Mother Daughter Bucket List

mother daughter bucket list

Last week, I visited Emily at Samford University.  She is loving being a senior there and has big plans for this year.  To make those plans, she and her room mates made a “Senior Bucket List” and pinned it to the fridge.

The list was fun to read and, at the same time, a kick in the gut.  Time just skips away from us.  I need to make moments happen with my girls, but it takes really careful planning because they are in college and living in different cities. I realized that I needed a bucket list to make sure I captured some moments with my kids.  So I took a stab at this one and a Mother-Son Bucket List.

These days, the mother-daughter moments require a little more planning for every mom–we are so much busier.  So, I am on it.  Here is my mother-daughter bucket list.  It’s a list with no age limit and no deadline.  Personalize it to fit your own interests and your girls’ ages.  Just remember: It’s not about how many items you cross off, but rather that you complete them together.  So get to it!

Mother-Daughter Bucket List

  1. Develop a signature family recipe.
  2. See a Broadway play.
  3. Get in the car and spontaneously drive somewhere.
  4. Take a mother-daughter trip abroad.
  5. Have a mother-daughter photo shoot.
  6. Bury a time capsule.
  7. Complete a physical challenge: climb a mountain, hike a trail, run/walk a marathon, etc.
  8. Write a list of qualities that your daughter should look for in a man.
  9. Serve at a local shelter.
  10. Plan an outing for every holiday: pumpkin patch, Christmas tea, etc.
  11. Get a free makeover at a department store.
  12. Do a Bible study together.
  13. Plant a garden with your favorite flowers.
  14. Go to a weekend arts/crafts class.
  15. Make homemade ice cream.
  16. See your favorite sports team play live.
  17. Have a classic movie marathon.
  18. Go on a special shopping spree.
  19. Play in the rain.
  20. Redecorate your daughters room.
  21. Learn how to change a tire. (Hopefully not because you have a flat!)
  22. Explore the local places you’ve never been.
  23. Get up early and watch the sunrise.
  24. See each of your favorite bands together.
  25. Go shopping and try on outfits you would never think of purchasing.
  26. Have karaoke night.
  27. Update and paint a room in your house.
  28. Visit every local museum.
  29. Have a spa weekend: at-home or out and about.
  30. Visit a big city for a weekend.
  31. Do something only your daughter has always wanted to do.
  32. Do something only your mom has always wanted to do.
  33. Give Grandma a surprise. Take her out spontaneously. Double Mother-Daughter Day! (from Elaine Wu see below)
  34. Look at baby photos of both of you and reminisce together; share ancestor stories/favorite memories. (from Anita see below)
  35. Lay in the grass in the summer together and making pictures out of the clouds. (from Stephanie B)
  36. Journal: From when they’re little, keep track of it in a journal so they can have later. Add pics to it if you want :). (from Keechlet Momma)
  37. My daughter and I did pottery together. She loved it and now wants to start a collection (from Patricia)
  38. Test drive or rent your dream car (that you have no intention of buying) together. (from Ashli)
  39. How about dancing? Just turn on music at-home and dance until you drop. Or play old songs and show her how to do the moves :). (from Stephanie Fuller)
  40. Dress up: Do each other’s hair and makeup. Dress in fancy dresses and have a nice dinner party. Make sure to take pictures together. (This can be done at any and all ages and is a great reminder that beauty is external AND internal!) (from Kaynaydian)

Add to this list…Tell me what’s on your mother/daughter bucket list?

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Posted On: October 23, 2013     cat-folder Love This, Parenting 45 Comments


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Easy Mini Cheeseburger Slider Dinner


As we get closer to Christmas week, the days seem to get busier…last-minute shopping, Christmas parties and pageants, and at-home activities such as baking cookies or decorating the tree.  So, when your kids yell, “What’s for dinner?” You can tell them, “Easy Mini Cheeseburger Sliders!” And together, you can come up with some great combinations. For the traditionalists: tomatoes, relish, mustard,  and mayo. For the daring: grilled onions, jalapenos, BBQ sauce.  And always, chesse! Feta, provolone, cheddar…the list goes on forever more. And for dessert, Apple Crumble. Delish!

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Apple Crumble
  1. 10 medium to large apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  2. ½ cup white sugar
  3. 3 Tablespoons flour
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. ½ cup water
  6. 1 cup quick cook oats
  7. 1 cup brown sugar
  8. 1 cup flour
  9. ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  10. ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  11. 1 stick melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. In a large bowls toss the apples with white sugar, 3 Tablespoons flour and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to coat evenly.
  4. Spread apples evenly in the 9 x 13 pan.
  5. Pour water over the apples.
  6. In the bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, 1cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and butter. Mix until crumbly. Drop on top of the apples.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
Susan Merrill
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Posted On: December 18, 2014     cat-folder Sunday Suppers Leave a comment


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Cheesy Ground Beef Casserole Dinner


Nothing says comfort food like a good, old-fashioned casserole. But with cheese – even better. So try my Aunt Pat’s Cheesy Ground Beef Casserole recipe. Then add a scoop of Banana Pudding for dessert…and smile. Thanks, Aunt Pat!


Main Dish

Cheesy Ground Beef Casserole
  1. 12 oz medium width noodles, cooked, set aside
  2. 3 lbs ground chuck
  3. 1 cup onion, chopped
  4. 2 stalks celery, chopped
  5. 2 cans tomato sauce, 15 oz
  6. 1 can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano & garlic
  7. 1 jar can green olives, 6 oz, sliced
  8. 1 pound shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Spray or grease a large casserole dish.
  2. Place cooked noodles in the casserole dish.
  3. Brown meat in skillet (leave in small chunks); add salt and pepper to taste, remembering that the olives are very salty.
  4. Drain the meat and put in casserole dish.
  5. In same skillet, cook onions & celery until soft, but do not brown.
  6. Mix in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and olives if desired. (I wait until the end and only mix the olives into one end of the casserole because my kids don’t like the olives. They do give the casserole a lot of flavor so keep them if you can.) Pour into casserole dish and add ½ the grated cheese. Mix well.
  7. Bake 30 minutes at 350. Cover top with remaining cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  1. This makes quite a bit. If you have a small family, separate it into two casseroles. Cook one for tonight and freeze the other without cooking. When ready to eat just thaw and cook as directed above.
Susan Merrill



Banana Pudding
  1. 2 large boxes Jello vanilla pudding
  2. 4 C milk
  3. 8 oz sour cream
  4. 2 – 9 oz Cool Whip
  5. 5 large bananas
  6. Vanilla wafers
  1. Mix pudding with milk. Add sour cream and 1 container of Cool Whip. Mix well. In a large casserole dish, line the bottom with vanilla wafers, then sliced bananas, then pudding mixture. Repeat. Spread the other container of Cool Whip and then sprinkle with crushed vanilla wafers.
Susan Merrill
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Posted On: December 11, 2014     cat-folder Sunday Suppers Leave a comment


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Delayed Gratification and the Marshmallow Experiment

If someone put a marshmallow in front of your child and told them to wait to eat it…for 5 minutes…for 10 minutes, could they do it? What if they were promised double the marshmallows if they waited successfully? Delayed gratification. Just the sound of those two words may make you want to run out and grab everything you possibly can now…before it’s to late!

Recently, Grow Up: Parenting Wars with John Stossel aired an episode on the FOX News Channel about the benefits of delayed gratification. A study shows that mastering the “art” (or discipline) of delayed gratification at a young age can provide a greater probability for success later in life – in relationships, finances, etc.  

As a parent, I was excited to be a part of the segment.  I think it is really important for moms to understand this concept.  If you child can’t delay eating, they will fight weight gain. If they can’t delay video games, they will fail at homework. If they can’t delay gratification, they will struggle as an adult. I want to provide my kids with the best opportunities for future success that I can. Do you? If so, look to the marshmallow experiment…and watch this video.  

Posted On: December 05, 2014     cat-folder Susan on TV Leave a comment


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