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New Ways to Use Coffee Creamer (Awesome Recipe Substitutions)




Happy Day, Ladies and Gents! We are just getting home from celebrating Holland's birthday and I wanted to share a couple of accidental recipes that my family has fallen in love with.

I've mentioned in a few recent posts that I've been cutting back on my Caffeine intake. Which means less coffee. But, I have a ton of coffee creamer in my refrigerator waiting to be used! So, I started  getting a little creative and amping up some of my go to treats!

Cinnamon Roll Twists With Caramel Icing



For a little twist (pun intended) on our Saturday Morning favorite, I've ditched the pre made icing that comes with our cinnamon rolls and started making my own. Not only is it fluffier and richer, I've been having fun with customizing the flavors. My current favorite is this icing recipe that gives you just a touch of caramel flavor.

Fluffy Caramel Icing:
4 Tbsp Softened Unsalted Butter
2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
Approximately 3/4 Cups of Left Field Farm's Caramel Coffee Creamer (give or take for desired consistency)

Mix together until it's a fluffy icing and use to top your favorite Cinnamon Roll recipe. (We do store bought). I like to unroll them and braid two or three of them into a larger pastry.

When, I am in the mood for something a little fruity, I am always on board for a quick smoothie. And I love adding in some dairy for calcium and a thicker consistency.


Deliciously Easy Smoothies:
The one we enjoyed today was so simple it can hardly be called a recipe, haha! I just threw Four Strawberries, 1 Banana, 1 Cup of Left Field Farms Vanilla Coffee Creamer and some Ice into my blender. I didn't even get to finish mine because the kids kept stealing it from me! Which I was fine with, since there were no artificial sweeteners or ingredients.



So here are a few reasons why I was pumped to team up with Left Field Farm's for all of my coffee, pastry and smoothie needs:
They are Non GMO-Project Verified
They make their products From cows not treated with rBST 
There are no Artificial Flavors
& Their products are made with real cream and real sugar

Plus, you don't have to drive to a specialty store or spend loads of money for these benefits. They're right there at Wal Mart with all of your other Groceries. And I should have a special Ibotta rebate for you this coming week, that way you can get the most out of your purchase!

Until then you can check out all of their flavors at your local Wal Mart.

Before you go, I would love to know if you have any favorite recipe substitutions or have a favorite food blogger that is always sharing recipe hacks! Let me know with a comment or shoot me a message.

Hope you have an awesome Weekend!

XOXO

Dear Husband, This Is What I Want For Valentine's Day.... (Real Talk + Gift Guide)



Dear Jamy (and anyone else reading this),

For this Valentine's Day, I would like to feel 25 again. So far, 31 has been amazing. And the 6 years between then and now have brought more joy than I could have ever imagined. But, the older our youngest kid gets the more my "New Mom Fog" is beginning to lift from my brain.

I'm no longer sleep deprived (well not as much as I used to be).  I can comfortably fit into most of my clothes again. And I feel like my personality is starting to come back.

So this February, I would love nothing more than to ship the kids off to a grandparent and pretend to be a careless 20 something again.

Here is your checklist to help facilitate this dream night for your wife:

- Lock Down a Babysitter

- Give me two hours to waste in front of my mirror with a curling iron and lipstick.
- Let's pre-game a bit. (Perhaps a beer or two before we head out.)
- Buy movie tickets to something that doesn't have talking animals in it.
- Grab some margaritas from a questionable whole in the wall

- Sing (Scream) at the top of our lungs to a a song no one under 20 knows.

- Grab Taco Bell in the early hours of the morning

- Stay up late watching something with talking animals in it. But like... on Adult Swim.
- Regret the Taco Bell
- Pass Out
-Wake me up at 10
- Take me out for doughnutsI'm absolutely positive that there is no better Valentine's gift than this. Followed by a warm welcome back to real life from the kiddos!

However...... if you insisted on buying me something, I'll settle for any of these:

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ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX | SEVEN | EIGHT | NINE | TEN | ELEVEN | TWELVE 

Anxiety Update (What's Working & What's Not)

FIRST THINGS FIRST:
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It's been a few weeks since I last wrote about my struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. And I thought for those of you that may be interested I would do a quick update. If no one's interested, then this will just be a little outlet for me to write what I'm thinking and I'll catch y'all in the next post! haha.

FIRST MONTH WITH NO ATTACK
For the last six months I've had anywhere from a mild to a severe panic attack, every month. These attacks and the effects could last anywhere from 30 minutes to 48 hours. So far, January is the first month that I haven't experienced one in a very long time.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES
The first things I decided to change and the first things that began to help were changes in my sleep, diet and time management.
I completely cut out coffee and soda for the entire month. I'm now back to about 4 cups of coffee a week. But that seems to be a sustainable amount of caffeine for me.
I also cut out alcohol. So far only two beers this entire month.
I do my best to go to bed earlier.
And I spend my evening free time in the word and prayer, rather than listening to My Favorite Murder. (Truthfully, cutting out true crime stuff was harder than the caffeine.)

Caffeine, Sugar, Alcohol and Fatigue are all well known anxiety causing factors.
Also, the media we intake, whether it be social or crime dramas, has an effect on our nerves and Psyche even though we may not realize it.

The word in Phil 4:8 has become a great tool to filter my thoughts and hobbies through.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

If whatever I'm thinking about, listening to, or watching doesn't meet these requirements, then I try to cut it out.




BLOG CHANGES:
I have cut back on sponsored opportunities and put more focus into content that is solely produced because I feel like putting it out there. The decline in deadlines and demands has given me a lot of relief and taken off any element of stress that I had associated with this space.

HELPFUL TOOLS:
Reading the bible every night has been a huge help in calming my soul. It also helps me to reconnect with God each day and focus on what is true about my life and my mind.

I listen to my favorite praise and worship music in the evenings while I prepare dinner and do the dishes. this helps me to wind down and relax a bit, rather than feel stressed about the day.

I tore through this Max Lucado book, Anxious For Nothing.

It's an extremely easy read. And while it focuses more on daily stresses and not so much on my particular brand of neurosis, it is still filled to the brim with reminders of God's love and how anxiety was not meant for us.

MEDICAL HELP
I made some adjustments to my daily medications which have been a big help. (We adjusted birth control and anxiety drugs)

I see a Christian Counselor once a month. I've always been a big fan of therapy. But sitting with a therapist that is also a Christian is a huge help. My faith is what shapes my world view and how I see my place in it. So when trying to figure out my life, it only makes sense to include God.

WHAT'S NOT WORKING
Trying to take control of my anxiety. When things start to get a little crazy in my head, I immediately start to work through what I'm thinking and why it's making me feel anxious. But, it has become a bit of a problem, when the same thought keeps popping up over and over again. I find myself trying to repress it so hard that I don't even realize my chest is tightening and I'm clenching my jaw. Essentially I'm just working myself up.

Yes, I still think it's good when I acknowledge a thought and walk it through Phil 4:8 filter. But once, I've done that a couple of times for the same thought it begins to stress me out even more that I can't stop thinking about it.

There is a chapter in Lucado's book, where he talks about the fact that Jesus has already overcome the world, including our fear. So why not rest in that fact and allow him to be in control. It is in essence to "let go and let God". But he puts it as letting Jesus answer the door, when anxious thoughts come knocking. It's silly, but literally thinking "Jesus, can you get that", has been a helpful little mantra for me, when I'm having trouble dropping something.

And that's the jist of it, right now. I'll continue to check back in here when things change or when I find something new and helpful! Let me know if you have any good tips or experience with this stuff!

Happy Tots. Happy Mornings.



A while back, I shared my tips for a smooth morning routine. I'm not going to lie... not every morning is as smooth as that post would make you believe. Because, Toddlers. 


While I can do everything in my power to prep for a busy morning. I never know when someone will have an unexpected dirty diaper as we're walking out the door. Or when my sweet loving angels will turn play time into World War Three over something extremely [un]important like a sticker.



But I still try my best to keep our mornings happy. Here's How:


1. Set The Tone:
While you can't prevent inconveniences, you can prevent a bad atmosphere. Your vibe will set the mood for the morning and perhaps the rest of the day. That means you should do your best not to lose your patience (guilty) with your kids, your spouse, the dog or the coffee machine. Take deep breaths and work through your morning one moment at a time. Having a calm/relaxed approach will actually help you think and work more efficiently to get out the door in a timely manner. And your kids will thank you for it. They hate those grumpy/rushed car rides just as much as you do.




2. Ask Your Kids Questions: This is something I love to do in the morning in order to get their brains going. I'm not talking about "What are you going to do at school today?" Questions.. Or anything else they can answer with a quick "I don't know" or "Notthhhiinnnnnggggg".

Ask them something specific; "Hey, did your friend Jane say anything silly at lunch yesterday?". Ask them to help you with something; "I'm having a  hard time remembering what I put in your lunch yesterday, do you remember?....." or something silly; "....was it a shoe?" You know you're child best. So get creative and think of ways to get them talking and laughing.


3. Take The Time For A Healthy Breakfast: If it were up to my kids they would eat nothing but toaster pastries every morning. And there's nothing wrong with a good pastry in my opinion. But, we have to work in moderation, right? So if your kids love a little something sweet like mine you can always try to balance out their morning meal time with a delicious yogurt!

My kids have been loving Happy Baby products since they were little and now that they have launched Happy Tot Yogurt at Target, we've been keeping our fridge stocked. (Between myself and the kids we go through a lot of yogurt in this house).



I love the Happy Tot Yogurt because they're made with Vitamin D Whole Milk, Probiotics and have no added sweeteners or GMO's. They also have a great flavor range. But, my kids seem to love the Apple and Pear!

 4. Be Prepared: An old but good one. There aren't many de-stressors or time savers that work like getting ready the night before. If your kids can be difficult about getting dressed, maybe ask them to help you pick something out each night. That might cut down on some of the day of issues. Do the same with their lunches and homework.

What are your tips to keeping your mornings smooth and happy?! Please  let me know in the comment section! And don't forget to check out the Happy Tot Yogurt on your Target Run!

A New Way to Remove Makeup (Without Soap!)


Hey Y'all! Happy Friday! Who's excited for the weekend?! I know I am! And I'm so ready to get out of the house! We've been iced in here for a week now. With no school to keep the kids entertained! Luckily, I had a lot of fun packages arrive in the mail to keep me busy! One of them being this thing I saw on Facebook, called the Face Halo.



So, the concept of this, is that it's a super soft cloth made with very fine threads. You are supposed to simply wet it and rub the makeup off of your face. No soap or cleanser needed!


HOW DOES IT WORK?

The claim is that the Face Halo fibers are so fine they are able to properly pick up and trap makeup/dirt/oils without redepositing it somewhere else on your face.




SOOOO.... DOES IT WORK?!


Well, the short answer is Yes. Yes, it does. But, I have a full video for you to watch my first impression of it and how it performs.



You can grab 3 of them for $22 HERE. Each one is meant to last 200 washes in the washing machine, so I think that price more than pays for itself in comparison to makeup wipes or micellar water!


What do you think? I'd love to know in the comment section!

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I've Been A Mom For 5 Years! (And I STILL Don't Know What I'm Doing.)

When I was in my early 20's my life plan was to get married around 27, Buy a nice house and start having kids at 30. What actually happened was a wedding at 25 and a surprise pregnancy/baby at 26. I'd bet about half of you will think 26 is a perfectly acceptable age to start a family and the other half probably think one can barely take care of themselves at 26, let alone another human life. I was of the latter group.

When I was 25, Jamy and I had only been dating a year. We were enjoying a life with no major responsibilities. We each made good money and loved spending it on a good time. Most nights we were up until 3:00 AM partying with our friends or binging on Netflix and Jimmy Johns. With no worries about having to be up at a certain time.



Then, one day, I was walking out the door to head to my job and I got a phone call from my doctor. She wanted to let me know that a pregnancy test I had taken earlier that day came back positive. I, truthfully, fell to my knees and started balling my eyes out. I don't even remember what my doctor (Or I) said past the word "Pregnancy". I was crying for a lot of reasons. But the main one being that my life and Jamy's life was about to change forever and we were NOT prepared.

Today, as I'm typing this, the memory is so fuzzy and almost completely washed over by the last five and a half years. We now have a second child who will be three next month and the product of that first surprise pregnancy just enrolled in Kindergarten. I would like to say that the last five years have made me a pro at mom life. But, I still feel exactly the same as I did at 26. Unprepared and too immature for such a task. The only difference is that I'm not afraid anymore.

When Hudson was born, I had no idea how to change diapers, breast feed, potty train, wean, discipline... anything. If you can think of any act of motherhood outside of loving... I guarantee you I didn't know the first thing about how to do it. Yet, it still happened somehow. With Google, Jamy and God there's nothing that I didn't eventually figure out. (Mothers and Mother in Laws are a great resource as well.) And miraculously, Hudson survived it all. Thrived, Even. He's alive, healthy, kind and smart. Even though I was a dumb 26 year old party girl that didn't know how to work a breast pump or install a car seat.

SO I guess the whole reason I am writing this is because now as we embark on a new chapter of grade school, I look ahead with complete ignorance, just like I did five years ago. But, when I look in the rear view mirror, I see how my inexperience really didn't matter. And I want to remind myself of that as we go forward.

None of us know what we're doing... (Right?.... I hope it's not just me...) But we're still all making it one day at a time. And most importantly even when we screw up our kids don't truly know or care.



In honor of my five year old surprise, here are five fun facts about the love of my life;

- Hudson is super sensitive. His heart gets hurt very easily which is a blessing and a curse. While he gets hurt easily, he is also tender hearted and kind to others.

- He's the goofiest kid ever. During his basketball games he spends his time dancing and laughing when he's not chasing after the ball.

- He is extremely good at building things and figuring out puzzles. I think part of this comes from his lifelong obsession with transformers. (I can barely figure those things out.)

- Since he has never had a lovey, for comfort he plays with the wash and care tags on the inside of his shirt. And won't wear a shirt if it doesn't have a "Hudson Approved Tag"

- His favorite songs are "Who Let the Dogs Out", "The River" (A Worship Song) and a German Dance track called "Eins Zwei Polizei" (Don't ask). 




Shop this fun fur vest HERE!

A Healthy Way to Satisfy My Sweet Tooth (+ Protein To Keep Me Going Longer)



We're another week into 2018 and I'm still somehow doing pretty well with my resolutions. Who would have thought?! (Certainly not me.) One of my resolutions was to watch my diet. Not necessarily to lose weight, but to make sure I was giving my body and mind what it needs and not too much of what it doesn't. (I touched on this recently in my posts about anxiety.) One of my biggest enemies in the fight to stay healthy is my pesky sweet tooth!

You may be thinking to yourself.. "Me too, girl"... But, when I say I have a sweet tooth. I'm talking about eating chocolate until I literally make myself sick. Don't ask me why. I've been this way since childhood. The love for sweets is unreal.

So, as I try to cut back on sugar and caffeine in my daily life I've been snooping around the grocery stores looking for a suitable sweet snacking alternative. Cut to: Danon Oikos Protein.




I've always been a fan of yogurt with toppings. During my first pregnancy I had a particular obsession with the frozen variety. But, Oikos Protein is like the healthy version of that. There are no artificial sweeteners. Plus it's packed with protein and fiber to keep you feeling satisfied, longer. I've been throwing four or five of these in my grocery cart each week and eating one when I get home from work. It's the perfect afternoon pick me up and a nice little reward for a long day.



There are four different yogurt and topping combinations available in your Wal Mart dairy aisle, right now. And they are only a $1 a piece. There is no better deal out there. Plus, if you are an Ibotta User (Ibotta earns you cash when you buy things you already need) You can earn .75 cents back when you buy two. I'll give you a second to do that math....



So far my favorite flavor is the Banana Yogurt with Cocoa! Have you tried Oikos Protein yet? Let me know which one is your favorite! And don't forget to use this offer on your next trip to Wal Mart!

My Favorite Beauty Products From 2017



Hello, Hello! And Happy 2017! I hope you're all having an amazing New Year so Far!

First off, I want to know how your Resolutions have been going? I didn't really start mine until yesterday.... Oops. BUT, I'm 48 hours in and doing great! Haha. I'll keep you all updated on how I do.

In the mean time, I have a new video up, sharing all of my favorite beauty products from this past year. Check it out and you can reference the video description box for all of the details on where to find them.

Comparison and Joy



SHOPPING LINKS FOR MY OUTFIT

Blogging is a hard industry to navigate, for many reasons. Outside of figuring out the back end business side.. the emotional ride can be a little crazy. As women in this culture, we're already prone to comparison, jealousy and low self esteem. Then when you throw yourself into a job that literally requires you to get people to "Like" you, you can end up in a breeding ground for insecurities.





As with everything else in life, there are victories and losses. There are days that I land a good contract and feel so proud of my little business. Then I get a rejection letter and feel like throwing in the towel. Plus there are so many other wonderful people who are completely rocking the job. And you sit there wondering what you're doing wrong that keeps you from getting to where they are.

It's just so easy to beat yourself up. I have found myself in a mind space like that this past week. And I've had to be very intentional about my thoughts to pull myself out of it.






I have to remind myself to be realistic; I'm one in a million girls trying to do the same thing. The odds that I will always be exactly what a company is looking for are just impossible.

Also, We are all human. Even the most beautiful successful girls have moments of insecurity, where they succumb to comparisons.

Then there is the truth. The truth I have to force myself to focus on is this. In spite of how well or bad I'm doing, this is a job. A fun and rewarding one, yes. However, my true identity comes from God. Even if I can't seem to crack the 10k mark on Instagram, I am a part of God's family. If no one ever likes another photo, I know I am the person God made me to be. And if no company ever hires me again, my real job is spreading the love of Christ.

So, here is to Reality and Truth. A truth that restores joy where Comparison has stolen it away.


"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well."

Psalm 139:13-14

My New Years Resolutions: Money, Health and SLEEP!

This past month we were blessed with a rare Louisiana Snow Storm! It's something that only happens every few years and it's typically more like dirty ice on the ground. This year, however, was magical! I'm talking about actual huge snow flakes falling from the sky for an entire morning. Leaving a fresh blanket of white everywhere you looked.


Naturally, we jumped out of bed. Woke up the kids and ran to the park next door, to play. It was Holland's first time seeing snow. And Hudson's first time having a proper snowball fight. It did my heart a world of good, to have those moments of care free laughter with the people I love most.



Right before the snow fall, I was coming off of a rough week, both mentally and physically. Waking up that Friday to a fresh white landscape and the sounds of my kids laughing was a gift from above. And it was exactly what I needed to put my mind and heart at peace.

Now that 2018 is around the corner, I want to view the new year as a blank slate like that snow covered field. And I thought, why not blog about some of the changes I would like to make, in order to keep myself accountable. You know... because once I broadcast it to the world, I can't give up on it quite so easily? At least, I hope not.



So here we go:
Sleep:
I want to sleep! Oh, I could honestly just scream that from the mountain tops. As I mentioned in my last post about anxiety, I stay up very late most nights in order to spend quality time with my husband and quiet time with myself and God. I really want to start prioritizing and managing my time better. Aiming for quality over quantity. Instead of spending 30 minutes with Jamy trying to figure out what we want to watch on netflix, I'd like to take that time to have a meaningful conversation. (Or really, any kind of conversation that isn't about kids.) Hopefully, by focusing on shorter, higher quality moments I'll be able to get to sleep earlier.

Exercise: Not so much for the sake of losing weight. But, mainly to help with my overall mood and state of mind. When I'm consistent with work out schedule I feel better, my anxiety stays at bay longer and honestly, I usually eat better when I'm working out. The problem is that when I exercise, I want to be at the gym lifting weights or taking a barre class. But getting to the gym with the kids and staying for a whole hour, doesn't work easily into my schedule. So, I want to start cutting out 15-30 minutes of my day for a quick yoga flow or walk around the neighborhood. This way I'm consistently getting my heart rate up and relaxing my mind, even if I'm not burning tons of calories.

Tithing: I really want to do a major overhaul on my relationship with money and material items. I find that when I focus too much on shopping, acquiring more stuff and making money, I tend to feel a little empty inside. Like when Jesus said, 'you can't serve two masters.. you will love one and hate the other'. That truth has become so evident to me over the last year. When I was recently reading some of the footnotes in my bible there was a line about freeing yourself from the power money has over you and that the best way to do that, is by giving it away. The next day I started working out ways to tithe the money I make from this blog and I felt an immediate sense of relief. By intentionally giving it away I'm acknowledging that it has no power over me. That instead it's a gift from the Lord that I'm to share with others who need it more than I do.

Vacations: I want to force my husband to take at least one legitimate vacation this year! Because I think we all really need one right about now!

And that's the bulk of it. I also want to start paying more attention to the ingredients in my foods and fostering my creative side. But, those first four things are what I really have my mind and heart set on.

What are your resolutions in the new year? I would love to hear them!

The Perfect Weekend Getaway for History Buffs, Foodies and Art Lovers.


The other day I began doing pirouettes and arabesques in our living room. Why? Well, I was trying to show my two year old that I was as cool as the cartoon ballerina on Doc McStuffins. Her natural reply was "Mommy, stop, you not a 'rina". Which, I sadly concede is true. BUT, there was a time, when I could claim with great pride to be the real thing. Before marriage, kids and the extra 40 pounds that live around my waist, I lived at the ballet studio. And I spent my summers traveling to various intensive programs. My favorite and most influential summer was spent at Ballet Magnificat, in Jackson, Mississippi. There, I made new friends, Honed my craft and strengthened my faith.

Courtesy of Visit Jackson

Funny, enough, the same day I was trying to impress my talents upon Holland I was invited to share this new docu-series with you, which is all about Jackson, a city with soul! And I couldn't pass up such an amazing coincidence.

Even though I've spent a decent amount of time in Jackson and still pass through on occasion with my family, I learned so many new things when watching these episodes. Whether you are nearby like me or far away, you should take a look at this series and see if Jackson sounds like the kind of place you would want to pass a weekend! Spoiler Alert: It will be.

Courtesy of Visit Jackson
Courtesy of Visit Jackson
Courtesy of Visit Jackson
Courtesy of Visit Jackson


I've embedded one video from the series which highlights the aspect of Jackson that calls to me most. The Arts!


But please, head HERE to see more about it's rich civil rights history, festivals and delicious food! And if you are ever in the area, send me a shout out so we can maybe meet up! (If you're lucky, I may even demonstrate some of my amazing dance moves...)

 XOXO