Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts

Monday, February 19, 2018

Week 8: Random Act of Kindness Is A Mark of A True Friend!

Week 8: Random Act of Kindness Is A Mark of A True Friend!
Would you agree or disagree with that statement?

I've discovered something really amazing about that statement.  It can apply to anyone.  That's right anyone can do a R.A.O.K.
for anyone on any given day of the week.
You don't have to wait for a special occasion to show your loved ones or even an acquaintance that they mean more to you than just a passing thought.
By sending a card or letter in the mail you are showing them that you thought of them enough to take action.  
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Taking part in this challenge puts your feet to the fire and makes you put your hand where your mouth is so to speak.  
It's all about Jesus words written over 2000 years ago.
"There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving"  (Acts 20:35)
"Do to others as you want them to do to you"
(Luke 6:31)
Sitting down and taking the time to think of someone and share a part of your world with them through a written note is something they can refer back to over and over again.
I like to make a copy of the letter or card before I send it and keep it in a file.  That way I won't forget what I wrote them and when I sit down to write again I won't repeat myself as we all do without even realizing it.
Setting Goals and Achieving Them One Step At A Time
If you don't set goals you will never achieve very much in your life.  Yikes!  that was shocking to read.  But, it's the truth. Think about your routine.  What do you do each day?  If you write down in a journal what you do each day for 30 days and then read it at the end of the month you might be surprised at how boring and dull your life really has gotten.
But, if you set goals and work on achieving them one step at a time and keep track of your progress.  You can look back at the end of each month and see what you have accomplished and feel good about it.
Get my worksheet on how to set goals and achieve them one step at a time.  Click here to get it sent to your inbox.
 Start with one goal at a time.  For instance, I am working on organizing each room in my house.  I started on this last year and I am still working on it.  I can only do 15 minutes a day due to my Lyme disease and other health issues.
So, I decide which room I want to work on each day and I set the timer for 15 minutes.  When the timer goes off I stop and rest on the couch.  I am expanding this year to get outdoors and weed my flower beds and water the plants each day for 15 minutes.  I love it!

 Make Time for the More Important Things
Believe it or not there are six things that you should be doing every day of the year to be truly happy.  If you make time for these more important things you'll achieve the goals and enjoy a future life that will bring you the greatest happiness that surpasses your wildest dreams.
2.  Read the Bible each day
3.  Share the good news about God's Kingdom each day
4. Provide for your families needs (income)
5.  Keep your house clean and organized
6. Get the required sleep your body needs
For more information on this topic feel free to contact me for a free home Bible study.
Stay Tuned For Next Week's Adventure to one of Florida's state parks. 
Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.

P.S.  Check out my new product line (No Probllama) in my Etsy shop,

Monday, February 12, 2018

Week 7: Getting Back To Being "You"

Week 7: Getting Back To Being "You"!
That topic can mean a variety of things depending on your age and your situation.  If you are a young person you are still trying to figure out just who "you" are and what you want to do with you life.

This post is for the women who have already figured out who they are but then got married, had kids and now the kids are grown and moved out of the house.  
Yes, I know you're saying; you mean empty Nester's.
But, here's the thing.  Just because your kids no longer live at home does not mean your parenting skills are put away or canceled and you stop being a Mom.
Yes, we want our children to grow up and stand on their own 2 feet and make good decisions based on how we raised them.
But, I don't know if you know it or not but life is Hard!
Learning to deal with day to day life is hard enough but throw in the car breaking down and you don't know which mechanic to trust to take it to get it fixed.
Or, you loose your job and you have a little savings but that's about to run out and no companies are calling you for an interview yet.

Does any of this sound familiar in your family?
I grew up with parents that didn't hang me out to dry or to sink or swim in this dog eat dog world.  They were always there for me to help me get through the really hard parts.
I was able to get work young for major companies and learned a lot about the corporate world of politics at a young age.
I didn't like what I saw so I jumped ship and swam to safer waters, aka working for myself.
I've taken the good that I learned from my upbringing and applied it to raising my daughter.  The results are positive.

Recently, our daughter and son-n-law went through some very hard and stressful times.  When the phone rang and we were asked for help, we gladly offered.
We held a family meeting and set out a plan of attack.  
The job loss was resolved in a few short weeks after many phone calls and prayers.
The major car repair was fixed and they are back rolling down the road with a smile on their faces. 
This brings me to my point of the journey I decided to start in 2018.  #52weeksnailmailchallenge
It's all a part of who I am and getting back to being "me" despite my chronic illness.
I'm back to having good days and when I do I am making the most of them by getting out of the house and taking short day trips out in nature.
As I continue on my journey of writing 52 cards and letters it is giving me back a sense of who I am.
 It doesn't matter that my friends don't call me for weeks on end.  Or, that they don't write to me ever or maybe once in a blue moon.
What matters is that I stay in touch with them.  Why?
Because, life is Hard! and we all need encouragement.  Most of all it's because Jesus told us there is more happiness in giving love than in receiving love.  I want to follow his advise so I can be truly "happy".
I do have one friend that prefers text messages over a phone call.  And, that's okay!
I love her dearly and she loves me.  I sent her the pocket card above and she was in tears.  She had just gotten over an 8 day virus and was down in the dumps.  This was just the thing to cheer her up. It's in my "Just add stamps and mail post."
By the way she is having a relapse so I am making her another smaller card and will include her favorite candy, dark chocolate.
I have another friend that hates the phone so she rarely calls me. But, she will drive over an hour on her days off several times a year despite her 3rd round of cancer to come and visit with me.  That means the world to me.  I love her dearly too.
Then, I have a long distance friend that I have never met in person but we have forged a bond over the last 8 years through email and phone calls and google video hangouts.
She calls me almost every week and I call her just as often.
I have another long distance friend and we keep in touch over the phone as often as we can.  She is a loyal reader of this blog and does her best to let me know how much my posts mean to her.  They are all on my list of 52 to send to along with my other wonderful friends near and far.

 Want to keep in touch with your friends and send cards.
Sign-up for StampinUP! paper pumpkin card making kit.
Just click ^^^^^^
Or, pick up a set of these pretty and fun envelopes and wallet gifts at MarketsofSunshine <<<<<Click the name to shop.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Florida Garden: Plant Cutting & Seed Saver Program With Friend's & Neighbor's

Would you like to learn how to share plant cuttings with your friends and neighbors?  
Here are a few supplies you'll need to get started.
  • root starter (local hardware of building supply store)
  • ziplock bags
  • paper towels
Here is how I do my cuttings.  Take a piece of the plant stem and wet the end and apply a little bit of the root starter to the cut end.  Wrap it in a wet paper towel and place in ziplock bag and give to your friend to place in soil.  Once, they get it home they can put it in potting soil and water as usual.

I would love to know how you share cuttings and how you get them to grow.  Leave a comment below and share your tip with other gardening friends.

What's in my Florida garden?  Take a tour with me through my Florida garden and take part in a plant cutting exchange program with your neighbor's and friends. 
Or, start a seed saver sharing group with your gardening friends.  Do you have pretty seed saver packets?  I do in my Etsy shop just for you.

This is a sneak peek at what is coming to my Etsy shop in a few weeks.  Stay tuned to this blog for future updates and a glimpse at the new product line.
Thank you for being a part of my Markets of Sunshine community.
Sending You Sunshine,

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Farmer's Market: Buy Local & Support Handmade or Homemade

            Buy Local!  Support Handmade or Homemade!
    A great way to buy local is at your farmer's market day.

Does your town host a farmer's market day?  I'm so excited that the town next to me here in Florida is now starting their own farmer's market day.  Wahoo!

The Tractor Supply Store in Osteen, Florida is hosting the first                                 Market Day on July 9th.  
                     To sign-up go to

I am getting busy increasing my inventory so that I can sign-up for a future event once the weather gets cooler.  But, in the meantime, I will be going to do my part to buy local and support the other handmade and homemade Artisan's in the area.

I'd like to hear from you in the comments box below.  Do you support your local farmer's market?  What is your favorite reason for doing so.

What about your local Tractor Supply Store?  My favorite reason for visiting is to buy organic vegetable plants and seeds and browse the Mary Jane's Farm magazine while I wait for my husband who is like a child in a candy shop cause there is so much to see.

If, you'd like to see some of the handmade products that I will be selling at the farmer's market take a look at my post about my Gift Sampler Boxes.

My Etsy shop is always open to you 24/7 from the comfort of wherever you are via internet access.  I ship anywhere around the world too.

We hope you have enjoyed our June news from our MOS Gift Club.  We look forward to reading your comments.  Don't forget to use the hashtags #cheerup and #MosGiftClub and share our post on your social media to win one of our irresistible handmade gifts each month.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha Jaramillo
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Celebrate Florida With Markets of Sunshine Gift of Month Club

Markets of Sunshine is celebrating in Florida with the oldest city in the U.S.A. St. Augustine, FL!  St. Augustine turned 450 years old this week and we are celebrating with made in Florida products from Markets of Sunshine Etsy Team.  Wahoo! #celebrate450 #marketsofsunshine #mosgiftclub #bloomingtailsdogduds

Our Gift of the month club will include our exclusive hollow book and chalkboard journal embellished with pages from the vintage book.

Vintage book pages made into fun cartoon greeting cards.  These made in Florida products can be found at My Secret Compartments and Markets of Sunshine FL Etsy shop.

Dr. Who Themed Gifts are one our popular made in Florida hollow books.
We also offer original artwork made in Florida by Artist Kayla Jaramillo of Markets of Sunshine FL. Click here to browse our selection of unique handmade gifts.

Custom Made Pet Outfits for your fur-baby can be found at Bloomingtails Dog Duds shop, made here in Florida by Sally Mollin.

Little Dogs' "Surfin'" Harness Vest Multi Cotton Customize for Small Dog - Green, Rust, Blue & Cream Chihuahua Pomeranian   Sun and Sand!
Aloha Harness for Small Dog - Cotton Made to Order Vest in a Colorful Teal, Dusty Rose, Golden Yellow & White Floral PrintReady to surf! 

My families roots go back to the Mayflower and I have lived in Florida all my life.  Which, is the last 52 years.  St. Augustine has always been our favorite place to go and relax and experience history, good food and the beach all in one location.  Once, you experience St. Augustine you'll be hooked!

Thank you for celebrating 450 years with Markets of Sunshine and St. Augustine, FL!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Handmade Pet Outfits: Bloomingtails Dog Duds on Etsy

We are so excited here at Markets of Sunshine to introduce you to our featured seller.  Do you love to dress up your pet?  It doesn't matter what kind of animal you own big or small you can dress it up in adorable pet outfits.  Our featured seller this week is Sally Mollin of Bloomingtails Dog Duds.  She lives in sunny Florida.  She specializes in pet outfits for any small breed of animal.  So, even if you want to dress up your cat, rabbit, guinea pig or dog she can do it to your specifications!
Here is a little bit about Sally so you can get to know her and her work better.

What motivated you to open your Etsy shop?

I'm a dog lover, and since I've designed and sewn clothing for my female Pomeranian, Dominique (a.k.a. Dom the Pom), who is the fashion model for my Etsy shop. Friends liked the clothes so much they advised me to sell them, so I opened my Etsy shop in December 2011.
What inspired you to select the designs you make?

 Since many small dog owners tend to think of their dogs as being like little people (our "furbabies"), I enjoy basing my styles on people's clothing, such as my Executive Dress Shirt & Tie.

Do You Accept Custom Orders?

I enjoy dealing with people and enjoy the challenge of custom orders to fit small dogs and cats, for which I do meticulous measuring to make sure the garment will fit your pet. I also work hard at communicating with each buyer to make sure he or she will be happy with his or her purchase, and prior to shipping completed custom garments I send photos of them to the buyers for approval.

How Do You Treat Your Customer's?
  My motto is: my greatest satisfaction is a satisfied buyer. Please feel free to check out my Reviews for proof.
My satisfied buyers are entitled to a 10% discount on each purchase, and their friends, relatives and coworkers referred to my shop can receive a 5% discount on each purchase.
Can You Show Us a Sample of Your Work?

 Sailor Coat  Can be made in X-Small, Small or Medium Sizes
Small Dog's Sailor Shirt Made to Order - White Poly Cotton with Navy Blue Trim and Anchor Applique Maltese
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Promote Health and Education for Children

Educate on the Benefits of Eco-Friendly Living

and an Organic Lifestyle,

While Supporting Women in Small Business

Locally & Across the USA!

Sending you Sunshine!

Marsha Jaramillo

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Vendor Events: Makets of Sunshine at 3 Sister's Ice Cream Palace

For the last two months Markets of Sunshine has joined the Food Truck Bazaar event in Orange City, FL the first Sunday of the month.  It is organized by a small business owner in Seminole County.   We are moving on to support a local business in West Volusia where we live.  Our goal has been to help the small local business owner's in our community to grow their customer base.  While at the same time spreading the word about our eco-friendly family friendly handmade products as well as educational children's products that we promote and sell at the events. 

We found a local business in Lake Helen, FL, 3 Sister's Ice Cream Palace that is hosting a monthly music event the 3rd Saturday of each month.  They will be having a craft and music event on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1:00 -5:30 p.m.  The craft event will be showcased from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. and the music by local musician Tammie Johns from 6-8 p.m.  We will be setting up a tent and selling at this event.

We hope you will join us and support local small business and buy handmade in your community.  Look for the event on Facebook to give your support.  Click here.

Vendors Wanted
Swag Bag Vendors:  We are taking vendors for our swag bags to promote your business using free samples with your business information or an actual product you make.  Fees are listed on our Advertise With Us pageclick here.
Send an email to with your request to be in either of the above events.  Products must reach us no later than November 12, 2014.  An application will be emailed to you upon approval of your product and company.

Want to be in our goody bag?

Sign-up on our Advertise With Us page

by selecting how many samples

you want in our goody bags!

Local businesses can also help

support women in small business

by being one of our host locations

for an event.
Contact us at

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Shop with Us, Vendor Classified

Markets of Sunshine has a simple mission to:

Supporting Lyme Disease Awareness

Promote Health and Education for Children

Educate on the Benefits of Eco-Friendly Living

and an Organic Lifestyle,

While Supporting Women in Small Business

Locally & Across the USA!

Sending you Sunshine!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Product Promotion Photo of the Day

Every week I will be out in the local community of West Volusia in Sunny Florida doing my product promotion for Markets of Sunshine vendors.  I will be handing out our handmade products to employees at local businesses.  This week I visited Debbie's Health Food Store in Orange City, FL.  Three employees were given a sample of CJW Design Village handmade jewelry.  They were all excited and even asked if they could pay me for the ring I gave them. 
I said, "No! this is our free gift to you!"  You can show your appreciation by coming to our blog and leaving a comment and telling us what you like about the ring you received.  They all said, "Sure!"

Stay tuned next Saturday to find out who will be the next local business to receive a free sample of our wonderful handmade products.  If you live in Florida and have a business in West Volusia county and want to have a surprise visit from Markets of Sunshine, leave a comment telling me the name of your business along with your email address.