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  • these first few smiles are literally the best thing ever. when you realize how happy you make a tiny person. when you see their face light up because they love you so much. then you fast forward 2.5 years and they’re demanding brownies and cheetos for lunch. 😬😬😬 #sixweeksold #happilytrista
  • (sponsored) When you become a parent, there are so many new things to learn about and I feel like each person latches on to something they’re passionate about / can’t stop reading and learning about. For me? That’s car seats! Thankfully some states are finally updating their laws to conform to recommendations from the APA. We have tried quite a few different seats and this 3-in-1 Pria seat from @maxicosiusa is the nicest! The chest clip is magnetic, making it easy to clip and unclip with one hand. The straps stay in place thanks to their out-of-the-way spring assist, so no more twisted up straps. And the cushions are both washer AND dryer safe! Yay for no more hang-drying! On top of that, it’s rear-facing up to 40lbs, forward-facing up to 65lbs and then a booster up to 100lbs. #ParentYourWay #PriaMax3in1 #happilytrista
  • 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
  • We are currently paying the price for last week’s easy bedtimes. I’m trying to get Ben to sleep in his own room. So you can guess how happy he is about that. His yelling has Blaire awake still, she’s been out of her room about 25 times. And Sloane is passed out on the couch. At least someone is asleep. They’re lucky they’re adorable because holy moly I’m tired and just want to veg out on the couch. #gotheftosleep #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
  • 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
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November 27, 2016

The Perfect Watch

Daniel Wellington Classic Black Sheffiled

Thank you to Daniel Wellington for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are my own. It has been over a year since my favorite watch was damaged when I had the battery changed. :( Since then, I have a few old watches I throw on when I absolutely need to wear one, but haven’t had a quality, classic go-to. While I don’t necessarily wear one when we’re…

October 30, 2016

Dressing the Bump: Fall Maternity Style

Fall Maternity Style

Finding stylish maternity clothes at a good price isn’t always the easiest. One of my favorite ways to shop, is using an app that searches hundreds of stores at once… who has time to go website by website, store by store? Lately I’ve been obsessed with Octer! You can use the app on your phone, or the site from your computer. There are 200 stores, and I love that…

August 1, 2016

Wardrobe Essentials

Scotch 3M in Desk Drawer

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WardrobeSolutions #CollectiveBias As a shopaholic who also happens to be a busy, full-time working mom, my work wardrobe is very important to me. There are several, wardrobe related problems that seem to plague all working women – and I’ve finally found an (easy) solution to them.…

July 19, 2016

Updated Family Pictures

We had some new family pictures taken in May and they’re the best! They capture Blaire’s little personality perfectly. This stage of our life is so fun. Blaire has so much fun with her mom and dad. I’m loving this time when she thinks we are super cool! ;) We are lucky to have a photographer who is so amazing with children. She kept telling Blaire, “don’t laugh!”…

March 25, 2016

My Favorite Purchases This Week

Spring Home Decor

This week has been a fun one! That days are longer, but the weather has been all over the place. We started the week with sunshine, had lots of rain midweek, some snow, more rain… and we’re back to sunshine. For now, at least. I even have the windows open today! Major win. While I guess I’m all for Spring Cleaning, I’m more for Spring Shopping. Spring is…

March 20, 2016

Mama + Mini: Easter Style

Mama Easter Style 2016

How in the world is it already Easter? While I was super on top of Blaire’s Easter outfit and Easter Basket… I realized I have totally dropped the ball on my own outfit. I know I’ve said it before, but to me it’s worth repeating: This Easter Jason will officially become Catholic. We are so, so excited that we will now be able to celebrate our religion together as a…

March 5, 2016

Spring Style for Mama + Mini

Mini Spring Style 2016

Looking at our 5 day forecast, there are some 50°, and even 60° days, on the horizon. And that means it’s time to put away the winter clothes and break out some fun (new!) Spring clothes. You know I love a good round up, so here are my favorite spring style pieces for mama and mini. For tiny clothes, I’m feeling all the bright colors and lots of…

October 6, 2015

Mama + Mini Headbands

You know I love, love, love fall fashion! And now that it’s been under 75° consistently for the past week and a half, I’m finally ready to pack away our sandals and shorts. Woo hoo! This means we’re breaking out our fall wardrobe. So not only are fall clothes my favorite, but you also know I love matching my mini. These mommy & me turbans are so freaking cute! Blaire has…

September 11, 2015

28 Things About Me

If you only know me from my blog, than you might not know that much about me. Since I place most of my focus on Blaire, I don’t typically post much about myself. So, as part of #fridayintroductions on Instagram, I’d thought it’d be fun to post 28 facts (Because I’m 28. See what I did there?). I hope you have as much fun reading them as I…

July 31, 2015

Summer White

Michael Kors Handbag

I’m doing a little something different today. You clearly know I’m a shopaholic, although I dedicate most of my posts to our everyday life and Blaire. BUT since I’m giving away a $500 Nordstrom giftcard at the bottom of this post, I just had to take the time to do a style post. I’m love, love, loving the flowy, boho look lately! My favorite thing about flowy pieces…

June 28, 2015

On Sundays We Wear Kimonos

Happy Sunday! Another weekend has come and gone wayyyy too quickly! Our only real plan for this weekend was a birthday party on Saturday afternoon. We had so much fun with friends and Blaire was super excited to get to spend some quality time with her buddy James. He’s two months older than her and they are SO cute together! She had a lot more fun watching the…

May 30, 2015

My Mini

I had always, always thought that I wanted to have a boy first. When I was still in my first trimester, I found the Little Baby Garvin Blog through Pinterest. She has a little girl, Harper, who was born almost exactly two years before Blaire. Reading through her posts and looking at all of her pictures of Harper just melted my heart. I immediately took back every prayer I had…

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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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