Thursday, December 6, 2018

Organizing Challenge For 2019

Organizing Challenge For 2019

 Want to organize every room in your house for 2019?  Now you can along with me and those who join in on the challenge.  Together we are going to turn our homes into castles for 2019.  They will be looking like a model home 24/7 with just a few quick fixes that I will show you how to do everyday of the year.  It all begins on January 1, 2019 and will end of December 31, 2019.  Are you in?!!

Here's How It Will Start

12 months to organize every room in your house.

1.  Pick the room you want to start with first. Write it in your planner.
2.  Go through that room each day and pick up things that do not belong there and put them in a box for sorting later.
3.   Dust all surfaces and move all furniture and clean behind and underneath.  Take it one day at a time until everything is clean.
4.  Once you have the room clean start sorting the box of stuff and put them where they belong or donate or throw away.
5.   Take a picture of the room completed and send it to me at:
 6.  Repeat these steps for every room in your home for the rest of the year.  One month at a time.  One room at a time.  Watch me on Facebook as I show you live the before and after each month at
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Win Prizes

I'll be showing off each room in my home and you can too.  Want to join me?  Be sure to first comment on this post below.
Then send me your project photo of your completed room each month to my email at: by the 3rd of the following month (example for January's completed room send me your photo on February 3rd)
For a bonus entry just share this post with your friends via email or social media.

Prize List

Here is a list of the prizes that I will give away every quarter to those who complete each months room clean up.  (you must send me your room before and after photos and the name of the room to qualify i.e. living room, bathroom etc...)

  • Organizing notebook
  • Cash Envelope System Set
  • $5 Etsy Gift Card
  • Greeting Card Set  
  • Tealightful Tea Gift Set

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.  


Etsy Gift Guide For December 2018

Etsy Gift Guide For December 2018
If you are looking for something unique and special for your friends and family and are shopping on a budget look no further.  I've put together a collection of fabulous vintage finds and handmade gifts for you in one convenient location.  Right here on Markets Of Sunshine!  Browse the items below.  When you find one you like just click the info below the image and it will take you directly to the shop on Etsy.  Enjoy!
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If you are looking for a custom made gift just ask each of these shop owners and they will be happy to make something special and unique just for you.   I hope you found this Etsy gift guide helpful.  Support small business and buy something for that special someone today!

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Clever Uses For A Travel Wallet

Travel Wallets, Are A Must Accessories To Add To Your Packing List

Most women carry a wallet or purse with them to keep cash, credit cards and a checkbook organized.  I have a main wallet that I use and keep all of my essentials inside along with one of my laminated envelope wallets.  I prefer the snap closure so I can take it out and carry it alone and leave the bulky fabric wallet in my purse.  I use a key fob to carry my keys around my wrist and my laminated wallet to carry my money and receipts.  

Carrying a heavy purse can put your back and should out of alignment.  I have a zippered bag in side my car that I keep my purse in while I am inside the store.  The car is locked and my contents are safe inside.  

   Clever Uses For A Travel Wallet

One of the most amazing ways to use a travel wallet is to bring your favorite tea bags and sweetener in on your travels.  Let's face it.  Those boring black teas you get served at every food joint is full of caffeine and is not for a true tea connoisseur. I only drink organic beverages and purified water.  So, I bring along my own in the car with me in an insulated food bag.

I keep my tea wallet in my purse filled with my favorite blend of tea from Tealightfultea
Visit my website to pick up one of these organic hand blended teas in a variety of flavors.
I also use the natural tea bags to put the loose leaf tea inside and then pop it inside my tea wallet.  You can wrap each tea bag in cotton cloth to keep it clean if you are a little concerned about that kind of thing.

Another clever use for a travel wallet is to have it personalized and fill it with the recipients favorite goodies or gift card.  No one could ever mistake this beautiful wallet for theirs when they see a special name and date on the outside. 

We add the lettering to the material before we laminate them.  So, it can't be taken off.  It's there to stay!

Another, fun way to use a travel wallet is to save up for your vacation.  Maybe you are planning a trip to Europe or a little town in the USA that is styled like a Bavarian style village in Europe, like my favorite mountain town of Helen, GA

 There are waterfalls to hike to and trails to explore in the woods.  Tons of little mom and pop shops nestled in the countryside towns surrounding Helen that will make you fall in love and want to come back to visit year after year.

You'll find an wide variety of travel wallets at Markets Of Sunshine a charming little shop that I curate since 2008.   

If you'd like to save 20% off your first purchase of $30 or more I invite you to join my "Hero Adventure" mailing list.  It's a fun little newsletter I send out several times a month filled with tidbits for the wanderlust enthusiasts, tea lovers and paper horders (card making and scrapbooking kind)

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Until next time...

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha J.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Week 46: Six Weeks Left To Finish The Snail Mail Challenge

#52weeksnailmailchallenge is coming to an end in just six weeks.  We are on week 46 and the clock is counting down.  How did you do with this challenge?  I got a little behind and am working hard to get caught up so I can finish the challenge on time and have 52 cards to show for my hard work.  
I have 24 more cards to send out in the next six weeks.  I started making the new cards a few weeks ago and have a stack sitting next to me on the couch.  Things have gotten a little hectic at times which through me off my game.  
I finally have things back under control and am back to my regular routine.  I am feeling pretty good health wise and have reached my target goal for my weight for 2018.  I am just one pound away from where I was back in 2015.  

So now the big question on my mind is what kind of challenge should we do for 2019?

Here is where you come in.  I will be sending out an email next week with a survey.  It will give you three options to choose from for our challenge for 2019.  It will be a monthly challenge instead of a weekly challenge.  This gives you four weeks to get that's month challenge accomplished.

What I need from you now is some ideas.  Just post below and tell me what is your biggest challenge for keeping up with your daily routine.  You don't have to go in to a lot of detail just give me a few words like....organize tips, relationships, budgeting, gratitude etc...

You get the idea.  So help a sister out and give me your ideas.
Have you been by my Etsy shop lately?  I have lots of new patterns for you to choose from.
I've even added some new products.  Come and see what I have for you to make your life awesome!>>>>>>  Markets Of Sunshine <<<<<< makes your life an adventure!

Are you on my mailing list?  Don't miss out on getting in on this challenge survey.  Sign-up below at this link to give me your two cents.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post and share your thoughts with us.

Sending You Sunshine!

Marsha J.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Customer Spotlight Giveaway: Show Me Your Markets Of Sunshine Products In Action

 Customer Spotlight 
A fun giveaway is coming in November to Markets Of Sunshine. We love you and you are such an inspiration to us!

I so wish you guys were here!!  I have over 560 customer's and counting. I would just love to show you off to my reader's.  We want to see you using our products in your daily life.  If you don't know who we are and what we make I'd like to tell you a little bit about Markets Of Sunshine.

I love to travel and like to save money.  So, I hopped on the cash envelope system band wagon and made my own products so that I could budget for my travel adventures with my husband.  I knew their were other wanderlust women out their who could use help saving for their adventures too.
I didn't want to use ugly and wasteful plastic bags or thin paper envelopes that rip easily.  I wanted value for my money. 
That's exactly what you'll find in my budget travel cash envelope system products.  I laminated my wallets and then hand stitch them so they are durable and sustainable.  Not bulky like fabric ones can be.  The envelopes are made from acid free card stock and hand stitched as well.  They will last for years if you treat them right.

Here's the Rules:

1.  Send me your photo (email below) using my product in your daily life. 
Nothing complicated just fun.
2.  Comment below telling me why you like the product.  What has it done for you?
3.  Share this post to your social media.
4. Tag me using the hashtags #customerspotlightmos + #marketsofsunshine
5. Must be a customer of Markets Of Sunshine before the end of the contest on November 11, 2018 at midnight.
6. Store credit and coupon code is valued for 30 days (expires December 12, 2018 at midnight)

That's it! Short and easy!

Here's the Prizes:
Grand Prize - $10 store credit to one customer entry who completes all the steps in the rules.
1st Prize - $5 store credit to one customer who completes all the steps in the rules.
Consolation Prize - 25% discount code to everyone who enters and didn't win the grand prize or 1st prize.

Contest begins Wednesday, October 31, 2018 ends November 11, 2018 at midnight
Drawing on November 12, 2018
Winners must respond within 3 days to claim their prize via email

By the way, are you a subscriber to my newsletter, Hero Adventures?  If not, why not join today so you can get notifications of fabulous customer appreciation contests like this one. 

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Etsy Gift Ideas For Those Hard To Buy For People

Those hard to buy for people make your gift hunting a challenge.  But, I've put together ten (10) really cool gift ideas for you that takes the headache out of finding them a gift.  You'll find all of these cool gifts on Etsy.  Just click the title under each picture to go to the shop and read the details.
You might just find the perfect match for those on your list.  One less thing you have to stress about can be checked off your to-do-list.

image 0                      Hummingbird Snow Globe Plays "Tomorrow"

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image 0                      Minimalist Laminated Wallet For Coffee Lovers

image 0                      Gold Foil Checkbook Wallet Gift Set

image 0                      Woodland Cash Envelope System Budget Set

image 0                      Laminated Minimalist Wallet Brown and Gold Leaf

Get a 20% off discount code to use on any items in these Etsy shops.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Paper Pumpkin October 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                         Are you ready to see what came in the Paper Pumpkin kit for October?

Here is the big reveal.
Get your very own subscription box in the mail by joining my Card Making Circle Of Friends.

It's easy to do.  Visit my website and join today.

Be sure to select my name as your Demonstrator: Marsha Jaramillo, Deltona, FL

Click Here!

Monday, October 22, 2018

How To Use Markers For Card Making With Stamps

                                                There are so many ways to use markers and rubber stamps to make beautiful handmade greeting cards.  With Stampin Up! markers and rubber stamps you can turn an ordinary piece of card stock into a fabulous card for any occasion.

Visit my Stampin Up! website to pick up a set of your favorite colors Here!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Big Plans Planner Kit by Stampin' Up!

                                                             Are you a planner addict?  Then you'll want to try this customization planner by Stampin Up!  Watch this video and see what comes with the kit.
If you're ready to add it to your collection of fabulous planners for 2019, then hop on over to my personal website and order yours today.  Click Here!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Paper Pumpkin Card Making Kit - Happy Mail! $5 October 8-10

Join my card making group for just $5/US, $7/CAD
starting October 8-10, 2018
Code: FLASH1018
Demonstrator: Marsha Jaramillo

It's Happiness in a box right to your door every month.
 Cancel at anytime.  You're in control of your subscription.
Skip any month and it restarts automatically.

Pick from a variety of subscription options and save even more.

Hope to see you soon on my fun card making circle of friends.

Sending You Sunshine,


Monday, October 1, 2018

Week 37-39: Introducing The Blooming Gifts Collection!

Introducing the "Blooming Gifts" Collection!
A collection of amazing handmade cards and envelopes made from recycled paper and seeds that grow when you plant them.
You'll find them here at: Markets Of Sunshine

By: Marsha Jaramillo

Welcome to the "Hero Adventures" weekly posts coming to you from a Florida born native, Marsha Jaramillo.  I'm the owner of Markets Of Sunshine a sunny little handmade business featuring budgeting and organizing products for the adventurous woman.  I also own a little vintage shop called, Pioneer Fundraiser where my husband and I curate hand picked fabulous vintage gifts we find in our travels at local estate sales and thrift stores.

  I'd like to welcome my newest reader's to your 'happy place' away from the stresses of everyday life.

Follow along with me each week as I present fun challenges that will help you reduce the clutter and end the stress in your life one day at a time.  You'll also find that I share with you what has helped me to stay focused on my goals and how I reach them even though I live with a debilitating chronic illness.  So, if I can do it, you can too!


If you recall I started off the new year with a challenge called #52weeksnailmailchallenge

Well we are at week 39 and there are only 13 weeks left in 2018 to complete this amazing challenge.

It has taught me to stretch my limits just a wee bit and to go outside of my comfort zone to give cards to those that I know but are not close to.  I enjoyed sharing in their life celebrations of reaching milestones such as graduation high school and dedicating their life to serve God and symbolizing it through water baptism.  Of course, there have been those heart-breaking life challenges of enduring the pain and sorrow of losing a loved one in death. Or, suffering from a sudden life threatening illness. 

 All of these occasions have given me the opportunity to think of someone else and give the gift of love through a handmade card with a hand written note.  I think there are still some out there who know how to read cursive writing, the style in which I write my messages.

I am delighted with my subscription to Stampin Ups! Paper Pumpkin card making kit.  The months that I did not want to receive a box I just called them up and suspended my subscription for that month.  And, it automatically resumes the following month so I can receive my next shipment and enjoy the goodies inside.

I will be receiving my October box in a few weeks.  I'll show you what came inside and the beautiful cards I made and sent out to friends for weeks 39 to 42.

Be the Hero in your own Adventure and reach your goals one day at a time.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha J.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Week 36: How To Get Rid Of Stress Using Creativity

Creativity Gets Rid Of Stress

Do you think of yourself as a creative person?  I'd say it's about a 50/50 split among my reader's.
Some of you don't feel like you are a creative person when it comes to making things with your hands.  While some of you are avid crafter's of all types of handmade products.  I get so excited when I've worked on a project and it turns out well.  I want to share it with all of my friends and family.

The reaction can be anywhere from that's beautiful to that's nice.  One friend asked me, "Are you doing another craft now?"  Like it was a totally weird thing to do.  If you are a true blue artisan at heart you can't just stick to one medium.  You have to try your hand at a new one every now and again or you'll get bored with the same old thing day in and day out.

It's kinda like eating.  Would you eat oatmeal every morning 365 days a year?  Year in and year out?  If you do, you are in for a big and rude awakening one day.  Your body will revolt on you one day and decide it has had enough.  You'll either get a health problem like diabetes or an allergic reaction.

No one likes the same food every day and no one likes making the same crafts every time either.

If you had to make a quilt over and over again all your life.  You'd go nuts!!! 

Here is your challenge for the week...

Creative Challenge

I challenge you to find a craft that you can start this week and complete within a short period of time.  Don't go join a quilting class if you've never sown a day in your life.  Start off with hand sewing a little pillow or pin cushion first.

Get an adult coloring book and a pack of crayons at the dollar store.  That counts for getting rid of stress.  It totally takes your mind off your problems.  After a few minutes you'll only be thinking happy thoughts and all the negative ones will fly away.

After you complete your project send it to a friend or family member.  That will count as one of your cards in our #52weeksnailmailchallenge too.

Have you seen my latest product line that I just added to my Etsy shop, Markets Of Sunshine today?
It's eco-friendly and sustainable handmade recycled paper cards.

"Blooming Gifts" Collection

Thanks for joining me this week for yet another
 "Hero Adventures" episode.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha J.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Week 35: September 2018 How To Organize Your Craft and Sewing Room

Greetings! from still hot and steamy Florida.  

I don't know how people can live in the tropics and put up with the constant hot and humid climate year round.  I for one need the break that the seasons bring.  I want to feel the cool air on my face and be able to step outside and take a deep breath and feel refreshed instead of like I want to drop dead from the heat.  UGH!!!  Rant over...

This is week 35: I am going to share with you how I am organizing my craft and sewing room.  I started by sorting out all my supplies and projects. 

Step 1: Sort 

Give yourself a few hours or days depending on how much stuff you have.  Don't rush it.  Just go at your pace.  For me it took a few days to get things all sorted.  I took everything out of my closets, drawers and off tops of tables and sorted into piles according to the type of supply it was. i.e. trims, embellishment, adhesive, scissors, etc...

Step 2: Gather containers

I already have a ton of containers of all sorts.  i.e. plastic, canvas totes and bags of all sizes

Step 3: Decide Where Things Will Go

 For me I have a spare bedroom that was already my home studio.  It just needed a make-over in the closet.  We took out all the wire metal shelves and my dear husband made 3 wood shelves 16 inches by 7 feet to fit inside the closet.  We left one of the wire shelves at the very top for my light weight sewing supplies.

Step 4: Label Your Containers

Look at your piles of sorted supplies and you'll know what labels you need to make.  If you have a lot of tools then you'll want a container just for these.  If you have a small amount of tools and a small amount of something else like scissors then you can combine them into one container labeling it tools and scissors.  Continue this method until you have all the containers labled.

Step 5: Fill Up Your Containers 

This is another one that you don't need to rush.  If you have limited energy or time then just work at your pace and for the time you can until you have everything in a container again.

Step 6: Organize Your Space

Now that you have everything in a container you now need to decide where in your room/shelf they will go back to.  You can color coordinate the containers or just use what you have already and save yourself a ton of money.  I don't much mind what the final color combo turns out to be just as long as it is organized and I can find things easily when I need it.

I hope this has motivated you to take on the challenge and get your creative space organized.

Sending You Sunshine!

Marsha J.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Week 34: End Of Summer Giveaway Winners!

Our end of summer giveaway was a hit and I now have the pleasure of announcing our three winners.
Drum roll.....

 Congrats! to our three winners...
Anita Jude
Audrey Stewart
Ashley Hart

Thanks for sharing our giveaway on your social media and for following the rules of the contest.

For all of those who entered and did not win one of our three prizes I have a consolation prize for you.

I will be sending you a Huge discount code for you to use in my Etsy shop so that you can still get one of my handmade products that you love at a great price!  Just my way of saying: Thanks!
You'll get the discount code if you are a member of my Hero Adventures newsletter.  If, you haven't joined yet you can do so here.

Your lovely gifts will be arriving to you by mail within 7 to 14 business days.  We will contact you at the email address you used to enter the giveaway.

You will have 3 business days to reply and claim your prize.  I hope you enjoy these lovely handmade gifts that will help you make your life less stressful.

I hope you will visit my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine you'll find fun budgeting products to make your life less stressful.  And, Pioneer Fundraiser for all your gift giving needs. 

Read all about my #52weeksnailmailchallenge for 2018.  It's a fun way to stay in touch with friends near and far.

 Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J. 
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Week 33: How I Keep A Positive Attitude So I Can Reach My Goals

How I Keep A Positive Attitude So I Can Reach My Goals

Here we are at week 33 and it's already September too.  I've been busy making more cards to send out to my list of friends and family members for my #52weeksnailmailchallenge.  To help me keep a positive attitude while I reach my goals for 2018 I've been participating in swaps over at my favorite forum MaryJanesFarm.  It's a place where like minded women can share their life and take part in fun activities that are all suited for the farm girl at heart organic living lifestyle.  

 Daily Scripture Inspiration

For our 30th wedding anniversary on June 11th our daughter made me a daily scripture journal.  You can see the cover of it in the photo on the left side with the whale on the front.  She is an artist and I love everything that she draws for me.  Our 2018 regional convention was themed "Be Courageous" so that was the appropriate theme she gave this journal gift.  Every night I either write a new verse that will help me to maintain a positive attitude or I just read what I've already written and meditate on the ones that I need the most that day.

I also like to surround myself with positive quotes that remind me of just how blessed I am like the "Mother" quote on this towel.  There is no greater joy than to be a wife and mother.  I get to take care of a family and teach lots of life lessons along the way from the principles I've learned from my daily bible reading.  It's the best guide and it's free!


 You Are My Happy

The greatest gift a Mother can have is know that she has created a happy place for her family and friends to enjoy every time they enter her home.  The smiles on our faces is a true testament to the life we live and enjoy together.  It didn't happen by chance it came about from a lot of hard work and from living by the standards of God's word and not the worlds or our own.

 Woman's Best Friend

I've always found that you can't trust people who don't like animals or plants. Giggle!  That might seem like a bit of an exaggeration but I have always found it to be true.  We were created to live on the earth and to take care of the creatures and plants God put here for us to enjoy.  
When I work in my garden I feel like I'm in my happy place.  When I watch animals play or come to my feeders it gives me the greatest since of fulfillment as a care giver.  One of the gifts I was given by my creator.  Life isn't all about me.  It's about helping and taking care of others as well as myself.


Another gift I was given that I'll share with you, of how I keep a positive attitude so I can reach my goals, is by encouraging others.  When I sit down to write a letter on one of my handmade cards I want to upbuild and lift the spirits of the person who will read it.  I like to update them on how I'm doing and then tell them all the things they do that I admire about them.  I don't want anyone to feel forgotten or to feel lonely or that no one cares.  There are people who do care.  It's our job to let them know that they are valued to us and to give something of value to them from us in return.  

When I read successful people saying things like: "If you are starting a business just to make money you will never be happy or successful."  Or, on social media people who are trying to get out of debt saying:
"I'm not any happier now that I paid off my debt than I was while I was in debt."

It reminds me of another reason I have to be thankful each day.  And, that is for all the loving family and friends I have in my life.  I have true friends and that is not easy to come by these days.  So, knowing that helps me to keep a positive attitude and helps me keep going to reach my goals.  
That makes me truly happy each and every day!

My number one goal is to declutter my house by the end of 2018.  I've been selling things off little by little and I can finally see some progress.  I made a worksheet that helps me do a little bit each day.
Feel free to join my Hero Adventures newsletter and I'll send you the worksheet.