• She did it! She is done with kindergarten and onto FIRST GRADE in the fall. This year was weird. I found myself watching her walking into the school each morning, looking so little. I’d fight back tears because time is going so quickly... then we got all of this extra time together at the end of the year. The days haven’t been peaceful between her and her brother, but I am happy. Happy I had those extra hours with her. We’re excited for summer!! No. More. ELearning!  #happilytrista #kindergartengrad
  • We picked up the last of this little boy stuff from his preschool today. So here is his last day of school picture! He talks about his friends and his teachers almost every day. He can’t wait to go back in the fall 2 days per week! Swipe to see little Benny on his first day. ❤️🥰 #happilytrista #benjaminp #thebump #theygrowuptoofast
  • A random share but I put on this dress today and then felt like I had to take a picture. Little Ms. Sloaney with 7 months on the inside and then 7 months out here with us. ❤️
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#happilytrista #sevenmonthsold #thebump #targetstyle #targetdoesitagain
  • ...when the hardest part of your weekend is deciding which part of the watermelon is your favorite: the one that tastes good or the one that feels good on your gums. 🍉 #happilytrista
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  • my sweet baby girl 🥰 #happilytrista •
#momof3 #7monthsold #momofthree #midwestmama #momentsiwanttoremember #thebump
  • pictured here: a rare moment of these two getting along. 🤪 also those pictures on the back wall are some of my favorite things ever. they’re 16x20 but I feel like they look so tiny in pictures. maybe I need them to be life sized? 🤣🙌🏻
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#happilytrista #momofthree #momof3
  • I will be crushed when I can’t babywear anymore. Being so close I can see her every expression. She loves looking around seeing what her siblings are up to and what I’m up to. It has been so helpful with my anxiety. This past week has been really hard but I tweaked my medication dosing and am hopeful things will get better. #happilytrista •
#mywildbird #babywearing #babywearingmama #ppanxiety #babywearingforthewin #momentsiwanttoremember #thebump #babiesofig
  • her hands 🤣 she is ready to pounce on everything and get it into her mouth ASAP... including the phone when it’s within reach. she has two tiny little teeth just barely poking through. she has FOMO from having two loud siblings home with us 24/7. she started biting me when she’s eating, I scream/yell/make a crazy noise. she cracks up laughing... then does it again. I can’t say that’s my favorite part of this stage. But gosh she is just funny and sweet and already so full of personality. 🥰
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  • I can’t get enough of her leg rolls. 📷: @ashleyrhempel 
#happilytrista #7monthsold #momofthree #momof3 #wahm #breastfeedingmom #bfmom
  • This photo is a very accurate representation of my children. Ben being crazy, Blaire is over it and Sloane is just along for the ride. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who is a mama — in one way or another. I know this is a tough day for many, so I hope you are taking some time to yourself today. ❤️
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  • baby toes ✨ Sink baths will probably be happening all the time now that this girl is really getting the hang of eating! I forgot how good babies are at getting food everywhere. 🤣 #happilytrista
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Favorite items for babies and toddlers.

May 18, 2020

must haves for a 6 month old baby

Six months is such a fun age! At six months old my babies have been able to sit up on their own for at least a few seconds, they’re starting to try solids, they have the tiniest bit of their first tooth popping through and they love to “stand” up and look around. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8…

April 25, 2020

why we love boppy

Narrowing down the items worthy of a spot on your baby registry can be overwhelming. Not only are there endless options, but you don’t know what YOUR baby will like. When I was pregnant for the first time, I only had three things I knew I wanted to register for: a lawn drying rack, a humidifier, and a Boppy® Nursing Pillow. To me, these were three things I…

February 19, 2020

bath time must haves for baby

Everyone loves a freshly-bathed baby, am I right?! From those nerve-wracking newborn baby baths to the toddler you have to drag out of the bath after an hour, I love them. Bath time is my go-to when my kids are bouncing off the walls. It took me awhile to get the hang of bathing a baby. They’re so wiggly and tiny and they have such little body control…

September 16, 2019

baby sprinkle registry

I know the old school thinking was that only first babies were celebrated with a baby shower. You know, unless there were five years between your babies, or whatever the proper etiquette rule was. Back in 2012-ish, the term baby sprinkle was coined to describe a smaller version of a traditional baby shower. It was the perfect way to celebrate a mother who may already have the big…

August 30, 2019

TLC during pregnancy and as a new mom

It’s funny how each season of my life I’ve felt like I couldn’t possibly be more exhausted than at that moment. Being pregnant with Blaire, I had NO idea I’d learn a new level of tired after she was born. I thought I was exhausted throughout my entire pregnancy! Then being pregnant and chasing around a two-year-old, now being pregnant with a five-year-old and a two-year-old. At this…

January 3, 2018

9 month must haves

At the age of 9 months, Ben is crawling and pulling himself up onto the couch, the coffee table, etc. He likes to sit up in the shopping cart and we’re now putting him in high chairs at restaurants (before he would usually sleep through our meals in his infant carrier). We’re almost ready to move him from his infant carrier to a convertible car seat, but it’s…

March 2, 2017

the 9 best double strollers by budget

The hardest part of preparing for baby number was choosing the right double stroller. There are SO many options. And they’re all heavier than I thought they would be. They’re giant. And expensive. The stores closest to my house just didn’t have quite the assortment I was looking for when it came to choosing the best double stroller for us. They each had between four or five options,…

February 5, 2017

must have baby items for your 2nd baby

Registry for Baby 2

Registering for baby number two has been wayyyy less stressful than registering for our first baby. With our first, I was so worried I would miss something big or I would register for something that would stop working a month in. I read blogs, scoured reviews, googled everything. Registered for things. Got them. Returned them because I suddenly found a bad review about it and I was taking…

February 3, 2016

complete baby registry checklist

Sloane Newborn Photo

There are few things as intimidating as registering for your first baby. Or your second baby for that matter… so much can change in a few, short years! I have divided it up into a few categories below to try to make it as simple as possible. For being so tiny, babies sure can be complicated! Before you start reading, be sure to actually go and create your…

September 2, 2015

15 & 16 Month Favorites

15 & 16 Month Faves

Our house is officially a toddler toy room. Blaire has toys everywhere at all times. Here are some of her faves from 15 & 16 months. Shopping Cart | Sesame Street Cell Phone | Utensils | Kitty Purse | Puzzle Shopping Cart: Blaire loves this shopping cart just as much as she loves her baby stroller, and she treats them about the same. She loves to pile her babies,…

June 9, 2015

13 & 14 Month Favorites

13 & 14 Month Baby Favorites

So I’m a little behind on sharing our monthly favorites. Time has just been flying by! The past few months Blaire has started playing so well independently. She spends hours putting her baby dolls into their stroller, shopping cart and car seat. She drags them all around and tries to put clothes on them and feed them. She even gives them kisses and likes to cuddle them. It…

March 6, 2015

12 Month Favorites

12 Month Favorites

Blaire is always on the go these days! She loves toys that she can carry around with her, and she also loves trying to put things into purses and bags. She is just so girly, it cracks us up! She is so happy with her purse and her baby. But these other things are our current favorites, too!  Baby Doll // Purse // Vanity // Frog Wubbanub //…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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#summer #momentsiwanttoremember #aldifinds #motherhood
  • 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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  • 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
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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 😂
“Yuck!” —Ben #blaireandben
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