Saturday, October 25, 2008

Want To Hear About Some Winners?

Three weeks have passed since I opened up the Rename Mamasphere contest.

Those three weeks have been filled with some of the best blog name suggestions I have ever heard! Spanning from the very serious to the very hilarious.

Just a quick THANK YOU to everyone who participated before we move on to the nitty gritty!

Deep breathe, Laural. There's no reason you should have butterflies in your stomach.

Okay. Here we go.

Should I start with my favorite runner up and the random winner? Or should we start things off with a bang and announce my new name?

New name it is!

Grand Prize

The WINNER of the Rename Mamasphere contest and $100 Target gift card is....

Mrs. de Miranda from The Road Less Travelled! She submitted quite a few good ones, but there was one that stuck in my head from the moment I saw it. Ready?

My new blog name is: Laural Out Loud

I'm in LOVE with it! It's so me.

I already have everything in the works for my move to the .com. A whole new blog design will be coming as well (since I'm moving over to WordPress). I'll let you all know when the move is complete!

Congratulations, Mrs. de Miranda!

Oh, and if you haven't read Mrs. de Miranda's blog, she has QUITE the story to tell. Go on over and check her out.

Runner Up

Now on to my favorite Runner Up! The winner of the $25 Target gift card is...

JSue from Long Story Short with Resting On My Laurals!

There was someone else who submitted this suggestion, so I went with the first person to get it in my inbox, which was JSue.

I totally love this one! Even though the meaning can be taken in quite a few ways, from lazy to content with life's successes. But what's life without a little ambiguity? Keep people guessing, I say!

Random Winner

This took a lot of work due to the sheer volume of entries I had! I listed each person's entry on an excel sheet, and then went to the random number generator at to find the winner.

Without further ado, the winner of the $50 Target gift card is...

Denyse from To Bee Or Not To Bee!


I'm still live on this blog. I'll make an announcement when I'm finally moved over to my .com (and you wouldn't believe how fast I swooped in and bought that domain as soon as I knew what my new name was going to be).

Again, Thank You to everyone who participated and commented! You all made this one heck of a fun contest. I might highlight a few other awesome name suggestions in the coming weeks.


  1. I love Laurel Out Loud. That is a terrific name. Congratulations on a successful contest!

  2. Oh I LOVE that name! How awesome! Congratulations on getting your own domain and new name! Can't wait so see it all in action! :-)

  3. I love it! I think it's brilliant, just like YOU!

  4. Ooh...great new name!!! :-D It's just perfect for you. :-)

  5. Great name! Glad you scooped it up! Can't wait to see the new home!

  6. I too LOVE LOVE LOVE Laurel out loud!! It is PERFECT!!!

    Congrats on finding your new name.

    And a big WOO HOOOOO to Mrs. de Miranda!! Does she rock or what?

  7. Congrats on the new name! I thinks it is awesome!

    You have to share . . . why Wordpress? A lot of people are moving over from Blogger and I'm wondering why.

    CONGRATS again!!!!

  8. That site name will be just right for you!
    What a great idea to have people give suggestions.
    It's just perfect. :-)

  9. Wow.. how very you! It's full on kharma baby!:-)

  10. YAA!! oh super cute name!! I tried and tried but never came up with anything that I felt you were worthy of. This sounds so you!

  11. Love the new name. And the runner-up. What was the "random" one, or have I misunderstood what "random" meant in this case? :)

    Congratulations on the change!

  12. Oh, I love it! I soo wanted to participate, but each time I would set time aside to think something up, the kids would start fighting. Oh well. I love your new name, and can't wait to see the changes and makeover! Yay!

  13. I love it!
    What a perfect name for you and your new site!
    I can't wait for the unveiling!
    Congrats to the winners!

  14. Congrats to your winners, although I was just saying to myself (I do that a lot!) that Mamasphere is such a cool name! Greetings from Virginia, which, of course, is for Lovers, Politics & History! Thanks so much for dropping in for my BATW Day in the Sun...Love your blog & REALLY love this particular post! Please drop by to see me again sometime soon!

  15. Very cute names. I like that Laural Out Loud is LOL.

  16. Oh I love, love, love Laural Out Loud! So cute! And I'm so excited to be the random winner~if there's anything I'm good enough at to be a winner, its being random! :) Thanks for the fun.

  17. Well, didn't Mrs de Miranda get that one right on! My brain freezes when I have to think of titles. Or anything creative and catchy.

    Totally waves the white flag.

    Congratulations to you both!


  18. You're gonna have your very own!!! I MUST say, that name is fitting of you. I'm excited to see your new look.

    Thanks for the shout out!! I can't believe I (almost) won...YAY me!!

  19. Oh I just love your new name! I can't wait to see the finished product of you new blog! I too am curious why the move to wordpress. many people are doind this! Could you fill us in??

  20. Such a GREAT name! & Mrs. de Miranda... she is such a doll, I have been reading her for a few weeks now... Let us know when you get all moved!

  21. LOVE it. LOVE it!!! What a perfect name, I am not so clever to come up with something like that :-) I can't wait to see the new digs!

  22. Ilove it! I'll be watching for the change!

  23. Its not "eats her young" but it will do. and realy?! not one of my brilliant (yes, brilliant) ideas?!

  24. I am soo excited!!! Thanks Laural! I am very excited to see the new blog over at wordpress and I am also wondering like everyone else why wordpress? I am thinking this should be one of your last blogs over here at Mamasphere! Thanks soo much for my AWESOME prize! I am sooo estatic (needed a new word for excited) to go to Target and shop til I drop!

  25. whoo hooo!! congrats to all the big winners and to you on your new digs!!

    can't wait to visit :)

  26. Congratulations to the winners and the new name is great!

  27. Love it!! Every time I type LOL I'll think of you now!! HAHAHAHA!! You're going to have so much fun with your new blog :)

  28. Hi! I'm visiting from BAtW. Everyone seems to be migrating over to wordpress. Are they giving away free chocolate or something?

    Love the new name!!! :)

  29. Greetings via BATW - nice new name! I like it a lot :-)

  30. i like the new name--can't wait to see the new format as well. :)

  31. Great choice... love the new name!

  32. LAUREL OUT LOUD.....


    Yay!! Cannot wait for you to "go live"! It's fantastic.

  33. Goodbye Mamasphere, hello LOL.

    Great name, good luck with the move;)

  34. Laural out loud is cool! But I will definetely miss mamasphere! :)


  35. It's a perfect fit! LOVE the new name. I thought and thought and couldn't come up with a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g. LOL is "just right"

  36. Very clever! I love it. Congrats Mrs. de Miranda!

  37. Love the name!! Can't wait for the big reveal.


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