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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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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 Benefits of Drinking Water

5 Benefits of Drinking Water | Why Hello Lovely

5 Benefits of Drinking Water | Why Hello Lovely

5 Benefits of Drinking Water | Why Hello Lovely

5 Benefits of Drinking Water | Why Hello Lovely

One of the best things I’ve done for my health was replacing my soda intake with water. I decided to do this back in March 2016 with the goal to keep it up for one month. It’s now October and I’m still going strong. I didn’t think this simple change would come with so many health benefits. I honestly just chose to do it because I knew soda wasn’t good to be drinking on a daily basis and I really needed to get more water in my system. It was my first step towards a healthier life. Now here I am and I’ve never looked back. It’s crazy to me how much better I feel  just from this one simple change. Not only do I feel better, but I look better as well which I hadn’t expected at all. So I want to share with you my top benefits to drinking water every day as well as how you too can increase your water intake.

BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER:

CLEARER SKIN.

It’s crazy to see the difference in my skin just from eliminating soda from my diet and drinking water throughout my day. I never even thought of my skin when I chose to make that switch and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how much clearer my skin looks nowadays. I have far less breakouts and when I do get that occasional pimple, it’s so much easier to get rid of than it used to be. This alone is a reason for me to continue drinking water over soda.

MORE NATURAL ENERGY.

After just a couple of months of drinking more water, I noticed I felt less off a need to drink coffee. Of course I still have a cup when I feel like it, but at that point I was drinking it for the taste rather than because I needed it to get me through the day. It felt great to wake up in the morning and be able to instantly start my day instead of taking an extra hour or two just to get out of bed. I love feeling more energized.

IT KEEPS YOUR MUSCLES HYDRATED AND ENERGIZED.

Your muscles need to stay hydrated in order to work at their full capacity and prevent muscle fatigue. This is extremely important if you work out a lot or are very active in your everyday life. I found it much easier to get through my workouts and build muscle when I was hydrated. I really did notice a difference when I worked out on days where I wasn’t drinking as much compared to the days where I drank a the recommended amount. I read somewhere that a person should drink about 17 ounces of fluid before working out (about two hours beforehand) in order to prep your muscles for any physical activity. So it’s important to get in those fluids!

IT CLEARS OUT YOUR SYSTEM.

This one’s pretty basic. Drinking more water helps get rid of waste through sweating and urination which can reduce your chances of getting kidney stones and infections. Not only that, but it keeps all your internal organs working properly and at their full capacity.

IT CAN HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS.

Although it doesn’t actually make you lose weight, choosing water over other high-calorie drinks is a good step in the right direction if you’re trying to lose a few pounds. I didn’t lose weight from switching to water, but I did notice a huge change in my abdomen because I wasn’t as bloated anymore.  My stomach flattened out after a couple of days and made it that much easier for me to make it toned.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE:

Sometimes it can be challenging to get in the recommended amount of fluids needed. I remember thinking 64oz of water was a lot and at first, it was tough to even get in half of that. But these five tricks have worked really well for me over the past seven months.

  1. Carry a water bottle! Mine is a 32oz bottle and I re-fill it constantly throughout the day. Having it on me at all times makes it easier for me to choose water and get in the recommended amount.
  2. Drink water at meal times rather than soda or alcohol.
  3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. These foods have high water content which can keep you more hydrated throughout the day.
  4. Change it up. If you’re getting tired of the same old water every day, then add some flavoring! I love adding lemon to my water which has added benefits than drinking straight water. Berries also a great choice to change-up the flavor. You can also go for a carbonated water if you’re craving the carbonation that you’d get from sodas.
  5. Track it. Like I mentioned above, I have a water bottle that is 32oz. Based on the typical, 8 classes of water a day rule, I only need to fill up my water bottle twice in order to meet the recommended amount. This makes it so much easier for me to track how much I’ve had and how much I still need.

Between tracking my water intake and having my water bottle with me at all times, I tend to drink way more than the recommended amount. It’s a great system that works well for me!

What are your reasons for drinking more water? How do you manage to drink enough fluids throughout the day?

XOXO
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