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Our family-time bucket list

"You're living the best years of life...enjoy and savour the smiles and giggles. These years will go too quickly..."

-My mum

My mum raised four children. There was no cleaner, no convenience food, our wash hung on a line in the back garden flapping in the wind, she made our birthday cakes, cooked everything from scratch and we caught fireflies in jars and raced sticks in streams for fun. It was a charmed childhood. I loved it! But, wow, it must've been hard work for my mum to shepherd us to adulthood given her high standards. 

Now, raising children of my own, I don't know how she did it. We have a cleaner, I buy the odd M&S meal. And like most of my peers, I'm still exhausted at the end of every day.  I'm savouring every moment--well, except those moments which involve a small child clinging to my leg wailing as I attempt to make a salad--but it's impossible to do it all. 

In many ways, mum's words at the start of this article have fuelled Bumble Box's launch. Pre-Bumble Box, I made a 'bucket list' of all the things we'd like to do as a family before our children reach the age of 11. Our list includes things like: 

  • Racing homemade boats on a stream
  • Identifying animal tracks in the wild
  • Roasting marshmallows by a campfire
  • Going on a multi-day cycle as a family
  • Hiking by the sea
  • Rockpooling to find starfish and sealife
  • Riding horseback
  • Learning to ski
  • Iceskating
  • Riding a rollercoaster
  • Making a piñata
  • Playing water balloon games
  • Raising a butterfly
  • Adopting a pet
  • Having meaningful conversations around the dinner table
  • Cooking together
  • Planting a tree
  • Growing our own food
  • Competing in a family 10k
  • Speaking a second language fluently
  • Making a den
  • Building a sand fort
  • Having a snowball fight
  • Donning a snorkel along a pristine coral reef
  • Seeing elephants and giraffes in the wild
  • Catching fireflies 
  • Sleeping in a tent
  • Gathering fresh eggs straight from the nesting box
  • Playing tennis as a family
  • Getting involved with something that matters to us (like saving our library or bringing beauty to our streets)
  • Playing games together
  • Learning to draw

The odd thing is no sooner do we mark something off the list, as something new replaces it. The list is ever-growing and the more fun we have together as a family, the more our children want to include us as part of their lives. 

Before Bumble Box, I would stay up late on weeknights putting together plans for our weekends together. Now, having launched Bumble Box, I spend my days putting together plans for not only our weekends, but our subscribers' as well. So while our ever-growing family bucket lists will never be exhausted, with Bumble Box we'll have a lot of fun along the way. 

Bumble Box subscribers--you have a say--tell us what's on your family bucket list @bumbleboxuk and we'll do our best to help make it happen. 

Bumble Box's monthly quality-time kits contain everything families need for three activities and scale to include up to four participants aged 3-103. Learn more or sign up at 

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