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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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How To Simplify Your Laundry Routine (Even With Kids and Pets!)

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How To Simplify Your Laundry Routine (Even With Kids and Pets!)

Laundry, when you’re a mom, can sometimes feel overwhelming and never-ending. And the more people you have in your home, the worse it can be. Now that Allie’s a toddler, she spends her day playing outside in the dirt so her clothes are constantly being washed and changed. Zack changes his clothes multiple times a day between his gym clothes, his work uniforms, and the clothes he wears coming home. And then I typically wear two outfits a day: my workout clothes in the morning and then the clothes I wear for the rest of the day.

The laundry can pile up super quickly some weeks and in some households, this can feel very overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, laundry in our home is actually far from stressful and I firmly believe it can be this way in every family across the country. Here’s how we’ve simplified laundry in our home.

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Do The Laundry As You Go

As simple as it is, this is seriously my biggest “secret” to staying on top of the laundry. We do it as we go as opposed to waiting until it all builds up. We typically toss laundry right in the empty washing machine and once it’s full, one of us will toss in some Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs and the Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster Beads and start the wash. In our home, this leads to maybe 1-2 loads of laundry a week which is very easy and manageable here. If you do it as you go, then there’ll be no need to spend your weekends at home cleaning. You can spend with your family instead. And that’s what all moms want, right?

Put Laundry Away The Same Day It’s Washed

This has always been a challenge for me due to being a huge procrastinator in the laundry department. But it’s a lot less stressful when you do it all at once. When the wash is done, load it into the dryer. When the dryer is done, take it all upstairs and put it away. As I mentioned above, if you do it all as you go, then it’s much harder for it to all build up. Take it from someone who has been there, done that. Laundry baskets full of clean clothes is flat out annoying and overwhelming. So put it away once it’s clean.

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Choose A Scent The Whole Family Loves

We just recently picked up the Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs, Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster Beads, and the Gain Dryer Sheets all in the new scent, Fresh Water Sparkle. This scent is amazing and is exclusive to Dollar General stores. Between having a toddler, a military husband (with very smelly uniforms) and a large German Shepard, it’s important to have a great scent and the Fresh Water Sparkle scent by Gain is a new favorite in our home.

Not only are we loving this new scent, but we’re also loving Gain laundry products in our home. The NEW Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs are packed with 50% more scent than Gain liquid laundry detergent and are super easy to use. You just toss the pac directly into the drum before adding your clothes and it will dissolve in the water. They can be sued with both hot and cold water and are HE compatible as well. For larger loads, you may need to use additional pacs. Being a mom, safety is always one of my top concerns so it makes me so happy that the packaging for the Gain flings!™ laundry pods comes with a child guard zipper.

We also use the Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster Beads in every load of laundry. The Gain Fireworks are scent beads that give your clothes an extra boost of scent. The more scent beads you add, the more amazing your laundry smells. You just shake the scent beads directly into the drum of your washer prior to adding your clothes.

Lastly, we use the Gain Dryer Sheets. These fight static in the dryer while also adding the amazing Fresh Water Sparkle scent. You’ll be left with fewer wrinkles, more softness and less static.

With this awesome pairing, our clothing always comes out clean and smelling phenomenal.

Simplify Your Laundry Routine

Wash All Laundry Together

These days, there’s no need to separate everyone’s laundry. We’ve always washed Allie’s laundry with our own and we never separate colors and certain fabrics or anything like that. I do wash sheets and comforters separately, but that’s simply because our comforter takes up the entire washing machine. Otherwise, everything else gets washed together which leaves us with far fewer loads to do (which, again, makes laundry that much more manageable).

Only Wash Laundry When It’s Dirty

Remember when I said we only do 1-2 loads of laundry a week? Well, that’s because we only wash clothes that are dirty. Jeans, for example, can be worn more than once before washing them. Same with sweatshirts, shorts, bras, etc. Allie also wears her pj’s more than once before they get washed too. Of course, you use your best judgment here. If you’re wearing something on a hot summer’s day then you’re more likely to wash it after one wear due to sweating. Same with gym clothes. Those always get tossed in the wash after one use. So always make sure you’re only washing clothes that are actually dirty.

Get Organized

I feel that organization is the key to just about everything in a mom’s life. Our organization is pretty basic in our home, but it works well. As mentioned earlier, we toss dirty laundry right into the washing machine as opposed to a laundry basket, but we do have three baskets for sorting later on. When laundry comes out of the dryer, I’ll separate everyone’s clothes to make it easier to bring upstairs. That way I’m not running back and forth between everyone’s bedrooms and closets, putting it all away.

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How do you tackle laundry in your home?

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