Fall bucket list review and 2017 holiday bucket list

Happy Friday Eve Thursday!  How is your week going?  I guess just because it is the week after a long weekend, but this week has been dragging for me.  I am definitely looking forward the weekend.

I had been thinking about all the various activities I wanted to do this holiday season, and it prompted me to revisit my Fall bucket list, to see how I did there.

On my Fall bucket list:

Apple/pumpkin picking:  We did it!  We made a trip out to a local orchard and had a great time picking both apples, and pumpkins.  We also stocked up on green chiles, which might need to be an annual thing as well.  I just love having roasted green chiles in the freezer that I can pull out for recipes.

Make applesauce: Done and done, also the hubs and I found out that hot applesauce is amazing as a topping for vanilla ice cream, give it a try.

Pumpkin decorating:  These beautifully decorated pumpkins were by far my favorite fall decoration.

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All the Halloween things!:  Safe to say we fully celebrated Halloween.  We took the kiddos to a weekend Halloween carnival.  Their school had a parade, and we did our annual pizza and trick or treating Halloween celebrations.  It was especially fun as both the babes were big enough to understand what was going on and really enjoyed picking out their costumes.

Fall cleaning and house projects: Let’s call this one a work in progress.  We have definitely gotten a lot done around the house this fall.  Including one larger project, but we still have quite a few projects and chores on the ol to-do list.

Bake:  Despite the fairly warm fall we have had, we still have gotten plenty of baking in. These veggie blueberry muffins and this banana coconut flour coffee cake were some of my favorites.

Take a 90-minute OrangeTheory class: This has not happened yet, but hopefully soon.  I did participate in Hell Week in October though and took five hour-long classes in six days, so that counts for something right?

Read a non-book club related book:  I read two books off my want to read list, Body Love and The Slow Regard of Silent Things.

Now for some holiday Bucket List add-ons:

Bake and decorate Christmas cookies with the munchkins.  I got them a gingerbread turkey kit to make for Thanksgiving, and they had a blast with it.  I am looking forward to decorating Christmas cookies with them as well.

Checking out the Christmas lights.  My little guy is really into lights, so I want to make sure we check out neighborhood lights, as well as hopefully some of the bigger displays around town.

Taking time to give back:  We already picked out a youth to shop for through the Angel Tree program.  I am also hoping to find some volunteer opportunities or other ways to give back.  If you have any ideas, especially ones that can get small children involved, please let me know.

Decorate for Christmas: This one is a work in progress, we have a tree up and some smaller decorations up. We have not put anything up outside yet though. I am hoping to get more up this weekend since the babes enjoy it so much.

Spending time with family and friends Or if a visit isn’t possible, having a good chat on the phone.  In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I sometimes find myself focusing on what needs to get done, rather than the wonderful people I have surrounding me.  So I want to focus on connecting and spending time with all the people who enrich my life in so many ways.

Keeping a workout routine.  The holidays can be a challenging time for workout consistency.  I am going to try to make sure I am getting in at least quick workouts most days of the week.

Balancing out the goodies.  While I firmly believe in enjoying foods that make me happy, including holiday treats, a girl cannot should not live off Costco peppermint bark alone.  I plan on focusing on getting plenty of fruits, veggies, and protein to balance out all the goodies.

What are some of your bucket list items for this holiday season?  Any books you would recommend?

Hope you have a great day!

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30 thoughts on “Fall bucket list review and 2017 holiday bucket list

  1. You had quite the fall over in your house. Doesn’t it feel like every time you gross something off of your home to do list, another thing gets added?

    Some items on my holiday season bucket list are: see a big Christmas tree (potentially Rockefeller in NYC), go to a Christmas market in Chicago, and watch lots of Christmas movies.

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  2. Great job on your fall bucket list – it looks like you crossed off most items! I hope your winter/holiday bucket list is just as successful! I really want to go around and look at lights too; there are some beautiful displays. I will be starting my Christmas cookie baking tonight since I’m hosting a cookie exchange party with my sister this Saturday. I’m excited. I definitely have to keep up with being active and MOSTLY eating well though.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  3. Wow what a fun fall season you’ve had! I used to love driving around to check out all the Christmas lights.
    My husband insists Die Hard is a Christmas movie..but I just don’t see it!

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      1. I would love to have Christmas traditions but unfortunately that isn’t happening with my family so life doesn’t change much for me in December.

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  5. Looks like fall was awesome to you! (I still need to try making that applesauce…) My daughter and I have all sorts of fun, festive things on our Christmas bucket list, like ice skating, decorating, and driving around to look at the Christmas lights!

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  6. Sounds like you had a great fall! I’ve never gone fruit or vegetable picking before, but it’s on my bucket list! I’ve also never thought about making my own apple sauce, but you’ve made me want to give it a try. It will probably be cheaper than buying a jar of it and eating it all straightaway ahah 😅

    Indya || tinyurl.com/thesmalladventurer

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