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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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Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary Recap

Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary Recap | Why Hello Lovely

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. If you’re a usual reader, you probably notice some changes around here. Yup, I changed my blog name yet again. I know what you’re thinking. I just changed it a few weeks ago, so why change it again? Well, because I’m completely indecisive. That’s right. I said it. I’m indecisive. It’s horrible. But sometimes I come up with these “awesome” ideas so I jump in head first only to realize later that it was a mistake. And sometimes you really have to test drive these things before making final decisions whether it’s a blog name or a design or whatever it may be. I had to test drive it for a while to realize I hated it. I actually came up with Why Hello Lovely the same week that I came up with Mimosas and Manicures and yet I still made the wrong choice. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. BUT I do know that I’m so done making changes around here. I promise. I’ve been floating this idea in my mind for weeks now and it’s officially official. So thank you for being so patient through my craziness (more on my current craziness status at a later date).

Anyways, last Wednesday, we celebrated our third wedding anniversary. On one hand, it doesn’t feel like it’s been three years because we’ve spent so much time apart. On the other hand, because of everything we’ve been through, it feels like it’s been so much longer than that.

For the most part, we spent a good majority of the day relaxing. We’ve been so all over the place lately and I haven’t been feeling the greatest either so these past two days have consisted of A LOT of Netflix. We started the day with breakfast at IHOP and then spent the afternoon catching up on our shows and straightening up the house. I also got a ton of blog work done (I’m now fully scheduled for the next two weeks. It’s quite exciting). We planned to do a dinner cruise that night and lately we’ve been passed out in bed around 10 o’clock. So we wanted to still be awake enough to stay up later and have a good time (you’d think we’re decades older than we are…I even contemplated taking a nap at one point).

Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary Recap | Why Hello Lovely

By 5:30, I was finally all caught up on my tv shows which was perfect because this was also the time I had to start getting changed for dinner. I had already curled my hair earlier in the day so all I had to do was pick out something to wear and convert my makeup from day to night. We never do anything this nice so I was super excited to be able to dress up with him for a night and go out just the two of us. We left the house at 6 o’clock as scheduled and about halfway there, we hit the traffic. Of course a dinner cruise is downtown and of course we have to drive through rush hour traffic to get there. Thankfully we left a full hour earlier than boarding time so we still got there in plenty of time.

Once we checked-in and received our boarding passes, we walked down to the dock where they were loading everyone onto the boat. We picked a really good time to do this. For one, it was a Wednesday. No one is looking to do a dinner cruise in the middle the week. Second, it’s October. No one is really vacationing anymore, especially during the week. So there weren’t as many people on the boat which made it so much nicer. It wasn’t super crowded and loud so I could actually talk to Zack the entire time.

Boarding the boat, you’re greeted by their wonderful wait staff and are handed a glass of champaign (after confirming you’re over 21, of course). It was a nice way to enter the boat and start the evening off right. I, however, did not start my night with champaign. I haven’t been feeling the best lately (more on that later), so I stuck with water throughout the night. My drink below is sparkling cider, hence why it’s so much darker than Zack’s. Still just as delicious.

Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary Recap | Why Hello Lovely

We were seated with two other couples who both seemed super nice, but we really didn’t talk to them a whole lot. We kept to ourselves for the majority of dinner and listened in on their conversations here and there. I’m about to get a little gossipy so bear with me here.

The couple on my side were newlyweds. Early 30’s and just got married over the weekend. Really nice people, but she awkwardly talked about her ex a lot. Every topic that got brought up related to her ex in some way. How weird, right?! Her new husband is sitting right next to her and she’s talking about her ex. It was kind of strange and I felt super bad for her husband. The other couple had been married for almost six years. I’m not sure how old they are, but they have no children and they seemed a liiiiittle stuck up. He was here on business for the week and his company flew her in for a few days from Florida. Although she didn’t seem very thrilled to be there. How can you complain about a free trip to San Diego?! I WISH Zack’s job flew me to see him for free when he’s away.

They also hardly touched their meals insisting it “wasn’t very good” (this ticket cost $75+ a person and the food was amazing!). They just weren’t our cup of tea. Thank God I had Zack there to talk to and make me laugh the entire time. I actually liked that we spent the time interacting with one another rather than with the other people at our table. We created our own intimate and romantic setting.

Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary Recap | Why Hello Lovely

Our cruise included a three course meal: salad and bread, the entrée, and dessert. The salad was a little strange, but surprisingly good. It came as a lettuce wedge type of thing and I have no idea what type of dressing was on it. But I ate every bite. I went with the salmon for my own entrée and Zack chose the steak. Both came with fresh, steamed vegetables and cheddar mashed potatoes and both were delicious. Again, I ate every bite. If you know me, you know that  I NEVER finish my meal when I’m out to dinner. Ever. I always end up taking the rest home. So I was a bit proud of myself for eating my entire meal in one sitting.

We then had three different desserts: a brownie with walnuts and chocolate drizzle, cheesecake, and a lemon tart. All three were good, but Zack thought it would be funny to try to convince me he was allergic to walnuts. He saw that the brownie had walnuts on it and with a very serious face, he asked me if I wanted his. When I asked him why he didn’t want it, he looked at me like I was a horrible wife for not knowing about his “allergy”. He kept this going for a good five minutes before he finally smiled and laughed at me for believing him. He tells me all the time that I’m not very observant so for a split second, I believed him. Maybe I just wasn’t observant enough to notice he was allergic to walnuts. But looks like I’m not a bad wife and my husband is not allergic to walnuts.

Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary Recap | Why Hello Lovely

Once we were done with dinner, we went upstairs to see the views. The boat had three levels. The dining room was on the first level. The second level included the bar, DJ and dance floor. And then the third level was all open to see the gorgeous views. It was a bit chilly out so we stayed on the second floor for the remainder of the night. It had a deck coming off the bar areas so it wasn’t as chilly as the third floor. The views of San Diego were absolutely gorgeous. You could see the entire city from the water.

Our only complaint was the music which reeeeally varied throughout the night. You’d have some fun, upbeat danceable songs followed by some Celine Dion, My Heart Will Go On. And he didn’t just play one slow song at a time like most DJs, he would play two or three at a time which really dampened the mood for a good 10-15 minutes at a time. Other than that, it was such an amazing night. The food was delicious, the views were beautiful, and the company was perfect. I hope our next anniversary is just as great.

What was your best anniversary like?

XOXO
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