May Bucket List

May Bucket List

How on earth is it May already!? I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by! Seeing the 1st May 2016 on my phone screen this morning took me by surprise, and reminded me that I need to review my bucket list for April, and write my bucket list for May.

Here’s how I got in April:

Decide on what I want to do when I return to work – Done, phew! It is such a relief to have sorted this out. I have decided to go back full-time working 4 days a week in the office and 1 day a week at home. I’ll have to see how the day working at home goes, as I will have the little one with me. Hopefully the baby jail (I mean play pen) that we are currently making in our kitchen will keep her entertained for a few hours.

Introduce fish into our little one’s diet – I failed at this, the cod fillets are still in the freezer waiting to be made into a fish pie. One for Β next month.

Defrost the freezer – Tick, achieved. I’m so glad that this is done, it was quite satisfying hacking away at the melting ice. I now have a nice neat freezer, where the draws can close properly, and our fridge is working so much better as a result.

Blog –Β I had on my list for April to reach 2,000 followers on Twitter, complete the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, and grow traffic to my blog. It has been a very busy blogging month – not quite getting to 2,000 followers, but 1,957 is close enough. Co-hosting #KCACOLS and setting up my own Linky #fortheloveofBLOG with Fi from A Mum Track Mind, has really helped increase traffic to my blog. Yesterday I got a record high of 397 views in one day! The 30 Day Blogging Challenge has taken a back-seat, as reading and commenting on blog posts has kept me very busy, we also had a week’s holiday where I didn’t really do much blogging.

Admin -The admin pile for our little one has not been sorted, but a box to store all her paperwork in has been purchased.

So for May here’s what I would like to achieve:

Read one book – Since having our daughter I have barely done any reading. I really enjoy reading so I have set myself a task to read one book this month. This means that I also need to finish reading the book I’m currently reading.

Investigate self-hosting – Now that my blog is growing, and I’m co-hosting a Linky I think I really ought to go self-hosted instead of relying on the free WordPress platform which is brilliant but also has its share of challenges. I’m not going to task myself to have self-hosting complete this month, but I would like to have a plan in place and know exactly what needs doing. Ideally I will have my site self-hosted by the time I go back to work, otherwise it’ll never get sorted.

Fish – Use the cod fillets in the freezer to make a fish pie to introduce fish into our little one’s diet.

Enjoy London – We live in London but we hardly use London, if you know what I mean. There are some amazing places right on our doorstep, however I always find that I spend all my time locally where we live. Now that I have the time to explore London in the week with our little one, I really should use it wisely before going back to work.

I’ll let you know how I get on at the end of the month.

Claire x

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  1. The Unsung Mum May 1, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    I so need your organisation skills in my life! I can’t believe its May already either and haven’t seem to caught up on my March or April jobs yet! Please sort my life out for me as i’m sucking at most of it at the moment and i only work evenings so don’t have much of an excuse! argh!!!! #KCACOLS

    • The Pramshed May 1, 2016 / 9:00 pm

      Ha ha! I still feel like I am behind on everything at the moment, it feels like life has become very busy especially with the blog. Thanks for reading and commenting. Claire x

  2. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) May 1, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Ooh, I’ll have to go check out the new linky! Good luck with all the goals for this month too πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

    • The Pramshed May 1, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks Jess! Please do check out #fortheloveofBLOG – we have been so busy with it this weekend, I’m a little overwhelmed! πŸ™‚ Claire x

  3. mommyslittleprincesses May 2, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Great monthly bucket list hon and it sounds like you have achieved quite a lot. I wish I was more organised haha but it’s a kinda work in progress. Wishing you all the best for May! Xx #KCACOLS #monthlybucklist

    • The Pramshed May 2, 2016 / 4:43 pm

      I don’t think I’m that organised at all! Thanks I’ll you know how May goes. Claire x

  4. Ali Duke May 2, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Some of your blogging goals are the same as mine (well my numbers are a bit lower lol), I really am looking forward to expanding a bit.
    I will look at your linky as that may help me, thank you.

    • The Pramshed May 2, 2016 / 4:44 pm

      Hi Ali, the Linky has really improved numbers, and has made me soooo busy with the blog now. I wish you all the luck with your goals too. Claire x

  5. mumzilla May 2, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Gah, this reminds me, I really must get the freezer fixed!! #KCACOLS

  6. The Pramshed May 2, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    It is tough! Luckily she is happy to play in her play pen for a while which allows me to get on with stuff. I hope you defrost the freezer, just do it πŸ™‚ Claire x

  7. optrixxaris1 May 2, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    It’s so important I feel to have a little me time now and again. May you enjoy doing all the things you set out to do. #monthlybucketlist

  8. Petite Pudding May 3, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    Ha ha get those cod fillets out, fish pie is super easy and a great we of sneaking in some fish, lots of ,ash, cheesey sauce boom! And the self-hosting def do that ☺️ #kcacols

    • The Pramshed May 3, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks! We had a little sample of cod tonight, and she liked it, so will aim to make the fish pie tomorrow! I’ll definitely be doing the self-hosting, I just don’t know when I’m going to fit it all in. Thanks for your lovely comment. Claire x

  9. Katy (@hotpinkwellies) May 3, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    Congratulations on launching the new linky! I didn’t have time to link this weekend but hopefully next one I will. Super impressed you got over 300 visits in 1 day – that’s a number I can only dream of! Looking forward to your exploring London – we moved out a few years ago and I still miss it sometimes. I can live vicariously through your posts! #KCACOLS

    • The Pramshed May 3, 2016 / 6:02 pm

      Ha ha, I’ll make sure that my posts continue to reference our trips out and about in London. Thank you for your lovely words on the Linky, I’m really enjoying it so far, I hope you link up next weekend lovely. Claire x

  10. Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum May 3, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    So pleased you had such a successful month with your blog, sorry I didn’t manage to link up to #fortheloveofBLOG this week but you’re on the top of my list for this weekend πŸ™‚ Good luck with your self hosting research, I took the plunge last month and its so worth it. Fingers crossed you achieve all your goals this month πŸ™‚ #monthlybucketlist x

    • The Pramshed May 3, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks Hannah! And not to worry about not linking up, we will be here every weekend! I so glad that self-hosting worked for you, I just need to get on and do-it. I’ll let you know how I get on at the end of the month. Claire x

  11. The Pramshed May 4, 2016 / 9:03 am

    No worries, I know how busy we all are, and I am flat out at the minute – eek! I will definitely go self-hosted, it needs to be done. Claire x

  12. Emma - meandbmaketea May 4, 2016 / 8:26 am

    ohh and I meant to say good luck with work too. I do 4 days and have Friday off. works really well here πŸ™‚ I come in the office for a break hehe x

    • The Pramshed May 4, 2016 / 9:04 am

      I am looking forward to going to work for a break from the current routine, and being able to use my brain again πŸ™‚ Claire x

    • The Pramshed May 4, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      Ooh thank you so much I will check this out πŸ™‚ xx

  13. justsayingmum May 5, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Wow what a month?! And all those views and so so close 2000 – bet you’ve hit it now! Loved your new linky too – the badge is beautiful! Here’s to May being just as productive – I really must crack on! #KCACOL

    • The Pramshed May 5, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks Helen! Yes It’s been a crazy busy blogging month! I hope that May is just as good. I’m so happy you love the badge! Yes I’ve hit 2000 followers but only just πŸ™‚ Claire x

  14. Jane Taylor May 5, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    Claire, I love lists and I think this is a great one. As a relatively new blogger I know how steep the learning curve can be with going self-hosted. I got lots of information from the viperchill website and also from picking up a lot of ebooks from amazon from free to Β£2. There is so much more flexibility with self-hosting. Go for it!

    I have just bought some lovely stationery from Homesense to write some more lists! #KCACOLS

    • The Pramshed May 5, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you, I’ve already started doing a little bit of research tonight about going self-hosted. Ooh love stationary, that is just what I need a blog book. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Claire x

  15. A Moment with Franca May 6, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    You really had a very productive April!! You achieved so much for your blog. It was a pleasure to have you at #KCACOLS. You really helped me to get lots of new linkers, so thank you so much for that. Yes I think you should go self hosted before you go back to work so then you won’t need to worry about that later. I didn’t realise that you also live in London. Where about do you live? Anyway, I hope you have an even better May. I’m sure you will smash it!! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for sharing your May bucket list at #KCACOLS. It is always a pleasure to have you. I hope I can still see you on Sundays as probably now that you have your own linky your time will not be the same any more. But if you do, I will be very happy, πŸ™‚ xx

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you Franca for your lovely words! I will try my best to join #KCACOLS as I love the Linky, and so keen to support it πŸ™‚ I hope you have fab week with it this week. Yes I live in London have been here nearly 10 years – eek! I will definitely go self-hosted, and have already started looking into the options etc….and it looks quite simple, so I’m not sure why I’ve been putting it off for so long. Claire x

  16. Sarah@TeamMomLife May 14, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    I love the idea of a Monthly Bucket List. Maybe if I did this I would get more accomplished. Good luck with going back to work full time. It has been a challenge for me in the last year. Especially with trying to juggle everything lately.

    I love the idea of the Linky and am hoping to figure it out so I can try it out.

    Looking forward to hearing how everything goes in the month of May!

    Sincerely,

    Sarah

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