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I'm obsessed with these wreaths in the Old Port 😍 aren’t they gorgeous?! We're halfway through January and there are still hints of the holidays season throughout Portland. I love it! •
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I'm obsessed with these wreaths...

I love watching this little girl grow. This photo was just taken in early October and she's already a completely different child now. She's running, talking, and has all the best dance moves. She has a favorite stuffed animal, favorite foods and loves to read books. She knows all of her body parts as well as a few animals and what they say.  She knows people's names and can recognize a photo of them on the wall. This child is so bright and so beautiful and there's nothing I love more than being her mom 😍
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I love watching this little...

Anyone else dreaming of summertime yet? Because I am 😂  it's our first winter in Maine in the longest time and I must say I'm very much missing the sunshine and warm weather of California right about now 😭
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Today was a big day. Today, I ended my 19+ months of being "just" a stay-at-home mom and blogger and officially went back to work outside the home. Last month, I officially accepted a position as a Behavioral Health Professional, working with kids with behavioral issues and disabilities and today I had my first full day away from Allie. While I missed her terribly, it was so refreshing to have the opportunity to talk to and work with other adults for the first time in 2.5 years. I’m so incredibly excited for this opportunity and to start making a difference in these families’ lives. HUGE huge thank you to my husband for being the stay-at-home parent this month and another huge thank you to my sisters (@alexvic3179 and @kendalanne4), Zack’s mom (@mbartlett28) and anyone else who may be watching Allie in order to allow me to go back to work and pursue this dream. 😍
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Today was a big day....

Lately, I've become obsessed with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. My skin is so acne prone these days and this lotion dries them right up overnight. It's become one of my holy grail beauty products. Check out the blog for five more of my holy grail beauty products! {link in the bio}
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Lately, I've become obsessed with...

Exploring the Old Port today with @autumnbellefleur. I love that all the Christmas decor is still up 😍
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Exploring the Old Port today...

Because sometimes mama needs some alone time 👌🏻😂 after a crazy busy past few days, I’m so happy to be spending this next hour in the tub, enjoying some much needed silence...well, until the munchkin wakes up from her nap and ruins it 😂 #momlife how are you de-stressing from the holidays? •
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Because sometimes mama needs some...

I swear Christmas is 10x more magical when you have little ones 😍  our little family couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas this year👌🏻
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5 Ways A Year of Long Distance Improved My Marriage

Today marks three years of marriage for me and Zack. Three years already. That’s crazy to me. This time last year, Zack was overseas on a tiny island. He had been away for about a month and a half at that point and I was sitting here feeling completely miserable and lonely. I’m glad this year’s anniversary is different. Our year of …

Our Final Update | 11 Month Check-In

Here we are, guys.  My final update! 11 months are complete and soon I’ll have my husband home with me again. As we near the end of this year long separation, I look back on the morning I said goodbye to Zack last August and remember just how impossible this year apart felt. I was devastated as I watched him walk away from me at the airport. …

10 Month Check-In

Month 10 is complete! It’s crazy to think this is my second to last check-in before Zack comes home. I can’t believe it’s about to be July already. This summer really is flying. Unfortunately, I feel like this is going to be a bit of a boring check-in. Not a whole lot happened in the last month so I’m sorry if you’re a little disappointed by the lack of updates.

The big thing …

9 Month Check-In

First off, can we just give my “baby” sister, Alex a round of applause for my awesome new blog images (pictured above, in my sidebar and in my about me!)? I finally got to upgrade my Nikon this past month so we’ve been out playing with my new lenses this week and I couldn’t love the new photos more. I’ve taught her well!

We are finally on the …

8 Month Check-In

Holy moly you guys.  I really don’t know where the time is going all of a sudden.  I remember my month 6 check-in like it was yesterday so it’s crazy to think it was already too months ago.  As of today Zack has been away for eight months and it’s been about 4 months since I last saw him.  We are now just three short months away from being …

7 Month Check-In

Another month down!  Whoo!  But didn’t I just do my 6 month check-in like last week??  This month really flew by.  This is going to be a super short check-in since my blog was down for the last 24 hours and I didn’t actually think I’d get to post today.  Now that we’re past the halfway point, I’m really feeling a million times better.  My 6 month check-in was …

6 Month Check-In

Well we are finally at the halfway point.  Finally.  It feels a bit strange to be writing my 6 month-check in.  It’s like a small weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  Half of me feels like the first 6 months went by so quickly but then I look ahead to see that we still have 6 more months to go and it all of a sudden feels a million times …

A Beginner’s Guide To Surviving A Long Distance Relationship

I’ve been in three long distance relationships in my short, 23 years of life.  Zack and I even fell in love long distance.  I was living in Vermont with my dad and Zack was stationed in North Carolina.  We fell in love from 900 miles away and even started out our marriage long distance as well.  Now we’re back to doing the long distance thing and he’s about 7,500 miles away from me …

I Don’t Want To Be A Military Spouse

It is 6 o’clock in the morning and I’m just hours away from yet another airport goodbye. Zack has been home for three weeks visiting for the holidays and it went by way too fast. Now we’re making the drive to Boston so he can catch his flight back to Japan. It’s yet another day of tears.  Another 7 months away from him. More missed birthdays and more missed holidays. …

A Quick Guide to Spending the Holidays Apart

The holidays are seriously my favorite time of year ever.  I love the whole atmosphere surrounding the holiday season and being able to spend time with friends and family.  It’s a great time to bring everyone together and see those that you may not see as often throughout the year.  Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky.  There are many couples out there who don’t get to spend the holidays together or with their …

7 Surprising Benefits to Long Distance Relationships

I miss Zack, not gonna lie.  I miss him terribly and am already counting down the days until he returns home.  But even though this year apart already sucks and I’m missing him so bad, it hurts, there are a few benefits to long distance.  Yes, I said it.  There are benefits.  It’s really not all horrible.  If you’ve been in a LDR or have gone through any type of separation …

2 Month Check-In

Zack has been in Japan for two months as of today.  This past month really did go by a lot faster than the first.  I honestly feel like I just typed up my 1 month check-in yesterday.  Filling my schedule for October really did help to make it go by faster so I’m going to have to make sure I continue to do that over the next 9 months.

How I’m feeling… …

LDR 101 | Keeping The Spark Alive

One of my biggest worries when Zack left was our ability to stay close and keep the spark alive.  Of course I knew we loved each other and would do everything we could to make it work out, but I legitimately worried that the distance would somehow ruin our entire marriage.  I’ve seen it happen plenty of times to know that it’s possible.

Although he’s on the other side of the world, I’ve …

The 10 Commandments of a Long Distance Relationship

Long distance relationships (aka LDR) suck sometimes.  Of course you have the cute text messages and emotional homecomings and visits, but it’s not always rainbows and butterflies.  An LDR is hard.  Very hard.  It comes with its own set of challenges that “normal” relationships don’t always have to face.  After a lot of thought, I came up with many ways of how to get through a LDR.  It may be challenging, but it’s …

I Do It Because I Have To

When people find out Zack is stationed overseas, their first reaction (aside from “wow, that sucks”) is “I don’t know how you do it.” I get it constantly.  And honestly, I had no idea how other people did it either.  I looked at other military spouses who have gone through a dozen deployments and thought they had to be super women to handle a separation like that. I never knew how …