Things I have Liked/Loved this month – February


This post is, as usual, a list of what I have really liked and loved over the past month. I always look forward to doing this post each month, possibly because of my list writing addiction. Also though, because when I find something I really like, I like to share it with all of you … Apart from food, believe me, I NEVER share food, much to Si’s disgust! So enough waffle, in no particular order as always, here’s my list…


1. My son Harley’s birthday! As shocking at it still seems to me that my ‘baby’ boy is now the grand old age of 9, it was a lovely day, and he loved his mini Minecraft inspired party and sleepover. Hopefully, at the next sleepover (which Si says will NEVER be happening), the children may actually do a bit more of the sleep part.


2. Carex Fun Edition handwashes. These are amazing in my opinion. They come in cola bottle, bubble gum and strawberry laces, and actually smell like they should! I have finally found something that convinces my children to voluntarily wash their hands. Even better, the smells are so distinctive, that there is no way they can lie that they have used handwash, to clean their hands without me catching them out!


Carex Handwashes


3. The Old Ale House in Truro, Cornwall. I was lucky enough to be invited to a taster menu preview of their new Spring menu on Thursday night, and Si was even allowed to tag along. I won’t say too much about this, as a review will be on it’s way, but let’s just say I will be going back there in the very near future, and this collaboration between Skinner’s and River Cottage is quite possibly my favourite since PJ and Duncan first became friends on Byker Grove (I’m showing my age now I know!).


4. Big Hero 6. I watched this with the boys over the half term break, and absolutely loved it. I actually embarrassed my children slightly by laughing so loudly that a few people did turn to look at me, but I blame Disney for being so good at what they do. Big Hero 6 is a very funny film, but it also deals with ‘grown up’ issues such as bereavement in a very sensitive way. Mostly though it’s just great when there’s a film for them that I can actually enjoy as well, unlike the torture that was the Lego Movie!


5. The Curvy Girl’s Club by Michele Gorman. I am loving the books from Avon Books recently and was lucky enough to be sent this one for free after winning it in a competition. I’m only half way through, as things have been manic here with birthdays, half term and my blog for starters. However even half way through, I am really enjoying this book, and it’s messages about positive body image.


6. Cornwall Hour on Twitter! I love Cornwall Hour, it is on every Wednesday on Twitter between 7.30 and 8.30pm, and is a great way to network or make friends in Cornwall. I have ‘met’ some lovely people through Cornwall Hour, and it is great for finding out what is going on in the local area, and usually involves a lot of laughing! If you are in Cornwall and decide to join in, then just remember to add #cornwallhour to the end of your messages on there so that everyone can see what you have said properly! Also if you aren’t in Cornwall, don’t worry as lots of other counties have their own ‘hour’, so just search on there and you may find your own, although clearly, Cornwall Hour is the best ;)


7. Excitabauble. This is run by one of the lovely Cornwall Hour people I have ‘met’ online, and I just love the concept! Baubles are so pretty, why only have them at Christmas time? You can find Excitabauble on Facebook and Twitter for more information, and to order your own baubles, I especially love the idea of them for wedding favours, and table place settings! You can find Sarah’s other contact details at



8. My eldest son getting his first girlfriend. Although he’s only ten and a half and having a ‘girlfriend’ is in title only (I love the cute innocence of it), it’s made him very happy, and what makes my children happy mostly makes me happy. I say mostly, as although they are VERY happy shouting at their friends over the  Xbox Live, I am not quite so happy to have to listen to it!


9. Si getting his ear syringed! A little bit gross and too much information I am sure, but if you have ever been out in public with someone with blocked ears before, then you will know the relief of this one. For around two weeks he was whispering anything he should speak normally, and pretty much shouting all sorts of embarrassing things that he meant to whisper, and I won’t elaborate on that, as I’ve had my quota of public embarrassment for this month thank you!


10. My Day out with my man. We went to Padstow and Carnewas this month for lunch and a walk, just the two of us. As much as I love my children, sometimes ‘couple time’ is exactly what we need, and of course, we chose some lovely places to spend that time in!


Carnewas and Padstow



What have you especially loved this month?

Stevie x


This post is linked up with Suburban Mum at her Our Favourite Five linky, because although this isn’t official a ‘5’ list it’s one I do on the same subject each month, and because Maris over at Suburban Mum is lovely!


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  1. 28 February 2015 / 10:16 am

    Spending two fabulous days with my youngest son in Cardiff where he is at university. We spent the days catching up over coffee and cake, browsing in the shops ( like me he loves homeware, especially anything to do with kitchens) eating out and drinking whiskey! It was my first time that I have stayed in a hotel on my own. What a treat to watch TV in bed !

    • 28 February 2015 / 10:37 am

      That sounds like a lovely time away Brigitte! Maybe not the whiskey part though, I was a bit silly with whiskey as a teen and can no longer stand the smell even! A tv to myself sounds like bliss though!

      Stevie :)

  2. 28 February 2015 / 1:42 pm

    Sounds like a great month! Very brave with a sleepover for your son, I don’t blame your husband saying it’s never happening again!!
    The baubles are a lovely idea and I love the photos from your walks, you always have such gorgeous photographs. :) x

    • 28 February 2015 / 8:47 pm

      He almost choked on his cup of tea when he read ‘husband’ lol! We haven’t actually gotten around to getting married, although we have been together for over 4 years, and I am not sure we’ll worry to be honest! Sleepovers do drive me mad, as they all seem to have lead in their socks, with the noise they make on our ceiling downstairs! However, I love making them happy so I do grit my teeth and give in sometimes!
      Stevie x

  3. 28 February 2015 / 8:14 pm

    We love the Carex handwashes too!My littlest boy loves the bubblegum ones just because it’s blue!!I work with people with hearing loss and I sooooo know what you mean haha xx

    • 28 February 2015 / 8:58 pm

      They are lovely and such a good idea, although it does disappear a lot quicker than the normal handwashes! As for Si’s ear issues, I am sooo relieved it’s over with, as funny as it was at times!

      Stevie x :)

  4. 28 February 2015 / 9:52 pm

    I LOVE the bubble gum handwash… to the extent I have about 12 bottles of it as I saw it on offer when I was doing my weekly shop… I think I am addicted to it!

    • 1 March 2015 / 10:19 am

      Ha Jenni, I’d have no where to put that many bottles, I do tend to buy all three ‘flavours’ at once though, just in case they aren’t available next time I go in!

      Stevie :)

  5. Mother Mands
    1 March 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Padstow looks gorgeous! I’ve never actually made it down to Cornwall, definitely on my list though, and your photos are tempting me even more!
    This month I’ve liked beginning maternity leave, as much as I’ll miss the kids at school, I’m looking forward to a little rest before the chaos ensues! :D I’ve loved starting to get our little girls room sorted and the house in general and just the whole building excitement. I’ve got into the ‘blogging’ now and am enjoying myself, reading other mums and foodie blogs and even just thinking up posts. March is off to a good start too, and I’m feeling fairly organised…which is very rare for me :D

    • 1 March 2015 / 11:19 pm

      Padstow is lovely, and Cornwall obviously is ;) Not that I am at all biased! Enjoy your maternity leave, and although it’s great to get stuff done don’t go forgetting to rest! Eek I sound like a nag, but you know what I mean :)

      Stevie x

  6. 2 March 2015 / 11:45 am

    You have now given me the urge to go and buy those Carex hand washes – they sounds awesome!

    Your ear syringing comment made me laugh xD As gross as it is I have to have this done a couple of times a year (delightful!), and I hereby apologise to everyone who has to put up with me in the weeks beforehand! I sympathise for your Mr Perfect though as it really is so annoying not being able to hear anything :(

    Cornwall Hour made my February favourites too – it’s good fun! Nice to see you there :)

    • 2 March 2015 / 2:48 pm

      They are pretty awesome! My niece is always making excuses to go and wash her hands, so that she can check what ‘flavour’ we’ve got this time! and my poor boyfriend was pretty miserable before his ears were sorted, so I’m glad they’re okay again!!

      Stevie x

    • 9 March 2015 / 9:24 am

      Thank you, it’s one of my favourite posts to do every month :) I’m hoping they bring out some more of the handwashes, as we’re slightly addicted to them in this house!

      Stevie xx

  7. Dianne
    11 March 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Where were those hand washes when I needed them ;-) They look adorable too. Happy belated birthday to your nine year old.
    Lovely list – bit late with my comments

    • 11 March 2015 / 9:43 pm

      Thank you and not to worry ;) The handwashes smell delicious…strangely!

      Stevie :)

  8. 13 March 2015 / 11:53 pm

    It does smell weirdly ‘yummy’ ha!

    Stevie x

  9. 15 March 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Thanks for linking up Stevie!

    I totally sympathise with Mr P and getting his ear syringed. My hubby suffers from this and need to have it done regularly. So funny after he’s had it done as his hearing is then super sensitive and I keep getting asked “can you hear that?!” lol

    Hope you come and link up next month xx

    • 15 March 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Of course I will lovely :) Simon was exactly the same, suddenly everything seemed really loud to him afterwards! He’s had it twice so far this year, but hopefully that will be the end of it, poor man!

      Stevie xx