• [#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! 
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  • 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. •

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  • Ben: Sloaney let me give you a kiss.
Sloane: *mom keep me up here*

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  • [#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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July 20, 2019

affordable home decor you’d never guess is from walmart

So you know I’ve always had a love for Target. Their home decor is always cute, always changing and typically affordable. And I LOVE that other retailers are stepping up their game. Maybe it’s just me, but when I spy something at a friend’s house and say, “I LOVE that! Where’s it from?” I’m never expecting them to say Walmart. But now I find it happening all the…

July 17, 2019

taking the steps to repair your credit

Why don’t we talk about credit? As an adult I’ve found it so strange to look back on the things classes focused on during all of the years I spent in school. It feels like we never spent any time talking about things that would have such an impact on our day-to-day adult lives. I spent years studying algebra, dissecting animals and relearning some of the same pieces…

March 13, 2019

safety checklist with First Alert: 8 things to do in your new home

First Alert 10-Year Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm

I can’t believe it… we are finally in our new home! As you know, I am super cautious when it comes to the safety of my family. For me, that meant creating and going through a safety checklist to make sure everything was in order before we spent our first night in our new home. Replace smoke detectors.  There is no way to know when the batteries were…

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…

January 22, 2019

neutral, minimalist living room

Black and White Minimalist Living Room

We have had our house on the market for over 8 months. Which means we have been holding off on updating our home decor. Any it has been SO hard. Jason has had this living room set for over 10 years. We have slowly accumulated things that are ours and reflect our (/my) taste instead of just his and I love how it’s all coming together. And I…

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…

October 12, 2018

planning for fire safety as a family

First Alert The Super Prepared Family

I know a lot of people don’t like to think about disasters and I don’t LIKE it either. But I do like knowing my entire family is prepared in the event of an emergency. To make talking to your family less intimidating and scary, First Alert is sharing The Super Prepared Family to help families practice and learn about fire and carbon monoxide safety this Fire Prevention Month.  Growing up,…

October 8, 2018

9 reasons to consider a home security system

Mom playing with two kids in living room

I LOVE our home security system. I have never, ever felt as comfortable in my home as I have now that we have our security system. There are so many reasons I wanted to feel better protected. It’s not just about stuff, it’s about protecting our children and our pets. Having a husband who occasionally travels for work, I was lucky to get a few hours of sleep…

August 1, 2018

one year with our home security system

Per Mar Home Security System

It has been just over one year that we’ve had our home security system. I am so happy we finally got one! It was something I had always wanted because I am the person who analyzes every little noise I hear. And I typically wake Jason up to ask if he heard it, too, which is annoying when it happens every night for three years. And that was…

November 26, 2017

cleaning your hardwood floors quickly & easily

Ben playing in kitchen

It’s no secret I don’t love cleaning (except when I’m mad!) but I still love it when our home is picked up and smells clean! My first few days home after quitting my job were SUPER productive. One day I did 10 loads of laundry. Yep, I was that far behind. And well, I promised myself I’d stay caught up on everything, the house would be picked up…

October 20, 2017

redecorating: babyproofing the living room

Living Room After

Thank you to overstock.com for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Like lots of people, I LOVE redecorating. Out with the old and in with the new just brings me all kinds of happy. And while I don’t necessarily feel like our living room is completely finished, it’s definitely getting there. We had all of the oak trim in our house painted white this…

March 24, 2016

Blaire’s Big Girl Room

Blaire's Big Girl Room

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NurseryMusts #CollectiveBias We have gone back and forth between having Blaire sleep in her crib and her toddler bed for awhile now. And I’m excited to say we’ve finally taken the jump and moved her to her toddler bed full time! Upgrading to a toddler bed was the perfect excuse to update Blaire’s…

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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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