My Summer 2018 Bucket List

Sharing five items on my summer 2018 bucket list that I’m hoping to cross off over the next few months! 

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c/o pink tank | denim jacket | white shorts | pink espadrille wedges | straw basket tote | cable cuff | cable ring 

So again, I know that summer hasn’t officially begun however, I see Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start to summer. Therefore, I’ve put together my Summer 2018 Bucket List and am ready to start crossing items off! Summer always passes so fast and this year I want to make sure I make a couple of things happen and really enjoy all that the summer season has to offer. Who’s with me? 

Of course go to the pool often and hit the beach at least once or twice are on my list. But to me those are super obvious ones and most likely on 99% of our summer buckets lists. Am I right? Therefore, I’m sharing ones that are a little different and maybe not quite so obvious {but probably are haha}. 

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READ AT LEAST One book per month

I use to be a HUGE reader! Starting and finishing a book every couple of weeks or a full one on vacation. However, the last couple of months {or if I’m being honest, almost a whole year} that has really come to a halt. So this summer I want to make it a goal to finish one book each month – June, July, and August. I’m proud to say I picked up this book from Amazon last week and am currently on Chapter 7 already. Woohoo! 

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I would love to experience Wisconsin in the summer, visit Corbin in Austin, explore Tennessee, and plan one on a whim trip. 

Joshua’s mom’s side of the family lives in Wisconsin. We visited a little over a year ago and I absolutely loved it. However, it was around Christmas time and it was FREEZING so I really want to experience it during warmer months. Luckily, this will be happening this summer as plans have been made and flights have been booked. Super looking forward to it! 

Corbin was my first blogging friend ever and over the years we’ve stayed extremely close. Even after she moved thousand of miles away. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, a town I’ve always wanted to visit and with her being there, I want to go even more! So hopping to cross this off soon! 

Tennessee has so many really fun little towns and places to visit so I am hoping to explore the state a little more this summer. Maybe into the fall too – as it is so hot in the summer! 

Also, I would LOVE to plan one totally on the whim trip. And by plan, I mean not plan at all haha. Just decide one Friday night or Saturday morning that we’re going somewhere. Get in the car and go! 

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Plan Fun, Unique Blog Content

While it is SO hot and sticky to shoot in the summer {haha} I love summer content! It can be really fun and so beautiful with everything in full bloom. Therefore, again, I would like to take advantage of the season and shoot + put together lots of fun, unique content for y’all! Part of this is taking the time to really put the content together – scout locations, pick up necessary props + decor, and really plan out looks + what it is I want to feature. 

p.s. if you have ideas of any posts/content you’d like to see here on Louella Reese this summer let me know! Comment below or email me at

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Take Advantage of Fresh Fruit & Vegetables 

There are so many adorable little farmer’s markets in Charlotte filled with locally grown fruit & vegetables. And we need to take advantage of them! Last night we made a salad with some fresh fruit & vegetables we picked up this past weekend at the King’s Drive Farmer’s market and it was AMAZING! So I want to do that more often and also try a variety of recipes with the fresh produce. Like different variations for banana bread 🙂 see recent ones I’ve tried here and I’ll be sharing a blueberry banana bread recipe soon!

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c/o pink tank | denim jacket | white shorts | pink espadrille wedges | straw basket tote | cable cuff | cable ring 

Visit the USNWC More Often

Here in Charlotte we have the U.S. National Whitewater Center and every Thursday-Saturday evenings they host River Jam. River Jam is live musical performances right in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river.  The music is typically roots rock, americana, bluegrass, folk, and funk. Perfect for enjoying beautiful summer evenings and great local craft beer. We use to go all the time when we first started dating but last summer only made it about three times. 

It is such a fun event and costs nothing except for the beer you drink, so it’s a great budget friendly activity. Therefore, I’m hoping to partake in it a lot more this summer. I am happy to say we’ve gone twice thus far!

What are some items on your summer 2018 bucket list? 



  1. June 12, 2018 / 10:32 am

    Great bucket list! I need to read more books too. I love your summer tote!


    • June 12, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Thank you Cathy!! It’s one of those things that I feel like you’re either super on and doing often or not doing at all.

      xo Laura Leigh

  2. June 12, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    This is perfect! I am totally with you on reading more this summer. I can’t wait to dive into a few books I’ve been saving for summertime sunshine!

  3. June 12, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    This was such a great bucket list! I’m so down to go to Austin with you;) And I TOTALLY need to read more as well.

    Can’t wait to see what fun summer content you come up with!

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    • June 13, 2018 / 10:42 am

      Thank you Dana! Haha come on – let’s go!! And yes, it’s something like 90% of us need to do more often. Have to find/make the time!

      xo Laura Leigh

  4. June 12, 2018 / 11:57 pm

    Yes!! What a great bucket list for the summer! I would love to read 1 book per month too, that’s an awesome goal.

  5. June 13, 2018 / 11:23 am

    Adore the pink top on you! You look lovely in this outfit!

  6. June 13, 2018 / 11:48 am

    This blog post is such a cool idea! Now you have me trying to figure out my summer bucket list!

  7. June 13, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Tennessee? GIRL! Come see me and will we get all across this gorgeous state together!


  8. June 15, 2018 / 1:25 am

    You have some great goals here! Good luck with your bucket list!

  9. Kristina
    June 18, 2018 / 8:24 am

    I was just telling Ryan we need to get out to the WWC soon, it’s been a few years since I’ve been! I really want to do the flatwater kayaking.

    xo, Kristina

  10. Jess Scull
    June 18, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Nice bucket list! I’m adding some of these to mine!

  11. June 20, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    I’m reading “what alice forgot” right now too!! And let’s go to the whitewater center together! I’ve never been!

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    • June 21, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Oh my gosh that is so crazy! I bet you’re doing better than me, I haven’t made it very far but planning to get on that tonight. Yes, let’s plan that!

      xo Laura Leigh

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