Brittany Comeaux
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Hello From Isolation



Things are different. And hard to process.

I saw a tweet the other day where the writer was praising his friends with anxiety disorders for handling the pandemic so well. And I totally saw myself in that. We anxious people have been mentally preparing for this exact situation for years. Every sneeze has always been the beginning signs of catastrophic illness. There's nothing new there. 😂

What is new and unsettling is the isolation. I've always marveled at friends who parent without their family nearby. How do you survive life with littles when you can't call your mom to just come over for a bit of relief? Well..... I am surviving, but knowing I don't have the option to call in reinforcements makes me feel especially trapped and alone.



In every obstacle we face there is faith that God can use it for good. We see that in the story of Joseph and ultimately in the Cross. And while it's hard to reconcile this immense loss of life with a silver lining, we have to admit that there is one. The earth is resting right now. This is the pinnacle of Sabbath in our modern world. Pollution levels have lowered immensely in some of the worlds busiest areas. Overworked parents are sitting down to nightly meals with their family. We are being forced to rely on God. To talk to him. And cry out to him for help.

Hopefully when this is all over we will be more appreciative of our lives, our jobs, our families and of how fortunate we are to be living in a first world country. In my lifetime, I've never felt America so divided as it has been this year and my prayer is that the fallout from COVID-19 will put our politics into better perspective.

My hope is that this will be a reset button for all of us.



Last night I felt the weight of all of this so heavy on me. So I thought I would link a few different resources I've found, in case you are in the same boat as me.



FOR THE LITTLE ONES:
Lunch time Doodling with Mo Willems

Home Safari with the Cincinnati Zoo

Virtual Kids Fitness (with an amazing woman I get to call a friend)

Story Time read by Fav  Celebs

Go Noodle (Just fun songs and excercise!)




FOR THE BIG KIDS (I.e. You and Me)
How to Talk to Kids About the Virus

A Christian Meditation Podcast (This is a favorite of mine for times when I feel stressed)

The Bible Recap (Easy bite sized installments to help you read the entire bible in a year. Another favorite of mine! and a great way to spend extra free time you may have)

Free Content from the Calm App

Work Out on Insta Live with Allie Nunez (Another dear friend of mine who is using her athletic ability to minister. She will be hosting Live workouts on Instagram at 2:00 MST. You just need 10 lb weights and some water!)

Talk Space Facebook Support Group



If you have others please send them my way! And of Course if you don't have a way to worship on Sunday or to participate in Lenten studies you can always check out my church's livestreams or study content in their app

Live In Layers with Cuddl Duds this Fall

This post is sponsored by Cuddl Duds but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Hey hey hey! The cold weather is finallllllllyyyy here! Like real cold weather, not wear a sweater at 6 am and then be sweating your butt off the rest of the day!






And since I hadn’t bought any warm clothes to fit my post baby body yet, I’ve been in the market for lots of comfortable layers that I can easily work in, lounge around the house in or mix in with dressier elements for night time.

I’m not kidding when I say I’ve been scooping up black leggings left and right anytime I see a good deal! So I thought I would share that one of my favorite casual and comfortable layering brands is currently 30% OFF at Kohl’s. In store and online. 




I actually first started wearing Cuddl Duds a few years ago when I first started my blog. They were one of the very first brands I got to work with and I remember being so pumped to finally have a sponsored post with a company I truly liked.

So, I was pumped when I was asked to work with them again this time around! Their clothes are the perfect basics that can be layered and integrated into your daily wardrobe or stylish enough to be warn all on their own.

I've been wearing these stirrup leggings and this super comfy sweater all the time lately. And their shirts are the best staple to layer under a cute fall outfit (just like I did last weekend for Gameday). See pics below.






These shirts are the lightest and softest material ever while still providing warmth. Plus they look good with anything!

So head to Kohl's to check them out for yourself now, while they're all 30% OFF!

And stay tuned to my social channels for more ideas on how to work these layers into your daily wardrobe!

STAY FRESH DURING YOUR CYCLE


This post is sponsored by Summer's Eve®  but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
There are so many tricks of the trade that you learn as soon as you start getting your period. Like... no white jeans, how to hide a tampon when you're heading to the bathroom or even how to deal with menstrual breakouts. So, today, I'm going to be sharing a few of my favorite tricks.

STRETCHING:
If you've had children or are familiar with the post partum life, you probably know that getting back into your menstrual cycle is not fun and it can pop up in unexpected times. Not to mention that your post partum cycle can be quite different from the one you've been experiencing your whole life. Cramps and flow might be stronger. Odors may be different. The list goes on. So after having Helena, I'm having to revisit some of my tried and true period habits while also establishing some new ones.
One of my favorite ways to deal with period pain has always been yoga. Most of the moves that will bring menstrual relief are extremely easy and require no previous experience. Also, it doesn't hurt that doing a few minutes of yoga is likely to help with hormonal mood shifts. You can check out a list of some here.
MENSTRUAL CUPS:
I'm honestly really excited to try out menstrual cups this time around for multiple reasons. They save money and waste. They can stay in place longer than tampons. And there have been claims that some women experience less cramping using cups than traditional tampons. I'm planning to try one with my next cycle and will report back if I notice any differences.
COTTON, COTTON, COTTON:
I remember when I first realized that buying cute panties was a thing. I was obsessed with anything pink or glittery (oh how times have changed). But, as I got older I quickly realized just how important fabric choices were when it came to my 'lady business'. Man made fabrics which you often find are the cute stretchy/silky panties do.not.breathe. And air flow is a HUGE help when it comes to keeping things down there healthy and preventing unwanted odor. This is the same reason I like to use all organic cotton liners when necessary.
WIPES
Speaking of ::odor:: (Did you just cringe a little bit?) Summer's Eve® has a new line of Fresh Cycle™. This is their first line that is specifically targeted for your time of the month. And It's been clinically proven to reduce odor by removing odor-causing bacteria. The products I've been loving are the FreshCycle™ No-rinse Cleansing Foam and the FreshCycle™ Flushable Cleansing Cloths (Refer to product label for full flushability instructions).They both get things feeling (and smelling) fresh down there!



When you're at home, you can get at least 60 pumps  of the foam (When used as directed) by simply applying it to toilet paper and wiping . Or if you're looking for convenience the wipes are perfect whether you're at home or on the go.
And there you have it! My top tricks of the period trade that you never knew you wanted! Haha. Seriously though. It's something that almost all of us deal with so why not share a little insight when you have it.



Now, don't forget, when your next period comes around you can grab your Summer's Eve
® Fresh Cycleproducts from Target and you can even save with the carthwheel app!

Summer Must Haves

Happy Humpday! While it's a bit gloomy here today, I thought I would still share some of my favorite items for sunnier days! I got a million questions about this Unicorn Sprinkler when I posted it on my Instagram account. So, I linked that below. You can find it at a lot of stores but I linked it at Bed Bath and Beyond so you can try to use that 20% off coupon on it! Another fun fact, If you have a Dirt Cheap in your area (which is a liquidation store) ours has tons of these for 50% OFF.



HAT | SUNNIES | SWIMSUIT (SIMILAR STYLE) | KIMONO (EXTRA 15% OFF WITH CODE "2TCOMEAU15 " ) | SANDALS

PURCHASE THE MAGICAL UNICORN HERE
(I linked to Bed Bath and Beyond so you may be able to use their 20% off coupon)





The kids adorable Goldfish Swimwear is from Sayings Kids in New Orleans. If you're not in the area you can shop their website HERE. They have a lot of other prints in these styles plus tons of fashionable and designer children's clothes that I'm sure you'll love.





I've gathered a couple of my favorite items below for the summer time. From Turkish Towels, Cute Kimonos, oversized sunnies and waterproof sandals! Just click right on the image for more info. Happy Shopping!!

MY TOP 8 BABY PRODUCTS


Look at this sweet baby y'all! She's been growing fast and turning into a little chubs. Which I love. It occurred to me, that since my original baby registry blog post is my most trafficked post, that it might be fun to update you all with the things I've really been loving these first three months!

This list is obviously less comprehensive and doesn't include the basics like a favorite car seat or diaper pale. Its simply the things that probably aren't considered necessities but have been adding major value and ease to our lives. So just keep scrolling to check it out.

P.S. this is what I wore for Mother's Day this year. And you can grab the whole look HERE:
BLAZER | TANK | WRAP SKIRT (EXTRA 15% OFF WITH CODE "2tcomea15")




Now onto the baby stuff! First off; you can shop any of these pieces by clicking directly on their pictures.


THE HAAKAA SILICONE BREAST PUMP: I love love love this thing and here is why. I've nursed all of my kids. But have never been able to successfully pump and get a good storage built up. Since I've never worked during the periods that I nursed I was able to always nurse on demand. So there was rarely an occasion where I had excess milk in my milk ducts that needed to be expressed. At least not badly enough to get out the breast pump and deal with all of that non sense. That meant I never had much milk in the freezer for babysitters.

Now, when my milk ducts are most full (usually when I wake up in the morning), I will put the haakaa on one side while Helena nurses on the other. It usually catches anywhere between 1-3 oz. of let down. Then I put it in a storage bag and either pop it in the freezer or in the refrigerator if I chose to add more to it the next morning.


NANOBEBE MILK STORAGE: I just love these bags because they lay so neatly flat in their container. Plus the company claims that this shape allows faster thawing, which can potentially save nutrients from being lost due to over heating.

CAR SEAT NURSING COVER: I with these car seat covers had been around when the other two were infants! They're the best at keeping newborns concealed from the outside world. And they double as a perfect nursing cover.

NOSE FRIDA: This isn't anything new. If you have kids you're probably familiar with it already. But, yes.. this is the best aspirator on the block. And no you won't get boogers in your mouth!

DOCK A TOT: I've said it before and I'll say it again, the dock a tot isn't cheap. So don't feel like you need this as a miracle worker. But, if it is in your budget, then the convenience it provides is amazing! Until the kid can sit up on their own you'll need a safe place in basically every room of your house to put them down while you do chores, help with another kid... use the bathroom! And that's what I love this for. Having to pick up a bouncer or swing and carry it from one room to another is annoying. This is so lightweight but comfy and effective. It's literally the perfect place to dock your tot when you need to put her down. It's also a great spot for them to snooze when necessary.

THE BABY SHUSHER: We've always been big on sound machines. But you can't beat portability. And for some reason Helena seems to be soothed by a SSHHHing sound far more than our other kids did!

ZIPPER SWADDLE / SWADDLE PODS: I just love these for little ones because I find they stay in place better than a traditional blanket or velcro options.

BINXY BABY HAMMOCK: this thing is really genius. So right when I became a mom, I think was the same time that people started discovering how unsafe it was to put your car seat in the kid seat of a shopping cart. So I've spent years shopping with the car seat In the cart taking up all of the room I really need for groceries. This thing will easily and securely hold your baby or her car seat on your cart while leaving room underneath her for your groceries. I love it!


So, that's it! Those are my must haves for the first three months. And I'll try to make more of these lists as we transition into different stages with Helena. What made your life easier in the first three months?! Let me know in the comments! OR shoot me a DM on my Insta!

Helena's Newborn Photos






You GUYYSSSSSS.... I can not even deal with these precious, precious photos from Helena's newborn session. We hooked up with Quinn Alexandra photography when this little girl was about a week old. And we could not have asked for a better experience.

If we're buddies on Instagram then you may recall seeing my stories from the day of the photo shoot. But if not, you can always check them out under the story highlight "Helena's Newborn". Mallory and Jessica were both the sweetest and so perfect with their handling of Helena. I think I should hire them to come put her to sleep like this now. 😂

We had mimosas and king cake and lots of toys and activities for the older kids. Plus an adorable nursery for me to rock and nurse Helena to sleep. Anyway... I'll stop dragging on and let you check out the pictures. It's hard for me to pick a favorite but I think this first one might be a strong contender!























And because we were there Mardi Gras week, they through in a little carnival fun, to celebrate!


How sweet are all of these pictures? Which is your favorite? I'm trying to decide which ones to hang on our gallery wall vs. which ones to put in smaller frames around the house.

And head to Quinn Alexandra's instagram account to check out more of their work!

Birthdays; New and Old With Legacybox

This post is sponsored by Legacybox but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

One thing I missed putting on the blog during my pregnancy, was the fact that Holland turned four this February! But, since little sister came two days after Holland's birthday we had to put off any major celebrations for a while. One month to be exact.

Holland hasn't had a real, well planned birthday party since she was one. So last year when she was old enough to notice her brother and friends had these big fun gatherings, I promised her one of her own for year four! Can you imagine asking a four year old to wait an extra month after waiting patiently for an entire year! Thankfully, we had some fun distractions to pass the time. (Other than her new sister.)



I've always loved planning birthday parties. I think my favorite one from my own childhood was a tea party where my friends and I all dressed in old prom dresses from the thrift store. We thought we were super fancy! So, as Holland and I started planning out her big bash I thought it would be fun to look back on some of my favorite parties, for inspiration. Plus, the kids always get a kick out of seeing mommy and daddy when we were younger.



I had my mom grab all of our old VHS tapes from her house, so I could send them to Legacybox for converting. And I'm so very glad that I did. I chose to mail in every tape I could find that said "Brittany Birthday" plus a few other family memories and milestones.

It was so precious to see old loved ones again. And to see just how similar my children and I are. Down to the very same jokes and facial expressions. Holland especially got a kick out of seeing that I loved all of the same toys that she does. Princesses and baby dolls! 😂





The process of updating our old tapes was super easy! After ordering a kit online, Legacybox took care of absolutely everything. A prepaid shipping box showed up on our doorstep, with simple instructions and all of the labels needed to organize my tapes. (It was actually really funny to watch Holland open up the original package just to find an empty box inside.)

We labeled each of our tapes and slides with unique barcoded stickers and packed them back in the box. We attached the new pre paid shipping label and dropped it off at the UPS store. Way faster than I was expecting I got the box back with all of my original tapes + new dvds and a thumbdrive making it super easy to watch our old videos anywhere.



We had a blast going down memory lane. And Holland eventually got her big birthday bash too!







Holland and I highly recommend you indulge in some nostalgia of your own with Legacybox! And you can get 40% off if you go to their site now and use the code "CHERISH"! That's a deal you can't beat.