Monthly Bucket List – July 2016

Time for my usual monthly bucket list, where I look back over the previous month (in this case June 2016) to see how I got on with my goals for the month. I also set new goals every month and vow to actually try to achieve them.


Here is how my June went:


Increase my stats and follower numbers


At the end of May there had been 141,883 site views on my blog, there have now been 150,970 views to my blog since I started it in January 2015. This was actually a pretty quiet month for me view wise, but then I also posted less as we were away twice and I actually allowed myself some time off. I’m still happy with the numbers luckily.


My Twitter was at 14077 followers and now I have 14751


My Facebook page was at 1798 likes, and now has 1877


Instagram was 8920 now 9582


Pinterest was 4362 and now is at 4378 – I haven’t done anything to my Pinterest in ages, definitely need to work on it.


Youtube – I had 313 subscribers, and I now have 353 subscribers.


Tots 100 – Tots decided not to update in June, so my Tots score hasn’t changed – well it did go down one to number 50, but that was just a reshuffle of someone else’s score. That’s 13 months in the top 200 now, even if one of those months now was a ‘freebie’ :)



Lose weight


Well I did lose weight, a whole pound! Annoying as it was to only lose a lb I actually lost more, as I had to lose the weight that I put on at Butlin’s. It also meant that I was officially no longer classed as being overweight – a brilliant feeling. After a couple of naughty days of eating, I may hold off on weighing for a few days though…


Have an epic weekend in London and at Britmums! 


I still need to write my Britmum’s actual post, but I did write about not winning my Brilliance in Blogging award ha. We had a great weekend and it was amazing to finally meet so many of my blogger friends in person. It was  a crazy busy event and I missed seeing a few I was hoping to, but overall it was absolutely fantastic.


We also went to Warner Studios for a bit of Harry Potter geekery and oh my word I loved it.


Hogwarts - Harry Potter


Have lots of baby cuddles


I got to have some teeny baby cuddles, Lisa and Trev’s new little man Hudson was overdue, so he was very much still a newborn when we went to visit. He is absolutely gorgeous, and we loved seeing Jack again now he’s running around. The boys loved playing with him, and I so wish they lived closer to us as Newbury is very far from Cornwall!


Remember to take loads of photos at Butlins and have a great time there 


Yep I succeeded in this one, the boys loved our Butlin’s break and seeing Diversity live was really something else.


Run as much as possible


Well…. not as much as possible, but I did run a lot more this month than I have been and I am now managing 15 minutes full pelt without a break on the treadmill. I know this is really not long for a lot of people, but for me it is the longest I have managed in years after all my back issues and I am planning to beat that time this month.


Sort my son’s school play costume out


This was almost a disaster! Having been told by the school that he needed to dress as a man dressed as a woman… a Tudor woman, it was a bit of a challenge. Then after altering one of my old dresses and making a bit of a hash of a costume the night before it was due.

I then had a bad mum moment of guilt and went out and bought a less embarrassing costume for him. So it was sorted… eventually.


My goals for July are:


Increase my stats and followers as always 


Work on my Pinterest – I need to start remembering to do more pinnable images and just generally remember to use Pinterest. I need to have a tidy up of it too and get it more visually appealing.


Run on the treadmill for at least 20 minutes in one go – Like I said, not a lot for some people, but this will be a new record for me in recent years and a sign that my fitness is heading back to where it used to be.


Get back on the Slimming World bandwagon – I have been a lot more naughty in the last few days, but hopefully I can start afresh from Monday – I have got a chinese takeaway ordered tonight. With increasing my running time, hopefully I can kick-start my weight loss again.


Send my youngest off to camp properly equipped You know when children go on school camp, the school give you a long list of equipment they’ll need? Well my youngest goes away on Monday and I need to find that list again and actually buy what I need to.


Give Fin a good birthday – The day his brother goes to camp is also Fin’s birthday, so with it being a school day as well it may not feel that special a day for him. I am determined he’ll have a great evening and we’ll be doing something as a family on the weekend before. He will be turning twelve crazily enough.


Get Scheduling – The school holidays start at the end of July and I would love to have some posts pre-scheduled so that I can take a bit more time off with my boys, without my blog suffering too much. I’ll be taking the time off regardless though, some things are more important that anything else.


I hope you’ve all had a great month and have an even better July!





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  1. 2 July 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Sounds like you’re doing well! I saw your updates about the costume – glad you got it sorted, eventually!! I can’t wait to read your BritMums post. Looks like you all had a great time! Yeah scheduling posts for the next month or two is on my to-do list as well! x

    • 2 July 2016 / 11:14 pm

      Thanks lovely, in all honesty this month has absolutely knackered me out ha, I could do with a nice relaxed July ;) Britmums was really good for meeting so many bloggers who I have been wanting to meet for ages and some new ones :)

      Stevie xx

  2. 2 July 2016 / 10:35 pm

    You are always so productive. I love these posts. I really need to run more x

    • 2 July 2016 / 11:17 pm

      Thanks Donna, instead of an abs challenge we should do a treadmill one ;)

      Stevie xx

  3. 2 July 2016 / 11:59 pm

    Oh well done, these posts are amazing, you achieve so much each month. I need to do something similar. I also need to do some more scheduling, it really takes the pressure off doesn’t it?

    • 3 July 2016 / 12:08 am

      You should join in, I know you don’t do stinky linkies ;) but this is a different sort of one really and Beth is an absolute beaut ;)

      Stevie x

  4. 3 July 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Any tips on how you increased your facebook?

    • 4 July 2016 / 9:07 am

      I so wish I knew Rachel, if I did mine would be a whole lot higher ;) It just takes time with Facebook.

      Stevie x

  5. 4 July 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Fab list as always, so inspiring. Good luck for July xxx

    • 10 July 2016 / 9:20 am

      Thank you lovely, I hope you have a brilliant July.

      Stevie x

  6. Tracey Stagles
    5 July 2016 / 12:22 pm

    You have achieved so much! I really want to visit the warner studios, have to put that on my bucket list too. Good luck for July :)

  7. 5 July 2016 / 1:51 pm

    You are doing so well with your monthly goals. I didn’t even think of putting my goals into a monthly achievement but it sounds like such a great idea and I may give it a go. :-)

    • 5 July 2016 / 2:00 pm

      Oh you so should, the lovely Beth at Twinderelmo runs it as a monthly linky on her blog. Its always the last day of the month her linky goes live and I am so glad I started it as it keeps me vaguely focused ;)

      Stevie x

  8. 5 July 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Wow what a fab month! Though I am sad I didn’t get to meet you at Britmums! I am so so jealous of the Harry Potter photo and visit, my husband and I have vouchery-things to go there we’ve had them since Christmas and still haven’t found the time! I need to go !!! Though I would probably not want to leave.

  9. 5 July 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Oh making costumes is so tricky. My daughter needed a Victorian school girl outfit recently. I ran out of time and resorted to Amazon (although a lot of the girls had the same outfit so I wasn’t the only one!) Well done with the running, I think building up steadily is totally the way to go.

  10. 6 July 2016 / 6:50 pm

    What a fab post Stevie and you have certainly had a great month. I think just writing things down like this can help you be so much more productive which I need to be. I am hopeless at making costumes and Ebay is definitely my friend when a school letter comes home. Totally with you in scheduling some posts for over the summer holidays. Have a great month x

    • 6 July 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks Tracey :) You should join in with doing it monthly for Beth’s linky, it keeps me vaguely organised ha! I’m always hit and miss with costumes, it either goes very right or oh so very wrong.

      Stevie x

  11. 6 July 2016 / 11:28 pm

    Hey a whole pound is great progress! Gotta take every little bit in the right direction :)
    Would love for you to link this up to #GratitudeGoals

  12. 8 July 2016 / 1:06 pm

    You have inspired me to actually set goals for my blog and I love the idea of a monthly bucket list that incorporates both your blog and your personal life; fab post!

  13. 11 July 2016 / 6:59 pm

    15 minutes is bloody amazing. I couldn’t run for 60 seconds when I started. Just keep at it. Glad you enjoyed Harry Potter. Need to read your review as we are going in a few weeks
    Fingers crossed you pass 10k on your insta how exciting. Good luck with SW too xxx