Wednesday # 5 ~ Contest Time!

Alright everyone! There is an extra Wednesday this month and that means it’s contest time!! Correctly guess the 5 song titles below and you will win an Oracle card reading!! Don’t wait! This contest closes Tuesday, August 5th at 11:59pm. The winner will be posted on Create Your Sunshine’s  Facebook page and announced in next Wednesday’s blog post.

Leave your 5 guesses in the comments below. Good luck everyone!

P.S. All the songs have been featured on Friday Night Dance Party, but no peeking! That’s cheating!


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♥ xo


July ~ A Month In Pictures

The writing on the bathroom wall… Avogadro’s Number!


South Park Fest – Super Heros abound!


Staying warm in the mountains is easy with a little fire in your heart!


Happy Birthday love on my birthday! 7/17 date & time! 🙂


They see me rollin’…my longboard….that I picked up brand new for my birthday!


Christmas in July….my lava lamp is building a snow man…lava man?…it’s cool.


Girlfriend’s getting crafty! Created this fun summer top with a long sleeved shirt that was a bit too short!

The Stories Through the Trees


The Stories Through the Trees

Into the woods I go again…
Do I already know how this story will end?
I’ll be honest, lately, I’m really not sure.
I’ve been to these woods many times before.


Though it’s scary in ways I can’t even describe.
All the paths that I’ve wandered, I’ve come out alive.
There’s been times that I thought I’ve gone clearly insane,
With my thoughts and my worries all day, pounding my brain.


There, the light through the dark is not easy to find.
My hurt and my tears leave my angry and blind.
Though my heart aches to break free of sorrow and shame,
My fears and my memories leave me tied up in chairs.


But there’s beauty there too, in those dark dusky skies.
A sunbeam from heaven when my head tilts just right.
The woods start to seem much more friendly than mean,
And I find that I’ve wandered farther than I’ve ever been.


Here, love wraps around me like late summer sun.
Time, Life and Spirit; together as one.
Our energies pulse to the beat of my heart,
And I realize what I’ve known – all along – from the start.


Into the woods I go again…
For this is where all my stories begin.
And it matter not if I win or I lose,
It’s the choices I make and the paths that I choose.


Never will I give up on the dream of my soul,
Learning to love ALL of me, as a whole.
And in ever new journey, the farther I roam,
Will always bring me that much closer to home.
©Nicole Page
♥ xo

Learning to let go


Every time that Sara Bareilles comes out with a new album I wonder if she is stalking me. Maybe she is my twin, separated at birth, living an identical life. With her latest release, The Blessed Unrest, I wondered if we even dated the same guy. How positively crazy that sounds, there are a million guys out there, yet every song she writes is such a mirror to my life. It kind of leaves me breathless.

I have to say, I have been in love with Sara Bareilles since day 1. I was/am encouraged by her boldness to stand up for what she knew she deserved. I was/am mesmerized by the poetic was she phrased her words and the vivid stories she painted, but mostly because she fucking got it. Feelings aren’t meant to be stuffed down and drowned in our stomach acid. Up and out, I always say! Up and out is the best way!

She’s poured her heart and soul out in every song she’s written. I can feel the emotions she is going through when I listen to her songs and I can totally relate them back to my own. Anyone who has ever heard Gravity knows exactly what I am talking about! It’s not just in the studio either. She is electric on stage. I saw her with a friend in Manhattan a few years back and I promise you when I say that I watched her the whole time. She’s funny, she’s sassy and she has charisma out the wa-zoo. She is truly one of my musical role models.

OK, digression tamed. Did I mention that I LOVE her? Now, throughout her albums it seemed there was a trend…..with the same guy……for me. On Little Voice there was Between the lines. I would listen to that song over and over again, always feeling like there was some sort of hidden message I was supposed to be listening for. As it turns out, the guy that I happened to be dating at the time was cheating on me….for about a year. Appreciate the heads up Sara! Then on Kaleidoscope Heart there was Bluebird. Gather your strength and rise up. Move on. Be strong. Then there is her latest album….and Manhattan. I listed to that song 1000 times. I was almost convinced it was about the same guy. What else could possibly explain the strong and vivid connection I had to the story she sang? While it probably isn’t about the same guy, the song is still extremely close to my heart. It’s a beautiful way of closure that I couldn’t have written any better myself.

This song has such a beautiful meaning, even if you don’t directly relate to the story. Sometimes it’s better for everyone to go separate ways to give everyone their best chance to grow. It’s hard, even if you are convinced (like I was) that the relationship is the one you’ve always been looking for. Sometimes it’s hard to understand the bigger picture, the new and exciting journey waiting just beyond the bend. Sometimes we need to just let go of the urge to be in control and allow the universe to guide us into a more beautiful, loving, and sweeter happy ending.

Wishing you always and always the very best!

♥ xo



I love summer. I love sunshine, the warmth, playing outside. What I don’t love so much about summer is slaving over a hot stove!

While surfing through Pinterest a few weeks ago, I stumbled across this little gem. Let me be so bold as to say – it is fucking delicious. It has everything that I could ever want or need in a salad. It is filling, it is colorful, it is flavorful and it is SUPER easy to put together. Needless to say – I am head over heels in love.

Sadly, I do not have a picture to show you the absolute scrumptiousness of this delicious salad, so you are just going to have to hop on over to Foxes Love Lemons to see what all the rave is about!!

Guacamole Quinoa with Mango Salad


  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and diced (2 avocados if you really like avocado – and I LOVE avocado!)
  • Juice of 1-1/2 limes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (I like to throw in a little veggie bouillon while its cooking for a little added flavor)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed with press, or minced and ground into a paste with back of knife
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (throw in some of the seeds for more heat)
  • 1/2 ripe mango, diced
  • 3/4 cup baby tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. In medium bowl, mash together avocado, lime juice and salt. Add remaining ingredients; toss to combine well. Serve warm or chilled. Enjoy!!! 🙂

♥ xo