Spring Bucket List

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my to do lists. I’m pretty sure I have a list for everything in my life, and my bucket lists are no different. I have one giant overall Life Bucket List for all the things I want to accomplish in my lifetime. And I have seasonal bucket lists for things that I want to do with the family, or primarily my children. I love following Lisa Marie over at Paper and Glam and how she really incorporates seasonal living into her life. So one of the small things that I do is come up with seasonal bucket lists. And I know I’m running out of time to get these all done, so I better get to it! Happy Spring!!

Spring Bucket List

2015 Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

Summer Schdule

Summer Schedule

101 in 1,001 ~April Recap

My 101 in 1001

Oh wow! It has been 6 months since I’ve been on here sharing my life with everyone. To be honest, I was considering hanging up my blog for good. These last 6 months have completely turned my life upside down and I’ve been taking time to myself to regain my sense of self, so to speak. Some may already know, but I’ve felt compelled to follow a different path in life. I will share that story in another post. For now, I’m checking in with my 101 things in 1,001 days.

I started our Christmas savings fund and I’m contributing to it twice a month. Next, I started a small inside herb garden. I have a few pots of cilantro, chives, and parsley growing in my kitchen. I’ve marked off my MBA because I’ve decided on a completely different route. And lastly I was able to give 100% tip one night when I took my kids out for dinner.

  1. Pay off all my debt, excluding our mortgage.
  2. Build our emergency fund to 3-6 months of expenses.
  3. Start a Christmas savings account. Jan 2016
  4. Start my kids college funds.
  5. Gain 100 followers on my blog.
  6. Post 2 videos to my YouTube channel a week for a month.
  7. Have 3 blog posts published a week for a month. ~Started on
  8. Start an Etsy shop, or a shop on my blog June 2015
  9. Make my daughter a toy box.
  10. Grow a herb garden. April 2016
  11. Make (and can) my own spaghetti sauce.
  12. Read 40 books completely and not half way through. ~Made book list
  13. Go 1 entire week (including the weekend) without eating out.
  14. Take my husband away without the kids for a weekend.
  15. Learn a new craftJuly 2015
  16. Make at new recipe.
  17. Lose 20 pounds.
  18. Take a yoga class a few times.
  19. Go a full day with no technology.
  20. Take the Canadian road trip I planned.
  21. Take the kids on a Disney cruise.
  22. Join the local VFW.
  23. Attend a photography workshop.
  24. Host a cooking class.
  25. Make a memory jar on Jan 1 and read everything in it on Dec 31.
  26. Learn to quilt.
  27. Take a weekend trip to Vegas.
  28. Write a cookbook.
  29. Go zip lining.
  30. Make a jar full of rocks with my favorite Bible verses written on them.
  31. Go on a road trip with some of my girlfriends.
  32. Host a huge Halloween masquerade party. ~Started planning
  33. Rent a beach house for a week.
  34. Swim with dolphins.
  35. Go camping with my kids.
  36. Have a picnic in the park.
  37. Make yogurt popsicle with my kids.
  38. Pay a strangers restaurant bill.
  39. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  40. Learn to ice skate.
  41. Attend the Kentucky Derby.
  42. Take a pin-up photo shoot.
  43. Prepare a care package for a homeless person.
  44. Build a blanket fort.  August 2015
  45. Go to Country Concert.
  46. Make every recipe from 1 of my cookbooks.
  47. Take a Segway tour of a city.
  48. Go to a monster truck rally.
  49. Take a self-defense class.
  50. Make pasta from scratch.
  51. Go one month without shopping except for necessities.
  52. Read 5 biographies. ~Made List
  53. Learn how to tie a tie.
  54. Start a new blog series. May 2015
  55. Give 5 “Just Because Gifts” 1~July 2015; 1~August 2015
  56. Visit Chicago.
  57. Make sushi with my new kit.
  58. Run in a color run.
  59. Have a spa day.
  60. Host a Vision Board party.
  61. Attend a blog conference.
  62. Establish a family tradition. May 2015
  63. Write a guest post for another blogger.
  64. Have a guest post on my blog.
  65. Attend an Alabama home football game.
  66. Host a blog giveaway.
  67. Put $20 in savings for every goal accomplished.
  68. Visit 5 new museums. AF Museum~July 2015
  69. Go on another marriage retreat.
  70. Stop drinking soda for 1 week.
  71. Learn to make a burlap wreath.
  72. Determine my MBA major. Nov 2015
  73. Take a photo booth picture with my hubs.
  74. Go snowboarding.
  75. Have family photos taken every year.
  76. Visit a new stateAugust 2015
  77. Go geocaching.
  78. Go to 3 new festivals.
  79. Be able to do 10 pullups.
  80. Create a business plan.
  81. Make an editorial calendar. May 2015
  82. Order business cardsJuly 2015
  83. Create a media kit.
  84. Have 5 photos accepted to FoodGawker.
  85. Attend a women’s bible retreat.
  86. Make a list of 101 positive things about myself. ~Started on
  87. Make my bed every single day for a month.
  88. Put aside $50 a month for 6 months and go on a shopping spree.
  89. Write a letter for each of my children and place it with my will.
  90. Send a message in a bottle.
  91. Host a favorites party.
  92. Do a craft show.  August 2015
  93. Go golfing with my hubs.
  94. Take each kid on a mom date.
  95. Plan 12 dates (1 for each month) for the hubs and I.
  96. Buy a silhouette cameo.
  97. Make 2 weeks worth of freezer meals.
  98. Leave a 100% tip. Feb 2016
  99. Have poker night.
  100. Journal every night for a month.
  101. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.

2015 Fall Bucket List

Whatever Wednesday Blog Series

It is finally FALL!!Today is the first official day of Fall, and I don’t know about you all but I have been ready for this for the past month or so!! As things are slowly winding down here at my house, I’ve decided to slowly start getting back in the swing of things here on my blog. And what better way to start then by sharing some of the Fall highlights I plan on enjoying this season. So here’s my 2015 Fall Bucket List that I made.

2015 Fall Bucket List

I love the crisp sweater weather, the amazing Fall colors, being able to enjoy some time outside with my kids without the ever complaints of “I’m HOT!!”. And did I mention the savory soups and tons of freshly baked sweets!! What are some of your favorite Fall activities??

Fall

101 in 1,001 ~August Recap

My 101 in 1001

I’ve been taking a small break from my blog to constant more of my time and attention on my children lately. However, I wanted to take a few minutes to at least give a quick recap on my 101 in 1,001 progress.

Myrtle Beach SC

Last month I took the family on a vacation to North Carolina. While I’ve been to North Carolina before, we did take one day to head down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The kids had a blast playing on the beach and meeting Anna from Frozen. Before we left we took a quick spin on the Skywheel where I captured this beautiful picture of the beach. I know the kids can’t wait to go back again.

Tiered Platter

For my second Just Because gift, I gave this tiered platter set to one of my good friends. She’s been trying to build up her platter and stand sets, and I found this little gem for just $5! It was such a steal!! And I know she’s getting a ton of use from it.

Craft Show

I participated in my first ever craft show with my chunky necklaces. I shared a booth with my friend and I must say that I loved how everything turned out. I’ll actually be participating in my second craft show in October.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I’ve started my book list for my 40 books to accomplish. You can check out my post with all of my selections here.

Easy Blanket Fort for Kids

I also made my kids this really simple and fun blanket fort one night. I made them pizza and let them watch a movie in their fort. They had such a blast that night! It literally took me just a few minutes to get everything set up, but it was such a big deal for them. They’ve already been asking to do it again. You can check out my full blog post on that night here.

  1. Pay off all my debt, excluding our mortgage.
  2. Build our emergency fund to 3-6 months of expenses.
  3. Start a Christmas savings account.
  4. Start my kids college funds.
  5. Gain 100 followers on my blog.
  6. Post 2 videos to my YouTube channel a week for a month.
  7. Have 3 blog posts published a week for a month. ~Started on
  8. Start an Etsy shop, or a shop on my blog June 2015
  9. Make my daughter a toy box.
  10. Grow a herb garden.
  11. Make my own spaghetti sauce.
  12. Read 40 books completely and not half way through. ~Made book list
  13. Go 1 entire week (including the weekend) without eating out.
  14. Take my husband away without the kids for a weekend.
  15. Learn a new craftJuly 2015
  16. Make at new recipe.
  17. Lose 20 pounds.
  18. Take a yoga class a few times.
  19. Go a full day with no technology.
  20. Take the Canadian road trip I planned.
  21. Take the kids on a Disney cruise.
  22. Join the local VFW.
  23. Attend a photography workshop.
  24. Host a cooking class.
  25. Make a memory jar on Jan 1 and read everything in it on Dec 31.
  26. Learn to quilt.
  27. Take a weekend trip to Vegas.
  28. Write a cookbook.
  29. Go zip lining.
  30. Make a jar full of rocks with my favorite Bible verses written on them.
  31. Go on a road trip with some of my girlfriends.
  32. Host a huge Halloween masquerade party. ~Started planning
  33. Rent a beach house for a week.
  34. Swim with dolphins.
  35. Go camping with my kids.
  36. Have a picnic in the park.
  37. Make yogurt popsicle with my kids.
  38. Pay a strangers restaurant bill.
  39. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  40. Learn to ice skate.
  41. Attend the Kentucky Derby.
  42. Take a pin-up photo shoot.
  43. Prepare a care package for a homeless person.
  44. Build a blanket fort.  August 2015
  45. Go to Country Concert.
  46. Make every recipe from 1 of my cookbooks.
  47. Take a Segway tour of a city.
  48. Go to a monster truck rally.
  49. Take a self-defense class.
  50. Make pasta from scratch.
  51. Go one month without shopping except for necessities.
  52. Read 5 biographies.
  53. Learn how to tie a tie.
  54. Start a new blog series. May 2015
  55. Give 5 “Just Because Gifts” 1~July 2015; 1~August 2015
  56. Visit Chicago.
  57. Make sushi with my new kit.
  58. Run in a color run.
  59. Have a spa day.
  60. Host a Vision Board party.
  61. Attend a blog conference.
  62. Establish a family tradition. May 2015
  63. Write a guest post for another blogger.
  64. Have a guest post on my blog.
  65. Attend an Alabama home football game.
  66. Host a blog giveaway.
  67. Put $20 in savings for every goal accomplished.
  68. Visit 5 new museums. AF Museum~July 2015
  69. Go on another marriage retreat.
  70. Stop drinking soda for 1 week.
  71. Learn to make a burlap wreath.
  72. Determine my MBA major.
  73. Take a photo booth picture with my hubs.
  74. Go snowboarding.
  75. Have family photos taken every year.
  76. Visit a new stateAugust 2015
  77. Go geocaching.
  78. Go to 3 new festivals.
  79. Be able to do 10 pullups.
  80. Create a business plan.
  81. Make an editorial calendar. May 2015
  82. Order business cardsJuly 2015
  83. Create a media kit.
  84. Have 5 photos accepted to FoodGawker.
  85. Attend a women’s bible retreat.
  86. Make a list of 101 positive things about myself. ~Started on
  87. Make my bed for a month.
  88. Put aside $50 a month for 6 months and go on a shopping spree.
  89. Write a letter for each of my children and place it with my will.
  90. Send a message in a bottle.
  91. Host a favorites party.
  92. Do a craft show.  August 2015
  93. Go golfing with my hubs.
  94. Take each kid on a mom date.
  95. Plan 12 dates (1 for each month) for the hubs and I.
  96. Buy a silhouette cameo.
  97. Make 2 weeks worth of freezer meals.
  98. Leave a 100% tip.
  99. Have poker night.
  100. Journal every night for a month.
  101. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.

What’s in my Book Nook?

Whatever Wednesday Blog Series

As part of my 101 Things in 1,001 Days challenge, I stated that I wanted to read 40 books all the way through. I have a terrible habit of starting a book and never finishing it; a good majority of my books have book marks placed half way through them. I don’t know if I have reading ADHD or if I just get bored. So I’ve made it my mission to actually finish what I pick up, especially since I’m actually in several book club groups and have a Goodreads account. Here’s a list of books that I either have on my bookshelf at home, in my Kindle reader, or that are part of my book club that I’m attempting to read. Have you read of these books yet?

Pizza, Forts, and Dragons! Oh My!

Whatever Wednesday Blog Series

If you’ve been following me for a while then you’ll know that I’ve been attempting the 101 Things in 1,001 Days challenge. As I was brainstorming my list, I knew I wanted to include some fun things to do with my kids. They are 5 and 2 so we’re at the stage where the smallest gesture can really make their entire week. One of the items that I wrote down for my kids was to build a blanket fort. My son has been asking for one for months and I knew it would be something that we could do at any time. So the other night I decided to surprise the kids and make them a fort.

Fun Summertime Activities for Kids

I was initially going to build it downstairs with our sectional but it was just easier to do it upstairs since it was dinner time. We’ll eventually build one downstairs, but we’ll save that for a rainy day. And as you may guess, I’m no expert fort builder. But with a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old, you don’t really have to be.

Easy Blanket Fort for Kids

What made this so perfect was that the kids had no idea. I told them to play quietly in their rooms while I made dinner. I threw some frozen pizzas in the oven, dug out my spare king size sheets and got to work. I just stretched the fitted sheet over my couch and dining room chairs, and laid the other sheet down to somewhat protect my rug from spills. And yes, there were several spills. I then loaded How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Netflix and brought the kids out. I’ll have to say the look on their faces was priceless. They could barely sit still long enough to finish their pizza. Sometimes, it’s just the simple things in life that make it all worth it.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Toddler Journals

Toddler Thursday Blog Series

About a year ago, I started a journal for each one of my kids. I don’t write in it as often as I would like to, but I do enjoy having the ability to sit down and get things off my mind. I have a separate journal for myself, but there were always things I wish I could say to my children that were past their comprehension at the moment.

 Toddler Journals

I found these two journals at my local Target. I don’t know the exact price since it’s been a few years, but I know they weren’t much. And you could easily use something simpler if you wanted. I wanted something rather nice so it would last through the years of me writing in it and still be in good shape when I give them to the kids. I got this  journaling idea from another blogger. Click here to see her original post.

I also have a list of things to write about for the times when I want to write but don’t have anything in particular to write about. The list comes from Baby Making Machine and it’s 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me. It’s a great list that I would recommend to any parent. My latest letter to my kids was the 10 things that I would tell my 16-year-old self. Maybe I’ll share that in another blog post.

If you write to your kids, I would love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below.

Check out my Pinterest for ideas like this and more!