Things I love April 2020

Hello my bucket list friends ! Well It’s time to say goodbye to April 2020 and look back on this months highlights ! Here we go!

 

Things I love April 2020

Painting a Piggy bank – I had a great time painting a very cute piggy bank. I can’t say it enough I love Melissa and Doug craft kits! ( You can read about it HERE )

Drinking lots of coffee – I drink a lot of coffee most months but I’ve fallen in love with mobile ordering . I love ordering coffee on my phone and then having it waiting for me when I get to the coffee shop.

Lanie’s real  adventurers – I read Lanie’s first book for my April book club. I then went on to read her next book and I loved it ! ( You can more about the books HERE)

Dollar Tree – I got to go shopping at one of my favorite stores this month ! I love going to the Dollar Tree. You never know what treasures you are going to find !

Springtime craft kits – I celebrated spring 2020 by doing some fun springtime craft kits ! (You can read more about it HERE)

My 2nd American Girl doll – I got another American Girl doll this month ! I named her Coral and I’m so happy I got her . ( You can read more about it HERE)

There you have it ! The things I loved about April 2020 !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

OCD update ( over a year after TMS)

Hello, my bucket list friends ! Some of you may remember that in February of last year  I participated in a OCD study at Stanford. ( You can read some of my posts about it HERE,HERE and HERE) I thought I would be a good time to update all of you on how my mental health is doing over a year after participating in the study and receiving TMS treatment. Without further delay here we go !

 

OCD update ( over a year after TMS)

Not that long after the treatments I wrote a post ( You can read it HERE) about the positive impact that the TMS treatment had on my mental health. I wrote about how my OCD symptoms had been greatly reduced and that my overall mental health had improved. Well I’m very happy to say that things have stayed that way .  OCD does not control my life the way it used to before I got treatment at Stanford. I feel much more in control of my mental health and my daily life in general. I’m able to brush off OCD’s attacks quickly. I still have some rough days like everyone dose but those seem to be few and far between. I’m so blessed that I was given the chance to participate in this study it has truly changed my life for the better.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

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Book club pick May 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends ! I’m excited to announce the book I’ve chosen for May 2020. This is the second book in the Light Heart book club and that book is Finally by Wendy Mass. I have so many books in my room that I have not read yet and this is one of them. I’m about thirty pages into the book and I’m excited to see what happens next. I’ll write a post discussing the book in detail sometime in mid or late May. During the discussion I will be answering questions about the book and suggesting activities to go  along with the book if you have any questions of suggestions let me know in the comments.

Rock on – Christina Epperly

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300 list items !!

Hello, my bucket list friends! The other day I was doing what bucket listers do .. looking at my bucket list !  I noticed that I had 240 items on my list. I thought it would be nice to bring that number to an even 300 so that’s what I did! It was fun brainstorming new items and after a while I finally got to 300 items ! Below are my new list items. Happy bucket listing !

 

300 list items !!

241. Be an extra on a TV show

242. Visit Carhenge

243. Visit Wild Blueberry land

244. Go to a blow dry bar

245. go to the Goodwill outlets aka the bins

246. visit Sliver Dollar city

247. Explore Fort Wilderness at Walt Disney world

248.  Go to New Orleans

249. Go to Boston

250.Go to Chicago

251. Get a tattoo of Blanca

252. Visit Dollywood

253. Take a bus tour of Hollywood

254. Stay at a house in Beverly Hills

255. Write 20 short stories and post them online

256. Take a drawing class

257 Read 50 books in one year

258. Host a party in my own place

259. Work at a thrift store

260. Swim in a infinity pool

261. Sleep in a tree house

262.Go to Sandcastle water park

263. Visit Shoot for the Stars mini golf

264. Go on a tour at Hammond’s candies factory

265. Visit the PEZ factory

266. Be in the opening credits of a TV show

267.  Do a guest post on someone’s blog

268. Host a guest post on my blog

269. Go to Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach CA.

270. Visit Zion national park

271. Be fluent in three languages

272 . Eat at the Amy’s drive through restaurant

273. plant a palm tree

274. Play mini golf at Disney World

275. Go on a tour of Warner Brothers studios

276. Visit the Griffith Observatory

277.  Visit the Getty Center

278. Visit in Bronx Zoo

279. Record a song

280. Get a Lisa Frank tattoo

281. Visit Hearst castle

283. Visit the Exploratorium

284. Go on a moth long vacation

285. Visit  Chihuly Garden and Glass

286. Go shopping on black Friday

287. Go on a Vegan Picnic

288. Go to a drive in movie

289. Go to Disney World on my birthday

290. Do a virtual 5k

291.Visit the Museum of the Bible

292. Visit the Denver art museum

293. Visit Salvation Mountain

294. Go shopping at the Gilroy Outlets

295. Take a typing test

296.  Give a motivational speech to a crowd of a thousand or more

297.  Go to three playgrounds in one day

298. Own a carousel ride

299. Make my own craft kit

300. Have a thousand or more blog followers

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

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Painting a piggy bank

Hello, my bucket list friends. As some of you know I love Melissa and Doug craft kits! Today I completed a paint your own piggy bank kit that I got at Savers. I can’t wait to tell you more about it so here we go!

 

Painting a piggy bank

I was excited when I got this kit at the thrift store but today was finally the day that I got to use it. This kit came with a very cute piggy bank, paint ,a paint brush ,glitter glue and stickers. I started off by painting the pig then I let it dry before painting some more. After a while I added some glitter glue. I decided to dry the pig with a hair dryer because I didn’t want to wait. The hair dryer did make the pig hot to the touch so air drying is probably the best option. I had a fun time doing this craft kit. I got paint allover my hands but I think that is all part of the fun! I’m happy with the way my piggy bank turned out. Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

 

 

Light Heart Book club April 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends and welcome to the first official light Heart book club discussion !  ( You can learn more about the book club HERE )  This month’s book is an American Girl book titled Lanie by Jane Kurtz . I really enjoyed reading this book and I came up with a few questions to help us discuss this book. Feel free to answer the questions in the comments! One more thing before we get into our discussion, The following contains major plot points ( Spoilers ) in 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.

 

Who in the book did I relate to the most ? This book is full of some great characters but the main charter Lanie is who I related to the most. Lanie has a passion for nature and all things outdoors. Her best friend Dakota also shares this passion with her but during the book Dakota is off on her own adventure on the other side of the world. Lanie’s family  has what she refers to as inside genes meaning they do not love the great outdoors the way she does. I could relate to Lanie’s frustration as she struggled to share her passion with others.  I think at one time or another most people have been disappointed when their excitement about a topic they are passionate isn’t shared by the others around them. I loved how Lanie did her own camp out in her yard. Sometimes you have to explore your passions on your own. This part of the book was a good reminder of that.

 

What was my favorite moment in the book ? I loved the part of the book when Lanie took her pet rabbit Lu Lu out for a walk. It was funny to hear about her neighbors reactions to seeing her walk her rabbit down the street.

 

what was my least favorite moment in the book ? – My least favorite moment in the book was when Lannie’s aunt left unexpectedly overnight due to a last minute job offer. Lanie was very excited when she found out that her nature loving aunt was coming to stay with them. Lanie and her aunt both have what Lanie calls outside genes. Lanie loved having her aunt around they even started planting a garden together. I could feel Lanie’s disappointment when she woke up and discovered that her aunt had left.

 

What did I think for the book overall – I really enjoyed reading this fun and light hearted book! Another one of my favorite parts was at the end of the book when Lanie and her younger sister Emily went bird watching. Throughout the book Emily had shown some interest in the outdoors but she struggled with a fear of bugs. I loved reading about their outdoor adventure together.

Actives to go with the book

The art activity I chose to go with this book was painting a garden rock. It’s a very simple art project . All you need is some paint and a rock. I used an art kit that I got from the Dollar Tree . The rock that came in the kit had the shape of a carrot outlined onto it.I had fun painting the rock and adding some glitter that came with the kit onto the carrot. I think Lanie would love to have a rock like this in her garden.

Another fun activity that you can do with this book is an outdoor scavenger hunt. You can find plenty of scavenger hunt lists online or you can come up with your own.

Recommended reading – There is another book about Lanie called Lanie’s real adventures I’ve already started reading it. If you enjoyed Lanie’s first book I recommend taking a look at her second book.

There you have it the first discussion in the light heart book club ! I’m so excited to chose the next book and discuss it with all of you ! Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

 

 

Spring Time arts and crafts !

Hello, my bucket list friends and happy Spring! I decided to celebrate spring by doing some spring themed arts and craft kits. I can’t wait to tell more about it so here we go!

 

Spring Time arts and crafts !

For this post I got three spring themed arts and craft kits. The first art kit I did was a paddle ball game with a spring picture on the paddle for you to color. I loved how the design said yay spring on it because yay is one of my favorite words. I enjoyed coloring the flower with the three markers that came with the paddle. I also added some dots to add a little extra creativity to this art kit.

The next kit I did was a bunny shaped puzzle that came with three markers to color the puzzle. My favorite part of the kit was coloring the ears. I came up with a different color pattern for each ear.  I have not taken the puzzle out of the frame and built it yet but I plan to soon.

The third kit was a yarn craft. For this craft kit you used the pink balls of yarn and other pieces to make two very cute yarn bunnies. I did not see any instructions that came with the kit . I deiced to use hot glue to put all the pieces together. I’m happy with the way the yarn bunnies turned out !

 

There you have it my experience with some pretty cool arts and craft kits! Rock On – Christina Epperly

Hello Coral!

Hello, my bucket list friends! I recently got my second American Girl doll and I wanted to do a quick post introducing her ! I got her from Ebay for about half the price of a new doll. She does have one set of eyelashes missing but she is perfect to me . I named her Coral for two reasons, one being I just simply liked the name. The other reason was I thought that it would be cool for me and my American Girl dolls to all have names that start with C. I also really love the outfit she came in. My first American girl doll Clover is happy to have a bestfriend and I’m happy to have two American girl dolls ! Rock On – Christina Epperly

Things I love March 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends ! March 2020 has come and gone so that means it’s time to look back on my highlights for this month ! Here we go. 

 

Things I love March 2020

Getting new hair bows – I was so happy when I got some cute Claire’s brand hair bows from CVS !

Going to Claire’s – I also got to go to a Claire’s store this month. It is one of my favorite stores !

Mirror craft kit – I really enjoy this Melissa and Doug craft kit ! ( You can read about it HERE )

Scribble Scrubbies – I love these fun and creative toys  ( You can read about it HERE )

petroglyph – I got to visit one of my favorite local business this month ( You can read about it HERE)

Staring my own book club –  I can’t wait to discuss the first book in my book club ! ( You can read about it HERE )

Getting a big box of dolls from E Bay – This was a lot of fun ! ( You can read about it HERE)

Rock On – Christina Epperly