Kids Oz
3. Your choice of a gorgeous handmade doll from Quill & Ink Handmade plus a trifold card
4. Two adorable Aussie Baby bibs from Bibska
5. A set of six owl crayons from House of Baby Piranha
6. A set of four clever personalised cups from My Colour Cup
7. $15 to spend on a custom creation from Kathryn’s Creations
8. A fantastic Preschooler Personality Kit from Parent with Potential
9. $20 gift voucher from simply fantastic Lunch Boxes with Love
10. Three packs of gorgeous15 pre-designed birthday invitations from Julia of Kuku Couture Invitations
11. Wedding Etiquette for Ferals from lovely Aussie writer Peta-Jo
Leave a comment below
I want there to be A LOT of winners so I’ll draw names using Random.org one at a time and winners will be offered a choice of the available prizes until the last one is drawn. In total there will be 14 winners!
Open to Australian and New Zealand readers (sorry my international readers; I will have a giveaway for you one day!)
Giveaway open 31 May to 7 June 2011
Thank you for being here. Tell me, what do you think of the new theme? Love it or not-so-love or I-need-to-get-used-to it?
CyndiMay 31, 2011 at 6:56 am
Oh wow! I LOVE it!! It’s so beautiful and clean and crisp. Truly love it!
Congrats on your new look!
RobynMay 31, 2011 at 6:56 am
I do love the new look Kelly but feel a bit of a pang at the change. The old template just felt very familiar, with a strong association with you I guess but I know this one will feel the same soon 🙂
I’m so glad you didn’t lose too much with the hacker.
BonnieMay 31, 2011 at 7:21 am
Looks so wonderful Kelly. It is Be A Fun Mum. So proud of you right now.
HelenMay 31, 2011 at 7:24 am
Liking the new fresh look 🙂 Liking the pages above 🙂 Liking that you are back 🙂
Emily DugganMay 31, 2011 at 7:28 am
Great to see you’re back! Love the new look too xx
Andrea BrowneMay 31, 2011 at 7:31 am
Love the new look!
MartineMay 31, 2011 at 7:33 am
Welcome back! Love the new look. I always get a warm and fun feeling when I visit Kates blog and this will be sure to do the same, so well done to you both…gorgeous work 🙂
AmzMay 31, 2011 at 7:44 am
Congratulations on a fantastic design. Followed you for V1 and have missed your postings (darn hacker). I must say I love the feel and ease of navigation. I struggled with the V1…it was personally a little too busy/dark. But V2 is light and breezy and so much FUN 😛 Welcome back you’ve been missed !!!
Amy badawiMay 31, 2011 at 7:46 am
Lobe your new blog very bright colorful and welcoming love reading all your posts
MelissaMay 31, 2011 at 7:48 am
Well done 🙂 Your new design looks fantastic. Well done.
Carly newtonMay 31, 2011 at 7:53 am
Love the new blog would love to win xo
Marissa RobertsMay 31, 2011 at 7:57 am
I love the new look, for me it really matches the tone of your content, and I can’t wait to come back again and again for more 🙂
BellsMay 31, 2011 at 7:58 am
It looks wonderful. What a nice turn of events after the awful hacking. A new blog is born and it’s lovely.
JodieMay 31, 2011 at 8:01 am
Loving the new design. Looking forward to following beyond 2.0
Hope I am lucky enough to win one of your prizes 🙂
MeeganMay 31, 2011 at 8:01 am
Wow!!! I love the new web site look – makes me think of Spring 🙂
NicoleMay 31, 2011 at 8:03 am
Love love love the new look blog
AnnetteMay 31, 2011 at 8:06 am
Great to have you back – love the new layout!
Victoria WrightMay 31, 2011 at 8:20 am
Congrats on the new look page, very fresh and fun, I look forward to more fun blog posts!!
MilikaMay 31, 2011 at 8:21 am
I love the new look – especially the colours.
Looking forward more fun posts.
HeidiMay 31, 2011 at 8:24 am
I love the new look. Fresh and inspiring. Well done!
BookChookMay 31, 2011 at 8:29 am
I love it. The freshness is there, and the colour is so you. I love the uncluttered look too. You and Kate have designed a very welcoming and refreshing blog space!
SuziMay 31, 2011 at 8:42 am
Congratulations on the revamp, I love it! So bright and really fun, exactly what Be a Fun Mum should be about.
Jodie-lee HoeMay 31, 2011 at 8:42 am
The new site is great!! You’ve done a great job at getting it all together, so congrats!!
And what an amazing way to celebrate by having am amazing giveaway! Love your ideas, keep up the great work!! ox
Sheree SmithMay 31, 2011 at 8:55 am
LOVE IT! Looks amazing, Congratulations!
KarenMay 31, 2011 at 8:56 am
Love the new design! It’s fresh, sunny and welcoming – just lovely. The layout is so easy to navigate and read. Have bookmarks it and will be telling my friends to have a look too.
JennyMay 31, 2011 at 8:58 am
the new look is great, love the light feel of it. So sorry you were hacked
Julie JonesMay 31, 2011 at 9:01 am
Looking good, Kel. I hope you enjoy the new site as much as the old one. Something beautiful has emerged out of the hacking mess.
TrishMay 31, 2011 at 9:01 am
I love your new look – it spectacular.
I am so glad your comments were saved too.
Genevieve PedenMay 31, 2011 at 9:06 am
OH Kelly it looks awesome. Well Done! I look forward to continuing your fun mum journey on the new site 🙂
NicoleMay 31, 2011 at 9:08 am
Love it! Awesome giveaway . Have joined all pages.
Good luck all!
elizabufMay 31, 2011 at 9:12 am
it’s just LOVELY!!!! i’m soooo sorry that it had to happen this way, but i lovelovelove the result.
Sharon StoreyMay 31, 2011 at 9:21 am
I love it!! I have been umming and arring and playing with some ideas for a blog of my own and here you have inspired me to have a go. Doubt it will be anything close to as nice as yours but who knows until I start.
Thanks for your inspiration and your wonderful information and more on 1.0 and now 2.0.
KellieMay 31, 2011 at 9:28 am
Kell, this is just gorgeous! I LOVE white space (as you can tell by my blog), so I think it’s just perfect. And the retro colours really fit well. Well done. And so glad to hear everything has worked out well after your debacle. xx
LisaMay 31, 2011 at 9:30 am
I think your new design looks lovely and fresh. I like that it is happy and vibrant but that it doesn’t hurt my eyes 🙂
CaseyMay 31, 2011 at 9:32 am
Ok, total honesty for you Kel, I adored your 1.0 look. I was envious of it in fact, it was so beautiful and original and I felt it captured you somehow. And I really didn’t know what to expect when you said you were having the site redesigned. But I love it, ohhh how I love it! It embodies everything you are about. Well, not so much you but your pride and joy. Be a fun Mum. It is more representative of what this blog embodies as opposed to representing you as an individual (which it still does, but differently). You already know you inspired me to start my blog. Now you have inspired me to save up to have my very own makeover done. Thank you for being you xo
NicoleMay 31, 2011 at 9:34 am
Elegant and fresh, easy to read and easy to love. Congratulations on the new design! You must be so excited 😀 xx
GlowlessMay 31, 2011 at 9:41 am
Kelly it looks fantastic! Well done and I hope the new look feels like home quickly x
VanessaMay 31, 2011 at 9:42 am
Wow Kelly, your site looks fantastic! Bright, fresh and FUN!
KrysMay 31, 2011 at 9:47 am
It’s beautiful. Congratulations!
katieMay 31, 2011 at 9:48 am
gorgeous new design… congrats on the makeover!
BrookeMay 31, 2011 at 9:55 am
Wow! I just popped in today and was totally surprised by your make over. I find that lighter, brighter sites are more fun and happier to read. So I love your new look.
Being hacked surely isn’t any fun. Is that something that can happen to anyone and is there any way to prevent it? The thought of losing my posts would be devastating, my blog is pretty much my family journal.
RebeccaMay 31, 2011 at 10:30 am
This is a great new look. Well done Kate and Kelly!
CatMay 31, 2011 at 10:43 am
The new look is gorgeous. Well done!
Kelly LockMay 31, 2011 at 10:51 am
It is a REALLY nice new look! Congrats!
I must say, when I first went to your old site, the dark look made me feel a little flattened. I think colour really must affect my mood! This new look makes me feel all bright and chirpy!!
Karissa SmithMay 31, 2011 at 10:56 am
I just found your page through a link from Lunch Boxes with Love. I’m looking forward to reading more! It looks like a great blog.
ChristineMay 31, 2011 at 11:01 am
I’ve only just found your blog but it’s just gorgeous – love it!! The competition is fabulous too… Have just made a coffee so I’m going to have a good read of your blog and check out some of the giveaway pages too. Christine xo
Becky from BeckyandJames.comMay 31, 2011 at 11:14 am
Kelly! Your new look is brilliant. Perfect. I am sure you’re loving it!
Michelle Dennis EvansMay 31, 2011 at 11:15 am
I love it!!!!
DonnaMay 31, 2011 at 11:15 am
This is my first visit via lunch boxes with love. And I love it. It was exactly what I need right now. Sitting next to my special little peeps now look through your blogs for something fun for us to do. Keep up the good work, I’ll see you here again soon…….xxxx
sparkMay 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm
Love the new design and so glad everything worked out with the comments:)