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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 Easy Ways To Maintain a Relationship With Long-Distance Family

How To Maintain a Long Distance Relationship With Family | KeatingBartlett.com

It wasn’t until I became an adult and got married that I realized just how important it is to maintain relationships with my family. In my case, a long distance relationship with family. I no longer have a parent reminding me to call my grandparents on their birthdays or to send thank you cards when I receive a present in the mail. There’s no one there to make sure I spend time with my sisters or check in with my parents every now and then. It’s all on me now and over the years, my family has become more and more important to me. Especially these last three years since my parents separated.

I am so fortunate to have such an amazing and supportive family back home both on my side as well as Zack’s. We’re so loved and they’re always there for us whenever we need them. I’d hate to be one of those people who doesn’t have a relationship with their family and it saddens me when I see so many people on Facebook who have issues with their parents or their siblings or in-laws. When your family lives miles away, it can be hard to maintain a long distance relationship with them. Long distance relationships are hard, in general. But here’s how you can make your long distance relationship with them a little easier.

Make the time to call them

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I talk to my family each week. I’m always on the phone with at least one of them. I call my dad and stepmom constantly for advice on pregnancy, my career, school, life, marriage, cooking. If advice is needed, I’m on the phone with them asking about it. I also make it a priority to call and connect with my sisters as well. My sister, Alex just switched high schools and is about to graduate in May so she’s always stressed over something. My sister, Hannah is the youngest of the bunch and she’s always up to something or needing sisterly love and guidance. And then there’s Kendal who’s only a couple of years younger than me and has her own life so she’s a little more challenging to keep in touch with sometimes, but I make it happen every once in a while.

It’s not just parents and siblings that you need to be staying in touch with. Don’t forget about your grandparents as well. I call them about once a month to check in and see how they’re doing. Both my grandparents are now retired so they’re always off doing something nowadays. If you have aunts, uncles and cousins then be sure to reach out to them as well.

Keep them involved in important life updates

While our entire family is thousands of miles away, it can sometimes be harder to keep them all in the loop. Announcing our pregnancy resulted in about ten separate phone calls at 9 o’clock at night their time because we didn’t want anyone to be left out (although my sister, Alex knew about three days sooner than everyone else). I also make sure to post pictures on my personal Facebook so that they’re able to see what we’re doing here and many of them read my blog as well (that was actually the original reason why I started a blog!). I’ll also text them photos throughout the day and tell them about my week every time I call. If something big is happening here, they all know about it.

Use FaceTime to your advantage

You can use FaceTime or Skype or any other video messaging system that works for you and your family members. Our family is big on FaceTime. Two Christmases ago, we spent the afternoon on FaceTime with Zack’s side of the family so that we could open presents with them. It was my first Christmas away from family and our first together as a married couple in our own home. Zack also worked that morning so I wasn’t the happiest camper that day. Being able to FaceTime with family and be “present” with them helped so much. Then, for Thanksgiving this year, I FaceTimed with my whole side of the family and even took our family photos over FaceTime as well. Again, Zack was at work that whole morning so having my family “there” to keep me company while he was away made me feel so much better. Granted, I completely broke down crying when we hung up, but it was nice while it lasted. Technology is amazing these days so use it to your advantage!

How To Maintain a Long Distance Relationship With Family | KeatingBartlett.com

Plan trips to see one another

Plans can be harder to make if you’re living a bit further away. Being 3,000 miles from our family, we have next to no plans to see them between now and when we move back to New England in 2018. BUT they are all planning to be here when the baby is born and I’m already very much looking forward to it. I haven’t seen them since my dad’s wedding in September and I’m already dying here without them. So it’ll be really nice to have them here for a bit so that they can see our new home and meet the baby. I’ll then be moving back home a year later before Zack gets out of the Marine Corps so it’ll be the perfect one and only visit while we’re here.

If you live close to your family, then it’ll be more doable to plan holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions that you don’t want to miss out on. You can even continue to plan family vacations with them and all meet up in the vacation destination so you never miss out on a trip. But it’s super important to make that effort to see one another. If you visit them for the holidays then maybe they can visit you at some point during the summer. Find a plan that works well for all of you! And having a trip planned, allows you to count down and get excited about the next visit.

How do you keep in touch with long-distance family members?

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