The List

I feel, as a kind of “getting to know me” way,  that I should tell you about ‘The Bucket List’ that I had compiled around the time I was turning 40. This was the brain child of my husband. As I was really undecided about what I wanted to do to celebrate this milestone, he said I should write a list of 40 things that I would like to do/have always wanted to do, and we would do our level best to cross one off the list at least every other month, time/money permitting!

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This list could and should be anything. We felt it should have things from less expensive treats, to the bigger things that I have coveted over the years. My poor, long suffering husband is great at thinking up these little ideas, as he reckons I am really hard to buy for. (I think personally, Im easy peasy)

For example, for my 30th birthday, he bought me one of those ‘pot of dreams’ ceramic money pots that you have to smash to open. You know the sort? The idea behind this was that I saved any £1 and £2 coins that came my way in the pot, and when I broke it open the following birthday, I would hopefully have enough cash there to purchase whatever item I had lusted after throughout the year. I had always longed to purchase a Mulberry handbag, or a pair of Chanel shoes, but never had that sort of cash going spare. This way, my husband felt that I would stand some chance of being able to buy these lovelies. (I bought my first Mulberry bag when I was 31, **happy, happy face)


I still actually do this every year, and have managed to buy some beautiful items throughout the, ahem, 12 years since. If like me, you lust after the finer things in life, but cash flow sometimes says no, I would thoroughly recommend this as a way of maybe getting them. I cannot describe the feeling of excitement I get when I crack open the pot, count the cash, and then spend the next week browsing the beautiful internet shops of my favourite designers, knowing that yes, you will be mine my pretty little bag/shoe/purse etc, come on home to mumma!

Annyywayyyy, I digress. The List.

So, my 40 things were noted, and I have listed some of the items below. I wouldnt bore you with the whole list, but Im sure you get the idea. I turned 43 this year, and in the 3 years we have managed to cross off about half. Its been fabulous as Iv had some amazing days out with my family, husband and friends, as well as just doing some of the simple things on my own that I had never done.

The List (in part, and in no particular order)

Have done;

*Test drove a brand new Audi TT

*Went to Harrods in Knightsbridge and worked my way from top to bottom browsing.

*Enjoyed a meal at a totally Vegetarian restaurant. (Iv been veggi since I was 14, had never been to a veggi restaurant)

*Bought a Jo Malone candle

*Went and spent the afternoon at St Katherines Dock in London, (one of my fave parts of London) and just read, drank tea, watched the world go by.

*Went back to Dublin with my girlfriends, (many happy memories from our younger years)

*Sat in a library and read all afternoon, on my own, peace and quiet

*Went posh wine tasting in London

*Enjoyed a spa break

*Went to the cinema on my own, in the daytime, (watched Les Mis)

*Cut all of my long hair off

*Went to the Tennis at Wimbledon

Some things still to do from the list

*Go to a basic Italian cookery class

*Be taken to Paris on the Eurostar, for lunch, and come back again!

*Take a day off from work, for no particular reason, and just please myself

*Attend a perfumery class

*Go on a Yoga retreat

*Visit Scotland

*Go to as many Afternoon Tea’s in London as possible (this one is ongoing

*Travel, travel and travel  (again, this one is ongoing)

Id love to hear what you would have on your list?





  1. iwozereblog
    December 8, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I love this! Bit like my lollipop sticks. I think it’s excellent. Always good to do things and make yourself happy.
    I love the one that says ‘be taken to Paris on the eurostar’ mainly because it has to be done by someone else 😂 I hope it happens! It will be a real treat
    Or you could just go one day….. spontaneous 🤷‍♀️
    Great list! Keep adding to it too xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      December 8, 2017 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you! We have had such a good time ticking some off already, (there is an update post on the blog somewhere). I agree about adding things, and we tend to set out 4 “to do’s” a year to try to get done. I like the idea of doing Paris spontaneously. How exciting would that be! Thanks for reading lovely xx

  2. December 8, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I love the list – being a list person myself. Some of those items could so easily be on my list. Travel, library, read can never get too much of those.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      December 8, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Yes! Totally agree. Travel is at the top of my list for next year, I crave new horizons so badly at the moment. Thank you for reading xx

  3. December 8, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Great list, fab idea Kerry! Also about the money pot!!! Should start doing that as there’s one thing on my list that’s very expensive… visiting Australia for at least 4 weeks and do everything I could possibly fit in those 4 weeks (including a balloonride above Uluru, a helicopterflight above Sydney harbour and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef)…

    • kerrylifeandloves
      December 8, 2017 / 11:01 pm

      Ohhhhhh all AMAZING things, and will it be awful of me to say I have done all but one of them??? sorry lol. I think the pot is brilliant because you dont feel like you are spending real money if that makes sense? Its money you ont miss as the odd bit goes in, do it! I really hope you get to do your dream trip xxx

  4. December 8, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    oh, tennis at Wimbledon is also on my list… ‘eating strawberries with cream and enjoying a glass of bubbles at Wimbledon’ it actually is 😀

    • kerrylifeandloves
      December 8, 2017 / 11:03 pm

      This is also a must do. I managed to get to Wimbledon 2015 and 2016, and it was everything I hoped it would be. You will get there too Im sure x

  5. December 8, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    I love your list! I’ve never thought about writing one to be honest 🙂. Such a good idea to save £1 coins to treat yourself to something 🙂

    • kerrylifeandloves
      December 8, 2017 / 11:05 pm

      Thank you for reading! I think everyone should do a list. It dosent have to be worked on in a year, Im 44 now and have probably only ticked half off. Do it, Id love to see what you put on it if you do xx

  6. December 8, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE the idea of the money pot each year! Such a clever idea, I’m going to try for 2018!! So inspiring!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      December 9, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Hi Chloe, thank you so much for stopping by x. Im so glad you like the idea, its amazing what you can buy from them x Go for it!

  7. December 9, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Oh my goodness, Kerry, look at all the amazing things you have accomplished! I wish I could watch tennis at Wimbledon! I have a bucket list (100 items) around here somewhere that I wrote when I was 16 or so. I would be interested in finding it and see how many I could cross off! I know there are a few, such as the Galapagos trip, “save a life” (it wasn’t a human life, but it still counts in my mind), and be in two hemispheres at the same time. But I know there are so many more I still need to do! 🙂 Also, the breakable jars are an amazing idea!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      December 9, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Ohhh definitely try to find that list. I think it would be amazing to see what you have accomplished from it. Saving a life sounds like a pretty wonderful thing to have achieved! Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate you reading x

  8. A-
    December 10, 2017 / 1:07 am

    What a wonderful list! I feel like I have one in my head but it’s just full of like really broad and generic things (travel more, try new restaurants, etc) but I think that I’m actually going to sit down and make a tangible list! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • kerrylifeandloves
      December 10, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Oh you are very welcome! I add to my list all the time too! Its fun to sit and write the list, Id love to hear what you include! Thanks for reading xx

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