Summer Bucket List: 100 Activities

Many people view Memorial Day as the unofficial kick off to summer. Are you ready to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather? Time to make a summertime bucket list! Whether you are looking for activities for yourself, your family, or friends, a bucket list is a great way to begin your planning process.

If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following 100 ideas for a summer to remember.

  1. Swim in a lake.
  2. Go on a picnic.
  3. Commit to a 1000 Hours Outside
  4. Build sandcastles.
  5. Visit a local, state, or national park.
  6. Go hiking.
  7. Fly a kite.
  8. Watch the sunrise.
  9. Go kayaking.
  10. Go horseback riding.
  11. Eat a banana split.
  12. Sleep under the stars.
  13. Make homemade ice cream.
  14. Tie-dye tee shirts.
  15. Play in the sprinklers.
  16. Have a bonfire.
  17. Eat S’Mores.
  18. Watch fireworks.
  19. When the moon is full, go for a walk.
  20. Host a BBQ.
  21. Go bike riding.
  22. Go on a nature walk.
  23. Plant a flower or vegetable garden.
  24. Go on day trips around your state.
  25. Do weekly summer selfies or host a summer-themed photo shoot.
  26. Make a summer scrapbook of your adventures.
  27. Create a time capsule.
  28. Create a summer playlist.
  29. Have a water balloon fight.
  30. Dance outside on a warm summer night.
  31. Buy take-out and go eat in the park.
  32. Volunteer.
  33. Host an outdoor game night.
  34. Go ziplining.
  35. Go to a drive-in.
  36. Create outdoor chalk murals.
  37. Go on a boat ride.
  38. Dance in the warm rain.
  39. Go Geocaching.
  40. Go camping.
  41. Go tubing down a river.
  42. Go for a long car ride.
  43. Blow bubbles.
  44. Go canoeing.
  45. Be a hometown tourist.
  46. Build an outdoor fort.
  47. Keep a summer journal.
  48. Go to a water park.
  49. Relax in a hammock.
  50. Go to an amusement park.
  51. Visit a farmer’s market.
  52. Go to an outdoor concert.
  53. Spend an afternoon, reading a book while sitting under a tree.
  54. Play mini-golf.
  55. Go to a baseball game.
  56. Visit an aquarium.
  57. Play beach volleyball.
  58. Make root beer floats.
  59. Relax on a pool floaty.
  60. Make homemade popsicles.
  61. Slip-n-slide.
  62. Go midnight bowling.
  63. Try something new from a food truck.
  64. Photograph a waterfall.
  65. Host yard Olympics.
  66. Go out of state.
  67. Go on a late-night swim (safely).
  68. Go water skiing.
  69. Binge-watch Harry Potter movies on a rainy day.
  70. Host a sleepover.
  71. Play tennis.
  72. Attend or volunteer at a Vacation Bible School.
  73. Join a youth group, Bible study, or simply do morning devotions.
  74. Try a new workout routine.
  75. Eat Cotton Candy.
  76. Go rollerblading.
  77. Ride a skateboard.
  78. Visit a botanical garden.
  79. Rent a paddleboat.
  80. Go fishing.
  81. Go to a zoo or wildlife preserve.
  82. Ride a roller coaster.
  83. Go on a train ride.
  84. Paintball.
  85. Try playing Paint Twister.
  86. Play laser tag or flashlight tag.
  87. Do Yoga outdoors.
  88. Feed frozen peas to the wild ducks.
  89. Go to a new restaurant and order the special of the day.
  90. Pick berries.
  91. Play cornhole or Bocce Ball.
  92. Visit a splash pad.
  93. Host a Christmas in July party.
  94. Go on a nature scavenger hunt. Use your camera to document your finds.
  95. Unplug from social media for a day or entire weekend.
  96. Go rock hunting or search for sea glass.
  97. Do random acts of kindness.
  98. Attend a summer library program.
  99. Pick wildflowers (where permitted) and make bouquets to give away.
  100. Host an end-of-the-summer party.

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Self-Care Ideas for April

Are you engaging in self-care? Taking time out for yourself is essential for your emotional and physical well-being. Check out the following for ideas to help you engage in self-care.

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  1. Get Outdoors! Spring is here. The weather is improving. Go for a walk, go for a hike, or simply sit under a tree at lunch time.
  2. Buy yourself flowers. Or plant a few flowers in a pot.
  3. Deep clean your entire living space.
  4. Happy Easter! Eat the chocolate bunny.
  5. Take an afternoon nap.
  6. Practice saying “no” to extra work.
  7. Call or zoom a friend.
  8. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant.
  9. Turn the music up and sing along.
  10. Listen to an audio book.
  11. Go for a Sunday drive.
  12. Go on a picnic.
  13. Write in a journal.
  14. Learn a new craft.
  15. Take a virtual tour of a foreign destination.
  16. Write letters.
  17. Take a long hot bubble bath.
  18. Hang lavender from your shower head. Then take a long hot shower. The smell is amazing.
  19. Pray or meditate. (YouTube has excellent choices of music for meditation),
  20. Print photos off your phone and create a scrapbook.
  21. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  22.  Try a new dessert recipe. Or stop by your local bakery for a treat.
  23. Stay hydrated. Add fruit to sparkling water for a tasty treat.
  24. Volunteer as a dog walker at your local animal shelter or rescue.
  25. Cuddle under a cozy blanket and just relax.
  26. Get a new haircut. Or try a new hair color.
  27. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  28. Draw or paint.
  29. Create a mood board.
  30. Make bucket lists, one local destinations and the other for grander plans.

March Journal Writing Prompts

Do you write in your journal daily? Or are you thinking about starting journal writing? If you are trying to develop content, check out the following journal writing prompts for March.

  1. What are you looking forward to this month?
  2. How did February go for you, your family, work, school, or other commitments? List your highs and lows for last month.
  3. Describe the pandemic in your area. Are you still on restrictions? Did you get the COVID shot?
  4. What are you doing to stay healthy?

    Image by RitaE from Pixabay
  5. Would rather go back in time to meet your ancestors or go forward to meet future generations? Why?
  6. Do you view yourself as a city person or a country person? Why?
  7. If you could switch places with a fictional character, who would you pick? Why?
  8. If every day is a learning experience, what did you learn today? Go into details.
  9. Where is your “happy” place?
  10. Free write for 15 minutes.
  11. Describe a favorite childhood memory.
  12. What personal goal are you attempting to achieve right now? What steps are you taking to make this goal a success?
  13. Describe yourself. (Be Kind).
  14. Write a letter to your future self, include future accomplishments.
  15. How do you describe friendship? Are you a good friend?
  16. Name three things you want to try.
  17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did you celebrate?
  18. What were you doing today at 9 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm? Go into detail.
  19. If you could pick any timeline in history to grow up in, what would you choose? Why?
  20. Happy 1st Day of Spring! What is your favorite part of Spring?
  21. Did you go on spring break trips as a child? Where did you go? Write about the experience.
  22. Make a spring bucket list.
  23. What is your all-time favorite song? Why?
  24. Write a personal fact that no one else knows. Why do you keep this memory a secret?
  25. Write a review.
  26. Write about your family, co-workers, significant other, pets, or friends.
  27. What do you feel is your biggest personality trait?
  28. What is your springtime guilty pleasure?
  29. Describe your dream life.
  30. Describe what failure looks like to you. Now, describe success.
  31. What are you hoping to accomplish in the next nine months of 2021?

Journal Writing Prompts for January

Is one of your New Year’s resolution to keep a daily journal? Are you uncertain about how to begin? Or do you just need a little inspiration? Check out the following journal writing prompts for January.

  1. Happy New Year’s Day! How did you spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Did your celebrations go as planned?
  2. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?
  3. Write 5 things about the holiday season that you do not want to forget. Go into detail.
  4. Write a good-bye letter to 2020.
  5. What did 2020 teach you about yourself, family, friends, community, and the world?
  6. Write 10 major goals for 2021.
  7. Write 3 minor goals for January.
  8. What are your hopes for 2021 for yourself, family, friends, community, and the world? Provide details.
  9. What is your favorite quote? Why does this quote bring you inspiration? Do you have a new quote for 2021?
  10. What is your favorite time of day? Why?
  11. Free write for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to set a timer.
  12. What made you laugh today? Why was this moment funny?
  13. Create a blessing or gratitude list. Try to list at least 10 things.
  14. What small acts can you do in 2021 to make the world a better place?
  15. What new thing would you like to try in 2021?
  16. In what ways would you like to improve your life in 2021?
  17. Create a local bucket list. For example, visiting small businesses or order take out from individually owned establishments can be part of your list.
  18. Using 5 words, describe yourself. Be positive. Be kind to yourself. Why did you pick these 5 words?
  19. Pick one word to describe 2020. Now pick another word to describe 2021. Why did you pick these two words?
  20. Pick a book title for your life. Yes, this can be a totally made-up title. Why did you pick this title?
  21. What songs bring you inspiration? Why?
  22. Write about a loved one who has passed.
  23. Describe your neighbors in detail.
  24. If you could own a business, what would you do? Why?
  25. List 3 of your favorite television shows. Why do you like these programs?
  26. Describe your day in detail.
  27. What is the most stressful thing in your life right now? What are you doing to combat the stress? Can you change the situation?
  28. Write a letter to your future self. Describe how you think 2021 will go for you and your family. Seal the letter. Read at the end of the year.
  29. Write a book review.
  30. What you like to change about yourself? Be realistic.
  31. What were the high and low points of January 2021?

Journal Writing Prompts for December

The last month of 2020 is finally here. Are you still keeping your journal? Or are you just starting? Regardless of where you are at with your journal entries, use these writing prompts to help you through December.

  1. How did last month go for you? Write about your highs and lows for November.
  2. Write down 10 things you hope to accomplish in December.
  3. How is the pandemic in your area? Are the cases rising or decreasing? What are your concerns about the ongoing health crisis? Go into details.
  4. How has the pandemic changed your daily routine?
  5. Free write for 10 minutes. Set a timer and just let your thoughts flow.
  6. What one day from your past would you like to relive again? Why? Go into details.
  7. What major change would you like to implement in your life? What is stopping you from achieving your goal?
  8. What anxieties do you have about the future?
  9. What was the best part of your day today? Why?
  10. What was your biggest challenge or obstacle today? Why?
  11. What activity do you do to relieve stress?
  12. Go outdoors. Memorize what you see. Go back in and write the scene. Remember to focus on your five senses as you write.
  13. What were you doing at 11 am? Go into details.
  14. Write a book or product review.
  15. Write about a difficult time in your life. How did you get through it?
  16. What does your dream home look like? Go into details.
  17. Write about your day from the point of view of your dog or cat.
  18. Write a restaurant or small business review.
  19. What is one thing you want to do right now but can’t?
  20. Write a letter to your future self.
  21. Write about your extended family, your grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
  22. Describe the view out your window. If it’s dark, write about the night.
  23. Write about your best Christmas as a child.
  24. Christmas Eve–Write about your day.
  25. Merry Christmas! How did you spend the holiday?
  26. What did you learn the most in 2020?
  27. Write a list of at least 10 things you want to personally accomplish in 2021.
  28. Write a list of at least 10 things you want to accomplish as a family or at your place of employment
  29. Write a bucket list for 2021.
  30. What are you hoping for in 2021?
  31. What are your final thoughts for the last day of 2020?

 

Halloween Fear Challenge–Food Edition

Are you staying home for Halloween? Are you looking for fun ways to celebrate with your family? How about hosting a Halloween fear challenge night? Trying new foods is always a fun family activity, right?

Grocery List Ideas

Ask yourself, what food items would be a challenge for your family? Do you need some assistance? Check out the following ideas.

  • Edible Insects: There is a wide selection of edible insects available at your local specialty shop or online.

    Original Worm Snack. Believe it or not, these come in different flavors.

    Like the Larvets, these Crick-eets are available in different flavors; Bacon & Cheese, Salt & Vinegar, and Sour Cream & Onion.
  • Bugs in a Sucker: A sucker is a perfect chance to eat a little sweet before getting down to the bug.

    There are suckers available with scorpions, crickets, ants, worms, and more. They come in a wide variety of flavors.
  • Chocolate Covered Bugs: Other bugs come covered in chocolate. For many, eating chocolate-covered larvae is easier.
  • Pickled Eggs: Pickled eggs are an acquired taste. Many find the soft squishy pickled eggs a challenge to eat.
  • Rattlesnake: For many, Eating a snake is definitely a challenge. But a rattlesnake can add an extra element of fear.
  • Gummy Bugs: If you have younger children who may want to join the fun but will not try other real insects, purchase gummy bugs. Eating a gummy worm or other insects may be a challenge to younger children.
  • Fruit or Vegetable: The produce section is another place to look for food challenge options. If your family has never tried a turnip, radish, leek, pomegranate, avocado, or dragon fruit, add these to your food fear challenge night. The fruits and vegetables are a fun addition.

Your Halloween Food Challenge Night

Keep in mind, there is no right or wrong way to set up for your Halloween food challenge night.

  • Use Halloween themed plates or trays to spread out your food selection.
  • Provide plenty of water to wash down the food choices.
  • Do not force anyone to try a choice.
  • Film the experience to use on YouTube or Instagram.
  • Take pictures. Use the photos to make a scrapbook later.
  • Have fun. Who knows, maybe you can cross items to try off your bucket list.

What food do you consider a fear challenge?

 

March Journal Writing Prompts

Keeping a daily journal has numerous benefits. You can write about your fears, concerns, and memories. The creative outlet provides a way to rid your daily stress. Journal writing offers valuable insight.

Journal Writing Prompts for March

  1. What do you have planned for March? Did you accomplish everything from last month?
  2. If you could enter into any fictional world, where would you go? Why?
  3. What are you doing to take care of yourself? List all the self-care activities.
  4. What is an unforgettable memory from your childhood? Your teen years? A recent one?
  5. Look at your camera or phone. What was the last photo you took? Describe the picture in great detail.
  6. When you were a child or teen, who was your role model? Why was this person important to you?
  7. Who is your role model now?
  8. Happy Daylight Savings Time! Does the extra hour of light affect your mood? Why or why not?
  9. When asked for a book recommendation, what one do you tell people to read? Why?
  10. Write about anything for approximately 15 minutes. Freewriting is a wonderful creative outlet.
  11. What was the best part of your day?
  12. What were you doing at 9am? Noon? 4pm?
  13. Happy Friday the 13th? Are you superstitious?
  14. What can you do to make the rest of the weekend special? For yourself? For your family?
  15. What is one activity you would like to try? What is stopping you?
  16. What is one goal you can achieve by the end of the month?
  17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did you do anything to celebrate the holiday?
  18. If you could meet any of your ancestors, who would you pick? Why?
  19. Happy First Day of Spring! Create a spring bucket list for yourself, your family, or friends.
  20. What spring-themed recipe would you like to try? Why?
  21. If you were given a superpower, what would it be? Why is this power vital to you?
  22. Write, in detail, about your last vacation or day trip include your favorite or least favorite parts.
  23. Write a local review of a restaurant or cafe.
  24. Draw a picture of a fantasy creature. (No, the drawing does not have to be perfect.) Write a short story about the creature’s life.
  25. Write 3 good things about your day.
  26. Write a list of upcoming movies you want to watch.
  27. What is your favorite song that is out right now? What were your past favorite songs?
  28. Write about a challenging time in your life? How did you work through it?
  29. What is your earliest memory? Why is that memory so vivid for you?
  30. Write about your current feelings.
  31. The third month of 2020 is almost over. What do you plan to accomplish in the remaining months?

Best Lakes to Visit in Michigan

When you think about the “greatest lakes” in America, you probably think of none other than the Great Lakes – of which there are five. The best part about the state of Michigan is that four out of these five lakes (all except for Lake Ontario) touch along the state’s border, so no matter where you are in Michigan, you’re never too far from a gorgeous waterfront view. While the Great Lakes are the go-to choices for the best aquatic places to visit in Michigan, there are also a lot of smaller lakes in the state that are underrated but just as beautiful. Here are some of the best lake spots in Michigan.

Torch Lake

Torch Lake is not only Michigan’s longest lake, but its deepest lake as well, but those are not the only titles this lake holds. National Geographic, also named Torch lake the third-best lake in the country due to its gorgeous blue waters – frequently compared to the Carribean Sea. Torch Lake is known for its incredible parties, particularly on the Fourth of July, where the elite of Michigan gather to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. On your next visit, you may even spot some Michigan celebrities such as Kid Rock and Eminem!

Lake Charlevoix 

Lake Charlevoix is a great destination for those that want to enjoy the splendors of nature alongside a great town filled with delicious food and boutique stores to explore. The downtown Charlevoix area that surrounds the lake has so much to offer. While you may think of taking a lake trip on a warm summer weekend, Charlevoix really shines in Autumn. Visit during the 2nd week of October to experience the infamous Apple Festival for an unforgettable experience.

Elk Lake

How do the lakes of Michigan have such stunningly blue water? The second deepest lake in Michigan, this natural wonder has the same gorgeous coloring as Torch Lake, but with a more relaxing demeanor. If you’re looking for a more relaxing vacation, away from the excitement and business, Elk Lake is the perfect destination for you.

Lake Michigan

Okay, we implied we weren’t going to name any of the great lakes, but your trip to Michigan wouldn’t be complete without visiting the lake of the same name. It’s probably the best lake in the whole state, perhaps in the whole country. With something to do for everyone, Lake Michigan is the perfect place for your next family trip, girls’ weekend, or romantic getaway. There are many wineries, fishing opportunities, and boating expeditions you can take advantage of here. Even if you’re just taking a long drive along the riverfront, the breathtaking view will be well worth the visit. Many fall in love with Lake Michigan so quickly that they find themselves looking at Grand Rapids real estate after their visit so they can experience this wonder all year ‘round.

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Local Event Review: New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in St. Johns

Most of the time on New Year’s Eve, I stay home with my pets. Living in Michigan, the weather is not exactly great for hanging outside around midnight. Leaving my house at 10 pm is just not something I do. Yes, I realize this behavior makes me old. This year in St. Johns, Michigan, there was a ball drop event.

Watching the ball drop in New York is one of my items on my bucket list. I realize our little local ball drop is nothing in comparison. But the event was still fantastic to attend.

Favorite Part

I admit, there is something special about a group of diverse people loudly counting down to midnight to usher in the new year. The bright colored ball with 2020 shining brightly against the dark sky was perfect.

Least Favorite Part

Even though the local bars were still open for business, I personally would have loved to seen local vendors set up. What can I say, an elephant ear or fried cake would have been an excellent addition to the evening.

Will I attend the event again? 

Yes, most definitely.  The ball drop did not occur properly due to a  malfunction. I would like to witness the ball drop as the count down happens. Of course, I am still hoping for an elephant ear covered in powder sugar.

What you need to know if you attend? 

If you attend in the future, dress in warm clothes.  The Michigan nights are cold. Even with the close proximity to everyone, the night air was chilly.

 

January Journal Writing Prompts

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to keep a daily journal? Do you need some inspiration to get you started? Consider the following journal writing prompts for January.

  1. What did you do last night for New Year’s Eve? Did you go to a party? Or did you stay in to relax and watch the ball drop? What was your favorite part of the evening? Why?
  2. What are your personal goals for 2020? What steps do you need to take to accomplish those goals? Go into details.
  3. What goals do you have for your family? Why are these particular goals vital to you?
  4. What goals do you have for your apartment, home, or personal living space?
  5. What was your most significant achievement in 2019? Why did achieving this goal make you happy?
  6. Looking back on 2019, what was your favorite family or friend’s moment? Why is this particular memory so important to you?
  7. What is one thing you would like to do with your family or friends this year? What do you need to do to make this particular activity happen?
  8. List 10 activities you would like to do this year as a family or with a group of friends.
  9. List 3 personal qualities you want to improve 2020.
  10. Over a week has passed, are you keeping your New Year’s resolutions? What is the most challenging part of keeping your resolutions?
  11. What activity did you do to take care of yourself today? Remember, self-care is essential.
  12. How was your local weather today? Was the day ideal? Did you spend time outdoors?
  13. A new week, what are your plans for work, home, school, or other commitments?
  14. What is your favorite time of year? Why?
  15. List 5 books you would like to read this year.
  16. List 5 movies you want to see this year.
  17. If you could do anything in 2020, what would you do? Why?
  18. Describe your day in detail. What was your favorite moment? Why?
  19. What is one thing you learned this past week? Provide details.
  20. Write a memory from childhood? Why did this particular memory come to mind?
  21. What is your favorite television show at the moment? Why do you like this program?
  22. What is one negative behavior about yourself that you want to improve in 2020? What steps are you going to take to correct it?
  23. Write in detail about your dream vacation.
  24. Where are you in life right now? What is your age? Are you married? How many children do you have? What is your career? Do you have pets? Provide numerous details.
  25. What is your biggest fear right now? Why?
  26. Write one word you would use to describe the past workweek? Or a particular day last week? Why did you use that specific word?
  27. What is one book that had the most significant impact on your life? As a child? A teenager? An adult?
  28. Write about the person who inspires you? Why?
  29. What are your favorite family activities in the winter? Why?
  30. Write about a funny moment from today.
  31. The first month of 2020 is over, what was your favorite part? Why?