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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!...

10 Keys To A Successful Marriage

10 Keys To A Successful Marriage Marriage | KeatingBartlett.com

Zack and I have been married for almost four years now so I strongly believe that we’re complete experts on everything marriage-related at this point…totally joking. But I do feel that we’ve built a strong marriage thus far and I’m rather proud of it. Like all couples, we have our issues. We’ve fought on many occasions and unfortunately, we’ve said and done plenty of things that we now regret. It’s normal. But I love coming out of it and being able to look back on those issues knowing we tackled them together. It’s an amazing and empowering feeling to know you’ve built a connection strong enough to take on the world and everything life throws at it.

As I watch other couples go through their hardships and even some breakups, I can’t help but feel so unbelief ably thankful for my own marriage. Marriage is hard work. I know everybody says that, but it’s true. It’s not always rainbows and butterflies. In fact, sometimes it even sucks. But in the last few years, I’ve determined that these ten traits are essential to building a strong marriage that lasts.

  1. Friendship. I believe that all successful marriages are built on friendship. You must build a strong foundation for your marriage and that typically starts off with being friends with your significant other first. Zack is my best friend. He’s the one I want to tell my secrets to. He’s the one I go to first when I have a problem or big news. He’s the one I want cheering me on for all my accomplishments and I want to be the one cheering him on for all of his as well. We laugh together and make fun of one another. He’s my favorite person to binge watch Netflix with at the end of every day. First and foremost, he’s my best friend.
  2. Trust. I cannot stress enough how important it is to trust your partner. Without it, a relationship just cannot be successful. You can’t spend your days wondering what your spouse is doing or checking their phone every chance you get to see if they’re cheating. If they’ve give you zero VALID reasons not to trust them then give them the benefit of the doubt and trust them!
  3. Honesty. Trust and honesty go hand in hand. You cannot trust one another if you’re not open and honest with each other in the first place. Don’t give each other a reason not to trust one another.
  4. Communication. I’ll keep this one short since everyone always says it: communication is crucial to a happy and healthy marriage. It’s important to any type of relationship you have in your life, actually. Be sure to communicate any issues you’re having with your spouse along with any thoughts and feelings you feel he should know. If you two aren’t communicating then it’ll be next to impossible to fix any issues that may arise. Make sure you’re always on the same page!
  5. Dedication/Commitment. Marry someone who is just as committed to your relationship as you are. Someone who isn’t going to give up when things get tough or when you settle into a “boring” routine. When something is broke, you fix it. If something in your marriage isn’t working then it’s time to find a solution to the problem and move forward. Find someone who is willing to help you fix those problems and is committed to making it all work out.
  6. Gratitude. Always take time during your day to appreciate the little things that your spouse does. Sure they may not be the cleanest person. It might drive you nuts that their laundry is left in every room of the house or that they leave the bathroom floor wet after their shower. But on the other hand, they might do the dishes for you when they know you’ve had a rough day or they’ll bring you home your favorite soup when you’re sick. No matter how big or small, focus on those good things that they do for you and let them know that you appreciate them. At the end of the day, those good things that they do far outweigh the wet bathroom floor.
  7. Respect. Respect is so incredibly important in a marriage. You absolutely have to respect one another in order for your marriage to work long term. Never talk down to your partner, never broadcast your marital issues on social media or talk poorly about your spouse to others. Never embarrass them or make them look bad simply because you’re not getting along that day. Mutual respect can go a long way.
  8. Forgiveness. While this one can be a challenging one at times, it’s good to forgive your spouse for their mistakes. Bigger issues like infidelity is a whole different topic in my mind, but for a good majority of issues, they can almost always be worked through. So forgive quickly and find a way to move on together.
  9. Intimacy. When I say intimacy, I don’t always mean sex. Although that’s healthy for a marriage as well. But even being able to share your deepest thoughts and feelings with another is so important for a marriage. This goes back to building your marriage off a friendship. Being able to connect with your spouse on all levels will give you a great foundation to build your marriage off of.
  10. Teamwork. Look at your marriage as being its own team and your partner is your one and only teammate. Did you pick a good teammate? Do you know how to get along and work together to tackle problems rather than against one another? Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Zack is on the same team as me. Especially when we disagree on something. But at the end of the day, he’s my husband, my best friend, and the best teammate I could possibly have. We work well together and are good at building each other up and supporting one another which is super important to a happy and healthy marriage.

What do you feel a marriage needs in order to be successful?

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