June 2020 book club selection

Hello, my bucket list friends ! It’s almost June so,that’s means it’s time to announce the book I’v chosen for the Light Heart book club for June 2020. Without further delay this month’s book is Genie Wishes by Elisabeth Dahl. When I read the description of this book I just knew I had to read it for this book club. Not only does it seem like the perfect fun and light hearted read for this book club it also has to do with blogging ! I’m very excited to discuss it with all of you next month. Happy reading!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

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My top 3 places to buy arts and craft kits.

Hello, my bucket list friends ! It’s pretty obvious that I’m a big fan of arts and crafts kits. The kits I get are usually very simple and made with kids in mind. That is one I like about about them. I like doing projects that are simple and not complicated. If you like simple arts and crafts kits too stay tuned because I’m going to tell you my favorite places to buy them.

 

My top 3 places to buy arts and craft kits.

Dollar Tree – I have found a good amount of arts and craft kits from the Dollar Tree and it’s hard to beat the price. It’s also pretty easy to find some brand name craft kits here such as Crayola or Disney but even the kits that are not from a well known brand have been pretty good overall. The Dollar Tree also has a pretty large selection of arts and craft supplies. If you go looking for arts and craft kits at the Dollar Tree be sure to check out the seasonal section. They usually have seasonal art and crafts kits mixed in with the decorations and other seasonal items.

 

Thrift Stores – It’s not a secret that I’m a fan of thrift stores but what some people may not know is that they can be great places to find arts and craft kits and art supplies in general. I have found some pretty great arts and crafts kits at thrift stores including unopened Melissa and Doug craft kits! You never know what you might find when you go thrift shopping . Next time you go to a thrift store look around for some arts and crafts kits. You never know what you may find !

 

Michaels – One of the best arts and crafts stores I have been in ! I love this places It’s not hard to find craft kits here. I also really like the selection of seasonal craft kits that they have. For some one who loves arts and crafts it’s easy to spend a lot of time in this store!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

My 2020 reading goal

Hello,my bucket list friends! If you take a look at my bucket list you will see that I have some reading goals on there. Such as reading fifty or a hundred books in one year but for this year I deiced to do a smaller goal of 25 books.  ( You can see my progress HERE )   I have read eight books this year so far and I’m starting number nine today.  I have so many books in my room that I haven’t read yet. Doing a reading challenge is giving me a good opportunity to read some of the books I’ve been wanting to read for a while.  I’m kind of surprised at how many books I’ve already read this year! I’ll try to keep all of you updated as I make progress. Happy reading everyone !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Light Heart book club discussion May 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends ! It’s time to discuss this month’s book club pick . This month’s book is Finally by Wendy Mass. ( You can read more about it HERE )  I’m excited to discuss this book with you and tell you about the actives I’ve chosen to go along with it. Now, just one more thing before we get going . The following 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 discussion May 2020

This fun read focuses on a girl named Rory.  She is very excited that she finally gets to do all the things that her parents told her she had to wait until she turned twelve to do. Rory has been keeping a list over the years of all the things she wanted to do. Now Rory is ready to make her dreams come true but as most of us know in life not everything goes according to plan.

My favorite moment in the book – During the book a movie is being filmed at Rory’s school. She is very excited to be chosen as an extra in the movie. Unfortunately Rory suffers a few mishaps while crossing items off her list but one of those incidents ends up landing her a bigger part in the movie. I was happy for Rory that some good came out of her eye injury.

Funniest moment in the book – There were so many funny moments in this book but one of my favorites was when Rory stayed home alone for the first time. She decided to take a bath while listening to music. Well this caused her to not be able to here the phone ringing. Her parents were so worried that something  had happened to her that her dad kicked a hole in the bathroom door! This is one of those things that is not funny when it first happens but becomes funny when you look back on it. I think we all have moments like this .

My Least favorite moment in the book – I felt really bad for Rory when she discovered that she was allergic to the makeup that she tried on at the mall. It cut her fun day short but she did get a cool pair of sunglasses .

My overall opinion if the book –  I really enjoyed reading this book. The story flowed very well. There was so much that happened in the book that I haven’t even wrote about a lot of it above.  It was so action packed with many memorable moments and surprises. It would be a very long blog post if I wrote about it all. This book is funny and interesting all at once. I recommend adding this book to your shelf .

 

Activities to go with the book

Arts and crafts – For this book’s art project I did a foam bunny craft kit that I had in my room. I had a fun time putting the foam bunny together. There are plenty of easy bunny crafts that you can do if you don’t want to buy a kit. You can make a paper plate bunny face or a paper bag bunny puppet.  In the book one of the things on Rory’s list is to get a pet and she chooses a bunny. Unfortunately things don’t exactly work out and the bunny gets returned to the store. Maybe Rory would have rather had a foam bunny instead.

 

Making your own list – Most people know that I have a bucket list for my lifetime but I also have a 30 before 30 list ( You can Read it HERE ) of 30 things to do before I turn 30. It’s kind of the opposite of Rory’s list since her’s was of things to do after a certain age  and mine is a list of things to do before I turn a certain again  but they both follow the same idea.

I really liked reading this book ! If you read it let me know your thoughts in the comment section .

Rock On – christina Epperly

 

Wooden Butterfly art

Hello, my bucket list friends ! I recently wrote about some the things I got from shopping at the Dollar Tree and Target . ( You can read about it HERE ) One of the things that I got from the Dollar Tree was a wooden butterfly. Yesterday I deiced to was time to decorate it. Keep reading to here more about it. Here we go !

 

Wooden Butterfly art

The first thing I did to decorate my butterfly was to paint it. I used paint from other art kits that were in my room. I like the way that blue and yellow look together so I used those colors for the butterfly.  After I let the paint dry I got out my hot glue gun and a bunch of beads.  I glued the colorful beads of different shapes onto both sides of the butterfly. I’m very happy with how this project turned out . It’s so colorful and cute. When I go to the Dollar Tree again I want to get another wooden animal to paint !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Light Heart Book club April 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends and welcome to the first official light Heart book club discussion !  ( You can learn more about the book club HERE )  This month’s book is an American Girl book titled Lanie by Jane Kurtz . I really enjoyed reading this book and I came up with a few questions to help us discuss this book. Feel free to answer the questions in the comments! One more thing before we get into our discussion, The following contains major plot points ( Spoilers ) in 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.

 

Who in the book did I relate to the most ? This book is full of some great characters but the main charter Lanie is who I related to the most. Lanie has a passion for nature and all things outdoors. Her best friend Dakota also shares this passion with her but during the book Dakota is off on her own adventure on the other side of the world. Lanie’s family  has what she refers to as inside genes meaning they do not love the great outdoors the way she does. I could relate to Lanie’s frustration as she struggled to share her passion with others.  I think at one time or another most people have been disappointed when their excitement about a topic they are passionate isn’t shared by the others around them. I loved how Lanie did her own camp out in her yard. Sometimes you have to explore your passions on your own. This part of the book was a good reminder of that.

 

What was my favorite moment in the book ? I loved the part of the book when Lanie took her pet rabbit Lu Lu out for a walk. It was funny to hear about her neighbors reactions to seeing her walk her rabbit down the street.

 

what was my least favorite moment in the book ? – My least favorite moment in the book was when Lannie’s aunt left unexpectedly overnight due to a last minute job offer. Lanie was very excited when she found out that her nature loving aunt was coming to stay with them. Lanie and her aunt both have what Lanie calls outside genes. Lanie loved having her aunt around they even started planting a garden together. I could feel Lanie’s disappointment when she woke up and discovered that her aunt had left.

 

What did I think for the book overall – I really enjoyed reading this fun and light hearted book! Another one of my favorite parts was at the end of the book when Lanie and her younger sister Emily went bird watching. Throughout the book Emily had shown some interest in the outdoors but she struggled with a fear of bugs. I loved reading about their outdoor adventure together.

Actives to go with the book

The art activity I chose to go with this book was painting a garden rock. It’s a very simple art project . All you need is some paint and a rock. I used an art kit that I got from the Dollar Tree . The rock that came in the kit had the shape of a carrot outlined onto it.I had fun painting the rock and adding some glitter that came with the kit onto the carrot. I think Lanie would love to have a rock like this in her garden.

Another fun activity that you can do with this book is an outdoor scavenger hunt. You can find plenty of scavenger hunt lists online or you can come up with your own.

Recommended reading – There is another book about Lanie called Lanie’s real adventures I’ve already started reading it. If you enjoyed Lanie’s first book I recommend taking a look at her second book.

There you have it the first discussion in the light heart book club ! I’m so excited to chose the next book and discuss it with all of you ! Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

 

 

announcements January 2019

Hello, my bucket list friends welcome to a short little post. I have a few announcements about some exciting things going on . Here we go !

 

You Tube – I’ve uploaded a few new videos to my YouTube channel including a slide show of 2018 and the pizza eating contest video . You can look at my channel HERE

 

Freelance writing –  This blog helped me to discover my love of writing and I really want to turn that into a little side job . I’ve found some websites that take submissions and I’ve already submitted one piece and I have started writing a second .  I’ll let you know if I get published !

 

My first 10K in April – I mentioned this before in a past blog post ( you can read it HERE ) but I’ve signed up for my first ever 10k ! I’ve got some work to do before April comes around but I’m excited to cross this item off the list and to experience my first 10k . I’ve done many 5k races and I even did the Disneyland half marathon ( you can read about the Disneyland half marathon HERE ) but I’ve never done a 10k before , I’m looking forward to it !

So there you have it . Just a few little announcements for this month . I’ll be sure to give you updates on my adventures in writing and getting ready for my first ever 10k !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

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Super Run 5k February 2018

Hello ,My bucket list friends ! One of my goals for 2018 is to get back into doing 5k races. I’m happy to say that I recently did my first race of the year it was a really fun! Keep reading to hear all about it !

 

Super Run 5k February 17th 2018

I really enjoy doing 5k races but it had been a while since I had done one because I was in massage school for a year . Now that I have more time I’m excited to get back into doing something I love . The day of the race I was excited and ready to go . As you might have guessed the race had a super hero theme. A lot of the racers dressed up in some really fun and creative costumes but I stuck to my workout pants and a purple shirt . I was doing the race with my mom and we both wanted to walk the 5k so we stayed together during the race . The race was held at a beautiful park that I had been to before but I had never done a race at . The was a lot of great scenery to look at as my mom and I fast walked our way through the race . When we got close to the finish I ran across the finish line ! I was so happy to get my awesome finisher’s medal . Not all 5k races give out finishers medals but I love when they do and that was one of the reasons that I chose this race . I had a great time with my mom at the Super 5k and I can’t wait until I get to do another one !

Rock on – Christina Epperly

Five signs it’s time to move on from your job

Hello, my bucket list friends! Since January always seems to be a slow month for me, I thought that now would be a good time to share with you one of the many lessons that I have learned in life. I have seen many people and I have even be one of those people who have a job that is not good for them, but they feel like they can’t or shouldn’t leave. There can be many reasons a person may feel this way, Money is of course the biggest reason you will hear but another reason is people get used to their jobs and even though they are unhappy they stay because it is what they know. Moving on from a job even a bad one can be difficult, but when it comes to having a good job you need to put yourself first in order to find a job where you can use your talents to achieve succus and be appreciated.

Looking back when I was in a job that was not good for me I missed many of these signs, I believed that it was normal to feel that way about your job. I’m so blessed that now I have two wonderful jobs, but I know that there are many people who are in jobs that are not right for them. Based on my personal experience here are five signs it’s time to move on from your job.

 

  1. You dread being at work

You wake up on a work day and you wish you could be going pretty much anywhere else and you hope for traffic, car trouble or even a cold to keep you away from work. When you’re at work you constantly stare at the clock counting the minutes until your off. If a supervisor happens to ask if anyone wants to leave early, you always volunteer even if it means you will lose money.  The truth is you are going to be spending a lot of your life working and there is nothing good about spending a large portion of your life dreading every day you have to work. Putting up with these feelings of dread and even sometimes hatred is not worth a pay check. Life is much better when you are spending your working years doing something you love or at least working in a place you don’t hate.

 

 

  1. You are constantly talking about how bad or frustrating work is

 

When you’re not at work you can’t stop focusing on it in a negative way. You will talk about it to anyone that is willing to listen. You have many stories about how bad you have been treated at work. You could go on forever about being treated unfairly, receiving no support from your supervisors, and how you don’t feel appreciated.  Even when you’re not at work you can’t get away from the way that you feel. When The negative emotions from your work are having a harmful impact on your personal life it really is time to move on. Your negative feelings for your job are stealing away conversations and time with your family and friends. It is next to impossible to enjoy life (even your days off) When you are in a negative work environment.

 

 

  1. You are only in it for the money

If you didn’t need food or if you didn’t have any bills to pay you would leave in a heartbeat. You don’t enjoy what you do for hours a day. You find the work to be unfulfilling you don’t feel proud of what you do every day. With this kind of job when someone asks what you do for work you just answer in a disappointed or angry tone. If you’re not excited to tell others what you do, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it.

 

  1. The other people at work

We will all have to work with people that we don’t like or that we would never spend time with outside of work. That’s just a fact of life, but when someone you work with epically a supervisor seems to go out of their way to put you down and is anything but helpful when you are having trouble, it is definitely time to address the problem.  Doing this could help make the work environment safer for you and maybe even others. If after you contact other supervisors or even the HR department and nothing is done to resolve the situation, then it is time to move on to a safe work environment where the employee’s wellbeing is valued.

 

 

  1. You’re bored or anxious

Some jobs are exciting and different each day other jobs are all about routine. Both types of jobs can be perfect depending on your personality, but sometimes people are in a hurry to start working that they will take the first or highest paying job that is offered to them. If you find yourself bored and feeling stuck doing the same thing every day .Or on the other hand, if the very thought of going to work makes you nervous because you are not comfortable with what you do and you find it too risky it is time to move on to something that is better suited to your personality and strengths. It can be easy to take the first job that comes your way when the bills are due but if your personality clashes whit the job description it will do you a lot of good to find a job that is the right for you.

 

Thank you for reading my bucket List friends and rock on – Christina Epperly

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