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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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Why We’re Saying Goodbye To Military Life

If you’ve been a long time reader of mine, then you may know that my husband is in the Marine Corps. I really don’t talk about it much these days (if ever) simply because it’s just not a huge part of my life and we’re quite disconnected from this lifestyle at this point as well. We try to keep our life separate from the military as much as possible. …

241st Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Over the weekend, we celebrated the 241st birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Every year, the Marine Corps hosts their annual birthday ball and this year’s was amazing! I attended my first ball back in 2014 when we were stationed in North Carolina so I was super upset when Zack attended last year in Okinawa without me. He promised we’d go this year so we made sure to get the …

5 Ways To Help Military Families This Holiday Season

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WrapGiveRepeat #CollectiveBias

Today I am sharing something super amazing with you all today! With it being the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to give back to others who need it. Being a military spouse and being raised in a family that fully supports our military, I am a huge supporter of …

8 Ways To Make Friends When You Move Someplace New

Zack and I have officially been in California for a little over a month now. It’s been a huge adjustment this past month, but we’re finally in a place now where we’re a bit more settled. Zack’s slowly in the process of transitioning to a new platoon which means he’ll be officially back at work full-time very soon. With him going back to work, I’m now in a place where I’m ready to …

We Have Orders!

We finally have orders, my friends!  But first, let me give a little backstory.

We already had a bit of a plan in place for when he returns home.  I know it’s not realistic to make plans in the military, but we did.  First, we ideally wanted to stay on the east coast, preferably North Carolina, but we requested South Carolina since he’d already spent five years in North.  We assumed …

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 …

6 Foolproof Tips For Getting Through A Deployment

This post is sponsored by Martinsburg College. I received compensation for this post through my relationship with the Quality Blue Community.  All opinions are my own.

Military life is hard.  Deployments and separations are a typical aspect of this lifestyle and it’s always a challenge.  It can be hard to go about my everyday life without Zack here with me.  I have days where I feel like I’m rocking …

Home Of The Free, Because Of The Brave

Today’s post is going to be short and simple!  I just want to wish a very happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have served and are currently serving this amazing country.  And of course a special shout out to my husband, best friend, and favorite Marine.

Growing up with a great-grandfather who was a Navy Veteran, I’ve always appreciated everything our service members do.  My grandmother has always made it a priority …

How To Survive The Holidays When Your Spouse Is Deployed

*This post is sponsored on behalf of Lincoln Military Housing, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

With Zack being over 7,000 miles away on the other side of the world,  I know this holiday season will be the most difficult holiday season of my life. And what makes it worse is that I don’t have the support of our military family and community back home in …

6 Ways To Support Our Veterans

This post is sponsored by UV Vodka.  All opinions are my own.

My great-grandfather was in the Navy throughout WWII (along with other family members) so growing up, my grandmother always made the military and this country an important aspect of our lives.  Now, I’m married to a very amazing marine and dedicate even more of my time to it.  Our veterans and active duty service members …

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 …

Currently | 1 Month Check-In

Well, as of tomorrow, I’ve officially survived month 1 of this 11-12 month separation.  I feel like I just wrote my week 1 check-in and now here I am with my 1 month check-in.  My 1 week check-in was filled with so many different emotions with anger and sadness being at the top of that list.  It was a really rough first week, and I honestly had no idea …

It’s Not A “Goodbye”, It’s A “See You Later”

Yesterday was the day I have been dreading for weeks now. The day that my entire life was set to fall apart. The day I had to say goodbye to my best friend.

We woke around 3 o’clock in the morning and drove the 20 minutes to the airport, just the two of us. I cried the entire drive. The first time I had really let myself cry in front of …