Friday, December 31, 2010

Here Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Good Morning Bloggers,

First and foremost I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!!! Today it is gloomy in Davenport so I plan to tackle putting away the rest of the Christmas decorations and then we have a fun night planned with friends.

Today I decided to post a few of our favorite things from Christmas

Erin's Pick's:
 The Flip Camera: I am going to have to become techy but am excited for the future memories this will capture.
 Squeal: A Gold Armitron Watch!! I have to get a few links taken out but I LOOOOOVVEEE It! Thanks Mr H!
Pink North Face Vest
A great new cook-book from my momma!!!!! Southern Pies!

Joe's Pick's:
 A new book from CoCo by an author that he has read from before.
 Clothes, Clothes, and more Clothes ( who knew guys were so into clothes)
 Perfect Pull up bar
Thanks Zanoni's- our home gym is just about complete.

What were a few of  your favorite things from Christmas????

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Good Morning Bloggers,

Our Christmas Eve tradition has been going on for a very long time. Every Christmas Eve we go to Mass with the Turners and then we head to my Uncle Jim and Aunt Karen's in Geneseo. Every year they have a themed dinner whether it is a Mexican Fiesta or a Italian Fest it is GREAT. This year they did the TURNER SPORTS BAR THEME. It was awesome they had a bunch of stuff shipped in from World Market to enhance the sports bar theme and great food!! The kiddos open most of their gifts there and then we head out to look at Christmas Lights. When we arrive back at Grammie and Poppy's SANTA has come.!!!! WE open our gifts from Santa and then head upstairs for the gift exchange for the adults and the kiddos zip off to bed!!!!

After the big exchange we headed back to our house with my mom. We woke up Christmas morning and had a great morning relaxing and opening gifts with her!! Thank you Colleen for taking such good care of Joe and I you truly spoil us. After gift opening we got ready for the day and on the road to Indianola. Joey's stepsister recently graduated from Iowa State University and is moving to Hawaii. We are very proud of her but will miss her very much. We had a great day in Insianola opening gifts, playing Wii, and hanging out. Sunday we said our tearful goodbyes to Kelsey and got on the road. We cant wait to visit you Kelsey Rae!!

Here are a few pictures from Christmas Eve:

Sorry about the first picture I cant get it to rotate.

I hope anyone reading this post had an excellent Christmas with their loved ones

Next Post: Here are a few of our favorite things!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sleepover At The Haluska's

Good Evening Bloggers,

Well the celebrating contuined at our house after the dinner party ended. We decided to have all the KIDDOS spend the night at our house!

This included Hannah, Emmett, Grace,Caroline, and Madeline!!!

They were all pretty excited. We played with new karoke machine after ther parents left and then put on the PJS and got tucked in. We had two in our main level bedroom, 2 in the guest bedroom upstairs and one cute little Madeline Jane that floated between ALL THE ROOMS!!!

The next morning Joey headed out to get us movies and doughnuts!! What a guy, right!!!!!!

The kids got snuggled up on the couch and we watched Toy Story 3- let me tell you it was GREAT. I ended up wiht Madeline on my lap and tears streaming down my face but as they reminded me they are happy tears!! If you havent seen this movie I recommend it!!!!

After some more Karoke, we headed to Geneseo for lunch with all the family!! Below are some of the pictures:

 Hannah, Madeline, and Caroline
                                              Best Buddies Emmett, and Grace
Here are some of the thoughts the hubby and I were left with after our first annual SLEEPOVER:



Next Post: Christmas EVE and Christmas DAY

Christmas 2010


Sorry fellow bloggers for my absence of blogging but I swept away my family and the spirit of Christmas! I plan to catch you all up on our life this week though!!!! !

We had a great Christmas with the people that we love dearly! It was very special I didn't take as many pictures as I would of liked but I was enjoying myself in the moment!

We hosted a dinner for the TURNER side last Wednesday I made an Italian feast and most of the items I had never made before.
The Menu:
-Stuffed Shells
-Italian Asparagus
-Chicken Alfredo
-Cesar Salad
and CANOLI"S!!!!

Here are a few pictures from the night!

 The Tablescape!! All stuff that I had so the grand total was $0.00!! Gotta Love that

 Joey giving out the tshirts he had made for my mom and uncles to Donny's lounge
 Emmett and Kevin talking football
I love this picture!!!!!

Next Post Up: Sleepover at The Haluska's!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Weekend In Rewind

Hello Blogger,

Hope you all had a great weekend. Did anyone get hit with the Blizzard that was supposed to arrive. We were lucky enough that it didn't hit us in the Quads. It did however derail our plans though for the weekend BOOOOOO!!!

This weekend we were supposed to go to the Haluska Christmas but at the last minute it got cancelled due to the unpredictable weather. We were very sad that we wouldn't be seeing everyone! With out new plans of nothing we decided to embrace this unexpected weekend at home. We started a big fire, switched into our Pj's and planted ourselves in front of the tv.  I had made a bunch of food to bring on our trip so for lunch on Saturday we got out the food and had ourselves a feast!! Later that afternoon we rented some very good movies and ordered take out for the night. We both decided it is good to be homebodies every once in awhile.

Today we did venture out for church and some errands. The day got very sweet when I received a very special call from my cousin Pat, he is engaged!!!!!! He has been dating a lovely girl names Kate and all of the TURNERS feel extremely blessed to have her in our family. Congrats Pat and Kate. The cold weather is here to stay I am sorry to say! This upcoming week will be busy for the both of us. I have holiday parties to attend every night this week. I am looking forward to them because really this is what the season is for celebrating the people that our in your life. Friday I will do a holiday party re-cap!!!!!!!

Have a great Monday everyone!

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Festive Weekend

Hi Blogland,

Tonight I am blogging about our weekend in downtown Chicago, IL!! We spent this past Saturday there with some of my family ringing in this very special season of Christmas!

I wish I would of had my Christmas but we were in such a hurry when we left that morning to catch the train I forgot it. Whoops! I guess I will have to be very descriptive in my writing.

Friday when we arrived my mom had a very special surprise waiting for us, my sweet Caroline was behind the Christmas Tree!! To my surprise she was going to have a sleepover and go downtown with us on Saturday.

Saturday started off my boarding the train with mom, grammie, poppy, Caroline, Jim, Karen, Joe and I boarded the train and headed downtown. I love riding the train!!! It never gets old and supplies me with great people watching. I am hoping the train initiative from the Quad Cities to Chicago will still go through but I guess we will have to wait to see what happens.

When we left the train station we loaded up in a taxi and off we went to Michigan Ave. We had lunch at 676 which is located in the Omni Hotel. We were able to get a window seat so while we ate we got watch all the shoppers. After lunch we headed out to the streets to shop and look at all the beautiful decorations. If you haven't been to Chicago during the Christmas season I would highly recommend it because it is gorgeous with all the lights and beautiful window shops, it truly inspires and ignites the Christmas spirit.

After some strolling we headed to the John Hancock building. We took the elevator up to the 93rd floor to enjoy a beverage and to take in the spectacular view. This is where I really wish I had my camera because the view from here is so energetic. The view is of the lake, navy pier and all of downtown. After this we took Caroline to see Santa at Macy's. They have a hug scene set up and she was thrilled to do it!!!!You may be wondering what a 1st grader wants, a guitar!!! I love her spirit. After this we headed to the train station and headed back to Naperville.

It was a great day and we all decided that this would be a great tradition to begin.

Hope you are all having a great week so far!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Video Log


I am feeling a little southern tonight so pretend my "Howdy" was in the best southern accent you have ever heard!!!!!!

Tonight I have a Video Log for you. This is a mis-mash of video's of my Goddaughter Madeline, some video that Joe and I took on our honeymoon, and some dog training.

Well that is it for tonight! Hope you like the change up of video's !!!!!!!!!

Have a great weekend and get ready for some Holiday decorating when I return on Monday

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

An Inspiration!!!!

Good Evening Bloggers,

Hope you all had a great day! I was reminded today by my mother that a week ago today we were getting ready for Thanksgiving, oh how time flies by!!!!

Anyways I had a post of Video's that I have recently taken that I was going to post tonight but instead I was reading one of the blogs that I follow: Maleunder my Life and was toally inspired by the guest blogger that she featured today

I have pasted the section below:
Brittany’s Beauty Tips for the Soul

Beauty surrounds a woman’s life in everything that she does. It is who she is. We were made to be beautiful from our hair, bodies, and feminine persona. I have come to the realization that it’s natural to want to look beautiful. But finding a balance is essential, and at times, this can be difficult.

I can’t count how many hours I have spent at the salon getting my hair high-lighted (of course, trying to achieve a “natural” look); going shopping to find the perfect outfit to fit my ever-changing style or simply looking in the mirror and applying makeup every day.

I’m always pulling, tugging, or fixing my outer appearance. At times, it’s exhausting.

There are multiple beauty resources available at our finger tips that assist us in finding the right outfit or achieving Jennifer Anniston’s killer body. But there seems to be a gaping hole in many of our lives and especially in our culture. And that is a lack of focus on inner beauty.

As the editor of, I have met and continue to meet women who want to redefine beauty in their lives. These women want to accept who they are, change what they can, and be women of substance – more than what meets the eye.

So instead of a typical beauty blog where I offer you tips to look better, let’s rather think of beauty tips for our soul.

Think of all the ways that you make yourself beautiful on the outside and the amount of time each one takes. Imagine using that time to beautify your inner self. Taking the time to work on our inner self will translate to the outside.

Below are a few beauty tips for the soul:

Daily: Applying lipstick (5 seconds) = Speak a positive word to yourself or someone else

It only take 5 seconds to apply lipstick; now, let’s apply some positivity to our lives. As you’re looking in the mirror, say something positive about yourself to yourself ( I am beautiful. I have a giving heart. I am a loyal friend). Now, this sounds a little narcissistic but imagine the confidence that you’ll carry once you really start believing in those things.

Having confidence in ourselves is key to having healthy relationships.

Say something positive to a friend. Just a few words of encouragement, a thank you, or a compliment only takes 5 seconds, and it can make a difference in someone’s life.

A positive mindset can change the outcome of many situations and also make you enjoyable company:)

Daily: Picking out an outfit (20 min) = Meditate

Now in a perfect world, I would suggest meditating for more than 20 min, but with all the many activities that fill up our schedule, sometimes it just isn’t realistic. However, it is necessary that every day, we give ourselves time to be alone- free from distraction and escape from the worries of our day. Sometimes it only take a few minutes to feel energized and inspired.

Now, when you hear the word meditation you may think of Buddha, but I simply suggest getting alone with yourself to hear own thoughts.

Taking a little time each day to be alone will give you a chance to possibly rethink a decision you have to make or a cool down from a heated argument.

Hair Salon (2 hours) = Spend time with a close friend

There’s nothing like a good conversation with a close friend. Often times, when I finally take the time to reconnect with a friend over lunch, I leave feeling like a better person, sometimes relieved and mostly happy.

Talking to a close friend about our lives, what we are doing and what we are going through can lift a heavy burden. I also love getting updated on what my friends are doing and how they’ve been inspired. Usually this inspires me as well.

A great piece of advice given to me – Be friends with people you want to be like.

Manicure (45 min) = Enjoy Nature

I often go for a jog outside, and to be honest, I’m in the least bit enjoying nature. Instead, I am constantly checking the time because I’m exhausted! However, those times after my jog where I’ve sat at the park and stared into the lake have been times that I cannot explain with words.

Nature inspires you and reminds you that you’re only a small part in this big picture called life. There’s something energizing about nature with its peacefulness, serenity and beauty.

Take nothing but a good book or pen and notebook.

Shopping (all day) = Serve Others

I don’t know about you, but I have spent a whole day of shopping only to spend another day taking those items back. Think of the time spent shopping and imagine spending a day serving your community.

One of my friends volunteers once a month at a homeless shelter for women. She spends the entire night there, talking with the women, and assisting in ways that she can. There are many opportunities in your community to serve. Form a group who are passionate about it as well and do it together.

Serving others helps you see how fortunate you truly are and puts your life into perspective. It also allows you to give to those who are in need and help them to a path of success. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman with a humble heart.

There’s more to life than “who’s wearing what,” and I’m sure you know that. Now, does this mean that you must sacrifice your outer beauty for your inner beauty? No, but finding a balance between the two is key.

My beauty tips for the soul are probably not new to you. But too often, the things we know to do, we don’t.

Don’t neglect your soul another day but rather practice one of these tips this week for a “prettier” you.

What are your own personal tips for the soul?

Isnt this just a great article!!
I highly encourage you to check out and Brittany is the editor of
 Have a great day and I would love to hear some of your tips for the SOUL!!!!