30-while-30

I had so much fun doing a 30-by-30 list that I decided to do a 30-while-30 list this year. If anyone wants to participate in any of the items listed below, let me know and we can make it happen!

Food / Blogging

  • Chocolate Mosaic Cheesecake
  • Gnocchi
  • Donuts
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Laminated dough (either danishes or croissants)
  • Make bread at least 4 times
  • Bake at least 4 layer cakes
  • Buy a whole coconut. Open it. Do something (delicious) with it.
  • Make at least one thing from each cookbook I own – any cookbooks that don’t get used in a year, donate or giveaway on here
  • Cook with 3 new foods

Relationships

  • Send birthday cards to my and Hubby’s families (including siblings, parents, nephews, etc)
  • Continue to bake for a good cause
  • Go see my sister’s new house
  • Go on a girls weekend getaway
  • Volunteer 4 times

Random

  • Get another tattoo
  • Pay off my car
  • Decide on a signature / go-to cocktail
  • Watch a sunrise
  • Read 4 books

Healthy living

  • Walk another Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
  • Continue to work out on a regular basis
  • Treat myself to 6 massages
  • Get my first facial

Travel and Life in Boston

  • Go to the Head of the Charles
  • Visit the New England Aquarium
  • See the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Go to Top of the Hub for cocktails
  • Visit 3 new cities

Reader’s Choice

  • I’m one task short of 30, so I thought I’d add a reader’s choice item. Leave a comment here with something you’d like to see me do. Whether it’s a recipe to try or an activity or festival to go to, just let me know in the comments below. Hubby and I will sit down and choose one from the comments within the first month of my 30s and I’ll include it in my one month update in July.

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19 Responses to “30 things to do before I’m 30”

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    Kris — June 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!

    I had one of those lists when i was 28 too, then i got pregnant. that was the only thing i got to cross off 🙂 Good luck with your list and enjoy your last year of your 20’s!! What a great way to gear up for 30!! And let me just say that 30 is great, i am having a blast!!!

    I saw marshmallows on your list. I have a great recipe and they are seriously easy to make and so delicious that you will never want to eat store marshmallows again!

    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/12/homemade_chocolate_dipped_mars.html

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    Katie — June 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Birthday! I’m starting to create a similar list… good luck accomplishing all of it!

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    LauraC — June 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Happy birthday!
    I made a list before I turned 30 also. It is addictive so I keep an ongoing list. Then this year I did Mondo Beyondo and list got crazier!

    On the chicken tikka front, Cook’s Illustrated did a recent chicken tikka and it is unbelievable! As close to the restaurant as you can get.

    And for cooking classes, my husband and I took a knife skills class together in Chicago and it was THE BEST class I have ever taken. I can easily chop like the pros and it has saved us literally hundreds of hours in the kitchen.

    Here’s my list for this year:
    http://jonandlaura.blogspot.com/2010/03/36-wishes-for-upcoming-year.html

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    Jessica — June 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    I’ll be 29 in August, so I think I’m going to steal your idea and make a list of my own (probably with a lot of the same things you mentioned!)

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    ashley — June 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fabulous day!

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    roxan — June 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but I think this is my first time commenting. I just wanted to say that I think it’s awesome that you have a list of goals to hit before you hit 30! I’m turning 30 myself in about a month and a half and I’m wondering where all the time went. Maybe I’ll set a couple goals to fulfill within the next several weeks. Happy birthday.

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    Elina — June 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!
    These are really great goals. I haven’t been to the beach since moving to Boston 3 years ago either. Ridiculous. Must change this this summer 🙂

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    Cupcake Activist — June 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I’m turning 29 this year also (ahhhh!) and I love this idea. Good luck on your goals. And definitely keep us updated with your progress.

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    We Are Not Martha — June 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I really need to make a list like this too! That’s a lot to accomplish in a year, but I think you can do it!

    Happy birthday!! 🙂

    Sues

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    Jen — June 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone. And thanks for the recipe links! If anyone has any others to share to help me get through my list, I’m all ears!

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    Memória — June 17, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    What a fantastic list!! I need to make one for 35 things to do before I’m 35 hmmm.

    Good luck with getting through this list. It looks so fantastic.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Amy — June 18, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Happy Birthday!
    This is a great idea – 30s are great – however I only have a couple years left of them.
    Love your blog…

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    EEMorris — June 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Hello and Happy Birthday to a fellow midwest transplant!! I’m from Greenville, OH (it’s 40 miles north and west of Dayton) and now live in Central Massachusetts! Your list is quite similar to mine…especially about keeping in touch and meeting friends babies back home!! It gets tough living so far away. Good luck with the list, and keep baking, I love your recipes!!

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    Cupcake Kelly — June 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve started to make baked donuts. I wish there were more recipes than just plain out there. http://americancupcakeinlondon.blogspot.com/2010/06/mini-cake-donuts.html

    I just did a trial at a Bikram Yoga studio. It’s miserable doing it but I lost 1kg after only 4 classes!

    I’m organizing a bloggers event but sadly it’s in London 🙁 It’s hard work. I’m trying to get a guest speaker but no one is interested as this is the first one.

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    mrsnic — June 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Love the list! I just made baked doughnuts… they were beautiful… unfortunately they tasted nothing like doughnuts. Maybe there’s a better recipe out there for you! I’ll look forward to checking back to see if you have any success with those.

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    Evan B — June 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! I check out your blog often and love it! I love the list you got going- I think I need to start one up 🙂
    We made bagels the other morning and they are surprisingly easy! If you wanna check them out :

    http://sweetebakes.blogspot.com/2010/06/homemade-bagels.html

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    bcallegra — June 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Happy belated birthday! I had problems accessing your blog for some reason on Thursday, but wanted to pass along well wishes and echo everyone’s thoughts on what a great idea your list is. Alas, similar to Roxan, I’m turning 30 in August but maybe I can set a few reasonable goals to achieve in that short time. 🙂

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    Drama queens mum (Kimberly) — June 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Great list. I think I’m going to do 1 for my b-day tomorrow. Of things I want to do this year.

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    Elizabeth — July 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    First – happy belated birthday! Second – I love the list…what a great idea. I love the name of it too. I may borrow it for my 30 “while I’m in my” 30’s! To be honest though, 30 was a tough birthday, but I’ve never loved life more than I do now!

    Hope to see you over at Sunny Bug sometime 🙂

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