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30 Before Thirty

I will turn thirty on September 22, 2010.

That gives me a little more than six months to do all of the things on this list…

  1. Visit the Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago. (Done!)

  2. Dye my hair red. (Done!)

  3. Finish redesigning my Smart & Lovely portfolio.

  4. Launch my design service.

  5. Stop drinking soda. (Done!)

  6. Lose 20 pounds. (Not drinking soda should help.) (Done!)

  7. Repaint my office. (Done!)

  8. Sew a dress for Eleanor. (Done!)

  9. Clean out the basement. (It’s getting scary down there.) (Late, but done!)

  10. Donate some of our books to the library. (Done!)

  11. Cook Pad Thai from scratch.

  12. Organize the catch-all closet in my office. (Done!)

  13. Get good at applying liquid eyeliner. (Done!)

  14. Print the bajillion photos I have stored on my computer and put them in albums. (Done!)

  15. Alphabetize our CDs and finish putting them into sleeves. (Done!)

  16. Landscape the front of the house. (Done!)

  17. Make an origami paper crane. (Done!)

  18. Visit the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe. (Done!)

  19. Learn how to use my camera in manual mode. (Done!)

  20. Find my perfect shade of lipstick. (Done!)

  21. Decide for good whether I want a tattoo or not. (Done!)

  22. Pay off my credit card. (Done!)

  23. Make a video montage of Eleanor’s first year. (Done!)

  24. Have a date night with Brandon at least twice a month. (Done!)

  25. Grow tomatoes. (Done!)

  26. Have an adorable family photo taken. (Done!)

  27. Sing along perfectly to “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”. (Done!)

  28. Take Eleanor to the Shedd Aquarium. (Done!)

  29. Reduce (or eliminate) my reliance on paper towels. (Done!)

  30. Paint all of the trim in our house.

(I’m crossing them off the list as I complete them.)

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299 Comments

  • Reply
    Naomi@ThirteenandSouth
    March 2, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Hi Nicole,

    I just wanted to be your 100th commenter! Good luck with Smart and Lovely- I’m sure it will be fantastic. Your list is great!!

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    nicole spinella
    March 2, 2010 at 9:42 am

    i love this!! i have a list as well, though mine is a to-do before i have kids! any suggestions??

    best of luck to you. ns

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    WES
    March 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

    For the soda I came to the realization after my honeymoon in Italy it is the carbonation for me and not so much the taste. I drank a ton of fizzy water there :) So now I do store brand fizzy water with lemon and lime, the only ingredients are water, CO2 and lemon and lime juice. I did see the soda stream demo’ed at BJ’s and I think I want one for my birthday. Sure I recycle all the cans of fizzy water but I would like to stop buying them all together. I still have an occasional ginger ale or coke but the fizzy water generally will satisfy me.

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    Port of France
    March 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Here’s a video from a makeup artist I love on how to apply the liquid eyeliner:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVWUmGT_suI

    Here is a how to wiki with good basic tips regarding application:
    http://www.wikihow.com/Apply-Liquid-Eyeliner

    Good luck on your quest! I turn 30 this friday! It’s scary and awesome all at the same time. :)

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    Valentina
    March 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I *LOVE* 30 years old. I came to US one say after my 30 b-day, 7 years ago! I should work in my list of things I want to do before 38!

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    Lisa
    March 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Awesome list! I turn 30 in 26 days, maybe I’ll have to make a shorter list ;)

    For me, the key to liquid eyeliner is removing the excess. My eyes are pretty small, so I prefer it really thin and close to my lashes. I paint on as nicely as I can (which is still somewhat messy) and then use a Q tip to even it out. Works like a charm.

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    rhonda
    March 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Oh my! I turn 20 just 10 days before you, September 12 2010 and I totally have a 30 before 30 list going! Lists are fun.

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    Sarah
    March 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    The year I got pregnant with my son I decided printing digital prints was an exercise in futility so I decided to make a photo book at the end of every year instead. I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s so fun to go over the past year and pick your favorite shots. Plus, I leave it on my coffee table and all my family members love it. I did my last one through blurb.com and they have great prices. I’ve only done it the past two years but I can’t wait to see them all lined up on a shelf one day!

    Just a thought :)

    Also you inspired me to make my own list!
    http://nicholasandsarah.blogspot.com/2010/03/on-lists.html

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    kate
    March 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    i can’t beleive you’re not yet 30! now i’m even more impressed with you!! and what a fun list. i think i’ll create one for my 40th this Fall!

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    Nuit
    March 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    That list is sooooo funny (and long LOL) I love it.

    Good luck with all of that ;) I think you will do it all…

    xo

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    marybeth @ www.babygoodbuys.com
    March 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I love your little flag graphic, and the list is fantastic! Nothing like giving yourself some accountability :)

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    jbhat
    March 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    No wonder I feel like I never accomplish anything of signficance. I don’t have a list like that. You have inspired me to create one. Thanks! I like your list. It has some really worthy ideas and some super fun ones too, to help make the process of actually accomplishing things not be an arduous one.

    By the way, I think your first 29.5 years have been amazingly well spent (from what I can tell from your Lovely blog anyway). You are so good at everything you do, and seem to be filled with lots of motivation and determination. Here’s to the next segment of your life…including and beyond the next 6 months!

    jbhat

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    Jane @ The Borrowed Abode
    March 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Oh my gosh, I just discovered your blog and I think I’m in love with it. Love, love, love the way you’ve combined your mid-century items with light and whimsical colors! Of all the homes I’ve seen on blogs, this is by far the one that most speaks to my personal style. Which you wouldn’t know, from looking at my blog. . . but my home is a work in progress.
    Ok, so I’m gushing. Sorry.

    Love your list, too. Wish I’d made one before turning 31 this January. Maybe a 31 before 32 is in order!

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    Jane @ The Borrowed Abode
    March 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    PS: Have you tried creme eyeliner? I got some on a whim and have been addicted ever since. It applies perfectly with a little angled brush.

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    Jenny
    March 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Love this list! I am also turning 30 this year and many of the items on your list, I have on mine. Great inspiration for knocking them off the list! :)

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    Zsofi
    March 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I had promblems with the eyeliner too. But for this Christmas, I get this one from MAC:
    http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/spp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT151&PRODUCT_ID=4253
    It is very easy to use and your work will never get smudged :).

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    Miss B
    March 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Oh this is great and I think that it all seems very reasonable:) I can help you with your camera if you like, I am good like that.

    xo,

    Miss B

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    Kari
    March 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Even easier way to get a liquid eyeliner look – the MAC gel eyeliner in a pot, and a tiny angled brush.

    http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/spp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT151&PRODUCT_ID=898

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      Candice
      March 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      MAC’s Fluidline eyeliner in a pot works really well! You’re good with a brush, so it should be really easy for you. I switched to it years ago and will never use anything else.

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    AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottage
    March 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Sheesh – that’s a great list! I only have 2 months before my 34th birthday. I better get crackin’ on my own list.

    P.S. I’ve loved my 30’s. I’m sure you will too.

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    Sonia
    March 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I love your list but what’s the rush? Why make 30 such a deadline for all of those things? It seems like a lot of pressure!

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    Melissa
    March 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    30 is totally the new 20! I love your list, you’ve got some great goals. I could help you with #11. I <3 making Pad Thai.

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    LeeAnn
    March 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I love a lot of your items. I am visiting Chicago this week for work and looked up all the free museum days before I came, so you can DEFINTELY get those accomplished and for FREE! I read through some comments regarding paper towels. Ask your local deli for used salad tubs. Deli’s don’t make all of their salads from scratch and the ones they buy come in great heavy duty reusable buckets that fit right under your sink. So I throw all my rags there before taking them up to the laundry. I increased my towel collection by finding amazing vintage tea towels at thrift stores. The linen ones are my favorite.

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    Melissa
    March 2, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Great list. I just turned 31, so I guess I have a few years before I have to think up a “40 before I’m 40” list! We’re trying to wean ourselves off of paper towels too. It is hard to do completely, but it helped to stick the paper towels out in the garage. That way, if I really need to clean up something disgusting, I’ll go out and get them. Otherwise, I just grab a rag from the kitchen drawer. Those cheap dishrags from Target and Walmart work wonderfully. We go through several a day, but they don’t increase the laundry much and they’re inexpensive.

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    Juliana
    March 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Great list. I can’t believe how put-together your home & life are at the tender age of 29. So you decided to pull the trigger and paint your trim? I’ve been wanting to do the same to our 100-year-old craftsman house, but have been daunted by all the prepwork. And now I’m having baby #4 6 months before I turn 40, so it doesn’t look likely to happen any time soon! Oh well, life is long.

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    Serendiptiy Handmade
    March 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Nicole, I haven’t read all of the comments so I don’t know if anyone else has said something similar, but I think that should be your 30 before 31 list! That’s a heck of a lot of things to do in less than one year! :-)

    And I too want to learn to cook Pad Thai from scratch.

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    cristina
    March 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Hei Nicole,
    That is a very nice list! Good luck with it. You can start to make that paper crane right now and you’ll have 29 more things to do: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3582/3337667939_33a3f7af03.jpg it’s sooo simple :)

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    Londen
    March 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I love your list. You have inspired me to get one going. It seems like time goes by so fast.
    You have a beautiful blog!

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    Rebecca
    March 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    September 22 is my birthday too! It’s also the day the plane crashed on “Lost”. Important to know, right? :)

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    Cindy
    March 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Great list! It’s the perfect combination of practical things with fun, quirky little bits of fun! Good luck with accomplishing everything!

    I agree with the comment that Revlon liquid is the easiest to learn with. I use Black Shimmer for a little extra bling!

    Knit washcloths are great for replacing papertowels. They are also a great way to use up the ends of yarn skeins!

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    christa
    March 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    My two cents:

    NO tatty

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    Lisa
    March 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I love the variety of your list. My 30’s were my favorite decade so far (although life doesn’t end at 40 either!) Now that my kids are getting older I’m so glad I don’t have a faded tattoo to explain to them, like my husband does! Most of my old lady friends these days wish they had never gotten them.

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    Lisa @ simple-e-design.com
    March 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Love your list and TOTALLY share your desire to paint the trim. I just wrote about it here: http://www.simple-e-design.com/2010/02/choosing-the-right-white-for-trim/ Can’t wait to see how yours turns out! Best wishes on accomplishing everything! Lisa

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    April
    March 2, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    yayyyy birthday lists are my favorite :D

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    lindsey clare
    March 2, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    re #29 – i like this one! i stopped using paper towels about a year or so ago. now i just use rags (made from old clothes; tshirts work pretty well). i fold them up and keep them under the kitchen sink, then just throw them in a bucket in the laundry and wash them all together. it’s really very easy and feels good!

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    Emily Barefoot
    March 3, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Girl, you got this! That’s a great list!!!!!!!!

    I too am contemplating a tattoo. (I’m bout yo age) when I told my husband this he rolled his eyes… I think it’s 1/3 life crisis on my part. Either going to get a tattoo or cut all my hair off…

    we expect a post 30 update on your progress!

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    catherine
    March 3, 2010 at 3:23 am

    what a great list!
    about the eyeliner thing..when i first started using liquid eyeliner, i could never get it close to the lash line without making a complete mess or looking slightly deranged. so what i started out by doing is drawing a line with a pencil eyeliner and using it as a guide for the liquid, so that i could see where i shouldn’t go over with the liquid. it also means if you don’t get it perfect up to the lash line, it’s still filled in with pencil.
    hope this helps you!
    xo

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    kellee
    March 3, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Love number 27… :)

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    Audra
    March 3, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I just turned 30 in October, the week my son was born!

    2 things – I use Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner – I have for years and I love it. It takes some practice but the applicator on this particular brand (Almay also makes one that is not too bad) is not as flimsy, giving you more control when applying.

    Secondly, I have two little tattoos and I am considering a third. I think that if you want it, you should go for it! They are fun and I figure when I am old and they fade, I will be old and faded myself so we will all be aging together (me and the ink!) and they will remind me of the times I got them and make me smile.

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    maybemayest
    March 3, 2010 at 7:13 am

    wowww, Pad thai is my local favorite food and easy to do :)
    if you were in Bangkok, you’ll see Pad Thai will belong with many delicious things such as ‘Hoi Tod’ (fried mussel with strach).

    many cookers will serve it with big shrimp and omlette. maybe pack Pad Thai by lotus leaf. because it’ll be nice smelling and look amazing ! it call ‘Pad Thai Hor BaiBua’ :)

    hope you’ll enjoy with cooking it !

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    cheryl
    March 3, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Great list from creative to practical pursuits. And good luck on the soda thing – that would be nearly impossible for me! It’s my one addiction, well, save shopping :)

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    down pillow
    March 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Wow, you better get a move on :)

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    jane
    March 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Not to add to your list of things to do, but maybe you could do another post on how to apply eye liner and put in all of the helpful comments in this thread—there are so many here!
    I would like to refer back to it myself. ;)

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    Colleen
    March 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I recommend Norwex cloths for cleaning as well.

    If you want an easy, reliable Pad Thai recipe, let me know. I have one created by a friend that pulls from multiple recipes to make one out of easily available ingredients that’s still super delicious and authentic tasting. My hubby doesn’t cook, but this is one dish he makes for me. I can email you a pdf if you are interested.

    Good luck!

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    Georgia
    March 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I kicked soda out last year & don’t regret a second of it. For me, cutting it out came in stages. First I started with replacing soda with tea (Trader Joes bottled Pomegranate tea was my drink of choice, it does have quite a bit of sugar in it not to mention more caffeine) however, I did this for as long as I wasn’t “missing” soda anymore.

    The 2nd stage was cutting back the tea, and introducing sparkling water (Also from Trader Joes or Pellegrino) until I was completely used to exclusively drinking sparkling water all the time. Now, if I’m out for lunch once every few weeks I’ll fill a fountain soda cup about halfway, but am surprised on how jittery & buzzed I feel to have a few sips of soda. So many restaurants offer bottles of pellegrino, and I don’t have to give up that bubbly fizzy feeling that I always craved from a soda.
    Hope this helps you. I know you can beat it!

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    Jess
    March 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Oh man! I have a list like this in my head. I turn 30 next year and I will definitely be making some goals like this. Good luck to ya!

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    Karlie
    March 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Blue Lily Photography is coming to Chicago in July. You can go to their blog and see the dates that they have available. We have already snagged up one slot. They are the ones that took the now famous portrait of NIenie and her family in the orchard.

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    Emilee
    March 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    As far as sewing a dress, I highly recommend the Oliver + S patterns. Darling, darling, darling. And the instructions are unsurpassed.

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    HollyP
    March 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    As long as you don’t expect perfect pad thai… I have a dear friend whose mother is Thai. She told me it took her over a decade to cook pad thai that her kids describe as good as grandma’s.

    Great list, and enjoy working on it. After seeing your lovely home and beautiful work, I’m shocked that you are so young!

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    Robyn Coke
    March 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I know you can do it!!! I can be of much help but I did look up some things that may or may not be of any help.

    As far as trying to limit your usage of paper towels – i found these adorable kitchen towels at Retroplanet.com: http://www.retroplanet.com/CTGY/Vintage_Style_Towels
    (theres a few there that remind me of you, because your kitchen has a slight retro vibe.)
    They are reusable so you can just wash them every few days, and after awhile you get used to not having paper towels at all. :) Also because you are so gifted in the art of crafting you might like these: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2009/1/24/mollys-sketchbook-quick-dish-towels.html

    As far as lipstick goes I think you would look fabulous with red lips: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/184-3750325-1974769?asin=B001BQ05CA&AFID=Froogle_df&LNM=|B001BQ05CA&CPNG=&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001
    I know it’s a bit impractical for every day wear – so I
    found a shade closer to nude I think you would look great in for casual wear: http://www.amazon.com/Avon-Glazewear-Diamonds-Lipstick-Silvertone/dp/B001JEFZR4
    You have the lips to pull off any color – so please do. :)

    Okay lastly – you want to stop drinking soda. That was the hardest thing I ever did – I drank SOO much Pepsi. I eventually started weening myself of and drinking tea. Because I did that i started to feel much better and I lost 10 pounds!!! So that will help you lose weight as well. (even though i think you look great) I drink Oolong, and Jasmine Green Tea because they taste the best to me, and they do wonders for your skin, immunity, and insides. :)

    I hope that helps a little. Best of luck to you. I’m sure most of us will be with you through the journey.

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    skycake
    March 4, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Bravo! Life is what you make it, sister. You will have such an amazing sense of accomplishment when you complete this list! Whenever you have a doubt about tackling it, just think “why shouldn’t I be able to do this? it’s just life! there’s plenty of time to do everything I want!” :)

    a few thoughts…

    5. Stop drinking soda. And get creative while you’re at it, there’s so much to explore and you may find that perfect non-alcoholic party cocktail while you’re at it (let Stevia or Splenda be your friend too): http://www.marthastewart.com/non-alcoholic-drink

    8. Sew a dress for Eleanor. Both you and Eleanor will love this dress forever.

    9. Clean out the basement. (It’s getting scary down there.) Just think, “if I get ‘hit by the bus’ tomorrow, would I want friends or family to have do this instead of me?” Probably not. Pick a weekend, get a dust mask and some good gloves, set up the stereo and dive in.

    14. Print the bajillion photos I have stored on my computer and put them in albums. Don’t feel bad if this one is not done by your birthday! It took a lifetime to make all those photos, it may take many hours over several months to accomplish this project in a way that satisfies your every creative urge and need.

    20. Find my perfect shade of lipstick. I’m 35 and have been looking for the perfect lipstick for 20 years. What I have found is that the combination of 2 or 3 shades is usually the perfect match!

    21. Decide for good whether I want a tattoo or not. My tattoo of our solar system was designed by my husband and sits between my shoulder blades. The fact that it is something that I love (“outer spaaaace!”) created by someone that I love (hubby) and that it’s not always visible to me have made my tattoo something personal and intimate and fun. If you decide to get a tattoo, choose something that you will always admire in some way (like a bird symbolizing freedom and mobility, etc.)

    22. Pay off my credit card. This is doable and worth the effort. Stash cash in a jar in your house if it makes it easier to accumulate the funds for paying down the debt.

    24. Have a date night with Brandon at least twice a month. This is quite possibly the most important thing on your list! There’s nothing quite so special in this life as relationships with people who REALLY KNOW us and actually love us anyway.

    27. Sing along perfectly to “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”.
    SING IT ANYWAY! even if you don’t know the words. :)

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    Estelle
    March 4, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I turn 30 this September too! This totally inspires me to make a “30 before 30” list! Awesome!

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    Sarah
    March 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    We share the same birthday, Nicole! I’m just one year younger, so this coming september will be 29 for me. I think your to-do list before 30 is a great idea, and I must remember to create one for the last year of my 20’s.

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    Jessica
    March 5, 2010 at 2:17 am

    I see you’ve already got a recipe in mind (from the venerable AB, one of my faves), but if you’re interested I have a killer (and so far, foolproof!) pad thai recipe that I’d be glad to share with you. It’s not hard to do, but you MUST, MUST, MUST have good mise en place, and a big nonstick skillet. Pad thai ingredients lists tend to be pretty long too, but luckily it works great as refrigerator velcro.

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    Carolyn
    March 5, 2010 at 9:37 am

    You can do it!

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    Heidi
    March 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I’m right there with you sister…well, soon enough, I’ll be 30 in June of next year. I think I need a list now! Hmmm…where to begin? Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Marie
    March 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Love the list, I need to touch mine up some. I’m in the middle of 3 hour drive back from Chicago to Indianapolis in a driving rain storm, my husband is driving and I’m surfing my favorite blogs (yours is one of tops). We where in Chicago for the weekend for a little fun and to visit our son at SAIC, he is lucky enough to be in his junior year at this amazing school. I noticed that one of your before “30” list is to tour the new Modern Wing at the school. They are so proud of it staff and student, if you would like a personnal tour please let me know he would be so happy to show it off to someone who truely gets ART. I’m the only one in the family who wants to see it for the 90th time and still loves it. Marie

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    Cynthia
    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Great list! I can help with a couple of items – a couple of years ago I was watching Martha Stewart, she was featuring how her daughter Alexis changed the way she did a couple of things at home in order to go “green” – she used cloth towels instead of paper and simply kept a basket in the kitchen to collect all the dirty ones and then do laundry. I decided to do this as well, I buy the cheap washcloths at the store, usually 10 for $2 or so, and I use them for everything from cleaning, drying, washing – even as napkins (for myself, not company). It has worked out well – not completely off of paper towels but using way less than I used to. As for the liquid eyeliner, I always loved it but didn’t think I could do it, specially on my rush out the door for work. One day I decided to see if somebody had posted a video to youtube about it and that’s when I discovered Make Up by Tiffany – she does a great job at explaining and I’ve been able to do it without a mess ever since. Revlon is the way to go, and Walgreens always has a sale of buy one get two. Good luck on your list!

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    Jo-An
    March 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Great list! You and I share the same birthday, although I’ll be 36 this year… 30 seems like a lifetime away :)

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    Jennifer
    March 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    To get out of the habit of using so many paper towels, I started by limiting how many rolls we could use monthly. By telling myself that we would only use one roll a month (if they run out before the month is over, tough luck!), I’ve found myself reaching for other options than the paper towel first.

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    Jillian
    March 10, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Great List! Here’s an even better idea for the photos though… make digital scrapbooks!

    My absolute favorite in both style options, layout and book quality is shutterfly. They are hands down the best. Also they let you store unlimited high quality pictures for free.

    I’ve ordered over 10 and they are seriously amazing. Also just and FYI they do a 20 – 30% off sales several times a year.

    Cheers and good luck!
    Jillian

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    DrayaAnn
    March 10, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Hey we have the exact same birthday…year and all. How funny!

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    Nicole
    March 11, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I came across you blog, I love it! It’s crazy as we share the same birthday and first name… But you blog is so inspiring and I have decided to start my own list of 26!
    Thanks for the great ideas.

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    Brittney
    March 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    great list! it inspired me to make my own! http://madeinmemphistn.blogspot.com/2010/03/30x30_15.html

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    Katie Stephenson
    March 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    This is one of the best lists I’ve ever seen. I’ve also tried to really reduce paper towels and I use the really cute 50cent white towels at Ikea with the red stripes. They wash really well and I have drawers full of them. I also want to let you know that my husband and I do date nights at home sometimes. After baby goes down, one of us goes for the dinner, we sit and eat in front of the fire and play games, etc. It’s fun if you can’t get a sitter often. We usually get a sitter once per month or so. Just an idea. Excited to see you checking these things off of your list.

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    M
    March 20, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Here’s an opportunity to knock off #1 and #17 at the same time!

    http://www.artic.edu/aic/calendar/event?EventID=7264&EventType=3

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    Erin
    March 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I can do #27. And my hint from this side: it’s all about putting the breathing in the right place. :)

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    March 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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    On Our Way To Crazy » 30 before 30.
    April 10, 2010 at 12:04 am

    […] saw this on Making It Lovely a while back, and I kept meaning to put one together for myself. (Item #31 – stop […]

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    Andrea
    April 19, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Just found your blog – it is lovely indeed!
    Here is a fantastic step-by-step recipe for truly authentic, delicious Pad Thai – I’ve made it several times this way and it is as great as you would find in good Thai restaurants. It’s a bit or work – mostly prep – but totally worth it!

    http://www.chezpim.com/blogs/2007/01/pad_thai_for_be.html

    Love the hair, btw!

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    Catherine
    May 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    What a super list! I turn 29 on Friday – I think this may call for a 30 before 30 list of my own…

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    Val
    May 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Love the list! I think it is a great idea to put some challenges out there for yourself & maybe I’ll give this a shot.

    For #14 I recently started getting my photos done into books. I really loved the photo books by Picaboo & by Pixable. These would make it a lot easier to get this crossed off your list.

    #22 is an incredible goal! Hubby and I just paid our CC’s off and it feels awesome.

    Good luck with finishing these!

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    LuLu
    May 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I am a list maker/lover so it was great to see what you had on yours. I had the same struggle with getting a tattoo too and then I decided that if I couldn’t decide then that was my answer because something like that needs to be ALL or nothing and I was always wandering around in the middle. I’m 47 now and very content to have an un-inked body.

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    Natalie
    May 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    So, now that you have perfected your liquid eyeliner technique, any tips on how I can do the same? I just switched over from pencil and I’m having the toughest time with it! :p

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    Hosanna
    May 11, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Oh I’m turning 30 a few days after you, on the 25th Sept! I have a massive list though – I think it will be an achievement to get it down to 30 items! I’m going to start a note thread on Facebook about this – hope you don’t mind me borrowing the idea . . . ?

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    June 1, 2010 at 10:36 am

    […] was one of the items on my 30 Before Thirty list. We’ve lived here for three years now, and the front has been a bit bare the whole time. […]

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    30/Thirty « Kate Schmate
    June 10, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    […] but I also feel like there are so many things I want to do before I turn 30. I recently saw this 30 Before Thirty list compiled by Making it Lovely and am completely inspired. What a great […]

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    Making it Lovely | Transforming the so-so. » Blog Archive » Twenty Pounds Lighter
    June 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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    June 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm

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    deanna
    June 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    First, my thirties were my best!

    Second, regarding #19, this book from the magazine Arizona Highways is a great resource for using your DSLR:

    http://www.amazon.com/Arizona-Highways-Photography-Guide-Collection/dp/1932082840/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277757378&sr=1-1

    They have photography workshops that are fabulous and this books acts as a companion.

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    June 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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    June 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

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    Elisabeth@YCCII
    July 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Where is “learn how to swim”? Maybe you can put that on your 40 Before Forty list. You totally need that Anthropologie swimsuit, and so do I!

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    Kim
    July 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    We have the same birthday! Good luck with your list; you’re an inspiration.

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    July 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm

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    Jody
    July 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    You’ve got a ways to go!!! Get busy!!!

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    CT
    July 11, 2010 at 3:02 am

    I love your list and am hijacking it. Probably won’t be able to finish it, but trying should be fun.

    :-)

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    Making it Lovely | Transforming the so-so. » Blog Archive » I’m Going In
    July 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm

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    amy
    July 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    wow, what a cool idea. i’m 30 in a month, so i would need to do 30 things in 30 days!

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    July 17, 2010 at 8:21 am

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    Bethany
    July 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I have a Pad Thai recipe… very very good. From a recipe book called “reBar” – famous now all over but located near me on little Vancouver Island. If you like to experiment with yummy food that’s a little different… try this book :)

    loving your 30 before 30 posts. Very inspiring :)

    (copy and paste link?)

    http://www.amazon.com/Rebar-Audrey-Alsterburg-Wanda-Urbanowicz/dp/0968862306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279743034&sr=8-1

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    lsaspacey
    July 22, 2010 at 10:44 am

    oh, come on, get on youtube and make that paper crane already! :)

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    Erica
    July 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I need to do #22, #11 sounds delicious. Great list!

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    July 24, 2010 at 10:09 pm

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