California, Jewelry, subscription Box

Pura Vida

I received my first monthly Jewelry Box from Pura Vida today. I am so impressed.

The box it came in is beautiful. They way it was put together and wrapped up, it’s such high quality. You can tell this company cares a lot about the impression they make.

The box has a magnetic closure.

The papers inside are so cute. It looks like something you would get from California. (Which I am originally from California.)

They included this cute sticker.

Such attention to detail.

Wow, each piece of jewelry came in it’s own pouch.

It’s so beautiful. And it’s opal, my birthstone.

I love it.

They even sent me all these awesome stickers.

All in all, I am so pleased with this box. And this subscription. I love the California vibe of it. I can’t wait to see next months box.

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Arkansas, California

Edmund Kemper

Everyone has been learning more about Serial Killer Edmund Kemper because of the show MindHunters. He was a serial killer in Santa Cruz, California in the 60’s and 70’s. He was known as the CoEd Killer.

When he was younger he killed his grandparents. He was in Juvenile Hall but was somehow able to convince people he was changed and ok. So he was released. He then started killing female students at UCSC. He would then throw their bodies over cliffs off Highway 17. He also killed his mom and her best friend in his and his moms home. He then buried them in the garden. He also did disgusting things with their bodies because he was a necrophiliac. So gross.

Steve and I lived in Santa Cruz for quiet a few years. We watched a special on Edmund one night and they showed his home. The one where he killed his mom, her best friend, and some others and buried them in the garden.

And we were shocked to say the least. We lived down the street from this place. So we hopped in the car and drove by. And yup, there it was. New people living there.

I couldn’t believe we lived down the street to this home of terror. I wondered if the people living there knew what had happened.

If you don’t know about Edmund, look him up. He was diabolical. Very scary. He is serving 8 concurrent life sentences in a mental facility. He is helping the police profile serial killers and he also lends his voice to Audiobooks. Such as Flowers In the Attic. Bet you didn’t know that.

Metal, Music, Pop Culture

Metallica

I’m a Libra. Libras have a special connection to music. And we really do. I really do. Music is my life. I’ve sang in choirs since I was a kid. I love all music. Well except Rap. I’m def not a rap lover.

Metal and Country music are my two favorites. I have loved both since I was a kid. But I will have to say that my number one favorite band that I love more than any other is Metallica. No one jams like Metallica. No one can down pick like Metallica. Metallica is the GOAT.

And speaking of Metallica, there is no other like James Hetfield. His voice is iconic. The way he down picks is amazing. How he can rock out one minute and sing an amazing ballad the next. He is the epitome of Metal!!!

Everything James stands for I’m down with. He hunts, I love it. He loves the outdoors. He left California because it was feeling elitist and he felt he was fighting everyday. That’s one of the reasons I left California.

So tomorrow on my way to work, you know what will be playing in my car…METALLICA!

adventure, Arkansas, Automotive, family, Life, marriage

A new car

Over 3 years ago, we were in California about to move to Northwest Arkansas. But I needed a bigger car to drive cross country in. So even though I swore up and down that I would never drive a minivan, I made the decision to purchase a minivan. I actually was excited because of all the space. We had gone from a small Mazda 3 to a Chrysler Town & Country.

This is a picture similar to our van but ours was gold.

But it wasn’t a good decision after all. The day we packed up to leave California, the van broke down. I got in and ready to drive off from our apartment, when I shifted, I heard a screw fall and then the shifter wouldn’t go into park. Since I couldn’t put it into park, I couldn’t turn it off. We stopped in Stockton to get it fixed only to find out it would take 3 day. WHAT???

Luckily, my husbands 96 year old Grandma lived in Stockton. She let us stay with her. So in a way it was a blessing in disguise. Our kids got to spend 3 whole days with their great grandma. So I’m very thankful for that. I was not thankful for the $800 plus I had to shell out on the van.

Finally after 3 days, we hit the road. It took us 3 days to drive the 1800 miles plus. My husband drove the U-Haul, I drove the van with the girls. I had never driven that long distance before. It was fun. Well….kind of.

At one point, we made it to Oklahoma. While we were driving, we saw a storm off in the distance. Slowly I realized, we were driving straight for that storm. And once we finally made it into the eye of the storm, I realized just how different storms there were from ones we had in California. I was not prepared. I had never driven in rain and lightening so bad in my life. It scared the crap out of me. You have to remember, we came from Northern California that rarely saw any kind of storm.

We made it through and finally made our way into Arkansas. I was so excited. It was so green and beautiful. And the Ozarks just blew my mind. We made it and unpacked into our rental house.

After that, all kind of things went wrong with the van. I lost a tire, it blew. A few weeks later my radiator blew. And a bunch of other things. Over the next three years, it was something every year. The radiator blew twice in less than 2 years. Then the shifter broke again a few months back. I’m pretty sure I put more money into that van than it was worth.

So I had enough. The other day I made the decision that we were upgrading to a brand new car. And this next car will be the one we drive for the next 10 years.

so last night, we traded in our van and bought a brand new 2019 Kia Sorento.

Its a beautiful car. It’s all decked out and even had third row seating. I love it.

Now I will no longer carry the stress of this van around. I was always worried daily about it breaking down. I don’t have to worry about that anymore. Now I have piece of mind. I can’t tell you how wonderful that feels.

celebrity, entertainment, Pop Culture, TV

The Hills

I was never a The Hills watcher the first time around. Because I couldn’t relate to them. They were fairly close to my age. But they were a bunch of rich kids living and partying in LA. That wasn’t my life. And all they did was gossip and make bad choices. They all seemed like spoiled, narcissistic kids.

So now it is been 9 years and The Hills is back. So I’m giving it a try. Only because I have come to like Spencer and Heidi Pratt.

They aren’t the disgusting people they portrayed on The Hills. They were always upfront and how they were kids coming into a ton of money and how they were stupid with it and lost it.

They moved away from LA for awhile. Spencer got his degree and they had a child. They are both very into crystals and Spencer has made an incredible career with his crystals. I’ve talked to him a few times on Social media, and he’s actually a very kind person. So I know that if I see anything bad from them on this reboot of The Hills, it’s just for the show. Because they are actually really good people.

One thing I understand about Heidi is her anxiety with Motherhood. You feel so connected and responsible for this little person, that you can’t imagine leaving them with anyone. Even their dad. You want to be with your child every moment of every day and it’s hard for you to step away from that. I completely understand that. But she needs to learn to find away to separate herself from that. Not to lose herself completely in motherhood and remember everyone else around her. She’s not just a mom, she’s a wife, sister, and friend. I hope she learns to fight through that anxiety.

So far this new season has been good. A lot of them have grown and changed and a few of them are moms. Like Heidi, Audrina, and Whitney. So I feel like I can relate a little more. I know to watch a show, you don’t have to relate to the characters, but in this regard, I do. I just don’t have the kind of money they all do. So I think I’ll give this a try. Let’s see how scripted this is compared to last time. Maybe I’ll have to watch the first four years so I can understand this one more.

adventure, Arkansas, family, Life

Adventure

So after my breakdown, we decided to still go out. The drive was beautiful. We drove to Eureka Springs and then down to Hobbs State Park.

I still can’t get over the beauty of Northwest Arkansas. So green and lush. So beautiful. So we stopped at the visitor center and looked around.

Daddy was getting us gas.

There he is.

Trying out the rocking chairs in front of the visitor center.

Sporting California

Sloane checking out the snake

This giant bat even scared me.

Such a cute bear.

These trees remind me of the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, CA. Both trees were bent the same.

So even though our morning was absolutely horrible. The evening ended up much better.

Arkansas, Life, Music

She’s Country

Howdy y’all!

My friends here in Arkansas get a kick out of me. They think I am the strangest person from California. Because I’m so country. I’m from Northern California and apparently to my friends, there aren’t a lot of country folks in Northern California.

My friends crack up because literally my favorite color is camo. I know it’s not a color obviously. But I own a lot of camo stuff. Boots, shirts, jackets, purses, everything. And my house Decour is country. We have a lot of deer pictures and barn type stuff. And we are currently looking for a new recliner. We are hoping to buy a camo recliner from our favorite store Bass Pro.

I love to fish and I would love to learn how to hunt. And I think that living in Arkansas is the perfect opportunity for me to learn to hunt. One of my favorite shows was Duck Dynasty even if parts of it were fake in a little bit cheesy. And I love to watch hunting videos on YouTube.

One of my favorite genres of music is country. But as you know from previous post I’m also a metal girl. Which to some people that’s a weird combination. To me it’s not.

I was born and raised in Northern California. Sacramento to be exact. But I never felt like that was home. I always felt I was born in the wrong state. And since moving to Northwest Arkansas, I know that I was. Because it feels more like home here than it ever did in California for me.

What feels like home to you?