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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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We Moved! (And A Weekend Recap)

We Moved! (And A Weekend Recap) | MainelyKeating.com

Happy Tuesday!! I’ve missed you all a TON! I feel like I’ve been super off on blogging this month, but it’s all been for good reason. We’ve been crazy busy around here and this month is only going to get busier. This post was meant to go up yesterday aaaand then half the house came down with colds. So it’s been hectic. But what else have we been up to?

First of all, we’ve moved! Not far. We didn’t do a huge cross country move or anything like that (although we’re going to be doing that next summer). Instead, we moved into a new house about 20 minutes away from our old one. Zack’s military contract has 14 months left and our last apartment 1. wouldn’t let us sign a lease more than 12 months long and 2. planned on increasing their rates this fall. So that meant we had to move. To make life a bit easier, we’re now in base housing.

We were very fortunate to have had this move completely covered by the military. They even packed everything up for us as well which made our life a bit easier. Well, for the most part. Moving gives me anxiety and I cant stand people touching my things. Plus I feel like they never pack things logically either. BUT on the bright side, we didn’t have to balance a 3.5 month old with packing so that was lovely!

The movers arrived around noon on Friday and had our house completely packed up and on the truck by 4 which wasn’t too bad at all. The downside was that we were driving to the new house in rush hour traffic. So that totally sucked! Plus it was a Friday so traffic was even worse. But we got to the new house safe and sound and the movers arrived a little after 5. So that gave us a little time to introduce Jack to the new house and take care of Allie a bit before we began moving and unpacking.

I honestly had zero desire to live in base housing. I’ve been done with military life for a couple years now and living off base, I felt like we had a super normal life. Zack was working normal hours, Monday-Friday with holidays and weekends off. We weren’t surrounded by military families. It was a really nice change so I wasn’t wanting to surround myself with this lifestyle again. BUT our home has so much more space.

We went from a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment with ZERO space or closest or ANYTHING storage-wise to a two-story 3 bedroom, 3 bath house with a huge backyard, open kitchen, big closets and lots of extra storage space. So for our little family of four, this works a million times better. Our backyard is fenced in so we can leave the back door open to allow Jack the opportunity to go outside and run around whenever he wants. He already loves it! We also got to know our neighbor which was super nice! We might actually have a friend here so maybe this next year wont be too bad after all.

The movers were super quick to move all our belongings into the new house. I think it only took about an hour and a half or so to get everything settled and in the correct rooms. By 7 o’clock we were ordering dinner off Door Dash (our newest obsession) and unpacking the living room. We had every intention of unpacking the entire house that night but by 8:30/9ish we were both completely exhausted. So we made the bed and called it a night!

Saturday morning we woke up feeling absolutely amazing! I don’t know what it was, but we all slept really well Friday night. I expected Allie to wake up a time or two since we were in a new place and she didn’t. She slept through from 9pm to 8am! We slept so well that by the time we woke up, it felt like 10am…it was 7:30. So clearly we were all exhausted and in desperate need of a good night’s sleep.

I spent Saturday morning curled up on the couch with Allie, watching some movies while Zack unpacked the kitchen. After a super long day on Friday, I really just wanted to spend the morning relaxing. I ended up unpacking a lot of the upstairs a little later in the day while Allie napped on the couch. We still have a lot to unpack and organizer upstairs but as of right now, all our clothes are put away as well as all of my makeup and beauty products so I’m at least able to get ready in the morning without having to search for things. I’m hoping to have Allie’s bedroom completely organized and put together today and then the rest of our bedroom put together today or tomorrow. My office is a whole other story…

Unfortunately the movers broke a piece of my desk while moving it and then somehow my bookshelf entered the new house in one piece, but was completely fallen apart by the time they got to the top of the stairs. Don’t ask me how. I don’t get it. But I’m not pleased. So since my office is just broken right now, I haven’t even started trying to put it all together. There’s nowhere to put things anyways since the bookshelf is broken so right now that room is storage. I’m hoping we get reimbursed soon so I can get that room set up and organized.

That night we relaxed with dinner, drinks and The Office and were passed out in bed by 9 o’clock or so. Again, we all slept beautifully! I don’t know what it is, but we’re all sleeping really well here. Allie had a couple awesome (and long) naps on Saturday so I wasn’t really sure how well she’d sleep that night. But thankfully she slept straight through from 9pm to 7:30am.

Sunday was a day of football! We just switched to DirecTV so we could get the NFL Sunday Ticket and it’s AWESOME so far. One of the worst parts of military life is living in states where your teams aren’t playing…because then the local stations don’t show them on tv. So it totally sucked last year not being able to watch every single game the Patriots played. Now we’ll never miss one!

I spent the morning getting some things unpacked upstairs and then came down around 10 o’clock to watch the game with Zack and Allie. Once the game was over, I had my first photoshoot in a LONG time. If you didn’t know, I used to have a photography business back home in Maine. I’ve always had a love for photography so I started my first business when I was 19 and absolutely loved it. I’ve been wanting to get back into it ever since I upgraded my Nikon last year and now, I finally did it! Keating Bartlett Photography is officially back!

So Sunday I had my first photoshoot back in business and had an absolute blast! It was a pregnancy announcement for a super sweet couple so I can’t post photos online of it quite yet until they announce it, but I couldn’t be happier with how well it went. I have four other sessions scheduled for the next few weeks and I’m super excited about them. It feels so amazing to be back.

When I returned home, I got right to editing and then by that night, Allie had come down with her very first cold. I’ll be sharing more about this in her four month update post, but Sunday night was a VERY long night and Monday and today weren’t a whole lot better. Lots of naps and cuddles for the little one. Hopefully tomorrow she’s feeling a bit better.

How was your weekend? I’d love to catch up and hear what’s going on in your lives!!

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