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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!...

Weekend Recap | A Wedding, Tattoos, & Road Trips

Weekend Recap: A Wedding, Tattoos, & Road Trips | Keating & Co.

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend.  My weekend was pretty jam-packed and full of awesomeness.  I definitely have no complaints from my entire weekend.  I couldn’t have asked for a better past few days.

FRIDAY

I had most of Friday to myself and it was very uneventful.  I’m not even sure why I’m sharing it.  I spent the day, relaxing and getting a ton of work done before the weekend started.  That night, I babysat the girls for a few hours while their mother went out.  I got home around midnight and spent the next few hours binge watching American Horror Story while I talked with Zack.  Pretty relaxing and uneventful.

SATURDAY

Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending and photographing the wedding of a friend of mine from high school.  Unfortunately, her photographer fell through at the last minute so she was in need of a photographer.  I was so excited when she asked me to shoot it for her and couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough!

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Her wedding was absolutely gorgeous!  It was so full of love and it was such an hour to be able to attend and take care of her photography that day.  Her family and friends were all so warm and welcoming to me and the day really couldn’t have been more perfect.  I was so excited to finally get home at the end of the day and start looking at all the images.  I was up until about 3am the following morning, because I insisted on sorting through all 3k photos and then chose 8-10 to edit and upload for her.

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I couldn’t be happier with how they came out.  I haven’t shot a wedding in a couple years so I was a little worried about getting back into it, but everything turned out great!  I really wouldn’t mind getting back into photography while I’m here.  I missed it dearly!  If you want to see more photos from her wedding day, you can check them out on Facebook on Keating Bartlett Photography, or you can access them by clicking here.

SUNDAY

If Saturday wasn’t long enough, I woke up early on Sunday and drove the two hours to Boston to get my next tattoo!  First off, I cannot recommend Good Mojo Tattoos more.  I love them.  Chelsea pretty much lives there and both my tattoos have been by them as well.  If you’re ever in the Boston/Salem area, then I recommend you check them out!

Anyways, all my tattoos have some type of meaning (duh).  My first tattoo is on my wrist and says “take a chance”.  I got this around the time that I broke up with my high school boyfriend of five years.  To this day, I still do my best to live by it.  Zack is the perfect example of that.  I took a very big chance when I chose to marry him so quickly and it’s still the best choice I’ve ever made.

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For my second tattoo, I decided to have it say “nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy”.  It’s a quote from Message In a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks.  He happens to be my favorite author and this quote fits so perfectly with everything that is going on in life right now.  I’ve been challenged so much these last couple years and although I know this next year apart is going to be tough, I know it’ll all be worth it in the end.

I chose to put this tattoo on my collarbone, right above my heart and although I LOVE how it looks, it really sucked to get it done.  First off, I hate needles.  Why I want to get tattoos, I have no idea.  But in that area, I could literally feel it all the way up my neck and into my ear.  It was the strangest feeling in the world.  My ear was actually popping at one point as if I were going up a mountain or something.  So strange, but I love the way it came out!

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After my appointment, Chelsea and I got dinner at Olive Garden and did a little shopping.  We then spent some time at the beach and somehow ended up in Salem (it’s right next door, but we didn’t plan on going there).  Even though it was a Sunday night, Salem was packed!  Everyone was bar hopping and going on ghost tours.  It was so much fun.  We went to the witch museum since Chelsea had never been and then we found a cute little tavern to have a drink and some snacks.  I wish I could live in Salem all the time.  The atmosphere there this time of year is incredible.  So much fun!

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Once we finished our food and drinks, we visited a couple of Chelsea’s friends before I finally headed back home to Maine.  I had planned on leaving Massachusetts by 9pm, but instead, I left at around 12:30am.  So it was a very late night.  I couldn’t have been more excited to crawl into bed when I got home.

MONDAY

On Monday, I had NOTHING planned.  It was wonderful.  Since my weekend was so packed, I ended up sleeping in until about 1:30 in the afternoon to catch up on my sleep.  I woke up feeling so much more refreshed and ready to take on my day.

About an hour after I woke up, my sister, Kendal texted me, wondering if I could take her college senior photos.  As if I didn’t already have enough photos to go through an edit from the wedding, I then decided to take on her senior pictures.

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Alex didn’t feel like joining us so I spent the afternoon with Kendal, just the two of us.  We first went to a place in town called Hacker’s Hill which overlooked the mountains surrounding our hometown and then we went to the causeway to take photos by the water.  I got some gorgeous shots of her and then I had her take a few for me too (I really needed some updated ones for blogging and social media purposes).  If you want to check out more of her photos from our session, you can see them by clicking here.  Feel free to like my fan page so you’re always up to date with my latest photography sessions!

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After our photo session, we ran a couple errands and then headed back to my dad’s house to have dinner.  It was a rather relaxing day which was the perfect end to my long weekend.  I was so excited to get home, change into some leggings and binge watch American Horror Story (my newest Netflix obsession).

How was your long weekend?

XOXO
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