Going for the Cruella de vil, boujee look🤪🤪 We had a fun, FULL, & exciting three days at Disney❤️
My husband and I were just reminiscing about the time we brought our oldest two when they were maybe 1 & 3... we had the best day from sun up til sun down and ended it with  fireworks, snow on Main Street, and that sappy, emo music.... yes you know!! We looked over at eachother and we’re both crying😂😂 but that’s the magic of Disney. Seeing it though your kids eyes is unforgettable! Never thought I’d be a Disney fan but here I am❤️👏🏻💯⭐️ http://liketk.it/2HRkI @liketoknow.it #ltkfamily #ltkkids #ltkunder50 #disneyland

Going for the Cruella de...

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Instagram Vs. Reality❤️ #yougotthisbabe #hesgonnakillme 
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Instagram Vs. Reality❤️ #yougotthisbabe #hesgonnakillme...

What an amazing day at the happiest place on earth❤️❤️❤️ Swipe to see just how eager Jude was to get these characters to wave back at him🤣 #judemood #fosho #woooodddddyyyy

What an amazing day at...

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An easy snack tray... Christmas style✨❤️🎄#sponsored Add some marshmallows, peppermint bark, frosty styled chocolate cookies⛄️ and for something a little more salty, @pretzelcrisps 😍😍😍 How fun would this be to make for a Holiday Party✨#Pretzelcrisps #Pretzelcrispspartner

An easy snack tray... Christmas...

My twin👯‍♀️ in just about every way! I’m sharing all things Christmas on the blog today- all things fun & cheap & festive from @ebay http://liketk.it/2HITS @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKholidaygiftguide #LTKholidaystyle #LTKholidayathome #HappeningOneBay #ad #ebaystyle

My twin👯‍♀️ in just about...

Sooo close babe, soooo close! It’s been fun (finally) cheering on a team that is having some good days🤪❤️ We are having a lazy Sunday over here. Ditched church to watch the 49ers play and getting some things done before we head out of town tmw. So today’s #sundayswiththecoles is lookin a little different😊 Have a great day!!

Sooo close babe, soooo close!...

Went on an “adventure” with my boys today❤️❤️ Lots of fun, lots of meltdowns, lots of Christmas everywhere😍Had to wear and show you guys these Alo leggings (top seller from yesterday) because they’re a whopping $33 today! (Marked down from $110) - they fit true to size, wearing a a Small. Paired it with my @target $30 puffer👌🏻My boys jackets are also 40% off. Click the link in my bio to shop! http://liketk.it/2HCZ7 @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKsalealert #LTKunder50 #LTKshoecrush

Went on an “adventure” with...

Sale Alert🚨 Found soooo many great deals to share with y’all! I’m freaking exhausted🤪 & running on adrenaline over here. But I seriously LOVE finding steals to share👏🏻👏🏻 One of my favorite things about what I do. I’ve got a huge blog post sharing my favorites on Ellabrooksblog.com (and sharing TONS on my stories) - these four looks are on sale - First Pic: My Amazon coat is marked down to under $100 (fits true to size), My Spanx are 20% off (size up) & my boots are on sale in grey with code BF25... Second Pic: my black puffer (sold out during Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) is back in stock and on sale for $100 (wearing a small)... Third Pic: My go to black jeans are 40% off (true to size) and over the knee boots are 30% off (size up if in between)... Fourth Pic: my scarf is half off today for $24 and my luggage is on major sale. Comes in a set of 3, expands, and very well made. Shop it all at the link in my bio! http://liketk.it/2HzuX @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder100 #LTKunder50 #LTKsalealert

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Real Life

I started this blogging journey almost a year ago after much hesitation, worry, & fear of what people would think. What people would think of me and my life as I’m now basically an open book- my life & families life being put on display in many aspects for all to see. If you know me personally, I’m naturally pretty open about most things, but this was taking it to another level. I had a choice to make as I started out on this journey. I could choose to mask certain parts of my life or I could put it all out there hoping it will help or encourage a few along the way. Although I don’t share every thing, I can honestly say that I’ve put effort into sharing stories or struggles that would normally be hard for me to open up about. I’m pretty sarcastic so sometimes I’ll put it out there in a joking form… however, that doesn’t take away the reality of it all.

I started blogging with the intention of sharing my passion for fashion and family, while being sensitive to the fact that sometimes the way my life can appear on the outside is that of perfection or (as often said in the teenage world these days)… goals 😉 … I’m sorry, I have to laugh at myself for a second. Whenever I see someone comment on one of my pictures with that word, I chuckle to myself a little. I don’t know why I find it funny… I know it’s thrown around in a light fashion and partly joking tone, but the meaning behind it is just absurd. Because really people- I am not “goals”. My family is not “goals”. I am and we are exactly like you. I face challenges, deal with insecurities, and often hide and cover up things in my life out of pure self-doubt and uncertainty of what people will think of me if they happen to find out what I truly deal with on a daily basis. I love my life & love my family, but I do not have it all together. I’m trying to figure things out on the daily just like you.

So- on that note… I thought I’d share with y’all a video from this past Sunday. If you follow along with me on Instagram, you know that my husband had the opportunity to share with his dad for Father’s day at our church (my husband is not currently a pastor but his dad heads up our church). I thought this would be a good video to show as he hits a few of my points… a few major struggles we’ve faced together since we’ve been married and what we’ve done to overcome them. On a lighter note, he also shares our infamous honeymoon night story… we still laugh about it today. It’s one of those- is this real life? moments.

Grab some tissues… I’m warning ya 😉

 

XOXO
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8 Comments
  • Samantha
    June 25, 2015

    this is great to hear. There are so many blogs out there that portray a perfect life but I think a lot of people want to hear about the crazy things in life that happen to you and your family. Congrats on your almost one year anniversary! I hope to be doing as well as you on mine!

    • Melcali05
      June 29, 2015

      Aw, thank you, Samantha! I think it can be very natural for anyone to want to portray only the good things about your life for many reasons. Thank you for your sweet words!

  • Megan
    June 27, 2015

    Thanks for sharing! I originally found your blog because I have a brooks too, then I loved your style:) Now I enjoy your transparency and heart for Jesus. Your family is precious!

    • Melcali05
      June 29, 2015

      Aw- yeah! I haven’t heard too many Brooks out there but we fell in love with the name 🙂 Thanks for your sweet words!

  • Haley
    July 14, 2015

    I love this post! I’ve been blogging for months but haven’t had the courage to actually “launch” it. Right now, it’s just me using it as a creative outlet that no one sees. Thank you for your vulnerability! It’s crazy how relatable everyone seems with just a little bit of honesty. I love your blog and your real posts 🙂

    • Melcali05
      July 27, 2015

      Aw, thank you so much Haley! Good luck! It takes a lot of hard word & dedication… but it’s a ton of fun!

  • Alexandra
    October 27, 2015

    You weren’t lying when you said to grab some tissues. Listening to your family’s experience with prayer and the vision your husband had reminded me of my own experience. It was really touching. Thank you for sharing. This was a good reminder that I can always ask for help and that God does answer :).

    • Melcali05
      October 29, 2015

      Means so much. Thanks girl! I think the more vulnerable we’re able to be- the more we’re able to help others in the a similar situation. Glad you enjoyed it!

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