Fun at the Oakland Zoo

Hello, my bucket list friends ! I got to do something really fun this weekend . I  went to the Oakland Zoo for the first time .  My mom and I had a great time exploring the zoo . Let’s getting going so I can tell you all about it .

 

 

Oakland zoo adventure April 2018

I have been to a  good amount zoo’s before including the San Diego and San Francisco zoo (both of those were bucket list items) but I had not gotten the chance to visit the Oakland zoo until last Saturday .  The zoo is about an hour away the traffic on the drive there  was not too bad but the zoo it’s self was very packed . I knew it would be that way though it was a very sunny Saturday and in the bay area lots of places where going to be packed but the crowds did not stop my mom and I from having a great time . The Oakland zoo is a pretty good-sized zoo and there are many animals to see . My favorite were the fruit bats ! They were so big ! They sleep upside down with their wings wrapped around them . It was amazing to watch them unwrap their huge wings ! I even got to see one eat a banana . I also enjoyed seeing the elephants , zebras and petting goats at the petting zoo .  We also stopped by the gift shop where I got a key chain a pencil , a reusable bag with a turtle on it and my favorite thing that I got was a new snow globe to add to my collection ! My mom and I had lunch at the zoo the veggie burgers were wonderful . We ended our trip to the zoo with are ride on the gondola the wait was long but the views where beautiful . If your ever in the area I recommend going to visit this fun zoo . I hope I get to go again sometime .

Rock on- Christina Epperly

Spring break Idaho 2018

 

Hello, my bucket list friends . In my last post I wrote about how I had just gotten back from Idaho but I didn’t really talk about my trip well I’m going to talk about it now .Here we go !

 

Spring break Idaho 2018

This was my 3rd time going to Idaho , I went there for the first time last October and then the 2nd time was during Thanksgiving . For my 3rd trip  we went during spring break. We got there Saturday evening  On the way to get our bags I bought a new snowglobe for my collection ! I know this was my 3rd trip but I still didn’t have a Idaho snowglobe but at the airport I was able to buy a very cute one that has a black bear in it .My grandparents picked my mom and I up at the airport . My grandparents didn’t see us a first  when we walked out of the airport ,so I walk up to the window of the car where my grandma was sitting and I put my face right up next to the window when she turned and saw me she jumped it was so funny we were all laughing . After that we went to dinner before going back to my grandparents house . It was great to see jewels ( my grandparents dog ) again she was very happy to see us . The next day we walked jewels then went to visit my Uncle . We all went lunch and to Walmart where I got some new pony toys . We also found a dog  running around close to my Uncle’s house When we took the dog back to its home there were three other dogs that lived there . The dogs were all very friendly and I loved meeting them . The next day I went with my mom and grandma to go get coffee and go shopping at the Goodwill we also went to this popcorn store that has all different flavors of popcorn. I got some awesome things at the Goodwill including some My Little Pony stuff and Some Disney shirts . Other adventures from my Idaho trip include another trip to Walmart where I got more pony stuff ,a beautiful bonfire , a Walk down to the river with Mocha ( my uncle’s dog ) and a birthday party for my mom and my aunt . One other highlight from this trip was watching the movie God’s not dead 2 with a bunch of family on the last night of the trip. Overall it was a pretty good trip To be completely honest my mental health was acting up during this trip but I was still able to have a good time .

Rock on – Christina Epperly

#82 finish an entire coloring book

Hello , My buck list friends ! I’m very excited to tell you about the 2nd item that I’ve crossed off this year ! I just got back from a little spring break trip to Idaho to visit family (I’ll talk more about that in my next blog post )but while I was there I crossed an item off my list that I have been working on for a long time . Here we go !

 

#82 finish an entire coloring book

I started working on this item the same year I started my bucket list that’s right I started working on this coloring book in 2012 . I bought it the dollar tree and I had no idea that it would take me this long to finish it but life got busy and I would set it aside for a while . Now here it is 2018 and I finally finished it ! It is fun looking through the book seeing all the pages I colored.  some I colored with markers some with glitter crayons and I didn’t always stick to the colors of the characters . Sometimes I would pretty much use whatever color I grabbed . I’m very proud of myself for finishing the coloring book and It’s kind of cool that it took me that long I mean I look at a page and I wonder what year I colored it or where I was when I colored it . I’m happy with the way it turned out and I’m excited to see what list item I cross off next !

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

 

The debt I don’t regret

Hello, my bucket list friends ! As some of you know I’ve been om quite a few adventures during the past few years and I’ve crossed off a bunch of list items . It is no secret that traveling , amusement park tickets and attending events such as WrestleMania does not come cheap . Like many I turned to credit cards to help me cover the cost of having fun and day-to-day life as well . Here I am and 27 years old with a lot of debt including student loans . Some people would think that I regret  all that spending and travel but the truth is I really don’t  and I’m about to tell you why .

 

 

Why I don’t regret my debt

Before I get into why I don’t regret getting in to all the debt I’m in ,let me say this . I’m not encouraging anyone to spend the way I did . I’m also not saying that getting multiple credit card and spending money you don’t have is the best idea in the world but I’m saying that for me it was well worth it.

The main reason of why all my debt is worth it to me is because I have gotten to travel and do many fun and exciting things in the past five years or so then I  have ever done before . That is including but not limited to going to Disney World,  going to Disneyland at Christmas time , Going to Arizona for a weekend going to New York , going to San Diego ,going to WrestleMania and there is no way I can for get all the amazing concerts I’ve gone to . I’ve made memories that will last a life time !  I have seen and done so many fun things . I smile when I think about all the adventures that I have had  and  just thinking about all those good times is a great way to relive stress .I have also built up some fun collections like my snow globe and my My Little Pony collection . I made the choice that I didn’t want to wait untill I was retired to start  traveling and living life to the fullest and I’m glad that I didn’t wait . Now don’t get me wrong all the bills are stressful but the stress I feel now is worth all the fun I had then . I’m still going to be doing some fun things including traveling but I am going to be slowing down a lot with the spending . I have already started building up my saving account and as soon as I pass the Mblex I will be able to work as a massage therapist. After that I will be paying more money towards my credit cards . I know that now is the time to slow down , because let’s face it  I’m getting toward the end of my 20’s and I’ve always wanted to own my own house 🙂

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Rock on – Christina Epperly

My top 5 Netflix Original series

Hello, my bucket list friends ! Like a lot of people I love watching Netflix ! Netflix is pretty good when comes to making its own orignal content . I thought it would be fun to share with you my top five favorite Netflix original series but before we get into my top five list here are my honorable mentions .

1, Alexa and Katie – The reason that is show is not on my top five is because I have only watched a few episodes  but I would already recommend watching this story of friendship, strength , and hope .  This series follows teenagers Alexa and Katie as they prepare to take on the world of high school . Things are a bit complicated for the two best friends because Alexa has been battling cancer and Katie is one of the few people who know it .

 

2. Shot in the Dark – This show focuses on two things that I love , journalism and the city of LA. This series follows journalists as they work to capture footage to sell to news stations . This a very exciting show that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next  .

3. Last Chance U – Some of you may know that I love to see people working towards their dreams and this show really captures that . The series focuses on a football team at a community college. The players struggle with a wide range of issues as they hope to be drafted by high-ranking college teams .

4, Girls incarcerated ( young and locked up ) –  This documentary series take us to jail a place that no teen girl wants to be.  This series is an eye-opening emotional roller coaster ride into the lives of some teen girls struggling with a wide verity of problems . It is a wild ride as you cheer them on through their ups and downs and some even return back home .

 

Ok now let’s get to the list and we are going to go backwards !

5. Nailed It – This new series is great if you are looking to watch something that is fun and light-hearted . Yes, it is a baking show but it is a baking show were everyday people try to recreate professional cakes and other baked goods . It is a fun and simple show that would be perfect for families to watch together .

4.Fuller House –  One of America’s favorite sitcom families returns for a fun and laugh filled reboot of the classic show . With DJ. as a widow and a mom of three boys she is back in her childhood home along with Kimmy and Stephanie who have come to help her raise her three boys . Kimmy also brings her teen daughter with her . Creating a whole new generation of kids growing up in the house we all know and love . Now this show did take me longer to watch then  some others on this list so I wouldn’t recommend it for binge watching but it a fun family show with plenty of laughs to go around  .

3. Green house academy  –  This may look like a run of the mill teenage drama at first glance but it so much more than that ! It is a thrilling and exciting mystery as we watch two siblings struggle to adjust to a new boarding school and discover the truth of what really happened to their mother . This show that had me hooked quickly and kept surprising me with almost every episode . If you have time to binge watch this might be just the show you are looking for .

2. Free Rein – This show reminds me a lot of the saddle clubs show that I used to watch in my pre teen and early teen years .  It is must for horse lovers and mystery lovers alike . The show focuses on a young teen girl discovering her love for horses but she soon discovers that there is more than ridding lessons going on at the stable by her grandpa’s house . It can move slow at times but overall it is a wonderful story that is addicting once you get in to it . If you enjoyed the Saddle Club this is a show you should take a look at .

  1. Lost and Found music studios – This show is amazing and I really hope there is another season . This show focuses on a music studio for teens wh are exploring a career in the music industry . This show has a lot of focus on following your dreams . It is pretty fast paced and easy to watch . It has many different story lines to keep your attention and will have you cheering on the success of the lost and found kids!

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I hope you all enjoyed this top five list happy Netflix watching !

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Boxes of ponies !

Hello, my bucket list friends since my last blog post was a little on the heavy and emotional side I thought it would be a good idea to write something fun and light-hearted . This year I have won four boxes of my little pony toys from Ebay . I did talk about the first box I got in a blog post earlier this year. I also posted about the boxes on my social media accounts I have also posted 3 unboxing videos  on youtube so far but I will be posting the fourth one soon . Anyways hold on tight as I tell you about how much fun it has been opening four boxes of ponies !

 

 

4 boxes of ponies

As some of you may know I’m a big fan of my little pony . I Love collecting the toys and other merchandise as well as watching the show . Back in January I decided to start bidding on my little pony lots on Ebay. I found that there is a Goodwill that puts together lots of ponies and puts them up for auction on Ebay . I love shopping at the Goodwill and I have found some good my little pony stuff there so I started bidding on some of the my little pony lots that they had on Ebay . I won my first box in January and so far I have won 4 boxes . Some of the boxes are over 9 pounds ! That is a lot of ponies ! Now my room is filled with more ponies than ever before . Before I got the Ebay boxes I mainly had pony toys that were from the current generation of my little pony also known as G4  but now I have a lot of G3  and G3.5 ponies and they are pretty cool . With the fourth box I was able to get all  of the power ponies ! The boxes also had some Equestria girls girls dolls  I got lots of Twilight sparkle dolls and a Sunset shimmer doll along with many others . I also got what I call the snow globe style ponies they are clear pony toys filed with water and glitter shapes . I did not have any snow globe style ponies  before I got the boxes . One of my favorites box find is a pinkie pie toy that blows bubbles . I’ve had a lot of fun opening up the boxes. I also enjoy looking at all the new ponies that I have around my room . Getting four boxes of ponies is making my year just a little more fun !

 

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

My crazy heath problems

Hello, my bucket list friends As I’m sure you all know life is a crazy thing sometimes it’s crazy in a good way sometimes not so much . Right now I’m facing some problems and I know from experience that it is good to talk about both sides of life .  So here we go !

 

My Crazy health problems !

Ok ,bucket list friends I’m not sure how to explain all of this but I’ll do my best .  For as long as I can remember my hormones have been crazy  I always thought it was related to my OCD but now my hormone problems are getting worse.  I’m trying my best to  figure out everything . Since last Thursday I’ve been to the doctors three times . I’ve had a blood test and an Ultrasound . After my doctor goes over everything I should know more . For now What I know is that my Iron is very low and that is causing me to be very dizzy. I’ve been taking Iron to stop the dizziness  but I’ve still been getting dizzy and I get very tired . I have been taking a lot more naps then normal . All of this has caused me to miss work and that does not help me with all doctors bills . It is hard to stay positive in times like this and every little thing that happens like leaving your dad’s Disney World sweat shirt at the doctor’s office or sleeping wrong and waking up with a very painful neck seems to add a whole new layer of stress on to what you already have. The best advice that I give to myself and others that are going through times like this is look backward and forward . I know that may sound a little strange but stay with me . first look back on all the good times that you’ve had and all the blessing you have received now look forward  to all the good things ahead . Think about your dreams and your plans for the future . Focusing on all the good things that have happened and the good things that will happen can be just the dose of positivity that you need . I have faith that I’ll be feeling feeling better soon and I can’t wait for my next adventure .

Rock on – Christina Epperly