Monday, October 16, 2017

The Most Beautiful Things I've Ever Seen

The world is full of beauty, if only people would just take a moment to look around and find it.

The most beautiful things I have ever seen are:
  • Rainbows
  • People coming together and supporting each other, after a tragedy
  • My older cat showing concern for my younger cat when she lost her balance and fell off the chair the both of them were sitting on. She even put a paw on her back to see if she was alright.
  • Doves nesting on top of the lighting fixture on my back porch, on more than one occasion
  • A hummingbird coming to drink from our hummingbird feeder, on many occasions
  • People sticking up for those who are being put down
  • People who help others in need, without expecting anything in return
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

My Montana Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Montana:

  • Rocky Mountains
  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield
  • Flathead Lake
  • Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
  • Cathedral of Saint Helena
  • Lake McDonald
  • ZooMontana
  • Grinnell Glacier
  • Avalanche Lake
  • Montana Vortex and House of Mystery
  • Highline Trail
  • Hungry Horse Dam
  • Iceberg Lake
  • Swiftcurrent Lake
  • Two Medicine Lake
  • Roosevelt Arch
  • Wild Horse Island
  • The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
  • St. Mary Falls
  • Hidden Lake Overlook
  • Butte
  • The Berkeley Pit
  • Garnet
  • Ringing Rocks of Montana
  • Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
  • Bleu Horses
  • Medicine Rocks State Park
  • Shep Memorial
  • Makoshika State Park
  • Our Lady of the Rockies
  • Ross Creek Giant Cedars Grove
  • Elkhorn Ghost Town
  • Koocanusa Bridge
  • Charles M. Bair Family Museum
  • Garden Wall in Glacier National Park
  • Missouri Headwaters State Park
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Montana Bale Trail
  • Giant Springs Heritage State Park and Fish Hatchery
  • Bighorn Canyon
  • Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge
  • North American Indian Days
  • Cut Bank's 27-foot-tall penguin
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Missouri Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Missouri:

  • Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
  • George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Lake of the Ozarks
  • Branson
  • Gateway Arch
  • Elephant Rocks State Park
  • Old Courthouse
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
  • St. Louis
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Talking Rocks Cavern
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  • Grant's Farm
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • The Butterfly House
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Meramec Caverns
  • Titanic Museum
  • Sea Life Kansas City
  • Shaw Nature Reserve
  • Onondaga Cave State Park
  • The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
  • Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins
  • Welch Spring Hospital Ruins
  • Bonne Terre Mines
  • Kansas City Workhouse
  • Turtle Playground
  • The Pinnacles
  • Bothwell Lodge
  • The Magic House
  • The Holy Finger of Kansas City
  • Kirksville Devil's Chair
  • The Space Museum
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum
  • World's Largest Fork
  • St. Valentine's Relics in Missouri
  • Maxie, The World's Largest Goodse
  • Independence Temple
  • St. Louis Abbey
  • Charlie Parker Memorial
  • Precious Moments Chapel and Gardens

Monday, October 9, 2017

My Top 20 Mood Boosting Songs

I am always listening to music, so I loved the idea for this post. Music helps me get through tough times, it helps me relax at the end of a work/school day, it helps me to get going at the start of each day...it's a part of each and every day for me.

My top 20 mood boosting songs are:
  1. I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
  2. Oh My Soul by Casting Crowns
  3. Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin
  4. Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West
  5. Bod Bless Us Everyone by Andrea Bocelli
  6. Single by Natasha Bedingfield
  7. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
  8. Through Heaven's Eyes (From The Prince of Egypt movie) by Brian Stokes Mitchell
  9. When You Believe (From The Prince of Egypt movie) by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
  10. Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
  11. Free to Be Me by Francesca Battistelli
  12. Everything by Michael Buble
  13. When a Child is Born by Andrea Bocelli
  14. Go Where Love Goes by Andrea Bocelli
  15. Because We Believe by  Andrea Bocelli
  16. The Prayer
  17. You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
  18. We Shall Be Free by Garth Brooks
  19. Walkin on Sunshine
  20. Happy by Bruno Mars
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

My Mississippi Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Mississippi:

  • Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum
  • Jefferson Davis Presidential Library
  • Biloxi
  • Jackson Zoo
  • Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo
  • Mississippi State Capitol
  • Hattiesburg Zoo
  • Tombigbee State Park
  • Biloxi Light
  • Lake Chicot State Park
  • Windsor Ruins
  • Birthplace of Kermit the Frog
  • Longwood
  • For Massachusetts on Ship Island
  • Jackson
  • Stanton Hall
  • Mynelle Gardens Arboretum & Botanical Center

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Minnesota Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Minnesota:
  • Mall of America
  • St. Paul
  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Minnehaha Park
  • Duluth
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Cathedral of St. Paul
  • Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Great Lakes Aquarium
  • Minnesota State Capitol
  • Lake Superior Zoo
  • American Swedish Institute
  • Munsinger Gardens and Clemens Gardens
  • Weisman Art Museum
  • Forestville Mystery Cave State Park
  • Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
  • Saint Anthony Falls
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park
  • Split Rock Lighthouse
  • Pipestone National Monument
  • Devil's Kettle
  • Niagra Cave
  • Elf Door at Demings Height Park
  • Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
  • Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park)
  • Spoonbridge and Cherry
  • Birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Sidewalk Harp
  • Mary Tyler Moore Statue
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Pageant
  • Stone Arch Bridge
  • Old Man of the Dalles
  • Franconia Sculpture Park
  • Prospect Park Water Tower
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church
  • Vision of Peace (Indian God of Peace)
  • The Triangle House of St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Washburn Park Water Tower
  • Alpine Asphalt's Wall of Skis
  • Big Ole
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral
  • Giant Pipe of Pipestone

Monday, October 2, 2017

Operation Christmas Child 2017

Well, it is that time of year again...

Time for Operation Christmas Child!!!

Operation Christmas Child is an annual shoebox present collection, where people can fill a shoebox (or a box of similar size) with items for children, who may not otherwise get anything.

Here are some ideas of what you can put in your shoebox presents:
  • Dolls
  • Stuffed animal toys
  • Jump ropes
  • Embroidery floss
  • Beads
  • Wash cloths
  • Bar soap
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Coloring books
  • Matching games
  • Paper
  • Sports/bouncy balls
  • Solar calculators
  • Hats
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Scarves
  • Play jewelry
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Water bottles
  • Yo-yos
  • Drawstring bags
  • Rulers
  • Picture books (for the younger children)
  • Dry erase boards with dry erase pens
  • Mini chalkboards with chalk
  • Toothbrushes
  • Watercolor paint sets and paintbrushes
  • Hair brushes or combs
  • Toy cars
  • Puzzles
  • Stickers
  • Checkers sets
  • Socks
  • Recorders
  • Harmonicas
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Clothes line and clothes pins (for older girls)
  • Pillowcase dresses (you can find more about this HERE)
  • Flip flops
  • T-shirts
  • Post-It Notes
  • Backpacks
  • Straws
  • Hair ties
  • Band-Aids
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing tools
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Watches
  • Plastic magnifying glasses
  • Small sewing kits
  • Personal hygiene items for boys, girls (for older children)
  • Purses (for older girls)
  • Barrettes, hair clips
  • Headbands
  • A handwritten note (optional, but very special to the child who receives it)
  • Pencil cases/pouches (or empty makeup bags that they can use for carrying whatever they want)
  • Handmade items (toys, dolls, clothing, etc.)
They are in most need of boxes for boys ages 10-14, so if you can, please send at least one shoebox present for that age group (although, you can choose which age group and gender you would like to pack boxes for!).

You are NOT allowed to put in liquids, war related toys (soldiers, swords, etc.), out of date foods/candy, breakables, lotions, toothpaste, and anything else of this nature.

They have an annual collection week in November (you can find your closest drop-off location HERE), but you can drop of/ship presents all year round to:

Operation Christmas Child
801 Bamboo Road
Boone NC 28607

To find out more, you can check out the links to Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan's Purse. You can even order free materials HERE.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in September

Here are the things that made me happy this month:
  • Ordering take-out from a local BBQ restaurant
  • Winning another prize at ukulele night
  • Getting my first credit card
  • Going to thrift stores, and getting good finds
  • Seeing chipmunks on my way to work
  • Checking out a new local bakery, and getting a couple cupcakes
  • Buying merchandise from one of my favorite YouTubers (and recieving it, too!!)
What made you happy this month?

Yes, I know this was, yet again, a short list, but at lease I had some things that made me happy this month.

Friday, September 29, 2017

My Michigan Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Michigan:
  • Detroit
  • Lansing
  • Ann Arbor
  • Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Potter Park Zoo
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • Tahquamenon Falls
  • Binder Park Zoo
  • Lake Erie
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  • SS Badger
  • Holland
  • Holland State Park
  • John Ball Zoological Garden
  • Sea Life Michigan
  • Kensington Metropark
  • Pictured Rocks Cruise
  • Turnip Rock
  • Michigan Central Station
  • Kitch-iti-kipi
  • American Museum of Magic
  • St. Agnes Church and School
  • Detroit Children's Zoo
  • Hamtramck Disneyland
  • Mackinac Island
  • Heidelberg Island
  • Earl Young Gnome Houses
  • St. Ignace Mystery Spot
  • Bell Isle Aquarium
  • The Bottle House
  • Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry
  • The Dequindre Cut Greenway
  • Curwood Castle
  • Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School
  • The World's Largest Stove
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • McCourtie Park
  • Michigan Space and Science Center
  • Grand Army of the Republic Building
  • Tulip Time Festival
  • The Mackinac Bridge
  • Giant Boxing Arm of Joe Jouis
  • Giant Cow Head
  • Uniroyal Giant Tire
  • Mbad Museum and Dabl's African Bead Gallery
  • Eight Mile Wall
  • Wave Field
  • Lakenenland
  • The Cross in the Woods Shrine
  • Oswald's Bear Ranch
  • Rarity Acres Zorse and Zonkey Farm
  • Iron County Historical Museum
  • Bishop Baraga Shrine
  • Windmill Island
  • Henry Ford Museum

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My Massachusetts Bucket List


  • Boston
  • Freedom Trail
  • Fenway Park
  • Boston Common
  • New England Aquarium
  • Martha's Vineyard
  • Public Garden
  • Boston Harbor
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Boston Museum
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • House of Seven Gables
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • Salem
  • Southwick's Zoo
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Minute Man National Historical Park
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Canobie Lake Park
  • Wachusett Mountain
  • Boston Public Library
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Danvers Hospital for the Criminally Insane
  • Mapparium
  • The Witch House of Salem
  • Forest Hills Cemetery
  • Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast and Museum
  • Singing Beach at Machester-By-The-Sea
  • The Mysterious Witch Bonney
  • Dogtown & Babson Boulder Trail
  • Museum of Modern Renaissance
  • Salem Village Witchcraft Victims Memorial
  • Bash Bish Falls
  • Glacial Potholes
  • Eyrie House Ruins
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Walden Pond
  • Lobster Mickey
  • Crane Mansion on Castle Hill
  • Cambridge
  • Bancroft Tower
  • Mount Greylock
  • Skull Cliff
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • The Bulb River
  • The Bridge of Flowers
  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground
  • Kelleher Rose Garden
  • Dighton Rock
  • Hood Milk Bottle
  • Fort Standish
  • Salada Tea Doors
  • Harmonic Bridge
  • Old Powder House
  • Worcester State Hospital
  • Pooh's House
  • Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden
  • Purgatory Chasm
  • Longfellow House
  • Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery
  • Quincy Quarries
  • Poet's Seat Tower
  • USS Constitution
  • New England Peace Pagoda
  • Natural Bridge State Park
  • Hut Of Refuge
  • The Titanic Museum
  • Adams National Historic Park
  • Madonna, Queen of the Universe
  • Jaws Bridge
  • Herb Mackey's Metal Sculpture Yard
  • The Oozing Whale Skeleton of New Bedford
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
  • Site of Boston's First Bell
  • The Dutch House
  • Tremont Temple
  • Rose Kennedy Rose Garden
  • Classic WWII Chapel
  • Birthplace of Johnny Appleseed
  • Redemption ROck
  • Westford Poe Marker
  • Somerville Round House
  • Make Way for Ducklings Statue
  • Buttonball Tree
  • Boston Lighthouse
  • Rock House Reservation
  • Burnside Fountain-Turtle Boy
  • Faneuil Hall Weathervane
  • The Legs of Myles Standish
  • Bancroft Castle
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb Statue
  • Profile Rock
  • Captain Edward Penniman House
  • Bicentennial Chair
  • Eunice Williams Covered Bridge
  • Abigail Adams' Grave
  • Heath Hen Sculpture

Monday, September 25, 2017

My Fall Favorites

I am more of a warm weather person, but I do like fall weather, too. There are things I do like about each season, and in this post, I am sharing what my favorites are for fall.

Here are my fall favorites:
  • Pumpkin carving/painting
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Leaves changing color
  • Seeing all the different costumes children wear for Halloween
  • French silk pie (I know this can be an all-year food, but I usually have it during the fall)
  • Raking (and then jumping into) fallen leaves
  • The smells associated with fall
  • Fall scented candles
  • Blankets and warm brim hats
  • Hot chocolate
  • Crisp fall air
  • Baking pumpkin seeds
  • Caramel apples
  • Hay rides
  • Fall fests
  • Scarves
What do you love about fall?

**Thnks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!**

Friday, September 22, 2017

Accept

I am lining up with Kate Motaung for this week's Five Minute Friday.

This week's FMF is: Accept


Why is it so hard for people to let others live their lives the way they want? To accept them for who they are?
 
Why is it so hard for us to accept ourselves as we are? It's not as if one life is worth more or less than another.
 
There are many things that we cannot control about who we are as a person, and we should not be judged, ridiculed, or otherwise made to feel inferior.
 
No one is meant meant to be exactly the same as anyone else. We are meant to be different, unique.
 
Acceptance of who we are as people, acceptance of who others are, leads to love, kindness, and hope. Which leads to some amazing things. If only we just take the time to understand that everyone has their own unique journey, that is meant to be lived to the fullest.
 
Every life is worth living, if we just take the time to see the worth, and to accept each other for the beautiful, flawed beings that we are.
 
Accept people for who they are, and the world may just be a better place to live in.

My Maryland Bucket List


  • National Aquarium
  • Fort McHenry
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • American Visionary Art Museum
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Baltimore
  • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
  • Geppi's Entertainment Museum
  • Maryland State House
  • Trimper's Rides
  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
  • The Baltimore Basilica
  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
  • Great Falls
  • Swallow Falls State Park
  • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
  • Delmarva Peninsula
  • Capital Wheel
  • Billy Goat Trail
  • Druid Hill Park
  • Scott's Run Nature Preserve
  • Watkins Regional Park
  • Cunningham Falls State Park
  • Lexington Market
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum
  • Enchanted Forest Theme Park
  • Hell House Altar
  • Edgar Allan Poe's Grave
  • George Peabody Library
  • The Book Thing
  • Ladew Topiary Gardens
  • Vanadu Art House
  • Grave of John Wilkes Booth
  • Maryland Gold Mine Ruins
  • Fort Carroll
  • Holland Island
  • Graffiti Alley
  • Calvert Cliffs State Park
  • Catoctin Furnace
  • The Arbutus Oak
  • Nipper, the RCA Dog Statue
  • Underground Railroad Experience Trail
  • Phoenix Shot Tower
  • Remains of Truxton Circle Fountain
  • The (First) Washington Monument
  • Acorn Park
  • Mr. Trash Wheel
  • Annie Oakley House
  • Herlong the Carved Dragon
  • Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple
  • War Correspondents Memorial
  • Annapolis
  • Earthoid Water Tank
  • Transpeninsular Midpoint Marker
  • George Washington's Headquarters
  • Elijah Bond's Ouija Board Grave
  • Kayak at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
  • Ferry Ride
  • Explore NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Smith Island

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Maine Bucket List


  • Acadia National Park
  • Casco Bay
  • Portland Head Light
  • Portland Observatory
  • Pemaquid Point Light
  • Park Loop Road
  • West Quoddy Head Light
  • Eartha
  • Schoodic Peninsula
  • Two Lights State Park
  • Jordan Pond
  • Owls Head Light
  • Thunder Hole
  • White Mountain National Forest
  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
  • York's Wild Kingdom
  • Bass Harbor Head Light
  • Nubble Lighthouse
  • Cape Neddick Light
  • Crescent Beach State Park
  • Stephen King's House
  • Mount Katahdin
  • Wiggly Bridge
  • Wire Bridge
  • Eagle lake Tramway
  • Boon Island Light
  • Devil's Footprint
  • Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies
  • Bartlettyarns Mill
  • Paul Bunyon Statue
  • Fort Knox State Historic Site
  • The Wedding Cake House
  • Maine Solar System Model
  • The World's Largest Telephone
  • Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory
  • Mount Desert Spring Blues Brothers
  • Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
  • Maine State Building
  • Bailey Island Bridge (Cribstone Bridge)
  • Small Town X Fisherman Statue
  • Table Rock
  • Gulf Hagas
  • Moxie Falls
  • Baxter State Park
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway
  • Screw Auger Falls

Monday, September 18, 2017

My Favorite Quotes

I have lots of favorite quotes/quotes I love. When I am having a bad day for whatever reason, I like to read encouraging words to help me get through the day.

Here are some of my favorites:
A family of God is a family of love.
When you know who you are, and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.
Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everryone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.
Don't judge my path if you haven't walked my journey.
If you are always trying to be NORMAL, you will never know how amazing you can be.-Maya Angelou
 Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible.
Dreams don't work unless you do!
You were given this life becauseyou are strong enough to live it.
Live simply. Dream Big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots.
People who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are the ones who do. 
Hope is the one thing stronger than fear.
Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow. 
Life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters.
 You only fail when you stop trying.
We have all got light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are. 
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.
 Be kind, fore everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
 *Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!*

Friday, September 15, 2017

My Louisiana Bucket List


  • Baton Rouge
  • New Orleans
  • Mardi Gras World
  • The National WWII Museum
  • Aquarium of the Americas
  • Oak Alley Plantation
  • Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
  • Audubon Zoo
  • Jackson Square
  • Audubon Park
  • San Francisco Plantation House
  • St. Louis Cathedral
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • The Cabildo
  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Frenchman Street
  • Preservation Hall
  • Baton Rouge Zoo
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection
  • The Presbytere
  • City Park
  • Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'
  • Alexandria Zoological Park
  • Cafe du Monde
  • Honey Island Swamp
  • Laura Plantation
  • The Houmas
  • Royal Street
  • Lafrenier Park
  • Destrehan Plantation
  • Lafayette Square
  • St. Joseph Plantation
  • Louis Armstrong Park
  • Woldenberg Park
  • The New Orleans Treehouse
  • Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
  • The Gates of Guinee
  • Metairie Cemetery
  • The Singing Oak
  • The Luling Mansion
  • Ruins of Fort Macomb
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Myrtles Plantaion
  • Fort Pike
  • The Rosegate House
  • The Cats of Jackson Square
  • Fort Proctor
  • Tomb of the Unkown
  • The Faerie Playhouse
  • Confederate Civil War Museum
  • Fort St. Philip
  • Labyrinth at Audubon Park
  • Musical Legends Park
  • Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden
  • Jungle Gardens
  • Doullut Steamboat Houses
  • Laura: A Creole Plantation
  • French Quarter
  • Rip Van Winkle Gardens
  • RTA-Streetcars
  • Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Louisiana State Capitol
  • The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
  • 1850 House
  • Jungle Gardens
  • Avery Island
  • Christmas in New Orleans
  • Venice
  • Avery Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Chauvin Sculpture Garden
  • Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Kentucky Bucket List


  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Churchill Downs
  • Kentucky Derby Museun
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  • Creation Museum
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
  • Lost River Cave
  • Newport Aquarium
  • Red River Gorge
  • Kentucky Kingdom
  • Louisville
  • Belle of Louisville
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • Louisville Zoo
  • Ark Encounter
  • Kentucky Down Under
  • Louisville Waterfront Park
  • Mega Cavern
  • General George Patton Museum of Leadership
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park
  • Smale Riverfront Park
  • Cherokee Park
  • Daniel Boone National Forest
  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
  • Dinosaur World
  • E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Big South Fork Scenic Railway
  • Old Fort Harrod State Park
  • Cumberland Falls
  • Wigwam Village #2
  • Vent Haven Museum
  • Castle Post
  • Mantle Rock
  • Funtown Mountain
  • Troublesome Creek
  • The Strange procession Which Never Moves
  • Colonel Sanders' Grave
  • Kentucky's Stonehenge
  • Lexington's Biblical Miniature Golf
  • Black Mountain
  • South Union Shaker Village
  • Shrine of Saints Magnus and Bonosa
  • Tri-State Peak
  • Dixie Cup Water Tower
  • Heigold House
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Slavery to Freedom Museum
  • Kentucky Floral Clock
  • The Grave of Harry L. Collins
  • Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia
  • Florence Y'all Water Tower

Monday, September 11, 2017

My Accomplishments So Far

I got the idea for this post on Instagram, and decided to do a blog post about my accomplishments.

Here are my accomplishments in life so far:

(Note: I am not trying to brag in any way. I just wanted to share the things that I have been able to accomplish so far.)
  • Graduation from elementary, junior high, and high school on time (I never really did the best I could do in school, but I was very happy to be able to graduate on time)
  • Getting almost all As and Bs in the college classes I have taken so far (I have one C, which is in Culinary Mathematics; math is not my best subject) for my degree.
  • Getting a job at the library on my own, and having it last for more than a couple of weeks (it has been six months so far, since I started working at the library)
  • Volunteering with the library's homebound delivery program for 5 years (there were times where I was debating whether or not I wanted to continue; since I was able to start school and work, I haven't thought about quitting volunteering again)
  • Saving most of the money from my paychecks (this is a big one for me, as I am usually a spender, and never really saved much money until recently)
  • Getting through my probationary period at work (yes, to me that is an accomplishment!!) without any problems.
  • Missing only one day of work (because of an emergency) in six months
Yeah, I know it's not much, but it's a start. I am a very shy person by nature, so doing things out of my comfort zone is very hard for me to do mentally. I am starting to get better at that, though, so I am looking forward to seeing where that takes me in the future.

Friday, September 8, 2017

My Kansas Bucket List


  • Crown Center
  • Science City at Union Station
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • Sea Life Kansas City
  • National World War 1 Museum and Memorial
  • Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City
  • Arabia Steamboat Museum
  • Penn Valley Park
  • Roanoke Park
  • The Scout
  • Blue River Greenway
  • Cave Springs
  • Hidden Valley Park
  • Washington Square Park
  • Strataca, The Kansas Underground Salt Museum
  • Oz Museum
  • Monument Rocks
  • The Garden of Eden
  • The Wichita Troll
  • Truckhenge
  • Mushroom Rock State Park
  • Topeka
  • Giant Van Gogh Painting
  • The Big Well
  • Rock City
  • Dorothy's House and Land of Oz
  • Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
  • World's Largest Czech Egg
  • Jim Dickerman's Open Range Zoo
  • Comanche, Survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Amelia Earhart Earthworks
  • Keeper of the Plains
  • Buffalo Bill Monument
  • Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark
  • Waterfall at Pillsbury Crossing
  • Drinkwater and Schriver Flour Mill, Dedar Point
  • Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
  • Baker Wetlands
  • Wichita
  • Sauer Castle
  • Waterfalls at the Geary County Lake
  • Chase State Fishing Lake
  • St. Fidelis Church, Victoria
  • Kansas Lavender Fields, Topeka
  • Oxford Grist Mill
  • Nutterville
  • Lyons

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Iowa Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Iowa:

  • Hawkeye Point
  • Grotto of the Redemption
  • Backbone State Park
  • Pikes Peak State Park
  • Ledges State Park
  • De Moine
  • Father Paul Dobberstein's Grotto of the Redemption
  • Elwood, the World's Tallest Concrete Gnome
  • The Day The Music Died Memorial
  • Matchstick Marvels Museum
  • Albert the Bull
  • American Gothic Barn
  • John Wayne's Birthplace
  • Dubuque
  • Cedar Rapids
  • High Trestle Trail Bridge
  • Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge
  • National Balloon Classic
  • Blue Bunny Parlor
  • Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
  • Fossil and Prairie Park Preserve
  • Sweet Corn Serenade
  • Bellevue State Park
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Amana Colonies
  • Maquoketa Caves State Park
  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • Living History Farms
  • Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad
  • Reiman Gardens
  • Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
  • Vander Veer Botanical Park
  • George Wyth Memorial State Park
  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
  • Iowa Great Lakes
  • Iowa State Fair
  • Pella's Dutch History
  • Tulip Time Festival
  • Great River Road National Scenic Byway
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • Waterloo Museums
  • Keosauqua State Park
  • Iowa City Pedestrian mall
  • Barn Quilts of Grundy County

Monday, September 4, 2017

My Fall 2017 Bucket List

I love making lists, so making a fall bucket list was/is a must for me!!

Here is my bucket list for this fall:
  • Watch Frankenweenie
  • Watch Hocus Pocus
  • Watch The Addams Family
  • Watch the Halloweentown movies
  • Carve/paint a pumpkin
  • Try a fall drink at Starbucks
  • Go on fall photo shoots
  • Do well in my cooking class
  • Sign up for spring semester classes
  • Go to a h.s. football game
  • Cook a Thanksgiving dinner myself
  • Volunteer at a food pantry
  • Make a pumpkin pie from scratch
  • Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Watch Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2
  • Watch Frankenstein
  • Watch Nosferatu
  • Watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Bake cookies
  • Attend a fall festival
  • Get big bags of candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins
  • Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Make caramel apples
  • Play in the leaves
What is on your bucket list for fall?

Friday, September 1, 2017

My Indiana Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Indiana:
  • Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Indiana World War Memorial Plaza
  • City Falls State Park
  • Spirit of Jasper Train
  • Park County's Covered Bridges
  • Indiana Dunes State Park
  • Indiana Expeience
  • Turkey Run State Park
  • Nappanee
  • Brown County State park
  • Monument Circle
  • Conner Prairie
  • Holiday World and Surfin' Safari
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park
  • Winona Lake
  • Empire Quary
  • The Ruins
  • Historic West Baden Springs Hotel
  • The Nest Houses of Patrick Dougherty
  • New Harmony Labyrinth
  • Rose Island
  • Indianapolis Moon Tree
  • Providence Home Geode Grotto
  • The Roofless Church
  • John Dillinger's Grave
  • Jug Rock
  • Studebaker National Museum
  • Blue Flash Backyard Roller Coaster
  • Painted Rainbow Bridge
  • Brain Sculpture
  • Albany Shoe Tree
  • Levi Coffin House
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Museum
  • Santa Claus, Indiana
  • East Race Waterway
  • France Park
  • Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Indiana Landmarks Center
  • Exotic Feline Rescue Center
  • Mentone Egg
  • Statue of Joe Palooka
  • Courthouse Tree
  • Valparaiso
  • Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University
  • Isaac Knight Memorial

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in August

Here are the things that made me happy this month:
  • Starting the fall semester at school
  • Finishing my probationary period at work
  • Celebrating family birthdays
  • Seeing the eclipse from my school campus
  • Checking out my campus's space center for the first time (I love space, and science, so I don't know why it took me so long to visit the space center)
  • Making a UV bracelet at my school's solar eclipse event (the beads change color in sunlight)
  • Buying an Earth Ball at my campus's space center gift shop
  • Seeing my niece and nephew
  • Checking out a couple local festivals
  • Seeing a chipmunk on my way to work one day
  • Seeing a hummingbird feed at our feeder several times this month
Even when I have bad days, there is always something to be thankful for, something to be happy about. I have had way more good days than bad, and I am so very thankful for that. What made you happy this month?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My Illinois Bucket List

Some of thes places I have been to before, but it has been a long time, so I would love to go again. Some are new to me, and would love to visit for the first time. A couple of these I just recently saw/visited this summer.

  • The Bean (DONE)
  • Crown Fountain (DONE)
  • Sears Tower
  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Lurie Garden
  • Millenium Monument
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Water Tower
  • Soldier Field
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Grant Park
  • Lincoln Park Conservatory
  • Hancock Tower
  • River Tour/Cruise
  • Blue Man Group
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Field Museum
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Navy Pier
  • Tribune Tower
  • Chicago Theatre
  • Peggy Notabaert Nature Museum
  • Hull House
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Holy Name Cathedral
  • Cirque Du Soleil
  • United Center
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Lincoln Tomb
  • State Capitol
  • Starved Rock State Park
  • Eads Bridge
  • Chicago Harbor Light
  • Baha'i House of Worship
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Fireworks at Navy Pier
  • Oz Park
  • Wicker Park
  • Tiffany Dome
  • Graceland Cemetery
  • Chicago Temple
  • The Fountain of Time
  • Eternal Silence
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Cahokia Mounds
  • Springfield
  • Obama Kissing Rock
  • Pullman historic District
  • The Secret Mermaid
  • The Home Alone House
  • Livonian Wolves at the Leaping Wall
  • Par-King
  • Al Capone's Hideaway & Steakhouse
  • Inez Clarke Monument
  • Rosehill Cemetery
  • Ebenezer Floppen Slopper's Wonderful Abandoned Water Slides
  • World's Largest Catsup Bottle
  • Rock n Roll McDonald's & Museum
  • The Super Museum
  • Popeye Character Trail
  • Gateway Geyser
  • World's Largest Lincoln Statue
  • World's Largest Cross
  • The Eternal Indian
  • Railsplitter Covered Wagon
  • Puerto Rican Flag Sculptures
  • Liberty Bell of the West
  • Kayak in the Chicago River

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

High School Advice for Freshmen

It has been a while since I graduated from high school, so I

Here is my advice for freshmen this year (or any time), to help get you through school:

  • Before the first day of school, take a tour to get the lay of the building, and to see where your locker, classes, lunch room/cafeteria, etc. are.
  • Don't be afraid to ask a teacher or upperclassman for help, if you get lost. After all, they were in your position at one point.
  • Put your schedule and locker combination somewhere safe (like in your phone, a planner, etc., in case you forget it. You don't want to be late because you couldn't figure out your combination, or where your class was.
  • Get your homework done as soon as possible. Even if it is not due for a while, getting started on it as soon as possible means you won't be scrambling at the last minute to finish the assignment. Plus, you will have more time afterwards to do the things you actually WANT to do.
  • High school is not about being popular or the most beautiful or the most talented, or about gossiping. It is about learning, making friends, and making memories.
  • Join at least one club, sport, or after school extracurricular. It helps you learn how to balance school and home life, and can even improve your grades.
  • If you are struggling in any way, don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. You can't do everything by yourself, and it is not weak to ask for help. You can only do so much. Asking for help means that you are human.
  • Don't let others define who you are, you define who you are. Just be yourself and let the real you shine through. The right people will be attracted to the real you, and will be there for you no matter what.
  • If you don't think you can do something, try to do it anyway. You never know unless you try, and you may even end up liking/loving it!
  • Fitting in isn't the most important thing in school/life. You are you for a reason, and you are meant to stand out. Fitting in only makes things worse.
  • Find out what your passions are. You never know what you like or what you are good at, if you never try. Try something out, and if you don't like it, or are not good at it, then you can move on, and find something else to try.
  • DO NOT BE PRESSURED INTO DOING SOMETHING THAT WILL MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE!!! Just because others are doing it, does not mean you have to as well. If someone tells you
  • Don't be afraid of telling an adult about any bullying you experience/encounter.
  • Find friends who will love you for you, who will not try to change you into something or someone you are not, and who will always be there for you.
  • Attend school functions like games, shows, concerts, rallies, etc. They really aren't that bad, and it's only a small fraction of school life.
If you are a freshman, I hope the first year (as well as the rest of your high school career, of course) goes well!!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

My Essentials

There are a few things that I need to have in my day-to-day life, and it always helps me get through the day, whether good or bad.

My essentials are:
  • Notebook and pens (I am always thinking of things I want to remember for later, and if I don't write it down, I will definitely forget it, so these are a must for me!)
  • Bullet Journal
  • Alone time (I am a very shy and introverted person, so I love alone time, to recharge.)
  • A water bottle
  • Nature (I love being in nature; it always seems to relax me, to calm me down)
  • Books (I LOVE to read. If I am stressed, or bored, I can always pick up a book, and escape into another world for awhile.)
  • Brimmed hat(s)
  • A snack (or two!)
  • Dry shampoo (this is a must for me!!)
  • My blog
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, August 25, 2017

My Idaho Bucket List



  • Boise
  • The Canopy Walk
  • Coeur d'Alene
  • Island Park
  • Shoshone Falls
  • Boise National Forest
  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area
  • Hells Canyon
  • Priest Lake
  • Mesa Falls
  • World Center for Birds of Prey
  • Warm Lake
  • Idaho Botanical Garden
  • Ernest Hemingway's Grave
  • Idaho Potato Museum
  • Treaty Rock
  • Dog Bark Park Inn
  • St. Anthony Sand Dunes
  • Balanced Rock
  • Payette Lake
  • Idaho Capitol
  • MK Nature Center
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Boise Trolley Tours
  • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
  • Discovery Center of Idaho
  • Bruneau Dunes
  • Blast Off Family Fun Center
  • Riot Fun Family Fun Park
  • Idaho Centennial Carousel
  • Yellowstone Bear World
  • Pocatello Zoo
  • Hands On Pottery Studio
  • Thousand Springs
  • Shoshone Ice Caves
  • Idaho Ice World
  • Activity Barn
  • Zoo Boise
  • Rider Ranch
  • Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

My Hawaii Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Hawaii:

  • Diamond Head
  • Waimea Canyon State Park
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Kilauea
  • Hanauma Bay
  • Waipio Valley
  • Na Pali Coast State Park
  • Iolani Palace
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Sea Life Park Hawaii
  • Honolulu
  • Waikiki
  • Maui
  • Maui Ocean Center
  • Honolulu Zoo
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Nu'uanu Pali
  • Dole Plantation
  • Akaka Falls State Park
  • Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
  • Oahu
  • Whale watching
  • Mauna Kea
  • Hana Lava Tube
  • Curtain of Fire
  • World's Largest Plant Maze
  • Lanai Cat Sanctuary
  • Place of Refuge
  • Valley of the Temples Memorial Park
  • Learn to surf
  • Spouting Horn
  • The Blue Room
  • Ka Lae
  • Charles Lindbergh Grave Site
  • Raelian UFO Peace Park
  • Sky Gate
  • Hike to Coco Crater Arch
  • Jump off of Waimea Rock
  • Go to a shrimp truck in Haleiwa
  • Go to a Luau
  • Visit the King Kamehameha Statue
  • Visit Wailua Falls
  • Take in the sights of Kahiwa Falls
  • See monk seals at Poipu beach
  • See the sunrise from the top of Haleakala
  • Vist Ali’i Kula Lavender Farms
  • Walk through the bamboo forest
  • Watch lava flow into the ocean
  • Go on a helicopter tour
  • See the spectacular Rainbow Falls
  • See the active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcano National Park
  • Night swim with manta rays
  • Visit Garden of the Gods on Lana’i
  • Step foot on the “Forbidden Island” of Ni’ihau

Monday, August 21, 2017

My Favorite Books

I love to read, so this is probably a great post for me to talk about.

I am mostly into young adult fiction than any other genres, which I am perfectly fine with.

Of the books that I have read, here are my favorites:
  • Harry Potter series
  • Anne of Green Gables series
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • His Dark Materials books
  • The Lord of the Rings series
  • The Hobbit
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone books by Laini Taylor
  • Divergent books by Veronica Roth
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children books by Ransom Riggs
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

My Georgia Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Georgia:

  • Atlanta
  • Savannah
  • Geogia Aquarium
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site/MLK Home
  • Mary Mac's Tea Room
  • Center for Puppetry Arts
  • Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • World of Coca Cola
  • Joel Chandler Harris House
  • Freedom Parkway
  • Centennial Park
  • Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain
  • Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
  • Mercier Orchard
  • Denton Branch Falls
  • Carriage ride in Helen
  • Whitewater Release at Tallulah Gorge
  • Burt's Farm
  • Drive-In movie
  • Tybee Island
  • Sea turtle walk on Jekyll Island
  • Cumberland Island
  • Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens
  • Whitewater Rafting in Columbus
  • Trail of Tears
  • Phipps Santa
  • Yellow Daisies at Arabia Mountain
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center guided canoe trip
  • Milkshake at Flip Burger
  • Climb a tree with Tree Climbers International
  • Zip line at Banning Mills
  • Rock City
  • Savannah Histortic District
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Stone Mountain
  • Georgia Guidestones
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Providence Canyon State Park
  • Piedmont Park
  • Lake Lanier
  • SkyView Atlanta
  • Vogel State Park
  • Wild Animal Safari
  • Tybee Island Light
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
  • Juliette Gordon Low Historic District
  • Dungeness Ruins
  • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta
  • The Tree That Owns Itself
  • Pasaquan
  • Krog Street Tunnel
  • New Manchester Manufacturing Company
  • Tiny Doors ATL
  • The Dwarf Castle
  • Cascade Springs Nature Preserve
  • Toccoa River Swinging Bridge
  • Hindu Temple of Atlanta
  • "Eye of God" rapid, Chattooga River
  • Atlanta White House
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • St. Mary's Subarine Museum
  • Rousakis Plaza Echo Square
  • Mount Olive Cemetery
  • Gravity Research Foundation Monument
  • Jimmy carter Smiling Peanut
  • Noguchi Playscape
  • Titan I Missile
  • Lapham-Patterson House
  • The Big Oak
  • Driftwood Beach
  • Fort Frederica
  • Giant Peanut Monument

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My Delaware Bucket List



  • Delaware State Fair
  • Brandywine Zoo
  • Brandywine Creek
  • Wilmington
  • Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  • Fort Delaware
  • Zwaanendael Museum
  • Delmarva Peninsula
  • Fenwick Island Light
  • Funland
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Brandywine Creek State Park
  • Jungle Jim's
  • Alapocas Run State Park
  • Rockford Park
  • Rockwood Museum and Park
  • Air Mobility Command Museum
  • Lewes Beach
  • Glasgow regional Park
  • Viking Golf & Go-Karts, Thunder Lagoon Waterpark
  • Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge
  • DuPont Mansions/Chateau Contry
  • Hopkins Farm Creamery
  • Delaware Seashore State Park
  • Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lums Pond State Park
  • Bellevue State Park
  • Battery Park
  • John Dickinson Plantation
  • Fort Delaware State Park
  • Steampunk Treehouse
  • Miles the Monster
  • Dressed John Milton Statue
  • Delmarva Peninsula
  • Fenwick Island Lighthouse

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Favorite Characters

I love the fictional world, and I try to visit a different place as often as I can.

Here are my favorite characters from books, movies, and TV shows:
  • Hagrid
    (we both love animals, although I wouldn't go so far as smuggling them around)
  • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
  • Bombur from The Hobbit
    (quiet like me, but I do speak quite a bit when I want to!!)
  • Rory from Gilmore Girls
    (quiet, yet fierce!)
  • Merida
    (Goes down a path she chooses for herself, and isn't afraid to speak up for herself)
  • Newt Scamander
    (another one who loves animals, and is passionate about saving them)
  • Hurley from Lost
    (More of a thinker, like me)
  • Gold/Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time
    (I don't know what it is about him that I like so much; maybe that he shows that there is good and bad in everyone, and that whatever you choose to do has a consequence)
  • Hoss from Bonanza
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

My Connecticut Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Connecticut:

  • Harry's Place
  • Durham Fair
  • Submarine Force Museum
  • Sleeping Giant
  • Dinosaur Park
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Tour the Mark Twain House
  • Visit the Willimantic Frogs
  • Lake Compounce
  • Pex Museum and Factory
  • Ride the Essex Steam Train
  • Pick some apples at Johnny Appleseed's farm
  • Tubing on the Farmington River
  • Kent Falls State Park
  • Tour the State Capitol
  • Cornwall Bridge
  • Hammonasset Beach
  • New Haven
  • Pick Your Own Produce at Jones Family Farms
  • Taconic Mountains/Salisbury
  • Gillette Castle
  • Hartford
  • Mystic Seaport
  • Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum
  • New England Air Museum
  • Hill-Stead Museum
  • Rocky Neck State Park
  • Maritime Aquarium
  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center
  • Shore Line Trolley Museum
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • Steam Train ride

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Colorado Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Colorado:
  • Pikes Peak
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Wolf Creek Pass
  • Independence Pass
  • Keystone Resort
  • Denver
  • Boulder
  • Aspen
  • Denver Zoo
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • The Wild Animal Sanctuary
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Chimney Rock National Monument
  • Ute Indian Museum
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
  • Colorado State Fair
  • Pose at Four Corners (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah)
  • Colorado River
  • Watch a rodeo
  • Take the Telluride gondola at sunset
  • Four Pass Loop
  • Holy Cross
  • Lake Dillon
  • Browns Canyon
  • Pagosa Hot Springs
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Maroon Bells
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Hanging Lake
  • Santa's Workshop
  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Raft the Yampa & Green River
  • Cache La Poudre River Corridor
  • Ride horses at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
  • Downtown Aquarium-Denver
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Benson Park Sculpture Garden
  • Ghost Tour in Fort Collins
  • Trolley Tour in Fort Collins
  • Clark Family Orchards
  • Long's Peak
  • Colorado Balloon Classic
  • Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Monday, August 7, 2017

Things You Would Change if You Could

Like many people, there are things I wish I could change, both about myself, and the world as a whole.
  • My eyes (I was born with an iris coloboma in my right eye, which has affected the sight in that eye, among as other things)
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • How people treat others (Is it really that hard to just let people live their lives how they want to, without juding them for every little thing? If everyone were the same, life would be very boring. No one is perfect, so mistakes are going to happen, and that is what life is about; making mistakes, learning from them, and moving on.)
  • Unemployment
  • All suffering
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

The Wildest Things I Want to Try

There are some things on my bucket list, that are kind of out there
  • Snowboarding
  • Skydiving/tandem skydiving
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Ziplining
  • Jump from a waterfall
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Learn archery
  • Try to learn to skateboard (yes, to me this is wild)
  • Try snowboarding
  • Go horseback riding on a beach
  • Go bunjee jumping
  • Go on a mission trip
  • Publish a book
  • Dye my hair a crazy color
  • Become more outgoing (I am very, very shy, so being more outgoing is definitely part of this list)
  • Learn to play the piano
  • Learn karate
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Live in another country for six months to one year
  • Conquer my fear of public speaking
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Meet one of my favorite actors (I have a post about people I would love to meet someday, which you can check out HERE, if you like)
  • Fall in love (and be in a loving, fulfilling, healthy relationship)
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

What I Would Spend A Million Dollars On

There are a lot of things I would like to spend my money on, but these are what I would truly like to spend it on. I know $1 million won't be able to go this far, but this is what I would like to do.
  • Food and basics/essentials to give to the homeless
  • A farm for me, family to live on
  • Horses to raise
  • A DSLR camera
  • Equipment to help me film YouTube videos
  • Donations to cancer (and other diseases) research
  • Donations to end animal cruelty
  • Water filtration systems for developing countries
  • Essentials for those in developing countries
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My California Bucket List

Things I would like to do in California:

  • Disney Land
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Legoland
  • Yosemite National Park
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Tour Alcatraz Island
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Sand Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Sand Diego Zoo
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Hearst Castle
  • Sequoia National Park
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Mui Woods National Monument
  • Redwood National and State Parks
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Lombard Street
  • Grauman's Chinese Theatre
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Griffith Park
  • Napa Valley
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort
  • Cascade Range
  • Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
  • Half Dome
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • General Sherman
  • Venice Beach
  • The Big Sur Coastline
  • Ride a cable car in San Francisco
  • Chinatown
  • Long Beach
  • RMS Queen Mary
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • California State Railroad Museum
  • Underground Tunnels of Los Angeles
  • The Wave Organ
  • The Winchester Mystery House
  • Secret Tiled Staircase
  • Seward Street Slides
  • The Secret Sidewalk
  • Tesla Coil
  • Glass Beach
  • Horsetail Fall's Fire Fall
  • Forestiere Underground Gardens
  • Devils Postpile National Monument
  • Salvation Mountain
  • Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space
  • Watts Towers
  • Phantasma Gloria
  • Santa Cruz Mystery Spot
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Defenestration
  • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze
  • Mono Lake
  • Rustic Canyon's Murphy Ranch
  • Heart Rock Falls
  • Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection
  • Victoria Beach's Pirate Tower
  • Santa's Village
  • Yoda Fountain
  • Wayfarers Chapel
  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater
  • Cabazon Dinosaurs
  • Garden of Fragrance
  • The Cat House
  • Fern Canyon
  • Wood Line
  • Mescaline Grove
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • Bishop Tuff
  • Robo Lights
  • Land's End Octagon House
  • Monticello Dam Morning Glory Spillway
  • The Parrots of Telegraph Hill
  • Black Star Canyon
  • Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour
  • Fairy Post Office
  • Long Now Orrery
  • Castello di Amorosa
  • The Flower Fields
  • Gilroy Gardens
  • Snow White Cottages
  • Chapel of the Chimes
  • Vasquez Rocks
  • 24-Hour Sprinkles
  • Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens
  • Chandelier Tree
  • Fork in the Road
  • Devils Golf Course Landscape
  • Eureka Dunes
  • Suisun Bay Ghost Fleet
  • Crystal Cathedral
  • Venice of America Canals
  • Lotta's Fountain
  • The El Segundo Butterfly Preserve
  • Spadena House
  • Leroy King Carousel
  • House of Air
  • Lucia and Aristides Demetrios Wind Harp
  • Monopoly in the Park
  • Desert Christ Park
  • The Carson Mansion
  • Graffiti Waterfall

Monday, July 31, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in July

Here are the things that made me happy in July:
  • Going to my blocks' block party
  • Seeing Despicable Me 3 in theaters
  • Going to ukulele night a few times
  • Going to the local Farmer's Market
  • Seeing a little girl in a ladybug dress, with wings and an antennae headband
  • Getting my first Hollar.com order, for whom I won an e-gift card to
  • Seeing fireworks on the Fourth of July
  • Having a good bill of health this month
  • Not missing any work
  • Riding my bike to and from work each week
  • Seeing a fire hydrant painted to look like a Minion (yes, this made me happy!!)
  • Holding the local library's resident gerbils while their cage was being cleaned
Again, it's not much, but at least I had a few things to be happy about this month. And that's all that matters.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Things I Want to Add to My Life

I have been wanting to do more with my life, than just wasting my time doing nothing all day. I have started with getting a job 4 months ago.

Now, I want to have as good a life as I can make it.
  • More knitting and crocheting (I haven't worked on anything in a few years, and I really miss it!)
  • Alone time every day
  • 30 to 60 minutes of exercise every day
  • At least one healthy meal/food choice a day
  • Chats with friends twice a week
  • Doing something once or twice a month that brings me out of my shell (I am very shy, and introverted, and I would like to be more outgoing [on my terms], so hopefully I will be able to do this at some point)
  • More confidence in myself
  • Speaking up for myself more, when I want to say something
  • Acceptance of who I am (I am one of those people who doesn't really love themselves as much I should, and I want to change that)
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Arkansas Bucket List

Things I want to do in Arkansas:
  • Hot Springs National Park
  • Little Rock
  • Little Rock Zoo
  • Christ of the Ozarks
  • Park Indian Mound
  • Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls
  • Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Blanchard Springs Caverns
  • Eureka Springs
  • Bella Vista
  • Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo
  • Arkansas State Fair
  • Bathhouse Row
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Garvan Woodland Gardens
  • Thorncrown Chapel
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
  • St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church
  • Anthony Chapel
  • Beaver Lake
  • The Old Mill
  • Grand Promenade
  • Hot Springs Mountain
  • William J. Clinton Presidential Library
  • Old State House Museum
  • Johnny Cash House
  • Lakeport Plantation
  • Powhatan Historic State Park
  • Jacksonport State Park
  • Parker Pioneer Homestead
  • McCollum Chidester House
  • Monster Mart
  • Pillow Thompson House
  • Holiday Springs Water Park
  • Mammoth Spring State Park
  • Ozark Mountains
  • The Great Passion Play Theme Park
  • New Holy Land Tour
  • Boggy Creek Monster

Monday, July 24, 2017

Words That Define My Personality

There are a few different sides to me, and differnt situations will bring out different sides of me.

The words that describe my personality are:
  • Introverted
  • Shy (this is me a lot of the time)
  • Quiet (this is also me a lot of the time, especially in situations I haven't experienced before, or ones that I don't know what to expect, or with people I don't know/am not friends with)
  • Loving
  • Curious
  • Sensitive
  • Empathetic
  • Word lover
  • Awkward
  • Fun-loving
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Florida Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Florida:
  • Disney World
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Discovery Cove
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  • Jungle Island
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Jungle Queen Riverboat
  • Sunken Gardens
  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • Bonnet House
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Seacrest Wolf Preserve
  • Key West Aquarium
  • Antique Car Museum
  • Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
  • Fun Spot America
  • Key West Lighthouse
  • Freefalling at iFLY
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
  • Black Raven Pirate Ship
  • Dolphin Encounter Tour
  • Daytona Beach Bandshell
  • Dali Museum
  • Flagler College
  • Orlando Eye
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Everglades
  • Swim with Manatees
  • Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Juniper Springs Run
  • See white pelicans
  • Bike the Withlacoochee Trail
  • Float down the Ichetucknee River
  • Sea Turtle Walk
  • Reptile Discovery Center
  • Surfing lessons

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Arizona Bucket List

Things I want to do in Arizona:
  • Desert Botanical Garden
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Old Tucson Studios
  • Monument Valley
  • Heard Museum
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Biosphere 2
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Red Rock State Park
  • San Xavier del Bac
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Phoenix
  • South Mountain Park
  • Slide Rock State Park
  • Grand Canyon/Grand Canyon Skywalk
  • Camelback Mountain
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Havasu Falls
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • Cathedral Rock
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • Reid Park Zoo
  • Lake Powell
  • Lake Mead
  • The Wave
  • Glen Canyon Dam
  • Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park
  • Bearizona Wildlife Park
  • Wildlife World Zoo
  • Out of Africa Wildlife Park
  • London Bridge
  • Flagstaff
  • Hoover Dam
  • Sedona
  • Canyon De Chelly National Monument
  • Lake Mohave
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park
  • Scottsdale
  • Taliesin West
  • Heritage Square
  • Phoenix Art Museum
  • Hall of Flame Fire Fighting Museum
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Meteor Crater
  • The Domes
  • Flinstones Bedrock City
  • "Fireflies" The Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room
  • Eliphante
  • Mystery Castle
  • Coconino Lava River Cave
  • Santa Claus, Arizona
  • Titan Missile Museum
  • Roden Crater
  • Valley of the Moon
  • Arcosanti
  • Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
  • Two Guns
  • Case Grande Ruins
  • Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In
  • Walnut Canyon
  • Abandoned Jerome Post Office
  • Oatman Ghost Town
  • Wupatki National Monument
  • Gallery in the Sun
  • Large Binocular Telescope
  • Tonto Natural Bridge
  • Chloride Ghost Town
  • The Bird Cage Theater
  • Jack Rabbit Trading Post
  • Rose Tree Museum
  • Area 66
  • The Superstition Mountain Museum
  • Yuma Territorial Prison
  • Hackberry General Store
  • Her Secret Is Patience
  • Humphreys Peak
  • Diamondback Gridge
  • McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
  • University of Arizona Mathematical Models Collection
  • Abandoned Longhorn Grill
  • Jerome's Sliding Jail
  • Twin Arros Trading Post Ruins
  • Wupatki Spirit Totem
  • Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

Monday, July 17, 2017

Things I Am Grateful For

There are many, many things most people take for granted, but if we slow down and think a bit, we have so much to be grateful for. Especially this day in age.

Here are the things I am very grateful for.
  • First and foremost, my life
  • My family
  • My friends
  • Access to an education
  • Access to medicine and medical care
  • Access to a library
  • Access to many different resources (books, electronics, CDs, etc.)
  • Access to fresh, clean water
  • My job
  • My cats
  • A house to live in
  • Having clothes, shoes to wear
  • Living within walking distance of shops, restaurants, etc.
  • My bike
  • A bed to sleep in
  • Having my own bedroom
  • Blogs and other outlets that let me express myself (I am a very shy person, so actually speaking really scares me; writing/blogging/etc. really lets me get all the thoughts, emotions, and ideas out)
  • Having a roof over my head
  • Access to fresh food
  • Air conditiong/central air and heating
  • Transportation
  • Painting/drawing supplies
  • Those who are willing to give up their freedom (and sometimes their lives) for my freedom and life, and so that I can live the life that I want
  • Having my mom in my life for as long as I did
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Alaska Bucket List

Here is my Alaska bucket list.

  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Mendenhall Glacier
  • Anchorage Museum
  • Denali
  • Anchorage
  • Juneau
  • Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Alaska Zoo
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Chugach State Park
  • Tongass National Forest
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
  • Totem Bight State Historic Park
  • Kincaid Park
  • Chilkoot Trail
  • Alaska Botanical Garden
  • Flattop Mountain
  • Hatcher Pass
  • Wonder Park
  • Exit Glacier
  • Brooks Falls
  • Eagle River Nature Center
  • Beluga Point Site
  • Stampede Trail
  • Great Alaskan Lumber Jack Show
  • Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure
  • Thunderbird Falls
  • Whale watching
  • Dog sledding
  • White Pass & Yukon Route Railway
  • Kroschel Films Wildlife Center
  • Kodiak Laboratory Aquarium & Touch Tank
  • Running Reindeer Ranch
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Jewell Gardens
  • Santa Claus House, North Pole, Alaska
  • Pioneer Park
  • Chena River
  • Aurora Borealis
  • Katmai National Park
  • The Inside Passage
  • Fairbanks
  • Riverboat Discovery
  • Glow Putt Mini Golf
  • Innoko National Wildlife Reserve
  • Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge
  • Alaska Bird Observatory
  • Alaska Horse Adventures
  • Alaska Canopy Adventures
  • Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center
  • The Imaginarium
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Bear Creek Cabins

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dream Jobs

I have quite a few jobs that I would love to have, although some of them I'm not sure if I have what it takes to work in that field.

But it doesn't hurt to dream (that's why these are dream jobs, right?!)!!!
  • Baker/bakery owner
  • Author
  • Special education teacher or teacher's aide
  • Voice-over actor
  • Farmer
  • Seamstress
  • Graphic Designer
  • Astronomer
  • Photographer
  • Chocolatier
  • Animal shelter worker
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

My Alabama Bucket List

I know I have other posts on things I want to do, but I have decided to bucket lists on what I would like to do in each state.

I  will start with Alabama here, and go from there.
  • Birmingham Zoo
  • Battleship Memorial Park
  • United States Space Camp
  • Noccalula Falls Park
  • Birmingham Civil Rigts Institute
  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  • Birmingham
  • Montgomery
  • Walk across Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma
  • Cathedral Caverns
  • Civil Rights Memorial
  • Ave Maria Grotto
  • Tour Battleship USS Alabama
  • Zip Trip at Red Mountain Park
  • Watch the community theater version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Monroeville
  • Go to the top of Mt. Cheaha
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • View the landscape from the observation deck at Vulcan
  • Watch the sun set on Dauphin Island
  • S'mores from SpringHouse Restaurant
  • Cammie's Old Dutch Ice Cream Shop
  • Lobster roll at Rollin' Lobstah
  • Chili dog at Mrs. Story's Dairy Bar
  • Watermelon margarita from Taco Mama
  • Turkey sandwich at Bates House of Turkey
  • Upside-down banana split from Kreme Delite
  • Lobster mac and cheese at R. Davidson Steakhouse
  • The Harvey Milkshake at Palace Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Chewalca State Park
  • Big Spring Park
  • Rickwood Caverns State Park
  • Montgomery Zoo
  • Tuskegee National Forest
  • Cheaha Mountain
  • Dismals Canyon
  • Russell Cave
  • First White House of the Confederacy
  • Gulf Coast Beaches
  • McWane Science Center
  • Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • The Bama Belle
  • Cold Mil Fleet Dolphin Cruises
  • Mobile Carnival Museum
  • Museum of George Washington
  • Southern Environmental Museum

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Ways I'm a Leader

To be honest, I do not consider myself a leader at all.

I am painfully shy and introverted, I do not like being around a lot of people, I have a hard time speaking up...

Yeah, I prefer not having a lead in discusions and all that.

Maybe one day I'll be able to feel comfortable in a leadership position, but as of now, I am fine with other people leading things.

**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

(Sorry this is so short; I didn't really have much to say on this topic. Ironic, isn't it?)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in June

Here is what made me happy in June:
  • Finally getting to ride my bike again
  • Checking out the local Day In Our Village fest, and manning my works' booth for a couple of hours
  • Celebrating Father's Day
  • Getting my summer reading t-shirts from work
  • Getting a compliment from a co-worker, on a dress I wore
  • Getting a compliment from a co-worker, on my bike
  • Going to my town's Thursday Night Out a few times
  • Seeing a hummingbird come to drink from our feeder
  • Seeing Wonder Woman in theaters
  • Getting CPR certified
  • Getting to make a necklace for the summer reading program at the library (I LOVE beads!!!)
  • Seeing a female cardinal on the front porch
  • Seeing the Bean in Chicago
  • Seeing the Crown Fountain in Chicago
  • Going to a ukulele night in town
  • A little girl saying hi to me as I was volunteering one day
I know it's not very long, but at least I have a few things to be happy about this month.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Everything I Love to Do Outdoors

I love the outdoors and all that it has to offer. When the weather is good (or bearable if it's winter), I try to go outside and do something at some point during the day.

I love:
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Reading
  • Eating
  • Bike riding
  • Roller blading
  • Relaxing in the yard
  • Photograph nature (the animals, the plant life, all that goes on)
  • Picnics
  • Outdoor concerts
  • Outdoor festivals
  • Shopping
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the iddea for this post!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Things I Want to Make

I have a list of things I really want to learn how to make, and I hope to be able to start as soon as possible.

The things I want to make are:
  • Sweaters (starting with one for my dad, as he asked if I could make one for him sometime)
  • Gloves
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Tops
  • Pants
  • Dresses
  • Purses (I have one that is almost done, that is knitted; I just need to sew on the handle and inner lining)
  • Hats
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Earrings
  • Anklets
  • Macarons
  • Scarves
  • Beach bags
  • Market bags
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Cakes/cupcakes/cookies for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, etc.
  • Sugar/buttercream/fondant/other mediums of flowers
  • Figures made out of gum paste, modeling chocolate, or other food mediums
  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Scrapbooks or photo albums with all of my pictures in them
  • YouTube videos
  • Other baked desserts

Friday, June 16, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Worth

I am linking up with Kate Motaung for this week's Five Minute Friday.

This week's FMF is: Worth

Why is it so hard to see the worth in others?
The worth in ourselves?

Everyone was put on this earth for a reason.
Each life is worthy of living, no matter how long or short;
No matter whose life it is.

Our worth is not measured by the opinions of others.
Nor by the amount of things we have;
Not the grades we get in school;
The jobs we have or the amount of money we make.

Our worth is all the same because of Him.
No one is more or less worthy than anyone else;
No one should be made to feel like less.

Many people have been made to feel like
They are bad people,
That they don't measure up to
What society says is beautiful.
Worthy.

Just for being who they are.
Just for being different.
Just for being human.

But different is beautiful, and they deserve a life worth living.
Each and every life is worthy of the One who created it.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Favorite Places I've Been

I haven't been to too many places, but I do have a few favorite places out of the ones I have been to. I love to travel, and I hope to be able to go to more cities/towns/etc. in the future, that I can call my favorties one day.

  • Paw Paw, Michigan
  • San Francisco, California
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Billings, Montana
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
It's a short list, and I feel bad for it being so short, but I do love these spots. Hopefully I can add lots more to this list in the futures.

**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea of this post!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

My Dream Trips

There are a lot of places I dream of going to someday. I couldn't choose just a few for this list, as there are lots of places I really, really, really want to visit (I have other posts on here that you can check out as well, of places I would like to visit: HERE, HERE, and HERE.), but here are my top dream trips.

  • Italy
    Rome
    Colosseum
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Sistine Chapel
    Trevi Fountain
    Milan
    Santa Maria Delle Grazie (The Last Supper Mural)
    Naples
    Venice
    Vatican City
    Tuscany
    Florence
    Verona
    Pompeii
    Pisa
    Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • England
    London Bridge
    Big Ben
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Warsaw
  • Disney Land
  • Disney World
  • New York City
    Statue of Liberty
    One World Trade Center
    9/11 World Trade Center Memorial
  • Manhattan
  • Boston
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Hawaii
  • Pear Harbor
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland
    Dublin
    Limmerick
  • Mount Rushmore
  • France
    Paris
    Louvre
    Eiffel Tower
  • Cairo, Egypt
    Luxor Temple
  • Giza
    Great Pyramid of Giza
    Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Jamaica
    Kingston
  • Australia
    Sydney
    Sydney Opera House
    Tasmania
  • Spain
    Madrid
    Barcelona
  • Russia
    Kremlin
    Moscow
  • Brazil
    Rio de Janeiro
  • Argentina
  • Jerusalem
  • Austria
    Vienna
  • Haiti
    Port-au-Prince
  • Israel
  • Peru
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Greece
    Santorini
    Athens
    Acroplis
    Parthenon
  • Niagra Falls
  • Grand Canyon
  • Taj mahal
  • Stonehenge
  • China
    Beijing
    Yungang Grottoes
    Longmen Grottoes
    Hani Terraces
    Leshan Giant Buddha
    Forbidden City
    Temple of Heaven
    Shanghai
    Terracotta Warriors
    Shilin Stone Forest
    Lijiang Old Town
    Mogao Caves
    Great Wall of China
  • Japan
    Tokyo
    Hiroshima
    Kyoto
    Okinawa
    Osaka
    Golden Pavilion Temple
    Mount Fuji
  • Pennsylvania
    Liberty Bell
  • Alabama
    The Selma Bridge
  • Missouri
    Gateway Arch
  • Kennedy Space Center (Florida)
  • The Alamo (Texas)
  • Crater Lake (Oregon)
  • Chimney Rock (Nebraska)
  • Space Needle (Washington)
  • Old Faithful (Wyoming)
  • Salt Lake Temple (Utah)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Florida)
  • Louisiana
    New Orleans
    Baton Rouge
  • Wales
There are many, many, many more places I would love to visit, but these are my top ones. I know this is a lot, but I love to travel, and want to visit as many places as I can, as many different cultures as I can.

**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Things That Make Me Feel Healthy (Mind, Body, and Soul)

I recently found a blog called Paper-Bark Burch (run by Sarah Jo Burch), and fell in love with it. She posts about her knitting, lists, her life, her faith, and more.

She has done a 52 Lists Project, and that has inspired me to write my own posts on a few of the things from the project.

The first one I will do is Things That Make Me Feel Healthy (Mind, Body, and Soul).
  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • Sudoku
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Knitting
  • Nature
  • Quiet time every day
  • Exploring the town
  • Writing (journaling, blogging, etc.)
  • Napping (yes, napping. It's one of my favorite things to do for myself)
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Trying to learn foreign languages
  • Volunteering
  • Cuddling with my cats
  • Walking
  • Inspiring/motivating quotes

Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Favorites of Summer

Since I did a post on my favorites of spring (which you can read HERE if you haven't already), I decided to make on for summer now.

Here are my summer favorites
  1. Swimming at the pool
  2. Road trips
  3. Trips to the Farmer's Market
  4. BBQs
  5. Fireworks for the 4th of July
  6. Warm weather
  7. Bike riding
  8. Lemonade
  9. Shorts and t-shirts/tank tops
  10. Going barefoot
  11. Lazy days
  12. Ice cream
  13. Local summer festivals
  14. Local summer concerts
  15. Popsicles
  16. The local Day in Our Village festival
  17. The local Thursday Night Out festival that goes all summer long
  18. Picnics
  19. Watermelon
  20. Being able to have windows open (especially at night!!)
  21. S'mores
  22. Bubble blowing
  23. Sandals and flip flops
  24. Water guns/balloons
  25. Corn on the cob
  26. Pasta salad
  27. Fireflies
  28. Butterflies
  29. Ladybugs
  30. Block parties
  31. Hanging out on the front porch
  32. Hanging out in the yard
  33. Gardening
  34. Summer rainstorms
  35. Summer movies

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in May

May was a good month for me, and I wanted to share what happened this month, that made me happy.
  • Getting to go to a local ukulele meetup with a coworker
  • Seeing Everything Everything in theaters
  • Going to the first Thursday Night Out that's in town
  • Going to the local Ethnic Festival
  • Shopping at a local thrift store
  • Going to another festival in town, and making a couple things at the bead shop
  • Getting an A as a final grade in my spring semester class
  • Going to Red Mango twice this month, and getting banana peanut butter smoothies (they are SOOOO good!!!)
  • The warm weather (at least, the days that were warm)
  • Getting a fidget spinner (yes, this made me happy!)
  • Ordering t-shirts for the library's summer reading program
  • The violin I ordered finally arriving
  • Making a bracelet at the local library (I love beads!!!)
  • Getting the first three seasons of Lost from the library's sale shelf
  • Meeting the library's newest friend, a comfort dog, that children can read to each month
  • Getting to decorate some cakes and cupcakes in one of the last classes of the semester
  • Celebrating a loved one's birthday

Friday, May 12, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Mom

I am linking up with Kate Motaung with this week's Five Minute Friday.

Today's FMF is: MOM



This Mother's Day, like the last six, will not be celebrated in the normal way at my house.

Why?

My mom died a little over seven years ago, and I will not get to tell her in person how much she means to me. So now, Mother's Day is like any other day for me.

I am not a mother myself, so I can't really celebrate it that way either.

I have a project in mind that I want to try out, to have in memory of my mom.

My mom wasn't in the best of health for quite some time, but she never really complained. She was a trooper. She loved her job at the local library, and she loved to eat!!

I miss her more and more every day, and I wish she was still here, but I am glad she is not sick anymore. It really took a toll on her, as well as us.

I know she would be proud of us, and how far we have come, in the time since her death.

I went back to school and took several classes for my degree (baking and pastry), and my dad and brothers are doing well.

But of course, we wish she was still here, so she could experience more out of life, and so we can tell her all about our days.

I love you and miss you so much, mom!!

My New Violin FINALLY Came!!!

I had order a violin (a Crescent brand) in March, and it finally arrived today.

The case it came in.

The violin, bow, and the extras that came with it.

They had sent the original one I ordered soon after I ordered it, but before it arrived, it broke, so they offered to send another one (at no cost). I agreed to that, and was expecting it to come within a couple weeks afterwards.

It actually took closer to one month to get here, which I am not too happy about.

But, I am happy that it's here, and that it didn't get damaged somehow.

I haven't played it yet, but I did check it out, and compare it to my old violin. The new one is bigger, as my old one was used when I was in elementary school and is too small for me now.

It is been over 10 years since I last played, so I will have to relearn how to play. I bought a songbook a while ago, so I am really looking forward to getting back into it.

Comparing the sizes of my new violin (left) and my old violin (right).
 
I have always loved music, and instruments, so having the violin, as well as a ukulele and a guitar (can you see a theme going here?) makes me very happy. I am very rusty at playing instruments, as I haven't played any in so long, but I am willing to practice, so I can get better (especially better than when I played in elementary school, as I didn't really practice a lot back then!!).
 
I want to learn how to play other instruments as well, but this is one that I absolutely LOVE!! And one of the ones that I wanted to play first.
 
Looking forward to having a relaxing time, playing my new violin!!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

My Summer 2017 Bucket List

Here is my summer bucket list.
  • Make at least one YouTube video
  • Visit Navy Pier
  • Ride the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier
  • Learn to barbecue
  • Go swimming
  • Go for a walk once a week
  • Make homemade lemonade
  • Go bike riding at least once a week
  • Go mini golfing
  • Go to the local Farmer's Market
  • Go to an outdoor concert
  • Put pictures into photo albums or scrapbooks
  • Play Twister
  • Make melted crayon art
  • Be able to do a handstand for at least five seconds
  • Practice cake decorating skills once a week
  • Cook a new meal once a week/month
  • Visit the local zoo
  • Make s'mores
  • Explore the city
  • Go bowling
  • Go on a picnic
  • Go to an ice cream/froyo store
  • Try out a running routine
  • Host at least one game night
  • See the Bean in person
  • Buy a Polaroid Instax camera, and take lots of pictures
  • Make a bear at Build-a-Bear
  • Bake something once a week
  • Start doing yoga regularly
  • Go on a photo shoot
  • Learn to speak/read/write Spanish fluently
  • Learn how to skateboard
  • Get a henna tattoo
  • Volunteer at the local animal shelter at least once
  • Learn how to apply makeup
  • Make a vision board
  • Go paintballing
  • Play laser tag
  • Write letters to friends, family
  • Do a Wreck This Journal book
  • Have a Harry Potter movie marathon
  • Have an at-home spa day
  • Watch fireworks
  • Make pulled pork
  • Learn how to sew
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Make cheesecake
  • Get bedroom redecorated
  • Visit the Hemingway House/Birthplace
  • Get my driving permit
  • Practice driving
  • Read one book a week
Yes, I know this is a long list. No, I don't expect to do every single one. But I want to try.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

52 Reasons Why I Love You, Mom

I think I got this idea from Pinterest, and thought it was a sweet idea.

My mom died several years ago, so I won't be able to give her this, but I thought I would share it with you guys.

Required Materials:
  • A deck of playing cards 
  • Plain white or colored paper 
  •  Scissors 
  •  Stickers, photos, other decorations 
  • Pencil, pens, or markers 
  • Hole punch 
  •  String or ribbon

Directions

  1.  Cut squares of plain paper to fit the cards; glue a piece on each card.
  2. Decorate one side of the card with stickers, photos, and fun doodles. On the next card, write the "reason."
  3. Punch holes in the cards; tie together with string or ribbon.
This would be a great gift for Mother's Day, a birthday, or any other time. Enjoy!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

10 Lessons From the Dalai Lama

I forgot where I got this from, but I love these lessons, and decided to share (if anyone knows where this is from, please let me know, so I can give credit to whoever created this list!!)
  1. Nothing is permanent
  2. Smile if you want a smile from another face
  3. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to achieve it.
  4. Once a year go some place you've never been before.
  5. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
  6. Follow the three R's: Respect for Self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.
  7. With realization of one's own potential & self confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
  8. The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude.
  9. You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing.
  10. Kindness is the key to peace and harmony in the family life.
Remember these lessons, and things will (hopefully!!) turn for the good in this world.

Friday, April 28, 2017

All Are Welcome Here

While out volunteering recently, I noticed that quite a few homes had lawn signs out, saying "All Are Welcome Here." Both sides had colorful backgrounds, with one side having that saying, and the other having a picture of the United States.

I wondered where they got them from, so I Googled it, and found a website you can order them from (if you want to check it out, the information is HERE).

With everything that has been going on lately, it's sad to see that we have to resort to things like this, where we don't know if someone is going to be accepting or not, kind or not, human or not.

But, it's nice to know that there are still people who care about others, no matter who they are. I hope to be able to get signs like this one soon, to show my support for others. That I care.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

30 Ways to Focus on Self-Care

I recently saw this article on Pinterest, and thought I would share it.

The 30 ways to focus on self-care are these:
  1. Read a new book
  2. Diffuse essential oils
  3. Take a walk
  4. Take an epsom salt bath
  5. Light a candle
  6. Make a homemade body care item
  7. Write in a journal
  8. Practice yoga
  9. Listen to your favorite music item
  10. Drink a green smoothie
  11. Make and apply a face mask
  12. Go to bed early
  13. Make a homemade meal
  14. Organize your closet
  15. Treat yourself to a cup of coffee
  16. Doodle or color in a coloring book
  17. Walk somewhere new
  18. Cozy up in a blanket
  19. Buy yourself flowers
  20. Listen to your favorite podcast
  21. Take pictures in nature
  22. Turn your phone off for a few hours
  23. Declutter your workspace
  24. Go through a stretching routine
  25. Give yourself a manicure
  26. Scroll through Pinterest
  27. Try a new way to break a sweat
  28. Lay in the sunshine
  29. Have a solo dance party
  30. Pray
It doesn't hurt to put yourself first on occasion, and taking care of yourself. If you can't take care of yourself, you can't take care of, or help, others. Be kind to yourself; you deserve it!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Recipe: Eggless Cookie Dough

Yes, I am posting another recipe. The first time I tried this, I instantly fell in love with it. It is SOOOOO GOOD!!!!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix everything together, and enjoy!

So easy, so simple, yet so very good. If you try it out, let me know how you like it!!