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about me

Hi! My name is Trista! I’m just a wife and mama trying to figure out how to keep my family happy and healthy. I live in the midwest with my husband Jason, and our babies, Blaire and Ben. We are expecting our third this fall. 

I recently quit my full-time job to work from home part-time and mom full-time. I love shopping too much. I stay up too late working and during the day you can find me snuggling my kids, drinking too much cherry pepsi, sleeping in whenever possible, and avoiding laundry. When my kids are in bed you can find me on the couch, watching reality tv (give me all the real housewives), drinking more cherry pepsi, giving the side eye to my messy living room.

More about me?

  • I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and English from The University of Arizona. Go Wildcats! 
  • I LOVE target. Probably too much.
  • I’m addicted to buying home decor.
  • Blaire’s due date was our 1st wedding anniversary!

I started this blog, in August of 2014, as a way to share our lives with our friends and family, since most of them don’t live near us. It has slowly morphed into a way to share my life as a (not-so) new mama. Whether it’s the things we find to ease teething pain, our favorite toys, easy recipes or just how we spent our weekend — I document it all. This blog has slowly morphed into a place where I can reach other modern mamas who don’t necessarily have it all together, but who love their messy, beautiful lives just the same.

I love to look back at my blog and watch my family grow and relive all of the fun we have together! When I became a parent, I realized how precious every moment I spend with my child truly is. It’s important to me to document our adventures. THANK YOU to everyone who follows along on our crazy life through happily trista. You make writing this blog so much fun!

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  • ice cream outside with two of my favorite people. when it’s only 70° outside you can actually eat your ice cream without it melting all over us... and by us I mean them. 👆🏻👆🏻 #blaireandben
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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
#uniteinmotherhood #motherhoodintheraw #momentsiwanttoremember #mybabies
  • When your brother is getting big but you still want to hold him... you gotta pinch his butt because he’s so wiggly. 😂😬😍 #blaireandben •
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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
#pregnancyannouncement #rainbowbabyannouncement #firsttrimester
  • 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
  • Happy Halloween! 🎃 👻 #blaireandben
  • Bsquared #BlaireandBen 😍😘☺️
  • This sums up our Sunday. After driving around like crazy people to go to three parties yesterday, today was lazy and included movies, popcorn, long naps, quick trick or treat at the mall and then spaghetti pizza. And I might be eating my kids candy on the couch right now. 😍 How was your weekend? #blaireandben
  • Childhood... drinking a frosty in your teepee. what. a. life. We had a slow weekend. Literally vegged out at home 95% of the time and it was marvelous.  #blaireandben