Welcome to the New Design!

Stomping Ground: a favorite or habitual resort; also : familiar territory (Merriam Webster)

I thought so long and hard about a new name for this blog. I'm "melanieathomp" everywhere else on the web, so I wanted my blog address to be the same. I then realized I loved the quick shortening I did to my name to avoid the "melanieathompson" length. When the idea S{Thomp}ing Ground came into my head I knew it was perfect. I want this place to be my stomping ground.

When every thing else is changing and our home location is uncertain, this place will still be here for me to share my thoughts and feelings. My own little stomping ground that I hope might be yours too. 

In the past "Smiley Melly" went through a few changes...

This is by far the most drastic though since I've completely dropped the name. As I said, too much confusion with "Smelly Melly," and to be honest I don't really think it represents this blog well anymore.

There are still some tweaks I need to work out, as well as some major updates to the pages, but I just couldn't wait any longer to change the main page. Let me know if you see any issues and I will try to work on them right away. As I make those updates to the pages I will keep you in the loop so you can see them!

So, here it is, what do you think? I can't wait to hear your thoughts!



  1. Melanie it's beautiful! You did a great job! :)

  2. Love the new name and design! It IS perfect. Don't you just love it when things work out so well!

    1. Thank you so much! I really do love when it works out so well! =)

  3. It is so wonderful and pretty - very you!
    Can I be the first person with a request....your titles on posts seem smaller, hard to scroll down and quickly catch the titles/see where one ends/begins....maybe it's just me?!

    1. Thanks Alli! Love the feedback! Check tomorrow AM and see if it looks better! Making some changes now. =) xo

  4. Love it Melanie, looks wonderful. Congratulations on a great Blog design.

  5. TashaGosselinMarch 22, 2012

    Hey Mel!
    I love the new page!! Very cool name, and so appropriate for this blog! You're so smart! :)


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