2017 Summer Bucket List

Happy (day after) First Day of Summer! I normally share a summer bucket list, but I will say that this one is looking a little bit different now that we are a family of three.  But it’s a yearly tradition to make one, and I’ll be damned if I break tradition!

Make a Summer Berry Crisp

I made one last summer when I was pregnant and snapped about it – it was the first time I really baked something from scratch that turned out well! Ha! I’m not a baker at heart.

Read 2 Books

I’m trying to find ways to give myself some “me” time, and reading seems to be the best way to do it. I’ve got “Truly Madly Guilty” and “What Alice Forgot,” both by Liane Moriarty, on standby. Hoping I can get to those by the end of the summer!

Join a Mommy and Music Class

Ivy will be 6 months by the end of the summer, and one of the things I’m looking forward to the most about her getting older is us doing fun classes together. I cherish the memories I made with my mom doing mommy-and-me gymnastics classes, so I really can’t wait to create those kinds of memories with my little one! And also, I’m down to make some mama friends!

Take the East River Ferry

I’m such a sucker, but this is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. I want to be able to do our usual summer adventures along the East River Ferry with the baby in tow. Brunch in LIC, walking around Williamsburg, hanging out in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and ending the day at Souther Street Seaport. It’s a lot for an infant, but I really want to try and make it work!

Explore New Neighborhoods

I’m trying to get out of our “neighborhood” funk and visit more places. Right now we’re so in love with where we live and how convenient everything is that we barely leave. But I want to try and explore some new spots!

Explore Nashville!

For Mike’s birthday we’re visiting Music City for the first time. Neither of us have been, and we’re bringing Ivy along so it should be fun! It’s going to be our first time going away somewhere with her overnight, so we have to get creative about the things we can do. Normally we would visit a bunch of bars and dine out at fancy restaurants, but obviously, that might not work with a 4 month old!

Avoid the Beach ;)

Fun fact… we both kind of hate the beach. Love the ocean, but hate the beach lol! Last year we forgot about that for some reason and went to the beach for one miserable day. We’re down to visit the waterfront and enjoy a nice day feeling the breeze, but lounging in the sand is not for us… and we’re not too proud to say so!


This summer is jam packed with visitors for us (my mom, my aunt, my sister, and my best friend all within the same 4 weeks!). Plus, I have a lot of lofty work goals this summer, so my main focus is likely going to be on that. But I’m really looking forward to a fun and productive summer. Especially because last year was such a bust – it was my first trimester and I was in agony with the humidity! Here’s to 2017 :)