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November 18, 2017

At Thanksgiving, we think about togetherness and the joy of spending time with our familiy and friends. But at the same time, the holidays can also evoke feelings of anxiety. Making a holiday meal, for example, is such a great thing to do for your family, but making perfect turkeys, mashed potatoes and pies is a lot of pressure! 

Our use of and perception of time is the same way.

We want to enjoy quality time with others because we know that it might be limited. However, because of our busy lives, family obligations and jobs, our minds sometimes trick us into thinking that our time could be better spent taking care of the day-to-day things. 

Paying a bill vs. making a pie with my mom, for example. What’s more important, really? We all know that answer. 

So, wherever you are or whatever you’re doing this Thanksgiving, try to think of your loved ones (past and present) – and your time - as the real gift.

Your to-do list can wait. 

In other words, enjoy the nuggets of gold around you.  D...

November 10, 2017

The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness. Fire is the most tolerable third party.

- Henry David Thoreau

There’s something magical about a fire.

(I’m talking about the good kind, of course, that you set on purpose in a controlled environment.) As a kid, when my dad would start a fire on a cold, wintry day, I’d be drawn in like a magnet. Or maybe no different than a moth to a flame. I’d sit with my back against the screen, my black lab at my side. And I’d let that warmth soak into my bones and the feeling of utter calm envelope me.

For years, I didn’t have a wood-burning fireplace of my own. But recently, my husband and I moved from the suburbs of Washington, DC to the country. There’s a centuries-old fireplace next to our house, still standing long after the house that once contained it fell. So, we built a patio around it. When we have friends and famil...

November 5, 2017

Hi, Unplug & Hug readers. I'm so excited to be a guest blogger on this great website, which happens to be founded by my awesome sister and Unplug & Hug founder, Annabel!

I’m a senior at Radford University in Radford Virginia, pursuing a Social Work degree. Based on my studies and personal observations, I can see that mental health issues pose a major problem to college students. Particularly when they are constantly plugged in to social media, texting or being inundated by so much information in our digital world. 

For example, one in four college students have an undiagnosed mental health issue that stems from a variety stressors, including school, work, their social lives and a multitude of other responsibilities. Alone or combined, these things can lead to an array of problems, which are exacerbated by too much time spent using digital devices.

The majority of mental illnesses that develop in college are anxiety, depression, addiction and eating disorders. All of which I believe have a...

November 4, 2017

The holidays are just a month away! And that means holiday shopping! 

Yikes!

If you're like us at Unplug & Hug, you might cringe at the idea of holiday crowds, or even the idea of venturing to a mall. And, if you're REALLY like us, holiday shopping might make you want to just take a moment to meditate!

So, we're offering a great alternative to the holiday hustle and bustle.

As you make your list (and check it twice!), why not give the gift of unplugging to your family, friends and coworkers with one of our exclusive tanks and tees! 

Because no matter who's on your list, we think they'll love to take the time to disconnect to connect. To unplug and hug. And wear it proud!

All proceeds from our tanks and tees go towards Unplug & Hug-sponsored community events.

Ho ho holiday shopping! 

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