Meet Brittany Flores. She has been such a big supporter since day one of Kingwood Moms and I can not thank her enough for that. She always has great advice and words of encouragement. I am so thankful to have made a friendship with her over the past year. She is one tough Mother! If you remember last year Brittany shared her son’s journey last year in the “Share Your Story” Feature on the website. She is real about all things in motherhood and one of the funniest people I have ever met. I hope you enjoy her story!
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Kingwood?
* I have lived in Houston, Texas all my life, more specifically the East side of Houston; Jacinto City, Galena Park area. I have lived on the cusp of Kingwood for 5 years now, in the Water’s Edge community.
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
* I have two beautiful children; A boy, “Landon” that will be 5 in December, and a girl, “Emma,” whom will be 3 in December as well.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
* I suffered a miscarriage 2 years ago, that sent my world spiraling. It never gets easier, thinking about what could have been. However, surrounding myself with an awesome tribe, and prayer, have really helped me in the darkest of times.
What is your go-to activity for yourself for pampering or for fun?
* My go to activity is always to break out dancing!!! I don’t care where it is, or who’s around, if there’s music playing I have to get up and dance. By myself, or with my kids, It’s always free!! If I have a moment to myself I enjoy getting a massage at Silken Body Day Spa or a Mani/Pedi at VIP Nails. My family and I love being outdoors, there’s nothing better than having a small picnic outside, watching the kids play.
Funniest shortcut/routine for helping you through parenthood?
* Buy a legit tumbler that will keep your coffee hot all-day-
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor?
* I worked in the corporate world for several years as a personal loan specialist, compliance assistant, and mortgage coordinator, until I decided to extend my maternity leave permanently, and become a stay-at-home mom. Being a mom is by far one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but it has been 100% worth it! Maybe not all day, but at least once a day, I am thankful I am in the position I am in now. My son was diagnosed with Autism along with a severe speech impairment almost 3 years ago. I have made it my new mission to educate the community on all things Autism by starting an educational blog at Thebluemom.com. My intention is to let other caregivers know, that they are not alone in this world. There is a whole community ready to rally behind you, should you need it. I just want to put the resources out there for caregivers to utilize, and maybe provide a little laughter for them as well. I recently graduated from Nutrition school, and am looking forward to new opportunities surrounding wellness, and our microbiome. I am a firm believer that our stomachs are our “second-brain,” and there is a direct correlation with eating junk, and feeling like junk. I aspire to provide nutritious meals for all families, especially lower income families that may not be able to afford organic, farm-to-table entrees. Skies the limit, right?
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
* Specifically, the Kingwood Moms group has literally been the catapult I needed to start my blog, and help people. It all started with sharing my story in regards to my son and our diagnosis. Another mom reached out to me after reading it, and needed some advice. I knew right then and there I needed to offer the knowledge I had learned over the course of our journey, and use my platform to help educate and assist others. Kingwood Moms literally put my journey into perspective for me and tied my loose ends together in regards to autism and nutrition school. I am forever grateful for the friendship I have established with these moms.
What is the best advice for juggling mommyhood and running a business (or volunteering, working, etc)?
*The best advice I could possibly give is to make sure you are happy. Take time for those self-care acts, and if you simply cannot get away, ask someone for help. Do not neglect yourself trying to do it all for your family. You are important too! Someone once told me; “Your kids don’t want a perfect mom, they want a happy mom.”
What would you tell the old “You” before you had kids?
*”Don’t worry, you’re going to do great!”
What is your proudest mommy moment?
* Having a son that is somewhere between non-verbal and a severe speech impairment, I would say my proudest mommy moment came close to 2 years ago, shortly after Hurricane Harvey, when my son finally told me he loved me. I have been telling him all day, every day for his entire life, and for the first several years of his life, all I got in return was an empty stare, and never a reaction. One night laying in bed, we had just finished watching one of his shows, I snuggled closer to him, and said; ” I love you papi,” and in his own way he responded; ” I yuv, to.” I have always been a believer in God, and in that exact moment, I knew there was a God.
Greatest gift about being a mom?.
* Every day is a new adventure. You never know what your kids will say/do, and within the unknown of that, is something beautiful to me.
Best mom hack that makes mommin’ easier?
*Best advice was “Don’t try and be super-mom, nobody likes her!” That really stuck with me, I can only be the best version of what my kids need me to be. That means we might have goldfish and a banana for dinner because life happens, and my kids might (or probably will) refuse to eat the nutritious meal I made them. It’s not the end of the world, I just have to find a better way to sneak in their vegetables.
BEST HACK- keep an extra pair of pants, shorts, shirts, undies, pull-ups, wipes, disinfectant or whatever in your vehicle at ALL TIMES, along with a first aid kit, because accidents will happen. Just remember to rotate the clothes according to your child’s growth, or when season’s change. Clearly shorts are always fine in Texas.
What’s your favorite part about what you do?
* I love helping people and being able to provide insight to someone going through a similar journey, or just someone who needs a soundboard.
What is your favorite thing to do in the HKA area?
* If my husband and I can get away for a date night we enjoy fancying; Ginger Cafe, Akashi, Wholesome Kitchen, and Bibos. If we are dining out with the kiddos we love; Buffalo Wild Wings, Iguana Joes, Shoguns, Manuels, and Humble Cafe.
We love having picnics at East End Park, and if we are venturing “into town” we enjoy the miller outdoor theater! There’s always a show, musical, or festival going on the hillside, and the kiddos really do love it.
Family Night at the ballpark is always fun, the street festival is kid-friendly, and you can’t beat dollar hot dog night!