My Autumn Bucket List 2017


Autumn is always our busiest season, with weekends already getting booked up; I’m pretty sure that if I’m not careful I’ll blink and miss one of the best times of year. I’ve already been soaking up all of the autumn leaves on my walks around Leeds with Ben, but last year I found that my autumn bucket list really helped me make the most of the season. It’s even more important to me to make traditions as a family now, and autumn is the perfect time to embrace all of the seasonal traditions and get 

Host our Second Annual Friendsgiving 

Friendsgiving was one of my favourite days of last year. We managed to squeeze almost twenty people into our dining room (and when I say squeeze, it really was a squeeze!) and we feasted on pulled pork, mac ‘n’ cheese and pumpkin pie. It’s rare that we manage to get so many people together, especially in the run up to Christmas, and I’d love to do the same again this year. I’m already planning the menu and scoping out some invites… Last year I had just found out I was pregnant, too, so I’m looking forward to a few Friendsgiving cocktails, too! 

Take Some Photos of the Autumn Leaves 

I don’t think I’ve ever spent as much time outside as I am right now; I’m taking Ben on long walks a few times a week just to get us out of the house and fill the time. Which means that I have noticed the beauty of the changing leaves more than ever before. I’m hoping that it’s interesting for him to see the leaves changing, even if he can’t quite comprehend it yet. I’d love to improve my photography, and the beautiful autumn leaves that are surrounding us on every side right now will make the perfect subject for my efforts! 

Go Pumpkin Picking 

Last year we went apple picking, and it was such a fun day. This year, I’m hoping to scope out a local-ish pumpkin patch and pick up a Halloween pumpkin ready for carving. I know that Ben is a bit small to remember anything we do this year, but I’d love for apple and pumpkin picking to become traditions that we do every year with him. If only for the adorable photos of our baby boy sat on top of a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch… 

Knit a Blanket 

I’ve started a chunky navy blanket, which I think is going to take a fairly long time to finish as it’s going to be rather large. But cosy autumn evenings feel like the perfect time to commit to a hefty craft project so I’m not too daunted. I’d love to finish it before winter kicks in properly, and so I can free up some time for Christmas crafting when the time comes around.

Keep Up with My One Second Everyday Video 

I am *obsessed* with the One Second Everyday app right now. It’s such a lovely way to capture all of Ben’s little expressions and sweet little moments. I’ve only got about 10 seconds worth right now, but by the end of autumn I should have a whole minute of video of our lives together and I think it will be just wonderful to look back on – so I’m committing to it in a big way! 

Read a Scary Book

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Halloween is the perfect time to read a scary book or watch a scary film, but I’m too much of a wuss for scary films so it’ll have to be a scary book. I might have to start now if I want to finish by the time Halloween comes around, so if you have any recommendations of spooky stories that aren’t *too* frightening then hit me up! 

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August


Celebrating a whole month with our little Benjamin.

Marvelling at how much he (and we) has changed already. 

Seeing him smile for the very first time (and having a little cry about it!) 

Feeling like we’re starting to get a handle on this parenthood thing (very, very slowly…)

Playing host to a whole bunch of visitors, who are definitely here to see us and not our new arrival… 

Plundering my new cookbooks (Student Eats and The Savvy Cook) for midweek dinner inspiration. 

Flexing my craft muscles for the first time in a while (helped very much by Jess!) 

Covering my eyes during this season of Game of Thrones. 

Enjoying fancy afternoon tea and pottery painting in York for a lovely hen do. 

Making the most of being able to eat cheese, steak & sushi again.

Searching for a dress to wear to a wedding next month… without much luck! 

Planning a capsule wardrobe for autumn/winter – it’s a dream not being pregnant! 

Enjoying a long bank holiday weekend as a family of three, eating and drinking our way around Leeds. 

Taking a million baby photos. 

Googling a million baby-related topics. 

Brunching at Issho, but sadly not taking advantage of their unlimited Prosecco offer. I’ll be back! 

Sleeping less than I maybe ever have (but feeling a lot less tired than I expected to). 

Watching the new series of Bake Off with an open mind, and a plate full of cake. 

Checking out my new desk at our new office (and sort of already wishing I was back at work – if only there were enough hours to do everything!). 

Getting used to being a mum. It’s kind of the best. 

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Summer Bucket List 2017

Summer Bucket List 2017 // Amy Elizabeth

Last autumn, I made a bucket list with all sorts of cosy delights on to celebrate the season – and I mostly stuck to it. I was partly cheating, because I’d already made a lot of those plans, but given that I was suffering with some pretty extreme nausea for most of the autumn and winter months this year, I’m still pretty pleased that I managed to cram in so much goodness. I’ve loved reading a few of the other summer bucket lists I’ve seen floating around the Internet, and wanted to make my own – but there’s a slight spanner in the works, in that I have *no idea* what the rest of the summer is going to hold for us, which makes it very hard to plan. All being well, it’ll only be another six weeks or so before we welcome our new addition (and potentially even less than that!) and everything’s going to be turned upside down. 

Finish the nursery 

This one needs to get ticked off pretty sharpish. We’re almost there, nursery-wise, and it has been a joy to be able to do something for our son before he arrives in the world, other than just carry him about and complain when he kicks me in the ribs. However, there’s still a bit of organising left to do, some pictures to hang on the wall, and a few small bits left to purchase. I know I’ll rest easier knowing that one job is off the list, even if he won’t actually be sleeping in there for the first few months. 

Make & drink an Aperol Spritz

Is it entirely sad that I am very excited about drinking alcohol again? I swear, I have never wanted a glass of wine more than when it has been denied to me. I am contrary like that, and also, wine is delicious (and there is no soft drink that can compare when you’re eating a fancy meal). I don’t miss being drunk, and I certainly don’t miss being hungover, but I do miss alcohol. Top of my list once I’m in the clear is an Aperol Spritz – so I’m stocking up on the ingredients already. I’ve sampled them at various bars, but never made one myself, so that’s the first challenge – but the reward will be sweet (and bitter, and sparkly, and oh, so good). 

Book a photoshoot for our little family 

I have to get Paul on board for this one, but I’d really like to get some professional photos taken of our family of three (or four, if you include Tuna…). Obviously, we’ll both be snapping away once the little one arrives (Paul upgraded his iPhone especially… although I expect that baby photos was only part of the reason!) but it’s difficult to take photos of all three of you without some outside help. We’ll likely be horrible sleep-deprived over the next few months, so I’ll mark this down as a win if we manage to just *book* rather than have the photoshoot itself. I’d also really like to get some snaps of the house now that it’s pretty much done, so I’m hoping to kill two birds with one stone, as it were. 

Have our first barbecue in the garden 

Paul’s parents donated their old barbecue to us last year, but we didn’t get a chance to actually use it before the weather turned. A barbecue is a fairly low-key commitment when it comes to hosting, and I’m imagining this as a casual, spur-of-the-moment style event. I just want to sit in a deck chair with a baby in one hand (preferably having a nice nap… we can dream!), a Pimms in the other, and that delicious barbecue-y smell in the air whilst I catch up with friends. I figure that’s pretty achievable, right? 

Make some ice cream 

I’ve been collecting ice cream recipes on Pinterest for years now, but never actually taken the plunge and made any myself. Paul is convinced that nothing can surpass Ben & Jerry’s in his estimation, but I’m pretty sure I can whip something up that will at least compare favourably. And if that fails? Boozy popsicles. 

Watch the new Baywatch movie 

The Rock and Zac Efron in a cheesy summer blockbuster? I am so there. Light entertainment is the order of the day right now. 

Go to the beach 

I haven’t been to the beach in years and years, so I’d love to take a day trip to one of Yorkshire’s many delightful beaches on a sunny day this summer. Really, I’m just in it for the really vinegary chips and the slightly sandy 99 flakes. 

What’s on your summer bucket list? 

Summer Bucket List 2017 // Amy Elizabeth

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May

Celebrating our second wedding anniversary, a friend’s 30th birthday and reaching the third trimester! 

Napping more in one month than I have in my entire life combined… 

Growing at a rate of knots – my stomach feels ginormous to me now! 

Exploring Knaresborough with my brother and Jess. 

Scoffing scones with jam and clotted cream at every opportunity. 

Smashing my latest blood test with minimal squeamishness… for me, anyway! 

Learning a lot in our NCT classes – they should probably make you have them before you decide to have a baby! 

Barbecuing on a happily frequent basis. 

Buying plenty of bits for baby’s nursery – it’ll hopefully be done in a week or so! 

Sweltering in the hot weather, and wishing I could have a cool glass of Pimms. 

Watching a lot of new TV series – Master of None, Kimmy Schmidt and American Gods are all on our current list. 

Counting down the days until the election – I can’t stand the tension! 

Nurturing my plants back to life – I’m finally starting to see them flower, which is exciting. 

Failing to do as much blogging as I had planned. 

Welcoming a new little cousin into the world.

Binging on the My Favorite Murder podcast. Stay sexy, don’t get murdered, everyone! 

Feeling very pleased that we live across the road from a good Italian pizza place. 

Trying to guess when bubba will get here. Will June be our last child-free month or will be make an early appearance? 

How about you? 

 

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