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February 5, 2018

snow + sink baths

Sink Bath - Ben 2018

I am SO happy our kitchen has such a giant sink. When we bought our house, I never realized how perfect it would be to bathe our babies in. And by “babies,” I mean as long as they’ll let me. ;) During the last few months I was pregnant with Ben, Blaire loved to take a bath in the sink. It made me feel like she was still…

January 15, 2018

snowy days

snow day 2017

Well, we had a little snow before Christmas, but since Christmas we’ve had a few snow storms here and there. Which means I have a toddler who is BEGGING to go outside. What starts as, “Please just let me make footprints in the snow, mama!” which quickly escalates to snow angels and a snow ball fight. But with the wind chill some days feeling like it’s -20°, playing…

December 29, 2017

family photos – winter 2017

Outdoor Family Photos Winter 2017

We finally got family photos done, for the first time since Ben’s newborn pictures back at the end of March. And I love, love, LOVE how they turned out. It was 70 degrees the Monday after Thanksgiving. Which is UNHEARD of for Illinois. I am obsessed with this location. It’s about an hour from our home, so we shot with a different photographer than we typically use. She…

December 29, 2017

here’s to 2018

Ben and Blaire in August

Typing 2018 is WEIRD. Where did 2017 go? It doesn’t seem like it was a whole year ago that I was pregnant with Ben and we were soaking in every minute left with Blaire as our only child. Personally, 2017 was a great year! We welcomed Benjamin. We welcomed the baby girls of three of our best friends (within only two months of Ben being born). Jason’s role…

December 25, 2017

merry christmas

Tiny Prints Christmas Card

I just wanted to take a quick minute to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas from the Peterson Family. As I sit here in bed with my sleeping family, at the end of my birthday, I can’t help but reflect on how blessed we are. We are all happy and healthy. We are blessed beyond measure.  Not only do we have everything we need to…

December 14, 2017

10 tips for the best photos of your kids

Tips for Photographing Children

The question I probably get the most often when it comes to blogging is how I take photos of my kids. From the type of camera/lens I use, to the settings, to just how the heck to get them to cooperate. And, oh boy, some of those are easier than others. Since there are so many ins and outs, I thought it was time to document them all here.…

December 4, 2017

spending more time with your family (& less time worrying about money)

Blaire as Belle

Does anyone actually like talking about money? It’s awkward. It’s personal. There are a million ways to spend it. And chances are, the ways you want to spend it won’t match up perfectly with anyone else. Nearly half of Americans in serious relationships (48%) fight about money. Becoming parents adds another layer of complication to your finances. But, I’m here to tell you financial planning doesn’t have to…

November 26, 2017

cleaning your hardwood floors quickly & easily

Ben playing in kitchen

It’s no secret I don’t love cleaning (except when I’m mad!) but I still love it when our home is picked up and smells clean! My first few days home after quitting my job were SUPER productive. One day I did 10 loads of laundry. Yep, I was that far behind. And well, I promised myself I’d stay caught up on everything, the house would be picked up…

November 19, 2017

3 ways to beat stress during the holidays

Evenflo Pivot System

Thank you to Evenflo for featuring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  We all know the holidays can be super stressful, especially for parents. But, really, why do we do this to ourselves every. single. year? We (I) know the holidays are coming. We (I) wait until the last minute to make lists for family members, to purchases gifts for everyone, and I literally wait…

November 13, 2017

planning for retirement as a stay at home mom

blooom 401k

One of my biggest worries when making the decision to leave my full time job was that I was walked away from a very generous 401k plan. It’s scary to know I’ll be solely responsible for contributing to my retirement income going forward, without an employer to match my contributions. In the job I was leaving, it was our organization’s mission to help women live more financially secure…

October 16, 2017

a day of yes!

Ben's first wagon ride

Going back to work after Ben was born hasn’t been easy. After I had Blaire, I took a job that would let me work from home 3 days and commute to work 2 days/week. Being able to spend that extra time at home with her did SO much for me. I continued in that job until she was 11 months old, when I took a job working in…

August 17, 2017

Trip to the Lake

Lake Visit July 2017

You may know we loveeee a trip to the pool. The pool just opened a few weeks before my maternity leave ended. So we spent my last week of freedom at the pool almost every day. Now we try to squeeze in a trip each weekend. We decided to give our local lake a try a few weeks ago because we thought Blaire would like playing in the…

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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
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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
  • Happy Halloween! 🎃 👻 #blaireandben
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  • 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