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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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Father’s Day Weekend Recap

Father's Day Weekend Recap | Keating & Co

Happy Monday!! Am I the only one who just LOVES Monday’s? I’ve noticed that since I quit my full-time job last year, Monday’s have become one of my favorited ays of the week. My Monday mornings aren’t spent half asleep at a job I don’t want to be at. Instead, they’re spent sleeping in a little bit and enjoying the morning laying in bed with my puppy (and Zack when he’s home). I can wake up and start my day when I’m ready to. It’s lovely. I end up with so much more energy and motivation to get work done when the day is based on my own schedule. This is one of the many reasons why I won’t go back to a 9-5 any time soon.

Anyways, it’s Monday which means I have some updates and a weekend recap. First order of business: the updates. I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I’m ready to expand Keating & Co and make it bigger and better. I still plan to do this, of course, but I think I’ve officially determined that a whole new site will have to be built. In order for it to succeed, I need to separate my blog and business. I am finishing up the business plan for it all this week and then as of next Monday, I will be looking for an intern! So if you’re interested in learning more, be sure to look for it in your newsfeeds. You can also leave your emails in the comments below and I can add you to my “intern applicants” email list OR you can directly email me at keating@keatingandco.com.

Father's Day Weekend Recap | Keating & Co

Next, we have our weekend recap! Saturday was super busy around here. As many of you know, I just moved into Zack’s mom’s house a couple weeks ago as we prepare for Zack’s homecoming and our move out to California. Well she just got a new apartment about a mile from her old one so we’ve spent this past week gradually moving everything from Apartment A to Apartment B. Saturday was the official moving day. We woke up early that morning, grabbed some coffee and breakfast from Dunkin Donuts and started the moving process. Luckily my mom has some amazing friends who offered to come over and help us with the move. It made it so much easier when it came to the heavier pieces of furniture.

We started at around 9am and by the early afternoon, everything was moved into the new house and half unpacked. It went pretty quickly as far as moving goes, but I’m very much done with this whole moving thing. This was my 14th move since 2009 and our move in September will be #15. It’s a bit crazy and you’d think I’d be a professional by now. Once we’re all moved into our new home in California, I have zero plans to move again any time soon.

Saturday night was spent getting some boxes unpacked and getting the internet all set up. It shouldn’t have been as challenging as it was, but it took 4 different representatives from the cable company (almost an hour total on the phone) to figure out that our wifi modem was hooked up to the wrong cable outlet. Apparently when they turn on the internet, it only works on ONE of the cable lines rather than one. Which I have never heard of and I think that’s super weird. But for some reason, it took 4 people to even come up with the idea of it possibly being hooked up to the wrong one. So we switched it to the cable line right next to it and voila! It worked instantly. It really wasn’t an option to have it not working considering we were already behind on the new season of Orange Is The New Black. We were determined to watch the season premiere that night.

Father's Day Weekend Recap | Keating & Co

I was very lucky to have Father’s Day off so I was able to spend the entire afternoon with my family. I left the house earlier than planned so that I could grab some coffee and run some errands before I met up with everyone. I was having a great morning until I got to Walmart…where I dropped my beautiful iPhone 6…on the concrete floors. Now typically I have my LifeProof case on it. I have it on every single day. But for some reason, the night before, I really wanted to change it up and use one of my pretty cases for a day or two. So I switched cases and added my tempered glass screen protector and called it good. Well now I completely regret that choice. My screen shattered due to the fall.

Like any twenty-something in 2016, I instantly panicked and honestly, I was almost on the verge of tears. Mainly because I knew Zack would kill me when he found out. My phone has a habit of breaking within 24 hours of us arguing over whether or not I can upgrade my phone (no joke. This happened in 2013 too. I wanted the Galaxy S4, he said I had to wait of for my upgrade, and the next day, my S3 shattered…a couple nights ago, I wanted the iPhone 7 when it comes out, he said I have to wait until my upgrade next summer and then yesterday, my phone shattered…what a coincidence, right?!). I drove over to Verizon and thankfully I had kept the insurance on it so a new iPhone 6 will be arriving in the mail tomorrow. Unfortunately, there’s a not so pretty deductible that I had to pay, but it’s still MUCH cheaper than buying an $800 iPhone or fixing the screen for $300+. So it had to be done. Now I’m just hoping it can make it the next 24 hours without breaking down completely. So far so good. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Father's Day Weekend Recap | Keating & Co

Once I got over the initial shock and panic of breaking my phone, I finally drove over to my stepmom’s parent’s house for our Father’s Day festivities. We spent the afternoon drinking and talking and getting to know everyone. I’ve only met my new grandparents a couple times and I had never met any of my new aunts uncles or cousins. So it was super nice to meet and get to know everyone before their wedding in September. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. I am so thankful to have such a great family. I’m really looking forward to my dad’s wedding this fall when we have everyone important in the same room at the same time. My biological family, my step-family, my in-laws. Everyone together. I couldn’t be more fortunate to have one big family where all parts get along. I couldn’t ask for more.

Father's Day Weekend Recap | Keating & Co

After our usual family photos, we all had to part ways. My stepmom, Jenna had to go to work for a bit, Hannah had to go to her dad’s, and I had plans to watch Orange Is The New Black and drink some Mike’s Hard with my mother-in-law (literally a nightly occurrence). We did Taco Bell for dinner and curled up on the couch to do some binge watching. Although it was a very busy weekend, it was nice to not work on anything. My computer was closed for the majority of the weekend, I didn’t touch emails, or blog work or anything like that. I was present and living in the moment which I really need to do more often. It was such a good weekend and I hope this week is just as amazing.

How was your Father’s Day weekend?

XOXO
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