Idaho summer vacation part 3

Hello, my bucket list friends! In this post we continue on with my Idaho adventure. Get ready for lots of animals and more thrift shopping! Here we go!

 

Idaho summer vacation part 3

On this day of my vacation we went to visit family and they live on a farm! I love animals and that day I got to see all kinds including horses, goats and some really big dogs! I get happy when I’m around animals and most of the time they are happy to be around me too. The goats were very friendly and funny.  When we left their stall They didn’t want us to leave without them. I have met  the goats before but it was just as exciting to see them this time. I also really like the mini horse Jazz he is such a sweetheart! After visiting with the animals we went to lunch at a very yummy cafe. There was a thrift store in the shopping center where the cafe is. After we ate we all went on a thrift shopping adventure. Some of my favorite finds from that thrift trip are a Photo album with hearts on the cover, Lisa Frank party favors and a Christmas craft kit. After lunch and shopping  we went back to the farm. My mom and I had a really fun time kayaking on the pond. The pond was filled with bullfrogs and their tadpoles I enjoyed looking at them while I was in the kayak. I found kayaking to be very relaxing. I would love to do it again sometime. That concludes part 3 of my summer 2020 Idaho adventure. There is one more part to come before I wrap up this adventure!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

A walk on the beach

Hello,my bucket list friends ! I live pretty close to the beach but I don’t go a lot anymore but this week I got to go. I went on a beach walk with my mom and my friend. It felt good to be back at the beach it had been a long time since I had last gone. I felt so free as I ran in the water.  The water was actually surprisingly warm it’s usually very cold. I enjoyed seeing the sand castles that had been built. Also the beach we were at is a dog friendly beach. I loved seeing all the dogs running around and having a good time. Just like that dogs I saw, I had a really great time at the beach ! I hope to go over there more this summer !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

Grow animals !

Hello,my bucket list friends ! Recently In another post ( you can read it HERE) I mentioned that I got a sloth grow toy at Target well I also got a dinosaur grow toy at CVS. I can’t wait to tell you more about both of the grow toys so here we go !

 

Grow animals !

Let’s start with the dinosaur. This grow toy came in a plastic egg filled with slime. I took the dinosaur out of the egg and put it in a cup water. This grow animal was very simple and worked like other grow animals I have seen. In just a day or so my little dinosaur had grown many times it’s size! It was fun to see how big the dinosaur got. Now, on to the sloth. The sloth was different from the dinosaur because you couldn’t even see the sloth at first it was hiding in a tree stump.You put the tree stump in the water so the sloth would grow out of it. On the box it said that it would take the sloth a few days to come out. I left the sloth in there for probably over a week maybe even longer before I broke the stump open and got the pretty big sloth out. I could see the stump breaking more and more as time went on. I thought it’s head was gonna pop up like the picture on the box showed but it was the back of it’s head that popped up instead. When I took The sloth out of the tree stump I was so happy to see how cute it was!   Overall I liked both of these grow toys and I would like to try other grow toys sometime.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

300 list items !!

Hello, my bucket list friends! The other day I was doing what bucket listers do .. looking at my bucket list !  I noticed that I had 240 items on my list. I thought it would be nice to bring that number to an even 300 so that’s what I did! It was fun brainstorming new items and after a while I finally got to 300 items ! Below are my new list items. Happy bucket listing !

 

300 list items !!

241. Be an extra on a TV show

242. Visit Carhenge

243. Visit Wild Blueberry land

244. Go to a blow dry bar

245. go to the Goodwill outlets aka the bins

246. visit Sliver Dollar city

247. Explore Fort Wilderness at Walt Disney world

248.  Go to New Orleans

249. Go to Boston

250.Go to Chicago

251. Get a tattoo of Blanca

252. Visit Dollywood

253. Take a bus tour of Hollywood

254. Stay at a house in Beverly Hills

255. Write 20 short stories and post them online

256. Take a drawing class

257 Read 50 books in one year

258. Host a party in my own place

259. Work at a thrift store

260. Swim in a infinity pool

261. Sleep in a tree house

262.Go to Sandcastle water park

263. Visit Shoot for the Stars mini golf

264. Go on a tour at Hammond’s candies factory

265. Visit the PEZ factory

266. Be in the opening credits of a TV show

267.  Do a guest post on someone’s blog

268. Host a guest post on my blog

269. Go to Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach CA.

270. Visit Zion national park

271. Be fluent in three languages

272 . Eat at the Amy’s drive through restaurant

273. plant a palm tree

274. Play mini golf at Disney World

275. Go on a tour of Warner Brothers studios

276. Visit the Griffith Observatory

277.  Visit the Getty Center

278. Visit in Bronx Zoo

279. Record a song

280. Get a Lisa Frank tattoo

281. Visit Hearst castle

283. Visit the Exploratorium

284. Go on a moth long vacation

285. Visit  Chihuly Garden and Glass

286. Go shopping on black Friday

287. Go on a Vegan Picnic

288. Go to a drive in movie

289. Go to Disney World on my birthday

290. Do a virtual 5k

291.Visit the Museum of the Bible

292. Visit the Denver art museum

293. Visit Salvation Mountain

294. Go shopping at the Gilroy Outlets

295. Take a typing test

296.  Give a motivational speech to a crowd of a thousand or more

297.  Go to three playgrounds in one day

298. Own a carousel ride

299. Make my own craft kit

300. Have a thousand or more blog followers

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

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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

 

 

 

Spring Time arts and crafts !

Hello, my bucket list friends and happy Spring! I decided to celebrate spring by doing some spring themed arts and craft kits. I can’t wait to tell more about it so here we go!

 

Spring Time arts and crafts !

For this post I got three spring themed arts and craft kits. The first art kit I did was a paddle ball game with a spring picture on the paddle for you to color. I loved how the design said yay spring on it because yay is one of my favorite words. I enjoyed coloring the flower with the three markers that came with the paddle. I also added some dots to add a little extra creativity to this art kit.

The next kit I did was a bunny shaped puzzle that came with three markers to color the puzzle. My favorite part of the kit was coloring the ears. I came up with a different color pattern for each ear.  I have not taken the puzzle out of the frame and built it yet but I plan to soon.

The third kit was a yarn craft. For this craft kit you used the pink balls of yarn and other pieces to make two very cute yarn bunnies. I did not see any instructions that came with the kit . I deiced to use hot glue to put all the pieces together. I’m happy with the way the yarn bunnies turned out !

 

There you have it my experience with some pretty cool arts and craft kits! Rock On – Christina Epperly

Things I love March 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends ! March 2020 has come and gone so that means it’s time to look back on my highlights for this month ! Here we go. 

 

Things I love March 2020

Getting new hair bows – I was so happy when I got some cute Claire’s brand hair bows from CVS !

Going to Claire’s – I also got to go to a Claire’s store this month. It is one of my favorite stores !

Mirror craft kit – I really enjoy this Melissa and Doug craft kit ! ( You can read about it HERE )

Scribble Scrubbies – I love these fun and creative toys  ( You can read about it HERE )

petroglyph – I got to visit one of my favorite local business this month ( You can read about it HERE)

Staring my own book club –  I can’t wait to discuss the first book in my book club ! ( You can read about it HERE )

Getting a big box of dolls from E Bay – This 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

 

Things I love OCT. 2019

Hello,my bucket list friends OCT. 2019 left us a while ago. That’s means it is time to recap some the things I loved in October 2019.

 

Things I love OCT. 2019

Making my own puzzle –  I had a fun time creating my own puzzle from a blank puzzle I had on my arts and crafts shelf. ( you can read about it HERE)

Pink squishy owl –  I love working right next to a CVS ! I get to buy all kinds of fun things inducing this very cute squishy owl.

Doing an escape room for the first time  –  My awesome cousin invited me to do a escape room with her. It was an exciting experience. ( You can read about it HERE )

Beanie Boo bat –  Another fun CVS find . I loved collecting beanie babies as a kid and lately I’ve been growing my collection of the beanie boos ! I was excited to add a cute little bat to my collection !

Thrift shopping – I got to do one of my favorite things more then once this month and I found some pretty great items !

Going to the mall – I went to the mall to get a much needed massage but I also did some shopping while I was there. I bought some fun things at Claire’s one of my favorite stores.

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