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. 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 March ...

February Goals Round-Up


  • Make more of an effort at weekends to actually get out and about. Done. Weather permitting we have been having trips to the park as well as getting out with the dogs
  • Have some nice days out during half term. Done. You can read more about what we got up to during half term in my Happy Days: Half-Term Fun post. I’ve also posted about our great day out at Richmond Castle.
  • Have a baking session with the kids. This was meant to happen at the end of the half-term holiday but I hurt my neck and back so baking was the last thing on the agenda. We’ll hopefully be doing it next weekend though.


  • Get back into my cleaning rota as things have slipped a bit lately. Not quite, oops.
  • Get the car serviced. Done


  • Start scheduling tweets with Buffer. Done, although I’m still a bit haphazard with it.
  • Continue working on Pinterest and join a few group boards. Done, but still have a long way to go.
  • Register as self-employed now that I have a had a few media enquiries. Done!
  • Take Aby’s Blog Growth Accelerator Course. Done, although there are still two weeks left to go. Absolutely loving this course.


  • Read another book. Done. In fact I read two!
  • Exercise (I know, I know, you can stop laughing now). Let’s just not mention it.
  • Continue to up my water intake. Done, sort of. I’ve improved on last month and was doing really well but have slipped a bit this last week or so. I’m struggling to tilt my head back to drink since I hurt my neck so the infruition bottle I usually use to keep on top of my intake has been impossible to use.
  • Crochet 6 squares a day again (168 for the month). Big fail this month. I  only managed 44! At least it’s moving forward 😬. 

March Goals


  • Baking session with the kids.
  • Hubby is due home this month so looking forward to spending time together as a family.
  • 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


  • Get stuck in with my cleaning rota.
  • Weed and tidy up the front garden.


  • Finish the Blog Growth Accelerator Course
  • Use all the amazing tips from the course to update a few elements on the blog.
  • 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.
  • Catch up on all the guest posts and blogging tags I’ve committed to.
  • I have an idea for a new collaborative series that I want to explore a bit more.


  • Read another book.
  • Up my water intake again.
  • Is it worth even adding exercise? I’m just humiliating myself now. I’ll give it another go though.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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56 thoughts on “Monthly Bucket List: March 2017

  1. Some great goals here! I’ve just started exercising every day after putting it off for the last 2 months and I have to say I’m loving it! #bestandworst
    Rach recently posted…Give Me A ChallengeMy Profile

    Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 8:22 am
    1. Thank you and well done, it makes all the difference when you enjoy it x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:51 pm
  2. What a great idea, so good to set goals and sty very organised of you. Can’t believe you get the time to crochet and read books too. Respect is due! #familyfun
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    Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    1. Ha ha, its only because I prioritise them over cleaning and exercise 😬

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:55 pm
  3. I am not going great with my water intake, but I have been going to the gym a lot. I keep trying to work on Pinterest but I am struggling lol.
    Ali Duke recently posted…February Review & March GoalsMy Profile

    Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 7:36 pm
    1. Well done on the gym. I’m getting used to Pinterest slowly but definitely not utilising it to its full potential yet x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:56 pm
  4. You def need some stuff for you so I’d so yes to exercise, reading and meditating! The blog course sounds brilliant – hope you can achieve lots with it. I hope to get out more – the weather has been awful!! Thanks for linking with #bestandworst x
    Sarah Howe recently posted…Best and Worst Week #86My Profile

    Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 9:00 pm
    1. Thank you. I really need to get my butt in gear with the exercise!

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:58 pm
  5. Oh Wow! You are my inspiration, how on earth did you achieve all of this? Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉
    An imperfect mum (Catie) recently posted…#ablogginggoodtime #38My Profile

    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 7:41 am
    1. Ha ha, thank you x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  6. Lots of fab stuff to do in March. I would love to hear your thoughts on Aby’s Blog Accelator course once you’ve finished….blog post on that please! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xoxo
    Talya recently posted…5 psychological benefits of youth sportMy Profile

    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 11:11 am
    1. Thank you. The course is brilliant. May take me a month or two to implement everything though!

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:02 pm
  7. I really need to do this – I’m so much more productive when I have a ‘to do’ list! Hope your neck is feeling better now. Glad to hear Aby’s course is going well, I was very tempted to do it! #CoolMumClub
    Mess and Merlot recently posted…I DON’T WANT A JOB – AND THAT’S OKMy Profile

    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    1. Thank you, it’s getting there. Aby’s course is great. I’d definitely recommend it if she does it again x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:02 pm
  8. This is a nice idea. I’m impressed how much you get done in a month!! #ablogginggoodtime

    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 5:49 pm
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:03 pm
  9. I soooooo need to get into the garden this month. I love the idea of a monthly bucket list. I like how you have the whole month to complete your goals, easier than keeping up to a yearly resolution for sure. #coolmumclub
    Helen recently posted…Party bags for babiesMy Profile

    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 7:15 pm
    1. Thank you. I’m useless at whole year resolutions, working month by month is definitely more effective for me x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:04 pm
  10. Great list – and you done fab in February, it was such a fast month I feel like I achieved nothing! #coolmumclub
    natalie recently posted…Things I’ve been loving – FebruaryMy Profile

    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 9:04 pm
    1. Thank you. I felt the same, but ticking off this list made me feel a bit better about it x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:05 pm
  11. Love this! Well done for reading actual, real books – I have so let this slip with all the blogging! Will have to check out Aby’s course and I need to get on pintrest! Thanks for all the ideas and btw I think 44 squares is great! #familyfun xx
    Hayley@ Mission: Mindfulness recently posted…Top 10 Ski Travel Must Haves for a Mindful #MarkWarnerMumMy Profile

    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 10:00 pm
    1. Thank you, I’m really enjoying reading again. Although it will probably stop when hubby gets home or between that and the blogging I’d never actually speak to him 😬

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:10 pm
  12. Popping back for #ablogginggoodtime xx
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    Posted on 2 March, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  13. We really need to start getting out and about more at the weekends. With us just moving house there has been so much to do, but we are nearly there. Hopefully in time for some nicer weather. Good luck with finishing Aby’s course, I’ve heard great things about it x #bucketlist
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    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 2:12 pm
    1. Thank you. Fingers crossed on the nicer weather x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:13 pm
  14. I’m doing Aby’s course too, it’s fantastic isn’t it?! I’ve learned so much! Will be doing the brand work one next!! #coolmumclub
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    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 3:09 pm
    1. It really is, may take me a while to put it all into action though! Good luck with the brand work one x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:19 pm
  15. You seem to be doing really well with the blog. What happened to the little break? #Monthlybucketlist
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    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:00 pm
    1. Ha ha! I know, doesn’t seem like I took one does it? Believe or not though I did and now I’m playing some serious catch up trying to reply to about two weeks worth of blog comments 😬

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:26 pm
  16. Love the idea of doing this every month. I’ve just started a bullet journal with similar pages for monthly goals, but a blogging about them might help with the impetus to get them done. Thanks. #thelistlinky

    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:56 pm
    1. It’s the fact I have to update everyone that actually pushes me to get them done! I do love a bullet journal though x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:27 pm
  17. I have just put our Spring Bucket List together, so I was really excited to give yours a read. I love how you have broken things down into sub categories and it sort of becomes a to-do-list as well. I have a course that I want to get on with too, but there just never seems to be any time! #TheLinkyList xx
    Annette, 3 Little Buttons recently posted…Spring Bucket List 2017My Profile

    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:17 pm
    1. Thank you. I know what you mean about time, I feel like I’m forever playing catch up. Good luck with your spring list and the course x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 8:29 pm
  18. OOOh I am certainly gong to check out that app, thanks for the heads up. Well done on Pinterest – I find it so hard to keep at it. Excellent news on the self employed well done. Urgh cleaning schedule – I don’t have one of those, do I need one? Gosh I’d probably never stick to it anyway! Good luck with March! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx
    tammymum recently posted…Why Do I Find It So Hard?My Profile

    Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 9:40 pm
    1. Ha ha, I’m terrible at keeping on top of the cleaning. The one and only time I actually kept on top of it was when I made myself a list of jobs to do each day. I had it down to an art and could get it done in 30 minutes a day. I think it would take me 30 hours to sort the place out now (or just wait for the hubby to come home and he’ll do it all in an hour 😬)

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 9:47 pm
  19. Such a great idea! I often make seasonal bucket lists but I like the idea of breaking it down by month.
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    Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 2:00 am
    1. Thank you x

      Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 9:19 am
  20. Aw man, I would love to add reading to my list too! I’ve been trying to keep us so busy lately that I’m exhausted all around by the time the kids go to bed! Stopping by from the Fab Friday link up. 🙂
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    Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 2:48 am
    1. I know that feeling. I find e-books easier as you can did into them on your phone when you have a spare 5 minutes (hiding in the bathroom, ‘putting clothes away’ 😉). I do prefer a physical book though x

      Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 7:31 am
  21. I really need to do a monthly plan. I love the way yours is (on the most part) realistic. And you’ve split it into sections making it manageable! Note to self…monthly goals. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at #FabFridayPost
    Sarah TheRealLaraShoe recently posted…DIY 5 minute bird feeder My Profile

    Posted on 5 March, 2017 at 8:51 am
    1. Thank you, it works for me x

      Posted on 11 March, 2017 at 10:51 am
  22. I love crochet, but I don’t seem to have the time! lol! Again, I so admire you for being so organised. Hands down! xx Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost
    Su {Ethan & Evelyn} recently posted…#FabFridayPost February Round UpMy Profile

    Posted on 5 March, 2017 at 9:24 am
  23. I love the idea of a monthly bucket list, I certainly need so motivation to get stuff done so maybe this will help?? Plus you’ve just reminded me we need to service our car!! Great list and good luck for March #KCACOLS
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    Posted on 5 March, 2017 at 9:51 am
  24. I’ve just joined this linky as a way of giving myself a kick up the bum too! This month is blog focused (I’m new to blogging) but next month I like the your idea of breaking it out into different areas. ❤️


    Posted on 5 March, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    1. Thank you, it works well for me. Love your blog name, sounds like my life x

      Posted on 11 March, 2017 at 10:52 am
  25. I love these posts Alana, I was going to do one for March but it’s already past! I have at least written some goals down (for my blog). Need to use my passion planner more this month as let it slip a bit. I’m also doing abys course which is great. I’d be interested in chatting about potential collaboration so will pop you an email xx #FamilyFun

    Posted on 6 March, 2017 at 6:38 am
  26. Oh well done! Crossing things off your goals list is the most satisfying feeling
    Tubbs recently posted…Welcome to Our KitchenMy Profile

    Posted on 6 March, 2017 at 11:28 am
  27. Ah I need to get my garden sorted too – it has been totally neglected over the winter so I need to tackle it before the lovely weather makes an appearance. I’m glad you’re enjoying your course with Aby – I did one with her recently and it was really useful. And I’m intrigued to find out about your collaboration idea! Lots of exciting things on the horizon!

    Most importantly, have a lovely time with your hubby when he’s home 🙂

    Lucy At Home recently posted…#BlogCrush Week 3: 3rd February 2017My Profile

    Posted on 6 March, 2017 at 9:10 pm
  28. You managed to achieve a lot of your goals, well done 🙂 I need to drink a lot more and my house is in desperate need of some tlc … if we ever finish all the DIY and decorating I may even have one room that doesn’t have sawdust in it 😉

    Stevie x #MonthlyBucketList
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    Posted on 7 March, 2017 at 11:24 am
    1. Thank you. I remember those days well!

      Posted on 11 March, 2017 at 11:01 am
  29. You seem like you are on a mission! It is always good to have specific goals to give us focus otherwise it is very easy to get distracted. Good luck. #coolmumclub
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    Posted on 8 March, 2017 at 9:47 am
  30. aw I hear you on the exercise front. by the time I finish work and get home I just want to blog! I’ve been trying to walk during my lunchbreak 🙂 great goals and you’ve reminded me I need to finish the guest post bits I said I’d do too! #KCACOLS
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    Posted on 8 March, 2017 at 12:54 pm
  31. Great idea to publish your goals to make you more accountable. I am terrible for promising to do things and then not doing them.

    Posted on 8 March, 2017 at 3:52 pm
    1. Thank you. I’m normally terrible too but the fear of embarrassment helps me tick most of these off each month x

      Posted on 11 March, 2017 at 11:03 am
  32. I started scheduling tweets a few months ago – don’t know why I hadn’t done it before! #coolmumclub
    Crummy Mummy recently posted…5 of the best no-cook baby weaning foodsMy Profile

    Posted on 8 March, 2017 at 8:38 pm
  33. No to the cleaning rota! Revolution! I will never do that. I hate cleaning but I suppose it’s a necessity… So cool you did Aby’s course. I am too busy but I reckon it looks fab. Has it helped you a lot?

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.
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    Posted on 12 March, 2017 at 11:46 pm