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’ve 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. The idea came from the lovely Beth at who hosts a linky for this purpose each month and I’ve 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.

This past month has actually gone really well, until you get to the personal goals, but then that’s always the way isn’t it?

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

May Round-Up


  • Finally get L out of nappies. We’ve actually just started but we’re only a couple of days in and its not going too well yet. It’s making us realise just how easy we had it with M, he practically trained himself by age 2. Done. She still wears pull-ups at night and if we are out all day but that’s more to do with using up what we have left rather than her really needing them now.
  • Continue getting out every weekend, we are all feeling so much better for it and we are staggered at just how far L can walk. Done. We have never had so many outings and we are all loving every minute of it.


  • Replace the boiler. We actually have someone coming to do this next week so a nice easy one to tick off. Done. It’s amazing having the water get hot so quickly and not having to keep topping the pressure up every couple of days!
  • Buy an ottoman for the bedroom. Done. We took all the old kids toys that had become piled up next to the bed to the charity shop and I’ve put all my wool and keepsakes that were lying around in the ottoman. The floor by the bed is visible once more.
  • Look into replacing the sink and cabinet in our bathroom as we hate the one in there at the minute. We did have a look into it and decided if we’re going to do it we may as well go the whole hog and replace the shower unit with a nice long walk-in one too, so this is something we are going to have to save up for and possibly do next time Keith is home.


  • Keep up with all the comments this month. Not quite, but I’ve done better than last month.
  • Set up my collaborative series. Done, and I’d really love you all to take part. You can find out more here: A New Guest Posting Series: ‘Tales From The Other Side Of…’
  • Write my posts for the Blogger Recognition Award and Versatile Blogger Award. Half done. Read: Blogger Recognition Award
  • Get my old posts loaded to social oomph. I started using it about half way through last month and I am loving it. Not yet, but I have been using it for all my new ones and I’m still loving it.
  • Try out Tailwind for Pinterest. I signed up for the free trial but haven’t really done a lot with it yet.
  • Attend BlogOnMSI in Manchester!!!!!!! Done. I had an amazing time and can’t wait to go back for the Christmas one!


  • Start meditating regularly again. I started out really well at the start of the month but it’s dropped off again toward the end.
  • Be more mindful with children. You can read more about that in my post A Month Of Mindful Mothering: Can You Take On The ChallengeI’ve got to be honest, I kind of forgot about this challenge about halfway through the month, oops. I have been trying to be more mindful over all though and I will try the challenge again.
  • Get back to crocheting or this blanket will never be finished. I’m aiming for 3 a day again. Not really. Three a day would have got me 93 by the end of the month and I managed 47 so not great, but better than nothing I guess.
  • Start exercising AGAIN. Please don’t laugh, one of these days I might actually tick this one off! Ha ha, I think you already know the answer to this one. To be fair I did start off well and was back to doing squats and kettlebells but then I injured my ankle while out walking one week in and the few days rest turned into a whole month. Must try harder.

June Goals


  • Make the most of the half-term holidays. Amazingly, Keith is still home so we have some great days out planned.
  • Continue with our weekend outings.


  • Clean and oil the decking ready for the summer.
  • Have another wardrobe clear-out.


  • 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.
  • Make use of my Tailwind trial and purchase it if it seems worthwhile.


  • Get back to meditation.
  • Crochet 90 squares.
  • Drink more water. I cracked this a few months ago but have been slipping again lately.
  • Exercise. I’m actually feeling optimistic this month, honest!

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

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33 thoughts on “Monthly Bucket List: June 2017

  1. I love a good list post. I bet you feel such a sense of achievement doing these. Great to see how far you’ve come. #bestandworst
    Rach recently posted…Don’t Tell Me What To FeelMy Profile

    Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 7:57 am
    1. Thank you, it certainly helps keep me on track x

      Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 10:52 pm
  2. I love these lists as you inspire me! I’m trying to be more mindful too when with the girls and putting my phone down. I need to start using social oomph…heard so much about it! Must have a read when I get time. Good luck with your goals..especially the exercise! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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    Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 8:08 am
    1. Aww, thank you. I’m sure I don’t use social oomph to its full potential yet but I love that I can schedule tweets for each post as I publish it and then don’t have to worry about it again as I was terrible at sharing my posts often enough before x

      Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 10:54 pm
  3. Wow I’d love to try a conscious month of mindful mothering. What a busy month you had, good luck with June’s goals x #familyfun
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    Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 8:27 am
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 10:54 pm
  4. Sounds like a very productive month! I need to start getting out more at weekends! Good luck with it all! x #familyfun

    Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 9:52 am
    1. Thank you, it’s amazing the difference getting out each weekend is making x

      Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 10:55 pm
  5. Wow you did really well last months..congrats on cracking potty training!! Good luck with your goals for next month xx #bestandworst
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    Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 11:13 am
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 10:55 pm
  6. It is great you are getting out more, it does feel good doesn’t it. I have not done my round up post yet, but I know I have failed with my use Pinterest more goal lol.
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    Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    1. It does, thank you. Glad I’m not the only one whose been neglecting Pinterest lately x

      Posted on 31 May, 2017 at 10:56 pm
  7. Well done on potty training, we are going to be tackling Holly soon. I didn’t get to see you at BlogOn, it’s so hard to spot people. I will definitely try again in September, it would be lovely to say hello. x #BucketList

    Posted on 1 June, 2017 at 7:40 am
  8. I think you’ve had an amazing month especially in home and blogging. Doesn’t everyone continuously have exercise more on their personal goals list? Be kind on yourself you’ve done great! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉
    Imperfect Mum recently posted…#ablogginggoodtime #51My Profile

    Posted on 1 June, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  9. I HAVE to start doing this. Really I think it will sort my thoughts and reduce my stress.
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    Posted on 1 June, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  10. Well it does seem as though you ticked a fair bit off this month, so well done. What is Social Oomph? I’ve heard of it but never really got involved, perhaps I should. I am dabbling with Tailwind though, need to give it more time but I like it. I totally hear you on the bathroom renovation, if you’re going to do it just do the whole thing lol. So good luck with next month, and the exercise (hehe) I am the same at the moment, I keep saying I will and I manage one to two runs once every other week. Sigh. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun
    tammymum recently posted…Are We Ever Just Content?My Profile

    Posted on 3 June, 2017 at 8:39 am
  11. Congrats on all you did achieve. I found potty training my youngest took far longer than my eldest, especially at night.
    Having attended my first blogging meet-up last month I can agree, it is so much fun and worth it.
    Thanks for the Blogger Recognition Award too. It was great and really drew a huge amount of blog traffic to my site yesterday.

    Posted on 3 June, 2017 at 3:23 pm
  12. By the looks of things you got a lot done! You seem very organized! What is your secret? I feel like I am all over the place!!!


    Posted on 3 June, 2017 at 6:39 pm
    1. Ha ha, I’m always all over the place too. Writing this list publicly is is my secret, its just too embarrassing if I have to come back and say I didn’t do anything off my list x

      Posted on 5 June, 2017 at 6:18 am
  13. Oh you remind me of me with my lists!!! Don’t you just love them?? Thank you for the bit on blogger recognition award, I was nominated for this very kindly this weekend but didn’t realise you had to write a post on it! You’ve taught me something there:)
    Great post.

    Posted on 4 June, 2017 at 10:21 am
    1. Ha ha, well done and you’re welcome x

      Posted on 5 June, 2017 at 6:16 am
  14. Thank you for a useful post! Reminded me a lot of me with your exercise and meditation!

    Posted on 4 June, 2017 at 10:22 am
  15. Just popping back from #ablogginggoodtime xx
    Tammymum recently posted…Are We Ever Just Content?My Profile

    Posted on 4 June, 2017 at 9:51 pm
  16. I’ve been meditating and I believe you gave me the push to go there! TY! I’m not great at it, but I am trying and my kids are being respectful of me doing so! TY! Great list. I may have to try this! #ablogginggoodtime <3
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    Posted on 5 June, 2017 at 1:04 am
  17. Good luck and good for you setting all these goals! You encouraged me to discover what social oomph is. I’ve never heard of it.


    Posted on 5 June, 2017 at 2:12 pm
    1. Thank you. I hope you like it, it’s been a game changer for me x

      Posted on 9 June, 2017 at 6:09 am
  18. I love a good bucket list! #GlobalBlogging

    Posted on 5 June, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  19. You’ve achieved loads this month well done! Especially well done on the potty training – that was my most hated task and a slight nightmare with one of my boys.

    I hope you have a fab June,

    Stevie x #MonthlyBucketList

    Posted on 5 June, 2017 at 10:37 pm
  20. Your list is looking great! I’m glad things are working out for you. & Crochet 90 squares! Well done indeed! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost
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    Posted on 6 June, 2017 at 11:15 am
  21. This is such a great idea I will definitely try and join need to add this to my list. You’ve done a great job this month I love your new series! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!
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    Posted on 9 June, 2017 at 7:46 am
  22. Back from Global Blogging! Love a good bucket list!
    Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging
    Rach recently posted…Don’t Tell Me What To FeelMy Profile

    Posted on 11 June, 2017 at 6:51 am
  23. Well done on the potty training, it’s my least favourite part of parenting by a mile! It’s great getting out and about too.
    I need to try to drink more water too as I always turn to tea
    Thanks for linking up. Hope you enjoyed Blog On xx
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    Posted on 13 June, 2017 at 6:56 am
  24. These are some brilliant goals. I really hope that you managed to tick some of them off. It must be so hard not knowing when Keith is going back to sea. You must feel like you can’t really plan anything. I hope you managed to tick some of these off and I’m sorry I’m so late commenting. Hugs Lucy xxxx #Monthlybucketlist
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    Posted on 1 July, 2017 at 1:31 am