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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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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Autumn Bucket List

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This season, I am all about creating traditions. Now that we’re settled into our home, it’s time to start making memories here and I’d love to do start setting up some things we can look forward to every year. The summer is a loosey-goosey sort of time when anything can happen, but autumn and winter feels like a good time to have traditions. For all my joy at the crispness in the air and the crunch of leaves underfoot, there is the misery of endlessly rainy days and dark mornings to content with, so a little bit of excitement is only ever going to be a good thing. 

Read a Scary Book 

This one is more for me, but with Halloween on the horizon and plenty of time to snuggle under blankets and read by lamplight, a scary book or two is definitely called for. Last year I dipped my two into two of Stephen King’s classics; Carrie, which I didn’t find all that scary, The Shining, which I very much did. I’m thinking of reading HEX which came out earlier this year, but I’d love any other recommendations. The two scariest books I’ve read in recent times are I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Bird Box by Josh Malerman – both incredibly creepy! 

Bake a Pumpkin Pie

I meant to do this last year but ran out of time, so I still have some canned pumpkin in my cupboard ready for a pumpkin pie adventure. I made a sweet potato pie last year, which I really liked but my colleagues couldn’t get on board with (I think more for the concept than the taste!) so I’m excited to try this instead and see what they think! 

Host Friendsgiving

The first of many, hopefully! We’ve already got the invites in the post and we’ll be hosting 20 of our nearest and dearest friends for a Friendsgiving feast on 19th November. I’m eschewing the traditional turkey roast for piles of pulled pork and plenty of mac ‘n’ cheese, but I’ll be serving up pie for dessert and decorating with mini pumpkins so I think it still counts. We consider our friends in Leeds to be very much a part of our family, but at Christmas we don’t often get to celebrate with them all because of everyone’s work and family commitments so I’m hoping this can stand in as our festive celebration and a chance to eat, drink and be merry! 

Finish a Blanket

I’ve abandoned my knitting over the summer, but I need to pick it up again ASAP. I have three friends with babies very much on the way so I need to finish at least one blanket during the autumn if I want to keep giving them to little ones of my acquaintance! Knitting is a cosy autumnal activity, so it’s not really a hardship – I’m imagining holing myself up in front of Gilmore Girls and knitting the afternoon away! 

Go on a Spa Trip

I’m cheating a little bit with this one, as it’s been booked for months but I’ve never actually been on a spa trip so I think it still counts as a bucket list item! A group of us are heading to Thorpe Park in Leeds for a weekend of spa fun in mid-October, and I’m very much looking forward to an excuse to laze around doing nothing with some lovely ladies. I wouldn’t be mad if this became a yearly tradition! 

Watch the Fireworks

We didn’t go and see any fireworks this year, so I’d like to catch a display this year. Bonfire Night is definitely one of the highlights of the autumn, and we’ve got a friend coming to stay that weekend for the Abbey Dash so I’m hoping it can be something of a group affair at a local display, followed by sparklers in the garden, plenty of chilli & jacket potatoes and maybe some mulled wine if we’re feeling festive. 

Go Apple Picking 

Another one I’m slightly cheating on, as we’re off this weekend but I can’t not include it! In the spirit of hygge, I’m trying to plan more outdoorsy things and apple picking is so delightfully seasonal. Wrapping up in scarves and hats, filling our pockets with apples before coming home to a roast dinner and baking those same apples into a pie? Can you think of a more glorious way to spend a Sunday? Because I certainly can’t. I’m also hoping to visit a pumpkin patch at some point, but we’re rapidly running out of weekends before Halloween! 

What’s on your autumn bucket list? 

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My USA East Coast Trip Bucket List

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It’s just two weeks until we head out to the States for our honeymoon, and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ve got all our travel and accommodation booked, but we’ve left our days free. I’m not usually very good at spontaneity, but I think this will be good for me! There are a few things I don’t want to miss, though… 

Walk the High Line 

I’ve heard so much about the High Line, and I’m excited to see it for myself! The High Line is a public park built on top of a historic rail line on Manhattan’s West Side, and is full of beautiful design, architecture and gardens. It’s a pretty cool concept, and seems like a fun way to while away an afternoon before heading to Chelsea Market for some food. 

Top of the Rock 

Last time I went to New York, we did the whole Empire State Building thing, which was pretty impressive (understatement of the year…). This time around, I want to take a trip to the Top of the Rock instead, because, of course, when you’re on top of the Empire State Building, you can’t see it! Plus, my love for 30 Rock makes me want to run around the Rockefeller Centre quoting Liz Lemon, which I won’t do lest Paul divorce me on our honeymoon, but I think admiring the view is the next best thing. Either way, I want to go to there. 

Go to a Rooftop Bar 

Is there anything more glamorous than a rooftop bar in New York? Or indeed, in any of the cities we’re planning to visit. This is our honeymoon, after all, and although we’re not particularly fancy people, we can definitely go for a swish cocktail or two whilst looking out over such a gorgeous city. This is an absolute must-do! 

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Catch a Game 

We’re lucky enough to be visiting some friends whilst we’re in Philadelphia, and they’re taking us to a baseball game – New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies. So, this one is a bit of a cheat for this list, since it’s already booked, but I am still psyched about it. Baseball games are such a big part of American pop culture, and I’m excited to see one for myself – even if I won’t know what on earth is going on – and to get myself a pile of stadium-style nachos. Go Phillies! 

See a Show 

I wanted to book a Broadway show in advance, but the cost seems ridiculously prohibitive. I’ve heard from so many people that it’s worth popping into the theatre on the day to see if you can grab a deal, so that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. I love a musical at the best of time, but on Broadway? Fuhgetaboutit! And, if worst comes to worst, we’ll just head to Ellen’s Stardust Diner for the next best thing… 

Try Some Food Trucks 

The best part of holidays is always the food, right? And I’m pretty sure that we’re going to get to gorge ourselves on some of the best food of our lives over the fortnight. I want real New York pizza. I want dirty burgers. I want lobster (no change there). And I want to check out the street food scene across the pond. I’ve already got a few in mind to try and track down, but when it comes to street food, I really can be spontaneous! 

Learn Something 

Last, but no means least! We’re going to some pretty historic places in the USA – Boston and Washington DC in particular – so it would be a waste not to pick up a little American History. I’m not super-touristy in that sense, I’m not fussed about museums but I think the Freedom Trail in Boston will be high on our list, and you can’t visit DC without at least seeing The White House!

I’d love to know your recommendations for Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Hit me! 

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