• 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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#socialdistancing #momentsofmine #momentslikethese #motherhoodunplugged #pickinguplitter #momof3 #momofthree
  • 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. •
#happilytrista #gobenitsyourbday #threeyesrsold #threenager #momentsinmotherhood #momentslikethese #motherhood #momof3 #momofthree
  • 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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#babywearing #babywear #wearallthebabies #mywildbird #babywearingmama #attachmentparenting #momentslikethese #momentsiwanttoremember #rainbowbaby #breastfeedingmom #breastfeeding #magicofchildhood #momentsiwanttoremember
  • 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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March 22, 2020

motherhood photo session with rachel clem

We haven’t had professional photos taken since my maternity pictures while I was pregnant with Sloane. I’ve really been wanting to get some taken, other than the 1947 I take of her per day, so when Rachel of Rachel Clem Photography reached out about shooting a motherhood session, I jumped at the chance. Rachel has a client wardrobe with lots of beautiful, neutral pieces that all fit well…

March 12, 2020

Easter basket ideas for girls

I had so many people share great ideas with me for Easter basket fillers that aren’t candy. I had a few things I knew would make good fillers (bandaids, chalk, bubbles) but there were lots of other great ideas. Most said they use it as an opportunity to get anything their kids will need for spring and summer. So, I wanted to share what I’ll be filling up…

October 8, 2019

Sloane’s birth story: my second VBAC

Labor with Sloane

Happy due date, baby girl! A week ago we were heading to the hospital, hoping we would be meeting the final member of our family soon. I had contractions every day throughout the last 8ish weeks of my pregnancy. Some days they were intense, they just never got close together. FINALLY, on 10/1, at exactly 39 weeks, they stayed consistently five minutes apart for an hour while we…

October 1, 2019

fall family maternity pictures

We did our maternity pictures with the same photographer that did them before Ben was born and we are so happy with how they turned out. We took them 9/20, so just at the end of my 37th week of pregnancy. It was a bit humid, but she got them taken quickly and we barely broke a sweat! I am glad we waited until further along in my…

July 10, 2019

things to do as a family in Bloomington, MN

We wanted to use the long Fourth of July to get out of town as a family. Knowing we’ll be welcoming a new baby in just a few, short months, we’re wanting to make the most of our time together as a family of four. We decided to take a roadtrip to Bloomington, MN, the home of Mall of America. And gosh there are so many things to…

June 25, 2019

free splash pads in the quad cities

Last year I discovered the convenience of the splash pad. I don’t have to get in the water with my kids like I do when we go to the pool, which makes getting us ready and out the door easier. They still get to run around and work off energy, but I don’t have to commit to spending hours in the water. The best part? There are quite…

April 20, 2019

our pledge to stop drinking bottled water

Brita Longlast Pitcher

2,000 plastic water bottles are used every second in the US. Let that sink in. Drinking water is really the ultimate healthy choice, yet it is one that is trashing our planet. Plastic water bottles take 450 years to decompose and by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Thinking about the health of our planet can be overwhelming. What can one small person…

April 13, 2019

blaire turns 5 | ben turns 2

Blaire & Ben at Wallace's

This spring both of our babies have celebrated their birthdays, with Blaire turning five and Ben turning two. They both have such strong-willed personalities. They LOVE to play together, but also play well separately because, well, they both want to get their own way. I hope Ben always enjoys having multiple mothers because Blaire is always watching him. She inspects the age for every toy he gets, even…

March 13, 2019

safety checklist with First Alert: 8 things to do in your new home

First Alert 10-Year Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm

I can’t believe it… we are finally in our new home! As you know, I am super cautious when it comes to the safety of my family. For me, that meant creating and going through a safety checklist to make sure everything was in order before we spent our first night in our new home. Replace smoke detectors.  There is no way to know when the batteries were…

December 30, 2018

my miscarriage / pregnancy of unknown location

positive pregnancy test

2018 was a rough year, full of ups and so many downs. Never did I guess it would end with a miscarriage. Hearing my blood test was positive and I was pregnant was the most exciting day of this year. Hands down. The nurse said my number was a little low for being 5 weeks, but not to stress. 4 days later I got back the results from…

November 26, 2018

12 easy holiday traditions for your family

Family Game Night

When I think about the holidays, I think of spending quality time together with my family. Even though we have only been married five and a half years, Blaire was born only a few days before our first wedding anniversary, so we have had the past four and a half years to build traditions together for our own little family.  And honestly, they all just came about naturally.…

November 15, 2018

the value of $160 for your family

Iced Coffee and Chocolate Milk Cheers

One of the hardest parts of adulting is dealing with your finances. Sure, I can think of a few people who are good at it, but do they like it? No. If they didn’t have to do it, would they? Nope.In our family, Jason is the saver and I’m the spender. He is SO good at need vs. want, and me, well if I want it then I…

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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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