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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!...

Mornings Made For Mom

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Mornings in our home are hectic and sometimes crazy, to say the least. Between Zack getting up and ready for work, getting myself up and dressed for the day, our toddler and our dog, I’m sometimes left feeling completely exhausted by 9am. And when you’re a work-at-home mom, feeling tired by 9am isn’t good. To me, it starts the day off on the wrong foot and no work-at-home mama has time for that. I need a routine that will help me start the day on a more positive and energized note.

Recently I’ve taken a bit of a step back from my life to really hone in on any struggles I may be having and how I can make it a bit easier on myself. Mornings and evenings are easily the most stressful parts of my day, so to help my mornings run a bit more smoothly, I wake up just a tad earlier than Allie does so I can slip downstairs for a warm cup of coffee…by mysellf (any other mamas do this?!).

Zack is usually in the shower or getting ready for work at this time so I have the whole downstairs to myself for a bit. This is the only time of the day where I’m alone and my home is completely silent so I soak up every last moment of it.

If you’re a mom like me, then this post is probably already resonating with you. And if you love your morning cup of coffee as much as I do, then you’re in for a treat because that cup of coffee just got even better (and much easier to make as well)! Gone are the days where making a cup of coffee is a multi-step process.

Currently, I’m obsessing over the NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® 2 in 1 Coffee + Creamer Single Serve Pods in Hazelnut (you can also buy them in French Vanilla here). These pods combine quality NESCAFÉ® medium roast coffee with delicious COFFEE-MATE® Hazelnut flavored creamer making the perfect pairing. Together in the same pod for the first time, COFFEE-MATE® Hazelnut adds just the right amount of nutty sweetness for an amazingly smooth cup of coffee every time.

These coffee pods are super simple to use. You just pop it into your brewer (compatible with Keurig® K-Cup® and 2.0 Brewers) and enjoy! No need to mix in creamer! This is a game-changer for moms because once it’s brewed, it’s ready to be consumed which gives you even more time to yourself in the morning before the kids wake up! Now that’s a win if you ask me!

Once my coffee is brewed, I like to enjoy it in bed while I scroll through my emails and catch up on any notifications I may have gotten overnight. If Allie is still asleep after my emails, then I’ll take it to the bathroom with me while I shower and get ready for the day. I really use this time to soak up some alone time and get things done that aren’t as easily manageable with a toddler in tow.

Sometimes, if we wake up early enough, Zack and I are able to soak up these quiet moments together which makes it an even more special and important part of our day. He too is loving these new coffee pods (hazelnut being his favorite flavor). Being new parents to a toddler and working full-time leaves us with little to no time for ourselves some weeks. We’ll use this downtime to talk about our plans for the day, brainstorm dinner ideas, and check in with one another mentally and emotionally. So these early morning coffee sessions before we go our separate ways for the day are crucial to our marriage.

Mornings don’t have to be fast and overwhelming. In our home, we soak up these slower mornings and really take the time to ease into our day before the chaos hits. It’s a great way to start the day off on the right foot and set an overall positive tone for the day.

Want to try these for yourself? Download the ibotta app to your smartphone and you can earn $2.50 off any 1 COFFEE-MATE® Coffee Pod (10 ct.)! I am a huge fan of ibotta and take it with me every single time I go to the store. It’s a great way to find the best offers at your favorite stores and earn cash back on the things you buy every day! So it’s a great app to download if you’re a mom!

Do you have any coffee-related rituals that help ease you into your day? Let me know what your mornings look like in the comments below!

XOXO
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