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?
AmandaMay 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm
The new design look gr8!!!! Im loving the bright new colours!
Rebecca NewmanMay 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm
I love it. Bright and light and appealing. Hurrah!
TatMay 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Your new design looks fantastic and really matches the name of your blog.
AnneMay 31, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Congratulations on the new look blog. It looks great. What a wonderful giveaway.
Anne @ Domesblissity
JadeMay 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm
Love it Kell and love you xo
Jenn the GreenmomMay 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Okay, I know I can’t win because I’m “up over” in North America, but…OMG, those little dolls are ADORABLE! And I’m so glad your site is working and nothing got lost–and I love the look!
Have a great day–
SharonMay 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm
Hi Kate and Kelly!!
Your new look website looks so fresh and fabulous!!
Thank you so much for sharing with us, it is a joy to read your blogs:)
katesaysstuffMay 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Love it!! KatePickle is a genius 🙂
Love the colours, it is so light and bright and lovely!
Great giveaway too!!
Sharee HeathMay 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm
Love Love Love the website and the concept of it…
Keep up the awesome work!
KatrinaMay 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Love the new site, love the colours, so fresh and airy.
CathMay 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm
Love the new look and feel. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t dig the old site much. This one rocks!
Deb Wild HopeMay 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm
I absolutely LOVE the new design. Kate Pickle is amazing! Love how bright and cheerful the page is. And easy to navigate. What fabulous prizes you have in your giveaway too.
Nicole GrantMay 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm
I love your new site. Absolutely fresh and definitely YOU!
JessieMay 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Very pretty colours and fonts. I love it!
BbeingcoolMay 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm
Oh, it is so nice to have you back! I have missed you! I love the new look! Well done. Now onwards and upwards for you… Bless you, B
AshMay 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm
I’ve been missing you too! Its wonderful that you’re back! The new look is gorgeous, and there is still lots of ‘you’ in it – its fresh, fabulous and fun!
JodiMay 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm
I love the new design! It is so bright and light.
SarahMay 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Love your banner and your activities! Going to make the personalised teabags for my mum this weekend with my 4yrold 🙂 So glad you could get your comments back from your old site 🙂
CathMay 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm
Hey there, the new site looks fabulous. Bright, fresh and fun. I really think this reflects the community you’ve gathered here. I hope it brings you a lot of joy to work on. Change is as good as a holiday after all! By the way, your prize pool is delicious.
Michelle HMay 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Love the new bright look. You really are a fun mum now!
PamMay 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm
Site looks great, so cheerful. I’d especially love to win a doll for my little girl, I’ve Liked Quill & Ink Handmade on Facebook & will be checking the others out too. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂
Alyra ShawMay 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Fantastic! Not only looks great but easy to navigate!
BethwynMay 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm
Site makeover looks awesome! Also have to say those owl crayons are really cool, must go get some for me. Err, for my kids. Yes, for the kids.
EliseMay 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm
Your new site looks fabulous – it is a pleasure to visit such a warm, welcoming and cheery site. I have been clicking in to see the big reveal and what a treat to see your wonderful new look.
CollettMay 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Beautiful, beautiful new blog design. I will be changing your button on my blog tonight!!
shellyMay 31, 2011 at 6:34 pm
I’m loving it – the look, the colours, the personalisation. Loving the moment and grabbing your button. Great job Kelly!!!
ElizabethMay 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm
Kelly, it is simply amazing and I love how bright and happy it is. I totally feel the love too. Congratulations. xx
AliciaMay 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm
I love this new theme. It’s so bright and playful. Great job!
nellbeMay 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm
I just love the makeover, looks fantastic. Wonderful giveaway too.
Natalie MarwoodMay 31, 2011 at 7:46 pm
Looking forward to making your site a regular visit!
DebMay 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm
I love it, the new design is gorgeous! Congratulations and what a faboulous job, Kate.
El PMay 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm
Awww… At first I felt sad that it was changing – I really like the original background. But when I read your rationale it makes perfect sense, and yep, looking at it is certainly refreshing. I like the Categories – Will definitely be easier to navigate. I’m looking forward to exploring a bit more. Keep up the lovely work : )
CyndieJune 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm
I like BE A FUN MUM 2.0, and thanks for a great giveaway!
JoMay 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm
the new site looks fab, well done!
KatMay 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm
Love it, love it, love it….love everything about it, looks gorgeous Kel xx
LaurenMay 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Your new theme is fresh, bright and fun. I like it! 🙂
JulieMay 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm
Looks fabulous Kelly. So happy to have you back in the blogosphere!
AliceMay 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm
Love the new look Kelly! So warm and colourful 🙂
LuluMay 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Your new look is fantastic! Good luck with the relaunch and competition- Love the colours and the layout!
VeronicaMay 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm
Very bright and colourful. The visuals totally match your blog’s name and I love that you dish/dose/dash statement is so prominent. It’s a great change.
Kirsty @ My Home TruthsMay 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm
The website looks fab – it definitely matches the vibe of your blog! I am going to add your ‘Love the Moment’ button to my blog too, to remind me to slow down and enjoy the little things, something I am not that good at doing most of the time! Well done!
MandyMay 31, 2011 at 10:48 pm
Well I only stumbled across your blog for the first time last week and was saddened for you when I saw it had been hacked. I could only begin to imagine how heart breaking that was. I’m glad you’re back and will now be following your blog. It looks great.
KatherineMay 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm
LOVE the new blog 🙂 Even more AMAZING things to come for you. Looove how bright and happy this all is!
Naomi LiddelowMay 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm
The new blog is gorgeous, love the fresh blue – makes it oh-so-readable!
All the best for the updated blog
Sarah@fignutmumJune 1, 2011 at 6:23 am
I really loved your old design.
But I so love the bright colours of this one. And I find it so much easier to read with the lighter colours.
So bright and so fresh
MaritaJune 1, 2011 at 7:13 am
The new theme looks just fantastic, I love the colour and light, so much easier on the eyes and much happier to look at (well in my opinion) 🙂
Jackie@My Little BookcaseJune 1, 2011 at 8:18 am
I love the community you’ve created here. I would love to get that much interaction on my site. So I understand how terrifying it must have felt at the thought of losing those comments.
Glad for you that you could save them. Site looks great.
AlissaJune 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm
I opened your new page yesterday, just as my son woke from his nap. Before I could read anything and duck away to get him up I thought – What a lovely breath of fresh air your new page is!
Just love the whiteness and brightness of it all and that it matches conceptually with what your blog is all about. Just beautiful!!
And I’m so pleased for you that the host provider was able to recover all that was valuable to you. What a blessing!
Veggie MamaJune 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm
Love it! bright and pretty, just like you xo
lisa (baby loves to travel)June 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Great new site. Lovely colours and fresh feel! 🙂
CATHJune 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm
I LOVE YOUR NEW FRESH LOOK, But most importantly your content is awesome, and really makes me stop and think!