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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • crib naps and sweet dreams 💤 #threeweeksold #happilytrista
  • As soon as dad walks through the door, everyone is fighting over him... and that means alone time for me! 🙌🏻 Jason loves being a dad and I love that @pampersus has stepped up to make things easier for dads by committing to install 5,000 changing tables in public restrooms across the U.S. and Canada by the year 2021. These changing tables will make such a positive impact in each community! I am talking more about it in my stories. #LoveTheChange #PampersPartner
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June 7, 2018

the best maternity graphic tees

I'm So Pregnant Hello Collection Graphic Tee

For those of you currently rocking a baby bump (not me!) I keep coming across the CUTEST graphics for baby bumps and I just had to document them. So I figured I may as well round up some of the cutest maternity themed graphic tees, right?! These are all super cute and they look so comfy! Some are not actually printed on “maternity” tops, so make sure you read…

February 13, 2018

9 easy ways to practice self-care as a mama

10 Ways to Practice Self Care as a Mom

If you’re a mom, you know there’s nothing more rewarding than motherhood. There’s nothing more rewarding, more exhausting, more terrifying, more exciting, more draining than being a mother. Being a mother is, quite simply, the hardest thing you will ever do. Being pregnant in 2016, for a few months in 2017, then having a newborn… trying to balance two kids, work, being a wife, laundry, errands, everything! It…

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 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.…

November 27, 2017

9 things I didn’t know until I started breastfeeding

Hanging out at Home

Okay, so I’ve admitted before I thought breastfeeding would be so easy and natural. I didn’t take a class while I was pregnant with Blaire. Didn’t prep, didn’t do any research. If it was so natural, everything would just work and it’d be just as easy as everyone said it was. Well, that was not exactly the case. There were so many things I didn’t know with Blaire…

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…

November 7, 2017

3 easy tips to raise kids who give back

Blaire & Ben

Now that Halloween has passed, it’s officially the holidays. And the holidays are always a perfect time to reflect on how blessed we are and to take time to give back to those who aren’t as fortunate. I’ll be the first to admit I live a very blessed life. My parents always worked hard to make sure we had everything we needed, and lots of things we wanted,…

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…

October 2, 2017

supplementing formula without guilt

Formula Feeding

Two things that have rocked my world since becoming a mom are 1) mom guilt and 2) mom shaming. And one of the things that surprises me most is that these two go hand-in-hand when it comes to how a mom chooses to feed her baby. I was clueless to the pressure many moms feel to breastfeed and to the fact that many moms have a difficult time…

September 20, 2017

Benjamin’s birth: my VBAC birth story

Newborn Ben

Holy. Geeze. Ben is 6 months old. HOW?! I thought it was time I share his birth story with you all because better late than never, right? Let’s start with a little back story. Blaire was breech my entire pregnancy, thus forcing me in to a planned C Section and I was actually so HAPPY to have a C Section. Our birthing classes terrified me and a C…

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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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