Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Judd's First Birthday {the birthday boy & his guests}

Thank you for all the sweet sweet comments on his party decor. I feel so incredibly swamped and am drowning in emails at the moment but I appreciate the time you take to comment. This week has been nonstop and I am so ready for the weekend to get here so I can breathe and recharge my batteries. Whew!
Anyway, on to more exciting subjects such as this...

Sidenote: I had planned on taking all the pictures of his party myself but as soon as everyone started arriving Judd wanted nothing to do with anyone but his momma and he did NOT want me to put him down. Needless to say, I didn't get the last minute things set up exactly as I wanted and I most definitely didn't get to snap pictures. I think I got maybe 5 pictures total with my camera! As soon as Sarah arrived I asked her to take some pictures and some pictures turned into ALL of the pictures. And as always, she outdid herself. These pictures she sent me all look PROFESSIONAL! They ARE professional as far as I'm concerned. I seriously owe that girl my thirdborn child. Although I'm sure she would gladly decline an offspring of my genetics. HAHA! Thanks again Sarah!!!!!

I sent out about 23 invitations to close friends and family. We had maybe 25 people total and it was a perfect amount!! Not too overwhelming and enough people were there to eat all of the food. Haha!!! That's a great turnout in my books.

Some of our favorite people!


Our family of four ready to sing Happy Birthday and a close up of Judd's party day outfit! It was a smocked superhero shortall I ordered from Anavini before I knew if Judd was going to be a he or a she. I just LOVE this piece.


I got Judd's birthday hat and bib from here. It's the same place I used for Ava's first birthday and I am just a sucker for tradition. They never disappoint and have the BEST quality.
 
 
Speaking of Ava's first birthday...let's compare.



Both kids love to be sang to. Especially when an entire room is singing to them. Ahhh love it! Just look at that face. He is soaking it all in and loving every minute of it!


Checking out his rather LARGE smash cake. It was a white star cake.

He had a hard time getting into the cake and it was a tad difficult for him to eat, so we gave him a cupcake instead and he gobbled that up in seriously 10 seconds! Love his faces and all the different expressions Sarah captured.

He thought he was big time getting to eat that sugar all up and make a big mess!

 
Yayyyyyyy for messes!!!



And yayyyy for Daddy cleaning it all up because momma was "busy".

Mr. Man was even nice enough to share some of his cake with his favorite people.






 
 
I'd say he enjoyed his first birthday, wouldn't you? Thanks again to all those that came out to celebrate with us and thanks to all of you who are such an important part of Judd's life. We love you and are blessed by you.




Monday, October 29, 2012

Judd's Superhero FIRST Birthday {the decor}


How is it that he is one?!?!
Judd is one years old.
Twelve months more like (because that sounds like he is still a baby).
As much as I was excited to celebrate my little man's first this weekend, I was in disbelief that it has been an entire year. Some days sure were long but that year? It was way too short!
His official birthday was Sunday October 28th but we celebrated on the Saturday the 27th. It was just the perfect amount of people, everyone enjoyed the company and by the little food left over, I'm hoping that means they were satisfied with the food as well!
When Judd was in the hospital for the second time at 3 months old I couldn't help but think of what a tough little guy he was. He had gone through stomach surgery at 15 days old, had caught MANY of Ava's colds, and was on his second round of RSV. I told him he was mommy's hero. And that, my friends, is when his first birthday theme of "Superhero" was decided. I knew there were going to be plenty of years in the future that he'd want to have superhero parties and that was fine, but this year it was just SO fitting.
I didn't want to use specific Marvel superheroes for his party because that was not the focal point of this Superhero theme. The focal point was Judd! So I chose to decorate with generic child superhero characters, stars, pictures of Judd and incorporating the colors apple green, red, and cornflower blue.

This is the only picture I have of the entire food table. I took it with my phone so it's poor quality.
 




We served "Heroes" (subway sandwiches) with Power Packed Chips", "Kryptonite" (monster munch with green candy melts instead of almond bark), "Kapow Kabobs" (fruit skewers), and "Power Sticks" (candy coated pretzel rods).



The desserts were all homemade and included almond flavored cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese icing, vibrant green cake pops, various iced cookies, and superhero cookie dip with spiderman graham crackers. I am so thankful for my talented friends who made the delicious deserts!
The drink station. We served superhero punch (red white and blue punch consisting of cranberry juice, blue frost gatorade, and sprite) and party themed water bottles which I don't have a picture of either.




Back to sweets...Instead of doing favor bags I wanted to do a candy buffet. I've always wanted to do this sort of set up so I thought it would be perfect for our front "formal dining room" area. Well, I have this slight obsession about me that once I get something in my head I HAVE to do it. I lack self control I suppose. Otherwise I would have vetoed this great idea once I realized just how pricey candy is. I had no idea!! I tried to justify it by telling myself that Halloween would be a few days later and I could give away any unused candy. Except then I didn't want all the candy to be wrapped candy. Ughhh! I am my own worst enemy sometimes. Anyway, the candy buffet looked pretty neat and it was fun to set up. BUT! We have WAY TOO MUCH candy left over and I can't really give trick or treaters a handful of exposed jelly beans can I?



Candies were vanilla tootsie rolls, hot tamales, rasperry laffy taffy, red apple jelly belly, green apple licorice, cherry gummy bears, candy stars, blue marshmallows, apple candy sours and blueberry suckers.
This next table set up was off to the side of our kitchen and it was my "Judd table". The window ledge held his monthly pictures. I made a city scape with the monthly pictures the building billboards. I saw various city scapes on Superhero party sites and thought this would be a cool idea for the monthly pictures.



My friend Sarah made the "J" superman sign and the Subway art of his 12month milestones. I love the Subway art so very much! I hung it up on his wall in his room and know it will be something I always treasure. Sarah also made his invitation, party printables, and candy bag stickers.
We had a photobooth set up and I had great intentions of getting at least one picture of every guest at his party since of course Judd won't remember it. I wanted to make a cool photobook with everyone's name labeled next to the picture. But you know what they say about best laid plans...







This is when my plan started to crumble. I was yelling for Aaron to come get in the picture and right about this time he locked his keys in his car while bringing in the Subway sandwiches, 10 guests showed up at the same time and I needed to greet them...so yeah.

                                      
Hahaha!!! It was a cute idea and I'm glad we still got a few pictures!

Back to my first thought of Judd's party theme; I knew I wanted to have party guests donate to Cook's Children's Hospital in lieu of gifts. I remember Ava's first birthday and how it was a great celebration but the gifts were just unneccesary. A kind gesture and fun for the parents yes, but they are just too little to understand why on earth they need to sit still and open presents and then the mass overhaul of toys and clothes was just too much! It stressed Ava out and the mess and clutter stressed us out. It seemed so fitting for Judd to become a member of the "Peter Pan Birthday club" and I look forward to telling him what his party guests gave to in honor of his first birthday.

                  

This is where guests put their donation.




I will share more pictures of his guests and the birthday boy himself in the next post! Thanks so much to sweet Sarah, my lifesaver on more occasions than I care to admit, for taking the pictures of the party decor!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Friday!!

Let the first birthday festivities begin!!!




Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Turner Silent Auction results

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.


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Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Auction is over. Now What? PLEASE READ!

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 YOUR LINKY DONATION ITEM NUMBER, winner's email address, and their winning bid amount. 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.
PLEASE email us at that email address mentioned above. Do not email us individually.

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.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Silent Auction Item: Custom Made Burlap Wreath



ITEM: Custom Made Burlap Wreath

  • 18" wreath, which when finished is about 22" 
  • Indoor and outdoor 
  • Retails for $50.00 
 
 
 
Close up of feather accent




How to bid on this wreath:
  • Place your bid in the comments section of this blog post.
  • Leave NAME, EMAIL, and BID.
  • All bids must be made in $1 increments. If the last bid is $9 then your bid must be $10.
Bidding will close on Friday night at 10:00pm(EST)
Highest bidder will be the winner.
Payment will be accepted via PayPal. Winner will be emailed a paypal invoice upon close of the auction.  
PLEASE NOTE: Auction open to US residents only. All payments must be received by October 31, 2012. These payments are not considered tax deductible.
Thank you for your support and happy bidding!!









Monday, October 15, 2012

Silent Auction Item: Bronwyn Hanahan Christmas Package


This item is donated by a group of twitter friends to give you the ultimate "Whimsical Christmas Artwork Package".
Donors are Sarah Martin, Hillary Bazyk, Amy Tippins, Miranda Houser and myself.

ITEM: Bronwyn Hanahan Door Sign and 4 Personalized Ornaments
Estimated Value: $90

  • Santa "Ho Ho Ho" door hanger made of wood, hand painted, and sprinkled with glitter!
 
 
 
  • Set of 4 personalized hand painted ornaments in your color choice of red, pink, green or blue.

 
 
 

How to bid on this package:
  • Place your bid in the comments section of THIS blog post only.  
  • Leave NAME, EMAIL, and BID.
  • All bids must be made in $1 increments. If the last bid is $9 then your bid must be $10.
Bidding will close on Friday night at 10:00pm(EST)
Highest bidder will be the winner.
Payment will be accepted via PayPal. Winner will be emailed a paypal invoice and once paypal payment has been made, I will email you instructions on how to proceed with getting your artwork.
PLEASE NOTE: Auction open to US residents only. All payments must be received by October 31, 2012. These payments are not considered tax deductible.
Thank you for your support and happy bidding!!





Sunday, October 14, 2012

SILENT AUCTION LINK UP

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Thank 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!

Silent Auction Item: Northwest Arkansas Naturals


This complete package of Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball goodies has been donated by the team itself.


ITEM: Northwest Arkansas Naturals AA Baseball Team package

 
 Description:
This baseball package would be the perfect gift for your baseball fanatic!! In fact, my baseball fanatic husband just informed me he would like to bid on this item for himself! Haha! Too bad we don't live in Arkansas!

How to bid on this package:
  • Place your bid in the comments section of this blog post.
  • Leave NAME, EMAIL, and BID.
  • All bids must be made in $1 increments. If the last bid is $9 then your bid must be $10.
  • This particular auction is speciifc to persons residing in or near the Northwest Arkansas area as item will need to be picked up from the community relations coordinator on site.
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Bidding will close on Friday night at 10:00pm(EST)
Highest bidder will be the winner.
Payment will be accepted via PayPal. Winner will be emailed a paypal invoice and once paypal payment has been made, I will email you instructions on how to proceed with picking up your package.  
PLEASE NOTE: Auction open to US residents only. All payments must be received by October 31, 2012. These payments are not considered tax deductible.
Thank you for your support and happy bidding!!




















Silent Auction Item: Kid's Books!

This item is being donated by Laura M. Arblaster with Bright Horizons Family Solutions. She is donating a wonderful collection of Children's book sets! Perfect for teachers, new moms, or Christmas gifts for the kids!

ITEM: Curious George Book Set and Children's Rhymes and Fingerplays Complete Book
Estimated Value: $80.00
 


 
 
 
 
Description:
This package of books will include a collection of Curious George books on CD, perfect for a reading center at home or at school, along with a great book (one that I actually owned as a teacher and now own as a mother!!) on rhymes and fingerplays to teach language and reading awareness/development with the early childhood learners.

How to bid on this package:
  • Place your bid in the comments section of this blog post.
  • Leave NAME, EMAIL, and BID.
  • All bids must be made in $1 increments. If the last bid is $9 then your bid must be $10.
Bidding will close on Friday night at 10:00pm(EST)
Highest bidder will be the winner.
Payment will be accepted via PayPal. Winner will be emailed a paypal invoice and once paypal payment has been made, Mrs. Arblaster will get with you to ship your book collection.
PLEASE NOTE: Auction open to US residents only. All payments must be received by October 31, 2012. These payments are not considered tax deductible.
Thank you for your support and happy bidding!!


Silent Auction Item: "Super Santa Package" featuring SheShe Made and Toys R Us

This item is donated by a group of donors to give you the ultimate "Super Santa Package".

ITEM: Super Santa Package for Kid's Christmas
Estimated Value: $150.00
 

  • A custom made outfit from the SheShe Made Christmas 2012 collection, valued at $50.
  • A $100 gift certificate to Toys R Us, donated by Jennifer and Margaret
 
 
Description:
This "Super Santa Package" will spread the Christmas cheer in more ways than one! Your child(ren) will be looking super festive in their SheShe Made attire while sitting upon Santa's lap AND you will have a $100 gift card to play the role of that jolly 'ol elf at Toy's R Us! It's a win/win for
everyone, isn't it?

 
How to bid on this package:
  • Place your bid in the comments section of this blog post.
  • Leave NAME, EMAIL, and BID.
  • All bids must be made in $1 increments. If the last bid is $9 then your bid must be $10.
 
Bidding will close on Friday night at 10:00pm(EST)
 
Highest bidder will be the winner.
 
Payment will be accepted via PayPal. Winner will be emailed a paypal invoice and once paypal payment has been made, I will email you instructions on how to proceed with placing your custom order and receiving your Toys R Us gift card.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Auction open to US residents only. All payments must be received by October 31, 2012. These payments are not considered tax deductible.
 
Thank you for your support and happy bidding!!
 








Friday, October 12, 2012

Silent Auction FAQs

We 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 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:
State if Open to All Bidders or US only (for shipping purposes) 

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

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day 10 of clothes and chatter

This was our big day!



Ava took her last link off the Disney chain! We were headed to the happiest place on earth!!!!




Waiting to board the plane so we could "blast off" to Orlando.

We got in around 6pm and then had dinner at the Luau at the Polynesian.



She was so excited and super tired! It was a late night for us. We got back to our room around 10:30 and bathed/pajamas/etc when Ava realized she lost her elephant. No no bueno!! Luckily the front desk had it and the day was saved. Phew!!!
She was finally asleep by 11. Today is magic kingdom day with lots of fun in store!! Can't wait to see it all through Ava's eyes!



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After having my girly girl in April of 08, and spending oodles of money on one of a kind boutique, monogrammed clothing (with hairbows to match), I decided it was time to learn this trade myself before I went broke! I learned how to sew, embroider, and make hairbows in a matter of 3 months. What started as a hobby has turned into a dream come true. I quit my job as a teacher and now work from home when the little one sleeps. My life as a mommy and a boutique clothing designer/manufacturer/monogrammer is truly the best of both worlds!! I have big dreams for the future of my family and the future of SheShe Made. Thanks for joining me as I blog about the journey. Let me know if there is a bow or outfit you'd like custom made for you! Email me at sheshebows@yahoo.com and thanks for stopping by!

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