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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Updating The Bathroom



In between working full time and looking after the house and family without resorting to takeaways or curling into an exhausted heap, it can be difficult to focus on our home for long enough to really improve it. Beyond any housework and periodic mental note-taking - “sort out the spare room” has been on the to-do list for about a year - there just isn’t any time for large home improvement projects. But this was always our forever home and we need to keep at it, so at the end of 2019 we resolved to try and get a few of those jobs done.

This home will always be a work in progress and in order to relax here I've got to accept that some things just won’t change. We bought new bedroom furniture so that we had to organise our clothes instead of piling them up on the shelving unit in the corner. At least the rest of the room stays in order now.

I would love a large bathroom or even turn the small bedroom into an en suite. The luxury of a second bathroom would be amazing but it would be worth putting some work into making it just as pleasant to be in as every other room in the home. Here's my wishlist for the perfect bathroom in my fantasy house:


  • Stone surfaces, not tiles. Both are easily cleaned, but tiles can seem a tad clinical. Plus there’s that whole “keeping the grout” clean issue, although coloured grout could be fun.
  • A couple of plants. Needs to handle steam and varied temperatures, so philodendrons or Boston Fern are good choices.
  • Towel storage. We can’t escape towels in the bathroom but we can keep them off the floors. Heated towel rails are practical, keeping the space warm and drying towels quickly.
  • Storage for products. I'm really not a fan of plastic bottles all over the place and cleaning also happens faster if surfaces are clear. So we want tucked away storage that’s easily accessed when needed, ie once you’re in the bath and remember that you’ve forgotten your sugar scrub.
  • Good ventilation. There's nothing worse than a luxurious looking bathroom that smells of mould.
  • Maximise natural light. Lying in the bath in the sunlight is one of my favourite luxuries, and luckily we have a big window in our bathroom. This will be undiminished by curtains or blinds.  You've got to love a frosted window though!

How would you refresh your bathroom.  Let me steal your ideas!


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