Things I Have Liked + Loved – October 2016

Time for my monthly round-up of things that I have liked and loved this month. This time for October 2016, it has definitely been a good one … well minus my current broken car.


Our Polperro stay


We have just come back from a review stay at a holiday park near to Polperro and Looe. It was great to have a break as a family and I purposefully left my laptop at home. The break has really done us all some good I think. You can read my Seaview Holiday Village post now if you like ;)


The photo below is of the pretty epic hot chocolate at Talland Bay.


Hot chocolate at Talland Bay near Polperro


Plymouth Aquarium


We went to the National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth whilst we were away. I love it there and we hadn’t been for years, though it was absolutely packed. I think next time we go it’ll be on a weekend out of season rather than a rainy day at half term. It was still a great day out.


Plymouth Marine Aquarium


Visiting Dawlish


We had another review stay this week at a hotel in Dawlish. We were only there for one night, but Dawlish really seems a lovely place and the boys loved the arcade there. 2p machines that have Pokemon prizes in really made their afternoon. Review to come soon as well, I have a very busy week ahead!




I have started to use my YouTube channel more and the subscribers have grown a lot recently. Still very small really, but I am actually enjoying making videos and finding it a lot less daunting to do. The boys have been getting in on the act too, they had me in hysterics at their antics for Children in Need this week.


They helped me with another video that I have published too, all about my super power …



Lush Event


I went to a blogger’s event in Plymouth at Lush with the very lovely Hayleigh from Budget Food Mummy this month. It was a lot of fun and Hayleigh even survived my driving. Everyone accidentally drives through taxi ranks don’t they?


Lush bath bombs




Crazily the boys and I were invited to open the new Smiggle stationery shop in Truro down here in Cornwall this month. Not something that I ever expected to be asked to do.


It was fun though and the staff there were so lovely, I’m looking forward to popping back in to get the boys some stocking fillers soon.


Gingerbread cheesecake


Whilst on one of our review stays, I had this cheesecake for dessert. Possibly part of the reason why my jeans are feeling a bit tight, but really so very worth it. Absolutely delicious, the best cheesecake I have ever had in fact. I’ll link to where I ate it as soon as the review post is live!


Gingerbread Cheesecake


It really has been an especially wonderful month in so many ways. There have been a few negatives, but as always that is really not what this post is about. As always writing it has made me smile and I love looking back over old liked and loved posts, and seeing lots of happy memories.


I really hope your October has been brilliant, what have your likes and loves been? If you are a blogger who likes the idea of this post each month, why not join in? Pop to my Liked and Loved linky for this month!


Stevie x

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  1. 27 October 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Looks like a good October to me except the car obviously! That cheesecake looks amazing!!!!! #LikedandLoved xx

    • 27 October 2016 / 2:49 pm

      The car is driving me mad, though it was probably good exercise walking to the shop and lugging it all home up the hill earlier ;)

      Stevie x

  2. 28 October 2016 / 1:39 am

    Hi. Nice roundup. Gives me a good idea for a post. Sounds like you are going strong – reviews and blogging events and making videos and whatnot. Always good to see a good person doing well. Cheers!

    • 28 October 2016 / 8:26 am

      Thank you and I do the post as a linky if you see the Liked and Loved linky post on here :)


  3. 28 October 2016 / 8:09 am

    Well done with your you tube channel. The cheesecake is making me hungry! #picknmix

    • 28 October 2016 / 8:24 am

      Thank you! That cheesecake is pretty much haunting my dreams ha ;)

      Stevie x

  4. 28 October 2016 / 8:23 am

    Your post has had me dribbling this morning – the hot chocolate and the cheesecake! And the Lush bath bombs look pretty good too … #PicknMix

  5. 28 October 2016 / 8:52 am

    Oh, the pics of the hot chocolate and the cheesecake. Yum. Looks like October has been a great month.
    Hope your car is fixed soon and well done on the video.

    • 28 October 2016 / 8:57 am

      Thank you, the car is driving us slightly mad but I’m hoping it’ll be sorted soon!

      Stevie x

  6. 28 October 2016 / 9:09 am

    Great month! And that cake at the end – you did that on purpose, right? Now I have to go and make something sweet;)

    • 28 October 2016 / 1:30 pm

      Ha! That cheesecake keeps torturing me, I need to learn how to make it! ;)

      Stevie x

  7. 28 October 2016 / 9:25 am

    This is a great selection! Love Lush, the cheesecake looks amazing and I’m drooling at that hot chocolate!


  8. 28 October 2016 / 9:27 am

    That cheesecake looks delicious! It also sounds like you’re becoming a bit of a star down in Cornwall :) Smiggle is full of all kinds of wonders… I daren’t take Squidge in with me when I visit as she may bankrupt me! The few times I have been in to the one in Leeds the staff have been very friendly too, seems like they have it nailed.

    • 28 October 2016 / 1:34 pm

      Ha I am about as far from a star as it is possible to get, I even hate having my photo taken ;) Smiggle are just such a lovely company :)

      Stevie x

  9. 28 October 2016 / 10:10 am

    Sounds like a fun month! I am planning on getting into Youtube one day, it is rather daunting but I’m determined! x #picnmix

    • 28 October 2016 / 1:32 pm

      I find it scary as heck ha, but just forced myself to not think about it too much and just do it x

  10. 28 October 2016 / 10:25 am

    Looks like you’ve had a really fun month!! #PicknMix

    • 28 October 2016 / 1:33 pm

      It was a pretty damn amazing one to be honest in a lo of ways :)

      Stevie x

  11. 28 October 2016 / 11:31 am

    That hot chocolate is epic! Love the way you have photographed it as well, with the sea in the background – stunning! Hope you had a great time at the Lush event, I love their goodies :-) #PicknMix

    • 28 October 2016 / 1:35 pm

      Thank you, it is handy to have a bit of a Cornish background to use sometimes :)

      Stevie x

  12. 28 October 2016 / 2:19 pm

    What a brilliant month you’ve had! I shouldn’t have read this while hungry I now want that hot chocolate and that cheesecake!! x

    • 28 October 2016 / 3:33 pm

      I could do with both myself right now, especially the hot chocolate, it’s freezing here! ;)

      Stevie x

  13. 28 October 2016 / 5:46 pm

    Hi Stevie, I can’t believe that Dawlish still has 2p machines! I spent many an hour in the arcades in Dawlish and back then the 2p machines were our favourite! I also have good memories of camping holidays in Polperro and Looe too, but I can’t remember such fancy hot chocolate being served.

    And that gingerbread cheesecake sounds like something else. Love cheesecake and love gingerbread!


    • 28 October 2016 / 9:45 pm

      I can never resist cheesecake and love gingerbread so this was pretty amazing to be able to order! My boys love 2p machines we pop to the ones in Newquay sometimes on a weekend for them to try to win lots of rubbishy little toys ha!

      Stevie x

  14. 28 October 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Your October sounds fab and I think I love nearly everything you mention in this post. Dawlish is lovely, I had a summer job one year working in one of their many grockle, sorry tourist shops. #PicknMix

    • 28 October 2016 / 9:34 pm

      I might have to go to Dawlish again sometime as we didn’t have long there at all really :)

      Stevie x

  15. 28 October 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Oh wow what a lovely month you have had though it is scary saying that as it feels just 5 minutes ago that it started! That hot chocolate is immense! I went to a wedding at the aquarium in Plymouth a few months ago and would love to go again for a proper look round (though we live a bit far away)! #PicknMix

    • 28 October 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Oh wow I didn’t know people could get married there, that’s amazing!

      Stevie x

  16. 28 October 2016 / 8:35 pm

    It sounds like you have had a fantastic month! Can’t wait to hear about your little trips away. How cool that you got to open a Smiggle store xx

    • 28 October 2016 / 10:15 pm

      It has been such an odd month with humungous highs but a few lows too, but mostly pretty epic luckily :)

      Stevie xx

  17. 28 October 2016 / 10:08 pm

    That hot choc looks insane! #picknmix

  18. 29 October 2016 / 9:15 am

    Wow I am loving the hot chocolate and the cheesecake- wish they had featured in my week!

  19. 29 October 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I really enjoy reading these liked and loved posts :) It’s so nice to see what a great month others have had #PicknMix

    • 29 October 2016 / 3:15 pm

      Thanks lovely, I really enjoy writing mine. Since I only focus on the good stuff in them, it makes the bad stuff seem less bad ha :)

      Stevie x

  20. 29 October 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Oh I do like the sound of that Lush event. Are they nationwide? #PicknMix

    • 29 October 2016 / 3:25 pm

      I have seen people going to them all over the country. They emailed to invite me beforehand, it was a lot of fun :)

      Stevie x

  21. 29 October 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Oh my goodness that hot chocolate!! Well done with the YouTube videos, I’ve started tinkering but really need the kids to go back to school so I can swot up a bit more :) I haven’t been to Lush for ages but must pop in next time I’m in town and stock up for Christmas! #picknmix

    • 29 October 2016 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you, YouTube still scares the life out of me, but I’m getting a bit more used to it all ha!

      Stevie x

  22. 29 October 2016 / 11:08 pm

    A great round up and it sounds like you had a great October. The gingerbread cheesecake looks so delicious.

    • 30 October 2016 / 1:46 am

      Thanks Sally, it has been a real mixed bag but I choose to focus on the happy and there was luckily a lot of that too. That cheesecake was absolutely amazing.

      Stevie x

  23. 30 October 2016 / 6:59 am

    I ‘think’ this is a lovely post but if ‘m honest I couldn’t take in anything else you said after seeing that hot chocolate – I may plan my next family holiday around it!

    Glad you enjoyed October and hope the car is sorted soon #PicknMix

    • 30 October 2016 / 10:22 am

      Ha love it! Thank you, the car is still not playing ball but we live in hope ;)

      Stevie x

  24. 30 October 2016 / 11:25 am

    Well I’d say that was quite a good October! It’s so lovely to have lots of different activities to do. Blogging really allows for such a varied life Being a complete foodie, the hot chocolate and cheesecake look AMAZING! x #PicknMix

    • 30 October 2016 / 1:59 pm

      It certainly wasn’t my usual type of month that’s for sure! Very busy, but a lot of fun mostly.

      Stevie x

  25. 30 October 2016 / 8:53 pm

    It looks like you’ve had a fabulous month – how on earth do you manage to pack in so much?! The gingerbread cheesecake looks absolutely lush and your blogger event at Lush sounds fabulous! #PickNMix

    • 30 October 2016 / 9:45 pm

      This month has been crazily busy, they certainly aren’t all like that. I’m looking forward to a more chilled out November, as fun as October was :)

      Stevie x

  26. 30 October 2016 / 10:08 pm

    I NEED that hot chocolate and that ginger cheesecake!! Together!! Thanks for hosting #picknmix

  27. 30 October 2016 / 10:49 pm

    I must get back into youtube when I have time, I miss it.

  28. 30 October 2016 / 11:39 pm

    So jealous about the Lush event, their stuff is amazing! I’m always tempted to start my Youtube channel but definitely feels daunting! #picknmix

    • 30 October 2016 / 11:51 pm

      I still find Youtube a bit scary really, but I enjoy it too :)

      Stevie x

  29. 31 October 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Ohhh that hot chocolate!! That looks AMAZING!! We have been to Dawlish, although I can’t think when, I just know at some point we have visited!! How fab that you get these hotel reviews, I need to get onto that!! #picknmix

    • 31 October 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Sadly we didn’t get to stay in Dawlish for long, as it’s a beautiful place. I need to go back again sometime :)

      Stevie x

  30. 1 November 2016 / 5:15 pm

    Hot chocolate with a sea view, does it get any better than that. Sounds as if you have had a lovely month (apart from the car). Will pop over and read your review about your holiday stay, love discovering new places to visit.And oh my that cheesecake, drool x

    • 1 November 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Talland Bay is an amazing place to sit have a drink and watch the sea – bliss :) That cheesecake was amazing, I need MORE

      Stevie x

  31. 3 November 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Looks like another lovely month hun, I now want cheescake and a lush bath bomb. Actually a bath with a lush bath bomb whilst eating that cheesecake would he heaven! x

  32. 3 November 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Those Lush bath bombs look amazing!! #picknmix

    • 3 November 2016 / 11:00 pm

      I need to go and buy some as my youngest stole my bath bomb, cheek of it ;)

      Stevie x

  33. 3 November 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Hehe love the fact that the cheesecake made it into your list! It does look lovely! Awesome times as always!

    • 3 November 2016 / 10:55 pm

      Good food will always make it on to my list, I’m a complete piglet ;)

      Stevie x

  34. 4 November 2016 / 9:04 am

    The hot chocolate and cheesecake look delicious! How exciting that you got asked to open up a shop, it sounds like another great month, looking forward to reading your November round up …. can’t believe we’re nearly at the end of the year! x #LikedandLoved

    • 4 November 2016 / 1:02 pm

      It was a crazy month, I expect my November round-up with be a little more sedate ha! And yay almost Christmas that means ;)

      Stevie x

  35. 7 November 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Awesome looking cheesecake! I am also loving your YouTube channel, your boys were brilliant in that interview!

    • 7 November 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Thanks Ray :) I may do some more videos once there is one part of the house which isn’t a complete disaster zone ;)

      Stevie x

  36. 11 November 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Oh my word Stevie, you’ve given me such a craving for hot chocolate and cheesecake now! What a fab month you had! Visiting an aquarium like that is on my bucket list, maybe next year will be the year we make it to one. x #Likedandloved

    • 11 November 2016 / 1:44 pm

      I do love an aquarium trip, it was the first time we had been in a very long time though.

      Stevie x

  37. 25 November 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful month. That hot chocolate looks amazing!! i really need a hot chocolate right about now – along with a slice of that cheesecake! I love Lush – I wish that we had a store nearer to us