My new friend Lavender !

Hello, my bucket list friends it’s time for a fun and happy post! As many of you know I’m a big kid at heart who loves toys . Well, on Saturday I got this very cute toy dog from Costco and it is not just any toy dog it’s from American Girl ! I can’t wait to tell you all about it . Here we go !

 

 

My new friend Lavender !

 

On whim my friend asked me to go to Costco with her . I was excited to get to spend some time with her. I had no idea I would find something there that I just couldn’t pass up .  While my friend and I were looking around in Costco . I saw these awesome American Girl pets . There was a huge horse but also some very cute dogs and cats . I walked away at first but I could not stop thinking about how much I wanted to get one of the dogs . As you have probably guessed now I ended up getting one . I finally got around to opening her today . She comes with cute little book that has quizzes and other fun things inside . After looking at the book  I named her Lavender to remind me to take time to relax and reduce stress .  She is a really cool toy that can stand up or sit down . I love how she has moveable legs . I cant wait to fill out more information about her in the book she came with !

Rock on ! – Christina Epperly

My Childhood without Santa Claus

Hello, my bucket list friends ! I hope all of you are having a very merry December ! One thing I really love about blogging and writing in general is that it allows people to express feelings and ideas that they might otherwise keep to themselves . Now this is not the typical post that I usually write .This is definitely much more on the controversial side but it is something that has been on my mind lately and I feel the need to express it . Get ready and hold on tight for a different kind of post from just a bucket list dream !

My Childhood without Santa Claus

When I was growing up my family didn’t do the Christmas tradition of Santa Claus . Both my sister and I knew that the gifts under the tree had been bought for us by our parents or other family members but that didn’t mean we didn’t love Christmastime ! I looked forward to Christmas just like any other kid did . I loved decorating the Christmas tree , decorating sugar cookies , looking at Christmas lights ,being in church Christmas plays , and of course getting some pretty awesome gifts ! Some people may have felt like my sister and I were missing out on something great but we didn’t think so . Neither of us really minded knowing who our gifts were from as long as we had presents to open on Christmas day . Looking back now,knowing that my parents were the ones buying the gifts for us made me really appreciate the things I got for Christmas . We didn’t have a ton of money to spend and I knew that. Seeing all the effort that my parents put in to Christmas made it more special . Another benefit of not doing the Santa Claus tradition was that I realized the important of giving to other children whos parents could not afford any gifts for them .  I remember participating in the toy drive at church and helping  out at the toys for tots donation center . Since I knew how presents really got under the tree I knew that it was up to the kindness of others to help those children . Not doing the Santa Claus tradition made me want to help others more. I knew that Santa didn’t bring gifts to those in need but that people with kind hearts did . Not believing in Santa Claus helped to teach me the importance of kindness and giving. I look at it as a very positive thing not only did I learn some important character qualities, I never had to deal with the disappointment of finding out the truth and I was able to enjoy Christmas year after year without questioning if reindeer could really fly or if one guy could make it to every house in the world in one night .  Now, all that being said Santa Claus wasn’t banned in our house or anything like that. We owned the Santa Claus  movies and if we wanted to pretend Santa was real we could . Overall not doing the Santa Claus tradition had a very positive effect on my childhood. It taught me important values and lessons that helped me grow in to who I am today.

Rock on – Christina Epperly

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Bouncing back after living in sick town

Hello , my bucket list friends ! I’m happy to report that this is my second day being back at work after being out sick . ( you can read about my sick days here ) I’m still not 100% better but I’m feeling much more productive again . I’m not sure what I was sick with but in the meantime I’m being very careful about what I eat. I’m cutting back on foods like cheese and beans that can cause digestive problems. I’m also drinking tea like crazy ! The tea I’ve been drinking while sick is Traditional Medicinals Belly comfort peppermint tea. It tastes good and it helps to keep me hydrated . I’m looking forward to being all the way better hopefully very soon ! I hope all for you are staying well and staying out of sick town ! Rock on – Christina Epperly

I don’t have time to be sick!

Hello , my bucket list friends ! This post is going to be a bit of a rant but have you ever been sick at a very inconvenient time ? I mean I guess there is never a good time to get sick but there are sometimes that are better or worse than others .When I was a kid my family got the flu during Christmas time . It was definitely  not fun at all . Well currently I’m dealing with a very inconvenient sickness . On Tuesday I had to leave work early because I was feeling so sick . I was also unable to go to my second job that afternoon . Yesterday I missed an appointment and another shift of work . This morning I missed another shift at one of my jobs .In addition to missing all that work,on Tuesday night I was in horrible pain my abdomen was hurting so bad I thought I was going to have to going to the ER but fortunately the pain decreased and I was able to get some sleep. yesterday I was feeling very week and I didn’t to much but sleep and lay on the couch. Being sick is never fun but it’s hard for me to miss all this work when Christmas is coming and I have gifts to buy . The good news is I slept pretty well last night and I’m feeling ok today not 100% better but I feel well enough to make it to my afternoon job ! I’m excited to get back to work after being out for awhile . Stay Well my friends !

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

Fantasy of lights 2018

Hello, my bucket list friends ! This weekend I got to enjoy one of my favorite Christmas time things ,Christmas lights ! There is this really cool event in my area called Fantasy of lights I’ve mentioned this before in a blog post from last year.( you can read it here ). Anyways I thought I’d go into more detail about this fun event . Let’s get to it !

 

Fantasy of lights 2018

Fantasy of lights is this wonderful event where a local park goes all out with the Christmas lights . There are many colorful light displays set up you can see everything from penguins to dinosaurs . The event started 20 years ago but I remember when it was  new! It used to be just a drive through attraction but later on walk through nights were offered .  After doing both more then once I can honestly say that the walk through nights are my favorite . This year I did the walk through with my parents . I saw my favorite light displays including the ice skating bears, the bear climbing the huge candy cane and the big Fantasy of lights arch. There was a light display of cat that I think was new . It’s fun to see all the displays that have been added over the years .  It was cold and crowded that night but it was still enjoyable . One of the things that have changed since this event started is that you now have to get tickets before you go because it has become so popular . Even with the all cold and all the people it was worth going to this year. I hope everyone is enjoying the last month of 2018 .

 

 

 

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Fun Target finds !

Hello, my bucket list friends ! On Saturday I went to Target and I got some cute and fun items that I wanted to share with all of you . Without further delay here we go !

 

                                                                     Fun Target finds !

I love going shopping at Target and one of my favorite things about Target is the dollar section . I was really excited to check out the dollar section on this trip because I knew that they would have their Christmas items out and let me tell you something the dollar section did not disappoint ! I found two painting projects that I really had fun painting .One was a seal made out of plaster wearing earmuffs the other was a wooden snowman . I also got a Disney Christmas book for a dollar and  cute stuffed penguin  it was one of the three dollar items that dollar section has . Outside of the dollar section I got a new My Little pony toy an Apple Jack figure that is covered in a beautiful glitter design . My other awesome Target find is a box of  Crayola crayons ,they are a special pirate themed pack and they cost under a dollar ! It was a fun shopping trip and I hope to go to Target again soon !

bucket list #142 make a perfect cupcake

Hello, my bucket list friends ! I’m so happy right now because I crossed another item off my bucket list ! I’m so excited to tell you about it ! Here we go !

 

bucket list #142 make a perfect cupcake

It was kind of hard at first to figure out what kind of cupcake to make since perfect is a matter of opinion . After some thinking I decided the prefect cupcake would have the following qualities. First they would need to be easy to make but they would also need include peppermint and my little pony decorations . I decided the best thing to do would be to use a box cake mix and then decorate the cupcakes with crushed candy canes and My Little Pony decorations.  I ordered two different kinds of My Little Pony cupcake decorations. The first ones that I ordered were cute plastic rings with My Little Ponies on them but after I ordered them it looked like it might take them a while to get to me. I decided to order  some other My little pony cupcakes toppers as well. These cupcake toppers were little tooth picks with ponies on top ! Buying everything else was pretty simple .Cake mix, frosting, and candy canes are pretty easy to find. Once I had everything I needed it was time to get baking ! Once I started to get everything together I realized that the vegetable oil in the kitchen was expired after searching the internet I found out that you could use butter instead .Then it was really time to get baking ! First I preheated the oven and then I put together all the ingredients as the box instructed . After I mixed everything together it was time to pour the batter into the cupcake pan  . I found some really cute cupcake liners in the cabinet that had balloons on them . After pouring the batter in the liners I put them in the oven and set the timer . After the cupcakes were baked perfectly I let them cool and then I put the rest of the batter in the oven .  When all the cupcakes were cooled they were ready to be frosted and decorated . The Cupcakes were very easy to frost with the premade frosting  and then I sprinkled the cupcakes with the peppermint that I crushed up . The last step was to put on the pony decorations. My cupcakes were really perfect and tasty ! I’m glad I crossed this fun item off my list .

Rock on – Christina Epperly