6 Galentine's Day Ideas You And Your Best Girlfriends Need To Try

6 Galentine's Day Ideas You And Your Best Girlfriends Need To Try

Because your girlfriends will never disappoint you the way men do.

Remember the old days in elementary school when everyone in your class was your Valentine, and you didn't need a partner to celebrate the cutest holiday of the year? I do, too. I love everything about Valentine's Day. Red roses? Yes, please. Pink everything? My perfect world. All-things love and all-you-can-eat chocolate? Sign me up.

Yet as we've grown up, this holiday has inevitably become more about how much junk food we can consume in our sweatpants with the company of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks than about celebrating love.

But love is amazing, and Valentine's Day is adorable, and just because you're thinking about your ex, doesn't mean you should be deprived of enjoying yourself this Valentine's Day.

So here are six ways to celebrate Galentine's Day with your favorite girlfriends this February because we don't need men ever and we especially don't need them to enjoy this holiday.

1. Throw a vision board making party.

If one of your 2018 goals was to become a better person, then this one is for you. Gather your favorite magazines and craft supplies, put on your feel-good tracks, and make some vision boards with your fellow #girlbosses because why worry about your ex when you can be working on yourself instead?

2. Check out a cute brunch spot.

Make some brunch plans at the local cute café and catch up with your favorite ladies because nothing fuels the soul better than some mimosas, overpriced avocado toast, and quality conversations. (It just-so-happens to be a plus that brunch is the best place to stock up on those killers Instagram photos.)

3. Go dancing!

Paint the town red with your girls this Galentine's Day. The one thing that can reliably make you feel instantly better about life is hitting the club. Dance until you sweat off your makeup and sing along to your favorite trap songs until your ears start ringing and have pure, uninhibited fun.

4. Treat yo self!

Pampering yourself works wonders on your confidence and mood. Book a Drybar party. Get matching mani-pedis. Touch up on your airbrush tans. Then go out and shop some local boutiques and grab an iced coffee. Do any and everything that will make you feel beautiful and happy because you deserve it, and a lil blowout never killed nobody.

5. Go out to a fancy dinner.

Slip on your favorite heels, put on that dress you bought on a whim because it was so beautiful, and hit up that classy Italian restaurant with your girls because pasta will never let you down the way men do.

6. Throw it back to the old days and have a slumber party!

Throw on your comfiest oversized flannel or matching loungewear set, order too much pizza, grab gallons of ice cream, and put on your beloved #girlpower movies. Some recommendations from yours truly? John Tucker Must Die, Sex and the City 1 & 2, and Clueless. Dance wildly to your favorite throwback tunes and have meaningful conversations. Be present with the women in your life who inspire you and bring you joy.

As cliché as it is, at the end of the day, boys are temporary, and it is so much more important to invest your energy in the friendships that empower and better you. This Galentine's Day, take back control and fill up your calendar with activities that ignite and fulfill you. Ladies, it's time to have the Valentine's Day we know we deserve.

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.

Cover Image Credit: Haley Harvey

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