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I hope you have been enjoying the Love Thyself articles this month. I have love rounding up a group of inspiring women to feature. We still have some more women to come this week and next and more giveaways too!

Speaking of giveaways…

You still have time to enter to win a pretty necklace from Cindy:

Head to her post here and enter today!

The winner of the Kitty cats and Airplanes giveaway for this gorgeous little number:

michellehuegel

The winner of the 25$ to Daisy & June is

Melissa Rhodes

Please send me an email ladies at daisyandjuneshoppe@gmail.com  for your prize info 🙂

One last thing…I am holding an open call for my next series “The Mommy Chronicles”

I am looking for mommies form all walks of life to write articles on their struggles in Motherhood. If you are interested email me 🙂

Ok peeps join me tomorrow for another great article!

xoxo ModernJune

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Morning peeps,

When I started Daisy & June a while ago I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I just knew I wanted to make stuff. I wanted to be crafty and share my crafts with others. I would send my packages out just wrapped in tissue in a boring yellow envelope. Packaging never really came to mind until one day I ordered fabric from an Etsy shop. It was just a few yards of fabric but the way it was packaged was so impressive and it really changed my entire outlook on the whole concept of packaging.

I tried for the longest time thinking of what would be my perfect packaging. Maybe I over thought it who knows but I have finally picked out and ordered everything needed to make the perfect impression on my customers.

So from now on when an item is ordered from my shop they will be come in a pretty brown envelope(recycled) and wrapped in white tissue. Each item is wrapped with these gorgeous twine strings…

And each package has this adorable thank you note attached to it….

Cute right? I found some other cute things for packaging,  I thought I would share some of my favorites…

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A Little Giveaway Business.

The winner from the kitty cats and airplanes giveaway is…

michellehuegel

Please email me at daisyandjuneshoppe@gmail.com for your prize info.

 

Ok peeps, Have a great Sunday!

 

 

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A little Giveaway business before we get to our amazing hostess for the day….

The winner of the You Can’t do Everything Giveaway:

Rachel DeVaughn

“You can do anything but not everything” and list one way you are going to cut yourself a little slack today and everyday:

I am not going to freak out if I can’t get caught up with my scrapbooking albums by the end of the year. I will do a little at a time instead of thinking of a huge looming project in front of me!

Winner of the Flaws are Beautiful Giveaway:

Misty O’Brien

I have had 3 boys (all 10lbs) and 3 c-sections. I will always have that leftover “shelf” no matter how small it may ever get to be. However, I pay no attention to it anymore :) Heck, the first thing I do when I get home and relax is peel off my clothes down to my skivvies and parade around the house, showing off that proud momma leftover belly. Doing this has made me comfortable in my own skin. Thank you for sharing your story and making it relatable to other mommas out there. We appreciate it!

email me at DaisyandJuneshoppe@gmail.com for your information!

Thanks for playing along everyone! Now lets get to know Amie…

Hi. I’m Amie. I blog over at {Kitty Cats and Airplanes}. Sometimes I blog about crafting (my main passion, besides cats), sometimes I blog about my life. Sometimes, I don’t even blog! My life can be a whirlwind sometimes. I also have an Esty {shop} by the same name. That’s how Kathy and I “met.”

To be honest, I had a little trouble with the concept of “Love Thyself.” I battle a fun little disease called major depression, and I can be more than a little hard on myself at times.

“I am such a bad wife.”

“I am the worst business woman in the world.”

“I can’t even take care of myself, how will I ever be a good mom someday?”

“Ack, I’ve gained weight. Just go running you lazy butt!”

And so on, and so on, and so on. It can be crippling; the self doubt, the guilt, the physical and emotional pain. Haunting my every thought, paralyzing me like a helpless child. Burrowing me into a hole I feel I can never climb out of. I would desperately claw at freedom. Buying things I thought would make me happy with money I didn’t have. Pushing the hurt onto my poor husband in attempts to relieve myself of it. Physically trying to “cut” the pain out of the very veins. Anything, anything to get me out of my head, to make the pain stop.

In a perfect world, none of these ailments would plague me. I would be free and unspotted from the world. But then again, what’s the point of a perfect world? Isn’t our whole existence based on growing and learning and discovering ourselves? To enjoy our lives and fulfill them as best we can. Our lives are a precious gift, as is every moment we are blessed with. How easy it is to forget that, to forget how blessed we are.

It is opposition that makes is strong. You’ve got to be sick to appreciate your health. You’ve got to be sad to appreciate your happiness. And you’ve got to face adversities to appreciate your bounty of blessings. Weak things CAN become strong.
If there is one thing I believe in, it is that you can handle anything that is thrown at you. Anything. Sure, in my darkest days and most painful moments, I would call you a fool for saying such things. However, deep in the very fibers of my soul, I know that I can do it. I would not have been given this life if I couldn’t handle it, I was given this life because I was strong enough to take it on. This life I have been blessed with is to make be a better person. My weaknesses can become my strengths.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ll always handle it in the best way. Oh no, I’ll screw up. I do screw up. I miss deadlines, I have bad days, I say things I regret, I let people down, and I don’t always seize every moment to be happy. But that, under no circumstances, makes me a failure. As long as I learn from my mistakes, I can pick myself up, dust myself off, and stand back up. (Even though sometimes it takes me a few days to do the dusting and picking up.) I truly believe that with every step you take to fight against your weaknesses, you are one step closer to making those weaknesses your strengths.
I wish to give you a flower. A sunshine yellow peony, forever in bloom, to remind you that you CAN do this. You can handle anything, and you can make your weaknesses your strengths. If you would like this little reminder, you can enter the giveaway by any of the following methods.
  • Follow my blog, {Kitty Cats and Airplanes}
  • Like my facebook page {here}
  • Heart my Etsy shop {here}
  • Tell your friends, by means of facebook, blogging, and/or tweeting. {One entry for each}
  • Like the Daisy & June FB Page here
None of them are mandatory, but you must do at least one to enter. Please leave a separate comment for each qualifying entry. You have until Saturday Night at 10pm CST to enter!
Thank you Kathy, for inviting me to share my thoughts. Have a blessed day!

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So here’s a little of my back story –

My dad was in the Army which meant moving every 3 years.  I was diagnosed with depression around 12 or 13.  My younger sister had been in a mental hospital and in turn I had overdosed on a medicine trying to make the hurt of it go away – all by the age of 15.  My sister had a baby at 16 and I had one at 18.  You get the picture…

For the most part of 20 years, I have struggled with severe depression.  I have blocked the world out while suffering within.  I have told myself that I have been unhappy for so long that nothing could change it.  Oh sure – there were good times – but way more bad times.

Fast forward to Dec. 2010 – now I’m a married mom of 3 boys lost in this spiral of trying to figure out who ‘I’ am.  Which role that I play is most important?  Are they more important than the role of ‘me’?  I have dealt with depression all this time – so can I just switch it up and be happy now?  From all these questions I made a simple New Years Resolution for 2011 – learn to like the real me, including  pictures of myself.  What a year of exploring myself I spent.  I even made this layout of all the pictures I took during the year – just to prove to myself that what I had been doing was working.

Kit Credit: The Journey by Jen C Designs

So… what I have been experimenting with this year on my journey of self-exploration is journaling.  Last time I saw my doctor – he suggested I get a journal.  That means I went home and started Google-ing journals (cause I’m a nerd like that – I Google everything!) which lead me to finding art journals   Let me tell you – I think my whole life would have been different had I found a release like this many years ago.  I’m no artist by any means.  I’ve always told myself I wasn’t the creative type – even though I’ve dabbled in a few things like cross-stitch and scrapbooking (both paper and digital) throughout the years.

This is where I get excited…

One night I grabbed some of my kids watercolors and a paintbrush and just let go.  It may sound crazy to you – but I remember feeling the weight lifting off my shoulders and my whole body relaxing.  Seriously.  All I was doing was letting the paintbrush glide across the page, letting the brush land where it may.  There is such a freedom in just making marks on the page.  Maybe you’ll like what you’ve done.  Or maybe you will keep working on it later.  Just knowing that it doesn’t matter – you can do whatever you want – no one is watching, you aren’t being judged, you are just letting it out.  I’m here to tell you – it’s an AMAZING FREEDOM!!!!

These are a few of my favorite creations from the last couple of months.  Some are finished – some may not be.  Who knows?  It’s a journey!  I even made myself a journal.  🙂

Listen.  Whether you struggle with depression, self-esteem issues, or anything else.  It does not have to define you.  YOU CAN BE FREE from it!  You have the power to change!  You are strong enough to change!  You are worth it!  You deserve it!  Just go for it!

My challenge to you today is:

Grab a piece of paper and means for making marks (paint, crayons, markers, pen, anything).  Get to somewhere alone (don’t be afraid to sneak in the bathroom and lock the door if you have to!)  Take some deep breaths.  And just make some marks.  Relax your wrists and go with the flow.  Be Free!  Just try it!

When you are done – leave me a comment and let me know how it went for ya!  🙂   **That will be your entry to WIN a handmade journal!  For extra entries – Connect with me on the Get 2 Scrappin’ Facebook page  and/or Pinterest.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each action you take.

I’m Jacque, known mostly as Get 2 Scrappin’ online.  I am so thankful to Kathy for letting me a part of this amazing series.  I will be continuing to share my creative journey on my blog, Get 2 Scrappin’, and I’d love to have you visit sometime.  🙂

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A quick note before we get to our amazing post for the day…
Rachel(Pretty in Green) is going to give her kit away to everyone who commented on her post. Please email me at daisyandjuneshoppe@gmail.com to receive your code.
Hi ladies I am so happy to be hear today to talk about my flaws!
I want to thank Kathy for letting me do this, she is a sweet heart.
Before we talk about my flaw, I would like you to get to know me a little bit.
My name is Cerrisse I am a 26 year old stay at home mom to the cutest bundle of energy son Jaxon.
 I married my high school sweetheart Curtis who is my support and my rock! I don’t know what I would do without him.
I am loving staying at home with my son, it gives me the chance to blog and work on my online business. Me and my mom started our little business in September of last year. We are loving it! and are starting to pick up. We make necklaces, headbands, and hand stamped jewelry. If you ever want to come and take a look head on over to our shop and take a look at our blog .
Our shop is a little bare at the moment, we are moving to a new shop this month with our brand new spring line!!! so excited 🙂
So lets get down and dirty and talk about my flaw. When Kathy asked me to talk about my flaw I didn’t know which one to choose…YES I have more than one. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to talk about a non physical flaw or physical. But then I asked myself what flaw do I have that bugs me the most? Well that was easy….
Big pregnant with my son at 38 weeks
You are bound to end up with this….
Now some of you are thinking “it’s not that bad” but to me it is.
This is something I have to deal with everyday. Sure I could be a crazy work out machine and get this to go away, I could eat better…so on and so on. I do what I can with the time and resources I have. But whatever I do this “flab” will not go away.
I get asked all the time “when are you due” that is the worst!!!!
Sometimes I compare myself to other women who shrink back down after they have babies. Like my sister she is thinner than she was before she had her baby. But you know what she did get?….she got really bad stretch marks. That made me think, every woman is flawed. We all have something even if you are the skinniest most gorgeous woman ever…right?
We just have to embrace our flaws and know we are beautiful, that is what makes us happy.
 I know I wont have this “flab” forever, and I shouldn’t get down on myself or be self conscious about it. There are more important things in life. It’s time for me to wear that bikini and own my body, be proud of it! No matter who is looking and judging because I can be a judge too!
So own your body because it is beautiful!
We all have flaws, I have to remind myself of that everyday.
So in light of this post I wanted to give you the chance to win something from my shop. Nothing more appropriate than this necklace
You can win this “I am beautiful” hand stamped necklace.
Just answer this question:
What flaws make you…you? and how do you deal with them?
To enter:
-Comment to the question below
-Like my shop on Fb.
That is it! You have until 9pm CST tomorrow to enter! Winner will be announced Friday morning 🙂
Thank you for letting me share something so personal and revealing with you guys.
There is still time to enter to win the 8×10 Print from yesterdays post as well!

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You get up in the morning, rush around for 30 mins, shuffle the kids to school, hit the bank, the post office and then the grocery store. You get home, unload everything start the laundry, let the dog out. You check your email you get your work done, finish the housework – at this point you feel like a super star. You can literally hear your super hero cape blowing int he wind.  You head to the school to pick up your kids and see that your adorable son has his shirt on backwards and he has had it that way ALL day.

*hand smacks head*

This is the story of my life. I try to do it all. I try to hold down to businesses, I take care of my kids the best I can, love my husband with my whole heart and take care of myself but things fall through the cracks.I try to deny that I can’t do it all. Its a simple solution of time management right?

WRONG.

As women I think we all feel the pressure to be it all. We are constantly faced with criticism, they way we raise our kids, or live our lives are always under a microscope. You don’t hear of men being beat up on themselves that way very often. The saddest part of it all – its usually women who beat up on women. Whats up with that ladies??? Why do we put each other down like that? Why can’t we begin to pick each other up on a daily basis?

Well that battle has been long standing and probably will for a long time. So lets start small. Lets start on the individual basis with this simple reminder…

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING BUT YOU CAN”T DO EVERYTHING

and that is OK! Stop putting so much pressure on yourselves to be perfect.Why do that to yourself?

Today I am hosting a little giveaway!

I bought a special art print just for this day.

This gorgeous chalkboard 8x 10 print can be yours! Simply reply to this post pledging to yourself “You can do anything but not everything” and list one way you are going to cut yourself a little slack today and everyday 🙂

You have till tomorrow at 9pm CST to enter.

Comment – 1 entry

Share on FB – 1 entry

Tweet – 1 entry

Pin – 1 entry

Good Luck & Love Thyself!

xoxo

ModernJune

*You can find that art print and more gorgeous prints here*

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Hello peeps, a little late night post to announce the random winner from this weekend!

The Winner is:

Demetria

I really love necklace sets… I like to get unique pieces that have matching earrings. Lots of my jewelry have wings and words on them. They just express me and that’s why the light me up. An inward expression on the outside makes me feel good and hopefully will also make someone else feel good too.

thanks for the chance!

Congrats girlie!!

Please email at daisyandjuneshoppe@gmail.com so we can discuss your order!

Thank you to everyone who played along. Make sure to come back tomorrow when the next weeks of guest bloggers 🙂

 

xoxo

ModernJune

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