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[ad] Today I am dreaming of Christmas parties. Anyone else? We’re only halfway through the month and we’ve already had more family gatherings than I can count with so many more to go. And Christmas parties in the Bartlett household means photos…lots of photos. But I just didn't feel very photo-ready thanks to my grays (and yes, I had A LOT of grays). So I picked up @zotosprofessional hair color at @sallybeauty and these days I'm feeling gorgeous, confident, and ready to take on the holiday photos. Today on the blog, I'm sharing how I get myself photo-ready as well as what I plan to wear to this year's Christmas party! #MyAgeBeautiful #sponsored #linkinbio
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[ad] Today I am dreaming...

I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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This mama is on the...

It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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10 Summer Beach Reads

10 Summer Beach Reads | KeatingBartlett.com

It’s almost summertime which means it’s time to settle into relaxation mode…or as much as I can with a newborn! I fully plan to get back to reading this summer and am beyond excited about it. I make it a goal every single month and it just never happens due to whatever it is that comes up that month. It legitimately makes me sad because I love curling up by the pool or on the beach with a good book. So this summer I’m determined to make it happen and am super excited to check out these ten books!

Anyone else here a huge Sarah Dessen fan? I swear she’s all I read throughout high school (with the exception of Nicholas Sparks). But once life got hectic, I completely got sidetracked and never even noticed that she was releasing a new book this month. Once and For All will be out tomorrow so be sure to check it out!

I saw The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green on so many summer reading lists for this summer and after reading the description, I knew I had to add it to my list as well.

If you loved Girl on the Train (which I did), then you should also love Into The Water by Paula Hawkins. It’s supposed to be a psychological thriller full of suspense and mystery so if that sounds like something you’re interested in, then you’re bound to love this one.

I bought Leaving Time by Jodi Picot forever ago and still have yet to actually read it. The other day, I finally picked it up again and am determined to read it all the way through.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks so I was very quick to pick up Two by Two when it came out. I may have even ordered it before it was even released, but I don’t remember. But I started it instantly, loved it, but never got a chance to finish it. So I’m excited to pick it back up.

I also saw Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank on a few summer reading lists so I was quick to add it to my own as well.

The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon sounds like it would be just up my ally. It’s a book about a family coming together from all their different walks of life to spend a summer together at their family beach house. I love a good book on family so I’m excited to get started on this one.

I’m not sure what it was, but the description of The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares instantly drew me in. Similar to the summer house, this is another great book about family.

A lot of people have recommended The Identicals by Elin Hildebrand to me, but honestly I’m not 100% sure if I’ll love it. But I promised to give it a chance!

The last book on my summer reading list is The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan. Again, it was a recommendation from a friend so I’m not sure if I’ll like it or not. But I’ll be sure to report back!

What are you reading this summer?

XOXO
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