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Giveaway :: Bag of Sunshine

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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We’ve been planning an exciting project over here at the BSP and we are so excited to share it with you. We have collaborated with some amazing companies to create a “Bag of Sunshine” to carry with you wherever you go. We have plans to campaign with some of our favorite bloggers to give these bags away to their readers so that we can spread sunshine far and wide. This is where we need your help. While we have some amazing partnerships lined up, we want to know: where would you like to see these bags of sunshine? Do you have any favorite sites you want us to know about?

The bags themselves are a beloved project of ours. Each of these items were chosen thoughtfully, with the hope that you will take time to celebrate the small, great moments in your life. We hope you will take the time adorn yourself, light a candle, nourish your body, send kind thoughts to someone you care about and carry the sunshine on your shoulder. What better way to kick off summer, don’t you think?

 

We are giving one lucky winner one Bag of Sunshine! The prize includes: a gorgeous piece of jewelry from Friedasophie, a handcrafted candle and decadent lotion bar from Mariposa Home, notecards from Aloha Letterpress, and a limited edition eco-friendly tote bag from The Bright Side Project. To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, June 11th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Tell us: what are some of your favorite websites and blogs? Where do you go to find inspiration?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, June 17th, to see if you’ve won!
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    deborah f says:

    I have about 20 blogs on google reader. Bower Power, young house love, skip to my lou just to name a few. I’m just now learning how to “pin” things. I love all the DIY and re-purposing blogs. I’ve had some good luck with projects. And, of course I love THE BRIGHT SIDE PROJECT!!!

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    Kate B says:

    I’m pretty sure I discovered her THROUGH the Bright Side Project, but I just love to marinate in Jules’ writing over at Pancakes and French Fries. Her voice is just so so wonderful and I love all of the subjects she explores.

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    rachel says:

    Nothing But Bonfires…she’s so funny and entertaining!

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    Jenni says:

    My number one website is pinterest. I work as a graphic designer and with each new project I do I am able to create a new mood board with pieces I find interesting and exciting. Its the best creative tool out there!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I really like blogs about homesteading and natural living. Oak Hill Homestead, Fresh Eggs Daily (even though I don’t have chickens), and Small Things are blogs that I check daily. I am also quite addicted to Pinterest, The Hairpin and Offbeat Mama. Looking forward to seeing what others like so I can go check out some new blogs!

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    Jessica says:

    I’m a total food blog lover! I love cooking, and I love looking at beautiful food. The blogs I always go back to are:
    101 Cookbooks
    Food in Jars
    Smitten Kitchen
    Sunday Suppers

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    Emma says:

    I love blogs that honor the arts of writing and photography – the worst thing I know is blogs with poor language or generic Instagram filters. Consequently, my to-go blogs are eclectic:

    Jonna Jinton (a Swede living in the northern part of the country in a village of 13 – amazing photography and storytelling!)
    My New Roots (no introduction needed for foodies!)
    Chez Larsson
    UnderbaraClara (another girl in the north of Sweden – great writing in a superb mix of politics, recycling and cooking)

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    sam says:

    Love Pinterest and Etsy — millions of ideas and inspiration!!  A few of my favorite blogs are The Book Case (from The Bookpage), A Holy Experience,  The Pioneer Woman, and of course – The Bright Side Project!! 
    Can’t wait to see what others post as favorites – I am sure I will find one or two new favorites!! 

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    Tina_R says:

    First on my Bookmark Feed list is The Bright Side Project (‘natch) Several authors including JA Jance, Jon Acuff, Writers who knit: Crazy Aunt Purl, Yarn Harlot, Modeknit/Knitting Heretic, Mason Dixon, Wendy Knits, Knit and Tonic etc. DIYers such as Ana-White, DIY Diva, ….crafters of course cats such as Mean Kitty….
    Lately I’ve been turned off by Pinterest … I’ve become burnt out on the over use of the word “cute” and “adorable”.
    Plus I have several projects in the works (knitting and writing) that I have to monitor my time in the “Blogosphere”!

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    Regan says:

    I am absolutely in love with Leighelena jewelry out of Austin. I also really love Katie Daisy’s water colors on Etsy. I think she recently partnered and is now offering items other than her prints and notecards. Her work is bright, cheerful, and always makes me smile. 

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    Danielle E. says:

    I love askamanager.org and corporette.  For shopping, I love Rare Bird Finds blog.  I also love Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn.

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    coasterkim says:

    I love the Pioneer Woman’s blogs, and for a laugh, Jenny the Bloggess’s blog.

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    Courtney J says:

    One of my favorite blogs is the “Print & Pattern” blog (http://printpattern.blogspot.com/), which contains a neverending supply of pattern/design/cuteness inspiration. I am always amazed at the diversity of designs that is documented on this blog. I’ve also started keeping up with Trendland (http://trendland.com/), which is a mix of fashion/art/culture/design trends; they feature some great contemporary artists.

    I usually visit Pinterest for inspiration, but I try to actually visit the website/blog of where that pin is from, rather than just collecting the pin itself.

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    Rachael says:

    For Crafty fun:
    I *love* 645 workshop by the crafty cpa.  She updates her blog (http://craftycpa.blogspot.com/) once in awhile with tutorials, projects or pictures, but her Etsy page (http://www.etsy.com/shop/645workshop) is updated all the time with awesome gifts.
    I also love Craftaholics Anonymous (http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/) and Winnie’s Inky Fingers (http://winniesinkyfingers.blogspot.com/).

    Non crafty blogs I love are Untypically Jia (http://www.untypicallyjia.com/) and Aisha Saeed (http://www.aishasaeed.com/).

    And the Trifecta Writing Challenge is my go-to for weekly inspiration in the form of creative writing (http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/)

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    Nikki says:

    For home projects I read: Young House Love.  For design inspiration: Little Blue Deer,  That Inspirational Girl, Zsa Zsa Bellagio, Greige, My Scandinavian Home. Topical blogs I like to read: Apron Thrift Girl, MODG blog, The Beauty Department, Blogging Dangerously, Skinnytaste, …love Maegan, The Write Practice, Raising Colorado. Also, I follow two tumblr accounts: browndresswithwhitedots, fateinmycoffee.  Plus my husband and I LOVE: theChive, and we look at it together on the laptop before going to sleep instead of watching television (which we don’t have) when we want to be entertained.  I think maybe the blogs: A Cup of Jo, Decor8, A Beautiful Mess, Design*Sponge  are all very nice, and I check them out regularly, but not everyday like the ones I mentioned already, and might be good places for The Bright Side to share sunshine!

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I like the coupon/savings blogs…they do all the work for me. =) also a big fan of fashion ones like shabby apple – more vintage styling. thanks for the chance for some sunshine! =)

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    Heidi says:

    What a fun idea!!! Here are some of my daily reads:
    makeit-loveit.com
    ourbestbites.com
    youaremyfave.com
    howaboutorange.blogspot.com
    themotherhuddle.com
    melissaesplin.com
    diana212m.blogspot.com
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com
    bestreads-kav.blogspot.com

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    Charlene says:

    Cooking blogs!

    101cookbooks
    smitten kitchen
    use real butter

    thebeautydepartment.com

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    Sarah P says:

    My (other) favorite blog is Soule Mama.  Amanda Soule is so inspirational, soothing, and creative.  I always leave her blog feeling encouraged to be a better me & try something new. 

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    Sydney says:

    My most visited and most loved blog is PostSecret.com. For the past six years I have never missed a Sunday post. Seeing the secrets that people are too afraid or embarrassed to say out loud has truly made me realize that we are never alone – that there are people the feel the exact same way as us.

    The Bright Side Project has also been creeping up there – being my morning before-work activity with green tea. It’s a lovely morning when this happens.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    this site, Pinterest, FB and CafeMom are my faves. 

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    Aleta says:

    The ones I hit every couple days are Design Sponge: http://www.designsponge.com/ and Oh Joy: http://ohjoy.blogs.com/ … I love how they both post daily and their content is so inspirational!

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    Emily B says:

    My number one is the Bright Side Project, obviously, but I would also add to those:
    Bring Joy (http://bring-joy.com/) and Deja Vu (http://dejavuearley.blogspot.com/) and then a plethora of food blogs, including Sprouted Kitchen, My New Roots, Honey and Jam, and Roost.

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    Katherine says:

    I like food gawker and craft gawker for deciding what to make. Patagonia for beautiful places and adventure inspiration. Fitness/running blogs like Hungry Runner Girl and Fitnessista when I need a boost to make some exercise happen! And for anything else there’s Pinterest. 

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    Kadi says:

    Naturally, I have a whole list of blogs I frequently delve into, but some of my favorites are the ones that highlight the beauty in simplicity – Small Measure is one of my favorites. She’s Ashley English has a series of fantastic books and has a running guest post on design sponge, but her blog is so humble and loving…. I actually feel like I’m in her living room sipping on a elderflower tea… waiting for dishes with edible flowers to pop out of the oven. No one has made me want to flee to a cabin in the woods more than she has! On a completely different note, I draw inspiration from the plus-model world via the gorgeous Tess Munster and Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. That way I can get my “humble living” fix sprinkled in with a bit of plus-sized glamour and female empowerment!

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    Melinda KE says:

    So many great sites to visit for inspiration… but here are some that put a little sunshine in my day and a smile on my face!
    flowerpatchfarmgirl.blogspot.com/
    aubreyandlindsay.blogspot.com/
    http://www.ramblingrenovators.ca/
    nieniedialogues.blogspot.com/
    thecottagenest.blogspot.com/
    http://www.freckled-fox.com/

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    Lauren P says:

    Different blogs offer so much inspiration that I created a Google doc filled with links. Here are my absolute favorites:
    DIY: Say Yes to Hoboken / Creature Comforts / Cotton and Curls
    Artists and their art: Shanna Murray / Herriott Grace / Rebecca Green / The Black Apple / Oh My Cavalier
    Simple prettiness: Modern Hepburn / Oh the Lovely Things / Local Milk
    Window to the world: ExPress-O / Cup of Jo
    And, of course, who can be inspired without laughter? The author of Hyperbole and a Half illustrates the hilarious stories of her youth and young adulthood. Plus, she honestly and openly shares her battle with depression.
    Sorry to list so many, but with a world filled with creative, kind, and inspiring women, how could I not? 

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    Trisha says:

    I love The Blogess, Captain Awkward, Boing Boing, Offbeat Home and The Mary Sue. I don’t go to blogs for inspiration much, but I do get it from Twitter, and also from being outdoors. 

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    jane says:

    i love pinterest, that’s the site that inspires me to create because of all the amazing pins out there from so many creative people! it challenges me to do things i wouldn’t have thought of being able to pick up on my own, for starters i refreshed my crochet basics and just mastered knitting and purling through a combination of pins and youtube videos (in my current summer holiday from uni) so i can’t help feeling a little proud of myself :> i have also slowly started with my recipe pins and running pins!

    also, i love websites that make me laugh. it makes me feel slightly out of place to say this (because so many people have shared amazing blogs of all these refreshing, funny and creative people in food/craft/lifestyle) but i love reading/watching improveverywhere.com! they are also extremely creative people who come together to bring joy to random people in new york through their performances/pranks. it never fails to bring a smile to my face whenever i watch one of their videos/read one of their agent reports! 😀

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    Tiffany says:

    What a wonderful and fun idea ladies! These would make such great gifts! I love so many blogs but I think these fit really well with Delightfully Tacky, Beautiful A Mess and Sidewalk Ready. I could also see Ruche or Modcloth carrying them. Best of luck with this happy new adventure.

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    Nicole Balogh says:

    I like to visit The Pleated Poppy, Young House Love, and Lolly Jane for great DIY home decorating ideas.

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    Peyton D says:

    My favorite blog is thewinnebagodiaries!
    It’s about two of my friends (hippies) who sold their home and moved into a Winnebago to start their careers as candle makers! Their blog shows the process of renovating   their Winnebago into a lovely home, as well as making candles, and adventures to waterfalls, forests, deserts and much more. The wildlife photography is also amazing!
    I also like a blog by bloodmilk, an etsy shoppe that sells handmade silver jewels. A bit darker, yet so inspirational! 

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    Jennifer says:

    I love Heather B Armstrong’s blog, Dooce. She’s so honest and funny about the challenges of life – motherhood, marriage, depression, family. She makes me feel like I’m not the only one struggling with my ‘perfect’ life.

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    Wehaf says:

    I love howaboutorange.blogspot so much!  And modishblog.com, although it is on hiatus right now, I think.  Epbot.com is a lot of fun, too.

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    Michelle Elizabeth says:

    making it lovely tops my list. There’s a lot of really good suggestions already listed! What a great compilation we have going!

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    Cathy Franck says:

    It is so fun reading everyone’s picks!
    Aside from the Brightside Project I follow these sites:
    Etsy and Pinterest
    What Kate Ate
    Oh, Hello Friend
    Craft Magazine 
    Indie Fixx
    The Calm Space
    The City Sage
    Boot prints
    Glitter guide