Monthly Bucket List – February 2016

Since it’s February tomorrow (crazy), it’s time for my monthly bucket list. The post I write at the end of every month to set myself some goals for the coming month, and look back to see how I got on with the last month’s goals.

 

Monthly bucket List

 

I hope you’ve all had a good month? You can see the good parts of mine in my Things I’ve Liked and Loved this month post for January. So here are the goals I made last month, and how I got on…

 

Increase my stats and follower numbers

At the end of last month there had been 77731 site views on my blog, there have now been 89558  views to my blog since I started it in January 2015. I’ve pretty much doubled my views compared to my quiet December – phew I was thinking you’d all had enough of me, apparently though you were just busy eating naughty food and enjoying family time like me ;)

My Twitter was at 9832 followers and now I have 10716.

My Facebook page was at 1206 likes, and now has 1311 – slowly but surely it’s growing. Any tips or magic secrets to grow this one, please feel free to say.

Instagram was 4691 now 5313

Pinterest was 4018 and now is at 4079

Youtube – I am adding this one for the first time, as it’s one I want to start working on and doing more videos for – once my current very attractive spotty face clears up. At the moment I have 131 subscribers.

Tots 100 – Last month I was number 80 out of over 8000 blogs, this month I am thrilled to be number 101. I’ve gone down a little bit, but after a very quiet December I expected to drop down by a whole lot more! That’s eight months now of being in the top 200, out of the 12 months I’ve been registered with tots. Wish me luck for next month.

       

 

Lose weight – Success at last! So far since I started trying to lose weight at the beginning of January, I have lost 6 lbs. I’m very proud of this, as although it’s come off very slowly it’s steady and staying off. I’m exercising a lot more and feeling a lot better for it.

 

Dust that poor treadmill off – I have been on the treadmill a bit, though I’ll be upping that this month. Mostly though I’ve been running up and down our stairs (don’t tell the boys as I tell them off for that usually) which is torture, but means my legs are looking more toned already and I’m hoping will improve my stamina on the treadmill.

I’m really hoping to build up to running outside again later in the year, hip and back issues dependent.

 

Book and organize Harley’s 10th birthday for February – Done. He decided he wanted to do laser tag with his friends at a local soft play place, including food and some time to play. At £15 per child gulp it won’t be cheap as it’s a minimum of ten children there, but he is thrilled and so excited, so it’s worth every penny.

 

Have a big clean through – Yep I have done this over and over again this month, and yet it doesn’t look like it. Time for another big clean through.

 

Clean my oven – My most hated job, but I have done it. Admittedly it was yesterday, when I remembered it was monthly bucket list day today, but it has been done. It took hours and I am a teeny bit ashamed of just how dirty it was.

 

Get organized with my blogging – I am proud to say I have managed this one a lot more so than last year. I have a week to a page planner from Busy B that I am using for planning what post to publish when and I have even been writing in advance for the first time. I’ve even given myself the occasional day off, not as many as I should really but an improvement.

 

 

This month my aims and goals are…

 

As always increase my site views and follower numbers – In particular I want to have reached 100,000 total site views since I started my blog.

 

Lose another 6 lbs minimum

 

Give Harley an amazing 10th birthday

 

Get outside more – the cabin fever keeps kicking in with all the wet weather we’ve been having, we’ve been indoors a lot more than normal. We did have a brilliant day out to Perranporth though.

 

My Favourite Photo

 

Catch up with some of my favourite blogs – I won’t list all my favourites here as it’s a long list, but in particular this month I’ve been loving Plutonium Sox by Natalie and What the Redhead Said by Donna, both good blogger friends of mine and I want to make sure I make the time to keep up with their blogs and all my other favourites!

 

Get to see Mazzie more – This is my poor neglected best friend who I have hardly seen recently. Luckily she’s the type of friend who is fine with that and no matter how long it is in between us seeing each other, it really doesn’t matter as she knows I’m always there for her and vice versa.

 

Do more youtube videos – This includes learning how to edit videos, as I have no idea what I am doing on that score.

 

I hope you all have a brilliant February,

Stevie x

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68 Comments

  1. 31 January 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Love it all! So glad i found this project via your blog and I have enjoyed making my lists! I wish you well on the youtube videos – its one thing i would love to do but just dont have the guts to! lol

    Loving the stats list – its given me the push to try for more too!

    • 31 January 2016 / 4:22 pm

      Aw glad you’re joining in, I love doing my monthly list – it keeps me motivated as well! :)

      Stevie x

  2. 31 January 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Congratulations on some impressive stats! Mine are a little less impressive – I’m new to all this social media and blogging so my goal with Twitter was to reach 100 followers by the end of the month – ha, a little sad, but I got there so that’s something!! Thanks for being my first blog follower too :) Good luck with February’s goals – just signed up to follow you on your various social media channels so that’s a start x

    • 31 January 2016 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you and at the beginning the goals will be smaller, it does take time to grow! My first few months were no where near as busy and as high a numbers as recent months. One tip I have though is to follow other bloggers, and add the word ‘Blog’ to your twitter name (actual name not the @name part) so that other bloggers can spot you more easily. Bloggers tend to follow other bloggers back.

      Stevie x

  3. 31 January 2016 / 5:59 pm

    Fab list. Good luck achieving everyhing this month, I can’t bring myself to brave YouTube, as much as I really want to.

    As always you are an inspiration with your stats, well done for all that hard work.

    • 1 February 2016 / 9:35 am

      Thanks lovely, I have to confess although I’ve done a few youtube videos already I feel slightly sick clicking publish each time ha it’s like stage fright in the comfort of your own home ;)

      Stevie x

  4. 31 January 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Eeep, congratulations on the weight loss! I’m steadily plodding along with that one too, I should probably start aiming towards a specific goal. I need to work on my blog stats too, though my Instagram shot up this month so I’m very happy about that! Absolutely love your photo! Ray x #MonthlyBucketList

    • 1 February 2016 / 9:55 am

      Thanks hon, it’s been slow but steady. Well done on you instagram, it’s a nice feeling when followers on any of the social media platforms go up :) Have a great February

      Stevie x

  5. 31 January 2016 / 9:31 pm

    You are doing so well with your followers each month and excited to see you getting into YouTube! I’m not sure I have ever heard you speak. How weird is that?! You’ll ace the weightloss too – I’d love to lose another 7lb this month x

    • 1 February 2016 / 9:57 am

      Thanks Donna, and ha there are a few of me on there already *cringes* – I’m sure I’ll get more used to it eventually ;) Good luck for your weightloss this month, you’re doing amazingly so far!

      Stevie x

  6. 31 January 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Fantastic stats lovely! A huge well done on the weight loss too despite that big breakfast! I’ve lost nothing keep plodding along I guess!xx

    • 1 February 2016 / 9:59 am

      Ha if we take the breakfast etc in to account I’ve lost more like 8 lbs this month as I had to lose the bit I put back on to ha ;) Thanks lovely and you can do it just don;t beat yourself up over non loss weeks,

      Stevie xx

  7. 31 January 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Thank you so much for the mention Stevie, your blog is firmly on my list to read more next month too. And I also share your goal of getting outside more. We’ve been outside loads this week, it’s the first time we’ve spent a decent amount of time outdoors since my husband’s accident and it’s been wonderful.xx

    • 1 February 2016 / 10:09 am

      My pleasure Nat, I love your blog! Being outside really lifts my mood no matter how bad a day I’ve had, especially if I’m outside at the beach.

      Stevie xx

  8. 2 February 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Wow amazing stats and overall success in hitting your goals! I love that you cleaned the oven the day before you were due to ‘weigh in’… good work! x #MonthlyBucketList

  9. The Pramshed
    4 February 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Brilliant stats, and great news on the weight loss. Good luck on the running, that is one of my things to do this month and get back into. Your list for January reminds me that I really must clean the oven too. Claire x #MonthlyBucketList

    • 4 February 2016 / 10:59 pm

      Ha definitely my most hated job!! It was getting to be a bit of a health hazard, although to add insult to injury my grill part of the oven has now decided to break! Have a great month :)

      Stevie x

  10. Sarah Admissions of a Working Mother
    5 February 2016 / 8:44 am

    Oh lord I need to clean my oven! Sunday will be the day. Good luck with you YouTube venture – I’ll keep an eye out #PicknMix

    • 5 February 2016 / 10:28 am

      Ha I HATE cleaning my oven… and slightly ashamed by the colour of the water from my cloths – plural as it took a lot of them and a lot of scrubbing!

      Stevie x

  11. Robyn
    5 February 2016 / 9:04 am

    Wow, you were so productive in January, which is such a tough month for many of us, and made progress on every single one of your aims. I’m especially impressed that you got around to cleaning your oven. To be honest I don’t even look inside mine, I just assume it’s self-cleaning (it’s probably not!) All the best for an equally successful February!

    • 5 February 2016 / 10:38 am

      January is usually my most focussed month with the whole new year new start thing…. it never lasts ;) Although Feb is proving to be pretty great so far ha ;0

      Stevie x

  12. 5 February 2016 / 9:14 am

    I had a quiet December too stat wise and have been pleased to see them back up again in January! #picknmix

    • 5 February 2016 / 10:40 am

      It’s understandable when everyone is having family time – but how very dare they do that to us ;) Here’s to a busy rest of the year

      Stevie x

  13. 5 February 2016 / 9:24 am

    Hi Stevie, I love looking at what you have planned for each month, it’s such a great motivator. I’m totally new to this blogging world and really enjoying it, sometimes I feel as if it’s taking over my life…..
    Well done for losing 6lbs, that’s amazing. I met up with a friend this week for a pre birthday lunch, I haven’t seen her for about 4 months, it’s like I saw her yesterday, it’s fab having friends like this.

    • 5 February 2016 / 11:20 am

      Ha I can relate to the taking over your life thing ;) and thank you I enjoy writing it

      Stevie x

  14. 5 February 2016 / 9:27 am

    What an amazing weight loss that is fantastic. I have a party to organise in february too. Good luck with this months goals.

    • 5 February 2016 / 11:22 am

      Thank you and I’m looking forward to his birthday even if he will be 10 … gulp!

      Stevie x

  15. 5 February 2016 / 9:34 am

    I love your monthly bucket list posts – its great to reflect back on what you have achieved and what you look forward to. Keeping track of my blog stats and followers is something I need to look at so I can see progress, I am guessing that its a great motivation tool! xx

    #picknmix

    • 5 February 2016 / 11:24 am

      Thanks lovely, you should join in with Beth’s linky! It’s the last day of every month and I find it such a motivator

      Stevie xx

  16. 5 February 2016 / 10:26 am

    I had a super quiet December too – I think people are too busy to read blog posts maybe lol Congrats on your follower growth, you are doing amazing! And the page views are fantastic, I’m hoping to increase my page views this year. Thanks so much for hosting #picknmix x

    • 5 February 2016 / 11:41 am

      Thanks lovely, it helps having older children and not working other than my blog I have a lot more time than most to concentrate on it :) plus I lack a social life ha! ;)

      Stevie x

  17. 5 February 2016 / 10:46 am

    I enjoy reading your bucket lists each month, it always makes me think about what I want to achieve and I add things to my very long ‘To Do’ list!! Well done on your stats :-) Laura x

    • 5 February 2016 / 11:42 am

      Ha my to do list at the moment is more of a to do book ;) one day I’ll finish it off and thanks Laura

      Stevie x

  18. 5 February 2016 / 11:52 am

    Haha I’m with you on cleaning my oven, it’s the one job I hate! I always feel like Ive inhaled too much oven cleaner and it makes me all light headed – that’s my excuse anyway!! xx

  19. 5 February 2016 / 11:56 am

    Your stats are amazing! I’ve never written a bucket list, I’ve kind of just gone with the flow, but reading yours, it’s actually quite motivating! I may try and pull one together! Sabrina xx
    #PickNMix

    • 5 February 2016 / 4:31 pm

      Aw thanks lovely! You should join in with Beth’s (Twinderelmo) bucket list linky it’s on the last day of the month every month :)

      Stevie xx

  20. 5 February 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Sounds like a great month with some great plans for February! I have to grow facebook….just not sure whether to spend a bit of money doing so at the moment? #picknmix

    • 5 February 2016 / 2:57 pm

      I don;t pay to boost my posts etc on Facebook, I may get tempted to at some point though as it’s my most sluggish one!

      Stevie x

  21. The Mum Project - Meagan
    5 February 2016 / 4:17 pm

    This is a great idea! I may have to steal the planner for blogging idea to get more organised. I also need to get on that treadmill (had the little one 6 weeks ago, feeling like I need to start getting back to myself)!

    On the YouTube videos..if you are recording them on your phone, make sure they are horizontal and you can download an app called ‘Capture’ that is specifically to upload and edit YouTube videos. It is fairly easy to use as well! #picknmix

    • 5 February 2016 / 4:30 pm

      Thanks for the tip and if your little one is only 6 weeks old don;t rush the fitness! :)

      Stevie x

  22. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    5 February 2016 / 6:28 pm

    What amazing stats, Stevie!! Incredible over that short space of time. Well done on the losing weight front too – it is always so difficult to maintain weight loss I think! #PicknMix

    • 6 February 2016 / 12:42 am

      Thanks lovely, it was a great month :) Weight loss is ridiculously hard… I miss my metabolism from my 20’s ;)

      Stevie x

  23. 5 February 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Your stats are so amazing! Well done on your weight loss, great when it actually stays off too. #PicknMix

    • 6 February 2016 / 12:48 am

      Thank hon… weigh in day tomorrow though so I’ll see if it’s still staying off! ;)

      Stevie x

  24. 5 February 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Ugh, I hate cleaning the oven too!your stats are amazing, I have no idea how to grow mine that much!good luck with your goal for this month, I hope Harley has a wonderful birthday xx #picknmix

    • 6 February 2016 / 12:55 am

      Thanks lovely, stats are a hard one to control. Visit and follower wise though, if someone asks you to review something that isn’t suitable for your family suggest doing a competition instead if you don’t already, as competitions are brilliant for both.

      Stevie xx

  25. 6 February 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Congrats on the stats, and good luck for this month! And well done on the oven cleaning too – I’m still putting mine off in the hope OH is going to give in and do it, lol. #picknmix

  26. Rachel (Lifeathomewithmrsb)
    6 February 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Wow you have been busy! Well done with the increase in stats, i’ve given up on Facebook, i keep forgetting about it! If it wasn’t for my Instagram being linked to the page it would be empty lol! Good luck with you blog goals for this month #PicknMix

    • 7 February 2016 / 12:01 am

      Facebook drives me a bit mad in all honesty ha, I will crack it one day and find the secret to making people like more quickly on there ;)

      Stevie x

  27. 7 February 2016 / 1:56 am

    Well done on last months goals – sounds like great progress! Good luck with this month! #picknmix

  28. 7 February 2016 / 10:46 am

    Well done on the weight loss and blogging stats and I see you’ve made the top 100 again this month – well done you’re doing amazing
    Laser tag sounds awesome and I’m sure they will all just love it. Hope he has a brilliant birthday
    Thanks so much for linking up again xxx

    • 7 February 2016 / 3:16 pm

      Thanks lovely and I suspect laser tag will noisy ha, but fun :)

      Stevie xx

  29. Leah Miller
    7 February 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Hi!

    Just found this post on #picknmix, it sounds to me like you are doing pretty fabulously with your followers!! But just to help a little I just followed you on Facebook!

    Congrats on the weightloss, it is always such an esteem boost, especially at this time of year!

    Leah x

    • 8 February 2016 / 1:27 pm

      Aw thank you and yep I jointly run Pick ‘n’ Mix with Eilidh :)

      Stevie x

  30. 8 February 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Wow another amazing month for you! I love reading your updates – and I can see that you are back in the top 100 again for Tots this month! Well done!
    I hope that you can tick everything off for February and well done on the weight loss =)

    • 8 February 2016 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks lovely :))) Weightloss wise… I’m sat here eating a kit kat – possibly won’t do as well this month ;)

      Stevie x

  31. 8 February 2016 / 10:39 pm

    Well done Stevie you’re doing so well with your blog and all of your personal goals. I also need to clean my oven – it’s appalling and I just can’t put it off any longer! You’re doing so well with all of your stats, good luck with your youtube x #picknmix

  32. 8 February 2016 / 10:47 pm

    I think this is a great idea to keep you motivated and focused on the month ahead. You have done really well with boosting yoru follower numbers in just a year blogging, well done. Mich x

  33. Jenny Wales with a Little One
    8 February 2016 / 11:23 pm

    Love the idea of doing monthly posts to get organised. Sometimes I make all these goals for the whole year at the start and get a bit lost, its just less scary to break it down into small bits. I am right there with you on Facebook it’s a bit confusing I would also like to know the secret! #picknmix

    • 9 February 2016 / 3:04 pm

      That’s why i love the monthly bucket list linky, it keeps me organized :)

      Stevie x

  34. 9 February 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Sounds like a great blogging month. Lovely photo. I’m loving doing a monthly bucket list. #picknmix xx

  35. 11 February 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Well done on the weight loss hun and also everything else. Sounds like you had a good month all round xx

  36. 12 February 2016 / 8:53 am

    Always impressed by your bucket list! You get so much more done than me, tried planning, but doesn’t always work, depending how the kids feel that day and how many stories they want read. Not such a bad thing really! Hope you manage to keep up with your exercise and blog reading, it’s so hard to do everything isn’t it. :) x

    • 12 February 2016 / 10:31 am

      Thanks lovely, and I have to confess a lot of what I get done is done the day before my next list as I suddenly remember I have to do it ha!!

      Stevie x