• This angel baby is the calm in the chaos over here. The other two are bouncing off the walls and she’s just so happy and sweet.
  • How is everyone doing? today was so rough. *this picture is not from today* Blaire and Ben wake up before Jason even leaves for work. They wake me and Sloane both up. It feels like I spend my whole day breaking up fights. And part of me feels like I can’t complain because I left my job to work from home (for myself) and be with my kids. But, I have to remind myself this is new for me. I haven’t been at home with three kids before. The schedules of a 6 year old, 3 year old and 5 month old are very different. From being in school for the past six-ish months, Blaire wants to constantly be learning. She wants me to be reading to her, doing crafts with her, etc. and that’s hard with a 5 month old attached to me and a 3 year old who can’t sit still. Anyone else who feels lost during this time, just know you’re not alone. But we can do it! I’m so hopeful nice weather is coming and that will make the days so much more bearable! Fingers crossed anyways. 🤞🏻 #happilytrista
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  • step 1: get your baby sleeping.
step 2: get yourself to stop staying up on your phone until midnight. [ad] It’s been over a month of using the @littleonesbabysleep program with little Sloaney girl here. She’s self-settling at bedtime and overnight, sleeping in her crib without being swaddled, and it’s glorious. I’m sharing all about our experience on the blog… and there just might be a discount code, too. #littleones #littleonessleep #littleonesbabysleep #happilytrista
  • our neighborhood has been posting different activities in our Facebook group. today was “chalk your walk”. So we drew all kinds of stuff on our driveway and sidewalk. I hope they bring a smile to someone when they’re out for a [cold] walk! #happilytrista
  • my baby boy is THREE! 3 years of Benjamin Robert. the perfect mix of sweet and sour. always kissing us, then jumping off the furniture and pulling Blaire’s hair 3 seconds later. •
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  • going through these photos from our session with @rachelclemphotography a few weeks ago and they are giving me all the feels. 🥰❤️ #happilytrista
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  • thankful for baby wearing and breaks in the rain. 🌧 #happilytrista •

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  • accurate depiction of life right now. 🤪 #happilytrista #socialdistancing
  • this photo was our workout for the day. 💪🏻 j/k. we got dressed in our green and went shamrock hunting around the neighborhood. we found lots in people’s windows, they had so much fun. it was less than 40° but sunny! ☀️ are you self distancing? how’s it going? #happilytrista #selfdistancing
  • we have to stay inside for how long? 😳how are you passing the time? and how’s the weather where you live? it’s a cool 30° here this morning. ❄️ #happilytrista #mywildbird #wearallthebabies
  • Don’t they look like they’re up to something? It’s 3-on-1, 10 hours per day for the next 5 days. 😅🤪 #happilytrista
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August 14, 2019

an honest review of raddish: a cooking box for kids

kids cooking in the kitchen

Some of my favorite memories as a kid are in the kitchen with my mom. Half the time the things I was “cooking” were not edible. But she’d let me measure and mix and create to my heart’s content. Then there were times she cooked and I was able to help her by adding in some of the ingredients and I felt so grown up. When we received…

January 28, 2019

valentines made easy with oreo

OREO Valentine's Day Exchange Kit

If you’re anything like me, you start thinking about Valentine’s Day in January, when the stores put everything Valentine’s out. BUT it’s too early to buy anything because you’ll lose it somewhere in your house. Lol! So… then a month goes by and you totally forget about Valentine’s Day. Fast forward and it’s February 8, your kids come home from school for the weekend with their Valentine’s Day…

December 31, 2018

easy, healthy snacks for toddlers on the go

Ben Eating Mott's Apple Sauce

I thought it took me forever to get out of the house before becoming a mom. Boy, was I in for a surprise. When you have young kids, packing up to leave the house can be overwhelming. You have an overflowing bag, yet feel like you’re forgetting something. When we’re running out the door, I don’t have time to wash a sippy cup or pack up a bowl of…

December 16, 2018

keeping up with my kids

Morning Coffee and Planning

I can’t count how many times each day I look at my kids and wish I had their energy. They. Never. Stop. So I need to keep up and the only way I can do that is with caffeine. Some days I only need a cup and other days I need ALL the coffee – thankfully the FlexBrew Coffee Maker by Hamilton Beach allows me to make a…

November 15, 2018

sugar-free cherry limeade

Sugar Free Cherry Limeade

Everyone knows I don’t like to drink water. I much prefer my cherry-flavored pop or some sugary, flavored coffee. And with the holidays coming up, I tend to turn to them even more. But, both sugar and caffeine tend to make me more anxious. And really, I don’t need help being anxious, especially during the winter months. So I’m really excited to share this REALLY easy recipe with…

October 10, 2018

easy after school snack for preschoolers

Blaire on the playground

I can’t be the only one picking up a hangry preschooler every afternoon. Blaire goes to school from 12—3. She has lunch before school and has a snack while she’s there, but she is still starving every day when she gets in the car. Thanks to lots of roadwork our drive home is never quick. It’s also my favorite time to run errands, since we are all already…

September 24, 2018

3 ways to drink more water

3 ways to drink more water

I am one of those weird people who doesn’t like water. I never have. And not just “it’s not my favorite drink” kind of doesn’t like. As in, I could go weeks or months without drinking a glass/bottle/sip of water. But, the few times in my life I’ve limited my caffeine intake and MADE myself consume water on a daily basis, my mind has seriously done a 180.…

June 14, 2018

easy backyard get togethers

easy backyard cookout

Have you ever had “one of those” days? You worked your booty off all day, you’re tired but not tired enough that you just want to zone out on the couch all night. It’s one of those nights that you NEED to hang out with friends. We all have those go-to friends, the ones who are always down to get together with you last minute. The ones whose…

June 6, 2018

recipe: no bake toddler bites

No Bake Toddler Energy Bites

Ben is 14 months old and he’s ALWAYS hungry. Some meals he eats more than his 4-year-old sister. Both of these kiddos love to snack but mama wants them snacking on something healthy and filling. Is that too much to ask?! Lol! One day, I had an epiphany – I have made and loved energy bites for the past few years, ever since a coworker brought them in for…

April 29, 2018

an easy, nutritious breakfast for tots

Happy Tot Super Morning Bowl

As you know, we’ve been quite busy these past month. We’re currently traveling and it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. Since we’re traveling and living that hotel life (in three different hotels over one week!) we were sure to stock up on travel-friendly snacks and foods for the kiddos. Our usual go-to’s are pouches of yogurt, but I’m super excited to be testing out Happy Tot’s NEW…

March 12, 2018

ben’s favorite breakfast: 11 months old

Breakfast for 11 month old

  Our food journey with Ben has been a bit different than it was with Blaire. It’s crazy how quickly they can change recommendations for babies. With Blaire, it was recommended to start solids around 4 months old. This time around, only three years later, the AAP recommends waiting until 6 months to start your baby on solids.  Honestly, waiting until 6 months to start solids was a…

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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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  • 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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