Things I Have Liked and Loved – January 2016

Time again for my favourite happy post of the month! Every month I write my list of things I have liked and loved over the month and I find it a great way to give myself a boost.

Even if I have felt like I’ve had a bad month and been pretty stressed out, writing this list makes me realise how much I have to be grateful for and that things were actually better than I thought. Then after a brilliant month, this list gives me even more of a happy buzz.

liked and loved

So here it is my things I have liked and loved in January 2016 


Perranporth today – The weather has been so wet and miserable lately, that during the brief moments when it’s nice we’ve tried to get outside to get rid of the cabin fever. Today we headed to the opposite coast from our home in St Austell to go to Perranporth, which is a gorgeous place with one of the best beaches in Cornwall in my opinion.

We went for a walk along the beach and up on to the coastal path on the cliffs. Amazingly it was 13 degrees, sunny and too hot to wear coats for most of our time there! It was great to get some exercise and the boys loved having running races with Si once we reached the top.




Being on the radio – I was so nervous I actually felt like I might be sick ha (classy I know), but I was on a local radio station called The Hub (106.1 FM in Cornwall or you can listen online) this week for an hour being interviewed by one of their lovely presenters. It ended up being a lot of fun, and I’m actually a bit proud that I didn’t back out with my nerves.

I spoke to them partly about my blog and blogging in general, but more importantly I spoke about the differences between the different types of Diabetes and I told everyone the signs and symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes.

Breakfast and shopping with a fellow blogger – I met the lovely Hannah from Cupcake Mumma for breakfast this month in Truro and we did a bit of shopping. The breakfast was huge and very yummy, and it was great to catch up with Hannah again.




Losing Weight – Despite the huge breakfast above, I have managed to lose 5 lbs this month and am trying to get my fitness and weight loss/health goals back on track. Slowly but surely I’ll get there.

New Stationery – Sad as it is, I do get a little over excited by new stationery and reviewing some Collins stationery lately was brilliant.

This sign in Mevagissey – This really gave me a giggle when we went to Meva recently.


Sign at Mevagissey


Running competitions – I used to enter a lot of competitions and got a real buzz when I had an email telling me I’d won something. I have several competitions running on my blog at the moment and I love that I am going to get to send those happy emails off to people. I always love that bit.

My blog birthday – A Cornish Mum is now a year old, and I loved how many people were lovely enough to congratulate me on this and who have also made my 1st year of blogging pretty darn amazing.

This photo – I took this photo today and it is my absolute favourite of all the thousands of photographs that I have taken over the years. It was such a happy moment watching the boys smiling faces as they raced Si and seeing Harley clown around as usual. It was just one of those moments that I am so glad I captured. I can;t help but smile at this photo.


My Favourite Photo


It’s been another brilliant month for me full of lovely things and my favourite people. How has your month been?

Stevie x

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  1. Robyn
    25 January 2016 / 10:02 am

    Gorgeous photo Stevie, so much energy and brightness in it. Well done on your radio appearance, that’s really exciting and another great example of how blogging brings so many opportunities to develop and learn new things. You did really well to overcome your nerves, braver than me :)

    • 25 January 2016 / 11:20 am

      Thank you, I didn’t think I managed to get them on my phone camera, so I was thrilled when I saw it when I got home. Such a happy photo :)

      Stevie x

  2. 25 January 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Another great post, reminding us to stay positive, in the moment and reflect! Congrats on the radio gig, high five! I have recently started blogging myself so will join in the link later :)

    • 25 January 2016 / 7:16 pm

      Thank you and ooh welcome to the crazy blogging world then ;)

      Stevie x

  3. 25 January 2016 / 7:18 pm

    You were on the radio? How exciting! Great job :) That photo with the boys running is full of so much joy :)
    Would love to have you link this up to #GratitudeGoals

    • 25 January 2016 / 7:37 pm

      I was ridiculously scared and nervous ha but it actually went really well and that photo is my favourite one ever :)

      Stevie x

  4. 25 January 2016 / 10:28 pm

    What a great start to the year for you. I love January and can’t believe it will be over soon. Well done on being on the radio and being interviewed for an hour is fantastic, though I am sure very scary too. That breakfast looks so yummy and well done on the weight loss xx

  5. 26 January 2016 / 7:56 am

    I love these posts, it’s great to look back at the good times. That photo is just fabulous! I’m glad the radio ended up being one of the good things too, especially after you were so nervous.x

    • 26 January 2016 / 10:47 am

      Thanks Natalie :) the photo has literally made my month regardless of anything else ;)

      Stevie xx

  6. There's always time for tea
    26 January 2016 / 6:10 pm

    Looks like you have had a lovely month! Cornwall is so gorgeous! Well done for going on the radio! xx

    • 26 January 2016 / 9:42 pm

      I most definitely did thanks lovely :)

      Stevie x

  7. 26 January 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Lovely post! Well done with your weight loss. Such a tough time of year to do that so be very proud . The picture of your family is wonderful. Such a beautiful place you live. There is nothing like living near the coast. I always feel so at peace when on a beach, rain or shine. Thanks for hosting this great linky ❤ Kathy #TenThings

    • 27 January 2016 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you, I honestly wouldn’t want to live anywhere else :)

      Stevie x

  8. 26 January 2016 / 11:03 pm

    I love this idea – finding positive things to reflect on. A must in January I find! Well done on capturing that fantastic moment on camera – I’m sure you’ll treasure that one. I’ve joined your linky for the first time. We’re planning #tenthings to do this year so we have things to look forward to.

    • 27 January 2016 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you, it really is my favourite post to write :)

      Stevie x

  9. 27 January 2016 / 6:58 am

    That really is a wonderful photo! Looks like a lot of fun!

    And gosh how scary was it being on the radio?! I was once interviewed for radio but I got all my words jumbled up… and annoyingly I just couldn’t remember one word so it was an #epicfail

    Mmm that brekkie looks really yum!! x

    • 27 January 2016 / 2:25 pm

      So so so in love with the photo :) and ha yep scary as anything, I felt sick but glad I did and feel more confident having forced myself to be braver than usual ;)

      Stevie xx

  10. 27 January 2016 / 8:39 pm

    I love that photo it’s caught so perfectly!Well done on keeping it together for the radio interview you must have been so nervous,I would have been.Fantastic for getting more info out there though.I’ve been pleased with losing a bit of weight this month too,any loss is good for keeping us going isn’t it xx #tenthings

    • 27 January 2016 / 10:28 pm

      Thanks lovely :) Well done on the weight loss hon, I’m struggling again at the moment arghhh ;)

      Stevie xx

  11. 28 January 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Great Photo of the family. That breakfast looks amazing and massive! Lovely beech to explore and how lovely to live near such a beauty spot X #tenthings

    • 29 January 2016 / 10:19 am

      Ha it was massive, there was also toast on a separate plate ha!

      Stevie x

  12. 29 January 2016 / 7:26 am

    You are so right Stevie even when you think it has been a bad month there are always moments of magic to be found! Loved the pub sign and that photo is fabulous! One for the wall?

    • 29 January 2016 / 1:19 pm

      Definitely want it on the wall somewhere, it’s now one of my favourite ‘possessions’ :))

      Stevie x

  13. 29 January 2016 / 8:52 am

    Great Pictures! Being on the radio must have been pretty cool, as well as a bit scary!! x

    • 29 January 2016 / 1:23 pm

      Very very scary ha ;)

      Stevie x

  14. 29 January 2016 / 9:40 am

    Well done with the radio & raising awareness about the different types of diabetes – I’m always amazed at the misconceptions, even among medical professionals! #picknmix

    • 29 January 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Thanks lovely, it’s something that means a lot to me

      Stevie x

  15. 29 January 2016 / 9:45 am

    Sounds like a pretty great month. Well done on losing weight. Those pictures are beautiful!

  16. Kelly Robinson
    29 January 2016 / 10:12 am

    I love this post! I love Cornwall I used to visit all the time, it is beautiful even in horrendous weather! Beer is definition happiness haha! #picknmix

  17. 29 January 2016 / 10:55 am

    Love that breakfast! Reminds me of The Hungrymans at Smokey Joes truck cafe at Blackwater! xx

    • 29 January 2016 / 12:09 pm

      Ooh I could actually happily eat this breakfast again now ;)

      Stevie x

  18. 29 January 2016 / 12:27 pm

    A lovely start to January. I might consider doing a monthly round up post. It is difficult sometimes to remember the good parts when you have had a month that has been considerably bad. #picknmix

    • 29 January 2016 / 1:32 pm

      You should join in with my linky for it, it’s either ten things or ‘things I have liked and loved this month’ you might be surprised by how many you can actually think of :)

      Stevie x

  19. 29 January 2016 / 1:57 pm

    looks like you been keeping busy :) .. and gosh that breakfast looks delicious. so hungry now lol. great post and
    fantastic pictures too xx

  20. Yvonne
    29 January 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Great idea to keep a list of the best things that happened, sometimes very easy to get bogged down in the less-happy stuff. Maybe I should do the same, would be nice to look back on as well. Sounds like a fab month for you too!!! #picknmix

  21. 29 January 2016 / 2:19 pm

    Well done for being on the radio! I would have been really nervous as well. Glad it went well. Well done on the weight loss as well! xx #picknmix

    • 29 January 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you, it has been a lovely month :)

      Stevie x

    • 29 January 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Cool with a big side order of scary ha ;)


  22. 29 January 2016 / 4:34 pm

    I love that photo, it looks like everyone’s having so much fun! And that breakfast looks amazing! #picknmix

    • 29 January 2016 / 7:52 pm

      Thanks, it was a brilliant day :) One of those spontaneous ones.

      Stevie x

  23. Tracey Abrahams
    29 January 2016 / 6:22 pm

    I know I say this often, but I am still so envious of you living in my favourite part of the country. The breakfast looks fab, and well done for the weight loss #picknmix

  24. AmyLovestoSew
    29 January 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Oh my goodness I love stationery too (am currently undergoing a ban from buying more notebooks as I have so many!) And the quote about happiness/beer, fabulous. Congrats on one year of blogging – pretty new to it myself (set up my blog just before Christmas – would welcome your thoughts if you get a mo). Lovely linky, will drop by again :)

    • 29 January 2016 / 8:13 pm

      Thank you, the last year has gone crazily fast! I’ll pop over and visit your blog in a mo ;)

      Stevie x

  25. 29 January 2016 / 8:27 pm

    That is a gorgeous photo, definitely one that needs to be in a frame. I really fancy a cooked breakfast now after seeing that photo. Well done on the weight loss and being on the radio. Considering it has been January, it sounds like you have had a great month xx #pickNmix

    • 29 January 2016 / 9:21 pm

      I’m considering trying to find somewhere to put it as a canvas or something on the wall :) and thanks

      Stevie x

  26. Fern
    29 January 2016 / 10:47 pm

    The sign in meva is brilliant isn’t it?! Saw it a while back and it made me laugh. And the picture of the boys & Si is brilliant, its lovely when you think you’ve missed the picture only to get home & see you’ve produced an amazing picture by chance. :) fab month for you and really well done on losing weight this month :)

    • 30 January 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Fern, was definitely a good month :)

      Stevie x

  27. Laura @ Dot Makes 4
    30 January 2016 / 9:00 am

    What a great month you’ve had! I love the photo of all the boys together :) Well done for being on the radio! I know how important type 1 diabetes is to you, so to get information out there to others is great!
    You’ve done so much in a month!
    Laura xx

    • 30 January 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks lovely, I was so nervous but so glad I braved it in the end ;)

      Stevie xx

  28. 30 January 2016 / 9:31 am

    I love that photo of the boys Stevie great shot! Oh I blogged the breakfast too and it makes me hungry! I’ve only just started working out again but hopefully by end of Feb I’ll see some changes! So many lovely reasons xx

    • 30 January 2016 / 8:45 pm

      Thanks Hannah :) and good lucj, I’ve upped my exercise this week and feeling better for it

      Stevie xx

  29. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    30 January 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Congrats on the radio interview – I can imagine how nerve wracking it must have been! Great to talk about diabetes too :) Really love that photo, Stevie! #PicknMix

    • 30 January 2016 / 8:48 pm

      Thank you and the photo was definitely my favourite thing this month :)

      Stevie x

  30. 1 February 2016 / 10:49 am

    The weather has been cruel here as well – going from one storm to another. It’s magical when you get a dry day to get outside. The beach is lovely in the winter. Congrats on your first radio appearance, I’d be so nervous too! #PicknMix x

    • 1 February 2016 / 11:51 am

      I am so hoping we have a beautiful dry spring to make up for it ;)

      Stevie x

  31. 1 February 2016 / 1:04 pm

    What a great month you’ve had Stevie! Well done for not backing out and going on the radio – I’m not sure I would have been able to do that! I love the photo of your boys too – it’s a great carefree moment of them having fun by the looks of it.

    Congrats on your blogversary – how quickly has that come around? It really doesn’t seem that long ago that we both started chatting to each other online as newies! #PickNMix

    • 1 February 2016 / 8:29 pm

      I know, it’s gone crazily fast! It really has been a great month, a good start to 2016 :)

      Stevie x

  32. 1 February 2016 / 4:24 pm

    What a fab month you have had! Congrats on your radio interview and I have stationery envy. Beautiful photos of Perranporth too #picknmix

    • 1 February 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks lovely, Perranporth is beautiful so hard to take bad photographs of :)

      Stevie x

  33. 2 February 2016 / 8:53 pm

    What a great happy list. It sounds like a great month and what a lovely photo! Thanks for hosting #picknmix xx

  34. 4 February 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Looks like you have had a great start to the year. Wish I lived closer so we could meet for breakfast! Love the photo of your 3 men xx

    • 4 February 2016 / 11:02 pm

      Me too, how brilliant would that be?! Sooooo…. when are you moving down? Ha

      Stevie xx

  35. 8 February 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Oh my! That breakfast looks amazing, just what I could do with rght now!! #tenthings xx

    • 8 February 2016 / 2:43 pm

      Me too ;) ha, I had a naughty diet cheat of a weekend, so it’ll be a while before I eat anything this good again ;)

      Stevie xx

  36. 12 February 2016 / 8:33 am

    Sounds like a great month, the photo is fab :) would be great for my photography class. And the size of that breakfast!! Well done on the weight loss :). Thanks for hosting #PicknMix xx

  37. 16 February 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Stevie as ever sounds like you’ve had a great month. That breakfast looked gorgeous.

    Fab picture. Was it taken with your #S5 :-)
    Thanks for hosting #tenthings

    I’ve 9 days to get a post ready to make it back to back months. Go me. Maybe ??