2021 goals how did I do?

Read 50 books –  Nope. Unfortunately I didn’t get it done this year but next year is looking good!

Take more baths . – I had to cut back a little bit of this because of the drought in California. However I did take my fair share of relaxing baths this year.

Use 5 new bath bombs! – I don’t have the official count but I’m pretty sure I used way over five!

Start freelance writing- I started posting on Vocal Media this year! I really enjoy it and I want to post more on there next year.

Cross five things off my bucket list ! – I crossed eight items off my bucket list this year!

Thanks for reading and Happy new years!

My year in review 2021

Hello,my bucket list friends! I can’t believe that it is time to write this post! This year has been a roller-coaster for sure! There have been a fair amount of changes,ups and downs and lots of adventures! Before I dive into 2022, I  wanted to  take a look back at 2021. Here we go!

Bucket list- I crossed eight items of my bucket list this year! I do wish this number was higher but I’m pretty happy with it overall. I made a list below of all the items I crossed of this year.

1. #297 – Go to three playgrounds in one day.

2. #294- Go shopping at the Gilroy Outlets

3. #290 do a virtual 5k

4. #277 – visit the Getty Center

5. #253 take a bus tour of Hollywood

6. #276 – visit the Griffith observatory

7. #238 – Go to the Grove in Los Angeles

8. #226 – see the La Brea tar pits

Travel- I did a good amount of travel this year! I went to Utah, Los Angeles, Pismo Beach,Monterey, Idaho three times,Redding and Florida! I’m actually in Idaho as I write this right now! I’m very happy with all the travel I did this year. I loved exploring Salt Lake City and Park City in Utah. I also loved going to Tracy aviary in Utah. Los Angeles was a ton of fun! I loved going to the Big American Girl store at the Grove and the La Brea tar pits. I did so many things in Florida,that I haven’t even finished my posts about it yet. I look forward to more travel in 2022!

Work/ career- This year I left the world of retail and entered back into the world of preschool. I currently work in a toddler classroom. It is an exciting and challenging environment to work in. I’m always looking for new experiences and opportunities so I decided to try out voice acting! I’m doing voice acting lessons now and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. I hope to be doing commercials,audio books and more as soon as next year!

Shopping/ collecting – I added a lot of items to my collection this year! I did so much thrift shopping this year. I even thrift shopped in Idaho, Utah and Redding. I also went to two antique malls this year. Some of my favorite items that I added to my collection this year are a Barbie jewelry box art kit from the 90s, A Barbie comforter from the 90s, a Beanie Buddy penguin, a lot of American Girl and Barbie books, as well as many Beanie babies and Barbie dolls. I also got a lot of Barbie color reveal dolls! I really do love the color reveal line by Barbie. In addition to all of that. I also got many fun souvenires from the places I traveled to. I wonder what items I will add to my collection in the upcoming year.

Writing- My love for writing grew this year. I published Sixteen pieces on Vocal Media. I want to continue writing on Vocal this upcoming year. I’m excited to see what I write this year. I also continued to write on this blog. I’m so glad God gave me a talent and love for writing.

Creativity/ art – I let my creativity show this year for sure! I did my fair share of craft kits this year as well as drawing and some painting. I wonder what I will make in this upcoming year!

Mental health/ self care – I continued to work on my mental health this year. I had a lot of ups and downs but I think I’m starting to get better at managing my stress. This is something that I really want to  focus on in the new year.

Thank you all so much for reading this blog! I hope you had a wonderful 2021 and that you all have an even better 2022!

Rock On- Christina Epperly

Merry Christmas 2021!!

Hello,my bucket list friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Things have been pretty busy lately but I wanted to do a quick post about my Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and the day after. Let’s start with Christmas Eve. One thing that was different about this Christmas Eve is that I went thrift shopping. I don’t think I’ve ever been thrift shopping on Christmas Eve until this year! I got some great items including a American Girl planner, a Coca-Cola polar bear plate, and a Barbie book. The item that I’m the most excited about was one that I have been wanting for a while. It’s a Build a Bear Darth Vader bear. It’s just so cute! I’m so happy I got him. On Christmas Eve night we went out to eat with my sister. It was nice to try a restaurant that we had never gone to before. I enjoyed the food here. On Christmas day we stayed home and did traditional Christmas things like open presents and had a big awesome dinner. I had a good Christmas this year. It was good to slow down and relax for a while. The day after Christmas we did some errands. We went to Starbucks and Whole Foods. I also got my new microphone put up on my desk. I haven’t got it work yet but it looks cool! Thanks for reading!

Rock On- Christina Epperly

A Target shopping trip and Barbie color reveal 12/21

Hello, my bucket list friends! I’m here with a fun light hearted blog post! On Wednesday I went to Target and got some great items including a huge Barbie color reveal set. When I was at Target I went to the Barbie section to see what I could find. I was excited whenI saw the huge color reveal surprise party set was on sale. I also got a Barbie puzzle. It comes with a marker that reveals the color on part of the puzzle. I was surprised to see that there was still a lot of toys on the shelves still. I didn’t  think that there would be a lot to choose from I was pleasantly surprised. On Thursday I opened the color reveal set and I just have to say this is the coolest Barbie color reveal item I have ever got. There was just so much In the set including two dolls and two pets. I love the dolls and the accessories. There is just so much included with this set. I haven’t even gone through all the pieces yet! It was a great value for the sale price. The set also comes with a board game and the boxes can be used as a puzzle. Thanks for reading.

Life after vacation December 2021

Hello,my bucket list friends! I haven’t finished writing my posts about my amazing vacation yet. However since coming back from vacation my life has been a little on the crazy side and I need to talk about it. The day after we got back from Florida, Sherri our fifteen year old cat was not acting like herself. On Monday night we took her to an Emergency vet and it turned out she was a lot sicker then I thought. She had an infection and her kidneys were not doing well at all. I knew that she had kidney disease but I didn’t realize how advanced it was. She ended up being hospitalized until Wednesday. I did realize just how much this was bothering me until Thursday. I have to leave work early because I broke out in a rash. I didn’t know what it was at first. I walked to CVS to get medicine to stop the itching. While I was there I got a My little pony toy. I was feeling pretty bad but I got excited when I saw it on the shelf. It turned out that my rash was a stress rash. My rash kept on coming back and I’m still not over it yet. Friday night I got some relief from my stress when I went to a local light display drive through with Amy and my parents. On Saturday I visited one of my favorite local stores called Affordable Treasures and celebrated my dad’s birthday. Sunday we went to a family party. I’m trying not to stress but my emotions have been all over the place. It doesn’t help that it is a very busy time of year right now. I do work at a school but we are not out for Christmas break until Christmas Eve. Things have not been the easiest lately but yesterday we got some encouraging news. Sherri went to the vet again and the vet gave her longer to live then she originally told us. some other good news is last week I went to Target and I finished my Christmas shopping I also got a snowboarding Barbie doll and other fun things. I know it’s not something I usually say on my blog but I could really use your prayers right now. My depression has been acting up lately. Sometimes optimism is hard to find. Oh before I end this blog post I do have something exciting to tell you about. I started taking voice acting lessons! I had my first class on Sunday and it went really well. I’m excited to see where this adventure will take me. Thanks for reading!

Rock On- Christina Epperly

Florida vacation 2021 part four

Hello,my bucket list friends! It’s time for part four of my vacation to Florida. The day after we went to Disney’s Hollywood studios we took a day off from going to the parks and spent some time at Disney springs. Disney springs is a large outdoor shopping and dining area. Just like the parks Disney Springs has plenty to explore. My favorite store in Disney Springs is called World of Disney. It is a very large Disney store. I enjoyed shopping there and getting some cool souvenires. We also came across a store called Basin where I got a bath bomb. I have not tried it yet but I hope to soon. We ate lunch at a restaurant call the Boat House. I had some really amazing pasta there. I was really excited to see that there was a carousel at Disney Springs. I don’t remember seeing one when I was there before. My mom and I had a fun time riding it. I wish I could ride a carousel every day. Disney springs also had a lot of beautifully decorated Christmas trees. You could get free map that had circles where all the trees were located. It also came with stickers that represented the theme of that tree. Once you put the stickers on the circles you could get a prize. I got a really cool button once I put all the stickers on the map. I enjoyed Disney Springs and I hope to go again one day.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Florida vacation 2021 part three

Hello,my bucket list friends! It’s time for part three of my Florida vacation. On this day we went to Disney’s Hollywood studios. This park had gone through some changes since we were there last. I was very excited to ride Mickey and Minnie’s runaway railway. This ride was not there the last time we visited. This was the first ride that we road that day. The line was already pretty long even early in the day. However it was worth the wait. This ride is so cute and fun. I wish I could have road it more then once. This park was very crowded when we were there and it was hard to enjoy at certain points. Even with the crowds we still manged to do some great rides. We paid for the lighting lane to go on Rise of the Resistance. It was expensive but we all really liked the ride. It was a fun adventure and I hope to go on this ride again some day. Another one of my favorite rides in Disney’s Hollywood studios is Toy Story midway mania. They have this ride in California Adventure on the west coast so I have gone on it a few times. I’m glad we were able to do this ride however we were not able to go on any other rides in the Toy Story area of the park. We had lunch at a restaurant called the Hollywood brown derby. I liked this restaurant and the food I had there. My plate looks amazing in the picture I took. I also got a pretty good picture of me with Goofy in the background. Another thing we did was watch the Beauty and the Beast show. I watched this show that lest time we were here and I was happy that we got to do again. One of my favorite things we did was Walt Disney presents. This attraction is a gallery and there is also a movie about Walt Disney there. I highly recommend checking this out if you get the chance. After spending the day at the park we checked into Disney’s all star movies hotel. The night I went to the photo booth that was located in the arcade. I love photo booths! I wish there were more common then they are. I also went to the gift shop at the hotel. I loved staying at the all star resorts I liked music a little better than movies but the were both awesome.

Thanks for reading and Rock On – Christina Epperly

Florida vacation 2021 part two

Hello,my bucket list friends! I’m really excited to write this post because I’m going to talk about Epcot which is also known as my favorite park in Disney world. The day after going to Disney’s Animal Kingdom we went to Epcot. I had been to this park once before and it had become my favorite East coast amusement park. After going there a second time I can confirm that it is my favorite amusement park on the East coast. Epcot is a very unique theme park and I really enjoy going here. Some of my favorite rides at this park are Journey into Imagination with Figment,test track, the Gran Fiesta tour,the seas with Nemo and friends and spaceship Earth. Spaceship Earth  is the big golf ball like structure that Epcot is famous for. I know that this ride has been around for awhile but I still  find it to be enjoyable. I love how test track allows you to build and test your own car.Epcot has this part of the park that is called world showcase. This huge area is split up into eleven different countries. Walking through this area is truly like traveling the world. In Canda we watched a movie about the country that was shown in a circle shaped theater. The screen went all around you. We also ate our lunch in world showcase at the same restaurant that we went to the last time we visited Epcot. The restaurant we ate at is called nine dragons and it’s located in the China Pavilion in world showcase. I was very excited to eat here again because I really love the food here. During the Christmas season Epcot does the candlelight processional show. I didn’t think we were going to be able to see it because it very popular. However as we were walking around world showcase we saw that the stand by line for the show was close to being empty and that there were still seats available. I was very happy that we got seats. It was a beautiful unexpected surprise. I have to say that it was a truly beautiful and amazing show. I’m so happy that I got to see this show. Another fun thing that we did in Epcot was to collect these little cards from the eleven pavilions in world showcase.  This activity is geared towards kids the places the you pick up the cards are called kidcot fun stops. At first I thought that only kids could get them. However when we were in one of the country pavilions we found out that it was open to everyone. If you collect a card from every country you can get a postcard as a prize. We didn’t get all the cards but I’m happy I got some of them. I hope to go back to Epcot sometime and collect all the cards. I also had a treat here called school bread I had heard about this baked good before and I was excited to try it. It was a very unique tasting but I did enjoy it. Some of my other Epcot highlights include the Beauty and the Beast sing a long, going shopping and getting a pressed penny souvenir If you could only visit one park in Disney world I recommend going to Epcot. Thanks for reading.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Florida vacation 2021 part one

Hello,my bucket list friends! I’m super excited to tell you all about the very fun vacation I went on recently. My vacation started when my parents and I arrived in Orlando on December 4th. We checked into Disney’s all star music resort. I love the way this resort is decorated. It’s a true work of art. On the evening we arrived I got a refillable mug at the cafeteria and some awesome items at the souvenir shop. The next morning we went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. My favorite attraction at Animal Kingdom is Kilimanjaro Safaris. This ride feels like a real safari because there are real animals. I loved seeing the giraffes,elephants and lions. My favorite show at Animal Kingdom is festival of the Lion King. The Lion King is my favorite movie. I loved seeing some of the characters from the movie as well as hearing songs from the movie. I also really enjoyed the new show called kite tails. It was Lion King themed as well. It was a very unique show and I hope Disney does more kite shows in the future. As always I did some shopping two of my favorite things that I got that day were a hat and a popcorn bucket. Popcorn buckets are a good thing to get in Disney world because they have low cost refills during the length of your trip. Another exciting thing we did that day was eat at the rainforest Cafe. I love the rainforest Cafe but there is not any locations close to me. It’s always a fun place to eat and the pasta I had there was really good. After having a fun day In Animal Kingdom, I went swimming at the piano pool at our hotel. I loved that there was a little mermaid statue next to the pool. Thank you for reading this part of my Florida vacation.

Rock On- Christina Epperly

My second time in Disney world!

Hello,my bucket list friends! I just returned from a fun vacation to Florida! Disney World was the main focus of this vacation but we also did a really fun tour that included getting to see different kinds of animals! I will be doing more posts about this vacation however for now I wanted to make a quick post about some some the highlights. We went to all four Disney World parks. Epcot is my favorite park and I’m really happy that I  got to go there again. I also really enjoyed Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney springs. I did a good amount of shopping and enjoyed some shows at the Disney parks. On the downside the crowds were higher then they were the last time we went to Disney World.  Even with the crowds it was still a fun vacation and I’m excited to tell you more about it in future posts. For now I’m going to post some pictures from my adventure to Florida. Thanks for reading!

Rock On – Christina Epperly