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 !
Hello, my bucket list friends ! Recently I got to go shopping at two of my favorite stores and I bought some pretty cool stuff. I can’t wait to tell you more about it so let’s get going!
Dollar Tree and Target hauls
Dollar Tree – I started off the first day of May with a trip to the Dollar Tree. I had to get some poster board for a project but of course that wasn’t all I got. I was very happy with the items I found during this trip. Some of my favorite items are My Little Pony toys , a pair of socks with pairs of socks on them, a pen with a doughnut on top , and cat stickers. I also got a wooden butterfly. When I get around to painting it I will be sure to post about it! My mom was with me for this trip and she found somethings she needed as well. It was a successful shopping trip for both of us!
Target – Yesterday I went to Target with my friend. She has somethings she needed to get there so I came along to see what I could find. In the Dollar section I found some fun items including summer stickers and toy sloth that you grow. another thing I got was a fun shirt that I can’t wait to wear this summer. I also finally got one of the new style My Little Pony toys! I had a really fun time shopping with my friend. Oh and when I grow the sloth toy I will be sure to post about it !
Hello my bucket list friends ! Well It’s time to say goodbye to April 2020 and look back on this months highlights ! Here we go!
Things I love April 2020
Painting a Piggy bank – I had a great time painting a very cute piggy bank. I can’t say it enough I love Melissa and Doug craft kits! ( You can read about it HERE )
Drinking lots of coffee – I drink a lot of coffee most months but I’ve fallen in love with mobile ordering . I love ordering coffee on my phone and then having it waiting for me when I get to the coffee shop.
Lanie’s real adventurers – I read Lanie’s first book for my April book club. I then went on to read her next book and I loved it ! ( You can more about the books HERE)
Dollar Tree – I got to go shopping at one of my favorite stores this month ! I love going to the Dollar Tree. You never know what treasures you are going to find !
Springtime craft kits – I celebrated spring 2020 by doing some fun springtime craft kits ! (You can read more about it HERE)
My 2nd American Girl doll – I got another American Girl doll this month ! I named her Coral and I’m so happy I got her . ( You can read more about it HERE)
There you have it ! The things I loved about April 2020 !
Hello, my bucket list friends ! Some of you may remember that in February of last year I participated in a OCD study at Stanford. ( You can read some of my posts about it HERE,HERE and HERE) I thought I would be a good time to update all of you on how my mental health is doing over a year after participating in the study and receiving TMS treatment. Without further delay here we go !
OCD update ( over a year after TMS)
Not that long after the treatments I wrote a post ( You can read it HERE) about the positive impact that the TMS treatment had on my mental health. I wrote about how my OCD symptoms had been greatly reduced and that my overall mental health had improved. Well I’m very happy to say that things have stayed that way . OCD does not control my life the way it used to before I got treatment at Stanford. I feel much more in control of my mental health and my daily life in general. I’m able to brush off OCD’s attacks quickly. I still have some rough days like everyone dose but those seem to be few and far between. I’m so blessed that I was given the chance to participate in this study it has truly changed my life for the better.
Hello, my bucket list friends ! I’m excited to announce the book I’ve chosen for May 2020. This is the second book in the Light Heart book club and that book is Finally by Wendy Mass. I have so many books in my room that I have not read yet and this is one of them. I’m about thirty pages into the book and I’m excited to see what happens next. I’ll write a post discussing the book in detail sometime in mid or late May. During the discussion I will be answering questions about the book and suggesting activities to go along with the book if you have any questions of suggestions let me know in the comments.
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
Hello, my bucket list friends! I recently got my second American Girl doll and I wanted to do a quick post introducing her ! I got her from Ebay for about half the price of a new doll. She does have one set of eyelashes missing but she is perfect to me . I named her Coral for two reasons, one being I just simply liked the name. The other reason was I thought that it would be cool for me and my American Girl dolls to all have names that start with C. I also really love the outfit she came in. My first American girl doll Clover is happy to have a bestfriend and I’m happy to have two American girl dolls ! Rock On – Christina Epperly
Hello, my bucket list friends ! Some of you may remember when I got boxes filled with My Little Pony toys from Ebay. ( you can read about it HERE ) Well this time I got a big box of Barbies and other similar dolls. I can’t wait to tell you more about it so here we go!
A big box of dolls
I had a lot of fun opening up the boxes of ponies that I had got from E bay so I thought it would be fun to order a big box dolls. The box I got was mainly barbie dolls but there were a few other kinds of dolls in the mix such as Disney princess dolls. The first thing I did was to sort through the dolls and decide which ones I was going to keep. After I sorted through the box I decided to keep 16 of the dolls. The next step was to wash all of them in the bathtub since they all have been played with. Some of the dolls had marks on them or sticky hair so a bath was much needed. I looked online to see how to best wash a Barbie doll’s hair . The first video that I watched said to use regular shampoo and conditioner so that’s what I used. I put the dolls and doll clothes in the bathtub . Then I put soap and warm water in the bathtub to get them extra clean. I let them soak for awhile then I washed their hair and rinsed them off. I let them air dry over night . The next day I re-rinsed off a few of the dolls that had sticky hair. Finally I got them all dried dressed and they all looked great! I’m so happy that I decided to get a big box of dolls from Ebay ! What would you order a big box of ? Rock On – Christina Epperly