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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!...

10 Month Check-In

10 Month Check-In | Keating & CoMonth 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 that happened this past month was that I moved in with Zack’s mom about three weeks ago. We currently have our dog in training and we felt that her house would be a better atmosphere for that (he’s scared of people which turns to aggression…no one can come near him…so he needed some help before we move). There’s minimal distractions here and everyone in the household loves him so it works well. Shortly after getting settled into her apartment, we then moved down the road to yet another house. She needed a bit more space and with three of us in the house, plus a very large German Shepard, the extra space was a very good idea. So we spent last weekend, moving everything from one apartment to the other and we’re just now settled into the new place.

Everyone keeps asking me how it is living with Zack’s mom and brother and honestly, it’s been awesome! We have a super close family so we all generally get along really well. And the new house makes it so much easier for us all to live together too since there’s so much more space. I still have an office space, and my own closets and storage areas. I do share a bedroom with her, but it’s like living in a dorm room. We have our own beds and all that. I feel like I actually live here rather than feeling like a temporary guest in someone else’s home. So it makes it a lot easier and more enjoyable! Six out of seven nights here are spent curled up on the couch, having some drinks and watching Netflix. So I have no complaints!

In a little bit more exciting news, Zack has officially been promoted!! I think I had mentioned it a little in my last check-in, but now it’s officially happened. He was promoted a few weeks ago and I couldn’t possibly be more proud of him for it. He works so hard and really earned this promotion. I’m so excited for him and am so lucky that I get to call him my husband. There’s no one else in this world that I’d rather be married to and share this life with. Of course, I was very upset that I couldn’t be present for his promotion ceremony, but he was super sweet and made sure I got a ton of photos at 4 o’clock in the morning so I wouldn’t’ feel left out (yes, I stayed up until 4am to see photos of his promotion before bed!).

This past week, Zack also scheduled the movers. We now have the dates for when the movers will be picking up his things in Japan as well as when they’ll be picking up our things here in Maine to ship everything to California. This is all getting to be so exciting. It’s insane to me that next week is July and that we already have these plans in place for our big move. He should be getting his plane tickets any day now too. Everything is coming together beautifully. The only big thing we still have to figure out is housing, but we’re not too concerned about that at the moment.

Last night, I cleared off my white board calendar and said goodbye to the month of June. I know it’s a few days early, but I was so ready to get July on the board. It’s the last month of our long distance relationship so we have a ton going on around here to prepare for his homecoming. So I started the calendar with this upcoming week and went all the way through the first week of August. After I got everything on the calendar like bills and work schedules and family events, I took a step back and noticed that Zack’s homecoming date was on there as well. After 10 very long and emotional months, his homecoming can now be seen on the calendar. There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. How crazy is that?!

These updates are starting to get more and more emotional the closer we get to his homecoming date. We have our move set up and ready to go, we’re about to have his plane tickets, and we’re in the process of figuring out our home. Everything is falling into place and it’s so surreal to me. I know I say it every month, but it still feels like he just left yesterday. I still can’t even read the post I wrote after he left without tearing up. The pain of watching him walk away and board that plane probably wont go away any time soon. It’s been a very hard past 10 months and I am more than ready to put this year behind us. 10 months down, just a little over 1 month left to go!

Don’t miss our other updates from the past 10 months!

WEEK 1 | MONTH 1 | MONTH 2 | MONTH 3 | MONTH 5 | MONTH 6 | MONTH 7 |
MONTH 8 | MONTH 9

XOXO
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