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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!...

5 Ways To De-Stress After The Holidays

5 Ways To De-Stress After The Holidays | Keating & Co.

The holidays can be are a stressful time of year.  Between all the Christmas shopping, traveling, and dealing with friends and family, you can be left feeling incredibly exhausted by the end of it all.  It’s literally the most exhausting time of year.  That’s why it’s important to find a way to effectively de-stress in the new year.  I’m the queen of getting stressed out.  Seriously.  I literally stress over everything under the sun.  So over the years, I’ve developed a few techniques that help me de-stress and overall feel better so that I’m ready to tackle my next project.

TAKE SOME TIME TO UNWIND

It’s okay to take a break from life whether it’s just a day, a weekend, or even a whole week.  Take all the time you need!  Draw yourself a bubble bath one night or treat yourself to a few glasses of wine.  Sleep in later or go on a much needed date night with your spouse.  Do whatever you have to do to relax and focus on yourself and get yourself motivated to start the new year off right.  You can’t tackle those “new year, new me” resolutions if you’re still wiped out from the holidays.

GET BACK TO THE GYM

One of my favorite things to do when I’m stressed out is going to the gym.  It was challenging to motivate myself to go back to the gym after taking a month off to be with Zack, but I finally went back last night and am already feeling so much better. It’s been proven that exercise can dramatically lower your stress levels and getting your body moving and in shape can really boost your mood!  Not only will you be getting in shape, you’ll also naturally feel more energized and good about yourself.  And I guarantee you’ll notice a difference in your state of mind when you exercise compared to when you don’t.

ASK FOR HELP

I’m horrible with this, but there’s really nothing wrong with asking for help.  Ask a family member or a friend to help you take down decorations or get your home straightened up.  Maybe even send the kids to grandma’s house so that you and your spouse can have a date night.  There’s always someone available to help you tackle that never-ending to do list.  Don’t be afraid to ask for their assistance every once in a while.

TREAT YOURSELF

We all have our guilty pleasures in life.  I happen to love treating myself to a good manicure or a sweet I’ve been craving (lately it’s been milkshakes for some reason, but I have yet to actually buy one).  Maybe even buy yourself something that’s been on your wish list, but you didn’t end up getting for the holidays.  Whatever it may be, treat yourself to something you’ll enjoy.  These little things not only brighten my mood, but make me feel more relaxed.  And if you’re anything like me, a good manicure or pedicure can make you feel refreshed and ready to take on anything (once your nails dry, of course)!

GET ORGANIZED

I don’t know about you, but I always feel like a complete mess after the holidays.  Nothing seems to be in order anymore and I’m completely off track from everything I’m supposed to be doing.  It can really make things stressful when I have to go back to the real world of waking up at a decent hour and getting back to work and school.  That’s why I set aside a weekend after the holidays to sit down and put myself back together.  Take down all the Christmas decorations, rid your home of excess clutter, clear your inboxes, make sure your work and/or school schedules are in order for the following week or month.  Do whatever it is that you have to do to get yourself organized so that you can go into the new year stress-free.

What do you do to unwind after the holidays?

XOXO
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