nicolemmelton Snowed in and cleaning out my office today! Is anyone else obsessed with notebooks like I am? I even found one from my college internship at Suede magazine! I've been quiet here on IG, but there are lots of new updates over at @MeltonDigital and @BeautyGoesDigital! This season is all about clarity for me (hence the office purge) which means cutting back on personal projects (my blogging, teaching spin class, etc.) even though I miss them a lot! I'm soaking up each day, especially with a baby who's growing SO fast. 🏽 He'll be 6 months next week! I know the Lord has a purpose for our quiet seasons and for that, I'm grateful! Love y'all and sending big hugs your way! 3w

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nicolemmelton Morning tickles with this sweet little man 2mon

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nicolemmelton Hey Charlotte friends! I'm SO excited to be a part of the Beauty Business Brunch happening this weekend hosted by @WomenWhoNetwork! I'm leading a virtual webinar called "How to Create a Social Media Plan" designed by @MeltonDigital and would love for you to join us! Learn more at eventbrite.com/beautybusinessbrunch. Tag any fellow beauty biz owners in the Charlotte area below! #WomenWhoNetwork #BeautyBusinessBrunch 3mon
  •   naturallycrownedcarolina We'd love to host one here in Columbia, SC! How can we make that happen?! 3mon
  •   ohnikka Omg I wish I could make it!!! 3mon
  •   highmaintenancelife Amazing job today! I learned so much and look forward to learning more from your courses. 3mon
  •   buffsalon I absolutely learned so much my notes were 3 pages of cursive scribbling so fast 3mon
  •   rhyanbtheg I recently came across your essence bridal bliss page and you and ur husbands story was beautiful! Hope all is well with you all 2mon
  •   zee00_ I'm hoping that one day this event can start touring and come to TX! This is an event that would definitely inspire me and give me so much info! 2mon
  •   mstracydurrant @nicolemmelton hi, I've sent you an e-mail regarding beautygoesdigital 🏾 4w

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nicolemmelton "The routine is the reward." I heard @stevenfurtick share this quote in a sermon a few weeks ago and it's been playing on repeat in my head ever since. I've been slowly easing into a post-baby eating and fitness plan, focusing on small changes repeated daily. One of them has been this green jar of goodness! Two apples, one whole peeled zucchini, one avocado, one handful of kale, water, chia seeds, and ground flaxseed. Yum! (More smoothie tips and FAQs are in the #nicolesbdayjuicefast hashtag). #theroutineisthereward #smoothiejam! 4mon

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nicolemmelton Happy Monday! I'm still in awe thinking about the many women I walked with yesterday at the #MakingStrides walk who have overcome breast cancer. So many cancer survivors were there to raise money and encourage others despite the cancer effects they've endured and are still facing. What an amazing testament to God's healing and restoration power! Our struggles, no matter how harrowing, can still be used for God's glory. Overcoming our battles equips us to use our lives to inspire and fortify someone else. God is bigger than our diseases, deficiencies and despair. Sending hugs your way to believe in God's greater plan no matter how hard today's trials may seem. This battle has not taken you out. You are still here honey and God WILL use you! If you still have a pulse, you still have a purpose. "And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose." Rom. 8:28. Love y'all! #breastcancerawareness #BCA #tellthedeviltohaveseveralseats 4mon

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nicolemmelton Sunshine and smiles with @etcblogmag at the #MakingStrides walk today! I'm so grateful to work with such amazing souls and Yolanda is definitely one of them! Oh my fro! #CourageousBeauty #CremeofNature 4mon

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nicolemmelton Loved seeing @etcblogmag today! I also got to meet these amazing gals who came out to walk with us at the Making Strides 5K! #BreastCancerAwareness #CourageousBeauty #CremeofNature 4mon

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nicolemmelton Good morning from Washington DC! Excited to join @cremeofnature for this morning's #MakingStrides 5K to walk for a cure! This is just the kick start I need to get back in shape post-baby and it's a gorgeous day. Grateful! #BreastCancerAwareness #CourageousBeauty 4mon

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nicolemmelton A million reasons to be grateful and praise God. I'm slowly mastering this new mama life while giving myself a ton of grace and going to God with a lot of prayer along the way. I know one thing: I'm clearer than ever before about what God has placed me on this Earth to do. There's something about bringing a new life into this world that brings new meaning to, well, everything! The sleepless nights that lead to groggy mornings (#realtalk: I only know what day of the week it is because I have to label bottles), single socks that go missing (seriously, WHERE does this boy kick them off to??), fall boots that won't zip up (oh, heyyyy baby weight, that's where you've settled, eh? #TeamCankles) ... it's all worth it. There's purpose in this season of transition, and that makes my soul smile because God gets the glory in it all! Sending hugs your way today! 4mon
  •   foxy_frm_thebay813 You hit the nail on the head with this post! My son is a month old today! I don't know what sleep is anymore but motherhood is amazing!! 4mon
  •   justhere4nails You look beautifully! Keep smiling 4mon
  •   dthardy7122 God gifted you with such a beautiful spirit. Sending much love to you and your family. May God continually guide you all to new heights in him. Have a royal day! 4mon
  •   dipzywipzy I don't know u but u gorgeous. That hair caught my eye 4mon
  •   telimarie 'Mama' looks great on you. God bless you and your family. Hearty Congratulations 4mon
  •   twillipolish Always graceful! 4mon
  •   nicolemmelton I appreciate all of your kind words everyone! I'm so, so grateful! 4mon
  •   moxiebexie Stunning 4mon

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nicolemmelton Fun things are happening at @MeltonDigital! I'm still technically on maternity leave, but have been working on Digital Beauty School in between baby snuggles! I created this program to help other beauty brand owners pursue their passion and launch their dream brands online. I'm so grateful God placed me in a position to help others in the digital space. I wake up daily feeling truly fulfilled in my career and calling! I'd be so grateful if you could tag below any beauty business owners, bloggers, makeup artists, hairstylists or anyone working in beauty who wants to grow her digital presence. (P.S. There's a coupon code for anyone who signs up at the link in my profile and more bonuses will be announced in the coming weeks over at @MeltonDigital. Hugs!) #DigitalBeautySchool 5mon

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nicolemmelton Baby Boy Cato, you have my heart forever. I'll be a little quiet here on IG over the next few weeks soaking up and adjusting to life as a new mama. Thank you for all your sweet messages, love and prayers. Sending hugs your way! 6mon

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nicolemmelton And since it's #TBT, I found it pretty funny that on Saturday, I found this photo of 5-year-old me, just three days ago. I figured it was God's way of reminding me that He's been preparing me for this work for a long, long time. 7mon
  •   yourdaywithk So awesome! Congrats on walking in your purpose! Also I sent you an email today for prayer req. 7mon
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  •   beewademua Lol! Love this!!! 7mon

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nicolemmelton "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin." Zechariah 4:10. I'm so grateful for these ladies who attended last night's event! I was super nervous leading up to the event, especially at 38 weeks pregnant. I actually considered cancelling it after my short hospital stay last weekend. Now I see that God knew this was the ideal time for me to start this group because there was no way I could depend on my own strength. From the physical work (designing a flyer, ordering supplies, setting up the room, etc.) to the spiritual work (focusing on my Bible study and prayer time), everything felt 10 times harder to do with a baby squishing my lungs and sapping my energy. And that's what's wonderful about how God works. He pushes us into the unknown at our weakest moments so we have no choice but to depend on Him. I'm so humbled by the 17 ladies who joined me on Tuesday for worship, sharing and sisterhood. These are women with a heart for Christ who all live right in my neighborhood! They are truly an answered prayer. My heart is so, so full. Trust God, y'all! Don't despise small beginnings. Start with what you have and let God do the rest! It won't always be easy, but it will always be worth it! 7mon
  •   tickledlauren ...and it might just be the answers to someone else's prayers 7mon
  •   mschurchdress Amen 7mon
  •   tash_2.0 @j0yfull 7mon
  •   gabbiemcgee @nicolemariecato, your testimony was SO right on time for me! I am encouraged. God bless you! 7mon
  •   j0yfull @tashmarie7 🏾🏾 7mon
  •   dbm_xo This event was so worth it. You don't understand that EVERYTHING about your event was ORDAINED by God. From the physical location, to the time, the yummy mesmerizing cookies that I should have only eaten one of but had 2 instead lol. Mrs. Nicole, EVERYTHING was perfect. The atmosphere was inviting, and women from different walks of life and levels of faith gathered to commune. And believe it or not, some of us received healing. I know I did. I look forward to the next event. Thank you for your obedience and warmth. 7mon
  •   vnssgram That verse tho..and at this time!! 🏽 7mon
  •   teneyalove Congrats Nicole! 7mon

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nicolemmelton #BabyBoyCato says hello y'all! I have a TON of clips like this in my iPhone. My little man is super active and wiggles around all day! 7mon

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nicolemmelton Happy Monday loves! These scripture note cards are a staple for my bible study time. (The #nicolesbiblenotes hashtag has tips I wrote almost 3 years ago!) This stack is from my hospital bag which is all packed for #BabyBoyCato. We got a surprise chance to test drive it during a short hospital stay this weekend, but God is still cooking our little bun and we are back home happy and healthy. It's definitely clear this kid is not staying in there much longer! This will be my last week of full-time work hours, so I'm ready to focus and tackle my to-do list like a champ! Praise the Lord for my new assistant at @meltondigital who is helping me a ton. God is so, so good and faithful. Sending hugs and prayers your way for a productive week! #37weeks (My mom actually had ME at 37 weeks via a natural birth! ) #babycouldcomeanyminute 7mon

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nicolemmelton That's me on the left and my hubby on the right. We can't wait to meet #BabyBoyCato in six short weeks! Can I be honest? I'm feeling somewhat overwhelmed with preparing for a little human. (Translation: I'M FREAKING OUT.) I know it will all work out, I have a great support system and God's grace never fails, but I still have so many questions about life with a baby. I'm very "Type A- Ms. Perfectionist" which is a strength and also a weakness at times. I'm in prayer about that because kids will be kids and no motherhood journey is "perfect." Is this normal for first time mamas? I'd be so grateful for your advice on calming my pre-mama jitters or just hearing your story and knowing that I'm not the only one feeling this way. Thanks loves 8mon
  •   thisthatbeauty And you will be fine. All will be well. 8mon
  •   feedeebee It's totally normal soror. However you'll soon realize that God has entrusted you with a wonderful gift. Once I dedicated my son to Him, it all worked out. He graduated from high school this month & will begin college later this summer 8mon
  •   chicbusymom And I'm here if you need to call or email it just breathe 8mon
  •   bluesclues313 This baby is gonna be so scrumptious! I can't even deal! Ugh! Let him get your lashes and y'all are gonna have a problem fighting off all of the women in the grocery stores 8mon
  •   tam2142 The moment you see him all those "pre mommie" gitters will disappear. You are going to be great mom, it will come naturally. Enjoy and embrace the gift of motherhood, It's amazing! 7mon
  •   wjprather Your eyelashes are beautiful!! 7mon
  •   anaturalwonder Awww i thought u had on falsies, your soo lucky 6mon
  •   kittrin It will be challenging and exhausting but so worth it. My son is one and I look back like yes I made it! Lol embrace the challenges and changes. It's a beautiful process. 1w

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nicolemmelton One more sneak peak from my maternity shoot. Photos taken by my baby brother @amelton__! McArthur said he would wait until the baby gets here to take his pictures. Ha! (But why was I so happy to see my clavicle in this picture! Hey clavicle! #feelingSOplumpthesedays #justbeinghonest) 8mon

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Normal Nicole Marie Melton
nicolemmelton Why is it that I always remember #FridayIntroductions on Saturday? Charge my preggo brain for being a day late! Here goes: I'm Nicole and I live in Maryland, about 20 minutes outside of Washington D.C! I was born and raised in Detroit, where all of my family still lives. I'm a graduate of Howard University (#HU!) and right after graduation, I lived in New Jersey for seven years. I worked in corporate retail buying for the first five years, and then went back to school for my masters in digital media from Rutgers University. During grad school, I had a 13-month internship at Essence.com which later turned into a full-time job as online beauty editor. I LOOOVED my job but grew weary of NYC, so I moved to the DMV and in 2014, I launched @MeltonDigital where I now provide copywriting, web design and social media strategy for beauty brands. This year, my hubby and I are expecting #BabyBoyCato August 1 which we are very excited about! God is so, so good! Thank you all for following my journey and please know I'm grateful for each of you!
#munamommy
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  •   teneyalove Beautiful Nicole! 8mon
  •   theekimberlym I told you that dress would be gorgeous!!!! 8mon
  •   queen_tee790 So beautiful 7mon
  •   dimplezncurlz Where'd you get that dress?? It's BEAUTIFUL! I've been searching for one 7mon
  •   dimplezncurlz I just saw the comment about the dress :) 7mon
  •   churchgirlzwithcurlz Congratulations on ALL the Lord is doing n your life! Planting a church, that is AWESOME! Being one of God chosen ones to lead His charge has its great rewards and attacks! Endure like a good soldier and find constant comfort n His arms! 7mon
  •   kalhya Beautiful 4mon
  •   realtor_distributor_writer Beautiful 🏾🏾 2mon

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nicolemmelton My all-time favorite quote from my very dear friend Andrea is, "Sleep later." It was my freshman year at Howard and I was in her dorm room studying for finals at 3:00am. I told her I couldn't study anymore because I needed to sleep. She looked at me, rolled her eyes, and with a straight face said, "Sleep later." (She ended up graduating with a 4.0 gpa. I tried to follow in her footsteps but only managed a 3.94. ) Andrea and I have quoted "sleep later" to each other countless times since then and I'm so grateful to have sisterfriends who push me towards excellence. This is one of those seasons where I'm having to dig reeeeeally deep and push myself. Business, marriage, ministry and growing a human are challenging to balance. Forreal. I've worked harder in these past two weeks than I ever have in life. (Hence me just now eating this "lunch" at 4:00pm. ) I'm exhausted, but checking goals off my list feels pretty darn good! I want to encourage anyone who feels like you can't possibly push any harder than you are right now. Yes, you can. Keep pushing. Fight harder. Pray more. Keep going. And sleep later. It always seems impossible until it's done. Leave a ️ below if I can pray for your PUSH! Love y'all! 8mon

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nicolemmelton Photo booth fun! We ordered the backdrop from bingbanners.com. I made the logo on Photoshop using art from creativemarket.com. Props were hand made by my sister and godmother. So much fun! #BabyBoyCato 9mon
  •   blackbride1998 Congrats to you both! You are glowing! God bless!!!!! 9mon
  •   tiyawiya81 Congrats!! Its funny, my maiden name is Melton, and I never seem too many Melton's @nicolemariecato 9mon
  •   nidasii Congrats on your bundle of joy! 9mon
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  •   manwifedog Yaaaaaaaaas!!!! 9mon
  •   lovekisses99 Yayyyyyy!!! Boys are great! 9mon
  •   mimijonline Boys are awesome congrats again! 8mon
  •   muliernyc Congratulations! My first is a boy and it truly is a special relationship. As the weather cools up this fall and if you find yourself in the need of a versatile mommy coat, especially for babywearing, def check out @muliernyc ! 8mon

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