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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!...

Must-Have Baby Products To Add to Your Registry

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When I found out I was pregnant, I had zero interest in creating my baby registry. It’s not that I wasn’t excited or anything because I was completely thrilled to be having a baby. I was just incredibly overwhelmed by the number of items babies needed along with the thousands of brands out there. Not to mention the fact that everyone has an opinion on what the “best” baby items and brands are along with what items are needed and what aren’t. It was overwhelming to say the least and I honestly put off putting together my registry until I was almost six months along.

After a ton of research and recommendations from friends, family, and other parents, I was finally able to put together my registry. Now, after a few weeks of using everything on our list, I can safely say that these seven items are must-haves for your baby registry.

  1. Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe Nursery Center*. Aka, a pack n’ play. I purchased this in place of a bassinet. Originally I had zero interest in having Allie sleep in our bedroom, but once she arrived, it quickly became a pain in the butt to have her in her own room. So rather than wasting money on a bassinet that she could only use for a few months, I bought a pack n’ play with a bassinet insert. That way she can use it as a bassinet now and then later on, we’ll use it as a play yard as well as a bed for when she’s sleeping over at family’s homes. This made much more sense to us financially and it’s easily been one of the best things we’ve bought.
  2. Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper*. This thing is amazing. I’ll never understand parents who don’t buy these. This is where she takes a good majority of her naps during the day and since it’s portable, I’m easily able to move it from room to room when I have cleaning to do. I even take it into the bathroom with me when I’m showering. That way she can nap and I can keep an eye on her at the same time. Love this thing! Also, if you’re able to find one for free or at a discounted price, then definitely go with a used version (cleaned of course!). I’m super big on only buying new items, but babies can only use these things for so long and they can be super pricey to buy brand new. So if you’re able to save money here, then do it!
  3. Munchkin Travel Bottle Warmer*. This isn’t a necessity, but man is this helpful when you’re in the car. I saw another blogger using this months back and I knew it was something I had to try out. So I immediately added it to my registry and have loved it since the first time I used it. Thankfully our child isn’t too picky when it comes to the temperature of her bottles, but she definitely sleeps better when it’s warmer. So being able to warm up her bottles on the go is super helpful.
  4. Graco FastAction Fold Click Connect Travel System*. I spent way too much time stressing over the car seat we’d choose. There are just so many recalls out there and way too many reviews and safety concerns. It was overwhelming to say the least. I had originally wanted to buy a carseat that she could use all the way into her toddler years, but ultimately we ended up going with a travel system instead which includes both her infant car seat and her stroller. First off, this stroller is fantastic and moves super smoothly and second, the click connect makes it soooo easy to go from the car to her stroller. It makes her even more portable when we’re on the go without having to constantly take her out and transfer her.
  5. Motorola Video Baby Monitor*. I wasn’t too picky when it came to our baby monitor, but so far, I’m loving this one! Unfortunately, we’re not currently using it much as Allie’s been sleeping in our bedroom, but the video and sound quality are both excellent. I highly recommend it to those who are looking for a good baby monitor.
  6. Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Carrier*. I didn’t think I’d be the type to want a carrier like this, but man is it good to have. Sometimes you just don’t want to push around a stroller or it’s just not as doable to have a stroller. Having a carrier like this allows you to move freely and have both hands free as well. PLUS we can use it all the way into her toddler years.
  7. Honest Company Diaper Bag Everything Tote*. I know this is a larger purchase, but I promise you this bag is worth every penny. I just did not want a diaper bag with obnoxious colors and patterns all over it. Also, I wanted a bag that could double as my primary bag. I didn’t want to be carrying a purse and a diaper bag everywhere I went. So this was the perfect option! Not only does it go well with everything, it’s super functional as well. I’ll be doing a more in-depth post on this bag at a later date.

What are the must-have items you had/have on your registry?

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