“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air." Our summer sentiments exactly, Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson. Below, five ways we unplugged and made the most of July.

We set a quota on how much time we could spend on our cell phone.

Then we left the phone alone entirely--and rocked a chic, high-tech cocktail ring that discreetly gives us important messages.

We cooked up wonderful meals with a game-changing slew of kitchen gadgets.

Then we took a literary road trip across the country--with the best books set in every single state.

And because it just wouldn’t be summer without even more books, we devoured a stack of juicy new beach reads.

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