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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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June 7, 2018

35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer

35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer

It’s finally summer! I compiled this giant list of 35 fun things to do outside with your kids this summer. To me, summer means meals outside, sticky ice cream on my kids’ hands, and sunshine. Good ol, Mr. Sun. Summer also means the sweet smell of sunscreen on my kids. When it comes to protecting my children from the sun, I don’t take any chances. My family has…

June 6, 2018

recipe: no bake toddler bites

No Bake Toddler Energy Bites

Ben is 14 months old and he’s ALWAYS hungry. Some meals he eats more than his 4-year-old sister. Both of these kiddos love to snack but mama wants them snacking on something healthy and filling. Is that too much to ask?! Lol! One day, I had an epiphany – I have made and loved energy bites for the past few years, ever since a coworker brought them in for…

May 30, 2018

turning our 4-year-old forward facing

Graco Extend2Fit 4Ever Car Seat

Thank you to Graco for providing us with these car seats to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’ve mentioned quite a few times how important car seat safety is to me. When Blaire was born, I was CLUELESS about car seat safety. In the hospital they told us she looked good in her car seat and that was that. I look back on some photos and…

May 15, 2018

keeping your home tidy for showings with a toddler, an infant and cats

House Cleaning Schedule

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeandCleanLiving #CollectiveBiasI’ll be the first to admit I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with cleaning. I hate to clean (unless I’m upset or angry then it’s the perfect way to take out my frustrations) but I have always loved the feeling of a clean house.  Whether you’re a mom who works…

April 29, 2018

an easy, nutritious breakfast for tots

Happy Tot Super Morning Bowl

As you know, we’ve been quite busy these past month. We’re currently traveling and it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. Since we’re traveling and living that hotel life (in three different hotels over one week!) we were sure to stock up on travel-friendly snacks and foods for the kiddos. Our usual go-to’s are pouches of yogurt, but I’m super excited to be testing out Happy Tot’s NEW…

April 4, 2018

favorite toddler board games

Favorite Toddler Board Games

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. Over the past few months, Blaire has started to LOVE playing games! I polled friends to see what their almost 4-year-old’s favorite games were and we added those to her Christmas list. And so far, so good! We have been playing a game…

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 19, 2018

weekends are for sunshine

Blaire tricycle

Yesterday was another day that felt like spring, which was great after it was 35 on St. Patrick’s Day, which meant we skipped out on the parade this year. I woke up early, went to work out. Then Jason went to play golf for the first time this year. While he was gone, I took the kids outside to organize some of their stuff in the garage. Blaire…

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…

March 16, 2018

mr. golden sun

March 10, 2018

We have finally had some sunshine this past week and it’s been so refreshing to be able to get these kiddos outside! Last weekend, we went to a little local ice cream and candy shop for lunch and ice cream. And, of course, had to pick up some of our favorite candies while we were there. Ben slept the whole time, so it was quiet and relaxing, and…

January 15, 2018

snowy days

snow day 2017

Well, we had a little snow before Christmas, but since Christmas we’ve had a few snow storms here and there. Which means I have a toddler who is BEGGING to go outside. What starts as, “Please just let me make footprints in the snow, mama!” which quickly escalates to snow angels and a snow ball fight. But with the wind chill some days feeling like it’s -20°, playing…

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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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  • 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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#pregnancyannouncement #rainbowbabyannouncement #firsttrimester
  • 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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