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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!...

How To Cope With Stress This Holiday Season

How To Cope With Stress This Holiday Season - The holidays are a stressful time of year, especially when you have anxiety. It can be overwhelming. So here's how to cope with stress this holiday season.

Anyone else about ready to rip their hair out this holiday season? Anyone? Just me? I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but this is literally the single most stressful time of year. Work is extra busy because I’m always taking on new campaigns and additional work between October and December. Then you have Thanksgiving and Christmas which consists of traveling and cooking and gift buying and holiday cards, etc. It’s never-ending!

Coping with holiday-related stress can seem impossible some years. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed which makes it hard to stay focused on your mental health. Especially if you don’t have a good plan in place to help you conquer everything you have going on. So here’s how to successfully cope with holiday stress this year.

Get organized

My daily planner goes EVERYWHERE with me. No joke. It’s always on me. I would literally be lost if something happened to my planner or if I forgot it at home one day. Yes, I could always put everything into my phone since I always have it, but I’m just one of those people who have to write everything down. My planner contains all my assignments for school, their due dates, milestone tasks, etc. It contains my both my personal daily schedule as well as my posting schedule for my blog. It has all of my to-do lists, shopping lists, side notes, and SO much more. My entire life is in my planner. And of course, it’s VERY color-coded as well to make it easier to interpret when things get messy. It makes the holiday season so much less stressful.

Work it out

My gym time is even more crucial this time of year. It always makes me feel amazing and on top of the world whenever I spend an hour in the gym. It’s the best feeling in the world. I’ll never understand people who don’t like a good work out. I promise you, if you’re stressed out and needing a good pick me up, then the gym is the best place for you to be! It’s one of the best stress relievers.

Related: Get Fit This Holiday Season With These 8 Easy Tips

Take a moment to breathe

It can be hard to find that moment in the busy holiday season, but it’s so important to find it. Spend an extra ten minutes in bed in the morning or spend some extra time in the shower. Have your husband take over the parenting duties for an hour so you can read a good book or get in a good work out or whatever it may be. Whatever calms you and gets you away from your busy life for a moment, do it! You do not have to be on the go 24/7. It’s okay to take a moment to yourself and just breathe and collect your thoughts before you continue through your day.

Learn how to say ‘no’

It’s crucial that you know your limits. If you’re already swamped with projects and are barely able to keep yourself afloat, then taking on another project probably isn’t your best bet. And that’s perfectly okay! You don’t have to do it all. Maybe set a limit for yourself. For example, you’ll only take on x additional shifts at work this holiday season or you’ll only take on x blog campaigns at a time or throughout the month. Whatever that limit may be, set it ahead of time so that you know when it’s time to say ‘no’.

Phone a friend or family member

Whenever I get stressed, I call my parents. They are the absolute best in helping me find solutions to my problems or keeping me distracted for 30 minutes while they catch me up on everything going on back home. I also have a few friends that I’ll call or text when I’m super stressed out as well. It’s good to have that positive, supportive network to lean on when you need it.

Related: 4 Easy Ways to Maintain A Relationship With Long-Distance Family

Ask for help when you need it

I admit I am so absolutely horrible with this one. I hate asking for help. I’m that person who wants to be able to do it all on her own and look like Superwoman. But sometimes it’s just not doable. So it’s okay to ask for help when you need it! Never feel like you have to do everything on your own. If you have a significant other, then request their assistance with the dishes and cooking dinner one night. Let them take over the children for an hour so you can get in a good work out or catch up on some emails and other miscellaneous tasks that need to be done.

How do you cope with stress during the holiday season?

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