Light heart book club August 2020

Hello,my bucket list friends! Since it’s August 18th ,I figured now would be a good time to announce my book club pick for August. Without anymore delay let’s get to it!

I had a hard time choosing this month’s book. I had one in mind but when I started reading it, I didn’t know if it would be a good fit  for the book club. I actually ended up choosing a book that I got at the Goodwill on Saturday. The book is part of the whatever after series. The title of the book is Dream On and it’s written by Sarah Mlynowski. I’ve already started reading this book and I can’t wait to discuss it later this month! It’s a fun adventure story that I think is perfect for the Light Heart book club!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Light Heart book club July 2020 discussion

Hello, my bucket list friends! I know I’m behind on my book club posts but I’m ready to catch up. July’s Light Heart book club pick was Melanie’s Last Ride by Joanna Campbell and Alice Leonhardt. As always 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.

 

Light Heart book club July 2020 discussion

My favorite part of the book – My overall favorite moment in this book is when Melanie’s father shows up at camp and surprises her. Throughout the book Melanie is upset that her father’s work schedule often prevents them from spending time together. I was so happy for Melanie when her dad surprised her!

My least favorite part of the book – The part of the book I liked the least was when a fire threatened the horses! Lucky Melanie and the other campers were able to get them to safety.

Overall view of the book – One thing I really liked about this book was that it took place at a summer camp. It was fun reading a book that was set in the same season that it was in real life. Another one of my favorite parts was when the campers went swimming and there was a rope swing that you could use to jump into the water. This is actually an item on my bucket list! This book gave me memories of being at summer camp and I really liked that. One thing about the book that I didn’t like so much is that there was a good amount of drama happening but that’s how kids are at that age. If you like horses I would recommend this book just remember it is full of age appropriate drama!

Activities

Art activity – For this book’s art project I knew just what to make. I had gotten this arts and crafts kit at Goodwill awhile ago where you make paper plate animal faces. Since a horse was one of the animals that you could make with this kit. I knew it would be perfect to make for this book’s art project. It was a quick and easy project to make. I was happy with the was this project turned out.  If you are not able to find a kit like the one that I used it’s pretty easy to make this project on your own. You can use a regular paper plate and cut out your own shapes.

Question – This next activity is a little different but I has fun with it. Did you ever notice how race horses have really long and sometimes funny sounding names? When I was probably around 12 years old I used to play this horse racing video game. I remember thinking about how silly some of the horse’s names were. For this activity I asked myself if I had a race horse what would I name it ? I think I came up with the perfect name for a race horse and that name is Sunshine City Coffee ! It’s long and funny but also cute! I would love to see your answer to this question in the comment section.

Happy reading !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

 

Fun with paper airplanes!

Hello,my bucket list friends! I had the day off today so I decided to cross off one of the items from my 30 before 30 list. My birthday is coming soon and I hope to cross a few more items off my list before then. Without further delay let’s dive into today’s fun!

Today I decided to learn how to make a paper airplane. This is a pretty simple thing that I’ve wanted to learn for a while now. Back when I worked in childcare. There were times when I would be asked to make a paper airplane and I had no idea how to make one! I tried a few times but I never could get it right. I decided that today was the day when I would finally make a paper airplane. I started off by following some written directions that I found online . That airplane didn’t fly very well so then I watched a YouTube video. I tried to follow along with the video but I got a little confused. That airplane didn’t fly all that well either. Then I tried doing one one my own. Useing the skills that I had picked up from the instructions for the first two planes. I actually liked the way this plane flew. I made another plane on my own and I decorated them all. I had a fun time coloring and putting stickers on the planes. I’m glad I did this activity today. The next time someone asks me to make a paper airplane for them I’ll be able to make something even if it isn’t perfect.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Things I love July 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends! July was a very fun month but also a very busy month. I’ve gotten behind on blog posts and now is the time to catch up so let’s get going!

Things I love July 2020

Mermaid sparking water – I enjoyed this unique flavor of sparkling water. ( You can read about it HERE)

Vacation in Idaho and visiting family – (You can read about it HERE , HERE , HERE and HERE.)

Trying the very yummy impossible breakfast sandwich – ( You can read about it HERE)

Getting my hair cut. I love having short hair ! ( You can read about it HERE )

I had a really fun time in Montana! ( You can read about it HERE , HERE , HERE and  HERE)

 

Those were some of the things that I loved in July 2020 . I hope you all are having a great August.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

 

Montana adventure part 4

Hello, my bucket list friends! Welcome to the last part of my Montana adventure. I’m excited to tell you about the last part of this fun vacation so let’s get to it!

 

Montana adventure part 4

Day 7

This was our last full day in Montana. We had a few more things that we wanted to do before we headed for home the next day. Our first stop was the Yellowstone Kelly interpretive site. It’s a interesting place with a lot of information about the man known as Yellowstone Kelly. After exploring the interpretive site we went on a walk before getting an Uber to the Yellowstone county museum. I’m really glad that we went to this museum it was one of our favorites. The museum had exhibits inside and out. My favorites are the big train outside of the museum and the exhibit about baseball inside. This museum also had a gift shop and I got a really nice snow globe.The museum is located next the airport. If you ever fly into Billings and have the time I highly recommend going to see this museum. After our museum it was time for something that we were both really looking forward to massages! We had made appointments at the Massage Envy in Billings for some much needed relaxation. After our massages we went to eat. Then we headed back to our hotel to pack. I  really enjoyed my last full day in Montana!

 

Day 8

On day eight we spent a lot of time in airports. Our flight wasn’t until evening but check out time was noon so we spent quite a few hours in the Billings airport before our first flight. The one highlight of spending that much time in the Billings airport was getting a huckleberry chocolate bar! Our first flight took us to Salt Lake City. After spending some more time in that airport we were headed for home! I had great time in Montana! Thanks for reading.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

Montana adventure part 3

Hello,my bucket list friends! Welcome to part 3 of my Montana adventure! I can’t wait to tell you more about this fun adventure so let’s get going!

Montana adventure part 3

day 5

On day five we went to check out a Goodwill store in Billings. I like going thrift shopping in different places because every area has a different style. I really enjoyed the Goodwill in Billings. It was very clean and organized. I was able to find some nice things including a book on how to style an American girl doll’s hair, a TY beanie boo puzzle, a shirt with purple stripes and a few DVDs. After thrift shopping we went to down town Billings for lunch. We went to the Montana Brewing Company. I really enjoyed the flat bread that I had there. If you are ever in Billings I would recommend eating here. After lunch we took a walk around downtown. It was a Sunday and most places were closed. It felt weird walking around downtown with hardly anyone else around. That night we went for a walk at a park. The park had a beautiful river but it also had lots of mosquitoes so we had to cut our time there short.  Overall it was a nice relaxing day except for the mosquitoes!

 

day 6

On this day we had a booked a tour that would take us to some of the most popular spots around Billings. We got picked in a pretty amazing Jeep. Then we were on to our first stop at the Little Big Horn battle field.This well known historical place is worth a visit. There is a lot to see there. After exploring the battle field we went on to explore Pompey’s Pillar. The pillar is mostly famous because Clark of Luis and Clark carved his name there. The area itself was beautiful and I really enjoyed exploring it! After that we made a quick stop for lunch before going to explore the Moss mansion. Going in to this house was like going back in time. I loved they way it was decorated. They also had a game going on at the mansion where they hid school supplies in each room. I wasn’t keeping count of how many I found but it was fun to see what I could spot as we explored each room. After we finished exploring we stopped at the gift shop. Then it was time to go on to our last stop of the day. The last spot the we explored that day was Pictograph Caves state park. This park is well known for it’s cave paintings. Even though a lot of the cave paintings have chipped away you can still see them a little bit. I  heard that you can see them better on a rainy day. Even without the drawings the caves are pretty cool to look at. After our very fun tour we went back to the hotel for some much needed rest! This day was filled with lots of adventure.

Thanks for reading

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

Montana adventure part 2

Hello,my bucket list friends! Welcome to part two of my Montana adventure! I’m excited to share the next part of my adventure with you so let’s dive on in!

Montana adventure part 2

day 3

We started off day three with a hike on the four dances trail. One of things that I leaned about Montana is that there are grasshoppers everywhere! The trail was covered in them. My favorite part about this hike is the views. It was nice to get to see Billings from up high. This hike did make me a little nervous. I was worried that we would see a rattle snake because it was so warm that day. We didn’t see any rattle snakes but I did forget to put sunscreen on the back of my neck and I got quite a burn. At least it was just a small area of my neck that got burned. After our hike we went to explore the Yellowstone art museum. There were some great works of art in this museum but my favorite was the children’s art exhibit. After the museum we went to well Pared for lunch. After lunch we walked around and I bought a Montana shirt at a shop that we had been to the day before but this time there was a very friendly dog visiting the store! On our way back to the hotel our very nice Uber driver told us about a town called Red Lodge. She said that she could take us there the next day. I was excited to explore a new place. After relaxing at the hotel for awhile we took an Uber to Starbucks but it turned out to be closed. We ended up walking to Walmart and I got another Montana shirt. Day three brought a lot walking and a lot of adventure!

 

Day 4

We started off the day by meeting our Uber driver from the day before. We got in the car and headed to Red Lodge. Our first stop was a visitor center. After that we drove through the town to this beautiful lookout point. The views were beautiful but my favorite part was feeding sunflower seeds to the friendly chipmunks! After feeding the chipmunks we went back to the town of Red Lodge. We went right to the Yellowstone animal sanctuary. I had a fun time visiting the animals. The raccoons were my favorites but I also enjoyed seeing the bears and porcupines. There is also a very friendly cat there. Before we left  we stopped by the gift shop. I love the plush owl that I got. After exploring the animal sanctuary.  We were getting hungry so we put our names on a list at a restaurant. While we were waiting we went shopping. I got a snow globe and a magnet at a souvenir store. I also enjoyed going to the candy store and getting peppermints and other yummy treats. Then it was time for lunch. After having a very yummy lunch. It was time to head back to the hotel.    Day 4 was so much fun! This was one of my favorite days of vacation!

That concludes part 2 of my Montana adventure. Thanks for reading

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

Montana vacation part 1

Hello, my bucket list friends! I recently came back from a vacation to Montana. My mom and I had a lot of fun. I can’t wait to tell you about my Montana adventure so let’s dive on in!

Montana vacation part 1

Our Montana adventure started with an early morning flight to Salt Lake City. Then after about two hours in the airport my mom and I were on our way to Billings Montana. After a stop at the airport gift shop and a much needed rest in our hotel we decided to go to the Rimrock mall. I was excited to go to the mall because they have a Build a Bear Workshop there and it was open! The locations close me were still closed. When we got to the mall we decided to eat dinner at the food court. We went to a pizza place but I wish we would have gone to this restaurant that looked like it had really good sandwiches but I didn’t see their menu until after we got our pizza. After dinner we headed to Build a Bear Workshop! My mom decided to walk around the mall while I built my bear. This store had not received shipment since March so they did not have the summer bear that I was planning out getting. I decided to get this bear that was covered in colorful hearts. I named my bear sugarplum and picked out a dress for her. She is a very beautiful bear! It was a great first day of vacation!

Day 2

On day two we went to zoo Montana. When I was doing research on things to do in Billings Montana I was excited to see that there was zoo there and not just any zoo. Zoo Montana is home to mostly rescue animals! When we got to the zoo I was excited to see the animals that lived there but before I saw any animals I quickly discovered just how beautiful this zoo is.  There are some really lovely gardens at this zoo. The gardens are definitely worth checking out. Of course the animals are definitely worth seeing as well. One of my favorite animals that I saw at the zoo that day was the grizzly bear. The bear was eating food they had been left right by a viewing area in the enclosure. It was so cool to see the bear up close! I got some great pictures of the very beautiful grizzly bear. Another animal that I enjoyed seeing were the red pandas. One of the pandas was laying in a tree. The other was walking around the enclosure. I was happy that I was able to get some really great pictures of the red pandas. Another cool thing that happened at the zoo was getting to see the tiger move around. I know it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal but tigers sleep a lot so they are usually sleeping when I have seen them before at zoos. I was glad that I was able to get a picture of the tiger standing up. In addition to the gardens and the animals the zoo also had playgrounds! I had a fun time going on the slides with my mom. After exploring the outdoors we went to see the animals that were housed inside. I liked watching the armadillo run around I also enjoyed seeing the Kookaburra. After seeing the animals in the indoor exhibit we went to the gift shop. I got some pretty nice items at the gift shop including a bookmark and a magnet. With the change I got from the gift shop I went to the pressed penny machine. I’ve been getting more into using these machines lately. I was excited to see the zoo also had a photo booth. My mom and I had a fun time taking pictures and I’m happy with how our pictures came out. After the zoo we went to downtown Billings to see the Western Heritage Center. This museum had some very interesting exhibits including one about bees. I also enjoyed the exhibit that was called saints and sinners. This exhibit was filled was interesting stories about some famous women who lived in Montana. Before going to explore more of downtown Billings, we went to the museum’s gift shop where I got this really nice travel cup. While walking around downtown I saw this ice cream shop that I had heard about in a travel video called Big Dipper ice cream. When we went to the ice cream shop  I saw that they had a flavor called apple walnut and I just had to try it. It was fun to try something new and I’m glad I did. After the ice cream shop we got some food at a restaurant called Well pared. This healthy restaurant turned out to be my favorite in Billings.

That’s the end of part one of my Montana adventure. Thanks for reading.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

 

3 posts in 1

Hello, my bucket list friends! One thing I love about summer is that it tends to be a busy time of year. This year has followed that rule. Things have been busy for me lately. Most of it has been a good busy but as us you will read below not all of it has been the good kind of busy. Anyways I need to catch up on blog posts so for this blog post I’ll be covering three different topics. Without anymore delay let’s dive in!

Impossible breakfast sandwich review

I was excited when I saw that Starbucks had a new vegetarian breakfast sandwich! When I tried it I was happy that I did! It had such a great flavor. Even if you’re not a vegetarian I recommend trying out this very yummy breakfast sandwich!

My trip to the ER

Here comes the not so fun part of this post. On July 14 I got a bad pain on my left side the pain was located right below my ribcage. At first I thought that the pain probably wouldn’t last long and that I would be able to stay at home with no problem. Well, I was wrong! The pain continued on and got worse to the point where I could hardly walk! It was becoming clear that I needed to get this checked out. My amazing friend came and drove me to the ER. To make a long story short after a whole bunch of tests and waiting for results. It turned out to be a muscle spasm. Unfortunately my trip to the ER took about 7 hours and my friend was waiting for me the whole time! I was so happy when it came time to leave especially since my pain was pretty much gone. I was also very thankful for my friend. I was given medicine and the instructions they gave me said to stay away from activities that would put a strain on my muscles. I’m glad it turned out to be nothing serious!

I love short hair!

Fun fact about me, I have very thick hair that grows fast! I know some people enjoy spending time brushing and styling their hair but I’m not one of those people. I love having a short and easy hair cut. I had been meaning to get a haircut for awhile and this month I finally got a chance. I went to great clips and they did a wonderful job! I love my shot summer hair cut!

So there you have it! Three posts in one thanks for reading.

Rock on – Christina Epperly

Mermaid sparkling water !

Hello,my bucket list friends! Some of you may recall the post I did last month about Polar’s unicorn sparkling water. Well this time I tried the mermaid water. I can’t wait to tell you more about it so let’s get to it!

Mermaid sparkling water!

I’ll get right to it, I enjoyed the taste of this water. It has a refreshing lemon flavor. I also liked the art on the can and the box . Just like the the unicorn water the cans were a small size. I really wish thease flavors came in bigger cans. Overall I would recommend trying this sparkling water.

Rock On – Christina Epperly