Things I’d Love To Do in 2015

Happy New Year everyone!!

It feels like the longest break ever. Two weeks have somehow whizzed by and it was filled with many late nights, many lie ins, a LOT of food and many family outings and parties. It was pretty fantastic not quite knowing or caring what day it was and I believe I broke my own record one day by “tasting” ample portions of apple pie, jam roly poly, brownies and trifle in the space of about 5 hours. I found I didn’t just fall off the healthy eating wagon. I somersaulted off it in spectacular fashion and landed smugly on my now expanding backside. I need to remember what fruit looks like and actually eat some. I promise to start from Monday.

I fully intended to write a “my best posts in 2014” but my fingers just couldn’t type anything on account of being otherwise occupied with gluttonous desserts. But as we’re now almost of the verge of routine again (and WOW do we need some in our house), I find myself thinking of all the things I would love to do in 2015. I definitely won’t do it all but its excellent to dream and half the fun is in planning it anyway isn’t it? SO here goes…all the things I’d love to do in 2015.

1. Go to Cadburys world. I’ve never been but my Twitter timeline keeps taunting me with pictures of people visiting it. I need to go and eat and smell chocolate. I don’t even like that much chocolate. I’m much more a crisps person.

2. Find a crisp factory tour. Do they have those?? Imagine going on a big tour of a crisp place and eating freshly fried ready salted crisps? Yumm!

3. Teach Little Z how to read. He will be starting school this year and knows his alphabet phonetically and a very small handful of words but isn’t quite there yet. This time last year we potty trained and it was sobbingly painful. (Mainly for me!). Reading will be much more fun I hope and I can’t wait for him to be able to read his favourite stories out loud.

4. Get Little Z into the school of our first choice. ARRRRGHHH He is GOING TO SCHOOL THIS YEAR!!!! How did this happen?? I am really really hoping his best friend is going to the same school. I need to pin his mum down when I see her at the preschool gates. And then maybe beg her to send him there if he isn’t already going.

5. See the Northern Lights. This is my current holiday obsession. I have watched several, or maybe more…definitely less than 30…videos of it on YouTube and it looks absolutely amazing. Imagine driving to the top of some Icelandic or Norwegian family friendly mountain after sunset, in silence, all huddled up in our very warm gear, watching the stunning lights dance across the night sky turning all manners of colours. I want to gooo! I haven’t quite found a family friendly holiday though.

6. Go to Mauritius. In the event of the Northern Lights not happening I think I might like a bit of nice fun for a week and fly across that way instead. Nice chill out interspersed with visits to botanical gardens and the beach of 7 colours. Lovely.

7. Discover more of Yorkshire. We live on the cusp of the yorkshire dales and it took me until 2 years ago to start exploring it properly. I now love just driving through on a weekend and finding new little towns and pretty villages. We definitely need to do this more this year!

8. Find a new work / life routine. With Z starting school it means we need to re-think all the drop offs and pick ups. And it’ll be like this for the next 10 YEARS! Arrrrghh!!!

9. Cut out fizzy drinks to a complete minimum. I was pretty good this year and cut down from a can a day to a glass a week. Then December happened and I had an epic relapse and may as well have attached a Pepsi IV to myself for 3 solid weeks.

10. Drive around Scotland. It is beautiful and I need to take a big road trip around it taking a million photos with my big camera. I’m thinking Stirling and Glasgow might be good stops. Maybe we need to go back to Edinburgh too though. Hmmmm.

11. Not go mental over PlayDoh getting everywhere. Twitch twitch.

12. Do more stuff like this…


13. Put laundry away properly as soon as its dry. And not create a massive mountain of clothes on the spare room bed. 2 days into 2015 this is going excellently.

14. Squeeze in lots of fun trips with Little Z between my work and his preschool. Because he’s starting SCHOOOOOL in September and then he’ll be in education till he’s at least 16. SIXTEEN!!!

15. Go to Knowsley Safari Park. I think the last time I went I was about 10 years old. I can’t even remember what it was like other than they had one of those big curly slides that was a lot of fun.

16. Do more of this…


17. Have lots of random family outings. We learnt how to just jump in the car and go for Sunday drives in 2014 and even a drive with the most boring view is fun when you have a four year old giving you a running commentary.

18. Cook a bit more. I tend to run to the restaurant that makes my favourite thing to eat. This year I need to learn to make an excellent pie, chocolate bread and butter pudding and beef rendang at the very least.

19. More exercise.

20. Do a mini break in Europe somewhere. Maybe Amsterdam…or Rome… or Spain or…Florence.

21. Find more treats like this…


22. Record more of what Little Z says.

23. Blog for the love of it.

24. Learn to iron properly. Pahahaa. I’m just kidding.

Unsurprisingly a lot of them revolve around jetting off on some holiday or other or some epic road trip. But one can dream! 🙂

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39 thoughts on “Things I’d Love To Do in 2015”

  1. Love the list. I’ve done the Mauritius thing (well worth it) and Cadbury World as you know as I’ve been one of those taunting you with pictures. I really like the crisp factory idea and the idea of the random outing sounds fun.I would love to see the Northern Lights too -you could even combine that with Scotland I guess as you can sometimes see them there I think.
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  2. A good list – if you achieve even half of it you will have done well. I’m also terrible with fizzy drinks – I tend to grab cans without even thinking especially when I’m busy – and I’d love to see the Northern Lights too.

    Regarding reading, once you’ve established which school Z is going to it may be worth finding out what method they use to teach reading and sounding out words. If you can adopt the same method, it makes life that little bit easier as Z won’t then have to unlearn and relearn. With Isaac we went down a different route to the school, and although many of the lessons he learned were transferable, there was a little confusion as he switched from one system to another.
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  3. Happy New Year! I can’t believe our babies will be starting school this year! Love how you went from Cadburys Workd to a crisp factory. You should definitely have a word with Walkers! If you ever find yourself out and about in the dales near Skipton let me know. Hope 2015 is wonderful for you! xx
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  4. Great list! I went to Cadbury’s World when I was at school, they give you so much free choc! My friends are in Iceland right now, the northern lights look amazing, they are def on my list and funnily enough we are just planning a trip to Scotland. Mr C has to go up for a drifting event so we are going to combine with a mini-break. We are probably mad though as it’s a 7.5 hr drive from us!! x
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  5. I love this list! I’d love to go to Cadburys World but O really doesn’t like chocolate so it would be all for me!
    This year I want us to do more things together as a family, and get out and about. I can be a bit of a hermit given the chance (cosy house and comfy couches are my downfall) but I am determined to be more proactive this year!
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  6. Fantastic list! I actually read this hearing your voice saying the words. SCHHOOOOLLL! IN SEPTEMBER!!!! J goes to pre-school at the local school for a couple of hours a day but I’m not sure that I’m ready to hand him over full time. We’re going to be so bored without him.

  7. We have a crisp factory quite locally! 🙂 You can’t visit Northern Ireland without a trip to Tayto Castle! I remember going on a tour with school – it was heavenly. 🙂 I love your list of goals. Here’s to ticking a few off this year! Xx #sharewithme
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  8. I could have sworn I commented on this the other day! Anyway. What an awesome list. I like the idea of having a list of things I would like to do but knowing my luck they wouldn’t happen! I do hope you get to do them all. x
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  9. This made me laugh a lot! The Pepsi drip – love it. Hope you get to go on at least one amazing trip. We are definitely going to do the Northern Lights at some point as my husband is possibly joint most obsessed with them (with you being the other chart-topper), but I think we’ll wait till the kids are all over 10 at least. Good luck with getting the school of your choice and hope his best friend goes too. Happy 2015!
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  10. Happy New Year darling. What a fab list. I felt the same I took two weeks off and I ate everything in sight and now I am staring at a spa weekend with girlies soon and slightly panicking about all that I ate and my waistline. EEEk the holidays always get me. lol Glad you had such a great time What a great list here. Love the ironing bit. I have no clue how to iron never have never will. It’s a pet peeve. lol Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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  11. Love this list! I also want to see the northern lights and well top of my list is to g home to the Philippines as I haven’t been there for 4.5 years. Too long. I wish that almost all if mot all of the items in your list will be ticked by the end of 2015 =) #sharewithme
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  12. Love your list and I am glad that it is not just me that creates mountains of laundry on the spare room bed! All those travel aspirations sound wonderful – I’d love to see the Northern Lights one day and we are hoping to have a road trip around Scotland in late March as there are a few gold postboxes up there we need to tick off our list! Hope 2015 will be a great year for you 🙂
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  13. I have friends who went to see the northern lights last year. The photos were incredible, I was only a little jealous 😉 My boy starts school this year too, we have 3 local schools to pick from and everybody seems to have picked the same first choice so it really is nerve racking waiting to find out.
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  14. What a really good list! And i agree with all of it, especially the one about folding laundry as soon as it dries, cooking more and exercising more. Great post! #PoCoLo

  15. Sounds like you have some wonderful plans! I too would love to go and see the Northern Lights, I think they look breathtaking just on TV I can’t imagine how amazing it would be to see them in person! I hope you achieve lots of the things on your list if not all! Happy new year x
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  16. What a great list! So many fantastic ideas, I hope you get to tick off as many as you can. I’d love to see the Northern Lights too so I have my fingers crossed for you for that one. Driving round Scotland is amazing but don’t just stick to the big cities, you’ll miss so much of it’s magic and charm xx
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  17. I love this list, especially all the travelling! I’ve been to Cadbury World and remember thinking the free bar of chocolate was enormous … Fast forward a few years and I think it’s my usual treat size! Good luck with it all x
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  18. What a fantastic list, in fact you have inspired me to write my own list. I decided to do mine in categories, so I have resolutions for my son, for my blog and for me, and I have a long list like yours. I don’t know why I usually only have one or two resolutions, a longer and more specific list means there are more chances to achieve at least half of them.
    Kat #PoCoLo
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