3.27.2012

Thoughts On Blog Design {And How To Win Your Own Blog Makeover}

I've said it before and I'll say it once again.
The appearance of your blog is so {so} important.
Okay, I just lied.
I don't think I have ever said that before.
But my gosh, I have sure thought it.
Listen up folks.
I know that it is the content of your blog that makes people come back time and time again.
But it is what they SEE upon landing on your page that makes the decision on how long they will stay on that little blog of yours.
If they don't stay, they don't realize how cool you really are.
If they do stay, they fall in love.
It is kinda like a first date with a guy.
If he shows up at your door stop looking like a haggard sopping wet mess, you will probably disregard everything he has to say all night. {I don't know how I just came up with sopping wet mess but it sounded good. If you ever have a date show up sopping wet and it wasn't raining out, we have other issues.}
However.
If that gentleman shows up to your door step looking like Channing Tatum, you will listen to what he has to say. Even if he isn't speaking.
Those eyes. My gosh.
What was I saying?

Right.
Blog appearance.
It's important.

Here is a fact:
I have passed up many of excellent blogs because their was no visual appeal.
I can't help it my eyes like pretty things.
Sad but true.

With all that being said, there are many ways to get your blog in tip top shape.
This world is full of talented people {and much smarter people than you and I. Your right. Just I} that know how to get this done for you.

Say for instance, this company.

Also known as "World's Cutest Blog Designs" in my book.

Here is what you need to know about Cherry On Top.
Melissa {blog designer extraordinaire} recently opened Cherry On Top because she loves two things.
Design.
Blogs.
Makes sense she would open up a design shoppe for blogs right?
Right.

Cherry On Top offers everything under the sun.
Complete blog designs, ala carte options {think custom header, button, signature}, etc.
You want it, you got it.

Not only that but Melissa also offers complete Etsy brand packaging. This includes a Shop Blog design, custom logo, business card design, letterhead design, packaging design, and more!
Etsy shop owners can I hear a "Holler"

Anyhow.
Here is what I am getting at.
Today you can win....{this is good...wait for it..}
Uh yes, you read right.
A whole freakin' new blog design.
The whole bit gang.
Thats a $125 value.
I only have one word for this.
Amazeballs.

Cooler yet is regardless if you win or not, Melissa is offering you fine folks a discount just for being awesome. Don't you love her already?
I know you want to enter this giveaway.
Here is how.

Mandatory:
Visit Cherry on Top Blog Shoppe and then leave a comment below with a sentence of what colors their "dream blog design" would consist of!

{Want to know mine? Yellows, Aquas, and Pinks. You may or may not be seeing this soon ;)..}

Additional Entries {leave a comment for each & every thing you did}:
-Follow Cherry on Top blog
-Follow Cherry on Top Blog Shoppe on Twitter
-Follow Cherry on Top on Facebook
-Follow Melissa's personal blog 20 Going On 80
-Follow Living In Yellow
-Blog, Tweet, Facebook, about this giveaway!

....That's 7 entries friends. Do em' all.

Winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, April 4th.

Get hoppin' and best of luck.

Your blog is about to be smokin'.

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431 comments:

  1. I just did a blog makeover!! But I be up for it again!! I follow cherry on top!

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  2. i'd loved a blog design! I'd choose yellow and grey I think!

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  3. i'm a follower of your blog!

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  4. and i follow 20 going on 80!

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  5. I would choose grey, white, and yellow! Similar to what I have now but much fancier!

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  6. I follow Cherry on Top on Twitter.

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  7. I would love pinks grays and purples for colors for my blog!

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  8. I left a comment on cherry on top with my colours!! thanks !

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  9. I also follow her Via GFC! Thanks !

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I would choose greens, pinks, and blues for my blog design :)

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  12. I've been saving my pennies for a blog make over, so this would be awesome! I'd go with yellow, gray and green.

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  13. I follow 20 Going On 80 via GFC.

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  14. I follow Cherry on Top blog via GFC!

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  15. I follow Cherry on Top Design on twitter.

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  16. Oh how i would love to get a blog makeover! But deciding on a color scheme? this might be the hardest decision I make all day! But i do love me some black, white, and teal.

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  17. I follow Cherry on Top on Twitter!

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  18. I would for sure want khaki and baby blue... I've been itching for a new design, so my fingers are officially crossed on this one! :)

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  19. I stalk...oh, I mean follow....your blog. L O V E it!

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  20. i love the colours coral, aqua, plum? with some cream! yes yes yes!

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  21. i would love a new blog design! i'm thinking... peach and aqua! or maybe grey and red!

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  22. I tweeted about the giveaway! Thanks for this opportunity :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/Ali_Cat14/status/184812764810842112

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  23. I visited Cherry on Top Blog Shoppe. My favorite colors for a redesign would be pinks, yellows, and grays.

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  24. I follow Cherry on Top blog via GFC

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  25. I follow Cherry on Top Blog Shoppe on Twitter @CoriH86

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  26. Entry 1
    Colors I would love would be all kinds of Purple like Plum and Fig and Lavender, White, and Silver/Gray.

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  27. I'm following Melissa's personal blog via GFC

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  28. I'm following your fabulous blog Living in Yellow via GFC

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  29. Colors I would love would be all kinds of Purple like Plum and Fig and Lavender, White, and Silver/Gray.

    Entry 2: Followed Cherry on Top blog!

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  30. Colors I would love would be all kinds of Purple like Plum and Fig and Lavender, White, and Silver/Gray.

    Entry 3: Followed Cherry On Top Twitter! Username: MarleyetMe

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  31. Entry #?!?!?! LOL

    I followed her Personal blog via Bloglovin'!

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  32. Entry#?!?

    I also already follow you!! <3

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  33. Dream blog would consist of yellow, tiffany blue or aqua and gray!

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  34. Following you, of course.
    Following cherry on top blog and twitter
    Following 20 going on 80!

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  35. Following Cherry on Top via GFC

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  36. I follow Cherry on Top! My dream blog colors would be grey and mustard.

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  37. And tweeted about the giveaway!!!

    https://twitter.com/#!/MarleyetMe/status/184815007844929537

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  38. I follow! (I accidentally combined 2 entries in one comment above).

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  39. Andddd following cherry on top on twitter!

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  40. Just got a blog design but her work is amazing- I would like pink (and lots of it!), coconut blue/aqua & yellow or green! I love colors :)

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  41. Oh man this is great :) My blog desing is super simple just because I dont like a lot of fuzz but custom desing might be an amazing idea!
    I'd love a coral/pink and greys!
    Thanks for sharing and fingers crossed!

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  42. I follow living in yellow! (bloglovin and twitter)

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  43. I REALLY need to win this :) Would love a pink, turquoise and gray blog design. Following Living in Yellow!

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  44. Turquoise, brown and pink for sure. My blog would live the attention!!

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  45. I followed Cherry on Top's lovely blog!

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  46. Yellow, blue & tan!! :) Great giveaway E!

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  47. This is an amazing giveaway. My blog needs some design help for sure! I think i would like coral and teal or yellow and grey

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  48. Ive been a follower of LIY! its the greatest!

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  49. following cherry on top blog shoppe on twitter!

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  50. Of course I follow Living in Yellow. Read it all the time!

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  51. love melissa and have been following 20 going on 80!!

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  52. I'd go with yellow, gray and maybe a mint/aqua color.. oh to dream!

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  53. My dream design would definitely be incorporating coral - I love it!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

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  54. I follow Cherry on Top blog! Thanks so much!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

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  55. I'm following Cherry on Top on Facebook too - so so cute!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

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  56. I'm following Living in Yellow too - of course!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

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  57. I follow 20 Going On 80 too - thank you so much for this great giveaway!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

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  58. LOVE her clean look. And mine would be PINK. Obviously.

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  59. Oh-and DUH I follow you on here!

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  60. I'd go with a purple/pale green combo! Or something with blue.

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  61. And I followed Cherry On Top!

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  62. And I'm following 20 Going On 80!

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  63. My dream blog design would include, pinks, orange, and yellow.

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  64. This is my favorite giveaway ever! My colors would be coral, turquoise, and grey!

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  65. I follow Cherry on Top blog!

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  66. I follow Cherry on Top Blog Shoppe on Twitter!

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  67. I follow Cherry on Top on Facebook!

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  68. I follow Melissa's personal blog 20 Going On 80!

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  69. I follow Cherry on Top Blog Shoppe
    GFC name: Danielle Anderson

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  70. I follow Living In Yellow :)

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  71. I follow cherry on Top blog shoppe on Twitter. @buzzbeauty

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  72. I follow cherry on Top blog shoppe on Facebook

    Sweet Tart Beauty

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  73. I sooo agree. I have been wanting to re-vamp my blog design because I want better branding.
    I would want gray, yellow, and aqua.

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  74. I follow Melissa's Blog
    GFC: Danielle Anderson

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  75. I follow Living Yellow
    GFC: Danielle Anderson

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  76. I followed cherry on top on twitter @jess_tib

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  77. I have Tweeted about the giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/#!/buzzbeauty/status/184834653511880705

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  78. I tweeted about the giveaway @jess_tib

    whew ok. now pick me pick me...please :)

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  79. I shared the giveaway on my FB: https://www.facebook.com/SweetTartBeauty/posts/255870061171149

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  80. I would LOVE a new blog design! (Mine is just YUCK!) I would love something in yellows and grays, or maybe teal and yellow.
    xoxo,
    jenny-lynn

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  81. I'm a follower of your blog. :)
    xoxo,
    jenny-lynn

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  82. I'm now following Cherry on Top's blog!
    xoxo,
    jenny-lynn

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  83. And the Cherry on Top facebook page too!
    xoxo,
    jenny-lynn

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  84. I'm following 20 going on 80 too!
    xoxo,
    jenny-lynn

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  85. How awesome is this?
    Pretty dang awesome!

    The colors I'd choose would be coral, white, gray & pops of mint :) YES PLEASE!

    xo

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  86. I follow Cherry on Top Blog Shoppe on Twitter
    :)

    xo

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  87. This is an awesome giveaway, and I've been following Melissa for weeks!

    My dream blog design colors would be sapphire blue, gray, teal, and rose.

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  88. I follow Cherry On Top on GFC and Bloglovin'!

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  89. I'm one of Cherry On Top's tweeps on Twitter! ;-)

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  90. I -Follow Cherry on Top Blog Shoppe on Twitter

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  91. I've followed 20 Going On 80 since I started my blog!

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  92. I follow LIY on through GFC and Bloglovin'!

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  93. I -Follow Melissa's personal blog 20 Going On 80

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  94. Tweeted about the giveaway and mentioned LIY and Cherry On Top!

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  95. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/alittlepiece_me/status/184847944984440833

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  96. shared on facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/alittlepieceofmeblog/posts/372967766077573

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  97. I have to say that I adore yellows and aquas. They rock my socks!

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  98. I now follow Cherry on Top Blog Shoppe on Twitter!

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  99. I like Cherry on Top on Facebook as Fabulously Flawed!

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  100. I am obsessed with blog design and would love love love to have her redo mine! Fate - let me win!!

    (P.S. Definitely yellow and gray!)

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  101. I'm following Cherry on Top Blog!

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  102. I "liked" Cherry on Top on Facebook!

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  103. I would probably go for browns/pinks/oranges. Or sumping like that.

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  104. I follow Living in Yellow (and love reading everyday!)

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  105. Tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/FabFlawed/status/184853097942761473

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  106. Tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/FabFlawed/status/184853097942761473

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  107. Ooohhh I would have to say yellow, gray, and white!

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  108. Oh boy I am in such desperate need of a blog makeover I don't even know where to start!

    Maybe something with gray, red and black? Or black, white and yellow?!

    Not 100% sure, my design skills are beyond pitiful!

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  109. I would love Aqua & Coral (my current favorite colors for everything.) for my blog color scheme. My blog desperately needs a makeover!!

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  110. Following Cherry on Top Blog via GFC.

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  115. My color scheme would have to be something with blue..maybe yellow too, or some orange =)

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  116. I follow Cherry on Top blog via GFC.

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  117. Following Cherry on Top blog

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  118. I'm now following and LOVING Melissa's blog 20 going on 80

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  119. Following Cherry on Top via Twitter

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  120. Following Cherry on Top via Facebook

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  121. I follow LIY via GFC - acronyms are my fav.

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  122. Following 20 going on 80

    my comments are getting excessive... I'm just in desperate need of makeover!

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  123. Following in LIY already- duh!

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  124. I tweeted about the giveaway =)

    https://twitter.com/#!/MeganBerkey/status/184860479422861312

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  125. Tweeted about Cherry on Top. I also put it on my Facebook, will blog about it, and then I'm going to put the message on a blimp just to make sure it's really out there.


    Woo, I think I'm done.

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  126. OMG this is like the best giveaway very!!! I would want, grays, coral and dark purple. my life all time fave colors. I just re-did my blog, but I'm like never satisfied. ♥

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  127. I visited the site and my dream blog design colors would be pinks, yellows and aquas!

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  128. I followed Cherry on top blog!

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  129. I followed Cherry on Top on Twitter!

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  130. I followed Cherry on Top on Facebook!

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  131. I followed Melissa's personal blog...

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  132. I tweeted about the Cherry on Top giveaway!

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  133. My dream blog would consists of shades of pinks & blues.

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  134. I'm following 20 going on 80 via gfc

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  135. I'm following Living in Yellow

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  136. I would definitely go gray, teal, and bright pink. Maybe throw in some yellow, too. I love that.

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  137. I follow Cherry on Top's blog

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  138. I also started following 20 Going on 80.

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  139. I tweeted about this: @siovhanshow

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  140. I also blogged about this.

    http://spicynsugary.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-have-no-idea-what-to-title-this.html

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  141. Am in need of a blog make over! I am a leeettle bit challenged when it comes to it! Love her work! My dream colors are Grey, Yellow, and turquoise! :)

    www.tippeecanoe.com

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  142. I tweeted about this give away!

    @locoop17

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  143. I follow YOUR amazing blog and LOVE it!

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  144. Following Cherry on Top Shoppe on twitter!

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  145. Following Melissa's personal blog! Isn't she darling?!

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)