The Saturday weekend review #39: New Blog Design Meet Greg at Engine1Media


Come On In And Have A Look Around

I started the journey to change the blog design of Canadian Budget Binder in late 2012 because I wanted to have a brighter, cleaner blog for my fans. I love getting feedback from the fans but it was one particular fan who told me how much she loved reading my blog but hated how dark and cold it was, like she was in a cave.

At first I thought, no it’s not that way but the more I kept looking at it I realized you get what you pay for and in that case my blog design was free on I also wanted to take the blog from a free hosted blog to self-hosted which I’ve done now with Blue Host (Affiliate link) after much research for a hosting company.

I can’t count how many fans and personal finance bloggers have emailed me about the new blog design reveal a few days ago and some of you anxious and frustrated that it took so long. I apologize for that but I had to hire a new designer which was out of my control and with that came a new beginning.

It was a start of a new relationship with a designer that stopped short of nothing to make sure I understood every detail along the way. He had a plan in place and made sure that I understood how the plan worked and shared this information with me.

One thing you need to know about Greg is that he is a fellow blogger himself at and what I loved about reading his blog was that I was able to gain a bit better understanding about his personality and what I was getting myself into.


A splash of colour



I’d like you to meet Greg above, a work from home blog designer, but you only have to look at that photo and that will tell you the type of guy Greg is. He loves to have a laugh and really does enjoy life to the fullest as a father and husband.

On his Telling Dad website Greg shares some questions and answers about himself that I hope you get a chance to read but the question about what kind of guy Greg is was what intrigued me the most.

Greg is a community man and supports many local organizations in his city and you must read the story behind Perry Engine1 and how it came to be.

What kind of guy are you?
Let’s just sum it all up by saying that I have never, and will never, be a “Something Guy”. I wracked my brain trying to label myself as a “______ Guy” and couldn’t. I suppose you can just refer to me as a Nothing Guy.

Car Guys talk about cars. Tool Guys talk about tools. Nothing Guys like me talk about nothing. I don’t know jack about cars, and this includes jacks. I’m a walking hazard around tools. I don’t hunt. I don’t drink. I don’t ogle women at strip clubs. I don’t like getting dirty. And I wipe sauce off chicken wings one napkin at a time.

What I am is a Dad. I love my family, I love what I do, and I love interacting with people. I suppose, in reflection, I’m a “Family Guy”. But that moniker is already taken by a fat slob with a talking dog. I’ll have to keep thinking.

Greg wanted to get to know my style, my personality and what my vision was for Canadian Budget Binder and what he did was so Disney in my eyes. He brought my vision to life but not in a day, not in a week, not in a month it took time. The great thing about Greg is that he never complained, not once.

Any changes I needed or wanted he was on it right away and went above and beyond for me. Greg not only re-designed Canadian Budget Binder he also had to move my site to self-hosted and this guy did it all. He simply blew me away with his take charge attitude especially at the end when we were getting ready for the reveal he was on top of everything.

You can’t rush perfection and Greg promised me from the start that he would do whatever it takes to make me happy and he sure did deliver that promise from start to end. Greg will show you right from the start how his design process works and he has it all laid out on his website.

  1. Send Inquiry
  2. Share Ideas
  3. Questionnaire
  4. Mock design
  5. Collaboration
  6. Splice and code
  7. Fine tuning
  8. The reveal

You only have to go to his website at Engine1Media and the first thing you will see staring you in the face is his truth to you and you know what this guy knows what he’s doing and sugar coats nothing because his expertise speaks for itself.

If you’ve spent any amount of time searching for a web designer to work with, you’ve probably noticed that the majority spend an awful lot of time talking about themselves.

As for me? I’d rather talk about you. I’d rather talk about your business, your target audience, and your underlying goals. Only then can I do your project justice.

Designing pretty pixels is one thing. Providing technical expertise is another. And combining these two disciplines into one comprehensive solution is what I do best.

How I found Engine1Media


Let’s just say that when you do an excellent job word of mouth travels fast as well as simply having people seeing how amazing your work is and advertising your business.

After having to start my blog designer search once again in 2013 I did a guest post about budgeting for my friend Taya at Simply Frugal in early 2013 and that is where I found Greg from Engine1Media. A simple logo like you will find at the bottom of Canadian Budget Binder is how I found Greg and I’m glad I did.

The moment you click on the link to Greg’s website you will probably jump back in your seat because his site is so vibrant and full of colour and character. It is a very happy place to stop in at.

His website certainly does reflect his personality from all aspects and the way you read what he says to his customers is exactly the way Greg will talk to you and treat you, like a professional. You won’t hear any negativity from this guy and he will always offer you his opinion as well as options.

If anything I’ve learned when it comes to re-designing your blog or if I can offer you a blog design tip it’s to research your designer, talk to other bloggers whose site was created by the designer and get feedback on their services.

I know that since hiring Greg at Engine1Media I have had many personal finance bloggers email me wanting to know more about Greg and I’ll tell them the truth.

I have nothing to hide and to be honest his work should tell you all you need to know short of how easy it was to deal with him apart from the times that were our of our control so we had to put things on hold.

Like any other relationship online we had our ups and downs because as a dad who works from home Greg had to deal with things that came up in his life as did I especially with my wife the last few months being ill.

I appreciated his honesty and the fact that he didn’t try to sugar coat anything he would tell me how it was and the way it was going to go down.

Greg and I worked together every chance we could and even though frustration set in Greg stopped short of nothing to impress me with his professionalism in his responses to me and his genuine interest in making Canadian Budget Binder a very welcoming place for the fans.

Greg went above and beyond and if you can accept that not everything is going to go as planned in life and that to get the best it takes time because it won’t be thrown together in a day or two or even a few weeks.

Every detail was taken care of by Greg and all I did was sit back and watch him go to work for my fans and I.

Greg if you read this I know it must take lots of effort to deal with someone who does not know how to design a blog or might not understand what you need to do in order to bring a website to life but it was your patience, kindness and overall positive attitude that kept this project alive.

I’m sure on behalf of my fans and myself I wish you all the success with  your design and print business and that I encourage any readers of Canadian Budget Binder who are thinking of a fresh design or a new blog beginning to head over and chat to Greg at Engine1Media today.

Canadian Budget Binder this week


Making a difference



Today I’d like to introduce my mate Adam who is the blogger behind Money Rebound to all of you.

Thanks Mr CBB for giving Money Rebound a spot in your making a difference series! So why are we making a difference and what inspired Money Rebound?

As much as we’d all love to have fancy cars, big houses and large savings accounts, sometimes life just doesn’t pan out that way. It may be that you’ve been frivolous with your spending in the past and you know it, or maybe you’ve been hit by a tough economy or one of life’s many unknown financial hammers.

Whatever the reason, there are many people out there who have sadly hit financial rock bottom. Is there a way back?

This is where we feel we are making a difference over at Money Rebound! We’re doing our best to show people that it’s more than possible to make your way out of the financial doldrums and become one of those financially stable individuals or prosperous families that you have been envious of for years.

Whether you need to sort out your debts, start saving, begin investing or simply to create a budget and stick to it, Money Rebound was born for one reason and one reason only, to help you ‘Return to Financial Freedom’.

Many people throughout history have found themselves in a financially difficult position and many in the future will find themselves in that exact same position. How you deal with it is up to you!

Blog share


I really appreciate when other blog owners recognize my hard work at Canadian Budget Binder and share my posts with their fans or even mention my blog on their blog or website. Here are the blogs that did just that this past week, so please head over and check them out. If I’m missing you it’s because I didn’t get a ping back so please send me an email and I’ll add you next Saturday.

A big thanks to these blogs for thinking of CBB even though I haven’t been around much this past month. Cheers!



What is a blog carnival?


Some fans have asked me just what a blog carnival is so a little explanation is due here for anyone reading for the first time or for my long-time fans. A blog carnival is where a blog or website hosts what we call a carnival of blog posts from around the web.

Most blog carnivals have a theme and certain rules for submitting which must be followed. If you are a blogger and would like to learn what blog carnival directories I submit to each week you can find the information in a previous Saturday Weekend Review post that I wrote.

A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals

Carnival glory




Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. Here are a few of my favourite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review: . Join me next week same time, same place to see what trouble I can get myself into.

  • I don’t say much– I can’t say that myself
  • Great budget for chocolate chip cookies– I’m still not sure how the budget and chocolate chip cookies go together here but oh well
  • Children have a kung fu dream– I guess that’s not so bad, I dunno
  • Crispy fresh– I guess that’s better than flimsy rotten
  • CBB budget law– No I have no law except “It’s not about how much money you make it’s how you save it”


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  1. Hello there!

    Thank you very much for sharing this. I really like the new design! congratulations and keep up the good work. Greg sounds like a great guy to work with and I do think that he is great at what he does.


  2. Love the new design and site, CBB – from the magnifying glass to the overall organization! I think it will complement your articles very nicely. That Greg sounds like a lot of fun, and he clearly knows his stuff!

    1. Thanks Tonya. That was part of the goal, the other was the opportunity to offer my readers much more since I can’t do that on free wordpress. Have a great weekend mate.

  3. So happy you moved to self-hosting. Now I can leave comments. I always has so much trouble on your old site. LOVE the new design and how much you enjoyed working with Greg. As a designer, it’s great to hear good stories. Because usually you only hear about the bad experiences. I hope your wife gets well soon.

  4. Love the new site!!!!!! Sounds like Greg really knows his business!!! He will go far with his talent and attitude that is for sure!!! I’m glad the Mrs is feeling better, baby steps work well on the road to recovery…. I’m sure she loved the flowers and the card as well as those cookies!!! My weekly giggles, your search terms… Looks like I have a few things to check out soon.. Have a good weekend…..

    1. Thanks mate.. she’s in lots of pain still. I made her some double chocolate cookies, bought her a bouquet of flowers from the flower shop not the grocery store and a card not from the dollar store.. just to show her that I’m not always cheap lol.. she loved it.

  5. The new design is awesome!! I’m so glad you had a great experience with Greg and that I was able to point you in his direction! I also thoroughly enjoyed working with him and have recommended him to a couple of other bloggers.

    1. Hey Taya!\
      Thanks for passing by to chime in on the conversation. Yes, I’m happy I found Greg through you and I hope many other PF bloggers hire him to make some Disney magic of their own. Cheers mate

  6. LOVE the new design, Mr. CBB!! And Greg sounds like a great guy to work with, and he is obviously great at what he does. Thanks for featuring Adam too this week – love his blog! Hope your wife is doing well. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

    1. Thanks Laurie.
      Yes it was a pleasure to work with Greg he did a fantastic job. My wife is doing well I had her out today for the first time since surgery for a walk around the block.

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