Some Favorites

Monday, October 29, 2012 14 Comments A+ a-

We met with one of my dear friends, Becky, for our annual family portraits.  We met at one of the numerous open space areas around here and as we chatted, we couldn’t believe that just two years ago she was taking maternity pictures when I pregnant was Ashlynn.  Whoa.  Time really is just flying!  I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, the woman is uber talented.  She even photographed her first celebrity wedding this past summer, I’m so proud of her! 

Here’s a few of our favorites from our time together that afternoon, including all of the “real” shots that come with the territory of four Littles.

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Final Update on the Silent Auction

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

We wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you for the role you played in making the Silent Auction for the Turners a success. Your participation, either through a donation, bidding, or even just spreading the word, has helped us raise over $12,000 for the Turner family. This auction would not have been a success without your contribution.

A few important items to note:

  • If you won an item, payment must be received by October 31, 2012. If we do not receive payment by then, the item will go to the 2nd highest bidder. If circumstances have changed and you can no longer honor your bid, please contact us to let us know.
  • If you're a donor and have not received an email from us, it is likely because your winner has not paid yet. As soon as the winner pays, we will put you guys in contact via an email from us.
  • Should any questions or issues arise that we haven't addressed here, please email us at turnerblogauction@gmail.com.

Several people have asked if they can make a monetary donation directly to Julee. Here is the information if you would like to do so:

Preslee Turner College Fund
Summit Bank
PO Box 965
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

Online donations can be made to the memorial fund through this link:
https://www.summitbankdirect.com/donations.php

Again, thank you so much for coming together to show your love and support to Julee and Preslee. Please continue to pray diligently for them in the days and weeks to come.

Life in the Green House
Life Sweet Life
Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land
SheShe Made Blog
The Getts Times
The E Family

A Time to Refocus

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 13 Comments A+ a-

questions-refocus-mind-gallery-3Last Thursday, I had a mini-meltdown. 

I called my friend, Mandy, in tears.  I told her I was failing.  That in every area of my life, I was failing those around me.  She made a light-hearted comment that made me chuckle.  “Sometimes, Jenn, you’re expectations are too high.  Your kids are alive and you’re still married.  Sometimes that IS success.”  And its true.  The expectations I have of myself are high. After all, women all over the blogosphere and in Twitter and Facebook Land can do it all, why can’t I?!  Mandy and I laughed over the “failures” of our parenting and when I hung up with her, I felt good that at least I was a bit more normal than I thought.

But knowing myself and knowing that I’ve been battling some feelings for a couple of months, I knew it wasn’t just high expectations that were plaguing me.  I blubbered to Jon in the kitchen later that night, my stress and anxiety at an all-time high.  “I can’t do it all,” I complained.  “I’m drowning!  Something has to change!”  And it was in that moment that Jon said, “Ok, so change it.”  And with those four words, something clicked.

Things are going to change. 

When I started Munchkin Land Designs in 2009, I had NO idea it would turn into this.  NONE.  In fact, the first couple of years, work was steady.  Not crazy, just enough to bring in some extra income during the month.  I got to meet some incredible women and form some amazing relationships with clients.  Then this past January, something happened and suddenly I was scheduling designs four to six weeks out.  And the orders kept coming in!  I had my first taste of feeling overwhelmed.

In the spring I raised my prices, thinking it would help things slow down.  I thought that life would return to normal and I could catch my breath.  Little did I know that it would have the opposite effect, and now I’m busier than ever. 

**Let me clarify here.  I am not complaining about being busy.  I feel very fortunate to be able to do something that I love, from home.  I realize that I am doing what some women only dream of doing.**

However, somewhere along the way, I’ve lost focus.  I am not the mother I want to be, I am not wife I’m called to be.  Friendships and other relationships have suffered because I am so busy… all of the time.  After parent-teacher conferences last week, I realized that I have to have to a more active role in Devyn and Hudson’s academic lives.  Not only is the need there, my desire is to be there.  Present, active, intentional in my relationships with them!

From a professional standpoint, I’ve lost the ability to connect with clients on a personal level.  I’ve lost the personal touch that I like to give to my clients.  And I want it back!  I need things to slow down, I need to offer my clients more than what I’ve been giving!

As I’m fleshing out the changes, I can tell you two things are being changed immediately.  I’ve removed the ability to access my emails from my phone.  I will only be answering emails when I am working.  I love my clients, but there’s no reason I need to be answering emails when I’m doing homework with Devyn or reading books with Ashlynn.  I don’t need to sit at a picnic table, sending an email, while the Littles are playing on the playground.  I removed it last week and I can’t begin to express the weight that was lifted in doing so.  It was a good move.

I’m also going to be taking less clients during the month.  I realize that I may lose clients because of this and while I’d hate to have that happen, I realize that some clients will need someone who can meet their needs immediately.  And I’m ok with that.  Some important shifts have taken place in the past couple of months and I need to refocus on my family, my friends, my relationship with God. 

I’m terrified to hit publish on this post.  Because then I’m laying it all on the line, with potential clients, with current clients, with friends, and with family.  But I need the accountability.  I need to be honest with myself and with you.  This place has always my online journal, and I’ve never shied away from being real, raw, and honest before.  I’m not going to start now.  

It’s a time to refocus.  The changes are going to be good, and even if change terrifies me, I know this is right for me at this time.

Silent Auction Follow Up

Saturday, October 20, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

turner_buttonThe auction is over. Now what?

We are in the process of collecting email addresses of the donors, winners, and the winning bids for each item. Its an extensive process but we're working on it.

DONORS - Please email us at turnerblogauction@gmail.com with the item # and title in the subject line, the winner's email address, and their winning bid.  This will allow us to verify information before sending out invoices.  PLEASE DO NOT INVOICE THE WINNERS YOURSELF.

WINNERS - We will be sending out Paypal invoices by Monday night.  When the invoice has been paid, we will let the donor know. The two of you can then arrange shipping and/or redemption of the prize.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email any of us and we'll respond as soon as we can. Again, thank you to all (donors and bidders) for making this a success. Our hope is that it'll be a blessing for Julee and Preslee Turner.

Life in the Green House
Life Sweet Life
Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land
SheShe Made Blog
The Getts Times
The E Family

Silent Auction Time

Sunday, October 14, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

turner_buttonThank you for stopping by the Silent Auction we are hosting to benefit Julee & Preslee Turner. Below you will find information to assist you in the bidding and listing process.

To List Your Item:
1. Compose a blog post that includes the details of the item being auctioned: item name, item description, retail value, and where you are willing to ship (US only, etc.). If you wish to do so, you may list a starting bid, but it is not required.
2. Enter the direct link to your item (not just a generic link to your blog) in the link-up tool below.

To Bid on an Item:
1. Read through the list of items below. If you see something that interests you, click on it and you will be taken to a page where you will be able to leave a comment with your bid.
2. Bids should be placed in $1 increments. (Example: If previous bid was $9, your bid must be at least $10.)
3. When you leave your bid, please include your name and email address.
4. Check back often to make sure you haven't been outbid. You will NOT be notified if someone outbids you, so you'll want to be sure to check in on items as the week goes on. Bidding will be closed on Friday, October 19th, at 10pm EST. Winners will be notified via email. All invoices must be paid by October 31, 2012.

We hope that this answers any questions you might have. We have tried our best to keep this as simple as possible, but realize there will always be questions come up. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need help or clarification on something. Thank you again for being a part of blessing Julee & Preslee.

Happy bidding!

Courtyard Marriott, Little Rock, Arkansas

Sunday, October 14, 2012 7 Comments A+ a-

Overnight stay at the Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Little Rock, Arkansas
Estimated Value: $136
Description:
Weekend Night Stay (Friday, Saturday or Sunday); room with King or 2 Queen beds, breakfast for 2 the following morning, and parking included.

Come stay a night in the River Market District and take advantage of all the amenities the area has to offer. Offer good on any weekend night and must be booked 2 weeks in advance. Not available during special event weekends.MarriottCourtyard

Hampton Inn Suites, Little Rock, Arkansas

Sunday, October 14, 2012 11 Comments A+ a-

Overnight stay at the Hampton Inn Suites, Downtown Little Rock, Arkansas
Estimated Value: $111
Description:
Weekend Night Stay (Friday, Saturday or Sunday), room with King or 2 Queen beds, breakfast is included and parking as well. 

Come stay a night in the River Market District and take advantage of all the amenities the area has to offer. Offer good on any weekend night and must be booked 2 weeks in advance. Not available during special event weekends.Hampton Inn Suites

Large Scentsy Warmer

Sunday, October 14, 2012 7 Comments A+ a-

Jane, a large Scentsy Warmer + 3 Scentsy Bars
Donated by: @michellefemiano
Description: Scentsy scented candles for your home. Our flameless candles are safe and provide hours of home fragrance. One large Scensty warmer (Jane) + 3 Scentsy Bars, either your choice or the choice of the donor.LargeWarmer

Midsize Scentsy Warmer

Sunday, October 14, 2012 12 Comments A+ a-

Chateau, a midsize Scentsy Warmer + 3 Scentsy Bars
Donated by: @michellefemiano
Description: Scentsy scented candles for your home. Our flameless candles are safe and provide hours of home fragrance.  One midsize Scensty warmer (Chateau) + 3 Scentsy Bars, either your choice or the choice of the donor.MidsizeWarmer

Home Is Where the Heart Is Wall Sign

Sunday, October 14, 2012 9 Comments A+ a-

Home Is Where the Heart Is Wall Sign
Donated By: Whale of a Sign
Description:
"Home is where the heart is" is a special edition made exclusively for the Turner Family.  11"x14" canvas in Blue Jean and White with a Red heart.HomeHeartIs

Silent Auction FAQs

Friday, October 12, 2012 3 Comments A+ a-

turner_buttonWe know there’s been a number of questions regarding the Silent Auction taking place next week and we’re going to do the best we can to answer those questions here.

But first we want to take a moment to thank you for the overwhelming response for Julee and Preslee Turner. We’ve been awed with each donation and email, amazed at the kindness of strangers, and thankful to see a community come together to support a friend in need. Thank you!

1. Do I need to enter my item on each blog? Do I need to visit each blog to see all of the items?
No, you don’t need to visit each of our blogs to enter or bid on an item. You only have to enter the link on one site, and it will show up on all of our sites. The same with bidding on items… All of our blogs will have the exact same list of items up for auction.

2. How do you bid on an item?
When you see an item you want to bid on, click on the link from the list and you’ll be taken to that item. In the comments, please be sure to leave your name, email address, and bid. All bids must be made in $1 increments. If the last bid is $9, then your bid must be at least $10.

3. How is a winner chosen?
The comments should be closed on Friday night at 10:00pm(EST). The highest bid will be the winner of that item.

4. How will be payments be accepted?
We will contact the winners and will send them a Paypal invoice for the amount. Once it’s paid, we’ll let the donor know so shipment can be arranged.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE:

  • It is at the donor's discretion if the item will be available to US bidders only, or if they are willing to ship internationally. If you are donating an item, please be sure to list in your post if it's limited to US bidders only.
  • It will be up to the donor to pay for all shipping charges.
  • All payments should be received by October 31, 2012.
  • These payments are not considered a tax deductible.

We’ve also listed a sample post for your donated item below…

Title of Item:
Estimated Value:
Description of Item:
Picture of Item:

Again, thank you so much for the tremendous response! We’re looking forward to next week!

Life in the Green House
Life Sweet Life
Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land
SheShe Made Blog
The Getts Times

Silent Auction for the Turners

Sunday, October 07, 2012 7 Comments A+ a-

turner_buttonOver the weekend, one of our own lost the love of her life in a tragic car accident. You can read more about it here.

We know many of us were shocked and saddened by the death of Julee’s husband and baby Preslee’s daddy over the weekend.  It’s hard whenever a loved one’s time is cut short, but especially when it touches someone so young.  And it has put Julee in the position of single parenting her 10-month-old baby girl, in a way that no one should have to face.

We know that she’s surrounded by loved ones, family and friends that can love on her, mourn with her, and be there for her in ways that many of us can’t.  But it has touched a lot of us in Blog and Twitter Land and many want to help in a tangible way.  So here is a way that we can come together and honor Matt Turner and offer what support we can to his wife and daughter.

Next week, October 15th through the 19th, we (Life in the Green House, Life Sweet Life, Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land, The Getts Times, SheShe Made) will be conducting a silent auction with all proceeds going to Julee and Preslee.

To Donate an Item*:

  • Create a post detailing the item up for auction.  Include a description and/or picture.
  • On Monday, October 15th visit any of the above blogs and list your item.  Make sure to use the direct link to that specific post.
  • Once the auction ends on Friday, October 19th, we’ll have you email us with the winner’s name, email address, and the amount of the winning bid.  We’ll invoice the winner.

*If you do not have a blog, but still want to donate an item, please contact any of the Jenns, Sarah, or Ashley and we will be happy to list your item for you!

To Bid on an Item:

  • On Monday, October 15th, visit any of the above blogs to view the list of donated items.
  • If an item interests you, click on the link to read more information.
  • To place a bid, leave a comment on that blog’s post leaving your email address and your bid.
  • Be sure to check the list often as new items will be added throughout the week.

This is the amazing part of blogging...its watching a community of men and women come together to support one another in need.  Thanks for your willingness to help and we’re looking forward to a successful auction.  And as always, we’re sure that Julee, Preslee, and the rest of their loved ones would greatly appreciate your prayers in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Special thanks to Sarah for designing the button for the auction!

Call Me Maybe, Reagan Style

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 14 Comments A+ a-


Whenever I’m having a bad day, I’m going to come to this post and listen to Reagan singing Call Me Maybe, acapella style.  She is a crack up!