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I love watching this little girl grow. This photo was just taken in early October and she's already a completely different child now. She's running, talking, and has all the best dance moves. She has a favorite stuffed animal, favorite foods and loves to read books. She knows all of her body parts as well as a few animals and what they say.  She knows people's names and can recognize a photo of them on the wall. This child is so bright and so beautiful and there's nothing I love more than being her mom 😍
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I love watching this little...

Anyone else dreaming of summertime yet? Because I am 😂  it's our first winter in Maine in the longest time and I must say I'm very much missing the sunshine and warm weather of California right about now 😭
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Anyone else dreaming of summertime...

Today was a big day. Today, I ended my 19+ months of being "just" a stay-at-home mom and blogger and officially went back to work outside the home. Last month, I officially accepted a position as a Behavioral Health Professional, working with kids with behavioral issues and disabilities and today I had my first full day away from Allie. While I missed her terribly, it was so refreshing to have the opportunity to talk to and work with other adults for the first time in 2.5 years. I’m so incredibly excited for this opportunity and to start making a difference in these families’ lives. HUGE huge thank you to my husband for being the stay-at-home parent this month and another huge thank you to my sisters (@alexvic3179 and @kendalanne4), Zack’s mom (@mbartlett28) and anyone else who may be watching Allie in order to allow me to go back to work and pursue this dream. 😍
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Today was a big day....

Lately, I've become obsessed with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. My skin is so acne prone these days and this lotion dries them right up overnight. It's become one of my holy grail beauty products. Check out the blog for five more of my holy grail beauty products! {link in the bio}
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Lately, I've become obsessed with...

Exploring the Old Port today with @autumnbellefleur. I love that all the Christmas decor is still up 😍
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Exploring the Old Port today...

Because sometimes mama needs some alone time 👌🏻😂 after a crazy busy past few days, I’m so happy to be spending this next hour in the tub, enjoying some much needed silence...well, until the munchkin wakes up from her nap and ruins it 😂 #momlife how are you de-stressing from the holidays? •
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Because sometimes mama needs some...

I swear Christmas is 10x more magical when you have little ones 😍  our little family couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas this year👌🏻
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I swear Christmas is 10x...

This is the first Christmas Allie got to leave out cookies and milk for Santa 😍 so excited to have this tradition with her every year! •
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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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