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Step aside, boring oatmeal: Smoothie bowls are the new thing. Plan for the week ahead by whipping up one big batch of smoothie base (try Greek yogurt with frozen fruit, or blended frozen acai packets), then toss in toppings the morning of. Think coconut, sliced bananas, strawberries and cacao nibs. Feel free to go a little crazy , and make sure you let your kids build their own bowls too.
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You’re a grown-up. You’ve got a healthy bank account and a clean driver’s license. So why does your eye makeup make you look like you lost a fistfight on the playground? Just watch our quick video to learn how to do the best eye--with one pencil and in one minute.
Real talk: It?s time to update the photo on your LinkedIn profile (and on Facebook and any dating site you may be on, for that matter). Put your own grown-up spin on school picture day with a swipe of mascara and a polished, fitted blazer to really boost your online presence. And don?t even think about taking a selfie: Grab a coworker to capture the shot, or consider hiring a pro.
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While you?re at it, make sure the kids are ready for their own paparazzi moment. The key to keeping school picture day adorable (and not painfully ?awkward) is to let them pick cozy, cute outfits they wear every day and are already familiar with. A statement-making top and graphic pants (hello, printed leggings) mix and match perfectly, especially at the cool price of $9.99 (yep, that's for a whole outfit). When you let them be as goofy as they always are, big smiles are in the bag.
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We’re kind of on a toss-everything-we-own kick lately. (Thanks, Marie Kondo.) For the items we do keep, we want them to be in their best place possible. Start with your desk: Clear the clutter, then use this handy grid to best align your stuff according to different areas of your life.
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Now that your home office is in order (ahhhhh, zen), apply the same technique to your other desktop. Step one: Pick a soothing, non-distracting wallpaper. Step two: Arrange your screen visually into left-to-right quadrants (like “New Unsorted,” “Current Work” and “Archive”). Step three: Drag your files into their proper sections, then create appropriate folders. You’ll find that things start to sort themselves (just like your smartphone).
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Here?s a smart twist on your bedtime routine: Hang a basic outfit for the next day (hint: a flattering black wrap dress is a cinch to throw on, even if you?ve overslept) and have accessory add-ons at the ready. Depending on the a.m. weather, you can quickly reach for a scarf (if it?s breezy) or that wide-brimmed hat (if it?s rainy).
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Same goes for your Mini-Me, who?ll love spreading out colorful, playful tops and bottoms for the next day. Whittle it down to two possible outfits and turn the ritual into a guessing game (will tomorrow be sunny? Cloudy? Snowy?). Getting ready for school will feel less like a chore, and those bedtime blues? Banished.
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Your young scholar has a book report and you’ve got an expense report to crank through. Looks like today’s after-school activities involve sharing the dining-room table (and a plate of pizza bagels). Even if you’re desk-bound together, make sure you both take five minutes to stretch and get out the wiggles once every hour. Try a few rounds of living-room Sun Salutes, or turn Swiffering the kitchen into a speed game. (Bonus: Your floors will be spotless.)
You’ve got your career, closet and home office sorted with brain space to spare (A+ work!). And now you’ve scored a little time for an extracurricular activity. Revisit your ever-expanding “wish list” of hobbies. Whether it's shibori-dyeing a canvas tote or committing to a semester of conversational Portuguese, learning something new is guaranteed to put inspiration back into your life.
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Summer: It’s all fun and games until you see that first leaf turn yellow and drop to the ground.
Yep, it’s back-to-school time.
Before the dog days give way to morning madness and carpool crises, we’ve rounded up a few suggestions that are sure to take the sting out of your (and your mini-me’s) new daily routine. From a simple desk makeover to a no-fail outfit plan, we’ve got your back.
Ahead, take a quick peek at our tricks. Then get back to your summer business (i.e., doing nothing), stat.
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