Episode 71: Love It Or Bucket List It: Our Plans To Capitalize On All That Summer Has To Offer
It’s that time of year again, the time where we gear up for the season ahead by making our bucket lists. Tune in this week as we share what books we’re excited to read, work out plans we want to implement, and big life changes we expect to make over the course of the next three months. As always, our hope is that as you listen, you will create a bucket list of your own that will help guide the way you spend your days so you can beat the dog days of summer.
- One of the prerequisites for living in Houston is that you must always be within walking distance of a body of water, especially in the summer. With our move to the burbs, we traded our apartment pool for the country club pool and I fully intend to post up in a lounge chair poolside as often as I can over the next few months.
- As we're all welcoming summer, I'm also welcoming my third trimester. How fun that these two events coincide... My plan for surviving these two already uncomfortable times is to take up some light exercising. Nothing crazy, but maybe some early morning walks or water aerobics to get some blood flow and also spend time outside without suffering a heat stroke.
- One of the things I missed most when we lived in our apartment was being able to adequately host people. While we tried to make do with what we had, I'm so excited to be able to host different groups of friends over the summer in our new house. I'll get to try my hand at being a pretend bed and breakfast owner and my guests won't have to sleep on the couch anymore. It's a win win situation.
- While my current apartment isn't our forever home, it is our home for now and it will be the first home my baby knows. So by golly, I'm going to make it feel like home. While I may not go all out with decorations, I'm determined to find a way to make it functional for bringing home baby while also making it feel comfy cozy in the process.
- Since we're on the topic of making places feel like home, I'm dying to have my whole house decorated right away. To my great disappointment, I'm not a social media influencer who gets paid to decorate my home with the latest trends, so that dream of immediately having everything look immaculate is unrealistic. This means taking things one room at a time. First up, new couches. I'm in the market for a brown leather sectional. But not just any brown leather sectional. To hear my stipulations, you'll have to tune into the episode and then send me your suggestions...
- If you listened to our light bites episode, you know my affinity for summer salads. I'm dedicating this summer to perfecting these delicacies by keeping ingredients on hand to prepare them whenever I please and maybe add some new combinations to my salad rotation. I'm also going to take on smoothie prepping. You know, throwing some fruit in a freezer bag so you can just whip it out of the freezer when you want a smoothie and have the exact proportions ready to go. Basically, my fridge and freezer are going to be v colorful for the next few months.
- When the days get hotter, the reading lists get lighter. Summer isn't the time to read self help or deep reflective works. Summer is the time for fun fiction. First up on my list is When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger. This book is a follow up to The Devil Wears Prada and follows Emily, Miranda Priestly's former assistant, as she moves to the suburbs of Greenwich after her work as an image consultant in Hollywood comes to an end. I'll let you read the plot for yourself, but the promise of the mix of ritz and glam meets suburban life is enough to entice me.
- Summer is great for all these light and fluffy plans and all, but the main event on my bucket list this summer is to have a freaking BABY. At the end of the summer I'm going to be a mom and that's going to be just a little bit life changing. I've been busy reading all the books I can get my hands on in preparing for childbirth. I'm really going to be spending these next few weeks preparing for the experience that will be, plus the tiny human it will produce.