Thursday, May 31, 2012

Blake's Dedication

I am very behind on my blog, but with 4 kiddos to chase around, I don't always get all the time I want.
Blake got dedicated on Sunday May 20th {Mother's Day}
He and his cousin Caleb were dedicated together.

We had a great time with family and friends and they boys couldn't have been cuter!

Their amazing cake made by my cousin in law

Grandma and papa O

 The sweet boys!

My brothers and my hubby!
{3 of my favorite guys!}

Family photo

The whole family!

Godfather Nick!
(he gets to meet his Godmother in 2 weeks!)

Granny and Gramps with their great grandchildren

Us and our parents

 I promise to be a better blogger, I have tons of pictures to catch up on and a few great posts coming up!
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Happy Little Monkey Review and GIVEAWAY!

Happy Little Monkey got started as a creative outlet during nap-time. Carrie wanted to make and share my favorite things with other people, as well as support her addiction to fabric! The shop has continued and grown from a little hobby of selling online to include craft show appearances, swaddling demos, and retail locations. Her goal is to create functional items that become favorites of every recipient and your 'go-to' gift to give. She loves to create personalized gifts too.

I found Happy Little Monkey when I was browsing through personalized shops on Etsy. You all know how I love personalized things, especially since this is my last baby.
I also LOVE to swaddle my baby. All my kids have been swaddled and I love how it gives them a sense of security.

Happy Little Monkey has a variety of swaddle blankets that can be personalized. They can also be made into a matching set with burp rags and or bibs.

What better gift to give than a gift set of personalized things. Everyone can use another blanket and burp rags are a must. Then come time for baby foods, the matching bib is a necessity.

Happy Little Monkey adds the touch of fabric to their personalizing. I love embroidered personalizing, but coordinating fabric added in there is awesome! Carrie had tons of graphics to personalize with and loves to create custom orders.

Carrie sent me a swaddle blanket to review and also a burp rag. Since my SIL was expecting too, she sent me a swaddle blanket for her little guy too.

They are huge blankets to swaddle with and work great for getting the swaddle tight. They came with their names embroidered on them for a great personal touch.

They came wrapped in a cute bag and tied with ribbon....

This is the set she sent for Blake...

and the blanket she sent for Caleb...

Caleb swaddled in his blanket

Blake loves being swaddled and goes to sleep very easy when swaddled.

The blankets are big enough, so you do have to worry about not having enough material to swaddle with.

Happy Little Monkey makes a variety of blankets, bibs, burp rags and gift sets.

Carrie is giving away a $20 gift certificate to her shop

Here is how to enter...
Head over to Happy Little Monkey and check out her awesome products. Then come back and leave me a comment letting me know which product you would choose, if you won. {mandatory}

How can you get a few more entries?!
1 extra entry- Follow my blog or let me know you do
1 extra entry- 'Heart' Happy Little Monkey on Etsy
2 extra entries- 'Like' Happy Little Monkey on Facebook
1 extra entry- 'Like' my Etsy shop, Your Life Long Memories, on Facebook (or let me know you do)
4 extra entries- Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link
  10 extra entries- Buy something from Happy Little Monkey and let me know what you bought.

***Be sure to leave a comment for EACH separate entry you are entitled and leave your e-mail address, if you aren't on Blogger***

This giveaway will end Thursday June 6th and the winner will be chosen with

Friday, May 25, 2012

Blake 2 month old!

(this post is really late, but summers keep us running around here)

The past 2 months have been a blast and I have loved watching you grow! You make me smile on my worst of days and your smile melts my heart daily! 2 months you are...
*You smile and love when you hear the 'kissing' noise 
*You have the most gorgeous blue eyes
* You try so hard to lift your {heavy} head up
* You like belly time, and sometimes fall asleep during it

* You are trying to giggle
*You take naps in your crib, but are still in mommy's and daddy's room at night
*You LOVE being swaddled

* You sleep 6-8 hours a night
* You wear 0-3 month clothes
* You are in size 1 diapers
* You love being outside and taking walks

Your stats at 2 months are...
Height 23 3/4" (72-85%)
Weight 12 lbs. 6oz. (50%)
Head 39.2 cm (50-75%)

You and your cousin Caleb (5 months)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

We're off....

...on our first camping trip in our camper!

This is my happy almost 2 month old boy, excited to go on his first camping trip.


My little man, loving his play mat!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Getting my old body back...

Have any of you ever heard of 

I know I am not the only one that doesn't have the same body I did before I had kids. I will however be the first one to tell you that it is totally worth it. 
I just don't want to look at a body that I am not happy with. I know I will never be 110 lbs (like I was when I graduated high school) and I don't even care about the number that the scale says, I just want to look in the mirror and like what I see. 

Since I have had 4 babies, I have that lingering fat that just won't go away. It is the kind of fat that even working out and eating healthy doesn't really make it disappear. It is that little pooch that forever stays. 

Now that I am done having babies, I want to get fit again and be able to put on one outfit in the morning and like what I see, versus putting on 10 more outfits after that, trying to find one that I like the way I look in.

I had the opportunity to try out Cool Sculpting. I {obviously} chose my lower belly area to get treated. 
 My treatment was last week, so I am waiting for results, that will come in 4 weeks - 4 months.
(the reason it takes longer, is becuase that is how long it naturally takes your body to dispose of the fat cells)
I took before pictures that will be posted later with the after pictures.
My treatment was done at Mesna Plastic Surgery. I would highly recommend Dr. Mesna's office. They are very nice and explain everything that they are doing.

Here is how it works:
The procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain, well, healthy. (No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars) Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. In a few months, boom: say hello to a new you.
(information taken from the Cool Sculpting website)

 From my point of view:
I went in to get the procedure and they put a cool gel pad on my belly. Then they put the suction machine on top and turned it on. It sucked up my fat into the machine (which I won't lie...was a little uncomfortable, but nothing compared to childbirth) then when it sucked up as much as it could, we waited for 1 hour while the machine worked. (the uncomfortableness went away after about 5 minutes, when everything went numb)
(this is a view of what the machine looks like with a Boppy pillow to hold it up) 
After the hour had passed, they turned the machine off and took it off my belly. (this part was gross)
My belly was formed like a large stick of butter. It was red and cool. The tech massaged my belly for about 5 minutes and everything was normal again.
The next day my belly was sore, like it was bruised. 2 days later my belly is much better and I am anxious to see the results. (I am not a patient person)

Here are a couple before and after treatment pictures of other patients:

Check back to see the results and the before and after pictures.
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