At the start of each month I like to set myself a list of goals for the coming weeks, a monthly bucket list if you will. I have found that it really helps to keep me on track and by publishing it on the blog there is an element of accountability that gives me the proverbial kick up the butt needed. I got the idea from the lovely Beth at who hosts a linky for this purpose each month and I have found it invaluable. I like to keep a mix of blog/family/life/home goals to keep life balanced. Each month I will quickly recap how I got on with the previous months goals before listing the goals for the month ahead.

Do you set yourself goals for the month ahead? It really helps keep me on track, check out my goals for April ...

March Goals Round-Up


  • Baking session with the kids. Done. We made Star Wars biscuits for M to take in to school for a project.
  • Hubby is due home this month so looking forward to spending time together as a family. It’s so great having him back and we’re really making the most of the weekends.
  • Book a short romantic getaway. We’re thinking of somewhere along the coast maybe, and going cheap and cheerful this time after our indulgence at Crab Manor Hotel. If anyone has any suggestions for places in the north, let me know x Done. We went away on Monday for two nights and stayed in a lovely hotel on the Quayside in Newcastle. I’ll write about it soon. We had a great time and will definitely be returning.


  • Get stuck in with my cleaning rota. Not quite. In my defence though the hubby is always a step ahead of me anyway when it comes to cleaning. By the time I’ve thought of doing it, he’s already finished it. Can’t complain about that!
  • Weed and tidy up the front garden. Nope. I was going to do it yesterday just so I could cross it off but I ended up hurting my neck and shoulder again while we were away so it will have to wait.


  • Finish the Blog Growth Accelerator CourseDone. I’ve finished the course but I haven’t yet implemented everything I’ve learned. There was so much to work through that I may be on with this a while. I have pages and pages of notes to sort through. I highly recommend the course if it comes up again.
  • Use all the amazing tips from the course to update a few elements on the blog. Still working on this.
  • I’m not happy with my blog graphics so I’ve been playing round with a few ideas. I want to get this nailed in March so that I have more consistency. Done. I’m quite happy with the way they are looking now and there is much more consistency.
  • Catch up on all the guest posts and blogging tags I’ve committed to. Not quite, I’m about half-way through. I did the #rockingmotherhood tag (10 Reasons Why I’m Rocking Motherhood), did an interview over on From Tum To Mum (see it here) and also wrote a ‘day in the life’ post scheduled for 10th may on Dear Bear And Beany.
  • I have an idea for a new collaborative series that I want to explore a bit more. Not yet. Early on in the month Susie at This Is Me Now asked if I’d like to collaborate on a new Instagram Community so I’ve been focusing on that instead. We went live with it yesterday and you can find out more here – #funseekingkids A New Instagram Community.


  • Read another book. Nope, only managed about a third, but then I always read less when hubby is home.
  • Up my water intake again. Better than last month but still room for improvement.
  • Is it worth even adding exercise? I’m just humiliating myself now. I’ll give it another go though. I’m just going to gloss over this one and hope you don’t notice.
  • Continue with my daily meditations. A few weeks ago I reviewed the Mindfulness Mediation App by Welzen and I notice a real difference on the days when I forget to do it. My son is really enjoying doing it on a night before he goes to bed too. Done. I’ve only missed four days in the whole month and I’m loving it. I notice such a difference on the days when I don’t do it.
  • I’m going to be more realistic with the crochet goals and aim for three a day instead, so that’s 93 for the month. Nope. I only managed 45 this month but things have been pretty hectic so I’m not too disappointed.

April Goals


  • Make the most of every weekend and get out and about.
  • The Easter holidays are coming up so I’ll cut down the workload slightly so we can spend more time together and have lots of days out.
  • M turns 8 at the end of the month so there’s a party to plan.
  • Arrange a Spa afternoon with my Mum.


  • Weed the front garden.
  • Find a nice storage box/ottoman to contain the clutter in the bedroom (mainly all the wool I have for making this blanket).


  • Catch up on the all the blog comments I haven’t replied to yet. I always used to reply through the WordPress app on my phone or iPad but for some reason it’s stopped working this past month and now I’m so far behind.
  • Set up my collaborative series.
  • Write my posts for the Blogger Recognition Award and Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Promote and expand the #funseekingkids Instagram community.
  • Take a break from the Words To Live By series over the Easter holidays.


  • Continue meditating.
  • Finish the book I started in March.
  • I’m going to aim for 3 crochet squares a day again and see if I can hit it this time.

How about you? How did you get on in March? Did you achieve all you set out to? What are your plans for April?

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19 thoughts on “Monthly Bucket List: April 2017

  1. A spa day with your mum sounds great. I’m planning one for my mum’s birthday in may. #thelistlinky

    Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 8:32 am
  2. This is such a good idea, I might need to start doing it on my own blog! I’ve seen you advertising #funseekingkids, and I’m looking forward to adding to it when I get some decent photos 😀
    Rachel recently posted…If My Toddler Ruled The WorldMy Profile

    Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 8:49 am
  3. How lovely that you got to have a break away, we really need to book something! I’m so pleased to have you take part in my series, thank you again. I hope you have a lovely Easter break x #bucketlist
    Laura – dear bear and beany recently posted…Me and Mine…A Family Project March 2017My Profile

    Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 1:55 pm
  4. I love calling this a bucket list instead of a to-do list!!
    jodie filogomo recently posted…What to Wear to a FuneralMy Profile

    Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 2:17 pm
  5. I love a list and love how you set monthly goals, it’s great idea…maybe I should create these for my husband….maybe then I’d getting my sodding planters!! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays xx
    Fran Back With A Bump recently posted…Marvellous Mondays!My Profile

    Posted on 3 April, 2017 at 7:05 am
  6. Oh so many lovely ideas, I so need to do this each month! Meditating sounds interesting, I think I could really benefit from it but I just never have the time! #TheListLinky
    five little doves recently posted…Win a family pass to Geronimo Festival!My Profile

    Posted on 3 April, 2017 at 5:48 pm
  7. #marvmonday do you use this to look back on? or review at the end of each month?

    Posted on 3 April, 2017 at 8:34 pm
  8. I love the idea of doing this – I keep thinking about & then forgetting goals, which isn’t helpful! Good luck for April 🙂 #MarvMondays

    Posted on 4 April, 2017 at 10:57 am
  9. Hoping you are having a lovely Easter. There certainly is a lot to learn when it comes to bogging it seems. Enjoy the journey. #Monthlybucketlist
    Helena recently posted…My Monthly Bucket List – AprilMy Profile

    Posted on 4 April, 2017 at 3:27 pm
  10. Good list for April – hope the weather stays nice and you can get out & about! #MarvMondays

    Posted on 4 April, 2017 at 8:22 pm
  11. It’s been a while since I have read one of your bucket lists and I totally admire you for sticking at them! I know you said ignore the exercise or indeed lack of but do keep leaving it on because it’s just something to strive too!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬
    Karen | TwoTinyHands recently posted…Play Doh! On #FamilyFunLinkyMy Profile

    Posted on 5 April, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  12. I love the idea of your monthly bucket list. I should do something similar just to try and keep myself on track. I really need to be more organised. My WordPress app doesn’t seem to work anymore either… its very annoying. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled several times but it hasn’t helped.. I’m looking forward to joining in with your #funseekingkids Instagram community. #familyfun
    Sam – StressyMama recently posted…Gratitude Post #3 – Thank you March!My Profile

    Posted on 5 April, 2017 at 9:05 pm
  13. Wow – you’re chopping wood! Well done to you and Susie for launching the new IG community. The commitment to the daily meditation is great – once you’ve caught up with your blogger tags, maybe you’d consider being featured in the ‘mindfulness and me’ series for me 😉 xx #familyfunlinky
    Hayley@ Mission: Mindfulness recently posted…Guest series: Mindfulness and Me #11My Profile

    Posted on 5 April, 2017 at 10:31 pm
  14. Oh I need a cleaning schedule!! And I need to meditate too – my son even does it at school – and I really want to feel the benefits of it! Thanks for sharing on #FabFridayPost
    Becky (And Then There Were Two) recently posted…Relax! Just Do It! With a Donovan Goode Discount OfferMy Profile

    Posted on 6 April, 2017 at 8:46 pm
  15. Star Wars biscuits sound so fun!! I hear you on the water. I’m actually trying to drink a gallon a day! #thelistlinky

    Posted on 7 April, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  16. Sound like you had a really good month. Will be sad to see Words To Live By taking a little break, but it will be back soon after – yes? 🙂 Have a lovely Easter! Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost
    Su {Ethan & Evelyn} recently posted…#FabFridayPost #78 {07.04.17}My Profile

    Posted on 7 April, 2017 at 6:32 pm
  17. I think you did a good job in March and have set some good ones for April. Not sure I even have time to make the list at the moment lol!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime
    Mummy in a TuTu (@mummyinatutu) recently posted…What Happened to Me?My Profile

    Posted on 12 April, 2017 at 7:56 pm
  18. The exercise one made me laugh a little bit, as I constantly add ‘lose weight’ to my list and then have to have it as a failure pretty much every time… whoops! Hope you’re having a good April 🙂

    Stevie x #MonthlyBucketList
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    Posted on 13 April, 2017 at 8:44 pm
  19. I still need to catch up on my bloggers recognition award post!. I just did the let’s get visible 5 day event run by Aby Moore. Still lots I need to implement, but I am getting there. You have achieved quite a lot!
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    Posted on 15 April, 2017 at 4:28 pm