YES! You’re in the right place! Please stay!
Things look a little different around here, don’t they?
It’s finally the day of the BIG REVEAL I’ve been talking about for weeks, and I’m so excited to show you my new blog!
Healthy Nest has been officially retired. (RIP…you were a good little blog.) Fittin Pretty is here!
I still have a lot of work to do…all of the new pages on the navigation bar are empty (doh), and I’ll be switching over all my social media names soon. Things might be a little confusing and weird for awhile, but bear with me!
Now, on to the details…
I could not possibly say enough positive things about my lovely designer, Jenny @ PBJ Designs. Jenny did my previous design for Healthy Nest, and I was so happy with her work that it was a no-brainer to tap into her creative genius again for round #2.
Jenny was outrageously patient through all of my annoying feedback (“can we do something, like, a little more, I don’t know, sophisticated?”) and my ridiculous nitpicks (“can we make the circle like two hairs bigger?”). I hope I didn’t drive her to the bottle by the end.
She also did a great job of helping me figure out what I wanted. In the beginning, we were hitting walls with the design and I wasn’t sure why–Jenny pointed out that the concept I said I wanted didn’t really jive with the personality I was trying to portray. Oops.
Once we sorted out that snafu, the design came together super quickly.
Which brings me to my next point: Jenny is extremely responsive, and I love that about her. I starting working with one other designer before I found Jenny and it was a total nightmare, so I could not be more appreciative of her communication skills and quick turnaround time.
Not only is Jenny a professional, but she’s also super cool and sweet. Just check out her blog for proof.
And if you’re ever in the market for a blog design, I highly recommend getting in touch with Jenny! I promise you won’t regret it.
I also have to give a HUUUGE shout-out to my husband, Brent, for his help in installing all the new design elements. But “help in installing” isn’t the right way to put it…he did it all for me.
I’m insanely lucky to have a web designer for a husband. He’s also put up with a lot of annoying nitpicks, in addition to my constant maintenance needs. “I updated this plugin and now my borders are all messed up” or “this widget won’t save my changes” or “is there a way to….?” I don’t know how all the web-designer-husbandless bloggers do it, to be honest. So THANK YOU babe!
I thought about changing my blog name for a LONG time. I just felt like Healthy Nest didn’t quite fit me, and it didn’t totally represent my current interests. Plus, I noticed that I was sort of embarrassed to tell people the name of my blog…that’s probably not good.
(And, honestly, it always bugged me that I couldn’t get the healthynest.com URL. It was never supposed to be MY Healthy Nest! Haha.)
When I was brainstorming new names, the most important thing I wanted to represent was the idea of a healthy lifestyle as a natural, habitual thing.
It took me a long time to get to a point where I’m not over-analyzing what I’m eating or doing, and I’m able to make generally good decisions without really thinking about it. I’m not swayed by every little thing I read, I don’t feel like a failure if I eat sugar, and I don’t feel like a leper around fitter/skinnier people. I’m not obsessed with food or exercise or dieting or calories, and yet I’m more fit and healthy than I ever was back when I was fixated on those things.
So Fittin Pretty is a play on the phrase “sitting pretty”–just being in a good, comfortable place.
And I purposefully put more emphasis on the fitness side of the things because that’s where my interests have shifted, but I’ll still be writing about basically whatever I want. (A perk of having your own blog.) Parenting, pregnancy, nutrition, general health–if it impacts or interests me, it’ll show up on here.
Yes, I’m totally concerned that when I say Fittin Pretty out loud, people will hear “fit AND pretty” and think I’m a complete narcissist. If it weren’t for that tiny hiccup, I honestly might have made the change 6 months ago. (Is it ironic that the whole concept behind the blog is not over-thinking things, and yet I’ve totally over-thought this?? Haha.)
Finally I realized…it’s a written blog…and if I need to say the name out loud, I’ll just have to be super clear: “Fittin Pretty F-I-T-T-I-N, like sitting.”
I mean, how many kids have unusual names they’ve had to spell out their entire lives, and they’ve survived.
So anyway, that’s the story of my big change! Hope you like it!
What do you think of the new name and look?
Anyone else considering a blog makeover?
I’ll be sharing tips on my whole experience–including switching URLs and names–once I’m on the other side of the process. Stay tuned!
Oh, and speaking of big reveals, we have our 20 week ultrasound on Monday, so stop by Tuesday to find out the gender of Baby #2!
Have a fabulous weekend! :)