• 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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  • 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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June 25, 2019

target try on: summer dresses & maternity

Target Dress Try on June 2019

my favorite target summer dresses and maternity dresses I found myself across the street from Target this morning. With an hour to kill and only one kiddo, I decided to go to Target to try on summer dresses because my current summer wardrobe is sparse. Usually Ben and Blaire are fighting over my phone in the fitting room, but this trip, Ben was content just hanging out. So…

November 13, 2018

cozy work from home / sahm style

Working from Home with Ben

Now that I don’t have to worry about dressing business casual from 8-5, I’m fully embracing the momiform. Blaire is in afternoon Pre-K, so I typically start my day with breakfast for all of us, then when they’re done and playing, I do the dishes and then respond to emails and messages. I have an alarm set to make sure I get Blaire dressed and ready about 20…

October 2, 2018

where to shop for inexpensive maternity clothes

Fall Maternity Style

Spending a ton of money on maternity clothes is NOT necessary. There are plenty of places to shop for inexpensive maternity clothes.  Luckily, there are now a TON of options for maternity pieces that won’t take all of your money and have lasted me throughout both of my pregnancies. Don’t panic! You can find inexpensive maternity clothes. For me, I try to maximize anything in my pre-pregnancy wardrobe…

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…

April 3, 2018

work from home mom style

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 has been a full five months since I left my full-time job to work from home while keeping our babies home with me. It wasn’t the EASIEST transition, thanks mostly to my anxiety, but now that I’ve been treating it, everything is…

February 7, 2018

fave swimwear to hide a mom tummy

Lake Visit July 2017

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I may receive a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.  We are heading to the Caribbean this spring and I’m on the hunt for some new suits. BUT, unless Orange Theory does some serious work, I’m just not ready to bare my mom tummy (or my side rolls). I have owned quite a few…

August 2, 2017

4 Reasons You’ll Find this Mom in the Water

Get in the Water this Summer

Thank you to Lime Ricki for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Some of 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.  I am going to talk about something all of us mamas really love to talk about (not really)… our postpartum bodies. The changes your body goes through…

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…

March 9, 2017

Maternity Pictures

Floral Maxi Maternity Photo

Some 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 guys. It’s March! … and that means it’s baby month. I am SO in love with our maternity pictures. We got so, so, so lucky with the weather that day. Who knew we would be blessed with a 70° day, in February,…

February 11, 2017

Making Memories with Carter’s

Carter's Spring Baby Clothes

Thank you to Carter’s for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This weekend we had some amazing weather! It was in the 50s, which almost feels like Summer when you’re in Iowa in February and it was just snowing three days ago. Blaire got a tricycle from her great grandparents for Christmas and this weekend was the first time she was able to ride it outside. And she…

January 7, 2017

Dressing the Bump: Winter Weather

Thank you to Motherhood Maternity for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are my own. Dressing a baby bump is seriously my favorite! I feel so much more confident when I’m pregnant… which I guess may be strange considering someone else has taken over my body and it seems like every day I have a new ache or pain. BUT, pregnancy is such beautiful and amazing thing and…

November 29, 2016

Dressing The Bump: The Holidays

Thank you to Pink Blush Maternity for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own. If I had $1 for every time I heard someone complain about how hard it is to find cute/inexpensive/stylish maternity clothes, I’d have enough money to buy allll of the cute maternity clothes my heart desires. If you’re shopping in-person for maternity clothes, there may not be as large of a selection…

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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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  • 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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