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  • #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
February 15, 2017

7 Tips for Work-Life Balance as a Mom

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VitaTopsOver this past year, working full-time, blogging, mom-ing, and now prepping for baby number two have had me feeling more stressed than ever before. I finally decided to do something about it, because life doesn’t just destress itself. So, over the course of the past few months, I implemented a few simple changes and I’m happy to say they’ve paid off. While I can’t say I’m stress-free, I can say I’m a less stressed, a little less anxious and a whole lot happier.

Get up earlier than your kiddos.
For me, this is actually the hardest thing to do, BUT it is one of the most important, effective things I do. Starting my day before my toddler means I can actually get myself ready without having to also wrangle her! It gives us time to hang out together before heading out the door. 

  1. Prep at night.
    Get everything ready the night before. Lunch, diaper bag, bottles, your work bag, your workout bag, your outfit, baby’s outfit. EVERYTHING. Take your shower. Whatever will slow you down in the morning, do it the night before. 
  2. Eat a good breakfast.
    It’s important for both parents and kiddos to eat a good breakfast. For the past year or so, Blaire ate breakfast at daycare and I either skipped breakfast or ate something from the vending machine at work. We switched her to a new daycare in January and since I’m making it a point to get up earlier in the morning, we also (usually) have time to eat breakfast together before I take her to “school”. Typically she and I sit down together and eat, although there are mornings where we are running super late, so we both take our breakfast to go. She eats hers in the car and I eat mine at my desk while checking emails. We’re obsessed with these VitaTops MuffinTops. They’re so quick and easy, and they taste delicious! 
  3. Work from home.
    For me, working from home full-time isn’t feasible. I did it for 9 months and it. was. hard. But it is nice to have it as an option when Blaire isn’t feeling her best or when we need to have something in the house looked at. If it’s a day Blaire is sick, I may not get in as many hours as I would at the office, so I balance it by spending some time, usually after Blaire’s bedtime, logged in to make up for any time I spent with my girl during my usual working hours.
  4. Say “no” to work email on your phone.
    This is a huge one for me. And I can’t even say I don’t have my work email on my phone. But I don’t always have it on.  I keep it off unless  I’m m checking my email for something important. You can’t unsee things. When you see a work email pop up (and you’re not actually working) good luck getting that out of your mind, especially if it’s something frustrating.
  5. Take “me” time. 
    This is the part where you spend some time doing something that makes you happy. The gym, dinner with your girlfriends, getting a massage, crafting or catching up on some Real Housewives with a bottle of wine and some popcorn. Whatever helps you destress — do it! 
  6. Learn to say “no”.
    Sometimes you just need time to unwind. If your weeknights and weekends are always jam packed, you’ll always feel overwhelmed. Taking time to relax with your family will give you more time to get your stuff done and will help you to feel less stressed!
  7. Get moving. 
    Okay, I know I said getting out of bed before my kiddo was the hardest, this might actually be even harder for me. When the weather it’s nice, it’s easy to get outside for a walk or to take Blaire to the park when I pick her up from daycare. But when it’s cold out, I’m just not the type to hit the gym. BUT if you make it a priority to do something active, it will help you feel less stressed. You’ll get out that nervous energy and replace it with healthy, happy energy. 

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For making our mornings less hectic, we LOVE VitaTops MuffinTops. We all know the top of the muffin is the best part, right?! There are five different flavors and each has something special to offer. The Chocolate Chip is gluten free, the Peanut Butter and the Banana Chocolate Chip are both high protein. Just store them in the freezer and pop them in the toaster or microwave, or leave them at room temperature for one hour to thaw them before eating. The microwave is my favorite (when I’m not running late for work!).

I found my VitaTops Wild Blueberry and Deep Chocolate at Target! (Imagine that, right?!) You can also find them at your nearest Publix, Kroger, Stop & Shop or Shop-Rite locations. Be sure to get this coupon before you head to the store to get them for yourself!

What tips do you have for balancing your workload and your personal life? Have you tried to implement any of these into your life? Leave me a comment below! xo 

7 Tips for Work-Life Balance as a Mom

  • Reply
    Cecilia Harvard
    February 17, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Such a good post with so many great reminders! I need to work on a lot of these things. Thanks for sharing mama!

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    kristamae12
    February 17, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I have so much respect for working moms! I don’t know how ya’ll do it! These are great tips and I feel like I could use a lot of them as a stay at home mom, too!

  • Reply
    Kristen
    February 20, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    What a great morning treat!

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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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