Thursday, June 18, 2015

Spring Bucket List Update

Back in the beginning of spring, we guest posted over on Pam's blog about the items on our spring bucket list. Now that the official start of summer is just days away, we thought we should check in on our progress!



Seasonal Cooking
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 The change of seasons is always the perfect excuse to try out some new recipes and take advantage of all of the delicious fruits and vegetables that are now in season. My go-to is always some fresh avocados for homemade guacamole, but after consulting this list, I'm planning to embrace some of the other flavors, such as mangoes, artichokes, and spinach!

Update: The past couple months have been chock full of delicious, seasonal recipes, so I’ll count this as a HUGE success! In case you missed some of our most recent recipe posts, here are a couple that highlighted some delicious seasonal flavors: Spinach Salad, Lemon Orzo Salad, Watermelon Margaritas, and of course, our most recent Guacamole recipe!


Discover local outdoor events
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 Once the temperatures start to warm up, I'm so ready to cure my wintry cabin fever with lots of outdoor time, so what better way than to discover some local events in your community. I love to check out the community calendars of my surrounding towns and bookmark some fun seasonal events. Already on my to-do list is a local carnival, an international food festival, and a wine walk.

Update: Here’s another one I can squarely check off of my list! Pretty much every weekend has been filled with some sort of outdoor event, and some favorites have been an international food festival, seaside strolls on the boardwalk and a family relay race at the shore.


Plan an herb garden
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 On top of seasonal eating, I'm also looking forward to growing my own herb garden. I find that in order to get fresh herbs from the grocery store, you must buy a huge bushel, only to throw most of them out. So instead of wasting all of those delicious herbs, why not grow them in your own backyard and enjoy all Spring (and Summer!) long?

Update: If you follow us on Instagram, you probably already know this is a success, since I can’t stop posting pictures of my beautiful herbs! This has definitely been one of the most rewarding items on my list, and I can’t get over how I was able to grow these babies from a packet of seeds! It’s been so much fun to cultivate my little herb garden and even more fun to reap the benefit by enjoying fresh herbs in my cooking!


Bike rides


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 Springtime is the perfect way to incorporate some outdoor activities into your fitness routine, and one of my favorites is going for a bike ride. Back when I was living in NYC, I'd love riding over to a different neighborhood to find a new dinner locale, and now that I'm in Jersey, I'm planning to do some leisurely bike rides down the shore on the boardwalk. But no matter where you live, it's always fun to ride around and explore the area, all the while, you're sneaking in some cardio while hardly even noticing!

Update: Sadly, I’ve missed the mark on this one, though hoping to still check this off during the summer! The spring just seemed to fly by, and while the M family definitely did tons of walking this season, we still need to dust off our bikes from the garage. We’re also planning to get a toddler seat for Little M, so he can enjoy riding along with us this summer!

Freshening up your beauty routine
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 Any other fellow makeup junkies out there?! I love to add in some new colors to my Spring beauty routine, and this season I have my eye on peachy blushes and bright lips! I'm most excited to check out the new collaboration coming out from Nars and Christopher Kane and definitely anticipate adding one or two of those glosses to my makeup bag soon!

Update: Another success! You can see some of my favorite seasonal items here.


Patio grilling

While my apartment may be small, its most fabulous feature is the private patio that is big enough to hold a table for 8 and a grill, which is essential for all of my warm weather entertaining needs. I have been eagerly awaiting the first cook-out of the season, and I'm crossing my fingers that the temperatures will rise enough to hold it this week. Whether it's dinner for two or an impromptu mini party, al fresco dining is a must-do spring activity!

Update: I'm happy to report that I've already held several patio parties, mainly due to the fact that I'll be moving in less than two weeks! It's hard to give up this gorgeous patio but my new place also has private, outdoor space (such a luxury in this city!) so the patio parties will continue throughout the summer.


Spring cleaning
At first glance, it may not seem like the most fun activity on this list, but there's something really uplifting about spring cleaning - after all, it gives a literal "fresh start" to the season. The biggest item to tackle on my spring cleaning list is shedding some excess items from my closets - I tend to be a bit of a hoarder when it comes to clothes, shoes, and accessories, but I'm determined to be ruthless this year. Any tips?

Update: While this area is a continuous work in progress, I did make a lot of headway in clearing out room in my closets (and again, I didn't know I would be moving when I originally wrote this post, so the spring cleaning wound up being even more useful than I had anticipated!).


Picnic in the park
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 I can't wait for a lazy Sunday afternoon to pack up a picnic basket and blanket, and head down the street to Central Park. It's a cheap, easy daytime date - just pack some cold beers and yummy sandwiches and you're good to go!

Update: My friends and I had a big Memorial Day picnic in Central Park - next up will be Astoria Park this summer!


Theme parties for spring events

We love any excuse to throw a theme party, and luckily spring provides us with some built-in occasions for some stylish festivities! Hold a guacamole competition at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, don your best hat and pearls at a Kentucky Derby party (don't forget the mint juleps), or host a good, old-fashioned American barbecue in honor of Memorial Day...no matter what your party style, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this spring!

Update: Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, and Memorial Day...check, check, check! All of these holidays were celebrated in true theme party style!


Second Quarter (Q2) blog planning day

This one is for all of the other bloggers out there. Every quarter, M and I get together for a full day work session where we collaborate on big blog projects and make sure that our post calendar, finances, social media channels, email correspondence, and sponsorships are all up to date and ready for the next few months. We take it so seriously that we stick to the office hours of a regular work day! Even if you don't have a co-blogger, we highly recommend building a full blog day into your planner this spring - it's a great way to tackle some of those seemingly overwhelming tasks that require extra time and special attention.

Update: Sadly, this one has been pushed to the summer...we had a date set on the calendar but had to bump it, so we'll just have to have two blogging dates during Q3!

What was on your spring bucket list? Did you get to cross most of the items off?


This post originally appeared on A Little Glitter.

13 comments :

  1. You guys rocked your spring goals!! I like the idea of a full Q2 planning blog day.... I do feel like I am planning all the time though lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. The planning out your next quarter blog plans is such a good idea! I seriously always just doe everything on a whim, from my outfit posts to anything else I post about lol. I really should get better about pre-planning!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. Great post ladies, and nice work so far! :-) I hope that you both of you are having a good week too!!

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  4. Kudos, Gals! Great job on getting through your goals! Looking forward to some summer fun with TSN :)

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  5. Nice job on your list so far! I love the idea of having a full planning blog day, such a great idea.

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  6. Wow you did awesome on this list! Great job!

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  7. You guys are KILLING IT! Great job! You nearly completed everything on the list!

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  8. Rocking those spring goals like a boss!!!! I really wish I would have planted my herb garden like I wanted. Sigh. One day I will get my life together!

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  9. Nice work, girl! I need to steal some of your motivation to start getting things on my bucket list checked off!

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  10. So many successes! The patio time, theme parties and picnics are my favorites!!

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  11. You were able to achieve so much this Spring! Awesome job! Xo, Stephanie

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  12. Great progress on the bucket list!! I need to get to more outdoor events in my area!

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