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June 11, 2014

Summer Bucket List 2014

I jotted down my summer bucket list the other day, and I think writing these are my new favorite June tradition. The list I made last year was slightly more ambitious, but I guess Six Flags and riding in a biplane and that kinda thing are out this summer because of baby (and ps, thank you guys so much for all the love on Monday. We are so happy!) 

Of course, just because I can't be a daredevil this summer doesn't mean it won't be a memorable one. I actually just crossed #3 off the list last weekend; my friends and I trekked to Memphis to see Bruno Mars in concert, and we had the best time. Seriously, if he is coming to your town, buy tickets! He puts on quite a show. Dance party concerts are the best ones. 

Here's my bucket list with a few notes:

1. Take as many pool breaks as possible. I bought a pass to the university pool, but I've only managed to get over there once so far this year, on Memorial Day. I wish I could cut out time in the middle of my day to relax, but work is keeping me strapped to my desk right I gotta make a little pool time mandatory on the weekends this summer.

2. Read 6 books. Here's what I'm reading this summer. I downloaded "The Fault in our Stars" on iTunes, and I've been listening to it as I walk (trying to walk every day...somewhat keeping to it.) The book is good so far.

3. Make homemade Popsicles. I've never done this before, but it's always sounded like fun to me. Any tips or pointers? 

4. Go to Memphis, eat lots of BBQ and see Bruno Mars. Last weekend friends and I went to Memphis, and we had a blast. We ate at Rendezvous, saw the ducks at the Peabody, and listened to live music on Beale Street. The Bruno concert was awesome -- love that singing, dancing, amazing little man!

5. Make s'mores. I keep seeing s'mores pop up in my Pinterest feed, and a craving has developed quickly. I might even make them in the microwave -- who cares? It all still tastes the ooey gooey same.

6. Watch fireworks on the 4th. I'm determined to see fireworks this year on the 4th! Last year the fireworks were rained out in town, so I'm crossing my fingers for hot, July weather and clear skies next month.

7. Make Nashville products. Nashville is a city that's been suggested to me many times over the years for NMP goodies, and I'm finally making things -- my friend Lindsay and I are going to be vendors in the Strawberry Patch Maker's Mart at the end of the month, so that's given me all the motivation I need! Can't wait to share more soon! // update: The Market was a big success! See my Nashville products here + photos from the event here

8. Go to Nashville. Lindsay and I are excited to participate in the market, but I hope we have time to experience the downtown area and maybe a good restaurant or two while we're there! I've never been to Nashville before, so I'm excited. // update: Nashville was a blast. We ate our way through the city, at the Pancake Pantry, Arnold's and The Pharmacy, just to name a few. See photos from the Market Lindsay and I were in here

9. Antique! I need to go antiquing like I need a hole in my head, but what can I say -- it's one of my favorite things to do! On my shopping list -- a sturdy chest of drawers and vintage pieces for baby. 

10. Bake a veggie quiche. One of my favorite dishes that I haven't made in a long time. Quiche for dinner is the jam. 

11. Start an art journal. I've been wanting to do this for a long time -- inspired by this video by Rachel Denbow + A Beautiful Mess. All art is fulfilling to me, but it's nice to have a creative outlet that's all for you -- not something you're commissioned to do for someone else. Hoping to get into this more in the coming weeks. 

12. Make a peach smoothie. I love the sound of my friend Lesley's recipe -- hoping to try that one soon!

13. Clean out closets. We've recently put our little house up for sale -- (a post for another day, but long story short, with baby coming, we're outgrowing the house -- it's bittersweet for sure) -- and my closets are out of control. I've gone through them and cleaned out quite a bit, but I hope to get the clutter under control before we sell the house (fingers crossed!) and move. (Ugh -- moving is. the. worst.)

14. Make an icebox pie. I've always wanted to make one of these! This recipe has been on my list for a long time.

15. Frequent the farmers market. I'm a vendor at the farmers market in the craft section plenty, so there's really no excuse not to buy some fresh greens and tomatoes while I'm there. 

16. Play more Scrabble. My favorite board game. It's a great one for two people, maybe over a great take-out dinner on the back porch. Hmm.

17. Go to IOP with the Mr. We haven't reserved a Sea Cabin yet, but we're hoping to go in late July or August. I seriously can't wait. 

18. Make pink lemonade. Nothing tastes more like summer than some pink lemonade. Especially homemade!

19. Take more morning walks. It is hot as you-know-what in the evenings, but the mornings are somewhat more comfortable to be outside. I've been trying to make walking an everyday priority, but it's more like 3-4 times a week right now. It's the heat. I can't handle summer humidity! Excuses, excuses...I just need to do it. So, working on this one. 

20. Live in the present. Something I'm always reminding myself to do. Days go by so fast when I'm connected to the computer, working, checking my phone, Instagramming, scrolling through Facebook. When I step back, it all seems a little trivial. I've already started thinking about how life will need to change when the baby comes -- I know I want to be a present mother and do all those fun "stay at home" mom things -- art projects, trips to the park, reading. Obviously there isn't much time in my life for that now, so I know I'll have to make some adjustments to my work schedule. It's going to be a challenge to juggle it all, but I'm looking forward to figuring it all out. Any suggestions, moms who work? 

I am so excited for what this summer has in store. It's going to be a good one. What are you looking forward to crossing off your to-do list this summer?

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