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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!...

Why I’m Thankful For This Online Community

Why I'm Thankful For This Online Community | Keating & Co.

Good morning and happy Thursday!  I hope you all are having a lovely week.  Thank God it’s almost Friday, am I right?!  I don’t know about you, but I have some awesome plans for this weekend!

This isn’t the original post that I had scheduled for today, but it’s currently 3 o’clock in the morning, I’m having a very rough night and I just came across an article on NextGen Milspouse by a good friend of mine.  It was in response to a rather emotional post that I had written last month when Zack went back overseas.  A post where I actually admitted that I don’t want to be a military spouse.  And I’m completely broken down in tears right now.

When you write about a somewhat controversial topic like that, you’re bound to get some negative feedback.  I figured that that post would cause some disagreements and I’d possibly get some rude comments from people telling me to “suck it up” or telling me “you knew what you were getting yourself into” or something along those lines.  That was fine with me.  I’ve gotten rude comments in the past and I’ve learned to not let them get to me.  But if I remember correctly, every single comment I got was positive.  I was actually a bit surprised to see so much positivity from so many different people, both military spouses and non-military spouses.  I got blog comments, emails, social media shout-outs, shares.  I was honestly completely blown away but it.  And I couldn’t be more thankful for that.  Really.  I couldn’t.

It’s amazing to me how so many people who don’t even know me in person reach out to me when I’m having a bad day or check in on me to see how I’m doing.  It’s still so crazy to see my page views and see that people even take the time to read my blog and care about what I have to say.  The sole purpose of starting my blog in the first place was to share our life with our friends and family.  Never in a million years, did I think I’d choose to share it with the world and make friends or even make an income from it.

In the last couple years, I’ve created an awesome community around this blog and have even created a job that I absolutely love.  I love spending my days connecting with you all and reading about your lives and working with the companies and people that I work with.  I’m so thankful to have so many amazing people in my life and am so grateful for this community.  I couldn’t even imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t decided to start blogging (what would I even do with my day?!).

It makes me so happy when I receive emails from readers, telling me I inspire them or reaching out to me for advice.  Or when I receive an awesome blog comment or a random Facebook message to see how I’m doing.  I’ve even had friends (*cough cough* Samanthawho have sent me random packages in the mail or an e-giftcard to Dunkin to cheer me up when I’m having a bad day or week.  Those little things completely make my day.

I’ve learned a lot these past couple years and through this experience, I have grown so much both as a person and as a writer.  Aside from marrying Zack, choosing to start a blog has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  It’s the best job in the world and I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else right now.  So again, thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart.  Thank you for all your love and your never-ending support.  I don’t know what I’d do without you all!  Those who say that online friendships aren’t real, clearly have never had a blog before.

XOXO
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