✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼 Memorial Day🇺🇸 fun in the sun☀️ boys swim shorts are linked (on sale for under $15), Ella’s favorite mermaid tail swimsuit from Amazon, and my swimsuit is an @amazonfashion find too - under $30 and true to size. Shop everything at the link in my bio http://liketk.it/2PAMg #ltkunder50 #ltkfamily #ltkkids #amazonfashion #amazon #founditonamazon #amazonfinds

✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼 Memorial Day🇺🇸 fun in...

#sundayswiththecoles - Woooow you can really daaance💃🏼🕺
Ps- Ella gave us a tie dye tutorial for her romper In my stories✨

#sundayswiththecoles - Woooow you can...

Can’t remember the last time we’ve gotten “dressed” up. Love these little boogers so much💖💖💖 Summer dress under $40 and my fav studded sandals - go up 1/2 size. Boys shirts are linked too http://liketk.it/2PvAC @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKshoecrush #LTKsalealert #LTKfamily

Can’t remember the last time...

And then we came home to this☺️🧒🏼👦🏼 & yes Jude is every bit competitive ;) #judemood #chickenfight #familylove

And then we came home...

Easy travel outfit!🖤 My joggers are on sale for $13! I sized up (I’m taller) and my long sleeve tee is $29 (sized up to a medium since it’s fitted). Also found a good sale on luggage. Everything can be shopped at the link in my bio http://liketk.it/2Ponm @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKtravel #LTKunder50 #LTKunder100

Easy travel outfit!🖤 My joggers...

Ended our day with a trail run through the mountains and around the lake🌲 I love this place more and more every time we come! Are you a runner?? It’s something I’ve gotten into more lately (well kinda forced with @orangetheory closed🙃) - but Im growing to love it. Have you ever gotten done with a run and thought man I wish I hadn’t done that.... nope. Just do it✔️🤗 Clears the mind, gives me energy, and free therapy💯 http://liketk.it/2PlkK @liketoknow.it #liketkit #ltkfit

Ended our day with a...

I’m not sure how we managed to get a decent shot - it was suuuuuper windy! 
I shared this coverup a few weeks back & am showing a closer look in stories... super chic! It buttons all the way down, is sheer, and under $30! This belt is also an @amazonfashion find - can throw on any coverup for $9! Everything can be shopped at the link in my bio🖤
http://liketk.it/2PkJ0 @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKswim #LTKunder100 #amazonfashion #amazon #founditonamazon

I’m not sure how we...

Ditching our kids for a few days🙌🏻💃🏼🕺 http://liketk.it/2PgH1 @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKtravel #LTKshoecrush #LTKsalealert

Ditching our kids for a...

Chic Fil A & a family night at the lake🖤 Swipe for a dose of reality #judemood #instagramvsreality http://liketk.it/2PcVK @liketoknow.it #liketkit

Chic Fil A & a...

The older she gets, the more I find myself worrying about being her mom. At this age, she’ll remember everything😆😆 Am I doing it right? Am I saying the right things? Am I leading by a good example? Should I be telling her something I haven’t?... I want to do it right. But I know doing it “right” looks different for every family. I read this on Pinterest and it resonated with me... Things I want her to know as she grows up:
- Your struggles will only make you stronger - Complaining is a waste of time
- Don’t take yourself too seriously
- Your mistakes will never define you
- Stay close to God and true to yourself
- To love others, you must first love yourself
- Forge your own path, even if you’re alone💕
- In life, you can become bitter or better
- The ability to learn and change is a gift - Nothing worthwhile is ever easy - Be grateful for the sunrise
- You will gain more by giving
- Yes, you are capable💖💯
@liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2P8ct #liketkit #LTKfamily #LTKkids #StayHomeWithLTK

The older she gets, the...

Girly Fun

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- One of the most FUN parts of having a girl is dressing them up. Nothing beats shopping for a little girl! Boys are fun too- but sorry guys… girl shopping out beats them. The dresses, the bows, the frills, the colors… it’s all so fun and often times irresistible for my pocket book! And even though my daughter has gotten a little older to the phase where she now enjoys dressing herself (Like seriously- I have to barter with her to get my way), she’ll typically almost always pick a dress or skirt. And DON’T forget the bow!

We had so much fun twinning in these bliss tulle skirts – the perfect outfit for a mommy/daughter or girlfriend (why not?!) photo shoot. Not gonna lie though, don’t be fooled by some of these “pretty” posed pictures. Let me give you a little insight into the behind-the-scenes reality: there was ice cream everywhere… we’re talking, down the elbows, all over our shoe laces, mouths covered. It was a hot 90 degree day in Sacramento and shooting with a double scooped ice cream cone just sounded right for the part. It was worth it.

This is the skirt I’m wearing & This is the skirt Ella is wearing. There are so many different colors/lengths/styles to choose from, too!

P.S. Please notice my awesome nails. I had 2 seconds to paint them in the car on the way to our shoot so four fingers had to go without 🙂 Why try to hide it- haha #thestruggeisreal #momlife

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  • Tanisha Andersen
    August 29, 2016

    Oh, my, stars Mel! Such an affable shoot! My little Cruz and I have the same matching shoes, Otto has them too! I’ll have to check out these skirts! We have some similar in hot pink, buuuuuut, you can never have too many tulle skirts! Ps- your nails look fab!

  • chelsea jacobs
    August 30, 2016

    These are the CUTEST pictures!!

  • Danielle
    August 30, 2016

    This is just the cutest! I can’t wait to be able to do this with my baby girl (she is 9months)

  • Kelly
    March 8, 2017

    Looking for the top your daughter wore in the other tutu photos , I think it was a white dressy tank top. Do you know who makes that top ? absolutely love the outfits.

  • Jamie
    April 7, 2017

    Any chance you can tell me where you got your daughters striped cami? Adorable photos!!

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 7, 2017

      Old navy but it was last year 🙂

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