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Pinterest Roundup :: Advent

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  ::  Written by:

It’s that time of year, friends. I first noticed it when I recently walked through Target and found holiday decorations had taken over. See, I’m one of those people who doesn’t really mind when November begins the Christmas decorations. Because, honestly, if I waited until December to attempt any kind of DIY project, nothing would happen. I’m a fan of having enough time to enjoy the craft, to plan, to be inspired.

The first thing I noticed as I went through was the new selection of advent calendars out there. I’m not really interested in wrapping up 25 presents or candy for my kids to open all the way through Christmas. Because, seriously, I’m not crazy. Normally, we wrap up 24 holiday books and unwrap one each night to read in December, ending with “The Night Before Christmas” on Christmas Eve. Last year, we started incorporating Hannukah and Kwanzaa books as well and I’m excited to begin this tradition again. However, I started noticing that there were quite a few advent activity calendars out there and thought….Yes! Something I can make! So I did what most people like myself do at a time like this and I immediately spent the evening on Pinterest when I got home. Here are a few ideas that have me inspired:

 

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What about you? Do you celebrate with any kind of advent calendar?

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The Lemonade Stand :: The Village

Monday, November 10, 2014  ::  Written by:

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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.

 

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They say it takes a village. They are right.

In the past two weeks, I became sick and came pretty close to developing pneumonia. I was ordered to rest and stay home. Easier said than done. My husband works afternoon/evenings so the morning routine fell solely on him. I had to take time off and my village rallied. The parents of my daughter’s best friend from school (people that we have grown to become quite close to) took my daughter each day after school and helped her with homework and fed her dinner. My three year old son went to the neighbor’s across the street (close friends of ours who have a son the same age) came and picked up my boy and kept him for the afternoon/evening and fed him dinner and brought him home at bedtime, bathed and pajama’d. Throughout all of this, I had friends dropping off homemade soup, pasta, fresh juices, smoothies. It was humbling and inspiring. Good thing, too, the stomach flu also decided to drop by and visit both my children so I I had the energy to deal with that because my village fueled me. (Truth is we are still dealing with it. Oh, friends.)

This is the village. The calls on social media asking if I need anything from people who really mean it. The texts, the food, the quick drop offs. I realized something incredibly important this week. I realized that the smallest bit of kindness creates a ripple that translates into something tangible. I am unable to adequately express how much those gestures have meant to me. The thought that my village will care for my children when I am sick…it is something I do not take for granted. And my compassion is awakened and strengthened. I am abundant.

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Category: The Lemonade Stand

Sick Days

Tuesday, November 4, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Hello, friends. We want to wish you a wonderful week and let you know that we will be radio silent for a few days so that our Managing Editor, Miss Krista, can recover from a nasty bronchial infection. Please take care of yourselves and stay healthy! We will see you soon!

 

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November Theme :: Abundance

Monday, November 3, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Oh, hello November. While we celebrate sunshine and spend our time spreading it as far and wide as possible, do not take this to mean we don’t love the fall. Friends, I am obsessed with fall and all it entails. The transition from warm and bright sunshine to cool and cloudy skies is one that fills me to the brim with joy and excitement. This season is all about “Abundance.”

This month, we will bring you artists and brands that honor and reflect the idea that our world is abundantly rich with beauty and joy and we can’t wait to share the joy of the season with you. Abundance, indeed.

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Weekly Wisdom :: Mother Teresa

Sunday, November 2, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Marie Kondo

Friday, October 31, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Have you read the NY Times article about Marie Kondo? “Kissing Your Socks Goodbye: Home Organization Advice from Marie Kondo” by Penelope Green showcases the phenomenon regarding finding joy in the objects that surround you. Give it a read and tell me what you think. My husband and I both read the article and it got us thinking about the ways in which we hold onto things. For the bulk of our life together, we have worked with hand me downs, repurposed furniture, gifted goodies. Granted, I am a giant fan of repurposing things and hacking the pieces we have to work for our lives, but this article forced me to take a good look around at everything surrounding us and answering really quickly if it made us happy or not. To that end, we are simplifying. Removing clutter, getting rid of the pieces we don’t love so that we have the room to find the ones that we do. And I have to say…it feels darn good. What about you? How much of this philosophy do you apply in your home?

 

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Giveaway :: beyondBeanie

Thursday, October 30, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Being a part of the BSP has its perks. Words cannot express how fortunate we feel to be in a position to bring your attention to the brands that are making a name for themselves in the world by doing more than just bringing you exciting products; they are also giving back in a way that inspires. The marriage of commerce and philanthropy is something that creates a world where the greater good is in the details. After all, good deeds beget good deeds.

beyondBeanie, founded by Tito Alvarez and Paty Lucero, is best described in their own words:

beyondBeanie is an up-and-coming social clothing company that makes awesome beanies and accessories.

Every time you make a purchase, you are supporting the work of a talented artisan in Bolivia who proudly hand-signs her work while helping to provide meals, school supplies and school uniforms to children in need.

beyondBeanie is currently supporting a children’s center in Cochabamba and you can shop, assured that your dollars are going directly where they should. In today’s society, that’s quite a bit of knowledge to hold onto. Good deeds, indeed.

beyondBeanie is giving away one White Andina bag to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, November 6th.
Please visit beyondBeanie and tell us: This question is a favorite of ours here at the BSP: What is the last random act of kindness you witnessed and/or practiced?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, November 11th, to see if you’ve won!
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Category: Fashion

Sunshine Post :: beyondBeanie

Thursday, October 30, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Tito and Paty from beyondBeanie (also known as bB.) 

 

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

My name is Paty Lucero, I’m the co-founder and project manager of charitable clothing label beyondBeanie. beyondBeanie is a lifestyle brand which for every purchase made, it helps a child in need in Bolivia.

One beanie = Five meals | One bag = One set of school supplies | One poncho = One uniform

In addition, every product comes signed by the artisan who made it, whom clients can meet and greet at our site beyondbeanie.org

 

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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?

There is no greater satisfaction in life than to find one’s passion, to fall in love with it, and to work hard every day to get closer and closer to one’s goals. In my personal case, I have decided to set aside a successful career as architect to go after my dream of helping street children and women-artisans of my beloved Bolivia. While the journey has not been easy, I’m extremely happy for the decision that I’ve made. Indeed, there is no greater satisfaction than waking up every day and do what I love.

 

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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?

Like you, I also believe that life is inherently beautiful. I believe that there is no greater joy and source of inspiration than to see a child smile, which is my driving force to continue with my work, even when things get tough.

 

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

While it’s true that things don’t always go as planned and that not all days go as good as planned, I prefer to take these challenges to help me to do better and improve myself. Ultimately, my sunshine to keep going comes from my goal to fulfill a greater mission, which is to help street children of my country to get access to meals and education as well as to provide jobs to the artisans who make our products.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I’m grateful for this life that I have and for the capacity to use my talents and experiences to make a positive impact to the world.

 

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Giveaway :: Tique Box

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  ::  Written by:

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There is nothing quite like getting a package in the mail. Surely I’m not alone in feeling like the postal worker is a sort of modern day Santa Claus. Honestly, there are days I hear the mailbox open and close and half expect a surprise box of goodies waiting for me. Granted, this always happens when I haven’t even ordered anything but it’s a distant hope nonetheless. The idea that a gift box of goodies might come montly? My heart, dear friend, my heart.

Tique Box is a genius subscription service based in Portland, Oregon. Founders Inger McDowell and Paige Hendrix Buckner curate some of the best local artisans and ship them to you in a monthly themed box that brings you a slice of their city. I won’t pretend I don’t have a giant crush on the city of Portland (in fact, my husband and I discuss moving there semi-regularly) and the thought of having a bit of the city delivered to my doorstep every month? Genius. Tique Box is a business that is all about delivering the metaphorical sunshine and you know how much we love that.

Tique Box is giving away “The December Box” to one lucky winner and a $25 gift certificate to a second winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, November 4th. *US residents only please!*
Please visit Tique Box and tell us: If you were to send a friend a box of goodies that celebrated where you live, what would be in it?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, November 11th, to see if you’ve won!
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Sunshine Post :: Tique Box

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Paige and Inger from Tique Box.

 

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

Hello! It’s Paige and Inger from Tique Box. While vacationing together on the Oregon Coast in 2013, we kicked around the idea of starting a subscription and gift box service that featured Portland artisans. We saw it as a great way to collaborate and solve the challenge many of us encountered: sending a piece of Portland as a gift.

A year and some change later, we have sold boxes to customers all over the United States and featured more than 40 Portland artisans in unique gift packages. Our clients range from people who want to treat themselves with a monthly subscription box to people who send our boxes as gifts to friends, family, clients and colleagues.

Each month, we offer a new monthly box that highlights five to seven artisans who come together to form a lovely theme. Additionally, we are launching four new speciality boxes over the next month: The Liz Crain Box, The Gent Box: Dudefully Splendid, The Pamper Yourself Box and The Cocktail Box.

 

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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?

We love our work with Tique Box because it’s an opportunity to bring happiness to everyone involved.

Inger loves finding new artisans, building new boxes with exceptional products and creating beautiful, memorable experiences for our customers. Paige finds joy in telling the Tique Box story and the stories of its artisans, digging deep into feedback to discover new ways to improve the experience for customers and helping artisans connect with new opportunities to grow their business. They both love the opportunity to test new products (especially chocolates!).

Customers have shared that giving and receiving a box is the gift that keeps giving as they try new items, explore the work of local artisans and say “Thank You”, “Happy Birthday” or “Happy Holidays” in a very special way. Artisans explain that working with Tique Box is a wonderful experience because we spread the word about their business, help them find new markets and treat their work with the respect it deserves.

 

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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?

We find beauty and inspiration in the beauty that is Portland, Oregon, and the people with whom we work. Whether it’s on a run along the river in Downtown or a hike in Forest Park, we are constantly reminded of the splendor that the Pacific Northwest. It’s a magical place that has so much to offer from her stunning coastline and high desert to the fruit-filled valleys and peaks of her majestic mountains. Furthermore, the inhabitants of this great city are kind, go out of their way to help each other and support the local, small business community.

 

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

Because it rains so much and is often gray during the winter and spring months, we work hard to find the sunshine on days when it’s not available. We lover to exercise (run, hike or bike), craft, host dinners with friends and laugh.

 

 

What are you most grateful for?

We are most grateful for the opportunity to work with incredible people and build a business that we truly adore.

 

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