Four Warning Signs You Need to Unplugging

In the final weeks leading up to our wedding, life was pretty crazy. While this was to be expected, I was surprised just how attached to my phone I felt like I needed to be. Plans were constantly changing and there were people to update and new details to figure out. Having my phone close by made me feel like I was keeping things under control. I realized just before the wedding that my relationship with my phone was getting a little out of hand. By the time our honeymoon came, I was beyond ready to break-up with my phone and unplug. So today I am sharing the warning signs that I have experienced and signs that you too may need to unplug from the technology in your life.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamote

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Signs You Need to Unplug

#1 – You feel the need to check your phone every 5 minutes or less! Whether this is an anxiety based action or just a habit, it is not normal to check your phone five times while you watch a movie or eat dinner.

#2 – You let your phone rule the present. If a Twitter or Facebook notification frequently leads you to cut a conversation off with a person you are spending time with, you need to unplug.

#3 – You have a panic attack when you leave your phone at home .. for fifteen minutes!  I once had a mild panic attack when I went to the grocery store to get milk. I have also turned the car around to get my phone, even though it made me late to my destination and I had no real use for my phone. This may seem silly, but you will be ok without your phone while you grocery shop!

#4 – You imagine hearing phone noises or seeing notifications pop up on your phone. If you have ever think your phone is ringing or vibrating when it’s really not, this is a big sign you need to unplug.

What does it mean to unplug?

Personally, I think of unplugging like a spectrum. You can unplug for 30 minutes while you workout or for a whole day. Some days I’ll put my phone down in my bedroom for a couple of hours while I clean or do laundry. Other times, like on our honeymoon, my phone was in airplane mode for a whole week and I checked my inbox or social media accounts a couple of times.

For me, my 9 to 5 job and blogging require frequent social media, emails galore and phone calls. Sometimes my relationship with my phone can feel like a love-hate relationship. It enables me to accomplish so much and connect with so many people. But, it can also feel like too much at times — hello wedding planning — ha!

Technology certainly offers valuable ways for us to connect with each other, but it is possible to take it too far. Doesn’t it seem ironic to watch a group of friends or family members at dinner pick up their cell phones or tablets and proceed to sit together while they stare at these devices? Don’t get me wrong – I am guilty of this! And sometimes it is necessary. Sometimes there are emergencies and deadlines in life. But other times, on a normal day, I think it is important to unplug regularly.

Give yourself permission to put the phone down and enjoy exactly where you are and who you are with right now.

Looking out for signs that you need to unplug is key to ensuring your relationship with your phone, tablet, laptop or television doesn’t take away from the human relationships in your life. Technology should enhance those relationships, not take away from them. Lastly, I will add that everyone is different. You may need to consciously unplug every day, while others may be fine with unplugging every week or two. Test out the waters and see what works best for you.

Do you feel like you need to unplug? Have you unplugged recently? Do you unplug when you travel or when you do certain daily activities? I would love to hear all about the unplugging habits that work for you.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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A Nighttime Shower Routine That’s Good for your Soul & Skin

After a long, exhausting day, there is nothing that relaxes me more than a hot shower or bath. A good shower transforms my bathroom into a relaxing escape from the world,  and it also gives me some much-needed time to reflect and take care of myself. Personally, I always find it interesting to hear how often people do certain self-care tasks, like shaving legs or exfoliating. So, today I thought I would share with you all my nighttime shower routine – good for your soul and skin. Now, let’s dive in to the details.

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Steps for my Nighttime Shower Routine

#1 Set the Mood

Listening to music while I shower or bathe, is always a must. Recently, my go-to songs are by Anderson East and James Bay. If you are looking for some soothing and relaxing music, I  recommend checking them out. The other crucial thing I do to set the mood for my shower is light a candle. A nice, aromatic candle just has a way of making a shower feel more spa-like. I use the waterproof bluetooth shower speaker below with my phone all the time and the battery lasts a really long time!

#2 Exfoliate

For me, exfoliating comes in two categories: my body and my face. I exfoliate my face two or three times a week with Dr. Brandt’s Age Defying Microdermabrasion Exfoliator. I got this stuff in last year’s spring FabFitFun box, and it has been the best facial exfoliator I have ever tried. I really feel like it gets the dead skin cells off my face, and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth.I exfoliate my body with Origins Shower Off Exfoliating Body Wash with Hawaiian Mineral Water. When it comes to my nighttime shower routine, this stuff is my current favorite product . As an exfoliating body wash, it has a lovely scent and does an amazing job scrubbing away dead skin cells. The best part is it makes any lotions or almond oil I apply after my shower much more effective.

#3 Wash

I always wash after I exfoliate. I learned this trick a few years ago. If you have ever questioned the order in which to wash and exfoliate, check out this article on why exfoliating first is better for your skin. My current favorite body wash is SheaMoisture’s Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Energizing Body Wash. It is a great value, really effective skin moisturizer, it smells so good and to top it off, it doubles as bubble bath!

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#4 Shave

I shave my underarms daily and my legs about three times each week (dependent on the weather and what I’m wearing, ha!). I use Venus Sensitive Disposable Razors, and for shaving cream I use Venus with Olay Ultra Moisture Shave Gel in the Vanilla Cashmere scent. For you guys, Harry’s makes great razors where you can even subscribe and receive brand new blades shipped right to your door.

I decided to leave washing my hair and my hair care for a future post, since that includes enough details on its own.  If you would like the scoop on my hair care routine, let me know in the comments. Then, I’ll be sure to share it with you soon.

Do you shower at night like me or in the morning? What is your nighttime shower routine like? Do you have any particular shower products you love or is there something that makes your shower time extra relaxing? I would love to know if you guys have any go-to music for relaxing, too.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Jamaica Withdrawals

Vacation withdrawals is a real thing. I’m learning that is especially true when you come back to the DC area after a trip to Jamaica. First, I tried to wear shorts when the high temperature was 64 degrees. Then my tan started to fade and my daydreams of laying at the beach continually interfere with my daily to-do list. Finally, I realize I should probably stop replying, “No problem mon!” to people. Almost a week after this trip and I’m still struggling. I guess the better the trip, the worse the withdrawals!

Despite the reports of Hurricane Matthew hitting Jamaica and freaking out my friends and family, Will and I had a great time exploring the country. It was a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Thankfully, being on the west side of Jamaica in a Montego Bay put us pretty far from the hurricane’s wrath and we only had some rain late one night and early one morning. The only downside about our trip was that parts of the hotel shutdown as a precaution for the hurricane, but that really didn’t stop us from having a blast.

Our trip started off with beach time and some snorkeling. The hotel we stayed out was on a peninsula in Montego Bay, which gave us amazing views. It was also all-inclusive so we were never hungry or thirsty. I’d say the best thing we ate was the jerk chick and festivals which is basically fried dough that has some kind of amazingly delicious ingredient in it. While we spent a lot of time on the beach, hanging out and reading, we also enjoyed the pool, which had a lazy river and water slides.

On our second to last day, we climbed water falls at Dunn’s River Falls, had lunch at a beautiful outdoor Jamaican restaurant and then visited Bob Marley’s hometown. The excursion was with a group of about 15 people, and it was a phenomenal and affordable way for us to see the countryside and local parts of Jamaica. If you’re interested in booking a similar trip, I’d recommend checking out CheapCaribbean.com. We booked our trip back in May and were able to get a great deal.

I am back in the real world now, but thankfully I feel less stressed and more rejuvenated than when I left. That’s the point of vacation right?! If you are contemplating taking time off work to relax, do it and don’t feel bad about it! I like to think of it as an investment in my sanity.

Cheers!

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