My after vacation to-do list – August 16th to August 31st (Part III)

What’s up friends?

How was/is Monday?

I’ve actually spent my day taking naps. I’m just so lazy!!

I’m getting ready to spend my evening watching Poldark (season 3, episode 9), Married at First Sight (season 5, episode 16), Upstairs, Downstairs (season 2, episode 6 – series finale) and I plan on starting Mr. Selfridge. Have any of you watched this show? It was recommended to me and it’s recommended in many websites, along with having a relatively good rating on IMDB (7,7). I’ll give it a try because I’m running out of period shows to watch.

The wind is absolutely crazy strong here and I’m so sick of it. I know I complain about it every day but really, I want to get outside, go to the bitch, without being surrounded by a freaking tornado 24/7. We’re even in yellow alert now, for strong winds that can go up to 75 km/hour. The trees dance and dance and it’s kind of scary.

Well, ranting again. I’m here to give you part III of my to-do list.

My to-do list –  From August 16th to August 31st:

Blog, social media and online work

  • Update my about page. I have written it 6 months ago when I started this blog and haven’t looked at it since. It’s been half a year so I’m changed, my life has changed, so I need to update it.
  • I feel like I want to change some things about my blog. About its appearance, theme, maybe some features and widgets, categories, etc. It needs a bit of attention and organization. And nope, I’m not going self-hosted. It’s a personal choice that I still maintain.
  • Take a look at my contact list on my phone. I’m sure there are people there I haven’t spoken to in about 20 years and will not speak again this century. Same for Skype.
  • I do some work as a virtual assistant and I have about 2 deadlines to meet and expect to get more work this month.
  • I need to pay some more attention to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Pinterest.
  • I’m now part of a Portuguese bloggers Facebook group and I want to be active there.
  • I’m also part of a Portuguese bloggers website and I need to explore it.
  • I need to come up with a good, solid, blog schedule. 
  • I need to film my “Anxiety and depression” related videos.
  • I need to go back to publishing more than once a day. My views used to be between 400 and 600 and now can barely reach 200 daily. No way I’m okay with that.
  • I’m currently at 1,853 followers, so I think I can expect to be at 2000 by the end of August? Maybe.
  • I need to read about a month’s worth of blog posts from my favorite blogs.
  • I have about a million comments to answer too.
  • I have a bunch of links left by readers that I definitely want to check.
  • I have about 30 awards posts to do. Not sure how I’ll go about them.
  • I’ll continue to work with my fellow blogger friends on our magazine.
  • I want to update my Goodreads account.
  • I have to publish my H&M haul.

Well, I think that’s mostly it. A big but doable list.

What are your blog related tasks that you absolutely need to get done?



My YouTube Subscriptions

Today I thought it would be fun to show you which YouTube channels I subscribe too. You must know, I’m addicted to mom YouTubers/Vloggers. I really want to be a mom someday and I find moms so inspiring. Plus, I really like to take a peak into people’s lives and routines and that’s what they share, which is perfect for me.

Jamerril’s Large Family Table


I just love this lady. She’s a great mom of soon to be 8 (She’s pregnant with her eighth baby, a boy), she’s a homeschooling, do it from scratch, garden, business owner and thrifty mom. She seems to do it all. She has speaking engagements, she has her channel, two blogs and she was supporting her whole family while her husband went to school for two years. She’s very real and down to hearth and I’m always expecting a video from her.

A Farmhouse Full


Another amazing, homeschooling, business woman mom of eight. This woman can do it all, while her makeup is on point and her kids are fed and happy. I love her videos on how she runs her house, about motherhood and being a large family, her home renovations, grocery hauls and Q&A’s. This might be my favorite on YouTube.

This Gathered Nest


You guessed it right, another mom. A homeschooling mom of soon to be seven. But this is a special family. She has two biological daughters, then she adopted an African-American boy, then another boy from Africa (Congo? I think) and then a Chinese girl with Down Syndrome. She is currently pregnant with twin girls through embryo adoption. Are you familiar with that? Basically, one couples go throw IVF, they can choose to use just one or two embryos, of the few that they got. As the couple won’t be using these embryos might choose to destroy them or put them up for adoption. Yes, you can adopt an embryo and get pregnant through IVF. That’s how she is adopting her twin girls, they are someone else’s embryos but are growing in her belly. What a wonderful family.



I love this mom and her blended family. She first got pregnant with a girl when she was about eighteen, I think. The relationship with her the father of her daughter didn’t work out but they are still friends and great co-parents. Dad is very much involved in his daughter’s life and even his wife and boy are welcome to the house. A few years later she got married and had twin boys, having a third boy later. Once again, the relationship didn’t workout, although she tried hard and forgave too much, so they got divorced. The dad is involved in the twins life, but rejects the third child, which breaks her heart. However, her current husband has stepped up to the game and is raising the boy as if he were his own. They have a wonderful relationship and this man is such a great father to his stepson. So, as I’ve told you, she is married again now. Her husband has two boys from a previous marriage and they’re treated just like her own kids. She says there’s not step-brothers or half-brothers, they are all just brothers and sisters. She and her husband have an eight-month girl, their last child. I love blended families and this one makes me really happy to watch.

Britney and Baby


Britney was a teen mom of a baby girl and she immediately became a stay-at-home-mom when her baby was born. She and her boyfriend remained together and they currently have three children together. I think her girl is about five years old, then she has younger boy who, unfortunately, was born with muscular dystrophy, which means he will lose his motor skills over time and he may even been in a wheelchair while he’s still a kid. It’s so said knowing that your child is alright and healthy at the moment but that you will have to watch him lose his capabilities. My heart aches for her family.

The Talko


Just celebrity gossip, random lists and general entertainment, the kind where you don’t have to think too much. What can I say, sometimes my brain needs to indulge.



Honestly, I just like their “73 Questions With Vogue” series, so I subscribe to get to know when there’s a new one. Once again, random entertainment.

The Freckled Fox


She is one of my favorite bloggers and vloggers and I’ve been following her for years. She’s just a year older than me but she has lived so much already. She got married to a wonderful man she was crazy in love with when she was nineteen and, together, they had five beautiful red-headed babies. I admired her because she seemed to have it all. Handsome husband, beautiful kids, being beautiful and so productive herself. I feel in love with her family. I think her oldest kid is now six or seven and the youngest is almost two years old. She has four girls and one boy, the middle child. She seemed to have a perfect life, until her husband was diagnosed with cancer. They fought it for many months, trying alternative treatment options, flying to Mexico, seeking experimental treatments, you name it. She took care of him and watched him suffer for eighteen months, while she carried and delivered their last baby. She is a warrior. He eventually did a year ago, living her as a 25-year-old widow and mother of five. She remarried about 3 months later and many people have criticized her about how soon it was. I don’t know what to think about it.

Crash Course


I just love learning and there are so many videos on so many different topics. Also, the videos are simple and fun and that’s why I like them so much.



Another channel with great videos on so many different topics. They’re entertaining and educational at the same time. Good enough for me.

Ted (Talks)


I guess everyone knows this channel? If you don’t, I highly recommend it. The talks and lectures are inspiring and worth watching.

Fellow Bloggers I Follow On YouTube:

Angela – Life of Angela


Pamela – Starring Pamela


Oriana – Oriana’s notes


Charlotte Parker


Runwright Reads


What about you?

  •  Do you follow any YouTube Channels?
  • Do you have a YouTube channel? I would love to follow you.
  • Do you have any channel recomendations?

Thank you so much for reading.