Digital Slowdown

Finding a balance between your phone and the real world

In the U.S., people check their phones an average of ever 12 minutes. That adds up to about 80 phone checks per day. Our technology-packed lifestyles have led some of us to seek a little break from the digital world. There’s a good chance you’re reading this article on your phone right now, but don’t start your phone break just yet! Wait until the end of this article to get a few tips to detach from social media and your phone. 
 
No More Nightstand
Don’t make your phone the first thing you look at in the morning. Stop using your phone as an alarm clock and put it out of reach when you got to bed. This will alleviate the urge to check Facebook, Twitter, and your email first thing in the morning. It also helps set the tone for the rest of your day to include less of your phone.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind
You can’t check an app you can’t see! Downloading software like FocusMe and others will help you stay productive and undistracted by making your most addictive apps less accessible. 

Set a Schedule
Most of us check our phones more than we even realize. To set a new habit for yourself, schedule time to be without your phone, laptop, or tablet. Try finding a morning activity to do every day before you log on or make a rule for yourself to stop checking your phone an hour before bed. You’ll forget how much you used to check your timeline!
 
REAL Face Time
Don’t replace your friendships with posts! Social media is meant to be an extension of your real-life friendships. If you have something you want to talk to a friend about, call instead of texting. Set a standing date with a friend to meet up and chat weekly. Having real, face-to-face conversations with the people who matter most is important to maintaining genuine relationships. It also keeps you in-tune with how your words affect people to take things offline. 
 
Following these few tips will help you keep a good balance of on and offline living. Now get out there and do something worth posting about! ;)

Motherly Moments

A new Mom’s take on motherhood and making memories

When I was sixteen years old, I wrote a list of things I wanted to do before I turned 30. My "30 List" included the whimsy of my sixteen-year-old self (#1: Swim with dolphins) and the aspirations of a young adult (#31: Fall in love). Of the items on the list, however, the one dearest to my heart is #67: Be a mom.

This year, eight days before my 30th birthday, I will celebrate my first Mother's Day.

On the afternoon of January 11th via emergency C-section, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Addison Ruth. The first few weeks after we got home from the hospital were difficult. She was fussy, her days and nights were reversed, and as first-time parents, we were overwhelmed. The past few months have gotten progressively better, we figured out how to calm her, began to understand her better and learned to savor the sweet moments.
As a new mom, it is the small moments that give me comfort and confidence. The joy you feel when your little one rewards you with a sweet smile or squeal of delight is nearly unparalleled,  but so is the heart break you feel when you are unable to successfully calm your inconsolable baby. In bath time, we found both of these extremes.

While the warm baths were enjoyable, Addison did not appreciate the cold world that followed and she had no qualms letting us know just how she felt. In adjusting our bath routine to include the Tender Moments Collection, we have been able to make this time much more enjoyable for all of us. The Tender Moments Lavender & Chamomille Softening Baby Hair and Body Wash is tear-free (which is so important with our squirmy little girl), and the scent of the lotion relays comfort and calm.

Addison seems to love the entire Tender Moments Lavender & Chamomile Collection, and where she finds solace - so do we! Our baby bath routine has become one of my favorite evening activities and is now full of tender moments with our sweet girl.

My mom used to tell me that I would never know how much she loved me, until I had a child of my own. It wasn't until I became pregnant that I understood the depth of a mother's love, my mother's love. Being a mother is the most wonderful, terrifying, joyful, stressful, and rewarding thing I have ever done.

To all the children out there... be sure to show your Mother love and appreciation, you may not yet know just how much she loves you. To all the moms, Happy Mother's Day and I couldn’t be happier to be one of you.

Beauty Inside & Out: Mango and Avocado Breakfast Smoothie

Fight wrinkles with a smoothie at day break

Beauty Inside & Out is a series of articles featuring foods that will leave your skin looking gorgeous. They were all created with Thermomix, the world’s most intelligent multifunction kitchen appliance; one that we’ve fallen head over heels for! Start your day off right with this smoothie that fights wrinkles and morning drag using the same Manuka Honey found in our JAFRA Royal Jelly Ritual products.
 
Mango and Avocado Breakfast Smoothie
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
You’ll Need:
  • 1 lime, peeled, white pith and pits removed
  • 4 oz. (¾ cup) mango, cut in pieces
  • 1 small avocado, cut in pieces (approx. 4 oz.)
  • 10 oz. (1¼ cup) coconut milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Manuka Honey
Directions:
For a standard blender, add ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
For Thermomix , place lime, mango, avocado, coconut milk and Manuka honey in the Thermomix mixing bowl and blend for 1 min with the speed set at 10. Serve immediately. Add toasted coconut flakes for a tasty extra touch.
 
The Beautiful Benefits:
Mangos contain fatty acids moisturize and soften your skin cells. Avocados have a lot of skin protecting antioxidants, like beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. They work together to prevent wrinkles and slow down signs of aging. Vitamin C is necessary for the creation of elastin and collagen, which are responsible for binding skin cells together to keep them firm. Avocados are a great source of vitamin C in addition to other compounds that keep your skin safe from wrinkle-creating free radicals. Manuka honey reduces redness and soothes inflamed skin while helping it hold in moisture. It also oxygenates your pores and draws out bacteria to give you some extra help in acne-prone areas.

Mind Tricks

5 Ways to Keep Your Mind on Its A-Game

We all know that our brains don’t always stay as sharp as time goes on. However, scientific advances in the last decade or so have shown that not all loss is permanent. Just like the muscles that make up our bodies, our most important organ benefits from being stretched and strengthened. Translation? Treat your brain right and it will return the favor. Want to keep your mind on it’s A-game? We’ve got a few tips:
 
Get Your Zzz’s…
Contrary to our workaholic, 24-7 culture, burning the midnight oil doesn’t lead to increased productivity. In fact, skipping sleep guarantees the increased likelihood of error, whether it’s your big presentation or operating your car safely. Turns out, few things have a more detrimental effect on your brain or your health in general than long-term sleep deprivation. Getting 7 to 8 hours nightly helps manage your hunger levels, boosts your immune system and sharpens your memory.
 
Connect Mind & Body
You may not realize it, but your body is an integral part of how you think. In other words, how you move your body and how you interact with the world around you have an impact on your thoughts – and on your brain’s health. Exercise is obviously important, but before you go start training to become a tri-athlete, consider that incorporating regular movement into your day (like a walk at lunchtime or a quick stretch before bed), can also have a positive effect.  
 
Turn Eastward (and Inward)
Practicing yoga and meditation not only help strengthen the mind body connection, they’re proven to help clear our heads and make us more present. Clarity like this has immense benefits, including improved problem solving and a tranquil mind.
 
Train Your Brain
Brain teasers (games like chess, soduku or attending a weekly trivia night) are the equivalent of a trip to the gym for your gray matter. These types of exercises keep you feeling young, strengthen your memory and helps stave off Alzheimer’s.
 
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