Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Janey Pie Design Giveaway

A very dear friend of mine, Jane Huddleston, is doing a fabulous giveaway on her design work.  Jane has designed birthday invites, a benefit flyer, and done a fantastic job on capturing precious memories for my family.  Jane has done everything for Milan Maternity including there website layout, logo, advertising, and blog design. She is very creative on capturing and designing exactly what you want. Whether you want the perfect birth announcement to let everyone know about your new arrival, a festive family holiday card, or if you're starting a blog or a business and there is a certain look you have in mind, Jane can make it happen!

A "jane of all trades", not only does she design work for businesses, blogs, and personal announcements or invitations, she is also a great photographer. She is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, so if you live in the area and are also looking for a photographer, she's your girl! You can check out her photography and her design work on the Janey Pie Photography blog and website.


Jane is offering a fabulous giveaway to one of our lucky readers! One winner will receive free custom design service for a 5 x 7 announcement (newborn, holiday, invites, your choice!) with 25 printed cards and envelopes included.

Jane is also offering our readers an exclusive discount on announcements! So when you're ready to create those birth announcements or holiday cards, e-mail Jane at to work with her and create a uniquely personal and custom card to reflect your own personal style and interests. All cards are sized at 5 x 7 inches and include envelopes.

25 custom cards with envelopes--(regularly $75)--Only $50 for MM readers
50 custom cards with envelopes--(regularly $115)--Only $90 for MM readers
100 custom cards with envelopes--(regularly $185)--Only $160 for MM readers

Enter to win free custom design service for 25 cards! Here's how:
(Submit a comment with your e-mail address for every entry completed)
  1. Follow the Janey Pie Photography blog
  2. Follow the Milan Maternity Blog
  3. Like Janey Pie Photography on facebook
  4. Comment and tell us what kind of custom card you would create!
  5. Follow Milan Maternity on facebook
  6. Blog this giveaway and leave the link (2 entries)
Giveaway open until Monday, March 21 11:59 PST to US residents. 
Winner will be chosen by

Friday, February 11, 2011

Nauvoo Trip

So Josh and I currently have a stake assignment for church where we are trip coordinators for the Stake Youth Nauvoo Trip.  The trip will be this summer in July.  I have been to Nauvoo numerous times  but never as a coordinator/chaperone.  The youth will experience firsthand the history behind Nauvoo, Illinois, the temple, a handcart trek, Carthage Jail, and many more.  This will be a beautiful, historic, spiritual experience for everyone.
          Tonight Josh and I, the youth committee, and chaperones will meet to discuss numerous details from what movies to watch on the trip down and back, what the cook will prepare, and more importantly what the theme and t-shirt design will be.  Josh, the missionaries, and I came up with our own theme and design.  Let me know what you think.

So you can’t see the theme to well so here it is…
I’m honest, I’m true, I’m chaste, I’m benevolent, I’m virtuous, and I believe in doing good to all men…And I’m A Mormon.

This year the Young Women and Young Men’s Theme is the 13th Article of Faith.  We centered our theme around the theme for the youth and also the campaign.  Both are very near and dear to my heart.  The campaign helps the members of the church to be missionaries in the easiest way and also the Article of Faiths are a basic outline of the beliefs of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  The Article of Faiths are below:
1.    We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
2.    We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
3.    We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
4.    We believe that the first principles and ordiances of the Gospel are:  first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ: second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
5.    We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel an administer in the ordinances thereof.
6.    We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
7.    We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
8.    We believe in the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
9.    We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same priviledge, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and substaining the law.
13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things.  If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

Rough Week

Last week to the present has been a very difficult week thru the present day.  Last Saturday started my weekend of not knowing what I was coming down with to later discover Monday morning was Strep Throat.  After crying to the doctor begging for a shot it was determined I needed 2 shots and antibiotics sent home.  My doctor originally wrote my take home antibiotics for pills and I cried asking for her to change it to liquid.  I felt like such a baby but was in serious pain with my throat.  My fever quickly sky rocketed and a few days at home I finally recovered and went back to work.
I returned to work on Wednesday had a great day and on Thursday as well.  Friday was declared a bad weather/ snow day and work/school was cancelled.  We didn’t receive any snow but lots of ice bridges and roads.  Late Thursday evening one of my high school and current girlfriends was involved in a car accident that killed her and then a next door neighbor lost her 6 year fight of cancer.  To add to it another dear friend was diagnosed with cancer and she is only 23.
            My dad always said everything happens in 3’s and up to now it always has.  When one person would pass usually 2 more came fairly close together.  Makes me wonder who is next or does it have to be death with two people who passed in my life or could it be that a very dear friend gets diagnosed with cancer.  Not sure but I will remain positive and hope it’s just a superstition.
            While continuing to stay positive some friends and myself have been looking through old pictures gathering up what we could of Brooke who passed and Brittany whose cancer returned.  I am cherishing every moment I have ever made with Brooke and the past and future with Brittany.  I have attached some pictures of Brooke, my neighbor, Ms. Sharon, and Brittany.

Ms. Sharon Theriot

Brittany and Chelsey


Brooke, Jackie, Chelsey


Monday, January 24, 2011

A New Year, New Goals

I’m not sure ultimately if my blogging will be anything anyone wants to read or view but I still feel the need to have one to share with my extended family.  Growing up in a small immediate family I have always wanted to have my own large family.  Lots of children, whether I delivered, adopted, or fostered.  Well I got part of my wish or goal of having a large family when I married my husband.  My husband, in my eyes is the most wonderful man in the world, and also the second to youngest of seven.  Josh and 3 others are married with children and 3 are not.  The Roy Family alone is our very own Brady Bunch.  I consider all of my in-laws my immediate brothers and sisters.  Josh and I currently have one child, Braydon who is two years old, and have custody of our niece, Chloe who is a year old.  For now our Brady Bunch will have to be put on hold until after Josh finishes Law School. 

Josh currently is in 4 semester of Law School and has continued to be number 1 of his class from first semester.  We are all so proud him.  We have the current 4th semester and another full year ahead of us and then we will be done.  Josh works for Maughan Law Firm and loves it.  He loves the day by day challenges, the people he works for, and ultimately he is learning a lot.  I work for the LSU Police Department doing all the Criminal Records and couldn’t be happier.  I also work with some amazing people.

I have been outlining and reviewing my personal goals and my families’ goals for the 2011 year.  I am very excited for what will be going this year.  I hope to complete all of my personal and families goals.  Here is the outline so far.  I have many more exciting things going on this year and will post them later.

Read through the Book of Mormon in a year
Eat well and get physically fit
Blog regularly
Complete my 3.18 mile Run/Obstacle Course

Read scriptures and prayer every night
Once-a-month date night
Once a year marriage "retreats"
Flirt every day!
Be more in love than ever!

Once-a-month outing with Braydon by himself
Play as a family at least two times a week
Read together everyday
Go to library story time
Go on at least one "field trip" a month
Take more pictures and videos
Have FHE every week

Have at least one family over for dinner each month
Be more involved in ministry/service opportunities
Get together with both sides of extended family at least once-a-month
Write a least one letter to all of my family and friends serving missions and serving in the U.S. Military

Continue to be full tithe payers
Become more coupon savvy

2010 Recap

January: Hello 2010! Spent New Year’s with my family and the Crowtons. Josh started a new semester in Law School and he found out he was No. 1 of his Law School class.

February: Got off a day of work because of SNOW!

March: I had two wonderful service opportunities with my Kiwanis Club, Jambalaya Dinner Benefit and Chili Cook-off.

April: Easter with my family and the Romaires. Another wonderful service opportunity with my Kiwanis Club, Kids Expo. Celebrated Josh and I’s third anniversary.

May: Watched Joe play in his Aussie Football Game and the LSUPD had their Softball Tournament sponsoring Down syndrome. My family went to visit friends in Gulfport and stayed the weekend with them on the river and had a blast.

June: Celebrated Braydon’s 2nd Birthday on June 15, Handy Manny Theme. Went to Jacksonville, FL for a week to hang out with some family.

July: Celebrated my 24th Birthday on July 14, in New Orleans with tickets to Michael Buble. My sister and some friends were with me and we had a blast. Best concert ever! My uncle, Richard Ford, passed away and I had the honor of singing at the service.
August: Celebrated Josh’s 26th Birthday on August 30. Watched Josh play softball on the Southern University Softball Tournament and the LSUPD Softball Tournament. My Kiwanis Club had their annual Skeet Shooting Tournament. A family friend, Ronald Bannister passed away.

September: LSU Football Season started. Josh, Nathan, Scott, and I went to the LSU vs. Vanderbilt Game in Vandi. We stayed with my Uncle Dennis in Dixon, TN for the weekend and had so much fun. My Uncle Mark and Aunt Linda came down from Illinois to join us for the game. We had a wonderful Family Reunion. We found out our niece, Chloe would be coming to live with us.

October: Chloe and Braydon started a new daycare. Tough adjustment in the beginning but they love it now. We had our Kiwanis Installation Banquet where I was awarded the Golden Acorn Award. The award is given to someone who has shown outstanding service to the club and community. Chloe and I went on our first girls day out full of shopping. We enjoyed a lot of Fall Fest and Halloween with the family. Braydon was Mickey Mouse and Chloe was Minnie Mouse.

November: We went to Norco for the annual Thanksgiving with the Mathernes. Every year we go a new addition is announced or introduced. Chloe’s first Thanksgiving was a hit and she had no problem eating. Chloe turned 1 years old on the 30th and we celebrated with a small family birthday party at my mom’s. My best friend, Jackie, and I did our annual Black Friday shopping and got a lot of good deals for the kids.

December: We took out Family Christmas Card pictures with the kids which turned out great thanks to Jane. We also took Braydon and Chloe’s Birthday pictures. All pictures can be seen below. We endured many family and friends Christmas Parties. My best friend, Jackie, got engaged and she asked me to be her Matron of Honor. We had Christmas with my side Christmas Day and the Roy’s Christmas Day night. We always have a lot of fun getting together as a family. We participated in a photo shoot for a friend who crochets hats and scarves. I spent a lot of time with the kids and the Crowtons on my 2 week break from work. We went the Myrtles Plantation home one day and to New Orleans one day.

It has been a long crazy year and I’m so blessed to have such wonderful family. We look forward to what 2011 has in store for us.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Birthday Pictures

We decided to take the kids birthday pictures the same day we took family pictures.  Wow, what a day!  Anyone thinking they can survive a couple of hours of taking pictures think again.  By the time we were done with family pictures the kids were tired, cranky, but we still have their individual pictures to do.  We did Chloe first and then Braydon.  Chloe did great and then here comes Braydon.  Braydon would not take pictures until we let him show off his touchdown pose.  From that moment on everything was great and pictures ended.  Thank Goodness.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Addition to the Family

Many of you may know Josh and I recently got temporary custody of our niece, Chloe, who has been such a joy to have in our home.  Through many obstacles in the beginning we have learned we have to take one day at a time.  Braydon is loving having a "sister" in our home the majority of time except when it comes to sharing.  I truly believe there is no such thing as sharing with a 2 year old even when the item is clearly pink and belongs to Chloe.  Again my motto is "One Day at a Time."  For a family Christmas cards a dear friend, Jane Huddleston,  took family pictures and here are a few of my favorites.