oops…i did it again.

October 1, 2014

Yep. It’s true. My blog got another makeover.

I know it seems like I redesign my blog constantly. It seems that way to me, at least. But it also seems like with each redesign, I go more and more minimal. So, perhaps optimistically, I’m hoping that this redesign will stick for a reasonable amount of time.

If you follow me on any type of social media, you may have noticed that I’ve been moving back toward using my logo. I missed my logo. Yeah, it’s childish and cutesy, but dang it, I love it, and I think it represents me and my blog very well. (You can read more about how it came to be here.) Thus, when I started looking into a redesign, I wanted to find something that left the focus on the content but still gave my logo a chance to shine.

So I sought a new look for The Same Rainbow’s End that balances the minimal with the whimsical. Yay! I’m pretty proud of myself because I had more of a role in this redesign than any other since I made the migration from a WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted WordPress.org blog.

In keeping with the transition back to using my logo, another cool new feature around this here blog scene is the addition of a shop. See? It’s right up there in the menu bar. Here you can purchase a variety of items with the logo. If you’re a Saudi-American family like we are, you’re on your way to becoming one, or you’re just a fan of the blog, you might want to check it out. Who knows? You might find something you love there! I’m also toying with the idea of tweaking the logo in order to add more products that reflect the diversity of bicultural relationships. So if you or your significant other is not American or Saudi, but you would be interested in items that feature the same design with the flags of your own home countries, let me know. (My first goal is to add Saudi-Australian and Saudi-Canadian items, just because I know a lot of folks in Saudi-Australian and Saudi-Canadian families!)

Like the last time I did a redesign, I’m doing a giveaway to celebrate. A little over a year ago, I took a photo of a cute set of magnets on my mother-in-law’s refrigerator and I posted it on Instagram. At the time, I was really surprised by the number of likes it got! I even saw it being taken and shared by some folks on Facebook. Mr. Mostafa and I were pretty shocked at how the photo grew legs. Apparently lots of people were fond of that adorable little Arab couple!

Thus, about a year later, Mr. Mostafa was out and about, and he called me, all excited. “Guess what?” he said. “I found a perfect giveaway for the blog!” And he brought home a brand new set of those cute Arab refrigerator magnets.

So now, you can win the set and put them on your own refrigerator! You just have to do two things: like The Same Rainbow’s End on Facebook (if you haven’t yet–if you have, then you’re already partly entered in the giveaway!) and like the giveaway photo on the Facebook page (be sure to click on the photo first). Easy sneezy, right?

arab couple instagram photo

So, yeah. That’s all there is to it! Just click here to go to the Facebook page, and the giveaway photo is pinned to the top! (One more thing: if you share the photo on your Facebook timeline, I’ll give you another entry in the giveaway! Just make sure your privacy settings are set to public for that share, so I can see it.) The giveaway ends later this month, on October 20. If you’re the lucky winner, the magnet set will be mailed to you as soon as I get your address!

Thank you very much for being a reader of The Same Rainbow’s End. I appreciate it more than I can say.

Now to get back to last-minute suitcase packing…we’re leaving on a jet plane in a few hours! Squee! Soon I will be reunited with not only my family and best friends, but also Junior Mints. There’s a big ol’ box of Junior Mints waiting for me in my home in the Ozarks. And that alone is going to be one very blissful reunion.



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  • http://everydaytrish.com/ Trish

    This is my first time here so I’m not sure what your design was before, but I like this one! And I think your logo is fun :)

  • http://considerthepeel.wordpress.com Haleigh DeRocher

    I think your blog makeover looks fantastic!

  • Jessica

    Love the new design, your family seems so sweet and lovely. It is nice to see someone else (that seems) down to earth in Saudi ( : I love seeing your updates on Instagram, your daughter reminds me so much of my own.

  • http://theaccidentalmama.wordpress.com theaccidentalmama

    Change it up girl! I think it looks great!
    The Accidental Mama

  • http://www.lavendeandlemonade.blogspot.com Lavende & Lemonade

    I LOVE the new clean layout. Always a work in progress, right? I think its funny how we start with something blank, fill it up with all sorts of chaos, and circle back to something clean. Minimalist is the hardest to pull off…its such a fine line between blah and clean and you’ve pulled it off beautifully!

  • http://whenisnaptime.wordpress.com ambular34

    I am so glad to hear I am not alone in redoing my blog a lot! I love your new look! It’s very clean and your logo is adorable! Good luck with your new shop!

  • http://lindsaylivingvegan.com Lindsay

    I love the new design! I am always thinking of ways to change my blog!