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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!...

8 Ways Military Families Can Keep Their Identities Safe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LifeLock. The opinions and text are all mine. 

8 Ways Military Families Can Keep Their Identities Safe | Keating & Co.

As a military spouse, I know the importance of keeping my personal information safe.  Many believe that identity theft would never happen to them, but each year 15 million Americans have their identities stolen!  Military families are even more susceptible to identity theft due to frequent moves and being gone for long periods of time for trainings and deployments.  Identity theft can happen to anyone and can have many damaging, long-lasting effects.  It’s so important to take control and do everything you can to keep your financial and personal information safe.

Shred older documents and credit cards.

Just because you throw it in the trash, doesn’t mean your information can’t be accessed.  It’s important to shred any document that may contain personal information whether it’s your address, phone number, social security numbers, birthdates, etc.  Don’t just throw it away.  Shred it!

Keep an eye on your credit reports.

I use Credit Karma which is a free credit report service.  I think Zack uses Equifax.  I check my credit report once a month or once every couple months to make sure everything looks the way it should.  This allows you to catch any suspicious activity and take charge of it ASAP.  You are entitled to one free credit report each year so be sure to take advantage of it!

Protect your mobile device.

I love that I can access all my financial information from my iPhone.  It makes it so much more convenient when I have to pay a bill or check my bank account when I’m away from my computer.  The only problem with this is that it makes it very easy for hackers to get your information.  Make sure you’re downloading apps that are from reputable sources and don’t forget to read the fine print! It’s good to know what type of information the app may access on your mobile device.  I also create strong passwords for these apps and (whenever possible) I will use the fingerprint feature on my iPhone as the main way to log into these apps.  It’s a bit more added security so I know my information is safe.

Be careful of what you share.

Believe it or not, it really doesn’t take much for someone to steal your identity just based on the information you share online.  Some don’t even need your SSN to do it.  To be on the safe side, don’t share or post personal information online, such as your address, phone numbers, SSN, birth date, or birth place.

Create strong passwords and update them frequently.

I admit, I’m horrible at this.  I forget passwords easily so I try to make it easy on myself.  This is not a good idea.  Create strong passwords that include a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and even symbols, if possible.  Avoid using birth dates, pet’s names, your significant other’s name, etc.  Anything that could be easy to guess.  It’s a good idea to create different passwords for each account as well.  You wouldn’t want to make it easy for someone to access every account you have.  It’s also important to change your password a few times a year!

Keep personal and financial documents safe.

I keep all of our personal information as safe as possible.  Many people like to store their personal information on their computer, but this worries me.  If you’re going to do this then be sure to protect your computer by installing a firewall and downloading a good anti-virus software.  You should also make sure your wireless network is secure so that random strangers can’t access it.  I like to have hard copies of important information which I keep filed away in a safe place.  It’s also never a good idea to carry around your social security card.

Keep personal information as up to date as possible.

Be sure to update banks and creditors whenever there’s a change to your personal information.  This is especially good to do when you PCS.  Always keep them updated and notify them of changes ASAP.

Sign up for LifeLock.

LifeLock uses three layers of protection to keep your identity safe.  They’re constantly monitoring your account to detect any suspicious activity.  If they catch something that doesn’t look right, then they’ll alert you so you can confirm or deny the activity.  If you confirm that the activity is not your doing, then LifeLock will act fast to take care of it for you.  If you enroll today and use the promo code WESALUTE3, you can receive the first 30 days free, 15% off, and a free American flag!  With LifeLock, you can always feel secure knowing that your identity is safe.

***This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LifeLock. The opinions and text are all mine. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

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