Besties' Day Out

Fun ideas to make your best friend your “spring fling”

There’s nothing like those first hints of spring; flowers and trees begin to bloomand the air smells and feels a little lighter. People have long claimed that romance is in the air once spring arrives, but we think this notion needs an update. How about making spring the season for bestie bonding? Seize the great weather, get outdoors and do something fun with your pals! Here are a few of our tried-and-true spring bestie flings.

Watch Your Friendship Grow
Planting a garden together can be a therapeutic activity for you and your BFF., A patio garden totally counts. Plant some basil and a few tomatoes in containers now, and enjoy fresh Caprese salads together all summer long. They’ll taste even better because you’ll know you made it happen together.

Picnic Play Date
Pack a picnic and enjoy a day in the sun with your friends. Bring a fun activity to do out in the open, like a kite to fly It’s old school, but still super fun. Need packable food inspiration? Try some of these healthy, creative picnic ideas.

Spring Break!
Spring Break vacation isn’t just for college! Get your besties together  to hammer out the details for a getaway. Set the mood for the planning party with a batch of jalapeno and cucumber margaritas. It’s the perfect spring drink to get you all inspired.

BFF Adventure Time
Bond with your bestie by trying something new together. Go strawberry picking  or horseback riding to switch things up and give you two something new to talk about. Even if you live in the heart of a city where you SWEAR you’ve already been everywhere and done everything, there’s always a new list online of new activities and venues to check out. It’s fun to get out there and try something new to make new memories together.

Let's Hear It for the Girlfriends

How Fem-ships Boost Happiness and Health

Our fabulous girlfriends, whether they’re new, old or our most trusted confidants, are invaluable to our well-being. Some women instinctively seek out other women to connect with when they’re stressed out. Besides just being fun and beneficial on a deep emotional level, female bonding gives women the kind of nurturing and support that encourages a healthier life and a better emotional well-being.

Friends with Function
You may find that you have different groups of friends that serve different purposes in the varying aspects of your life. Having a squad of women you admire and respect to get together with after work or for a Sunday evening movie can rescue you from the mundane. Your girlfriends can bring laughter and joy to your life while broadening your social circle. Not everyone in the group needs to be a close friend; the goal is for the group to have fun and simply enjoy each other’s company.

Our dearest female friends are the trusted few who know us well, listen to us when we’re upset, commiserate with us, and offer insight, as we do for them. Many married or partnered women often count on these friends to talk about the things they can’t discuss with their mate.

Studies show that having friends at work enhances happiness and productivity at work, much like your friends in grade school. They also help us network on the job and expand our circle of friends and contacts. Work friends often become life friends, but communication can sometimes drop off when we change jobs. 

Keep In Touch
The true purpose of friends is to support each other as you grow and change. The time we spend with them is precious and provides a balance between work and family. When life gets busy, fem-ships are often neglected. Instead of disappearing from your friends’ lives, do little things to let them know they are on your mind. Meet up for coffee, give a quick call or send a text. A simple message saying, “I’m thinking of you. I should be out from under all of this extra work in the next two weeks!” shows a sincere effort on your part to connect with those who are important to you. When friends live far away, schedule a call at a time when you won’t be bothered so you can catch up with each other. Keeping your female connections close is one of the most important facets of a woman’s life.

Staying Motivated in 2017

Tips on how to get your groove back and keep it

The New Year is in full swing and if you’re like most people, some of those resolutions you were excited about may have already slipped to the wayside. As we settle back into our everyday lives, a little motivation might be necessary to get you back on track. If you find yourself in need of a mental or physical pick-me-up, here are some simple tips to help you bounce back into 2017:

Break a Sweat
One of the best ways to clear your mind is to move your body! Exercising at least 20 minutes every day will give your psyche a boost; whether it’s a walk or a yoga class or any other physical activity that you love.  If you need motivation, try scheduling your workouts in advance and writing them in your calendar as part of your day. Having a workout buddy to help keep you accountable (and vice-versa) can also keep you on track.

Clean Out the Clutter
It can be hard to find your groove when you’re surrounded by clutter. Clothes that you don’t wear anymore, old magazines, paperwork; anything you’re holding onto that you don’t really need is just taking up space in your life. Clear your closet of any clothes that you haven’t worn in 1 year. You could also apply this rule of organization to other things in your home or office that do not serve a purpose.

We often get wrapped up in our own lives and lose sight of how fortunate we truly are. Consider volunteering to help others. Decide what cause is closest to your heart and find charities or organizations in your area that are a good fit. Even if you can only give a few hours a month, it is sure to lift your spirits.

Friend Time
Friendship is a vital part of our lives. Studies have shown that people with multiple social contacts and outlets are generally healthier and happier. At least once a week, schedule time to see a friend; even if it is only a 15-minute coffee date. You’ll leave your hangout feeling connected and content.

Play Time!
You may find yourself consumed with work or household tasks, leaving you without any “play time”. Take a cue from a child’s life and take some time to have fun! Being silly and laughing can relieve you of stress and boost your motivation as well.

Valentine’s Date Night Movies

What to watch if you’re staying in

Valentine’s Day is upon us and while this annual celebration of love is usually associated with a night out on the town, the simple truth is it can be just as romantic,  if not more so, to stay in. So if you’re among the many to hear the call of your couch on February 14th, why not redefine Netflix and chill with one of these Valentine’s Day classics?  

A late 80’s classic that won Cher an Oscar for Best Actress. This heartfelt, inspiring and utterly authentic romantic comedy set in Brooklyn is about passion, fate and never settling for anything less than a perfect match.

The Way We Were
In need of a good cry? Look no further. The Way We Were is a cinematicreflection on what makes two people click versus what makes a relationship work. It’s the ultimate tear-jerker for those who feel that “the one” may have gotten away.

Before Sunrise/Before Sunset
Ready to reminisce? The first two installments of this Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke trilogy will have you feeling like a kid again. They may also remind you that magic exists and can be recaptured!

Sleepless in Seattle
And you thought your love faced obstacles. Visit an era when dating apps were unimaginable and there was no FaceTime for long distance relationships in the film that made Hanks and Ryan the rom-com couple.

Four Weddings and a Funeral
Get ready to swoon over Hugh Grant at his most charming. Andie MacDowell plays the American he falls for in Richard Curtis’s first, and quite possibly best film; and he’s the guy who brought us Love Actually!

Bull Durham
This  is a film where the female lead has all the power,and yet it’s still a “guy’s movie”.Kevin Costner’s speech defining love is one for the record booksand Susan Sarandon smolders as the woman caught between him and a younger, dumber Tim Robbins.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Would you erase your heartbreak if you could? Eternal Sunshine will help even the most broken heart heal by realizing that everything in love is worth remembering – even the hard parts!
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