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  • 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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August 21, 2017

6 ways to be a happier mom

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Thank you to Dannon Yogurt Drinks for sponsoring today’s posts. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

6 Ways to be a Happier Mom

Being a mom is tough… tougher than I ever imagined. Putting someone’s (or sometwo’s or somethree’s) every need before yours on a daily basis can be exhausting and trying. It is so easy to get so wrapped up in taking care of these babies that we forget to take care of ourself. But really, it’s better for everyone if you’re at your best. A rested, happy mama is more positive, has more energy (and patience!) and 

1| Treat yo’self.
It really IS the little things in life. Everyone has something they love that’s worth splurging on occasionally. A bouquet of flowers? Fancy coffee? A pedicure? Getting your hair done? I love to treat myself to my favorite coffee on Monday because I think it starts my week off on a positive note. If I’m having a rough week, I’ll pick up flowers for myself at the grocery store. 

2| Exercise.
Some days my favorite… some days my least favorite. It’s doesn’t matter if you walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes or run 15 miles. Working out releases endorphins and endorphins make you feel good! 

3| Rest.
When I’m tired I can’t function. And being a mom, you sometimes feel a level of exhaustion you never knew existed. Whether it means dad getting up with the baby over night or skipping the laundry to nap while your kiddos are down, some rest will do your mind (and body!) good.

4| A hobby.
My hobbies include reading (but never finishing) a book, taking a bath and online shopping. All of these can be done in increments of 30 minutes, making them ideal for moms.  

5| Get outside.
Whether it’s solo or with your family, the great outdoors is great for your soul. Go for a walk, lay on a blanket under a tree, hang out by the pool, or eat dinner outside. 

6| Eat well.
If you have no energy, you’re going to be in a terrible mood (i.e. hangry). An energy-less mama isn’t fun for anyone. When I’m hungry, I’m grumpy. I have a short temper and I’m running on empty. I’m always looking for something healthy, and easy, to take with my when I’m on-the-go. Dannon Drinkable Yogurt is the perfect solution! They’re an excellent source of protein (9g in the Light & Fit / 10g in the Oikos) and they both contain NO added sugar. They are perfect to drink on the way to daycare/work in the morning or after the gym. 

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How do you take care of yourself? What makes you a happy mama? I’d love to know in the comments below! 

6 Ways to be a Happier Mom | Shopaholic & a Baby Blog

  • Reply
    Aly Ronan
    August 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Yes, great tips!

  • Reply
    Jamie Lebak
    August 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    These are great ideas!

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    Melissa Sanchez
    August 23, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I really do need to start following all 6 of these suggestions! they are great ideas!

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    nicoleraithel
    August 23, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Great ideas! I really want to read Present over Perfect as well!

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    Tabitha Blue / Fresh Mommy Blog
    August 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I love that… “reading, but never finishing, a book”. Ha! Sounds like a mama to me! Great list and great tips!

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    Erin
    August 23, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I couldn’t agree more with your tips. I think sometimes we get so wrapped up with everything that we forget to fill our tanks too but it’s so important to! I like to have “me time” with reading a book or working out. It fuels me and gives me new energy to conquer my two little crazies that keep me running!

  • Reply
    Stefanie S
    August 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Great tips! I struggle to make time for myself with 4 kids!

  • Reply
    Jacki
    August 23, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    These are all great tips! Exercising and eating even when I’m not hungry definitely help with my mood

  • Reply
    Alma
    August 25, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Love these yogurts!

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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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