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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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4 Reasons Every Couple Should Go On A Road Trip

4 Reasons Every Couple Should Go On A Road Trip | Why Hello Lovely

As many of you know, Zack and I just completed our very first cross-country road trip together. We took a trip down to North Carolina to see some friends for a couple days and them merged onto I-40 and took it westward. A cross-country road trip has always been high on my bucket list so I was beyond thrilled to have had the opportunity to do it. Not only that, but I was excited to be doing it with my best friend. About halfway through the trip, I determined that all couples should take a big road trip like this at least once in their lifetime. It provided so many benefits for us that I know all couples could benefit from. So if you don’t have a road trip planned with your significant other in the near future, then here’s three reasons why you should make it a priority.

TEAMBUILDING.

This is a huge one. The amount of teamwork needed on a road trip is insane. Thankfully we work well together. Zack did all the driving on this trip so while he drove, I was in the passenger’s seat determining what city we’d be stopping in that night and booking the hotel for when we arrive. On top of that, I was in charge of the food as well as the navigation. Whatever I could do to make the driver happy and comfortable.

At rest stops, Zack pumped the gas while I stocked up on any water or snacks we may need from the convenience store. I’d also use that time to use the restroom as well. When I came back out, he’d have Jack walking around and going to the bathroom so we’d swap. Zack would use the restroom while I got Jack some water.

We had a system for just about everything on this trip which allowed us to do the road trip quickly and efficiently. We even got off track a few times and easily found our way back. I must say, I was rather proud of how well we worked together and how easy the trip was for us.

ADVENTURE.

I have never been off the east coast before and Zack’s never seen the mid-west either. It was all new to us. So it was like one big adventure. Everything we saw, we were seeing for the first time. And that made the road trip even more fun. I was constantly excited to enter a new state or see a new city. Check out the scenery which was a million times different from that of Maine and the rest of New England. We were exploring a part of the country neither one of us had ever been in before and sleeping in cities we’d only dreamt of. It was one of the biggest adventures of our marriage.

MEMORIES.

I love adding new memories to our life together. The conversations and new cities. The late nights curled up in bed together eating take out food and watching Friends. Even spending the night in a couple sketchy hotels was a new memory. And now that I look back on it, it’s a little bit humorous (it definitely wasn’t funny at the time though. SO sketchy). It was a trip that we not only got to experience in general, but we got to experience it together as a couple. It’s a new memory to add to our collection.

RE-CONNECT.

Being stuck in the car with the same person for 40-something hours really forces you to make conversation and connect with your partner. Although it was a very long and sometimes boring drive, I really enjoyed having that one on one time with him. No friends or family. Just us. It allowed us the alone time needed to have important conversations and talk about life in general. We bonded over country music, horrible drivers, sketchy hotel rooms, and endless fields. By the time we arrived in California, I was feeling closer than ever to him.

Although this road trip wasn’t exactly planned for fun, it was just what we needed after a year apart from each other. A time to explore together and re-connect with one another. It truly benefited our marriage in every way possible. Every couple should add a cross-country road trip to their bucket list.

Have you gone on a cross-country road trip with your significant other?

XOXO
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