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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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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 First Trip to Los Angeles

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

This past week and a half has been full of fun activities. Zack had 10 days off from work (you get 10 days to get settled when you move to a new base) so since we were technically already settled in by that point, we used those 10 days to get to know the area more and make our home more organized. We finally bought a new bed last week which is super exciting. In our 3 years of marriage, we’ve always just slept on a mattress on the floor. It feels so strange to have a new mattress, box spring, and a frame. Our bed feels so high up now (although it’s really just normal bed height). We also celebrated our anniversary last week and even took a trip up to Los Angeles on last Monday. We’ve only been here a few weeks and we’re already crossing things off our San Diego bucket list. I’m sorry if this post is a bit picture-heavy. I’ll try my best to keep it to a minimum!

Related: Our San Diego Bucket List

Last Monday we woke up around 9 and were on the road by 10. Los Angeles is only about 2 hours from San Diego which is about the same distance as Boston was from us in Maine. So I imagine we’ll take trips like this a lot while we’re here. The drive wasn’t bad at all. We hit minimal traffic and with a quick stop at Taco Bell, we arrived around 12:30. Not bad at all.

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Since we plan to do just about everything at some point, we really just used this day to do some touristy things and explore Hollywood Boulevard. We hit up the wax museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, the Guinness Book of World Records Museum and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At some point I’d love to do some of the tours around Hollywood and the studios so we’ll definitely have to come back. If you have any recommendations for our next trip, please let me know!

I was more than excited to come to L.A. and we picked the perfect time to go. It was practically empty since it was the middle of the day on a Monday. Everyone’s at work or in school and not as many people are vacationing at that time either. So every attraction was easy to walk through and explore without feeling claustrophobic or rushed. I was able to stop and take a picture of any and every star I wanted to without holding up traffic or causing a pile up with my random stops.

Our first stop was the wax museum which was pretty cool. Zack’s been to the wax museum in New York, but I had never been before. So I thought the whole museum was really neat. They even had a horror movie section full of horror movie characters like Michael Meyers which was fun to walk through. Between the wax figures, the lack of lighting, and the music, it was almost like a haunted house. As for the wax figures themselves, some looked identical to the actual celebrity while others, we had to read from the plaque because we couldn’t figure it out. I think they’re really a hit or miss, but for the most part, they weren’t too bad!

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

After the wax museum, we walked across the street to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. Honestly, I wasn’t as much of a fan of this one. There were so many plaques that you had to read or video clips you has to watch in order to understand the backstories to everything in there. Some we were interested in, while others we weren’t. I did think the Guinness Book of World Records museum was super interesting though! I remember checking these books out at the library when I was in elementary school because I loved seeing what records it had. So it was fun to actually be at the museum. Some of the records in there are insane. Like the highest number of stacked golf balls is 9. Which doesn’t sound like a lot, but go ahead and try to stack just two! And the tallest man in the world was at 8’11”. They had a statue in there to show how tall that is and it made me feel so tiny. The whole museum was fun and interesting.

Once we hit up the museums, we decided to explore Hollywood Boulevard some more. We really didn’t have too much planned aside from the museums and exploring. If this was a vacation, I’m sure we would have planned a bit better, but since we’re right down the road and can come any time, we really didn’t feel the need to. For dinner, we decide to do Dave and Busters. I’ve never been before so I was super excited for it. It’s part bar/restaurant and part arcade so it’s perfect for get togethers and birthday parties and things like that. We did dinner first and then hit up the arcade for a bit with our token cards. I’m not as thrilled over arcade games as Zack is so he did most of the playing. The food and my smoothie was delicious though! You can buy the dinner arcade combo and it’s totally worth the price!

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

The drive home wasn’t nearly as easy as the drive there since we ended up leaving during rush hour. We spent the first hour of the drive in very slow, bumper to bumper traffic before finally getting out of the city and getting up to speed. We were home by 8 and it felt so nice to get changed into leggings and curl up on the couch with my MacBook (this is when this half of the post was typed up…I wanted to get a head start on it!). The rest of the night was spent relaxing with Netflix which was the perfect ending to a long day. I’m already excited to pick out some more attractions and plan another day trip.

Have you been to Los Angeles? What should we add to our list of things to do there?

XOXO
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