Monday, March 24, 2014

A New Beginning...

A new beginning...

Hello, I’m Melissa, founder and voice behind the shopping & lifestyle blog, All Things Simplified. As many of you already know, my husband and I recently fulfilled a longtime dream of moving our family from Central Florida to the Northwest Rocky Mountains of Montana. We did this in an attempt to simplify our lives in every aspect, to change the way we go about each day, to live life at a slower pace, and spend more time experiencing the great outdoors with our sons. This blog is a place to share that journey and my personal quest for all things simplified...lovely clothes, beautiful wardrobes, smart budgets and shopping, life adventures and experiences, daily domestics, and much more.

My new life in the mountains has been an exciting experience so far, and one that I look forward to sharing with you! I will of course continue to post information on the latest sales (including the J.Crew & Madewell promo-priced items & markdowns), but also plan to include posts on various other topics, including personal style, cooking, homemaking, and much more.

I'm really glad you're here, and hope you'll take some time to look around my new space. I've put the kettle on, and there's crumb cake fresh out of the oven, so pull up a chair and stay awhile! Want to learn a bit more about me? Have a look at my About page. Looking for some new recipe ideas? Check out my Recipes page...lots of goodies to be found there! On the new blog you will also find some of my favorite shopping sites, beauty products, wishlist items and more. :)

If you have a question, something you want me to share, or simply just want to say hi, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at allthingssimplified.me@gmail.com. Thank you so much again for stopping by!


40 comments:

  1. OMG! I love it. I love that I get to see your gorgeous face!! You were always so mysterious as FFM. LOL. Your boys are so sweet. Good luck on your new adventures. I love your blog!!

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  2. Congrats on your move and new blog, Melissa. It's going to take some getting used to... both not calling you FFM, and seeing sweaters here! The cashmere hoodie post caught me off guard. : )

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    1. Thank you silver_lining! I think it's going to take me some time to get used to, too. I've gone by FFM for almost 6 years...hard to believe sometimes. As for the sweaters, I have worn one every day for the last month, and have been loving it! Such a change from Florida where I hardly got to wear one at all!

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  3. Congrats! It is going to be *really* hard to call you something other than FFM, lol. Love the look, though, and I look forward to your adventures!

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    1. Thanks Dina! Hopefully the name change will get easier as time goes on. It seems a bit strange to me to be using my 'real name', but I decided it's time to finally do it. :)

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  4. I love the new blog and the philosophy behind it! Melissa I just know you're going to be offering beautiful inspiration here and I am really looking forward to it!

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  5. So excited for you Melissa! I went to college in Colorado and loved it, how exciting that you're calling it home now!!! And I will of course be following along as your blog expands. Best wishes and much love.

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    1. Thank you roxy! Lucky you going to college in Colorado...it is such a beautiful state! I am actually further northwest in Montana, and it is absolutely gorgeous here, as well! :)

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  6. Yay!!! So happy to hear more from you and excited for what's to come. A new adventure...

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  7. Congratulations! I am so excited for you and your family - I love the Rockies! Looking forward to your upcoming posts!

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    1. Thank you Louise! It has really been an exciting new adventure for all of us. The boys love it here just as much as my husband and I do. It's really a great place to raise kids, especially boys. :)

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  8. It will be wonderful to learn about your new life as you start an amazing chapter. I will be sure to follow. Best wishes to you and your lovely family.

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    1. Thank you Teacups! I'm really glad you're here! :)

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  9. Congrats Melissa! I admire you for living your dream.
    Good luck with starting your new life!!! I cant wait to read your posts.......

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    1. Thanks Ina! It has really been such a wonderful experience so far. I have always wanted to live out this way, and now we are finally here. It really is a dream come true! :)

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  10. Best wishes and looking forward to seeing your new format and topics!

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    1. Thank you so much, Hexicon! I don't think we are too far from each other now. Perhaps we can plan a day to meet up somewhere for lunch and a bit of shopping. :)

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  11. yay! Just beautiful Melissa! I love the new site and you look so darn happy it makes my heart sing, too! So happy for you!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I am very happy...I just absolutely love it here! :)

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  12. Congratulations! Can't wait to see what you'll do next, but I know you'll do it with grace and style!

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  13. Sounds exciting!! Looking forward to your new blogging direction!

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    1. Thanks cate! Yes, it's been very exciting for the entire family...many new adventures to come for us, too. :)

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  14. Melissa, congrats! Love the new look of the blog, the new name and the scope! It's good to have you back - I've missed you. Beautiful family! xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much maqsad! It's really nice to know that I was missed, and I'm glad you love the new blog! :)

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  15. I've been waiting for this for a long time :)

    The new blog name and set up is fabulous. Elegant and classy, just like you. I'm looking forward to clicking in every morning.

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    1. Thank you Desert Flower! This WAS a long time coming, wasn't it? I'm really pleased to hear that you like the new name and setup. :) So glad that I was able to finally get the changes made and the new blog up and running, too.

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  16. Congratulations, Sweet Melissa. I am so excited for this new start. I am going to explore the blog...can't wait to see more.

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    1. Thank you so much Julie! I hope you like all the new features...more posts to come soon, too! :)

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  17. How lovely, what an incredible change, I am so excited to read more about your new adventure and complete change of lifestyle.

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    1. Thank you Tabitha! The change really has been incredible, and one that we are so happy to have finally made! I really feel more at home here than I ever did in Florida. This lifestyle is definitely more 'me'. :)

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  18. Wow..that's quite a move!! Congrats to you and your family. I've been following your blog for so long that it is actually the first site in my 'favorites' list on my old laptop...at least 4-5 years, but obviously I haven't been reading closely enough because I had no idea what ATS was in my bloglovin feed when I logged on, lol. I enjoyed FFM, and am looking forward to this new change.

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    1. Thank you so much cmfashion! Yes, it was quite an undertaking to move our family of 6 all the way out here, but it has been well worth it.

      At times it's hard to believe I've been blogging as long as I have. Time sure does fly by so quickly! I appreciate you continuing to follow me for all this time, and I hope you will enjoy all the blog changes. :)

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  19. Hello everyone! Blogger seems to be having trouble with my feed, so I wanted to let you know that I have a new post up...A Small Snippet of Daily Life...hope you enjoy it!

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  20. Hi Melissa, I just saw this post. I am so happy for you and your family! Florida is crazy... so many people and so much traffic. I love to visit, but can't imagine living there. I am glad you are settling in to life in MT. My fiance and I will be moving to the Denver area soon... really looking forward to life out west! And to reading your new blog :)

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    1. Thank you so much, J.CrewJD! We really are loving our new life in Montana, and wake up everyday feeling very blessed to have finally made it out here. :)

      Congratulations on your future move! I know you are going to love life in the Rockies, and I hope you will keep me posted on your new adventure, too! :)

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