Idaho vacation summer 2020 part 2

Hello, my bucket list friends! Welcome to part 2 of my latest Idaho adventure! In this post I’ll tell you about a thrift shopping trip and a really beautiful place that I got to explore for the first time. Without any more delay let’s get to it!

 

Idaho vacation summer 2020 part 2

On July first my mom and I had a fun day out. First we went to the Goodwill for some thrift shopping. I was able to find some great items including a bag of three Beanie Babies, some shirts a book and two Barbie dolls. After our shopping trip we headed to the Idaho botanical gardens. Neither of us had been here before and I was excited to check it out. Let me start off by saying that I’m so glad we decided to go here. There was just so much to explore including, a fish pond, a swing and of course lots of beautiful flowers. As you enter the gardens there is a large sculpture of a tree made from found objects. It’s worth a good look before you move onto the rest of the garden. It was on the warm side when we were there but there were a good amount of shady places in the garden. There was just so much to look at including quite a few art pieces. I have a fun picture of myself standing in a big nest! If you are a lover of the outdoors I highly recommend this place but remember to bring your walking shoes and your camera. I got so may great pictures in the garden. It would be a great place for a photo shoot. The gardens did have there own store but it was closed while we were there. I hope it is open the next time I visit the garden. I hope you enjoyed part 2 of my adventure this so more to come it part 3!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

Idaho vacation Summer 2020 part 1

Hello, my bucket list friends! I recently got back from visiting family and vacationing in Idaho. I’ve been to Idaho a few times but there is always more to explore! Without further delay let’s dive into part 1 of this adventure.

 

Idaho vacation Summer 2020 part 1

This trip to Idaho started on June 29th When my mom and I took an evening flight to Boise. When we got to Idaho we went straight to my grandparents house. We stayed up pretty late talking it was a good way to start our trip. The next day we went to the Aquarium of Boise. We had been to the aquarium before but it had been awhile so I wanted to go again. This aquarium is small but it is also a lot of fun. My favorite thing to do here is to pet the rays in the touch tank. There are a few of the rays in there that will swim right up to you so you can pet them. I was also able to get some great pictures of the fish when I was at the aquarium. In addition to some pretty awesome fish this aquarium has other animals such as birds and turtles. I’ve to been this aquarium twice now and it has not been busy when I was there but it may get that way on the weekends. In the gift shop there was a photo booth. My mom and I had fun taking pictures and I’m happy how they turned out. There is also a pressed penny machine in the gift shop. I had put change in my purse in case I came across any penny machines while I was in Idaho and I’m glad I did! After I had a flat penny I bought a special bracelet to put the penny in. I also got an aquarium of Boise magnet. After the aquarium my grandparents took us to one of their favorite restaurants called Ling & Louie’s and I have to say that it was really good. The next day we went and explored a place we had never been to before. I can’t wait to tell you all about it in part 2. There you have it part 1 of my latest trip to Idaho!

Rock On- Christina Epperly

 

 

Things I love June 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends! Another month has flown on by and that’s means it’s time to review  the things I loved in June 2020. I had some really good times this month so let’s get going!

Things I love June 2020

Having a sleepover with my friend – Sleepovers never get old! ( You can read about it HERE)

Going to the Mystery Spot – I have been wanting to go here for awhile and I finally got to go! (You can read about it HERE)

Playing mini golf – A perfect summertime activity! ( You can read about it HERE)

Taking a day trip to Gilroy – Day trips are also a great summertime activity. ( You can read About it HERE)

Shopping fun ! – I went on some good shopping trips this month including the Goodwill and the mall. (You can read about them HERE,HERE and HERE)

Crossing another item off my bucket list ! – I love arts and crafts so this item was a lot of fun to cross off! ( You can read about it HERE )

Trying unicorn sparking water – I love sparkling water and unicorns. I also love the taste of Unicorn sparkling water! ( You can read about it HERE)

There you have it the things I loved in June 2020! I hope all of you are having a great summer!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

Light Heart book club July 2020

Hello,my bucket list friends! I’ve been out of town for awhile but now it’s time to catch up with blogging.  Without anymore delay it’s time to announce this month’s book club pick.

Light Heart book club July 2020

This’s month’s book is going to be Melanie’s Last Ride by Joanna Campbell and Alice Leonhardt.  This book is number #29 in Thoroughbred series. I had never heard of this series before but when I saw this book at the Goodwill it looked interesting so I chose it as this month’s book. Horses are one of my favorite animals and I enjoyed watching the Saddle Club TV show when I was younger. I hope I really like this series because I’m always looking for new books to get into. As an added bonus there is a character named Christina!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

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Summer shopping adventure 2020

Hello,my bucket list friends! On Friday and Saturday I went shopping to some of my favorite places. Without delay let’s start with Friday. On Friday I went to a large Dollar Tree store. This location is one of my favorites. I found a lot of items when it came to arts and crafts including a wooden elephant, beads, crayons, stickers ,a My Little Pony art kit and more. Some of my other favorite finds from the Dollar Tree were a pair of palm tree flip flops, some blind bag toys, and a flower pen. The next day I went shopping at the mall. I went to a few different stores including Claire’s and Old Navy. At Claire’s I was able find some items on sale that I liked such as a set of three heart earrings and a set of two necklaces. I also got a new hair bow even though it was not on sale. Some other highlights from my mall trip include a pair of watermelon flip flops from Old Navy , a Crayola coloring book from Target and hair brush from Daiso. I ended my Shopping adventure with coffee and a soft pretzel from the food court! I hope all of you had a great weekend !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

 

 

pottery and popcorn

Hello, my bucket list friends ! Summer has been both busy and fun this year and there is so much more to come! Before I get too far behind on my blog posts I wanted to tell you about what I did on Thursday.  I went out to run some errands with my dad and while we were in the car I got a phone call I had been waiting for. Back in March my mom and I went to my favorite paint your own pottery place. ( You can read about it HERE ) The day we went was also the day they closed but they let us stay to finish painting. Recently they reopened and Thursday was the day that our art was ready to pick up! I was so excited to finally bring my art pieces home! After I picked up our art my dad and I went to Trader Joe’s where I got one of my favorite snacks pickle flavored popcorn! I only see it at Trader Joe’s during the summer. If you like pickles I highly recommend it! I’m just gonna end this post by saying yay for art and popcorn !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Just a fun summertime !

Hello, my bucket list friends I hope you are all enjoying your summer as much as I am! This weekend was a lot of fun. It really was a close to perfect summer weekend. On Saturday My family celebrated father’s day a day early, with a Wonderful dinner at a pretty fancy restaurant called the Crow’s nest. The food was really good. Especially the cheese cake.  After our dinner I went to my friend’s house. We watched Alexa and Katie one of our favorite shows until it was  hard to stay awake! The next day we went for a walk on the beach , finished the latest season of Alexa and Katie, and went to the mall. For the first time in a while I went to Claire’s . They had a lot of really great items on clearance including a set of hair bows! After Claire’s we went and took some pictures in a photo booth and after that we went to Chili’s for lunch. I just have to say that their veggie burgers are amazing! After we walked around for a bit we got some frozen yogurt to go. Then before I knew it we were on the way to my house. The day had gone by so fast. It was a really great summer weekend ! Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

 

Book club discussion June 2020

Hello,my bucket list friends! Now is the time to discuss June’s book for the Light Heart book club.This month’s book is Genie wishes by Elisabeth Dahl. There is just one more thing to say before before we dive in to this month’s discussion and activities. 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.

 

Book club discussion June 2020

My favorite part – My absolute favorite part of this book wasn’t just one part it was reading all of Genie’s blog posts. Her posts are scattered throughout the book. I really enjoyed reading them. I wish she was a real blogger so I could subscribe to her posts.

My least favorite part – My least favorite part was watching as Genie and her best friend Sarah slowly grew apart. Now, this is something that often happens in life especially at this age but it’s its still sad. I liked that it was written as happening slowly and naturally instead of being dramatic.

Other things I enjoyed about the book – I liked Genie’s school it was a private school. It’s seemed like a fun school to go to. I wan’t a fan of school as a kid but I wonder if I would have enjoyed going to this school. It sounded like they got good food everyday and I know I would have enjoyed that. I also know that I would have loved junk food lunch! I also liked how Genie was very creative when it came to her Halloween costume. I would never thought to be a house for Halloween!  One more thing I liked was how Genie and Sophie’s friendship developed.

Overall view of the book – I really enjoyed reading Genie’s story. It’s seemed at times that I was reading about a real 5th grader and her class. The book flowed really nicely and it was easy to read. I would highly recommend reading this book.

Activities

Dream journal – Genie and her class are given an assignment to keep dream journals for a week and to record their dreams for at least four nights. I tried keeping a dream journal once but I didn’t stick with it. I don’t remember most of my dreams but if you haven’t tried doing a dream journal before it might be a fun thing to try.

Wishes –  At the end of her blog posts Genie made a wish that went a long with the content of that post. In total she made 22 wishes in the book. I thought it would be fun to make 22 wishes of my own . Feel free to write your own wishes in the comments.

  1.  That one day I won’t have to worry about money
  2.  To Own my own house before I turn 40
  3.  That this summer continues to be fun
  4. That I get to go swimming soon
  5. That one day I’ll have my own swimming pool
  6. That my 30th birthday is a lot of fun
  7. That I will go full time at work soon
  8. To live in LA
  9. That I cross everything off my bucket list
  10.  That animals would start talking
  11.  That I get to go to Disney World again
  12. That they open a Five Below near me
  13. For my anxiety to go away and never come back
  14. That I start finding more Lisa Frank items when I go thrift shopping
  15. That money will never fall out of my pocket again ( or anything thing else that’s important )
  16. That I get to ride a carousel this summer
  17. That I get around to getting my hair cut soon. It’s getting long and crazy!
  18.  That I can get Coral’s leg fixed soon. ( One of my American Girl Doll’s leg fell off! )
  19. That can get a massage soon! ( My poor shoulders need it badly ! )
  20.  That I get a really awesome birthday cake this year
  21. That I get to go to a Five Below sometime this year !
  22. That  I never have to go back to school again!

 

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

The missing money mystery

Hello, my bucket list friends!  I’ve been into mysteries a lot lately. I just finished reading an American Girl mystery book and then I started another one. Also I have been watching a lot of Murder She Wrote reruns. Yesterday I ended up staring in my own mystery and I thought it would be fun to share it with all of you so here we go!

 

The missing money mystery

My mystery first started when I picked up my mobile order at Starbucks. When I was walking back to the car with my coffee in my hand I notice that the money that I knew I had in my pocket was not there. In a panic I looked everywhere ! In all my pockets ,in the car and in my purse. when I couldn’t find it  I called my dad and asked him to look around the house . He couldn’t find it either . I even went back to the store that I had been in before  Starbucks and it wasn’t there either. In all of my story telling I haven’t  mentioned that it was $60.00 that I was missing. I’m mean it’s not like a million dollars but it’s still upsetting to loose. On the way home I still had some hope that it may be outside around the house somewhere . When I got out of that car I started looking right away and guess what? Right on the road in front of the driveway was my money! I was so happy that I had found it ! The money had fallen out of my back pocket and on the the road when I was going to the car. Mystery solved ! The big lesson in all of this is don’t put money in your back pocket ! This mystery had a happy ending but I hope from now on the Mysteries stay on TV and in books.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

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Three craft kits one day !

Hello, my bucket list friends! I’m very excited to announce that yesterday I crossed another item off my bucket list. The item that I crossed off is #228 do three Melissa and Doug craft kits in one day!  I’m exited to tell you more about my crafting adventure so let’s get to it!

 

Three craft kits one day !

For this bucket list item I ordered three Melissa and Doug craft kits from Amazon. I wanted the kits to be different from each other so I chose a decoupage cat, a wooden race car kit and a sand art kit. The first kit I opened was the decoupage cat. This kit came with a cardboard cat figure,stickers,glue and some items to decorate the cat with one the glue was dry. The first step for this project was to cover the cat with the stickers. The stickers came in a bunch of different styles. I really liked the dot stickers. Once the stickers were covering the cat it was time to cover the cat in the sparkly glue. When I was reading the instructions I noticed that it would take a few hours for the glue to dry. I’m glad I started with this kit first. The next kit I opened was the wooden race car craft. The first step was to put the wheels on the car. The kit came with glue to use for the wheels but when I snapped the wheels in to place they stayed on so I decided to skip the gluing part. Then it was time to paint the car. I used the yellow and blue paints for my car but there are other colors in this kit. The next step was to put on the stickers that came in the kit but I had to let the paint dry first so I moved on to the sand art kit. This kit came with three bottles of different shapes ,lots of colorful sands , corks to close up the bottles and other tools. I found this craft kit to be the most relaxing . There is something soothing about pouring sand in to bottles. I was happy with the way all three bottles of sand turned out but the rectangle one is my favorite. After the sand craft I put some stickers on my race car. Later that night I finished the cat craft by adding the eye stickers and the ribbon.  I enjoyed my little craft kit adventure. I wonder what craft kit I’ll do next !

Rock On – Christina Epperly