Hey yall, I’m Brittany and I am so thrilled to be featured on Confetti and Crumbs!!! I’m a 30-something mama who just recently moved to Texas who likes to write about family, faith, and a heck of a lot of fun. My husband, Ben, and I have three kids, Felicity and Noel, identical twin 5-year-old girls, and Jude, a 17-month-old happy little guy. Our family is a huge advocate for adoption and we have a heart for loving birth mothers too! In our opinion, they are some of the bravest women we know!! I have a seminary degree from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina and an MA in Teaching from NC State University so reading, writing, and teaching are some of my favorite pastimes. But my daytime (& night time) job is keeping tiny humans alive. We live a crazy, imperfect life, surviving each day through God’s grace and lots of laughter. Lots and LOTS of laughter!
Confetti + Crumbs: What do you enjoy most about motherhood?
Brittany: I think one of the things that I love MOST about motherhood is that I actually love it. You see, I went into motherhood thinking I wouldn’t enjoy it at all. Becoming a mom scared the living daylights out of me! So you can imagine my shock while laying on that examination table, legs in stirrups when the nurse gasped and the doctor informed me there were TWO babies in there. Needless to say, one of my greatest joys now in life is being a mom to my 3 kiddos.
Another thing I love about it is how much laughter it has brought to our family. Our kids are crazy whackos, but we love getting to be the ones who witness their unique gifts, shape their tiny ideas, and just enjoy this season in life together. I am FAR from perfect, and just as much as my kids can bring laughter to our days, they can also force me to my breaking point. But even still, I still consider it a HUGE honor to be called Mom.
Confetti + Crumbs: Living Texas vs living North Carolina… pros and cons
Brittany: Ok, this one is hard because I am really enjoying Texas, but I also love North Carolina (#gopack). The pros to NC living are being near both the mountains and the beach, the gorgeous trees in Raleigh in the fall, and of course being near so many friends, family, and our beloved NC State Wolfpack. Cons… are there any? Texans would simply say, “It’s not Texas.” ha! For real though, NC is a stunning state with beauty everywhere, including its people!
Texas is still so new, but hot dang, it’s growing on us. We love the people here, the brisket is to die for, and the sunsets will take your breath away. I am a big believer in putting roots down quickly wherever you are, for however long you’re there. So we’re throwing ourselves into life here at full force and I think it’s helping us feel more at home. Some cons are that it’s so far from our crew in NC and the lack of trees (where we live!). I really, Really, REALLY miss the trees!
Confetti + Crumbs: What’s your #1 tip for keeping a clean house?
Brittany: Ok, I gotta be honest. You are asking the WRONG girl. The truth is, I am a horrible housekeeper. With three kids 5 and under its utter chaos, so If you swing by my house during the daytime hours you never know what you’re going to get! But once all the littles are down, I do a quick run through and do most of my cleaning then.
I know everyone is different, but I tried keeping the house clean and picking up throughout the day but I just found myself getting so frustrated because I’d clean one room, walk out of it and the kids would destroy it again. I want our kids to play and have fun and LIVE in our house (and I also want to stay sane), so we push *most* cleaning until after the kids are locked away for the night.
Confetti + Crumbs: Favorite family time activity?
Brittany: Suppertime. HANDS DOWN. Real Talk – dinner is crazy and we battle over food and bedtime and all sorts of other mundane disagreements with our kids, BUT the one thing I love is sitting down together at the table around a meal. It can be Dominos or a home-cooked meal, but the thing I love most is our conversations.
We usually ask the following questions at dinner time:
“What did you do today? Who did you enjoy playing with?”
“What was your favorite thing about today?”
“What’s something you’re thankful for?”
“What was your least favorite thing about today?” (We want our kids to feel comfortable expressing frustrations/disappointments/dangers/etc. and we want to give them an appropriate space to do so.).
We don’t do it every night, but we try to have these intentional conversations on most evenings around a meal. I’m always so surprised by what the girls come up with, and I love that they’re learning to ask each other these questions.
Confetti + Crumbs: How do you make for yourself? What do you like to do?
Brittany: Time for yourself? WHAT IS THAT? Truth be told, I’m really not great at it now that we live in a new state far from family (aka. Free babysitters). I love love love love love to read. Like, love it a lot. But here’s the thing, reading with kiddos at home is C-R-A-Z-Y. I have learned that in order to get some reading in, something has to give. When my husband works late, I usually crash with a book on the couch after the kiddos are down and the kitchen is cleaned. Or during the day I’ll lock us all in a room and let them play while I squeeze in 15 minutes hunkered down in the corner with a book while managing the chaos. It’s not glamorous, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
Show and tell time:
Alright yall, I’m sharing today my ABSOLUTE favorite cookie ever. I found them on Pinterest and slowly over time have adapted them to my own liking. But, before you continue you should know this fun fact about me… I NEVER MEASURE. So, this is my written down the recipe but feel free to add more/fewer chocolate chips!
- 1 ¼ cup of flour
- ⅔ cup of cocoa
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate (chips or blocks both work the same!)
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cup Sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla (oh heck, just pour some in there. I rarely measure this step.)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, ½ cup dark chocolate chips (Our fam loves the dark chocolate, but if I’m making it for a group I might leave the dark chocolate chips out and add a handful of chocolate mini chips instead!).
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Whisk together the first 4 ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
Melt together the 4 oz. of chocolate and butter and then pour into your mixing bowl. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla and stir until it’s evenly mixed. Then slowly add the flour mixture, stirring after each addition. Fold in your chocolate chips and VOILA. You will have the best chocolate cookie dough EVER. I dare you to try to make these without licking the bowl. DARE YOU.
- Scoop out out generously sized scoops. I like to take our large soup spoons (fancy… I know?!) and plop out a heaping amount. The bigger the better – am I right? Bake at 325 degrees for 9-11 minutes depending on your oven. You DO NOT want to overcook these bad boys. They are best if they come out shiny. Let them sit for a minute or so and then remove them for cooling.
If you make larger cookies, it’ll make about 18 cookies give or take a few.
Those look amazing. Thank you so much, Brittany, for taking over the blog today.
Join us next week for another round of Naptime with Confetti + Crumbs.