Monday, December 31, 2018

Adulting Reward System #2 Tea Therapy

Adulting Reward System #2 Tea Bath Therapy

 Relax though sore muscles in a warm tea bath after a day of housework.
It's easy to make with a few ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
Think of it as bath time therapy.
I just happen to be a tea lover and so you'll find a lot of my rewards are centered around tea themes.

Here is what you'll need...

cup of brewed tea
tub of warm water
soft music

Fill up your bathtub with warm water.  I start out on hot and by the time it's full it's just the right temperature to soak in.  Add your favorite herbal tea blend in a cotton organic muslin bag. 
Note: Some berries can stain the tub.
  I use organic tea herbal blends. Hang the bag over the spout and let the hot water run over the bag to make the tea infusion in your bath water.  I let mine soak in the tub after it was full for 30 minutes.
My demonstrator link is here at Tealightfultea

Put a few jar candles around the tub on the shelf.  I happen to have a big built in window seat in mine.
Brew your favorite tea blend and turn on some soft music.  Now, get in an relax for a while.

I recommend doing this right before bedtime and you'll have blissful sleep.
Whatever time you decide is up to you.  But, prepare to relax the rest of the day.

If you are just discovering my 2019 Organizing Challenge you'll want to go back to the beginning and read each post up to here.  This is a really fun way to make your home beautiful again.
Here they are in order below... Enjoy!

 Disclaimer:  You should check with your doctor before adding any new routine to your life.
I've looked up an article for you to consider before trying this tea therapy out.
Rose Mountain Herbs

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Adulting Reward System For Organizing Your Home Challenge #1

Adulting Reward System For Organizing Your Home Challenge 

#1 Tea Aromatherapy

Did you grow up with a reward system?  You know the poster board looming on a wall so you could check off the chores you were supposed to do each day.  Did you like it?  Was it motivating?  Leave a comment below letting me know and whether you implemented your own for your children.

I grew up with a reward system.  It was a chart on the wall with our names and a list of chores we were to do each day of the week.  If we completed our chore for the day without being told we got a gold star for that day.  At, the end of the week we got a reward that my Mom picked out for us.
It could be going to Dairy Queen and getting our favorite ice cream.  Or, a trip to the toy store for a special toy we had been wanting.  So, I was good at getting my chores done so I could get my reward. 
Once, I became a Mother I realized that having a reward system was a good thing.  So, I researched different types and found one that worked for my daughter.  Since, she is an only child it was pretty easy to give her a few little chores to do, mainly in her room.  It worked good and she was able to earn her own money.  But, with money comes responsibility.   So, I taught her how to manage her money at a young age.  It has paid off big time.  She now uses my Cash Envelope System and has paid off her car a few months early.  She only has one credit card and only uses it for emergencies.
You can find my handmade products for budgeting and organizing in my Etsy shop at... 
Now that we are adults who rewards us for getting a job done?  No one, right!  So, let's fix that.

For our little organizing challenge for 2019 we need to reward ourselves for getting our chores done each day, week and month.  The good news is you get to come up with your rewards list.  
Pretty cool, right?

I'm going to post my rewards list one at a time throughout the months to give you ideas of what you can put on your rewards list.  There is no one micro-managing your list and looking over your shoulder so don't feel guilty at all.

You deserve this and you need to reward yourself for completing this challenge.

Adult Reward #1
Tea Aromatherapy

Now, you can do this one of two ways.  For me it is going to be stove top tea aromatherapy. 
 But, for you it can be tea Bath aromatherapy.  No matter which way you decide to use your tea aromatherapy it will make your house smell wonderful and make you feel relaxed.  
This is my all natural room freshener recipe too.
And, let's face it, after a day of cleaning and organizing we need both. 

So, here is what you will need to make your tea aromatherapy adult reward.
My favorite organic tea blends are from Tealightfultea
My link to my website >>> Sweetretreats <<<<<

1.  pick out your favorite blend of organic tea 

2.  Get out a large 4 quart pot

3.  Fill the pot to the top leaving 2 inches of boil room

4.  Put the lid on and bring it to a rolling boil

5.  Turn the temperature down to medium so you keep a low boil

6.  Remove the lid and add one tea bag at a time

7.  Once you start to smell the fragrance you can keep adding the number of bags until you get the desired result of filling your house with tea aromatherapy.

8.  Add lemon slices, cut up fruit, vanilla, cinnamon extract etc...

Now, to make this easy as pie.  Let's come up with a whole list of rewards at one time for the first month,  January.  Get out a piece of lined paper 8.5 x 11 inches.  Take about 20 minutes to complete your list.  You want this to be good.  Don't  rush this process.

Now, here is the hard part.  Don't ask anyone else what to put on your reward list.  This is your reward so you don't need anyone telling you what you deserve.  I mean that.  Don't ask Anyone!!!

Set a timer and come back once you are done with your list.

Are you done yet?  

Now, you get to decide how you are going to reward yourself each day after you finish your chore.  Or, are you going to wait until the end of the week or month.  That's totally up to you.  You are in charge of this adult reward system for our 2019 Organizing Challenge.

Want to join the challenge?  

Easy as 1, 2, 3.

You'll get my free printable worksheet via email once you sign-up here:

Welcome to the 2019 Organizing Challenge!

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha J.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Kick Off Day For 2019 Organizing Challenge For Your Home

Are you ready to kick your house into shape for 2019?

Here we go!  The new year will be here before you know it.  Just 7 days to be exact.  Did you buy a planner for our challenge yet?  If not, I have a surprise for you all.  I made a printable planner to track our progress.  You get it free when you join my mailing list 
>>>> Hero Adventures <<<<

You'll receive your organizing challenge planner via email on January 1, 2019.  So watch your inbox for my first newsletter of 2019 to arrive in your inbox.  There is still time to sign-up and receive it.  

I will be sharing my progress via video on my social media sites.  You can find Markets Of Sunshine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Follow along and leave a comment letting me know how you are doing with the challenge.  Click any of the links that you are a member of and it will take you directly to my page.

Remember, you will be entered in to the giveaway if you participate by commenting with your progress.     

2019 Organizing Challenge is for anyone who wants to get rid of the clutter around the house and in their minds.  Studies have shown that clutter depresses us and makes us less motivated to do just normal tasks.  So, don't let the clutter weigh you down.  Take control of your life today!

It only takes 20 minutes a day to get started.  Are you ready?  Let's do this.  I believe in you!!!


Monday, December 17, 2018

How To Organize A Room In 20 Minutes Or Less

20 Minutes Organizing Tips

Tip # 1
Pick the room you are going to organize that day

Tip # 2
Divide the room into four sections

Tip #3
Set a timer for 20 minutes and pick up everything you see that does not belong in that room and put it where it belongs

Tip #4
Now pick on section of the room and clean it thoroughly (if the timer is still going move on to the next section and so on until the timer goes off)
 I like to use all natural cleaning products like Shaklee Basic-H and Norwex Micro Fiber Cloth
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Tip #5
 Write down what you did in your planner

Tip #6
Do this every day until you have each room in your house organized and cleaned

Here is how I go about organizing my cluttered house.

1.  I start with vacuuming the whole house (Shark Complete Seal Anti Allergen)
 Use my >>>>  Shark Referral Link <<<<<to try out a vacuum 

2.  As I go along I pick up anything on the floor and put it where it belongs

3.  This takes me about 20 minutes for my 1500 sq. ft. home

4.  I then take a break at the computer and put my feet up but I don't waste time surfing the web

5.  I do something for my business like writing this blog post today

6.  Or, I look at my to-do-list and order things we are running low on or that my doctor or dentist recommended I buy

By the time I do all of the above it is time for lunch.  So, I make my lunch which is usually heating up something on the stove out of the freezer.  After lunch I wash the dishes and clean the kitchen counters.  I don't use a dishwasher because it harbors mold and is a nesting ground for roaches.  Don't believe me?  Ask your hubby to pull it out and take it apart.  You'll be amazed at what you've been washing your dishes in.  Clean the drain pipes and hoses thoroughly in bleach or buy new ones.

If you'd like to have a little support and motivation to organize your house in 2019, I invite you to join my challenge.  >>>> Organizing Challenge For 2019 <<<<<

Disclaimer: I am not paid or receiving products from any of the companies mentioned. The opinions and comments are mine.

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
>>>>>> Markets Of Sunshine <<<<<

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!

Receive a discount off your purchase with Markets Of Sunshine and Pioneer Fundraiser shops when you join our mailing list, Hero Adventures.

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)

>>>>>Join Hero Adventures Today! <<<<<

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. 

              Yes! I want to be on your Hero Adventures list. 

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"

image 0                       Mikassa Hampton Court Tea Cup and Saucer Set

image 0                      English Porcelain Teapot, Creamer and Tea Cup Set

image 0                      Children's Miniature Tea Set

image 0                      25th Anniversary Plate

image 0                      Coffee Tea Wallet For Women

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.
Sign-up here today!