Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus
Happy Fall Girlfriends!
The only things more beautiful than this glorious season of Fall are the wonderful women that we celebrate fall birthdays, autumn holidays and ‘just because’ days!
Which girlfriends celebrate their birthday in the fall months? Here’s some of our picks for favorite FAB FALL GIRLFRIEND GIFTS:
This Cotton/Cashmere Chunky T Neck Sweater will keep her warm on those chilly nights – and remind her of the beautiful friend who gave it to her! Incredibly thick, soft and warm, this cable knit sweater of cotton and cashmere has a long turle neck that can be worn up for maximum warmth or folded over for a stylish look. Intricate cable-knit design adds beautiful texture as well as substantial warmth.
I love beautiful accessories that remind me of my thoughtful gift-giving friends! Like this Autumn Fall Leaves Nature Scarf. Decorated with a pattern of autumn leaves and vines in a brown/copper/rust color palette, it’s the perfect accessory to warm her and make her feel special.
Still staying in that ‘keep her warm’ category, these fun Mismatched Cotton Socks will keep her toes toasty all fall long! Made in the USA, these fall-colored mismatched socks are perfect for your funky and fashionable friends.
What girlfriend LOVES to decorate for the seasons? Well, she’s sure to love this Fall/Holiday ‘October Sky’ Scented Candle by Ribbonwick. The unique wick creates a hypnotic flame in this sophisticated and elegant, reusable pottery holder.
Treat her to a relaxing spa experience without having to leave her home! This Autumn InSPArations Fall Spa Gift Basket will spoil her with the perfect Autumn spa gift basket featuring indulgent bath products and delectable sweets to pamper both her body and mind.
Last but not least, is a beautiful maple inspired hand enameled Fall Leaves Necklace. She’ll love wearing this and thinking of the thoughtful friend who made her fall even more special.
What’s your favorite fall girlfriend gift to give or receive?
We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese
Flags lining the streets. Families and friends gathering for cook-outs. The welcoming of Summer with the sound of children laughing, lawn mowers and a wind chime on the front porch. What wonderful moments we share for Memorial Day.
It’s important to celebrate moments, to make memories, to spend time with friends and family. It’s the creation of memories, of special moments that cause a smile or even a tear.
For me, it’s fitting to recognize Memorial Day today. It’s recognition of those who have fought for our freedom, for those who have gone before us to make our lives better, for people we loved or maybe even didn’t know who made a difference.
It’s fitting too for me because this week is Allison‘s birthday. Allison was my walking girlfriend for over a decade. We shared miles of conversations, laughs, tears and memories. Allison is part of the reason that I started Girlfriendology back in 2006. She and my girlfriend Dana were both dealing with cancer, and I felt the strong NEED to rally around them as a friend, to be with all my female friends for support and inspiration, and to create a community of women who believe in the power and blessing of females.
After the Memorial Day weekend is gone, we’ll keep the moments going as we (girlfriends of Allison – many of whom walked together, shared wine with each other and each have beautiful memories) gather on Tuesday night to ‘celebrate’ her birthday. She lost her courageous battle with cancer last August and we need to rally around each other once again to share those memories and funny stories, to toast to Allison a glass of wine (chardonnay in memories of Allison, who tried to get her doctor to agree that it was a clear liquid she could have!) and to hug each other with tears in our eyes.
It’s about the moments girlfriends.
What ‘moments’ are you going to remember from this summer? What memories can you make with friends that you’ll cherish for years to come? Why not plan a girlfriend get-together or a trip with your BFFs? Spend time together. Create moments. And be thankful for memories and for special friends like Allison.
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. ~Jennifer Yane
My friend Mir has always had a “birthday season.” Her birthday stretches from her cousin’s birthday two months before hers to her sister’s birthday three months after. She sees this season of celebration as a wonderful part of the year and is perfectly happy celebrating with friends and family whenever is convenient for them. Another friend, Sarah, grew up in a very large family. For her, your birthday was your birthday according to the calendar and there was very little room for celebrating on other days.
No matter how you celebrate (or choose to ignore) birthdays, a girlfriend’s birthday is a wonderful excuse for making her feel special. Guest blogger and girlfriend AMANDA CARLSON shares her suggestions for celebrating girlfriend birthdays. We’d love to hear your suggestions too girlfriend!
When it comes to girlfriends, you should always make their birthdays special. After all, it is the only holiday of the year that is just for them! I am lucky enough to work with my best friend so it is easier for me to make it special for her, but there are many things you can do to make your friends’ birthdays special.
Decorate her desk – If you are lucky enough to work with your friend then you have a golden opportunity. Decorating her desk is a great way to show that you care about making her day special. Make sure you work within the guidelines of what is acceptable at your office, but a cute plastic tablecloth in a bright color and some confetti make for a fun desk decoration. Pair that with a few flowers in a pretty vase and you are set to go.
Send her flowers – If you do not work with your friend or even live far away you can still send her flowers for her birthday. Make sure that if you send flowers to a work location they come with a vase. You can also send fun gifts like a fruit bouquet that she can share with the office or even balloons to make her day stand out!
Call her up –Sometimes a phone call is all it takes to brighten up someone’s birthday. If you cannot afford elaborate gifts and you do not live close by you can always give her a call. Sing her a birthday song or remind her of a happy memory you two share. Anything that brings a smile to her face is a good idea.
Send a real card – We get so many emails nowadays that another e-card is just not going to cut it. Instead, buy her a real birthday card and write something meaningful in it. Not only does this show that you are thinking of her, but it is also not something you can do last minute so it shows that you are the kind of friend who plans ahead. Good for you!
Send her a package – Don’t you love to get a package in the mail? There is something fascinating and exciting about a mysterious package. Even a small gift can be made into an adventure by having it show up at your friend’s door or her workplace as a surprise. Just make sure it is work appropriate if you are going to send it there!
These are just a few ideas to help you make your friends’ birthdays special. You can combine these ideas or come up with your own to fit your friend’s taste and sense of adventure. Have fun!
AMANDA CARLSON is a blogger and former newborn care nurse. To stay connected to her previous career and share the knowledge she gained, she began writing for www.newborncare.com. You can reach her at amanda.newborncare @ gmail.com.
Let’s make 2013 a special year – filled with friends and gratitude. Sounds like the winning combination for a wonderful new year!
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