20 DIY Girlfriend Gifts – Handmade Gifts for Women!

20 DIY Girlfriend Gifts – Handmade Gifts for Women!

20 DIY Girlfriend GiftsIt’s your Bestie’s Birthday. How do you make her feel special and appreciated? Make her a DIY Girlfriend Gift to show her how much her friendship means to you!

My BFF Barb is both creative and thoughtful. How does she show that? She gives wonderful DIY gifts that I treasure! One year she made a purse for me, another year she crocheted me a throw blanket.

I love receiving and giving handmade gifts to my friends too but sometimes I need a little inspiration. So, I thought I’d share the girlfriend gifts I just might have to make for Barb and my other girlfriends.

Here are some great ideas for DIY Gifts for Women:

  1. DIY Nail Polish Marbled Mugs Craft – Thrifty Jinxy
  2. The Easiest Pocket Pack Tissue Holder Ever – Sum of their Stories
  3. DIY Glittered Acrylic Tumbler – Pink Heels Pink Truck
  4. Pedi in a Jar Gift – Mission: to Save
  5. EASY Lavender Homemade Soap Recipe – Happy Deal Happy Day
  6. Hand Embroidered Bookmarks – Busy Being Jennifer
  7. Pina Colada Sugar Lip Scrub – Feather Pixels
  8. Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe – Thrifty Jinxy
  9. Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub – Little Blog in the Country
  10. Homemade Moisturizing Vanilla Lip Balm – Recipes with Essential Oils
  11. Glittered Stag Head Wine Tote – Pink Heels Pink Truck
  12. Cross Stitch Planter – Sum of their Stories
  13. DIY Chai Latte Mix – Busy Being Jennifer
  14. Succulent Moss Balls – Crafts’n’Coffee
  15. Homemade Bath Fizzies – Mom’s Messy Miracles
  16. DIY Rice Heat Packs – Organized 31
  17. How To Make Your Own Candles – Must Have Mom
  18. Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe – Feather Pixels
  19. DIY Chai Spice Sugar Lip Scrub – Busy Being Jennifer
  20. DIY Cranberry & Honey Face Mask – Pink Heels Pink Truck

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Not enough time? 3 Impromptu Ways to see your Girlfriends

Not enough time? 3 Impromptu Ways to see your Girlfriends

time friendship quoteI met my girlfriends for Happy Hour tonight. We haven’t seen each other for too long and while we talk about getting together more, it is really hard to do when we all have jobs, lives, schedules that completely fill our lives almost 24/7. (Can you relate?)

We decided, over our second glass of wine and countless shared updates and laughs, that we HAVE to get together more often. HAVE to.

While we’d love to be on a schedule of making time for each other every week or every other week, or even once a month, we know our crazy lives. That is tough to do.

But what works for us sometimes? IMPROMPTU gatherings. A shared text with plans to meet. An opening in our schedule that gives us room to see each other.

It made me think. As the quote says: The way we spend our TIME defines who we are. It totally does. How we spend our limited extra hours is a great indication of what our priorities are, what – or WHO – is important to us.

So, in the spirit of my girlfriends and my assumption that you and your girlfriends might face a similar challenge of getting together, here are:

3 ideas of impromptu Girlfriend Get-togethers

1. Combining Tasks with Friends – You know the situation. You have so much to do that you spend all weekend running errands to catch up before another crazy week of work or plans. Right?! Why not ask a friend to join you? Groceries? She probably needs to go shopping too. Picking up dry cleaning, a run to the pet food store, clean out your closet, even weeding the garden – all things that are much more enjoyable when they’re with a friend – just ask!

3. Try a new time/plan – On our recent Friday off work, my BFF Barb texted me about meeting for lunch. It was mid-morning and a time we normally don’t even think of meeting up with a friend. It worked out perfectly and probably wouldn’t have if we’d planned ahead. Evenings not good for her and days not good for you – find a compromise and plan a weekend coffee date or a Friday night time for just the girls. You never know when you might start a new girlfriend tradition!

3. What-the-Hell Planning – I often say when I speak on social media marketing, I believe in the WTH marketing. WTH – TRY it! I also believe in WTH planning with friends. The next time you have a spare ticket to a play or concert, or hear about a new restaurant, or want to explore a new store – text or call a friend. She just may have time on her schedule. And, if she doesn’t, find another friend to join you. Don’t hold it against anyone if they can’t go – just trust that they’d rather be going somewhere with you and call them the next time.

So, girlfriend – who will your next impromptu girlfriend get-together be and with whom? Make time for your girlfriends. They are totally worth it. Inspire your friends with your impromptu planning and maybe they’ll surprise you as well with an impromptu girlfriend get-together. Life is short – spend time with your girlfriends!

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Dear Girlfriend who Feels Overwhelmed, Girlfriend Advice on Reducing Stress

Dear Girlfriend who Feels Overwhelmed, Girlfriend Advice on Reducing Stress

Dear Girlfriend,

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Is your TO DO list TOO BIG? Do you feel like your schedule, home and life are out of control? Does stress keep you up at night?

As a girlfriend who cares, and who wants to help you be a better friend, we want to share some girlfriend advice to help you – and we invite you to share your suggestions and stories in the comments below!

Taxes looming, a new home to decorate and fix up, a list of problems and projects, two jobs and a desire to maintain my friendships … I know the feeling! I’m overwhelmed and, to be honest, I’m just like you … feeling stressed.Very stressed.

Albert Einstein said:

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”

If you know me personally, you know that I spin. Usually about 7 hours/wk – more if I can. Some might call it an addiction, but I call it ‘therapy.’ When I work toward SOMETHING beneficial, it helps me feel hopeful, hopeful that I’ll accomplish my goals in other areas as well. When I’ve been at my lowest point, my highest stress, my least hopeful moment … something, ANYTHING, positive was a move in the right direction, a way of ‘working to make things better.’ Each day was a new day, and a spinning class at least meant I’d accomplished SOMETHING beneficial that day.

When you’re overwhelmed, it’s the little things … the little things that can move you toward a less stressed life. The moments of the day that hopefully add up to making things better.

You are not alone, overwhelmedThe major part of my ‘therapeutic’ spinning? That I spin with a group of friends. We check in on each other if we don’t show up. (We’ve been known to send pictures of lonely bikes to guilt our spin friends into being there the following day.) In fact, last week I thought we weren’t spinning and got a text that Lisa was there waiting on me. What did I do? I got in my car and went to spin with a friend!

I’ve found, these 5 Things to Help when you Feel Overwhelmed:

1. BREATHE. Stop. Deep breath. Close your eyes. Another deep breath. If you can, put your timer on five or ten minutes and sit on your couch or lay on the floor, and just breathe deep. Concentrate on you. Don’t go over all the things you have to do, give yourself a break to just breathe! Shavasana yoga girls!

2. Do SOMETHING Productive. Like my spin class is to me, get off the couch and take a walk,  take a yoga class or do yoga to a video on YouTube. Check off one item on your list, SOMETHING. Whatever you can look back on at the end of the day and know you’ve accomplished something productive. You don’t have to be Einstein to know that doing something productive will make you feel better.

3. Make a LIST. Make a PLAN. I’m a big list-maker. It helps me remember things. It also can help me combine errands, plan my day. Get on a schedule of reviewing your list in the morning, re-assessing your goals/strategy on Mondays – whatever works for you. Just come up with a plan to make it through this stressful time.

4. Volunteer. Help someone else. Nothing like focusing on others to re-set your thoughts and mood. Even at my most overwhelmed, stressed, challenging day – it’s got to be better than the young girl with the dog who holds a sign asking for money. It’s definitely better than the friend dealing with cancer or the loss of a parent or loved one. Better yet, grab a friend and start the girlfriend tradition of volunteering together – do good and have fun with a friend!

5. (Our favorite here at Girlfriendology!) Phone a Friend. Phone the friend who is calming, caring, supportive, positive. Choose to either tell her about your situation and ask for her help, advice. OR just have a fun conversation. Laugh together. Share your lives. It will help. Guaranteed.

I’m sorry that you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s not an easy feeling to shake. It’s the thing that keeps you (and me!) awake in the middle of the night. It’s the excuse we have for snacking, for being short with others, for retreating from our friends.

Did you know that female friendship reduces stress? It does. There are studies that prove it. (Like the book, The Tending Instinct.) We’re not suggesting that a few minutes with a friend will remove ALL your stress and eliminate the feeling of being overwhelmed. But, it will help. And, it may be just what you need to give you a reprieve from the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Try it. Make whatever arrangements you need to make to plan a night with a girlfriend. (It could be a group of friends but make sure that the dynamics will be very supportive of you and your current ‘dilemma’ of stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed.) Get your most supportive girlfriend(s), and plan a night of just plain and simple ‘girlfriend therapy.’ There’s nothing else like it for reducing stress, for reducing the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Try it. Then share about it below.

So, Dear Girlfriend who is feeling overwhelmed – YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You have your friends.

They’ll be there for you when you’re stressed. They’ll remind you to be hopeful and that you can accomplish things toward your goals, they’ll help keep your dreams alive, they’ll hug you and make you laugh when you wanted to cry.

How do YOU deal with being overwhelmed? What’s your girlfriend advice? Share below!

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Girlfriend Advice for Tough Situations | How to be A Better Friend

Girlfriend Advice for Tough Situations | How to be A Better Friend

How to be there for a Friend going through a Tough SituationThere are lots of situations that we women face that are tough. That’s life, right? Thankfully we have our friends to help us through tough situations – like losing a parent or the loss of a child, dealing with cancer, the death of a beloved pet, and more.

It’s true: “Walking with a FRIEND in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

YES. Helen Keller. The woman who knew what it meant to walk in the dark and be completely alone. She knew the value of a friend, especially in the dark.

Over the ten+ years of Girlfriendology, we’ve shared girlfriend advice for tough situations like these. Our commitment is to inspire women to be better friends – and to be there in the good and not-so-good times.

It’s not always easy when friends go through difficult times. We get that. But, as a friend, they NEED you to be supportive, kind, caring, and attentive. Here’s some girlfriend advice on many of the challenges in life that we and our friends deal with.

 

That’s why we’re here – to inspire you to BE A BETTER FRIEND – even, and especially, when life hands you or a girlfriend tough situations.

COMFORTING GIFTS FOR FRIENDS: HEALING BASKETS provides gifts to comfort and support the broken hearted. From sympathy, and loss to cancer, get well, divorce and caregiving. These gifts encourage, comfort and inspire.

What other tough situations would you like us to cover on Girlfriendology? PLEASE SHARE below!

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25 Cheer up Texts for Friends – Girlfriend Inspiration

25 Cheer up Texts for Friends – Girlfriend Inspiration

25 Texts to cheer up a friendNeed a cheer up message for a friend? Want to send an encouraging text to cheer up your friend? You’ve come to the right place!

 “When it rains, it pours … but soon, the sun shines again. Better days are ahead.”

That just might be the cheer up text that a friend needs to receive.

When you love someone as a friend (or more than a friend), you want them to be happy – right? Sometimes that isn’t the case when they’re going through tough situations or just dealing with more than they’d like. It might be just a bad day, or a sad day, or a rough month/year/decade. What’s important is letting her know that you’re there and that you care. Our friends look to us for encouragement and support – let’s be the kind of friend who provides it! Let’s be the friend who sends cheer up text messages!

Cheer up friendship sms quoteSeems like everyone sends texts/IMs these days. Within a minute or two, you can brighten her day, make her smile, and let her know you’re thinking about her. You can command Siri (or whomever) to write it for you (well, you do have to say it). You can send her an inspiring quote (see ideas below or check out these quotes) or a funny photo/emoji (app below). There are lots of ways you can use technology, apps, SMS/texts to be a better friend and cheer up a friend – which is our goal here on Girlfriendology! (Here’s another 25 text messages to cheer up a friend!)

Copy from the following Cheer Up Text messages / SMS / IMs or share the quotes/images. Or personalize these cheer up messages to your girlfriend. The only thing that really matters is that you show her how much you care and how you’re there to cheer up your friend!Cheer up SMS Text IM

25 Cheer up Texts for Friends:

1. Just tell her you’re thinking about her: “Hope things are good for you today. Know I’m here and I care. Love you!” might be all that it takes to cheer her up!

2. Cheer up IM SMS Text emoji thinking about youEveryone likes to feel admired: “I don’t tell you often enough, but you really are amazing and very special to me. Thanks for being my friend. I’m here if/when you need me.”

3. Everyone loves a compliment, right? Make her feel pretty and loved with a text/IM like: “I hope your day is as nice as your butt” – or something equally silly 🙂 (Love this keychain that says that – would make a great cheer up gift 🙂

4. Short and sweet: “You’re in my thoughts (and prayers). Hang in there!”

5. Acknowledge the tough situation: “I know – life isn’t fair sometimes. I’m here and I care.

6. Send long distance love: “Distance can’t separate us. You’re close in my thoughts and prayers.

7. Be honest: “Unfortunately, there’s no way around sadness, but through it. I’m here and will be whenever you need me.Cheer up SMS IM text you can do it

8. Just a simple reminder: “No matter how tough things are, I have so much faith in you. You are amazing and will be okay.”

9. Send a fun personalized emoji Girlfriend i love you this much emoiji(App info below) to create a fun reminder that you: “I love you THIS MUCH!: (Sent by my BFF Cath)

10. Remind her that SHE CAN DO IT with a graphic like this one –> (Made with the app below)

11. More emoji’s: Cheer up! or ‘Thinkin bout you’ (Plus, she’ll love seeing your personalized emoji!)

12. Sometimes we all lose faith in ourselves. Remind her that you never question her strength with a short but so cherished message of: “Just so you know, I have faith in you. You’ll be okay. You’re stronger than you know.”

13. Send a fun photo that you have of her and you together. Tell her how much you value her and her friendship.

14. Completely make her day! Tell her three things you love about her, like: “I love how you go after your dreams like the 100-mile bike ride you did! I love how you work so hard to make your community better. I love how you make me laugh when we talk. Thanks for the gift of your friendship!”Start your free trial now!

INSPIRING QUOTES TO SHARE:

15. “When it rains, sometimes it pours. The sun always comes out again and it will. Better days are ahead.” – use the graphic above.

16. Share this scripture for Christian Girlfriends:  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28

17. Or this scripture:  “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord.  Plans Life doesnt have to be perfect friendship inspirational quoteto prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

18. Or this scripture:  “Rejoice in our confident hope.  Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Romans 12:12

19. Every day on Instagram.com/Girlfriendology we post beautiful friendship quotes and you can send them to friends. Just find a quote that you like, and send it to any of your friends on Instagram. Like: “You yourself, deserve love and affection as much as anyone in the entire universe.”

20. Send these quotes to friends (available on the Girlfriendology Instagram page too): “There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you know.” (Winnie the Pooh – was a very wise bear!)

21. A great, inspiring quote for a great, inspiring cheer up SMS / Cheer up Text: “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” Annette Funicello.Friendship quote a true friend is there for you

22. Remind her that you’re a true friend with this friendship quote: “A true friend will be there for you when she’d rather be anywhere else.” Tell her that you’re there for her – no matter what!

23. Share this quote and tell her how much you enjoy her friendship and wish for her happiness:It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes HAPPINESS.

Don't let yesterday take up too much of today friendship inspiration quote24. Remind her, like the image below states, to: Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. 🙂

25. Cheer up a friend with this quote: “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.” Charlie Chaplin

So, that’s 25 texts to cheer up a Friend. What texts cheer you or a friend up? Share below!

* I used BITMOJI (app) to create these personalized emoji messages. It’s a fun, creative app that lets you easily send a personalized cheer up text! She’ll love seeing you pop up in her texts/IMs.

What’s your favorite App for sending cheer up texts to friends? How do you encourage your friends? Share below!

(Here’s another 25 text messages to cheer up a friend!)Cheer up text nothing is permanent

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Gifts to Cheer Up a Friend:

Show your love, encouragement and support with these cheer up gifts for friends!Cheer up book girlfriend gift

Cheer Up Book – “A fun compendium of happy quotes that will help lift anyone out of the dumps

Hang in There Cheer UP Gift BasketHealthy and unique gift basket is full of nuts and seeds to help boost spirits naturally – Who knew? Or this Cheer Up Healthy Gift Basket – and in case of emergency, send her this AWESOME CHOCOLATE Gift Basket 🙂

FUN Cheer Up Wine Label Set – sure to bring a smile to her face!

Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend’s Soul: Celebrating the Friends Who Cheer Us Up, Cheer Us On and Make Our Lives Complete

Keep Hangin’ In There Care PackageFilled with indulgent treats, two plush monkey friends, and a puzzle book for pleasant distraction, this gift box is sure to make your friend grin as she squishes the smile right off the happy stress ball’s face:)

And, eCards full of encouragement and support! Like these …

Cheer up cards encouragement support eCards

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