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  • I DID IT! I DIY’ed these stockings in less than 24 hours after they showed up on my doorstep. They were about $7 per stocking when all was said and done. #nailedit
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#happilytrista #christmasdecor #homesweethome
  • Siblings in matching PJs is one of my favorite things ever! 🥰🥰🥰 #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
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  • ✨ it’s the most wonderful time of the year ✨ #blairebenandsloane #happilytrista
  • CHEEKS. #thatisall

#happilytrista #sloanemack #twomonthsold
  • one running away. one picking his nose. as good as it gets for us. 🤪🙃 #thepetersoncrew #happilytrista
  • when you cute and you know it. ✨ #happilytrista
  • #evivopartner With all of the hard work that goes into breastfeeding, I want to make sure Sloane is digesting all of the amazing proteins found in breastmilk. Today, I’m sharing a blog post talking about the benefits of using @evivohealth infant probiotic- the first six months of a baby’s life is the best time to use one because they’re developing their metabolism and immune system.  #MyEvivoStory #EvivoXL2 #happilytrista
  • thankful to be their mama 🥰 #happilytrista #blairebenandsloane
  • baby fox do do 🦊 #happilytrista
  • the squishiest baby fox there ever was. 🦊 #gingerbrows #sloanemack #wearallthebabies #babywearing #happilytrista
  • [ad] This sweet little girl has been a dream baby. I love spending quiet time with her while big brother is napping and sister is at school… it’s really the only time I get her to myself! I have been open about supplementing all of my babies with formula. This time, my milk supply hasn’t been an issue, but our pediatrician suggested we add formula to help Sloane gain weight, since she was slow getting back to her birth weight. We chose @Enfamil Enspire because it’s the only formula with Lactoferrin (a key protein found in colostrum and breast milk). You can find Enfamil Enspire at Walmart. #EnspireAtWalmart #happilytrista
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October 1, 2019

fall family maternity pictures

We did our maternity pictures with the same photographer that did them before Ben was born and we are so happy with how they turned out. We took them 9/20, so just at the end of my 37th week of pregnancy. It was a bit humid, but she got them taken quickly and we barely broke a sweat! I am glad we waited until further along in my…

September 15, 2019

pregnancy update: 36 weeks

How far along: 36 weeks Total weight gain: 18lbs Movement: Still all of the time. It’s so fun to be able to see and feel her moving around in there. I can’t believe I’ll never feel another baby kick after this! Mood: Happy and excited! Food cravings: Root beer floats! Gender: Girl. Sleep: Not terrible! I feel like I might actually sleep the best when I’m napping with Ben during the day.…

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…

August 6, 2019

why I believe my family needs life insurance

Mississippi Valley Fair

When I left my full-time job to stay home with Blaire and Ben, I had been working in life insurance for three years. Up until I started there, I knew nothing about life insurance. I knew I had a life insurance policy through my employer and I just hoped it was something I would not have to spend any more time thinking about. As I dove deeper into…

July 10, 2019

things to do as a family in Bloomington, MN

We wanted to use the long Fourth of July to get out of town as a family. Knowing we’ll be welcoming a new baby in just a few, short months, we’re wanting to make the most of our time together as a family of four. We decided to take a roadtrip to Bloomington, MN, the home of Mall of America. And gosh there are so many things to…

April 29, 2019

golf course gender reveal: baby #3 is…

Golf Course Exploding Golf Ball Gender Reveal

With our other two kids, we’ve opted to find our their gender during the ultrasound. For Blaire, the ultrasound tech just told us. For Ben, the ultrasound tech took Blaire outside the room and gave us a blue balloon so she could be the one to tell us. So for our last baby, we thought it would be fun to do a gender reveal.  I did the Sneak…

April 20, 2019

our pledge to stop drinking bottled water

Brita Longlast Pitcher

2,000 plastic water bottles are used every second in the US. Let that sink in. Drinking water is really the ultimate healthy choice, yet it is one that is trashing our planet. Plastic water bottles take 450 years to decompose and by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Thinking about the health of our planet can be overwhelming. What can one small person…

January 28, 2019

valentines made easy with oreo

OREO Valentine's Day Exchange Kit

If you’re anything like me, you start thinking about Valentine’s Day in January, when the stores put everything Valentine’s out. BUT it’s too early to buy anything because you’ll lose it somewhere in your house. Lol! So… then a month goes by and you totally forget about Valentine’s Day. Fast forward and it’s February 8, your kids come home from school for the weekend with their Valentine’s Day…

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…

November 15, 2018

the value of $160 for your family

Iced Coffee and Chocolate Milk Cheers

One of the hardest parts of adulting is dealing with your finances. Sure, I can think of a few people who are good at it, but do they like it? No. If they didn’t have to do it, would they? Nope.In our family, Jason is the saver and I’m the spender. He is SO good at need vs. want, and me, well if I want it then I…

May 27, 2018

Ben: 13 & 14 months

Benjamin Robert, April 2018

Ben has had so many firsts and milestones in the past two months. He went from crawling to running, looks like a big boy after his first haircut, gave up formula and is sleeping in his own crib. Ben’s stats and photos for 13 months are from March 21 through April 21 and 14 months are from April 21 through May 21. Most of his exciting firsts came…

December 29, 2017

family photos – winter 2017

Outdoor Family Photos Winter 2017

We finally got family photos done, for the first time since Ben’s newborn pictures back at the end of March. And I love, love, LOVE how they turned out. It was 70 degrees the Monday after Thanksgiving. Which is UNHEARD of for Illinois. I am obsessed with this location. It’s about an hour from our home, so we shot with a different photographer than we typically use. She…

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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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  • 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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