Raw Organic Superfood Smoothie Powders

Giveaway :: Knuckle Kiss Jewelry

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  ::  Written by:

giveaway

 

{website :: shop :: Facebook :: Instagram}

Jewelry is one of those things that has a purpose. I am a firm believer that the last things we choose to put on before we leave the house have a direct correlation to the type of day we are going to have. Accessories are the way we connect to the world around us via our hearts and our souls. We style ourselves based on how we see ourselves reflected in the world around us.

Angela Delarmente creates wearable pieces of art through her line, Knuckle Kiss Jewelry. These are the kinds of pieces that you find yourself grabbing before you leave the house because you just plain don’t feel complete without them. Friends, I cannot tell you how happy my heart feels when I look at the Half Moon Dimensional Necklace and the Malachite Double Ring. It is a feeling I wish I could bottle. Although, better yet, I can wear them. Knuckle Kiss Jewelry is the key.

Knuckle Kiss Jewelry is giving away one pair of  Desert Hoop Earrings (winner’s choice of brass or nickel silver) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, October 21st. *Open to US residents only.*
Please visit Knuckle Kiss Jewelry and tell us: When you need to feel like your best self, what style do you adopt?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, October 28th, to see if you’ve won!
Enter to Win: Add your answer here ›

By adding your entry you agree to receive e-mails related to this post, you may opt-out at any time.

Category: Active Giveaways Fashion

Sunshine Post :: Knuckle Kiss Jewelry

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Angela from Knuckle Kiss Jewelry.

 

 

Knuckle-Kiss-Logos

 

Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

My name is Angela and I live and work in Seattle, Washington. I design and handmake a line of jewelry called Knuckle Kiss.

The collection is bold and modern and incorporates the organic details of handcrafted work. I like playing around with minimalism, mixing metals, and creating everyday pieces that are distinctive but also versatile.

I make my pieces using traditional metalsmithing techniques, though I occasionally employ modern production methods. Using American-made materials is important to me, so I work primarily with US-milled metals, recycled sterling silver, and US-made jewelry components.

The act of “making” is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I feel very fortunate to be able to experiment with jewelry making as a business. I officially launched Knuckle Kiss in early 2013, so it’s still a new venture to me. I’m excited to see where it goes.

 

knuckle1

 

We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I don’t think you need to “do what you love, love what you do” in order to be happy. But I think if you allow yourself to follow your curiosity, you will find life to be more interesting and meaningful.

At least that’s been the case with me. I’ve always had a lot of different interests. I’m generally a cautious person, but when it has come to pursuing things that interest me, I have a track record of just going for it. In the past, I was a little critical of this, thinking I was incapable of committing to any single pursuit, but looking back I don’t regret my decisions. The time I’ve spent pursuing different things has made me better a designer and a more patient maker.

 

knuckle2

 

Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

Beauty and inspiration is everywhere. When it comes to my work, I tend to find it in art and design, in natural and manmade landscapes, and in other people. My everyday surroundings and interactions are a continual source of inspiration.

 

knuckle3

 

On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Dreary days are part of the Pacific Northwest landscape. The dearth of sunlight can be tough on the mind and body, but on the upside, it’s easier to hunker down and work. Oddly enough, I find that cleaning, organizing, or working up a sweat can help me shake off the bleakness. When all else fails, I turn to a movie, book, video game, or something delicious. A good story and something yummy to eat can do wonders for your state of mind!

 

knuckle4

 

What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for the people in my life.

 

Knuckle-Kiss-Logos

 

Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Knuckle Kiss Jewelry!

Enter to Win: Add your answer here ›

By adding your entry you agree to receive e-mails related to this post, you may opt-out at any time.

Category: Sunshine Posts

The Lemonade Stand :: Community

Monday, October 13, 2014  ::  Written by:

lemonadestand

The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

 

018

 

We had some friends over this weekend because they are moving away and we wanted to spend some time with them before they go. It seems this is the way now. We make plans to see the people we care about because they are leaving, though we only see them sporadically when we are here. Granted, I live in Southern California (Los Angeles, to be exact) and this place is a giant, far-reaching city full of neighborhoods that are impossible to navigate given traffic times. You know what they say: funny because its true.

Here is where I find myself: in this day and age of technology and social media and smartphones, how do we define our community? Truth is, I have close friends where our relationship is pretty much online. We talk, we keep in touch, and when we do visit in real life, we don’t waste time “catching up.” We’ve already done that so we just pick up and move forward. In fact, every time I feel like quitting social media, some connection happens that never would have happened otherwise and I find myself scrolling yet again.

Back to my friends that are moving. My husband and I are going to miss them tremendously. Painfully so. Yet we didn’t see each other all that much in real life because of work, kids, family, etc. (That and the fact that we live in separates parts of LA. Seriously, if you know Los Angeles,  you feel my pain.) They are our community, even if it means we will have to make do with social media for the upkeep. Interesting times we live in.

So I wonder, how do you all feel about your online communities versus your communities in real life? Where do they intersect? Where do they strengthen each other? I would love to hear about it…

 

Enter to Win: Add your answer here ›

By adding your entry you agree to receive e-mails related to this post, you may opt-out at any time.

Category: The Lemonade Stand

Weekly Wisdom :: Maya Angelou

Sunday, October 12, 2014  ::  Written by:

weekly

To download, click on the image to open it full size and select file “save as” for your own personal use.

 

Enter to Win: Add your answer here ›

By adding your entry you agree to receive e-mails related to this post, you may opt-out at any time.

Category: Weekly Wisdom

Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Scattered Leaves

Friday, October 10, 2014  ::  Written by:

fsf (2)

 

Happy Friday, friends! This weekend, we have a very full schedule planned with goodbyes to long-time friends as they move far away and a wonderful home-cooked meal on the menu. I’ve been working a lot at night lately and watching tv sometimes distracts me too much so I’ve been listening to some favorite songs on headphones while I work. Thought I would share a favorite with you in the off chance that you might feel this song the way I do and get inspired to create something beautiful this weekend. xo.

Enter to Win: Add your answer here ›

By adding your entry you agree to receive e-mails related to this post, you may opt-out at any time.

Category: Fresh Squeezed Friday

Pinterest Roundup :: The Halloween Version

Thursday, October 9, 2014  ::  Written by:

Oh, friends, it is time. The decorations have come out and your neighborhood Target is no doubt full of all sorts of goodies to get your house ready for Halloween. For years, we lived in an apartment and never saw trick or treaters to the decorations were minimal at best. For the past couple of years we have lived in a neighborhood that is completely family based and Halloween has become sort of a big deal. Many of the houses decorate more for Halloween than Christmas, even. (Some of them too much, if you ask me, but who am I to judge?)

To that end, I’ve been trying to get my Halloween decoration game locked down. I am a fan of simple, DIY, artistic, not too scary as far as October decorations go so Target has definitely been my go-to lately. And then I remembered Pinterest. Ah, yes. Here are a few great ideas that have got me going!

roundup1

pin found here

That spiderweb frame is going to be on my door by the end of the weekend. Guaranteed. And I’m loving the snake wreath but it kind of freaks me out so I’ll just enjoy from afar.

roundup2

pin found here

Love the black lace around a votive. (Also love any decoration that could translate year round.)

roundup3

pin found here

After seeing this board pinned, I REALLY want to go to that soiree.

 

rounup4

pin found here

Now it wouldn’t really be me if I didn’t add some kind of gold-themed decoration, would it? Matte black and gold pumpkins. Genius.

As an extra bonus, here is a gorgeous way to decorate for Halloween that just makes my heart sing:

Gold Faux Pumpkin planter filled with succulents at TidyMom.net

pin found here

Well, friends, what about you? Do you decorate for Halloween? Do you have any ideas you would like to share with us?

 

Enter to Win: Add your answer here ›

By adding your entry you agree to receive e-mails related to this post, you may opt-out at any time.

Category: Rays of Sunshine

DIY :: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  ::  Written by:

026

 

I wasn’t kidding when I said I was on the pumpkin bandwagon. However, the pumpkin spice lattes at most coffee places are a little (a) expensive and (b) laden with chemicals. I decided last year to make some for myself and this year I decided to try to make it even better. Last year’s version was sort of chunky and always sank to the bottom of my cup. Not ideal. This year, I found a way to make it much more like a syrup than a sauce and it tastes amazing.

Combine 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk together until sugar is dissolved. Add 2 cinnamon sticks, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/4 cup pumpkin puree. Stir together and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. (I did mine twice) and pour into a jar. You’re done! It’s the perfect way to honor October, don’t you think?

I keep mine stored in the refrigerator and it will keep for a good couple weeks.

Happy Pumpkin Spice, y’all!

 

036

Enter to Win: Add your answer here ›

By adding your entry you agree to receive e-mails related to this post, you may opt-out at any time.

Category: DIY

October Theme :: Embrace the Fall

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  ::  Written by:

bren

 

Oh, dear friends, the time is here. October. Quite possibly my favorite month of the year (albeit the most deceptive. I’ll explain later.) The shift from summer to fall is one that makes my heart soar. It feels as though the earth is exhaling, stretching, cozying up. There is something so incredibly magical about this time of year and it has nothing to do with pumpkin flavored everything. Granted, I’m on the pumpkin flavored bandwagon, but that’s not my reason for falling in love with this time of year. My reason has more to do with the constant struggle to be human in an ever-changing world.

Fall allows me to let go. I am at my most comfortable in crisp weather that requires layers to get through the day. The soft gauze of a fall morning is one that lingers, coffee brewed and to do lists momentarily forgotten. Summer always feels like I should already be on my way once the sun rises and winter feels as though I should be allowed to stay home hours longer. Fall, however, is forgiving. Celebratory, even. The day stays temperate, full of color and occasional rain. The nights are chilly and allow me to settle into my cage at night satiated. Here, however, is where the deceptive nature of fall comes in. See, I love in Southern California. October is, often, still summer (at least as far as weather is concerned.) However, I’m sticking with my original intention for the month. I am going to “Embrace the fall.”

 

 

Enter to Win: Add your answer here ›

By adding your entry you agree to receive e-mails related to this post, you may opt-out at any time.

Category: Themes

The Lemonade Stand :: Keeping track

Monday, October 6, 2014  ::  Written by:

lemonadestand

The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

 

 

443

 

We all have our to-do lists, don’t we? The daily tasks we write to make sure we stay on top of business. I have kept a running to-do list since college. It makes me feel in control of my life to mark each little line off, one by one. (Truth be told, I have been known to write things down that I already did, just to make myself feel better.) This little ritual of mine, the list keeping, is something that tethers me to the present, keeps me focused on the future. It is therapeutic. My current to do list is a bit in flux and I’ll admit it has my game a little off. In the past, I always kept everything written in a day planner. It was my calendar/to do list all in one. Lately, though, I don’t always feel like carrying tons of stuff in my bag. Besides, with two kids, a day planner just doesn’t cut it. I have a family calendar that houses all of the appointments/schedules/activities. So the to-do list ended up in a notebook in my purse. Long story short: I need a new system. I have a document on my computer that holds my to-do list now and I erase/add as needed. (My computer is used daily so it seemed smartest to keep it there.) I just wish there were a way to marry the two. The calendar/to do list with the ease of a word doc. Sigh. As technology advances, it seems my ability to keep up recedes. Am I the only one in this boat? What do the rest of you out there do to keep track of your lives? Are you as obsessed with finding the perfect system? Please. Tell me your secrets.

 

 

Enter to Win: Add your answer here ›

By adding your entry you agree to receive e-mails related to this post, you may opt-out at any time.

Category: The Lemonade Stand

Weekly Wisdom :: Grace Murray Hopper

Sunday, October 5, 2014  ::  Written by:

weekly

To download, click on the image to open it full size and select file “save as” for your own personal use.

 

Enter to Win: Add your answer here ›

By adding your entry you agree to receive e-mails related to this post, you may opt-out at any time.

Category: Weekly Wisdom