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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!...

2015 | A Year In Review

Wow.  It’s finally the last day of 2015!  The year has been quite the roller coaster with its highs and its lows.  It was an interesting chapter of our life that unfortunately included many goodbyes.  Since it’s the last day of the year, it’s time to do a recap of our 2015.

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JANUARY

We kicked off the new year with our amaxzing friends in North Carolina and attended our first beer festival together a few weeks later.  It really wasn’t a super eventful month.

2015 Year In Review | High Heels & Combat Boots

FEBRUARY

We started off the month with a birthday celebration for our friend, Emilio.  We love birthdays in our group.  They’re always a chance to get everyone together and have a “wild” night.

2015 Year In Review | High Heels & Combat Boots

I quit my job as a preschool teacher. It was a bittersweet goodbye. I miss my students and coworkers everyday but it’s been so nice to be able to focus on my marriage, my education, and this blog. It was a much needed change.

We also celebrated Zack’s 23rd birthday on the 28th and took a trip up to Maine to visit family for a few weeks.  This was our first road trip together.  15 hours in the car together with an anxious German Shepard in the back wasn’t the most ideal, but the trip was as successful as it possibly could be.

MARCH

We spent most of March in Maine and Vermont with family.  The first two weeks of our trip were spent in Maine with Zack’s side of the family while the final week was spent in Vermont with mine.  We celebrated Mitchell’s 20th birthday, went swing dancing wth friends, and spent some time relaxing.  It was a much needed break from our everyday life.

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APRIL

In April we celebrated my 23rd birthday.  Nothing big.  Just a few friends, playing beer pong, eating food, and drinking in our garage.  I really couldn’t have asked for a better birthday.

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I also finally got the dental work done that I’ve been needing for years now.  I couldn’t have been more excited to get the work done.  I’m obsessed with my new teeth now.

At the end of the month, we had Zack and Kyle’s combined going away party.  Zack was PCS’ing overseas and Kyle was leaving the police station on base and moving onto something new.  It was an amazing night with just about every person we knew in North Carolina.  We even had the party catered so that everyone could just mingle and have a good time without the added stress of having to cook food for everyone.  It was perfect!

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MAY + JUNE + JULY

May, June, and July were all relatively the same. At that point, we were just waiting to find out when we were officially PCS’ing so we lived every day like it was our last day in North Carolina with everyone.

In May I finally found my perfect school. I transferred to SNHU and have loved every minute of it.

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We also watched the big fight at the start of the month, welcomed home a friend from his three month training in Texas, took a few day trips to New Bern and so much more.  These months also consisted of many beach and pool days.  We lived in our bathing suits this summer.

In early July, we got the dreaded news that Zack’s orders had been changed to ‘unaccompanied’.  This was really hard on me.  We had spent months trying to get me approved to go overseas with him only for his orders to be changed at the last minute.  It was a rough rest of the month.

2015 Year In Review | High Heels & Combat Boots

2015 Year In Review | High Heels & Combat Boots

AUGUST

August was the most challenging month of the year for us. This is the month where we said goodbye to our first home in North Carolina along with all of our amazing friends that we had there. We packed up all of our belongings and made the trip to Maine. I had a couple weeks with Zack which I did my best to make the most of.

We were welcomed in Maine by our amazing family who put together a surprise belated wedding reception for us. We didn’t have a real wedding or celebration when we got married so it was so nice to have everyone there.  We also traded in Zack’s truck for a vehicle that would be more snow friendly for me this winter.

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Our final weekend together consisted of a lobster dinner with family and some bar hopping with friends.  Anything to keep my mind off the fact that he was leaving.   On the 26th, Zack was off to Japan to begin our year long separation. It was an emotional month to say the least.

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SEPTEMBER

September was my first month without Zack so I tried to keep myself as distracted as I could.  I focused on school and my blog a lot.  My baby sister, Alex also got me out of the house as much as she could.  We went to her school’s homecoming football game and then the following night, she left me help her get ready for her junior year homecoming dance.  It was really nice to have the time with her.  I missed her so much when we lived in North Carolina.

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OCTOBER

In October, we celebrated two years of marriage. Unfortunately Zack couldn’t be here for it, but he was super sweet and made it up to me with a “happy anniversary” text right at midnight. He even let me do a little more shopping than I normally would do.

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Alex and I went to the Fryeburg Fair with friends the first weekend in October.  I’ve been dying to go to the fair.  We used to go every single year when I grew up in Maine and I hadn’t been in about 3 years so it was at the top of my fall bucket list.

I also had the honor of photographing a friend’s wedding!  It was so much fun to be behind the camera again and in a wedding setting.  I loved every minute of it.

The following day, I took a day trip to Boston to see Chelsea and to get a new tattoo.  I felt that this quote fit perfectly with our life right now.  It says “nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy”.

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NOVEMBER

In November, we finally met Jenna and Hannah!  We all went to Portland’s First Friday Art Walk together and had a blast.  We all clicked instantly.  A few weeks later, we all went to Boothbay together to see the Botanical Gardens Light Show which was absolutely amazing.  It was a bit chilly out that night, but the gardens were gorgeous.  It’s a must see.

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Later that week, Alex and I celebrated Thanksgiving with Zack’s family.  It was our biggest Thanksgiving celebration we’ve ever had.

This is also the month when we found out Zack’s leave got approved to come home for the holidays.  I couldn’t have been more excited when he told me the news.  I literally broke down in tears in the middle of a restaurant with his mom.  I felt so relieved and so happy.

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DECEMBER

This month has been the best month of the year. It’s been full of so many amazing memories. We started off the month with a weekend visit from my friend Erika. She’s been wanting to visit for a while now so she came up from Vermont for a weekend to see us.

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The following weekend, we did a family trip to New York City. It was our first trip together as a combined family and we had an amazing time together.  And course the highlight of the trip was when my dad proposed to his girlfriend, Jenna.  We couldn’t be more excited to be adding to our family in 2016!

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A few days after we got back from New York, Zack finally came home for the holidays!  This was the best Christmas present I could possibly ask for.  That weekend, we traveled back to Boston to see the New England Patriots play.  It was the perfect weekend getaway for us and Zack couldn’t have been more excited to see them play in person.  While we were in the Boston area, we got together with my best friend, Chelsea for our first ever couples photoshoot.  I’m so excited to print these off to have in our home.

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Finally, we have Christmas.  We are so fortunate to have been able to celebrate the holidays with everyone in our family.  It was wonderful to be able to divide up our time between our two families without any issues.  It was our first family Christmas where everyone was present and in one place.  It couldn’t have been more perfect.

2015 Year In Review | High Heels & Combat Boots

2015 Year In Review | High Heels & Combat Boots

2015 Year In Review | High Heels & Combat Boots

Of course I’m always fortunate for the amazing memories that we have throughout the year, but I couldn’t be more excited to say goodbye to 2015 and start on the next chapter.

XOXO
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