• 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.
#happilytrista #rainbowbaby
  • daylight savings vibes... casually pouring coffee in my eyes today. what time were your kiddos awake? 
#dst #daylightsavingssucks #happilytrista #targetstyle
  • 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.
#AnythingforBaby #Gerber @Gerber #happilytrista
April 6, 2016

Things Blaire Says


Since Blaire turned two at the end of February she has been learning so. many. words. Prior to turning two, she wasn’t using many phrases, but lately she’s been putting all kinds of words together. This stage of life is so much fun! She’s learning new words every day and is (obviously) communicating more with us than ever before. 


I love you.

I’m fast! (Also, I’m silly!) As she’s running through the aisles of Target.

See you later. And sometimes Later, see you!

There it is!

Awesome! And if you ask her to say “Something” she says Awesomething

I did it!

Where are you? Mostly to our pets when they’re hiding from her. ;)

Excuse you. (To herself.) And when you explain that she should actually be saying “Excuse me” she says Excuse you me. It’s adorable.

See you, daddy. Love you. This is probably the sweetest thing I will ever hear in my entire life. 

Blaire at 25 Months Blaire at 25 Months

Blaire at 25 Months

Oh, Blaire. You’re growing up so quickly. You’re currently obsessed with babies and it’s so sweet. Your little personality grows more and more every day. If there’s something we don’t understand, you’re so resourceful at letting us know what you want. Like over the weekend when you wanted to watch Paw Patrol. You brought your dad the remote, and said This! and pointed at your Paw Patrol coloring book. We are so proud to be your parents and love looking at the world through your beautiful eyes. 

What fun things does your toddler say? It’s kind of breaking my mama heart to know that soon enough she’ll say things correctly all the time and we’ll miss her adorable little made up phrases. xo

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    Jessica Benassi
    April 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    She’s so cute! Also, I’m an adult but I fully intend on adopting “awesomething” into my vocabulary :)

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      April 11, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks! I definitely think awesomething could catch on! ;)

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    Kayla Fargher
    April 7, 2016 at 6:21 am

    So cute! Avery had a million adorable sayings they I never want to go away. One of my current favorites is “paint nail” for nail polish. “Mommy, my paint nail all gone! ”
    I don’t correct her, hoping to keep these little phrases around for as long as possible!

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      April 11, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      That is so cute! I want to just bottle them up and keep them like this… at least for a little while! They’re just growing up too quickly.

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    Carol Davis
    April 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Love this ! Cutest ” sayings ” ever ! Blaire , you are so funny! ??

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    April 8, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Such a funny and precious little one!!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

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    April 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I love the “I did it’s” And she could not be any more adorable! I love her adorable pink shoes! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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    Oh to Be a Muse
    April 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I don’t have any kids, but I did enjoy this post. Love the “excuse you me” phrase. Too cute!

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    April 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Blaire is so stinkin’ cute!

    Amanda ||

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      April 11, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks, Amanda!

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    Tori Johnson
    April 8, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    She is too cute!

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    April 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    She is so stinking cute and funny! Love these pics of her!

    xo Bree ||

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    Adaleta Avdic
    April 10, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    What a cute post, I would’ve loved to read this as an adult from something my mother wrote. Lovely idea! xx

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      April 11, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks! That’s so awesome to hear! Maybe she won’t be super embarrassed by me some day… lol!

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    204 Park
    April 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Oh my gosh this post is so sweet! Kids really are the cutest and so funny with the little sayings they come up with!

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      April 11, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you! I’m hoping we still have time to get some of these recorded because I never want to forget about them!

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    April 11, 2016 at 7:56 am

    This is adorable! Kids are so funny! Xoxo Mindy

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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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  • 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. 
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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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