Monthly Bucket List for January 2017

Monthly Bucket List for January 2017 … that felt very strange to type. I feel so old that I can still remember the odd feeling of not having a 19 at the beginning of a date.


This is as usual a post that I link up to the Monthly Bucket List linky on the Twinderelmo blog with the very lovely Beth. It is all about setting goals for the month ahead and looking back on how I did with the goals that I previously set.


Monthly Bucket List - bucket on the beach


How I got on with my December Goals


Increase my follower numbers and site views

At the end of November there had been 198,247 site views on my blog, there have now been 208,861 views to my blog since I started it in January 2015. 

My Twitter was at 17,005 followers and now I have 17,352

My Facebook page was at 2318 likes, and now has 2380 

Instagram was 11,593 now 11,820

Pinterest was 4512 and now is at 4564 

Youtube – I had 740 subscribers, and I now have 994 subscribers. So close to my first 1000!

Tots 100 – Last month I was number 19 in the Tots 100 index of parent bloggers. I am currently number 5, my highest ever ranking. Absolutely crazy and I know I’ll be dropping next month, but just to be in the top 5 once really means so much! That’s 19 months in the top 200 now.



Have an amazing Christmas


We did have a lovely Christmas. It was a very lazy relaxed one, that involved a lot of food. I used to think that having the boys grow up would mean that Christmas wouldn’t be so fun, but in all honesty it is actually more so. They are old enough to stay up late, play games that we actually enjoy and they are much more chilled out. It is rare for them to fight these days and our Christmas was just so chilled out.


Arrange and schedule posts for my blog birthday in January


I have two competition posts scheduled, ready and raring to go. I have one more post I want to write for my blog birthday towards the middle of January but there is plenty of time for that. I may well sort out some more competitions too. Crazy to think my blog will very shortly be 2 years old.


Put weight on


Achieved and then some! I ate ALL the Christmas yummy food and I have zero regrets. The whole new year, new me shenanigans start very soon though.


Get the house Christmas ready


We still have a lot to do around here, but it was passable for Christmas. Not too many people tripped over the huge roll of carpet in the hallway, so I will count that as a win. 2017 will hopefully be the year everything here gets finished.


Get my accounts up to date


Pretty much done, I have even finally started so spreadsheets to make things easier. This is thanks to Donna telling that Google Sheets existed. Amazing.


Do some more YouTube


My most recent video has had over 39,000 views, which I am thrilled by. That quick numbers mention is to make up for me not actually doing another video at all yet …

My January Goals


Increase my followers and stats as always


Lose weight – any weight even one pound will be celebrated.


Finish our room – The new wardrobes that Si made look amazing, but our room still needs holes filling, painting and a new carpet. Si is currently working on Fin’s room, but I can actually help with our room.


Finally find some dining room curtains – We decorated our dining room weeks ago, but I have the perfect pair of curtains in my head and can’t find them anywhere. I think I need to just settle on some that I like, as the room looks unfinished as it is.


Do some more YouTube videos – I’m pushing myself in to it by adding it again.


Spring Clean the whole house – Well those rooms that don’t currently have Simon doing messy DIY in anyway.


Exercise – Any form for any amount of time. I suspect my bum is currently sofa shaped from all my hibernating on it. I need to get more active. I think I will get out more with my camera for long walks at the very least. No doubt you will be able to see on my Instagram if I am actually doing that.


Be more frugal – We waste money all the time on things we don’t really need, especially takeaways. This month I am going to try and do more saving and less spending on anything not essential.


I think I will leave it at that, before I get carried away! I think January is going to be a very busy month already.


How was your December and Christmas? Brilliant I hope.


Stevie x


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  1. 31 December 2016 / 10:30 pm

    It sounds like you had an amazing christmas, well done for ticking so much off of your list and good luck for January. Happy new year xx

  2. 31 December 2016 / 11:42 pm

    You have had such a great month! Google Sheets is life changing! Thanks for this year Stevie, you have been consistently awesome – someone to talk to, to give advice and, above everything else, a really amazing friend. Happy New Year Acorns, I’m really glad to have you and your blog in my life x

    • 2 January 2017 / 11:35 am

      LOVE this comment, thanks Donna, I feel exactly the same about you :)

      Stevie xx

  3. 1 January 2017 / 1:27 pm

    What a fab month you’ve had. It’s lovely to hear that Christmas as your children get older is still brilliant. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings you and your blog x

    • 1 January 2017 / 3:57 pm

      Thanks lovely, Happy New Year, I hope it’s a brilliant one for you and your family.

      Stevie xx

  4. 1 January 2017 / 5:01 pm

    wow youve had a great month and heres to an even better 2017 ( i agree it feels so strange to be typing that!) #bucketlist

  5. 1 January 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Congratulations on the tots ranking, that’s fantastic. I love that you had ‘put weight on’ as a goal for over Christmas, I think that’s one goal we can all keep at that time of year! Good luck with this months goals, I have exercise on mine too, maybe this will be the month I actually tick it off x

    • 2 January 2017 / 11:41 am

      I knew the weight one was at least one that would definitely get ticked off ha! ;) Thanks lovely, good luck on yours too

      Stevie x

  6. 2 January 2017 / 8:36 am

    What a brilliant year you had – your stats are fantastic, and you very much deserve your high rankings on TOTS as it’s a sign of just how hard you work! I hope 2017 is an amazing year for you! Xxx

    • 2 January 2017 / 11:46 am

      Thanks lovely :) I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings, a new year always seems exciting for some reason! Happy New Year

      Stevie xx

  7. 3 January 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Some great goals. I love the one about being more frugal in particular – that’s something we really have to do as well.

  8. 3 January 2017 / 8:45 pm

    You did brilliantly last month and great goals for this month too, spring cleaning is definitely one of my must tackle areas too, especially those areas that you kind of forget about it as you’re used to the mess… Well done on the fab stats too, number 5 is a brilliant achievement, I’m sure you will stay near the top Mrs! :) xxx

    • 3 January 2017 / 10:58 pm

      I highly doubt it but I am so happy to have been there once ha :) Thanks lovely, I hope you have a fantastic month!

      Stevie xx

  9. 4 January 2017 / 12:00 am

    I start slimming world (as of tomorrow morning) so I too hope to lose some pounds. A great bucket list x

  10. 5 January 2017 / 9:27 am

    I love that one of your December goals was to put on weight lol!
    Great stats amazing Facebook growth in a month I really struggle with that one. We definitely waste money too so being more frugal is a good one.

    • 5 January 2017 / 10:32 am

      Well I most definitely achieved the weight gain one ;) I can’t actually believe how much money we wasted on takeaways in the last few months eek, the new year healthy eating kick will be good for our bank accounts too!

      Stevie x

  11. 6 January 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Goodness me! How do you fit all that in just one month? Inspirational stuff

  12. 8 January 2017 / 10:20 am

    I’ll be with you every pound of the way after my indulgent Christmas! Your blog stats continue to inspire us all and you deserve to be in the tots chart so high every month given how hard you work with your blog. 2017 goal? To meet up!!!!!! xx

    • 8 January 2017 / 6:54 pm

      Aw thank you lovely and YES to meeting up! I need Britmums to be on the Saturday not the Sunday crossed fingers as I should be able to make it to that! Not if it is the Sunday though *sulking face*

      Stevie xx

  13. 8 January 2017 / 2:52 pm

    You’ve had such a great December! I hope January is as good for you. We need to become more frugal & stop wasting money #monthlybucketlist

    • 8 January 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Thanks lovely, I think January might be the calm before the storm as we have lots of plans for several of the other months already :) I’m enjoying a quiet start to the year. Congratulations again by the way lovely, I am so happy for you :)

      Stevie x

  14. 10 January 2017 / 3:57 pm

    One big list! On my list is to actually do my New Year post. Ooops, ah well, it’s just a hobby. About the frugal bit, I have actually done the first step, making a budget for the next few months. Yay me. Now comes the hard part, sticking to it! Hope you have a great month! (I know you’ve already got new curtains :))

    • 10 January 2017 / 7:29 pm

      Ha I am in love with my new curtains ;) I really need to do some budgeting and planning if I want to be vaguely frugal this month/year!

      Stevie x

  15. 12 January 2017 / 11:49 am

    Sounds like you have had a fab year, well done for you stats! They are amazing! It’s been lovely to see how they have grown each month reading your updates. I can’t wait to see more of your videos, I have done a couple but I am not brave enough to do more! #monthlybucketlist

    • 12 January 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Thanks lovely, I’ve done another video eek I was nervous. YouTube scares me ha, but I’m glad I forced myself.

      Stevie xx