Celebrating Thanksgiving in Two Words – Great Girlfriend Advice

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Two Words – Great Girlfriend Advice

Thanksgiving quote thankful thursday measure of thanksgivingNot what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.

W.T. Purkiser

Every Thursday we celebrate what we call ‘Thankful Thursday.’ It’s a time each week where we like to stop and focus on gratitude and especially gratitude for girlfriends. This week, we’re celebrating November and Thanksgiving in just two words …

I’m going to keep this very short today because chances are, you’ve got a pretty full plate already, being a Food Network Star and all. So I’m just going to ask you to do something simple today that for a lot of you will sound a little bit crazy. Ready?

Have fun!

Hopefully you’ve put aside any unrealistic expectations of perfection today. There’s only one Martha Stewart and chances are she burned the gravy once or twice herself (and then took pictures of it!). Okay, maybe once.  Today, with all that’s going on around you, don’t lose track of yourself. Thanksgiving is two words, so be in the moment, be thankful, and be giving. Recount your blessings and share them with everyone you’re with.

This is a day to make memories and you don’t want to miss a moment of it. So purposely look for all the little things to be thankful for all day long. If you already have a gratitude tradition for Thanksgiving, whatever it is, really focus on it, so at the end of the day you’re not left asking, “What just happened?”

And if you can find a minute, make a call to a girlfriend. Say hi. See how her day is going. Thank her for being a friend. You might ask for a very small piece of advice (we love to be helpful even when we’re over our heads). Be her pressure valve, or let her be yours. But just for a minute – that’s all it will take.

There’s just one more thing. I want you to know that on this day I am thankful for you girlfriend. Thankful that you are apart of a growing, thriving and energetic community of girlfriends. Thankful that you have taken a moment of your day to be here. For that I am thankful.

Now get back to what you were doing. Happy Thanksgiving girlfriend!

We’re thankful, not just on Thursdays, but every day, for your time and support. Thanks for allowing Girlfriendology into your day. We hope it makes you more grateful of your girlfriends and reminds you that the important things in life aren’t things.

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5 Fab, Fun, Fall Ideas for Friends – Getting Together with your Girlfriends

5 Fab, Fun, Fall Ideas for Friends – Getting Together with your Girlfriends

fall ideas for friendsWelcome Fall!

Who’s like me and loves this Autumn time of year? I love the coolness in the air, the hint of leaves ready to change into their Fall wardrobe, football games and Fall festivals – I LOVE FALL!

Every season brings with it great reasons to get the girls together and go places, do things and, most of all, make memories with the special women who bless our lives.

Here’s Five Fab, Fun, Fall Ideas for Friends:

Fall Bake-Off – Load up the car with your favorite female friends. Then, hit a roadside stand or farmers market for the wonderful fall harvest of apples and pumpkins (and don’t forget some mums for the front porch!). From there, you have the most important ingredients for a great time for a Fall bake-off with the girls! (To get you started – apple recipes!)

Rake Leaves Together – It’s much more fun to do fall chores with a friend by your side, than not! It’s the fun way to get ready for winter, a little exercise and a clean yard with a girlfriend with a rake!

Girlfriend Fall Lunch – Put on the autumn tablecloth (I have mine on!), set the table and create a special lunch with your special friends. Serve up some seasonal treats like hot cider, apple crisp

Go Fall Shopping – Remember getting new clothes for the new school year? Need some new boots?! Why not refresh your wardrobe AND hang out with your fab, fashionable friends at the mall? Check out the Fall Trends online or in a fashion magazine, then go on out for some autumn retail therapy with your stylish BFFs!

Fall Photo Shoot/Walk – Need some great photos for Facebook or Pinterest? Meet up with your girlfriends at a local park or garden and either take turns being the photographer or hire/ask someone to take photos of you with your gorgeous girlfriends in the fab fall foliage!

And … here are even more FALL IDEAS FOR GIRLFRIENDS 🙂

 

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5 ways to be Happier | Women & Happiness

5 ways to be Happier | Women & Happiness

happier,happiness,friendshipA good friend wants you to be happy. Right? A best friend will do whatever it takes to make sure you’re happy. Life is about happiness, right? Thankfully our girlfriends care about our happiness.

A World Happiness Database study found that people with close friendships are happier.

That’s why, as a girlfriend, we want our friends to be HAPPY. Here’s our 5 ways to be Happier:

  1. Do what you love. I was raised by an artist mom and I’m creative. I know that I need to find creative outlets in my life to be happy. What makes YOU happy? What do YOU love? As a girlfriend, I want you to go after your dreams – to be happy in what you do with your life. So, please … do what YOU love!
  2. Spend time with people you love. Life is way too short to spend time with people who don’t love and value you as much as you deserve. Our time is limited and we get to choose the way we spend our time. Busy? Doesn’t matter. Time is limited. Spend it with the best people you know – the friends that honestly love and care about you. (Want to know how to find time for your friends? Check it out!)
  3. Make others happy. It’s a funny thing – but making others happy actually makes us even more happy. Do a favor for a friend. Make her feel special – make her life easier. Give a thoughtful, perfect gift. Remember to ask about her day, job review, doctor appointment. Make it about her, not you. Do the little things that make her happy. I guarantee you, you’ll be happy too.
  4. Appreciate the real things. It’s not the monetary, big things that matter – it’s the friends who were there for us, the little things that make us feel special. It’s also the sunset, laughter from a child, wag of a dog’s tail, shoe sale, the comfort of a hand to hold whenever you need them. It’s the little things. Be thankful. That will make you happy, and that’s a very good thing.
  5. Be happy with you. Girlfriend, you are perfect. You are enough. You have everything in you that you need. You are loved by your friends. Your friends don’t see any wrinkles or weaknesses, gray hairs or flaws. Please know that you are loved just the way you are. Your girlfriends see all the beauty and the gifts that you possess. Your true friends want you to see what they see – that you are perfect just the way you are.

Girlfriends – your friends – me included – want YOU to be HAPPY.

What’s your advice for happiness? What do you wish you or your girlfriends were reminded to be happy about? Please share.

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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.

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15 Summer Cocktails for Girlfriend Get-togethers!

15 Summer Cocktails for Girlfriend Get-togethers!

15 summer cocktails for girlfriend partiesHappy Summer Girlfriend! Invite your BFFs over for a Girlfriend Party with these refreshing Summer Cocktails!

It’s HOT. Really HOT. Invite your girlfriends over for a cool summer cocktail sure to take the heat and make it a relaxing, fun night with friends! Here’s our favorite ways to celebrate Summer and Girlfriends with 15 Summer Cocktails sure to make your home THE place for girlfriend get-togethers!

So, call up the girls (or do a Facebook event/invite, or group text the gang) and invite them over for one (or more) of these summer cocktails. Invite them to bring an appetizer or dessert, or provide them yourself. Set up chairs on the deck, porch or poolside (even if it is a temporary pool!) and get ready to have FUN with your girlfriends and these summer cocktails!

15 Summer Cocktails for a Girlfriend Party!

Frozen Blended Peach Bellini – Can’t wait to try these! Peaches are already showing up on sale in the store. Grab some and mix these up for your friends!

Red, White & Blue Mocktail – Invite all your girlfriends, even if they don’t drink. This mocktail will be the hit of the party!

Berry Cucumber Vodka Mojito – Like that fancy water in hotel lobbies, make your own berry and cucumber inflused drink!

Cranberry Pear Prosecco Cocktail – You had me at Prosecco! Love that sparkling drink and I’m sure you’ll love this sparkling summer cocktail!

Sparkling Watermelon Cocktail – I love how refreshing cold watermelon is on a hot day! Invite the girls over for these sparkling cocktails!

Blueberry-Mojito-RURum Orange Creme Soda – Did you love Orange Dreamsicles growing up? Then you’ll especially love this super summer cocktail!

Pineapple Coconut Cocktail – is the new Pina Colada, and this one looks especially yummy! Serve some Caribbean treats with it!

Blueberry Mojito – Load up on your antioxidants with these blueberries! (So, it’s GOOD for you!) >>> Shown here 🙂

Frozen Rose’ Grapefruit Cocktail – Even just reading the recipe is refreshing! Love this summer cocktail – so will your girlfriends!

Stoli Lemonade – Set up a lemonade stand for your girlfriends with this adult version of the summer classic refreshment!

Summer Breezes Cherry Cocktail – WOW! This combines one of my favorite fruits with an umbrella. What could be better?!

Boozy Blueberry Lemonade – This was created by my friend Nate and his wife. It looks DELICIOUS! Check out their cool video of it below!

Watermelon Margaritas – YUM! Love this recipe and that it offers ingredients by the glass or pitcher!

Lemon Drop Cocktails – There’s even a gluten-free version – Great for all your girlfriends!

Rhubarb MargaritasWOW! Who knew you could make these from rhubarb?! Nice to know since I have some growing in my garden! Do you??

 

More Summer Cocktail Resources:

Boozy Blueberry Lemonade by Wannabite.com!

Here’s some more Summer Inspiration for Women!

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When Life is Tough … Girlfriend Advice for Happiness

When Life is Tough … Girlfriend Advice for Happiness

Life is tough, inspiration, adviceLife is Tough.

From losing a friend and former co-worker to cancer last week, to seeing a beloved book club girlfriend bury her husband, to hearing that another girlfriend is suffering through depression … LIFE IS TOUGH.

Here on Girlfriendology, we believe our goal is to be the kind of friend we’d love to have … to be there for friends during the tough times, to hug and cry together, to help pick up a friend when they can’t get up themselves. We believe in being the remedy for stress by being there for our friends – the way we’d love for them to be there for us. We want to ease their stress and help them find their happiness.

Life is designed to knock you down. It will knock you down time and time again, but it doesn’t matter how many times you fall – it matters how many times you get back up. Lilly Singh

After this tough week, I found the following video in my Facebook stream.

Can you imagine? Having dealt with cancer and brain tumors twice previously, that renowned ice skater, Scott Hamilton, would have that kind of an attitude at dealing with yet another brain tumor?! It’s inspiring – at least it was to me.

Life has caused all of us to ‘fall’ repeatedly. Losing a job. Losing a partner. Losing a relationship. Not reaching the goals and dreams we have for ourselves. Life is tough. 

Thankfully, Scott has his loving wife, wonderful family, and faith needed to get back up.

Next time you fall, or you find out a friend has ‘fallen,’ remember this video. Remember to get back up and to be there to help a friend when she needs to do the same.

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Here’s more girlfriend advice on surviving life and the falls we take (and helping our friends get up as well):

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.

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