• [#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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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…

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…

June 25, 2019

free splash pads in the quad cities

Last year I discovered the convenience of the splash pad. I don’t have to get in the water with my kids like I do when we go to the pool, which makes getting us ready and out the door easier. They still get to run around and work off energy, but I don’t have to commit to spending hours in the water. The best part? There are quite…

April 13, 2019

blaire turns 5 | ben turns 2

Blaire & Ben at Wallace's

This spring both of our babies have celebrated their birthdays, with Blaire turning five and Ben turning two. They both have such strong-willed personalities. They LOVE to play together, but also play well separately because, well, they both want to get their own way. I hope Ben always enjoys having multiple mothers because Blaire is always watching him. She inspects the age for every toy he gets, even…

February 15, 2019

indoor fun at altitude trampoline park

Altitude Trampoline Park

We went to our local Altitude Trampoline Park for the first time and the kids had so much fun! I wasn’t sure how much Ben would like it, since he isn’t quite two yet. And while we wasn’t the best jumper, he LOVED the foam pits. We were there for about 60 seconds before he dove right in to one and climbed all the way over to the…

January 13, 2019

ben: 19 months

Ben 19 Months

Weight/Height: 22.5lbs /  32″ Wearing: 18 months / 18-24 PJS and 12 mo or 18 month clothing.  Saying: My favorite things he is saying right now are “K!” and “Ya!”  Favorite Things: His sister, anything I’m trying to drink. I love that he is always thinking about his sister. He always gets in the fridge and gets an apple sauce for both of them, then runs the apple sauce over to…

December 31, 2018

easy, healthy snacks for toddlers on the go

Ben Eating Mott's Apple Sauce

I thought it took me forever to get out of the house before becoming a mom. Boy, was I in for a surprise. When you have young kids, packing up to leave the house can be overwhelming. You have an overflowing bag, yet feel like you’re forgetting something. When we’re running out the door, I don’t have time to wash a sippy cup or pack up a bowl of…

December 3, 2018

christmas pjs for babies, toddlers & kids

Blaire and Ben making pancakes

Holiday pajama time has to be one of my favorite times of the year, especially now that I can find matching styles for two kiddos. To top it off, it seems like 2018 is the year of the matching family pajama! It makes my coordinating heart so, so happy.   Where are your favorite places to find cute holiday pajamas at a great price? Pin the image below…

December 3, 2018

the gift guide for preschool girls: want, need, wear, read

It’s that time of year again… when parents drive themselves crazy over gifts. I love to surprise my kiddos with gifts throughout the year, which means they really don’t need a ton come Christmas time. Our home is already packed full of the latest toys. Over the past few years we have made online lists (basically registries) for the kids for Christmas and their birthdays because I am…

September 17, 2018

blaire: 4.5 years old

Blaire 4.5 years old

Nicknames: Blairsey, Sweetie Pea, Baby Girl Height/Weight: 42.1″ (53 percentile) | 42lbs (78 percentile) Learning: Blaire started school the week before Labor Day and she is loving it! She already is sounding out words while she plays games on her iPad or when we’re reading books. She talks about God more to us and also has started using new words and then telling us what they mean. She loves making new…

August 27, 2018

why you should let your toddler help with chores

Get kids involved in chores and cleaning

Back in June, my brother sent me a link to a story about getting your children to help around the house without resenting it. The title of the article was interesting to me because both of my kids show an interest in helping around the house, Ben loves to clean the kitchen floor with our mop (it’s adjustable so we can make it his size!) and Blaire loves…

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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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