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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!...

Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway

*This post is sponsored by Acorn, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway - This afternoon my family will be off to New York City for a holiday weekend getaway! So today I'm sharing what I packed for our holiday weekend getaway.

This afternoon my family will be off to New York City for a holiday weekend getaway! It’ll be our first family vacation with my dad’s new girlfriend and her daughter so we’re all very excited to be able to get away for a few days and spend some time together. It’s going to be so nice to get away from the stress and have a change in scenery. Zack will be home in six days (whoo!!) and now four of those days will be spent in the city. Hopefully, I’ll be so busy that the time will fly right by!

If you’ve never been to New York City around Christmastime then you need to add it to your bucket list. The city is so magical this time of year. Everything is decorated and there’s much going on.  There’s something fun to do for everyone in the family. Some of our key points this trip are the Nutcracker Ballet, the Freedom Tower, Macy’s, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square. I’d love to do the Empire State Building if we have time as well. Jenna’s daughter has never been to the city so we’ll definitely be doing some fun, touristy things while we’re there.

Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway - Mainely Keating

When I was a teenager, I was horrible at packing. Rather than packing the items I actually needed, I had a habit of packing all my favorite items. My favorite clothes and my favorite beauty products had to go everywhere with me even if I didn’t plan on wearing/using them. It was a bit ridiculous and resulted in my constantly having 3-5 pages on every trip (no joke…I was a nightmare to travel with). Nowadays I have a system when I’m packing for a trip.

First I like to have some sort of itinerary so that I know how many days I’ll be gone and what I’ll be doing while I’m away. This allows me to see how many outfits I’m going to need throughout my trip as well as what type of outfits I’ll be needing. For this trip, we’ll be away for four days. We’ll be seeing the Nutcracker ballet which means I need something super cute and a little more fancy to wear. We’ll also be doing a lot of sightseeing which means I need to bring comfortable shoes and dress warmly for the December temperatures. Knowing what I’m going to be doing and how long I’ll be gone makes it so much easier to figure out what to pack.

Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway - Mainely Keating

Second, I start creating all of my outfits. For this trip, I needed 4-5 outfits with two of them being ‘travel’ outfits (Thursday and Sunday), meaning they have to be comfortable to be in the car for an extended period of time and one is a bit more “fancy” (Saturday). Then I packed a regular outfit for Friday as well as a backup outfit just in case it’s needed. I also needed to make sure to bring a bathing suit, PJs, extra socks, underwear, and all those other essentials.

While planning my outfits, I also take into consideration the accessories I need for each.  Since this is a shorter trip, I’m using the same bag and shoes for each day of the trip (aside from the heels I’ll be wearing at the ballet). I’ll also be wearing the same scarf for two of the outfits as well. I won’t be packing too many extras which allows me to pack everything comfortably in a single bag.

Third, I need my beauty products.  Duh. This includes all makeup, shower products, and miscellaneous extras that I may need.  gain, I try to pack just the necessities. If it’s a shorter trip, then pack travel sized products if possible. I will also only be taking my straightener with me because I know I wont be using a curling iron and the hotel will have a blow dryer. I try to condense as much as I can so that I’m not carrying a million bags full of clothes and products I won’t even end up touching.

Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway - Mainely Keating

Since it’s the holidays and Zack will be home next week, I know there will be tons of pictures taken over the next few weeks. Because of this, it’s super important to have a beautiful smile. I was finally able to get my teeth straightened this past spring so now my only issue has been the color of my teeth. I’m a huge coffee and red wine drinker so it’s not always easy to get that beautiful white smile. To solve this issue, I will be packing my Crest 3D Whitestrips.

Crest 3D Whitestrips remove years of teeth stains in just one hour! They’re very comfortable to wear and thanks to their advance seal technology’s no slip grip, they stay put for the full hour so that you can talk and drink water while whitening. Leading up to our trip, I used the Whitestrips every night while I got work done. One night, I even wore them in a Skype meeting and no one even noticed I had them on! This makes them perfect for women on the go who just don’t have the time to stop and whiten their teeth throughout the day. They also use the same enamel safe whitening ingredients that dentists use so you can feel confident in knowing they’re safe to use.

Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway - Mainely Keating

How do you pack for a holiday weekend getaway?  Are you working towards a whiter smile for the holidays? 

XOXO
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