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3 Reasons to Unplug Today

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Take a look around you. How many screens can you count? A computer? Check. Phone? Check. TV? Probably. While every lady has multitasking down to a fine science, sometimes you just need to unplug. It can seem daunting to go off the grid but stronger relationships and increased happiness are well worth it. Not convinced? Check out the best reasons to have a digital detox below:

1. Less FaceTime, more face time

While texts and Snapchats are great for staying in touch with your friends, they’re no substitute for the real thing. Instead of Instagramming your latest cocktail, why not bring your friends to try it for themselves? The sad fact about technology is that while it brings us closer, it can also put up walls.

2. Get to know the real you

From the moment you switch off the alarm on your phone to the ebook you read before bed, we seldom have a moment away from our gadgets. The problem with our constant connectivity is that there’s a real value to being alone with our thoughts. Every second to yourself can be a moment for self-reflection and innovation. Why do you think your best ideas come to you in the shower?

3. Attention spans longer than Vine videos

As we continue to use technology, our attention span gets shorter and shorter. It’s easy to jump from article to article just checking headlines while peeking on social media, but you’re missing out on learning more. By taking a little break, you can remind yourself how focusing in on one thing at a time increases your attention span.

Cutting the chord is a tricky proposition for anyone, but the results are well worth it. Even if it’s just for a day, a little “you time” and a real life experience with your friends does a girl good. Plus, all those selfies will still be waiting for you tomorrow.

What’s the longest you think you could last tech-free? Share in the comments.

3 Reasons to Unplug Today

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Take a look around you. How many screens can you count? A computer? Check. Phone? Check. TV? Probably. While every lady has multitasking down to a fine science, sometimes you just need to unplug. It can seem daunting to go off the grid but stronger relationships and increased happiness are well worth it. Not convinced? Check out the best reasons to have a digital detox below:

1. Less FaceTime, more face time

While texts and Snapchats are great for staying in touch with your friends, they’re no substitute for the real thing. Instead of Instagramming your latest cocktail, why not bring your friends to try it for themselves? The sad fact about technology is that while it brings us closer, it can also put up walls.

2. Get to know the real you

From the moment you switch off the alarm on your phone to the ebook you read before bed, we seldom have a moment away from our gadgets. The problem with our constant connectivity is that there’s a real value to being alone with our thoughts. Every second to yourself can be a moment for self-reflection and innovation. Why do you think your best ideas come to you in the shower?

3. Attention spans longer than Vine videos

As we continue to use technology, our attention span gets shorter and shorter. It’s easy to jump from article to article just checking headlines while peeking on social media, but you’re missing out on learning more. By taking a little break, you can remind yourself how focusing in on one thing at a time increases your attention span.

Cutting the chord is a tricky proposition for anyone, but the results are well worth it. Even if it’s just for a day, a little “you time” and a real life experience with your friends does a girl good. Plus, all those selfies will still be waiting for you tomorrow.

What’s the longest you think you could last tech-free? Share in the comments.

Skinnygirl Icy Treats

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When the sky-high humidity indexes obstruct your walk to the neighborhood frozen yogurt vendor or chase off the local ice cream truck, look no further than your own kitchen pantry and freezer. With endless flavor options, fun (not to mention A/C-accompanied) afternoon activity and controllable calories, homemade frozen treats have never seemed like a hotter idea. Here are just a few of this summer’s coolest indulgences.
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Campfire Cooking

Nothing gathers a crowd faster than a campfire — except, perhaps, the food that stems from it. This summer, take full advantage of collaborative campground efforts by packing recipes that are easy to make, sure to please, and leave everyone begging for seconds (and thirds). Here are three recipes to ensure the stories and rounds of charades last as long as the campfire.

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Summer Beach Bag

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The Top Of Your List
The first thing you’ll put down is a towel, so pack it on top where it’s close at hand.
Don’t worry about rubbing it in
Spray on sunscreens may save time, but who’s counting when a cute guy helping you out?
The Best Pleasures are the Guiltiest
Forget the New Yorker, a day on the beach calls for the trashiest romance novel you can find.
Watch Your Lips
Lip balm prevents chapping as well as sunburn.
Find a spot in the shades
Protect your eyes and your style with a fashionable pair of sunglasses.
Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
A good pair of speakers will keep your playlist going late into the night.
Drink to Good Health
In the hot summer sun, it’s more important than ever to keep hydrated.
Don’t Settle for Boring
Skinnygirl Water Enhancers provide natural flavor that’s adjustable to fit your taste.

Best Pre & Post Workout Treats

Knowing what to eat and drink before and after a workout can be as challenging as the elliptical routine itself — but once you’ve got the basics, you’ll be well-equipped for any exercise routine that comes your way. Here are a few nutrition-fueled tips and tricks to consider when it comes to pre- and post-gym practices.

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Before:
Hydrate
It’s important to hydrate in advance of a workout (about 30 minutes) for optimal energy and safety. Jazz up your normal water routine. Add a splash of flavor to your glass with any of the Skinnygirl Liquid Water Enhancers — from tropical Pineapple Coconut to tangy White Cherry.

Carbs
When it comes to working out, carbs are well-deserved and welcomed. Oatmeal gradually releases energy during a workout, which confirms two great facts: you can (and should) eat carbs, and now, you can totally tackle those extra 10 minutes on the treadmill.

Fruit
Opt for fruits that are easily digestible, such as a potassium-rich banana, or top your oatmeal with blueberries, which are big-time hydration helpers.

After:
Protein
On the Go: If you’re tight on time and need a quick pick-me-up, go for a nutrient-dense snack, such as Skinnygirl Daily On the Go Bars. Their fun flavors — from Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate to Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel — are just as satisfying as their hunger-curbing doses of protein and fiber.

To Stay: If you’ve got the time, make yourself a well-earned meal that centers around a protein-packed component, such as salmon or grilled chicken. The lean protein will help muscle maintenance, while also fighting hunger pangs for hours on end.

Carbs
That’s right — more carbs! To recharge post-workout, aim for vitamin-heavy, complex carbs, such as sweet potatoes, or indulge in a healthy heaping of fiber-charged quinoa with dried fruits and nuts.

Truth About Cleansing

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Between the rapid weight loss, through-the-roof energy potential and serious celebrity backing, a mid-winter cleanse can be tempting—especially when picturing a swiftly approaching swimsuit season. But don’t start stocking up on the cayenne pepper just yet. The requirements of some cleanses can be expensive, and perhaps ultimately ineffective for those seeking long-term results and benefits. Most importantly, the intense regimen of some detox programs can potentially bring with them a whole slew of immediate health consequences, from depleted energy levels to mood swings. As with every health consideration, remember that no one option fits all, and that there is no universally perfect cleanse. However, by listening to your body and incorporating the following three practices in moderation, you can expect to see—and feel—big-time health benefits, both now and later.

Hello, Hydration: In addition to flushing out toxins, adequate water intake (approximately eight glasses per day) helps transport nutrients to cells and aids in kidney function. And while a 10-day water cleanse does exist, the potential side effects—from nausea and dizziness, to a weakened immune system and quick weight regain—imply that you’re best off sticking to a more traditional fork and knife approach. For bonus detox effects, squeeze a lemon wedge into your glass—the potassium-rich citrus helps to stimulate liver function. In a hydration rut? Try adding a squeeze of Skinnygirl Liquid Water Enhancer for a quick and simple flavor boost.

Skip the Sugar: Unlike vitamins and minerals, our bodies have no need for sugar—hence its “empty calorie” moniker. In addition to this unsettling idea, the fructose in sugar puts our liver workload into overtime and could carry long-term metabolic consequences. Needless to say, finding ways to eliminate sugar from our diets—from the obvious chocolate chip cookie to the processed and refined culprits like breads and cereals—has significant benefits in the long run. While cutting out sweets cold turkey is likely to prompt some undesirable side effects (think crankiness and mild headaches), a speedy onset of augmented energy and better sleeping patterns are likely to follow. To help curb cravings, try incorporating Skinnygirl Sweetener where you’d normally use sugar—from coffee and tea, to whipped cream, Greek yogurt and fruit.

Eat Your (Raw and Cooked) Vegetables: Vegetables have always been lauded in the health realm for their megadose of vitamins and minerals. While raw food cleanses advocate keeping your legumes away from the stove (i.e. no more than approximately 115 degrees celsius) for maximum nutrient intake, some vegetables maintain or release their biggest health benefits with a little more cooking time. The nutrient powerhouses that do best “au naturel” include broccoli, beets, onions and peppers, while those that can (and should) take the heat include mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and asparagus.

Women’s History Month

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March is National Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme—character, courage and commitment—leaves us much to celebrate. We know you’re busy juggling a host of variables to ensure a healthy and balanced lifestyle throughout the year, so use this month to reflect, appreciate and cherish how strong, brave and resilient you are, each and every day. Let’s hear it for the girls!

Character
Sticking to your values is one of the greatest tests of character. Sure, everyone has to compromise at times, but you shouldn’t be afraid to stand your ground when it really matters. This month, remember your importance by honoring the promises you’ve made to yourself. Whether it’s a movie date, home cooked dinner or that monthly girl’s-night-in; some things should never be sacrificed.

Courage
Change is never easy, but us women are a strong and fierce breed who are ready for anything. This month, strive to do one thing each day that challenges you, whether it’s signing up for an invigorating exercise class at your gym or asking for the big raise you’ve worked for. We know you can conquer anything.

Commitment
A healthy lifestyle is less about restriction and rules, and more about a balanced routine that incorporates all of the things you love most in life. But we know balance doesn’t come easily, and a strong dedication to healthful choices is required on a daily basis. It can be tough to hit the gym instead of the snooze button, but you’ve got what it takes.

Coffee For Every Situation

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With the exception of the few naturally-enabled go-getters in this world, most of us crave, look forward to, and, yes, OK—depend on—caffeine to get us through the day. And while any style of java will guarantee that awakening aid is on its way, we like to think that your coffee ritual deserves the same amount of shaking up as do the rest of your schedule’s going-ons. To ensure you’re equipped with the best possible jolt for any moment, check out the following buzz-worthy brews and recipes.

Catch Up To Morning Madness
Between getting ready, packing lunches and tackling commutes, mornings aren’t exactly overflowing with free time. To be better prepared for AM multitasking, find a quick fix in instant coffee that can be gulped down chez vous or taken with you for on-the-go awakening. For big-time rushes, skip the hot water and opt for a two-step iced variation.
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Get Wide Awake At Work
You know you’ve got brilliant ideas and know-how in the office, and there’s nothing that can get in your way from saying so—except, perhaps, the sleep deprivation caused by last night’s meeting prep. Kick the fatigue—fast—with a café Cubano, a frothy shot of espresso with a touch of sweetness that’ll have you Powerpoint and laser pen-ready in no time.
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A Lazy, Sleeping In Kind of Sunday
No wonder we love the weekends so much. After six days of work presentations, parent-teacher meetings and social gatherings, there’s nothing more rewarding than getting a full night’s rest, only to be greeted by a day scheduled with absolutely nothing—except for reading by the fireplace. Get into full relaxation mode with a decadent and well-deserved mocha, built for sipping through the chapters.
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