• 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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#happilytrista #sevenmonthsold #thebump #targetstyle #targetdoesitagain
  • ...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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#sevenmonthsold #thebump #babiesofig #babiesdontkeep
  • my sweet baby girl 🥰 #happilytrista •
#momof3 #7monthsold #momofthree #midwestmama #momentsiwanttoremember #thebump
  • 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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#happilytrista #momofthree #momof3
  • 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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#happilytrista #babywearingmama #momentsiwanttoremember #itsagirl #safeathome #thebump #babiesofig #breastfeedingmama
  • 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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#happilytrista #momofthree #thebump #teammotherly #bfmama #breastfeedingmoms #momlife #attachmentparenting #targetstyle #targetdoesitagain
  • 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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March 26, 2020

the best outdoor toys for your toddler

favorite outdoor toys for toddler

Our backyard is one of our favorite places to be in the warmer months. It’s completely fenced in, so it’s quiet and we can relax back there while the kids run off their extra energy. Some of our favorite outdoor items have been hand-me-downs. And some of these hand-me-downs are 10+ years old and are still in amazing condition. I love that outdoor toys can be used forever!…

August 14, 2019

an honest review of raddish: a cooking box for kids

kids cooking in the kitchen

Some of my favorite memories as a kid are in the kitchen with my mom. Half the time the things I was “cooking” were not edible. But she’d let me measure and mix and create to my heart’s content. Then there were times she cooked and I was able to help her by adding in some of the ingredients and I felt so grown up. When we received…

February 15, 2019

indoor fun at altitude trampoline park

Altitude Trampoline Park

We went to our local Altitude Trampoline Park for the first time and the kids had so much fun! I wasn’t sure how much Ben would like it, since he isn’t quite two yet. And while we wasn’t the best jumper, he LOVED the foam pits. We were there for about 60 seconds before he dove right in to one and climbed all the way over to the…

January 31, 2019

blaire’s big girl room / blush & gold

Pink Blush and Gold Girls Bedroom

Blaire is SO excited about her new room. She insisted that it be all LOL Dolls, but we settled on LOL Dolls sheets and everything else we picked out together. Except the globe, the globe was all her.  Her current room was coral and white, and then morphed into other brighter colors when she upgraded from the toddler bed to the larger bed. I’m excited to mute the…

December 31, 2018

easy, healthy snacks for toddlers on the go

Ben Eating Mott's Apple Sauce

I thought it took me forever to get out of the house before becoming a mom. Boy, was I in for a surprise. When you have young kids, packing up to leave the house can be overwhelming. You have an overflowing bag, yet feel like you’re forgetting something. When we’re running out the door, I don’t have time to wash a sippy cup or pack up a bowl of…

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…

December 3, 2018

the gift guide for preschool girls: want, need, wear, read

It’s that time of year again… when parents drive themselves crazy over gifts. I love to surprise my kiddos with gifts throughout the year, which means they really don’t need a ton come Christmas time. Our home is already packed full of the latest toys. Over the past few years we have made online lists (basically registries) for the kids for Christmas and their birthdays because I am…

December 2, 2018

favorite children’s christmas books

Favorite Christmas Books for Children and Toddlers

Last year I took a survey of my friends and family to find their favorite Christmas books. I really challenged myself to cut back on the number of festive clothing items I’ve let myself buy for each holiday, but I guess I am now channeling that energy into holiday books. I mean, they don’t outgrow books as quickly as they do clothing, right?! ;) Last year Pick a…

August 27, 2018

why you should let your toddler help with chores

Get kids involved in chores and cleaning

Back in June, my brother sent me a link to a story about getting your children to help around the house without resenting it. The title of the article was interesting to me because both of my kids show an interest in helping around the house, Ben loves to clean the kitchen floor with our mop (it’s adjustable so we can make it his size!) and Blaire loves…

July 3, 2018

summer nights

Backyard July 2018

The fourth of July is only a day away and we are feeling the heat! When it’s still 85° at 7PM, you throw on the (matching) swimsuits and play in the water table. Our backyard is completely shaded by the late afternoon, so it’s awesome to be able to head out there without having to spend 12098 minutes slathering on sunscreen. Watching these two play together is so…

July 2, 2018

co-sleeping saved me

bed-sharing

The title of this post may be a bit dramatic to some, but hear me out. I know I can’t be alone when I say motherhood has been so much different than I ever imagined. For some reason I thought I knew exactly what kind of mom I’d be. All the things I would do and wouldn’t do. And let me just say, in my mind, 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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#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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