Spring Bucket List

petit jardin en ville in old city philadelphia

It's spring folks! And I'm pretty damn happy about it. Things are feeling fresh and new, the city is sunny and people are out and about, my work is in full bloom and very green, it's just a nice time before it turns into Hades. 

The theme this season is cleaning, organizing, and making the house more enjoyable. I love our home, but winter has a way of making papers pile up and clutter just sitting around waiting to be put away. I want to take the next couple of months and really get that in order, along with trying to take more weekend and day trips to spend time outside and together. So here we go!

  1. Hang art in extra bedroom
  2. Take more weekend and day trips
  3. Make headway with the side hustle
  4. Plant herbs in pots out back
  5. Work on ice cream blog post
  6. Buy flowers more often
  7. Cook dinner at home more often
  8. Take bags of clothes to thrift store

Winter Bucket List

As I'm writing this, I'm drinking tea and recovering from photographing cookies on my back deck while it's 29 degrees out... We've hit winter in Philadelphia and though I'm enjoying all the christmas lights and layering of sweaters and scarves, I'm already missing warmer temperatures.

So in hopes of enjoying winter a little more than I normally would, here are some things I'm hoping to accomplish in the coming months. Nothing crazy. I'm setting my goals pretty low this time around to leave room for plenty of weekends home on the couch covered in blankets and drinking hot apple cider. 

  1. Go ice skating!
  2. Go to Center City's Christmas Village.
  3. Take boxes of stuff to thrift store.
  4. Throw a birthday celebration for myself.
  5. Go to the movies more.
  6. Reorganize that extra bedroom (yes, we're seeing this again)
  7. Buy a proper, very warm winter coat.
  8. Have a good, relaxing snow day at home.
  9. Collaborate with Kate on a blog photoshoot
  10. Plan a weekend away.

What makes you happiest in the winter? How do you get yourself out of the house when it's freezing out?

    Fall Bucket List Review

    With Thanksgiving happening last weekend and everyone posting Christmas trees on Instagram, I guess you can say Fall has come and gone. I had really hoped to get this posted before my holiday gift guides when up, but as you can see that didn't happen. BUT today we're taking a look at what was on my Fall Bucket List and how I did at knocking things off of it!

    Spoiler alert: pretty okay! Here we go!

    Go Apple Picking: We actually did this twice. We first went to Linvilla Orchards with just G and I. It was rainy and a little picked through by the time we made this trip (but it was late in the season tbh), but we had a great time nonetheless. Linvilla has a bunch of other things, including a giant store where they sell pumpkins and mums and everything else you could imagine, a farmer's market area and bakery, as well as food vendors, apple slingshots, donuts, and tons of other things for families. The second place was Highland Orchard and we went with a few friends. Also had a nice farmer's market/bakery, petting areas with goats, and pick-your-own pumpkins.

    Reorganize My House: As I mentioned in this post, G and I now live together in my house! We moved all his stuff in early November and though we are still finding places for things, most of our space is working out quite nicely. We still have some things to figure out, but I'm happy with it so far!

    Carve Pumpkins/Have a Pumpkin Carving Party: I was so happy with this little shindig! We had maybe 15-18 friends come over, hang out, and carve pumpkins. We covered both my dining room tables and coffee table with paper bags, I picked out some carving knives at the thrift store and got some dollar store carving kits, and it worked out great!

    Bake More Pies: Yes! I made two standard pumpkin pies for our two Thanksgivings, and posted recipes for this Pumpkin Tart with Gingerbread Crust (which is basically a pie) and this Apple Crumb Pie

    Try 5 New Restaurants/Bars in the City: So I've been to 4 new-to-me restaurants in Philadelphia in the past couple of months and they have all been REALLY good. They are The Dandelion, Mission Taqueria, Fitzwater Street Bagels, and Cheu Noodle Bar. But I'm also going to throw Pub & Kitchen in there as well, because it's someplace that I first went to in the very end of Summer and we've been back several times since. 

    Cook Dinner at Home More: Also something we've been doing more of since G moved in. As long as the work week isn't super busy for either of us, we try to make 2 meals at home a week. I currently have a pot roast in the crockpot at home as we speak and stuffed peppers to make this weekend. 

    Post a Blog Post Once a Week Without Missing a Week: I feel really good about this one you guys! Throughout the life of this blog, I've blogged often, I've made consistent scheduled, I've blogged several times a week, and I've gone on hiatus for months. I'm currently in the groove of slow blogging. My aim is consistently once a week. If I have more content for a week, I'll throw up an extra post (like this post, actually), but for the most part, I stick to once a week. I'm so thrilled and proud of myself for sticking to this for several months. Blogging is something I do on top of my normal 9-5 job, social obligations, relaxing time, and everything else that comes with being an adult. It's a balancing act that I love, but can also be the first thing to go when I'm not feeling up to it. So I feel good that I've pushed through and made content consistently these past few months. Woot woot. 

    Now for the handful of things I didn't complete:

    Clean the Back Deck and light the chiminea at least once: Well, I did clean the deck off for the Pumpkin Carving Party, but besides that it's looked pretty awful back there. I get leaves that fall onto my deck that are the size of dinosaur footprints and it's hard to keep up with. But I need to bring in the furniture and roll that rug up so I'm sure I'll be cleaning it soon.

    Make More Time For Friend Hangs: I feel like I made the same amount of time for friend hangs. I feel like I saw everyone around the same amount, with the exception of scheduling a day date with my girlfriend who lives back home and her son and getting to attend the wedding of one my favorite people who I don't see that often. Not really a loss, but not a true win either.

    Do Something with that Extra Bedroom: The extra bedroom reminds unfinished (still). Though it's better, it's still not there. Still need to deal with this. :(

    And that's it! Not as good as last time but still above average! I hope these posts aren't too boring for you and at least some of you are enjoying them. I know they help me remember the things I've accomplished over the past couple of months so I hope to keep writing goals out this way!

    Summer Bucket List Review

    Since Labor Day was last weekend, I thought I would sit down and write a little bit about this summer and what I knocked off my Summer Bucket List, which can be found here!

    Even now that I'm an adult, summer feels special to me. It's a time to take it a little easier, make time for relaxing, make plans with friends and family, and take time for some self care. Maybe it's because I work at a college where summers are a lot less hectic and busy, or maybe it's just because I try really hard to take advantage of the warm weather but summer continues to be very special to me. And this summer was pretty darn special. I almost crossed off everything on my bucket list (!!!) so I wanted to share some of those things with you all today.

    1. Go Camping: This was an easy one since G and I already had our trip to Central and Western New York to visit his family and friends already planned out when I made this Bucket List. But camping is one of my favorite things that I don't do often enough. We spent two nights camping during that trip and got to do all the camping necessities: put up our tent, cooked over a fire, made s'mores (which was also #6 on the Bucket List), woke up smelling like campfire, all the lovely things. I shared more about our trip here.

    2. Make Popsicles: Well, you all know I conquered this one! At the beginning of the summer I purchased this popsicle maker and I love it. Easy to use, easy to clean. If you missed it, I shared these Peaches and Cream Breakfast Popsicles and Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles.

    3. Drink More Water: Even though I still feel like I have a long way to go with this one, I do feel like I've been drinking more water daily. I even bought two new water bottles! More than keeping up with drinking more water, I can actually notice a difference in my body and brain when I'm dehydrated, which wasn't something I could even notice before. Crazy right? Yeah, I think I'm just used to functioning in a dehydrated state so it's nice to quench that.

    4. Take More Photos With My Instax: I feel like I made some headway on this one too! Though I still feel like I carry this camera around wayyyy too much for how few photos I have, I do have some great memories captured on film that I really adore. Can't wait to keep using this into the Fall.

    5. Purge My House: I did a small purge in the middle of the summer, but I'm excited to really go through my house with an iron fist in the next couple of months. So I feel like I kind of checked this box, but excited to really see a significant difference in my house soon.

    6. Make S'more: Happy to say we took care of this during our camping trip and I think also down the shore. Check out #1. 

    7. Dress Up More: I feel a little like I should explain that for me, this goal didn't mean wearing anything specific. I wasn't looking to wear more dresses or skirts or have my hair done more. It's more that I own a good amount of clothes and I tend to get in ruts with them. Add to that the fact that it's been VERY hot and humid this summer and I feel like I can't be bothered putting on decent makeup or wearing anything more than a airy tank top and flip flops. BUT I made a conscious effort to mix and match my wardrobe, only buy pieces that I really put some thought into and really wanted, and felt good about my outfits and looks most of the summer. Three cheers for feeling good!

    8. Find A New Farmer's Market: This actually happened even though I wasn't trying very hard! I had been to a few around me that weren't really doing it for me. Only a few vendors. All selling the same handful of things. But then I stubbed upon a market by G's house in West Philly, which is just lovely! It's not huge, just one side of a park, but a variety of vendors selling meat, vegetables, fruits, honey, and beautiful FLOWERS. Can't wait to go back a few more times.

    9. Swim in a Swimming Hole: This is one of my favorite summer memories. While on our trip, we found a small waterfall and got to spend some time splashing around in the water, floating on the donut, and just being happy. While on this trip, we also swam in two pool-like swimming holes as well.

    10. Go Ziplining: This is the only thing I didn't even remotely do. We tried to plan this a handful of times, but either our friends weren't available or the weather wasn't cooperating or it was just a bad weekend. Oh well! I'm sure the opportunity will arise someday.

    And that's it! I feel like 9 out of 10 isn't too bad! One of the most important things I did this summer was eat more ice cream and frozen treats than I every had in one summer. If you've been following me on Instagram, I'm sure you've seen my addiction, which I don't plan on stopping come Fall. Though I love summer, I must confess I'm looking forward to the change of seasons and the crispness in the air that Fall brings. I'm not rushing it, I'm just excited for the change.

    Summer Bucket List

    During the Spring I listed a few things that I hoped to finish up around the house this Spring (you can find that here). I found a cute fiddle leaf fig tree for the corner of my living room and almost pulled my backyard together with putting together furniture, getting plants and a rug. I decided to kind of give up on staining my pantry and shelves (doesn't seem worth it anymore) and SOMEDAY I'll paint that bed frame in my spare bedroom.

    But Summer is here, people! I'm ready to be in a bathing suit and sweating at the beach. I'm ready to spend some time outside and bouncing around the city. 

    1. Go camping
    2. Make popsicles
    3. Drink more water
    4. Take more photos with my Instax
    5. Purge my house
    6. Make s'mores
    7. Dress up more
    8. Find a new farmer's market
    9. Swim in a swimming hole
    10. Go ziplining