Things I Have Liked and Loved – July 2016

 

Every month I write my list of things I have liked and loved that month. This time it is the turn of July 2016, here’s the list of what has made me smile this month.

 

Britmums

 

This actually happened last month, but not before I did my last Liked and Loved post. I went to London for the Britmums Live blogging conference. I can’t say that I learnt a huge amount there, as I didn’t go to a lot of sessions as most didn’t appeal to me – plus I wanted the chance to get to socialise with a lot of other bloggers as well.

 

I met so many bloggers, some whose blogs I hadn’t visited before and others who I felt a bit fan girl with. In particular Katie from Mummy Daddy Me, who is just as lovely in person as she seems on her blog.

 

I also got to meet Donna from What the Redhead Said who I talk to pretty much every day online, so it was just weird that we hadn’t met in person. I’ll tell you a bit more about the day and the people I met, if I ever get around to writing about it!

 

Warner Studios

 

Whilst we were in the London area, we visited Warner Studios in Watford for a bit of Harry Potter geekery. I’m not sure who loved it more, me or the boys!

 

Meeting Hudson

 

The lovely Lisa of The Love of A Captain and her fiance Trev welcomed a new arrival to their family a little while ago. We got to visit them in Newbury so we could meet baby Hudson for some squishy newborn cuddles and so the boys could play with Jack. Obviously we enjoyed catching up with the adults as well ;)

 

I suppose they can’t call him ‘Baby Jack’ anymore now he’s a toddler. He is such a cute little man, full of cheeky mischief and the boys love him.

 

Fin’s birthday

 

My biggest boy unbelievably turned 12 this month. It only seems a short time since he was born! He had a couple of friends over for lunch at the weekend before his birthday and a nice relaxed birthday. He also loved all of his presents.

 

Boat Trips

 

We have been on two boat trips in the last month, which have been fantastic! Both were from Falmouth, one of which was a review trip with Red Letter Days for whale and dolphin watching. This was a fast boat, which was great despite the weather being a little wet and rough. Just Si and I went on this one.

 

The second boat trip was for all four of us, and was a more relaxed trip up the Helford River. It was a hot sunny calm day and the views were stunning.

 

Helford River Cornwall boats and water

 

End of school

 

I love that it is now the school holidays and I can have more time with my boys. It would be perfect if Si was home too, but it’s still great to be able to do more together and not have to rush around in the mornings. Plus the lie ins, those I am especially loving.

 

Yet another blog makeover

 

I know it has only been a few months since my last blog makeover, but there were still some tweaks that I couldn’t get to work on a free theme. I bit the bullet and bought a theme from Pipdig and I am so glad I did. After customising it to how I wanted it with colours and whatnot, I am now so in love with the way that my site looks and works.

Hopefully this is my ‘forever theme’ now.

 

 Things to look forward to

 

By far the experiences that blogging brings us are my favourite part of blogging. We get to do things we couldn’t otherwise afford and I have pencilled in within my diary two short staycations for us as a family and a night in a beautiful hotel over night just for myself and Si. All are review stays and I can’t wait.

 

Our new phone

 

Si only picked this up today, but it is so quirky. Red phones always make me think of Batman, and it even has a brilliant old-fashioned sounding ring. The only bit missing is that you don’t actually need to twirl the dialler bit around as you dial, I wish it did mostly to completely confuse the boys.

 

Red Telephone

 
 

What was great about your July?

Stevie x

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21 Comments

  1. 26 July 2016 / 6:50 am

    What a great month. Still jealous of those who attended BML though.

    Love the new blog look! Oh and the phone! My Nain still has the old fashioned one where you twirl the dial! X

    • 26 July 2016 / 10:40 am

      Thanks lovely! I so wanted the spin the dial one, but not the most practical of things really ha, I can still remember having to do it in phone boxes as a child and going wrong on the last number and having to start all over again mwah ha

      Stevie x

  2. 26 July 2016 / 10:05 pm

    What a fab month Stevie and saying again how much I love your new theme. I think I would be in awe if I met the lovely Katie too. I loved following everybody on twitter whilst they were at Britmums and I WILL be there next year. July has been a good month especially as the kids have broken up now x

  3. 26 July 2016 / 10:21 pm

    I absolutely love that phone! Sounds like July has been full of fun, exciting that you’ve been on two boat trips! Lots to look forward to in the coming months as well, how fab.
    Nat.x

  4. 27 July 2016 / 9:05 pm

    I am glad you enjoyed your Britmum conference. Sounds like a lot of exciting things to look forward to. I love your retro phone and the red is so fun X #tenthings

  5. 29 July 2016 / 7:47 am

    This is such a lovely thing to do, it makes you reflect on all the positives of the month. Sounds like you had fun at BML and Harry Potter! Love the phone too! #PicknMix

  6. 29 July 2016 / 10:37 am

    What a fun packed month you have had. I really love your new phone, we used to have one with numbers that you had to turn!

    #PicknMix

  7. 29 July 2016 / 11:15 am

    The favourite part of my July was my son turning one! Always a special day! I love your new phone though! #picknmix

  8. 29 July 2016 / 11:35 am

    We’ve got a similar phone, but in blue! Love how retro it is x #picknmix

  9. 29 July 2016 / 10:52 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a great month. I love a good trip! Kids have this really nasty habit of getting older don’t they? I still can’t believe my oldest is 7 and in a couple of weeks my baby will be 2, time just goes too fast. Love the retro phone, my friends have a purple one I’ve always envied. And the site looks amazing!
    #PicknMix

  10. 30 July 2016 / 12:00 am

    Loving the new fun, such a shame it doesn’t dial like old fashioned ones #picknmix

  11. 30 July 2016 / 10:24 am

    I love the look of your new theme and it sounds like not only you’ve had a great month but lots more exciting things to come too! BML already seems like such a long time ago now. #PicknMix

  12. 30 July 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Lots of lovely things on your list for July – your new blog looks great, it’s making me wish I had my own design now! Hope you and the boys are enjoying the holidays x #PicknMix

  13. 31 July 2016 / 6:47 pm

    Sounds like you had an action-packed month. Love the phone and the blog theme. The colours are lovely, nice & attractive. Hope you enjoy your review breaks, looking forward to reading about them. #picknmix

  14. 31 July 2016 / 8:37 pm

    What a lovely month its been – Britmums sounded like so much fun and I would get a bit giddy if I met Katie too, she seems so lovely.

    I am in love with your phone – although I am a bit gutted it doesn’t have a twirly dialler. Lots of things to look forward to – enjoy! #tenthings

  15. 31 July 2016 / 10:01 pm

    July has indeed held lots of lovely things for you. :) #PicknMix

  16. 2 August 2016 / 6:45 am

    Your boat trips looked GORGEOUS. You definitely live in the best place. Glad you enjoyed BML so much even though I wasn’t there…. Tut tut!
    Enjoy your reviews away. You definitely deserve it. Never seen such a hardworking blogger xx

  17. There's always time for tea
    4 August 2016 / 12:32 pm

    You have had such a lovely month. I love that phone, I’ve had my eye on the cream one for a while! Enjoy your reviews away, you deserve it! xx

  18. 4 August 2016 / 5:31 pm

    Lovely monthly round up! What made my July great was the Twins finishing for the hols so we can all spend time together with Bubs! I never bore if the hols and we have something different to do everyday! Think I’m just a big kid at heart! #picknmix

  19. 9 August 2016 / 7:46 am

    It sounds like you have had such a busy and great month. Love the new blog design!
    Baby Hudson is gorgeous I follow Lisa’s blog and he is just adorable. xx