Things I Have Liked / Loved This Month – November

Time for my favourite post each month. I love thinking back over everything that I have liked and loved over the month for this post. It’s my happy post, although I find it hard to believe it’s near the end of November already.

Here’s November’s list.

Our Silverspring Holiday – We went away on a glamping holiday at the end of October, and came home at the beginning of November. We had a brilliant time in our pod, which was only 40 minutes from home.


My new (to me) car – My old car was so slow that it drove Si a bit mad to drive it, especially as St Austell where we live is not short on hills. My new car is a diesel Vauxhall Astra estate and she is a powerful beauty. My car came from my newest advertiser Steve Hall, whose ad you can see in my sidebar at the moment.

Visiting St Michael’s Mount – We went there whilst on our holiday, and I actually thought I’d been there before with my school as a child, but I was wrong. It was the first time any of us had been there, and we loved it. I’ll be posting about it soon, but here’s a little sneak peek.

St Michael's Mount

My DA going up – For all non bloggers or website owners out there, DA is Domain Authority and it pretty much is an indicator of how likely you will be to show up in search results – an important thing for anyone who wants a successful site. For those in the know, mine jumped from 25 to 30 which I’ve been told is really good for a ten month old site.

Hibernating – With the awful weather we’ve had lately, I’ve enjoyed the excuse to stay snuggled up inside. I worked on a recipe post for Clover lately as well, which means we had loads of tubs here and I’ve been enjoying it on crumpets – the perfect hibernation food as far as I’m concerned.


My Tots 100 Score – Out of over 8000 parenting blogs ranked by Tots 100, my blog is currently number 122 which I am very proud of.

Bloggers event – I went to a special bloggers’ tea tasting event with Birchalls Tea during November, which I will be writing about very shortly. It was a lovely event though and I got to meet some lovely people. That’s all I’m telling you for now though ;)

My World Diabetes Day Post – Being a subject so very close to my heart with one of my sons having Type 1 Diabetes, I am very proud that my Faces of Type 1 post was shared al over social media and has had over 1300 views so far.

My competitions – I used to love entering competitions, and it makes me smile that this month I have had and do have so many competitions running on my blog, as I love that I get to make some people smile and be excited with an email to tell them they’ve won.

More time with the boys – I left the most important til last, as this is the one that has made me smile the most. The plus side to the rubbish weather and it being dark earlier, is that the boys aren’t out playing as much. Selfish I know, but I’ve loved having them indoors more and spending more time watching films together and enjoying family time.

What have you liked and loved this month?

Stevie x

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  1. 25 November 2015 / 1:27 pm

    Very jealous of your holiday and car!! #TenThings

    • 25 November 2015 / 1:57 pm

      Thanks lovely, though both mean I’m feeling a little poor at the moment! ;)

      Stevie x

  2. 25 November 2015 / 1:37 pm

    I love this idea – I hope you don’t mind me joining in, trying to find my blogging mojo at the moment and this definitely encourages me!

    • 25 November 2015 / 1:57 pm

      Of course I don’t mind! ;) Any linkies I do are always open to anyone and all bloggers are welcome, the more the merrier!

      Stevie x

  3. 25 November 2015 / 4:31 pm

    Sounds a lovely month – I really like nearby holidays, feels like a proper break without always having to travel too far. And congrats on the DA and Tots score! #10things

    • 25 November 2015 / 8:36 pm

      It’s also nice knowing if we forget anything we can just pop home ;) and thanks Cathy

      Stevie x

  4. 25 November 2015 / 9:43 pm

    I love these round ups. I also love St Michael’s mount. Did you find the heart shaped stone?! Maybe you visited Mont St Michel in France – it’s pretty much the twin of the Cornish one! x

    • 26 November 2015 / 10:42 am

      We did indeed :) When we went it had been wet the night before so despite it being a gorgeous sunny day it was so slippery walking up I’m lucky I didn’t face plant the giant’s heart ha ;) I haven’t been to the French one but it sounds brilliant as well!

      Stevie x

    • 27 November 2015 / 1:47 pm

      Thank you and it really was, they’re always so cosy inside!

      Stevie x

  5. 27 November 2015 / 8:21 am

    That Pod looks amazing and I am so jealous of those crumpets they are one thing I really miss in Holland! Great blog results and well deserved I particularly loved your Diabetes piece! #picknmix

    • 27 November 2015 / 1:49 pm

      Aw thank you, and eek no crumpets not sure I could live there ha ;) I also see gorgeous pictures of Holland.

      Stevie x

  6. Kim (sisterkin)
    27 November 2015 / 8:36 am

    Very jealous of your Silverspring holiday. Your posts always make me feel warm and cosy – off to eat some crumpets. #PicknMix

    • 27 November 2015 / 1:50 pm

      It was a lovely little holiday, and pods are surprisingly no where near as expensive as I thought they would be either, we stayed in one last year as well.

      Stevie x

  7. Sarah
    27 November 2015 / 8:44 am

    Thats a brilliant Tots100 score well done you! Hope to see you in the top 100 in the new year! #PicknMix

    • 27 November 2015 / 1:52 pm

      Aw thank you, I’ve been in the top 100 once already so ticked that off my wish list ha ;)

      Stevie x

  8. 27 November 2015 / 11:54 am

    Sounds like a great month! I love St Michaels Mount – we go there all the time when we visit my inlaws. That pod looks fab from your glamping holiday…something I may have to look into for 2016! #picknmix

    • 27 November 2015 / 1:52 pm

      Pods are actually reasonably priced as well I find, cheaper than a cottage but just as if not more cosy :)

      Stevie x

  9. Mimiroseandme
    27 November 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Well it sounds as if you had a great time glamping – your pod looks very posh…:) congrats on the DA and Tots ranking on Tots!!!

    • 27 November 2015 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you :) Pods are so cosy, and it was a bargain of a price as well luckily ;)

      Stevie x

  10. 27 November 2015 / 2:25 pm

    I love this post and the idea of reading all the things you love each month! I must say I’m a particular fan of this months – your trip to St Micheals Mount looks lovely, I have so many wonderful childhood memories of the area as we went there every year! Mousehole was another one of our favourite spots! And as for the crumpets – well I am on board! 9 months pregnant and borderline obsessed with them! So glad I’ve discovered your blog and have linked up with #PicknMix Fridays! xxx

    • 27 November 2015 / 6:20 pm

      Aw thank you lovely, I’m glad you have too! It was a brilliant month, hoping next months is just as good especially with it being Christmas!

      Stevie xx

  11. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    27 November 2015 / 3:03 pm

    Seems like you got loads of lovely things this month… I’m chuffed too with my DA going up since it didn’t move the last 2 months. That pod looks nice, would want to have a holiday there too. #PicknMix

    • 27 November 2015 / 7:29 pm

      My DA was the same took ages to move as Moz kept missing me out and messed up my links etc was a relief it was all sorted this month!

      Stevie x

  12. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    27 November 2015 / 3:21 pm

    That glamping pod looks so cool! bet it was nice to do something a little different. And congrats on the new car – I drive an astra too :) so welcome to our own little club! Sounds like you blog is doing fantastically well this month too so go you! #PicknMix

    • 27 November 2015 / 7:30 pm

      I love my car, I think Astras are definitely designed with women in mind, I just fit it perfectly and she’s actually fun to drive :) and thank you :)

      Stevie x

  13. 27 November 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Ooh, I haven’t had crumpets in aaaages! Mmmm…I could do with some carby comfort food like that right now. Lovely to look back over the positives.


    • 27 November 2015 / 7:33 pm

      I have a slight crumpet addiction, especially at this time of year!

      Stevie x

  14. 27 November 2015 / 4:14 pm

    Lovely month sweetie. I went to St Michaels Mount when I was 10. It really is beautiful! I do even you being in the most beautiful past of the country. I miss The Westcountry. Cant wait to come down to Plymouth for a week at Christmas xx #pinknmix

    • 27 November 2015 / 7:35 pm

      I have no idea why it took me so many years to go there, havign National Trust memberships this year has gotten us going to new places more though which I’ve loved :)

      Stevie x

  15. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    27 November 2015 / 5:21 pm

    What a brilliant Tots 100 score – very well done on that and your DA! We went glamping for the first time this year, also in a yurt and had loads of fun – more than I expected. It is great to think of all the good things about each month as it can be easy sometimes to focus on the negative. we have also spent more time as a family :) Thanks for sharing #PicknMix

    • 27 November 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Thank you :) I love glamping, I’m really not much of a camper! ;)

      Stevie x

  16. 27 November 2015 / 7:14 pm

    What a fun month you have had! Your glamping holiday looks amazing, I would love to stay in one of those pod things! Well done on your TOTS100 ranking and you DA increase. I have been hibernating a bit this month too, love a cosy day watching films on the sofa. I now really want some crumpets…xx #picknmix

    • 27 November 2015 / 7:39 pm

      I love hibernating and being warm and cosy indoors :)))

      Stevie x

  17. 27 November 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Fab result on your DA and Tots score and well deserved Stevie :) I am also jealous of how many fabulous holidays you go on! xxx

    • 28 November 2015 / 12:19 pm

      Thank you hon x I suspect there will be a lack of holidays for a while now as they add up money wise ha, but it has been a brilliant year for them!

      Stevie xx

  18. 27 November 2015 / 8:48 pm

    What a great month! That pod looks really cool, think I might be able to cope with glamping more than camping x #picknmix

    • 28 November 2015 / 12:21 pm

      I am most definitely not a camper, but I love glamping! It was one of my favourite months of the year, will take some topping ;)

      Stevie x

  19. Robyn
    27 November 2015 / 10:08 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had an awesome month! Visions of dark evenings, kids indoors and crumpets & tea make me feel a bit nostalgic for winter. The grass is always greener on the other hemisphere – haha! #picknmix

    • 28 November 2015 / 12:25 pm

      I love winter, but then I’ve also always wanted to visit New Zealand! ;)

      Stevie x

  20. 28 November 2015 / 10:00 am

    Lovely post! I love St Michael’s Mount. #picknmix

    • 28 November 2015 / 12:29 pm

      Me too and thank you

      Stevie x

    • 28 November 2015 / 12:31 pm

      The holiday was brilliant, perfect little family break :)

      Stevie x

  21. 28 November 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Sounds like a pretty good month! I’ve never been down your way but I think St Michael’s Mount is something I’d like to visit. The glamping hut looks pretty awesome! Yay for your DA jump! Mine dropped from 27 to 24! Boo!! #TenThings

    • 28 November 2015 / 7:59 pm

      Loads of people’s DAs dropped at the same time, so hopefully you’ll go back up next time! :) Was a lovely month,

      Stevie x

  22. 28 November 2015 / 9:39 pm

    We have been hibernating a lot too but today we were out & about. It’s great to get to town & soak up all of the Christmas spirit. Congrats on your post having 1300 views – that is amazing!!! Thanks so much for hosting! x

    • 28 November 2015 / 11:52 pm

      Thanks lovely, and I’m hoping the stormy weather we have here dies down a bit for the weekends soon so we can egt out and enjoy some days out again too :)

      Stevie x

  23. 30 November 2015 / 9:35 am

    Woop at your Tots100 score, that’s amazing! Your hard work has paid off!! Glamping looks amazing too #TenThings xx

    • 30 November 2015 / 10:25 am

      Thanks lovely, and Tots had a reshuffle so it’s 118 now ha ;) I love glamping, I can’t wait to try something else a bit different at some point.

      Stevie xx

  24. 1 December 2015 / 4:49 pm

    So awesome that you have had more time with your boys this month :) The blogger event sounds fun too. Would love to have you link this up to #GratitudeGoals :)

  25. 3 December 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Aww lovely list. I love St Michaels Mount got caught by the tide once. I need to start doing my favourite 10 things again! xx

    • 3 December 2015 / 10:25 pm

      It’s definitely my favourite post to do :))

      Stevie xx

  26. 3 December 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Aw I love that you are spending more time with the boys with the darker weather. I love the winter evenings too, snuggled up in front of the fire! Love the look of those pods – or at least my husband would. And well done on the blog front – you do so well! #picnmix

    • 3 December 2015 / 10:31 pm

      I really am loving seeing them a lot more, it’s scary how independent they are both getting! Pods are brilliant to stay in, so cosy

      Stevie x

  27. 3 December 2015 / 9:50 pm

    I like the look of your glamping pod, it looks fab!
    Well done on your DA going up too, I know how much time it does to improve it.

    • 3 December 2015 / 10:33 pm

      It really was brilliant, I love pods they’re perfect for family holidays and thank you :)

      Stevie x

  28. 4 December 2015 / 7:33 am

    What s great month, congratulations on the figures -30 and 122 is brilliant I didn’t realise you had only been doing it for 10 months! As you were here when I stated I had assumed years!! Congratulations xx#PickNMix

    • 4 December 2015 / 1:59 pm

      Thanks hon, it was a great month for definite :)

      Stevie xx