natasha bedingfield pocketful of sunshine

Pocketful of Sunshine Charm

To maintain such a glaringly good mood that it intimidates anyone who would dare dull one’s sparkle.


  • stone associated with happiness, confidence, etc. that won’t fade in direct sunlight
  • small pointy items (i.e. glass shards, thumbtacks, sharpened pencils)
  • MP3 of preferred rendition of “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield 
  • sunny day


Lay the stone outside, or on a window sill, wherever it’ll receive direct sunlight. Surround it with the pointy things, so they represent the rays of the sun which will act to intimidate potential antagonizers. Play “Pocketful of Sunshine” either once or as many times as you feel is long enough for the stone to charge. Remove all items when you feel the stone is fully charged.

To use, just keep the stone in a pocket.

Music In Real Life presents: The Mixtape Gift Guide

Want to show someone how much you care, but don’t quite know how to say it? Create a mixtape for them, the universal symbol that says “hey, I really like you, hopefully these tunes will show it”. Figure out the person you’re going to give this magical mixtape to and scroll down to find our top recommendations. Of course, nothing is better than putting a personal spin on these things, so add an extra track that you guys have jammed to together, or perhaps a song you can’t stop referencing during your times together. Either way, they’re bound to enjoy.


Whether they classify themselves as realists or romantics, none of that matters here because music is universal to all ideals. Create something she can wake up to, something she can cry to, but more importantly, something she can find you in when she feels lonely:

  1. Avalanche - WALK THE MOON
  2. Luv, Hold Me Down - Drowners
  3. Let Your Heart Hold Fast - Fort Atlantic
  4. Never Stop - SafetySuit
  5. Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls
  6. You Are Mine - MuteMath
  7. The Girl - City And Colour
  8. Bloom - The Paper Kites
  9. The Modern Leper (Cutting Room Sessions) - Frank Turner
  10. Medicine - The 1975


Known for being notoriously hard to shop for during gift-giving times, boys can sometimes be a little bit harder to analyze. Scientists have yet to discover what they exactly do want, but that doesn’t matter here. Create a mixtape that blows his mind, that makes him believe he doesn’t really need that new Call of Duty game, and that surprises him with how awesome your music taste is:

  1. Fineshrine - Purity Ring
  2. Every Other Freckle - alt-J
  3. To Be Alone - Hozier
  4. You and Me - You+Me  
  5. She’s Got You High - Mumm-Ra
  6. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
  7. I Wanna Be Yours - Arctic Monkeys
  8. Rainy Zurich - The Fray
  9. What I Needed - Erin McCarley
  10. The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson


Remember when you pulled that all-nighter which will go down in history as the time you ate every bad kind of food all at once? Remember when you laughed so hard you could feel your non-existent abs starting to bulge out of your body? Remember the time you felt like complete shit and they were the first person you called? Create a mixtape that’s just as completely wonderful as they are and a mixtape that tells not only all of your adventures together, but how much you appreciate them on a daily basis:

  1. Oath - Cher Lloyd feat. Becky G
  2. I Feel Like Dancin’ - All Time Low
  3. Best Day of My Life - American Authors
  4. Kids In The Street - All-American Rejects
  5. With A Little Help From My Friends - The Maine feat. Lydia and Arkells
  6. Laughter Lines - Bastille
  7. Agape - Bear’s Den
  8. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
  9. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
  10. Breathe (2 AM) - Anna Nalick


If you’re running out of present ideas for your parents (no, your dad doesn’t need another tie and your mom is probably better off without another bath set), a personalized gift that they’re sure to love is a mixtape. What kind of weird, lame music did they love to listen to back in the day? Find out the answer to that question and you have a mixtape they’ll constantly leave in their old cassette player or “CD-ROM DiscMan”. Here are suggestions of some of the great hits of the “olden days”, and some songs that will tug at their heart strings:

  1. China Grove - The Doobie Brothers
  2. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
  3. American Woman - The Guess Who
  4. Born On the Bayou - Creedance Clearwater Revival
  5. The Best Day - Taylor Swift
  6. Dancing Queen - ABBA
  7. Green Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
  8. Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
  9. Come on Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  10. Hotel California - The Eagles


He (she) loves me, he (she) loves me not. If you’re still picking the petals off of flowers and you don’t know where you stand with someone, giving them a mixtape might be the perfect, yet subtle way of expressing your feelings. Pretty much any love/breakup song could fit on this one, but these are a few of our favourites. 

  1. The Only Way Out - Bush
  2. I Want to Belong to You - Katie Herzig
  3. Kathleen - Catfish and the Bottlemen
  4. I Will Posses Your Heart - Death Cab for Cutie
  5. 11:11 - Arkells
  6. If I Could Change Your Mind - Haim
  7. Closer Than This - St. Lucia
  8. Fallingforyou - The 1975
  9. Wonderful Unknown (feat. Greg Laswell) - Ingrid Michaelson 
  10. We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow - Soko


No matter what anyone says about country music, or the songs on the radio, or liking a band just because they’re “cool”, your music taste is awesome because it’s yours. However, if you feel a little self-conscious giving someone who loves music as much as you do a mixtape, here are our suggestions that we hope will blow them away. 

  1. You’ll Never Know - The Maine
  2. Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair - Arctic Monkeys
  3. Milk - The 1975
  4. Danny, Dakota, & the Wishing Well - A Silent Film
  5. Your New Beloved - Lovelife
  6. Make Me A Bird - Elektrik People
  7. Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
  8. Free (feat. Emeli Sandé) - Rudimental
  9. Ghost - Halsey
  10. Work Song - Hozier


While the title might be a little vulgar, we know that when someone breaks your heart, there’s no room for politeness or gentleness. You may not be as confident (or as cheesy) as some music videos/movies where you actually give this mixtape to your ex to show them that you’ve moved on, but think of this one as a gift to yourself. Sometimes channeling your anger or sadness into a beautiful creation can be therapeutic, so go ahead and waste a blank CD on this one. 

  1. According to You - Orianthi
  2. Drown - Front Porch Step
  3. My Song 5 - Haim
  4. Over It - Katharine McPhee
  5. Black Roses - Clare Bowen
  6. #Icanteven (feat. French Montana) - The Neighbourhood
  7. Walk Over Me - The All-American Rejects
  8. You - The 1975
  9. Satan - The Composure
  10. Over You (feat. A Great Big World) - Ingrid Michaelson


If someone you know is going through a rough patch, a mixtape of epic, inspirational songs might make life a little more bearable. As with the other mixtapes, this gift is perfect  is a great solution to not knowing how to put your feelings into words. Luckily, artists have already completed that task for you. It would make this mixtape even more meaningful and effective if you were to add some personal favourites. 

  1. You Won’t Feel a Thing - The Script
  2. Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield
  3. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas
  4. Don’t Give Up On “Us” - The Maine
  5. Keep Your Eyes Open - NEEDTOBREATHE
  6. Parade - Matchbox Twenty
  7. Lifeline - Mat Kearney
  8. Face Up - Lights
  9. Lonesome Dreams - Lord Huron
  10. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall

Who’s pumped for the return of Milo Murphy’s Law? I am! 

SIDE A: Slip Kid [8tracks] [playmoss] and I am what I am, a natural disaster

01. Everything Is Alright - Motion City Soundtrack // 02. Helena Beat - Foster the People // 03. Underdog - Imagine Dragons // 04. When Life Gives Me Lemons I Make Lemonade - The Boy Least Likely To // 05. Shark Attack - Grouplove // 06. Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield // 07. Slip Kid - The Who // 08. Cave In - Owl City

SIDE B: We Walk [8tracks] [playmoss] we got the choice if it all goes wrong

01. Rush - Aly & AJ // 02. Breakable - Ingrid Michaelson // 03. Rise Above It - Switchfoot // 04. San Francisco - The Mowgli’s  // 05. Ride - Twenty One Pilots // 06. Buzzcut Season - Lorde // 07. Block After Block - Matt and Kim // 08. Geronimo - Sheppard // 09. We Walk - The Ting Tings


So I wanted to give a friend the ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ greeting card from Easy A, which Emma Stone’s character receives in the movie. However it’s not a card that actually exists. And I don’t want to live in a world where the greeting card from Easy A doesn’t exist. So here it is, recreated in its full musical glory. The only change I made was to remove the granddaughter text on the front, making it suitable for any occasion. I will put some up in my Etsy store for anyone who would like one.


Original Scene:

i still believe the world is good. that bunnies are nice and snakes are mean. that one day sandra bullock will find someone who deserves her. listen.

 o1. first day of my life - bright eyes // o2. love today - mika // o3. be okay - oh honey // o4. everything is alright - motion city soundtrack // o5. pocketful of sunshine - natasha bedingfield // o6. on top of the world - imagine dragons // o7. believer - american authors // o8. good life - imagine dragons // o9. anything could happen - ellie goulding

Best of 2008
  • Aries: Touch My Body // Mariah Carey
  • Taurus: With You // Chris Brown
  • Gemini: Burnin Up // Jonas Brothers & Big Rob
  • Cancer: No Air // Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
  • Leo: Leavin // Jesse McCartney
  • Virgo: Apologize // One Republic & Timberland
  • Libra: Hate That I Love You // Rihanna & Ne-Yo
  • Scorpio: Bleeding Love // Leona Lewis
  • Sagittarius: Pocket Full of Sunshine // Natasha Bedingfield
  • Capricorn: Take a Bow // Rihanna
  • Aquarius: Love Song // Sara Bareilles
  • Pisces: Love Story // Taylor Swift
Natasha Romanoff Playlist ♫
  1. Halestorm - I Get Off
  2. David Guetta - Titanium ft. Sia 
  3. Evanescence - Call Me When You’re Sober 
  4. Christina Aguilera - Fighter 
  5. Meghan Trainor - Me Too 
  6. Halestorm - It’s Not You 
  7. Beyoncé - Run the World (Girls)
  8. Katy Perry - Dark Horse 
  9. P!nk - Trouble 
  10. Ciara - Dance Like We’re Making Love 
  11. Christina Aguilera - Your Body 
  12. Fall Out Boy - This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race 
  13. Sia - Alive 
  14. t.A.T.u. - Friend or Foe 
  15. The Veronicas - Lolita
  16. P!nk - U + Ur Hand 
  17. Beyoncé - Blow
  18. Rihanna - S&M
  19. Nicki Minaj - Get On Your Knees
  20. La Roux - In For The Kill
  21. Bring Me The Horizon - Throne
  22. Natalia Kills - Problem
  23. Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful Of Sunshine
  24. Calvin Harris - This Is What You Came For
  25. Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money
  26. Emilie Autumn - Fight Like a Girl
  27. Justin Timberlake - Take Back the Night
  28. Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out
  29. Adele - Rolling in the Deep
  30. George Ezra - Budapest
  31. Little Mix - Salute
  32. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang
  33. Grimes - Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream
  35. Thirty Seconds To Mars - Do Or Die
  36. Joan Jett- Bad Reputation
  37. My Chemical Romance - SING

you’re fucking perfect to me; a friendly reminder that you are not alone, you are worthy & you deserve to be happy :)

1. Brave - Sara Bareilles // 2. Try - Colbie Caillat // 3. Who You Are - Jessie J // 4. Beautiful - Christina Aguilera // 5. Gold - Britt Nicole // 6. Who Says - Selena Gomez // 7. Firework - Katy Perry // 8. Stronger - Britney Spears // 9. Born This Way - Lady Gaga // 10. Fighter - Christina Aguilera // 11. Even My Dad Does Sometimes - Ed Sheeran // 12. What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) - Kelly Clarkson // 13. Fuckin’ Perfect - P!nk // 14. Love Me - Katy Perry // 15. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield // 16. Hall of Fame - The Script (ft // 17. Feeling Good - Muse // 18. Pocket Full Of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield // 19. Sing - My Chemical Romance // 20. Wings - Little Mix // 21. Shake it Out - Florence + the Machine // 22. Keep Breathing - Kerrie Roberts // 23. Fuck You - Lily Allen // 24. Be Ok - Ingrid Michaelson // 25. Smile (Charlie Chaplin) - Glee Cast // 26. The Climb - Miley Cyrus // 27. Ready or Not - Britt Nicole // 28. Fly - Nicki Minaj (ft Rihanna) // 29. Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne // 30. Believe in Me - Demi Lovato // 31. Ugly - Sugababes // 32. Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy - Glee Cast // 33. Do My Thing - Estelle (ft Janelle Monàe) // 34. Unstroppable - Kerrie Roberts // 35. Roar - Katy Perry // 36. Suitcases - Dara Maclean // 37. I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly // 38. I’ve Gotta Be Me - Glee Cast // 39. Stand - Lenny Kravitz // 40. This is Me - Demi Lovato // 41. Loser Like Me - Glee Cast // 42. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift // 43. Happy - Pharrell Williams // 44. Diva - Beyoncé // 45. We Are The Champions - Queen

{ L I S T E N }

Someone should make a (ironic) phanfic, where Phil is tiny, and can fit in Dan’s pocket and so Dan carries him around with him. BUT the phanfic is also a songfic, to Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful Of Sunshine”

this needs to happen (but it may have already) 

if someone makes this/has already made it, plz @ me so i can read it for a good laugh 

The signs as songs written by popular female singers (2001-2010)

Aries: Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus (2009)

Taurus: Pocket Full of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield (2010)

Gemini: Crazy in Love by Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z (2003)

Cancer: Halo by Beyoncé (2008)

Leo: Bootylicious by Destiny’s Child (2001)

Virgo: Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani ft. Eve (2004)

Libra: Fergalicious by Fergie (2006)

Scorpio: Shut Up and Drive by Rihanna (2007)

Sagittarius: Pon De Replay by Rihanna (2005)

Capricorn: Potential Breakup Song by Aly and Aj (2007)

Aquarius: Gimme More by Britney Spears (2007)

Pisces: Clumsy by Fergie (2006)

A playlist with songs to wake up to and to put you in a good mood, so you can start the day with positive energy!

1. Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield / 2.Circle of Life - The Lion King / 3. Good Morning Good Morning - The Beatles / 4. Beautiful Day - U2 / 5. Wake me up before you go go - Wham! / 6. Domino - Jessie J / 7. Beautiful Day - Michael Buble / 8. Walking on sunshine - Katrina and the Waves / 9. The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars / 10. That’s not my name - The Ting Tings / 11.Good Morning - Kanye West / 12. Wake Up / Arcade Fire / 13. Here comes the sun - The Beatles / 14. Good Life - One Republic / 15. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall / 16. Spice up your life - Spice Girls / 17. On top of the world -  Imagine Dragons / 18. Have a nice day - Bon Jovi / 19. Wake Up - Hilary Duff / 20. My first kiss - 3oh!3 ft. Ke$ha / 21. Flawless - Beyonce / 22. Why not - Hilary Duff / 23. We are golden - Mika / 24. Swagger Jagger - Cher Lloyd / 25. Neon Lights - Demi Lovato / 26. Burn -  Ellie Goulding / 27. Wings - Little Mix / 28. Walks like Rihanna - The Wanted / 29. Bad Bitches - YLA / 30. Freak Out - Avril Lavigne


The signs as iconic pop songs
  • Aries: "Hollaback Girl", Gwen Stefani
  • Taurus: "Hips Don't Lie", Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
  • Gemini: "Girlfriend", Avril Lavigne
  • Cancer: "We Belong Together", Mariah Carey
  • Leo: "Circus", Britney Spears
  • Virgo: "Vogue", Madonna
  • Libra: "Wannabe", the Spice Girls
  • Scorpio: "Dark Horse", Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
  • Sagittarius: "I Love It", Icona Pop
  • Capricorn: "Believe", Cher
  • Aquarius: "I'm Like a Bird", Nelly Furtado
  • Pisces: "Pocketful of Sunshine", Natasha Bedingfield