• [#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
Explore

toddler

January 30, 2017

Taming Toddler Hair

Thank you to So Cozy for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’ll be honest, doing Blaire’s hair is not always my favorite part of our morning routine. I typically save it for last since it’s always a struggle. If it was up to her, she’d never brush her hair and would just sport her bed head all day. She’d also never wash her hair, as…

October 14, 2016

Blaire: 2.5 Years Old

Blaire Two and a Half Years Old

Favorite Words/Things to Say: Oh goodness. She can say just about anything these days. She likes to give check-ups like Doc McStuffins. She will tell you to take deep breath about 7x and then will tell you good job! She likes to sing the Doc McStuffins song while she checks your ears and eyes… lol. A few phrases she says all the time: Where are you, mom?; Come here for just…

October 7, 2016

Making Mornings Simple with Reynolds Heat & Eat

Reynolds Disposable Heat and Eat

Mornings are always crazy around here. We always have more bags that I have hands, which means lots of trips back and forth to the car. Adding to the craziness lately — trying to leave myself enough time in the morning to pack a lunch! I am the. worst. at taking a lunch to work. I just love getting out of the office for lunch (Also I’m always running late.…

October 3, 2016

The 7 Things in our Toddler’s Diaper Bag

JuJuBe BFF Diaper Bag from Baby Cubby

Knowing that we’ll have another baby joining us early next year, I decided I really, really wanted to try a backpack diaper bag! I ordered the JuJuBe B.F.F Diaper Bag because I’ve heard good things about it. The only negative feedback I read was it’s a little small — which I felt was a good challenge for me because we always end up with wayyyy too much in our diaper bag.…

June 9, 2016

the best outdoor toys for your toddler

favorite outdoor toys for toddler

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. Our backyard is one of our favorite places to be in the warmer months. It’s completely fenced in, so it’s quiet and we can relax back there while the kids run off their extra energy. Some of our favorite outdoor items have been…

June 5, 2016

Pretty New Bows

chambray bow headband

We LOVE bows around here. Lately we’ve just been grabbing whatever we see at Target or Carters, which is fine, but they don’t exactly switch it up often… Which is boring! While I was on my work trip in Atlanta, my time in the hotel each night gave me time to online shop. I found the Little Poppy Co bow subscription and I had to order it. Well, we got…

May 16, 2016

The Best Toddler Books

Favorite Toddler Books

My girl loves to read books as much as her mama! Blaire “reads” books all day long. We keep books in the diaper bag for her to look at while we’re in the car, out to eat or in church. And we usually read 1-3 books before bed every night. At this phase of life, we still favor board books. If it’s not a board book, there’s a…

May 4, 2016

Potty Training My 2-Year-Old

Potty Training

The day is finally here… We are officially potty training. Blaire has been interested in using the potty for months and months, but has always gone in waves when it comes to asking us to use it on her own. I’ve taken things into my own hands and am now asking her if she has to go. And giving her special treats anytime she’ll try.…

February 29, 2016

Life Lately

These last few weeks have been a blur. A blur of finishing up projects around the house, cleaning, shopping, planning and prepping for Blaire’s birthday parties. Now they’ve come and gone, and instead of running around like crazy people after Blaire’s bedtime, we can lounge on the couch eating Easter candy. Heaven. The weather here in Iowa has been crazy. Today it was 55. Tonight it’s supposed to snow.…

February 25, 2016

Blaire is 2!

blaire 2 years old

 I can only start this post by saying these past two years have been a whirlwind. It’s true what they say about motherhood… the days are long, but the years are short. It seems like just a few months ago we brought Blaire home from the hospital. We were still in shock someone trusted us to care for and raise a helpless, precious little baby. Fast forward two…

February 16, 2016

3 Ways Motherhood has Made Me a Better Person

Never in a million years did I think being a mom could redefine who I was. Never would I forget what my pre-mommy life was like. Yes, being a mom means I means I have to put someone else’s needs before your own. Yes, being a mom means I’m busier, more tired and more stressed than I have ever been in my life. But I’m also happier and more content than…

Instagram

  • 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
•
#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
•
#2yearsold #5yearsold #momof3 #motherhoodintheraw #lifegivingsquares #petitejoy #motherhoodrising #ourcandidlife #uniteinmotherhood #mymamahood #seekthesimplicity #sharegood #joyfulmamas #documentlife #dailyparenting #momblogger #honestlymothering #therealparenthood  #thehappycapture #momsofinstagram #mytinymoments #thecreativecollective #realmotherhood #lifestyleblogger #stopdropandmom
  • 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
•
#summer #momentsiwanttoremember #aldifinds #motherhood
  • 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
•
#uniteinmotherhood #motherhoodintheraw #momentsiwanttoremember #mybabies
  • When your brother is getting big but you still want to hold him... you gotta pinch his butt because he’s so wiggly. 😂😬😍 #blaireandben •
#petitejoys  #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #ohheymama #tagtheqc #mybeautifulmess #thehappynow  #thepursuitofjoyproject #thatsdarling #livethelittlethings #momentsiwanttoremember #everydaymoments #nothingisordinary #motherhoodrising
  • 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
•
#pregnancyannouncement #rainbowbabyannouncement #firsttrimester
  • 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
•
#bestofmom #momlifestyle #momlifeisthebestlife #motherhoodunplugged #mymotherhood #honestmotherhood #slowmotherhood #mymamahood #midwestblogger #eternalmotherhood #motherhoodintheraw #unitedinmotherhood #motherhoodrising #polarvortex