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I Have a New Look!

OMG! I’ve only gone and done it again haven’t I! Yet again I have a new look for the blog. I tell ya, I’m just one of those people who is never happy! Never! Have you seen the amount of blog changes I have had since I started out? I’m not sure I can even remember them all if I’m completely honest. How bad is that though! Somewhere out there is someone (I hope, maybe, probably not but just work with me here) popping over for a read of my latest posts.

Hey Gerald, come and have a look at this will you

Doris shouts from her armchair.

What’s up now Doris?

Gerald ambles in out the garden trailing muck in with him and possibly some geraniums too.

Well, you’ll never bloody guess

She shouts, Doris is a wee bit deaf you see and can just about hear Gerald enter the room through the cheering on Deal or no Deal.

I doubt I will Doris dear, I doubt I will. So come on then, what’s so bloody important that you’veย dragged me in here for then?

Just ‘ave a look a look at this Gerald, can you even believe it?

Bloody hell, Doris I see what you mean! What is she like ‘eh. I tell ya, young ‘uns don’t know there born these days. Change their mind, partners, and hairstyles like no one’s business they do. All the bloody time

Gerald and Doris stare at the screen in disbelief. I mean why on earth would she do that again they thought shaking their heads in unison.

In our day you didn’t have so much choice did we Gerald? We picked something and we stuck with it regardless. I mean we done it didn’t we. Stuck with each other we were and now look at us 50 years later.

Gerald regarded his wife. Bloody stuck with me he thought, more like the other way round. Cheeky mare, I’ve a good mind to let her sort her own bloody geraniums out. But still he kept schtum he had learnt his lesson more than once these past 50 years and he was too tired to learn it again today. Bloody women.

Doris and Gerald stared at the screen in silence, the only noise was Doris’ rustling as she rooted around for another mint humbug.

Aye, but still it looks nice doesn’t it and we’re still sat here reading it so what does it matter anyway Doris.

Yesย Gerald, you are absolutely right.

Gerald almost fell of the armchair in shock. Think I’ll pick up some more of those humbugs he thought, must be enjoying them.


Now as regular readers Doris and Gerald* should know what I’m like for changing my mind but what can I say? A change is as good as a rest and all that. Ah, who am I kidding I am just as fickle as a kid in a sweet shop, I want it all and cannot choose just one.

Truthfully though I was bored with the blog and lacking inspiration. For a while now I have been looking at other blogs and picking out ideas. I even went as far as contacting someone for a custom theme but ultimately I couldn’t afford it, sad face. But knowing what I’m like I knew it would have to be perfect and something I wouldn’t want to change in a few months. So I looked and looked. Then I looked some more. Then I asked Olivia. Bad mistake so I just carried on looking. I installed some free themes to play about with to help me get a better idea of what I ultimately wanted. The answer was chocolate as always however I’m not sure it would of made me a great blog theme.

So this was my previous theme.

I have a new look image of old blog theme

But I wanted more of a boxed look. I wanted nice neat lines, which is totally random as absolutely nothing in my life is nice and neat ha. I love the look of the Family Fever blog layout. But it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I also found myself wanting a sidebar similar to ClearlyBex new look too. So I had a play around with the free themes and came up with these.

I have a new look blog theme box idea

I have a new look blog theme in pink with boxes

I absolutely loved the pinterest style of both of these layouts however something wasn’t quite clicking with them for me and I kept on searching. And searching. And searching some more. I tried all the usual places, falling in love with a theme on pipdig. Then rejecting it googling ‘genesis child themes’ as I already have the genesis framework. But nothing was quite right. It was beginning to resemble an episode from Say Yes to the Dress. You know when the bride is unable to choose a dress and is nitpicking at everything. I was the nit picking bride and if I was actually getting married and not choosing a blog theme. I would be getting married in a bin bag.

But then it happened. The hallelujah moment, ahhhhhhh. (sung in your best choir voice please, all angelic thank you). Bright lights, tears in my eyes the whole shebang. Oh my gosh that’s the one, yes I am saying yes to this dress, sorry blog theme. Where did I find this absolutely most amazingly perfect theme you ask? Why on Etsy of course. Where I found the last one, duh. It only took me 4 days of looking and searching. Choosing then disregarding. Then this morning, yes just today I found it. It only took me 30 mins to make my mind up 100% compared to the three that were sat in my basket for days.

There was a compromise. The layout had the clean, fresh look I wanted with extras I hadn’t even known I wanted. The boxed look of the sidebar and posts and the deal breaker of the read more excerpt for the home page. I lost the pinterest style layout but I was ok with that. Honestly.

Then I installed, the seller made me a brand spanking new header and then I found the layout changes WITH THE GRID LAYOUT! Cue another round of OMGing at the kitchen table. Result.

So it is here, the new blog theme and I would love to know what you all think of it? The only thing missing now is some quality content ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Blog Theme: Natalie by DannyWordPress

*Doris and Gerald are fictional characters who, if they were real would probably be too busy planting geraniums, eating humbugs and bickering to be reading this blog but if by some random coincidence you are Doris and Gerald and read this blog say hi ;)*

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39 Comments

  1. Https://www.taylor-made-ramblings.co.uk

    July 4, 2016 at 7:01 am

    It looks fab Tracey, although I need a proper look later on my laptop as opposed to me phone! I really love the style. And the header is brilliant! Your writing made me giggle. I’ll keep an eye out for Gerald and Doris! ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  2. Agent Spitback

    July 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I love your new layout!!! And your story – I want to meet Gerald and Doris.

  3. Clare

    June 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    It looks FAB! I am very much the same as you with changing my mind…I like to call it growth instead on being ridiculously indecisive! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #KCACOLS

  4. Nadia - ScandiMummy

    June 18, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Hahaha… I love Doris and Gerald. I hope they are out there. I think the blog looks great and I can relate to the urge to change it. I hope you eventually find what you are looking for ๐Ÿ™‚ #BigPinkLink

  5. Silly Mummy

    June 17, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I think it looks great! I like the sidebar boxes too! I get the never being happy, and always having a new thing you want to try, but changing blog themes is so stressful & hard work that I can’t be bothered to do it often! Laziness saves me! #fortheloveofBLOG

  6. veronica lee

    June 17, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Your new look is awesome. Love the fresh and clean layout.

    #KCACOLS

  7. Yummyblogger

    June 15, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Ha love your post! I love the new design too , off to tell my nan about it ๐Ÿ˜‰
    #KCACOLS

  8. Bread

    June 14, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    It looks really good. I’m the same I swear I change the layout every six months or so. I can’t help it. #kcacols

  9. Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn

    June 14, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Love it! Clean, chic and feminine. I love your homepage and the way your posts are boxed off, makes me want to go and change mine up x #KCACOLS

  10. Mess and Merlot

    June 14, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    It’s beautiful, Doris and Gerald would be very proud. ๐Ÿ™‚ #bigpinklink

  11. themotherhubblog

    June 14, 2016 at 11:13 am

    its lovely – nice and clear and uncluttered. its so hard to choose, isnt it, with so many options. #kcacols

  12. Kerry

    June 14, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I think it looks great! Doris and Gerald remind me of my mum and dad! Made me chuckle #KCACOLS

  13. Louise Pink Pear Bear

    June 13, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Wow! It looks fab! I’m the same. Find it so hard to choose things and then settle with them. It’s because there are so many beautiful blogs around. Thanks for linking up! #bigpinklink

  14. Nicky Kentisbeer

    June 13, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Great! You are obviously a dab hand at these changes. I hope you like the finished result – it’s great. Thanks for sharing it with #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back again on Sunday. Nickyx

  15. Jenny

    June 13, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I think theme selecting is a bit of a rabbit hole. You can end up lost and sleepless and unable to make decisions. I keep trying to change my theme but I don’t want to pay so I end up back with my original and maybe slightly changing the colour! It’s hard. Doris and Geral don’t know how hard haha.

    #bigpinklink

  16. lisapomeranztster.com

    June 13, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Great look! Doris and Gerald may actually be my parents. #bigpinklink

  17. Emma

    June 13, 2016 at 10:09 am

    If Doris and Gerald were real then they would love the new look because it is fab! Love it! #bigpinklink

  18. Emma Plus Three

    June 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Looks great! I changed mine recebtly and I’m already wanting to do it again! #bigpinklink

  19. yvette morgan

    June 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

    looks fab ๐Ÿ™‚ #bigpinklink

  20. Mummy Muckups (Anna)

    June 13, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Really looks terrific. Great job. Bur I totally agree that chocolate is always the answer…and I feel like I know Doris and Gerald. #bigpinklink

  21. Katy (What Katy Said)

    June 13, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I’ve just changed my header for the bazillionth time – it is addictive! Ha!!! Love the new look ๐Ÿ™‚ #fortheloveblog x

  22. Nicole @ The Professional Mom Project

    June 13, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Congrats on the new look! It’s lovely, clean and modern. I’m using a free theme now and thinking that I’d like to get something that’s a bit more user friendly and with a bit more personality. I’m just very indecisive and can’t figure out exactly the one I want! #kcacols

  23. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks

    June 12, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Loving the new look – I feel like it’s time to change mine…..

    And Doris and Gerald #genius #KCACOLS

  24. http://www.mommyslittleprincesses.com

    June 12, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Oh Tracey I think you new theme/design looks fantastic! I know what you mean it is so hard to find that perfect look. Trust me I know as I’m still looking for it . I’m glad you have found one you’re happy with and I just love how you incorporated Doris and Gerald into your post.xx #KCACOLS

  25. Ali Duke

    June 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Love the new look, very fresh and easy to make your way around.
    #KCACOLS

  26. sarah

    June 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I like it. I liked your old one too, but I like this one. I changed mine recently as part of going self hosted, but I now have the itch to change it again! *smacks hand* xx #KCACOLS

  27. Jaki

    June 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Panic not. I’ve a feeling I’m going to be much the same… it’s bit like the need to move furniture around in the house I feel. Always need to keep it new and interesting. I’m glad it’s not just me that is like this! Your blog looks great, nice work! #fortheloveofBLOG

  28. Sarah - Arthurwears

    June 12, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I was going to ask about Gerald and Doris! Glad you clarified – for a moment I thought is switched blog posts lol!

    I’m quite happy with my blog (blogger not WordPress) but I have recently redesigned my header and logo which I now love! #KCACOLS

  29. Fashion and Style Police

    June 12, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Loving the new look of your blog. Sleek design.

  30. http://www.crummymummy.co.uk

    June 12, 2016 at 8:12 am

    If it was left down to me I’d never have been able to make up my mind with my look – luckily is was done for me! #KCACOLS

  31. Becky at PinksCharming.com

    June 11, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I think it looks absolutely great, I want to change mine but I don’t know where to start! Or indeed, how to actually change it! Thanks for sharing on #KCACOLS

  32. Becky http://educatingroversi.com

    June 11, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I like it! I too was very happy with my look and kept changing it but I’ve had the current one a while now and i think that means it suits my blog. #KCACOLS

  33. Sarah [Ups & Downs, Smiles & Frowns]

    June 11, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I like the new look! I am also one of those people who are never happy and feel the need to change my blog often lol. #KCACOL

  34. jade

    June 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I love humbugs and I love the design! I am constantly playing around with mine but need to go self hosted before I do some serious messing around. I love how clean and chic it looks! I love the Instagram down the bottom and the side boxes, best of all, great font..I am a sucker for a font…I get stressed and have to drink wine when I cant properly read blogs! #fortheloveofBLOG

  35. Life as Mum

    June 11, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Your layout looks amazing. I love it. I have been thinking of changing my layout to grid, but not sure.

  36. justsayingmum

    June 11, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Oh I LOVE it – and your dialogue just makes me giggle and giggle from sentence to sentence – I adore your enthusiasm – you are my kinda girl! All that OMGing – so with you! Looks fab lovely – very you, very fresh and clean and very readable! Doris and Gerald will love it! #fortheloveofBLOG

  37. Honest mum

    June 10, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Looks lovely, my redesign is nearly ready here too, exciting time for us both x

  38. Phil Refuelled

    June 9, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Hehehe! I mentally cast Gerald as Alf Garnett!

  39. Rebecca Bodkin

    June 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I am loving your new design, I too am very fond of my side bar, its easy to navigate and something which shall never change with my blog. I love your boxes and I am gutted my new design doesnt have boxes… I’m still on the lookout for a better box design. Its all work in progress, just very slow progress haha! x

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