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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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5 Reasons Why A Spa Night Is Essential To Your Sanity

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5 Reasons Why A Spa Night Is Essential To Your Sanity | MainelyKeating.com

Stress is a huge part of my day. Between running my own little blog/business, finishing my education, and managing a long distance marriage, my days can become pretty overwhelming sometimes.  It’s stressful to try balancing so many things at one time, so I do my best to find a way to relax at the end of the day.  Spa nights are a huge lifesaver and are essential to my sanity.

About once a week, on a night when I’m not so busy, I take a break from work and take some time to really pamper myself. This might include an extra long shower or bubble bath, giving myself a mani/pedi, trying a new face mask, or even treating myself to DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut. Every busy woman needs a little time to herself every once in a while. Unplug, turn on some music, clear your mind and just relax. Here are five reasons why a good spa day is important to every busy woman’s sanity!

5 Reasons Why Spa Nights Are Essential To Your Sanity | MainelyKeating.com

IT’S ALLOWS YOU TO DISCONNECT

I’m connected to my iPhone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All day, every day. Since I both work and go to school online, sometimes there’s just no way to get around it. My phone is constantly being blown up with emails, text messages, phone calls, and other miscellaneous messages from all my social media platforms. It can be overwhelming. But it’s so important to take some time to disconnect every once in a while. A spa day is the perfect way to do this. Turn the phone off or put it on silent and really use that time to disconnect and focus on yourself and your wellbeing.

IT CAN DETOXIFY YOUR BODY

If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t spend as much time as you should on taking care of your skin. I completely get it. I use a great body wash in the shower and sometimes I’ll put on lotion. I don’t always remember to take my makeup off before bed or anything either. These things can actually be bad for your skin.  A lot of spa treatments deep clean and moisturize your skin. Scrubs and facials rid your skin of impurities so that your skin is left feeling soft, smooth, and healthy.  So sometimes it’s good to focus on your skin a bit more and purify your body through a detox. This can even help boost your immune system!

IT RELIEVES STRESS

Everyone deals with stress in one form or another and it’s just not good for your health. Stress can lead to many other health problems such as headaches, anxiety, muscle soreness, and so much more. It’s important to find ways to manage your stress and relax every once in a while so that your body and mind can be happy and healthy.

IT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF RENEWAL

I don’t know about you, but I always feels so refreshed and renewed after a night spa day. Even after just painting my nails or taking any amount of time away from my MacBook and iPhone. It’s a great way to hit to reset button and spend some time reflecting on your life. You can focus on your personal development as well as your mental and physical health. You’ll feel so much more energized ready to conquer anything life throws at you.

THEY’RE FUN!

All the health reasons aside, spa days are just plain fun! I love spending a night making myself feel extra clean and pretty. And like I said above, I always come back feeling a million times better and ready to take on the world!

5 Reasons Why Spa Nights Are Essential To Your Sanity | MainelyKeating.com

HOW TO GIFT A FRIEND A SPA DAY

I’m sure you all have someone in your life who could benefit from a great spa night, so why not pass it along? A few Christmases ago, I created a gift in a jar for my sisters and they were a huge hit! It was super simple and quick to do even with my hectic work schedule. Here’s how to create this easy gift idea!

GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

This gift idea is so simple that the majority of it is just finding the products to go in it! So first and foremost, you need a jar. This can be any size or color that you want it to be. You can buy a mason jar like the one pictured at any craft store or even at your closest Walmart or Target location.

Next you need to find all the spa products you want! You want smaller, travel size products so that they all fit neatly inside the jar. I tried to stick with a bit of a color scheme as well. I chose a lot of green and blue products to make it feel more spa-like. My jar includes:

  • Face Masks
  • Lotion
  • Bath Salts
  • Body Butter
  • A Loofa
  • Nail Polish
  • Nail Filers
  • etc.

Lastly, you need some tasty treats to snack!  DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut is always a great option when you’re looking for a “better for you” indulgence. I’m a huge snacker and love to treat myself to chocolate every once in a while so one of my top new year’s resolutions for 2016 is to make better choices when it comes to snacking. With DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut, I can snack on my chocolate without having to worry too much. I’m still right on track with my goals!  

Not only is it better for you, but it also comes in so many amazing flavors which makes it the perfect spa night treat. The ones I chose are DOVE® Dark Chocolate Raspberry & Honey Roasted Almond, DOVE® Dark Chocolate Blueberries, and DOVE® Roasted Almonds covered in Dark Chocolate.  Other great flavors include:

  • DOVE® Dark Chocolate Strawberry & Cocoa Almond
  • DOVE® Dark Chocolate Blueberry & Vanilla Cashew
  • DOVE® Dark Chocolate Cranberries
  • DOVE® Dark Chocolate Cherries
  • DOVE® Roasted Almonds covered in Milk Chocolate

There’s a great option for just about anyone in your life! You can find these in your local Walmart, in the special DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut in store display.

5 Reasons Why Spa Nights Are Essential To Your Sanity | MainelyKeating.com

ARRANGE YOUR PRODUCTS

Now that you’ve gathered all of your materials, you now have to find a nice way to arrange them inside the jar. Think of it like a gift basket. Since the jar is clear, everything should fit neatly so that it looks nice for the person receiving it. They should be able to look at it and see what’s inside before even opening it up.

DECORATE THE JAR

If needed, this can be done before putting the products inside. You can be as creative as you want, or if you’re not big on DIY projects, you can leave it as is! You could add some bows or ribbon or attach a little card. Get as creative as you want! This is a great time to really personalize it.

TIME TO DELIVER IT!

Lastly, it’s time to deliver your gift to the deserving woman in your life! A gift idea like this can be done for any holiday or special occasion and can be personalized to fit whoever it is that you’re giving it to.

5 Reasons Why Spa Nights Are Essential To Your Sanity | MainelyKeating.com

What do you do to de-stress and relax? Do you add DOVE® Chocolate Fruit and Nut to your spa days?

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