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.

How is it July already? This year seems to be flying by so fast. June was definitely a month of two halves. The first half of the month we had one of the best half-term holidays we have ever had and lots of outdoor fun in the sunshine and paddling pool. The second half, Keith went back to Sea and we had A LOT of rain and almost winter like conditions, I even had to wrap up in a wooly jumper and put the heating on yesterday!

Do you set yourself goals for the month ahead? It really helps keep me on track, check out how I got on in June and my goals for July ...

June Round-Up


  • Make the most of the half-term holidays. Amazingly, Keith is still home so we have some great days out planned. We had a fantastic half-term and went out somewhere pretty much every day. You can read about what we got up to in Happy Days: Cars, Caves and Beaches and A Family Day Out In Whitby. Unfortunately Keith did go back to sea right after the holidays but it’s only a short trip this time and he should be back by the end of July.
  • Continue with our weekend outings. Done with the exception of the weekend just after Keith left (the car needed new tyres) we have been out somewhere at least one day every weekend.


  • Clean and oil the decking ready for the summer. Done and it looks so much better.
  • Have another wardrobe clear-out. Never did get round to this, although Keith did his side.


  • Start the Words To Live By series back up again. The break was only meant to be for the Easter holidays and the two weeks after for M’s birthday and Keith going back to Sea. But, Keith never actually went back to Sea and we still don’t know when his next trip is going to be. It could be next week, it could be next month, so it’s time I get it back up and running again. Done. You can read the return post here – Words To Live By #22: Be The Energy You Want To Attract. I have so much more on my plate since the series first started that I have found it hard to fit in so I’m not sure yet whether it will continue as a weekly series or maybe move to fortnightly instead.
  • Make use of my Tailwind trial and purchase it if it seems worthwhile. Done. I cannot tell you how much I am loving Tailwind. I always found it hard to keep on top of Pinterest but I now have enough scheduled for the next week and a half! If you fancy giving it a go you drop me a message and I can email you a $15 off code (as a disclaimer I will also receive $15 credited to my account which will give me a free month).


  • Get back to meditation. Sort of. I have been more consistent this past week or two but I would like to get back into the habit of doing it every morning.
  • Crochet 90 squares. Not quite. I managed 74 though so not too bad.
  • Drink more water. I cracked this a few months ago but have been slipping again lately. Not consistently but better than before.
  • Exercise. I’m actually feeling optimistic this month, honest! Again, not consistently but I have done some and I am getting into more of a routine with it.

July Goals


  • Keep up the weekend outings. It’s a little harder without Keith here but I am determined to keep it up.
  • Get everything organised for L’s 3rd Birthday at the start of August.
  • Plan some great days out for the Summer holidays.


  • Have a wardrobe clear-out.
  • Get our new artwork hung up.


  • I have got really behind with replying to blog comments again so I need to catch up and then keep up with it this month.
  • It’s my one year Blogoversary this month. I’m not planning anything big but I d want to do a re-cap of my year and what I have learnt.
  • Try and get ahead with my posts so that I can schedule a few in advance for over the summer holidays.


  • Make meditation part of my daily routine.
  • Crochet 90 squares.
  • Exercise more consistently.
  • Read at least one book. Or perhaps I should say finish at least one book as I have three on the go at the minute!

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

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28 thoughts on “Monthly Bucket List: July 2017

  1. I hope July treats you and your family well… I’ve also started to think about the upcoming summer holidays – they’ll be here before we know it. Happy July!
    Jade @ Captured By Jade recently posted…The Everyday | JuneMy Profile

    Posted on 2 July, 2017 at 7:14 pm
  2. We need to keep up going out with the family at weekends too – just started being able to go out for dinner, such a treat to be able to do this again. #kcacols
    Ann from Rainbows are too beautiful recently posted…WonderfulWednesday: Father’s Day at Sea via @bobscartoonsMy Profile

    Posted on 2 July, 2017 at 7:38 pm
  3. It’s certainly been strange weather. I’m currently sat here writing with sunburn and I don’t even lounge in it. We thought we were in for rain so didn’t bother with the suncream! May you conquer all your dreams in July. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

    Posted on 3 July, 2017 at 6:56 pm
  4. I really should start making a list like this. Yours is so ambitious! Congrats on your upcoming blogoversary! #dreamteam
    nicole recently posted…How Could Motherhood Possibly Be This Hard?My Profile

    Posted on 4 July, 2017 at 6:50 am
  5. I love a bucket list, although I useless at completing them, we need to clean out our wardrobes and the kids July seems like a good month #dreamteam

    Posted on 4 July, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  6. I don’t know how things like hanging art have to go on a to do list for the month, before L I would have bought something, come home and popped it on the wall. Now I buy something and look at it propped against a wall for three months before forcing myself to hang it on the wall!! #bestandworst

    Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 7:19 am
  7. Fab goals and have missed your posts since ditching marv Mondays! I definitely need to drink more water, I’ve been slacking loads since we’ve had work going on at home as it’s not always been practical or possible to get water and then my bedtime I’m thirsty! Hope you hit your goals!! #bestandworst x
    Fran Back With A Bump recently posted…Month In Review: JuneMy Profile

    Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 8:22 am
  8. Oh to make the most of the summer holidays – always one of my priorities too! I’m printing off some planners this week so that I can actually make a clear plan of what everyone wants to do – gets very tricky trying to get three teens together some days! Love the inclusion of including a time for you section – I need one of those!! #FamilyFun
    justsayingmum recently posted…Five Minute Therapy Series: Children & IdentityMy Profile

    Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 9:20 am
  9. Lovely idea for a post. I keep meaning to write a bucket list of sime sort. Great wat to keep on track. #KCACOLS

    Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 9:39 am
  10. Happy Blog Birthday! Can’t believe it’s only been a year 🙂 Good luck with this month’s goals

    Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 1:52 pm
  11. Sounds like a successful June to me..wish I could crochet! I also want to write some posts to get scheduled over the summer so I can have a break. I hope you have a lovely July xx #bestandworst

    Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 7:26 pm
  12. I love a good wardrobe clear out too!! And meditation. I make a habit of 2 hours of yoga and mediation on a Saturday. It makes me feel so much more chilled out.
    Totally going to be checking out your linky!! #mymonthlybucketlist

    Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 8:57 pm
  13. I often think of you and your hubby going off to work away. I couldn’t imagine it at all. Dave went away for 4 days last month and I panicked and went away myself to visit family!! I love your bucket lists, it always makes me wish I still did them. Robert dropped my crochet hook through a floor board, I’ll be achieving no squares for the foreseeable! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬
    Karen | TwoTinyHands recently posted…Sleep, I’m Sorry #FamilyFunLinkyMy Profile

    Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 9:54 pm
  14. Oh well done on the water I am currently trying to do that too! And the crochet that is amazing, I cannot crochet to save my life. I will drop you an email lovey as I was debating whether to purchase Tailwind last night, I love it and I think I want to but I wasn’t sure about the cost – so if alright and you still have the code – would you mind? #ablogginggoodtime xx
    tammymum recently posted…#Familyfun…Week 42My Profile

    Posted on 6 July, 2017 at 7:55 am
  15. Well done on your achievements, you have done so much X #coolmumclub

    Posted on 6 July, 2017 at 7:22 pm
  16. Ah it sounds like you’ve done well juggling everything! Great idea to get some posts scheduled over the summer… I haven’t really thought yet how I’m going to plan my posts / time…better get thinking. Thanks for the kick!

    Thanks also for linking to #coolmumclub
    MMT recently posted…#coolmumclub Linky week 72My Profile

    Posted on 6 July, 2017 at 7:49 pm
  17. I was just looking at Tailwind, but I don’t get it! I must find some videos to see if it can benefit me 🙂 #thelistlinky
    Victoria – Lylia Rose recently posted…Income Report June 2017: How I Made Over £2000 From HomeMy Profile

    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 10:25 am
  18. Ahh I may contact you about tailwind. I’ve not done it yet and keep meaning to try a trial but I just don’t seem to have the time! Hope you have a great month xx
    Susie – This Is Me Now recently posted…#funseekingkids round-up week 14My Profile

    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 12:50 pm
  19. I love that you post an update of how you did with your goals! That is great accountability. 🙂

    Happy blogiversary! And have fun planning your birthday celebrations for the little one.
    Lexie recently posted…35 Day Pushup ChallengeMy Profile

    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 4:10 pm
  20. Oh you must bring back words to live by!! Good luck with your monthly goals!! Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst
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    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 9:56 pm
  21. I really hope to schedule ahead to relieve the pressure over the summer holidays, good luck! #thelistlinky

    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 11:25 pm
  22. Making a list of goals each month is a really good idea, I think I might start doing this. Although I’d get frustrated at myself for not meeting them!

    Posted on 8 July, 2017 at 8:31 pm
  23. Happy Blogversary! Sound like you had a really successful month and one planed ahead. Yes, please email me the code for the Tailwind trial. I’d love to try that out. As I am so bad at Pinterst too. Crochet 90 squares. That’s impressive! Let us know about what book you have read, we love to hear a review about it. 🙂 x

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost
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    Posted on 10 July, 2017 at 10:53 am
  24. I have not been at the gym as much as usual this month, but I am making up for it now. To finish a book would be great at the moment lol x

    Posted on 11 July, 2017 at 12:52 pm
  25. What a great idea to do a monthly bucket list. You’re right, it does make you more accountable, and it’s also reassuring for me as a reader to see that not everything on a list gets done – it helps take the pressure off me in my own objectives too. We’ve done a summer bucket list for all of us, but have never done a monthly one. #FabFridayPost

    Posted on 12 July, 2017 at 1:29 pm
  26. I really need to get my head around Pinterest and understand things like Tailwind. x #bucketlist

    Posted on 12 July, 2017 at 2:11 pm
  27. Wow sounds like you have a busy July. Good luck. Have a fab month!

    Posted on 18 July, 2017 at 7:14 pm
  28. I’ve started reading more and it’s such a good feeling, not to mention a nice change
    I keep meaning to look into tailwind but I get confused way too easily hahhah

    Posted on 30 July, 2017 at 10:26 pm