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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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Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life In The New Year

Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life In The New Year | KeatingBartlett.com

The new year is the perfect time to simplify your life and move forward with a clean slate. I began doing this a couple years ago and it makes entering a new year so much less stressful. Rather than being tied down from everything that happened the year before, I’m free from the clutter and ready to start fresh. Don’t get me wrong, there are always some amazing memories being left behind when you enter a new year. But by the end of the year, we tend to have a rather cluttered life. So if you’re in need of some easy ways to simplify your life in the new year then continue reading!

DECLUTTER YOUR HOME.

This needs to be done way more often around here. Does anyone else here just collect random things throughout the year? Paperwork, random bills that have already been paid, owners manuals to electronics you no longer own, memorabilia from high school that you didn’t even know you still had, clothes that no longer fit, makeup and even food that’s long past their expiration dates. It’s horrible! But it’s also so easy to get into the habit of hoarding these things. Most times, you don’t even realize you’re doing it. So I challenge you to go through every single room in your home and start tossing. If that item doesn’t bring you joy or if you didn’t know you had it or it’s something you haven’t touched in months or even years, then get rid of it! You’ll be amazed by how much space you have in your home when you’re done.

CLEAN OUT YOUR WARDROBE.

I touched upon this in the last point, but pay extra close attention to your closet. I’m not big on the capsule wardrobes that everyone is loving right now, but at least go through your closet and get rid of clothes that don’t fit you anymore. Stop holding onto your size 2 pair of jeans from high school, hoping you’ll one day fit into them again. Chances are, they’re only making you miserable. If it doesn’t fit, toss it.

Next, throw out any clothes that are ripped or stretched out or have holes in them or anything along those lines. I know it’s an investment to update your wardrobe, but do not hold onto these items if they’re looking old and gross. I don’t care if it’s your favorite top. I’m sure you can replace it with a top that doesn’t have a hole in the side.

And lastly, toss the clothes that just don’t fit your style anymore. As women, we’re constantly growing and changing out personal style as we get older and there’s nothing wrong with that. If the clothing is still in good condition, then donate it.

Once you’re done, you should be left with clothes that no only fit you, but clothes that you love as well. And please don’t forget your lingerie drawer either! Bras, panties, socks, leggings. The same rules apply!

GO ON A FACEBOOK DELETING SPREE.

Seriously peeps. Do it. I promise you’ll feel so much better. I am the queen of Facebook deleting sprees and I swear by them. Start out easy. Go through the Facebook groups you’re in and delete the ones that are nothing but drama. You know you’re in some. I just removed myself from every military Facebook group I was in because it was pure craziness. I had a friend add me to them a while back because she thought I could help some of the newer spouses and for a while, I was. But nowadays you can’t help anyone without them getting offended or freaking out over your opinion not matching theirs. It’s insane. Completely insane. And being a 24 old married adult with a rather successful, good life, the  last thing I need is to get caught up in teenage drama. So I said goodbye to those groups very quickly. I also removed myself from a couple blogging and business groups for surprisingly similar reasons. It’s sad. Groups like that are made to be supportive and offer others a place to ask for help and they’re just pure craziness these days.

REMOVE TOXIC PEOPLE FROM YOUR LIFE.

Next go through your Facebook friends. This seems to be a more challenging one for some people. It used to be hard for me as well because it made me feel bad to remove people from my friends list. I didn’t want them to be mad at me. But once I got myself to do it for the first time, I felt amazing afterwards. Absolutely amazing. It was like a giant weight had been lifted of my shoulders. So now I stress the importance of this to others.

Here’s who to delete: Anyone you don’t talk to or don’t even know in person, get rid of them. If they’re clogging up your newsfeed with negativity or content you’re just not interested in, remove them. And if you just plain don’t like them then why keep them around?! Why do we do this?! Why do we add people just because they sent us a friend request or keep people around just because they used to be a friend or because we don’t want them to be mad at us for deleting them. You’re not obligated to add everyone nor should you feel bad in being selective in who you keep around. Surround yourself with positivity in the new year!

LEARN TO SAY ‘NO’.

This is another challenging one for some. It took me a while to get comfortable with it as well. But man is it nice when you’re finally able to say ‘no’ without feeling guilty for it. You owe no one an explanation for your choices or your reasoning behind not wanting to do something. Don’t feel that you have to say ‘yes’ simply because you don’t want to let someone down. Just because it’s a close friend or family member, doesn’t mean you have to be open and willing to do anything and everything they want to do. If you simply don’t want to do something or you have a lot going on and don’t have time in your schedule to take on more tasks, then say ‘no’! Your mental health will thank you later.

STOP CARING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK.

This is another tough one for some people. It’s tough for me as well. But in order to truly grow as an individual and put your own needs first, you absolutely have to stop caring what others think about you or your life choices. Not everyone is going to like you. It sucks, but that’s just how it is. And not everyone is going to agree with the choices you make or your opinions and thoughts. Again, it sucks. But there’s nothing you can do about it. Only you know what’s best for you and your life so be sure to always focus on you. Don’t let anyone hold you back this year!

LEARN HOW TO LET GO.

How you take this will vary from person to person. For me, letting go means learning to accept the things you cannot change and letting go of negativity and anything else that makes you unhappy. If it does not bring joy to your life, then why carry it into the new year? This can be anything from a job, a friend, or even a task or commitment that you’re just not into anymore. It can be virtually anything that you can possibly think of. Be selective in what you carry into the new year no matter how hard it is to let certain things go. And as for negativity, no one has time for that! The new year should be a positive one.

DISCONNECT.

This is high on my list of priorities in the new year because I’m always connected in some way, shape, or form at all times. 90% of the time, it’s because I’m doing something for this blog, but it’s just not healthy after a while. Set aside some time in your day to fully disconnect from technology. Go for a technology-free walk or leave your cell phones behind for a weekend getaway with your spouse. Take a long hot shower or bubble bath or enjoy an hour of yoga. Do something to be present in your everyday life and take a break from the internet and everything in it to reconnect with yourself. Take the time to fully enjoy your life and be with the people around you. I challenge you to do this for one hour every single day this new year.

How are you simplifying your life in the new year?

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