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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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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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How To Get A Long-Lasting Manicure At Home

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How to Get A Long-Lasting Manicure At Home

I’m a girl who loves a good manicure so I love to save time and money by doing my nails myself at home. Between constantly typing on my computer, cleaning the house, and chasing a toddler my nails really taking a beating. Because of this, my “manicures” tend to last me maybe 24 hours if I’m lucky. At that point, I was doing my nails on the daily and ain’t no mama got time for that!

Since there’s next to no time in my day to continuously re-do my nails, I decided it was time to find a better process and upgrade my nail products as well. So today I’m super excited to be sharing my new favorite nail polish brand along with my tips for getting a flawless, long-lasting manicure at home.

How to Get A Long-Lasting Manicure At Home

Step 1: Prep your nails

Prepping your nails is so important in creating a long-lasting manicure. The prep can vary from person to person, but for me, this includes completely removing existing polish, trimming and shaping nails when needed, and deep cleaning underneath my fingernails. I love creating a little more of a “spa” feel by soaking my fingers in a small dish of soapy water too which also helps a lot in removing dirt and really cleaning your nails for the polish.

Step 2: Choose a great nail color

For this tutorial, I’m using the CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Polish which I am currently obsessed with. As a mom, my nails get chipped so easily during the day from normal wear and tear so I’m always on the lookout for nail polish brands that I know will stay put throughout the day.

One of the #1 reasons why I love using CND™ VINYLUX™ is because it leaves me with a flawless finish of a gel manicure while still being safe and easy to remove like traditional polish. This helps to maintain the healthy condition of nails. In addition to this, the  CND™ VINYLUX™ is the first-ever, long-wear polish that is infused with Vitamin E, Keratin and Jojoba Oil!

Another awesome benefit is that it gives you a manicure that lasts all week long. And for a mom, this is huge. No mom I know has time to give herself a full manicure every day. And to make your manicure even easier, these polishes come with a new ergonomic curve-hugging brush for flawless coverage! It’s almost fool-proof. Anyone can get an awesome manicure with CND™ VINYLUX™.

With it being autumn, I love having a nice black manicure (as cliche as that may sound) so I picked up CND™ VINYLUX™ in Black Pool. I love more neutral colors and shades that can match all sorts of outfits which is why this is typically my go-to color in the fall and winter months (in the summer I tend to switch to a white or a very pale pink!). I also picked up CND™ VINYLUX™ in Wildfire and Candied. Wildfire is another awesome fall color and Candied is a nice neutral, girly shade that I think is so pretty! They have a very expansive range of high-performing and trendy colors so if these don’t work for you, I’m sure you can find a shade that does!

CND™ VINYLUX™ can be found at your local Rite Aid store in the Nail Bar or Wall Display (with their brand new look, as pictured here!). For a limited time only, you can visit your local Rite Aid store and buy 2 CND™ VINYLUX™ products to receive $4 Bonus Cash at Rite Aid. This offer is valid 10/28/18-12/1/18 in-store only.

How to Get A Long-Lasting Manicure At Home

How to Get A Long-Lasting Manicure At Home

Step 3: Start with the color

With the CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Polish, there’s no need to add a base coat prior to the color. That’s because the colors are all-in-one base and color! As a mom, I LOVE this because it’s hard enough finding time during the day to do my nails with a toddler running around the house. So this saves me a step and allows me to get my nails done that much more quickly.

To get amazing results, it’s best to apply to thin coats of color and allow them to dry fully in between coats. I have the awful habit of getting impatient and applying my coats too close together and this results in nails that don’t fully dry. So it’s important to allow yourself time in between. Maybe catch up on a good television show or respond to some emails. Something that keeps your mind occupied for a solid 5-10 minutes.

Once the first layer is dry, you’re all set to add the second layer.

How to Get A Long-Lasting Manicure At Home

How to Get A Long-Lasting Manicure At Home

Step 4: Add a top coat

The final step is to apply one coat of the CND™ VINYLUX™ Long Wear Top Coat for a gel-like finish. It’s best to allow your nails a full 8.5 minutes for fully dry nails that won’t chip or smudge. This stuff is absolutely amazing you guys! This is what locks it all into place and keeps your manicure looking pretty for up to 7 days!

How to Get A Long-Lasting Manicure At Home

How to Get A Long-Lasting Manicure At Home

CND™ VINYLUX™ can be found at your local Rite Aid store in the Nail Bar or Wall Display (with their brand new look, as pictured here!). For a limited time only, you can visit your local Rite Aid store and buy 2 CND™ VINYLUX™ products to receive $4 Bonus Cash at Rite Aid. This offer is valid 10/28/18-12/1/18 in-store only.

How do you get a long-lasting manicure at home? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

XOXO
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