February 13, 2017

101 in 1001: Update Five

Another few months has passed and it's time for another update of My 101 in 1001 List. If you haven't seen these floating around the Internet, you can catch up here. I will warn you, this update does not compare in the fun of the last one in September...but I'm making progress and that counts.

Make homemade pasta- I was so excited when my Maid of Honor gifted us a pasta machine at my bridal shower....and we didn't bust it out until November of the following year after the wedding. I always thought it was so hard to make when I would help my Grandfather on Christmas morning in the kitchen, but it turns out it's not so bad. It's actually fun and Chuck and I are really enjoying making it together.

Stay off electronics at least 20 minutes before bed- This took a while to get crossed off, longer than it should have. It's bad to be on your phone with all the lights off staring at that bright screen. Instead I fall asleep to the TV or read one or two chapters in the latest book I happen to be reading, it's a great alternative. 

Attend a light up night around the holidays- I wish I had some better pictures of this, but I think the story alone will put enough visual in your head. Light Up Night in Pittsburgh is always a huge deal and this year it was so warm out that we decided to make the trip down after work. I'm an awful driver at night...can't see and freak out. At this point Chuck was not driving yet after his medical setback in the hospital. So here I am driving us, starving and almost hit a deer driving down the interstate. I don't know how I saw it, but luckily I did and avoided it. We get to about 20 minutes outside the city and get stopped. Traffic is NOT moving and apparently there was a pretty bad accident. Fast forward about 40 minutes and we are moving...we get in to the city and make it downtown and the traffic again, is NOT moving. I have road the extreme degree. Ethan keeps asking what's going on, I'm still starving, I'm tired and have to pee and we are sitting in traffic. Everyone is being crazy of course, cutting in front of one another...laying on the car was insanity. So then, we finally come to a road where we could have turned to find parking and the fireworks start going off. So here we are, sitting in the car watching fireworks and the traffic finally starts crawling. I turn at the light the other direction to head home and basically said "we're not doing this." So we are getting back on the highway overlooking the river and PNC Park watching these beautiful fireworks...I couldn't help but laugh, but not until we were back in Erie. So, we basically "attended" light up night, but next time we will arrive in the city MUCH earlier to truly enjoy it.
Update picture frames with new memories- I finally printed a few more wedding pictures and took down our family one from our Disney Cruise. I don't have a ton of frames around the house...just some of Ethan from school and soccer and our nieces and nephew yearly school pictures. We have a few of us swimming with the dolphins in the Bahamas up too, but I really don't want to take those down because they're so fun.

Make 5 new crafts- When the new Starbucks red cups came out this year I knew I wanted to make a new garland for my Coffee Christmas Tree since they were so fun and there were many different designs. So many of my co-workers and our salon and spa clients assisted me and gave me their cups after they drank their coffee, it was great. I love how it turned out and I knocked another thing off my 101 in 1001 list.
Make personalized Christmas gifts- I really wanted to make at least one personalized gift for everyone on my list, but it didn't work out. I came close though. For my nieces and nephew I made tic tac toe on the go. I made my grandparents a cute chalkboard that they seem to be enjoying. I gifted my Uncle one of my home trays. I made something new and tried my hand at a snowglobe for my Mother In Law. They all turned out pretty well, I hope I can do even more next year.

That's about it for this round...pretty so-so around these parts. I'm excited for the weather to get warm again so I can feel more motivated, for some reason that always helps me.
Here's where I'm at with My 101 in 1001 List--

Do a blog photoshoot
Introduce a sponsorship program  *January 2016
Grow my blog to be able to work with larger partners such as BlogHer, Social Fabric & more- *October 2016
Update pages (About Me, Best Of, Sponsor) *March 2016 Check them out here: About MeBest OfSponsor 
Meet another blogging friend in real life *September 2016- Biana from B Loved Boston
Update blog files on my laptop *February 2016
Ask to be a guest poster on a blog *April 2016- Alanna & Company
Make a vlog
Invest in business cards
Get published in a magazine *December 2015- Holl and Lane
Get published in an online outlet *December 2015- Holl and Lane 
Start a blog series  *January 2016- Dreamy Instagram Inspo
Start a monthly service created around a blog niche
Find a blogger in my city to connect with
Collaborate with another blogger on a project *January 2016-Beauty On A Budget with Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick & Stilettos
Take more photos for fashion & beauty posts
Update old posts 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 *December 2016
Take a cooking class
Host a dinner party
Create my signature cocktail
Try at least 3 new foods (1/3) 1-avocado 
Bake a new cupcake flavor from scratch  *Brown Sugar Cupcakes
Visit 3 new restaurants and write about them (2/3) 1- September 2016, Mario's Italian Restaurant- Lexington, MA & Cheers- Boston, MA
Invent a new recipe  *December 2015 Chocolate Mint Christmas Dream
Learn how to grill
Eat from a food truck-  *July 2016
Make 100% homemade Thanksgiving dinner

Health & Fitness
Eliminate pop from my diet completely
Try a green smoothie 
Take a barre class
Find a fitness routine that works for me & STICK TO IT
Buy a bike *August 2016
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- *September 2016, Boston & Lexington, MA
Take Ethan to NYC
Go on a Segway tour
Ride in a hot air balloon
Take a one year anniversary trip- *September 2016- Boston
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 
Take a drive with no destination planned *August 2016
Go on another cruise (hopefully to the Caribbean)
Go to a Steelers home opener game
Attend a light up night event around the holidays *December 2016
Find a butterfly garden and visit one *August 2016

Professional Growth & Development
Write a children's book
Take on at least 1 "client" and plan an event 
Take a photography class *November 2016
Finish a webinar, whether for my blog or personal growth
Earn a promotion & raise *November 2015, February 2016
Design something for someone- a poster, invite, etc. *April 2016
Make 5 new crafts  (4/5) * 1- Valentine's Garland- February 2016 *2- Patterned Dream Board - March 2016 *3- Foolproof DIY Baby Gift- July 2016 *4- French Fries Halloween costume- October 2016 *5- Christmas Coffee Tree Garland- December 2016
Market my talents and pursue a side business *February 2016-Etsy shop
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!)
Read for 30 minutes every day *July 2016
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 rid of the clothes I will never wear again *January 2016
Get a custom sketch drawn by Brittany Fuson

Make my own coffee table
Organize addresses *January 2016- I used Postable and it's awesome
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 *February 2017
Buy our first home
Get a picture of our own photography on a canvas for décor- *September 2016
Find the perfect entertainment stand- *October 2016

For Others
Leave a 100% tip- *September 2016- Mario's Italian Restaurant
Pay it forward & do a random act of kindness for a stranger *December 2015- Starbucks drive thru
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 *December 2017
Clean out closets and donate it all to someone I personally know who needs it *April 2016
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)

Until next update....thanks for following along!

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