March 15, 2011

New Design

I love blogging. I love sharing with you guys. I love hearing from you guys. Thank you for being here! Last Friday I launched a new design for Kevin & Amanda. Here are a few of my favorite new features.

 

Camera Settings

Most of you guys already know this one. I added this feature a few weeks before the new design. But just in case you missed it, on all the newer posts, you can now click on the photos to show the settings I used to take that photo. You can try it out here!

 

Search Results

Searching Kevin & Amanda or browsing through the categories and archives should be a little easier now, with post excerpts like this.

 

Short URLs

This is one of my favorite features! If you click the Twitter bird at the bottom of each post, it will generate a custom short url that looks something like this: http://kevinandamanda.com/aETu

Fun.

 

Comments

The comments section is another favorite. I think I love the color-coordinated alternating speech bubbles the most. And you can quickly find my replies to your comments by scrolling through and looking for the bright background.

If you’d like for your picture to show up next to your comment, you can get a Gravatar. It’ll show up next to your comments on all blogs that have Gravatars enabled!

 

Recipes

The recipes section of Kevin & Amanda got a new design too! It’s got all the same features with a slightly different color scheme.

 

Fonts

The font used in the header is Esfera NF and the handwriting font on the recipe blog is Pea Sadie.

 

Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything you were wondering about. Thank you again for being here. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate ya. Hope you like the new design!



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Jessica @ How Sweet March 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

The site looks wonderful Amanda!

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Ashley C. March 15, 2011 at 9:41 am

Everything looks great!!

-Many Smiles

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Heidi March 15, 2011 at 9:49 am

Looks great! :)

Is it possible to get fonts that I could use, I need scandinavian letters, such as å. ä. ö :)

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Kate @ Our Best Bites March 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

LOVE the new look!!! :)

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Alena March 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

I really love it!! Looks so amazing!

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teresa March 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

YOU are AMAZING Amanda!
Is there anything you can’t do?
I mean truly!
LOVE the new design!
xo

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Cathy March 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

I love it all!

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Jen March 15, 2011 at 10:25 am

I love it too!!! I love your creativity and ideas! I just recently tried the biscuit beignets and made a camera strap! Love, Love, Love!

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Claudia March 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

i love this site and the new update! great job!

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Tara Lee Conklin March 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

Love the design Amanda. By the way, I forgot – what site do you use to host your website?

I am building my new blog ground up and getting great help and ideas from you. Thanks for the tutorials!

TLC
Tampa

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Amanda March 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I have mine through Dreamhost.com. I think you get a discount if you use the code kevinandamanda. Or just tell them kevinandamanda@gmail.com referred ya! :)

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Bev March 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

Like the changes that you made. Decided to check out Gravatar.com and signed up. Love your site and will keep visiting : D

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Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic March 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

I love it – so clean and pretty! The colors make me long for spring to get it’s butt in gear around here in Alabama. Oddly it also reminds me of the Miami Dolphins which is meant as a compliment because I’ve always loved their colors!!! Well done guys!

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Shirley Larsen March 15, 2011 at 10:46 am

I LOVE IT!!

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Gillian March 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

Very Nice :-) clean & crisp & fresh. I do so love reading all your posts & camera info. Keep up the great work

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Sandy_in_MD March 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

Love the new design – simple but elegant!

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Donese Scott March 15, 2011 at 11:04 am

Love the new design. I’m also really excited about the camera setting features.

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Christy D March 15, 2011 at 11:06 am

I liked the old design too but I love the new design!! So pretty!!

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Deidre March 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

love the new design! looks wonderful!

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Briana March 15, 2011 at 11:09 am

Love the new design! It looks wonderful!! I especially like the photo details (your post on lighting has helped me so much; I have just started taking pics!) Thank you!! :)

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Andreea March 15, 2011 at 11:16 am

Love the design, very sleek and classy, but still very much kevinandamanda!!

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Andreea March 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

Sorry one more thing. I like that the content section is wider now, your pictures deserve it!

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Susie March 15, 2011 at 11:23 am

Some of my favorite things are that you make it so easy to leave a comment (hard to miss!) and the RECENTLY on Kevin & Amanda. I can see at a glance what I might have missed. Thanks Amanda, your blog is such fun!

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Angie March 15, 2011 at 11:31 am

Your new design improvements are so nice! I love it all!

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Amy @DYKTMP? March 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

Very sharp Amanda. That twitter link is super clever. I also really appreciate the camera settings. I’ve been using them to improve my own photography.

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Ron Watson March 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

Hi Amanda.I truly love your website and I’m mostly in it for the recipes.I do most of the shopping and cooking at our house so I’m always looking for new things to try and some of your ideas are really making mealtime interesting.Thank you so much for sharing your life with others.Like me…
PS I enjoy the photos too.Great looking family!

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Kristin Murdock March 15, 2011 at 11:46 am

LOVE it! Totally inspiring as I jot out ideas for any changes I want to make. Gracias! :)

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Southern Gal March 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I wish I had half your talent, lady. It’s beautiful and efficient. Love it.

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juls March 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm

nice new look!

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Danis March 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Love the new website! Looks great! Makes everything easy to find!

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Kelly Caster March 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I think the new look it great. Very clean and simple. I also like the colors your using and the font. My husband collects typewriters and the font looks a lot like typewriter font. I think the camera settings idea is great. You take a lot of great pictures. Do you do much editing after you shoot?

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Kim March 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I absolutely love it!! So simple and chic!

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Teri March 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I really liked the old style but new is good, just have to get use to it. It seems like you have gone in different directions since I first found your site. More travel and food, I liked the scrapbooking part, but now you take me places that I will never get to go, just which I could reach in and get the food!!!
Thank you for your time in making a great site!

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val March 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Love the new look. Loveyourblogloveyourblogloveyourblog! Thanks for the fonts, the recipes, the photography helps, the chance to follow along on your trips and ALL the rest. This is one of my VERY favorite spots to visit. I love your creative energy and I always get a boost when I stop by!

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Valerie Oneal March 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Love the new look!

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sparrowchild March 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

i LOVE your new design! it looks awesome. and what great freatures! your site is so user friendly. that’s why i like it some much. :)

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Jamie March 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hi Amanda! I just LOVE your blog! Thank you so much for sharing all of the fantastic things you share! I just wanted you to know that I’ve been hemming and hawing about starting a blog for quite some time now…well, thanks to your FABULOUS tutorials, I did it! I started a blog! Not only that, I think it’s really cute too!!! Just wanted to let you know and thanks for ALL your tips and tricks!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Amanda your site looks amazing!!

About 3 mos ago I transition from Blogger to Self Hosted Wordpress and had an entire site migration and makeover. Gray hair much? :)

So i KNOW the work you put into this bad boy and your site is looking great!!!

Thanks for the email/camera picture info yesterday. You’re a sweetheart :)

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Brook Fretheim March 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I love the new look. Crisp, clean and just lovely!:)

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Candace March 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

love the update!

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creole wisdom March 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I noticed your changes yesterday, they look great :)

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Amy March 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Love the new look!!! And excited to see you moved to Wordpress!! Would love any tips and tricks you have for using Wordpress and the Thesis theme. Love your blog!!

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bECKY CLEGG March 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Great job! the new features are amazing!

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Sey March 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I love the color combinations. and the comment bubbles are great. OMG wish I could have a blog as cute as this one.

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the wanna be country girl March 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I love the design! I’m jealous. I can’t wait to do mine. I love to stop by here everyday. You have the best ideas.
thanks!
the wanna be country girl – Caroline

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Sharie T March 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I am commenting just to see if my Gravatar worked….
PS – During Spring Break I plan on taking lots of pictures!! I will be reviewing your site a lot this week :)

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nicole March 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

i love the new format!! you are so creative and talented with coming up with coordinating themes.

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Nicole March 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I do love it. So organized and neat. And cute! definitely cute!

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Kair March 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thanks for answering my question! Your blog is definitely my favorite – you do a WONDERFUL job – and the new design is so purdy! :)

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Elizabeth March 16, 2011 at 12:03 am

As always- Beautiful!

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Niki March 16, 2011 at 12:34 am

love the new design!

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Ashley March 16, 2011 at 1:01 am

Love the new design, and pretty much everything about your site. =]

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Laeti March 16, 2011 at 1:19 am

I LOVE IT !
Lovely design, very clear !
Great job !
Thanks

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Leah March 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

I love tour website. Not only is it a visual feast, but there’s so much helpful stuff.

I have to ask though – how DO you find the time to be so awesome?! :>

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Leah March 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

your*

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Cindy March 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love the update – your blog is definitely at the top of my list of “must reads”!

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The Mrs. (Success Along the Weigh) March 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

Love all of the changes! (Especially the camera settings since I want to improve my camera skills and bought the book you suggested in your Amazon store!)

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Karina D. March 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

I love, love the new design!!

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amanda March 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

It looks fantastic, Amanda! Great job!

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Melanie March 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I love being able to see your replies easier. I was usually already putting in ctrl+f and amanda to see if anyone had already asked you questions I wanted to ask, which they usually do! This makes it so much easier!

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Bernice March 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

Amanda! Your blog is like design heaven. I could sit here and click around all day. Love it!

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Mae March 20, 2011 at 10:19 am

Hey Amanda! I’m from the Philippines and I just want to say that your blog’s really nice! When I first visited your blog, I just completely fell in love with it. The fonts, recipes…Everything! Keep up the good work! God bless you and Kevin! :)

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Synz March 29, 2011 at 4:51 am

Hi Amanda!
Your new design is really great. Since I stumble upon your site, it became my no.1 favorite. I always check my google reader everyday for your new post. I really learned a lot from your site. Keep posting! :)

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Pallavi July 25, 2011 at 6:00 am

Is there anyway that I can get the backgrounds that you used in your previous blog designs!>

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lyy July 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I love blog but hate the comment form. I love yours and how it highlights your replies and how you are able to reply back to each individual comment. Can you help me with that?

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Kate February 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

Ok, so I am trying to modify the css to change the look of my Intense Debate comment area, but it’s not really getting the look I want. Any chance you’d walk me through what I need to do {in dummy-speak} or could point me to a blog that cold help me?

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Kate February 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

Sigh. Meant *could

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