Free Bucket List Template and Inspiration

Bucket List Template and Inspiration

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Bucket List Template and Inspiration!

I love a bucket list!

Why? You ask. Well… let me share with you the beauty of the bucket list.

Bucket lists come in all shapes and sizes. Mine personally focuses mostly on travel, food, and family. But yours might be centered around learning, adventure, and an adrenaline rush. And…that’s perfectly fine, because a bucket list can be personalized! You can create your own, do one as a couple, or even as a family!

Bucket List Template and Inspiration

And there’s no one other than yourself to hold you accountable. There is no grade. There is no timeframe. Only hopes and dreams. Some of your lists may be totally 100% realistic while others can be far fetched and seem impossible. It’s entirely up to you!

A bucket list allows you to create a visual reminder to try new things. And I don’t know about you, but I get this amazing sense of pride and accomplishment  each and every time I check one of those items off my bucket list.

And that my friends, is the beauty of the bucket list!

Bucket List Inspiration

In my eyes…bucket lists can be divided up into five different sections: learning something new, facing your fears, traveling, giving back, and chasing your dreams. You can list 50 destinations across the world you want to visit, 50 things you want to learn to cook, or even 50 ways to make the world a better place…the choice is all yours! Or if you’re like me…you can make a crazy mix of all these things!

Here’s my list of 75 ideas to get you started and hopefully inspire your bucket list! (I’ve starred the ones I’ve done personally, but I’ve certainly got some work to do!)

  1. Go on an epic road trip!*
  2. Go zipling.*
  3. Attend an Olympics.
  4. Spend the night in a treehouse.Bucket List Inspiration-- Vegas!
  5. Gamble in Vegas.*
  6. Attend a major/professional sporting event.(My thoughts about this HERE)*
  7. Ride in a hot air balloon.
  8. Volunteer.*
  9. Ride in a helicopter.*
  10. Learn to play an instrument.*
  11. See a show on Broadway.*
  12. Learn another language.*
  13. Pick apples, strawberries, or blueberries.*
  14. See the Hollywood sign.Bucket List Inspiration - The Southern Most Point of the Continental US
  15. Visit the southern most point of the continental US.*
  16. Visit another country.*
  17. Pay a stranger’s tab.
  18. Stomp grapes to make wine.
  19. Visit the Statue of Liberty.
  20. Attend Mardi Gras.
  21. Drive on the other side of the road.
  22. Swim with dolphins, sharks, or other sea life.*Bucket List Inspiration- Disney
  23. Go to Disney! (My tips HERE)*
  24. Build a sandcastle.*
  25. Brew your own beer.
  26. Go to the Superbowl.
  27. Go to a drive-in movie.
  28. Ride a horse.*
  29. Go camping.
  30. Complete a 5K race.*
  31. See Niagara Falls.
  32. Fly private.
  33. Play paintball.
  34. Go on an African Safari.
  35. Take a dance lesson.*
  36. Go dog sledding.
  37. Sleep in an overwater bungalow.
  38. Complete an escape room.*
  39. Spend an entire summer in another country.
  40. Go to Oktoberfest.Bucket List Template & Inspiration
  41. Go white water rafting.(More on this HERE)*
  42. Go to a farmers market and sample the local goodies.*
  43. Make s’mores by a real fire.
  44. Attend a music festival.*
  45. Make snow angels.*
  46. Try skiing or snowboarding.*
  47. Bake and decorate a cake.*
  48. Learn yoga.
  49. Take a carriage ride through Central Park in New York City.*
  50. Get a massage.*
  51. Have a tech free day.
  52. Learn to meditate.
  53. Take a cooking class.*
  54. Stay overnight in a castle.
  55. Go to wine country.*
  56. See a live comedy performance.*
  57. Stay in a bed & breakfast.*
  58. Visit a “world’s largest” attraction.*
  59. Bicycle across the Golden Gate Bridge.
  60. Do a food tour.*
  61. Visit the seven wonders of the world.
  62. Go ice skating.*
  63. Play in the rain.
  64. Own a pet.*
  65. See the Northern Lights.
  66. See your favorite band Live!*Bucket List Inspiration
  67. Plant a garden.*
  68. Sing karaoke.*
  69. Have a water balloon fight.
  70. Raise money for a cause near and dear to your heart.
  71. See the great barrier reef.
  72. Try snorkeling or scuba diving.*
  73. Visit a US National Park.*
  74. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.*
  75. Go on a real picnic.

Here’s a free template for you to create your own bucket list–>

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And the best part is…you can keep adding to it! There are no rules!

Well…go on! Get started!

Check out these awesome ideas to get you started checking items of that bucket list today!!

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What’s on your bucket list? Let me know what y’all think!

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Traveling with Food Allergies: Tips from Fellow Travelers

Traveling with Food Allergies

Traveling with Food Allergies & Sensitivities

I am an allergy mom.

So traveling with food allergies is personal topic for me. In fact, it affects our entire family. We are always aware of it, and it comes into play in decision making all the time.

According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) up to 15 million Americans have some type of food allergy. Their website is a wealth of information whether you are newly diagnosed or just looking for more information. Traveling with food allergies and sensitivities can be tricky, but it’s totally doable!

Here are some of the tips and tricks from a few fellow travelers on traveling with food allergies.

Traveling with food allergies

Amanda at VeraVise WOW Travel shares her tips on how to navigate traveling with her two food allergy kids:

Two of my children have food allergies. My oldest son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and coconut. Coconut is the toughest because it is rare to be allergic to coconut and it is not on the top 8 allergen list. This makes travel or eating out a challenge at times, but these tips have helped us to navigate the challenge and still enjoy good food on the road.

First, research, research, research!

As much as I’d like to be more spontaneous for dinner, I’ve learned it’s best to have a plan when it comes to our dining choices. I try to have at least two or three options in any given area when traveling.

Secondly, calling ahead is a must.

Generally within the first 30 seconds of the phone call, I can determine whether we can eat at a given restaurant. It’s usally obvious whether a restaurant has any policies at all in place or whether they really don’t care.

Finally, my best advice is to go with your gut!

After years of dealing with people and restaurants, I’ve learned that they either care or they don’t. If there isn’t an immediate impression that they care, I’m not going to force it. If it is a real challenge to get an answer or assistance, why would I even trust the kitchen? More establishments should recognize the untapped market of food allergy families. If you show concern for my kid’s needs, then I will not only be loyal, I will be your biggest cheerleader!

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Traveling with food allergies

Cris from LooknWalk shares her tips about traveling as a vegan due to lactose intolerance:

I found out about my “issues with milk” many years ago when my mother told me I couldn’t “hold down” cow’s milk as a baby. Being misdiagnosed then – the doctors kept telling her just to add more tea to the milk – I kept eating milk and cheese through the years. I thought being bloated and passing wind (sorry, TMI) was “normal” after eating dairy. I was lucky though because small amounts of lactose wasn’t really doing me any harm but larger quantities would.

This summer, after overdoing it with feta (and other cheeses) during my trip to Greece and continuing the same pattern at home, I’ve decided to go vegan. I have been vegetarian for 10+ years but my attempts at veganism lasted two years when I tried before.

It is incredibly hard to travel as a vegan, especially in Central Europe, which has a diet based on meat and cheese. I find it easy to just head to the first Italian or Greek place I see anywhere, as there will always be some vegan options (or chefs willing to skip cheese for you). I know both cuisines very well and know what to order. In general though, before I leave I look at the traditional foods that are vegan and write them down. And I use the Happy Cow site and app (albeit it failed miserable in Hungary and Romania).

I quickly find out that servers confuse vegetarian and veganism. One morning in Budapest, I asked for vegan options and was offered mozzarella. No matter where you go, learn to say “no dairy” and if needed break it down (no milk, no cheese, no butter, etc.). Kefir, by the way is totally fine and so is yogurt.

It is my choice to be vegan. If you have lactose intolerance, you can eat yogurt, kefir, and even small amounts of cheese and milk (just try to figure out how much you can tolerate). You can also eat eggs, fish, seafood, and meat if you wish.

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Traveling with food allergies

Isadora from World by Isa explains how she often copes with her food allergy and sensitivities:

My case is a bit more complicated, as besides my allergy to pork and food coloring (which prevents me from eating pork meat or colorful things like Fanta or artificial juices) I also have a very sensitive stomach. I can’t eat anything too strong or too “different”, which is a shame since I like to try new foods. So unfortunately, when I go abroad, I’m usually forced to avoid traditional local foods.

What I do, most of the time, is try to stick to pizza, pasta, soups, and other mainstream dishes. I also avoid salads, and anything that is not boiled. Another thing that helps me a lot, surprisingly, since it is super unhealthy and I basically never drink it at home, is Coke. As we all know, Coke, helps to digest everything, so I drink it very often when traveling, no matter what I just ate. I feel like it helps my stomach to process everything.

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My Tips on Traveling with Food Allergies:

My son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. We’ve developed a few tried and true practices to keep him safe while traveling.


The doctors advised that he shouldn’t ingest or touch any peanut or tree nut products. Well…although times have changed, some airlines still serve peanuts and people can still bring their own snacks on board the airplane too. So our number one rule is to bring some Clorox wipes and clean the seat belt, tray table, arm rest and any other surface where he will be sitting. This may seem extreme, but after a minor scare, we always go by the “better to be safe than sorry” motto. You can also call some airlines ahead of time and request a buy free flight.


If possible, carry safe snacks, treats, or candy with you. This way, when we find ourselves on a plane that has no safe food items or stop by a donut shop that my son can’t eat at, I have a little treat for him too.

Eating out

We typically know some safe foods my son can almost always eat, but we always ask our server to let the kitchen know of his allergy. Like Amanda said above, you can generally tell right away if a restaurant has allergy guidelines in place. We also typically skip most baked goods and desserts; they are often made on the same equipment as items containing peanuts or tree nuts. We have found a lot of ice cream shops are willing to open a new container of ice cream and get a clean or new scoop for his treat- Score!!

Be Prepared!

When we traveled internationally, I made a card before we left home (in the other language) explaining his allergy- I also used the google translate app to communicate when necessary. (Read more of my tips on traveling internationally with kids HERE.) My aunt is allergic to shellfish to the extreme she can’t even eat food out of the same fryer that shellfish have been in. She uses these preprinted cards to give to the kitchen in restaurants when she eats out.

Have an allergy plan in place and make sure you’re 100% comfortable with it. We never leave home without chewable Benadryl and my sons Epi-pens. If in doubt, skip it, it’s not worth the risk!

Food allergies are so common these days. I know all food allergies and sensitivities are different. Everyone has a special set of rules with how they handle their specific situation. But whatever you do to keep you or your loved one safe…don’t let it hinder your ability to travel.

Traveling with food allergies and sensitivities is possible!! Just go and see the world! But be safe!

Do you or a loved one have a food allergy? What tips do you have about traveling with food allergies? Let me know what y’all think!

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Your First Trip to Disney: 21 Practical Tips

First trip to Disney 21 Practical Tips

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Your First Trip to Disney With Kids

I am not a Disney expert.

But, I am a Mom who has been to Disney World several times. And because I don’t want you to go through the same stress and anxiety as I have, I am offering up my best and most practical tips for your first trip to Disney.

Walt Disney World is certainly “the most magical place on Earth” and “where dreams come true”! It is also the home of stress, tears, tantrums, and A LOT of really gross germs!! Uggghhh!!

So…there are definitely a bunch of things you will want to know before you go!

21 tips for your first trip to Disney

My Disney tips can be broken down into 4 main categories:

  • Preparation and Planning.
  • Your Bag & What to Carry with You.
  • Know your Kid!
  • Relax & Enjoy!

You see…I made a ton of mistakes on my first trip to Disney. In fact, I’ve made mistakes on EVERY trip we’ve made to Disney. But what makes Disney different than every other family vacation is the pressure.

The Disney pressure!!

You will…and trust me you WILL put so much pressure on yourself to make this the best vacation ever for your kids. You will build it up in your mind and you will spend so much money and time planning that you won’t be able to help yourself.

First trip to Disney 21 Practical Tips

See…I even did crazy pre-Disney things at home before we went to Disney for the first time! Truthfully I loved doing these fun things but a lot of people will find this a little cray-cray. (But if you’re like me…you can order this Mickey Mouse cookie cutter and DIY piggy bank and have a blast!)

That is why…my number one piece of advice for every first timer to Disney is this: Prepare as much as possible and then just simply enjoy. You CANNOT do it all…so enjoy what you can do and let the rest go.

21 Practical Tips & Advice for Your First Trip to Disney

Prepare — Your Bag — Know Your Kid — Relax & Enjoy

  1. Prepare for the crowds and the lines. Even if you go on a week that is deemed to be less crowded…there will still be a lot of people there! It’s the “happiest place on earth” -of course everyone wants to be there!
  2. Familiarize yourself with the Disney App and FastPass. This will save you so much time in the long run. FastPass is fabulous technology and you will love it!
  3. Reserve character meals as far in advance as possible. Be willing to eat at random times…you’re at Disney and time becomes irrelevant anyways. So what if you have lunch at 2:30 pm or dinner at 4 pm. Just make it work so you won’t be so disappointed to miss that precious princess dinner or special breakfast with Mickey. Be prepared for character meals to take a long time…they are good about coming by to see every table and take a photo, but the process still involves some wait time.
  4. Take into account travel time. The Disney parks are huge…and it takes time whether you are staying within the park or not to get to the gates.
  5. Wear good comfortable walking shoes. That being said, also consider your shoes may very well get wet (from rides or rain). Nothing is more uncomfortable to me than walking around in sopping wet shoes.
  6. Consider a stroller. Even if your child doesn’t need one at home anymore, they may need one at Disney. We’ve clocked anywhere from 10-15 miles per day and I’ve seen many older siblings begging for that spot in their younger sibling’s stroller. They’re also great for holding drinks and bags and other random purchases! Mark your stroller before you go…there are a zillion and one in the stroller parking zones and can be hard to differentiate. You can also easily rent them at the park if you decide you need one after you get there!
  7. Germs- they’re everywhere. This is the appropriate time to be a germophobe. Wash your hands a lot, use hand sanitizer, and Clorox wipes. Just do it.First trip to Disney 21 Practical Tips
  8. It will rain. You can buy ponchos at the dollar store and they’re easy and lightweight to pack in your bag. Or you can spend $100 buying these absolutely adorable mickey ponchos in the gift shop.
  9. Bring snacks, drinks, and candy. This will save you so much time and heartache. In my experience, bored children are hungry children. A lollipop makes the line go so much faster and snacks waiting for the parade or walking between rides helps a bunch!
  10. Bring sunscreen and water! Being sunburnt or dehydrated is a quick way to ruin your vacation.
  11. Bring an extra phone battery or charger. Using your Disney App and camera on your phone will kill your battery pretty dang quick and that’s just a bummer.
  12. Put your phone inside a waterproof case (or in my world a ziplock bag). Rain and rides equal water and I don’t know about you but I don’t want to have to purchase a new phone after paying for this Disney vacation!
  13. Talk to other parents before you go. Do your research. Figure out which parks will be best and suit your child’s interests.First trip to Disney 21 Practical Tips
  14. Many children are scared of the characters…I mean think about this giant mouse or Darth Vader trying to take his picture with you?!?!
  15. Know your Kid!! Some kids may not be ready for the rides…figure out what suits them best!
  16. Some kids may be terrified of the fireworks…so plan to leave the park before they begin or bring some headphones…prepare!21 tips for your first trip to Disney
  17. A lot of kids do not have a clue who some of these “classic” characters are…just because you can name every character does not mean your child can!! Know your child! (My daughter had no clue who Snow White was…she just loved princesses in general.)
  18. Plan to go to the hotel pool! Your child will want to go and you may not want to spend your precious park time at the pool. So I’m going to save you some tears…just make the pool part of the plan!
  19. Schedule some downtime. You and your family will be exhausted. You will have walked waaaayyyy more than you are used it. And it really isn’t that much fun when everyone is cranky and tired and all you do is rush from one place to the next.
  20. It’s OK not to do it all. In fact, it’s impossible. Prioritize what’s most important and don’t over-promise!!
  21. Let go of YOUR expectations. Your child has very low expectations, if any, especially if this is their first trip to Disney. Don’t let your over eagerness ruin your vacation. Plan as much as possible and then just enjoy what you can do.

Phew! Are you tired already? I am…just kidding!

BONUS tip…Consider going with another family. I realize this isn’t practical for everyone but when we have done this in the past, we actually found that having another family made our trip more enjoyable and actually easier!

A few months after we returned from one of our Disney trips, we took our kids to Busch Gardens. It was just a day trip, a two hour drive from home and back.

And we had the BEST time.

It was then and there that I realized WHY I enjoyed that particular day so much. Because there was no pressure. No pressure to make it the best day ever…no big deal if we didn’t make it on all the rides…no tears because we didn’t see or do something. It was just fun. And that is why I am writing this post…for all the other A type mamas out there who are making themselves crazy over their first trip to Disney.

So, relax, plan, prepare, and then go with the flow! Of course The Disney website is the place to go for specific Disney reservations and a lot of other details. The Travel Pledge is also our family favorite way to get kids into a travel state of mind.

Trust me…in the end it will still be the best vacation ever!

If you are planning a trip in the near future…here are a few things you can pick up online and save yourself some time…I’m a huge Amazon shopper;) I love to shop local, BUT shopping with my kids makes me want to lose my mind sometimes.

Have you been to Disney? What is your number one tip for first timers? Let me know what y’all think!

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How and Why You Should Travel Carry-On Only!

Travel Carry-on Only

Our Favorite Way to Travel…

Carry-on Only!

It’s much easier than you might think!

Our family of four has gone to Europe for ten days during cold weather…to Texas for ten days over Spring Break…and we’ve done multiple weekend trips…ALL as carry-on only!!

You can do this too!!

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The Travel Pledge- Getting Kids in a Travel Mindset

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The Travel Pledge

Let’s face it, kids aren’t always the best travelers. They don’t necessarily have patience for long boring hours (whether it be on a plane, train, or car), the different/weird foods, or the curveballs we often face. BUT, this is also why we love to travel. It provides great life lessons and immediate gratification is not always available. So…one day on the way to the airport (while listening to complaining kids), my husband created the travel pledge! They needed a gentle reminder of just how lucky they are and help getting into a travel mindset. Now, it’s a travel staple, we do it every trip.

Always subject to creative changes, it often goes something like this:

I, (state your name), understand that this day may suck.

I understand that I will likely be bored or hungry or tired.

I understand that all of us will have a moment when we are not having fun….

BUT this trip is going to be worth it and it is going to be full of new and exciting experiences!!

I understand not every day or activity planned on this trip is for ME, but possibly designed to please someone else in our family. Some activities are meant for kids; some are meant for the grown-ups, some for all of us. Deal with it and be grateful!

I agree to have a good attitude and if I don’t like it I will keep my opinions to myself. I will not ruin the experience for everyone else. Having a bad attitude will not make me feel any better but rather make everyone else feel worse. I’m ready to have a positive attitude and a lot of FUN!

Our pledge sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t, but, it makes them laugh and think and try. It reminds them to be grateful for the experience and not to dwell on the negative. It attempts to make them think of the other members of our family and not just themselves.

How do you get your kids in a travel mindset? Let me know what y’all think!

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5 Tips for Traveling Internationally with Kids

5 Tips for International Travel With Kids

International Travel with Kids- You Can Do it Too!

We recently took our kids on their BIG first trip out of the country. Some of our friends thought we were straight up crazy. At eight and ten years old, our kids are old enough to really engage and learn from seeing the world. They are also old enough to grin and bear it when things go wrong! We want them to see that there is a lot more to life and the world than the small southern town where we live.

Here are my five tips for international travel with kids:

1.       Prepare them. Let them know a little about where you’re going, what you’ll be doing, and what will be really different from home. I want them to know if we’re going to have a really long layover, or it might rain the entire week, or we may have no Wi-Fi (horrors). Let them know what to expect. I like people to be real with me. So I in turn want to give that same honesty to my kids. If you are planning international travel, kids can be part of the planning process. Give them some background and let them choose an activity or destination. It’s educational and makes them feel invested in the trip. Oh, and a safety discussion is always mandatory whether you’re going to Disney or Africa.

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