painting lamas !

Hello, my bucket list, friends! I love art kits, so I wanted to write a quick post telling you about my latest art kit adventure. On Monday, I had the day off, so I had time to open one of the many art kits that I have. This kit was one of my favorite kinds of art kits. It is a simple painting art kit. This kit came with two lamas , two sets of paint, and two paint brushes. I had a fun time painting the lamas. I made them pretty colorful, and I love how both of them look.

Thanks for reading about my art kit fun – Christina Epperly

A rant about fall and my I don’t like fall playlist

Hello, my bucket list, friends! Here we are in my least favorite season. This is the first official day of fall, and culturally, summer ended on Labor Day weekend. It is not a big secret that summer is my favorite season. I get sad when it ends and fall starts. Although there have been some exceptions, overall summer is time of adventure ,fun, and relaxation. Fall, on the other hand, is typically slow and tedious. In addition to that, there are many other things I don’t like about fall time, such as the fact that it reminds me of back to school time. I was not a fan of school, so I don’t have good memories about having to say goodbye to summer vacation and go back to school. Another thing I don’t like about fall time is the strange obsession with all things pumpkin. I mean, I will admit pumpkin patches are fun. However, all the pumpkin flavored food is not fun. You can find pumpkin flavored cereal, crackers, coffee, and more. You may notice that it is almost always pumpkin spice flavored, though, because I guess no one actually wants things that are straight pumpkin flavored, so they have to cover it up with spices. Then we have Halloween. I have celebrated Halloween in the past, but the more I think about it and the more I read about it the more I want to stop celebrating it. Even on the surface, it is easy to see that Halloween has a focus on death, fear, and pain. However, my light bulb moment was when I could not explain what or why I was celebrating. Every other holiday I celebrate, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or the 4th of July, I could easily answer that question. As a Christian, Halloween has been a controversial subject for a long time, and I’ve gone back and forth, but now I feel strong about not celebrating it going forward. Honesty, I don’t believe that I will miss celebrating it. Oh, and I will end this rant, but saying it is no fun when it gets dark at 6 pm and also dead leaves are overrated.

My I don’t like fall playlist

Big boots – Alice Cooper

Elected – Alice Cooper

Monster – skillet

All over the world – Alice Cooper

What have you been doing lately- Reliant k

Welcome to the masquerade – thousand foot krutch

My hippocratic oath – Philmont

Poison – Alice Cooper

Pressing on Reliant K

The big goodbye – Alice Cooper

Let the little lady talk – Capitol lights

Caffeine – Alice Cooper

Legendary- skillet

Down – Thousand foot krutch

Friend like that ( acoustic) – Hawk Nelson

Sideshow – Alice Cooper

Glow in the dark – family force 5

Falls apart – Thousand foot krutch

Die for you – Alice Cooper

Work this body – WALK THE MOON

Hurricane years – Alice Cooper

Talk talk – Alice Cooper

Headlines – Alice Cooper

I won’t back down – Tom Petty

He still does ( miracles) – Hawk Nelson

Bring to life – we as human

There it is, my I don’t like fall playlist! Thanks for reading this rant / playlist! – Christina Epperly

Barbie color reveal, shopping at Savers, and more!

Hello, my bucket list, friends! Overall, so far, September has been a busy month as far as work goes, and that’s a good thing! However, I have not had a whole lot of fun adventures this month. but there have been a few highlights that I wanted to share with you. Without any more delay, let’s get to it!

September 15th – I had this day off. With my free time, I decided to see what Barbie color reveal doll I had gotten. I had bought her at Target, but I had not gotten around to seeing what doll I got in the totally denim series. All the dolls looked cool. The doll that I got was mainly pink with a fun butterfly pattern. I want to get more dolls in this series. My big highlight of the day was going to Savers. At Savers, I got a Barbie doll who had a cute necklace on but also needed some TLC. Her face was very dirty but I was able to clean her when I got home. I’m happy that I rescued her. The other items that I got at Savers on this day are an unopened bead kit, some books including American Girl books, two TY Beanie Babies , a bag of hair bows , a paint your own tea set art kit, and a Build a Bear plush. After Savers, I quickly went to the Safeway next to Savers to get something I needed, but I also got two Hot Wheels cars. They have them at a really good price at Safeway. That night, I started painting my tea set. The paint was no longer in the set, but I had paint that I could use. I had fun painting dots on the plates. It was an overall good day!

September 16th – On this day I had work in the afternoon. I started off the day by going to brunch at a neighbor’s house. It was fun getting to see and talk to some of my neighbors. My next big highlights of the day were going to Starbucks and the park. During my break at work I went shopping. I got another bead kit and an art kit. The art kits come with two lamas that you paint. I was very excited about the things that I bought on my break. It was another pretty good day!

September 17th – I also worked in the afternoon on this day . I went and got coffee and went to church before work. After church, I went to Starbucks, and I got a pink drink. At work during my break, I bought two new Kiner joy eggs that have animal toys in them. It was another good day.

September 18th – On this day, I went to work, and during my break, I bought a Hot Wheels monster truck that was Barbie themed. After work, I went to Safeway, where I got two juice drinks that come with toys. I really like the monster truck I got!

Thank you for reading about some of my latest highlights!

Things I love August 2023

Hello, my bucket list, friends! August was an overall good month. I started a new job, went to Idaho, and I tuned 33 and more! It is now time to take a look back at the things I loved in August 2023.

Going to the Jelly Belly Factory – On my birthday, I visited the Jelly Belly Factory. I had a lot of fun exploring the factory, visiting the museum and going shopping. ( You can read about it HERE)

Going on another Idaho adventure – I had a great time visiting Idaho in August. It was good to see family and go on adventures. ( You can read about it HERE )

Thrift shopping – I got to do some thrift shopping in August locally and in Idaho. ( You can read about it HERE and HERE )

Starting a new job – I’m very happy to say that I was blessed with a new job at Walgreens after the store that I was working at closed. ( You can read about it HERE)

Shopping at my favorite party supply store – The day before my birthday, I went to a party supply store that I have loved since I was a kid. ( You can read about it HERE )

Alice Cooper’s new album – My favorite singer released a new album, and I have spent a lot of time listening to it! I highly recommend listing to it!

My early birthday dinner with my friend – Before my birthday I celebrated it with my friend. ( You can read about it HERE )

Going to the mall – I went to the mall this month. I got a massage and did some shopping. ( You can read about it HERE )

Being ok after having emergency surgery – On the first day of August, I had unexpected surgery after going to the ER on July 31st. It was very scary, but God protected me. I had a good amount of recovery to do during August, but I’m glad to say that scars are the only reminder I have of the surgery. ( You can read about it HERE )

There you have it, the things I loved in August 2023. Thanks for reading ! – Christina Epperly

Other August 2023 highlights

Hello, my bucket list, friends! August was an overall busy month, and there are a few things that I want to share with you that have not made it into other posts. Without any more delay, let’s get to it!

I got a new job ! I think I mentioned on this blog that the house plant store that I was working at closed. I was determined to find another job quickly, and I’m happy to say that I got hired at Walgreens, and I absolutely love it! I’m so blessed and thankful for this new job. I also love that I get to go shopping at the store on my breaks.

August 19th – On this day, I went shopping at Savers. Some of my favorite things that I got on this thrift shopping adventure were some craft kits, books including a sticker book, and two Barbie dolls.

August 18th – On this day, I went to Taco Bell! I had been meaning to go during the summer, and I finally got the chance.

August 16th – On this day, I got to go to the mall and get a much needed massage.I also went to the Old Navy and Target at the mall. One of my favorite things that I got is a wooden ice pop art kit from Target. It was a great day of shopping and relaxation.

Thank you for reading about some of my August adventures! – Christina Epperly

Emergency surgery

Hello, my bucket list friends. As you can probably tell from the title of this post, it is going to be a little bit different from my regular posts. This was an unexpected and scary event, but I think it is important to share life experiences with others, so let’s get to it.

My unexpected surgery – The day that I returned home from Oxnard, I started having pain. I thought I was having the mussel spasms that I get sometimes. However, this time could not make the intense pain go away. All the things that I usually do to treat my mussel spasms were not working, and the pain kept getting worse. I started thinking about going to the ER, but my insurance is not very good, so I put it off for a little while, but the pain was so bad that I was throwing up from it. When my mom was driving me to the ER, I couldn’t wait to get there. I was in so much pain, and I just wanted it to stop. The last time I had gone to the ER with mussel spasms, I had been given some medicine that stopped the pain, and then I went home. I thought that it would be the same this time but I was very wrong. When I first got to the ER, there was a line. I could not stand, so I sat down in the line. Someone brought me a wheelchair so I didn’t have to sit on the floor. It was around 10 or 11pm. when I got to the ER. I was also throwing up in a bag in the waiting room. I had some blood taken, and I was told to go back to the waiting room. I also was told it would be an hour or so before I could be seen. I was in so much pain that I thought I would pass out before then. I went back to the check-in and told them that my pain was worse. At one point, I was lying on the floor of the waiting room. I was very happy when they called my name and took me back to a room. It took a little bit, but I got some pain medicine, and I felt like I could think more clearly, and the pain was not as overwhelming. I got a CAT scan and an ultrasound. After the ultrasound, I got more medicine because my pain started again. After the 2nd dose of medicine, my pain was at a four, and I felt really good. It turned out that I had a grapefruit sized ovarian cyst. At first, I was told I could schedule the surgery to have it removed at another time. However, my doctors were concerned that my pain was still there after two doses of pain medicine. They said that my cyst was probably twisted, and that’s what was causing my pain. They advised me that I should have surgery right away. I was also told that it looked like my ovary had blood flow, but they could not be sure, and that my ovary may have to be removed. I had never been put under before, and I had only dental surgery in the past, so I was absolutely terrified. I started crying when I learned that I needed to have surgery. By this time, it was well past midnight, and it was officially August 1st. My birthday month had begun with me in the ER. They took me into surgery pretty quickly, but before that, I had some time to post on social media and ask for prayers. I took some pictures before I went into surgery. I liked the sea animal decorations in the room I was in so I also took a picture of the Octopus on the wall. Another thing that made it even more stressful is that I had to cancel some job interviews that I had scheduled. Before I knew it, I was being wheeled into the OR. When we arrived at the room, it looked just like what you would see in a hospital TV show, but it was real. Before I knew it, my fear kicked in again, and I began crying. I remember the tears flowing down my face as I laid on my back. I was told that I was going to be given some anxiety medicine. Right after it was given to me, my tears stopped. I was still nervous, but I felt better than before. The next thing I remember is an oxygen mask being placed over my face while we had a short conversation about the oxygen bars in Las Vegas, and that’s the last thing I remember before I had surgery. After that, I remember waking up in the recovery room. It’s kind of weird because it doesn’t feel like I went to sleep. It feels like I lost memory, but I’m ok with that because everything went well. My cyst was successfully removed, and my ovary was fine, so they did not have to take it out. It was twisted, and that’s what was causing my pain. I went home shortly after surgery, and my pain was gone. The recovery process is still happening now, but I’ve made it past the hardest parts. My incisions hurt for a while, but now they are perfectly fine. It was a scary thing to go through, but I know that God was with me the whole time, and I’m glad that the cyst is no longer inside me.

Thanks for reading! – 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

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     


Things I love April 2023

Hello, my bucket list, friends! I know this post is not really on time but that is how life is sometimes! Anyways now, that we are in May I’m getting even more excited for summer to start! However, for now it is time to take a look back at the things I loved in April 2023.

Shopping at the Dollar Tree – It had been a while since I had gotten to go to the Dollar Tree. I was happy that I got to go there this month. ( You can read about it HERE)

Art – I had a fun time expressing myself with art this month! ( You can read about one of my art projects HERE. )

Instacart and Uber eats – I got deliveries from Instacart and Uber eats this month. I love how they have a great selection of items not just food. ( You can read about it HERE and HERE )

Celebrating Easter – Even though I was at home on Easter I still had a good time celebrating! ( You can read about it HERE )

My favorite local thrift store – I went to my favorite local thrift shop serval times this month ! I got some great items for my collection. ( You can read about some of it HERE and HERE )

Buying Easter items on sale – After Easter I found some fun Easter items that were on sale at great prices! ( You can read about it HERE and HERE)

Going to Five Below- Since a Five Below opened up in my area I had only been there once, until this month changed that. I had a great time finding some fun items, including Barbie brand items! ( You can read about it HERE )

Getting to see my friend and my cousin – It seems to be a lot hard to see people than it used to be. This month, however, I was able to see my friend and my cousin! ( You can read about it HERE )

Seeing my favorite ponies – someone who lives close to me has two very sweet ponies. I’m happy to say I got to see them this month. ( You can read about it HERE )

Thank you for reading about the things I loved this month! – Christina Epperly

My marvelous Monday staring Walgreens

Hello, my bucket list friends. I’ve been meaning to make this post, and now a week later I’m finally sharing it with you. without any more delay here is a post about my Monday last week. My big highlight on this day was going to Walgreens. I was excited to go there because it was the day after Easter, and I knew that the Easter items would be on sale. There was a fair amount of Easter items still avaalible. There were a lot of these popper toys that came with gumballs that were on sale for less than a dollar. I already had one of them, but due to the price, I got more of them. I also got this super cute bunny plush that came with jelly beans. In addition to those items, I got some Easter chocolates, and outside of the Easter section, I got this very cute sun catcher art kit. Before I went home, I went to Starbucks, and I got an iced coffee it was my second coffee of the day because I had also gotten a hot coffee before work that morning. It was a pretty good Monday. I hope all of you are having a great Monday today!

Thank you for reading!

Rock On – Christina Epperly