Liked and Loved – May 2016

Every month I look back and list the things that I have liked and loved over the month. It’s basically my favourite positive post to write.


Here’s my little happy list for May 2016, my likes and loves.


Fin’s Apple Crumble 


My eldest had a choice of what to cook at school and he chose to make an apple crumble for me, as despite hating it himself, he knows that it is one of my favourites. He did an amazing job and it was delicious.


Yummy Apple Crumble


Finding a Britmums Sponsor 


I have already mentioned in my I’m Going to Britmums post that I firstly am really excited that I am going to Britmums Live for the first time yay, but also that I am feeling incredibly grateful to a wonderful local company Bosinver Farm Cottages for sponsoring me. I will be doing a more in-depth introduction post to Bosinver to let you know all about them, later this week.


Being Short listed for a Bibs Award 


I wrote a Thank You post about this, as it really does mean so much to me to be short listed in the Fresh Voice category of the Bibs Britmums blogging awards! Cross your fingers for me for Friday, when I find out if I have made the final eek….


My Weight-loss 


I started Slimming World three weeks ago and so far I have lost 6 lbs, which has given me a bit of my old confidence back. I still need to stick at it, and it may be a challenge at Butlins over half term, but I am determined to get to my target weight.


Being on the Beach 


We have had some beautiful days this month and this and some visits to the beach, always remind me exactly why I love the county I live in so much.



The Boys’ New Wetsuits 

The boys were sent wetsuits from Konfidence to review recently, which they loved and I loved that they gave us a great excuse for another beach day ;)




This month has been brilliant for television in my opinion, with brilliant suspense and drama from Game of Thrones and Person of Interest.

We’re also loving Holby, Eastenders, and I’m enjoying In The Club. I’m a bit of a hermit, at my happiest when curled up on the sofa in my pyjamas of an evening cuddled up with Si watching television…. well on the nights when I’m not tapping away on my laptop ;)


Meeting some more Bloggers 


I went to a blogger meet up at The Orangery at Mount Edgcumbe at the beginning of the month and got to meet some bloggers I hadn’t met before, and in the midst of stunning scenery. The Orangery is seriously beautiful and I will definitely be going back.


Orangery blogger meet up


Submitting my First Tax Return 


This might seem an odd one, as really who likes doing that?! For me though, it was my first one as a self-employed blogger and it felt pretty amazing to be filing a tax return with actual earnings on there.


My Blog Makeover 


You may have noticed a few changes to my blog, I decided I wanted it to be a bit more elegant and to fix a fix niggly things that were annoying me about my old theme. A new blog theme and header, and I have fallen back in love with my blog again. Do you like it?!


What was great about your May?


Stevie x

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  1. 25 May 2016 / 12:05 am

    Haha I love that apple crumble and weight loss were both included, now that’s a successful month! Well done on your award nomination and your sponsorship, I really am so pleased for you. What a brilliant month you’ve had.

  2. 25 May 2016 / 6:41 am

    I like this for the memories side of things. I hope my children make me apple crumble in a few years! May is my favourite month & the BiBs are announced on my birthday(!) I may even see you there…

  3. 25 May 2016 / 10:22 am

    That’s so sweet your son made apple crumble for you even though he doesn’t like it! Sounds like you’ve had a great month – the new design looks great! Have fun at BritMums – I haven’t decided whether to go yet and ought to check whether there are even still tickets!! #TenThings

    • 28 May 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Thank you and I hope you can get a ticket if you made your mind up to go :)

      Stevie x

  4. 25 May 2016 / 10:45 am

    Aww how lovely about the apple crumble. Your blog looks lovely and good luck for finding out on Friday! Bosinver Cottages seem lovely on twitter and look lovely too, what a great sponsor. xx

    • 28 May 2016 / 5:59 pm

      Thanks lovely, I am so pleased with my sponsor as they are fantastic and fit well with my blog :)

      Stevie xx

  5. 26 May 2016 / 7:03 am

    Love the makeover. I am in desperate need of one as fed up of mine now. Love that today not only are you shortlisted but a FINALIST!!! Massive congrats Mrs. Glad you found a sponsor and can go. Well done. Thanks for hosting. Great idea for a linky xxx

    • 26 May 2016 / 9:28 am

      Thank you so much gorgeous….. finalist eeeeeek I’m still expecting a re-count lol ;) As for the makeover, I’m like that I get bored of themes after a while, I am hoping this one is the one I decide not to be bored of though ha

      Stevie xx

  6. 27 May 2016 / 7:54 am

    I’m loving the new look blog! It’s beautiful :) congratulations on being a finalist too! xx

  7. There's always time for tea
    27 May 2016 / 9:36 am

    I love your new blog layout. I need to do something to mine. Might pay someone to do it for me because I just wouldn’t know where to start. Well done on being a Finalist! Amazing news! That Apple crumble looks lovely, and well done on the weight loss. You have had a really awesome month! Thanks for hosting lovely xx #Tenthings

  8. 27 May 2016 / 3:55 pm

    Love the blog makeover, it sounds to me like you have had an awesome month!

  9. 27 May 2016 / 6:20 pm

    I really like the new look of your blog, looks very sleek! That apple crumble looks delicious by the way :) #tenthings

  10. 27 May 2016 / 9:07 pm

    So many positives and exciting things happening. I have joined slimming world (done it previously so no most of it) but it feels so great to lose weight finally and getting back that control again X #tenthings

  11. Kim (sisterkin)
    10 June 2016 / 6:56 am

    I love your new blog look. Good luck with the weight loss. And here’s to more beach days in June. #PicknMix

  12. 10 June 2016 / 8:40 am

    Well done for being a finalist and your tax return. How exciting. Lovely pictures too. My first time with #PicknMix and so far so good :)

  13. 10 June 2016 / 8:49 am

    Aww so sweet your son made you a crumble and he doesn’t even like it!Congrats again on your Britmums sponsor and making the bibs shortlist. I’m so jealous you live by such beautiful beaches, sounds like you are making the most of it. Congrats on your weight loss and totally agree, game of thrones is fab this series!Hope you have a lovely June xx #picknmix

  14. 10 June 2016 / 9:19 am

    What a lovely month you have had. I love May, it is one of my favourite months. It is my daughter’s birthday and I get to have my annual meet up with some old girlfriends at the Chelsea Flower Show and come back bursting with ideas for another garden makeover. Also it’s a time for me to get home to visit my family in Norfolk and your beautiful picture of the beach made me nostalgic as the thing I miss most since moving to London is the sea and the fabulous walks whatever time of the year. Enjoy Britmums. #picknmix

    • 10 June 2016 / 10:05 am

      Our garden is pretty much a building site at the moment, I can’t wait to have a nice garden at last. I bet the flower show is a lovely day out!

      Stevie x

  15. 10 June 2016 / 9:56 am

    mmm that crumble looks delish, now swap the apples for blackcurrants and were on!

  16. luce
    10 June 2016 / 10:50 am

    I enjoy reading these monthly roundups :-)

    That apple crumble looks delicious, my two love making it too (and we all love scoffing it!) Is that beach in the picture Pentewan? I’ve heard that one has play equipment right on the sand which sounds really fun so I wondered if this is it #PicknMix x

    • 10 June 2016 / 11:04 am

      Thanks and yep it is Pentewan :) I love the beach there, even though the sand can be very rough on your feet!

      Stevie x

  17. 10 June 2016 / 11:27 am

    This a great round up! I love the new look to the blog, it looks fantastic. We’re also experiencing new wet suit excitement – I really couldn’t squeeze my youngest into her’s again this year so I bought quite a big one. I think the sea water is going to go down her neck but hey – she’ll grow into it!! ; ) #picknmix

    • 10 June 2016 / 12:12 pm

      Thank you and ha I always have that problem when buying things for my 2, that moment of do you choose something they will grow out of in a month or something they could almost squeeze a friend in to with them ;)

      Stevie x

  18. The Tale of Mummyhood
    10 June 2016 / 12:52 pm

    It sounds like you have had a lovely May, congratulations on being short listed!


  19. 10 June 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Wow what a month you’ve had!! How cute is that, making apple crumble for his Mummy (well trained I say!). Congratulations on your sponsor and of course your weightloss, glad to hear you are feeling a bit happier as a result of your hard work! #picknmix

  20. 10 June 2016 / 7:56 pm

    You really did have a fab month! Well done again the BiBs and getting a sponsor, they are a great fit for your blog. Loving the new look of the blog. Look forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks x

    • 10 June 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Thanks hon :) I am sooooo excited about Britmums Live, see you soon!! :)

      Stevie x

  21. 14 June 2016 / 4:26 pm

    How sweet of your son to make you a crumble. It’s one of my favourite tweet things, wish someone would make me one! Well done on getting shortlisted for the BiBs, you’ll ace it! xx

    • 14 June 2016 / 4:41 pm

      Thanks lovely, I’m just thrilled to be in the final eek, but winning would be amazing! I LOVE crumble, if I make it thought it is usually out of a packet pre-made mix or a frozen one ha, he’s already a better cook than me ;)

      Stevie x

  22. 17 June 2016 / 2:13 am

    Sounds like a great month! Love that your son made you a crumble! #picknmix

  23. 18 June 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Hi Stevie, yes I love the look of your new blog! You’ve had lots of things to love haven’t you? Long may it continue ;) Thanks for hosting #picknmix