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

The time between two trips

Hello, my bucket list friends after I got back from Las Vegas I had another trip that was coming my way however, I had some time before that next trip so I decided I would write a blog post to get more caught up with my posts. Without any further introduction, let’s get to it.

July 21 – The day after I got home from Las Vegas, I got Starbucks, but I also got some not so great news. I found out that the store I was working at was going to be closing soon. I had already been looking for another job to pick up more hours, but I knew that I had to speed up my search and find a job very quickly and knowing that was stressful.

July 22- This was a pretty good day. I went out to eat at a Mexican place, got Starbucks, and I got three Kind Joy eggs at Safeway!

July 23 – I worked this day. I was not in the best mood, so my friend came by and brought me some treats, including a beautiful rainbow cake slice. I’m truly blessed to have a very wonderful friend.

July 24 – On this day, I went to the movies. It was nice to eat popcorn and watch a movie. We saw The Sound of Freedom it was an important movie.

July 25 – On this day, I got coffee, and I got a keychain at the hardware store. It is a flip-flop key chain, and I was very happy to get it.

July 26 – The big highlight of this day was going shopping at my favorite local thrift store. I got some American Girl books, including an activity book that includes supplies to make your own greeting cards.

July 27 – Going to the candy store was the highlight of this day. I got some bubble gum cigarettes and a bunch of candy!

Thanks for reading this blog post ! – Christina Epperly

My review of Coca-Cola Ultimate

Hello, my bucket list friends. I’m happy to be finally writing this post! At the end of last month, I bought a bottle of Coca-Cola Ultimate, and early this month, I tried it. I do not know what makes the soda taste the way it did. However ,the taste reminded me of a Coca- Cola Slurpee. I really don’t know how else to describe the taste. With all that being said, I did enjoy this flavor, and I do recommend giving it a try.

Thanks for reading my review! – Christina Epperly

More July adventures ( July 8th – 16th)

Hello, my bucket list, friends! I am here with another catch-up post. This summer has been full of my favorite things and I’ve been busy enjoying my favorite season. I have recently gotten back from a vacation, but before I tell you about that, I’m going to talk about the fun things that I did before my vacation started. Without any more delay, let’s  get to it.

July 8th – The day before, my friend picked me up from work and we had a sleepover. I did not have work today, so my friend and I had the whole day together. We went to Savers to do some thrift shopping. I got coffee before getting in line. The store was not open yet, and people were lining up. I found a few things on this thrift shopping trip, including  an American Girl book and a bag of hair accessories. After thrift shopping, we went to Olive Garden for lunch. Some other highlights of the day included going swimming, going on a walk, and marking ice-cream crafts with a craft kit that I had gotten at Target when I did my summer shopping spree in June. This was a really great summer day, and I’m very thankful that I got to go swimming again.

July 9th – On this day, I worked the morning shift. Before my friend dropped me off at work, we made a stop at Starbucks. Later that day after work I went on a walk and I saw my favorite ponies.

July 10th –  The highlights of this day were getting  an iced coffee and going to Safeway, where I got  my favorite fruit snacks that come with trading cards. I also got juice that comes with a toy.

July 11th – On this day, I went to the mall where I got a wonderful massage, and I also got a smoothie and a pretzel at Jamba. I really needed a massage, and I was very happy that I finally got one.

July 12th – Today, I got Starbucks, and I also took pictures of my cat Cooper enjoying the summertime.

July 13th – Today My friend and I spent the day together. We did a few things on this day, but the highlight for me was going to yogurt land! At yogurt land, they had special spoons for summer that had sunglasses at the top. We also went to a park and took some pictures, I got Starbucks twice, and I got a cute Paw Patrol treasure chest at CVS. It was a fun summer day

July 14th – On this day, I got Starbucks and went to the park, and that is pretty much all I have to say about this day.

July 15th – On this day, my major highlight was that I went shopping at my favorite local thrift store. I got lots of fun things, including art supplies and Barbie dolls.

July 16th – On this day, I went to the Candy store and got bubble gum cigarettes and a mineral water .

Thanks for reading about some of my summer highlights! – Christina Epperly     


Connecticut vacation June 2023 part 3

Hello, my bucket list friends. This is the last part of my Connecticut vacation posts. However, I’m sure I will mention it again. I’m excited to tell you about the last part of this adventure. With that being said, let’s get to it. 

June 19th, 2023 – This was our last full day of vacation before going back home. Our main adventure of the day was going to the submarine force museum and exploring the USS Nautilus. The museum is free to go to and it is very interesting. There is also a gift shop inside the museum. Of course I enjoyed going shopping there. The main highlight was getting to go onto the submarine. My mom took a really good picture of me in the submarine. I liked being on the submarine, but I was happy to be back in the fresh air when we were done exploring. After our adventure, we went to Best Buy because I needed some new headphones. While I was there, I saw a Barbie doll that was on sale for a really good price, so I got her along with my new headphones. After that we went on a hike. It ended up being a pretty long hike, but it was beautiful. I got some truly amazing photos.  I especially love the ones I took where you can see the reflection of the clouds in the water.  It was a good last full day of vacation

June 20th – This was the day we went back home. Our flight was not early so we had some time before it was time to go to the airport. Before going to the airport we got coffee and we went to explore a park. The park had a cute playground and a bridge that had a little path. we did not go on the path, but we did stand on the bridge. Then we went to the airport and dropped off our rental car. We got on our first flight of the day that took us to Charlotte North Carolina. That flight went well, but our 2nd flight got delayed. This airport was probably the most crowded one that I have ever been in it was difficult to walk through, and to make matters worse, our flight got delayed. Also, our gate changed more than once. We went all over the place, trying to get to the right gate. It was very stressful, but we ended up getting on the plane and going home with no problems, and that is how my vacation ended.          

My Connecticut Vacation June 2023 part 1

Hello, my bucket list, friends! I went on a very fun vacation this month. I had a lot of fun exploring this beautiful state. I have a lot to tell you about, including the two bucket list items I crossed off, so here we go!

Tuesday, June 13th – This was the day that my mom and I flew to Connecticut. We stayed at a hotel near the airport the night before to help reduce the stress of travel. When we got through the check-in process and security. I was very excited to see that close to our gate was an Amy’s Drive thru restaurant. It was on my bucket list to eat here. Oh, and just to make things clear, drive thru is the name of the restaurant. Since it was inside of the airport, it was not an actual drive thru.  I had not planned on crossing off a bucket list item on this day, so it was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed eating here, and I’m really glad that I crossed off my first bucket list item of 2023. It took us two flights to get to Connecticut, and they both went well. When we arrived in Connecticut, I went to a store at the airport and bought some souvenirs. My favorite item that I got at that store was a magnet that said Connecticut in colorful letters. After that we got our luggage and our rental car. Then we headed to our hotel. after checking in to our hotel we went to get some food. The subway was closed, so we ended up getting food at a gas station store, and that was day one!

Wednesday, June 14th – This was our first full day in Connecticut. Our first activity of the day was going to the carousel museum.  This was something that I chose to do because I love carousels. When I walked into the main room of the museum, I was amazed. I was in a room full of beautiful carousel animals. There was so much to look at! Of course, there were plenty of horses, but there were also other animals such as a dog and a pig. I had a fun time taking pictures with the carousel animals. I truly loved exploring this museum. There was also a small gift shop by the entrance to the museum so on the way out I stopped there and bought a few things to help me remember my visit. If you ever get to the opportunity to visit the museum, I highly recommend it. Our second activity of the day was the day was going on a tour of Yale University. As part of the tour, we got stickers with a very cute bulldog on them. I learned that the bulldog’s name is Handsome Dan, and he lives on campus. I was hoping that we would get to see him, but we didn’t. The tour was very interesting and there was a lot to see. Our tour guide was great and I really enjoyed it. After the tour we went to the Yale book store and got some souvenirs. I did want a plush bulldog, but it was out of my price range but I did get a postcard with his picture on it. That evening we went to the beach. It was the perfect time to go to the beach because there was a beautiful sunset. I got some great pictures at the beach. It was the perfect activity to end the day with.

Thursday June 15th – On this day, I crossed another item off my bucket list with the first adventure we did that day. Our first adventure of the day was going to the Pez visitor’s center, and it was on my bucket list to go there. With your admission fee, you get a Pez lanyard and a discount at the store. The center is full of many different kinds of Pez dispensers. There are also activities you can do there like a bingo card scavenge hunt game. I started doing the game, but I decided not to. You can also see the Pez factory through a window in the visitor’s center. Another thing you can do there is to take a quiz on a computer and then you can print out a certificate. I did this, and as silly as it may sound, I’m proud of my certificate. I was excited to go shopping at the Pez visitor’s center store. I got several Pez dispensers, including one shaped like a truck that you can decorate. I also got an elephant and a bee Pez dispenser along with a Pez visitor center’s magnet and postcards. On the way out of the Pez visitor’s center, I used the pressed penny machine. I want to say thank you again to the person who gave me an extra quarter so I could get a PEZ visitor’s center pressed penny. Our second adventure of the day was going to Kent Falls State Park. At the park we went on a walk up to the waterfall. There are many places at the park where you can see the falls so you don’t have to walk very far if you are not able to. I took many pictures of the beautiful falls, including selfies. After the falls, we ended up stopping at a Goodwill store. I love going thrift shopping anytime but there is something special about going thrift shopping when you are traveling. At Goodwill, I got some fun things, including an American Girl travel games book and an art kit. However, my favorite thing that I got was a Hansom Dan plush! I was so happy when I found him because I had wanted to get one the day before. The last highlight of this day was going to the rooftop bar at our hotel. The views were truly beautiful it was a great way to end this day of our vacation.

Thank you for reading about part on of my Connecticut adventure! – Christina Epperly                               

A beautiful summertime weekend

Hello, My bucket list, friends! Lately, I have been busy enjoying the summertime, so I have gotten behind on blog posts. However, I have some fun things to blog about. In this post, I will write about a wonderful sleepover that I had with my friend. We did some summer camp like activates during our sleepover, including crafts and swimming! I’m excited to tell you about it, so let’s get to it!   

Friday June 9th – I had this day off, and I was very excited for this day because I was going to have a sleepover with my friend. We met at Starbucks. I got an iced coffee. Our first activity of the day was going to Walmart. I got some really great items, including Barbie pets blind bags, bath bombs, 4th of July items, and a bag of beads. As I mentioned above, one of the biggest highlights of our sleepover besides getting to spend time together was going swimming. Swimming is something that I do not get to  do as often as I would like to. I had a great time swimming. We also went in the hot tub that evening. Also, as mentioned above, we did some craft projects. I brought over a summer craft kit that had a bunch of different projects in it. We each choose one of the projects to make. I made a beach house and my friend made a turtle. We used the beads that I got from Walmart to make bracelets. We also watched a series on Netflix and I’m happy to say that we were able to finish it before I had to go to work the next day but I’m getting ahead of my self so let’s go to Saturday. 

Saturday, June 10th – On this day, I worked the closing shift. Since I was not working until the afternoon, I had some time to hang with my friend before I needed to go to work. We went on a walk to a park that I had never been to before. I enjoy exploring new  parks, so this was a great way to start the day. Before I went to work, I got an iced coffee at Starbucks. It was a simple but great day.

Sunday, June 11th –  I also had this day off. I did not do a lot on this day, but I did go to Starbucks and Safeway. At Safeway, I got some Kinder eggs and a cupcake that had some plastic decorations on top. I also went for a walk in the park at the park. I went up on the playground. It was a pretty good weekend!

Thank you for reading and I hope you have having a great summer ! – Christina Epperly

My amazing first weekend of summer 2023!

Hello, my bucket list, friends! I’m very happy to say that my summer has gotten off to a great start. The first weekend of summer was pretty exciting for me. I went thrift shopping, went shopping at a toy store, and went to one of my favorite local events. I’m excited to tell you more about it, so let’s get to it!

Friday June 2nd – On this day, I worked the opening shift. I started my day by going to the coffee shop. After getting coffee, I walked to my favorite local thrift store. I have been going to this thrift store a lot lately. Even though I go there often, I usually find some great items, and this shopping trip was no different. I got some fun items during this thrift trip including a Barbie doll, a book about cats, a bag of beads, sunglasses, and a stamp and ink set. I also got some stickers and some scrap book paper. After my thrift shopping fun, I went to work, and I had a good day working at the plant store. When my shift was over, I went to the candy store where I got a Pez dispenser and some candy. At home that evening, I did a painting art kit where I painted a ceramic frog. I really like the way the frog looked when I was done painting it. This day was a really good start to my weekend.

Saturday, June 3rd – I worked the opening shift again this day. Before work, I went to Starbucks, and I got an iced coffee before going to open the store. After my shift, I walked to the toy store. I was happy to see a sale table outside of the store. I chose two items from the sale table. One was a fuzzy slap bracelet, and the other one was a hair scrunchie. Inside of the store I got some more items. The items I got were a set of Jacks that used toy frogs instead of jacks, some fuzzy car stickers, and a package of capsules that become foam sea animals when you put them in water. After shopping at the toy store, my mom and I went on a walk at the park. It was a warm day, so after our walk, we went to Starbucks again to get some cold drinks. I had a really great Saturday!

Sunday, June 4th – I had the day off, so I started off my day by getting coffee and going to church. I enjoyed church, but as soon as it was over, I was ready to leave because just a short walk away, one of my favorite local yearly events was happening. For the past few years, I’ve been helping to sell desserts and drinks at the Fireman’s BBQ. The purpose of the event is to raise money for the volunteer fire department. One thing that I really look forward to at this event is the raffle. Last year, I won an American Girl doll, and I was hoping to do the same this year. I’m happy to say that I was successful. However, since the weather was really nice this year, there seemed to be a lot more people there than there was the year before. I knew it was going to be harder to win, but I did. I also won a color by number art kit. That evening, I went on a walk to see my favorite ponies. This weekend was a wonderful one.

Thank you for reading about my weekend – Christina Epperly

Happy June 2023 plus my summer 2023 playlist

Hello, my bucket list, friends! I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but life has been busy, but the good kind of busy. I’m so happy that summertime is here! My summer has gotten off to a great start so far, and I have some exciting things plans. However, for now, I wanted to tell you about my first day of June / summer and also share my summer 2023 playlist with you . Since I’m not in school, I consider summer to be from June 1st – August 31st. On the first day of June, I printed out and colored a summer themed coloring page. It was a good way to start my summer. As for my playlist, it was pretty challenging to decide what songs I wanted to include. I kept adding and removing songs. I’m happy to say that I have finally put a summer 2023 playlist together! Without any more delay here, it is !

Summer 2023 Playlist

School’s Out – Alice Cooper

Summertime Girls – Y&T

Automatic – Stellar Kart

Escape – Alice Cooper

Holy Water – Alice Cooper

California – Hawk Nelson

House of Fire – Alice cooper

We Gotta Rise – Hollywood Vampires

Summer Fling Don’t Mean a Thing – New Found Glory

Sure Shot – Run Kid Run

One more time – Reckless Love

Bad Reputation – Joan Jett

Fire it up – Thousand Foot Krutch

Responsibility – MXPX

Brighter – Patent Pending

Winner Takes All – Nita Strauss

New Drug – Thousand Foot Krutch

I’ll Never Grow Up, Now – Twisted Sister

Outrage – Capital Lights

Bless Me – Maverick City Music

Balloon Ride – Relient K

Innocent – Stellar Kart

Little Miss impossible – The Dollyrots

Brighter Days ( Are Before Us ) – Meet Me at the Altar

The Dream’s not dead – Candy Hearts

On My Own – Ashes Remain

Not Your Birthday – Allstar Weekend

Roses Are Red – Aqua

Girl Of The Year -FM Static

Train Wreck – New Found Glory

The Science of Selling yourself Short – Less Than Jake

Mrs. Hippopotamuses’ – Relient K

Friend Like That – Hawk Nelson

Sun Arise – Alice Cooper

Thank you for reading and have a great summer! – Christina Epperly

Summer bucket list 2022. How did I do ?

Hello, my bucket list friends! It it time to take a look back at this year’s summer bucket list and see how many items I actually managed to cross off. I did a lot of fun things this summer so even if my score is low I still enjoyed my summer so let’s get to it.

Summer bucket list 2022 !

1. Cross three items off my regular bucket list. Yes! I crossed off #233 go to Denver, #292 visit the Denver art museum, and #72 tweet 10000 times!

2. Buy flip flops at Old Navy – yes ! I bought a super cute pair during my summer shopping spree!

3. Go swimming three or more times – yes! I went swimming four times this summer!

4. Go on a summer shopping spree – yes! I had so much fun shopping at Dollar Tree and the mall.

5. Go to a zoo I’ve never been to before – yes! I went to the Denver zoo while on vacation in June.

6. Go to an art museum – yes! I went to the Denver art museum! I really loved it.

7. Go to a concert – yes! I went to see Point of Grace and it was so much fun!

8. Tie-dye something – Nope

9. Go on a weekend getaway – yes ! For my birthday I explored point Reyes and we stayed overnight in a hotel.

10. Go to a thrift store I’ve never been to before. – yes! During my birthday weekend we stopped at a Goodwill location that had a never visited before.

11. Go eat at a restaurant I’ve never been to before. – Yes! I went to Smoky mountain pizzeria and grill in Idaho that I had never been to before. I believe there were two other restaurants I went to this summer that I had never been to before.

12. Draw a summer picture – yes! I love the way this year’s summer picture!

13. Read a summer themed book – nope

14. Read 10 books during the summer months – nope

15. Watch a movie that takes place in the summer – nope

16. Do a paid voice acting job – nope

17. Go to the beach three or more times – yes! I visited my favorite local beach twice and I went to a beach during my birthday weekend. I also briefly went down to the beach when I visited Monterey.

18. Get a new tattoo – nope

19. Go to an amusement park I’ve never been to before – Yes! I had to edit this post because I forgot about the theme parks I visited in Colorado.

20. Do a summer themed self timer photoshoot – nope

21. Get my nails done – nope

22. Play mini golf – nope

23. Go to a water park – nope

24. Go to yogurtland yes! I loved making a beautiful cup of frozen yogurt!

25. Make a plush animal at Build a Bear Workshop – Yes! During my summer shopping spree I made a plus fox at Build a Bear Workshop.

26. Go see a movie in theaters – nope

27. Go on a scavenger hunt – nope

28. Make a summer 2022 play list – nope

29. Do a summer art project yes! – I did a Fourth of July coloring art kit this summer.

30. Make play dough – nope.

Score 16/ 30

It looks like I was able to do one more than half of the items on my summer bucket list this year. I’m actually ok with that because 15 things for three months is a lot. Thank you for reading! I hope you had a great summer!

Rock On- Christina Epperly