Celebrating Friendship on Mother’s Day

Celebrating Friendship on Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is not only the perfect day to celebrate Moms but also Girlfriends! Here’s how …

MOTHER’S DAY – FOR MOMS*: Chances are you have those friends that you met because of your children. These are the girlfriends that have been through thick and thin with you. They’ve babysat your children during special date nights, have been there when you were sick and needed someone to watch the kids, etc. Why not celebrate that special friendship this Mother’s Day?

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. — Robert Browning

Send a Card

A card with a special note about how much her friendship has meant to you can mean so much on Mother’s Day. You might even want to include a photo of a special memory the two of your have shared as being mothers. It’s a simple and thoughtful way to say how much you appreciate her friendship and everything she’s done for you. If you want, you can also include a gift card to her favorite store so she can pamper herself.

Get Together for a Special Lunch

Everyone knows how much girls love to have lunch together. Why not have a special lunch to celebrate your friendship this Mother’s Day? It doesn’t have to be on the exact day. Get together the day before or the day after at your favorite place that’s a bit of a splurge. Enjoy a couple glasses of wine and a good dessert while you reminisce about all the memories you have of raising your children together.

Do Something Special

Last, but not least, take the time to do something special together. After all, it is Mother’s Day. It might be a day of shopping at your favorite boutiques or a day at the spa. If you have small children at home, it might be something as simple as finding a quiet spot to talk or lay in the sun. Heck, even a nap can be special when you’ve got small children. Just do something you both love.

Mother’s Day is more than just celebrating families. Sometimes it’s getting together with other moms that you share a special bond with. Celebrating friendship on Mother’s Day may not be something you’ve considered in the past, but chances are it makes perfect sense. After all, how many times has your friend been there when you’ve been in a bind as a Mother? How many times have you been there for her? While it may no longer take a village to raise a child, it does often take several great women.

Take the time this Mother’s Day to celebrate the friends that have made raising your children easier.

* And don’t forget about Non-Moms.

One-third of all women do not have children. This can be by choice, circumstance or unfortunate challenges. As a girlfriend to Moms and Non-Moms, be aware that Mother’s Day may be a tough day for some women who wanted to be a mom or who have lost a child. Some moms don’t live near their children or have limited access to their kids because of custody arrangements. And some girlfriends may have lost their mom, so this holiday is especially difficult.

As a girlfriend, be sensitive to what she may be feeling. Include non-moms in your celebrations. Maybe they have fur babies (pets) or are committed aunts – they deserve to be celebrated too, right?

Mother’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate all the women in your life – family and friends. We all ‘mother’ each other in our relationships and friendships. Let’s celebrate the bond that women have and our commitment to each other and to friendship.

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day with your girlfriends?

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Spending Mother’s Day with Girlfriends

Spending Mother’s Day with Girlfriends

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Mother’s Day is obviously a special day for families, but wouldn’t it be nice to do something that’s just for you?
Spending Mother’s Day with girlfriends can be a great way to unwind and do something that pampers your body and soul. It can also be a great way to empty nest mothers to enjoy the day without dwelling on the fact that their children have moved on.

And … one of the benefits of female friendship is that girlfriends reduce our stress. Wouldn’t a less-stressed mom be a great gift back to your family?! (And, living longer, being happier, healthier and feeling more beautiful are also great gifts to give a mom – more of the benefits of female friendship!)

As Oprah wisely said: “Biology is the least of what makes someone a Mother.” Don’t forget to celebrate with non-moms – women with no biological children. We all have special people in our lives that we mother and tend for, let’s include all our caring girlfriends no matter what their child-bearing status! And, don’t forget to include and be sensitive to their pain, but remember to invite women who may have lost their mom or have a distant relationship.

Here are some tips on how to celebrate Mother’s Day with Girlfriends:

When to Get Together – First of all, understand that this doesn’t mean you need to spend time away from your family on Mother’s Day. You could get together with friends that are moms on Saturday or even Friday. The time doesn’t really matter. The important thing is you’re getting together with people that understand what you really want to do during this special day. You don’t want your family to feel left out or to miss out on those special moments with your little ones, but it’s nice to spend some time just being pampered.

How to Celebrate – You might start out with a nice brunch at your favorite restaurant followed by a day at the spa or just an afternoon of talking. You could also spend the day shopping, getting your nails done, or even spend the night dancing. The key is to choose something you all love. It should be a celebration of motherhood and a celebration of being a woman in general. Just be sure you’re ready for that early morning brunch with your little ones.

When the Kids Are Gone – This is something that girlfriends who have children that have moved away should definitely do. Instead of sitting home feeling those empty nest moments, get out and enjoy the day. Chances are you’ll speak to your children on the phone sometimes throughout the day, but the rest of the day should be all about you and not letting the day get you down.

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to spend with family, but it’s a time to also devote to yourself. You’ve worked hard as a mother, why not do something you truly enjoy with your girlfriends? Whether it’s brunch or a day at the spa, pampering your body and soul should be a must. This is also a great way for empty nest mothers or non-moms to enjoy the day without letting it get them down.

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Month of Friendship, Day 29: 5 Ways to give a Thoughtful Girlfriend Gift

Month of Friendship, Day 29: 5 Ways to give a Thoughtful Girlfriend Gift

What is the most thoughtful gift a girlfriend has given you? Or you’ve given to a friend?

5 ways to give a thoughtful girlfriend giftLeave it to my girlfriends to always give the best, most thoughtful girlfriend gifts – be it for my birthday, holiday or a ‘just because’ gift. My friend girlfriend gifts often get my gift at my favorite shop where she lives/I used to live. It’s always perfect and perfectly Terri. My college roomie and BFF, Barb, often makes me a gift – like a beautiful afghan she crocheted for me. My fab friends Deana, Rhonda and Cath (and others – too many to name, I’m blessed!) always give me something special and, again, perfect.

It’s much more than something purchased for me and wrapped. It’s an act of love – to take time out of their busy lives to find a present that expresses our friendship; to spend their valuable, limited time selecting a gift and presenting it to me. It’s a wonderful tradition between girlfriends – to give thoughtful, personalized, wonderful gifts.

Actual, physical gifts from a friend are best when they’re something she’d ‘want’ and not necessarily ‘need.’ (Although, there are exceptions to that rule – like she might need and want new running shoes or a Fall coat.) Not the standard, ‘cookie-cutter’ gift is best too – probably not a gift from an infomercial, dollar/cheap store or drug store. Something that, when you see it, speaks to you of her is perfect.

Here’re 5 ways to give a thoughtful girlfriend gift:

  • The Gift of Time – So many of us are soo overbooked. Give your busy girlfriend the gift of time – help her (or do it for her) girlfriend gifts, weed her garden or run her errands. Arrange for a babysitter so she can spend time on things she wants to do – like hopefully spending time with you. Do whatever you can do to free up a few hours of her day. She’ll love you for it!
  • Reminder Gifts – I love gifts that remind me of my friend: the afghan my BFF Barb made me is a great example. I think of her every single time I see that beautiful gift and feel like she is nearby when it keeps we warm. Give a piece of jewelry or a memorable gift to show her how much her friendship means to you.
  • Funny and Creative Gifts – A silly surprise can help her laugh her way through what might be an otherwise stressful day/birthday. Get creative – I heard of one woman whose girlfriends rented a hearse as their limo for her BIG birthday. That might be a bit much, but you can do things like finding little funny gifts that equal her birthday years or make a funny challenge out of trivia from the year she was born, etc. Just make it a special day for her!Start your free trial now!
  • Friendship Gifts – We’ve shared about ‘girlfriend gifts‘ (where a friend celebrated her girlfriend and their friendship with a surprise celebration and friendship ring). Jill now has a ring that reminds her of that special friendship. (We have a host of gifts that feature girlfriend gifts – like above, girlfriend gifts, etc. with our ‘friendship flower.’ These are meant to express how much you love and appreciate your girlfriends.)
  • Memories Gifts – I love the memories I share with my friends. Times we’ve hung out together, traveled, shopped, laughed and cried together. Take every opportunity to make memories with your girlfriends and, for her birthday or a special ‘present, this might just mean going on an adventure together (or a cruise with your girlfriends!) or making a tradition out of spending time together (like with a book club or regular GNO happy hour). Just take a time to be there for each other.

We asked our Facebook Fans about what one gift they’d give their girlfriend(s) and they responded:

  • Joanne: My time. The greatest gift a friend gives me is the time in their schedule and a listening ear.
  • Geraldine: Lots of luv, and an undivided amount of time to listen to her!!
  • Janet: Time. Specifically….a 5-day Girls Getaway cruise with friends!! MORE specific…A Girls Getaway with friends from Girlfriendology!!
  • Theresa: A day spa with full treatment. She just had son #4 (yes she knows what caused it, lol) and probably really needs some estrogenated air as her home is filled with the testosterone of five men!
  • Alison: The ocean where she loves to be.
  • Rosalind: Cozy wine/coffee station in her kitchen.
  • Deborah: Some serenity in her life at the moment. She surely has needed it for awhile. I would do anything to take away her pain, if even for a day.
  • Auburn: A lifetime supply of Starbucks coffee, Jolly Ranchers, Chocolate and lifetime spa treatments – to all my Girlfriends. Love you much, You rock!
  • Margaret: Like the spa treatments for life. And once a year for the rest of your life a two weeks vacation everything paid for.

What thoughtful gifts have your girlfriends given you? How have you made your friends feel as special as their friendship is to you?

Just one more day in this MONTH OF WOMEN’S FRIENDSHIP, but we’ll keep celebrating all year! Tomorrow … we wrap up 30 days, 30 ways to be a better friend!

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Celebrating 10 years of inspiring Female Friendship!

Girlfriendology.com first started in 2006 – before Pinterest or Twitter! With two dear girlfriends dealing with cancer, I felt that I needed to express my love and appreciation for my female friends – and inspire other women to be better friends too. It has grown from there to be a community of women who support each other and who cherish our girlfriends!

10 years, 2500+ blog posts, 200+ podcasts and almost 90,000 (almost all female!) social followers later, we’re celebrating our 10th Birthday!

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Celebrating Friendship Day with Viniq & Girlfriends

Celebrating Friendship Day with Viniq & Girlfriends

friendship day,viniq,celebration,cocktailHappy Friendship Day! August 2nd is officially ‘Friendship Day’ but here at Girlfriendology, we think EVERY DAY is a great day to celebrate girlfriends!

We’re all about inspiring you to spend time with your fab friends and this day is a reminder to get the girls together for some Summer fun and, in this case, with a celebration that SPARKLES like you and your girlfriends!

A girlfriend of mine gave me a bottle of VINIQ as a gift (Thanks Caryn!). It’s the tall purple bottle of ‘shimmery liqueur,’ described as “a fusion of premium Vodka, Moscato and natural fruit flavors.” (AKA: YUMMY!) It comes in original purple, shown here, and ruby. (Gotta try that one!) It is the perfect ingredient for a Friendship Day celebration or your next Girls Night Out! Get the girls together for these sparkly cocktail recipes!

viniq, cocktail, recipe, girlfriends,celebrationLittle Purple Cocktail Recipe – created by CaliMiXers

Ingredients:

  • 1 mint sprig & 1 lime wedge muddled in shaker
  • Add the following ingredients:
  • ¾ part Rum
  • ½ part Viniq original
  • ¼ part of sweet N sour

Method: Shake in shaker with ice & 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries. Top off with lemon lime soda. Garnish: blueberries, lime wheel & mint sprig.

viniq,cocktail,recipe,celebrationLadies Night Cocktail Recipe – created by CaliMiXers

Ingredients:

  • 1 part of Viniq
  • ½ part of mandarin vodka
  • ¼ part of peach schnapps

Method: Squeeze of fresh lime juice. Fill up with Energy drink. Garnish: Blueberry & peach infused ice cubes or may use pieces of driven peaches & blueberries.

Thanks to our friends at Viniq who provided these recipes and are providing the next bottle for our girlfriend celebrating! 🙂 (As always, everything we post on Girlfriendology is what we would honestly share with our girlfriends.)

How are you and your friends celebrating Friendship Day? Or whatever day! Every day is a great day for celebrating female friendship!

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Things a real friend tells youA friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. ~Donna Roberts

A real friend knows how to make a friend feel loved, special, valued. In our journey to ‘BE A BETTER FRIEND,’ we believe there are three things that a REAL friend will tell you …

1. You’re Beautiful (Smart. Amazing. Inspiring. You’re __insert the perfect adjective here__). Positive, thoughtful and sincere affirmations NEVER grow old. Tell her the things you love about her, the qualities that make her amazing, the strengths she has that she may not even know. Tell her what you love/admire/think about her. Tell her how she makes the world better for you, her friends, others. She may not hear that from her other relationships. It’s up to you to remind her of the song in her heart, or the difference that she makes in others’ lives.

2. What can I do to make your life easier? It’s a honor to be someone’s BFF, right? It’s a joy to have a friend who cares about your life – for the little and the big things. Ask her – what can I do to make YOUR life better? How can I make life easier for YOU? Ask, but only if you mean it. Be there for her. It might be a simple as being the friend who listens, the one who cares about her job, the girlfriend who she gets to vent to about her life but who understands. It might even be the friend who helps her by doing little things like driving her to the airport or helping her wrap holiday gifts. Be the friend who helps make her life easier. You’ll be honored to do so.

3. When there is spinach in your teeth, a rip in a very important seam, when your favorite shoes are on sale ... but holds back on the things that might hurt you (like telling you your relationship is a mess – you know it already, right?!). A real friend weighs the importance of the message with the way it will impact you. She cares about your feelings and your life. A real friend will give you grace, over advice; kindness over bluntness; love over judgement.

Girlfriend – we’re here for each other, right?

Real friends are – and they make the life we live so much happier, that they’re worth a few honest compliments, a little thoughtfulness and a filter when it comes to advice.

So, do it. BE A BETTER FRIEND. Be the friend who cares, listens, makes her life easier. (So fun, because she’ll do the same for you!)

What would you add to this list of 3 Things that a Real Friend Tells You?

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