11 years married today💕💕💕
Grabbed breakfast, got our nails done ;), massages, painted our first shiplap wall (the true test of marriage...), and now headed to dinner. It hasn’t always been easy but it’s 1000% worth it because it makes today that much more sweeter than the beginning. Love you babe🥂🖤✨🎨
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11 years married today💕💕💕 Grabbed...

My dress is on sale for $33 and going quick! Runs TTS. You can shop all of my looks at the link in my bio or download the @liketoknow.it app and follow me over there- Ellabrooksblog 🖤 http://liketk.it/2Eczh @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKsalealert

My dress is on sale...

Classic Mel😉 This cute coat sold out so fast during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I never had time to share! But it’s baaaack👏🏻 Yes I was dying of heat taking this pic☺️ but come Fall/Winter👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Go down 1 size (wearing a size 2) http://liketk.it/2Eagc @liketoknow.it #liketkit #nordstrom

Classic Mel😉 This cute coat...

Full look at today’s OOTD🖤 My tee is from @zara which I can’t link😭 I’ll try to find it and put it up in my stories. I am going to link some graphic tees you guys went crazy over in my stories a few days ago- all around $15! My exact shorts are linked, $10 sunnies & $37 purse! Shop all of my outfits at the link in my bio🖤
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Full look at today’s OOTD🖤...

The perks of working together - “lunch meeting” 😊 #nonottlikethat #likefood #eating

The perks of working together...

Literally obsessed with this blazer😻 it’s on sale for $32 with code GET20. Wear it in the fall over denim shorts, with jeans and booties in the winter, or pair it with heels and black pants for workwear🖤 Fits TTS - wearing a size 4 Also, my oversized sunnies are only $10👏🏻
Shop it all at the link in my bio 
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Literally obsessed with this blazer😻...

#sundayswiththecoles 🖤 Can we all take  a second to appreciate that huge genuine grin on Jude’s face😍😍😍 #judemood is feeling life today💃🏼👏🏻✨Ps- had to include our self time fail👌🏻
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#sundayswiththecoles 🖤 Can we all...

Fresh hair✨✨ thanks to my girl @painted.by.trista 🌈 (cut, color, & hand tied extensions - I have one row for volume)
My denim jacket is on sale for $31 with code ENJOY- fits True To size. Everything else linked at the link in my bio! 
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Fresh hair✨✨ thanks to my...

The perks of being the baby...
1. Mom and dad rarely say no
2. You get treated like a baby even when you’re no longer a baby 
3. When you fight with your siblings & everyone gets in trouble- you always win🥇
4. You get away with going barefoot👣 amongst other things because by the last, as long as they’re alive🙌🏻
#judemood #mybabyboy #guesswhoelseisthebaby🙋🏼‍♀️
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The perks of being the...

☕️ at one of my favorite coffee shops - @bluebottle in SF😍💯 Linking all outfit details at the link in my bio- my headband comes in a pack of 3 for $15, loooove the fit of this jacket, these are some of my go to mom jeans (on sale), and these slides are also on sale! http://liketk.it/2E1zp  @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKshoecrush #LTKsalealert #LTKunder50 #amazonfashion

☕️ at one of my...

The double line: I’m…. PREGGO!!!

AHHHHH! This came as SUCH a shock to both my husband and I. I mean… you know what I mean 😉 I’ve mentioned that to a few people and they’re like… really?! Okay, we’re obviously not naive or oblivious to how it happens- But- I have an app that I use to track everything and the dates just do not add up! I will say, for various reasons, I don’t take birth control… so I always knew in the back of my mind “it” could always be a possibility- however, we were abiding by this “trusty” little app I use and well, it didn’t work out for us too well!

A few weeks ago, I started noticing signs that just weren’t normal for me (boobs hurting, minor cramping) and I just felt different. My husband jokes that I always think I’m pregnant so when I mentioned to him I thought this could be the real deal, he laughed it off. Even so much so that when I asked him to grab a few pregnancy tests on the way home from work, he went to the dollar store because he didn’t want to “waste” money on pregnancy tests. HA! jokes on him 😉 Sure enough… both tests were positive! He didn’t believe it (and neither did I- I mean, how can you completely trust a dollar store test with something THIS big?)- so I rushed off to the store and picked up a more trust-worthy brand preggo test and sure enough- POSITIVE! like right away.

Let’s rewind… from the beginning of our marriage, my husband and I had always said we wanted three kids. He comes from a family with three and loves/loved it, and I come from a family with two kids and always wanted another sibling, so three it was! Fast forward… two kids in and our feelings started to slightly change 😉 I’ve talked about it previously but both of our kids are pretty type A, strong-willed, and well… a bit more challenging to raise at this point (I’m excited for the future as they’ll be great leaders in life… just keeping it real for mom & dad in the beginning stages). We don’t know what it’s like to have an easy-going, compliant child and frankly my husband doesn’t think we produce them. So two it (maybe) was. In the back of my mind, I had always thought we were going to have one more. Maybe a little more down the road as far as timing goes, but I just had this gut level feeling that we weren’t done… I felt like our family just wasn’t complete. And well, here we are now! I’m about seven weeks along and feeling pretty good! With both pregnancies, morning sickness didn’t hit me until about 7-8 weeks so I am enjoying this time and crossing my fingers that just maybe this pregnancy will be different. I was WAY sicker with my son… I’m not sure whether to attribute that to the fact that he is a boy or the fact that he was my second child (supposedly your symptoms are heightened with every pregnancy). I’m PRAYING this one is a little easier on me… I’m not sure I can throw in sickness to the mix with everything else that’s going on! Just being real here.

We were able to capture some fun pictures to share the news with everyone. Ashley Maxwell kills it every time!

On a serious note… accident/mistake (I hate using those words!) or not, we are SO unbelievably excited to meet this little babe in April, 2016! More updates to come…

Oh, and because I know the question/joke will arise… to rename or not to rename the blog- that is the question 😉


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  • Quinn
    August 14, 2015

    If you don’t mind, why don’t you use birth control. I don’t really like that I do but I figure God is so much bigger than those little pills that should the time be right he’d bless us even if we didn’t know the time was right 😉 I don’t think I could ever get my husband on board with not taking any. I do like knowing when my “visitor” is coming into town though.

    • Melcali05
      August 14, 2015

      Well, for one- I’m already a pretty hormonal/sensitive person so I don’t like the fact that a lot of birth control pills can mess with that. I just don’t need any extra created drama in my life 😉 I also don’t like what I’ve heard about the long term effects of using them. To each their own, so I wouldn’t want to publicly put this out there to make anyone feel bad. I just don’t feel like they’re best for me so my husband will probably be getting fixed here soon 🙂 haha.

  • Dominique
    August 14, 2015

    How exciting! I just had my third son in May and like you, I was pretty sure we were done at 2, but wouldn’t mind the possibility of 3. Now I can’t picture our family without him. So happy for you!


    • Melcali05
      August 14, 2015

      Awww. I love it! I know that’s exactly how it will be for us, too! My husband was like, you could say that about every “future” kid- which is true… but I just know that everything happens for a reason so we’re thrilled!

  • Eleni
    August 14, 2015

    This is so exciting and wonderful! Amazing things happen in 3’s and I have a feeling it’ll be the perfect child for you all!!! Congrats!! -E

    • Melcali05
      August 14, 2015

      Thanks love!! I appreciate all your support! Wish we lived closer XOXO

  • Andrea Worley
    August 14, 2015

    Congrats on this news! So exciting for your family!

    I can so relate to your honest feelings about this, but wishing you all the best in this pregnancy.

    • Melcali05
      August 14, 2015

      Thanks Andrea! Are you guys thinking about number three?? Hop on board 😉

  • Ana
    August 14, 2015

    Congratulations! I am so excited to see your adorable family grow 🙂

    • Melcali05
      August 14, 2015

      Thanks love!!! It means a ton! XOXO

  • Megan
    August 17, 2015

    I looooooove having 3! Just adds that extra bit of excitement to the mix 😉
    Love the pics too- congrats!

    • Melcali05
      August 24, 2015

      Ahh thanks! I am feeling all of the emotions right now. I think you’re right on about adding a little extra excitement 🙂

  • Brittany
    August 18, 2015

    So So exciting!! Congrats! We have debated the #3 kido for over a year now, officially on board to quit BC next month and im just a tad (a lot) nervous!!

    • Melcali05
      August 24, 2015

      lol! Girl, I’m with ya! You know what though… I don’t think anyone is ever “ready”- I realized that when I had just one.. and then somehow things just get easier… like now- to have just one kid is cake!

  • Nina
    November 13, 2015

    I just happened to stumble upon your blog via Hannah Carpenter’s IG. So, I apologize if I am blowing up your comments. I know you’re are due soon so congratulations! But, so funny, every month after I take my blank pills if my period doesn’t come on instantly I freak out and think I am pregnant. My husband even called me out on it last night. I am only six months into my marriage so I would like to wait at least a few years for my first but, its always in the back of my mind. Even on birth control – not like that means anything lol.

  • philix
    November 22, 2015

    nice website.

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