Christmas ornament craft kit and a fun trip to Savers !

Hello, my bucket list, friends! I have two fun things to tell you about. The first one is a Christmas painting art kit that I recently finished. The other thing is my latest thrift shopping fun at Savers! Without any more delay, let’s get to it!

Painting ornaments – I got this fun craft kit at work. It comes with four ornaments to paint. I had a fun time painting the ornaments. My favorite ornament is the snowman. I love craft kits like this one, and I’m excited to do more Christmas themed craft kits this year.

Savers – I went to Savers this week. I got three Barbie dolls, some books including Barbie books, jewelry, two craft kits, and more. I was very excited about the two craft kits I got. I was also excited about the three Barbie dolls that I got because this location does not always have a good amount of dolls. There were not very many this time, but I’m happy with the three that I got. I’m also really excited about The books because they will help me reach my reading goal.

Thanks for reading this fun blog post ! – Christina Epperly

A great thrift shopping haul, a movie review, and more!

Hello, my bucket list friends! I’ve done some fun things over the past few days that I want to share with you. I went to my favorite local thrift store again. I also went to the movies for only the third time this year. I can’t wait to tell you more about it, so let’s get to it!

Thursday, November 9th – I worked the closing shift on this day, but I went into town early so I could go to my favorite local thrift store before work. My main reason for going to the thrift store was to get some short books to read so I can work on crossing off read 50 books from my bucket list. Since it had not been a long time since my last visit to this thrift shop, I did not think that I would get many items, but I was wrong. I got lots of great items. I found a good amount of short books to read, I also got a bag of erasers, a Build a bear plush, a TY beanie Boo, a TY beanie puzzle eraser, a squishy key chain, and a stamp. On the way to work, I stopped by the candy store when I saw that they had their Christmas items out. I got some stickers, candy canes, and a light up toy that has candy with it and plays music. At work, I got some more Christmas themed items, including a cute bird decoration and a art kit. It was a pretty great day.

Friday, November 10th – This day, I also worked the closing shift. Before work, I went to Whole Foods, and I got a very cute gingerbread cookie. At work, I got this Christmas painting craft kit that I had been wanting to get, but it had not been put out on the shelf yet. I was very happy when I saw it out on the shelf. Getting the art kit made the day better than I thought it would be.

Saturday, November 11th – I had this day off. I went to a much need massage appointment with someone I used to work with. It was so good to see him again, After my massage, I went to Starbucks and Safeway. At Safeway, I got some of my favorite fruit snacks that come with trading cards, Kinder eggs that come with animal toys, a Play-Doh kit, and a few other items. That evening, I went to the movies, and I saw the Journey to Bethlehem. I highly recommend this movie. Yes, there were creativity liberties that were taken, and with all Biblical movies, it is a good idea to look to the Bible for the most accurate information. The movie itself is a fun wholesome retelling of the birth of Christ, I love the soundtrack to this movie, and I have been listening to it a lot. It is a wonderful movie for Christmastime. Once again, I highly recommend going to see it. After the movie we went to dinner at the Habit. It was a really wonderful day.

Sunday, November 12th – On this day, I worked the closing shift. I started the day by getting coffee and going to church. After church, I went on a walk before going to Starbucks, and then it was time for work. At work, I got this fun sticker book on my break. I also got a fun pen that has a Christmas tree on it. I’m amazed at all the items that we have for Christmas. I enjoy seeing the items come out onto the sales floor.

Thank you for reading about some of my latest adventures! – Christina Epperly

Monterey and more

Hello, my bucket list, friends! On Saturday I went to Monterey. I walked on the beach and ate pasta on the Wharf. However, my favorite thing that I did was revisit the antique mall that I had been to once before. This place is full of fun things to look at, especially toys! There were so many hot wheels cars. I chose this fun yellow one, and I also saw lots of Barbie items. I ended up buying some Barbie gift tags, party invitations, and clothes. I also got two packs of Star Trek trading cards. It was a beautiful day there. Another fun thing I did was that I got a pressed penny on the Wharf. It was a fun day!

The other things I  feel like writing about ! I knew that I wanted to talk about Monterey in this post, but I also have a few other things on my mind, so I decided to add some random things to this post as well. Here we go!

I got some Kinder Joy Christmas eggs – I was so happy when I saw them while I was at Safeway. I wonder what toys I will get when I open them.

I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately . Sometimes, I get depression that sticks around for longer than just a day. I don’t like it when that happens, but it happens, and it’s been happening to me lately. I’ve also been more stressed than normal. The two probably have something to do with each other, but it’s hard to say which one came first. Also, I just found that I have three cavities in one tooth, so that is not helpful. However, I know that the best thing to do is to pray and keep moving forward, so that’s what I’m doing!

Thanks for reading this blog post ! – Christina Epperly

Walmart Christmas items and clearance plus breaktime shopping

Hello, my bucket list, friends! Last Saturday I went to Walmart before work. Our main reason for going there was to get some pumpkins, so we started our Walmart trip by getting pumpkins out of the large carboard boxes at the front. After picking out pumpkins, I went to the clearance isle, and I was excited to see that there were a bunch of beads at a really good price. I also got some Christmas ornaments. I was so happy to see that they had Christmas stuff out already. Some of my other finds included Play-Doh and bath bombs with prizes inside. Later on at work I went shopping on my break. I got some Barbie tooth brushes that I had been looking at for a while. I also got another Play-Doh kitchen set along with a push-ups pop shaped like an elephant that comes with three lollypops. It was a fun day of shopping!

Thanks for reading about my shopping fun – Christina Epperly

Friend time and another American Girl doll

Hello, my bucket list, friends! Last Friday was a really great day. I finally got to spend some time with my amazing friend. It had been over a month since I last saw her. We both ended up having the same day off, and that is a very rare thing for us. The first thing we did was go to Starbucks. After that, we went to my favorite local thrift store. I had been there the week before, and I saw that they had the American Girl doll Courtney. She is one of my favorites but I decided not to spend the 50.00 to get her. However, when I saw that she was still available, I felt like I had to get her, so I did. I was so happy to have her as a part of my collection! I also got some other things at the thrift store, including a container full of plastic toys, two Barbie fast food toys , a big book about animals ,and a bag of doll clothes. After thrift shopping, we went to lunch, went on a walk, and then we ended the day with frozen yogurt. It was a really great day!

Thanks for reading about my fun day off ! – Christina Epperly

Road trip adventure fall 2023

Hello, my bucket list friends. I recently got back from a little road trip! It was good to get away for a little while, and I can’t wait to give you the highlights, so let’s get to it.

September 29th – This was the day the road trip started. After work, my mom and I headed to the first hotel of our trip. On the way, we stopped at a good will that I had never been to before. There were not many books there, but all the books were only 0.25 each, so I got a few of them. I also got a plush Coca-Cola penguin. After that we went to eat before driving the rest of the way to our hotel for the night.

September 30th – On this day, we had a lot planned. We started with coffee, and after we packed up and loaded up the car, we were on the way to our first big adventure of the trip, Columbia State historic park. There was a lot to see and to here here. We went on a stage coach ride, went to a candy store, shopped for souvenirs, explored a museum, and more! I also got to make a pressed penny here. Our next stop was Rail Town 1897 state historic park. This is a very interesting place that I recommend checking out if you get the chance to. I enjoyed going to a train ride here. We also went on a walking tour here as well. After our train ride, we went on a hike. Our hike led us to a really beautiful cave. I love the pictures that I took in there. After all that adventure, we checked in to our hotel at the Black Oak casino. We ate at a restaurant that was in the casino. After dinner, we went and played in the arcade. There was this really cool piano game that I enjoyed playing. I got some prizes after playing in the arcade. We did one last thing before getting some sleep. we went and enjoyed the hot tub.

October 1st – This day started off with a trip to Starbucks. Then we went on our first adventure of the day,a tour of the Moaning caverns. I had explored other caverns before, and I enjoyed them. This one was no different it was truly amazing. I loved looking at the caverns. After our tour I bought some souvenirs and then we went to go get some lunch. Before going to lunch, we stopped at an antique store, and I got a TY Beanie Baby cat. Then it was on to lunch. After we ate we wanted to go on one more adventure. After looking at some options, we decided to visit the Mark Twain cabin. It was interesting to look at, and I’m glad we decided to look at it. We made a stop at a gas station store by our hotel before going back to our room for the night.

Thanks for reading about my road trip fun – Christina Epperly

summer bucket list game results

Hello, my bucket list, friends! This year, I did a game instead of just a regular summer bucket list. I honestly did not do as well as I hoped I would. After adding everything up, my score ot was 515 out of 1,845 . So yeah, not great. I think a lot of it had to do with not crossing off any of the 100-point items . With all that being said, I did enjoy this summer, and I do want to do this again next year. Thanks for reading. You can find the list below. – Christina Epperly

5 points

  1. Slide down a slide – Yes, I got to go down a really cool dinosaur shaped slide in Las Vegas
  2. Go out for frozen yogurt – Yes, I went to Yogurt Land
  3. Get new flip flops – Yes, I got some at Old Navy, and I also got some at JC Penny’s in Idaho.
  4. Go on a mall shopping spree – Yes, I had a lot of fun!
  5. Go shopping at the Dollar Tree – Yes, I did twice
  6. Draw a summer picture – Yes, I’m really happy with how this year’s picture looks
  7. Get a bubble machine – no
  8. Do a bubble photoshoot – I do have some photos of me blowing bubbles this year, but it wasn’t really a photo shoot, so I guess no.
  9. Eat pizza – yes
  10. Drink a milkshake – You know, as easy as this item was, I did not end up crossing it off
  11. Go to Taco Bell – yes
  12. Go out for ice cream – no
  13. Go thrift shopping – yes, more than once

10 points

  1. Go swimming – yes lots of times
  2. Go to a movie – yes, I saw the sound of freedom
  3. Go to the beach – yes, in CT. and Santa Barbra
  4. Ride a carousel – yes
  5. Get 10 points for every item you cross off from your regular bucket list. I crossed off three items, so I got 30 points for this
  6. Make sidewalk chalk art – no
  7. Ride a roller coaster – no
  8. Play mini golf – no
  9. Tie – dye something- no
  10. Make a bracelet – I think I did this but I don’t have any pictures so I guess I’ll give myself half points for this one
  11. Win a prize from a claw machine – yes
  12. Paint something at a paint your own store- no
  13. Make a sand castle – no
  14. Make a summer playlist – yes
  15. Make a craft with craft sticks -no
  16. Slide down a waterslide – no
  17. Get coffee from a coffee shop that I have never been to before – no I don’t think so
  18. Get a new bathing suit – I did get a new swim top at Goodwill, so I guess I will give myself half points for this one
  19. Make sand art – no
  20. Go to a park I’ve never been to before – yes, I went to more than park in CT

20 points

  1. Go to a museum, yes. I went to a few
  2. Go to a concert – no
  3. Go to a zoo – yes, I went to two zoos this summer
  4. Make a plush animal at Build a Bear Workshop – yes, I made a very cute frog
  5. See fireworks – yes
  6. Get my nails done – no
  7. Get a massage – yes
  8. Make playdough – no
  9. Go to a restaurant I’ve never been to before – yes
  10. Swim/ float in a lazy river – no
  11. Do Volunteer work – no
  12. Download a new game and finish 20 or more levels. – yes
  13. Go to a water park – no
  14. go to a selfie museum -yes

50 points

  1. Go on a vacation -yes
  2. Go to a state I’ve never been to before- yes
  3. Get a new tattoo – no
  4. Get a small pool for my deck – no
  5. Go to a state park – yes
  6. Read five books with 100 + pages each – no
  7. Go camping – no
  8. Get a Barbie from the 1990s that is still in the box – no
  9. Go to a national park – no
  10. Go to an escape room -no
  11. Go on a birthday getaway – no
  12. Stay in a hotel I’ve never been to before – yes

100 Points

  1. Take a picture with a famous person – no
  2. Get 10K plus views on a newly posted Instagram reel – no
  3. Get 500 blog followers – no
  4. Relaunch my YouTube channel – no
  5. Visit two states I’ve never been to before -no
  6. Go on a scavenger hunt – no
  7. Do five product reviews on my blog – no

Things I love August 2023

Hello, my bucket list, friends! August was an overall good month. I started a new job, went to Idaho, and I tuned 33 and more! It is now time to take a look back at the things I loved in August 2023.

Going to the Jelly Belly Factory – On my birthday, I visited the Jelly Belly Factory. I had a lot of fun exploring the factory, visiting the museum and going shopping. ( You can read about it HERE)

Going on another Idaho adventure – I had a great time visiting Idaho in August. It was good to see family and go on adventures. ( You can read about it HERE )

Thrift shopping – I got to do some thrift shopping in August locally and in Idaho. ( You can read about it HERE and HERE )

Starting a new job – I’m very happy to say that I was blessed with a new job at Walgreens after the store that I was working at closed. ( You can read about it HERE)

Shopping at my favorite party supply store – The day before my birthday, I went to a party supply store that I have loved since I was a kid. ( You can read about it HERE )

Alice Cooper’s new album – My favorite singer released a new album, and I have spent a lot of time listening to it! I highly recommend listing to it!

My early birthday dinner with my friend – Before my birthday I celebrated it with my friend. ( You can read about it HERE )

Going to the mall – I went to the mall this month. I got a massage and did some shopping. ( You can read about it HERE )

Being ok after having emergency surgery – On the first day of August, I had unexpected surgery after going to the ER on July 31st. It was very scary, but God protected me. I had a good amount of recovery to do during August, but I’m glad to say that scars are the only reminder I have of the surgery. ( You can read about it HERE )

There you have it, the things I loved in August 2023. Thanks for reading ! – Christina Epperly

Going to the Jelly Belly factory and more birthday fun

Hello, my bucket list, friends! My birthday was on August 26th. On the day of my birthday I went to the Jelly belly factory and I can’t wait to tell you about it. I also have some other birthday fun to share with you, so let’s get to it.

August 21- On this day I went to a birthday dinner with my friend. Before dinner, we went to the candy store that I used to work by. I got some bubblegum cigarettes and stickers. At dinner, they brought me an ice cream sundae with sprinkles. It was a great early birthday celebration.

August 25th – The day before my birthday, I went to a party supply store after work to get a birthday button and to look for other birthday things I thought would be fun to have for my birthday. I got the birthday button, but I also got a birthday necklace and some other fun things, including a new TY Beanie Baby.

August 26th ( My Birthday !) – On this day, I went to the Jelly Belly Factory. The factory is about 90 minutes away from me. On the way, we stopped at Starbucks, where I got a free drink for my birthday! We met my sister at the Jelly Belly Factory, and we all went on the tour together. Your ticket for the tour is a hat. I had been here before but we did not have time to take the tour. I was excited to see the factory. The factory does not run on the weekends, but you still get to see the factory. I really enjoyed seeing the factory from the windows. During the tour, there was a game where you guarded a goal from flying jelly belly beans. We got the 5th highest score. After the tour we went to the store. The store was filled with so many fun things. I loved the stickers that I got there. One really fun thing that is sold at the store is big bags of Belly Flops. Belly Flops are jelly belly beans that have imperfections. I got some bags of those as well. There is also a Jelly Belly museum across the parking lot from the factory. I enjoyed the museum there were some great things in there to take pictures with. If you get a chance to visit the Jelly Belly factory, I highly recommend going. After the factory we went to lunch before heading back home. That night, I had a birthday dinner at Olive Garden. The food was good but it was a very busy night at the restaurant so I decided to get cake at the Cheesecake Factory. It was a great way to end the night.

Thank you for reading about my birthday fun! – Christina Epperly

Idaho adventure August 2023

Hello, my bucket list, friends! This month, I went on an adventure to Idaho. I go to Idaho pretty often. However, this was my first time going there this year. I have a good number of family members living there, so that is the main reason I visit Idaho so frequently. This time, we were going to celebrate my grandma’s birthday. Since my birthday is this month I was also a part of the celebration. It was a pretty fun adventure, and I can not wait to tell you more about it, so here we go!

August 9th – This was the day my mom and I flew to Idaho. When we got there we went to lunch with my grandparents. Along with my lunch I had some soft serve ice cream, and of course, I put sprinkles on it. I was happy to see family members that I had not seen in a long time including my grandparents dog.

August 10th – Today was a big shopping day! I went shopping at JC Penny’s , Walmart, and two thrift stores. I got several great items. Some of my favorite things I got are a pair of flipflops with a colorful heart pattern, a new Barbie doll from Walmart, a bunch of Barbie books, a Las Vegas mug, A Build a Bear plush that has a colorful star pattern, a duck plush from Las Vegas, and a rubber duck that looks like a fire fighter from the two thrift stores I went to. It was a good day of shopping and being with family in Idaho.

August 11th – Today’s big highlight was going on a trolley tour of Boise. I did enjoy ridding the trolley and seeing some beautiful things and learning about some of Boise’s history. I also went to another thrift store on this day. I did not get much, but I did get a craft kit, some stickers, and some teeny Beanie Babies. There was also another trip to Walmart that night where I got some of my favorite juice that comes with toys.

August 12th – This day was a really fun one. This was the day we celebrated three family birthdays, including mine. I started the day by getting Starbucks and then going shopping at the Dollar Tree. At the dollar tree, we got some balloons for the birthday party we were having. I also got some stickers, two art kits, a set of two hair accessories, a set of four water balls, and more! To celebrate our birthdays we went to a restaurant for some very good food and they also sang happy birthday to us. I also got some ice cream there. After lunch, some of us went to pick up some desserts to take to my grandparents’ house. I chose a colorful cake that a plastic balloon decoration on it. The night I went on a walk with my mom and my sister. It was a great way to end this wonderful day.

August 13th – On this day, I went with my mom and sister on a day trip. We drove for a while before stopping at a convenience store. Then we went to Kirkham Hot Springs. It was really interesting to visit a natural hot springs. I got some good pictures there. I do recommend visiting this location. We also went to Red Fish Lake and we rented a peddle boat there. I liked that the boat was sparkly. After the lake we went to a restaurant before going back to my grandparents’ house.

August 14th – This was the last full day we had in Idaho before we went back home the next day. It was a pretty lowkey day, but I did go to Burger King, and the one went to had one of those really cool touch screen soda machines.

August 15th – This was that day we went back home. Our flight was not till afternoon so we had time to go to breakfast. We also got to the airport early so I had time to play in the arcade where I won some prizes from the claw machine. I also got two Idaho souvenirs from a store at the airport.

Thanks for reading about my Idaho adventure! – Christina Epperly