Posts Tagged ‘family’

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Well, hello there friends, Cindy here to share with you one of many flaws I live with every day. But first, a little about me!

Photo by Ali McLaughlin Photography

I’m a 40-something stay at home mom living in the “semi” southern state of Virginia. I’m a former military (brat) and have once served in the military and I miss traveling! I’m mama to two very active and imaginative little ones that keep me on my toes, Tyler (9) and Corinne (4.5) and happily married to my best friend, Tim (10 years this July). We have an adorable fat tabby who likes to keep us up at night named Crush. I adore my little family. They are my happiness and give me so many reasons to enjoy life more and more each day & are so much fun to hang out with, even on a not so good day.

I love to cook and drink good wine, at the same time, of course. I’m always in the kitchen making new recipes to share with my family and they don’t mind being my guinea pigs. You will often find me creating in my scrapbook studio. I have been scrapbooking since 2003 and enjoy every minute of it. I design scrapbook projects for two amazing company’s Creative Memories & Lily Bee Design and you can read more of my ramblings and see my work often on my blog. Another love of mine is creating jewelry. I had spent a couple of years learning metalsmithing – still learning as we speak – and can’t get enough of it. Forming, shaping, sawing, heating, hammering and making something so pretty out of a sheet of metal just makes my heart smile. You can find my jewelry pieces in my Etsy shop, CT2 Designs and follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

I am a pretty easy going kind of gal. I love to relax watching movies, reading a good book on my tablet or my husbands kindle, date nights with the man, mini road trips to fun places my kids enjoy and hanging out with my girlfriends.

So, my flaw, well, this is something I’ve not shared with many. Not for any particular reason, but it’s just not something that comes up in every day conversation, know what I mean? My flaws are OCD/ANXIETY. Now, I will say, I have only been diagnosed having anxiety after baring children, but never for OCD. I was given medication to help calm my anxiety 10 months after my daughter was born and after six months of use, I spent three months weaning myself off the medication. I didn’t want to spend my life taking it. Though, while on the medication, I noticed how calm I was and how differently I felt. It was a GREAT feeling! Since I didn’t want to have to rely on medication, I began working on relaxing more and not let things get to me.

Let’s go back a bit, my most common obsessive compulsion and/or anxiety disorder is the arrangement objects, things, etc. It’s something I have been doing for years. Specifically, during my years in the Army, I would literally sit at my desk to make sure everything was lined up correctly at the beginning of the day and before heading home. If someone put a sheet of paper in the wrong place on my desk, I would move it to the right spot and make sure it was perfectly straight. There were only two telephones in the office I worked in and my desk was the holding spot for one of them. I hated it. Whenever someone would use the phone, I would get so annoyed at them, because they didn’t put it back in the right spot. It needed to be set on the upper left side corner of my desk facing away from me with the spiral cord placed at it’s side, hanging of my desk so it wouldn’t take up too much desk space. Everyone thought I was nuts. I had these crazy thoughts that my co-workers would purposely move things around while I was gone and wait to see what I would do or say when I returned. Either they did or didn’t, in my head it felt like they did. Before the military, one of my chores while living with my parents was dusting. I never liked dusting, but when I had to do it, I made sure everything was completely dust free and put back nice and neat and uncluttered! As the day went on, I would notice something was moved and I would move it right back, correctly in my mind. But then I would spend the entire day freaking out if it was moved or misplaced again. This would go on for several days and sometimes a week.

I’m also a worrier! Something I inherited from my mother. Still to this day, I tell her she worries too much and yes, that came from someone who worries a lot and who also has anxiety, go figure. But it my way of comforting her, trying to ensure her that all will be alright, stop worrying and relax. At the same time, I would worry and sometimes worry for no reason. I always worried how I will say something to someone and have them take it the wrong way. I want to be honest with people and voice my opinion, but some would take it the wrong way depending on how it came out of my mouth. I would tense up so fiercely, I would sweat like crazy, my palms would feel clammy, my heart racing and my voice is less clear and more cut up slightly deeper because I am afraid to say something to that person. This is something I have dealt with as early as grade school.

Understanding that living with my wonderful husband, who doesn’t clean or pick up after himself unless told and leaves his clothes on the floor when he undresses and having two children that help keep our home a mess and cluttered with lots of toys, drawings and food crumbs everywhere, is OK!  Life is too short to worry about simple things such as the arrangement of objects or the clutter of things sitting on the countertop in the kitchen or cat food on the floor surrounding the cat bowl because Crush is a messy eater or the random three day old piece of bread found in my daughter’s toy box or the gazillion empty cups or bowls hiding in my sons bedroom or even the basket of books that should be placed in order by size with the spine facing up instead, there’s a pile of books overflowing in a scattered ever so randomly. I could go on and on.I am constantly working on overcoming these flaws; it’s a work in progress, that’s for sure. I have learned that keeping myself active and busy helps lessen my OCD/anxiety issues and learning that life is too short to spend it worrying all the time.

Now that I have shared something I really don’t ever talk about, my anxiety levels did increase as I was typing my flaw, I’m sure I’ll be judged. But, I am ok with that, because I’m not perfect! I am EXTREMELY happy with who I am, being ME, taking control of the situation and embracing the fact that I KNOW this is a flaw that will always be a part of me that I will not let get the best of me.

If you have OCD or anxiety, when did you notice and how did you overcome or deal with it in your everyday life? I would love to hear your story.

Without further ado, it’s time for a giveaway! If you would like to win one of my favorite and best sellers, the Birds Nest Necklace, all you have to do is leave a comment. You’ll have until Saturday, March 26th, at midnight (EST.) and I will randomly select a lucky winner.

Want to enter more than one time? Like my Facebook fan page (CT2 Designs), Heart my Etsy shop (CT2 Designs), Follow my blog (Live as We Live It) & follow me on Twitter (CT2 Designs).

Thanks for letting me share my flaw with you. Have a love day & happy second day of Spring, xo!

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Hey everyone!

I have been getting emails lately from my customers asking about Daisy & June, how many people work with me, who are Daisy and & June, how long does it take to make an item. I love getting these emails because I love connecting with all of you! So keep writing me! I am going to try to do little posts every few weeks answering questions and posting pics on Daisy & June – Behind the Seams! So send me your questions or comments, I would love to feature you!


As for who are Daisy & June….you can find all my company info under the Daisy & June tab of my blog. My name is actually Kathy but ModernJune has really become a huge piece of me. My husband even calls me ModernJune sometimes LOL.

My company is well just me and my small inner circle. My husband handles all shipping and my best girlfriend Tena has recently been hired to help me with the prep work. My kids even get in on the fun sometimes by helping me wrap items or pin fabric. I have been debating getting my daughter a small sewing machine and teaching her at a young age. She is really into all of this and she loves seeing her name in print – as she is named after my great grandmother – Daisy.

It takes me about 30 mins start to finish to make one camera strap BUT I usually work in assembly line style so it goes a bit quicker that way.

Here are a few shots from my weekend of busy work!

Don’t forget today is your last day to enter to win 50$ to my shop – Daisy & June! Head here and play along!

Stop by and take a look at my Spring Bag I made this week too, it has been all over Pinterest which is really amazing!

Back to sewing!



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Hello everyone! I am super excited to be hosting the first of quite a few contests/giveaways!

What makes you happy? Is it a warm cup of coffee, a puppy in the park, your kids laughter? This is the subject of today’s post. I think with the hustle and bustle of everyday life we forget to stop and appreciate everything around us.

I myself have 3 kids, 2 businesses and I volunteer at the school. My days are always jammed packed with car rides, sewing, digi, PTO and then every day life too like taking care of my home and nurturing my relationship. I can go days without even realizing how many days has passed.

The first Friday of every month I take a time out and meet my after school group of mommies for breakfast.  I sat around our table at Denny’s today looking at my group of girlfriends, all of us different ages, relationship status’ and amount of children or grand children and thought this…this right here makes me really happy.  We talked about everything from home life to school to town gossip, we laughed til we cried and we toasted our dear friend we lost a little over a month ago.We have forged these tight bonds between us that I do believe will be lasting relationships even as all the kids grow and our lives change.

In this world of online living, where most communication is shared with a click of a button it feels good to actually have some real human contact each month. I have so many things to be grateful for in my life, my family, my kids, my amazing husband whom without I could not survive day to day but this monthly tradition we have is just for me. Its two hours of guilt free time I get to spend on myself and my goodness we all need it don’t we?


So today I pose the question to you….What makes you happy?

Today you are commenting for a chance to win a 50$ Gift Certificate to my shop on Etsy to use on whatever you want INCLUDING a custom order! You can get a few camera straps, a rack of crayon rolls, I make bags and purses too 🙂 Do you have something you are looking for but cant find one you like? Send me a pic and we can work on it together!

To get an entry in this contest simply comment on what makes you happy!

To get an additional entry share this blog post on FB or Twitter!

I can’t wait to read all your wonderful answers – you have til Sunday at Midnight to enter, the winner will be announced Monday morning!






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I am an avid watcher and lover of the NBC show Parenthood. The real family dynamic keeps me coming back week after week and this week parenthood made me cry(as usual) and gave me my new favorite song!

I literally paused the show hopped on Spotify to find it LOL. I then promptly texted the hubs letting him know this will be our new theme song…

The artist is Ian Britt. I have found him on Spotify and love all his songs now. Very nice sound and sweet melodies.

Here are the lyrics:

You’re no longer alone.
We’ve found a space to name our own.
There aint no need to fret or fuss.
We’ve got all the strength we need in the shape of us.

And I know you’ve had it tough.
Your road’s been bumpy and rough.
But say goodbye to a world that you once knew.
I have every faith in me and you.

Hold my hand.
Hold my heart.
Let go your fear.
Darling I will always be here.

I never felt quite so at home.
Your sweet caress is the best I’ve known.
Now that I’ve proved to you that I’m worthy of your trust.
Let us build a world in the shape of us.


Darling I will always be here.

You can listen to the song here

Watch the video here – The shape of Us

Or check him out on Spotify.

xoxo ModernJune


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A while back I was talking to my daughter Daisy – 7 – and she mentioned her friend tells her that she is skinny and how lucky she is for this. She seven??? I started thinking about my own issues with my weight, body and self esteem. I remember the issues starting so much later in life but maybe not. Maybe they did start at her age. I want to be able to say I have raised my daughter to not hate her body or even worry too much about fitting into the “norm”.

It makes me sad to think that we as women allow ourselves to be defined by something physical. That we can take one small thing and turn it into something huge. That’s when Love Thyself hit me.

The entire Month of March I will be hosting a series of guest bloggers and giveaway hosts. A group of amazing women who are truly confident and beautiful inside and out. We will be owning up to a flaw each. A flaw that we have let have too much control over ourselves. Along the way we hope to inspire other women and girls to embrace whatever flaws they think hey have and learn to love every little bit of themselves!

I hope you join us starting March 1st for inspiration and a few gifts along the way.

You can subscribe to this blog or friend request me on facebook 🙂


xoxo ModernJune

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Here are the Valentines finished!

I got a few emails and messages asking me about the backdrops in my Valentines day cards.

I don’t know about you but I don’t need back drops enough to go out and buy the pricey ones. So I used fabric(which I have plenty of on hand. My bedroom gets the most natural light in the house from my big windows.

so I took a yard of fabric(for each backdrop)  and taped it to my door frames with a little packing tape

I set up my tripod next to my bed and zoomed in just right…

Thats it!

see you later peeps!

xoxo ModernJune

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I really wanted to do something fun this year! Of course Pinterest gave me the idea and then I expanded on it a bit…

each photo will have a mustache or lips attached to them. I did mustaches for boys and lips for girls.




and then their valentines together for teachers and family

I loved how they came out and I can’t wait to post the finished product with the props attached!

See you later peeps!

xoxo ModernJune

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