10 Fall Bucket List Ideas

I used to be ambitious with my fall bucket lists, and my summer bucket lists for that matter. The last fall bucket list I could find had ten items on it, with little doodles illustrating the items. This year I focused on our top priorities: food, travel, and, you know … overpriced pumpkins.

The memories are priceless, right?

1. Eat all the Pumpkin Things

Hooray for Trader Joe’s! But I hear Aldi’s has a great selection also. 

2. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

The most popular pumpkin patch in our area costs $18 a person. So… we found a cheaper option that ended up being just as much fun for Edison, I’m sure, considering that his favorite things were the corn maze, seeing a tractor, and looking at all the pumpkins. 

3. Take a Day Trip to See Fall Foliage

Our #3 item started as a day trip to Sedona, but we ended up going past Sedona to Flagstaff, because more than anything, we wanted to feel cold. When the sun was setting, we rolled the windows down as we drove through the mountains, and shivered happily for as long as we could, before putting on sweaters. 
We went for a “hike,” more of a walk, in Munds’ Park to enjoy the orange and yellow oak and aspens.

4. Explore a New Place

Google “best small towns,” “scenic drives,” “best diners,” “historic landmarks,” in your state and see where it takes you! 
We’d been to Flagstaff before, but we discovered new places this trip. We had turkey ruben sandwiches and deviled eggs at Aspen Deli, and spent the afternoon going to shops downtown and watching trains. And we found this incredible mural on Orpheum Theater!

5. Organize Closets

I started with Edison’s closet, and took a Saturday to sort through the pile of clothes Edison has outgrown that I’d been shoving into totes in his closet without any organization. I now have a trash bag full of stuff to donate, and one big tote full of all my favorite baby items, and one more tote full of clothes for Edison to grown into. 
Making a capsule wardrobe for yourself, or your kids, is another great way to spend a Saturday and organize your closet. 

6. Run a Turket Trot

The evenings are cooler, so after work I’ve been loading Edison into the stroller and taking Sirius along for a mile run. My goal is to run every night, but some nights Brian comes along and we’ll go for a longer walk. Other nights, it just doesn’t happen. Progress, not perfection. I’m just looking forward to that pumpkin pie at the end of the race!

7. Paint a Pumpkin

Easier and less messy than carving, plus, it’s great for little ones to get involved! Check out 30 painted pumpkin ideas!

8. Bake a Dessert

There’s so many fall recipes I’ve pinned, and never made. I think I should start with something simple. I’m thinking this three ingredient pumpkin bread might be a great choice, or these pumpkin oatmeal breakfast bars, or some pumpkin pie truffles.

9. Find the Best Apple Cider

Last year, we bought a jug of apple cider from a grocery store that will remain nameless, only to discover that it was indistinguishable from apple juice. This year, we tasted samples of cider at Trader Joe’s before purchasing, and then we found a new brand of apple cider at our Fry’s grocery store that’s also pretty decent. We still haven’t found any as good as the stuff made by the apple orchard in our hometown, so the search continues.
These Apple Cider Moscow Mules from Pretty Plain Jane’s look stunning!

10. Start watching the Harry Potter Movies

This is our own family tradition – usually in October, we begin the series with little Harry in the Sorcerer’s Stone, and by January, usually we’re finishing with the Battle of Hogwarts. If you’re not into Harry Potter, that’s ok (I guess), but you can start a different series you like, like Anne of Green Gables, Gilmore Girls, Star Wars, etc. 
What’s on your bucket list? Share your ideas below, or on social media!

My Fall Bucket List

I discovered with my summer bucket list, I initially set the bar too low. Since I crossed most of my list off in the first couple weeks, I added a couple things: 

  • Take swimming lessons
  • Post a happy photo on Instagram every day
I did accomplish the first – as intimidating as it was, I joined the Master Swim Class at my gym that Brian has been attending to prepare for his triathlon. I really couldn’t swim when I started – in all the years of swim classes at the YMCA as a kid, I never figured out proper breathing. Despite the embarrassment of near-drowning the first lesson, I’m really glad I took this class. I’m swimming better now than I ever have before,  and it’s actually kind of fun! 
As for the second goal – I failed. Which is really too bad. I need the reminder to look for something positive every day. So, I’m putting this one on my fall list. 
1. Post a happy photo on Instagram every day.
2. Go to a bonfire. I put this on my summer list originally, which was a terrible idea. I think it will be much more pleasant in the fall.
3. Have people over. Maybe a little party of some sort, if I’m being really adventurous. 
4. Learn to country dance. One of my friends just learned recently, and she’s inspired me to try. 
5. Learn to play a complete song on the guitar. 
6. Read a book. 
7. Pack. 
8. Move. 
9. Unpack.
10. Decorate the new house for fall. Yes, you read that right – we are in the process of buying a house! Our first, very-own house!

The current owners have 10 chickens in the backyard. There’s also a garden, and a fireplace, and so much more. I’m excited to share it with you soon!

What’s on your fall bucket list? Leave a comment below. 

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My Summer Bucket List

 
  1. Go to California. At the time I made this list, I was in the car, on the way to California. Check. Subpoints: 
    1. Disneyland – check! Just when you think it can’t get more magical, you discover Tom Sawyer’s Island.
    2. Angel’s Game – check!
    3. Beach! – Can’t ever have too much beach time. Except when you get sunburnt, and it’s super windy. It was still fun. 
  2. Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I took care of this one at the beach and on the drive home. Check.
  3. Curate my summer wardrobe and personal style. To this end, I finally signed up for Stitch Fix. My first fix was a disappointment to be honest. I just kept a necklace. But I left more specific notes, so I have hopes that the second one will be better.
  4. Learn a new hairstyle. I’ve been in a rut – bun, or straightened. Once in awhile I pull it into a pony-tail to mix it up. While in LA, I shopped in the Fashion District and bought a curling wand for $20. I burned myself on the first curl, but it’s been all uphill since. Check.
  5. Paint Seashells. I pinned this last summer, and I finally did it! I love the way they turned out.
  6. Catch up on my magazines. I have a giant stack of Real Simples, InStyles, and Better Homes and Gardens on the coffee table I haven’t had time for. 
  7. Try a new drink. So many options, but also while in California, I had a peach southern sweet tea with peach schnapps, and other goodness. Check. 
  8. Watch 500 Days of Summer. A movie with Zoey Deschanel and Joseph Gordan Levitt? How have I not seen this? 
  9. Have a bonfire. I was in a beachy mood when I made this list. But I realized that it will still be in the upper 90’s at night here in the valley, so this might not be such a good idea.
  10. Go swimming once a week. So far, so good. Planning to swim again this weekend. 
Reading at the beach
Santee Alley in the Fashion District
Of the 10 things on my list, I’ve already done all but four, and I don’t think I even want to do the bonfire anymore. I think I need to aim higher – I still have over a month left of summer! 
I’m at a loss – it’s hard when it’s 120 degrees outside. Any ideas? Let me know in the comments!

LIFE: June Bucket List

Even though it’s been over a hundred degrees off and on for the last month, something about it being June makes me feel like it’s actually summer. And what a summer it will be! It’s going to be CRAZY.

  1. I’m taking an online fabric design class starting this Friday! I’m super stoked for it, especially since there’s a contest at the end with some great prizes!
  2. I’m challenging myself to make art every day, at least for this week, and maybe the whole month. I’ll post pictures on Instagram, so you’ll be able to check up on me and see what I’m working on. The watercolor table cloth above is one of the projects I’d like to try!
  3. The 9th is Youth Sunday at our church, which is when the youth group, directed by Brian and me, runs the service. The teens will do everything, taking offering, leading songs, special music, etc. It’s normally in the fall, but for some reason it was bumped up to June this year. We’ve been practicing for it, but it’s difficult with family vacations and people traveling on the weekends.
  4. The day after that, Vacation Bible School begins! We’re also heavily involved in VBS, so we’re trying to prepare for that at the same time. 
  5. Later this summer, we’re taking the youth group to California for a few days. We’re in the midst of planning that now, and wow, it’s a lot of work planning a trip for that many people!
  6. I’d like to start a new embroidery project this month. It’s been too long!
  7. The 19th is our third anniversary! We’re hoping to take the weekend off to celebrate and recoup from all the church activities and have a mini vacation.
  8. It’s a scary goal, but I’d like to start selling my cards wholesale locally. 
  9. I’d like to read a good book. I haven’t decided between fiction or non-fiction yet, but I’d like it to be something refreshing, creatively or spiritually. Maybe this e-book?
  10. I might refresh the blog design a little. Maybe. I have some ideas, so we’ll see if I have the time!
What are your goals and dreams for June?

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