Thursday, January 27, 2011

the bold & the beautiful {your blog reviewed}

Each one of us attempt to create so many beautiful things in our lives. We put so much love into finessing our homes and creating those swoon worthy crafts/projects, and yet how many of us forget to create a space for ourselves {just think how often the master bedroom is the LAST room to decorate}....In a world where we search for the perfect space, we forget our blogs ARE our perfect space.

Who needs a real-life wife/mommy cave when we have the entire virtual playground of our blog?

This blog hop is all about taking the snooping and peeking that we love to do with homes & projects to a whole new level with our blogs. While this year seems to be filled with organization and decluttering, how fitting is it to do the same with our blogs.

Gail and I KNOW this can be scary. Our blog is an extension of us and sometimes more completely defines who we there is such a vulnerable feeling when putting your blog out there. But....we invite you to do it and take the risk.

Be bold.

Be beautiful.

Show us your blog....your virtual home.

When you link to the blog hop, Gail & I will give you our 2 cents on your blog {and we invite you to review all party members too}. Just promise to review each blog with grace and style. Gail & I will be gentle and we want you to be too. We know some people love chocolate ice cream while others are all about vanilla...and that is the same with blogs.

So go ahead and start with me {you can leave your reviews on my blog here}. It is always easier to take a risk when someone is standing beside you. :)

Please link your "The Bold and the Beautiful" post below. By doing so, you are inviting Gail, myself, and other guests to your blog to give you tips and advice about what might or might not be pleasing to the eye (or ear) on your blog.

And who might just make a new friend in the process.

Important Link Notes:
For the url please copy and paste the url for the post that you have written specifically for this party.
For “name” please enter your blog’s name.
For the thumbnail, please choose your blog’s button or your profile picture when prompted.

Not sure what to write about in your post for your review? See here for a BLURB...and just copy/paste it in a new post. Don't forget to grab the button up top. Also if you want the blog hop code, it is at the bottom of the blog hop and says, "get blog hop code here." :)

Oh and the best part? We are having a GIVEAWAY too! Why review a blog if you can't also get a makeover?

One lucky winner will receive a premade blog design of their very own, that will be customized by one of the great ladies, over at Designer Blogs!

In order to enter you must:
1. Be a follower of both Gail & myself.
2. Comment on this post that you would like to enter the giveaway.
{we know some of you are quite happy with your blog design but want to join in the blog hop...this allows wiggle room for those that want to party but would not use the giveaway.}

Ok, time to party! {And just a tip..for every area of improvement you suggest, tell them something you LOVE about their blog}...*party and giveaway are open for a whole week*



  1. Darn! I missed this yesterday! Hopefully I can find time to do a blurb post for this tomorrow so I can join up. SUCH an excellent idea for a link party. I hope we do this again!

  2. Hey there E! Great idea! I'm a dummy and entered on both of your blogs so I'm showing up twice in the link party. Deeerrr. Feel free to delete me down to one! Thanks guys!

  3. PS- I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to enter the giveaway!

  4. I love your blog, it is simple, gorgeous and just feels like a nice place to visit. I can tell you have good taste:) I think your photos are great The only thing I noticed are your photos on the side bar. You have all of your awesome projects listed but when I click on them they don't lead to the post. I kept clicking thinking my computer was slow. I wish I knew how to make the photo link to the post but I'm not 100% sure. Thanks again for hosting and your blog really is gorgeous!

  5. Hey E, ok after a lil' bit of browsing I agree with Sarah. I thought the images of your house in your sidebar should be clickable too, and lead to a blog entry or just an enlarged photo. I also am not a fan of seeing "Coming Soon" or "stay tuned" when I click a link. I'd rather just delete the link until you get some content in those areas. Aside from that... Looks beautiful! Great header that is attractive and welcoming. You've got a clean and easy to read layout. Thanks for hosting a great link party and giveaway!

  6. I really like the simplicity in your layout for your blog, it is clean and very easy to find things. This might be bias, but your page seems a little dry in colors, there is not much color, maybe a few splashes of light pastel colors here and there would brighten it up a bit, but I dig color and you might not.

    -Kim (aka Mr. Gnome)

  7. Hi my first time here I would love to enter the givaway if you see my post you'll know I need it!
    will be checking out all your lovley blogs now and will join in with feedback

  8. Im really excited about this party,, i know my blog could use a little love. Please count me in. looking forward to visiting the others. Thanks Gail and Megan

  9. I Megan! I have joined the blog hop and look forward to your input! I would love to be entered into the giveaway! I am signed on as a follower.
    Thank you for hosting!

  10. Hello, E! You and Gail have a great idea here!
    Thanks for hosting! I'd love to be entered into the giveaway. I'll be back later to spend some time looking though all the great participating blogs!

  11. HI! I like your blog, and I love your contest. I am a follower of both you and Gail. Thanks so much for hosting this! This is my first blog hop and it has been very fun. I have already made some changes to my settings/blog from suggestions you or Gail have made to others. THANKS!

  12. Hello! I would love to enter the contest. I entered the linky, but am scared of the critique...this is my first time getting honest feedback - scary!!

  13. Hey Megan! Count me in! I'm your follower and Gail's too! Very excited to be a part of the party! :)
    My Cottage Charm

  14. oops...I accidentally did it twice, can you remove number 38 please? :) Thanks

  15. what a GREAT idea!! I am now your follower and have been gails for some time--and would LOVE to win the prize--just checked out their website--Oh my--my mind is spinnng with ideas!!
    thanks and nice to meet you!

  16. Hey you! I would like to enter;) I'm trying to figure out how to do the linky thing to join the party (I'm a little slow)LOL!

  17. I love reading your blog. I love the clean and soft look. I believe what you say to be true and straight from the heart. You are a special lady.

  18. I would love to enter the drawing! I am a follower of Gail already and am a new follower of yours:)

  19. Hi Megan. This is quite fun. I am a long time follower of Gail and a new follower here. Thanks so much for hosting. I'm in.


  20. I think this is the coolest thing and I would LOVE to enter!!

  21. Hi Megan,

    I'll be following and would love to be entered into the giveaway! Thanks for hosting this party...great idea!


  22. Hello! I follow both your blogs now and would love to be entered! :)


  23. I joined the hop! My blog is hardly hop worthy, but I love a good party....Gotta get blissdom ready sometime, huh? And giveaway! Sure! Winning is not really my thing, but neither is asking for a's to trying something new!

  24. love this idea! what a great way to see new blogs! & thanks for hosting!!
    many blessing, -Tracie

  25. thank you so much for reviewing my blog. I really appreciate your help. I have tried to figure out how to have my post stay open while people comment and have not been able to find the setting to do it...I know you are VERY busy with the blog hop so wait until things slow down and shoot me an e-mail or comment on how to do it...thanks so much!

  26. I would love to enter the giveaway, thanks for hosting such a creative party! Can't wait to hear what everyone has to say.


  27. Thank you for hosting this blog review and the giveaway!! I am slowly working my way through the list and am enjoying every minute of it! Just the thought of a blog makeover makes me giddy!! (well pretty much any kind of makeover makes me giddy! ha ha! in fact I am getting my hair cut and colored on valentine's day as a surprise for my hubby!!)

  28. Thank you very much for hosting this blog review blog hop - it was just what I needed as I was wondering how my little blog was doing (and so far so good too with the comments!) I'd like to have a chance to win one of those pre-made blog designs at Designer Blogs, I went over there and had a look and WOW lovely stuff!

  29. Hi Megan!
    just popping in to say THANK YOU! for co-hosting the blog hop & visiting my random world, {and for the great feedback!} your blog is also very nice.. clean & simple, calm. :)
    i welcome you as a reader, and look forward to getting to know you.

  30. I found you through Gail@My Repurposed Life and The Bold and the Beautiful Blog hop. Now I am a follower of your lovely blog. And it really is lovely. I would love to be entered in the give away so that may be one day my blog can grow up to be lovely too.

  31. Hello. I found out about you from Jenni's post about the blog hop. I'm excited to be a part of it!

    I really like the simplicity of your blog. It is pretty and it doesn't hurt my eyes (like some busy blogs can), which I really appreciate. :) It is also easy to navigate.

    I would really like to be entered in your giveaway! Thank you!!

  32. Megan,
    This is a great link party you and Gail are hosting. I like the clean layout of your blog and the white background is nice and easy on the eyes.
    Now if I can just figure out how to get the other folks buttons (those who've linked to the party) to display on my blog post.

    thanks again for hosting.

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  34. This is a great idea! Your blog looks very nice. I would love to enter the giveaway because I know my blog could use some improvement! My only suggestion is that your header text be a little bigger and bolder. But it does fit with the neutral, understated look of the enitre blog.

  35. Sorry, I'm so late to the party. I love your blog and your honest to goodness honesty. If that makes sense. You are you and it comes through clearly. Keep it up.

  36. Little nervous about this one - but I linked up and I'm off to write a post about it. Is there where I say I'd love to enter the giveaway?? I wasn't sure if I should do that even if I do love my blog design!! :)
    Thanks - and be please be gentle :-)

  37. Hi E,

    thanks for hosting the Blog Hop. Fun! Ok, after looking around your site, here are my thoughts.

    I like the clean and uncluttered look of it. Even with advertisers on the sideboard, it doesn't seem distracting.

    I was disappointed with two things, the tabs being "empty" and the sidebar photos of your home not being clickable to a post or more photos.

    Other than that, it looks good.

  38. I thought your blog was very beautiful and soothing when I first clicked into it... must be the colors, and of course the PB cake stand was a show stopper. The photos are perfect. I am now following:)

    I am excited about this blog hop as I have decided to really focus on my blog this year. Can't wait to hear about it (I think!). Thank you, thank you!

  39. New to blogging, and have learned so much. I totally want to learn more. Joined the blog hop and I would love to enter the giveaway. Thank you so much for doing this. Your newest follower.

  40. Thank for your feedback in my site! I'd definitely take it into consideration in my next blog makeover.

    1 - Yours has one of the nicest headers I've seen
    2 - Great posts and comments separation. I don't know if bloggers realize that it's so convenient for the visitors to see when a post starts and when it ends, and the comments too.

    1 - For someone like me who subscribes to feeds rather than follow in blogger, your 'Subscribe in a reader' is lost in the images at the side, it's hard to find.

    Other than that, you have an amazing blog. keep it up.

  41. Hi, I have to agree with your comment seperation. I have had a hard time getting that to work for me. Mine are crammed together.

    I like the clean look of you blog and I enjoy the larger photos of your recent post. I love big pics!

    It would be nice to have your sidebar pics clickable. That is something I'd like to add myself to my blog. :)

  42. What a great opportunity! I have been toying with shelling out some money to redo my blog. I am very happy I came across your giveaway & Blog Hop...can't wait to get some good advice!



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