Monthly Bucket List – August 2016


Every month I write my monthly bucket list, mostly in the hope that it will keep me vaguely focused on the things I want to achieve each month. I do enjoy looking back and seeing how I have done and also being able to keep a track of my follower growth.


I am so pleased my lovely blogger friend Beth at Twinderelmo started this idea as a linky on her site. I have joined in right from the start and I should thank her for keeping me organised!


Here is how I got on with last month’s goals.


Monthly Bucket List - boat and the sea


Increase my follower numbers and site views

At the end of June there had been 150,970 site views on my blog, there have now been 160,759 views to my blog since I started it in January 2015. I did my last Bucket List post a little late, so the actual total views for the month were higher than this shows and I am happy with them.


My Twitter was at 14751 followers and now I have 15224


My Facebook page was at 1877 likes, and now has 1949


Instagram was 9582 now 10,113


Pinterest was 4378 and now is at 4376 – The first ever drop, but I had a bit of a cull of who I was following on there, getting rid of a lot of spam accounts I had followed back being friendly without checking them out originally. Therefore I suspect there were some who unfollowed me back. 


Youtube – I had 353 subscribers, and I now have 358 subscribers.


Tots 100 – Tots have just updated today, so handily I’m a day late to write and publish this ;) My blog is currently at it’s highest position of 23 in the Tots 100 index of parent bloggers. That’s 14 months in the top 200 now.


Work on my Pinterest

Well as you have read above, my follower numbers have actually gone down due to me culling my following list a lot this month. So far though, I have deleted some old rubbish boards, removed myself from some joint ones I wasn’t really using and have started sorting my pinnable images.


I’ve been a bit busy with sorting my new blog theme etc to concentrate on this as much as I wanted to though. My new theme makes it a lot easier for other people and myself to pin my images now though.


Run on the treadmill for at least 20 minutes in one go

I am up to 15 minutes, which I have managed a few times now so I am getting closer even if I have failed so far. Mostly it has been lack of time, but I will be working at this.


Get back on the Slimming World bandwagon

I have been a whole lot better with my eating recently and I am feeling better for it, I’ve also lost the weight I put back on from over eating, so a good step in the right direction.


Send my youngest off to camp properly equipped

Amazingly we managed not to forget a single thing and he had a great time, despite missing me loads apparently.


Give Fin a good birthday

Fin had a great birthday, and I managed to only be a teeny bit emotional about him turning 12.


Get Scheduling

I managed to get a lot of work done before the school holidays, and the rainy weather means I have managed to keep on top of everything blog wise so far as we haven’t been out much at all.


My August Goals


Increase my followers and views as always


Run for 20 minutes in one go on the treadmill – I’m not giving up on this one.


Work on my Pinterest a lot harder


Do a Youtube video – I keep wanting to do this, but chickening out. I’ve done a few before, but it isn’t something I am that comfortable with yet. I am determined I will try to make sure that I do one though. I suspect I just need to get on and do it and the confidence will come.


Give the boys a brilliant time over the school holidays


Go to the cinema at least once – we always go to the cinema in the holidays, as the boys and I love it.


Take the boys swimming – we haven’t been swimming in ages, and despite the fact it will be packed as it’s the holidays, I want us to get back in to the habit of it again.


Be completely ready for back to school time – thanks to M&S I already have a lot of the boys uniform, but I need to buy a new blazer, packed lunch boxes, school bags and more. Let’s hope a few of the invoices I’ve sent out recently get paid soon ;)


Have a huge clear out and do a car boot sale – I have already started on this, and it is mostly the weather we are waiting on for the car boot. I am determined to de-clutter the house and get it back to looking as lovely as it was when I was less busy. Plus the boys have grown out of so much. I am actually looking forward to this.


I think I will keep it at that, as I have listed a lot and don’t want to get carried away! I hope you all have a fantastic August!


Stevie x


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  1. 2 August 2016 / 10:35 am

    Brilliant month blog wise honey. So impressed. You’re an inspiration! I cant wait until I have a bit more quiet time to start scheduling and getting organised (not that I’m wishing Oscar’s last summer before school away you understand). And AMAZING Tots score. Regardless ;)

    • 22 August 2016 / 7:44 pm

      Thanks maid :) Crazily it’s 21 on the Tots 100 now, so it must have been vaguely right ha. Time to yourself during the day does make such a difference – as I have discovered over the school holidays when I haven’t had much at all….

      Stevie x

  2. 2 August 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Every month your list is so inspiring, I really need to take a leaf out of your book. Good luck for next month xx

  3. 3 August 2016 / 12:22 am

    Woo hoo! Top 25, go you! Totally well deserved, I’m so proud of you :) and eek to the car boot, good luck!

  4. 3 August 2016 / 11:54 am

    Well done on your social media growth – it looks like your stats are flying :) I need to write things I want to do with the children this summer holidays I think. Definitely want to add the cinema to the list! And well done on the running. I wish I had space for a treadmill :)

    • 22 August 2016 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks Laura, I better get a move on if I’m going to get anywhere with this list ha!

      Stevie x

  5. 3 August 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Yay! Well done on growing your followers! Well done on your tots score. Good luck with your list xx

  6. 20 August 2016 / 9:42 am

    Great list! I don’t get Pinterest (hangs head in shame!) I think about YouTube but then hate the way I sound!! #monthlybucketlistw

    • 20 August 2016 / 11:21 am

      Ha I have just done a YouTube video…. but didn’t talk on it I am building up to it again ;) I don’t sound like me in my YouTube videos as I get so nervous!

      Stevie x

  7. 23 August 2016 / 11:31 pm

    We love the cinema too & loved Finding Dory but I expect your boys are too cool for that now!
    I need some tips on growing my Instagram… Like seriously!!
    Hope you’ve not been too sweaty on the treadmill in the heat too haha xx