Autumn/Winter Bucket List 2017

Although the sun blazing overhead might make you think otherwise, my favourite time of year is here. I love Autumn/Winter, and all that it brings. I’m a little late with this, but here is my bucket list of things I want to do this season to fully make the most of the cold weather (when it finally arrives) –

– Plant lots of new things in the front & back yard
– Try a new exercise class
– Participate in a readathon
– Learn how to make a great curry from scratch
– Rewatch the Alien movies
– Go away for the weekend to celebrate Sebastian’s birthday
– Make pumpkin soup
– Buy a nice new winter coat
– Make popcorn on the stove
– Make an Autumn/Winter playlist to listen to while driving

May Recap

May is always a bit of a nothing month for me, but it was still an enjoyable time. I love the weather at this time of the year, and I’m trying to embrace the cold as much as possible. Here’s what we got up to during the month.

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We went to BamBamBoo a few times throughout the month, but to be honest we’re both feeling a bit over dumplings. I’m sure that craving will return in full force in a month or so. I’ve fully embraced the Snapchat world. Add me, if you’re on there (my username is jessieleehurt).

I love Saturday morning planning sessions. I always write out a list of things I want to do over the weekend and cross them off as I go. We started working out together around 4-5 times a week, which has been great for both of us. Having us both do it ensures we find the time to do it, rather than making an excuse to skip it. I’ve always found having a workout buddy really beneficial, and although it’s been suggested to me that having a partner be that buddy is not a good idea, it works for us.

I bought a blender! Smoothies galore. I absolutely could NOT get into this book. I’ve had to set it aside for a while (which I hate doing), but hope to pick it up again and finish it before the year is out. I am doing so badly on my 50 Book Challenge, guys. So badly.

This gluten free blueberry jam is delicious. I bought it from iHerb. We went BOWLING! It was a lot of fun, and I had to take a picture of the scoreboard for prosperity.

I posted a review of this product last week, and it’s been a huge game changer for me. I’m so glad to have it in my beauty cupboard. I tried winged eyeliner for the first time in about a year, and it was not a fail. Good times.

Sebastian had leg surgery during the month, and while he was starving to death (having fasted since 8am) and waiting to be taken into the operating room, I was feasting on gluten free burgers at Typika with my parents. #girlfriendoftheyear We celebrated one of my best friend’s hens nights during the month, and I ate this delicious chicken dish as part of the celebrations. Yum.

I smashed a Stila palette, and I’m still not over it. Two of the great loves of my life.

We’re currently living through a choc chip cookie obsession. It’s a dire situation, and we may need some kind of intervention. Benny Boy!

I tried this vanilla flavoured Canadian Ginger Ale during the month, and to be honest it tasted a LOT like medicine. I couldn’t even finish the can, so Sebastian did (he liked it). I’ve been buying some new workout gear lately in an attempt to get me in the mood to workout (it helps, trust me). Target had some really cute tanks for sale at a really reasonable price, so I picked this one up.

I needed to re-order some of my Paula’s Choice staples, but I also picked up the Retinol Serum that I’m already in love with. Isn’t it funny how different brands have different ideas of what “ivory” is?

Kmart have been killing it lately. This super cute work blouse was only $12! Madness. A new restaurant opened up near my work last month, and we decided to have lunch there one Monday. This Popcorn Brittle SemiFreddo was possibly the best dessert I’ve ever had. Amazing.

Autumn/Winter To-Do List (check in)

Guess who is not doing particularly well with goal setting/achieving lately? Yes, that’s right. Me. I find checking in with my list of goals is a great way to kick-start my motivation, and now that I’ve looked at this list again I feel inspired to start crossing some of them off. Here are the things I want to do this Autumn/Winter season:

– Make peppermint hot chocolate (I haven’t done this yet, but now I have an epic craving for peppermint hot chocolate. thanks, self)
– Perfect 3 new cookie recipes (See above)
– Go away for the weekend to celebrate Sebastian’s birthday
– Get a professional pedicure
– Paint the house
– Enjoy lazy Sunday mornings in bed and around the table (pots of tea, indulgent breakfast, books) (My biggest struggle with this is finding the time, or really setting the time aside to do this. There are always so many things to get done on the weekend, and ‘winding down’ isn’t ever a priority)
– Make big pots of soup every weekend (I made one pot of soup and it was a fail, so that put me off)
– Re-read ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy
– Buy a nice new winter coat (I ordered a coat from ASOS recently but it ended up being a huge shapeless sack. Back to the drawing board)
– Learn how to make a great curry from scratch
– Spend rainy weekend evenings playing board games with the family (Soon!)
– Invest in a good hydrating face mask (and use it weekly!)

See how I haven’t crossed one item off of my list yet? I’m glad I checked in! How are you all going with your seasonal to-do lists? Jen from JenLovesKev just posted about her Summer Bucket List, and it’s pretty amazing.

What We’re Watching – Autumn 2015

I love television. Always have, and probably always will. I’ve been lucky in life to find a partner who enjoys watching TV as much as I do, and thankfully we have very similar tastes in what we want to watch. Here’s what we’re watching at the moment:

Seinfeld – This is our go-to “short episode” show to watch. We’ve managed to make our way through the entire series, and are close to the end of season nine. I don’t want it to end! This show stands up to the test of time, and is just as funny today as it was when it first aired on TV.

Better Call Saul – Sebastian and I were both huge fans of Breaking Bad, so it was a no-brainer that we’d be tuning in for Better Call Saul. I found it quite slow to start (I felt the same way about Breaking Bad, tbh), but it’s picking up the pace and by mid-way through the first season it’s captured my interest.

Daredevil – Practically everyone on twitter was raving about this show when it was first released, so we decided to give it a go. The first episode was enough to draw us in, and we’re both really enjoying it. I don’t know much about the comic book origins, but the plot has been easy to follow without knowing any of the backstory.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – How could we not watch this show? We’re both huge Tina Fey fans, we watched the entirety of The Office US and 30 Rock together and we love Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski’s work. This has taken a little while for me to warm up to, but it’s getting there.

Game of Thrones – Game of Thrones recently returned for another season, and OBVIOUSLY we’re tuning in. Now that My Kitchen Rules has finished for the year, Monday night can return to it’s official title of Game Of Thrones Night!

What’s your favourite TV show at the moment?

FOTN – Pot Luck Dinner Club

One of my best friends decided to start up something called Pot Luck Dinner Club, where once every 6 months or so we all meet up at someone’s house for a themed dinner party (to which we all bring a dish). The ‘pilot’ dinner party was a Vegetarian Mexican Fiesta, and I decided to slap on my Autumn Capsule Makeup for the evening and share it with you all. Here’s what I wore: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory, YSL Touche Eclat in #1, Laura Mercier Loose Powder in Translucent, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow, Urban Decay Primer Potion, NARS Kalahari Eye Duo, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Hustle, Hourglass Brow Arch in Soft Brunette, Lancome Hypnose Mascara, Chanel Lipstick in ‘Rivoli’.