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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!...

Military Spouse Gift Guide

*This post is sponsored by Dell, however, all opinions are my own.

Military Spouse Gift Guide - Have a military spouse in your life, but don't know what to get them? Here's the perfect military spouse gift guide for the milspouse in your life.

It’s Christmastime which means it’s also time to bring out some great holiday gift guides! I don’t want to bombard your feeds with a million gift guides, but it’s so hard to choose just a few to do. I hope to bring you one gift guide every week from now until Christmas (probably about five total).

Today’s gift guide is for the military spouse in your life. Military life can be challenging to say the least and Christmas is a great time to help out a military spouse and show them you care and are thinking of them. There are so many great gifts out there that any military spouse would love, but I decided to choose five of those items for today’s gift guide.

1 | Stemless wine glassesI’ve never met a military spouse who doesn’t love a good glass of wine. And honestly, sometimes we just need it! After a long day of dealing with whatever it is that I’m dealing with that day, it’s always nice to end it with a glass of wine and some Netflix. I know these gorgeous glasses will be on my Christmas list this year!

2 | Alex & AniI’m absolutely obsessed with Alex & Ani bangles! I have a USMC one and I wear it every single day of my life. I think his grandmother was the one who purchased it for me for my 23rd birthday. It’s just nice to know I always have a little piece of Zack with me wherever I go. If the military spouse in your life already has one for her husband’s branch, then there are plenty of other options on the Alex & Ani website! The next one on my wishlist is a paw print for our fur baby.

3 | Dell computer. It’s no surprise that military spouses are hooked on technology. Our phones and computers are lifelines for us. They connect us with loved ones back home as well as our spouses while they’re overseas. They allow us to be “present” for birthdays and holidays and other special occasions throughout the year. Because of this, a new computer makes the perfect gift or any military spouse. Thanks to technology, Zack and I were able to Skype with his family to open presents with them on Christmas day last year. I can even have face to face conversations with him now that he’s stationed overseas.

Dell offers an awesome military discount to our servicemen and women to help make these purchases more affordable. You can also receive an additional 10% off coupon if you reach out to Emily Crisman via email at emily.crisman@mosaic.com. Every military spouse needs and deserves a great computer to keep them connected with their loved ones.  So brighten someone’s Christmas by purchasing them a Dell computer!

4 | Keurig. What military spouse doesn’t love and/or need coffee in their life? Oh right, we all do! Coffee is my go-to drink every single morning. It’s a great way to get me through the first half of my day and sometimes it even gets me through the second half of my day as well. I know I’d love to receive a great coffee maker for Christmas.

5 | Beauty gift sets. I love getting beauty products and gift sets for Christmas. I’m happy with anything that contains lotions and bubble bath mixtures and face masks. I’m a typical girl. Life can get hectic sometimes so this gives me an excuse to relax more and pamper myself. I always feel better after a nice bubble bath or a manicure or even just by using a new, good-smelling body lotion.

If you’re a military spouse, what gifts do you have on your Christmas wish list this year?

XOXO
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