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3 Tips for a Better Work-Life Balance

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From the boardroom to the backyard, balancing everything in your life can be tricky. While it’s easy to fall into the trap of living at your desk, taking the time to step away can make you happier, healthier and even more creative. Intrigued? Here are some tips for finding the perfect balance:

1. Your desk is not a lunch table

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the most of your lunch hour. Eating while you stare at spreadsheets is no replacement for some fresh air and time to think. Even if you’re packing your lunch, try eating meals in the kitchen or on a picnic table outside. It might not seem like it at the time, but stepping away for a bit can allow you to recharge your batteries and generate solutions to problems that have stumped you all morning.

2. Work to live, don’t live to work

Sure there are times when you have to burn the midnight oil on a big presentation, but moderation is the key. It doesn’t take many 60-hour weeks to burn out even the hardest worker. Instead, try to work smarter, not just harder. A good night’s rest gives you a mental boost to solve the problems 4 cups of coffee can’t.

3. You have vacation days for a reason

It’s surprising how many people don’t make the most of their paid time off. Getting away, even if it’s just to check out a new museum in town or do some window shopping, does a body good. The important thing is to make sure the days you take off refresh you. If cleaning the house is your stress relief, more power to you. If not, don’t take a day off of work for more work.

More than anyone else, ladies know the challenges of balancing work with the rest of our lives. It’s not an easy process and it can take some trial and error, but the increase in your quality of life is beyond measure. Just remember, you’re always worth it.

What are the biggest challenges you face when trying to balance work life and home life? Let us know in the comments.

Campfire Cooking

Nothing gathers a crowd faster than a campfire — except, perhaps, the food that stems from it. This summer, take full advantage of collaborative campground efforts by packing recipes that are easy to make, sure to please, and leave everyone begging for seconds (and thirds). Here are three recipes to ensure the stories and rounds of charades last as long as the campfire.

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Food May Be The Way To Their Heart

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Let’s face it: sugar plays as big of a gifting role on Valentine’s Day as do roses and greeting cards. While the indistinguishable, pre-wrapped box of chocolates is always an option, there’s never a better day to impress your main squeeze with a thoughtful and homemade sweet fix. Check out the following recipes using Skinnygirl Sweeteners to score yourself some extra points with your beau—while skipping the extra calories.

Hazelnut-Stuffed French Toast
Nothing will make you look better to your significant other than by serving up breakfast in bed, the tried and true bedroom trick that is sure to start off any day right—especially February 14.
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Raspberry Whipped Cream
Once in a while, it’s nice to get a sweet break from the chocolate-heavy holiday that is Valentine’s Day. Just one alternative is found in this raspberry whipped cream, a no-fuss pick-me-up that works just as well on its own as it does with complementing cookies and fruit.

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Chocolate Mousse
There’s no shortage of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, but getting creative with how you dish out said cacao will help set you apart from the rest of the eager-to-please crowd. Put your culinary efforts into this fool-proof chocolate mousse to create rich, solo servings that are as easy to whip up as they are to fall madly in love with.

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Bake To the Basics

There are some cooking basics that every lady needs to know to successfully pull off a recipe or quickly whip something up that looks like you’ve spent all day on it. We’ve compiled some sweet tips to help teach the basics — from baking red velvet cupcakes to fluffy peaks of meringues — you’ll be baking like a pro in no time with these tips.

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Look Like a Baker in No Time
Skinnygirls are busy and it can be hard to find time to bake. However, when going to a party or having people over for dinner you still want to look like you slaved in the kitchen all day. For a quick fix buy your favorite dessert at the grocery store and whip up a batch of homemade whip cream using Skinnygirl Sweeteners. Try adding strawberries or other delicious ingredients that compliment the dessert. Find the whip cream recipe here.

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Get Nice and Fluffy Cakes

Another basic baking duty you’ll encounter is beating egg whites. A pro tip is that it’s best to beat eggs when they are fresh and cold. This helps to form tiny, tight bubbles that won’t deflate quickly, creating nice structure for meringues and cakes. The container in which you use to beat the eggs is also important. First, you can utilize a refrigerated bowl to reduce the temperature of the eggs further. Second, avoid using plastic bowls, as fat particles get into the crevices and scratches in the bowl, interfering with beating the egg whites.

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Let’s Talk About Flour
Every baked good recipe calls for flour. A simple yet effective tip is to always sift. Sifting breaks up compacted flour clumps and adds air to the flour. It also makes measurements more accurate and creates lighter baked goods. You may use a fine mesh sieve or a sifter designed especially for sifting flour. If you don’t have either of these options, you can simply shake the bowl of flour, toss it like a salad with large spoons, whisk it or use a strainer after stirring with a fork.

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Get Off On the Right Foot
The majority of recipes for baked goods will ask you to cream butter. The most important part of this task is to remove the butter from the refrigerator as least an hour beforehand. Butter must be room temperature, or else it’ll be too hard to be beaten. If you forget to do so, use a grater to create thin strips out of the hard butter. This will allow the butter to soften quickly. If you need to cream it right away, you may also use the microwave by cutting the butter into evenly sized squares and then heating for 10 seconds. Be careful — if you overdo it, you’ll have to restart with new butter.

Want another delicious dessert recipe to impress your friends. Click here for another recipe we love for you to try!

New Year, New Sweetener

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Every girl has done it before; we make a sweeping New Year’s resolution that doesn’t even last until Valentine’s day. While we start to regret most resolutions immediately after the new year’s first toast (and kiss,) using Skinnygirl Sweetener in place of sugar will sounds sweet all year long. Check out our tips below to see how you can make a resolution you’ll love to keep.

Wake Up Sweetly

Whether it’s a cool frozen latte or a warm cup of tea, every girl loves a delicious drink to jumpstart their morning. Instead of reaching for a handful of messy sugar packets, a few squirts of your favorite Skinnygirl Liquid Sweetener will keep your drinks deliciously sweet and your resolution intact.

Don’t Skip Brunch

If you’ve had a late night or just want an excuse to throw on a cute dress, a good brunch can really make a weekend. After you’ve made the mimosas, whip up a batch of our Skinnygirl waffles for a meal that taste as good as keeping a resolution feels.

Give Your Diet Some Pop

If your resolution is going to last all year, you don’t want to miss out on any of your summer favorites. Even if icicles are still hanging outside your window, a Skinnygirl citrus fruit pop and a cozy fire provide a refreshing mix of hot and cold. Just follow the recipe below for a snack that tastes as sweet a trip to the beach.

Smooth Sailing

After you’re first sip of a Skinnygirl Mixed Berry Smoothie, you’ll wish New Year’s had come earlier. Made with a delicious mix of fresh fruit, yogurt and your favorite Skinnygirl sweetener, these smoothies will keep you on track for a sweetly successful resolution.

Spread the Love

When you’ve settled into a sweet routine, why not share your new favorites with all your girls? After you mix up a batch of Skinnygirl Cinnamon Raisin Spread, invite your friends over to taste what they’ve been missing. After all, the only thing sweeter than keeping one resolution is starting a few more.

Look Sweet All Season Long

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With the holidays around the corner, your calendar is booking up—fast. To manage your social stresses, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need—from the clothing to the cocktail—so that all you need to do is kick back, relax and enjoy the season’s most anticipated rendezvouses.

Meeting The Parents
The Look: Simply Sophisticated
Perhaps the interview of all interviews, meeting a significant other’s parents can pack big pressure. Impress them by sporting a polished, sophisticated look that also showcases your personality.
Outfit: A simple combo, such as a knee-length skirt or wide-legged trousers with a solid top—can go a long way when matched with thoughtfully chosen accessories.
Hair & Makeup: Keep short hair neat and sleek, and throw long locks into a refined updo (i.e., a no-fuss sky-high bun). Maintain minimal and classic makeup, allowing your power players to be a light peach blush and long-lasting mascara.

Keep the alcohol low and class factor high with this sophisticated sipper.

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Home for the Holidays
The Look: Fiercely Festive
You’ve been looking forward to it for months—the one time of the year to reunite with friends at home for your annual holiday soiree. This look is all about keeping things relaxed and fun, with a dash of glam for good seasonal measure.
Outfit: Make an entrance at this year’s fete with eye-catching shine. Stay casual chic in skinny jeans and a bejeweled cardigan, or go big with black booties and a gold sequin mini dress.
Hair & Makeup: For short hair, get effortlessly edgy with a wavy bob, and for long locks, create ready-for-anything volume with soft and bouncy waves. Go for one bold “wow” factor makeup move, such as garnet-hued lipstick or gunmetal sheen eye shadow.

This riff on a year-round favorite takes on a multitude of seasonal flavors, making it the perfect holiday party go-to.

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The Office Party
The Look: Professional Panache
When bulletin board announcements make way for streamers and stereo speakers replace the corner plants, it could only mean one thing: the holiday office party is back. Given the professional environment but relaxed occasion, a balanced look is key to the “comes-but-once-a-year” happening.
Outfit: For a weekday-meets-weekend approach, opt for a shift dress, or pair a pencil skirt with a bright top and one bold accessory for extra charisma.
Hair & Makeup: Look perfectly undone with barely-there waves for short strands, and for effortless long tresses, blow dry hair straight before pinning up two mini-braids for a romantic twist. Soft makeup with a surprise or two (i.e., a touch of high intensity cheekbone shimmer) will serve as a reminder that tonight you’re drinking—not working—at the office.

Given its “gather ‘round” capabilities, this crowd-pleasing communal cocktail will take on a similar role to the water cooler in no time.

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Skinnygirl Gift Guide

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When it comes to the holidays, even the savviest shoppers can get stumped finding the perfect gift for everyone on their list. To help you stay sweet instead of stressed, we’ve compiled some of the best gifts for all of your girls and even a few for the man (or men) in your life.


Mom

The Green Thumb:
If you’re mom has flowerbeds that rival the Garden of Eden, a bonsai tree could be a gift that will really grow on her. Unlike the centerpieces at your favorite take out place, this tree produces real oranges, even if they stay the size of a golf ball. $90

Coffee Fanatic:
For the mom who doesn’t wake up until her third cup, a new coffee maker can give her day a delicious new start. The Keurig K10 Mini Plus Brewing System can whip up a mug of her favorite brew faster than she can say Keurig K10 Mini Plus Brewing system. To really sweeten up this gift, don’t forget to fill her stocking with a bottle of Skinnygirl Liquid Sweetener. $100

The Stylish Adventurer:
If your mom’s passport has seen more stamps that a kindergartener’s homework folder, a handy city guide is a great way to help plan her next getaway. We’re in love with these Louis Vuitton guides that pair great recommendations with very sweet style. $33

Bestie

The Humanitarian:
Isn’t it about time your most selfless friend got a sweet reward for all her hard work? With this set of delicious designer Godiva chocolates, she can indulge her sweet tooth safe in the knowledge that every box provides 8 school meals for children in Africa. $25

Sassy Fashionista:
We all have that fashion forward friend who makes us really struggle to find a gift as trendy as her. No need to worry, with this adorable pair of glitter tights, you can prove she’s not the only fashionista in your friendship. $100

Starving Artist:
From quick sketches, to gorgeous oil paintings, some girls have a real eye for fine art. Try giving her a bucket of this awesome paint, which can turn any surface into a chalkboard so she can take advantage of creativity wherever it strikes. Pair it with a set of chalk pens and she’ll be able to whip up murals that will make even the coolest bars jealous. $10 & $55.



Boyfriend

The Guy’s-Guy:
Whether he’s chopping wood or restoring a classic car, some guys love all things manly. Give him the perfect gift with this pair of a bearded, Viking knit cap and drink horn that will help him find his inner barbarian. $45 & $25

The Executive:
If your guy likes to eat, drink, and sleep work, he’ll love this suit made out of real silk pajamas. With a comfortable fit and sharp looks, he’s ready for even the latest night at the office. $100

The Man Child:
For the guy who never really grew up, a personalized action figure could bring him back to fond days of childhood. Just send in two pictures of his head and they’ll put his handsome face on top of his favorite action hero’s body. $130

Eat Like It’s Winter

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Summer may be responsible for a multitude of our favorite once-a-year ingredients, but that doesn’t mean winter leaves us empty-handed. From crunchy root vegetables to bright citrus fruits, cold months are full of exciting textures and flavors to choose from—all of which beckon warm nights indoors. Check out the following snow-required recipes, which prove that even though temperatures may be dropping, kitchen creativity is on the rise.

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Sweet Holiday Exercises

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From last-minute baking to unexpected blizzards, the holidays know how to turn a girl upside down. Despite the added stress, a good workout can keep us feeling as sweet as a warm mug of cocoa. Even if you don’t have a team of sled dogs to take you to the gym, you can still work up a sweat with these at-home Skinnygirl exercises.

Squats

How to: Stand with your feet spread slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Hold your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level. With your torso upright and abdomen engaged, bend your knees and lower your body as far as you can. Pause for 2-3 seconds, then return to the starting position. Complete three sets of 15-20 repetitions.

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How to: Lie flat on your stomach with your arms out in front of you and your legs outstretched behind you. Keeping your head aligned with your spine, simultaneously reach your arms forward and legs backward for 3-5 seconds. Repeat three sets of 10-15 repetitions.

Side Plank

How to:Lie on the ground on your side with your shoulder in-line with your elbow. Lift yourself up into a plank position and hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat three sets per side.

Mountain Climbers

How to: Lie on your stomach with your hands shoulder-width apart. Engage your abdominals and start to draw one knee at a time towards your hands, moving as quickly as possible. Complete three sets of 45-second repetitions.

Sweet Twists on Thanksgiving Staples

The big flavors of Thanksgiving come around just once a year, but the high calories it brings with it last longer than we might like. Still, the holidays never have been—and never should be—a time for restraint. Rather, indulge away with these healthy and delicious alternatives to sugar-heavy classics—all of which offer maximum satisfaction with minimal calorie counts.

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