Monthly Bucket List for September 2015

Well it’s the last day of August somehow, which means it’s time for my monthly bucket list. It also means that early mornings are just a few days away yawn!

Here’s how I got on this month and my aims for September 2015.

Monthly Bucket List

  • Increase my followers and stats as always.

When I wrote my last bucket list there had been 34365 site views on my blog, as of today there have now been 42950. Considering I have blogged less than usual over the school holidays, I’m thrilled to still have had over 8000 views.

My Twitter was at 5310 followers and now I have 6355

My Facebook page was at 726 likes, and now has 808, I’m always impressed when this one grows, as it’s more of a struggle than any of the others I find!

Instagram was 2184 now 2690

Pinterest was 2706 and now is at 3271

Tots 100 – I am currently number 152 out of over 8000 blogs and although I have gone down from number 87, I am very proud to have been in the top 200 for the last three months!

  • Get organised for school – I am really hoping we have gotten everything sorted. I’ve spent a small fortune on everything that we needed, Fin’s new uniform for secondary school was £100 just for the basics. and he has expensive taste in shoes. So whilst my bank account looks a bit sorry for itself, the boys will look very smart going back to school.
  • Give the boys a brilliant school holiday – I think I definitely succeeded with this one. We’ve been to all sorts of places including Paradise Park, Springfields, Flambards and more. We’ve had a lot of family time and I’ve really enjoyed having them home. After a rocky start for several reasons including everyone taking it in turns to be ill at the beginning of the holiday, it has turned out to be a brilliant one

Paradise Park

  • Lose weight – I wrote a post 47 Reasons Why I Will Lose Weight and I am going to do it, but with the boys off and eating food on days out, so far I have managed to lose and put on and lose and put on the same 3lbs and back to exactly where I was at the start. I’ve decided to really work at it as soon as they are back at school, and we are back to normal eating routines.
  • Raise some more money for JDRF – the boys have raised £78.50 so far on our JustGiving page.
  • Finally dye my hair – I dyed it at last, but it needs re-doing already! I might even go to a hairdresser next time, I usually even trim my own hair, as I  struggle to find a hairdresser I trust.
  • Get my blogging organised – I have been much more organised lately, and now have a book to list all the posts I need to do each month in, where I can add new blog work to, and make sure I don’t miss any deadlines. I’ve still not managed to get any posts scheduled rather than writing on the day, but I do have several half drafted ones saved which is a start.

For September my goals are:

Increase my stats and followers – as always including this one as I love being able to see how much growth I’ve had each month, and putting the numbers out in public makes me work hard at them.

Lose weight – as soon as the boys go back to school I have run out of excuses, and I am determined to get into all my 47 reason clothes.

Reorganise our cupboards and drawers – I have no idea how it happened, but our cupboards and drawers are so disorganised, I can never find anything and it drives me a little bit mad at times, so I am planning a spot of very late Spring cleaning!

Give Si a good birthday – he puts up with a lot from me, including meltdowns when my site has been down due to issues with hosting grrr (hopefully this will be sorted very soon) and my complete neglect at times, so I want to make sure he has a great day.

To NOT book any more holidays – we’re off on our fourth staycation of the year, this time to a Pod near Constantine (still in Cornwall) where there’s a heated outdoor pool – it’s the end of the October half term we’re going but we’ll definitely be swimming and apparently we even have a giant Tortoise in our garden there.

I really can’t wait, but we have a lot to pay for around the house and with the garden renovations so we really should stop booking holidays!

Clear out the boys’ old toys – they have big inbuilt wardrobes in their room which are brilliant for storing most of their belongings, but at some point in the hopefully not too distant future we are swapping rooms with them.

Whilst our room is bigger for them, there will be less storage and really there is no point in hanging on to stuff that they never play with. So we’ll be taking some stuff to the charity shop as it will do more good there than stuffed in the back of a wardrobe.

That’s it for my goals for the next month, I’ve kept them pretty simple as with getting back into the school routine again (Fin starts secondary eek!) and with other stuff I have planned for the month, it’s going to be a pretty busy one, but hopefully good.

What are your goals for the next month?

Stevie x

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  1. Mom In Denim
    31 August 2015 / 4:19 pm

    It is perfect weather here to be organizing around the house, I am going to start with my wardrobes and get my winter woollies ready. Hope you all enjoy the Birthday celebrations x

    • 31 August 2015 / 9:51 pm

      The way the weather is going here I think Winter woollies will be out sooner rather than later here as well!

      Stevie x

  2. Mom In Denim
    31 August 2015 / 4:23 pm

    Opps sorry forgot #MonthlyBucketList

  3. 31 August 2015 / 6:25 pm

    Wow stevie, you’ve got some impressive blog stats there! Great goals for September – good luck! X #monthlybucketliat

    • 31 August 2015 / 9:54 pm

      Aw thank you, I work a ridiculous amount of hours so its nice when it feels like it’s paying off!

      Stevie x

  4. 31 August 2015 / 7:17 pm

    Great blog results considering it’s much harder to blog or get readers in the school holidays! I know my bloglovin is backed up badly with posts I want to read!! I am also on the need to lose weight things and thinking back to school is the better time to do it. I’ll buy some scales next week and go from there ha!!x

    • 31 August 2015 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks lovely, I did have a dip in the middle when I wasn’t blogging anywhere near as much as usual, but putting extra work in in the second half of the month helped phew! My batteries have gone in my scales so will have to buy some more asap as re starting my mission asap :)

      Stevie xx

  5. 31 August 2015 / 9:56 pm

    These are great goals for the month ahead and you did so well last month – can’t believe you have gained 1k Twitter followers in a month! AMAZING! x

    • 31 August 2015 / 10:02 pm

      Thanks Donna :) this is why I love writing my stats every month, as it lets me see what has grown and by how much as you don;t notice so much on a daily basis :)

      Stevie xx

  6. 1 September 2015 / 10:33 am

    I always find it fascinating to see people’s blog stats etc (it always feels a bit like asking someone’s salary if they don’t tell you) – congrats on some great results too. September is definitely going to include focusing on my social media a bit more than August (and trying to fix a few blog problems…)

    • 1 September 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Oh the joy of blog tweaks hey? If you are anything like me this will involve breaking your blog at least once ;)

      Stevie x

  7. 1 September 2015 / 10:41 am

    You are doing SO well lovely and well deserved. Hope Si has a wonderful birthday. Happy September :) #MyMonthlyBucketList

    • 1 September 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Aw thanks gorgeous :) I can’t quite believe it’s September already!!

      Stevie xx

  8. Gemma @ Confessions of a nagging mother
    1 September 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Well done on your stats, thats amazing!

    I am the same as you when it comes to hairdressers, I dye my own hair and get my partner to trim my hair when needed. I have not found a hairdresser that can control my hair better than I do!

    Gemma xxx

    • 1 September 2015 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks lovely :) I may brave a hairdresser soon!

      Stevie xx

  9. 1 September 2015 / 5:46 pm

    Great lists! As always I’m impressed with your stats, I have no idea how you manage to do it! I just don’t have the readership you do I guess! I hope you have a great month and enjoy Si’s birthday, fingers crossed you have a smooth move to new hosts (assuming you’re moving web host?!) and good luck with the decluttering toys! #mymonthlybucketlist x

    • 1 September 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Mostly hard work lovely lol ;) I think I will hopefully be moving, as I’ve been driven slightly mad by the downtime grr! Thanks lovely,

      Stevie xx

  10. 2 September 2015 / 2:44 am

    Impressive stats as always! I’ve decided to stop looking at mine!

    I’m starting my weight loss journey in October because being at home with access to chocolate biccies is fatal! Goodluck on your journey!

    And Goodluck sorting your cupboards! I think I’ll add that to my to-do list as well – so fed up of our pots and pans cupboard.

    Oh and your next stay action sounds awesome! Can’t wait to see photos of that trip!

    • 2 September 2015 / 10:14 am

      I mostly make the stats public as it forces me to work on them more ;) and thanks lovely :)

      Stevie xx

  11. 4 September 2015 / 9:58 am

    Good luck with the weight loss. I’m finally getting back on track with Slimming World after spending 2 years going up and down the same stone!
    I’m happy that I’ve not undone all my hard work though and put it all back on like I usually do.
    Well done on your stats. I’ve kinda given up on my Facebook page but I want to get my Twitter and Instagram numbers higher. I should have added that to my September bucket list!

    • 4 September 2015 / 12:50 pm

      Thanks lovely, I gave up on attempting it til the kids were back at school…but they both are now so I no longer have an excuse ;) It’s hard work isn’t it, if only it was so hard to put it on! Facebook is definitely a difficult one to grow, but I’m gradually managing it! I hope I like yours on FB – keep losing track?! if not give me a nudge on there!

      Stevie x

  12. 4 September 2015 / 12:23 pm

    Congratulations on your stats improvement despite the summer holidays. It sounds like you’ve had such a fun month!!! Your staycations have really inspired me. I’m going to plan a trip (even if it’s just to Cornwall) for October I think. We never really go away. Do you have a website you use to find great places to stay/houses/hotels x

    • 4 September 2015 / 1:06 pm

      Thanks lovely :) we have had a great month, a litle gutted they’re back at school but at least I can go back to working on here during the day I suppose! we don’t use a specific site, I usually google ‘glamping in cornwall’ although there’s a site called Coolcamping that’s good and I think this time we used :) for the rest of the UK we often use premier inns or travel lodge to make it cheaper.
      We had an amazing stay with Rural retreats a few years ago too but very pricey!

      Stevie xx

  13. 4 September 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Check out those stats Stevie! Well done you x

    I need to organise my blogging better too! Im finding it tough keeping up. xx


    • 4 September 2015 / 1:07 pm

      It’s not surprising lovely you have Jack at home with you, my boys are very independent and usually in full time school, it makes things easier! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself just blog when you can and feel that you want to.

      Stevie xx

  14. sarah
    4 September 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Your to do list is similar to mine! Seriously need to sort my hair and get it cut and coloured. I have summer clothes to put away and winter bits to dig out – the list goes on #PicknMix

    • 4 September 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Definitely need to get the winter clothes out with this sudden temperature change, I’ve gone from constant flip flops to wanting to get my winter boots on!

      Stevie x

  15. 4 September 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Haha! I love that you have to NOT book anymore holidays! Your planned staycation in Oct sounds fab, particularly the pool. I could get on board with that kind of holiday!

    Good luck in getting back into the school routine, and keeping those stats on the up!

    Faye – Tales and Tea

    • 4 September 2015 / 9:39 pm

      I’m really looking forward to our stay in October, I suspect the boys will be in the pool no matter what the weather as well! I’m exhausted after two days of school runs already ha! ;)

      Stevie x

  16. 4 September 2015 / 6:47 pm

    Well done on your stats fab growth :) I need to grow mine some more. I have to admit I really struggle with Facebook. I also need a toy clear out in preparation for birthdays and Christmas :) #picknmix

    • 4 September 2015 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks lovely, I think Facebook is a struggle for most of it, not helped by them not letting us use ‘like me on FB’ as a means of entry for competitions grr!

      Stevie xx

  17. 4 September 2015 / 9:06 pm

    What a fab month, your stats are amazing all of that hard work you put in is so worth it.
    Good luck with next months goals x

    • 4 September 2015 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks lovely :) I’m hoping September will be more laid back as I can work during the day now :)

      Stevie xx

  18. 4 September 2015 / 11:28 pm

    I am very impressed with the stats! Wow! I think I really need to work harder with my links and SEO, they are so confusing! I am also very impressed with the number of holidays you are having too! I think holidays should be always be a priority! ;)

    • 5 September 2015 / 12:51 am

      Aw thanks lovely x You’re on wordpress aren’t you? If so and if you haven’t got it already I use the Yoast SEO plugin and it’s really good :) We have way too many holidays, ridiculous really but I love making memories for the boys :)

      Stevie x

  19. 5 September 2015 / 5:58 am

    Amazing stats. Us newbies can only aspire. You must be super proud. I do love a list! A list and some goals and I’m a happy lady. Mine is a bit slow in the making as I’m recovering from a hospital visit which was not on the list! In fact, it has very much interfered with my 90 mile an hour list making tendencies . Cheek of it. In the absence of said list I am choosing a focus for now and that has to be my husbands 50th birthday trip to New York in the spring. I am rather enjoying having the occasional flick through hotel websites and imagining us there!! Love your September list, am a big fan of a good old clear out and shake up this time of year. Good luck and happy September.

    • admin
      6 September 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Thanks lovely, although since I started my blog halfway through January this year I think I count as a newbie still lol, it’s been a crazy (almost) 8 months! :) I’m obsessed with list writing, but it’s essential as my mind is a messy place that needs organising! New York sounds amazing, the hospital not so much! Hope you’re okay now!

      Stevie x

  20. 5 September 2015 / 8:01 pm

    As usual I’m impressed with your blog results! Your next holiday sounds lovely. Good lucj with all of your goals :) x

    • admin
      6 September 2015 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks lovely and I am sooo looking forward to our next holiday!

      Stevie x

  21. 6 September 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Wow! It sounds like you have had a fantastic month both on and off the blog!! I am really struggling with FB and want to just give up! (But I am too stubborn!)
    I hope you have a wonderful September!

    • admin
      6 September 2015 / 10:30 pm

      FB drives me mad as well, when I work at growing it it’s really slow and when I give up trying I suddenly get loads more likes ha! I find sharing funny or cute things on there helps though and not sharing all my blog posts on there!

      I hope you have a fab September too, Stevie x :)

  22. 11 September 2015 / 7:49 pm

    It’s just amazing to see how your stats have grown over the months – they are fabulous. Well done. You should be so proud!
    £100 for basic uniform?! Ouch! Enjoy your holiday getaway – I need more, you come back so refreshed!! Thanks for linking again xxxx

    • 11 September 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Aw thank you lovely *blushes* xx I really can’t wait for our holiday, especially having a pool to ourselves, even though it’s an outside pool in October I’m hoping they have it well heated! :) Thanks for hosting, I love doing this every month.

      Stevie xxx