I was really excited to create My 101 in 1001 list and to see some progress made on it during the last two updates. If you're not familiar with what a 101 in 1001 list is you can read about it here and see what my list started with.
I made a little progress this period, but not as much as I expected. I STILL need to learn how to grill...one of these nights when I'm feeling laid back and patient, or when my husband is feeling patient I should say. I totally failed in listing my wedding decor and having it out of the house before Summer as I would have hoped, but I need to pull it all out and take some pictures to post it.I feel like I'll knock a good amount off when the weather cools off and that scary W word rolls around. (Winter)...eek!
- We've had a busy Summer, which has turned out to be a lot of fun even if we haven't left Erie too often. So here's what I did the past few months:
- Eat from a food truck
Every summer there is a local motorcycle rally that comes through Erie called Roar On The Shore and this year they had a national bid for food vendors, meaning none of our local food trucks and restaurants could participate in this local event. Dumb. So instead of doing nothing, the locals got together for an event of their own and there was so many food trucks to eat from. It happened to be right down the road from work so a co-worker and I hit up the event on a Friday afternoon to enjoy some lunch.
Buy a bike
I was so excited when I was gifted from both sets of my in-laws gift cards for my birthday because I've been wanting a bike but didn't really want to spend the money on one. I am the proud new owner of this baby and couldn't be happier. Of course Ethan has a bike and Chuck recently got one too as his one year gift from his company. I can't wait for all the family fun!
Take a drive with no destination planned
Chuck and I will now typically have the same days off together which is really great. This past Monday we lounged around for most of the morning after a busy day Sunday (more on that next) and in the afternoon he told Ethan and I to get in the car. I had no idea where we were going, and apparently either did Chuck.
We drove all over the city, out to a nearby town full of vineyards and even in to New York. It was such a beautiful Summer day...driving around with the windows down and just being together was so nice. We drove for about 3 hours and ended up back in downtown Erie with ice cream cones in hand.
Find a butterfly garden and visit one
I recently heard about Cleveland Botanical Garden and convinced Chuck and Ethan to take the trip last Sunday. I was amazed at how big it was and how many things there were to do and see. I am considering writing a whole post on this because there are so many beautiful pictures to share and things to write about. Would ya'll be interested?
Here's a few to hold you over...
Make 5 new crafts Craft 3 of 5 has been made when I put together the Foolproof DIY Baby Shower Gift. It was so fun to make and it's right when our camera stopped working so I didn't get any pictures once I wrapped it up, but it was so fun to make.
Update old posts
While I didn't update any photos for old posts that could use it, I did update SEO on about 15 of them at the end of May. Our camera is being worked on and fixed at the moment so once we get it back I hope to get in to learning it more and updating pictures this Winter.
- Looking at My 101 in 1001 list overall, I've got a good amount of things checked off which is great. I think I'll have a bunch more knocked off before the new year comes and that makes me feel good. Looking back on how much has already been done is great and makes me want to work hard to keep going and reaching new goals and definitely try new things.
Do a blog photoshoot
Grow my blog to be able to work with larger partners such as BlogHer, Social Fabric & more
Update pages (
About Me, Best Of, Sponsor) *March 2016 Check them out here: About Me, Best Of, Sponsor
Meet another blogging friend in real life
Make a vlog
Invest in business cards
Start a monthly service created around a blog niche
Find a blogger in my city to connect with
Take more photos for fashion & beauty posts
Update old posts *in progress (this is A LOT of work!) So far in February 2016 I updated: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers & Bacon Wrapped Smokies. I updated SEO on another 10-15 posts in May 2016 also.
Create a recipe book of old family recipes
Make homemade pasta
Take a cooking class
Host a dinner party
Create my signature cocktail
Try at least 3 new foods (1/3) avocado *
Visit 3 new restaurants and write about them
Learn how to grill
Make 100% homemade Thanksgiving dinner
Health & Fitness
Eliminate pop from my diet completely
Take a barre class
Find a fitness routine that works for me & STICK TO IT
Stay off electronics at night at least 20 minutes before bed
Give myself 30 minutes of relaxation a day with no phone or computer
Eat at least 1 fruit & 1 vegetable per day for 21 days straight (make it a HABIT)
Go social media free for a weekend
Visit Napa & explore Wine Country
Have an all girls weekend trip
Travel to a brand new city
Take Ethan to NYC
Go on a Segway tour
Ride in a hot air balloon
Take a one year anniversary trip
Go skydiving & hope my husband doesn't faint watching me
See Britney Spears in Vegas, again
See Janet Jackson in concert
Frame a large map & track our adventures
Surprise Chuck & Ethan with a trip
Go zip lining
Fly a kite
Go on another cruise (hopefully to the Caribbean)
Go to a Steelers home opener game
Attend a light up night event around the holidays
Professional Growth & Development
Write a children's book
Take on at least 1 "client" and plan an event
Take a photography class
Finish a webinar, whether for my blog or personal growth
Make 5 new crafts (1/5) * 1- Valentine's Garland- February 2016 2- Patterned Dream Board - March 2016 3- Foolproof DIY Baby Gift- July 2016
Start a poem journal
Just for Emelia
Have another spend freeze for at least one month
Pay off all loans, except for my student loans (that's impossible for the next several years-ha!)
Get my wedding dress preserved
Spend the afternoon at the library without worrying about time
Get a new tattoo
Create a special memorial event just for me to honor my mom
Spend the morning at a coffee shop
Get Britney Spears to tweet me back
Find my signature lip color
Get a custom sketch drawn by Brittany Fuson
Make my own coffee table
Make or purchase a new headboard for our bed
Have Christmas shopping done before October 1st
Sell old wedding décor
Host a themed party
Turn some of Ethan’s old t-shirts I have saved in to a quilt
Host a craft party
Make over a piece of furniture
Update pictures frames with new memories
Buy our first home
Get a picture of our own photography on a canvas for décor
Find the perfect entertainment stand
Leave a 100% tip
Adopt a family for Thanksgiving
Volunteer somewhere with both Chuck & Ethan
Adopt a family for Christmas
Make an Easter basket for a child in need
Make personalized Christmas gifts
Take Ethan to the Lego store & let him spend as much time as he wants in there
Take Ethan somewhere animal related for a behind the scenes look (zoo, park, etc)
So how did I do? What bucket list items have you been working on checking off?