WELCOME! (Winners Announced!)

By | November 19, 2012

Update: Winners Announced (AGAIN!)

Well, after posting here and emailing the winners with no response, here are the new winners for the giveaway! Congratulations! If you didn’t win, don’t worry, there will be more chances in the future for different prizes! And if you did win but didn’t email me back, good luck next time, there’s a chance you’ll win again, right?

The grand prize of the teapot goes to #1 jenneeferlynn!







And the cookie spatula goes to Laura, comment number 9.







Please send me an email with your address to melissa(at)lovinghere.com and I’ll get them mailed out to you asap! (If I don’t hear from you in another week, I may save these prizes for another giveaway…or keep them for myself!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Loving Here! I’m so excited to share stories of how we’re making this new house into our very own HOME SWEET HOME.

Right now, it’s just me (Melissa) posting, but hopefully I’ll talk Hubs into writing a few posts of his own every now and then. Feel free to join me in encouraging him to do so!

I hope you enjoy our new look. We spent DAYS and WEEKS agonizing over Photoshop (we’re not designers!) and taking photos and customizing our CSS to make it look like this. It’s not as fancy as I’d originally planned and I still have big plans for how I want it to look and feel in the future, but it’s a good start! Please be patient with us as we keep making updates and changes. I’m really hoping we won’t have any major technical issues, but we might.

Feel free to look around and check back often. Since this is a work in progress, we’ll be adding new pages and posts as fast as we can. I can’t wait to share all the ides in my head with you guys!

For now, here’s a hint. I imported most of the posts from The Newlywed Wife, but I’ve updated some of them. Make sure to check out all the pages on the menu at the top of the page. Even some of the “old” posts have been updated and added on to. Plus, make sure to check out our home tour page for pictures of the house! (I know some of you have been waiting for those!)

If you’re new to Hubs and I, THANK YOU for thinking we’re interesting enough to read about! And if you have been reading for awhile, I’d LOVE if you would share our new site with friends and have them join in the awesomely, fun time we have together.

You have an awesome, fun time with me, right?


(If no, please don’t answer that!)

Sadly, to those of you that were kind enough to follow The Newlywed Wife, it will be going away. I’ll probably leave the site up for awhile, but I won’t be posting anymore. I just can’t commit to updating more than one blog at a time!

But, I promise I’ll do everything I can to make sure you have just as much fun here! Go ahead and subscribe by email if you want so you won’t miss a future post.

Again, thank you so much for stopping by and checking out the new site!

Now, for this first post, let’s play a game.

It’ll be fun I promise! And there’s something in it for you, as well!

Please leave a comment and introduce yourself. I’d love to know if you came over from the “old” blog, The Newlywed Wife, or if you found us somewhere else!

Then, because it’s getting colder outside, and because I have a soft spot for hot tea in the morning and hot cocoa at night, and because I want to share those loves with you, and because I love that you guys came here to celebrate this blog’s grand opening, I’m giving away a beautiful shiny new tea kettle!

Everyone who leaves a comment on this post will be entered into a giveaway to win this Oxo Pick Me Up tea kettle!

I have one that’s similar that I like a lot, but this one is just so nice and new! Trust me, you want it. Hubs had to convince me 2 times not to keep this one for myself…after I specifically picked it out to give to you! No, it’s not a KitchenAid Mixer like Ree gives away all the time over on The Pioneer Woman, but it’s pretty exciting for the first thing I’ve ever had the pleasure to give away, at least I think so anyway.

Also, I’ll be giving away one of these adorable cookie spatulas, just in time for making Christmas cookies as a fun little second prize. So, you have 2 chances to win something!

In case you missed it, here’s the rules:

You have exactly 1 week to leave a comment, tell all your friends to leave a comment, and then wait anxiously for me to pick a winner (at random of course!) and announce it next week. You don’t have to follow by email but it would be awesome if you did!

All entries must be in by Monday morning at 10:00am. Then I’ll pick a number (based on the number of comments) and update this post with the lucky winners! Oh, and only one comment per person please. It’ll only count as one entry no matter how many you leave and you’ll just make my job easier.

Feel free to comment on any of the other posts and pages, though, as many times as you’d like!

That’s it, easy as that. So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment! And good luck!

(And thanks again for reading!)

And also, just so you know. This entry is not sponsored by Oxo. They have no idea I’m giving this away to you guys, in case you were to go to them and try to ask about it, which you wouldn’t. I’m just mentioning it in case you were wondering.

58 thoughts on “WELCOME! (Winners Announced!)

  1. jenneeferlynn

    I’m Jenn and I live in the Chicago-area! I have been following the Newlywed Wife for some time now and am looking forward to keeping up with you through this blog! 🙂

    1. Melissashipman Post author

      Thank you! Can’t wait to have more evenings with friends over to enjoy it with us!

  2. Val

    I love the new blog! I’m Val and I blog over at KnotTiedDown.com. It’s also a not-so-newlywed/married life blog 🙂 I’ve stopped in here and there on your old blog, but I’m looking forward to following this new one now!

  3. Sarah Balding

    I’m Sarah, and I have my own blog called Sarah’s Brand New Chapter: http://www.sarahsbrandnewchapter.wordpress.com.

    I was looking for fellow newlyweds who blogged and found The Newlywed Wife and strange but comforting similarities between me and Melissa. I love the new blog already and am looking forward to the new posts. 🙂

  4. Whitney M

    I’m Whitney. I blog over at The Married Me. I followed you over here from the “old” blog. I am super excited to see what you post on here!

  5. Laura

    I’m Laura, I’ve followed you on the old blog for a while now, and I love reading your posts, having been married just over a year I can totally understand a lot of your posts! Love the layout of the new blog, and the house is adorable!

    1. Melissa Post author

      Great! I’m so glad you came over to the new site! And thanks for thinking our house is cute! It’s a work in progress!

      1. Laura

        Yippee, I won with the second drawing! I sent you an email earlier this week with my address, hope it came through ok!! 😉

  6. Mary

    Hi, I followed your previous blog. 🙂 Love hearing updates on your life. My hubby and I are “past newlyweds” (married 2 1/2 years). Excited to look at pics of your house and search your new blog! 🙂 Feel free to check out my blog at marykaisand.blogspot.com

    Happy Thanksgiving early!

  7. Donita

    Love the new Blog! I read every one of the old blogs and I look forward to reading here too. I think that Hubs needs to put in his 2 cents worth too! I love you both.

  8. Katie Moore

    It’s Katie from CMU. I read your old blog, and am loving your new blog! I love seeing the progress you have made with your home, and you are motivating me to what to do some diy projects for my apartment.

  9. Rachel Keim

    Melissa! Love the look of the new blog! Excited to explore all your pages! Hope all is well 🙂

  10. Jerry

    This is extremely cool. New stuff is always exciting, especially when it’s your own. Maybe it’s just me, but “here’s the rules?” Hmmm.

    1. Melissa Post author

      Duly noted. I’ll do my best to avoid my most-common-mistake (darn conversational shortcuts!) in the future. Thanks for commenting!

  11. meredithelisemt

    I love your new blog!! 😀 Congrats on all the work you’ve put into getting the new house and new blog up and running! I’m excited to read all your future posts! Love you both!

    1. Melissa Post author

      Thanks! If nothing else, the blog is awesome at helping us stay in touch with friends, like you! 🙂

  12. John

    Proud of the finished product and how you mean what you say and do what you say you will do. I must say taking this to the next level may require a wise word from your silent partner.

  13. Lensie

    I’m Lensie. I read your blog on newlywed wife, too! You are a good writer and make things interesting (and funny). Excited to read more about your and Wyatt’s adventures!

  14. Dave Shipman

    Personally a home is not complete until a deer head adorns the family room. I can hardly wait to hear how you and Wyatt acquire that.

  15. Jillian

    First post on the new blog and you’re already giving away free stuff?!
    Also, I’m waiting for the deer head too. HA! 🙂

  16. Caroline Showalter

    Love the new blog, but the old one was one I will always think about. You two starting on your journey. Love ya’

    1. Melissa Post author

      Thanks! I know the old one was special, so that’s why I decided to go ahead and import those posts over here so I’d still have them. Glad you left a comment!

  17. 4elizabeth

    Hey – it’s me, your best bud, excited that your new blog is up and jealous that it is so cute – but inspired to work more on my own, someday when I have time to do other things than grade – and, I love the yellow because it seems happy and fun, like you! Have fun during your first giveaway, too! Don’t you feel like a professional blogger now? 🙂

    1. Melissa Post author

      Sorta! But not as much as I would if I was giving away a kitchen aid! Thanks for commenting! Excited to see you soon!

  18. Lensie

    Excited to keep reason your blog. I kept up with you on your newlywed blog and it was always a good read. 🙂

  19. Rebecca Houghton

    Hi! I’m Rebecca Houghton from the Oklahoma area. I followed the newlywed wife for awhile, and followed from there to here! I don’t currently blog, but I’m working on that one. I’ve been married for about 6 months, and also have a house under construction. So I relate to a lot of things you post!

  20. Joy

    Hi Melissa, I love your new blog, I’m so glad Wyatt told me about it. I hope he does do some writing here too!

  21. Lauren

    Hi, I am Lauren Maniez from KC. Wyatt introduced me to your site and I love it!


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