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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!...

5 Minute Curls

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5 Minute Curls | MainelyKeating.com

Lately, I’ve been super into styling my hair every morning. My hair is super thin and flat and honestly it just gets very boring after a while. I love to keep my hair long, but when it’s literally just hanging there, it looks horrible. So over the winter, I bought a new curling iron and completely fell in love with it. I now use it on my hair every single day. But while I love doing my hair every day, sometimes it can be a bit time-consuming. Not many people have the time or patience to spend 30+ minutes just curling their hair. Especially when you have a full-time job or kids or God forbid you choose to get an extra few minutes of sleep that morning. A 30 minute hair care routine just isn’t always doable. So after a little trial and error, I found an awesome way to quickly and easily curl your hair in roughly five minutes (I say roughly because this is going to greatly vary depending on your hair type and how fast you’re able to curl hair).

5-Minute Curls | KeatingBartlett.com

5-Minute Curls | KeatingBartlett.com

So first and foremost, it’s important to start with clean hair. Or at least for me, it’s always helpful. Currently I’m using the Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Moisture Shampoo, Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Moisture Conditioner, and the Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Moisture Anti-Breakage Treatment. I picked these up from Walmart and they were super affordable to add to my hair care collection! With it being summertime, it’s so important to keep your hair moisturized and looking healthy. Chlorine from pools and the salt water from the oceans can really take a toll on your hair and leave it feeling dry and damaged. That’s why I stick with a hair care system that puts that moisture back in my hair and repairs any damage caused by my summertime activities. I start out with the Ultimate Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner and then to complete the system, I’ll use the Anti-Breakage Treatment a couple times a week (or whenever I’m out in the sun or in the water for an extended period of time).

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5 Minute Curls | KeatingBartlett.com

5 Minute Curls | KeatingBartlett.com

Now before touching your hair with any heated product, I always recommend you use a good heat protectant first. This will prevent your hair from becoming damaged from the heat of the curling iron, straightener, blow dryer, or whatever it is that you’re using. Be sure to spray enough on your hair so that it’s all covered, but don’t completely drench it. I then comb through it and allow it to set for a minute or two so that my hair isn’t damp when I go to curl it (otherwise you’re not going to be able to lock in the curls). Sometimes I’ll put in the heat protectant, do my makeup and then come back to it. Whatever works for you and your schedule!

After I’ve protected my hair with a good heat protectant, it’s time to start curling. Any curling iron or wand will do. I’m currently using a basic curling iron from Walmart. Nothing too fancy. I also have a couple curling wands that I love and use frequently as well. Whatever works best for you and your hair! It doesn’t have to be some fancy curling iron or anything like that.

Once I’m ready to get started on my hair, then I flip my hair upside down and put it up into a loose ponytail on top of my head. I try to get it as high as I can just so I can see it better in the mirror as I’m working on it. Makes my life so much easier! From there, I just begin working through each strange until they’re all curled. I typically take about 1-inch strands at a time and hold the curl for 10 seconds. If I have a little more time to work with then I’ll hold it for 15-20 seconds.

5-Minute Curls | KeatingBartlett.com

5-Minute Curls | KeatingBartlett.com

5-Minute Curls | KeatingBartlett.com

Now as mentioned above, the time it takes to actually do this is going to depend on your hair type and how long you’re holding each curl. My hair is super thin and flat and thankfully it curls relatively well. My sister’s hair, on the other hand, is super thick and it’s next to impossible to get her hair to hold a curl. It’s horrible. I cringe whenever she asks me to curl her hair. It’s that hard to curl. So don’t get discouraged if your hair type takes a little bit longer to curl than mine. This is still generally the fastest and easiest way to curl hair if you’re in a time crunch!

Once you’ve curled every strand, you’re free to take down the ponytail. You can even choose to leave your hair up for the day if you’re more of a ponytail kind of girl! Adding the curls is an easy way to change-up a simple look. I like to have long, loose curls as opposed to short rightly wound ones so to achieve this, I like to run my fingers through the curls to loosen them up a bit. If you like them the way they are, then leave them as is! Depending on how they come out and how much time I have left, I’ll also run my curling iron through a couple of the curls if needed for some touch ups. To make them last all day, be sure to lock them in place with your favorite hair spray or finishing spray. I currently use a finishing spray rather than a hairspray because I feel like it doesn’t weigh down my hair as much or give the curls a stiff feeling like hairspray does. I also have a great curling mousse that I use occasionally as well. So use your favorite go-to product to get the look you want.

5-Minute Curls | KeatingBartlett.com

5-Minute Curls | KeatingBartlett.com

From here, you are good to go! This look is super simple and quick to do so it’s perfect for the days where you sleep in late or just don’t have enough time or energy to do a full hairdo. It takes five minutes, but it looks like you spent 30 on it. Perfect for any busy woman!

What your quick and easy go-to hairstyle?

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