• [#BamboobiesPartner] When I found out I needed a C-section with Blaire, the scar I would be left with was the last thing on my mind. While it's not what I'd call pretty, I do have to admit that it makes me smile because it reminds me of how strong I am. Now that we've had our last baby, I've started using Bamboobies® stretch mark + scar balm to help reduce the appearance of my scar. It is made with natural and organic ingredients—including vitamin e, sunflower oil, coconut oil and lavender—which I love. I know it will always be there, and I love that. It's such a precious reminder of what a mama will do to get her baby safely earth-side. From 3/1/20 - 3/15/20, @Target will have 20% off @bamboobies products. It's the perfect time to pick some up if you're wanting to try it for yourself!
  • Sloane has been working hard on this bod the last 4.5 months and she is ready to show it off. Come on warm weather! ☀️🥰 #happilytrista #momofthree #momof3 #honestmotherhood #fourthmonthsold #lovecarters
  • wishing a happy, happy birthday to my sweet six year old. the one who made me a mama. I set my alarm to wake up almost an hour earlier than usual. 🤣 made her a fun birthday breakfast, jason & I went to her school to take her lunch (and an afternoon snack for her class!) then hung out with her at recess. Ben & I made her a little cake while she was at school and wrapped her gift. she got to pick where we had dinner and we ended the night with our yummy birthday cake. she told us she felt so special all day and literally fell asleep with a smile on her face. seeing your kids grow up and develop, it’s fun to me to try to figure out her love language. she’s definitely a lover of quality time and words of affirmation... I just love birthdays so much! I love that they don’t have to be fancy... just small acts that show someone what they mean to you. #goblaireitsyourbday #happilytrista #momof3 #momofthree #mamahood #honestmotherhood
  • [ad] You know bedtime is a bit of a sore subject around here. I count the minutes to bedtime many days, but some nights bedtime itself seems to last hours. We are hoping to get Sloane started on the right foot when it comes to sleep, so we are just starting the @littleonesbabysleep program (for 3-12 month olds). I feel like I have a sleep guru holding my hand through this and I can’t wait to share our progress with you over the next month! 
#littleones #littleonessleep #littleonesbabysleep #happilytrista https://rebrand.ly/LittleOnesTrista
  • can someone PLEASE explain to me how someone so cute and sweet can also find so much joy in making me lose my darn mind? he gets in trouble and laughs. WHY?! he will be 3 next month and let me tell you I hope this combo of terrible twos and threenager is about to come to an end because 😅😅😅😅. #happilytrista #momofthree #threenager #terribletwos
  • 15 weeks ago • this picture was taken 15 weeks ago. I simply cannot believe it. I really don’t have much more to say other than time is a thief. #happilytrista #onemonthold #babywearing #wearallthebabies #1monthold
  • Q: what bites and scratches you like crazy when you try to feed her? A: my 4 month old. one of the things associated with her current leap is “wanting more physical contact when nursing” GIANT CHECKMARK THERE. [ad] I thought I was past needing nipple balm with each feeding, but nope. Here we are again. this Nursing Comfort Balm from @mustelausa is the bomb. 💣 it’s not sticky and hasn’t stained my clothes like some others. you can use my code to save 20% off when you order from mustelausa.com! it’s TRISTA20. Offer expires on February 28, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. #NewMomMustsBBxx #breastfeeding #happilytrista
  • feeling extra thankful for the skylight in our bathroom because this little girl lovesss staring at it while I shower. praise be for getting to shower without anyone crying. •

#happilytrista #candidslumber #babiesdontkeep #3under6 #momof3 #thosecheeks #siblings #loveyourjourney #motherhood #newbaby #thatsmiletho #realmotherhood #happycapture #motherhoodrising #honestmotherhood #motherhoodintheraw
  • Ben: Sloaney let me give you a kiss.
Sloane: *mom keep me up here*

#happilytrista #motherhoodintheraw #honestmotherhood #petitejoy #motherhoodrising #ourcandidlife #uniteinmotherhood #joyfulmamas #honestlymothering #therealparenthood #stopdropandmom #thehappycapture #momsofinstagram #mytinymoments #realmotherhood #lifestyleblogger #momof3
  • [#ruggablepartner] We have almost been in our house for 11 months. I can't believe it! We're finally making it feel like ours, room by room. I am so thankful for washable rugs by Ruggable Rugs. They are made up of two pieces, the top that is washable, and the bottom pad that you can easily wipe clean. I am showing ours more over in my stories. You can also use from code to save 15%, it's FUNTRISTA15! The link to shop is in my bio and in my stories. Okay, so who is harder on your floors... your kids or your pets? @ruggable #ruggable #happilytrista
  • #ad Do you remember the first items you added to your baby registry? The items you were super excited to receive because they made you realize just how close you were to welcoming your sweet baby? One of mine was the Boppy® Pillow. It came to the hospital with us when all three of our babies were born. Not only did it help me hold each of them while learning how to nurse, it also helped Blaire hold both Ben and Sloane for the first time. We keep it on the couch because I still use it while nursing Sloane, it just supports her perfectly and makes it so much easier! She loves laying in it and we even pull it down to the floor for her to do tummy time. The slipcover is machine washable, and we have an extra on hand to use while washing. Boppy® Pillow is now available at buybuyBABY.

@BoppyCompany #BoppyFeedingPillow #BoppyPartner #ShareMyBoppy #BoppyLove #happilytrista
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baby essentials

Finding the best baby gear is not easy! There are so many baby items to choose from when setting up your baby registry. 

February 19, 2020

bath time must haves for baby

Everyone loves a freshly-bathed baby, am I right?! From those nerve-wracking newborn baby baths to the toddler you have to drag out of the bath after an hour, I love them. Bath time is my go-to when my kids are bouncing off the walls. It took me awhile to get the hang of bathing a baby. They’re so wiggly and tiny and they have such little body control…

February 1, 2020

must haves for a 3 month old baby

There are SO many different options for baby gear and baby items out there. I love compiling all of our favorites by age to make it easy for you to see what other babies love before deciding what to buy for your own babies. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 1…

January 24, 2020

new baby items to try

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to test out new items and share what was worth spending your money on and what to avoid. Today I am excited to share some really great items I think you’ll love for your little one. Later this week I’ll be sharing some items I’ve tried out for new mamas. aden + anais Snuggle Knit Collection aden +…

November 9, 2019

must haves for a newborn baby

Does time fly by even quicker with each child? I thought Ben was an easy baby… then along came Sloane who basically takes care of herself. I wanted to update the items that are our must haves for a newborn baby. There are SO many pieces of baby gear out there and they’re always changing. These types of lists helped me immensely when trying to decide what to…

September 16, 2019

baby sprinkle registry

I know the old school thinking was that only first babies were celebrated with a baby shower. You know, unless there were five years between your babies, or whatever the proper etiquette rule was. Back in 2012-ish, the term baby sprinkle was coined to describe a smaller version of a traditional baby shower. It was the perfect way to celebrate a mother who may already have the big…

January 3, 2018

9 month must haves

At the age of 9 months, Ben is crawling and pulling himself up onto the couch, the coffee table, etc. He likes to sit up in the shopping cart and we’re now putting him in high chairs at restaurants (before he would usually sleep through our meals in his infant carrier). We’re almost ready to move him from his infant carrier to a convertible car seat, but it’s…

November 23, 2017

6 month must haves

6 month must haves

At 6 months old Ben is happy to finally be able to play on the floor with his sister. He can sit up on his own, he likes to “stand” with help and he is really trying to crawl. I think of 6 months as the age of teething and the start of mobility.  He wants to chew on everything he plays with, so we keep plenty of…

March 2, 2017

the 9 best double strollers by budget

The hardest part of preparing for baby number was choosing the right double stroller. There are SO many options. And they’re all heavier than I thought they would be. They’re giant. And expensive. The stores closest to my house just didn’t have quite the assortment I was looking for when it came to choosing the best double stroller for us. They each had between four or five options,…

February 3, 2016

complete baby registry checklist

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There are few things as intimidating as registering for your first baby. Or your second baby for that matter… so much can change in a few, short years! I have divided it up into a few categories below to try to make it as simple as possible. For being so tiny, babies sure can be complicated! Before you start reading, be sure to actually go and create your…

September 2, 2015

15 & 16 Month Favorites

15 & 16 Month Faves

Our house is officially a toddler toy room. Blaire has toys everywhere at all times. Here are some of her faves from 15 & 16 months. Shopping Cart | Sesame Street Cell Phone | Utensils | Kitty Purse | Puzzle Shopping Cart: Blaire loves this shopping cart just as much as she loves her baby stroller, and she treats them about the same. She loves to pile her babies,…

July 22, 2015

The Best Cup EVER!

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We LOVE cups over here, especially cups with straws! Blaire was never really into regular ‘ol sippy cups, she was always drawn to straws because mom and dad are always using them. We’ve tried sooo many different ones on the hunt for one that’s durable, leakproof AND easy to clean. Enter: The Nûby Flip ‘n Sip w/ NEW 360 Straw. You read that right. With NEW 360 straw.…

May 14, 2015

Straws Rock!

For the past few months Blaire has been obsessed with straws! I get it… they’re funny looking and her mom and dad are always using them, so they seem extra cool. ;) When I was first accepted to the Nûby USA Parent Blogger Program, I definitely had to choose a few cups with straws to try out, because we had tried quite a few that we just weren’t crazy…

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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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