A new look for the blog! Now one for me…

As the parent blogging world seems to slow down over the summer holidays I thought I’d take a step back myself and use the time to re-evaluate the blog and update it to a new look. The new theme has been live for over a month now, but I’ve only just got around to writing about it!new blog theme

A new look

The truth is, I loved my old theme…but I also love change and I do like to tinker with my blog from time to time. I was tentatively looking at new themes for an age, but just couldn’t find anything I liked more than the one I already had! So I did um and ah for quite some time before I finally took the plunge.

I have to admit that I forgot what a headache it is updating your site and totally revamping its look – that horrid moment when you first install it and everything just seems to disappear!! Definitely a heart in mouth moment! I wanted a theme that was bold but also clean and stylish and I was keen for something that was a little bit different. I also wanted something that was highly visual (since it’s a never ending quest of mine to improve my photography!) and I wanted a prominent area for featured posts. We got there in the end and I have to say that I’m pretty pleased with it on the whole – aside from a few teething issues (featured post image/ no featured post images/ duplicate images?…) What do you think?

A (slightly) new direction

Behind the scenes I’ve also been thinking a lot about the direction for the blog. The thing I love about being a blogger and running your own blog is that you can choose to do whatever you want with it. You can write about what you want, change direction whenever you want and put as much or as little time into it as you want, when you want. I’ve already wrote about my plans to be ‘more present‘ on my blog visually, and I also have plans to expand on the lifestyle posts – especially now that Taylor’s at nursery (soon to be three days a week) and I’m rediscovering my sense of self again beyond being a stay at home mum. Of course the parenting posts will keep on coming, but I’m also keen to dedicate more time to some of my other loves.Β img_3892

I’ve absolutely loved the last 20 months I’ve spent at home with my awesome baby girl (okay, perhaps the last 16!), but I also seem to have lost a part of me along the way. I haven’t finished a book in the last nine months. I can’t remember the last time I cooked a dish from a recipe, and I couldn’t tell you the last time I felt good (like really good) in a new outfit. So here’s what you can expect to find on Mum in Brum in the near future.

Fashion & Style

I’m not a trend setter and I certainly don’t pretend to be a style icon. But I really do love autumn/winter fashion and I feel very excited about rediscovering a sense of style that will (hopefully) make me feel good about my wardrobe once again. I’ll be posting about some of my new outfits, best buys, and generally getting back my style mojo!

fashion and style

I even bought myself a new coat last week!

Family recipes and cooking tips

I’ve always been passionate about cooking and eating fresh,Β and used to regularly post some of my favourite practical, family recipes. This dropped off when cooking became about the fastest meal to put on the table (certainly no time to photograph it!) I’m determined to get back into cooking and hope to start sharing my culinary tips and discoveries with you once again.

Blogging tips

I’ve learnt everything I know about blogging through reading blogging tips from other established bloggers. I’ve also shared a few of my own blog learnings and plan to continue sharing anything I think will be helpful or inspire others in their craft.

Freelancing and self-promotion

I’ve recently joined forces with my hubby in his retail business. It was going from strength to strength and he very suddenly needed me to help with expansion plans! So I’ve currently taken a step back from the freelancing to help with business development, marketing, PR – and anything else I can turn my hand to. It’s exciting times for us and I’m actually loving it (even if we do clash heads sometimes!) On the blog I’ll still be continuing to share my tips for freelancers and alsoΒ my general tips for self promotion, organisation, starting your own business and getting noticed – drawing from my ten years of working in PR, marketing, publicity and this new venture of ours.

Being Mum

Of course my blog wouldn’t be the same without my motherhood ramblings. They’re going nowhere.

 

Did I mention that I may even start a vlog??

So here’s to the next chapter – I hope you’ll join me for the journey. x

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
Mummuddlingthrough

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23 Comment

  1. Rainbowsaretoobeautiful
    September 18, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I think it looks lovely and fits in well with your slightly new direction – worth all the hassle in the end! #KCACOLS

    1. Natalie Mudd
      September 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks so much! x

  2. Rachel Bustin
    September 19, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Love the new blog look. Good luck with your new plans xx
    #KCACOLS
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  3. Madia
    September 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Wow it’s sounds like you’ve been verg busy! I love the new look and completely agree that making blog changes takes a long time. It sounds like you have a really clear direction of where you want your blog to go which is great!

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on 1st Oct xx
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  4. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    September 21, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Ahh, brilliant! I do know that ‘ekk, what have I done moment’ when you make a big change to your blog. I had a tiny flash back when you mentioned it! I’m loving the sound of your new direction. I think it’s really healthy to reinvent ourselves. After all, where’s the joy in doing the same thing if you’re secretly wishing for something else. Yay for the new chapter! #kcacols

    1. Natalie Mudd
      September 23, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks claire- I do love a new direction every now and again. But yes, don’t want that eek moment again any time soon! X

  5. Kaye
    September 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    It’s nice to rethink our direction every now and then and I’m obsessed with redesigning, I think my current theme is the longest one I’ve had, it becomes addictive! #coolmumclub

    1. Natalie Mudd
      September 23, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Your designs are always amazing! Wish I had your design know-how! X

  6. Kerry
    September 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Love the theme. I too am concentrating more on the direction of my blog, I’m desperate to start clogging too but it scares me! Good luck with your new direction. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS, hope you can come back again Sunday after next x
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  7. Winnettes
    September 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    The blog looks great. I like a change every now and again too. I know what you mean about losing yourself along the motherhood journey. Much of my reasons for starting a blog was to find myself again. Good luck with your new directions.
    #KCACOLS
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      September 23, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks! I think blogging really helps to give you a little something for yourself x

  8. Talya
    September 22, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Exciting new chapter and I say….do the vlog! I would love to see you on You Tube. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      September 23, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      I know I just can’t think what I’d put on there yet or how I’d find the time. But never say never! X

  9. Madeline (This Glorious Life)
    September 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    All sounds fab! And love the look of your blog! x #KCACOLS

  10. Emma Plus Three
    September 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I love the look of your blog, it’s fab! x #KCACOLS
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      September 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks so much Emma! x

  11. MMT
    September 22, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Exciting stuff Nat! Can’t wait to see the site evolve xx Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub
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  12. teacuptoria
    September 23, 2016 at 11:33 am

    It’s great having a blog make-over isn’t it. I did one earlier this year and it fills you with enthusiasm for your blog again. For me, it’s finding the time to dedicate to all the posts I want to write. I work 30 hours a week and family life gets in the way outside of that. My blog is my hobby though and I enjoy it so I need to find more time. Love the new look! Tor xx #coolmumclub

    1. Natalie Mudd
      September 23, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      I totally agree – it does give you a renewed sense of enthusiasm. I also struggle to find the time, I think every blogger does. There’s always something to do and never enough hours in the day! X

  13. Angela Watling
    September 23, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Sounds like an exciting time for you – hope it goes well. Also, love the new theme and also your workspace! #CoolMumClub
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      September 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks so much x

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