Spring/Summer Bucket List 2016

Man, if I could turn back time I would happily go back to last year where I had three whole months off work. Three glorious months. Instead, I will swelter my way through another working summer and hate every second of it. There is no denying my hatred of summer, but one way I’ve found to help make it slightly enjoyable is to write a “bucket list” of things I want to do.

– Make sweet tea on the weekends
– Grill out on the BBQ on nice evenings
– Go for walks along the beach on weekends
– Get a professional pedicure
– Host a dinner party
– Work on the garden to make it “summer BBQ” friendly
– Go down south for a long weekend
– Swim as much as possible
– Go to Adelaide for a mini holiday
– Go to the Wanneroo Show
– Watch the movies on my Halloween ‘to-watch’ list
– Make a summer-y music playlist to listen to while driving
– Read all the books on my summer reading list
– Try fake tanning

Hopefully I can get around to ticking all of these off of my list, the last time I wrote one I only managed to complete a handful of them. Wish me luck!

Spring/Summer To-Do List 2015/16

Last year I put together a wishlist of things I wanted to try and accomplish during the spring/summer months, and it was a really fun way of keeping track of all of the summery things I wanted to do. It was a bit of a mixed bunch of goals, but they were all things that made me feel like I’d be making the most of the warm weather. I decided to do the same again this year, and hopefully with me having a break from work I’ll be able to cross even more things off of my to-do list. Here’s hoping! I’ve carried across some of my goals from last year that I didn’t quite manage to cross off, here’s the full list for this year –

– Buy a BBQ and an outdoor setting for the back yard
– Set up the outdoor area in the back yard
– Catch up on my 50 Book Challenge
– Go for long drives on warm evenings
– Make iced tea to drink on the weekends
– Make musk (and possibly redskin or caramel) vodka
– Swim as much as possible
– Go for walks along the beach
– Have weekly lunch with my mother and grandmother
– Get a professional pedicure
– Re-Read ‘all in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein
– Go on a girls’ trip/weekend away
– Host a summer BBQ/dinner party
– Buy (and plant) some pretty pot plants for the back yard
– Buy fresh stone fruits from the local farmers’ market
– Have fresh cut flowers in the house every couple of weeks
– Buy a new maxi dress (and wear it to death with my favourite summer sandals)

Spring/Summer To Do List Roundup

It’s probably quite unAustralian for me to say this, but I hate summer. I am not built for the heat, and I really do not enjoy that time of the year AT ALL. In early spring I decided to write up a list of all of the things I wanted to do to really make the most of my summer and to try and enjoy it for once. Here are the things that I wanted to try and do to bring a little bit of happiness to yet another awful summer –

– Buy a BBQ and an outdoor setting for the back yard
– Set up the outdoor area in the back yard
– Go for long drives on warm evenings
– Make iced tea to drink on the weekends
– Create a new cocktail recipe to drink on balmy summer evenings
– Swim as much as possible
– Go for walks along the beach
– Spend a weekend at Rottnest Island
– Go back down south to the family holiday home for a weekend

– Get a professional pedicure
– Perfect 3 new salad recipes
– Re-Read ‘all in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein
– Go for evening walks before (or after) dinner
– Work on perfecting a heat-free hairstyle for work
– Go to the royal show

As you can see, there were still a lot of items left unchecked off of this list. I managed to get all of the ‘big ticket’ items crossed off, so I’m happy about that at least. I’ll have a lot more free time next summer, as I’m taking 3 months off of work. Hopefully I’ll be able to achieve a bit more next year. Or I could just hide in the house enjoying the air conditioning for three months. I’ll keep you posted.

Spring/Summer To-Do List – Checking In

A couple of months ago, I wrote up a grand list of things that I wanted to try and do over the Spring/Summer period. I thought it might be a good idea to check in halfway through, not only to see what I’ve managed to achieve so far, but to remind myself of all of the things that I set out to do. Looking back at this list, I can already see a few that I’d completely forgotten about. This is why lists are awesome, people. Team lists! Here’s how I’ve done so far:

– Buy a BBQ and an outdoor setting for the back yard
– Set up the outdoor area in the back yard
– Go for long drives on warm evenings
– Make iced tea to drink on the weekends (I think I’ve done this once or twice, not nearly enough)
– Create a new cocktail recipe to drink on balmy summer evenings (I made some musk-infused vodka a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve yet to do much experimentation with what we can mix it with)
– Swim as much as possible (total swims so far: 0)
– Go for walks along the beach (total beach walks so far: 1)
{DONE} Spend a weekend at Rottnest Island
{DONE} Go back down south to the family holiday home for the weekend
– Get a professional pedicure
– Perfect 3 new salad recipes
– Re-Read ‘ All in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein
– Go for evening walks before (or after) dinner
– Work on perfecting a heat-free hairstyle for work
{DONE} Go to the Royal Show

As you can see, I’m not doing too well. Thankfully, the season is FAR from over. In fact, we haven’t even reached the peak of summer here in Perth. I think we’ve had maybe two 30+ degree days this month, which is absolutely crazy. Not that I’m complaining. I’d take an average of 26 degrees over an average of 36 degrees any day!

Spring/Summer Makeup Haul

As with my intention to ‘shop my stash’ for books, I failed dismally at my attempt to only shop my own beauty stash for the season. This is due in part to me being close to running out of a few of my beauty staples, so with that in mind I was able to justify placing a little Sephora order.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – This is my daily mascara and I absolutely must have a back up tube ready to go for when the one I’m using runs out. I’ve been using Hypnose almost exclusively for about five years now. It’s one of the best mascaras on the market, and I can’t see myself straying from it anytime soon.

Hourglass Brow Arch – I’ve nearly reached the end of the Maybelline brow pencil I’ve been using lately, so I decided to pick this up on the recommendation of ViviannaDoesMakeup.

Beauty Blender Sponge Duo – Another daily makeup necessity. I decided to try out the black sponges this time around, although I’m not sure what the difference will be. Having said that, the pink sponges do tend to get some dark marks along the edges when it’s time to get rid of them, so not having that visible reminder on the black sponges might not be a good thing.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion – I go through a bottle of this foundation every few months. It’s the one I wear daily, so I like to make sure I have at least one back up bottle available to me at all times. The Givenchy foundations ARE available for purchase in Australia, but when I take into consideration the price different between here and the US plus the rate of shipping split over any other items I order, it ends up being cheaper for me to order replacements from Sephora every few months or so.

Tarte Power Pigment in Tipsy – This is the only thing from this particular order that I’m a little bit disappointed in. Which is probably my own fault, as I didn’t bother to read any reviews or look at any swatches before ordering it. Oops.

Boscia Blotting Papers – I tend to pick up a packet of these every time I place a Sephora order, as they’re the best blotting papers I’ve come across.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy – EssieButton mentioned this a few times earlier in the year, and the colour looked like something I would really like (and I do), so I decided to pick one up for myself. The Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are up there with the best, in my opionion. This one is no exception.

additional samples: Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix, Phyto Specific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Lancome Definicils Mascara, and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.