✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼 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...

Seasons of Life

Jude is officially 1 month old today! In some ways it feels like he arrived yesterday, and in others it feels as if he’s been apart of our family forever. Some days I wonder what all the fuss is about in parenting three kids, and other days I feel like I’m neck deep. Day’s like today 🙂 How I currently have the time to write this post is beyond me (Well, I’ve actually started and stopped twice already and haven’t even made it through the first paragraph, so there ya go. Thank you baby swing for the gift of sleep). Sure, he’s only a month old, so things are destined to be a chaotic mess for a while. I know that. & thankfully we somewhat prepared ourselves for the chaos. That doesn’t mean we’ve handled it like rockstars, but I’m thankful we went into this season knowing it was going to be a challenge. Somehow it helped lessen the madness (at least in our minds). But that’s not always the case. Life doesn’t come with a manual and a lot of times we aren’t able to prepare for new seasons in life. What we can control, however, is our attitude.

I saw this quote the other day and thought YES! That is the key to life right there. It so spoke to me at where I’m currently at, although it really applies to every journey of our lives.


My current reality of sleepless nights, spit up, messy floors, PILES of laundry, & never ending to-do lists doesn’t define my attitude in life. Could I easily get wrapped up in the mundaneness of my world and allow it to effect me? Definitely. If I decide to focus on what I’m failing at or not able to cross off my list (which is most things), my mind goes south very quickly. I so wish I was one of those positive people who always see the good in everything, but unfortunately I’m not- which is probably why I’m talking about this right now. I’m preaching to the choir. Because I know just how powerful our minds are and how vital and life giving it is to feed it with truth and positivity, truth being the key word there. I always hashtag #perspectiveiseverything because really, it is! We have so much to be grateful for, yet it’s way easier to focus on all the things NOT going right in our lives… am I right?! Why is that? Some of the happiest people I know are currently or have gone through some of the ugliest trials in life. I think it’s because they’ve learned to dance through the storm. They’ve learned to look past their current situation and realize A. There will always be people facing greater life struggles B. It’s pointed them back to what their thankful for in life. It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.

I have a friend who posts “thankful lists” randomly on Facebook. Sometimes they’re big things and sometimes they’re little things… but all of it accounts for the many blessings in her life. She’s said acknowledging these blessings, even on the tough days, is what turns things around for her and puts it into perspective.

So here’s a few things I’m thankful for today: The gift of new life (Jude), COFFEE, sunshine, real/true friends, new lipstick, baby swings 🙂 , a helping husband, Netflix, and freshly painted toes!

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  • Hilary
    April 21, 2016

    It’s easy to forget to be thankful so thanks for the reminder! Today I am thankful for feeling healthy and strong 29 weeks into my first pregnancy, iced coffee and the sweetest best friends.

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 25, 2016

      Love it! Iced coffee is my favorite too!

  • Nicole
    April 21, 2016

    This is so true Melissa and I can totally identify. I recently just posted all the things I’m most grateful for and it totally helped me feel better and refocus my attention on better things. I always say this, I cannot imagine life let alone being a Mother + wife without a relationship with Jesus! Keep doing what you’re doing Momma. 🙂

    xo, Nicole

  • Kate
    April 21, 2016

    Giiiiirl, I only have one little one and I’m still learning how to adjust and not drown. You are a rockstar!! Thanks for the attitude reminder. Wish I lived closer so I could bring you a mama care package (coffee and sweets and clothes without spitup), and give you a few minutes to breathe. Keep on keepin’ on!

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 22, 2016

      You are so sweet. It’s funny though… I felt like this with my first, too. I always wondered how people would do it with more but somehow you acclimate and then a new crazy season comes and you acclimate again. Mommyhood is a fun & crazy journey for us all! Thanks for the love!

  • Alina
    April 21, 2016

    Randomly stumbled upon your IG and it led me to your blog. So glad it did. Love your blog, love this post. Thanks for the positive reminder!!

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 22, 2016

      🙂 Love hearing that Alina! Of course. I think keeping it real and positive is so important for us all!

  • jordyn
    April 22, 2016

    Love this! It’s so very true 🙂 Have loved watching your journey into a Mommy of 3!! Love your blog lady.


    • ellabrooksblog
      April 22, 2016

      Means so much. Thank you Jordyn!

  • Kylie
    April 25, 2016

    This quote is something I need to blow up and plaster on my wall! Definitely so true!

    xo Kylie

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 25, 2016

      Right?! So good!!!

  • Raina Elegado
    April 26, 2016

    Happy 1 month to baby Jude!! I’m due in about 5 weeks and a bit nervous to have 2 under 2 but you give me hope! LOL. Keep up the great work, Mama!

    xo Raina

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