Monthly Bucket List – July 2015

It’s that time again, the end of the month when I do my monthly bucket list, look back at what I have achieved, and make plans for what I want to achieve and do over the following month. To start with, here is how I got on with last month’s list.

Monthly Bucket List - July

  • Increase my stats and followers: When I wrote my last bucket list there had been 17109 site views on my blog, as of today there have now been 25584, which I am thrilled by, it’s been my best month visit wise by far since I started my blog in January.My Twitter was at 3655 followers and now I have 4431,Facebook page was at 542 likes, and now has 667, it’s growing slowly but surely!Instagram was 1494 now 1806. I’m becoming a bit of an instagram addict, I love seeing everyone’s photos on there.Pinterest was 2379 and now is at 2569.WordPress/Email I always forget about, but last month was at 120 and is now at 183, I managed to get my WordPress follow me badge up thanks to Maria at Suburban Mum! I follow back any WordPress subscribers by the way…nudge nudge wink wink.

    YouTube – I had 32 subscribers, I now have 40. I haven’t been doing any YouTubing lately, and really need to find some time to do some more!

  • Stay in the Tots 100 top 500 – very proud to say that not only did I stay in the top 500, but I am now at number 205, which means my badge has a rank number on it, which I love!
  • Get some more YouTube videos done – I did add one more video very early in the month of my boys toy testing for Wicked Uncle, but I’ve neglected it again since, there just aren’t enough hours in the day!
  • Do the Type 1 Diabetes posts that I have wanted to do for ages – One done and one mid draft, so I’m happy I’ve mostly accomplished this one!
  • Find answers to my back, hip and leg issues – My back x-rays and blood tests didn’t find anything, so I am working on losing weight to ease the work my back has to do, I’m only officially 4 lbs overweight, but I want to get right in the middle of my ideal weight range, and I have started doing physio exercises that I’ve been given in the past. Determined to strengthen my back. Luckily though, I’ve been in a lot less pain and it’s less often. After a year of a lot of pain it’s a huge relief!
  • Find some storage furniture – We found the perfect set of drawers that match our dining room pretty well, and all my blog paperwork is now neatly organised. There’s a new printer/scanner/copier on top of the new drawers as well, so I have my own little office area.
  • To have a wicked time at Legoland Windsor! – I haven’t done the post about it yet, but we did have fun. It was really busy though, so it’s a good job we’d been before as we missed some stuff and had to queue an hour for one of the rides! Instead of just going to Legoland we extended our little holiday and went to Portsmouth first, and then Oxford the day after Legoland.

I’ve had an amazing month, as you can see from my recent Things I’ve liked/loved this month post, and greedy me is hoping for another good one! Here is my little bucket list of aims for this coming month…

  • Do a good job on my first Approved Family Friendly assessment visit – I’m now an official Approved Family Friendly blogger, and we already have our first weekend assessment stay booked at a local holiday camp for the 10th July. Just hoping it goes really well, as I’m so pleased to have been given the opportunity!
  • To give Fin a great birthday – my ‘baby’ is turning 11 on the 11th July, he’s thrilled we’re staying in a caravan for it, as although we aren’t far from home, he’s the only one who hasn’t been away on his birthday before. Starting to struggle more on the gifts side of things now that he’s more of a mini man though!
  • Increase my stats and followers as always – I may struggle with the stats bit this month though, as I had such a ridiculously good month, it’ll take some beating.
  • To meet some local bloggers – This one is a little bit of a cheat, as I already know that I am headed to a blogging event in Bodmin next week! I made sure to tell some of the local bloggers I get on with online about it, so that they followed the lingerie company and got invited too. Really excited about this, and not just because I get free lunch and a free underwear set ;)
  • Not cry at Fin’s leavers’ assembly – I still can’t believe it’s time for Fin to go to secondary in September, but sadly it is. His current school have been amazing over the years with his type 1 Diabetes care, and at times as a support to me when he was having a few issues that I won’t get in to, but were very stressful. There’s an assembly for all the mini people who are leaving school that the parents are invited to, and I really don’t want to embarrass myself by crying!
  • Clean our pit of a house up – blogging and a tidy house aren’t really two things that go together, but I am determined to do yet another ‘spring’ clean, and not just in the ten minutes before people come over.
  • Plan our Summer – I want to actually make a list this year of what we want to do and go to over the Summer holidays, I do a what’s on in Cornwall guide that I’m updating this week, which will come in handy for this. Sadly with us having just bought solar panels, we are on a budget more so this Summer, but this is why I need to plan more so that I can work out cheaper ways around things, and arrange free activities where possible!

What would be on your monthly bucket list, or even on your lifetime bucket list?

Stevie x

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28 Comments

  1. 30 June 2015 / 1:09 pm

    Well done on the stats,seems totally unreachable for me but suppose we all start somewhere don’t we!I remember crying when my eldest started year 11 I hated the fact he was going – he loved it!Now he’s about to leave and my youngest is starting nursery!Hope July is just as fab x

    • 30 June 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks lovely, I’m at an advantage with where I live as my Cornwall posts are pretty popular! This month however it was a Type 1 Diabetes post that had over 2100 views that bumped it up a lot, so I suspect there will be a slump next month, but we’ll see!

      Stevie xx

  2. 30 June 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Ah I love the idea of a monthly bucket list- such a great idea. I am also obsessively addicted to instagram- it’s by far my favourite form of social media. x

    • 30 June 2015 / 9:21 pm

      You should join in with the linky! The badge is at the bottom of my post and it’s every month on the last day of the month, I always enjoy doing mine!

      Stevie x

  3. 30 June 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Congrats on all the stats stuff! You’re so successful at this promotion business! :)

    I’m looking forward to seeing your Legoland post. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go.

    Is Fin going to secondary school now then?! Wow! Time flies huh?

    • 30 June 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Aw thanks hon, I’ve had an amazing month. Fin does go to secondary in September, which seems crazy!!

      Stevie x

  4. 30 June 2015 / 6:58 pm

    You’re doing so well Stevie; well done. How do you do it with your blog stats? Whatever you do, it’s lovely to see hardwork paying off.

    I think many bloggers will relate with the housework / blogging relationship. Planning for the Summer is definitely a good idea, it’s on my to-do list too.

    Happy Birthday in advances to Fin and have a lovely time at Bodmin. #Twitter

    • 30 June 2015 / 9:46 pm

      Thank you! It’s literally as you say, hard work! I post most days which gives people a lot to read if they arrive for the first time, and I put in the hours :) I have a ot to look forward to this month, so enjoyed this bucket list!

      Stevie xx

  5. 30 June 2015 / 11:44 pm

    It sounds like you had such a great June and lots of achievable goals for July. I look forward to seeing how you get on :) x

    • 30 June 2015 / 11:59 pm

      Thanks lovely, it was a great month and another really busy one ahead! Wish I’d started blogging years ago, as I’m hooked.

      Stevie xx

  6. 1 July 2015 / 11:04 am

    You’ve done so well Stevie – well done!! I’m glad you managed to enjoy your mini break away too it was well deserved! Here’s to another amazing month for you xx

    • 1 July 2015 / 11:13 am

      Thanks Maria! It’s been an especially good month, although I find it hard to believe it’s July already eek!

      Stevie xx

  7. gemma stevens
    2 July 2015 / 11:37 am

    Well done on the amazing stats. You have progressed so quickly for someone who has only been blogging for a short time.

    • 2 July 2015 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks Lovely, it was an amazing month and will definitely take some beating!

      Stevie x

  8. LittleOandMe
    2 July 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Wow, I am always so impressed by your stats blogging is definitely your forte :)
    I hope you have a lovely mini break away and at your blogging meet up :)
    Becky xx
    #montlybucketlist

    • 2 July 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Aw thanks Becky! I absolutely love blogging, I’m slightly addicted now ;)

      Stevie xx

  9. 3 July 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Great list this month Stevie can’t wait to help you achieve your meet the local bloggers one! You’ll never be able to not cry at the leavers service my A has his nursery one and I’m going to go to pieces they’ve been so amazing! Good luck with the little holiday isn’t blogging fab!? Xx

    • 3 July 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks lovely and really looking forward to meeting you! We can get lost in Bodmin together ;) I absolutely LOVE blogging ;)

      Stevie xx

  10. 5 July 2015 / 11:15 am

    Wow! That’s been a great month for your stats! You’ll have to tell me how to add the WordPress badge too, then maybe I can increase my followers. :). Hope you manage to keep it up with lots of other fab posts too. Another question, how do you publicise your posts, just Fb and Twitter? Hope Fin has a fab birthday, I keep telling O that he’ll still be my baby, even when he’s 30! Have fun at the lingerie event too, I have one for Nairns oatcakes in Edin this month, hoping to meet some other bloggers there too! :) x

    • 16 July 2015 / 1:53 pm

      Hey hun just realised I missed replying to your comment before ;) the wordpress badge I can’t remember but Maria at Suburban Mum told me so give her a shout ;)
      As for publicising I use twitter and FB yes but ALWAYS try to share to google + as google gives preference in searches to it’s own platforms so wheras my blog post may be at the second page sometimes my google+ is the first result :) Hope you’ve been having a fab month,

      Stevie xx

  11. 6 July 2015 / 12:33 pm

    Wow, sounds like you have had a really good month on the blog – and seems like you have got lots of fun stuff planned for July too =)
    Can’t wait to read about LegoLand I really want to go!

    • 6 July 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Legoland is fab but gets ridiculously busy as you’ll see when I eventualy get around to doing my post! ;)

      Stevie x

  12. 6 July 2015 / 4:41 pm

    Well done on another great month!! You’re doing great and your blog is fab! Good luck for July, especially not crying xx

    • 6 July 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks lovely, I had a brilliant month, and it’s lovely feeling like the hours and effort I’m putting in are starting to pay off!

      Stevie xx P.S I think I’ll be failing on the crying one I nearly did today when he had to go for a taster day at secondary!

  13. 8 July 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Congrats on such amazing stats in such a short time! I’m really busy at the moment with all the end of term stuff and so my stats are really struggling as I’m not feeling very inspired blog-wise. I know what you mean about tidiness and blogging not going together – our’s is a total tip at the moment! Looking forward to seeing your Legoland post, we went a couple of weeks ago and it was great fun – my post about it over on the blog x

    • 9 July 2015 / 12:01 am

      Thank you! Things are pretty manic here too, it seems like schools wait and try to cram everything in to the last couple of weeks of school! I loved watching my boys in their school play tonight though :)

      Stevie x P.S I’m decontaminating our house tomorrow out of necessity ;)

  14. 15 July 2015 / 7:03 am

    You need to write some posts and share your tips on your amazing stat growth – that’s just amazing well done!
    Hope your blog event went well & you had an awesome 11th birthday for Fin

    Thanks for linking up again lovely xxxx

    • 16 July 2015 / 1:50 pm

      I keep meaning to Beth, maybe I should add i to my next bucket list ;) Fin had a great birthday, the event was brilliant and it’s been a brilliant month so far :)

      I love linking up to your Monthly Bucket List, so thank you for hosting
      Stevie xxx