The Great Indoors: 9 Ways To Spend A Perfect Night In

The Great Indoors: 9 Ways To Spend The Perfect Night In - Original Caroline
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You come home after a long day at work and you immediately set down your things, remove the monstrosity that is your bra, and relocate to the comfiest spot in your home — most likely to stream an episode (or six) or a mediocre drama or cook competition.

Sure, you might have made a list of all the things you wanted to get done after work. But it’s almost 7 P.M. and your cozy bed is calling your name . . .

The urge to veg out after a busy day is nothing new — especially when the temperature drops. But access to apps like Netflix, Hulu and HBONow have made it easier than ever to spend our weeknights in front of a screen. We might have plans for the weekend that get us out of the house. But weeknights involving anything other than sweatpants and a screen have become very rare — leaving us feeling very lazy and quite unsatisfied.

But don’t worry! When you find yourself bored of binge watching shows night after night, it’s truly a rare and magical opportunity to do something different. And maybe even get a few things done! If you find yourself in the same predicament more often than not, there are some easy ways to have a productive, fulfilling night in the great indoors.

Keep reading for 10 ways to spice up a night indoors (without Netflix).

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The 12 Best Herbal Teas For Youthful, Glowing Skin

You probably already know that drinking tea has loads of health benefits. But it turns out, drinking tea also has loads of skin benefits! “Studies have shown that antioxidants, polyphenols, and anti-inflammatory agents improve and maintain the health of the skin,” says Dr. John Diaz, board certified plastic surgeon. And “tea is a rich source of all of these.” 

And beauty experts can all agree that there are some major benefits from not only drinking tea, but using tea topically. “Tea is a superstar in the natural skincare world,” says Theresa Krier, founder of Big T NYC — a brand that makes curated and bespoke teas and tisanes. “[They’re] packed with a host of vitamins, amino acids, and catechins that work holistically to slow aging, stimulate collagen production, reduce body fat, and maintain healthy skin cells. Tea also combats dehydration, a major culprit of dull skin.”

It’s basically a flavorful way of getting enough fluid into your body each day along with skin-loving nutrients! Whether you drink one or two cups a day or apply brewed tea or extracts directly to your skin, there’s no doubt you’ll see some amazing results! Keep reading to find out which teas to add to your life for clear, youthful, glowing skin

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11 Tricks To Boost Your Energy At Work & Fake A Good Night’s Sleep

11 Tricks To Boost Your Energy & Fake A Good Night's Sleep - Original Caroline
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We’ve all had those mornings where we keep hitting the snooze button to the last possible moment. Between work, parties, vacation and Netflix binges, life can get in the way of a solid night’s sleep — albeit willingly — and come morning, you’re greeted with a face that looks the exact opposite of fresh. 

Aside from hearing the dreaded, “You look tired,” all day long, you’re two seconds away from dozing off — despite the fact that your desk chair is ridiculously uncomfortable. And even if you did get the recommended eight hours of sleep, we all experience an energy dip at some point throughout the day.

So to disguise that you did anything but sleep the night before and don’t have the delicacy of taking a nap at work, here are a few tricks that will help you look more awake and instantly boost your energy!

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What To Remember When You Feel Like You’re Falling Behind

Every single day, we see the highlight reels of people we went to high school with, people we don’t even know but admire, and those we never particularly liked but still check up on. Whether through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, it’s really easy to look at someone’s posts and think, “Wow, she really does have it all . . . The cute city apartment, the buzzing social life, the glitzy career,” and feel as though you’re falling behind and not exactly where you want to be.

I know I’ve felt it a lot lately. And there’s been numerous times where I find myself staring in the mirror, wondering: Am I behind? Shouldn’t I be more “establish” by now? What does established even mean?

In Adventures for Your SoulShannon Kaiser says:

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It’s human nature to question whether or not we’re on the right path; to think that we aren’t quite at the same level as our peers. Living in the digital age, we’re increasingly surrounded by other people’s milestones. So it’s highly likely that at some point you’ve stared in the mirror and asked yourself the same questions.

No matter if this is something you ask yourself every day, month, or maybe just once, I want you to know something: We’re in this together. And even though I’ve asked myself those questions more times than I’d like to admit, I’ve started realizing some deeper truths that have helped me to slowly step away from my reflection and get back out there, making the most of my own path. 

If you’re feeling behind in life — like you don’t have your shit together when everyone else around you seems to have theirs — here are a few things to tell yourself to work through it:

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13 Superfoods For Healthy-Looking, Glowing Skin

I love sharing beauty tips on cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting my skin. But focusing on what I put in my body is just as important as what I put on it! And though I may not be able to control genetics or the natural process of aging (that would be awesome if I could!), I can control what lifestyle choices I make, including what I eat. 

Most of us have our go-to face wash and toner for radiant-looking skin. But if you really want glowing skin, it’s what you put into your body that really makes all the difference. Food is the building block that our bodies need to grow, develop and repair. And if we aren’t eating well, we are ultimately starving our cells — or at the very least, not giving them the proper nutrients they need to function at their best.

In a post on Camille StylesCamille’s personal dermatologist Elizabeth Geddes-Bruce, MD, MS says, “Dermatologists have long known that nutritional deficiencies often first manifest by changes in skin quality, and yet, we frequently fail to discuss with our patients the many benefits that diet can have on our skin.” Dr. Geddes-Bruce goes on to say that “what you eat can influence how your skin appears.”

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Want flawless, glowing skin? Read on to see my favorite superfoods for healthy-looking, glowing skin!

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Everything You Need To Know For The August 21 Solar Eclipse

All You Need To Know For The August 21 Solar Eclipse - Original Caroline
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You’ve probably heard about the major August 21 solar eclipse by now, and according to assistant editor at My DomaineChristie Calucchia, “people are bracing themselves for what Bustle has called ‘the biggest cosmic event in North America.'” For the first time since 1979, this once-in-a-lifetime total eclipse — happening next Monday — will cross the entire country, coast-to-coast.

“For those of us who aren’t astronomy (or astrology) experts, NASA offers a clear description of exactly what it involves: A solar eclipse is an event where the moon completely covers the sun, leaving only a halo-like ring called a corona visible around the sun,” Calucchia adds. If you’re like me, checking your horoscopes and star sign daily, this is kind of a big deal. The Astro Twins claim that the solar eclipse taking place on Monday as well as the lunar eclipse that happened on August 7 will “shake up the status quo and reveal things that are obscured from our view.”

Astrology experts believe this solar eclipse will have a very real impact on your relationship, finances, and career,” says Calcucchia. “What’s more, it will take place while Mercury is in retrograde, which, according to astrology, marks a time when communication and using technology becomes more difficult than usual.”

Curious to know what the August 21 solar eclipse might have in store for you? Here are a few articles to check out for everything you need to know!

What Does the 2017 Solar Eclipse Mean For Your Sign? Bustle

What is A Solar Eclipse, and How Will It Affect Your Sign? My Domaine

The Solar Eclipse on August 21 Will Change EverythingMind Body Green

The Solar Eclipse Will Affect Your Horoscope In A Huge WayWomen’s Health

To get a full overview, check out your monthly horoscope at Cafe Astrology, Astrology King, and Astro Style.

+What are your thoughts on the solar eclipse happening on August 21? Please, leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Getting Mixed Signals? Here’s Why . . .

Getting Mixed Signals? Here's Why . . . - Original Caroline
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One day, the guy you’re getting to know is telling you he likes you, and then the next two weeks pass by without him making much effort to see you. Or maybe your partner says she wants space, but continues to text you daily to make small talk. Mixed signals come in many different forms, but they all come down to the same issue — someone telling you one thing and treating you the complete opposite.

Love is weird and dating is hard. Feelings are already confusing enough, and the addition of someone we like treating us sweetly one day and coldly the next is enough to leave our minds spinning. We go to our friends, angrily shaking our fists at the sky and asking why it all has to be so confusing. But so far, no one seems to know the answer. And I think we all know how easy it is to fall into the trap of blaming yourself when his or her actions toward you are anything but steady. Before you know it, the toxic thoughts begin to consume you!

So what are we supposed to do with these dumbfounding mixed signals? Read further to see what his or her mixed signals could mean and how, ultimately, you are not to blame.

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6 Easy Ways To Ease The Transition From Vacation To Everyday Life

6 Easy Ways To Transition From Vacation To Every Day Life - Original Caroline

We all know that feeling . . . similar to the “Sunday scaries,” but worse. The dreaded return from Summer vacation. How quickly we go from sipping cocktails at the beach to worrying about unread emails and unfolded laundry. Prepping to go away often means taking on extra work to compensate for the time you’ll be gone. And coming home can ruin any zen you may have gained. However, planning ahead can make for a much smoother, happier transition back to real life!

So here’s some simple ways to make the transition back from vacation easy and, dare I say it, maybe even relaxing. Read on for six tips on how to keep that vacation glow.

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