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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!...

Get Clear Skin With These 7 Easy Tips

Get Clear Skin With These 7 Easy Tips | MainelyKeating.com

Lately I’ve been super big on finding new ways to get clear skin. This is something I should have started focusing on years ago, but I just never thought it was that big of a deal. I’m only 24. Why do I need to worry about my skin already? My skin wasn’t horrible to begin with so it wasn’t bothering me or anything like that either. But as you get older, it becomes more and more important to take the time to focus on your skin and really take care of it. And the sooner you start, the better!

Recently I’ve found myself spending a lot of time looking into new skin care products and finding ways to keep it looking its best. I do not want to be one of those women whose skin ages faster than she does. Who wants that?! Not this girl! So I’ve made a few rather simple changes these past few months and they’ve made such a huge difference to the way my skin looks and feels. As of right now, my skin is completely 100% clear of all breakouts and I couldn’t be happier with the way it’s looking. So here are some super simple ways to help clear your skin and keep it looking amazing!

Kick the soda

I’ve mentioned this in a couple of past posts as well and I still completely stand by it. I stopped drinking soda back in March of 2016 and it’s made a world of a difference, especially when it comes to my skin. I honestly had no idea that drinking soda affected your skin as much as it does. I’m not sure if that makes me sound naive or something, but really. I didn’t know.  

Instead, I now drink a TON of water every day and have seen huge improvements this year. Of course it wasn’t the only thing contributing to my acne though so it didn’t 100% clear it up. But the difference was definitely noticeable.

Related: 5 Benefits of Drinking More Water

Remove your makeup before bed

I have been horrible about this over the years. Like SO bad. I just don’t like my face without makeup on.  Period. Even when I’m sleeping. I always wake up looking completely dead and I honestly believed it would prevent my husband from wanting to kiss me in the mornings (it doesn’t by any means, but that’s what I told myself). But this past month, I finally got myself into the habit of removing my makeup every single night and wow.

I honestly didn’t think it would make that much of a difference so quickly. My skin just felt and looked so much better. And now, I’m not as grossed out about my bare face in the mornings. If you’re looking for some awesome products for removing makeup and rubbing your face, I highly suggest Neutrogena Hydrating Makeup Remover Towelettes as well as the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Foaming Scrub and Acne Defense Face Lotion. I use all three of these on a daily basis and couldn’t recommend them more!

Clean your makeup brushes often

I don’t know about you, but I’m horrible at remembering to clean my makeup brushes. I’m not sure what it is about it, but it can just be so time-consuming sometimes. So I put it off way too long which is such a bad thing to do. Makeup brushes hold so much bacteria in them, which can cause breakouts. Now, I deep clean them at the end of every week and disinfect them on a daily basis. Not only has it been better for my skin, it’s actually made it easier to apply makeup as well. It keeps my brushes looking and feeling new.

Wash your hands before applying makeup

This sounds so simple, but I guarantee many of you don’t think to wash your hands an extra time before applying moisturizer or foundation or anything else that you apply to your face. I didn’t even think about it until one of my favorite YouTubers mentioned it in one of her videos. My morning routine would go something like this: I wake up, I go to the bathroom, I wash my hands, I put in my contacts, I do xyz, and then I start my makeup routine. It’s when you’re doing xyz that you’re probably touching a million things throughout your home that consists of some sort of bacteria. And that bacteria can easily cause breakouts. So now, I make sure to wash my hands again directly before I apply my moisturizer and primer and it helps SO much.

Switch foundations

I never thought about my foundations possibly causing acne. I know that sounds a bit naive, but it honestly just never crossed my mind. When I posted about my top three drugstore foundations (which I still love!), I had a couple of people tell me that one of the products on my list made them breakout. This immediately made me curious as to whether or not it could be causing some of my acne as well. So I decided to switch foundations for the month and saw a pretty noticeable difference within a few days. So if you’re having issues with acne, it could be time to look into some different products!

Hit the gym

It’s crazy to me just how many benefits working out has. Not only does it make you stronger, it improves your organ function, helps you sleep better, improves your mental health, and even helps keep your skin clear. Crazy, right? With all those benefits, it would be crazy not to add a work out to your weekly schedule. Even if it’s just a walk every couple of days. Exercise is exercise. All that matters is that you’re up and moving! And don’t forget to keep hydrated!

Don’t forget the SPF

Summertime isn’t the only time of year when you should be wearing sunscreen. The sun is just as harmful in the winter months as well. So I always make sure I’m wearing a product on my face that contains SPF in it whether it’s a moisturizer, my foundation, etc. It doesn’t have to be an actual sun screen. Many makeup products contain some sort of SPF nowadays so it’s super easy to find a good product at the store to add to your routine.

What do you do to keep your skin looking its best?

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