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  • these first few smiles are literally the best thing ever. when you realize how happy you make a tiny person. when you see their face light up because they love you so much. then you fast forward 2.5 years and they’re demanding brownies and cheetos for lunch. 😬😬😬 #sixweeksold #happilytrista
  • (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
June 25, 2019

target try on: summer dresses & maternity

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my favorite target summer dresses and maternity dresses

I found myself across the street from Target this morning. With an hour to kill and only one kiddo, I decided to go to Target to try on summer dresses because my current summer wardrobe is sparse. Usually Ben and Blaire are fighting over my phone in the fitting room, but this trip, Ben was content just hanging out. So I could actually snap pictures of everything – in all of it’s all red everything and terrible lighting glory.

For reference, I’m 5’2″. I’m currently 25 weeks pregnant and I have a GIANT chest. I usually wear a small in dresses because I’m so short. The only issue is if there’s no stretch in the bust (a zipper or buttons, etc.) then I size up to whatever fits there.

Target Try On: Summer Dresses / Women's Striped Sleeveless Round Neck Knit Tank Midi Dress - Wild Fable™ Olive

Women’s Striped Sleeveless Round Neck Knit Tank Midi Dress – Wild Fable™ Olive
This dress was my favorite! It’s comfy and the perfect weight – not too sheer but not heavy. The length was great and the little slits on the side will make it easier to chase my kids around. I got my regular size, a size small.

Target Try On: Summer Dresses / Women’s Sleeveless Button-Front Short Dress - Universal Thread™

Women’s Sleeveless Button-Front Short Dress – Universal Thread™
I honestly didn’t have high hopes for this dress because of the buttons – they just never work with my large bust. But I was so surprised! There was no gaps or pulling, and I was even able to wear my regular size, a size small.

Target Try On: Summer Dresses / Women's Casual Fit Sleeveless Crewneck Rib Knit Shift Dress - A New Day™

Women’s Casual Fit Sleeveless Crewneck Rib Knit Shift Dress – A New Day™
I wasn’t sure I would like this dress because of the ribbing. But it was actually super comfortable and not too thick. I sized up to a medium.

Target Try On: Summer Dresses /  Maternity Floral Print Sleeveless V-Neck Button Front Maxi Dress - Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel™ Red

Maternity Floral Print Sleeveless V-Neck Button Front Maxi Dress – Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel™ Red
I felt like I was swimming in this dress. It was lightweight and comfortable though. Here I’m wearing a small. I think if I sized down to an XS then I’d be sold.

Target Try On: Summer Dresses / Women's Striped V-Neck Strappy Lace-Up Top Midi Dress - Xhilaration™ Golden Yellow

Women’s Striped V-Neck Strappy Lace-Up Top Midi Dress – Xhilaration™ Golden Yellow
I didn’t find this to be flattering, but it was light-weight and the straps tie in the back so they’re adjustable. There are some details at the top that would be cuter if you have a smaller chest, but for me they just made it a bit too revealing. I’m wearing a small.

Target Try On: Summer Dresses / Women's V-Neck Strappy Button Front Midi Dress - Xhilaration™ Olive

Women’s V-Neck Strappy Button Front Midi Dress – Xhilaration™ Olive
Another dress I didn’t think I’d like because of the buttons. Surprisingly, they didn’t pull, even over my giant bump! The material definitely wrinkles easily, so I’m not sure it’d be good for my sweaty, pregnant self in the summer. I sized up to a medium.

Target Try On: Summer Dresses / Women's Strappy V-Neck Printed Babydoll Dress - Wild Fable™ (Muted Blue)

Women’s Strappy V-Neck Printed Babydoll Dress – Wild Fable™ (Muted Blue)
This is a really comfortable, lightweight dress. The sides hang low though and there is a back detail that will show your bralette or bandeau, so I’m not sure it’s a winner for me. I sized up to a medium and felt like it was on the verge of being too short.

Target Try On: Summer Dresses / Women's Strappy V-Neck Printed Babydoll Dress - Wild Fable™

Women’s Strappy V-Neck Printed Babydoll Dress – Wild Fable™ (Fresh Melon)
This is a really comfortable, lightweight dress. The sides hang low though and there is a back detail that will show your bralette or bandeau, so I’m not sure it’s a winner for me. I sized up to two sizes to a large. It definitely was longer than the medium (shown above in blue).

Target Try On: Summer Dresses / Women's Striped Short Sleeve Round Neck T-Shirt Dress - Wild Fable™ Orange/White

Women’s Striped Short Sleeve Round Neck T-Shirt Dress – Wild Fable™ Orange/White
I actually bought this dress and returned it a few weeks ago. I originally bought a Large and it was SO wide. Here I’m wearing a small so it’s a bit short. I think a medium would fit better, but they didn’t have one in-store to try. It’s comfortable but the material is a bit thick.

Target Try On: Summer Dresses /  Animal Print Maternity Dress

Maternity Short Sleeve Shirred T-Shirt Dress – Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel™
Oh gosh, talk about a giant baby bump. Usually the maternity dresses at Target are SO long on me, so I thought I would try an XS. You can see how that worked out for me! Haha! Ben did tell me I was cute though. I love this and will definitely be getting it in a small.

There were so many I wanted to buy, I’m really kicking myself for not trying on anything last week when dresses were buy one get one half off. EYE ROLL. I planned on going in without the kids and just completely forgot. After being pregnant with both of other other kids throughout the fall and winter, I only have a few pieces that fit and are comfortable/casual enough to wear everyday. Bonus, only a few of these dresses are maternity so they’ll work post-pregnancy too!

Target made my list of favorite places to shop for inexpensive maternity clothes. Check out my picks!

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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 😂
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