Light Heart book club discussion September 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends! It’s time for this month’s book club discussion! I had a fun time reading this book. Our book for this month was Marshmallow Mystery by Helen Perelman. As always just one more thing before we dive into our discussion. The following post contains major plot points ( Spoilers ) for the book . If you want to read the book and haven’t yet, I suggest you wait to read this post until you have finished the book. Now, let’s dive into our discussion!

My favorite part of the book – I was so happy when the candy fairies found Mallow their owl friend. Mallow had some important information that helped the fairies solve the mystery.

My least favorite part of the book- I felt really bad for the fairies especially Raina when they realized that their fairy code book was missing. It’s never a good feeling when you lose something important.

Before we get into this month’s activities. I just have to say that this was a really fun book to read! I have another Candy Fairies book and I hope to read it soon.

Art activities- This month I did two different art projects to go along with this book. For the first project I made a foam gingerbread house from a kit that I got at a thrift store. I had a fun time decorating the house. I think the candy fairies would be right at home in this house.

For my second art activity I did something very simple but also very fun ! I drew colorful and fun candy picture! I had a good time drawing lollypops and gumdrops!

Thank you for reading this month’s book club discussion! Happy reading.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

September Goodwill fun !

Hello, my bucket list friends! Recently I went on a fun shopping trip to the Goodwill. I went to get new jeans but of course I found more then that. I can’t wait to tell you more about my latest thrift finds so let’s get to it !

September Goodwill fun !

If I’m remembering correctly the first thing that I put in my basket was an American Girl sticker art set! I was excited to find this kit because I love stickers and American Girl! In the toy aisle I got a Build a Bear horse I named her happy. I also found a Beanie Baby that was on my wish list. It was good day when it came to books as well . I got two American Girl books and two My Little Pony books! Of course I also got the jeans that I came for in the first place. 

Thanks for reading ! Rock On – Christina Epperly

30 becomes 40

Hello, my bucket list friends. Some of you may recall that I made a list of 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30. Well now that I’m 30 it’s time to make a 40 before 40 list! Before we get into that here is the 30 before 30 list with the items I completed crossed off.

The 30 before 30 list

  1. Cross 100 or more things of my bucket list
  2. visit another country
  3. live in LA for at least 30 days
  4. get paid to act or model
  5. get paid to write
  6. get my starfish and Disney tattoos
  7. pay off at least one of my credit cards
  8. have 100 + followers on my blog
  9. read all the gospels
  10. work as a massage therapist
  11. put new products in my ETSY store and make 5 or more sales
  12. take more acting classes even if they are online
  13. go on a cruise even if it’s not Disney
  14. Finish writing a book and work on getting it published
  15. Get head shots taken
  16. get a passport
  17. go to a paint night
  18. go to build a bear on my birthday
  19. make photo books of bucket list items I’ve crossed off
  20. achieve my credit score goal
  21. get more help for my OCD
  22. go vegan for at least 30 days
  23. invest in the stock market
  24. complete a 5k,10k, and half marathon
  25. make washer necklaces
  26. take an art or crafts class
  27. learn to make a paper airplane
  28. learn how to braid hair
  29. enter a writing contest
  30. own some G1 my little pony toys

There you have it my 30 before 30 list. I didn’t cross off near as much as I would have liked to but it’s all good because I have my eyes set on the 40 before 40 list. Without anymore delay here is the 40 before 40 list.

40 before 40

1. Go on a cruise
2.  Become a slow cooker pro
3. Visit Disney World again
4. Have 1000 followers on my blog
5. Cross 125 items off my bucket list
6. Publish a book
7. Have 3 American Girl dolls
8. Visit another Crayola Experience location
9. Get my old disposable cameras developed
10. Visit another country
11. Live in LA for at least 30 days
12. Own my own house or condo
13. Get into freelance writing
14. Go to the American Girl place in Chicago
15. Start selling on Etsy again
16. Go vegan for at least 30 days
17. Learn how to make lanyards
18. Do a guest blog post
19. Get a TY racoon pillow pal like I used to have
20. Get a Disney mini backpack
21. Go on a 7 day or longer road trip
22. Move out of CA
23. Celebrate new years on the east coast
24. Make pasta from scratch
25. Participate in blogmas
26. Read a book a day for a week
27. Cross one item off my bucket list everyday for a week
28. Host a Christmas party

29. Make a Christmas build a bear
30. Become a budgeting pro
31. Have a stretching routine
32. Have my own office room
33. Host a taco night
34. Try 10 Pinterest crafts
35. Try 10 Pinterest recipes
36. Have a pool party for my birthday
37. Go on a walk every day for month
38. Go to the movies alone
39. Recreate a childhood art project
40. Work on being more outgoing

There is the 40 before 40 list ! I wonder what item I will cross off first?

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Light Heart book club September 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends! It’s time to announce the book club pick for September. I’m excited about this book I got it on my birthday at Savers and I hope you will like it as much as I did. Without anymore delay let’s get to it.

This month’s book is the Marshmallow Mystery by Helen Perelman. This book is part of the Candy Fairies series. I hadn’t heard of this series before but I love the picture on the cover. I can’t wait to discuss it later this month. Happy reading!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Things I love August 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends! August has already flown on by so it’s time to take a look back at the things I loved. Let’s dive on in!

Thrift shopping – I went thrift shopping twice in August. I found some really awesome stuff including some great books!

My birthday – I had a really great time celebrating my 30th birthday! ( You can read about it HERE)

Making paper airplanes – I finally learned how to make a half way decent paper airplane ( You can read about it HERE)

Sharpie tie-dye art – I had a fun time crossing this item off my bucket list ( You can read about it HERE )

There are some of the things I loved in August 2020! I wonder what things I will enjoy in September.

Thanks for reading ! Rock On Christina Epperly

Light heart book club discussion August 2020

Hello,my bucket list friends. It’s time for another book discussion for the Light Heart book club. August’s book was Dream on by Sarah Mlynowski. This book is part of the whatever after series. I’m excited to tell you more about this book and the activities I did along with it. There is one more thing before we dive into the discussion. The following post contains major plot points ( Spoilers ) for the book . If you want to read the book and haven’t yet, I suggest you wait to read this post until you have finished the book. Now, let’s dive into our discussion.

The whatever after book series focuses on Abby and her brother Jonah as they go through a magic mirror and into popular fairy tales. In this book Abby and Jonah end up in the story of Sleeping beauty. Things get complicated when Abby’s friend Robin gets put under the sleeping spell instead of the princess. I really enjoyed the author’s take on this story and I recommend it for anyone looking for a fun read.

My favorite part of the book – There were a lot of fun moments in this book. One of the moments that stood out to me the most was when prince the puppy came back through the mirror with the kids. I was happy that Abby and Jonah got to keep him.

My least favorite part of the book – It was kind of sad that Robin fell asleep and didn’t get to explore the kingdom of Rose with Abby and Jonah.

Activities

draw a rose -This story mainly takes place in the kingdom of Rose. As you can probably guess there are many beautiful roses there. It also turns out that Abby loves to draw roses. So I thought that drawing a rose was the perfect activity. In the book Abby describes how she draws her roses . I followed her description and I’m happy with how my rose drawing looks.

Color a puppy – as I mentioned above Abby and Jonah return home with a puppy. I decided to color a puppy picture from a coloring book I have. You can find coloring pages online if you would like to color your own puppy.

Thanks for reading !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Summer 2020 wrap up

Hello,my bucket list friends! Well, it’s time to say goodbye to summer. Summer is my favorite season and it’s always hard to say goodbye but let’s look back on my summer 2020 fun! Here we go !

When I think about this summer the first things that stand out are my vacations to Idaho and Montana. Even though I’ve been to Idaho many times I got to go to the botanical gardens for the first time and I really enjoyed it. This summer was my first time going to Montana and I really liked their zoo. Some other summer  highlights include going thrift shopping, going swimming,going to the mall, getting my haircut and spending time with some great people! As always I get sad when summer comes to an end. It’s my favorite season because it is often filled with fun and adventure. I wonder what adventures I will go on next summer.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

My 30th birthday

Hello, my bucket list friends! On Wednesday I turned 30 and I had a really great day celebrating! I can’t wait to tell you all about it so let’s jump on in !

The first thing I want to say is thank you everyone who wished me a happy birthday! I felt so loved on my birthday. I’m so blessed to have many wonderful people in my life. My plan for my birthday was to go to the Dollar Tree and buy 30 things for my 30th birthday then go to savers to get some books from their very impressive book section. Before going out to dinner that evening. Things at the Dollar Tree started off pretty well but I kept losing count of how many items I had. I ended up with more then 30 items but I had fun and that’s what matters! Then it was time for Savers. The first thing I noticed when I walked into Savers is that the book section had moved. Luckily it was just as big as it used to be. We spent a good amount of time looking through the books and my mom and I found some good books. I got a few other things at savers but mainly books. We made a stop for coffee before heading home. After spending a little time at home it was time to go out to dinner. We met Amy there.  I was so happy to see her!  Also dinner was amazing! I had a really wonderful birthday. I hope the first year of my 30s is wonderful too.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

I guess I’m 30 now ?!?

Hello,my bucket list friends! As I sit here writing this post I’m less then an hour away from turning 30. When you read this post I will be 30. I just have to say that it feels weird. I know that turning 30 is not a bad thing but it feels really strange. I don’t know how time flew by so fast. As I enter this milestone year I find myself reflecting on my life. I’ve been thinking about all my accomplishments, my failures, and my growth as a person. As I analyze my life I can’t help but feel like I’ve done a pretty good job. Now, let me make this clear I have made many mistakes and I’m far from perfect. That being said I can’t help but think about how much I’ve learned in these 30 years. If I listed everything I have learned this post would be a novel. However I will say that one of the most important things that I have learned is how to love myself. God provides me with unconditional love but I had a hard time loving my imperfect self. I’m happy to say that now I love myself and I want to help others learn to love themselves as well. Another life lesson I have learned is this world is a messy place but it is also full of good, you just have to know where to look. As I start this next decade of my life I can’t help but be thankful for all the wonderful people in my life that have helped me to learn and grow. I don’t have enough time to list everyone but I just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me this past 30 years.Well there you have it that is what is going through my head as I’m about to turn 30. Thank you all so much for reading this blog!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Fun bucket list art !!

Hello,my bucket list friends! I’m excited to tell you that I’ve crossed another item off my bucket list ! This item was pretty easy to cross off and it was also a lot of fun! Without anymore delay let’s dive on in!

Fun Bucket list art !!

The item that I recently crossed off is number 231 make a sharpie tie-dye shirt. I saw this craft on Pinterest and I thought that it would be a fun addition to my list. For this craft all I needed was a white shirt , Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. I started off by drawing on the shirt. I let my imagination run wild. I loved how colorful the shirt was when I finished drawing on it. Then it was time to spray the shirt with rubbing alcohol to make the colors spread out like tie-dye. As I sprayed the shirt I noticed that some colors seemed to spread out more than others. I probably should have done this project outside because when I sprayed the shirt it soaked through the blanket on my bed. Anyways I like the way the shirt looks and I’m glad I did this art project. Thanks for reading!

Rock On – Christina Epperly