Monday, September 25, 2017

October Get Organized Photo Challenge: #GetOrganizedPhotoChallenge

Get ready for October's "GetOrganizedPhotoChallenge

Get organized in October and follow along in our photo challenge with MarketsofSunshine.
Talk about accountability and I run and hide.
Seriously, we all could use some support in our day to day routine of getting organized.  Am I right?

You get the kids off to school or see your husband off to work and then you are left alone to clean up the mess.  Ugh!

You wish you could just pick up the phone and call a local house keeping company but that costs lots of money and you're trying to get out of debt not make more debt.

I'm on a mission to get out of debt, live a simple life and down-size this 1480 square foot home.

Maybe you followed along with me a few years ago when I started cleaning up my garage storage area and my home office (4 weeks to organize).  I did a series about 4 weeks to a clutter free home: One room at a time.
Since, then it has gotten out of hand again.  

Now, is the time to take the bull by the horns so to speak and get serious about this organizing stuff.  I'm in my house just about 24/7 and I can't stand cluttered rooms.

I keep my dishes washed and counters cleared.  Floors vacuumed and mopped.  Clothes washed and put away.  Bathroom cleaned weekly.  But, when it comes to dusting and keeping my office tidy and garage cleaned something weird happens.

It's like someone put the breaks on and I can't get it out of gear.
Ever feel like that with your home?  So, to make this fun and to get to it once and for all.  I came up with a fun way to motivate me and hopefully you'll play along and we can support each other.

Are you in?  Do I have your support?  Okay, then.  Let's get this party going!

Starting on October 1st and going til October 30th we are going to organize our house one room at a time, one day at a time.

Now, are you in?!  I hope so.  

To make the job fun we are going to photograph it every step of the way one day at a time.  To motivate us I came up with these word prompts.  Use them any way your little heart desires in your photos.

Use the hashtag #getorganizedphotochallenge in your posts on any of your social media sites.  I'll be coming along and looking for them starting October 1st.

If you are going to play along post in the comments below and let's cheer each other on.

See you October 1st.

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha Jean

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

20 Fun Facts About Me: Owner of Markets of Sunshine

1.  I currently live in Deltona, FL
2.  Deltona is the longest place I have lived in my life (26 years)
3.  I lived the first 12 years of my life in Orlando, FL
4.  From age 13 to 18 I lived in the country, a town called Oviedo, FL
5.  After graduating from high school I lived in Winter Park, FL for 1 year (After high school I studied criminal law at Valencia Community College in Orlando)
6.  My first job was as a receptionist at an insurance company in Longwood, FL, My second job was for Sears Credit department in Winter Park, FL, My third job was for AT&T in Orlando and Altamonte Springs, FL

7. I've visited many countries and states in the USA and Caribbean. They are: GA, SC, NC, VA, WVA, NJ, NY, RI, DE, IL, TN, KY, MI, LA, AL, PA; via cruise ship Mexico, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Jamaca ( I hate to fly but have several times)
8. Theme parks used to be my favorite past time here in FL.  I've been to Walt Disney World theme parks over 100 times, Sea World at least 20 times, Busch Gardens 50 times (my GrandMother lived across the street) Silver Springs Glass Bottom Boat, Six Flags over GA, Opry Land Weiki Watchee, The beach was my 2nd favorite place to hang out.  Wading in the water and sitting under the umbrella getting burned to a crisp. I have fair skin and blue eyes which are known to be low tolerance for heat.
Our families 3rd favorite vacation place was fishing in Ocala National Forrest and camping while my Dad hunted. (somewhere in FL I can't remember) I grew up with horses, dogs, ducks, chickens, cat, bird, rabbit and fish
9.  My fifth place to live was Altamonte Spgs, FL for 1 year with 2 different roommates
10.  My sixth place to live was again in Altamonte Springs, FL with 2 nice fleshly sister's near the age of my Mother (1985-1988)
11.  In 1988 I married the kindest man I've ever met who is from Colombia, South America
12.  We moved to Deltona, FL in 1990 after the birth of our daughter and have lived here for 26 years
13. I love the outdoors, camping, hiking mainly in the mountains during the Fall and Winter
14.  I love to entertain and cook gourmet food, mostly at tea parties
15.  I'm a little OCD due to Lyme disease in 2004 (I am very close to God now than ever before)
16.  We've been down sizing since last year when our daughter got married and moved out. (a very slow process due to low energy)
17.  Using the cash envelope system to budget and pay off medical debt and saving to help more in our congregation with home bound and elderly friends who can't take care of their homes anymore.
18.  Selling our home and getting out from under a mortgage is on the top of our list.  Leaving things in God's hand to see if that is the path he wants us to take. (selling off stuff in our Etsy shop, PioneerFundraiser)
19.  I'm trying to grow my Etsy customer base so I can retire my husband and he can work with me and do more in the ministry and for those in need. ( I love to make things with my hands so I opened my Etsy shop, MarketsofSunshine to give me something to do now that I'm not able to get out of my house like I used to before Lyme; I sew, crochet, made polymer clay people and animals, hollow books, cash envelopes, organizers, quilt, card making, scrapbooking just to name a few)
20.  We hope to buy a new truck and travel trailer once we sell our house so we can share the hope of God's kingdom with those who are longing for peace on earth and live with no more sickness, old age or death.

Now that you got to know me a little better, what do we have in common?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  Share this post if you leave a comment so your friends can come read it too.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Time For A Giveaway & Gift With Purchase From Markets of Sunshine

It's time for another fun giveaway from yours truly Marsha Jean owner of Markets of Sunshine.  Fashionable organizers for the smart consumer.  That's you. Giggle!

I have gotten the bug for snow globes.  I just think they are the coolest invention ever.  Okay, there might be some that are way cooler to you and that's okay too.

This Mary Moo Moo 2000 snow globe has to find a new home.  I have 4 to giveaway so that makes it even more special.  So, you have 4 chances of winning not just 1.

Read all the options in the Rafflecopter giveaway for more chances to win.  The more options you fill in the more points you gain.

The 2nd option is my Gift with Purchase deal of the month.
I made up some cute matchbox ornaments.  I call them that because you can hang them from the ribbon.  See, how cute they are.
It has a cute word charm on one end i.e. Mom, sister, daughter
Just let me know which charm you'd like me to add when you make a purchase from any of my 4 Etsy shops below.

1. MarketsofSunshine
sells fashionable organizers for budgeting 
2. MySecretCompartments
hollow book box storage box
3. BookLoversGifts4U
vintage books and movies
4. PioneerFundraiser
vintage gifts and supplies

Enter the giveaway by click the link below

Click this link >>>>>>>  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Budget Tip Of The Day! - How I Use The Cash Envelope System

Are you having a hard time sticking to a budget?  I know sometimes I start one and it all looks good on paper but taking that next step and actually implementing it is another task all together.  The key to sticking to a budgeting is to keep it simple.  Don't overwhelm yourself with high expectations.

If you've read articles that are floating all over the world wide web about making a budget or how to get out of debt you'll find that they all say about the same thing.  I like the idea of having something to guide you and not just try to keep track of all your money management in your head each month.

That is a big mistake I used to make way back when I was first married over 29 years ago.  We didn't have much money and no credit cards so it was easy for me to just know that we didn't have any money left over so no worries about over spending. 

As the year's rolled by and the credit card debt came along it was important to know what bills I needed to pay each week.  So, making a budget and sticking to it when you have credit card debt or student loan debt or a mortgage or car payment is a must for any household.

The first and most important step when making a budget is to write down everything you spend in one month.  Then in month two you make your budget from the way you spent money the month before.  This way you can see where you over spend and where you need to cut back on unnecessary spending.

The second step is to organize your money into categories according to type. Food, housing, car expenses etc... 

The third step that I do is set aside money each week for the must pay bills.  The ones that if you don't pay you won't have a place to live or a car to drive and so forth.  After, those are all allocated for I then move on to the second most important must pay items like food, gas and medical expenses.

If you have kids and they get an allowance then you should write that down as well.

So many experts say don't use credit cards but what about debit cards?  They also say use the cash envelope system.  Well, what about if you loose your wallet or it gets stolen?  There goes all your hard earned savings. 

So, here is the system I use to incorporate the cash envelope system.  I use them for 3 categories.  Emergency, Spend, Save and Give!  That's it.  I set up automatic payments from my bank account for all the major bills and monthly expenses such as mortgage and paying off the credit card debt.

Each month I set aside money for the emergency fund envelope.  Money for the spending envelope, savings envelope and money for the giving envelope.

Now, if you are going to keep large amounts of cash in your home you'll need a good way to hide it right?  So, where would you hide your cash?  Under your mattress?  In the freezer?  All the places a thief knows to look?  No!  Well, where then? 

Glad you asked!  You can hide all that cash in a hollow book safe that has a lock.  That way you can place it right on the bookshelf next to all your cookbooks and no one will be the wiser that one of them has money hidden inside. 

When was the last time someone came over and started looking through your cookbooks?  Never, right!
                                   You can buy them with a slide out drawer style like this one.

                                             Or, with a hollowed out center like this one.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Burning Love Collection By Markets of Sunshine Fashionable Budget Organizers

For the Fashionable Smart Consumer

Brand-new and fresh off the press, The Burning Love Collection, individually designed by Markets of Sunshine superstar designer Marsha Jaramillo, has just been released on August 21, 2017. This collection is unlike any other. The entire idea behind The Burning Love Collection is staying as organized as possible, while also saving money, in the most fashionable way possible. The inspiration behind this wonderful collection came directly from Marsha’s own life, when she realized she had to save money, and stay organized, all on a tight budget. After many customer requests, she was called to create perfectly executed designer organizers and pretty envelopes dedicated to the process of staying within budget in a friendly and fun way!

Each adorable money-saving organizer and cash envelope is beautifully designed to reflect not only a peaceful spiritual perspective, but also serves to provide positivity, inspiration, and joy to whoever chooses to use these helpful items. And, as Marsha knows first-hand, the easiest way to save money and keep to a budget is to use mindfulness whenever possible, and The Burning Love Collection is the perfect place to start.

Marsha created this incredible collection for anyone that find it’s difficult and somewhat challenging to stick to a schedule and to save money. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and The Burning Love Collection makes way for inspiration and positivity to be manifested instantly. 

Each organizer from the collection features several different on-trend colors which include purple passion, moody blues, pink splash, and mellow yellow. In addition, the items in the collection have been made with primarily eco-friendly materials, so that means they are perfectly safe around pets as well as children.

The items in The Burning Love Collection range in price from $15 for cash envelopes, to $55 for the organizers, which is a steal for handmade items made straight from the heart. For more information on how you can obtain one of these amazing items of your very own from The Burning Love Collection, contact Marsha at Markets of Sunshine today~!

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