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Sunshine Post :: Sara Reynolds Jewelry

Tuesday, September 9, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Sara from Sara Reynolds Jewelry.

 

 

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

My name is Sara Reynolds I am a 25 year old single mother from Brookfield, WI. I started Sara Reynolds Jewelry in 2011. I am very blessed to have my jewelry and items loved by so many all across the world! I never ever imagined Sara Reynolds Jewelry would have grown to what it is now. My love for nature, rocks, and minerals is the inspiration behind my design. I see the natural beauty in rough uncut stones and I try to incorporate them in a simple yet elegant design strong enough for every day wear. I am also 100% self-taught and use my self-motivation and passion to create my pieces that are handmade and unique. I am always seeking new and innovative ways to create jewelry!

 

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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?

I have always had a passion and LOVE for creating jewelry and art. I knew when I was young that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I knew it was not going to be easy, but I never gave up. I am lucky and I get to do what I love, and love what I do!

 

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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?

I find beauty from nature and I find inspiration from anything from friends, family, culture or even a walk down the block. Whereever my inspiration at that moment comes from… It takes me to where I need to go.

I like to bring nature into my designs because io its simplicity, there is always something from nature everyone can relate to. If I can make that one piece that has a special meaning to someone,  that is success and pure beauty.

 

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

I put on really loud, funky, upbeat music.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for my son. Without him I wouldn’t be where I am today. He has gave me passion, love, and a drive to push myself to new limits I never thought were possible.

 

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The Lemonade Stand :: Meet & Greet

Monday, September 8, 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.

Happy Monday, friends, Miss Krista here. We wanted to thank you for taking part in our “Pop Quiz” and sharing your feedback and opinions with us. One repeated critique was that you wanted to know about more of us behind the scenes. . After all, the BSP doesn’t exist in a vacuum. We are a trifecta: our readers, our contributors, our staff. Today I’m going to present my life to you through the lens of my very own “Sunshine Post.”

 

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

Hi, Bright Siders! You know me as Miss Krista. I live in Southern California with my husband and two small children and absolutely adore being a part of The Bright Side Project. I am a writer, a mother, a partner, and a whole mess of things that change given circumstance and opportunity. I am a work in progress and an ever hopeful pragmatist.

 

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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?

I am an emotional, intuitive person and trust my gut above all else. (The times I have doubted my gut, I have always gotten myself into trouble.) As a result, I made a choice years ago to choose love: to love my work, my tasks, my boredom, my failures. I choose to ride the peaks and valleys in love and if I do anything right in this life, it will be imparting to my children that happiness is a choice.

 

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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?

Is it cliche to say my children? Probably. Still true, though. Outside of them? I find beauty in a properly made cup of coffee, a well-crafted story, a vintage treasure unearthed at a thrift store. I am inspired by the kindness of strangers, the courage of children when they attempt something they are afraid of, and my husband’s comfortability in his own skin.

 

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

Literally speaking, dreary days are my favorite. Metaphorically, when I am down for any reason, I organize my house. True story. My husband knows me well enough to know that my constant desire to (re)organize our closets and drawers is something that keeps me sane and brings me back to center.

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What are you most grateful for?

The ability to learn from my mistakes. (I’m also grateful for chocolate.)

 

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Weekly Wisdom :: Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, September 7, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Annalise Emerick

Friday, September 5, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Hi friends! Today we want to revisit a dear friend of the BSP as she debuts her full-length album, Field Notes. Quite honestly, I can say I am in love with her voice, her vibe, her sound. And we think you will fall in love, too. We asked Annalise to answer our Sunshine Post questions and we hope you will visit her site, stream her music, buy the album, and find a show near you. Your weekend soundtrack is here!

Visit her site, find her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter.

 

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

My name is Annalise Emerick and I’m an independent full time touring singer/songwriter. I live in Nashville but tour all over the country in my Honda Fit, Lucy.

2. 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 couldn’t agree more with this sentiment. I love being a touring singer/songwriter but it takes a LOT of prep and hard work and late nights and emailing strangers but at the end of the day I never resent it, I never regret it and it always pays off. Being able to do what I love and work toward something that I love makes life really great.

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

Being out on the road, it’s easy to find beauty and inspiration every day. I’m in Colorado this week and traveling through the mountains and seeing all the wildlife and landscapes inspires me to write another full record!

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

Watch Ellen Degeneres reruns. Find random properties on airbnb.com and fantasize about renting them.

5. What are you most grateful for?

Life!

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Giveaway :: Carriage 44

Thursday, September 4, 2014  ::  Written by:

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They say beauty is only skin deep. They also say it is in the eye of the beholder. (They are prone to a lot of generalizations, it seems.) Regardless, one thing is certain: beauty is, most definitely, a source of personal strength and something to be celebrated. I’m sure you know by now that we here at the BSP tend to view beauty as an all-encompassing term to describe the inner, the outer, the in between. We strive to find products and brands that celebrate this type of beauty and couldn’t be more excited than share today’s contributor with you.

Oliver and Hannah Stenberg had an idea to make a line of handmade, natural soaps that contained the best all-natural ingredients while also delivering on the aesthetics of branding and packaging. This is no easy feat, friends. For don’t we taste with our eyes when it comes to that visceral reaction we have to products. I, for one, am drawn to thoughtful packaging with the same veracity as I am to what is inside the box. Stenberg’s lovechild, Carriage 44, delivers. With an expanded line that now includes skincare and candles, you can feel the love put into Carriage 44 just by looking at the products. We always hope for a product that marries a great service with a clean, modern aesthetic and Carriage 44 delivers. True beauty.

Carriage 44 is giving away one Rose Gift Set to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, September 11th.
Please visit Carriage 44 and tell us: How important is packaging to you? Do you find yourself making purchasing decisions based on the way something looks? 
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Sunshine Post :: Carriage 44

Thursday, September 4, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Oliver and Hannah from Carriage 44.

 

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

 

During the spring of 2010, Oliver and Hannah Stenberg had an idea. Being a newly married couple both starting their careers in London, England’s creative industry they were surrounded by inspiration and a desire to make something that could make a difference. The idea was to make a line of handmade, natural soap products that looked as good as the ingredients that they contained. Growing up on the West Coast of Canada, Oliver had been surrounded by natural and artisanal products, but they didn’t cater to a modern consumer who cares as much about the aesthetic of their products as they do the ingredients. Oliver and Hannah thought they could bridge that gap… but they needed help since a tiny flat in East London is no place to start a soap production plant!

 

This is where Florenda, Oliver’s mom, comes into the picture. After convincing Florenda that this was something she would enjoy doing (she loves it, just to clarify!) and could be a great business, she sought out someone to teach her how to make soap. In Victoria, BC, Florenda found a French soap maker that had been making natural, traditional cold process soaps for a very long time. After apprenticing and mastering this technique, Florenda began to refine and develop our recipes to give our customers the best possible products. By winter 2010, Florenda had a small range of soap bars that were sold to the public for the first time – to great success!

 

During this time, Oliver and Hannah began developing the branding and packaging for the business. They also experimented with custom scent combinations and created our signature scent while still in that flat in East London – aptly called no. 1. The business began to grow, product lines were added and in the fall of 2012, Oliver and Hannah relocated to Montreal, Canada. Florenda passed on her knowledge to Oliver and Hannah, however she is still the master soap maker and continues to develop our new product lines. From that period on, they began making products locally in Montreal and Victoria and the rest is now history.

 

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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?

It’s very difficult to do something day in and day out if you don’t love and believe in it, especially when starting a small business from scratch! Love for our products and brand is what has helped us grow to where we are today, and what will continue pushing us forward.

 

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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?

The world is full of beauty and inspiration, you just need to look for it.

 

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

It’s hard to have a dreary day with a beautiful, smiely 1 year old daughter!

 

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What are you most grateful for?

Family.

 

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Giveaway :: Adriatic Jewelry

Wednesday, September 3, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Accessories are art that you wear. It is subjective, personal, emotional. Think about it. You don’t wear jewelry you don’t like. You wear jewelry that makes you feel beautiful. This is a part of the art of beauty. The choosing, the intention. It is such a gift, this choosing. And we here at the BSP are honored to have a small part in helping keep the beauty at your fingertips.

Rebecca Fragola of Adriatic Jewelry creates stunning pieces that will fill you with a sense of strength, beauty, and elegance. Fragola’s background in metalsmithing speaks volumes in regard to the aesthetic of her work. Adriatic Jewelry is architectural, sculptural, organic. This Onyx Open Front Cuff is a personal favorite and one of you lucky readers will have a chance to win the gorgeous Empire Necklace. Adriatic Jewelry is your one stop shop of the Art of Beauty.

Adriatic Jewelry is giving away one Empire Necklace to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, September 10th. *Open to residents of USA and Canada only!*
Please visit Adriatic Jewelry and tell us: What is the most “beautiful” piece of jewelry you own? (Beauty is a subjective term, we know.)
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Sunshine Post :: Adriatic Jewelry

Wednesday, September 3, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Rebecca from Adriatic Jewelry.

 

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

I am a jewelry designer and maker. My background is in metalsmithing and I went on to study jewelry design. After working a few years in several different aspects of the Jewelry Industry, I wanted to start my own company and get to work with my hands again and be more creative. I love the entire process of designing to making pieces myself and get a lot of satisfaction in making things ad seeing other poeple wear my work.

 

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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?

I’ve always loved art, working with my hands and getting to create something. I get to do that and have a finished product that I can wear and display everyday of my life. That’s definitely a philosphy that I like to live by.

 

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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?

I get my inspiration from so many different places, its hard to choose just one. I get inspired by patterns in nature, architecture and sometimes even an old unfinished design of mine. I paint and do metal scultpures as well, and occasionally adapt techniques or textures from those other artforms into my jewelry.

 

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

I love having my dog Shelby with me to always cheer me up and take my focus away from stress or work.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I’m grateful that I found what I love to do so early in life and that I get to do this for a living and not just as a hobby.

 

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Giveaway :: Astrida Naturals

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Since we are dedicating September to focusing on “The Art of Beauty” it only seems fitting to scratch the surface and talk about our skin. Our skin is the one accessory that we always want to shine, yes? But it can also be the source of neglect, frustration, dismay. Now is the time to turn the tables. It is time to focus our energy on what we put on our bodies as well as what we put in it. Seems fitting to introduce you to one of our new favorites in the process.

Maia Singletary discovered the benefits of all natural shea butter and started noticing that the butter used in most skincare products was heavily refined and not at all “natural.” Her research led her to create her own line, Astrida Naturals. Singletary’s products use unrefined shea butter and while also focusing on being aesthetically pleasing. I, for one, notice that I am drawn to branding and packaging and it is so exciting to find a company that realizes how important the details are. After all, if it is beauty we are looking for, it is beauty we want to see. Astrida Naturals carries beauty in the palm of their hand.

Astrida Naturals is giving away two $25 gift certificates to two lucky winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, September 9th.
Please visit Astrida Naturals and tell us: Since our beauty routine is such a personal thing, tell us something about yours that is unique to you.
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Sunshine Post :: Astrida Naturals

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Maia from Astrida Naturals.

 

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

Hello, my name is Maia, I’m the founder and formulator behind Astrida Naturals. I make healthy, handmade shea butter body care and skin care.

The idea for Astrida Naturals started in 2008. Like many, I was beginning to wonder about what I was putting on my skin and how skin care products were made. I visited our neighborhood bookstore and began reading books about natural skin care, making homemade skin care and aromatherapy.

Around the same time, I personally discovered unrefined shea butter and all it’s great benefits for the skin, but I noticed most of the products on the shelves were made with refined shea, which doesn’t have the same benefits and can be heavily processed with chemical solvents – not very natural. When I did find unrefined shea butter, I was disappointed to see not much attention was given to product packaging or design.

So now, fully invested in living a natural lifestyle, I realized I wanted a healthier alternative to mainstream skin care that was sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing. I began experimenting with my own formulas using organic, unrefined shea butter and fragrances made with pure essential oils. I drew upon my design background to create the product packaging, website… everything – Astrida Naturals was born.

 

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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?

I love working with my hands, experimenting and building new things. Most of these creations will never see the light of day, but that’s okay, it’s the process of creating I enjoy the most. In my business, as long as I can be involved in formulating something I will love what I’m doing and be doing 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?

I find beauty in simplicity and in nature. I get a lot in inspiration from my environment and try to fill my space with little organic touches as much as I can.

 

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

When it’s dreary, I like to meditate or enjoy a hot bath with sea salts and essential oils while treating myself to a homemade facial. These moments of self reflection are precious, beautiful and essential. I always feel energized and ready to go after what ever is next after a few good moments of mediation.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I’m so very grateful for my family. I have a wonderful husband and son who keep me grounded and remind me to enjoy life when business calls me to make just one more batch of something. Most importantly they give me something to work for, a fulfilling life where I’m am. Everything I do is for them.

 

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