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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.
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  • 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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July 22, 2019

fall clothing for toddler boys

I always thought shopping for boys would never be as much fun as shopping for a little girl. I was so wrong! It may be over 90° here, but I have already seen such cute pieces for fall popping up and the deals are good! I just couldn’t help but round up some of my favorites that I’ve spotted so far. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4…

October 10, 2018

toddler fall clothing

fall toddler clothes

Being able to shop in both the girl and they boy section is so much fun. Now that the weather is finally cooling down, most days here in the midwest, anyways. I realized last month Carter’s is now offering lots of their baby sets in sizes up to a 5T, which is amazing because it makes my life so much easier than buying a bunch of separates and…

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 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…

November 12, 2017

christmas jammies for babies, toddlers & kids

The Best Advent Calendars for Children

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. It’s that time of the year again… holiday PJ time. Gosh, it’s my favorite. There are so many great options, especially if you want your kiddos to match (guilty!). So I’ve rounded up a ton for you. I’ll keep updating them as new…

September 6, 2017

7 questions to ask before deciding on a preschool

Osh Kosh Back to School Style

This time next year, Blaire will be in preschool full time. In Iowa, 4-year-olds can attend preschool for free. Since the daycare center she’s in now works with her on numbers, letters, Spanish, arts & crafts, etc. so we didn’t feel she needed to be enrolled in preschool this school year. BUT, most preschools hold their registration between January and March, so now is the time to start…

June 8, 2017

Affordable Summer Clothes for Kids

Mother's Day Picnic

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. You know shopping is my favorite… when people ask what I do for fun, well, my answer is shopping. And now I get to shop the boy’s AND girl’s racks. #yourewelcome I’ve rounded up my favorite (affordable!) summer pieces for you. Nothing is over…

April 24, 2017

Mini Style: Favorite Spring Styles

Mini Style: Spring Dresses

Spring temps are finally here in the midwest. FINALLY! I am so excited to do some shopping for these kiddos of mine. Blaire went from a 3T to a 4T overnight, everything is suddenly too short on her. No complaints here… you know I love an excuse to shop! And with a newborn, his next size is always just around the corner! ;) Spoiler alert: this is my…

March 5, 2017

While You’re Still Our Only Baby

OshKosh Spring 2017

We are less than four weeks away from my due date, which means we are taking every opportunity we can to spend quality time with Blaire while she’s still our only baby. Luckily, we’ve had patches of nice weather and getting outside to the park has always been one of our favorite things to do together. So we’ve taken advantage of it, especially on the weekends. Blaire isn’t…

March 20, 2016

Mama + Mini: Easter Style

Mama Easter Style 2016

How in the world is it already Easter? While I was super on top of Blaire’s Easter outfit and Easter Basket… I realized I have totally dropped the ball on my own outfit. I know I’ve said it before, but to me it’s worth repeating: This Easter Jason will officially become Catholic. We are so, so excited that we will now be able to celebrate our religion together as a…

June 28, 2015

On Sundays We Wear Kimonos

Happy Sunday! Another weekend has come and gone wayyyy too quickly! Our only real plan for this weekend was a birthday party on Saturday afternoon. We had so much fun with friends and Blaire was super excited to get to spend some quality time with her buddy James. He’s two months older than her and they are SO cute together! She had a lot more fun watching the…

December 16, 2014

Yay! for New Headbands.

From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I have spent hours stalking Etsy for the perfect baby headbands. And one of my favorite new shops, Aubrey Charlotte Co., has some of the cutest little headbands I’ve ever seen! As you can tell from the majority of my pictures, Blaire is usually always rocking some type of GIANT bow/headband. So this delicate glittery, gold bow is a nice change of…

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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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