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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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Friday Confessions

Friday Confessions | KeatingBartlett.com

Happy Friday everyone! Is anyone else SO happy that it’s finally the weekend? This week has been crazy stressful around here. I am more than happy to say goodbye to it and enter into weekend mode. It’s been so bad. I haven’t done a Friday Confessions post in a while and since this week was so crazy, I thought this would be the perfect time to do another one. I warn you ahead of time, there may be some venting involved. I just have so much I need to get off my chest at this point. So I appreciate you all listening.

I confess that I am just about done with California at this point. We’re more than ready to move again.

I confess that I’m pretty sick of not having a car for the last 12 days….quick story. We brought my car in on Monday 11/28 to have the engine looked at. By Thursday 12/1, they told us “nothing was wrong”. On Friday 12/2, they finally figured out the issue and ordered the parts they needed from Los Angeles. On Monday 12/5, they told us it would take a couple of days because the piece they were fixing was rusted. On Wednesday 12/7, they said it would probably be done on Thursday. And then yesterday 12/8, they told us they couldn’t fix it without taking the entire engine apart…25 hours worth of work at $120/hour. Not happening. Totally played us for two weeks. So we picked up the car and had it towed to another dealership. So far so good with this one! Keep your fingers crossed for me that I have my car back early next week.

I confess that I’m not the biggest fan of pregnancy. The changes to my body have been so hard to accept regardless of it being for a good, exciting reason. I just don’t myself fully accepting it any time soon, but we’ll see.

I confess that I definitely had way too much coffee this week. But it was so very much needed to deal with some people.

I confess that people are driving me absolutely insane lately. Both online and in person. I’ve almost had to avoid human interactions because of it…which is pretty easy considering I STILL don’t have my car…

I confess that I’m super nervous about the job interview I had this week. I should find out the week after next if I got it or not, but I’m worried. I don’t want them to take away the job once they find out I’m pregnant. But this job is SO important for my actual career. I need it on my resume. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

I confess that I’m already nervous about how I’m going to balance work and being a mom once the baby is born. While I’d love to be a stay at home mom, I’m also dying to get my career off the ground. And I’m just not willing to sacrifice all my hard work.

I confess that one of the worst things about pregnancy are other people’s opinions. While I love feedback, I don’t need people monitoring what I’m eating or how often I’m at the gym.

I confess that I am SO behind in sending out our Christmas cards this year. I’ve had them set up and ready to go for a couple of weeks now, but the lack of car has made it challenging for me to get to Staples to buy new ink for my printer…and to get to the post office to actually mail them.

I confess that I’ve completely sucked at this WHL newsletter I started. I promise I’ll get back on track with it this weekend!

I confess that I have absolutely no idea what I want for Christmas. Like no clue. Just send us money at this point. Theres not even any room in this apartment to put anything new!

I confess that I am super proud of myself for getting back on track with school this past week. I am FINALLY caught up and doing so much better. It wasn’t looking good a few weeks ago. Like academic probation type bad. Which is super disappointing considering I earned a 4.0 in my bachelor’s degree. So I’m hoping to do much better from here on out.

I confess that I’m super nervous about my doctor’s appointment this afternoon. I haven’t seen the doctor in about seven weeks so I’m super nervous to find out if everything’s okay in there. As long as everything goes as planned, we’ll know today when we’ll be finding out the gender (which will hopefully be two weeks from now)!

I confess that I have absolutely no idea what I’d do without my awesome husband. Or my friends (shout out to Rachel and Katie!). Or my parents. They’ve all kept me sane these last few weeks.

What are your Friday confessions?

XOXO
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