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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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Blogmas starts in T-5 days!...

5 Simple Ways To Focus On Self Care As A New Mom

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5 Simple Ways To Focus On Self-Care As A New Mom | MainelyKeating.com

Self care is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. I cannot stress enough how important it is for new moms to focus on self-care. I’m a huge believer in the oxygen mask mentality: you must take care of yourself before you can take care of others. So in order to be the best mom and wife you can possibly be, you absolutely need to be putting yourself first and making sure you have exactly what you need to be happy and healthy. I’ve had a lot of moms tell me they feel selfish when they put themselves first rather than their children, but I promise you it’s 100% worth it. So how do we find the time in our busy schedules to make time for ourselves?

I get it. It can be super challenging to find a moment in your day to even finish your cup of coffee, let alone skip out for a couple hours and do something for yourself. It’s an everyday struggle for a lot of moms. Especially those who are first time moms. But you don’t even have to leave the house to focus on self-care! You can focus on yourself right from the comfort of your own home with AVEENO® from Walmart.

5 Simple Ways To Focus On Self-Care As A New Mom | MainelyKeating.com

Work It Out

We all know that my go-to form of self-care is hitting the gym. I might as well move in next door! The gym does so many great things for both your physical and mental health. It’s crazy how much better I feel even after just a quick 30 minute workout. And on the days where I just can’t make it to the gym, I’ll either do a good workout at home in my living room or take Allie for a two or three mile walk around our neighborhood. As long as I’m up and moving, I’m guaranteed to feel better afterwards.

Sleep In

Yup. As a new mom, I sleep in. *gasp!* This may not be as doable for some moms, but if you’re child is sleeping or your spouse is home, take advantage of it! I’m so fortunate that Allie is a go with the flow type of baby. She goes to bed around 9pm and wakes up around 6am when Zack gets up for work. I’ll quickly and quietly give her a bottle and then put her right back down. She’ll then sleep until I’m ready to get up around 9/9:30! If you can get your baby to sleep in a bit or have some time while they’re napping to get some sleep, then do it!

Learn How To Say ‘No’

This has been a big one for me as I can sometimes be a people pleaser. I hate saying ‘no’ and disappointing people. But learning how to say ‘no’ is so important. When you’re a new mom, the list of things you feel you have to do seems to be never-ending and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed very quickly. I actually keep my phone on silent a good 90% of the time and have notifications turned off so that I’m better able to focus on the things that are most important to me throughout the day. It helps a ton!

I also have two mental priorities lists. The first list is the bigger picture: myself/my health, my marriage/husband, my daughter, my family, my friends (in that order). The second includes daily tasks like my blog/work, the gym, errands, cleaning the house, cooking dinner, social events, etc (somewhat in that order). So whenever I feel like my to do list is never-ending, I’m better able to look at my list and pinpoint what matters to me and what doesn’t.

So take the time to learn how to take a look at your to do list and prioritize. What on that list can you say ‘no’ to? Don’t feel obligated to accept every night out with friends or every work project or even to wash the dishes. The laundry can wait an extra day and your usual weekend dinner with the girls can be postponed. It’s not the end of the world! Do what you need to do and be realistic on how much you’re choosing to take on.

Get Out Of The House

Leaving the house with a new baby can be scary when you’re a brand new mom. What if he/she cries? What if they poop? What if they throw up? What if they cry and everyone stares at you? And isn’t it going to be a hassle to take a baby out? All new moms ask themselves these questions and all new moms are scared of everything I listed above. But you cannot let that stop you from leaving the house. Getting out and interacting with others and stretching your legs is so important. Yeah, it might be a little stressful and nerve racking, but you have to leave the house at some point, right? Take the plunge!

5 Simple Ways To Focus On Self-Care As A New Mom | MainelyKeating.com

Indulge A Little

A lot of the time, I’ll take my showers at night so since Zack’s home during these showers, I’ll always choose to make my shower a bit longer than usual so I can soak up the warm water and have some time to myself. I’ll give Allie to Zack and I’ll completely indulge in all my favorite beauty products. It’s my time to fully decompress and make myself feel new again. It’s almost like hitting a reset button. So I always look forward to my nighttime showers. AND it’s a super easy way to add some ‘me time’ to your day. You have to shower anyways, right? So why not wait until a time when your significant other is home and can take over parenting duties?

For any good self-care bath or shower, you need to gather the right products and anything you may need to relax. This can be magazines (if you’re taking a bath over a shower), candles, incense, a nice glass of wine, your favorite bubble bath. Whatever it is that you need to fully decompose and relax for a while. For me, I typically bring in my iPhone and play some slow country music. I almost always bring in a chilled glass of wine and I always make sure to have AVEENO®.

5 Simple Ways To Focus On Self-Care As A New Mom | MainelyKeating.com

The first two AVEENO® products I always make sure to have are the AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner. Their sulfate-free formulas help to rebalance hair’s optimal moisture leaving it looking more naturally healthy and feeling super soft and smooth. Both formulas are effective at removing impurities and renewing hair to its most balanced state with each wash. The shampoo contains a natural derived non-penetrating cleanser that provides gentle care for hair & scalp. The conditioner is very lightweight and moisturizes and softens without weighing down your hair. These products are both dye free and are also safe for color treated hair!

The other product I absolutely must have is the AVEENO® Positively Radiant® 60 Second In-Shower Facial. This is probably my favorite part of my shower. The in-shower facial is oil-free and contains soy and lemon peel extracts. It deeply but gently exfoliates dirt, oil and dead skin and transforms dull, tired-looking skin to brighter, more naturally radiant skin in just 60 seconds! It reveals healthy, glowing skin 4x faster than at-home masks and peels. No new mom wants to look as tired as they feel and this in-shower facial is the perfect solution!

5 Ways I Focus On Self Care As A New Mom | KeatingBartlett.com

All of these products can be picked up at your nearest Walmart location. The AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® 60 SECOND IN-SHOWER FACIAL can be found with other face washes and masks while the AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner can be found with the other shampoos and conditioners in the hair care aisle.

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