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3 New Things: September Edition

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.


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  • Reply Janine September 4, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      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!!!

  • Reply cammie September 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM

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

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      Ohh good idea ;) I should!!

  • Reply Jade September 4, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

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

  • Reply Amy September 4, 2012 at 8:53 AM

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

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Aw thanks Amy! <3

  • Reply Katie McElroy September 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

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

  • Reply Jessica September 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM

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

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM

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

  • Reply Jacqueline September 4, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

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

  • Reply candace m. September 4, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    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.

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

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

  • Reply Colette September 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      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!

  • Reply Andrea September 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      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!!

      • Reply Jessica R September 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM

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

  • Reply Jessica R September 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    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.

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      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?

      • Reply Jessica R September 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        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 :)

        • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM

          That makes sense! Keep me posted :)

  • Reply Katie R September 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

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

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Thanks Katie!! And I agree – WordPress FTW!

  • Reply Mary September 4, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    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.

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

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

  • Reply mandie September 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    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? ;)

  • Reply mandie September 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    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. :)

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      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!

  • Reply Emily O September 4, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    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.

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      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.

  • Reply Sarah @ MarvelousDarling September 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

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

    • Reply Sarah @ MarvelousDarling September 4, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      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.

      • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        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 :)

  • Reply erica September 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

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

  • Reply Elena @ Randomly Happy September 4, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    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

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      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!

  • Reply Amy September 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

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

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Thank you Amy!!

  • Reply Val September 4, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      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?

  • Reply Carolyn September 4, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    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!

    • Reply Patti September 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      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!

      • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        Good to know that you can choose!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      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.

  • Reply Heather September 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    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.

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      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.

  • Reply Drea September 4, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

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

  • Reply Ashley September 4, 2012 at 4:12 PM

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

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 7:24 PM

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

  • Reply Amber Zaccagni September 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

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

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      Well good thing you entered! Good luck!!

  • Reply Anita Boeira September 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    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. :)

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM

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

  • Reply Shanna Lafontaine September 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

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

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Thanks Shanna! Good luck :)

  • Reply Elaine Stephenson September 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I love your new blog design!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Thanks Elaine!!

  • Reply Molly Borchers September 4, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    I definitely need a new blog design. Help!

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

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

  • Reply Kate September 4, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    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.

    • Reply Allison September 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

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

  • Reply Lauren | Seventeenth & Irving September 4, 2012 at 11:14 PM

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

  • Reply Carly September 5, 2012 at 1:52 AM

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

    • Reply Allison September 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

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

  • Reply Fiona September 5, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

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

  • Reply Melissa September 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    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.

    • Reply Allison September 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM

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

  • Reply Carrie R September 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

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

    • Reply Allison September 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      You’re welcome, Carrie! Good luck :)

  • Reply Chrissy September 5, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    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.

    • Reply Allison September 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

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

  • Reply Jenn September 5, 2012 at 10:56 PM

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

    • Reply Allison September 6, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      Thank you Jenn!!

  • Reply Marie September 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM

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

  • Reply Olivia September 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

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

    • Reply Allison September 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      That’s a great reason!

  • Reply Angie Candell September 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

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

    • Reply Allison September 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Aw thanks Angie! Good luck!

  • Reply Pretty Please September 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

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

    • Reply Allison September 6, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      Aw thank you so much! Good luck!

  • Reply Christie Jones September 6, 2012 at 8:42 PM

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

    • Reply Allison September 6, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      Yay! Good luck!

  • Reply Toby Boyce September 6, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 6, 2012 at 11:45 PM

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

  • Reply tabitha September 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

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

    • Reply Allison September 6, 2012 at 11:45 PM

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

  • Reply Rachael September 6, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    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!

    • Reply Allison September 6, 2012 at 11:46 PM

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

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