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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!...

10 Items Every Girl Boss Needs At Her Desk

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10 Items Every Girl Boss Needs At Her Desk | Keating & Co.

Many working women nowadays tend to spend more time at the office than they do at home.  Your desk is where you spend a good majority of your time which is why your desk is a super important space.  Not only does your desk and office environment matter, but what you keep at your desk matters as well.  It’s important to be prepared for anything the work day might throw at you whether it’s a last minute meeting, an interview, or even your monthly visitor.  It’s important to have all the essentials at your desk and ready to go in case something should arise.  So I’ve compiled of a list of 10 items that every girl boss should have at her desk in order to get through the work day.

10 Items Every Girl Boss Needs At Her Desk | Keating & Co.

 Backup makeup.

I typically carry concealer, lip stain, and eyeliner with me wherever I go.  Concealer to re-cover any bags that come creeping out from under my eyes, lip stain to touch up my lips if needed during the day, and eyeliner to touch up my existing eyeliner in case it fades.  Sometimes I’ll bring mascara as well, but mine typically stays on pretty well and I don’t feel the need to re-apply it.  I also carry multiple nail polishes along with nail polish remover.  I’m obsessed with having my nails painted and if one is chipped, then I like to be able to touch it up.

Feminine hygiene products.

You never know when mother nature may make her monthly appearance.  Depending on how close you are with your coworkers, it could be uncomfortable to ask around the office for a tampon.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Stain remover.

If you’re anything like me, this is a must!  I’m always spilling things whether it’s my lunch or my cup of coffee.  Sometimes I even get pen or highlighter ink on my clothing.  I’m a mess.  Literally.  So I always keep a stain remover pen in my desk drawer, my purse, and even my car so that I can clean it up quickly before anyone else notices.

Scented candles.

I literally have about seven candles at mad desk right now.  I hoard them.  It’s horrible, but awesome at the same time.  I love having a candle burning in the background while I work.  If you work in someone else’s office, then candles could be against the rules so double check with your boss first.  For those of you who work from home, like I do, then I highly suggest finding a tropical one for this time of year.  My mind is definitely on a beach somewhere, sipping on a margarita!

Cell phone charger.

Being that it’s 2016, I would assume this one would be a given.  But I could be wrong.  It definitely sucks to have your phone die halfway through your work day.  Who would you talk to about all the latest office drama?  How would you check your Facebook on your lunch break?  How would you listen to music while you work?  A very good majority of these questions can be answered, but let’s face it.  We’re all hooked on our phones and it almost devastating to have it die in the middle of the day.  So keep a backup charger at your desk!

A daily planner.

My entire life can be found in my two planners.  I have one for personal/school and one for blog/business/freelance, etc.  It works super well for me and keeps me organized so that I always know when things are due or what has to be done that day/week/month.  I highly recommend purchasing one if you have a lot going on in your life like I do.

Lint roller.

This is a must.  I have a dog and he sheds like crazy!  Wearing dark colors is impossible in my household and it’s quite embarrassing to show up to a meeting or a job interview, completely covered in dog hair.  For this reason, I keep one in my car as well.

Hand sanitizer.

This is super essential if you’re working in an office space surrounded by coworkers.  You never know who’s sick or who didn’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom.  You don’t have to constantly be applying it throughout the day, but it’s good to have for those questionable moments.

Airborne.

I take this product with me everywhere I go.  The last thing I want is to catch a cold at a super inconvenient time like right before a big important meeting.  But even if nothing major is in your near future, it’s still good to not get sick, right?

Extra® 35-stick pack.

As someone who has anxiety, I like to fidget a lot at my desk.  Extra® 35-stick pack is sometimes a great way to help out with that because it keeps some part of my body moving without distracting me from the task at hand.  Plus it gives me minty breathe in case I have to talk to someone important!  Super quick and easy way to get rid of coffee breathe.

10 Items Every Girl Boss Needs At Her Desk | Keating & Co.

I’m obsessed with Extra® 35-stick pack which features durable, recycled packaging.  This makes it super easy to spread it around.  We all remember those days when classmates would see the you have a pack of gum and immediately come up to you, wanting a piece.  I don’t know about you, but I definitely hid mine and snuck a piece when needed.  Well now I can share without giving away all of my gum.  Not only do I have gum for myself, but I’m able to share with friends and coworkers as well.  I can even add some gum to my purse so that it’s always with me when I need a piece.  My two favorites are the Extra® 35-stick pack Spearmint and Extra® 35-stick pack Polar Ice®.  Both can be purchased in the checkout line at your local CVS store.

10 Items Every Girl Boss Should Have At Her Desk | Keating & Co.

What necessities do you keep at work to help get you through the day?  Do you keep Extra® 35-stick pack at your desk?

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