Disclaimer: this weeks #truthfulthursday is one I’m a little (okay a lot) passionate about.
.....WE NEED MORE REALNESS IN THIS WORLD!! We need to stop believing the lie that perfection is a beautiful thing. We need more authenticity. More people to say, look I screwed up & it’s okay. Everything is still alright. Jesus already handled that for us on the cross✨
None of us have it all together and the more that we create this illusion that our lives are perfect, the more that we’re encouraging others to do the same. It’s exhausting! Not to mention a negative life lesson we’re teaching our younger generation. 
I don’t want to teach my daughter that the appearance of having it all together is important. I want to teach her that vulnerability is a strength, your weaknesses can be made strong, your mistakes can be used for good, and there is power and freedom in admitting that sometimes you just messed up🤷🏼‍♀️ I am loving this line in the new song “See A Victory” by @elevationworship .... “You take what the enemy meant for evil and you turn it for good” 👏🏻 Strive to do better, yes! but be okay with acknowledging that you’re human and some days we just don’t get it right. Say it out loud, share it with others, and encourage others to do the same. Your vulnerability can be a gift to those around you!
This is the power of community and healthy living. I truly believe this world of comparison and constant striving for more would come to a halt and people would have more confidence in who they are, when they’re strong & when they’re not🖤 life ain’t perfect. keep it real y’all! 
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Disclaimer: this weeks #truthfulthursday is...

Repeats🖤 $10 tube top, under $50 high waisted jeans (fit TTS), this headband comes in a pack of three for $15, $12 ear crawlers (earrings ;) & this black faux leather coat is GOOD & on sale (also fits TTS) All details linked in my bio🖤 http://liketk.it/2F3x5 @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50

Repeats🖤 $10 tube top, under...

Find someone who lets you be you & doesn’t try to change you. Who trusts you, runs with your crazy ideas, and even pushes those ideas further. Someone who loves you when your broken and sees the greatness within you. Someone who pushes you in life but also let’s you be when you just ain’t feeling it. Someone who loves past the “feeling” of love. Someone you will fight with only to turn around and love them even more the next day. Someone you can look back and say, I’m so glad we fought for that. 
This is so cheesy but I 100% believe this is my husband. Thanks for being my person boo😘

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Find someone who lets you...

Comfy cozies😍✨ & @walmart from head to toe! The quality of this sweat suit is honestly amazing too! & only $40 total for both. I’m wearing a Small in both top & bottom (fits TTS). Shop it at the link in my bio⭐️✨ #ad #WalmartFashion #WeDressAmerica http://liketk.it/2EZzc @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKfit

Comfy cozies😍✨ & @walmart from...

#sundayswiththecoles 💕 Back at our weekly wall and we had a great Sunday at church & then out to eat with our family. AND a Forty Niners win! This is rare for us guys... let me celebrate ;)❤️💛❤️✨
Outfit details linked- my bodysuit comes in a few colors and is only $35, I sized up to a US 8. Jeans are on sale for under $100 (size up). Exact belt is linked too. Click the link in my bio 
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#sundayswiththecoles 💕 Back at our...

Date night?? Wedding?? New Years😜✨?? I loooooove this dress & these new white booties too! Both fit TTS. As always, you can shop all of my looks at the link in my bio or by following me on the (free) @liketoknow.it app - search/follow Ellabrooksblog🖤
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Date night?? Wedding?? New Years😜✨??...

Home sweet home (almost) 🖤 We had the best week at @azulbeachresorts in Riviera Maya. But nothing beats picking up Ollie🐶 & sleeping in our own beds👨🏻👩🏼👧🏼👦🏼👦🏼
Ps- my bikini is on sale and I just found my favorite self tanner on sale as well. Also my sunnies are only $11! It’s all linked in my bio!
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Home sweet home (almost) 🖤...

My boys don’t wanna be in pictures ;) & this girl has her poses down💁🏼‍♀️ @azulbeachresorts 
If you’re new around here, I do something called #truthfulthursdays every Thursday where I spill something that’s on my heart or mind. A little real life, behind the scenes, or just some real talk to this sometimes perfectly pictured space on the internet. 
So here it is... it piggy backs exactly what I mentioned above. Real life. There’s really no way to ever truly see what’s happening in real life behind these squares. I can preach real life all day long & share my heart out but the reality is, it just ain’t possible. This goes for everyone. Which brings me to this... kindness. It goes farther than you think. I love this quote I read on Pinterest... “If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each one of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, & care”  Strangely I’ve learned that while being kind benefits those around us, it also brings more joy to MY life. Have you ever noticed that?? Giving to others will always give right back to you. Everyone wins. Be kind, for everyone is facing a battle you know nothing about💕 http://liketk.it/2ESXj @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder100 #LTKunder50 #LTKtravel

My boys don’t wanna be...

You guys LOVED this coat and I’m happy to report that it’s back in stock (fully stocked) and 40% off! It runs big so I’d recommend sizing down💕 Wearing a size 2. Shop all outfit details at the link in my bio 
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You guys LOVED this coat...

🌴🌴🌴 My swimsuit is on sale for under $30 and can double as a bodysuit💯 Pants are from @zara and can’t be linked unfortunately http://liketk.it/2ERco @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKswim #LTKsalealert #LTKunder50

🌴🌴🌴 My swimsuit is on...

Life Lately

I’m looking through my past posts and realizing I haven’t really been including the single most important thing to me- my family! I’m going to try to do better about posting more family pics- although if you follow me on IG, you definitely get your fill 😉

My little girl turned FOUR in February. I can hardly believe it. Not to mention my little guy is 20 months (WHAT?!)!!!! With my first, I always wondered why moms would say “I wish time would just slow down.” I always looked forward to watching Ella hit every new milestone and loved every new stage. But now with Brooklyn? Oh my word- I totally get it!!! I don’t know if it’s because he could (potentially) be our last one, if it’s because he’s mama’s boy, or because I’m realizing that time does just need to really slow down. Either way, I’m trying to soak in every moment of life these days. “The days are long, but the years are short” is really hitting home hard and I don’t ever want to look back and wish I had done things any differently.

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I took my little beauty to get her first pedicure on her birthday… we started our date at Starbucks with coffee and hot coco and ended with french fries and milk shakes from McDonalds… I’d say my she had a good day 😉

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Every once in a while my hubby and I are able to escape for a few hours… & according to this pic, we sit, enjoy the silence, hot coffee, and… our phones 😉

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🙂 But seriously, we (thankfully) are blessed to be surrounded by our family who offers to watch our kiddos so mommy & daddy can get away for a few days. This time we escaped to San Francisco and Monterey/Carmel. It was beautiful, relaxing, and the weather was absolutely amazing. If you ever have the chance to go to The Spanish Bay Inn in Monterey- DO IT! We drove there for the night and relaxed by the fire pits outside overlooking the ocean. Pure.bliss!

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And a few more misc. pics… my new fav dessert- It’s a local place in town that just opened up.. it’s called “The Parlor”… they serve ice cream smashed right in the middle of a donut. Best.thing.ever!

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XOXO
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3 Comments
  • Angela Kezar
    March 26, 2015

    Your trip looked like so much fun! My husband and I were recently in Monterey, I wish I would have known about that hotel, sounds so relaxing! We will have to check it out next time we are there.

    *Angela
    http://www.angelakezar.com

    • Melcali05
      March 31, 2015

      Thanks girl! Yes you gotta try it. Great view, amazing food, and pretty decently priced considering the area.

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