• these first few smiles are literally the best thing ever. when you realize how happy you make a tiny person. when you see their face light up because they love you so much. then you fast forward 2.5 years and they’re demanding brownies and cheetos for lunch. 😬😬😬 #sixweeksold #happilytrista
  • (sponsored) When you become a parent, there are so many new things to learn about and I feel like each person latches on to something they’re passionate about / can’t stop reading and learning about. For me? That’s car seats! Thankfully some states are finally updating their laws to conform to recommendations from the APA. We have tried quite a few different seats and this 3-in-1 Pria seat from @maxicosiusa is the nicest! The chest clip is magnetic, making it easy to clip and unclip with one hand. The straps stay in place thanks to their out-of-the-way spring assist, so no more twisted up straps. And the cushions are both washer AND dryer safe! Yay for no more hang-drying! On top of that, it’s rear-facing up to 40lbs, forward-facing up to 65lbs and then a booster up to 100lbs. #ParentYourWay #PriaMax3in1 #happilytrista
  • 6 weeks of this angel girl ✨
She is still waking up once over night most nights. She just started smiling at us these past few days. She loves tummy time but rolls herself over all of the time so we have to roll her back. She loves to be worn and snuggled. And we have to restrain her brother from kissing her 193739 times per day. 🤪 #happilytrista #newborn #sixweeksold #fourthtrimester
  • We are currently paying the price for last week’s easy bedtimes. I’m trying to get Ben to sleep in his own room. So you can guess how happy he is about that. His yelling has Blaire awake still, she’s been out of her room about 25 times. And Sloane is passed out on the couch. At least someone is asleep. They’re lucky they’re adorable because holy moly I’m tired and just want to veg out on the couch. #gotheftosleep #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
  • Yesterday was almost 60° and today it “feels like” 21°. We had a handful of fall days and it’s not fair because I’m not ready to skip right to winter. There’s nothing better to get us all out of the house than a walk, especially because wearing Sloane puts her right to sleep. Anywho, trying to squeeze in a nap before we get Blaire from school because once we get home it’ll be a mad dash for me to shower and get everyone ready for Blaire’s first kindergarten parent/teacher conference. AND it’s book fair at her school. Who still gets excited for the book fair? 🤭🙋🏼‍♀️ #happilytrista
  • someone changed out of their pajamas today. it wasn’t me.
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  • daylight savings vibes... casually pouring coffee in my eyes today. what time were your kiddos awake? 
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  • Sorry if this made you yawn. 🤭 I just love that Sloane feels the sleep dust when I’m wearing her, just like Benny did! 💕 Hope you’re having a weekend as great as this girl. She is one month old today! Still waking just at 1:30am most nights to eat... occasionally around 5am, too. When she’s awake she likes to look at lights and stare at mama. Whenever she does tummy time she rolls right over to her back. 🥰 #happilytrista
  • Tried some Pinterest-y nail art while the two older kids were at school this morning... and I’m ready to remove and do something a little less crazy when they’re all in bed tonight. 🤪 Real wild Friday night plans, am I right?
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  • Sloane’s first Halloween... the one where it snowed 3 inches and was 20° outside. Woody and Jessie lasted about 30 mins trick-or-treating, then they wanted to head home to hand out candy. What was the weather like where you live? And how many pieces of candy do people give out where you trick-or-treat? Here, it’s a tie between “choose two pieces” and “grab a handful.” #blairebenandsloane #halloween #halloween2019 #happilytrista
  • ...when your mom takes too long in @target. Realized when we got out to the car that his binky was lost somewhere in the store. 20 mins into bedtime tonight I FINALLY found one in a diaper bag. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #tristalovestarget #happilytrista #terribletwos
October 13, 2014

I Love You, Weekend


Well another weekend has come and gone… why do they always fly by so quickly? We had such a fun and busy weekend hanging out with family and friends. Blaire was extra funny this weekend. She learned to babble “yeah” and “hey” and this morning she won’t stop saying “da da.” It is sooooo precious. I just can’t believe how quickly babies learn things. She likes to wave back (most of the time) if you wave to her. She also looks for Jason when you ask, “Where’s dad/daddy/da da?” She also does the same for our dog Mocha. She just adores Mocha! Her tooth is still not even half-way in (two and a half weeks later!). But it’s still adorable!


Hey there, little tooth!


Blaire & Mocha / Why do pet’s eyes always look so creepy from the flash?

Since we received our family photos on Friday, we wanted to add a photo collage on the wall in our living room to show them off. We had to spend some time shopping for items for our collage this weekend and I love how it turned out! Next up, new curtains. I’m loving these curtains from Target!Photo Wall

Random Mom Thing #1
Have you tried the diapers from The Honest Company? I signed up for the free trial and forgot to cancel before they sent me my first monthly subscription. I called in to cancel and they let me know it had actually been delivered that day. They said they’d email me a return label. The label never turned up in my Inbox and in a desperate emergency one day I had to open a package of diapers. I was secretly sooo excited we were keeping them because they’re so cute and they felt like they were such a nice quality. Well, I don’t love them. They just aren’t as absorbent as Pampers Swaddlers. (Not being paid to say this!) She definitely can’t wear them through the night. By 4AM she has already leaked through onto her PJs and her Swaddler. Nights when she slept through to 6AM, it had gone through to her bed sheet. She could be in the Pampers Swaddlers until 9AM and not have any problems with leaks. The other day she had been in her diaper for 2 hours and it leaked through, onto her pants and mine. Disgusting! My verdict: they’re super cute… but be prepared to change your child every, single hour. I get that they’re eco-friendly, so maybe absorbancy isn’t their thing. So if eco-friendly is your #1 then go for it! :) So far I love everything else that came in my bundles from The Honest Company. We have the wipes and the cleaning products and they all work very well.

Random Mom Thing #2
Have you tried to Up & Up Brand (Target) of formula? We tried the Infant Formula with Iron, which is comparable to Similac Infant. It was such a great deal, how could we not? Well it just didn’t seem to agree with poor Blaire’s tummy. She had never been constipated before and it was so heartbreaking. Granted, it could also have just happen to have overlapped with the certain combination of food she had eaten. But as soon as we switched back to Enfamil, she has been back to her old self. She has tried many different types of  Enfamil, including the Infant and the Supplementation. She’s also used different types of Similac and she hasn’t had a problem. Have you found any store brands that have agreed with your little one?

Well… Happy Monday to you! Here’s hoping your week flies by. xo

  • Reply
    October 13, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I completely agree with you 100% on the Honest Co. diapers. They are cute, but definitely more expensive and they leak! They also run pretty small. I bought a bundle and my son outgrew the size 2s overnight (it felt like). Luckily I did receive my return label via email, and they sent me some new size 3s. We’re using those now, but we had two leaks today….ugh! I will stick with Pampers Swaddlers. They are much cheaper in price, especially when Target has deals! I haven’t tried formula feeding yet with my son, but I appreciate the info! Loving your blog! :)

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      October 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you! I’m so happy to hear you’re loving the blog so far. I guess I’m not the only one who’s had the problem with those diapers. I agree, between SAMS and Target, Pampers Swaddlers are definitely more affordable.

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    Tiffany Wall
    October 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Love honest diapers, they’re what we use when we’re not cloth diapering. I carry about six at a time in my diaper bag and I got a great deal on them when they had a special on them at Costco (not all the Costco’s carry them, I think only in test markets, and also the shampoos! I hoarded them and bought a lot for stockpiling – lol! They were offered in a two pack and in a way bigger size than the small $10 a bottle you get on the website/nordstrom/and now target).

    Also, H has been a strictly breastfed baby until recently. I started supplementing formula, but haven’t tried the up&up brand, just Similac Advanced and Enfamil ready-made (for when my dad babysits). No problems with either…

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      October 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Good to know on the shampoo… I like those! And I love the cleaning supplies… Why don’t we have a Costco!?!?!? I’ve heard of mommy friends using their formula with no problems. For now we’re back to the Similac and Enfamil.

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    Tiffany Wall
    October 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    PS Pampers seem to be the best for overnight leaks! And cheaper alternative that all my mommy group friends are about are the Costco Kirkland brand!

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  • How many kids do you have? Which transition was the hardest? It may not be the traditional answer, but for me, becoming a mama to one was the hardest. I had NO CLUE what I was in for.
The mom guilt.
How long it would take to leave the house.
The sleepless nights.
Losing myself in motherhood — feeling like I had to be with Blaire 24/7.
Adding Ben and now Sloane to our crew has been so much easier for me. It’s like they just fall in line with the crazy. 🤪 And I think being so much more confident in myself as a mom doesn’t hurt either. 💁🏼‍♀️ #motherhoodishard
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  • #ad I can’t believe this girl is heading off to kindergarten! With afternoon pre-k last year, we were lucky to not have to worry about the morning rush. So this year, our go-to is a waffle and a chocolate milk for the ride to school. Horizon® Shelf Stable Chocolate Milk is our favorite since we can easily grab it and go! Spoiler alert: she takes one in her lunch, too. Blaire is so excited, but little brother and I are sad to see her spend so much time away from us. But I am excited to be able to walk her to school and avoid the CRAZY drop-off and pick-up lines while the weather’s still nice, anyways. 
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  • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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  • This summer hasn’t really felt like summer yet. 🤨 So when we have an 85° day we make the most out of it with a trip to the pool! How’d you spend your Sunday Funday? #blaireandben
  • another day, another doctors appointment for someone in our crew. today it’s Ben. he was up overnight saying his ear hurt — a double ear infection for him. luckily the kid loves taking medicine and hasn’t let his ears get him down! as long as he’s up moving around they’re fine, but the second he lays down... 😭😭😭. hoping our poor buddy is feeling better tomorrow. do you feel like you need a frequent flier card for your pediatrician? just me? okay. #blaireandben #itsfinewerefine
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  • It is definitely bittersweet to leave the house where we brought both of these babies home. But we are excited for our next chapter as a family of five! #rainbowbaby #blaireandben
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  • Last night was our first night in the new house. 👏🏻 We still have lots of stuff to bring from the old house and then lots of cleaning over there before the final walk through and closing next Monday. Then we can focus on getting this house unpacked and organized. But first, I would like a nap. 😴 #blaireandben #happilytristahome
  • The snow that never ends. 🙄🥶 Walked out into the snow this afternoon and one kid loved it, the other not so much. “Wowwww! It’s like a wizard out here.” —Blaire 😂
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