3 New Things: September Edition

September 4
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Every month, I attempt to try 3 new things. I’m happy to say that I succeeded last month and managed to send letters to friends/family, I went skinny dipping, AND finally got a grasp on video and editing. It was a good month and now I’m really excited for autumn and cooler weather.

Since I’m still on my spending freeze, I’ve stuck with doing things that won’t interfere with that:

  1. Create and post a video shot with my DSLR: I upgraded to a Canon T2i and am excited to shoot video with my new tripod!
  2. Host a swap party: Best way to get through the last month of my spending freeze? Get “new-to-me” stuff!
  3. Only buy produce from local farmer’s markets: I bought all of our week’s produce at the Grandview Farmer’s Market and plan to visit other local markets throughout the month!

Oh and if you haven’t noticed yet…my blog has a completely new look + name! If you’re curious as to why I chose to re-name it, check out my explanation here. I was never really attached to the name Show + Tell (I picked it impulsively when I switched to WordPress.org) and I’ve noticed a lot of other people using the phrase “show and tell”  lately. I want to continually grow this space and it was time to pick something more meaningful. Let me know if you see any broken links/bugs/errors while clicking around!

In honor of this new look and start, I’m giving away a free blog re-design package (in WordPress) to one of my lovely readers! The package will include:

  1. Blog header design
  2. Social media/connect icons
  3. Customization of the Standard 2-column theme, horizontal navigation bar
  4. Web font + color customization
  5. Background
  6. Two rounds of revisions
You can enter multiple times below and I’ll choose a random winner on Friday morning + announce in the afternoon! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Disclaimer: If you’re currently on Blogger, I can transfer your content to WordPress but cannot guarantee that your photos will maintain the correct width. Also, in order to maintain a WordPress.org blog, you must own a domain name + purchase a hosting package. I can help you do this but you will be required to pay for this.

 

  1. Janine

    September 4

    Great job on completing your August goals.

    I’ve been shopping at farmer’s markets every Saturday morning for the past 2 months and LOVE it. My favorite produce at each market are: peaches at Clintonville Farmer’s Market, kale/spinach/swiss chard at the truck sitting on the street at Worthington Farmer’s Market, all produce (esp tomatoes and corn) at the largest stand at North Market’s Farmer’s Market.

    Also, SO fun that you got a new camera. Can’t wait to see the video.

    I entered for a blog redesign for Paralegal Team…. mainly because now I lost the THE and I’m excited to get a new face for it.

    Good luck on your 3 new things this month!

    • Allison

      September 4

      Ohhh good to know!! I’m hitting up the Clintonville FM this weekend. I’m so excited. I went to Grandview’s this past weekend and it was small but wonderful to be able to walk to!

      Thanks for entering :) enjoy the beach!!!

  2. cammie

    September 4

    LOVE the new look and name! What great work you do… you should really consider going into design… ;)

  3. Jade

    September 4

    I love the new look & name!

    I would like a new blog design because I have recently started blogging again and I think my page is pretty bland and boring and needs a bit of a spruce up!

    • Allison

      September 4

      Thanks Jade!! Love your name and good luck with the giveaway :)

  4. Amy

    September 4

    Love the new name/look! It’s always beautiful when I come here though :)

  5. Katie McElroy

    September 4

    I love your new color palette! And I’m also trying to buy more of my produce from farmers markets. I just discovered the Union Square Green Market (I’m still newly moved to Manhattan) and they have a ton of organic farmers!

    • Allison

      September 4

      Ah sounds amazing!! Hope you’re loving NYC :)

  6. Jessica

    September 4

    Allie– I am LOVING the new look! You are so talented. Please design for me!! xx

    • Allison

      September 4

      Thanks lady!!! Good luck – I’d LOVE to design for you!

  7. Jacqueline

    September 4

    I love the new look – and your blog. It’s always fabulous!!! I’d love for you to redesign my blog… I just don’t think it’s visually inviting, which makes me feel uninspired. Yuck!

    • Allison

      September 4

      Thanks love!! I’d love to work with you – plus it’s always great to have an inspiring place to blog. Good luck!

  8. candace m.

    September 4

    i like the new name! :D

    and you’re already designing some stuff for me, might as well design the whole shebang! you are my favorite, after all.

    • Allison

      September 4

      Thanks Candace :) And yes, we’re a good team. PS we need to, like, see each other soon.

  9. Colette

    September 4

    I have never been to a farmer’s market while in the US. My “spot” was Whole Foods and Central Market (in Texas and Oklahoma). I loved it as it enabled me to get fresh organic food and feel as if I had been to the local market in Cameroon.

    I also like youyr 3 things posts, I think it is good to set goals monthly so as to stay focused on what really matters. I usually set goals in ly head and I am good at remembering them, so I never really jot them down on paper.

    I see that the T2i has become the bloggers favorite camera! Almost all of the blogs I read use this one. Mine is a Nikon D40 and I don’t think I will be switching to a Canon any time soon (just a personal preference). But I can’t wait to see your videos and also photos taken with your new baby =) Hooray for new cameras!

    As for your giveaway, I think it is a great way to celebrate the new name of your blog. I personally never entered a giveaway, but as I love new ways to pamper my blog, I just had to give it a try. I think it would be fun!

    • Allison

      September 4

      Whole Foods is a great alternative to farmer’s markets! I just love the quality of produce compared to grocery stores. As for the goals, I do love making lists and goals but these 3 new things posts aim at really attainable things (usually affordable too). It’s pretty motivating! Also, I used to shoot with Nikon but switched to Canon since it was the first kind of camera I ever used. Good luck with the giveaway!

  10. Andrea

    September 4

    I’m in love with the farmer’s markets here so far! Bonus is that I don’t have to drive all over the place to get to them either. It was challenging for me when I lived in Ohio to get to the farmer’s markets because they were pretty far from where we lived.

    One new thing I’m doing this month is the plank and pushup challenge. I need to gain some strength back again!

    My blog is totally out of date. I need a responsive blog, a design that better reflects the theme and feel I’m going for, and a design that will allow me to use bigger pictures.

    PS: I’ve never seen rafflecopter before!

    • Allison

      September 4

      That’s amazing, Andrea! I do love walking up to Grandview’s on the weekends but I agree…I don’t always love driving up to Clintonville, Easton or Worthington. The plank & pushup challenge sounds awesome. Any specific guide that you’re using or just making your own? I’ve been doing planks a lot lately but never know how to increase the difficulty.

      Oh and good luck with the giveaway – I love working with you!!

      • Jessica R

        September 4

        I would also LOVE to know about the plank and pushup challenge!!

  11. Jessica R

    September 4

    I love your 3 new things posts – So intentional and so very fun!

    I don’t know if I’m eligible for a blog re-design, since I haven’t started mine yet (though I do own a domain name..yay!). Either way, I want you to help me design it so that it’s visually appealing and responsive like yours from the get go..a place where readers can find what they’re looking for and feel a part of a community.

    • Allison

      September 4

      You are totally eligible! Good luck with the giveaway but I hope we can work together either way :) I can’t wait until you blog!! Are you going to get one started before Blogshop?

      • Jessica R

        September 4

        I probably should, but I was sort of waiting until after Blogshop so I could make sure this is really something I can do/want to commit to…I’m really good at sticking my toe in the water, but not so great at jumping in :)

        • Allison

          September 4

          That makes sense! Keep me posted :)

  12. Katie R

    September 4

    Love this! Your blog designs are the best and WordPress is so much better than blogger :)

    • Allison

      September 4

      Thanks Katie!! And I agree – WordPress FTW!

  13. Mary

    September 4

    I really need to work on getting up early on Saturdays to go to our farmer’s market so lately I’ve been getting produce from Trader Joes since I really don’t like the quality of what I see in Walmart and sometimes Kroger.

    My blog could really use a creative touch, and nothing really flows right. Word Press is definitely the way to go.

    • Allison

      September 4

      Yes! It definitely will help me get out of bed so I can get the good stuff :) Thanks for entering, Mary!

  14. mandie

    September 4

    It’s beautiful!

    I’ve been really thinking a lot lately on what things I want to really, REALLY do with my time and how to prioritize so I do them well. That’s sortof a spread out & lofty goal, huh? ;)

  15. mandie

    September 4

    And I messed this whole rafflecopter thing up again! ;)

    I’ve been considering a move to wordpress, so this would definitely give me incentive to get my act together.

    The last time I sortof ‘branded’ my site, I was selling on etsy, and I’m not anymore. I’d like a simpler design and something new- something that’s just for moxiemandie.com. :)

    • Allison

      September 4

      Great to know!! WordPress definitely has made my blogging experience a lot easier. And it’s fun to be excited about the design! Good luck, Mandie!

  16. Emily O

    September 4

    Love the new look! And the name… me and a friend were just chatting the other day about being present and living in the now… I love it.

    • Allison

      September 4

      Thanks Emily! Yes being present has been one of the most important (and directly tied) to being content. Looking to the future for motivation isn’t always the best for me.

  17. As I tweeted, I love the new design! I’m definitely entering your giveaway – I could really use a facelift.

    • Of course, I forgot to mention why. Of course. I’m not too savvy with web design, and while I really would like to teach myself, this is my last semester of college and it’s pretty fully loaded. I’d really like to get a good design off the ground so that I can continue to build my blog with more confidence.

      • Allison

        September 4

        That’s a great reason! I work with a lot of individuals who just don’t have the time (and I love helping with that!) Good luck :)

  18. erica

    September 4

    i would LOVE to win a blog redesign because my current design was great for starting out, but it is a standard, free template. i would LOVE to have my blog design represent ME fully & more uniquely. SO excited for this chance to win! thanks so much!
    xoxo
    erica

    • Allison

      September 4

      My pleasure, Erica! Good luck and thanks for entering!

  19. I just stumbled across your blog… wow… great work. Am looking forward to reading more about how you get on with your 3 new things adventure. I love a good challenge :)

    I’m also thankful for your Here We Go series on blogging. I’m still new to the whole blogging game and am always keen to read more about what people think makes a successful blog. I’d love a blog redesign as there’s no way I have the sill to do something like that for myself.

    So happy I stumbled across your blog. That can be one of my 3 new things for September :)

    x Elena Randomly Happy

    • Allison

      September 4

      Hi Elena! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed poking around my blog! Makes me happy to know it helps. Thanks for entering the giveaway – and good luck!

  20. Amy

    September 4

    Absolutely loving the new look and the new name! Absolutely gorgeous :) xoxo

  21. Val

    September 4

    I love the new name and look. I definitely need a new look for my blog.
    What kind of swap party are you thinking of doing? It’s a great idea!

    • Allison

      September 4

      Thanks Val! I’m thinking a swap party with 3 categories: books, kitchenware, and accessories. I don’t want to deal with makeup, clothes or food so I figure it would be simple enough. Think it’d be fun?

  22. Carolyn

    September 4

    Gorgeous new blog! :)

    Love the idea of buying produce only from local markets. I tried really hard to do that this summer but it was tough for me with a hectic and unpredictable schedule. So I started using Green Bean for all of my produce and LOVE it. It’s a lazier approach to what you’re doing, but still a great way to support local!

    • Patti

      September 4

      I use Green Bean, too! Been pretty happy with it so far. It’s not all local, but it’s a little easier for me to choose stuff my family likes, since everyone is so picky!

      • Allison

        September 4

        Good to know that you can choose!

    • Allison

      September 4

      Thanks Carolyn!! I want to try Green Bean this winter (unless they don’t do winters) or just try to head to the North Market more! The produce is just so much better. It’s sad that laziness wins sometimes when I default to the grocery store collection.

  23. Heather

    September 4

    Wow, the new look is gorgeous! I love the new name as well. If you’re looking for a great fall drive, I recommend heading to the Granville Farmer’s Market one Saturday morning. They have a great selection and it’s a fun little town to explore.

    • Allison

      September 4

      Thank you Heather! And I will definitely check out Granville’s Farmer’s Market soon. I love that area so I bet it’s beautiful.

  24. Drea

    September 4

    I host a swap party at least twice a year! It’s a good opportunity to pass on stuff you like but don’t use anymore to nice, loving homes. I really love seeing my friends in clothes that I used to own – it’s fun! They almost never style things the same way I do, and that can be pretty eye-opening. Good luck with your swap party!

    • Allison

      September 4

      Yes this is what I’m excited about. It’s the best way to feel like you get new stuff. Love it.

  25. Ashley

    September 4

    I would love to have a new design! I love clean fresh looking blogs : )

    • Allison

      September 4

      Good luck, Ashley! Clean, fresh looking blogs are my speciality!

  26. Amber Zaccagni

    September 4

    Oh man, I need help with design! like, yesterday!!!

    • Allison

      September 4

      Well good thing you entered! Good luck!!

  27. Anita Boeira

    September 4

    I LOVE the swap party idea. I really should plan one. I should. Really should. Damn, when will I have the time? I don’t care, I’m making it happen. Please let us know how yours went and any helpful hints on organizing one. :)

    • Allison

      September 4

      Yes! Do it anyway! Once I host mine, I’ll definitely be sharing tips + photos.

  28. Shanna Lafontaine

    September 4

    I would LOVE some design help, you have such a fresh, fun look!

  29. Elaine Stephenson

    September 4

    I love your new blog design!

  30. Molly Borchers

    September 4

    I definitely need a new blog design. Help!

    • Allison

      September 4

      I can help!! Good luck, lady! Thanks for entering!

  31. Kate

    September 4

    I am going through a list of things I want to learn/try so that I can be just like you (in the non-creepy way). I love the things you do.

    • Allison

      September 4

      Best comment ever. You make me smile! Can’t wait to hear what you want to learn/try!

  32. The day I wished my blog was in WordPress….womp womp :(

  33. Carly

    September 5

    I was entry #100. There must be something lucky about that!

    • Allison

      September 5

      I agree! Lucky 100!! Thanks for entering, Carly :)

  34. Fiona

    September 5

    love love the new design, and the reason behind the new name is really inspiring. I love your design work, and would be over the moon to win!

    • Allison

      September 5

      Thank you Fiona! Good luck and I’m so glad you like the name, too!

  35. Melissa

    September 5

    I love my blog design, but it is really home-spun and could use a good sprucing up. And I’m dying to switch from Blogger to WP–dying! I just feel like I’ve outgrown Blogger.

    • Allison

      September 5

      Yes! WordPress rocks! Good luck, Melissa. Loving your blog!

  36. Carrie R

    September 5

    Man, do I need the help. Lynda.com is not cutting it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Allison

      September 5

      You’re welcome, Carrie! Good luck :)

  37. Chrissy

    September 5

    I’m really hoping to jump from the free Blogger platform to hosting and running my own sometime in the near future. However I know very little about all of that stuff, and even less about design.

    • Allison

      September 5

      Well I’d love to help you! Good luck, Chrissy!!

  38. Jenn

    September 5

    The new design looks great. I really like the fonts that you used.

  39. Marie

    September 6

    The new blog is beautiful! No surprise there. You are such as inspiration, committing to change/new things and then following through! I won a domain name but have never put together a blog – that should be my fall commitment, and I could sure use help!

    • Allison

      September 6

      I’m so glad you like it, Marie! Good luck – I’d love to work with you on your blog!

  40. Olivia

    September 6

    I want for my blog to look exciting…not typical.:)

  41. Angie Candell

    September 6

    I would LOVE to have my blog redesigned by you. :)

  42. Pretty Please

    September 6

    Love love love your work! It would be amazing if you could sprinkle your amazing skills on our blog :)

    • Allison

      September 6

      Aw thank you so much! Good luck!

  43. Christie Jones

    September 6

    Oh man! I would absolutely love this (you know I need this haha!). Fingers crossed!!!!

  44. Toby Boyce

    September 6

    I have been trying redesign my site with limited WP experience and business acumen. Which has led to my site being a complete mess and disaster! Please help me!

    • Allison

      September 6

      Well sounds like it would be a good fit! Good luck :)

  45. tabitha

    September 6

    oh allison, this giveaway is spectacular! i would love love love your help on my blog – it could definitely use your pizzazz :)

    • Allison

      September 6

      I’m glad you like it! Good luck Tabitha!

  46. Rachael

    September 6

    The redesign is beautiful! I love the idea that this place might always be changing to fit what you love—I think that’s how it’s always been here. Always tweaking things, here or there. Soo glad to hear the freelancing is going so well!

    • Allison

      September 6

      Thank you Rachael!! That is exactly what I want this space to be like – thanks for the comment.

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