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Planning my 2018 Family Bucket List

Where the hell did 2017 go! I mean come on really, one minute I was happily starting a role in a new company on 2nd January and the next I’m crying myself back to work on the 2nd of January. I remember a couple of years ago living payday to payday and after two weeks I’d be begging for the month to end so I’d get paid again. When you have children though it’s a completely different situation and those days and weeks are precious and I really try to make the most of them as possible. The issues I have are with planning and maximising my time outside of the office/car/boardroom so that’s why I’m writing down what I want to do for 2018 and then we can schedule them in weekly to make sure we have fun and do things differently. I want this year to be a year of excitement and while I don’t like prescribed fun, I hate having no fun at all. At least with a plan we’ll have a backup should we decide to do something differently.

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions for things to do. I’m was so excited to start planning for fun family things to do, I’ve probably forgotten loads.


  • Start gardening and plant vegetables.
  • Teach the girls about self sustainable eating fruits and vegetables.
  • Build a birdhouse and insect houses.
  • Start playing tennis
  • Go and fly kites
  • Trips to the farm especially lambing season
  • Lots of walks through the park spotting daffodils and new flowers
  • Early season fruit picking
  • Bubble blowing and creating rainbow foam
  • Lots of nature walks
  • Picnics in the Park
  • Visit museums on a rainy day
  • Take a trip to London
  • Mud Sliding
  • Try to visit a local sports team or football match.
  • On a clear night go stargazing
  • Teach Dorothy how to ride her balance bike.
  • Search for wood with bluebells and cherry blossoms
  • Lots of puddle splashing
  • First family camp
  • Go on an adventure and read books
  • Valentine’s Day Creations
  • St Patrick’s Day Creations
  • Easter Creations


  • Summer Solstice
  • Open air theatre shows
  • Just So festival
  • Days out at the beach to collect shells and build sandcastles.
  • Water fun in the garden with sprinklers and water bombs.
  • Donate unwanted toys to charity
  • Family BBQ with home-made BBQ burgers and pizzas.
  • Create a time capsule
  • Homemade ice pops
  • Star Gazing
  • Family photography at sunrise/sunset
  • Bird Watching
  • Go weekend camping and build a campfire
  • Harvest from the veg garden
  • Made homemade lemonade
  • Bubble Painting
  • Go Bowling
  • Blackpool Illuminations


  • Roast marshmallows
  • Find a massive pile of leaves
  • Duck Feeding
  • Apple Picking
  • Pumpkin Picking
  • Trek through a forest and camp with campfire
  • Make Halloween cookies
  • Photo Safari
  • Find Conkers
  • Make toffee apples
  • Home-made apple pie from our own apples
  • Home-made Pumpkin and Squash soup
  • Make Pumpkin bread
  • Find the best Maize Maze around
  • Go for a weekend getaway
  • Make apple pie flavoured Bourbon
  • Halloween creations and decorations


  • Prepare for Fireworks Night
  • Christmas fun and decorations
  • Go and find the Snow, sledging and build a snowman
  • Homemade Christmas Presents
  • Create winter design on a mug
  • Made Christmas spiced homemade soup
  • Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
  • Create a seasons Wreath
  • Make paper snow flakes
  • Take a Christmas holiday card photo
  • Homemade spiced apple cider
  • Hygge (do some)
  • Create the biggest gingerbread house possible
  • Go to Winter Wonderland
  • Visit a pantomime
  • Go to Christmas markets
  • Donate to the local food bank
  • Put up Christmas decorations and lights
  • Go ice skating
  • Find pine cones and mistletoe
  • Make Christmas hot chocolate bombs
WOW! That’s a lot to fit into the year but when we break it down by the week it’s really achievable. It’s a bit of planning, we’ll be able to have a year of adventure with things planned to look forward to. If I’ve missed anything awesome on the list please let me know in the comments below. Hopefully this’ll also give you some inspiration to create your own lists an plan for 2018!]]>

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