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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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Blogmas starts in T-5 days!...

32 Week Bumpdate

32 Week Bumpdate |

Yay updates! Isn’t it weird that I only have maybe two more updates before the baby’s born?! Three posts from now, it’ll be her birth announcement. That’s insane! I know I say that with every update, but this pregnancy is literally flying by. It’s been a rather quiet past month around here so I feel like there isn’t too much to update you all on. But here it goes!


As of today, I am 32 weeks and as of this past Friday, I am 8 months along! Eeeeek!! It’s getting exciting.


Our little girl is 16.7 inches long and weighs about 3.8 pounds.


About 13 pounds. I feel like I’ve been at a standstill with weight gain (which I’m totally not complaining about!). The first 5 pounds were super gradual and then I feel like the next 8 pounds happened overnight during the second trimester. But I’ve been stuck at 13 pounds for a month and a half to two months now. My goal of keeping it around 20 pounds just may be doable!


Girl! It’s been super fun buying cute clothes for her and decorating her nursery.

Related: Baby Bartlett Gender Reveal


Sleep hasn’t been my best friend, but it’s still overall smooth sailing here! My only complaint from the last month are a few nights last week where I just felt completely miserable. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night, I got next to no sleep whatsoever because I was feeling nauseous and was having horrible stomach cramps and heartburn. I admit, I took a few too many Tums those nights to try to ease the heartburn a bit. Tuesday night, Zack stayed up later with me (our version of “late” is about 10pm haha), watching movies because he knew I didn’t feel well which was super appreciated. Wednesday night was the worst. Zack’s phone woke me up around 12:30am and I literally didn’t fall back to sleep until around 5am or so. I ended up sleeping in until almost noon because I was so tired. Zack then took over cooking dinner and doing some cleaning for me that night while I was practically fast asleep on the couch.

But thankfully I got in a full 9 hours of sleep Thursday night and was feeling much better by Friday. I slept well all weekend too so I still really can’t complain too much. I’ll take a few nights of no sleep over constant nausea and all those other “fun” pregnancy symptoms any day. And on the bright side, it was only at night. During the day, I felt 100% normal aside from being tired from lack of sleep. So we’re still doing good!

8 Month Bumpdate |


Not much. I’ve been loving chicken Caesar salads lately though! I can’t get enough of them. But for the most part, I actually feel like I haven’t been quite as hungry lately for some reason. I’m not sure if it’s just because I was feeling off last week, or what. But I haven’t been spending my days snacking as much which I’m pretty happy about. It was starting to become a horrible habit (thankfully, it’s always healthy snacks, though!).

Related: Our Diet and Fitness Routines


Like I mentioned before, sleep is always kind of all over the place here. Some nights I sleep super well and then other nights I’m just feeling uncomfortable the entire night. It’s really a hit or miss most nights. I’m more than ready to not be pregnant anymore.


She still moves a lot, but I feel like she’s starting to run out of space in there. She’s growing and I’m not which doesn’t seem to be a good combination. I constantly feel her under my ribs which honestly kind of grosses me out. Like I can feel her pushing my ribs outward. Did this worry anyone else during their pregnancy? Or am I the only one that’s slightly grossed out by it. It just makes me wonder how hard she has to push before something cracks (I know; I’m a nut job sometimes and my anxiety occasionally gets the best of me). But it’s also super uncomfortable and annoying to do anything but stand. Sitting is horrible. Even right now as I’m tying this post, I’m consistently moving around trying to find a comfortable position where she’s not directly under my ribs as much.


Feeling normal. Does that even make sense? I’m sure if you’ve been pregnant before than you know what I mean here. Although this has been a super easy and rather symptom-less pregnancy, I still haven’t really felt like myself in months which really takes a toll on me some days. I’m also really missing some of my summer wardrobe. While I can wear a good majority of it, I’m desperately wanting to wear the clothes I cant like crop tops and my shorts and things like that. I need my body back before I wear those things. I’m just desperately wanting to feel sexy again so I’m really missing my full wardrobe.


My clothes. I’m currently living in jeggings, flowy tops, dresses, work out clothes (but only at home and the gym), and comfy sweaters on “chilly” days or around the house. I still haven’t bought any maternity clothes because all know how I feel about maternity clothes! That’s a big no-no in my book! I’m still on the hunt for some more dresses though. I was hoping to buy a few new ones this month and I only bought one. I’m hoping to buy another today, but we’ll see. I’m just not loving any of the options I’ve seen around here lately.

8 Month Bumpdate |


Now that we’re going into the spring and summer months, I’m DYING to get back to my abs. Like it almost kills me to work out everything but my abs right now. It’s horrible. I see myself being back to my normal ab work outs very soon after the little one arrives. Call me crazy, but there’s just no way I’d be able to take time off.

Related: My Top Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

But other than my abs (or lack thereof), my workouts are still normal! I’ve actually grown a lot more muscle than I had anticipated throughout my pregnancy. I’ve ben a little more careful and aware of my body these past 8 months so I have some weeks where I “slack off” if I’m feeling extra tired or busy and only go to the gym once or twice as opposed to my usual five days. But even with the slight decrease some weeks, I’ve still managed to keep myself super fit and have made a ton of progress in other areas of my body. So I’m very happy there!

Related: Prenatal Yoga Benefits For Expectant Mothers


Overall, I’m still feeling really good. I’ve had a couple moments this past month where I broke down crying because I looked so fat and horrible, but most days I’m doing pretty good. I’m really just getting more anxious and impatient and ready for it all to be over. I swear every dream I have at night is about giving birth and not being pregnant anymore. I don’t care what people say, pregnancy is not something I’m going to miss whatsoever.

I’m also feeling a little on the annoyed side some days. I’ll be doing a larger post on this in a week or two, but I’m just not the type to fully embrace and love every moment of pregnancy. I’m just not. And I feel like there are people out there who make me feel a bit guilty about this. I in no way take my pregnancy or this experience for granted. I am so incredibly thankful to have been able to carry my own child and happy to have had such an easy and healthy process, but that just doesn’t change how I feel most days. Yes, it’s amazing to feel her moving around in there and I love seeing her on ultrasounds and hearing her heartbeat, but I’m just not one of those women who are able to fully embrace it.

The weight gain isn’t beautiful to me, I take stretch mark prevention super seriously, the lack of sleep  isn’t “worth it”, it’s a pain in the ass, and the fact that everyone around me treats me like I’m super fragile drives me absolutely insane. I hate not feeling like me. So at this point, I’m just getting more and more impatient. I’m so ready to get back to my body and back to feeling normal and I am MORE than ready to meet our daughter.


Zack is good, but I think I’m starting to drive him crazy. I think it’s just because men and women look at pregnancy differently. I’m over here in complete shock that we only have 8 weeks left of my pregnancy and feeling stressed out over everything we still have to do while he’s still super calm and doesn’t see any of my issues as being issues.  So I sometimes feel like we’re not quite on the same page. I just don’t want to get to the week or two before she’s born and THEN start figuring out everything on our to do list. That’s way too much stress crammed into a short period of time. And God forbid I go into labor early. So I’m trying to get him more on board with getting sh*t done around here.


This isn’t completely baby-related, but we finally started Jack’s training this past month!! This is something we’ve been needing to do for a while now so I was super happy when Zack told me he finally enrolled him in his class. He’s now been to three classes and I couldn’t be more happy or excited about his progress so far. It’s completely insane to me. I have a whole new love for our puppy dog. I’m so proud of him. He has five more classes to go so he’ll be done just in time for when the baby arrives.

Related: Jack’s Corner | Week 1 of Training

Jack's Corner: Training Week 1 |

Another big thing that happened this past month is my new car! I FINALLY upgraded my Jeep which I’ll talk more about in my April goals post next week. But after spending way too much time and money keeping my 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee alive, I finally dragged Zack to the car dealership and we left with a brand new 2017 Jeep Cherokee Sport. I absolutely LOVE it. I call it my young mom car. Tons of space for the baby and Jack but it somehow drives like a sports car. It’s fabulous! This was another thing on our list of things to do before the baby’s born so I’m excited to have crossed it out.


Like I mentioned before, I’m just super excited to be closer to meeting our daughter. I’m also super excited to really start putting together her nursery and prepare for her arrival. And I’m also getting SO excited to see my family. Last I checked, they all still plan to visit once the baby is here so I’m really thrilled to be seeing my parents and sisters super soon! We’re all super close so being 3,000 miles away from them is just completely miserable. And I know they’re all very excited to meet baby Allison as well.


Our Pregnancy Announcement

15 Week Bumpdate

20 week Bumpdate

Our Gender Reveal

27 Week Bumpdate

My 32-Week Maternity Photos

36 Week Bumpdate




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