Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Pixel Boutique Beautified my Blog - Review & #Giveaway

I have been blogging since my son was born, so about 3 1/2 years now. As with many blogs, I started it to share photos with friends and family living across the country. I remember opening up Blogger, selecting a simple background and working through the tutorials. I had no idea what I wanted or what I was doing!

After two years, I was blogging regularly and my DH designed a header for me. It finally made my blog feel personal with pics of my babies and some of the food we have made. After a while my background expired and I searched high and low for a theme and background to fit my personality. Most of them fell into two categories, either I didn't like them or they were out of my price range.

Doesn't my blog look pretty now? Well, thanks to The Pixel Boutique, I finally have a look I can live with. Blog design is as important as finding the right dress for a party. I open up my blog everyday and seeing the Khaki and Dots theme from The Pixel Boutique just makes me smile. It is one of the pre-made blog themes available for only $25, and installation service is also available for only $15 more.

I was so excited to have this opportunity to not only give my blog a much needed facelift, but also bring you a great giveaway. Of course, first I had to install the blog theme. Just short of having a panic attack, I saved my old header and theme and downloaded the design and tutorial. I was so nervous about doing something wrong I enlisted my DH's help. He is much more into the technical side of things! Nicole had sent a zip file containing the banner, social media buttons, background and installation instructions.

Well, the near panic attack was uncalled for. My DH had it going and said, "Is that it?" We were both surprised at how fast and simple it was to do. Next time I am ready for a blog make-over from The Pixel Boutique, I know I can handle it on my own. The tutorials were easy to understand with Youtube videos for visual people like myself to see exactly were to click and what to type. Loved it! The pre-made themes are available for Blogger (which I used), Typepad and Wordpress also.

Also check out The Pixel Boutique for custom made blog design packages and an array of print services.
Connect with the creativity behind The Pixel Boutique
on twitter: @pixeldesigngal
on Facebook:  The Pixel Boutique

So, would you like your own bloggy make-over?


One Winner will receive a pre-made layout of their choice from The Pixel Boutique, just like I did. Installation is not included (and would be an added $15 fee if you choose), but instructions and tutorials are included to do it on your own.

Mandatory Entry : Let me know which pre-made blog theme from The Pixel Boutique you want to win.

For optional extra entries, do any or all of the following and leave a comment letting me know after you do the mandatory entry mentioned above:

  • Leave a comment on The Pixel Boutiques Facebook page about your favorite theme (1 entry)
  • Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect - leave your username  (1 entry)
  • Subscribe via email to my blog, be sure to confirm your subscription. (2 entries)
  • Follow @pixeldesigngal on twitter  (1 entry)
  • How long have you had you had your current blog look? (1 entry)
  • Follow me on twitter (@notimeMom)  & tweet about this giveaway. (limit 2 tweets a day at least 1 hour between tweets) Be sure to leave the tweet URL in your comment. (1 entry/tweet) Feel free to use:
Need a New Look? #Win Your Choice of Pre-Made Blog Themes from @pixeldesigngal & @notimeMom http://bit.ly/lV7Qid (ends 6/14) #Giveaway

*Disclaimer - I received a pre-made blog theme just like the winner This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media  No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Winner must be a resident of the US & be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be drawn via random.org and contacted by the email on your profile or left in the entry. Winner will have 48 to respond and claim the prize. If not, I will redraw for a new winner. Giveaway ends 6/14 at 11:59 pm PST. Prizes are shipped from the sponsor and I am not responsible for lost, stolen or unfulfilled prizes.
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