• #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
  • 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
January 30, 2017

Taming Toddler Hair


Thank you to So Cozy for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ll be honest, doing Blaire’s hair is not always my favorite part of our morning routine. I typically save it for last since it’s always a struggle. If it was up to her, she’d never brush her hair and would just sport her bed head all day. She’d also never wash her hair, as she’s always worried the water is going to get in her eyes. Our morning usually goes something like this…

Me: “Blaire, come here. Let me do your hair quick.”

Blaire: “No. Me just want crazy hair today.”

Me: “PLEASE! You cannot have crazy hair today. We have to hurry. We are late.”

Blaire: “No thanks, mom.”

Me: …….

So Cozy Haircare ProductsLuckily, since starting Blaire’s new daycare at the beginning of the month, we’ve gotten into a new and improved morning routine. She is waking up earlier in the morning and her new daycare is less of a drive, which means more time in the morning for us to eat breakfast and hang out. I still save doing her hair for one of the last steps each morning. And I’ve realized if I let her play on her iPad while I do it, it usually results in wayyy less of a struggle (and also way less of an opinion on how I style her hair).

For the past few weeks, we’ve been using So Cozy and we’re loving it. It’s free from harsh chemicals and contains only non-toxic ingredients. And not only is it safe, it smells realllllly good and it makes Blaire’s hair really soft. We use the little rubberbands since she still doesn’t have a ton of hair, and I always feels bad when I take them out at the end of the night because they take some of her hairs with them. Well… not anymore! Since using the So Cozy Detangler, they slide right out. It’s a win/win because we haven’t had a problem with her pig tails falling out, they just come out much easier when I am ready to take them out. We use the Detangler daily. I use the Styling Cream (a teeny bit of it!) when I put her hair up in pig tails because I can just wrap each pig tail around my finger and they get the cutest little curls at the ends. 

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Is your kiddo’s haircare routine a struggle? Have you tried So Cozy? I’d love to hear in the Comments below!

Taming Toddler Hair with SoCozy

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    January 31, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    This is adorable and as a mom with a son who has wild hair I think I could use these tips!

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    January 31, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    We love SoCozy too! Parker hates having her hair brushed. The detangler is going to be our best friend!

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    February 1, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I need to try these products on my girl she’s almost 17 months and has crazy hair! Thank you!

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    Chanel van Reenen
    February 1, 2017 at 11:03 am

    she is adorable! i have been hearing so much about this brand and really need to try it out for my kids!

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    February 1, 2017 at 11:34 am

    We absolutely love it too!

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    Janette Shearer
    February 1, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Oh my goodness.. we so need this! My Zoe is the queen of crazy hair and it breaks my heart to hear her cry!

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    February 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    we love the so cozy detangler too! and I totally get the getting ready in the morning struggle. my emmy is the same way,.

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    Samantha Kuzyk-Raising Twincesses
    February 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    oooh that sounds like a great haircare brand for littles! love that it’s non toxic and bonus that is smells good!

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    February 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    My family’s hair is TANGLE genetic haha. I really want to try the detangler!

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    Jessica Lynnj
    February 1, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    tangled hair brings back memories of my mom brushing those tangles out of my hair. OUCH! My daughter is starting to get tangles in her hair, so I need to keep this in mind for the near future.

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    Kristie Baugh
    February 1, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Your daughter has beautiful hair! My girl has crazy bed head, the detangler would help so much! I’ll have to check it out!

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    February 1, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I so need to try this with my little ones. They have so much hair!

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    February 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I love her hair!! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this product!

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    February 2, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I use SoCozy products for my daughter’s curly hair and love it! I will never go back to another product!

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    Brittany @ Sunshine Momma
    February 2, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    That sounds exactly like my every day conversation with my toddler LOL! I need to try this because her hair is frizzy and curly.

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    Heydy Lopez
    February 3, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I think SoCozy is a must have for Curly Hair ! I wonder if they sell to Canadians … :P

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    Ashley J.
    February 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    lol @ “No thanks mom”, so politely rebellious.

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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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  • 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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