Pursuing a Life Full of Awesome

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After almost 5 years of blogging at Mommy Words, it was time to say goodbye.  Farewells are hard, but change is good.  When you are stuck in a rut, sometimes big changes can propel you out of that rut and back into awesomeland.  For more than a year, I tried to make my ideas work with Mommy Words, but I looked at piles of mind maps and planned posts and editorial calendars and I knew I wanted something different.  My content was not focused on motherhood on a daily basis, so the name stopped working for me.

As I considered my options I decided to make the biggest jump there is in blogging.  I changed my entire domain name and all that goes with it.

Welcome to That’s Vandy

What you see here is a lifestyle site.  There are many things that make life incredible. One of which will now include being able to easily write about all the things I love!

That’s Vandy is about appreciating what we have in life as well as encouraging positive change in our lives and the world around us.  We can make a difference.

It is about celebrating whenever we can. We love to have people over and socialize and you can look forward to many ideas for easy get togethers as well as creative ideas for parties and decor.

It is about taking chances, exploring the world around us and learning some new skills.

It is about beauty.  Not perfection.  Taking pride in our own appearance and feeling good in your home are important.  It is not about vanity but about individuality, creativity, confidence, love and comfort.  Yes, there will be a style section coming soon!

It is also about my life as a woman, a wife, a mother and a friend.  Relationships are what really make life awesome.  I will never stop sharing my life and the amazing lessons I learn from my kids or the funny stories or my heart as a woman and a mother.

You may know I love me some DIY.  On our journey to awesomeland, I will share lots of tips and tutorials that will teach you to do some things yourself.  I craft.  I build furniture. I am not afraid of a project and I am living proof that you can learn how to do almost anything right here on the good ol’ www.  Currently, I am learning how to sew. I never feel better than when I learn something, complete it and know that I am awesome for doing at and saving a pile of cash at the same time!

What You Can Expect

All of the above and…

First, this site is not done.  Changing everything took a lot of work, and until it was all here, I couldn’t picture it as a whole.  I will be tweaking the design and organization for the next few months to make it as easy for you to find what you are looking for and to make what you see be a reflection of my vision for That’s Vandy.  Forgive me if there are times when things don’t look just right.  I am probably knee deep in some design or code mess at that moment and you are seeing the changes. I have added a category for blogging, where I will share what I learn and what I know about design, technology, tools and business.

One of the hardest thing about leaving a blog behind is the fear that you will leave your readers as well.  Add that to the ongoing nightmare with Google and Feedburner and I’ve been shaking in my boots!  I have signed up for Feedblitz and would love if you would resubscribe via RSS or email! I will be adding separate feeds for those of you who are interested in one topic over another, but you can also subscribe to the weekly Awesome newsletter and get a roundup with a big hello from me.  There will be some cool bonuses for subscribers so go ahead and sign up!

You can expect that I will respond to your questions and comments.  I want to build a community and participate in it.  I want to hear about you and your journey or your questions and I want to get to know you.

If you meet me you can probably expect a hug.  I’m a hugger.

What You Can do to Help

After we all have a moment of silence for Mommy Words, of course.  I told you where you can subscribe, but in all other ways but Facebook I am still Brittany Vandy!  You can also spread the word and share posts you like or just the new site!

Yep, That’s Vandy is on the Facebook.

Let’s Pin the Awesome.  I’m BrittanyVandy on Pinterest.

Let’s Instagram the beauty and the smiles and the style and those kids! I’m BrittanyVandy on Instagram

Go ahead, circle me baby.  I’m on Google+ too.

I will let you know when I begin the videos and then I will be sharing them on YouTube.  Not just yet though!

Thank you so much for your support over the years.  Now it is time to get our awesome on!

I'm Brittany. I believe that simple is best and that smiling can make or break a day. I love being a woman, a wife and a mother. I like to make pretty things and making things with big tools. I am a huge fan of good design. I love to travel. Hugs make me happy. I share my life, experiences, tips and tutorials in the hope that this community can find a whole lot of awesome together.

23 comments… add one

  • March 28, 2013 Alison

    I love your new space here, Brittany, it’s so pretty, stylish, cool and so very you. I am looking forward to being on this new journey with you, and I’m already stalking you everywhere :)
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  • March 28, 2013 Arnebya

    It’s gorgeous here, Brittany. So open and bright. I love all that you want to do and share and am excited to come along.
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    • March 28, 2013 Brittany

      Thank you! This has been quite a journey and I will miss Mommy Words in some ways but this is a new challenge and one I am more than ready to tackle! I can’t wait to share the journey with you!
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  • Just like you it is pretty and sassy, fun and of course, awesome! So glad you got this going, you have talked about it f.o.r.e.v.e.r. and ooops, there it is!
    And I love hugging you, in a non skanky girl crush kinda way xxxx
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  • March 28, 2013 Corine

    Congrats on the rebranding and new site!! Looks amazing! I can’t wait to see what you have in store :-)

  • March 28, 2013 Theta Mom

    How awesome mama!! You found a space that truly fits you & I couldn’t be more happy for you. But, Mommy Words will forever live in my heart. You were my VERY 1st follower in this crazy blogiverse, so the Mommy Words blog will always be special to me.

    Here’s to a wonderful, exciting new chapter for you – nothing but love & success for you Brittany.


  • The new site is beautiful and colorful, and I love your new profile pic! I can’t wait to hear more about this plan for awesomeness. :)

    • March 28, 2013 Brittany

      Hee hee I have not had bangs for two years and I still need to hop over to gravatar and change that! This move has made me really realize how far and wide my mug shot and my words are spread! Thank you!
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  • March 28, 2013 Carol

    SO PRETTY! I love it and am so happy for you : ) Excited to read more!
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    • March 28, 2013 Brittany

      Thank you Carol. I have always loved your site and I started realizing I had hundreds of travel posts that I had nowhere to put! I decided it was best for me not to start a billion sites so it will take a lot of code work but that travel section will soon look like its own little travel blog. You have been an inspiration to me so mwah!!!
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  • March 28, 2013 Loukia

    Yay Brit! Looks gorgeous. :)

  • March 28, 2013 Fadra

    Now I want to redo my blog. Yours is pretty. I need pretty.
    Fadra recently posted… How BlissDom Found My Happy PlaceMy Profile

    • March 28, 2013 Brittany

      Come to think of it I re-do blogs. I love it. I still am building my portfolio site because I keep getting gigs to do first. So, just let me know if you ever want to chat about this! And you have pretty because you are pretty my friend. Hot.
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  • March 28, 2013 Anne (

    Love it! Signed up for email from your site!
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    • March 28, 2013 Brittany

      You totally rock! Thanks!!! I’ll try to make it good and keep it regular. Gosh, that sounded odd, like something an older person might need to do :)
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  • March 28, 2013 Jennifer

    Love the new look, and I’m super excited for you. I think this is going to be just want you wanted!
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  • March 31, 2013 Robin

    So exciting to have a fresh start in a new place that you can make into whatever you want it to be!
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  • April 25, 2013 Alma

    Wow love your new space here! The design so pretty and clean !
    Great job ;) I’m inspired to make some changes too.
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