Friendship Amy Raising ArrowsHow are you surviving the Summer girlfriends?

It’s been hotter here in the mid-west than a mid-day sidewalk BOGO shoe sale (at the equator)! (Okay, just dang hot!) We hope you’re having a great Summer and spending lots of time with your girlfriends. Here’s what’s going on on Girlfriendology:

* BLOGTALKRADIO INTERVIEW – Have you ever gone through real, deep, painful, blinding grief? Or, have you ever tried to be a better friend to a friend who is grieving? Our guest for this week’s BlogTalkRadio show is someone who knows grief. AMY is the homeschooling mother of five living children and is due in one month. She blogs about raising kids and homeschooling at RaisingArrows.net. Amy is also the mother of Emily who left her arms at seven months. Amy knows grief and blogs about it to a huge following of others who deal with incredible pain and sadness. How can you be better friend to a girlfriend who is grieving? Listen in to this week’s BlogTalkRadio interview with Amy on Friday, August 20th at 2-2:30pm ET. Chat or call in your questions. Learn from this brave girlfriend who offers amazing insights into grieving, being a friend to someone going through a terrible loss as well being a mom and homeschooler to many. {Share!}

* BIZ COMMERCIAL -We’re thrilled to be featured in a new commercial for BIZ detergent. Check it out below! Also, watch your newspapers on Sunday, August 29th as a print ad (with great coupons) will be send to 57 million households! (So funny to be on a commercial!) {Be clean!}

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* NEW NEWSLETTER – We’ve switched to FeedBlitz for our newsletter (if you’re interested in their services, I have a code (Debba7444) for 10% off through September 16th – just go to FeedBlitz and check out their RSS, newsletter and social media services. (Great for blogs!) So you’ll get this compilation update once a week if you’re on our RSS or newsletter list. (thanks!)

* GIRLFRIEND GIFTS – This week we featured Girlfriend Birthday Gifts. Check um out! And visit our new OpenSky Shop where we hand-pick all kinds of gifts for girlfriends. {Shop}

* EAT, PRAY, LOVE – Have you seen it? I’m going tonight with girlfriends and will report back on the blog tomorrow. Add your reviews to our Facebook Fan Page!

* AUGUST BOOK CLUB – Don’t forget! Book Club, the last Monday night of the month (August 30th) and we’re reading “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship,” by girlfriend author CATHIE BECK. Cathie will join us online to chat about this fab, friend-filled book!  7-8pm ET

And, we’re looking for GIRLFRIEND GROUPS (and celebrities with Girlfriend Groups!).

Please let us know if you are in a fun group or know of some – thanks!