Month of Friendship, Day 14 – Host a Girlfriend Happy Hour (GNO!)

Month of Friendship, Day 14 – Host a Girlfriend Happy Hour (GNO!)

Why limit happy hour, GNOWhy limit Happy to an Hour?!

GNO time! Plan a Girlfriend Happy Hour …

or … where to wear your favorite new pair of shoes, or … the perfect end of a day with your ‘besties.’

When was the last time you saw your best friends? Got out of the house and didn’t have on yoga pants? (Okay, that might be a stretch, no pun intended.) Had so much fun laughing that you forgot all the stress in your life?

We’re on a friendship journey through September, aka: our Month of Friendship of celebrating our friends. Every day we’re sharing a way to reconnect with old friends and build into new friends.

Today’s ‘girlfriend challenge’ is as easy as sitting at a bar with your girlfriends. Host a Happy Hour with your favorite female friends. You don’t always need a reason, like a birthday or your partner out of town (although those are fine reasons to hang out with the girls!) – just a ‘Hey, it’s Tuesday – let’s have a GNO” (Girl’s Night Out) will do. Just take a leadership role and organize a girlfriend get-together.

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Our girlfriend advice for throwing a GNO happy hour:

  • Pick a Date – Two schools of thought: pick a date that works for you or let your friends vote from several dates that work for you. Recently I contacted several girlfriends through Facebook to ask them which date would work best for them for our upcoming Cincinnati Girlfriendology Happy Hour. I was open to various dates and was happy to know they were saving the date to get together.
  • Pick a Location – What nearby, centrally-located, easy to park at bar or restaurant is most conducive for a bevy of ‘besties’ talking and laughing? Choose a location that works for you and the other attendees. Also, find out if they have any happy hour specials – or ask the manager if you can have some for your group. (Sometimes they will donate some food if you bring in a group on a slow night.)
  • Invite the Girls – We girls like to plan ahead, so try to invite the attendees several weeks before the event. Send an email or evite, or create a Facebook event, with all the scoop – date, time, place, who else is coming (potential carpools), etc.
  • Etc. – If girlfriends can’t come because of their kids, perhaps suggest they share a babysitter. Make sure and bring a camera and share the photos on Facebook or Flickr. Feeling especially blessed to have ‘besties’? Make a little gift bag for each friend (dollar stores are great for tiny gifts for such bags) or have a card for each girlfriend. Send out a thank you email/Facebook message to tell each girlfriend how much you appreciate her attending and how thankful you are for her friendship.

What is your girlfriend advice for hosting a girlfriend Happy Hour? What makes a GNO extra fun? Share and inspire!

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Month of Friendship – Day 4: Make a Memory Gift for a Girlfriend

Month of Friendship – Day 4: Make a Memory Gift for a Girlfriend

Create your own memories,friendshipFor our Memory Gift … Think of all your girlfriend memories …

… laughing with your high school or college friends who got you through the tough years of guys and grades, friends you’ve met in different places that you’ve lived who always made you feel like you were home when you were together and sister-friends who made you part of their family and vice versa. So many memories with so many friends … we’re a blessed gender to have and appreciate so many amazing friends!

You shouldn’t wait for other people to make special things happen. You have to create your own memories.Heidi Klum

We’re celebrating a Month of Friendship in September. Each day we’ll share a daily way to celebrate girlfriends.

Today, we’re thinking about showing our girlfriend gratitude by making or buying a memory gift for our girlfriend(s).

Memory gifts feature an image or story that we share and are a wonderful reminder of the happy times we’ve spent together. Since we don’t often get to spend as much time with our girlfriends as we’d like, memory gifts serve as a fun reminder of those times together and prompt us to connect again – soon! So, here’s a few memory gifts for girlfriends you can make or buy:

  • Mini Scrapbook – Perfect for a BIG birthday (milestone birthdays – those ending in “0”), take your camera along and snap a bunch of photos of the birthday girl and her friends. Make sure and get several of you two together. Then turn the photos into a memory album for her like we did for our girlfriend’s birthday recently.
  • Classic, Funky, Silly: Personalized Present – Simple project, even a non-crafty girlfriend can make – and, I promise! – she’ll love it! Selected your favorite photo of you and your BFF. Make a color or black & white copy (recommend black & white especially if your frame gets too colorful and funky!) Get a cheap frame (I recommend Dollar Store). Find/purchase some scrapbook embellishments, old jewelry or cut out words/ads out of magazines. Decorate the frame with the embellishments or crafty elements. Then frame/mat your photo. She’ll love your creative gift!
  • ‘It’s Girlfriend Time’ Clock – I love this project and have made it for several girlfriends. Make color copies of photos, gather some scrapbook supplies (thin ones so as not to interfere with the hands of the clock) and a clock and make her a timeless reminder of happy times with you. She’ll love it!
  • Picture this … You and your BFF – I love a great photo of me and my friends! One where we all look happy, where you can almost see the glow of good energy that we create when we’re together and where we’re all having a great hair day! (-: There are lots of ways you can take a fab photo and make it into a permanent piece of art. Canvas People takes images and prints them on canvas making ‘art’ out of your beautiful friendship photo!
  • Girlfriend Memory Journal – I wish I’d kept a journal of all the fun times I’ve spent with my girlfriends. Wish I would have noted the happy hours where we laughed til we cried, jotted down the special gifts my friends have given me and journal-ed the lessons I’ve learned from such amazing women. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to receive such a present? Use this girlfriend journal or make your own, but capture a few of the memories you share with her – times her friendship really meant a lot to you, funny stories that you share, little memories that she’ll cherish.

Whatever your choose to make or give her, a gift from a girlfriend is always appreciated. If you have fun with this one, make more for your friends and give it to them at a dinner celebrating this Month of friendship!

Other ideas for girlfriend memory gifts? Share!

Tomorrow … Day 5 in this Month of Female Friendship. After talking Social Media, we’re going a little old school. Come back and join us!

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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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Girlfriendology 10th Birthday Party – You’re Invited!

Girlfriendology 10th Birthday Party – You’re Invited!

Girlfriendology 10th Birthday Party invitation Join us at the Girlfriendology 10th Birthday Party!

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!

Join us as we celebrate our 10th Blogging Birthday on Sunday, March 20th in the great city of Cincinnati, Ohio.

at NEST and Hyde Park Square – 2-4 and 4-6 After Party.

Thanks to NEST (3439 Michigan Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208) for hosting the location and for offering 10% off all your shopping! We’ll have more prizes and specials to announce in the coming weeks.

Save the date – see you at the Girlfriendology 10th Birthday Party!!! 

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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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3 Things that a Real Friend Tells You | Be a Better Friend

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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