Liked and Loved – September 2016

Every month I write my things I have liked and loved post. It’s my favourite post of the month and my most happy one. Here is my little happy list of things I have liked and loved in September 2016.


Back to School


I’m not actually liking or loving my boys being back at school, as I miss them a lot at times. However, one of my children has always hated school with a passion and it has caused a lot of stress over the years.


This September for the first time ever, I have sent two happy boys back to school and I have two boys who are actually enjoying their time there. The relief and difference to things at home has been pretty amazing.


After Dark at Bodmin Jail


I was so ridiculously nervous about this, but I spent a night after dark at Bodmin Jail with a group of national journalists and bloggers. It was so much fun in the end, despite the lack of sleep as I didn’t get home until 6am!


Bodmin Jail at night time


Time with Friends


We had the lovely Lisa of The Love of A Captain and her family to stay with us. Whilst she was here we met up with Hayleigh from Budget Food Mummy for an evening. Definitely good company to be in, even if I did come back from the toilet with toilet roll stuck to my foot and Hayleigh was flicking food at people by accident…


New Sat Nav


For someone who spends so much of their life getting lost, my recent TomTom Sat Nav review was very much welcome. I actually love it.


TomTom Go 5100


Child Free Night Away


We have just been on a review stay to the Moorland Garden Hotel in Devon and it was fantastic. I have never stayed in such an amazing hotel before. It isn’t just the hotel that I loved though, it was having more quality time with Si.


We sat and ate a lot, drank even more (my head is still quite achy) but more than anything else we laughed. Even after six years together we didn’t struggle to find things to talk about, I feel very lucky right now. My review will be live soon.


Things to Look Forward To


In a couple of weeks I’m off to a Lush event for bloggers with Hayleigh. We have a caravan park and a hotel stay organised for October, as well as half term to enjoy with the boys. Not to mention that I absolutely love Christmas and it is edging closer.


House Plans


Today we have been pulling furniture out, taking measurements and making plans. We have changed all our plans for what we were going to do to the upstairs bedrooms and I can’t wait to get started. My biggest boy has decided he wants his own bedroom as well, so we are looking forward to making him a more grown up room.


This of course means that we will also need to re-decorate his brother’s bedroom as well, so that we aren’t playing favourites in his eyes. I think we have a busy few months ahead. Plus Si is making us built in wardrobes, so at last I can hang my clothes up.


Artificial Grass


Now most sane people would think that I mean that we have artificial grass in the garden now. Actually, I have a sheet of artificial grass, that I have bought for inside the house as a blog photograph background …. Sad I know, but I am so excited to use it.


Double Baked Cheese Souffle


I tried this for the first time this weekend on our hotel stay, and oh my word I could happily eat it every day. Absolutely delicious.




I always love Cornwall obviously, but this is one of my favourite times of year down here. As much as I love that so many want to visit here, the calm after the storm of tourist season is very much welcome. We can actually drive to places easily without queuing everywhere and everywhere is just so much calmer and chilled out.


Plus I get to enjoy long walks minus my summer hay fever.




What was great about your September?


Stevie x

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  1. 26 September 2016 / 7:43 am

    Oh my goodness, for a minute there I thought you’d made cheese souffle yourself! Haha I was looking forward to the disaster video! Glad you’ve had a fab month.

  2. 27 September 2016 / 5:15 pm

    What a fab month you’ve had lovely. You have artificial grass in your house for photos??? You crack me up X

    • 27 September 2016 / 6:13 pm

      Honestly the best thing ever ha! It was only £5 in Homebase….. in my defence I have never claimed to be normal ;)

      Stevie x

  3. 27 September 2016 / 10:45 pm

    Im so glad that they have both settled back into school so well x

  4. 28 September 2016 / 10:30 am

    Sound like a lovely month – a lush event I am very jealous! I would love to visit Cornwall it is definitely on my wish list it looks so beautiful. Here’s to a fun filled but calm (of course) October!

    • 28 September 2016 / 10:44 am

      I’m really looking forward to it, blog events are usually a little rare in Cornwall…. though this one is in Plymouth, so officially its Devon ha! Thanks lovely

      Stevie x

  5. 28 September 2016 / 10:30 pm

    I need to read your post about the Bodmin Jail night but I saw some of your posts of FB – looks quite scary! I don’t think I could do it!

    I completely understand what you mean about the tourism season. It’s great to see so many people visiting and bringing money in to the local economy but it’s also nice to reclaim the roads!!

  6. 30 September 2016 / 8:05 am

    I was actually really excited to see my kids go back to school, they have been driving me potty through the summer. There was a Lush event the other day that I now a lot of bloggers went to, but I missed it because I only found out about it 2 days before #Pinknmix

  7. Sarahbel
    30 September 2016 / 10:03 am

    Oooh I love September and it sounds like you’ve had such a blast!!!! #picknmix

  8. 30 September 2016 / 11:25 am

    Oooooh Lush event! I love Lush so much. I must look that up. I love having a list of good things. Makes me feel warm and squishy! Sarah #PickNMix

  9. 30 September 2016 / 11:25 am

    Sounds like a good September to me! I’d love artificial grass in my garden … maybe next year! #picknmix

  10. Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn
    30 September 2016 / 3:58 pm

    So nice to hear both your boys are happy to be back at school, my little one goes to nursery and it’s horrible when they don’t want to go definitely puts a downer on my day. A Lush blogger event sounds amazing, I love the smell of everything in there but have never actually purchased anything, I hope you have an amazing time x #LikedandLoved

  11. 30 September 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Wow this is such a great blog post idea! And a really lovely way to focus on the positive side of life and reminisce in the happy :) I really enjoyed reading this x #picknmix

  12. 30 September 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Good to hear you’ve had such a fab month. It’s been a big one for us with two girls back in school and one leaving for Uni but we are surviving – just! #PicknMix

  13. 1 October 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Sounds like youve had a great month. I have a night away with the hubby coming up soon too and I’m soooo excited. You’ve certainly got a busy time ahead with all that decorating. I loved your post on Bodmin Jail, so creepy and mysterious, right up my street x

  14. 3 October 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Such a gorgeous photo, I really want to visit Cornwall it’s been years since I have been. It sounds like you have busy times ahead, I love decorating, we are moving this month and I can’t wait to get painting!

    • 4 October 2016 / 11:52 am

      I do get ridiculously excited about decorating… until it gets to the fiddly bits ;)

      Stevie x

  15. 3 October 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Sounds like you have been chocka blocked! Artificial grass for inside the house? I have to see this :) #picknmix

  16. 6 October 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Haha the fake grass for photos, amazing idea! What a lovely month, totally jealous of the Lush event! x

  17. 6 October 2016 / 9:54 pm

    I think this is such a great idea for a post and a really nice way to highlight things you’ve loved/reviewed! I can imagine it flows well too, nothing worse than a post you really have to work at to get it moving … Had a few of those recently!! Thanks for hosting #picknmix hope you have a fab half term and get away xx

  18. 6 October 2016 / 10:54 pm

    I love the idea of fake grass for photos! We also have big house plans but they never seem to get anywhere further than that! Sounds like you’ve had a great month! #PicknMxix