Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sunshine Boxes (plus GIVEAWAY)

Hello and welcome. I'm so excited to be joining Jennifer for the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. I feel so blessed and honored to get to work with her on a weekly basis. Her talent is absolutely amazing...but her kindness? It makes my heart want to burst. She is always thinking of others and trying to brighten their day. I'm so proud of her and I appreciate her creating this challenge to add more kindness into this world. Kindness matters and she is a perfect example of that. Love you Jennifer!

So my favorite way to share kindness is to create Sunshine Boxes. I've put together a video sharing two boxes I made....

The first box is for a friend of mine who needed a little pick me up. I recycled a box from a recent My Favorite Things order because of the fun text on the packaging...

I used yellow duct tape to hide any text that I didn't want to be seen and adhered a piece of patterned paper on top to write the recipient's address on. When the box is opened, the recipient is greeted with THIS card...
All the information regarding this card can be found on THIS blog post. 

Here is a look at some of the goodies inside the first sunshine box...
I try to make every item practical. For example, I purchased a yellow towel to wrap the items in. Not only does this serve as a cushion for the items as it goes through the mail, but it ties in nicely with the bath sponge and candle. 

For more information about the speech bubble card set, click HERE

A closer look...



I wanted the next Sunshine Box to be geared towards kids and a little less expensive. I found a bright yellow lunch box at my local dollar store that I thought would be the perfect container....
Since I'm hand delivering this, I thought it would be fun to display the card in the handle of the lunchbox. Check out THIS blog post if you want more information on the card. 

Here are the goodies inside...



I like to include handmade items inside as well. I created a coloring book to use with the marker set included by stamping different images with black ink on to several tags. I used a book ring to keep them all together....a fun spin on a coloring book. 

Towards the end of the video, I also talk about products that would work well with creating Sunshine Boxes....
Sunshine Word Die by Simon Says Stamp can be found HERE
Sending Sunshine Stamp Set and Dies by WPlus9 can be found HERE

My Sunshine Stamp Set by Neat and Tangled can be found HERE
*Click HERE to see a card I created using this Neat and Tangled set.

My Sunshine Stamp Set by Mama Elephant can be found HERE

Happy Graduation by My Favorite Things can be found HERE

Glow Girl by Hero Arts can be found HERE
Remember, there are no rules when creating Sunshine Boxes. You can go elaborate or really simple. It's the thought that counts! I hope this inspires you to create a sunshine box. Remember to use #sharehandmadekindness when sharing on social media.

Now let's continue the celebration of spreading kindness with a GIVEAWAY....

GIVEAWAY

I have put together a crafty sunshine box for one lucky winner!  Leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to spread kindness. You have until Saturday, November 14th at midnight EST to enter. Good Luck. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Now go spread some sunshine. :)

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293 comments:

  1. Christy and I did this once. It was a lot of fun shopping for yellow things!

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  2. My favorite way of spreading kindness (besides giving the "good day" with a HUGE SMILE to EVERY person I see) is definitley handmade cards...which I started making a couple of months ago after I saw a video of, precisely, Jennifer McGuire!! Which is also how I found about your blog!! ☺️ Taking the time to CREATE something for someone is incredible special...for BOTH persons!! I also send some unexpected care packages to friends and family who live far from hometown (where I live) and don't have access to local products and stuff!! ☺️

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  3. Your boxes are AMAZIIIINNNG, btw!! I'm just CRAAAAZYYY about the bright yellow!!! 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  4. What a super fun idea! Lately I have been sending homemade cards with a recipe to my sister. I found an article about oranges and I'm going to send it & a handmade card to my Dad who has an orange tree. Some original trees started near where my Dad lives.

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  5. This is such a great idea! I've been sending a random "just because" card to a different friend every week recently. I've found that it's a great way to keep in touch and reconnect with people and they feel so special and appreciated when they get actual snail mail!

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  6. What a fun idea - I love seeing the items you include in your sunshine boxes. I have 3 kids in my life who are off in college. I think I'll send them some care packages this wk inspired by you. I know this time of the semester can feel like a tough grind - midterm exams and projects all over the place and Thanksgiving break still a while off!

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  7. Truly a great idea. I knit winter caps for homeless people and the sunshine comes back to me when I see someone wearing one. I also like to toss (gently, so as not to hurt cars) a handful of change in a parking lot.....everyone, from kids to adults, likes to find loose change.

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  8. Love your idea! And my favorite color too! My favorite way of spreading kindness is handmade cards, but a cheerful smile or thank you for someone who is helping me can go a long ways too. Sometimes just a small gift that is perfect for the person is great too.

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  9. What a fabulous idea. I can't wait to create a box of Sunshine to send a friend who currently has health issues. Thank you for spreading sunshine to some lucky person.

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  10. What a wonderful idea! To spread kindness I love to send my cards to people, but I also help out if I can.

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  11. Wow I love these sunshine boxes you created for two of your friends. I like how you modified the kids version. Very cute and so very thoughtful. I love sending cards to people especially when they are feeling sick/down and also doing little acts of kindness like opening doors for people.

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  12. Your boxes are so definitely sunny and happy!! My mom always taught me to offer food to new parents, to those who are sick, etc. And I still do that--it's a great way to say "thinking of you".

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  13. oh my gosh, this is just too awesome Heather! I love sending gifts to people to bring happiness and love into their lives and this is a totally awesome way to do it!!! You are so clever, and I know both your friend and your niece will love their Sunshine Boxes! Thanks for sharing your ideas! Hugs, Nina-Marie :)

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  14. I like spreading sunshine and kindness with the cards I send. I've heard feedback, so I know it's not just me that feels that way, the recipients do too. and that makes me very happy that they enjoy the cards that I work hard to make fun and lovely and just what's needed. I love your idea. Thanks for offering a box of goodies as a giveaway, I'd love to win it

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  15. Awww Man I LOVE your Crafty Sunshine gift box. Would LOVE to win. Need a bright spot in my day!
    Love your card and your Whole Lot Of Happy gift box! So very nicely done! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  16. What a fantastic idea that is bound to bring cheer! Thanks for the ideas you shared; I just had to Pin them and make up 2 boxes to share. The recipients *loved* them!

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  17. Once a month, I bake sweet treats for my two son's teachers and school support staff. I package them up in cute containers and tags. They are always so happy to receive them and it fulfills my need to craft and bake!

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  18. Your boxes are fabulous! I'm sure they will bring a huge smile to the lucky ones who receive them. I love making hand made gifts for friends and family on their special days or just any day. I also love cooking for moms with newborn since I know how hard it is for them to eat healthy and rest at the same time.

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  19. I love this idea! I like to give sets of handmade cards and at special occasion, handmade quilts.

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  20. Love, love love this idea! I have a brother and three friends all battling terminal cancer right now. I'm always looking for things to send to them to brighten their day. I was running out of ideas. This idea is perfect! Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Ohlala! What a fantastic idea of sharing kindness in yellow with the sunshine! So inspiring! I love to send my creations to all my dearest friends and family members and recently I have sent some card to an old age home to bring some smile in their lives and happiness!
    Thanks for sharing your ideas! And chance to win!

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  22. Sending handmade cards with SO-O-O many different family members and friends on their birthdays or just anytime I think of them is a favorite way I share kindness. I think it's so much more fun to find a card in your mailbox by the road than always on your computer, iPad or phone. It means so much more.

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  23. OMG - I have to use this idea for my sister-in-law who is going to have surgery soon. it's a fabulous idea!!! Handmade cards for any occasion is my "thing".

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  24. I constantly send cards to people I think are in need of TLC. The recipient then reaches out to me via email, text or call and we keep in touch.

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  25. I enjoy sending the cards I made to family and friends. Your sunshine boxes are fantastic thanks for sharing.

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  26. I love to share handmade cards to spread kindness and love. I love your gift box idea! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and ideas.

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  27. Hello, Heather! I think your sunshine boxes are such an awesome idea! Love the goodies you included! Anyone would love to be "sunshined" by your thoughtful boxes! I think the crafty box looks amazing too! Thank you for the inspiration - I'll be going to the dollar store on Monday and I'll see what I can find! I would love to spread a little sunshine!

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  28. Such a cool idea Heather! Thanks for sharing! I mostly share kindness through my handmade cards for family, friends, co-workers and church family, I also love giving homemade food.

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  29. I love to share kindness by taking care of my staff. Many of them are really struggling and I like to provide meals for them. I also started a program at the apartment complex that provided children during the summer where they received breakfast and an afternoon snack. I am always looking for ways to help families in the community with Christmas presents and turkeys for the holidays (for some of them it's the only present they receive). I love your color theme ideas. You are very inspirational. Thank you very much!

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  30. Hi Heather,

    What a SUPERB idea, thanks for the video and inspiration. Before I even thought about making card and altering things I was a caterer. What I used to do was be very attentive to my clients comments and on special occasions I would bake them something that I knew they would like, needless to say that goes with friends and family also. Now that I make cards among other things, I still give to my clients, doctors family and friends the goodies accompanied by a card or ornament that I make them!

    Cariños,
    María Alba

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  31. I love to spread kindness by paying for the car behind me in Starbucks drive thru. :)

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  32. What a wonderful 😆, I go every other month to this little residential facility a couple of miles from my home and do a grocery list for any resident needing a shop.Most of them cannot get out an about any more so I do it for them.Sometimes I'm called back sooner.I have one that's just precious. Her name is Gerda and she reminds me of my grandma who passed 11 yrs ago.I enjoy the company of elderly people.I'm a licensed Administrator so I love this...

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  33. My favorite way to spread kindness is to send cards to someone for no reason at all . . . totally unexpected. This time of year I focus on seniors who are alone. One neighbor loves anything with rabbits. I'm thinking a little sunshine box for her would be especially fun to put together.

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  34. What a cute idea! I will make a mini version for my middle school girls group. Thank you! I love to make cards, candles and homemade goodies to give away like salsa, almond butter, bread, etc.
    April

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  36. Spreading kindness with cards, a smile or a helping hand.

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  37. My favorite way of sharing kindness is not very original, but I get so much pleasure from sending homemade cards. I enjoy making them and imagining the recipient receiving and opening them. I most love to send cards when they aren't expected.

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  38. My favorite way to spread kindness is to pay for a veterans meal without them knowing. I do this as often as possible and I love it .

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  39. I like spreading kindness by taking the time to tell someone (especially those I work with) what a great job I think they have done, and the difference they make each day. Everyone needs positive reinforcement and we all get so little!

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  40. I'm a big baker, so I invite friends over to make sugar rollout cookies. We then package them in plastic sandwichbags with a card and ribbon and drive around handing it to random people we see.

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  41. What a wonderful idea to spread kindness. Thank you for sharing.

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  42. I sure love your Sunshine Box idea! I will be on the lookout for all things yellow. My favorite way to spread kindness is to try to live by the Golden Rule. The Spreading Kindness month is inspiring me to reach out to others more. Thank You!

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  43. I love your sunshine boxes, i might be biased...yellow is my favorite color. Its hard to have a bad day or bad mood when yellow is around. I send cards for no reason, baked goods too, phone calls just to say hi. I've paid for the person behind me in a drive thru. It all just takes a few minutes.

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  44. Love your kindness packages, and it's definitely put a smile on my face because the color is so bright and cheerful. I like to spread kindness by sending out handmade cards, I love making cards and I think it is a good idea to send them out as gift so the person who receives it can use them too. Practical and meaningful (plus, I have all the fun making the cards! lol). :)

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  45. I like to spread kindness by giving unexpected little gifts to family and friends along with a handmade card. They are so surprised and it makes me feel good to see them get excited.

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  46. What a great idea! I love to spread kindness by listening to people, especially those that live alone. You'd be surprised how many people just want to talk to someone and be heard.

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  47. What a great idea! Easily adaptable for any occasion.

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  48. I am a member of a book club and for any month with a holiday, I bring them a treat in a cute holiday box or bag or other handmade crafty paper gizmo

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  49. These are fantastic! What a great idea! I cook goodies (usully cookies) and share them with folks at work.

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  50. My favorite way to make people happy is to surprise them with baking, but a close second is a happy card.

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  51. I like to give jewelry and card sets as gifts.

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  52. I like to "bake someone happy", but people that are on a restricted diet get a calorie-free hand made card!
    Your sunshine boxed just beam HAPPY from every corner!

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  53. Love your Sunshine boxes. What a great idea. My friend and I like to make cards for a local retirement home. The elderly folks have limited resources to get out to purchase cards for family and friends so this gives them the opportunity to send out special cards to their loved ones.

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  54. I love spreading kindness in so many ways, but my favorite is just because gifts. I like to catch someone in the act of doing something kind for others, then treating that person to a handmade card, a candy bar, a baked good, anything to let them know they are appreciated!

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  55. I love to bake goodies for special people in my life and send care packages to special friends and family who are in college! I always include a handmade card, which seems to mean as much to the recipients as the goodies!

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  56. Awesome idea!~ I know a few people who could use a sunshine box! I like to spread sunshine by giving out some yummy baked goods!

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  57. Great idea to spread kindness all over the world! And I like the way you make your own sunshine boxes) thanks for chance to win one)))))

    Have a great Sunday) hugs, Ksenia Li

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  58. This is such an awesome idea. I can't wait to put one of these together. I love spreading kindness by always adding an encouraging word in every correspondence. This is a definite lift. Thanks you so much for sharing.

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  59. I feel like I've spread kindness all my life because my mom was always smiling or giving things to others. If I see a homeless person, I buy them something to eat. If a military person is behind me in line, I will pay for their lunch. I always say thank you to every military person that I see. I also say thank you to police officers, too. Many of them seem surprised. I try to smile at people where ever I am. It's so nice to receive a smile in return! The Kindness campaign is a wonderful idea and so positive. Love how you coordinated everything in yellow. It's so creative!

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  60. Great idea doing boxes of sunshine and kindness, love it. I keep my giving closer to home as I visit my parents every week for two or three days depending on what needs to be done each week. I cook dinner each night and leave enough for another meal or two while there. I love chating to other residents at the retirement village, especially those that dont get other visitors so its just smiles and laughter but thats what makes the world go round.

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  61. Fabulous idea. My way to spread kindness is to donate much needed food, clothing, blankets and winter outerwear items to a local group that is providing meals and these essentials to the homeless.

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  62. Fabulous idea. My way to spread kindness is to donate much needed food, clothing, blankets and winter outerwear items to a local group that is providing meals and these essentials to the homeless.

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  63. great boxes. love all the bright yellow items.

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  64. I love this idea, Heather ... collecting up all those sunshiny yellow goodies and presenting them so beautifully to brighten someone's day is such a wonderful thing to do! My favourite thing to do to spread kindness is sending cards to family and friends I can't get to see ... they connect us in a special way! Anita :)

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  65. Wonderful kindness boxes!! You've inspired me to assemble one for a dear elderly neighbor who is widowed and has some recent physical ailments. My thought of accomplish this is to ask my 22 neighbors on my culdesac and street to consider bringing me something little they think she would enjoy and to also include a card. I can assemble the "spreading kindness care package" with all the treats and present it to her a few days before thanksgiving. Doing it this way the neighbors who have mentioned that they really don't know how they can help her can feel like they have shared some love and kindness to her and at the same time feel part of our streets' neighborhood cohesiveness and part of a closer knit community.

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  66. what a fun idea! I love having a theme---be it color or specific items for gifts. thanks for the ideas!

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  67. Wow! What wonderful boxes you are giving away! I'm sure the recipients will be delighted to open them!
    My favourite way to spread kindness is to make and give baked goodies.

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  68. My goal in life is to be a giver rather than a taker. I try to be cheerful and have a ready smile on my face and I try to spread encouragement where ever I am and to whomever is in need. I make myself available to elderly and disabled when possible and try to remember the loneliness of widows and widowers, through unexpected card making and sending. I love the sunshine box idea...so awesome and I will be incorporating this idea for sure!! Thanks for the heads up!

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  69. A special way to show kindness is to add something personal about the recipient, a favorite color, a shared experience, etc.

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  70. Heather, your Sunshine boxes are wonderful. What a great idea. One of my favorite crafty ways to spread kindness is to support other crafters by making supportive comments and sharing on Social Media like Pinterest, Google Plus and Facebook, even when there isn't a "giveaway" involved. I am currently working on a project at school to help out a colleague.

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  71. what a fun post!! I love yellow cuz it is just such a happy color, it always makes me smile. I try to always give everyone I encounter a smile and a warm wish or kind word, and a much deserved compliment or some sort because I would like everyone to have a better day then ever and for them to know I am grateful for the encounter with them, however minor or major it may be.

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  72. This is such a wonderful idea, Heather! I give out candies along with handmade cards to the mail carriers and garbage men, but your sunshine box idea is mind blowing!

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  73. Awesome idea! I don't spread kindness regularly.. Sadly, I get caught up in my daily world and forget to stop and really do something impactful for someone. So, I'm going to send a sunshine box to my friend in Houston who is bouncing back from bad news, and 2. Write that note of gratitude that I have been practicing in my head for months (!) to my sons band director and his staff. I'll post the pics to Jennifer McGuire Instagram and your blog too! Thanks for reminding us all how important it is to slow down and be kind!

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  74. These are such amazing ideas and yellow will always light up someone's day, its such a happy colour. I love to surprise people with baking, especially if they aren't well. And one thing I always do every day is say hello to people that I pass by on the street etc. Some people don't respond but others return the smile and some even stop to have a chat. I know that life can be a lonely place so just acknowledging someone's presence in the world can boost their happiness so much!!

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  75. I like to just surprise someone with a card & a home baked item. I like to watch someone smile when they are surprised. These items are all verywonderful & nice items you have gathered for gifts with cute presentations! Nice cards as well! Thank you for sharing ideas to make someone happy! A cute crafty surprise for someone! Thank you for a chance to win!

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  76. I've never heard of Sunshine boxes - they look so bright and cheerful! I like to bake biscuits (white choc and macadamia are a favourite) and share them with friends and family.

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  77. I am a baker aside from being crafty. I like to combine the two. My favorite way to share is to decorate a container and fill with cookies. I try to be creative with the type of container, that is the challenge.

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  78. I spread kindness by giving bunches of my home grown flowers. I grow flowers for cutting, love arranging them, many of them end up brightening someone's day.

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  79. I do the same as you heather, make little packages of goodness so that I can put a smile on someone's face. :)

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  80. What a fun idea! I habe a couple of colleagues (from different departments) I meet for a girl's night out each month, and every once in a while I love to surprise them with a little giveaway. Next up will be a Countdown calendar for Christmas!

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  81. My favorite way of spreading kindness is with a smile to strangers and loved ones alike. A smile is always available, free of charge and makes them and me feel good. Spreads your light of sunshine through a smile!

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  82. Sending a handmade card, of course! I am getting better at it, and love doing it. I also love to take dinner to my friends or family as a way to show some love.

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  83. I think that is such a good idea. I like to spread kindness by painting paper mache boxes for ladies in the hospital who lose their babies. They can put the babies things in the boxes to take home.

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  84. What a fantastic idea - thank you for sharing. I love sending family and friends handmade cards and I also love baking for my son and his little friends.

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  85. My friends and stamp group get together and make Birthday Cards for Hospice year round and then in the Fall we begin making cards for Soldiers for the holidays.
    Your gift sets are so creative, keep spreading the kindness,
    JoAnn

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  86. Those boxes are great! Must do it next time I need to make a gift.
    My favorite way of spreading kindness is cooking for others...

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  87. I have recently had a friend that lost her husband and another friend whose husband is dying. I have been sending cards, calling to check on them, tacking them to lunch or dinner. A box of sunshine sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  88. Wow! You are amaIng! Love your kind heart for others. You inspire me to do more.... I love making card sets and gifts for others :) Thank you for sharing the ideas and inspirations, Heather.

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  89. I love this sunshine box idea - what a clever way to brighten anyone's day. I like spreading sunshine by doing random acts of kindness on a regular basis. It's the best way to bring myself out of a funk and I have to believe it starts a ripple that extends far beyond my small corner of the world.

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  90. By a strange coincidence I just started making Blessing Bags to hand out to the homeless who are often standing by the exit where I get off the expressway regularly. Today Jennifer had a link for the MFT Blessing Bags. So that's one way; but more often I try to share kindness in small ways: big smiles, a listening ear, and a kind word.

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  91. I just made a sunshine box for a friend going through breast cancer treatments. She was so touched by it she could barely talk to me on the phone. Thanks for the great new ideas - you included things I hadn't thought of. And thank you, too, for the stamp suggestions. :)

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  92. What a wonderful thing to receive . I am sure your kindness will be appreciated. What a wonderful collection of thing....so much fun!

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  93. I LOVE this idea! I send cards out frequently, and little "goodie" packages on occasion, but none with such awesome intent as your sunshine box! I'll be shopping for YELLOW!

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  94. I spread kindness by sharing my homemade gifts and goodies with family and friends.

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  95. I share kindness with a birthday card to co-workers, friends and family. I just made cards for Veterans' Day for members of the credit union where I work. I also make little Tags for all of the teller stations. Sometimes it's a season with different things that remind me of the season. Many members comment on the cards so I make extra in case someone just needs a smile.

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  96. Anything I can do to make someone's day/job/work easier makes me happy. A few extra minutes out of my day to make someone else's easier is worth it every time!

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  97. Anything I can do to make someone's day/job/work easier makes me happy. A few extra minutes out of my day to make someone else's easier is worth it every time!

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  98. I love your sunshine idea! I would love love to make one of these for my great niece's birthday party. The theme is "you are my sunshine"

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  99. My favorite way of spreading sunshine is my handmade cards. I also make my own envelopes and my family and friends say they look forward to seeing them. I love the idea of the boxes, what a great thing to give someone that ill or going through a bad time. Genius!

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  100. I love the sunshine boxes! I will be making several of these for people having a hard time or just to brighten their day. My passion is card making and spreading kindness thru a smile, a hug and just listening. Thank you for sharing this wonderful sunshine box idea.

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  101. I love your sunshine box idea. I usually send a handmade card and food. We recently lost a family member and received so many baked foods from wonderful friends that we had to donate some to a community center. I think your idea is a great alternative.

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  102. I love the sunshine boxes! I will be making several of these for people having a hard time or just to brighten their day. My passion is card making and spreading kindness thru a smile, a hug and just listening. Thank you for sharing this wonderful sunshine box idea.

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  103. In addition to sending out cards as quick as I can make them, I love to do random acts of kindness anonymously...like paying for the person's order that is behind me in the drive thru. I also love sending happy mail to my grandchildren who live out of town. Thank you for the wonderful ideas you shared here.

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  104. Love this idea, so clever and creative! Since my grandson just broke his arm, I am going to use this idea to cheer him up a little! Thanks for sharing!

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  105. I like to send cards and I also share essential oils, but this takes it up a notch. I am. Going to try using the person's favorite color

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  106. I love to make cards and give them to friends.

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  107. My favourite way to spread kindness is to be there for my friends whenever they need me either in hard times or just hanging out or just saying something to brighten their day ☺️I love to share words of encouragement to people especially when they're doing something new . I'm currently making all my friends and family handmade Christmas cards for Christmas after being inspired to make cards by K Werner and Jennifer McGuire. I hope they like them! X

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  108. My favorite way to share kindness is by giving handmade cards, love your sunshine boxes!

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  109. My favorite way to share kindness is by giving handmade cards, love your sunshine boxes!

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  110. I like to send cards for all occasions and when there is not an occasion! I must make a Sunshine Box ready to send my Mother when the weather is too bad for her to get out this winter. Will start shopping now.

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  111. These boxes are an Amazing idea. ..and in Sunshine yellow. so great. Every month I make and send out about 30 cards with a, just a note to say hi and that you are in my thoughts.

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  112. First and foremost I try to smile and greet any one I meet. Try to make them feel wanted and important. You might be the only smile they get that day.

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  113. First and foremost I try to smile and greet any one I meet. Try to make them feel wanted and important. You might be the only smile they get that day.

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  114. WOW - your sunshine boxes are WONDERFUL and THOUGHTFUL Heather!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing this idea, it will certainly help me on my mission to #sharehandmadekindness MORE :)
    I like to make cards to send to family and friends, especially ones that are unexpected. I also think that time is a precious gift and I like to be there when someone needs a shoulder or an ear, sadly in most cases it's via a keyboard (sometimes Skype) but the same heart is working behind the fingers saying the words of support and friendship. Another thing that brings me pleasure is sharing smiles & a hello with strangers when out and about, a compliment when I feel they're appropriate ... something that I "caught" from my beloved Grandma, it's a joy to see the changes to even the saddest of faces.
    LOVE your CRAFTY Sunshine Box, it is SO CHEERY and will definitely bring a SMILE!!!
    THANK YOU for the chance to win one ... I'm international, so please don't include me in your prize draw, unless you would consider allowing me to pay-it-forward to one of my US crafty friends, like most of us, they are facing their own challenges and a little extra sunshine would make their day :)

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      What a wonderful and kind soul you are. I've been reading comments left by others and yours touched mine.

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  115. What a lovely way to spread sunshine! Thanks for sharing, I will be looking for yellow items to do the same. Winter gets pretty dreary here in the northern Midwest and this would be a great way to cheer someone up. I enjoy baking goodies and sharing them at work. I also like to send or give cards to friends, family and co-workers .

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  116. What a lovely way to spread sunshine! Thanks for sharing, I will be looking for yellow items to do the same. Winter gets pretty dreary here in the northern Midwest and this would be a great way to cheer someone up. I enjoy baking goodies and sharing them at work. I also like to send or give cards to friends, family and co-workers .

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  117. I started spreading sunshine with handmade cards. I have a large inventory and totally love this idea. I'm onboard with the whole challenge.

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  118. I really love this idea! You could create a "themed" box for just about any occassion...for any (or no) reason at all. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas, so inspiring!

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  119. What a great way to bring smiles to everyone. Using shades of yellow sunshine truly makes your crafty ideas unique. Thanks for sharing. You have inspired me to adapt your ideas to spread kindness and smiles to some very deserving adults and children.

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  120. Everything here is happy, happy, happy!! Love it all! Great way to recycle the box and that card?!!...AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing!

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  121. This is such a wonderful idea! I love sending cards to friends, family, and pen pals just because :-)

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  122. This is awesome! I hope to someday be able to do things like this, too. The card is so cute!

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  123. My favorite way to spread kindness is to help someone perform tasks they are having difficulty with. Your box is very cute!

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  124. After reading a great book don't you want to share! I stamp a special bookmark, tuck it inside and mail it to a friend.

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  125. Wow, Heather, those boxes are amazing!! Who would be happy to receive a pile of bright colored goodies? It's the kindest thought, really! ... And thanks for even offering a giveaway!! My fav way to spread kindness is still to send out handmade cards. :)

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  126. I love your sunshine boxes! My favorite way to spread kindness is to send the cards I make. Recently, I have been focusing on sending them to a friend whose husband died suddenly and she is having quite a time with it.

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  127. My fav way is to make a bookmark or notebook cover embossed with inspirational quotes..

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  128. What a great idea! I am getting started on a sunshine box today for my niece in college who is struggling. I also love to make cards and little paper crafts for the ladies at my Mom's nursing homes who otherwise never get visitors :(

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  129. Wow, I love your sunshine boxes!! Thanks to Jennifer McGuire and her email with a link to your blog--I really like your style!! One way I like to spread kindness is just making eye contact and giving a smile or a kind comment to a random stranger I might see while out shopping etc! You just never know when you might make someone's day!

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  130. I hand out motivational sayings as Thanks you to clerks at stores, the post office, to the nurses and helpers at the hispital and nursing home. To thank them for their kindness in helping others.

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  131. Love this box! Makes me smile. I like to make people smile by sending hand made thank you notes. Thanks for this opportunity!

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  132. Such a cute idea and I love all the yellow! Half the fun would be looking/finding yellow items to put in the box. I always make & send special cards and sometimes make a batch of cookues.

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  133. Your sunshine boxes are such a great way to share kindness! I love baking cookies and enjoy giving cookies and a handmade card to friends.

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  134. What a wonderful & thoughtful gift for someone who is in need of some sunshine!! I know your friend will definitely have a big smile on her face when she opens her box, and of course your niece will love that cute llittle bag! Thanks for the great ideas & inspiration!!

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  135. love these boxes - I am inspired!

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  136. What fun! I love to give gifts when they're least expected... a handmade piece of jewelry, flowers, a handmade card... anything!

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  137. Your boxes and the love and thoughts that went into them are wonderful! My favorite way to spread kindness is with handmade cards or random acts of kindness. I love doing something both for people in need or just as a surpirse to brighten someone's day.

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  138. It takes a special person to create and inspire...thanks for being that kind of person.

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  139. These are such a clever and fabulous idea. I have no doubt that they will bring a smile to the recipients face, Such a lovely way thing to do for someone or a family and so very kind too! I like to give gifts of boxes of cards which include birthday cards for men, women and children, get well cards, thank you cards and cards with no messages so that the recipient can tailor them to what they need them for. TFS this wonderful idea with us and thanks to Jennifer too for sharing your projects with us Karen x

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  140. I send my grand children cards I made for them and include die cuts of shapes hearts and Butterflies

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  141. Hi Heather, what a lovely idea and I love the boxes 😊 my way of sharing some smiles and kindness is to send or hand deliver homemade food ,meals,cakes,cookies, allsorts of goodies along with a homemade card including an inspirational or uplifting comment inside 😀

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  142. These are awesome Heather! Such a great idea and I love the sunshine theme! I like to send cards to spread kindness. :)

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  143. My favorite way to spread kindness is by giving away sweet treats. I love to bake and almost everyone loves something sweet. It's a win win!

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  144. My favorite way to spread kindness is by giving away sweet treats. I love to bake and almost everyone loves something sweet. It's a win win!

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  145. Wow Heather, this giveaway is so awesome! I love spreading kindness by giving gifts, especially if I know they've been looking at something for a little while but won't buy it for themselves because they feel quilty for spending on themselves. Thank you so much for the chance to win:)

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  146. Recently work has been stressful for several of my team members. For a little stress relief, I've brought them adult coloring books, colored pencils, and a pencil sharpener.

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  147. How thoughtful and kind you are. These are a real reflection on your spirit. Thanks for sharing.

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  148. What a fabulous idea Heather and I love your amazing boxes. I like to spread joy by including a handmade gift when I buy a birthday present for my friends and family.

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  149. What a wonderful way to brighten someones day and put a huge smile on his face. So thoughtful from your side. Thank you for all these wonderful ideas. Thank you a lot for your sharing x

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  150. Omg! I love this idea, I send about 3-4 home made (just because I thought u needed a smile on ur face) cards out each week. And this idea will be perfect for my college student! Love it! Thanks for sharing

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  151. I like to give handmade items such as card sets or calendars!!😀

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  152. As well as sending out handmade cards like several others here, once a week, while going through the Tim Horton drivethrough, I will pay for the order of the car behind me
    Love your Sunshine Boxes!

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  153. I love sending cards to people! Thanks for a chance to win! What a great idea to do a sunshine-themed, cheerful box!

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  154. I bake a great banana bread and love to give that to others, working on making more handmade things, but the 2 other things I have that I like to share are a smile and my time.

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  155. I bake a great banana bread and love to give that to others, working on making more handmade things, but the 2 other things I have that I like to share are a smile and my time.

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  156. I hadn't really thought about what I do is spreading kindness, I just do it. Along with my 15 yr old granddaughter sometimes, I'm teaching her and she loves it. Just since Halloween, I made a batch of Halloween cupcakes for my daughters family, the maintenance man & his son. in my apt complex, my granddaughters 4 friends recd a goodie bag filled with all things orange and black suck as nail polish, candy, notecards I made, mini sewing kits, $5 gift card to Dunkin Donuts. I was also in Applebee's w/granddaughter when two airmen in uniform came in and ordered, I rushed up to pay the cashier and thanked the guys for their service. ( we live near SAC Air Force base so I get to do this often and I love it. That's just me..it's what I do. I can go on and on...I've been doing this for years....I hope the people I do give kindness to pays it forward. What a KIND world we could live in.

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  157. Great idea to spread happiness and joy. Who wouldnt love a box of sunshine. I love to spread kindness and joy with handmade cards and gifts. I try to send cards out on a weekly basis to friends and family just to let them know I'm thinking of them.

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  158. Thanks for a great video showing your sharing gifts! My favorite way to share is making & giving cards and decorated journals here is a link to one I did recently. https://inkylageney.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/2015-c63-watercolor-background-journal-cover/

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  159. This is the most fabulous idea I have ever seen. What a great pick me up. I think it would be cool to buy some of the supplies in bulk to have around to make something like this in minutes. For me, I spread kindness by baking treats and sharing. That always brings smiles to peoples faces!!

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  160. Sharing my craft, be it cooking for me and my husband, to a family holiday of 30, be it card making, painting with watercolor, to making a piece of jewelry or invitations for 50...when it's done with the heart, it's done with love, it's all done with kindness and it shows...when you give of yourself it show's...when you give to the person in front of you at the supermarket who don't have enough to pay for their food, and you don't know them, that's selfless kindness...when you go out on the streets and see a homeless person and feed them that is pure kindness...smile some sunshine and spread the kindness to all people...it will always serve you and make you feel good inside...a little kindness and sunshine go a long way...

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  161. Heather, what a wonderful idea! Kindness is such an easy thing to show. You never know what a person might be going through. I smile at everyone I meet and hope that it makes the feel more positive. When they smile back, you can change their mood. I believe that we should be nice to everyone and I am a member of a service organization that does service projects for veterans and children. We put items together and I want to try the sunshine boxes for them next! Wonderful idea.

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  162. How Awesome! Definitely, I believe the best way to send sunshine is through something handmade., I send cards or other paper crafts, like a box of handmade note cards. I have made small boxes with tear-away calendar pages on top and a drawer full of stamps, personalized return address labels, etc.. I also like to crochet personal items for friends and family.

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  163. besides sharing my cards with friends and family, i believe sharing kindness is just a everyday thing - smiling at strangers or the clerk in the store, holding a door for someone, making cookies for the new neighbor, taking meals to a friend just out of the hospital - i also volunteer delivering meals on wheels and at a free health clinic - if everyone just did a little bit every day what a wonderful ripple effect it would have.

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  164. So cute and clever, but so very thoughtful of you to do this. This is definitely an item worth paying forward. Love the theme with the sunshine yellow colar and your card is awesome! Thanks for sharing this fabulous idea.

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  165. Beautiful, Bright, and so cheerful. Thanks for sharing!

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  166. My favorite way to spread kindness is to deliver homemade cookies or treats. :)

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  167. What a wonderful idea you do!!! Love it:) I like to make spritz cookies and put in them in cute treat boxes. Then I put them in my coworkers boxes to bring a smile to their faces! It makes me smile too :)

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  168. I love to spread kindness by doing the small everyday things like holding open a door, giving a compliment, doing a favor or sending an unexpected card.

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  169. Found your thru Jennifer McQuire.
    Got to say your sunshine boxes are really unique, I really love them. I love to share kindness by a special kind word and offer to help while shopping. Especially to the overwhelmed mother or the elderly struggling with their shopping.

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  170. Heather,
    I love this idea. I have seen some sunshine boxes before but these are definitely my favorites. I make handmade cards and package them in groups of eight to give to friends.
    Thanks for a chance to win!

    Ann Meyer

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  171. Apart from the easiest and cheapest way - smiling and saying "hello" to anyone you meet I just love gifting handmade cards with a kind note or making gift tags to acompany a storebought present to show that you care enough to take the time.

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  172. I love to pay kindness forward...

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  173. What a great idea, Heather! I enjoy helping neighbors with yard clean ups. Thanks for sharing your idea.

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  174. What a great idea! I try to treat others the way I want to be treated and that is with kindness. I also like to send cards or little gifts to friends and family for no reason at all other than to let them know I am thinking about them. My mom used to wrap little gifts not expensive things but just something small and she liked to surprise you with them and if you asked what's this for, she would smile and say just because I love you. I want to honor her memory by doing the same!

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  175. I like to give people hand made cards, unsigned so they do not know who it comes from. I think it gives the person a good feeling knowing someone out there appreciates them, and also gives me a little joy knowing I gave them a little happiness and they don't know it is from me :)

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  176. Wow! Love this idea! I love to give people handmade items and this one is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  177. Great idea! I spread sunshine by volunteering in the community.. I plan to send one of these to a friend who is fighting cancer. Thanks for sharing!

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  178. Love Love LOVE! I would LOVE to buy a SUNSHINE box....so IF you decide to create MORE and sell them! Please let me know! What a wonderful idea! The true meaning of KINDNESS! Hugs!!

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  179. This is such a great idea! I am inspired to do something for my kids who are off to college! Thank you for sharing such a great idea!

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  180. I send cards to all my daughter's friends at college and include small care packages right before finals. I am collecting ideas. I like some of these from the sunshine box!

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  181. What a fantastic idea Heather! I just adore your ideas. I love to send happy cards to those who need a cheer me up. This is just a great idea that I have to definately do as I know so many who could use a Happy and cheer up box. How I would Love to make some and will. Unfortunately I don't have the stamps, dies to make it as beautiful as you have I can use what I do have. Thank you so much for sharing this great idea. I was just thinking even sharing the sunshine card. I have cancer treatments every 3 weeks and I'm thinking of how nice it would be to share the cards and a lil something to some of the patients who are elderly or there for the first time. Thank you again for sharing this.

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  182. great job spreading sunshine! I am going to give this a whirl too, we need more sunshine and happy :)

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  183. I have done a sunshine box too. My dad was in a nursing home due to Alzheimer's and my sister and I filled a box with all things yellow. It was so much fun to put together. It makes you smile with all that yellow happiness. The sad thing about it all was he never received it. We don't know what happened to it. That made me very sad.

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  184. I am housebound and know how exciting it is to get something in the mail! My name was put on a card giving site and I often receive a card in the mail. Some are anonymous and others sign them. They really brighten my day when I receive one and for the last 5 years I have sent at least 2-3 cards a week to friends, family or even just picked an address out of my head and mail cards to them! I sometimes will send a package of goodies to someone if I can afford the postage. I love knowing that I am making someone happy even though I don't usually hear anything back!! That is fine because I don't do it to hear from them but to make them smile!!
    It makes my heart happy to do this!! Would love to win the crafty sunshine box! Thanks for the chance to!!! It would definitely shine a ray of love on me or whoever does win it!!!

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  185. To give compliments! They are free and as a reward you get smiles!

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  186. Great idea! I bake homemade bread and give those away as a way of saying 'hello' or 'thinking of you'. I like how
    the happy color of yellow is used in these projects and will try to use more of that sweet color in my projects.

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  187. What a fantastic idea. I hadn't heard of this before. My favourite way to spread kindness is to make homemade biscuits and give those along with a homemade card.

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  188. My favorite way to spread kindness is to really listen and empathize when someone is sharing their thiughts, feelings, or concerns with me.
    I love the sunshine box idea!

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  189. Heather, this is great! I love the idea of having "sunshine" as a theme, then finding little yellow gifts. The nice thing about this is that you don't have to have a big budget! The consistency of color in all the items makes for a great presentation. Thanks!

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  190. What a sweet idea! i can't believe all the wonderful and sunny things you were able to assemble (you must be a serious sunshine shopper). Thanks for the sweet inspiration! I shall return here for future warmth. Hugs!

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  191. I LOVE this idea! I love sending little things to friends. One year at the Dollar store I bought a bunch of the solar powered dancing flowers (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/117867715217790703/) and sent them out to friends just because. They all loved them. I also sent along a hand made card. It's the little things, right?! Thank you for sharing.

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  192. These are just terrific boxes! I think they would make great gifts to a local hospital. TFS!

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  193. Fun idea! I share kindness by making gifts since I was a teenager. It's been over 35 years now since I bought a gift. I am very practical and give useful gifts. I embroider lots of towels mostly kitchen, hand and fingertip made into personalized baby bibs, sew a simple gift bag from fabric scraps and ribbon and tie a handmade gift tag and/or card. Who can't use a clean new towel? I make card gift sets because those are a win, win, win. I enjoy making them, the recipient has a useful gift and sends the love on to a third person. I sew for Toys for Tots each holiday season. Some past projects were fleece footballs, fleece pillows and fleece hats. I've sewn dog beds for an animal rescue and many pillowcase dresses for African girls where a dress can change their life. I also make a lot of magnets and journals with my stamp supplies.

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  194. These are amazing! Love the bright yellow color theme... sure to put a smile on anyone's face. I like to give away my cards... mostly to friends at this point... but thinking about leaving a box of cards at my kids' school... I usually participate in different drives at the school. They get involved with different charities and each class does something different. Thank you for your cheerful and fun giveaway!

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  195. I like to make cards and spread them, but I'm going to make some sunchine boxes as well, because this is an awesome idea.

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  196. Love this idea. My favorite way t send kindness sometimes is a smile, handmade card and gift or baked goods. I am looking forward to sharing more sunshine in a more unique way. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I found you from Jennifer McGuire's blog. God bless, PeggyA

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  197. You really are a ray of sunshine! I like surprising my elderly neighbours with fresh baked cookies now and then. I bake them weekly for my husband and it's so easy to bring half to a neighbour. I also like to pick up scrapbook treats for a friend I scrapbook with. Or make her something that fits with the album or project she's working on.

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