• 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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  • ...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 •
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  • 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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  • 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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July 22, 2019

fall clothing for toddler boys

I always thought shopping for boys would never be as much fun as shopping for a little girl. I was so wrong! It may be over 90° here, but I have already seen such cute pieces for fall popping up and the deals are good! I just couldn’t help but round up some of my favorites that I’ve spotted so far. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4…

December 3, 2018

christmas pjs for babies, toddlers & kids

Blaire and Ben making pancakes

Holiday pajama time has to be one of my favorite times of the year, especially now that I can find matching styles for two kiddos. To top it off, it seems like 2018 is the year of the matching family pajama! It makes my coordinating heart so, so happy.   Where are your favorite places to find cute holiday pajamas at a great price? Pin the image below…

October 10, 2018

toddler fall clothing

fall toddler clothes

Being able to shop in both the girl and they boy section is so much fun. Now that the weather is finally cooling down, most days here in the midwest, anyways. I realized last month Carter’s is now offering lots of their baby sets in sizes up to a 5T, which is amazing because it makes my life so much easier than buying a bunch of separates and…

March 19, 2018

what I’m loving: spring clothing for little boys

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. This is my first Spring shopping for a boy! I am loving all the cactus print and strips. All. of. the. stripes. PLEASE. Most of the clothing I find for Ben are from Carter’s, Old Navy, Gap and, of course, Target. All of…

March 16, 2018

what I’m loving: spring clothing for little 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. Spring may be my favorite season to shop for. The bright colors… The florals… No more layers and layers of clothes to get your kiddo out the door. Yay! A few of these styles are infant only, but most of them come in…

November 12, 2017

christmas jammies for babies, toddlers & kids

The Best Advent Calendars for Children

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 the year again… holiday PJ time. Gosh, it’s my favorite. There are so many great options, especially if you want your kiddos to match (guilty!). So I’ve rounded up a ton for you. I’ll keep updating them as new…

September 6, 2017

7 questions to ask before deciding on a preschool

Osh Kosh Back to School Style

This time next year, Blaire will be in preschool full time. In Iowa, 4-year-olds can attend preschool for free. Since the daycare center she’s in now works with her on numbers, letters, Spanish, arts & crafts, etc. so we didn’t feel she needed to be enrolled in preschool this school year. BUT, most preschools hold their registration between January and March, so now is the time to start…

June 8, 2017

Affordable Summer Clothes for Kids

Mother's Day Picnic

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. You know shopping is my favorite… when people ask what I do for fun, well, my answer is shopping. And now I get to shop the boy’s AND girl’s racks. #yourewelcome I’ve rounded up my favorite (affordable!) summer pieces for you. Nothing is over…

May 15, 2017

Feels like Summer

Blaire eating ice cream

Well, we went from 50s to 80s here in the midwest and it’s fine. I’ll take whatever I can get at this point! I just want to pack away the long sleeves and break out all of Blaire’s cute dresses and the water table she got for her birthday back in February. We had a great Mother’s Day. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know we…

April 24, 2017

Mini Style: Favorite Spring Styles

Mini Style: Spring Dresses

Spring temps are finally here in the midwest. FINALLY! I am so excited to do some shopping for these kiddos of mine. Blaire went from a 3T to a 4T overnight, everything is suddenly too short on her. No complaints here… you know I love an excuse to shop! And with a newborn, his next size is always just around the corner! ;) Spoiler alert: this is my…

March 5, 2017

While You’re Still Our Only Baby

OshKosh Spring 2017

We are less than four weeks away from my due date, which means we are taking every opportunity we can to spend quality time with Blaire while she’s still our only baby. Luckily, we’ve had patches of nice weather and getting outside to the park has always been one of our favorite things to do together. So we’ve taken advantage of it, especially on the weekends. Blaire isn’t…

January 30, 2017

Taming Toddler Hair

Thank you to So Cozy for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’ll be honest, doing Blaire’s hair is not always my favorite part of our morning routine. I typically save it for last since it’s always a struggle. If it was up to her, she’d never brush her hair and would just sport her bed head all day. She’d also never wash her hair, as…

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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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