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I'm obsessed with these wreaths in the Old Port 😍 aren’t they gorgeous?! We're halfway through January and there are still hints of the holidays season throughout Portland. I love it! •
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I'm obsessed with these wreaths...

I love watching this little girl grow. This photo was just taken in early October and she's already a completely different child now. She's running, talking, and has all the best dance moves. She has a favorite stuffed animal, favorite foods and loves to read books. She knows all of her body parts as well as a few animals and what they say.  She knows people's names and can recognize a photo of them on the wall. This child is so bright and so beautiful and there's nothing I love more than being her mom 😍
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I love watching this little...

Anyone else dreaming of summertime yet? Because I am 😂  it's our first winter in Maine in the longest time and I must say I'm very much missing the sunshine and warm weather of California right about now 😭
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Today was a big day. Today, I ended my 19+ months of being "just" a stay-at-home mom and blogger and officially went back to work outside the home. Last month, I officially accepted a position as a Behavioral Health Professional, working with kids with behavioral issues and disabilities and today I had my first full day away from Allie. While I missed her terribly, it was so refreshing to have the opportunity to talk to and work with other adults for the first time in 2.5 years. I’m so incredibly excited for this opportunity and to start making a difference in these families’ lives. HUGE huge thank you to my husband for being the stay-at-home parent this month and another huge thank you to my sisters (@alexvic3179 and @kendalanne4), Zack’s mom (@mbartlett28) and anyone else who may be watching Allie in order to allow me to go back to work and pursue this dream. 😍
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Today was a big day....

Lately, I've become obsessed with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. My skin is so acne prone these days and this lotion dries them right up overnight. It's become one of my holy grail beauty products. Check out the blog for five more of my holy grail beauty products! {link in the bio}
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Lately, I've become obsessed with...

Exploring the Old Port today with @autumnbellefleur. I love that all the Christmas decor is still up 😍
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Exploring the Old Port today...

Because sometimes mama needs some alone time 👌🏻😂 after a crazy busy past few days, I’m so happy to be spending this next hour in the tub, enjoying some much needed silence...well, until the munchkin wakes up from her nap and ruins it 😂 #momlife how are you de-stressing from the holidays? •
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Because sometimes mama needs some...

I swear Christmas is 10x more magical when you have little ones 😍  our little family couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas this year👌🏻
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A Quick Guide to Spending the Holidays Apart

A Quick Guide to Spending the Holidays Apart - Being long distance is hard. But being away from your significant other during the holidays is harder. Here's a quick quide to spending the holidays apart.

The holidays are seriously my favorite time of year ever.  I love the whole atmosphere surrounding the holiday season and being able to spend time with friends and family.  It’s a great time to bring everyone together and see those that you may not see as often throughout the year.  Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky.  There are many couples out there who don’t get to spend the holidays together or with their families.

Thanksgiving was a bit rough not having Zack home, but we are so fortunate to be able to spend Christmas together in a few weeks.  It can be tough to spend the holidays away from your significant other no matter what stage in the relationship you’re in or how far the distance is.  I won’t sugarcoat it.  It flat out sucks.  But despite the distance, there are so many ways to stay connected during the holidays so that you’re not feeling as lonely and incomplete without them there.

Find the time to Skype or FaceTime

Technology is amazing and such a great tool to keep couples connected despite the distance.  We do our best to FaceTime every weekend and it always leaves me feeling so much better.  It’s so nice to be able to hear his voice and see his face.  It makes me feel more connected to him even though he’s on the other side of the world.  Even when Zack was here last Christmas, we used FaceTime to connect with our families back home so we could be “present” while we opened our Christmas presents together.  Like many other military families and long distance couples, FaceTime has become our lifeline.  I highly recommend taking advantage of this (or Skype) throughout the holidays.

Send holiday care packages

Care packages are always fun to send and receive!  If you and your significant other can’t spend the holidays together then send the holidays to each other instead!  Get creative with this.  Decorate the box, send them a few gifts, and pack their favorite candies and holiday treats.  This is essentially Christmas in a box!

Surround yourself with family and friends

It can be hard to get through the day without your significant other.  Surround yourself with friends and family who can distract you throughout the day.  I’m so thankful to have had our family on Thanksgiving.  It made it easier to get through the day because I was too busy to be constantly checking on my phone to see if he had texted or not.  I had a small breakdown in the morning and another small one at dinner, but other than that, our family served as a great distraction.

Find something to do together

If you’re spending the holidays apart, then schedule a virtual date night! You can set up Skype or FaceTime, gather your favorite snacks, pick out a movie and watch it together!  Due to our 14 hour time difference, it hasn’t been doable for us to do this, but I envy those who can!  If a virtual date night isn’t doable, then find a hobby the two of you can do together and talk about it!  Go to the gym, pick out a Netflix show or movie, or even read the same book.  There are so many creative ways to spend time “together” while you’re miles apart.

Have your own “holiday”

If you know you two won’t be able to be together on the actual holiday, then plan a time to have your own.  One year, Zack’s family and friends celebrated Christmas a month earlier due to his upcoming deployment.  This allowed him to celebrate with those he loved without feeling left out.  There’s nothing wrong with celebrating earlier or later or even having multiple holidays in order to be with everyone. Find a way to make it work for you!

Are you in a long distance relationship this holiday season?  What are you and your significant other doing to feel closer?

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