30 becomes 40

Hello, my bucket list friends. Some of you may recall that I made a list of 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30. Well now that I’m 30 it’s time to make a 40 before 40 list! Before we get into that here is the 30 before 30 list with the items I completed crossed off.

The 30 before 30 list

  1. Cross 100 or more things of my bucket list
  2. visit another country
  3. live in LA for at least 30 days
  4. get paid to act or model
  5. get paid to write
  6. get my starfish and Disney tattoos
  7. pay off at least one of my credit cards
  8. have 100 + followers on my blog
  9. read all the gospels
  10. work as a massage therapist
  11. put new products in my ETSY store and make 5 or more sales
  12. take more acting classes even if they are online
  13. go on a cruise even if it’s not Disney
  14. Finish writing a book and work on getting it published
  15. Get head shots taken
  16. get a passport
  17. go to a paint night
  18. go to build a bear on my birthday
  19. make photo books of bucket list items I’ve crossed off
  20. achieve my credit score goal
  21. get more help for my OCD
  22. go vegan for at least 30 days
  23. invest in the stock market
  24. complete a 5k,10k, and half marathon
  25. make washer necklaces
  26. take an art or crafts class
  27. learn to make a paper airplane
  28. learn how to braid hair
  29. enter a writing contest
  30. own some G1 my little pony toys

There you have it my 30 before 30 list. I didn’t cross off near as much as I would have liked to but it’s all good because I have my eyes set on the 40 before 40 list. Without anymore delay here is the 40 before 40 list.

40 before 40

1. Go on a cruise
2.  Become a slow cooker pro
3. Visit Disney World again
4. Have 1000 followers on my blog
5. Cross 125 items off my bucket list
6. Publish a book
7. Have 3 American Girl dolls
8. Visit another Crayola Experience location
9. Get my old disposable cameras developed
10. Visit another country
11. Live in LA for at least 30 days
12. Own my own house or condo
13. Get into freelance writing
14. Go to the American Girl place in Chicago
15. Start selling on Etsy again
16. Go vegan for at least 30 days
17. Learn how to make lanyards
18. Do a guest blog post
19. Get a TY racoon pillow pal like I used to have
20. Get a Disney mini backpack
21. Go on a 7 day or longer road trip
22. Move out of CA
23. Celebrate new years on the east coast
24. Make pasta from scratch
25. Participate in blogmas
26. Read a book a day for a week
27. Cross one item off my bucket list everyday for a week
28. Host a Christmas party

29. Make a Christmas build a bear
30. Become a budgeting pro
31. Have a stretching routine
32. Have my own office room
33. Host a taco night
34. Try 10 Pinterest crafts
35. Try 10 Pinterest recipes
36. Have a pool party for my birthday
37. Go on a walk every day for month
38. Go to the movies alone
39. Recreate a childhood art project
40. Work on being more outgoing

There is the 40 before 40 list ! I wonder what item I will cross off first?

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 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

 

 

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

 

 

Mystery spot and the boardwalk

Hello,my bucket list friends! Summer is the perfect time of year for local adventures especially if you live in California. Yesterday I went on two local adventures including one place that I’ve never been before. It was a fun day and I can’t wait to tell you more so let’s get to it !

 

 

Mystery spot and the boardwalk

The first fun place I went to yesterday was the mystery spot in Santa Cruz. I have wanted to go there for a while. I would always see cars with Mystery spot bumper stickers and I was curious to see what what it was all about. Well it turns out that the Mystery Spot is famous for being a gravitational anomaly . The Mystery spot opened in 1940 and from what I can tell it is still going strong. The was one part of the tour that made me dizzy but I got some great pictures so it was worth it to me. At the end of the tour we all got the famous Mystery Spot bumper stickers! After that adventure my mom and I headed to a place that we had been to before the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. There wasn’t much open at the boardwalk yet but we were able to get ice cream and take a little walk on the beach. It was a fun little day trip and I hope the boardwalk opens it’s rides soon!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

Day trip to Gilroy

Hello,my bucket list friends ! Yesterday I went on a little day trip adventure. It was a fun outing and I can’t wait to tell you more about it so here we go!

 

Day trip to Gilroy

My mom and I both had a free day yesterday so we deiced to go to Gilroy and check out this place called Garlic World. It’s a very cute roadside stop that reminded me of a fruit stand mixed with a farmers market. One part of the store smelled like you had just walked in to a giant clove of garlic! Good thing I love the smell of garlic. My mom and I picked out some candy and drinks . I also got a key chain shaped liked you guessed it , garlic! Outside of the store there was a photo opp where you could put your head through a big wooden garlic cutout. Of course I had to do that ! After Garlic world we headed over to the Gilroy outlets. Going shopping at the Gilroy outlets is on my bucket list but since most of the stores were closed I’ll wait to officially cross that item off. However the California Welcome center at the outlets was open. The had a lot of travel brochures and a penny press machine I was a quarter short so I didn’t do the penny press this time but I did get a cute garlic plush and a few other things there. It was a successful and fun day trip. I hope I get to go back to the outlets soon!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

Things I love DEC. 2019

( So I accidentally deleted this post oops ! So here it is again )

Hello, my bucket list friends ! It’s time to say goodbye to another month . This month was overall good and I can’t wait to tell you more so, here we go !

Going to Disneyland – A great vacation to one of my favorite places ( you can read about it HERE )

Disney candy cane – While at Disneyland I got one of the very popular and very good Disneyland candy canes ( you can read about it HERE )

Disney’s 12 days of socks –  This was a very fun advent calendar ( you can read about it HERE )

Frozen 2 – My friend and I both really enjoyed this movie . It was full of adventure and excitement !

Squishy art kit – This was a very fun art kit ! ( you can read about it HERE)

Goofy’s kitchen – I got to eat at one of my favorite places while in Disneyland ! It was a lot of fun ! ( you can read about it HERE)

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

 

Things I love Nov. 2019

Hello,my bucket list friends ! It’s time for another things I love post ! I have some fun things to write about for this post so let’s get to it !

Things I love Nov. 2019

Idaho state museum – On the first day of Nov. I got to explore a really cool museum. I loved the interactive exhibits! ( you can read more about it HERE)

Ridding a horse for the first time in years – I love horseback ridding but it had been a very long time since I last rode. When I was in Idaho I got the chance to get back on a horse again and it was amazing! ( you can read more about it HERE )

The American Girl store – I got to visit the American Girl store this month. They had a beautiful Christmas tree up in the store. I got new shoes for my doll Clover and a book for me !

Cat ear sweat shirt – I bought this for a blog post ( you can read it HERE) but it ended up being so cute and comfortable that it became one of my favorite things this month !

Cinnamon coke – When I first heard about this drink I really wanted to try it ! ( you can read my review HERE )

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

Idaho adventure fall 2019

Hello, my bucket list friends ! I recently got back home from another adventure to Idaho. Even though I’ve been to Idaho a few times I seem to always find something new to explore each time I visit my grandparents and this time was no different. I can’t wait to tell you more so here we go!

Idaho adventure fall 2019

On OCT. 30th my latest trip to Idaho began. My mom and I landed in Boise around 10 pm. Since our flight got in so late, there wasn’t time to do much that night except for hug my grandparents and reunite with Jewels my grandparents friendly and happy dog. The next day my uncle came over and I mentioned that we were going to Goodwill that day. He suggested that we go to a different Goodwill then we normally go to because it was located next to another thrift store called the Idaho Youth Ranch. Two thrift stores in one parking lot ? I was sold ! We headed to the Goodwill first where I found some amazing items including a Lisa Frank binder, a Mickey Mouse notebook , a large My Little Pony toy, a Mickey Mouse purse , some cool shirts and other things. Then it was on to the next thrift store. At thrift store number two I got a yellow zip up jacket , a My Little Pony DVD a Minnie Mouse shirt that came from one of the Disney parks and a very pretty necklace. After all that shopping we headed to Golden Corral for lunch. I had seen Gold Corral advertisements before but I had never been there myself. The food was pretty good and they had soft serve !! It was a pretty awesome day and that night I handed out lots and lots of Halloween candy ! Now on to the next day !

The next day was also a new month and I was excited for what we had planned that day. We were headed to the Idaho state museum ! The museum had lots to explore. My favorite thing at the museum was the bike tour. There was a bike in front of a TV screen and as you peddled the bike the TV took you on a tour of different places in Idaho. I also enjoyed designing a house on a touch screen , the video about beavers , taking a quiz about Idaho agriculture , getting to move water and leaves on a big touch screen that was made to look like a river, and shopping at the gift shop. After the museum we went to a restaurant that had a yummy buffet with soft serve ! I liked buffets before this trip but now I like them more the ever before. Even after all that fun this day had more fun left to offer.  My aunt and uncle live on a farm and that night I was staying at their house. When I got to the farm the fun started right away! I got to walk a goat and run around an arena with a mini horse. I love animals and I had a lot of fun being around animals that I don’t often get to spend time with. That night I watched season 3 of Free Rein one of my favorite shows! This day was packed full of fun and adventure and the next day had even more fun to offer.

The next morning I woke up early , bundled up for the very cold morning and went with my aunt to feed the animals. I liked feeding the barn cats they reminded me of my cats at home. After all the animals got their breakfast it was time for ours. My uncle made pancakes and told me that he likes to melt peanut butter on his pancakes . I love peanut butter so I decided to give it a try. It was so good! After breakfast I got to do something I had’t done in years. Go horseback ridding ! My aunt has two beautiful horses. She let me ride one while she rode the other. My ridding skills were very rusty but I was more then happy to shake off the rust. I had an extremely fun time ridding and I can’t wait until I get another opportunity to ride again. For lunch we went to a Chinese food buffet and yes, I had more soft serve ! We went to Walmart before going back to my grandparents house. I loved seeing all the Christmas stuff that Walmart had. That night I had to pack up my things because our flight left early the next morning. I’m really glad that I got a backpack at the Good Will or I wouldn’t have had room to bring back all my stuff ! At the Airport the next morning I bought some more souvenirs including a new snow globe for my collection. I had a great visit to Idaho and I can’t wait for the next one !

Rock on – Christina Epperly