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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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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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10 Inexpensive Holiday Date Ideas

10 Inexpensive Holiday Date Ideas - The holiday season is a wonderful time of year of date nights with your spouse. Here are 10 fun and inexpensive holiday date ideas for couples.

The holidays are such a wonderful and romantic time of year. Perfect for date nights with your significant other. It’s so important to have one on one time with your significant other and around the holidays, it can be very easy to forget to pencil in that time together. Between shopping for gifts, holiday parties and making the rounds to see your friends and family, date nights tend to be pushed to the side. But sharing experiences and creating new memories are so much more important than exchanging gifts. So here are some great, inexpensive date ideas for the holiday season.

Pick Out A Christmas Tree

What’s more fun than picking out a Christmas tree this time of year? Skip the artificial tree and find great a tree farm nearby. If you live in the north, then you’re probably surrounded by them. Better yet, find one where you can cut down your tree yourself! It’s a great team-building exercise for any couple.

Have A Cozy Night In

Date nights at home are perfect for a snowy night. There’s nothing like changing into your pj’s and curling up in bed or on the couch with your significant other for the night. It’s so much more relaxing and cheaper than a night out on the town and after all the Christmas shopping and holiday parties, a night in may be just what you need. There’s so much you can do for a cozy night in.

  • Christmas movie marathon.
  • Game night.
  • Bake your favorite Christmas cookies.
  • Host a spa night (complete with couples massages!).
  • Plan your next vacation.
  • Cook a new meal together.
  • Make a Christmas ornament.
  • Decorate the house together.
  • Make your own gingerbread house.

Of course with any night in, be sure to have something delicious to snack on. Order takeout from your favorite pizza shop or Chinese place. Pop open your favorite bottle of wine or warm hot cocoa (or other drink of choice) or roast some s’mores over the fireplace. Whatever it may be, be sure to have your favorites foods readily available for your relaxing night!

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Have A Holiday Photo Shoot

Taking couples (or family) photos together every holiday season can be a great way to bond. Photostats can be intimate and personal and if you choose the right photographer, it will be fun as well! Great photographers are able to loosen you up and help you connect on a fun, intimate level. So it never hurts to have a couples photo session at any time during the year. Plus sending out Christmas cards is a great tradition to start as a couple.

Take A Sleigh Ride Through The Snow

If you are fortunate enough to live in a place where there’s snow, I guarantee there’s somewhere nearby that does sleigh rides. So hit up Google to find a local farm that does them. This can be a really romantic date night idea: drinking hot cocoa, bundled up in blankets with your significant other while you ride in a horse-drawn sleigh through the snow. How can it get any more romantic than that?

Do Some Christmas Decoration Sight-Seeing

This can be a fun, relaxed outing for couples. AND it’s free! Grab some hot cocoa and bundle up in warm clothing and go on a drive to see all the Christmas lights and festive window displays in your town or neighborhood. Depending on where you live, there may be neighborhoods nearby that are known for decorating. In San Diego, California, they have a neighborhood called Candy Cane Lane. Everyone parks on nearby streets and walks the neighborhood to see the festive lights up close in person. Some homes even pass out hot cocoa and other treats. It’s a great date night for those who want something that’s both relaxing and fun.

See The Nutcracker Ballet

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to travel to New York City to see The Nutcracker. There are so many cities across the country (and even smaller towns and schools) that have a production of the Nutcracker this time of year. Maybe it’s your local ballet studio or a nearby high school. Either way, it’s going to be so much cheaper than traveling to New York and it still allows you to attend a classic Christmas production.

Go Ice Skating

Even if you’re completely horrible at ice skating, this can be a super fun and romantic date idea. If one of you is better than the other then you can take the time to teach the other person. If you’re both just as bad then that’s even better! You can be horrible at it together and learn as you go.

Volunteer Together

There are so many ways to give back this time of year. Why not find a great charity in your area to donate your time to? Soup kitchens are always looking for extra help around the holidays and it makes for a cheap and fun date night idea as well. It’s also a great way to meet new people and learn more about those less fortunate. If soup kitchens aren’t up your ally you could always wrap presents for little ones, donate and help at a local food bank, go caroling, donate toys to Toys for Tots, stuff stockings, and so much more. Be sure to check out what’s going on in your area for more ideas.

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Build A Snowman

If you have enough snow in your area then building a snowman together can be super fun! If you want to take it one step further, you could turn it into a competition to see who can make the better snowman. Then have friends and family vote on the best one!

Go Sledding

Cheap sleds can be found just about anywhere this time of year. Buy a couple and find your closest hill. You can go down together or even race one another in your own sleds. You can turn this activity into a competition as well where the first one to reach the bottom of the hill gets a prize. It can be anything from choosing what’s for dinner that night, a nice back massage or even a romantic kiss in the snow. Make it fun and interesting!

What are your favorite inexpensive date night ideas? Share your tips for holiday romance in the comments!

XOXO
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