1.16.2019

A Fond Farewell

The time has come.
It's been an amazing 10.5 years of blogging, but all good things must come to an end, right?
This is something I've been thinking about for months. 
When will it be time to say goodbye to blogging?
I have absolutely LOVED blogging. 
It has been such a fun & a creative outlet for me. 
I have loved sharing our lives with you, sharing recipes, printables, parties I've thrown and other day to day randomness with you.
When I started this blog in August of 2008 it was a way to keep our family updated about our lives.
It has changed and evolved the past 10.5 years in ways I never imagined.
I am so thankful for all the people I have met & friendships I have formed because of my blog.
It has given me amazing opportunities & for that I am thankful.

I want to thank you, my readers.
You are some of the most supportive women out there.
In the past 10.5 years I can count on one hand the negative comments I have gotten. You have all been so positive and supportive.
 I appreciate that SO much...thank you for keeping my little space on the internet a happy place :)

So why am I am saying goodbye?
There really isn't one main reason, I have LOVED this space on the internet.
But, my kids are getting older. The past few years you might have noticed that I haven't blogged that much about my kids & their lives to give them some privacy.

Our lives are busy and it's been harder finding the time to blog.
Maybe I will still pop on here every now & then with a new recipe or to share a new printable or share a party post, but for now it's time to say farewell.
Everything has a season and over 10 years of blogging is a long time :)
The time feels right to say goodbye.

I will still be on Instagram.
My handle is @mel_larson
My account is normally private, but I am setting it to public so you can follow along. 
You can follow it HERE

I will still be doing my 10 on 10, on the 10th of each month & posting them to Instagram.
Doing 10 on 10 has probably been one of my favorite blogging posts....it's been so fun to look back on over 10 years and see what we did on the 10th of each month...I just can't quit that :)
My January 10 on 10 is on Instagram last week.
You can follow the hashtag #LarsonLingo10on10
I encourage you to join my10 on 10 on Instagram and post a day in your life each 10th of the month.

I will also keep sharing parties I throw on IG under the hashtag #LarsonLingoParties
I have so many more recipes that I've written up but haven't posted on here, but don't worry...I will keep posting them on IG as well. You can find my recipes under the hashtag #LarsonLingoRecipes
I will post my weekly meal plans on IG stories each Sunday and hope to do more cooking  (especially with the Instant Pot on my Instagram stories) Stay tuned for that! 

You know I love reading, so will post all the books I am reading on IG under the hashtag #LarsonLingoReads
I'm still a consultant with Rodan + Fields and will still have specials each month that I will post on Instagram & Facebook, but if you ever have R+F questions or are interested in the products or joining my team, you can always send me an email:
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com

I will also keep my blog Facebook page active, you can click HERE if you haven't liked it already.

Don't worry...the blog will still be up so you can access any recipes, printables & everything I have on here.
 
It has been such a fun experience blogging these past 10+ years.
I have loved having this tiny piece of the internet.
Life isn't always easy and I wanted this blog to be a happy & positive place, but I also wanted to keep it real. 
My hope is that when you read my blog these past years you were encouraged, maybe got a recipe idea for your family or left with a smile on your face.
When I started this blog in August 2008,  Kate was just 18 months old & I was 8 months pregnant with Claire. My how our family has changed.
Thank YOU for being a part of our lives the past 10 years and watching all of us "grow up".
Thank you for taking time to read my blog, listen to my ramblings, try my recipes, or use my printables....I hope your time here has left you encouraged & inspired.
Thank you for your encouragement, thank you for your comments, thank you for supporting our family and following along the past decade.

From the bottom of my heart.... Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Signing off (for now) with lots of love.
XOXO, 
Mel

94 comments:

  1. OH Mel! I am devastated you have always been my favorite blogger! I am glad we are connected on IG and I can still follow along- and so glad you will keep your recipe page up as some of my fave recipes over the years have come from you- God Bless!

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    1. Thank you so much Holly! Thankful for Instagram. And, yes....keeping everything up so I myself can easily access the recipes :)

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  2. I was wondering if something was up because I kept checking for your 10 on 10. I hate to say I am so so sad because it's not about me. It's about you and your family, but I will miss this fun, safe, real space that I have loved for so many years. I will definitely check out Instagram. Thank you for the blog, the recipes (instant pot convert here), the realness, and the fun.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Carrie! Thank you for reading all these years. 10 on 10 will still be happening on IG :)

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  3. I am so sad to see you go, but totally understand why. I will definitely keep up with you on IG...now I just need to get on it more ;)!!!!! I absolutely LOVE your recipes & am so happy I will still be able to access them. Thank you for your awesome blog!!!!!

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  4. Ah! Mel! I'm going to miss you in internet land!! Your blog has always been such a bright spot in my feed. You have the sweetest heart, the most uplifting posts, an absolute precious family and are such a joy to read about. Sending you so much love as you close one chapter and open another!

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    1. Thank you Shay! So incredibly thankful our blogs caused us to meet! I've loved doing Pin-spired (in the old days) and What's Up Wednesday with you and Sheaffer. Xoxo.

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  5. Oh! I will miss your beautiful writing! Cheers to this next chapter!

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  6. I will miss your blog posts but will look for you on Instagram. We just made your light and fluffy pancakes for dinner on Wednesday! Thank you for ten years and best wishes in the future.

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    1. Thank you Sue! So glad you like my pancake recipe! Our favorite! :)

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  7. Your blog is one of my favorites so I am sad to see you go, but I do understand. I LOVE your recipes and the amount of detail you include in the pictures and instructions. Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I will keep doing recipes on Instagram! And maybe I will pop back on here every once in a while to post a recipe :)

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  8. I have loved following your blog for several years now! You have such a beautiful family, and your recipes are so yummy. Thank you for sharing with us all this time.

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  9. I have loved your blog for many years and will really miss your uplifting posts. Best wishes for the future!

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  10. I was wondering if you were headed that way since you posted your 10 on 10 on Instagram. Having a blog and even Instagram is harder with older kids (I am in mourning that my kids are getting older and there are no cute babies around anymore. Ha!)

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I know you understand. Thanks for reading all these years. Xoxo.

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  11. So sad to see you go! You are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing all these years :)

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  12. So sad to see you go! I have loved reading your blog. It’s one of my favorites. Totally understand your reasoning. Life is busy, but I will definitely miss reading about your cute family! I’ve gotten some good recipe ideas from you over the years as well. Hope you check back in from time to time!

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    1. Thank you for reading Julie and I'm so glad you like my recipes. :)

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  13. I am also sad to see you go. Just promise to keep posting on IG :)

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  14. Sooooooo very sad to see you go from the blog!!!, but totally understand. Thank you for all the time, effort, inspiration, creativity and generosity you have given here. Best of luck to you and your beautiful family! I will miss my very favorite blog space. It's such a treat to read and enjoy! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for the touching words Olga! Thank you for reading & looking forward to keeping in touch on IG :)

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  15. As a fellow Californian, I have so enjoyed your blog! But I am glad I get to still see you on IG! Best wishes to you and THANK YOU for always having such a fun blog!

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! Love that we get to keep in touch on IG :)

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  16. Oh Mel, I am so sad to see you go!! Your blog has always been one of my favorites, so I will most definitely miss your posts. I'm glad to hear that you'll still be active on IG. I'll be following along there for sure!

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  17. Mel I will miss your blog so much, but I completely understand. Blogging takes a lot of time. Looking forward to continuing to interact with you on Instagram!

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  18. I have really enjoyed following you the past few years, but I totally understand your decision. I wish you and your family much happiness.

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  19. I'm going miss your blog! I've really enjoyed reading it but also going to continue to enjoy IG :) All the best :)

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  20. You will be so, so missed - but I look forward to keeping up with you on IG!

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  21. I came across your blog YEARS ago and have loved reading it. I'm so sad to see you leaving the blogging community!

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    1. Thank you Molly. I'm sad also, but feel the time is right. Bittersweet for sure.

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  22. I love your blog! I especially love your recipes! Enjoy your next chapter!

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    1. Thank you Sara! I will keep posting new recipes on Instagram!

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  23. I'll miss reading your posts, especially your recipes. I was just checking your blog for the Chicken Fajitas recipe to make this week. I hope you're super proud for keeping it up for over 10 years! What an accomplishment!

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  24. So sorry to read this today! Really got a lot of enjoyment out of your blog and will miss it in my inbox. Your recipes, parties, and slices of life were a pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing it all!

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  25. Awe! I will miss your blog so much! Though I totally understand that times are changing and the blog world is moving to Instagram more and more!! I follow you on Instagram so I will still keep up with you there!

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  26. Not going to lie - this makes me sad!! You were one of the first blogs I ever read. Glad I can still follow along on insta!

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    1. Awww..Lauren...It makes me sad also, but it's time. Thank you for reading all these years. Glad we have Instagram!

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  27. I have so loved following your blog and IG!! Cheers to what's next!!!

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  28. Oh Mel! I love your blog but totally get it, girl! So glad we met through this little blogging community & I’ll definitely continue to follow along with your precious family on Instagram! 😘

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    1. So glad we met through blogs also! Glad we still have Insta!

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  29. I am so going to miss your posts!!!!! Praying blessings over you as you close this chapter in your life!

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  30. Aw, I hate to see you go, but I totally get it. Time for a new season. It's funny, since I live "up the road" I feel like I know you even more and we have a lot in common. Best wishes as you enter the new chapter. XOXO

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  31. I am going to miss your blog! I completely understand and enjoy your new season!

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  32. Aw, I am so going to miss reading your blog, your sweet family, your delicious recipes, all of it! You were one of my very favorite bloggers, and I am so sad to see you go! Thank you for letting us into your life, all the best to you!

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  33. Thanks for all the recipes, party ideas and family fun you've shared over the years! Understand your decision and have appreciated your positive blog!!

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  34. Oh no, you are one of my favorite bloggers! I have used your recipes and ordered items that you have recommended. I am a Mom to 3 high schoolers, so I get that life gets busy and you need to prioritize. Thanks for all you have shared!

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  35. I am going to miss your posts, but so understand your reason for stopping. Bravo for knowing when to say when and making your family your focus.

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  36. Can totally appreciate where you are in this walk of life! I'm almost on the other side and taking the time to blog is not always easy. Definitely not goodbye...just see you later on IG!

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  37. I just want to say thank you, Mel, for sharing so much or yourself and your life these last ten years! I have always enjoyed reading blog and looked forward to your fun party posts. Best of luck to you and yours! Alison :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you like the party posts. I will still keep posting parties on IG :)

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  38. Mel, I will miss reading your post and love many of your recipes. It is sad when one of your favorite blog ends, like a good book that you don't want to end. Gods blessings to you and your family always.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Bobbie! Thank you for reading my blog all these years. New recipes will be on Instagram :)

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  39. Hi Mel, thank for all your time blogging - I’ve followed along for a while, I love your positivity and keeping it real and mainly not rstyling everything ;) and I admire and respect you maintaining your children’s and family privacy. I loved your trips recaps, and while I rarely entertainyour party posts are my inspiration the rare times I do! And I’ve made your Pumpkin Ziti recipe a number of times - so good! Your printables are always so cute too!
    Sorry to see you leave this platform but I do understand. Wishing your Kate a happy birthday! Best wishes to you all!
    - Kate

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  40. Mel!! You are my absolute favorite blogger and I have LOVED following you over the years! I honestly come to your blog weekly for recipes, so thanks for keeping those up! I’m not on IG, but may have to join to see updates from you😊 wishing you and your beautiful family all the best & thanks a million for sharing so much joy, fun, ideas, real life, recipes, etc..with us for so many years! I’ll miss you! Love, the other Melissa Larson 😘

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  41. I wish you the best! I have loved reading your blog!

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