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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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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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Apple Picking At Hansel’s Apple Orchard

Apple Picking At Hansel's Apple Orchard - Apple picking is a fun, easy-going family activity for all ages! So if you live in Southern Maine, here's why you should check out Hansel's Apple Orchard.

Over the weekend, we took a trip to Hansel’s Apple Orchard to pick some apples with Allie. I don’t know what it is about the fall and autumn traditions, but apple picking is just one of those things I always looked forward to doing when we had kids (along with a million other things still on my to-do list for this year). She was much too young to do any apple picking last year (4 months old) so now that we have a toddler on our hands, I thought it would be the perfect fall activity for our family.

Since we just recently moved back to the area, I wasn’t very knowledgeable on apple orchards in the area. After a quick Google search, I came across Hansel’s Apple Orchard, located in North Yarmouth, Maine. Since it was just a 25-minute drive from where we’re currently living, we decided to give it a shot.

Hansel's Apple Orchard

Hansel's Apple Orchard

Hansel's Apple Orchard

Hansel’s Apple Orchard offers McIntosh, Cortland, and Macoun apple varieties. They have plenty of basket options to choose from when you arrive depending on how many apples you’re hoping to pick. Sizes include half-bushel, peck, half-peck, and quarter-peck. Since we were really just letting Allie have fun and pick her own, we chose a half-bushel basket for her to carry around (which she loved holding!). This is the perfect size for young children.

While Allie loved picking apples and wandering the orchards, I think she loved the fact that it was pet-friendly even more. There were so many dogs at the orchards with their owners and Allie chased after each and every one trying to pet them. If Jack was better with other dogs, we would have taken him along with us.

Hansel's Apple Orchard

Hansel's Apple Orchard

Hansel's Apple Orchard

Hansel's Apple Orchard

Another thing we loved about Hansel’s is that it was a bit smaller than other orchards I’ve been to (in a good way!!). There were fewer people and it was much easier to allow Allie to wander on her own without worry (if you have a toddler, you know and understand how beneficial this is!). We’re not leash parents so having a big open space where Allie could wander was amazing!

If you go to Hansel’s later in the season and have little ones in tow, be sure to take advantage of their picking poles to help you reach apples found higher up in the trees. Even going so early in October, we definitely could have used a picking pole since there were so many empty branches within our reach. It became a bit challenging to find some good, ripe apples. But thankfully, since these were for Allie, we hunted for smaller “toddler-sized” apples which were much easier to find. For those who don’t want to pick apples, you always have the option of buying freshly picked apples in a box at the stand.

Hansel's Apple Orchard

Hansel's Apple Orchard

Hansel's Apple Orchard

Hansel's Apple Orchard

All in all, our little family had so much fun picking apples. If you live in the Southern Maine area and want a smaller, more low-key orchard then I definitely recommend Hansel’s. But regardless of where you go, apple picking can be a super fun, easy-going family activity for all ages! So if you have an hour to kill one weekend, I highly suggest getting out of the house and going!

Have you been to Hansel’s Apple Orchard? Where did you go apple picking this year?

XOXO
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