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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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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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24 Hours In Portland, ME

*This post is sponsored on behalf of Eventbrite.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

24 Hours In Portland, ME

The one good thing about growing up in New England is being able to enjoy the autumn months.  Autumn in Maine is absolutely beautiful.  My hometown itself doesn’t offer much, but the Portland, Maine area can be a blast!  There are so many fairs and festivals and hiking trails and other fun things to do in the area.  There’s fun to be had for the whole family!  If you’re traveling to a new city, one of the best apps to use is Eventbrite.  Eventbrite is free to download and allows you to find local events and attractions while you’re traveling. They also offer event management software if you wanted to create and promote your own event. So if you ever have 24 hours to spend in Portland, ME, then here’s what I recommend you do.

First, you should start your morning at Becky’s Diner.  It’s delicious.  It’s a cute little diner with a bit of a 50’s vibe on Commercial Street which is right on the water.  I mainly eat there for breakfast or brunch but have gone for a later lunch as well and couldn’t recommend it more!  Sometimes it can be a bit packed, but if you don’t mind the wait, then stop in and get some breakfast.

After breakfast, there are so many great things you can do in the Old Port.  If you love art and culture, then I recommend checking out the Portland Museum of Art.  There are always new exhibits being shown.  You also have tons of cute little galleries in the Old Port as well.  Congress Street would be the best street for you to check out for anything art related.  If it’s the first Friday of the month, then I recommend checking out the First Friday Art Walk which is tons of fun.  There are lots of street vendors and the galleries are open to the public for free!

If you’re not as into the art scene, there’s plenty of shopping to be done!  One of the best things about the Old Port is that a very good majority of the shops and restaurants are locally owned and operated.  They’re not chain stores.  If you happen to want that, then you can head on over to the Maine Mall in South Portland.  I love knowing that I’m helping out small business when I’m making purchases in the Old Port.  Asia West (located on Commercial Street) is a super cute store to go into.  Mexicali Blues (located on Exchange Street?) is another good one.  I could sit here all day naming all the wonderful shops so you’ll have to just explore and see what you can find!

Lunch must be had at the Portland Lobster Co.  It’s essential that you get a lobster roll while you’re in Maine.  I promise it’s much better than lobster anywhere else!  I’m craving a lobster roll as we speak.  If you happen to not like seafood (which is super strange to me) then there are plenty of other options throughout the Old Port.  You have Otto Pizza, Congress Bar and Grill, Silly’s, Hot Suppa, and more!  I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like.

After lunch, I recommend taking a cruise on the Casco Bay.  This is a great way to see Portland and the surrounding area from a different angle.  It can be a little chilly this time of year so I highly recommend wearing a jacket, but it’s so much fun to be out on the water and get the tour!

After your cruise, you’ll likely need a snack.  This would be the perfect time to check out Coastal Maine Popcorn Co.  A friend of mine in college introduced me to the popcorn co and I’ve been hooked ever since! I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many flavors of popcorn they have in this cute little shop.  They have everything from traditional kettle corn to apple pie to buffalo wing, cotton candy to key lime pie and more!  It’s crazy.  You can see more flavors by clicking here.  Everyone can find a flavor that they like.

Once you have your snack, you can then head back into the Old Port!  I would recommend taking a stroll on the Eastern Promenade.  There are tons of walking trails down there with gorgeous views of the ocean.  You could also check out the Portland Science Center, the Cryptozoology Museum, the galleries, or even take a tour of some of the older homes such as Victoria Mansion.  If you’re of age, you can even check out some of the breweries like Allagash Brewing Company!

The amount of dinner options in the Old Port is crazy.  Personally, I highly recommend checking out Fuji.  It’s a sushi bar and hibachi steakhouse on Exchange Street and it’s absolutely amazing.  I’d eat there every night if I could (again, if you don’t like seafood, there are tons of other options!).

If you’re still in town when the sun goes down, then there are plenty of bars and taverns in the Old Port for you to check out.  You can also find a concert to see at the State Theater or Port City Music Hall.  Both are smaller venues which I happen to love.  To me, it makes concerts feel more personal.  There’s less security because there are fewer people and it makes it easier to get right up to the stage.  If Sparks The Rescue is playing, then check them out!  They’re from the area and their concerts are fantastic.  Everyone loves them.  They’ve been touring a lot lately so you’ll have to check out their schedule.

Again, if you’re heading to a new city, one of the best apps to use is Eventbrite.  Eventbrite is free to download and allows you to find local events and attractions while you’re traveling!  It’s the best sidekick for helping you navigate a new area.

Have you been to Portland, Maine?  What are your favorite things to do there?

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