Liked and Loved – August 2016

Despite a pretty shaky start to the month for various reasons. There has still been so much for me to like and love about August 2016. It seems somewhat mad to me that it is almost over already.


In a small way I am almost ready for the boys to go back to school, so that I can work in a lot more peace. Mostly though, the holidays have flown past way too quickly and I will miss them.


Our August has had lots of lovely things in it though. Here it is, my things I have liked and loved this month post for August 2016 – where items have been sent to me specifically to be mentioned in this post, they will be marked with a *.


Having the boys home


As I said above, the holidays have gone far too quickly. I have however loved having my boys at home with me, not to mention all the extra lie ins!


Kelly’s ice cream*


Kelly’s contacted me to see if we would like to be sent an ice-cream sundae starter pack and some vouchers for ice-cream. Yes please! We used our vouchers to buy two lots of ice-cream, which led me to discover my new favourite.


Kelly’s of Cornwall‘s Choc Brownie Salted Caramel. Honestly the most amazing ice-cream I have ever tasted and my new firm favourite. We were sent a special metal ice cream scoop, the vouchers, some delicious¬†new low sugar dessert sauces from Clarks and a guide on how to make the perfect scoop.


The guide was by food stylist, Helen Upshall and was really handy. I now want to buy some proper sundae bowls so we can make some more. The boys made our sundaes, which tasted fantastic. I could have done a nice fancy one for the photos below, but they loved doing it and I think they did a good job of the scooping! I am thinking I may try one with broken meringues and strawberries next.


Kelly's Ice Cream


Having Si home for a week


Si took a weeks holiday from work to spend with us. Typically it was when Cornwall decided to have some pretty stormy weather. We did however fit in some lovely family days out before that happened.


Land’s End


Land’s End was one of the family days out we had. I am going to write the day out up in more detail soon, but it was a lot of fun. We actually paid to go in to the attraction, which isn’t something we have done for years. The boys loved it and we stayed for the fireworks once it was dark.


Land's End scenic view of the sea and rocks


Beautiful Flowers*


The lovely people at Beards and Daisies asked if they could send me some flowers. I was happy to say yes and the ones that arrived this week were beautiful. Bright pops of colour with a real hedgerow influence on the smaller flowers, that reminded me of Cornish lanes.


They also smelt absolutely amazing, you can smell them as soon as you walk in to the house. Such a fresh smell, bringing the outdoors inside with you. Simply beautiful.


Beards and Daisies pink and white flowers


A busy inbox


I have had some brilliant blog opportunities come through my email inbox recently. It has definitely been a good month, I hope September is half as good.




We went shopping in Plymouth for some back to school things for the boys and this new notebook from Paperchase forced me to buy it. Honestly it was shouting to me in the shop and wouldn’t stop until I brought it home with me.


New polkadot Paperchase notebook


Being number 21 in the Tots 100


I have no idea how, as I thought last month’s ranking of 23 was a mistake. I am so happy though to be number 21 in the Tots 100 rankings of over 8000 parent bloggers. I know supposedly we shouldn’t care about the numbers, but this has made me pretty proud.


Running competitions


I have six competitions running on my blog at the moment. I love running them, as I like making people happy when I email to tell them they have won something. It gives me a real buzz.


Reaching 2000 likes on Facebook


Facebook is by far the social media that I struggle with for my blog. It really is hard to grow those number of likes (hint hint to any of you not already liking my page). To finally reach 2000 feels pretty huge, even considering the 15.5k I have on Twitter ha!


I hope you have all had fantastic Augusts and have lots to look back on and smile about. I also wish you an amazing September.


Stevie x


Some of the items in this post, which are clearly marked were sent to me for the purpose of this post, but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own and honest.
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  1. Mud cakes and wine
    25 August 2016 / 11:32 am

    Wow Stevie you have done so well, I know how hard you work but you should be so proud of all you have achieved xxxxx

  2. 25 August 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Gorgeous photos, I especially love the one of Lands End. I was also delighted to see you at #21 in tots, look out top 10 here comes Acorns!

    • 25 August 2016 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks Nat, ha I’ll be amazed if I make top 20 let alone 10 ;)

      Stevie x

  3. 25 August 2016 / 3:28 pm

    That is a gorgeous notebook! I have to say I’m ready for BB to go back to school too – the holidays can’t end soon enough in my opinion! #TenThings

  4. 26 August 2016 / 7:03 am

    Isn’t “would you like some free ice cream” a silly question? It’s a dream! #picknmix

  5. 26 August 2016 / 8:12 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a fantastic August. (Love the notebook :-) )

  6. 26 August 2016 / 10:34 am

    Congrats on 21 in the Tots 100. You should feel proud. That ice cream sounds incredible! I love their clotted cream ice cream that tastes so good!


  7. 26 August 2016 / 11:19 am

    What a lovely month and I love that notebook! #picknmix

  8. 26 August 2016 / 2:26 pm

    Looks like you had an fab month! I really want ice cream now too :) #picknmix

  9. 26 August 2016 / 3:07 pm

    You’ve had a lot on! That ice cream looks amazing. I love paperchase, I’m going into town this weekend and feel like I might end up popping in there! #picknmix

  10. Sarahbel
    26 August 2016 / 4:17 pm

    Aaaah what a fab month you have had!! I absolutely adore the flowers, they are beauts! Here’s to September being a bit more peaceful but just as good! xxx #picknmix

  11. 26 August 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Love those flowers! And I’m glad to hear you got some family days out x #PicknMix

  12. 26 August 2016 / 10:00 pm

    You are doing amazing lovely and well done you totally deserve everything that comes your way. I need that notebook in my life x

    • 25 September 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Aw thank you Laura, that really means a lot and yep I’m still in love with the notebook!

      Stevie xx

  13. 27 August 2016 / 12:04 am

    Wow on the facebook likes ! Well done to you.
    Love the notebook #picknmix

  14. 27 August 2016 / 6:42 am

    What a great month you have had. I love that notebook and that ice cream sounds so good. Congrats on your tots score and all your followers xx #picknmix

  15. 27 August 2016 / 1:39 pm

    That Ice cream sounds amazing, i’ve actually been craving chocolate ice cream lately… must be fate! #PicknMix

  16. 27 August 2016 / 4:22 pm

    congrats Stevie and thanks for hosting. I have mixed feelings about school starting also, but it looks like you’ve had a great summer. Have a great weekend #picnmix

  17. 27 August 2016 / 5:18 pm

    It sounds like you have had a great month! Can’t wait to start the milk ladder with my allergy baby then we can all enjoy a nice ice cream! We had a good month too, we went chester zoo, lots of soft play, absolutely loads of messy play (although that is a regular in our house) and a couple of blogging opportunities here too. Sounds like you’re doing great well done :) oh and those flowers are beautiful! #picknmix

  18. 27 August 2016 / 11:27 pm

    You have had a pretty amazing month. August has been really lovely, hasn’t it? x

  19. 28 August 2016 / 6:34 pm

    That Ice Cream looks lush! I work in a school and my husband is a teacher so it’s nice to be off with my boys for the summer too!

  20. 30 August 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Is so nice to read about other bloggers success it giving my hope that one day I will as good as you :) And because of your post I will definitely try Kelly’s Ice creams

  21. 1 September 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Congratulations on your busy but successful events that have happened. I love notebook really cute X #tenthings

  22. 1 September 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Aww what a lovely month! Well done again on tots! Those flowers are beautiful xx

  23. 2 September 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Wow! What a month it has been for you! Congratulations on being no. 21 in the tots 100 I have to say having someone just phone and ask if they can send you flowers is pretty great! And I too love that notebook, gorgeous colour! Here’s to September being just as lovely for you! xx