Update on Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket list update

Summer Bucket List Update

For the first time ever this summer, I put together a bucket list of items to get done. This was an idea of some other bloggers who I joined in with for this project, and both my husband and I found it was a nice way to keep track of our summer. I wasn’t able to join the bloggers in updating this list monthly, so I’m showcasing it now. Besides, I’m more of a wait until the end kind of person.

Here was the original list, and I’ll show you what we finished below!


Entry Way

The first project on the home list was to remove the wall that was part of the entry way into our place. This started as a closet when we first moved in, but I’d had the doors removed to make it more open. While we were tackling this project, we came up with the idea to add in the small windows in the remaining wall. This helped make the area more open, and is truly my favorite part of it.

We also had to remove the tile that was in the entry way and add in more of the laminate that was throughout the rest of the first floor. Once we had the construction done, then we ended up changing the furniture in the area too. Doesn’t it seem like once you change one thing, everything needs to be moved?

Home Entry way before and after

Fireplace Tile

This fireplace tile was tan when we first moved in two years ago, so I painted it darker. Then when our neighbor moved in across the street and was a home project doer, we figured it was time to change it out. We kept with the same color scheme for the tile, but found one with various browns and golds. Now I don’t mind the gold trim on the fireplace itself. Since I was going to paint that trim black in the future, I figured I just reduced my work load by having this new tile put in.

Once the new tile was done, however, we didn’t like the clock above the fireplace because it seemed too busy. I’m still not happy with the decor above the fireplace, but it’s a work in progress. Again, it’s that same thought that once you change one thing….If you have some ideas on what I need above the fireplace, I’m all ears.

Fireplace tile before and after

Kitchen Back Splash

We actually had the back porch on our summer bucket list, but changed our mind on placing pavers. We love hanging out on the patio, but we didn’t have a chance to use it much this summer, so we switched gears. We’ve always wanted a kitchen back splash, and since our neighbor has all of the tools for this project, we took advantage of him.

My first choice of tile was one that was more white and clear. However, it wasn’t made well, so we had to return it. This tile is one that I love, although part of me thinks that it’s quite busy. We decided it’s like me. Very busy with lots of personality! Ha ha! I might like to paint the cabinets either a white or light grey in the future. What’s your opinion on that?

backsplash tile in kitchen



One of the wish list items I had on my summer was something gingham. This shirt below is one of my favorite that I bought from Boohoo! And it’s on major clearance if you think it’s fun too. I just wore it in our Fashionable Hats post just last week. The other gingham I picked up was while shopping at the thrift store, and you can see it on my Instagram feed!

fashionable hats for older women

I had also wanted to buy some more dresses, but I lucked out when my cousin gave me a bunch of her dresses that she wasn’t wearing anymore. One of them, got worn for a style challenge on Instagram! If you take the time to check it out, then please give it some love by clicking on the heart to the right of the photo. There are two photos in this link, so if you click on the side arrow inside the photo, you’ll see a better picture of the dress.

The last item I thought I needed in my summer list, was a pair of mules. Well imagine my surprise when I was looking in the back of my closet, and found a pair from over 10 years ago. I wore them earlier this week in our Blush and Olive Green post. So needless to say, I didn’t think that I needed to buy another pair just yet.


LA Party

We did head out to LA to meet up with the women of the Fierce 50 and had such a blast. Even my husband enjoyed himself tremendously. I wrote an entire post about the weekend, showcasing all of the women involved! The Facebook group has changed their name to include other ages so we can be inclusive not exclusive. Feel free to join us by requesting to join on Forever Fierce: The Midlife Revolution. There is a ton of inspiration within this group of women.

2 Cellos

Seeing a concert at Red Rocks is the perfect definition of summertime in Denver. We did make it to see 2 Cellos and they were amazing. Loud, but amazing.

Dental Reunion

And last on the update of the bucket list under Outings was our 25th dental school reunion. We ended up meeting at one woman’s house instead of going out for the event. But how wonderful to catch up with these people that I used to spend every single day with. Of course, not everyone made it, but about a quarter of us were there. Do we all look like dentists??


New Restaurant

Rob had been jonesing to try a local restaurant that had been getting quite a bit of acclaim in our area. The chef originates from his home town so, we thought it’d be perfect to go for Rob’s birthday celebration.  As you can see, much of my life gets documented on Instagram.

Ice Cream

We ended up making blueberry ice cream this summer. The recipe called to blend up the fruit as a puree, but my husband wanted to leave some of the blueberries whole (not including the ones on top—that was just for decoration). However, the problem with that was when they were frozen, they are hard to eat. So let’s just say, that was a lesson learned. Puree the fruit when making ice cream.

Blueberry ice cream


This is the one item on my summer bucket list that didn’t get accomplished. At least for the kind of picnic, that both Rob and I were imagining, where you take a picnic basket and go eat on the ground. We just never got around to that. But we did join Nancy, (the 60+ model) on a picnic put on by her financial adviser. The best thing? There was an ice cream food truck that came and let us try their ice cream as part of the celebration.


I have been diligently working on my Elite Blogging Academy classes, although I’m certainly not finished yet. One of these days, I would also love to venture out to a blogging convention. If any of you have been to one that you think is worthwhile, I’d love to hear about it.


I did finish the knitting project that will be the gift for my book club holiday party. I can’t post the photo of it yet, since it’ll be a surprise. But keep following me along, and I’m sure you’ll see it on Instagram at the party in December!

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  • Thank you for sharing Jodie!
    I am happy to see your decorating projects as well as your wonderful fashion style!


    • Thanks Robin! I love decorating homes and spaces too, but I definitely need more practice. You are an inspiration in every regard!

  • Even though I’ve “grounded” myself from blog-related activities until I finish the biggie on my own bucket list, its taking too long… so I just wanted to come back and tell you how impressed I am with all your changes and accomplishments this summer!

    Love all the home changes and tile work, the glass tile surround on your fireplace is so cool, and using the tile vertically was inspired! Love your backsplash too….I need to do that as well!!!

    Hope to be back to bugging you with all my comments soon…after I’m done procrastinating. 🙂

    • Oh, you’re funny Em!! But I know what you mean….I can end up spending all day on the computer, and then I don’t get anything else done!!!
      Thanks for checking in, but the credit really goes to our neighbor!!! How lucky we are to have him doing this stuff for us!!

  • Wow! You have been busy! I really don’t know how you do it all! I love that you have taken the wall away – it feels so much spacious than before. Well done for completing your bucket list. I gave up doing one as I’d never being able to keep it! lol!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    • I’m sure I won’t be this busy for the rest of the year. I was truly lucky and blessed to have our neighbor doing these projects for me!! But I’m so glad they got done!!
      Thanks Su!

  • LOVE the changes, Jodi – especially the new fireplace tile. Gorgeous – and WHAT a difference. My vote is light grey on the kitchen cabinets, for what it’s worth. I think a soft grey will set off the tile in a calm, cool manner, whereas white cabinets might make the tile stand out in a busier way. And no – if I had to guess what the folks in the group photo had in common, I’d never guess dentistry!

    I don’t have an Instagram account and, challenged with keeping up already, I don’t want to add another thing to my “social” to-do list. I wouldn’t find Instagram all that useful to me, in any case, since my blog is informational and not photo-based (and I don’t do much on my phone besides talk and don’t want to – lol). Instagram won’t let me “like” anything without signing up – boo-hiss! So I’m sending you my hearts here: <3 <3

    Lovely share for this week's Senior Salon. I still have the former Wednesday schedule in my brain, so I'm playing catch-up – but I'm determined to get around to read and comment on ALL the posts before the week is out. Especially glad to see yours, because you have inspired me to do a Fall and Winter Bucket list – cooler seasons where I can expect to have my brain on board once again.

    Congrats on all your summer completions. Sounds like you had a wonderful (and wonderfully productive) season.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – http://ADDandSoMuchMORE.com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    "It takes a village to transform a world!"

    • Thanks so much Madelyn. I think, I’m leaning towards painting the cupboards grey too. Then if they get a little dirty, you wouldn’t be able to tell if it’s dirt or the paint color, LOL!!
      I totally understand about Instagram. It’s one of those “must haves” for fashion blogs, but otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be on it. Although, I have met some wonderful women that way—it’s funny how we connect nowadays!
      Thanks and have a fabulous week!!

      • You too, Jodie. Love your reasoning behind the grey – all the better to hide the fingerprints. LOL

  • Carol Cliffe

    I love all your updates to the home, what a difference they make! The fireplace tile looks fabulous. I think you’re right though, once you start changing things, you see more and more. Especially if you paint something white – don’t ever do that!! #FabFridayPost

    • That made me laugh, Carol!! Let me say, I’m glad I’m not the only one that experiences this. But it’s all good!!!

  • Lisa Pomerantz

    You made ice cream! Your house looks awesome. You started Xmas! You hit everything on the list. I am so impressed and envious! Bravo #FabFridayPost

    • Thanks LIsa!!!
      It was pretty productive….and now I’m worn out, ha ha!!

  • Helena “TheQueenofCollage” Ash

    It’s funny how when we change one thing we need to change everything else too. Working on our home is a forever ongoing project. #WotW

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels this way, Helena!!
      Maybe one of these days, I’ll realize it before I start the project—ha ha!

  • You’ve been busy this past summer. Love your projects. Great job!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • We have been keeping things moving, eh?? But it makes for a great summer!
      Thanks Jessica!!

  • Thanks so much Franci!!
    I hope you’ll stop by again!

    • Franci Hoffman

      You can count on it!

  • Stevie Turner

    Well done for accomplishing nearly everything on your summer bucket list! I like your kitchen backsplash. Ours is ‘busy’ too, as my husband thought the one left there by the previous owners was boring.

    • Well, that’s a great way to think about it Stevie!! I’d rather it be busy than boring!!!

  • Sue Loncaric (Sizzling Towards

    Sounds like a great Summer Jodie and enjoyed reading about all of your activities. I’m looking forward to the Knitting Gift to see what you have made. Thanks for linking up at #overthemoon link party and have a great week.

  • You have done so well on your bucket list. I am impressed! Your house looks so great. Fun to see a peek inside.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Thanks Amy! Of course, I kinda cheated and put the things I knew we were planning to do on the list!! Then it makes me look good! Ha ha!

  • AryaChic

    Wow you had a very productive summer it seems, good for you! Random comment but mules are totally on my list as well!

    • Thanks…it was very productive and fun. And it’s been nice to track it this way!!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    I love the house updates! The backsplash and fireplace looks great!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  • Missy May

    Loving the updates of your home. Really nice! Glad I’ve also made some changes to my home. I love your top a lot. You look amazing Jodie.


    • What have you done in your home, Missy?? I always love getting ideas to change up our place!!
      And thanks Missy!

  • Mother Daughter

    You had one busy summer Jodie. I love the fireplace tile and think a light gray would go well with the back splash in the kitchen. I also would like to go to a blogging convention but haven’t found one that works for me yet.

    • I need to get working on that blogging convention—I feel like I’m floundering at times….

  • Your new fireplace and backsplash are so pretty! I’m loving checking out all the bucket lists – it’s giving me ideas for mine! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    • I didn’t see you bucket list, did I? I always think it’s so fun to see what others want to do!!
      Thanks Lana!

  • My hairdresser just introduced me to the 2 Cellos on YouTube and they really are amazing! I would love to see them in concert. Your house does look beautiful! Thank you for sharing your list!

    Cathy V.

    • Thanks Cathy!
      I’d never heard of the 2 Cellos, until our neighbors started talking about them—aren’t they fabulous?

  • Loved this post Jodie ! The before and afters are amazing, especially the fireplace!
    I agree about the summer wardrobe- gingham and mules !
    I don’t do lists per se.. but I can see how they are helpful.
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    • Thanks Elle!!
      I never really did lists like this either, but it’s been fun!

  • Very nice fireplace Jodie!~ I always love a great fireplace and decorating the mantel. Love the homemade blueberry ice cream! looks so good!!
    enjoy the weekend!
    jess xx

    • Thanks Jess!! I did love that ice cream, then again, is any ice cream is good, right?

  • Amy D. Christensen

    You made some wonderful progress on your summer list. Way to go! Doesn’t it feel good to see all that you have accomplished. – Amy

    • It is nice to see the end results and compare it to the beginning, Amy!! I know usually I forget to take the before photos, so it was nice to have these!!

  • Anna K.

    Amazing post and photos!
    Can you follow me? I follow you. 😉

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Tsukiakari from murasakiiroanu.blogspot.com

  • Love these bucket lists. Must do one! The fireplace looks great. I can’t believe you had mules you’d forgotten about! What a find.

    • Right Gail?? Sometimes, it is good not to purge everything….LOL.

  • Amy K

    Great post, Jodie! I love all the pictures and updates, and I love love love the bucket list idea… I think I need to do that too! Let me know which blogger convention you choose, I might try and come too! I love the fireplace makeover, and I think a picture mounted right there, something really unique, maybe even an oil painting in a cool frame would be a showstopper there! I love your little cut outs in the wall, those are so cool! The fireplace tile looks amazing and so does the backsplash! Your mules look so cute and to think you found them in your closet! I better go look in my closet! What a fun post! Amy http://www.yourfavoritechapter.com

    • Thanks so much Amy!!
      If you want to join in on the bucket list post, we will be doing one for the winter, I’m sure??

      • Amy K

        Boom! I’m in, Girlfriend!

        • I’m sending your email to Leslie, since she organizes it!!

  • fashionistha

    Great post and beautiful house!

  • Judy Gramith

    Well you’ve been quite busy with various home renovations. There are SO many materials choices these days that the renovation ( or in my case “building”) process can become much more demanding than you expect it to be.
    Sometimes you just have to go for it! As in the day my husband and I chose an oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer at Lowe’s in under an hour. Then we went on to choose the kitchen backsplash tile in 40 minutes. Done and done!!!
    I’m more than a little exhausted…

    • The options can be so overwhelming, Jude!! But you are amazing!!! And at least that part is done for you! I’m sure there will be more choices to make, right?? LOL!!!

  • Such a great list! Going on a picnic sounds like a great thing to do 🙂

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Fun to read, Jodie, I believe you may have checked off quite a few items and more!

    • Thanks Terri!! That is the Type A personality of mine!!

  • You did great on the home projects. They turn out so pretty!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • Your house updates look amazing! I love the fireplace


    • Thanks Michelle!! I’m glad we did it, because at first I thought I was fine with the painted tile!
      Have a fantastic weekend!!

  • your home projects look beautiful and that blueberry icecream….yumm!!!!
    The Glossychic

  • Plan the work and work the plan. Nice job!

  • Yay. . .you got stuff done. The remodel turned out great & you did the floors too, this must have been a dusty project. Kudos! I do not make lists and should. My best accomplishment this summer was sitting my grandnephew who was 4 and grandniece who just turned 3 for 8 days.

    • You must know remodeling well, Neti!?? It was totally dusty and I’m the world’s worst cleaner, so I’m not sure it’s been cleaned up too well, even now, LOL!
      Your summer sounds much more fun—-kids keep us young at heart!!

  • Your home decor changes are amazing! Love those added windows. That is so cool that you saw 2 cellos as Red Rocks. Would love to see that. Thanks for sharing all these great things that happened this summer!


    • We did have a great summer, Kathrine. It goes by so fast, and sometimes it’s hard to remember what we did…LOL!

  • Looks like you had an amazing summer! You got so much accomplished! Your remodel looks stunning!


    • Thanks Liz!! I have a feeling I’ll be slowly down for the fall….
      Have a great weekend!!

  • Wow! You had a very productive summer, Jodie! I love the back splash you added and think white cabinets would look great. That’s awesome you made it to 2 Cellos too! I’ve always wanted to see them!


    • We hadn’t been to a concert in Years!!! But this was such a fun one to go to–although you know you’re getting old when it seems so loud!!! LOL
      Have a fabulous weekend, Lindsey!

  • Ok, I’m going to write this as I read it so I don’t forget! Yes, once you remodel one thing everything else looks old and worn out. May I suggest a square painting that fits in the square above the fireplace? Something not too big, but something that makes it look like you added that space just to showcase that piece of art. That way your mantle can stay clear or you put items on the mantle off to the side. My husband and I had a GYST list (Get Your Sh** Together!) that we have worked on since 2014. It was so nice when we put the house on the market that we had been widdling down that list and didn’t have to do it all at once. Love the kitchen backsplash. I’d go with white cabinets. Ok, and when you decide what blogging convention you’re going to, let me know and I’ll meet you! Ok, this comment is getting to long. Have a nice weekend Jodie!

    • I totally appreciate your idea above the fireplace—which you know means some shopping–LOL!!
      I’ll definitely let you know when I find a great convention. Lord knows I need the help….

  • Lisa Richardson

    You had such a productive summer and your projects turned out beautifully. How lucky to have a DIYer living across the street. Yes, seems most often projects are like pulling a thread and things begin to unravel. I love the idea of painting your kitchen cabinets gray. Maybe your DIY friend could add crown molding to the top? That would be gorgeous and a lot of bang for your buck. We love homemade ice cream. Our favorite is Coffee Chocolate Chip. I’ve got a super easy recipe for it on my blog if you’re interested. Have a great weekend!!!

    • First—thanks for that recipe!! Of course, I don’t think there’s an ice cream that my husband doesn’t like—LOL!!
      We were totally thinking about crown molding for the top portion. I absolutely love that look, so I’m going to definitely suggest that to our neighbor!! The worst part is having to wait until next summer (they live in Phoenix during the winter). But then again, maybe that’s a good thing, because it gets tiring living in dust and craziness!!
      Have a fabulous weekend, Lisa!

  • Laura

    Home projects really tend to snowball into much more don’t they? I love how all your projects turned out though! I think your cabinets would look great painted!

    • It is amazing how they snowball, Laura!! I think, ooh, I’ll do this, and then it turns into 10 things!! I guess it’s all good!!

  • I love all the things you got done this summer! Your home decor projects are wonderful! Have a great weekend!

  • Teri

    Loved reading about your bucket list! As a teacher, I have them for summer as well because of all the uninterrupted time I have. 😊

    This year I got painting in the house, landscaping, drawer organizing, old furniture donated, and baby shower for a relative planned– it was my most accomplished summer yet!

    Great post!!

    • That’s quite impressive, what you were able to get done, Teri!!!
      Because my mom’s were both teachers, and I know it’s also nice to take the time off and relax!!
      Have a great weekend!

  • Great post, I loved reading this. I would leave the text thing above the fire place and place the white items a bit more to the right. But I’m very much of the minimalistic kind of interior.

    • Thanks so much for your input Nancy!! I don’t mind some minimalism with my decorating—but this fireplace has had me at a loss of what to do!!

  • Wow! You did a fab job of crossing those items off your bucket list! Love your house!

    • Thanks Darlene!!
      It really helped with our neighbor doing most of the work!!
      Have a great weekend!!

  • Juhli Newkirk

    The changes you made to your home really look great and your activities sound as though they were fun! Ice cream, travel, new restaurants – nice list.

  • You are so organized, Jodie! I love how your entryway, kitchen, and fireplace turned out. Ice cream is hard to make! I have an ice cream maker at home and I still never use it, haha.

    • We used to use the recipes that came with the ice cream maker—and they always turned out icy after a day. So when I found this recipe—we were ecstatic!!
      Thanks Roxanne!!

  • You’ve achieved so much off your bucket list, I’m sure I didn’t complete even half of mine! Your hallway and new tiles on your fireplace look amazing. #wotw

    • Thanks Louisa! Of course, I can’t take all of the credit. It was so helpful that our neighbor needs a project to keep him busy, so he made all the home projects possible!!

  • donnanance

    Home improvements are always (almost) satisfying. It’s amazing what a few changes can make. White kitchen cabinets would look nice with your counters and new back splash. This has nothing to do with your bucket list but I saw some cute dental school graduation cakes on Pinterest. Very clever and looked yummy too…thought of you… xoxo

    • That’s so fun, that you thought of me, Donna!! My mom would have made those for me in a sec, if we’d had Pinterest in those days!!
      I’m leaning towards painting the cabinets white next summer, but Rob thinks he wants light grey. We will see!!

  • Great post. I love the changes you have made to your home. I’m really impressed <3

    • Thanks Rakhshanda!! Of course, it’s all due to our fabulous neighbor. I just had to clean things up afterwards!! And buy the supplies!!

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    You got so much done! Love the home projects, they look brilliant. I do think writing down your goals helps you to focus in on them and makes you work to consider the ones that are important and warrant writing down. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • I was glad to try out this bucket list thing! Of course, none of these home projects would have been possible without our fabulous neighbor—he needs a project to keep busy, and we were happy to help!!
      Thanks Jocelyn!

  • Karen

    You certainly got a lot done! I think having a list is a big help in moving in the right direction. I love your new entryway. What a difference removing one wall made! And the windows are really pretty and do open it up. So true about the furniture. You change one thing, and it’s off to the races! Same as you looking at your cabinets in the kitchen in a new light! I think they would look beautiful either white or gray with the backsplash you put in. That would change the whole look and I’ll bet you’d love it. I recently did my cabinets, painted them. It was a huge undertaking but satisfying and I love the result (mine are light gray, but you could go either way and it would look grand!!) This is funny, but those shoes you are wearing in the gingham picture? I have the same ones!!! I love them, don’t you!? So funny we have the very same shoes!!! That ice cream looks wonderful!! Truly delicious. Congratulations on all these accomplishments! This is really inspirational!! Your flooring, I know I’ve said this before, but I just love the color! Since you added that to the entryway, it means you must know the brand name and color, right? Maybe? Would you mind sharing that? If you do I understand, it’s just that I think it is gorgeous!!

    • First—of course I’d share our flooring info! It’s https://thd.co/1Rou7Nc from Home Depot! We are so happy with it!! However, it looks like it’s discontinued, which wasn’t the case in June (good thing too because we had to order 2 more boxes then)
      And I do love those shoes—they are so easy to walk in, even for long distances!! Did you get yours at DSW? But it doesn’t surprise me that we have the same ones, because we both like fashion and shoes!!
      So you said the cabinet painting was huge, huh? Luckily our neighbor said he’d help us next summer, so as long as that’s the case, we’ll probably go ahead with it? So you’re happy with that?? My husband is worried that it will take a lot of upkeep?? Do you have to repaint them or touch up often??
      I was going to show other photos of how we moved the furniture around, but I figured enough is enough! LOL. But the bakers rack we used to have in the “closet” in the entry way, got broken up, and we hung the top portion of it in the eating area of the kitchen since it hold all of the glasses! Then we put the table portion under those windows of the remaining wall on the other side. I think it works nicely. And at least we didn’t have to buy new stuff!!
      Have a fabulous weekend, Karen!!

    • Karen

      Thank you for that information. Sometimes other stores have the same thing when they are discontinued someplace else! And the shoes, yes, DSW! I’ll email about the cabinets!

  • Great post! You did so well with your goals Jodie! Love the changes you made to your home. Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x

  • Bernadette Laganella

    I am totally impressed with how well you ticked off the items on your summer list.

    • Thanks Bernadette!! I have to give our neighbor all the credit for the home projects though—I just cleaned up after him!!

  • Mireille

    Love all your home improvements! And yes I think the kitchen cabinets would look great in white with your back splash! Or grey 😁. What a difference in the fireplace!

    • It’s funny because we had talked about painting the cabinets way before the thought of the backsplash even last year. But now that we have this tile as the backsplash, it makes me want to do it more. Hopefully our neighbor will help us next summer!! He’s such a handy guy!!