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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.

3 Tips for a Better Work-Life Balance

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From the boardroom to the backyard, balancing everything in your life can be tricky. While it’s easy to fall into the trap of living at your desk, taking the time to step away can make you happier, healthier and even more creative. Intrigued? Here are some tips for finding the perfect balance:

1. Your desk is not a lunch table

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the most of your lunch hour. Eating while you stare at spreadsheets is no replacement for some fresh air and time to think. Even if you’re packing your lunch, try eating meals in the kitchen or on a picnic table outside. It might not seem like it at the time, but stepping away for a bit can allow you to recharge your batteries and generate solutions to problems that have stumped you all morning.

2. Work to live, don’t live to work

Sure there are times when you have to burn the midnight oil on a big presentation, but moderation is the key. It doesn’t take many 60-hour weeks to burn out even the hardest worker. Instead, try to work smarter, not just harder. A good night’s rest gives you a mental boost to solve the problems 4 cups of coffee can’t.

3. You have vacation days for a reason

It’s surprising how many people don’t make the most of their paid time off. Getting away, even if it’s just to check out a new museum in town or do some window shopping, does a body good. The important thing is to make sure the days you take off refresh you. If cleaning the house is your stress relief, more power to you. If not, don’t take a day off of work for more work.

More than anyone else, ladies know the challenges of balancing work with the rest of our lives. It’s not an easy process and it can take some trial and error, but the increase in your quality of life is beyond measure. Just remember, you’re always worth it.

What are the biggest challenges you face when trying to balance work life and home life? Let us know 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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A Skinnygirl Movie Night

While summer is full of days at the beach, al fresco dinner dates, and rooftop soirees, there’s something equally satisfying about calling up your own entourage and grabbing the floor pillows for a good, old fashioned movie night. Because ultimately, what’s better than an evening filled with new releases, old friends, and the theatre-ready snacks that are bound to go with it? For your own pre-previews party, try out these three easy recipes at home.
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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.

Skinnygirl Packing Tips

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There’s nothing more exciting than the sound of unzipping an empty suitcase and filling it with gear for adventures-in-the-making, but any traveler knows that a poor packing job — from overstuffing luggage to forgetting the necessities — can wreak major havoc on your vacation. Whether your final destination entails blue water swimming or blue diamond skiing, here are 10 tips to help you travel in style.

1. Make a List
Before packing, make a list of necessary items based on your trip’s duration, weather, and activities. Be modest in the amount of items that can be recycled during a vacation — like shoes and jeans — while you should go heavy on daily rotating clothing, such as tops and socks.

2. Roll With It
Rolling clothing into compact bundles not only helps to create more suitcase space — it decreases pesky creases that result from the go-to fold.

3. Travel-Sized Savvy
Between its easy transport, fee-free policy and no-fuss access, it’s no wonder carry-on baggage is the experienced traveler’s trick. Travel in flavor with your perfectly on-the-go Skinnygirl Water Enhancers.

4. Power to the Packer
You never know what inspiration will strike in transit, so always be prepared by fully charging up your electronics pre-journey to avoid any low battery warning signs.

5. Skip the Hair Tools
Almost every hotel these days will stock a decent hair dryer, so leave yours behind to make room for another mandatory pair of shoes — whether it’s sneakers or pumps.

6. Consider your City
If you’re wondering about what toiletries to pack, think about your destination and whether or not you’ll need to pack certain toiletries. You may be set if you’re staying at an accommodating hotel or under the roof of a friend or relative, whereas a camping trip might require some more suitcase space.

7. (Double) Check It
No one can remember it all, all of the time! Avoid any last-minute forgetful moments by running through your packing list one more time — aloud. Sure, it might seem silly and over-the-top, but trust us. You’ll be happy you did.

The Perfect Plate

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It’s time to dish about how we fill up our plates. Instead of trying to scale the food guide pyramid, just stick to this helpful guide to keep your meals healthy as well as tasty.

Don’t Spoil Your Oil: Stick with healthy oils like olive and canola

Your Better Half: Make half your plate a mix of fruits and veggies

Go Against the Refined Grain: Stick with whole grains like brown rice and whole-wheat bread

Make Stronger Choices: Choose healthy proteins like fish, poultry, beans and nuts

Fix Your Drink: Switch from sugary drinks and dairy to water with Skinnygirl Water Enhancers

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.