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Oct 26

Custom Blog Design Giveaway From the Shabby Vanity

Ever since Madeline Mele of The Shabby Vanity did my blog design at the end of August, I’ve wanted to feature her and her business here at Moana Saves.  Working with Madeline on the blog design was great.  She is efficient and professional, listening to me every step of the way yet also adding her expertise when I dawdled.  I was almost sad to see the process end!  Further, Madeline has been great about answering my design questions or making adjustments after the original work she did. Here are some recent designs she’s done.  Hard to miss mine and the other blogs are fabulous, too!

I interviewed Madeline recently for the readers of Moana Saves:

How did you get into creating blogs?  What do you like most about designing?
Since I am far away from most of my family and friends, I needed a way for them to keep up with my new little family. So I created a family blog with Blogger. I loved messing with the designs and reading tutorials on how to improve the look of my blog. Blog design uses a lot of coding such as html, javascript, and css.  So I committed to learning those codes by reading articles, writing codes, and ultimately working towards html certification. Then I realized that I could help others with their blog too! What I like most about designing blogs is seeing the reactions of my clients when they see their new blog design for the first time. That initial reaction of “I have a cute blog now!” is great!

What design tip can you give to bloggers?
Make your blog how you want it to be!  There are so many great tutorials out there that can teach you how to design your own blog. Having a great look on your blog not only increases traffic flow- but when your design looks professional, your content begins to improve too! Designing it yourself can be time consuming and require extra computer programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and other third-party resources. However, most of the time, basic things like adding a post divider, or uploading a background can be done pretty easily if you are following a good tutorial. When things get complicated because you want a design that no one else has, you don’t have the resources to follow a tutorial, or you just don’t have the time- that’s when you contact a blog designer to do it for you!

As a mom and a business owner, I know you’re busy and you work hard.  When you get some time for yourself, how do you like to pamper yourself?
Just like everyone else that has multiple responsibilites, I feel like life is a juggling act.  In order to make the most of my time for myself- I do what I enjoy. Whether that day it’s make a batch of cookies, take a bubble bath, or update our family blog- I just make the most of it!  

Okay, so you know about my process of working with Madeline on Moana Saves and you know more about Madeline, the blog designer and mom.  Check out her blog here where you can see her custom blog designs she’s done, grab a button or just hang out.  Madeline is also offering one lucky Moana Saves reader a complete blog makeover!  Check out the info below:

Enter to win a Full Blog (Blogger) Makeover from the Shabby Vanity.
You could win a free Custom:
Post Signature
Post Divider
Here’s how to enter:
1. Become a follower of The Shabby Vanity and Moana Saves with Google Friend Connect (This is the mandatory entry).
2.  For the mandatory entry, leave a comment. For all of the extra entries, leave a comment for each.
Extra entries include
3. Follow The Shabby Vanity on Twitter.
4. Follow Moana Saves on Twitter.
5. Tweet about this giveaway (once a day) and post the URL: #Win a blog makeover from @TheShabbyVanity and @MoanaSaves ends 11/9
7. Grab a Shabby Vanity button and post it on your blog!
Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway.  He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S.  This giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 9th at 11:59 PM HST (Hawaii Standard Time).  One winner will be chosen randomly via  I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner.Disclosure: I did not receive any form of compensation from The Shabby Vanity to host this giveaway.  Any and all opinions are my own. 

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Anna lives on the North shore of Oahu with her husband, daughters, ages 14 and 9, and a little dog. She likes to read, write, go for walks, bake with the 9 year old and take naps.

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  1. TheCraftyKitchen

    >I would love to win this blog makeover! I need it badly :) I'm a follower of Shabby Vanity and of your blog! :)

  2. TheCraftyKitchen

    >I also follow The Shabby Vanity on Twitter!

  3. TheCraftyKitchen

    >I'm a fan of Shabby Vanity on Facebook!

  4. TheCraftyKitchen

    >I tweeted about your giveaway today (10/28)!/axocutie143

  5. Deb K

    >I'm a follower of Shabby Vanity and of your blog! deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

  6. Deb K

    >I now follow you on Twitter{Deb55106}deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

  7. Deb K


  8. Deb K

    >I like you on FB{Deb S}deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

  9. twinmomoftwins

    >gfc followerortizvelasquez at yahoo dot com

  10. TheCraftyKitchen

    >Here is my tweet for 10/29:!/AXOCutie143/status/29118996155

  11. TheCraftyKitchen

    >I also follow @MoanaSaves on Twitter! (@AXOCutie)

  12. TheCraftyKitchen

    >Here's my Tweet for 10/30:!/AXOCutie143/status/29217427254Can you tell I really want to win this? ;)

  13. Jenndiggy

    >I follow google friend connect. jenndiggyjenndiggy at gmail dot com

  14. Jenndiggy

    >I follow the Shabby Vanity on twitter. jenndiggyjenndiggy at gmail dot com

  15. Jenndiggy

    >I follow Mona Saves on Twitter.jenndiggy at gmail dot com

  16. Angel Jacklyn


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  20. janene

    >I am following Shabby Vanity on twitter! :)

  21. janene

    >Oops, I guess my first comment did not post. I am a follower of both blogs! :) janenepearce(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. janene

    >I am following Moana Saves on twitter. :)

  23. janene

    >I tweeted. ;)

  24. janene

    >I'm following the Shabby Vanity on facebook.

  25. janene

    >I have a Shabby Vanity button on my blog! :)

  26. geneveve2

    >Congratulations, Laura You are now following Moana Saves Oh WoW! How I need to win this. I have just been working on creating a blog for a week now. I'm lost, frustrated, but not so much that I'm giving up. But I sure could use some help. Thanks for the chance!

  27. geneveve2

    >I follow The Shabby Vaniety on Twitter @geneveve2 (also on GFC) but that should go in my first entryThank you for theis super opportunity! Oh, I will be crossing my toes to win this!

  28. ✿Heαther S✿

    >I follow both of the blogs!mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

  29. geneveve2

    >I follow you on twitterTwiiter

  30. ✿Heαther S✿

    >I follow The Shabby Vanity on twitter as hell_0kittymommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

  31. ✿Heαther S✿

    >I follow Moana Saves on twitter as hell_0kittymommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

  32. geneveve2

    >I tweeted this giveaway (I kind of don't want the word to get out…kidding)Twitter @geneveve2!/geneveve2/status/

  33. geneveve2

    >Laurie Harrison really likes the The Shabby Vanity on

  34. ✿Heαther S✿

    >tweet at gmail dot com

  35. geneveve2

    > Blog is now sporting The Shabby Vanity button

  36. TheCraftyKitchen

    >I'm rocking a Shabby Vanity button on my blog!

  37. The Tight-Fisted Penny

    >What a great giveaway. I'm a follower of both.thetightfistedpenny gmail com

  38. The Tight-Fisted Penny

    >and a FB liker/friend

  39. ✿Heαther S✿

    >tweet at gmail dot com

  40. gretablau

    >Following you both on GFC

  41. Marah

    >follow you both via GFC.smmumma at gmail dot com

  42. Marah

    >follow the shabby vanity on twittersmmumma at gmail dot com

  43. Marah

    >follow you on twittersmmumma at gmail dot com

  44. Marah

    >tweeted!/mmumma/status/29487474509smmumma at gmail dot com

  45. Marah

    >like shabby vanity on fb

  46. Marah

    >shabby vanity button is on my bloghttp://diaryofadevildogwife.blogspot.comleft side, under "lovely ladies"smmumma at gmail dot com

  47. Marah


  48. ✿Heαther S✿

    >tweet at gmail dot com

  49. Jill

    >I tweeted. :)

  50. Marah


  51. ✿Heαther S✿

    >tweet at gmail dot com

  52. Marah


  53. TheCraftyKitchen

    >Here is my tweet for 11/5:!/AXOCutie143/status/568741586800640

  54. Marah


  55. Ashley T

    >I became a follower of both of you. I need a blog makeover so bad!clarinet0921(at)live(dot)com

  56. Ashley T

    >Following you on twitter.@ashleythinks2

  57. Ashley T

    >I tweeted!!/AshleyThinks2/status/932434975653889

  58. ✿Heαther S✿

    >daily tweet at gmail dot com

  59. kkfoster35

    >following you both via GFCkkfoster35 at msn dot com

  60. kkfoster35

    >Following The Shabby Vanity on Twitter.@allthingsAVONkkfoster35 at msn dot com

  61. kkfoster35

    >following you on twitter@allthingsAVONkkfoster35 at msn dot com

  62. kkfoster35

    >tweeted giveaway!/allthingsAVON/status/994984597659648kkfoster35 at msn dot com

  63. kkfoster35

    >Following The Shabby Vanity on FacebookKaren Hargis Fosterkkfoster35 at msn dot com

  64. ✿Heαther S✿

    >tweet at gmail dot com

  65. Marah


  66. Marah


  67. Ashley T

    >daily tweet!/AshleyThinks2/status/1690661115920384

  68. ✿Heαther S✿

    >tweet at gmail dot com

  69. KelseyA

    >I am a GFC Follower of both blogs!kelseylouiseapley at gmail dot com

  70. Susan

    >I follow both blogs on gfc. I need a blog makeover! suelee1998 @

  71. Ashley T

    >daily tweet!!/AshleyThinks2/status/1993834414211072

  72. ✿Heαther S✿

    >tweet at gmail dot com

  73. Jinxy and Me

    >I'm following your blog in Google Friend Connect. I would love a blog makeover!nesta 67 {at} live dot com

  74. giggling kids

    >I follow The Shabby Vanity and Moana Saves with Google Friend Connect! I would love to win this because I am in real need of a makeover of my blog!

  75. Heather

    >Exciting! I'm just getting started, so this would rock!I follow via gfc as /Heather/

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