Our 2017 Adventure Bucket List

I’ve become so used to writing a relationship post on the 28th of each month, but as the long distance part of our story is finally coming to an end, I figured I’d write something a little different today. Well actually, we wrote it together..

Couple Bucket List

January is all about making plans for the coming year, so we’ve put together a little bucket list of things that Matthew and I will be hoping to do together this year, and it goes a little something like this:

  • A weekend in London – we’ve got a weekend in London booked for a couple of weeks, and it’ll be our first little staycation-type trip! We’re gonna be total tourists, see a show and go to..
  • WB Harry Potter Studios Tour – I bought tickets for us to go to the studios tour for Matthew’s birthday last month, so we’re tagging it onto the end of our London weekend
  • A trip to Disneyland Paris – gotta practice for our big trip at the end of the year!
  • Crabbing in Mudeford – Matthew’s never been crabbing before, and I can’t wait to introduce him to it
  • Go to the drive-in cinema – I’ve never been to a drive-in before, and there’s a proper one up in Manchester which we’re gonna hit
  • Fly somewhere with Matthew as the pilot – if that’s not the perk of being a pilot’s girlfriend, I don’t know what is..
  • Back to the Future marathon – apparently its not good enough that I’ve only seen the first one, ha!
  • Star Wars marathon – just cos..
  • The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings marathon – for me this is just a standard weekend, but Matthew’s never watched them with me and that’s a treat in itself 😉
  • Go to Shakeaway – its a Bournemouth thing..
  • Eat in at least 3 Rainforest Cafes – we’re gonna go while we’re in London, but we’ll also have a chance to do a few more while we’re in America later in the year – ONE DOWN!
  • Go to Walt Disney World – its all booked, and WE CAN’T WAIT!!!
  • Adventures in Manchester – because I’m a total southerner, I get a guided tour of Manchester from a proper local!

No doubt we’ll be constantly adding to this list in the coming months, but I think its definitely gonna be a great year of adventure!

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My 2017 Reading List

My 2017 Reading List

If you read my New Years resolutions post, you’ll know that this year I’m hoping to read more books than the atrocious total of one that I read last year. Let’s face it, one book isn’t exactly going to be difficult to beat, but in order to help myself along the way, I’ve written a little book bucket list, if you will, to keep me on track!

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy – I’m determined to complete these books this year. I’ve started them all and never finished, and its my favourite saga of all time so if I complete nothing else this year, I want to do this.
  • Scrappy Little Nobody – a little more lighthearted, I got Anna Kendrick’s book for Christmas and I can’t wait to get stuck into her writing
  • The Great Gatsby – while many people studied this at school, I didn’t, and I’ve also never seen the movie because I want to read it first ha!
  • Who Moved My Cheese? – this was a book I’ve been interested in for a while now, and I got it for my birthday last year but still haven’t got round to so much as turning the first page!
  • The Jungle Book – I’m really interested in what this book is really like compared to the films!
  • RE-READ Harry Potter – a few years ago I read some of the books again for the first time since the films came out, and I had forgotten about so many little details that are skipped in the movies! I’m also gonna make my boyfriend read them because he never has!
  • Why Not Me? – written by Mindy Kaling, this book just seems like something I’d be able to relate to

So that’s 15 books in a year, which might be very few to some but its a starting point for me at least! If you’ve got any book recommendations then please send them my way!

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My DLP Weekend Bucket List

So SURPRISE! I’m going to Disneyland Paris this weekend!

Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant

It was all very spur of the moment; my friend Nancy from California is coming to Paris for a few weeks and she’ll be in the parks that weekend, so I’m so excited to get to see her as its been over a year! There’s also going to be a load of people I know in the parks over the same weekend, so it all kinda fell into place!

And while it’s just a short weekend visit, there are a few things that I’m hoping to do, and here they are:

  • Explore Newport Bay Club – I had every intention of saving money and staying at Santa Fe, but Disney couldn’t fit me in over my dates, so I sorta upgraded myself to Newport Bay.. I haven’t stayed there since I was a kid and its such a pretty hotel I can’t wait to be there!
  • Meet Moana – I just HAVE to meet this beautiful new princess!! Its no secret how much I fell in love with everything about the movie, and seeing her will be an absolute dream!
  • Enjoy Season of the Force – I’m really excited for all the Star Wars stuff that’s going on at the moment, including the Galactic Celebration show in Walt Disney Studios!
  • Outfit shoots – is it really a Disney trip if I haven’t planned outfits?! I’ve got two Disneybounds that I’m really looking forward to wearing and taking photos in the parks so I can feature them on here in the next few weeks.
  • Hanging out with beautiful people – as well as seeing Nancy, I can’t wait to hang out with some amazing people who I know will be around, like the beautiful Amy and Cara, and also the fabulous Mitch!
  • Playing with my camera and new lens – I’m using this trip as a way to test run my new telescopic lens for my Sony A5000 so I know its good enough to take to Florida with me next month!
  • Eating Mickey shaped food – cos if you don’t do that, are you even in Disney?
  • Ride Big Thunder Mountain – after its been closed FOREVVVEERRRR, BTM has finally reopened, and while I imagine the queues will be ridiculous, I’m hoping to be able to get to ride it once over the weekend!
  • Surround myself in magic – I’m just really looking forward to being back in the parks for a few days and having as much fun as I can!

Be sure to follow my Twitter and Instagram for live updates from my adventures!

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A Fitness Bucket List

Tips for buying running shoes

You may have noticed I love writing bucket lists (and lists in general), and as I’m gearing back up to get back into training properly in the run up to Christmas and next years races, I’ve been thinking a lot about things I’d love to do – hello fitness bucket list!

Attend a Sweaty Betty class

Did you know that Sweaty Betty put on a bunch of FREE fitness classes across the country? I’m not particularly close to any of the locations but I’m still totally up for going to one one day!

Run a marathon

This is something on my 5 before 25 list, and I’ve still got 3 years to achieve this! To be honest, I just want to be able to say I’ve done it, even if it takes me a whole day to finish!

Go to a spinning class

I have no issue jumping on a bike, either on the road or at the gym, but the thought of a spinning class really scares me for some reason! I’ve heard lots of great things about them though, so it might be something I need to try!

The Color Run

I really wanted to do The Color Run this year – I was aiming for Brighton – but the timing wasn’t right and I couldn’t find anyone to do it with, so another year it is!

Do a forearm headstand

Ultimate yoga goals right here! I know its gonna take a lot of practice but to be able to do it one day would be awesome.

Compete in a triathlon

Sure, running is my jam, but I’m never one to turn down a challenge so I’d be pretty interested to see how I cope with running after a swim and cycle ride..

Climb a mountain

Ok so I very much doubt it’ll be Everest or anything, but it would be pretty cool to say I’ve done one!

Be able to do unassisted pull ups

I’m aiming to be able to do just one by the end of this year, but to comfortably be able to knock out a few sets in the gym would be pretty awesome.

What’s on your bucket list?

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My Disneyland Paris Bucket List

I have a fairly extensive Disney Bucket List, but the majority of the items on that list aren’t park specific, and those that are tend to be more WDW based, but now I’m a Disneyland Paris annual pass holder, I’ve been thinking more about all the things I’d love to do in my local park, and we all know I love a bucket list!

Disneyland Paris Spring 2016

Dine at Auberge de Cendrillon

Meet all the princesses in Princess Pavilion

Attend the Halloween Soiree

Stay in the Disneyland Hotel

Take an empty Main Street USA photo

Go to an Inventions brunch

Visit the parks around Christmas to see the decorations

Spend a whole day character spotting

Fly on PanoraMagique

Ride It’s a Small World – I haven’t done the one at DLP since I was a kid!

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show!

See Mickey and the Magician

Ride RC Racer in Toy Story Land

Meet the penguins from Mary Poppins!

 Race at a RunDisney event

Go to an AP holder event

.. and I’m still looking for more ideas to add to the list!

What’s on your bucket list?

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Summer 2016 Bucket List

One thing about not being at school anymore (I mean, its only been 3 years..) is that I don’t have a proper defined ‘summer’ anymore. Having 6-8 weeks set aside for me to do summer things every year made planning so much easier, but now I’m in the grown-up world, I have to squeeze fun in between shifts and other commitments.

Summer Bucket List

I do love a good bucket list though, and other than my job getting in the way, I really hope I can tick as many things off this list as I can by September!

  • Get my Disney girls to Bournemouth for a beach day – I’ve been promising to organise something, and I plan to see it through!
  • Visit more of the UK – there are so many places I’d love to see, and now I’m such a confident driver it seems like the perfect time!
  • Read more – I’ve got a reading list as long as my arm, and I’ve hardly touched it..
  • Spend time with my friends who have been away at uni – some of my friends I haven’t seen in 2/3 years, and with everyone graduating soon, we’re due a good catch up.
  • See as much of Bournemouth Air Festival as I can – I missed all of it because of work last year, waa
  • Have a picnic in the New Forest – sometimes I forget that I have such a beautiful countryside right on my doorstep!
  • Do more blogging from the garden – I’ve written some of my favourite posts in the sunshine, and hello Vitamin D!
  • Go back to Oxygen Freejumping – I had such a blast at the Airborne Fitness class, I’m dying to get back there for a fun bounce!
  • Go camping (even if its just a night!) – I have such a cute tent, it seems a shame to not use it!
  • Swim in the sea – I’m ashamed to say I normally just paddle..
  • Go to an outdoor cinema – we’ve just got one in Bournemouth, although I’d love to get to a Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House!
  • Beach yoga – you know, the sort you’d do at 5am when no one else is around to see you looking like an idiot..
  • Ride my bike – I’m a little terrified of riding my bike on the roads (I’m super clumsy) but it would be nice to get it out of the garage
  • Go to Moors Valley and do Go Ape – I used to love high ropes, but its been such a long time since I’ve been there!
  • Visit the penguins at Bournemouth Oceanarium – PENGUINS
  • Visit Warner Brothers Studios London – I went in the first year it opened, but so much has been added now and I’m craving butterbeer!
  • Watch fireworks – I mean, it’ll hardly be Wishes at WDW, but fireworks are a mandatory summer activity, right?
  • Find a new job – I’d really love to find a more fulfilling job, retail is crushing my soul a little
  • Make my own ice-cream – I’ve only done this once before and it didn’t go too well, so here’s to round 2!
  • Go on a first date – when I originally planned this post, this point was meant to be ‘go on a second date’, but life got in the way a little bit last week and the first date had to be reschuduled, and because I know the guy in question will be reading this, I wanna make him sweat just a little bit over when it’ll actually happen 😉

As well as work, I’ve obviously also got to fit all of this around my China/Hong Kong trip next month (eeek!), but I think I stand a pretty good chance, and I love a challenge! Do you think I can do it?

What’s on your summer bucket list?

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My RunDisney Bucket List

Its safe to say that having run four races already this year, and two more booked for September – plus I’m already planning my 2017 events! – I’m pretty hooked on RunDisney. Yeah, I’m not even sorry..

Rebel Challenge 2016

So I thought I’d write my ultimate RunDisney bucket list so I’ve got something to aim for in the next few years, yay!

Race Events:

  • Walt Disney World Marathon weekend
    • 5K – 2016
    • 10K 2019
    • Half Marathon – 2016
    • Marathon 2019
    • Goofy Challenge
    • Dopey Challenge
  • Star Wars Half Marathon weekend – Light Side (Disneyland)
    • 5K
    • 10K
    • Half Marathon – Rebel Challenge completed 2016!
  • Princess Half Marathon weekend
    • 5K
    • 10K
    • Half Marathon – Glass Slipper Challenge 2017 done!
  • Star Wars Half Marathon weekend – Dark Side (Walt Disney World)
    • 5K
    • 10K
    • Half Marathon
  • Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend
    • 5K
    • 10K
    • Half Marathon – Pixie Dust Challenge 2017, done!
  • Disneyland Half Marathon weekend
    • 5K
    • 10K
    • Half Marathon
  • Disneyland Paris
    • 5K – 2016 done!
    • 10K – 2017 done!
    • Half Marathon – 2016 done!
    • 31K Challenge – 2017
    • 36K Challenge – goal for 2019
  • Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend
    • 5K
    • 10K
    • Half Marathon
  • Super Heroes Half Marathon weekend
    • 5K
    • 10K
    • Half Marathon
  • Castaway Cay 5K

Extra Magic:

  • Coast to Coast Challenge – gained January 2016
  • Castle to Chateau Challenge – September 2016!
  • Pink Coast to Coast Challenge – gained 2017!
  • Castaway Cay Challenge – January 2019
  • Kessel Run Challenge
  • Pasta in the Park Party
  • Post-race breakfast
  • Participate in an inaugural race – Disneyland Paris 2016!

Can you tick off any of these?

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