7 Healthy Valentine’s Day Traditions for Girlfriends

7 Healthy Valentine’s Day Traditions for Girlfriends

valentines day girlfriend healthy traditionsIt’s not just about romance and chocolate, Valentine’s Day is a fine day to start some traditions for girlfriends – and they can be healthy Valentine’s Day traditions too.

So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Singles Awareness Day, or any day with friends, here are a few healthy ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with girlfriends:

  • Movie Date: Get ready for the 88th Oscars on Feb. 28th by going to see some of the nominated films. Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday so you make a day of it and view several films in a row – in the same cinema! Sneak in some healthy snacks and bottled water to avoid candy and popcorn cravings. Then, go ahead and plan your Academy Awards party for all your girlfriends complete with ballots, prizes, and celebrity fashion judging. To be silly, add interesting categories to the ballot for worst dress, best hair, most skin showing, best body, etc. It makes the red carpet time much more interesting!
  • ME Party with Your Girlfriends: Before you can fall in love with someone else, shouldn’t you be in love with yourself? Author Christine Arylo created a “Madly in Love with Me” Day on February 13 to celebrate self-love and independence. Check out her site for ideas on throwing a party with your girlfriends and to download a self-love starter guide as well as a Party Girl guide for creating an event of your own.
  • Wii & Wine Party: Combine some girlfriends with a Wii Fit and add some healthy snacks and wine (definitely optional–it could be a Wii and Tea party!), and you’ll have more fun than Cupid. Wear yoga or comfy clothes and bring fresh veggies, hummus, pita and fruit. You’ll have a great time and get in some exercise together. Laughter uses up calories, too, so you might want to make this a weekly or monthly tradition. Get your Wii Fit competition on with prizes for yoga class coupons, a gift certificate to give a girlfriend a manicure or a certificate for a healthy dinner at a later date.

A FRIEND is what the Heart needs all the time. — Henry Van Dyke

  • Progressive Dinner Party: Never have enough time to see, much less eat with, your girlfriends? Well, change that in one night by having a dine-around together in each other’s homes. Depending on how many houses are nearby and involved in the party, assign each destination with a healthy meal course–appetizers, soup, salad, main course and light dessert. The focus doesn’t have to be on the food–share healthy tips at each home. Make it an exercise progressive where you start with yoga at one house, walk to another house and have a light meal, then walk to another home for a healthy dessert and finish off the evening with meditation.
  • Gratitude Boxes: What is one thing means the most to women without need for a vase or involving any vices? No heart-shaped box or guilty calories–just gratitude! Who better to give appreciation to than our girlfriends, right? Have a party where everyone writes down the things they’re most grateful for about their girlfriends on a sheet of paper and places them in a box for each person. Here’s some Gratitude Box Ideas to personalize the home of these wonderful testimonies of friendship. You’ll cherish that box, and time together, forever.
  • Friendship Valentines: Remember those childhood Valentines? Silly dime store cards were how we expressed affection and appreciation toward our friends. Now that we’re grown up, why not pretend we’re not? Give Valentine’s Day cards to all your friends (even the drugstore variety). Combine Valentine’s red with going green by crafting handmade cards from recycled materials or buy cards made from recycled paper. Bake some healthy cookies or create a small bouquet of spring flowers to accompany the card. Just make an effort–big or little. She’ll appreciate it, and your friendship.
  • Plan a Girlfriend Trip: Nothing like a tempting beach in your future to get you exercising and eating healthier! Plan your girlfriends getaway now and a fitness routine to prepare you for it. Set realistic goals and inspire each other to reach them. Girlfriends who have a fitness goal and work together are twice as likely to reach their goals than those going it alone (or with spouse). So, get the girls together and make some fun plans for a great girls escape!

Nothing against candy and romance, but Valentine’s Day is a fabulous opportunity to show you care for your gal pals, too! It’s a wonderful time to express your girlfriend gratitude–make a card, share some chocolates or healthy treats, send flowers, phone a friend or just get together. Actually, every month is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate female friendship. Make it a healthy, happy and less-stressed month by spending time with your girlfriends. Happy Valentine’s Day, Girlfriends!

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5 Tips for a Great Girls Night In

5 Tips for a Great Girls Night In

Great GIrls Night In tips piJust what you and your girlfriends need! Tips for a Great Girls Night in!

Is there anything better than curling up on the couch with a good drink and gossiping with the girls? If you want to have more girl’s nights in, why not take a bit of time to create the perfect night in? Whether you make sure to choose the right girlfriends to attend or prepare delicious appetizers, these tips for planning a girl’s night in will work every time.

Choose Friends That Get Along

We all have some girlfriends that shouldn’t be in the same room together. To make your evening more enjoyable, don’t put two girls in the room that are going to be snippy all night. If one of the friends who wasn’t invited gets offended, simply explain that you know that she doesn’t like one of the friends and you didn’t want her to be uncomfortable all night. You can always plan something special to do with her another time. Regardless, choosing girlfriends who get along for your invite list will ensure people will want to attend the next girl’s night in.

Invite some New Girlfriends

Introduce your girlfriends to other new friends! Invite some new women to the group to keep the conversation fresh and fun. Select women (like the point above) who you believe will get along and enjoy meeting each other. Make sure to introduce them to each other and include them in conversations so they don’t feel left out. Think of things they have in common in advance so you can encourage their connections and discussion. 

Try a Theme Night

One of the easiest ways to plan an event is to choose a theme. For example, you might choose a romantic comedy that everyone loves and then make drinks and appetizers that match that movie. If you are watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding, grab a blue and white checked tablecloth, put on some greek music and serve delicious Greek appetizers and Ouzo.

Find New Drink Recipes to Try

Whether you go with a theme or not, go online and find new drink recipes for everyone to try. For example, if your girlfriends love a certain candy, see how you can incorporate those flavors into a cocktail. You might even make more than one cocktail recipe and see which one is the bigger hit. The key is to have fun, try new things, and see what works for the next girl’s night in. Don’t forget mocktails or fancy waters for pregnant girlfriends or designated drivers.

Stick with Appetizers

Last, but not least, stick with appetizers for a girl’s night in. Appetizers are easy to make, easy to eat, and can be snacked on throughout the night. You can even make trays of appetizers and keep them in the fridge and bake them throughout the night so you always have something fresh and tasty coming out of the oven. If you’re watching more than one movie, choose a different appetizer for each movie.

 

A great girl’s night in is the perfect way to spend an evening with your girlfriends. Best of all, it’s so much more affordable than hitting the local club or going to your favorite restaurant. It also gives everyone the chance to cut loose and truly enjoy themselves.5 ideas for GNO Girls Night Out

 

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10 Girlfriend Traditions You Can Start Today – You’ll be Glad You Did!

10 Girlfriend Traditions You Can Start Today – You’ll be Glad You Did!

Girlfriend traditions, female friendshipHow often do you see your girlfriends? Not enough?! You need some Girlfriend Traditions!

The best way to remedy that is to start some girlfriend traditions (or several!) of getting your favorite female friends together on a regular basis so you stay in touch, make memories and have an excuse to laugh and share with your girlfriends!

We’ve got 10 Girlfriend Traditions you can start today!

(and welcome you to share more in the comments!) What girlfriend traditions do you have?

1. Book Club – For book (and/or wine) lovers! Our book club happens to be ‘no stress’ meaning “reading the book is optional, having fun with your girlfriends is not!” Get the girls (neighbors, friends, soccer moms, women from church) together and start a book club. (Here’s a great appetizer to take to book club!)

2. Dinner Club – Admit it, we all love to eat and drink together! Girlfriends, dinner, wine and just time together are all the ingredients for a great dinner club. Plan a theme, let everyone know what to bring (or make it all yourself), just set aside a night every month (or so) to break bread with your BFFs.

3. Birthday Club – My friend Carole has an awesome ‘Diva Group‘ (lower picture above). They celebrate their birthdays together. On birthdays ending in an ‘O’, they make it a HUGE celebration. The birthday ‘girl’ receives the number of gifts as is her birthday. Make your own birthday celebration tradition with your girlfriends. Just celebrate the day and the gift of their friendship.

4. Seasonal Shopping Fashion Friends – Which girlfriends are your source of fashion feedback and the girls with all the coolest clothes? Start a fashion friends tradition where you meet for lunch and look at fashion trend magazines. Then scout through the stores for the best deals on the latest fashions. Shopping is much more fun with friends!

5. Swap PartyLove her sense of style? Does she always recommend the best books? Have an annual or quarterly Swap party where you exchange books, fashion accessories, home decor elements – whatever works for your girlfriends. Just bring things together and trade them. It’s almost like shopping but without spending!

6. Volunteer TogetherBe a friend to your city and spend time with your girlfriends by volunteering together. Pet cats at a rescue center. Do construction on homes for Habitat Humanity. Make a family in need’s holidays happier. Whatever you decide to do to volunteer, it’s even better together!

7. Sending Thoughtful Cards – I love to get a sweet card from a girlfriend, don’t you? Why not be the one sending the cards and spreading the happiness? Make your tradition to send a card to your girlfriends on their birthdays and those in-between ‘just because days.’ You’ll make their days, guaranteed!

8. Chick Flick Club – Post the sign ‘No Boys Allowed!’ and invite the girls over for popcorn, snacks, and your favorite chick flick. Or, meet the girls at a theater and watched the latest fun film. Make it a monthly tradition or every time a good chick flick is released. Everyone can be the best supporting girlfriends! (Here’s our list of the top 100 Chick Flicks! And here’s more on having a great movie night with girlfriends!)

9. Brunch Bunch – At your favorite restaurant or trying a new place to dine every month, set a schedule of doing brunch with your fave BFFs. Get the coffee going along with the great stories and laughter! (Not up for brunch, plan a monthly lunch. Just find a good time for all the girls to get together!) (Here’s 5 Girlfriend Brunch Ideas!)

10. Girlfriend Get-aways – Maybe it’s an annual camping trip like my friend Anitra and her friends take, or a weekend away every fall to the outlet malls (like Colleen and friends do), or maybe it’s a little more luxurious or exotic. The destination is secondary. What’s important is that you get away with your girlfriends and enjoy time together. Make memories, take photos, laugh, enjoy. Life is too short not to plan a girlfriend trip!

10. Find time for a Friend – Whatever the tradition, set a schedule of finding time for your friends. Make it and them a priority. Wine time on the porch, coffee on the deck, dinner at a new restaurant or just walking together, find time for your friends. You’ll be so glad you did![Tweet “10 Girlfriend Traditions you should (& can!) start TODAY!”]

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  • Holiday Traditions – from gift exchange to holiday concerts, girlfriends make the holidays even better!

 

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Happiness is in the Harvest – Fall Fun for Friends

Happiness is in the Harvest – Fall Fun for Friends

autumn friendship quoteAutumn is a second Spring where every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a fan of sauerkraut. Finely cut cabbage fermented by various lactic acid bacteria is one step away from eating Kale (for you Dana!) – it hardly seems to me to be something to bring about happiness; much less something an entire town and its inhabitants would plan a fall festival around. But each fall, Waynesville, Ohio does exactly that, drawing thousands upon thousands of people – including me – to a weekend celebrating sauerkraut in all its glory.

The days are getting shorter, cooler, summer is on the wane and autumn is fast approaching. You can feel it. So it’s time to celebrate the harvest in a thousand different ways in a thousand different small towns – it is the happiness brought about at harvest festival time.

Whether it’s the Apple Festival in La Crescent, Minnesota, the Pumpkin Fest in Crest Hill, Illinois, or the Sussex County Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival in Augusta, New Jersey, celebrating the prosperity, joy and happiness of the harvest has been a part of the human experience since time began.

Fall festivals are a reminder that there are fruits born of our labor, and that the labor isn’t always easy, but worth it in the end. I personally use the occasions to spend some time with my girlfriends. I’m thankful for the growth and harvest of real friendship. A festival is a great place to catch up on life, browse the arts and crafts, sample some unique food offerings, people watch, and do a great deal of smiling and laughing. Festivals make me happy.

Fall festival season has begun girlfriends, and continues through Thanksgiving, so do a little looking to find a few fall festivals in your area that would be a great way to spend a day with your girlfriends. Then make it a date!

And if you get to the Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival, make sure to try the sauerkraut pie! Seriously.

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Happy Birthday Girlfriend!!!

Happy Birthday Girlfriend!!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIRLFRIEND!

Today – all day – is YOUR DAY. Today your friends and family celebrate YOU and the difference you make in their lives every day. This day is a day to look back at the previous year and look forward to the days and dreams to come in the new year.

Take a moment to reflect on the previous year – all your accomplishments, memories with friends and family, all the lessons you’ve learned. Breathe in and out. Today is YOUR DAY! Be grateful for the people who make your life special, for your home and health, for your unique style and the difference you make in the world. 

To help you celebrate, we’ve created some birthday quotes just for YOU. Post them on your social media, share them with a friend on her birthday, or just enjoy knowing that your girlfriends – whether they’re near or far away, love and care about YOU. 

 

Happy Birthday! Enjoy these Birthday Quotes just for YOU!

Birthday Paris hilton quote

The way I see it, you should live everyday like its your birthday.
Paris Hilton

wrinkles birthday quote

We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.
Lauren Hutton

 

Skillet birthday quote erma bombeck

A FRIEND never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday.Erma Bombeck

(We hope you don’t get a skillet for your birthday, unless you REALLY want a skillet for your birthday!)

Life in your years lincoln quote

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln

celebrate birthday wine quote

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
Plautus

Lucille_Ball quote secret to staying young

The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. Lucille Ball

Diplomat birthday quote

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age. Robert Frost

age cheese quote

AND AN IMPORTANT ONE …

Age is not important unless you’re a cheese. ~ Helen Hayes

Birthday-Chocolate-Cake-best-birthdays-quote

The best birthdays of all are those that have not arrived yet. ~ Robert Orben

NOTE: The yummy Chocolate Cake photo is borrowed (with permission) from our friends at WannaBite.com. Check out their ‘Mostly Clean Chocolate Cake.’ (Wouldn’t that make a fabulous birthday cake?!) 

 

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Month of Friendship, Day 24: Surprise your BFF

Month of Friendship, Day 24: Surprise your BFF

Surprise your girlfriendsWhen was the last time you surprised a friend, or she surprised you? Love a good surprise? I bet she does!

Was it a ‘big’ birthday or graduation? Was it a girlfriend gift you found that made you think of her? Was it a surprise visit when she had no idea you were nearby? It’s the “peek-a-boo” syndrome – generally, we love being surprised, when it’s a good surprise!

Or maybe we’re more like Oprah, who has said: “I love surprising people, I don’t like being surprised.” (But remember how her Producers LOVED to surprise her?!)

A Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.

Boris Pasternak

Today’s ‘girlfriend challenge,’ in this Month of Friendship, is to surprise a friend and make her feel as special as her friendship is to you. Here’s a few idea on ways to surprise a friend:

  • Friendship Jen Mindy girlfriend surprise

    “School of Thoughtfulness” – Mindy and Jen are the two fabulous friends featured in the photo. Mindy returned home from vacation late one night. On her doorstep, a cooler filled with ‘breakfast’ – food for the following morning. Knowing she wouldn’t have anything to eat, her BFF Jen filled a cooler with everything needed to wake up to a great breakfast on her first day back home. (As Mindy says, she “studies at Jen’s ‘School of Thoughtfulness'” in this previous Girlfriendology blog.)

  • Have a Surprise Party – Even if it’s not her birthday or an official day of celebration, throw her a party – like Jill’s friend did for her (aka: Happy Jill Day!). Any day is a great day to celebrate and surprise a friend, right? Show up where she’d least expect you. Invite other friends to join you. Make it all about her and making sure she knows how much her friendship means to you. (Here’s 9 Tips to planning a Great Surprise Party!)
  • Send a Surprise – Women love to receive flowers (like this bouquet of ‘friendship flowers‘), which can be an awesome surprise. Or get creative and send a box of helium balloons or a bunch of little gifts that you know she’ll love. Make your own gift basket filled with all her favorite items/products. Or send a card – or one every day for a month. Just let her know that you’d thinking of her.

And we had some amazing girlfriend surprises shared by our Facebook friends:

  • Cynthia Lee shared: One of my best friends just sent me a goodie package from Harry and David! She is the best!
  • Denise added: One of my friends sent me an email telling me to go outside and look under a bush near my driveway – she had left me a little garden statue that just spoke to my heart and left me smiling for days!
  • Paige offered: My dear friend in St. Lucia just sent me a monogrammed leather belt! We’ve never met in person, but I just love this girl!
  • Janelle broke our hearts with this story: I found out my friend was living in her car in another state (a week until her apt was ready) I canceled my vacation plans and sent her the money for a hotel. She tried to pay it back but I won’t take it. I’m glad I was able to help her. A gift of love is just that!
  • Janet shared: One of my best friends from high school just invited us to a villa in Cabo. Unfortunately, I can’t go because I have a convention that week, but I was so happy that she thought of us. Means a lot to me!
  • Janelle also offered: I would like to give special thanks to Deanna. I was in another state after back surgery and someone intentionally broke my cane, after seeing the trouble I was having trying to walk she gave me hers. We had just met.

Doesn’t that make you feel like surprising your BFF? What are you going to do for your best friend? Share and inspire!

Thanks for celebrating this MONTH OF FRIENDSHIP with us! Tomorrow … it’s cool to go to school with a girlfriend!

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