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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.
#happilytrista #rainbowbaby
  • daylight savings vibes... casually pouring coffee in my eyes today. what time were your kiddos awake? 
#dst #daylightsavingssucks #happilytrista #targetstyle
  • 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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#nailsofinstagram #nailsoftheday #essie #manimonday #happilytrista
  • 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
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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…

August 15, 2018

3 reasons I love teething necklaces

Qalo Teething Necklace

As a mom, teething is one of the hardest things to watch your little one go through. My kids have sometimes shown symptoms of teething for weeks at a time. And while there are times I’ve had to resort to medicine to help ease their pain, I definitely turn to more natural relief long term. One of my favorite things with Ben has been to use teething necklaces.…

July 17, 2018

2018 target one day sale faves

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.  Well thank God I didn’t spend ALL of my money on Prime Day (since their website kept crashing) because now I have money to shop what I’ll call TARGET DAY. And holy moly, there are just so many good things! The giant round,…

June 12, 2018

fave baby & toddler snacks / what else is in my diaper bag

Anything for Baby

Life with a 1 year old and 4 year old is SO different than it was at this time last year when Ben was only 3 months old. Getting out of the house is SO MUCH easier without having to wash and prep bottles. If I forget a drink for him, he can just drink water out of a straw anywhere! I love how easy it is to take…

May 1, 2018

what to pack for the beach with a toddler & an infant

what to pack for the beach with a toddler and an infant

Thank you to Pepperidge Farm® for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.For our beach adventures, I condense what I would usually keep in the diaper bag and my purse and add them into our beach bag. Since we have both kids to carry, I don’t also want to haul around three bags! At 13 months, Ben is mostly along for the ride. He is…

March 23, 2018

transitioning to a convertible car seat + extended rear-facing

Graco Extend2Fit 4Ever Car Seat

Ben is almost 11 months and we’re finally transitioning him to a convertible car seat because he is HEAVY. Carrying his little 23lb self + his 8lb car seat is giving me quite the arm workout/neck problems. He still falls asleep during most trips in the car so it has just been easier for us to keep him in a seat we can take in and out of…

March 4, 2018

sleep training our 11 month old

Halo Snoozy Pod

Thank you to Halo for gifting us the SnoozyPod to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.We were blessed with a little baby who LOVED to sleep this time around. When swaddled, Ben would fall right to sleep on his own. He’d sleep in stretches of 4-5 hours at a time and slept through the night for the first time around 10-weeks-old. Blaire didn’t sleep through the…

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…

December 17, 2017

want, need, wear, read: the gift guide for infant boys

First Birthday Gifts for Baby Boy

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. My baby boy is turning 9 months old this week, I can’t believe it! I already mentioned in my gift guide for toddler girls that for Christmas this year, we’re trying out the Want, Need, Wear, Read method, meaning they each get 4…

November 23, 2017

6 month must haves

6 month must haves

At 6 months old Ben is happy to finally be able to play on the floor with his sister. He can sit up on his own, he likes to “stand” with help and he is really trying to crawl. I think of 6 months as the age of teething and the start of mobility.  He wants to chew on everything he plays with, so we keep plenty of…

November 21, 2017

want, need, wear, read: the gift guide for toddler girls

Want, Need, Wear, Read Toddler Girls

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. It’s that time of year again… when people drive themselves crazy buying 124 gifts for their children. Hey, I get it. Gift-giving is a love language. It makes you feel good to give presents, especially to your children, your grandchildren, your nieces and…

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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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#motherhood #momofthree #momof3 #clickinmoms #momtog #thelovelysquares #happilytrista #blaireandben #blairebenandsloane
  • 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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#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
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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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