New list items 2020

Hello, my bucket list friends ! The first month of the new year is a good time to add new items to your bucket list ! I was able to come up with four more items for my list and here they are !

See the la Brea tar pits –  I’ve been wanting to see the tar pits for a while so I decided to put it on my list .

Get a reversible sequin shirt – This is one fashion trend that I’m in love with ! I really want to own one of these fun shirts !

Do three Melissa and Doug craft kits In one day – I really like Melissa and Doug craft kit and I think it would be a fun filled day if I did three !

Take a journalism class – This blog helped me to discover my love of writing and I would love to learn more skills that I could use for my blog !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

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2020 goals

Hello, my bucket list friends ! Here we are in a brand new year ! In my last post I reviewed the goals I made for 2019. In this post I’ll talk about my goals for this year let’s get to it !

2020 goals

Draw at least on picture every week – I really enjoy drawing and I want to make it a priority this year.

listen to audio books for 3 hours each week – I love audio books but I want to listen to them more consistently.

Read two or more books each month – I have so many unread books in my room I need to work on reading some of them.

build up my saving accounts – It’s time to set up a good financial safety net.

Hang out with a friend at least once a month – friend time is very important but life gets busy and sometimes it gets forgotten. This year I want to make more time for friends.

Complete the monthly step challenge on Samsung Health each month – I love this app and I really want to earn all 12 badges this year !

Rock On – Christina Epperly

2019 goals how did I do ?

Hello, my bucket list friends! As we say hello to 2020 and make goals for this new year it’s time to take a minute or so to review the goals I made for 2019! Here we go .

New years goals 2019

Decrease my dairy and sugar consumption – Nope just nope.

pay off two of my three credit cards – Another nope.

Get a day planer and use it – Yes ! I loved having my day planner with me it was great for taking notes and remembering appointments. I already got another one for this year .

Use my essential oil diffuser – I started out the year using it but I started hearing about how it can be dangerous for cats and since my cats are in my room a lot I stopped using it .

Get back in to WWE – A little bit but not as much as I would have liked to .

Use twitter more often – somewhat I’ll keep trying to use it more this year

Use coloring for stress relief – I did do some coloring this year and it is good for stress relief and relaxation.

Get to my goal credit score – Nope

Cross 12 things off my bucket list this year – No, but I crossed eight great items off !

 

Rock On – Christina Epperly

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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

 

Breaking Cosmopolitan’s rules

Hello, my bucket list friends! A few years ago I came across an article on cosmopolitan’s website listing items that adults should not wear. To sum up the article ( published on February 11th 2015 ) the author ( Charles Manning) stated that some things about dressing as an adult were pretty much universal .  The article goes on to say that there were certain items of clothes that gave the message that the adult who was wearing them would be seen as Silly, Juvenile , fussy and cheap among other things. You can check out the article for yourself HERE . As you may be able to tell I don’t agree with the article. I decided to choose five out of the ten items listed wear them myself and tell all of you what it was like to wear them. Before we dive in to my experiences with wearing these items,  I want to make something clear. I have nothing against the author of this article and would like to give him a shout out as a talented writer ! He has some great articles that he has written for Cosmopolitan Including this one and this one. I just don’t agree with this specific article and I decided to challenge it. Now with all that said here we go !

 

Breaking Cosmopolitan’s rules

Cat ear sweat shirt – The first item from the list that I decided to wear was the cat ear sweat shirt . Cat ear sweat shirts are normal sweat shirts with cat ears attached to the hood. Yes, these are popular with children but there is no reason why they can’t be popular with adults as well. I bought my cat ear sweat shirt from amazon. It was very easy to find this style of sweat shirt in adult sizes. I had a few different styles to chose from. I ended up choosing a pink sweat shirt that no only had the ears but also had a cat face printed on the front of it. The sweat shirt was very comfy and cute. After wearing it at my house I wore it on a walk with my mom. I did have to take it off during the walk because I got warm. After our walk I met a friend we went to the movies and the candy store. My friend complemented me on the sweat shirt and I did not experience any negative feed back that I’m aware of. I really like this sweat shirt and I plan to wear it many more times !

 

Bows – The next item I chose to wear was a pair of shoes with bows on them.  I found a cute pair of leopard print flats with little bows on the front. I got this item at the Good Will there were a few other pairs of shoes with bows on them but I chose this one partly because I love leopard print and I want to add more of it my closet. Now, the shoes were a little small for me so they were on the uncomfortable side but other then that I loved them. I didn’t feel weird or awkward wearing them at all. I thought that these shoes were a nice touch to my outfit.

 

Rebel shirt – This next item I wore with the the bow shoes so I was breaking two rules in one outfit. That’s pretty rebellious if you ask me ! Now, I love graphic tees so I had no reservations about breaking this rule. After searching on Amazon I found this stylish lace top that said rebel since forever in big gold letters.  I knew that it would be the perfect shirt to break this rule with.  It was a cropped shirt so I put a camisole on under it. I liked the way the outfit turned out.

 

tutu socks – Even though I do remember having tutu socks as kid I think they are just fine for adults to wear. I got one pair of tutu socks from Amazon. They were the classic white tutu socks but they do come in other colors. I wore the tutu socks two days in a row but they really couldn’t be seen by others because my pants covered them.  They were very comfortable and I forgot that I was wearing a different kind of sock. I will totally wear these socks again.

 

Butterfly print – The last rule I decided to break was wearing butterfly print. I found a very cute butterfly print dress on amazon. My family had their Thanksgiving celebration a little earlier this year so more people could make it. I also had a work meeting later that evening. I knew that this dress would be perfect for both events. I really love the way the dress looked on me. It fit really well and it was very comfortable besides being a little on the long side. I loved the overall look and feel of this dress. I felt that the buttery print was artsy and not kid like at all. I will more than likely wear this dress again.

 

In conclusion have fun with your clothes and butterflies are awesome ! 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

 

 

 

Power outage life !

Hello,my bucket list friends ! As many of you have probably seen on the news California is experiencing planed power outages due to winds and fire danger. Since I don’t really have anything else to blog about right now, let’s talk about the power outage here we go !

Power outage life !

Here’s the thing I’ve lived in the mountains my whole life. I’m no stranger to power outages , fallen trees and even fallen power poles. When I heard about the planned power outage I wasn’t really that upset about it, I wasn’t excited about it of course but since I’m used to power outages and many people in my neighborhood including my family have generators I knew how things would go. This is the second time we have been effected by the scheduled outages. The first time was about a week ago and lasted for a day. With this outage we are going on day four. Yes, it is inconvenient even with our generator there are things we can’t do such as wash clothes and use the microwave. We also have to turn the generator of at night because it is on the noisy side but hey that’s what flash lights are for. Other then that life has pretty much continued on as normal. I know for the people who don’t have generators things have been harder for them but overall things feel pretty much the same. I do hope that these scheduled outages  stop soon so the news can talk about something else maybe even something happy. I know that’s very unlikely but a girl can dream!

Rock on – Christina Epperly