Monday, April 7, 2014

Changes, puppy birthday parties, & yum!


Hello girlies! And hello Monday. If you are a regular reader of my blog, I am sure you may notice some changes to the blog today! (Not to mention the heads up I gave on Friday!)
I have been ready for a blog update for a while, including a new layout. I wanted something a lot simpler looking than what I had, and I found it! 
And A Girl and Her Sparkles is no more. While that name served a great purpose to get me started in the blogging world, I felt that it was time to move on. With my blog getting bigger (don't get me wrong, my blog is so tiny compared to all the awesomeness out there), I knew now was the time to change it. I happened across the saying "made in the shade" about a week ago and it just stuck in my mind. I feel like it works for my blog on so many levels! When I first started blogging, I thought up a name pretty quickly because I never thought I would stick with blogging very long. But it has become a great little hobby for me! Also, leaving room for the possibility of an Etsy shop in the future, I wanted a name that was easy to remember and a little more sophisticated. Not to mention, a .com address. And here we are!
I still have a Pinterest account, the name has just been changed to the new one. And you can still find me on google +. 
I also created an Instagram! You can follow me there to see post updates, and other extras that don't always make it to my blog.
You can follow me on these links by clicking on the links to the right or by copying the links below!
Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/rmcmanaway/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/madeintheshadeblog



Onto my how my weekend was! It went by way too quickly as usual. Ollie was invited to his cousin, Sadie's, birthday party! (We're nerds, I know.) Sadie turned 1 on April Fools Day.
 
 
 They obviously are so thrilled about their party hats, but look how cute they are! Ollie and Sadie will do just about anything for a treat. Ollie had peanut butter cake at his first birthday and he loved it so much that we went back to Three Dogs Bakery to get Sadie's there too. If you have one near you, I highly recommend it! The cake look so good that I almost tasted it. Almost.
Sunday we had to go suit shopping for my husband - Men's Warehouse overwhelms me. Too many options and too many kids shopping for prom season. But their nice jeans were on sale for buy one get one free so I talked him into some "fashion" jeans, whatever that really means. But no more Old Navy jeans for him, Yay! I made him take me through Starbucks first, and got one of their refreshers. They are such a great low calorie option!

AND - our waffle maker from Crate and Barrel came! Don't you just love the looks of that box?! We have yet to try it out, but I have a feeling that will be happening this week :) I spent the rest of the weekend prepping for my sister's bridal shower, which in 6 days! SIX DAYS PEOPLE! Of course, I had a little help :)
How did you spend your weekend??


Linking up today, here!
Just a Girl and Her Blog

44 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new blog and design it looks great!! Men's Warehouse is totally overwhelming - if you guys have a Jos A. Bank near you - you should go there!! My husband was able to jump on their buy 1 get 3 free sale and let me tell you - that quality is amazing!! Sounds like a perfect weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad Im not the only one who thinks that - I wil try the other store next time!

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  2. OMG i thought i was the only one who did cake stuff for my pups. Thank goodn ess im not :)

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    1. Bahah nope! Fur babies need cake too!

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  3. LOVE the new look! I am dying to do the same with mine!

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    1. Thank you so much - I obviously love it too!

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  4. Love your new blog design! Looks like you had a great weekend! Just followed your Instagram account too! Can't wait to see all your awesomeness. xo

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    1. Thanks so much! Yay! I followed you back :)

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  5. The new design looks fabulous!!!! You should definitely be getting an Etsy shop together!

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    1. I am in the process of researching all about it now :)

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  6. Wow looks totally fabulous and LOVE the new name :) Totally glad you have stuck it out with blogging--I so enjoy reading your post and getting to know you better!

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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    1. I know! Your blog is one of my favorites to read, and now I am just more obsessed that I follow you on instagram!

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  7. I love the name!!! It flows and feels summery! I was not a fan of Men's Wearhouse either... for our wedding my fiancee when to a smaller suit/tux shop... just rentals there, though. Happy Monday!

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    1. I so agree - we did the same for our wedding and it was a much smoother experience!

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  8. Love the new blog design and so glad you're on Instagram now :) I love the puppy bday!

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  9. Congrats on the new blog design! Very pretty. I love the pictures of the dogs in their hats!! They're adorable!

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    1. Thanks so much! Arent they just too cute?!

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  10. I love the new blog design & the name! Everything changed over so nicely! Now you just need twitter :)

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    1. Haha I am still learning twitter - maybe soon!

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  11. Yay!! Yay!! Yay!! Congrats on the new name and design!! I LOVE it!!! You should be so proud!! xoxo

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    1. I am in love with it too! It looks so much more "bloggerish" if thats a word :)

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  12. Loving the doggie paw-ty!!!! Too cute! And LOVE the new blog name!!

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    1. Haha omg thats so funny - thats what I should have titled this post!

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  13. Love love love the new look (so nice of you to send me a heads up email as well!). So happy for you and your expanding blog, can't wait to see what you do next.
    _Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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    1. I wanted to make sure and notify all of my favorite blogs :)

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  14. Happy birfday Saddie! :) That dog cake is precious!!!!
    I love the new name and design! :)

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  15. I love the layout of your blog! The clean look is always so nice and it really does sound like you made the change at the right time.

    I'm always looking for new people to follow on Pinterest and Instagram, so I'm checking both out now.

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

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    1. I think so too! I checked yours out too and followed!

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  16. The new design looks great, and I love the new name! That picture of the dogs with the hats is AWESOME! I used to get treats from Three Dog Bakery when we lived near one!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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    1. Yay - I am glad I am not the only one!

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  17. What a great new blog name!! I changed mine a few years ago. It's so nice how you can relate to your name!

    atparsons.blogspot.com

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  18. Love the new layout! I too thought of my blog name on a whim and didn't expect to get into as much as I have and would love to change my name but too much work!

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    1. It actually wasnt too terrible to change it - But I actually really like your current one :)

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  19. Love the new name and the new look of your blog! I think I kind of have a love-hate relationship with my blog name but I think it suits me now haha. Also, I'm following you on pinterest now! :]

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. Thank you so much! I followed back :)

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  20. so i used to do something every year for my dogs birthday and then this year i forgot it was last week and i forgot because i have a 2 month old and my dogs are not my babies anymore, just my dogs. i am a bad doggy mom

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    1. Haha too funny! We didnt do anything for our puppys last year either!

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  21. Love the new blog name! Such an exciting time!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    stylininstlouis.com

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