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  • 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
  • Today turned out to be the most beautiful day and we spent it at the zoo for “Boo at the Zoo”. Soaking it up while we can since Thursday is calling for snow. Think our kids will be fine with staying in to hand out candy? 😂😂 #thepetersoncrew #happilytrista
  • crib naps and sweet dreams 💤 #threeweeksold #happilytrista
  • As soon as dad walks through the door, everyone is fighting over him... and that means alone time for me! 🙌🏻 Jason loves being a dad and I love that @pampersus has stepped up to make things easier for dads by committing to install 5,000 changing tables in public restrooms across the U.S. and Canada by the year 2021. These changing tables will make such a positive impact in each community! I am talking more about it in my stories. #LoveTheChange #PampersPartner
  • #ad You can find me right here soaking up this newborn bliss! Today on the blog I shared the 5 ways to prepare for a new baby. I’d love to hear what tips/hacks you have to make sure new moms are ready to welcome their babies.
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January 1, 2016

Happy 2016!

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Happy 2016! 2015 was truly an amazing year. We spent a whole year with Blaire, celebrated her first birthday, celebrated weddings, cried over lives gone too soon, welcomed friend’s babies, took road trips, took Blaire on her first plane rides (8!) and her first trip to the beach, I started a new job AND we made some pretty amazing new friends along the way!

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Since my hubby’s Hawkeyes made the Rose Bowl, we are ringing in 2016 in California. We had quite the experience getting out here on Wednesday with lots of flight delays, but now that we’re finally here we are soaking in the perfect weather and spending lots of time with friends. We even got to spend our NYE at Disneyland. I’ve never seen Blaire so happy!

At the end of the year, we all find ourselves looking at our lives to see how we can grow and better ourselves – So below are the ways I’m hoping to make 2016 the best year yet.

2016 Resolutions

  • Become a meal prep master!
  • Eat healthier and drink lots of water.
  • Get active – FINALLY stick to a workout schedule.
  • Declutter and organize EVERYTHING!
  • Unplug every night for some family QT.
  • Spend more time “teaching” Blaire – numbers, letters, colors!
  • Set aside more time with God as a family.
  • Make an effort to live in the moment.

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2015 – You were the best year yet. Here’s looking at you, 2016! xo

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    Carol Davis
    January 5, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you so much for your new blog! Love reading it and of course seeing the pictures! ???

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    Suzanne Hines
    January 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Love your goals! We have really similar ones! I especially love the idea of unplugging for more family time. That’s something that I really need to work on!

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannehines.org

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Good luck with your goals for 2016!

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    Nicole
    January 8, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Beautiful family! Many of my goals are similar for this year – particularly the working out, meal planning and water drinking. Hopefully we can make these happen! Happy new year

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks! Good luck with your resolutions, as well. Happy 2016!

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    Kathrine Eldridge
    January 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing all your resolutions. I love all your pics too! Happy 2016!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks for reading! Happy 2016!

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    Alex
    January 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    What an exciting year for you! I know you’ll kill it in 2016 as well. Keep up the awesome work lady :)

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you!! Happy 2016!

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    Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi
    January 8, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    WIshing you all the best in 2016! Kids change so much from 1 to 2, you’ll be amazed!

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks so much! Happy 2016!

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    Maya
    January 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    You had a pretty incredible year there and super adorable baby with my fave girl name :-) Good Luck in your resolution, as long as you plan ahead, prepare and stick to it will be a piece of cake.

    Happy New Year!

    Maya from http://www.healthymominabusyworld.com

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Aw! Thank you! Wishing an amazing 2016 to you!

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    Tamika
    January 8, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Happy New Year! It looks like we almost have the same goals. I need to declutter and organize everything as well. I just don’t know where to begin. Thanks for reminding me to get working towards my goals.

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks! Happy 2016 to you!

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    Amanda
    January 8, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Wow! Looks like you had an amazing year! Great goals for 2016!

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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    Amy
    January 9, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I love your resolution to unplug at night to enjoy family time. I really need to do that more!

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks! Wishing you an amazing 2016!

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    Anna
    January 10, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Love those resloutions, lady! You should try Pure Barre!

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks! :) And yes! It is totally on my list to try this year. I have been meaning to try it for months and keep finding excuses to not work out at all. Not anymore!

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    Samantha
    January 10, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Great resolutions! Getting active and more family time are on my list, too! Best of luck to you!

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks! Happy 2016!

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    Stella
    January 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Here’s to a fabulous year ahead! Love reading other people’s resolutions and getting inspired myself. 2016 is going to be AMAZING!
    XO, Stella
    http://www.theheartsdlite.com

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks so much! Here’s to 2016!

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    Adaleta
    January 11, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Wishing you the best year and all happiness in 2016! adaatude.com

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      Trista
      January 11, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you! Happy 2016 to you, too!

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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.
Breastfeeding.
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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  • Prepping for our third baby has been pretty easy so far. I guess when you have an older sister and brother, plus a mama who likes to hold on to everything from her babies, there isn’t a ton of shopping to do. The kids are having fun picking out little gifts to give baby sister in the hospital (something Blaire still talks about from when Ben was born), little toys here and there, PJs, and this @babyeinstein 4-in-1 Kickin Tunes Music & Language Discovery Gym at @target. I wasn’t joking when I said they wanted to test it out! #babyeinstein #ignitecuriosity #socialspotters #blaireandben #happilytrista
  • #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. 
You can find @HorizonOrganic Chocolate Milk at @KrogerCo and you can even save $1 with this digital coupon (7/24/19 – 8/6/19). And you can stock up because Horizon Organic milk boxes are shelf-stable, meaning you can safely store them in the pantry. Shop now through the link in my bio. #blaireandben
  • 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 😂
“Yuck!” —Ben #blaireandben
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