I know I’ve told you this before but I LOVE this time of year!! I’m in love with the chilly air, the cozy sweaters, the comfy nights in … I love how I can now have our fireplace on and a bunch of candles lit, and swapping the rose out for red wine. Fall is a pretty relaxing time of year, especially after the hustle and bustle of summer! So far we’ve had an amazing fall, I went apple and pumpkin picking with Leo, we had our Vegan Thanksgiving dinner with my family … and I even had an impromptu October pool party with the girls … pretty perfect, we even had the pool management Roswell team helping us out. However, I’m BEYOND excited about this winter and I’ve been thinking lots about my winter bucket list because there are going to be so many firsts with Leo!!
Okay, let’s dig right into this!! Here we go …
Cozy Nights In
I just envision snow falling outside our window, the fireplace on and watching Christmas movies cuddled up with my boys under a ton of blankets, with goodies and hot chocolate or mayyyybe a glass of wine … just maybe … ?
Build a Snowman with Leo
It’s our very first winter in our new home and I couldn’t be more eager to get out in our snow-covered yard and roll up a big ‘ol snowman with Leo!!
Tobogganing with Leo
Eeeeppp!! I remember tobogganing ALL THE TIME when I was younger! Nothing beats a good hill and some fresh air on a wintery day!! I could do without the walk back UP the hill … but I don’t think Leo will mind. LOL.
Last year we took Leo to see Santa in the CUTEST little cabin ever but he was so young that he didn’t really understand what was happening, while he is still pretty young it will be fun to see what exactly his reaction is this year and every year after that!!
I know Justin is really excited to get Leo out on the hill on a snowboard … but that’s not really my thing … but ice skating, on the other hand, now that’s more my jam … and Leo and I can both use the little helper thing … you know what I’m talking about … right?? LOL.
Go to a Christmas Market
I loooove everything about Christmas Markets!! From the mulled wine to the handmade gifts and Christmas carols! They are simply the best!!
Since taking a break from Love It Or List It Vancouver, I’ve been enjoying the new house and summer and have been sort of a hermit so this fall and winter we have trips planned to Mexico, Hawaii, and Europe to visit Sammy, Dustin, and Hayden … I’m so excited to start exploring again!
Spending Time with Family
I’m really looking forward to the winter months as they give everyone the same chance to slow down and spend more time together!! I REALLY want to make sure I hang out at Grandma’s more this year!
Give Back to a Charity
Every year around Christmas I like to round up a bunch of donations and give back to the Kelowna Food Bank, it makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside knowing I can bring a little cheer to families who need it most!
Get Back to the Gym
No explanation needed here … lol!!
What do you have on YOUR winter bucket list?? Share your ideas below … I might have to steal some!!
Where did you visit Santa?? I live in Kelowna and was wondering if it was local! Thanks 🙂
I love all these ideas too as this is also my favourite time of year!
Wondering if you could share where some of your fall/winter coats are from!?
Oh good idea!! I’ll have to add this to my blog to-do list!!! XO
Hi Jillian, Becky is a designer in Toronto and she is a shining light. Everything is made with such love and purpose. My daughter and I have begun conversations about making hats
for cancer teens. Childhood cancer Canada is willing to support it because hats become security blankets for these kids… check out her amazing sweaters ant bum warmers.
I think you’ll love her stuff as much as we do.
That red toque…. where from?! SO CUTE. Also the grey long sweater, is that the favourite you’ve been wearing lately?
The beanie and the sweater I’ve had for a loooong time!! The grey sweater I’m in love with right now is this one http://rstyle.me/n/csfpg7zb96 XO
Love all of these!!! Hosting an after New Years Party is also one of my faves because no one is doing anything in January.
Ps. Where do I get the red beanie!?!?
Good one, I love that idea!! I’ve had the beanie for a while now!! xo
My Winter Bucket List
-Decorating the house (inside and out)
-Snowmobile trips throughout Ontario
-Skating & Tobogganing
-Vacation to Jamaica
-Working out (in my new home gym)
-Renovating our basement
-Cozy day & nights watching Christmas movies, drinking hot chocolate snuggled in soft throws
Looooooove it!!! XOXO
Your bucket list leaves nothing but desire❤️Especially the trips! Can I fit in your suitcase?
Where is that adorable little cabin with Santa!!?
My winter bucket list includes making Christmas cookies with the Christmas carols on , go skiing with friends, tobogganing, collecting maple syrup and make snow forts.
Why did Sammy move to Europe and where?
Her husband plays hockey there!
My winter bucket list
Making homemade soups
Remodeling my master bathroom
Spending time with my Dad in Florida
Switching out my wardrobe to cozy sweaters and fleece lined leggings
Thanksgiving with extended family
Christmas plays and candlelight services of Hanels Messiah
That sounds just about perfect! Enjoy.
Love the bucket list! I especially love that you have visit a Christmas market! There are so many great ones in Kelowna and the Okanagan. I’ll be working 6 events this holiday season selling my jewellery and a few Christmas ornaments as well!
My bucket list:
– Host our 2nd annual ugly Christmas sweater party!
– Skating at an outdoor skating rink
– Go snowshoeing up at Big White
– Host Christmas dinner with all our family
– Visit our nieces in Vancouver and take them tobogganing
Jillian! I think you’re amazing and I LOVEyour cute little family ? Xo
So far my winter is shaping up to be not to shabby
I’m planning a surprise trip for my fiancee 30th to Hawaii this winter.
Going to Toronto for New Years to spend time with family
And I’m in the same boat as you gym! And a lot more cross country skiing at the lake. ? It’s a super fun way to explore and get a sweat on. ( instant heart jumper lol)
And lastly wedding planning ? For my wedding in MayHaha
When are you going to be getting married??! I would love to see how you will plan your day!
Have a beautiful day!
The Carousel Thestre in Armstrong! Went years ago when we lived here, it was really cool! Looking forward to getting a group together to go now we are back in the OK. Last year we went on a slay ride in the snow – epic! Going to see if I can find a place up here (Smithers is a bit far). Cookie exchange near Christmas (although maybe we will ditch the cookies and just have wine and appies!). And hot apple cider – mmmmm (and not that crap from Starbucks!). Hopefully you picked up some apple juice at Davison Orchards while you were there. Heat it up, add mulling spices and you are are set (whipped cream – or coconut topping on top if you desire a little indulgence) and voila – the best fall warm drink!
Where did you get the black winter coat??
It’s from Aritzia!
Last year you sponsored a family in need, where could I sign up for this? Instead of Xmas presents my family wanted to give to a family in need.
We did it through the Kelowna Food Bank!
Where did you get your adorable grey toque in with the snowflakes?!
Great ideas – where are your leggins/gym pants from. I LOVE THEM!
They’re from outdoor voices …http://rstyle.me/n/ctbmu5zb96
I love love love the holiday season!
Some of my bucket list winter items are :
1- do my Christmas cards in calligraphy with an old school fountain
2- learn how to knit or crochet from my grannie to continue on the tradition. And to make myself and my girls some wicked toques lol
3-give my girls friends all handmade gifts for Christmas this year! Themed with an essential oils diy and some backed goodies
4- Go to the nutcracker with my girls who are young but in ballet ?
5-make an igloo, well try
6- Go for a fondue dinner with friends
7-make an advent calander
8-skate at an Outdoor rink
10- make the elf on the shelf even more magical this year for my girls!!
First and foremost…..Oh my gosh! Leo is SO PHOTOGENIC!!!! How precious is he?!?!!!!!!!!
Your pics always turn out so perfect. What type of camera do you use??
We did a blog post on this …. https://jillianharris.com/5-ways-step-photography-game/
Love this list!! Fall is my favourite time of year too! Can’t get enough scarves, comfy sweaters, squash from our garden and pumpkin spice in my coffee. I hope to make more time for knitting this fall.
I’m also looking forward to the winter because of the holiday season! I always get this warm, fuzzy feeling around this special time. I’m looking forward to decorating for Hanukkah! It would be nice, however, to find Hanukkah decor that can compete with all of the beautiful Christmas decor that is available. The hunt continues for me and my munchkins!! Love everything about you, btw!!
Where is the little black and gold heart necklace from?
It’s from my Melanie Auld collection!
My winter bucket list 🙂
– snuggling up with my new little babe in blankets upon blankets ??
– cutting down a Christmas tree together
– Christmas markets here in Vancouver as well as the market in Seattle
– can’t wait to pull the baby around in the sled!
– family gatherings
– vacation with family somewhere toasty warm
– sitting around our fireplace sipping hot chocolate
– basically enjoying all things soft, cuddly & cozy with my little fam ????
P.s where are your red hat and cute boots from?! Simply adorable.
Off to St Catharine’s Ont for a family get together on my husbands side.
Hit the Gym in order to get ready for a trip to Jamaica – Couples Swept Away is the best – will be our 14th time after getting married there.
Hiking with the dogs in Kal Park.
Painting some rooms in the house to freshen up the colors!!
Enjoying friends and family over the holidays.
Trying new recipes to be able to eat “cleaner” and healthier.
Looking forward to just being a better person with a new challenge everyday.
I don’t particularly have a winter bucket list other than getting up to Whistler to enjoy the snow (not skiing, not boarding, just the snow lol), but I love that yours is 99% about doing stuff with Leo. Your love for him is so wonderful to watch and it’s truly a blessing to all of us that you continue to share your journey with him. As someone who hasn’t had kids and may not get to, I love watching along as you discover new things and learn as you go.
Host a cookie exchange
Make a gingerbread house
Go to a wreath making workshop with girlfriends
Ride the Stanley Park Christmas Train
Check out Christmas light displays
Family Games Nights
Hi Jilly! Your winter boots in second pic… Where are these from??