Our New Look

by Susan

Yes, we got a makeover!

What do you think of our new look?

We’re really excited to finally have a new design here at “5 Minutes for Mom”. For quite a while now, we’ve been meaning to change our dear blog’s look and feel, but we’ve been so busy running the site, we didn’t have time to change its clothes.

So… finally we decided to just go for it.

There are so many fantastic blog designers available these days, and when we asked for your referrals, we had so many to choose from that it was hard to decide.

Finally we selected a work-at-home mom named Avie whose company is called Fritzer Designs.

Fritzer Designs

And we can definitely tell you that Avie is the most patient woman in the entire world!!!

Avie and her DaughterWorking with us on a design is no easy task. We are terribly picky and we never really know what we want. But Avie was such a joy to work with and she persevered through all our requests to try this and that.

She’s also created for us a set of new buttons that you can choose from if you want to change the button you use to link to us. (You don’t have to switch to the new button from the old… it’s just an option.)

And if you have a store or website listed with us where we’ve given you an award, we have a new set of award images that you can choose from. (For the award images, please contact us. Also, please note that we don’t give out awards to personal blogs, just stores and websites.)

If you’d like to change the button that you currently have on your blog linking back to us, you can now use one of these.

Just pick a button and copy the code below it.

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Thanks again to Avie for her great work and undying patience!

We are thrilled with the Avie’s work and we whole heartedly recommend Fritzer Designs for your next design project.

Email Author    |    Website About Susan

Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Grace July 16, 2007 at 3:53 pm

I’m not a mom, but I still find your site useful! I love the new design!!


2 dana July 16, 2007 at 3:55 pm

I love it! It looks fabulous!


3 The Pumkin Patch July 16, 2007 at 4:01 pm

I love it! Very girly!!!


4 Adventures In Babywearing July 16, 2007 at 4:02 pm

It’s wonderful! What a nice job! Changing your button right now on my blog! They are so cute- which one to pick!?



5 Barbara H. July 16, 2007 at 4:03 pm

Looks great!


6 Melissa R. Garrett July 16, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Yes! I love it! It’s a lot cleaner looking :-)


7 Melissa July 16, 2007 at 4:10 pm

I love the new buttons and the new site!


8 Crissybug July 16, 2007 at 4:13 pm

The new ‘look’ is awesome. I was wondering what the settings are for your margins…or whatever they are called. When I pull up your site on my computer all the buttons and links on the left sidebar are all the way at the bottom. I probably need to have a widescreen monitor or something. Other than thati it is fabulous!


9 Cole's Mama July 16, 2007 at 4:14 pm

I love it! The layout is easy to navigate and the design is fun!


10 Crissybug July 16, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Funny…I just pulled it up on Firefox, and it looks fine. It must be the way it is viewed on Internet Explorer. I am not tech savvy enough to figure it out.


11 Jenna July 16, 2007 at 4:28 pm

I greatly prefer this design! By far! And I’ll update to the new brown and pink button when I get a chance! :) Good makeover!


12 Mama Duck July 16, 2007 at 4:36 pm

Looks great!! We’re working on our own redesign as well right now, agh.


13 chickadee July 16, 2007 at 4:45 pm

it looks wonderful! love the new banner.


14 kailani July 16, 2007 at 4:46 pm

LOVE IT! Pink and brown is so in right now.


15 Jennifer Lavender July 16, 2007 at 4:49 pm

I love it! What a fun new look.


16 Kara July 16, 2007 at 5:01 pm

I really like it!


17 christieo July 16, 2007 at 5:08 pm

I love it! it’s actually similar to the one i had in my head for my own site but since i was designing it myself, i didn’t have too much to choose from. very cutesy!!!


18 Susan July 16, 2007 at 5:21 pm

Thanks everyone for all your comments and feedback.

We’re so happy you like the new design!

Crissybug, that’s frustating that the sidebars aren’t showing on your IE. Are you on a Mac?

Is it displaying properly for everyone else?



19 tanyetta July 16, 2007 at 7:17 pm

I have a Mac and the site shows up PERFECTLY! LOVE it!!!!!!

p.s. I’m using Firefox! :)


20 Mikki July 16, 2007 at 7:57 pm

Looking Good!!!! Fancy, cute, warm colors… Very snazy!! LOVE IT!


21 Jennifer, Snapshot July 16, 2007 at 8:21 pm

It looks so great. Great job, Avie! I love the buttons, too. I think that the sidebar navigation is really great as well.


22 Jim Durbin July 16, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Very nice ladies. The site has much better usability now, and looks designed. It’s tough to make the choice, isn’t it? Our sites grow organically, and then we take that step to get them designed.

I heartily approve. Good job Avie.


23 My Quotidian Mysteries July 16, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Oh wow – it’s stunning! Totally darling! I’ll get my button up pronto!


24 Nell July 16, 2007 at 9:45 pm

Love the face lift. Your designer did a fabulous job on it. It has the same spirit as the last look, but as a new young fun feel! Good job all around.


25 jen July 16, 2007 at 9:54 pm

love the new look :)


26 @nnaliza July 16, 2007 at 10:10 pm

looks really really nice!! love it!


27 MommaBlogger July 16, 2007 at 10:39 pm

Wow, it’s a lot easier to find everything. I got too confused before, but now I can find it a lot easier. It really looks great!


28 Sarah July 16, 2007 at 11:14 pm

Love the new look! I had a little trouble focusing on the old site. This is so much easier on the eyes. :)


29 Katja from Skimbaco July 16, 2007 at 11:44 pm

Looks fabulous!


30 melissa l. July 17, 2007 at 3:43 am

i like the size of the font much better!


31 Avie the designer July 17, 2007 at 5:46 am

Hiya Gals
So glad you all like it! It was such a pleasure to work with Janice and Susan! They are two wonderful ladies doing a great service for MOMS all around! Enjoy the new look!
Avie :)


32 CPA Mom and Soccer Mom Angela July 17, 2007 at 8:04 am

Awesome new look! Way to go Avie. I put your buttons on both my sites. If you ever need any buttons for YOUR site, I can give you mine. Tehehehehehehehe.


33 Tirzah July 17, 2007 at 9:59 am

It looks really nice!!


34 melody is slurping life July 17, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Love, love the pink and brown. I have to get my new button for SL now. Looks great!


35 Susanne July 17, 2007 at 4:38 pm

Love it, girls! It looks great!


36 MorningSong July 17, 2007 at 6:50 pm

I love your blog make-over!! It is great!

You ladies sure have great taste!


37 Lundie July 17, 2007 at 9:18 pm

It looks awesome! ;)


38 Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry July 17, 2007 at 11:25 pm

Just gorgeous!


39 allhisblessings July 18, 2007 at 5:12 am

I love it!


40 Pam July 20, 2007 at 8:01 pm

I love it! I’ve already changed the button on my site to the new one. I love the flowers and the pink (my favorite color). It’s so fun!


41 Jenn July 23, 2007 at 4:01 pm

How fun! :)


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