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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!...

August Recap

August Recap | Why Hello Lovely

Plane ticket, $1500.  Salon treatments, $200.  Homecoming outfit, $50.  Being in my husband’s arms for the first time in a year, priceless.

I cannot believe my best friend, husband, and love of my life is finally home with me again. After so many sleepless nights, lots of tears, and many lonely dinners for one, I finally have him back. And it’s the best feeling in the entire world. I look back on the morning I said goodbye to Zack last August and remember just how impossible this year apart felt. I’ll be honest, I had no clue if we could do it or not. But we did it.  It’s over.

This update is a little late as he arrived home the first weekend in August, but I was way too excited to have him home to sit down at my computer and type up an update. He finally arrived home August 6th and we’ve been busy ever since. I feel horrible for the lack of updates this past month, but I’m sure you all understand. Here’s what’s been going on around here:

Zack is finally home!! Obviously. I couldn’t be happier to have him here with me again. It’s been a bit of an adjustment this past month, but it feels amazing to be reunited.

We had our family photos done (preview above)There will be more on this later, but I am completely in love with the way our photos came out! We had them done by Kevin Ouellette from Amazing DJ Music (Sound and Photography). He was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t recommend him more. But I’ll save all that for another post.

August Recap| Why Hello Lovely

The movers arrived last week! All of our belongings are officially on their way to California. It’s so surreal. Leading up to Zack coming home, I hadn’t really even thought about moving. Of course I knew we’d be heading out shortly after he came home, but it didn’t really feel real. It wasn’t until the movers arrived and cleared out all our belongings that it finally hit me. It’s bittersweet. Part of me is super excited for this new adventure while the other half of me is sad to leave Maine. Well, not really sad to leave the state, but sad that I’m saying goodbye to an amazing job, friends, and family. It’ll be an adjustment, but I’ll be sure to keep you all updated during our move!

I started my MBA program. Since the first semester overlaps with Zack coming home and our giant move across the country, I decided to start out with one course instead of two (at my school, full-time is two courses and part-time is one). That way I could still start my program but I wouldn’t feel as overwhelmed with everything I have going on. So far so good! I’m taking Business Law and I’m loving it a lot. I’ve actually started to look into law schools and am hoping to be taking my LSAT this December. I had debated on this option a few times in the past, but this time, I think I’ll actually end up making it happen once we’re in the position to do so.

August Recap| Why Hello Lovely

We had a combined family lobster dinner. For the past two years, Zack and I get everyone in our families together for a big lobster and clam dinner. We spend the afternoon drinking, eating, and spending time together. Just like most of our family functions. This year, we were very fortunate to have every single family member present. It made me so happy to have everyone in the same room at the same time. Even my parents were there. They didn’t think they’d have time to come over since they’d both me at work, but they made it work out! I loved it. I wish we had more dinners like this more often.

We are finally trying for a baby! Zack and I decided back in 2014 that we were ready for a baby, but back then we had decided to just let it happen whenever it happens. No pressure. Now that he’s home and we’re moving back in together, we’re ready to actually start trying. It’s only been a month and it’s already a stressful process between making sure my body is healthy and taking the ovulation tests. My cycle just isn’t “normal” enough for me to just let it happen so it’s been a lot of extra work. Fingers are crossed that baby Bartlett will be here next year. Stay tuned!

August Recap| Why Hello Lovely

I finished up my job with the Sea Dogs. This was quite upsetting for me to say the least. This has been one of the most amazing summers of my life and it really sucked to have to end the season and say goodbye to everyone. The Sea Dogs is the first company I’ve ever worked for where I was excited to go to work every day. I wanted to be there and honestly if we weren’t moving, I would have loved to stay. I’d have wanted to move up and work there full-time in the front office and make a career out of it. I loved every single coworker and enjoyed being a part of their staff these last five months. Hopefully, I can continue to work in baseball when I move out to San Diego and my fingers are crossed that my work environment out there is just as amazing.

August Recap| Why Hello Lovely
August Recap| Why Hello Lovely

We took a trip down to Boston to see the Red Sox. This was high on our list of things to do when he came home. A few weeks ago, the Sea Dogs top player, Andrew Benintendi got promoted to the Red Sox so I absolutely had to go and see him play at Fenway. Sadly, he got a knee injury the week before we went so unfortunately, he wasn’t playing the night we were there. But I still wore my Benintendi Red Sox t-shirt anyways! The game wasn’t until 7:10 so we were able to get down to Boston early and walk around a bit. We had dinner at Wahlburgers which has been on our to do list for a while now (Zack’s a HUGE fan of Mark Wahlberg). If you haven’t gone yet then I highly suggest it. It was delicious. The game was really good too. They played against Tampa and won 9-4. I’m so glad we had the chance to get out of town for a bit together.

Overall, it’s been a really good first month. We’re now getting ready for my dad’s wedding this weekend and then we’re off to California early next week. I am so excited to move forward and see what this next month has in store for us. I have a feeling it will be just as amazing.

XOXO
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