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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!...

5 Ways To Make Your Pet Feel Like A Rockstar

I received free product from Chewy.com as compensation for my review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

5 Ways To Make Your Pet Feel Like A Rockstar | Why Hello Lovely

For those of us who don’t have children, our fur babies are the next best thing.  I love having a dog and strongly believe that all American families should own a dog at some point or another.  As a pet owner, I love to treat our fur baby to tasty treats and new toys whenever possible.  I love spoiling him and treating him like a member of our family.  Like I said, he’s our baby.  I will literally do anything to make him happy and comfortable in our home.  So here are five awesome ways to pamper your fur baby!

BUY THEM NEW TOYS.

Toys are so important, especially when your dog is as energetic as ours.  Toys can help ease anxiety, lower their energy level, and keep them distracted while you’re gone so that they’re not chewing your clothes or furniture.  Jack tends to chew up any dog toy we buy him so we try to stick to large tennis balls, dog bones, and his KONG.  He loves his KONG toy the most because we’re able to put tasty treats inside it for him.  Most times, we put peanut butter inside and use it as a distraction for when we’re trying to leave the house.  It really helps to ease his anxiety as we leave so that he’s not crying.

LET THEM SLEEP ON THE BED.

I don’t know about you, but we always let Jack sleep on our bed with us.  In most cases, he’ll only stay for a short period of time because he tends to get warm quickly, but we always make sure to invite him up whenever we crawl into bed (lately he cuddles with me every single night since Zack’s not home).  Zack’s a bit more inviting than I am, though.  He’ll let Jack on the bed even when he’s soaked and muddy from being outside in the rain.  I’ve learned to not freak out over muddy pillows and blankets and allow him to cuddle with us anyways.  That’s what washers and dryers are for!

If you don’t allow your pet on your bed with you, then pick out a nice comfy bed from your local pet shop!  Jack will eat any type of bed we buy him, but he does have a cozy corner of our bedroom that contains multiple blankets for him to lay on.  Again, he doesn’t always stay on it because he tends to overheat, but it’s there for him if he wants it.

HAVE A SPA DAY.

You should always keep your furbaby looking good!  Simple things such as bubble baths, brushing their fur and clipping their nails can make them look and feel a million times better.  Jack is long-haired so it’s super important that we keep him well-groomed (or as groomed as we possibly can, considering he’s not typically a fan of being brushed).  Lucky for us, he chews his own nails so we don’t usually have to worry about those!

SPEND THE DAY AT THE PARK.

This is a win/win for everyone.  Both dogs and humans need to stretch out and get some exercise during the day so what better way to do that than to bring your fur baby to a dog park?  This gives you both plenty of space to run around release some energy and even allows them some social interactions as well.  You can even try to find a park with a dog friendly beach and let them do some swimming on a hot summer day (be sure to pack some water and treats so that they don’t get overheated or sick!).

BUY THEM TASTY TREATS.

I always make it a priority to buy Jack delicious treats from Chewy every month.  I’m in the process of teaching him some better behaviors while Zack’s away so it’s important to have some tasty treats nearby to reward him for his good behavior.Photo Jan 22, 7 26 51 PM

As some of you may know, I participate in Chewy’s blogger outreach program.  I love it because each month, I get tasty treats delivered right to my door for free!  I try to choose treats that are natural and/or healthier for him so this month, I chose to try out Blue Buffalo’s Kitchen Cravings Homestyle Dog Treats.  Jack loves anything by Blue Buffalo so I figured these would be a win in our household.  He knew instantly when they arrived that the package was for him.  I put it down on the bed while I let him out of his kennel and he went straight to the box.  If I had left him alone with it, I bet he would have tried to open it on his own!

The best thing about Blue Buffalo is that their good for your pet.  These are made with all real pork and don’t contain artificial preservatives, colors or flavors (they also do not contain corn, wheat or soy).  I can feed them to him knowing they’re both tasty and healthy for him.  These treats came in a 6 oz bag and probably contains between 15 and 20 bacon-like strips (they almost smell like a slim jim).  Jack gobbled it up the moment I handed it to him and then sat patiently waiting for more.  I’m going to assume they must taste pretty good.

5 Ways To Pamper Your Furbaby | High Heels & Combat Boots

If you want to get involved in Chewy’s blogger outreach program, you can contact Sidney Villegas at svillegas@chewy.com or call her at 1-800-672-4399 Ext: 1211.  She is the Blogger Relations Manager for Chewy and she’s always happy to assist!

XOXO
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