34 Summer Gifts for Women & 34 Summer Days to Celebrate

34 Summer Gifts for Women & 34 Summer Days to Celebrate

Celebrate Summer and Friends with 34 Summer Gifts for Girlfriends + 34 Reasons to Celebrate!34 Summer Gifts for Women

It’s (hopefully!) too nice outside to go to a mall or spend time inside shopping, so we’ve done the shopping for you! Here are 34 gifts for June birthdays, July birthdays, and August Birthdays – or June, July, August ‘just because you’re my BFF’ gifts! From flowers to jewelry, home decor to beach inspired gifts. Need a reason to celebrate? Give gifts?

Here’s 34 Reasons to Celebrate your Friends this summer!

      1. Memorial Day – the beginning of summer, YEAH!
      2. June 2nd – National Leave the Office Early Day – Call up a girlfriend for happy hour or an afternoon walk.
      3. First Sunday in June – Celebrate Cancer Survivors – Unfortunately too many of us have friends who have gone through cancer. Let’s celebrate them and their friendship!
      4. First Friday in June – National Donut Day – You know just the girlfriend to surprise with a donut, don’t you?!
      5. June 7th – National Chocolate Ice Cream day – YUM!
      6. June 8th – National Best Friend’s Day – OH YEAH! We’ve got a bunch of ideas for National Best Friends Day!
      7. June 10th – National Iced Tea Day – invite her over for some tea!
      8. June 14th – Flag Day. Make or buy a friendship flag to celebrate!
      9. June 18th – National Splurge Day – go shopping together!
      10. June 20th – Summer Solstice – longest day of the year, lots of time to spend with your BFF!
      11. June 30th – National Social Media Day – Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat you and your friends – all day!
      12. July 1st – Canada Day! Celebrate our northern neighbors with poutine (or go on a trip to Canada with her!)
      13. July 4th – Celebrate our Nation’s Independence with a red, white and blue celebration with friends!
      14. July 7th – Oh yea. You’re gonna need to splurge with a girlfriend. It’s National Chocolate Day!
      15. July 10th – National Pina Colada Day – Sweet! Celebrate with your fave frozen-drink-friends! (Followed up by July 11th – National Mojito Day! or July 19th – National Daiquiri Day!)
      16. July 13th – National French Fries Day – I have a tradition of having french fries every time my BFF Julie and I are together. Start a tradition with your girlfriends!
      17. July 13th – Embrace your Geekiness Day. Celebrate your geeky friends today! Watch ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ together!
      18. July 17th – National Ice Cream Day – Take her out for a nice, cold treat! (Calories don’t count when you’re with your BFFs!)
      19. July 24th – National Cousin’s Day – Friends with a cousin? Celebrate family who are also friends!
      20. July 29th – National Lasagna Day – Celebrate with a fabulous, friend-filled meal!
      21. July 30th – National Cheesecake Day – Not a good week to be dieting, just FYI 🙂
      22. August 3rd – National Watermelon Day – Another yummy summer celebration!
      23. August 7th – Friendship Day – Make her feel as special as her friendship is to you!
      24. First Sunday in August – National Sisters Day – Is your sister your BFF? Celebrate her and your friendship!
      25. August 9th – National Book Lovers Day – Celebrate with your book club or your book loving BFFs!
      26. August 10th – National S’mores Day – Bonfire anyone?
      27. August 13th – National Left-handers Day – Any left-handed girlfriends?
      28. August 15th – National Relaxation Day – Friends make me feel relaxed. How about you? Invite them over to test the theory.
      29. Second Saturday in August – National Garage Sale Day – You know just the girlfriend(s) to call, don’t you? 🙂
      30. August 19th – National Women’s Day – Let’s all celebrate friendship and being females!
      31. August 25th – Kiss and Make Up Day – aka: Forgive a Friend day. (But you don’t have to wait all day for this to happen!)
      32. August 26th – National Dog Day – Grab the pups and your dog-loving girlfriends and hit the dog park for a furbulous day!
      33. August 26th – Women’s Equality Day. Celebrate how far we’ve come (& plot how to help it continue to grow!).
      34. August 27th – National Just Because Day – Just because she’s your BFF, make it a celebration!

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You’re not Alone … Girlfriend Gratitude, Traditions & Summer Surprises

You’re not Alone … Girlfriend Gratitude, Traditions & Summer Surprises

Ever feel like you’re all alone? That no one cares or notices how you’re doing? That no one knows what you’re going through? Maybe even feel ‘unfriendable?’

I know – it’s easy to feel that way. It is easy, at times, to forget all the friends who love you, who are there for you and who want only for your happiness.
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Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. Helen Keller

Next time you’re feeling lonely, reach out to a friend. Ask for a little special care or a shoulder, ear, glass of wine or whatever you need. And take note of friends who may be going through a lonely spell. Helen Keller was right – walking with a FRIEND in the dark is much better than walking alone in the light. Be there for your friends. You’ll be glad you did – and you’ll never be alone.

GIRLFRIEND TRADITIONS

We’re all about finding ‘excuses’ to get together with our fave female friends. Here’s a couple summertime traditions and ideas for you and your girlfriends:

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10 Easy Tips for Planning a Girlfriend Trip

10 Easy Tips for Planning a Girlfriend Trip

10 Easy Tips for Planning a Girlfriend Trip PIWhen was the last time you had a Girlfriend Trip?

Sometimes you just need to get away from your job, family, responsibilities, and just basically life – right?! This doesn’t make you a bad person – it makes you human. A girlfriend trip is the best way to take time to do something you love with friends that you love! Whether you rent a house and spend the week on a beach somewhere or book an adventure, take a cruise or go siteseeing in a new big city, these tips for planning a girlfriend trip are a must.

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

1. Choose Your Travel Companions – You want to travel with people who share your interests and energy. For example, choose friends with common interests – those who love to hike and are interested in a zip-line tour. Some of your friends are not going to be interested in this type of trip. Access your vacation lifestyles to make sure you’re compatible. Choosing the right travel companions helps ensure the trip goes smoothly.

2. Set a Budget – This is something you’ll need to sit down and discuss with your travel companions right away. Each person should be able to afford the trip without feeling stretched too thin. The budget will also help you decide if you’re going on a weekend or week long trip.

3. Think Outside the Box – Once the budget and length of trip have been decided, start thinking about where you want to go. While Vegas, New York City, and hip beach destinations are a popular choice, think outside the box. What do you and your girlfriends love to do? Find a location that gives you something new to experience and fun to do together.

4. Spread Out the Work – You should not be left to handle everything. Look at the following tasks and assign them to those that would do the best job. Flights, hotels, rental cars, tickets to plays or tours – divvy up the responsibilities. This helps you focus on your tasks and gives everyone something to do.Girlfriend Trip Tips

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love. Ernest Hemingway

5. Schedule Your Time – Once you’ve chosen a location, you want to schedule your time. For example, if you’re going to a mountain resort, you might choose to go hiking one day, rock climbing the next, and spend a day at the spa or shopping. When you plan your time, you wake up knowing what you’re going to do and never miss out on anything the area has to offer.

6. Leave Time for Relaxing – One of the main reasons for a girlfriend trip is to get away and relax. Don’t make the mistake of over-scheduling your time. Leave time in the schedule to sleep in, go for drinks in the evening, explore, walk, etc. Not to mention, everyone needs her alone time, even on a girlfriend trip.

7. Put Your Bargain-Hunting Skills to Use – You know your location and what you want to do. Now it’s time to start bargain-hunting for great deals on hotels, travel options, attractions, etc. Look online for package deals or visit your local travel agency. Personally, I’ve had great success and savings with Airbnb (& it’s international too).

8. Make Arrangements – After finding those deals, make the arrangements by booking the trip. This will require someone in your group to use her credit card. The person that uses her card should be paid for the trip so that she has the money in her account in advance.

9. Confirm Sleeping Arrangements – Before you get to your location, make sure the sleeping arrangements have been decided. This will save a lot of headaches. For example, if you’re staying in a large suite, determine who gets the beds and who gets the sleeper sofa. To make it fair, draw names or decide to switch out halfway through the trip.

10. Pack Accordingly – Last, but not least, make sure you pack according to the activities you’ll be doing. If you’re going on an outdoor adventure, pack the proper clothes, sunscreen, sunhat, etc. If you’re unsure what to bring, research the area for typical weather, supplies you’ll need, etc. And, my personal favorite planning and prep for a Girlfriend Trip – bring snacks, wine, magazines – whatever will give you time to just hang out with your friends and enjoy life and friendship!

A girlfriend trip can be so much fun, but you need to take the time to plan it out. More importantly, you need to make sure that everyone is involved so that you’re not doing all the work. What are you waiting for? Get your girlfriends together and start planning your Girlfriend Trip!

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7 Ways to be a More Positive Friend / Be a Better Friend

7 Ways to be a More Positive Friend / Be a Better Friend

Are you positive or do you zap your friends’ energy? Do you consider yourself a positive friend or can you be “Debbie Downer“?

Passion is energy Oprah quoteWe love the power of positive female friendship, the strength of women who support each other, the amazing energy created around girlfriends who encourage and inspire each other. So today we’re looking at 7 ways to be a More Positive Friend.

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. – Oprah Winfrey #quote

Are you the positive, supportive friend who energizes your girlfriends or do you zap their dreams?

Why are we asking a difficult question? Because we want to help, inspire, challenge you to BE A BETTER FRIEND. A great friend energizes you. She sees the best in you and challenges you to be even better. She knows your passions and encourages you to go for your dreams.

Do you do the same for her? Are you the BFF that she calls when her dreams get ‘dusty?’ Are you the woman that helps her re-focus on what excites her? Do you listen to her intently and with an ear to hear what’s really going on? Are you her ‘Positive Friend?’

Here’s 7 Ways to be a more Positive Friend:

Be thankful for what you have Thanksgiving Oprah quote1. Life is Short. Be Happy. All it takes is a friend dealing with cancer (which unfortunately almost all of us have at some time) to remind us to be grateful for the blessings in our lives. (One of the best blessings has to be BFFs!) Don’t spend your time on negative thoughts or actions. Look for the good in people. Be intentionally positive. Keep a positive attitude. Friends will find you and enjoy just being around you.

2. Be Grateful. As Oprah said: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.When we recognize the people and things that bless our lives, we need to consciously be thankful. It impacts our positivity. It draws friends to us. It makes life better in so many ways. (Want ideas on being Grateful?) Keep a Gratitude Journal – even if it is just a daily list of three things for which you’re grateful. Then look back on it periodically. You’ll be even more grateful!

7 ways to be a more positive friend3. Show Up. If you say you’re going to do something, do it – with passion! When you talk with a friend, LISTEN. (And give her time to talk!) If you commit to time with her, make time. And don’t ever inject guilt or doubt. Be in the moment. Be the positive friend she loves and sometimes just needs.

4. Forget Politics, Religion, and Differences of Opinion. Really. If you and your friends don’t see eye to eye on things like politics or religion, DON’T BRING THEM UP. You’re never going to change her opinion and, I speak from experience here, you’re going to cause her to not want to spend time with you. Agree to disagree. Just don’t go there! Stay on positive subjects!

5. Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have. If you look at what you don’t have, you’re sure to get negative. You don’t have the shopping budget Oprah has, you might not have the Sports Illustrated bathing suit body you’d love to have, and I know you can’t eat everything you want and be super healthy. But what do you have? Do you have friends and family who love you? A different perspective on things based on your unique experience and thoughts? Like Oprah said above, be thankful for what you have. Be very thankful. You’re blessed. That’s awesome. That makes for a positive outlook on life.

Be positive girlfriend6. Encourage others. Be the friend who supports their dreams. Be the girlfriend who they can call when they need to laugh instead of cry. Make an intentional effort to look for the best in your friends and their situations. You don’t need to be all ‘Suzy Sunshine’ – unrealistic or syrupy sweet regardless of what you really think, girlfriends want your authentic thoughts. But consider the weight of what you’re sharing – it can make a total difference in their day, life, dreams. Encourage them, kindle their spirit. It will encourage your dreams too!

7. Choose to be positive. We don’t get to choose everything in life – but we do get to choose how we respond to life. We make choices all day that impact our attitude, the way we look at life. Choose to be happy, kind, thoughtful, grateful and positive. And … Love yourself. You deserve it. Live bravely – not in fear.

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Life’s short. We NEED our friendsand we need to be positive for our friends. We REALLY need our Girlfriends and we need to be positive for them. Be there for each other. Give energy to each others’ dreams. That’s what girlfriends do. We energize each other and are there for each other no matter what!

So that’s our 7 ways to be a More Positive Friend. What are your suggestions? How do you stay positive and be the supportive friend your friends need?

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Friendship Quote: Friendship is …

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Friendship is the act of supporting someone, friendship quote for womenToday’s Friendship Quote for Women:

Friendship is the act of supporting someone without condition or without thought for gain.

Kathy Ireland

 

I love the chick flickLove Actually‘ and this quote from it: “But for now, let me say – Without hope or agenda – Just because it’s Christmas – And at Christmas you tell the truth – To me, you are perfect.”

That quote and today’s friendship quote both remind us, true friends aren’t there for us with some agenda. True Friends love us without thought for gain and unconditionally.

TODAY – Stop and think about your TRUE FRIENDS. Who are there for you without thought of gain.

Tell her TODAY how grateful you are for her friendship. Make plans together. Make moments count – with the amazing girlfriends who support you unconditionally!

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Girlfriend gift anchor charm braceletToday’s Favorite Girlfriend Gift:  Who’s your ‘anchor?’ Who is there to steady you when life is rough? Tell her THANKS with this beautiful Silver Anchor Charm Bracelet

 

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