7 Things You Can Do with Your Girlfriends that Aren’t Dinner & Drinks

We’re all guilty of it. It’s our escape from a busy work week, our Saturday night plans to look forward to or our chance to catch up on gossip over a glass of pinot and a cheese plate – we LOVE to do dinner and drinks with our girlfriends. In fact, probably 97% of my plans with my girlfriends consist of one or the other (usually both). While there’s something about a glass of wine and a delicious meal that just *soothes the soul*, let’s face it – it’s tough on your wallet AND your waistline. So how can we combat the ever-tempting option of dinner & drinks for our next girls’ night out?

I’ve come up with a few creative ways to spend time with your girlfriends without making you broke or feel gross. DISCLAIMER: I am in full support of going out with girlfriends for a bite and a drink (or three) BUT maybe try and limit to once or twice a week if you’re trying to save some ca$h and keep your hot bod, k?

1// Take a group fitness class.

Whether it’s barre, spinning or a bootcamp class you’ve been wanting to try, recruit a friend to pass the time quicker! Bonus – since you burned all those calories, those post-class mimosas are totally acceptable.

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byrdie.com

2// Go shopping.

Remember the days your mom would drop you off at the mall for a couple hours with a friend and it was, like, the funnest part of your weekend? Go check out a cute boutique and bring your right hand gal with you for a much-needed second opinion on those high-waisted jeans.

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mintarrow.com

3// Go on a walk.

I honestly kind of love this idea but never do it. The whole point of getting together with a girlfriend is to catch up on each other’s lives, so why not scout out a pretty trail or path and chit chat while you burn some cals?

4// Create your own spa day.

You can buy cheap-ass face masks at Target for $1.99 and pick your fave Essie nail color for just about $8 a bottle. Pick up some champagne and pamper yo’selves.

5// Host dinner at home.

It’s amazing how much money you can save by cooking at home verses going out. Buy a cheap bottle of wine, whip up some apps and pick an easy recipe off Pinterest for a cozy girls’ night in.

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mydomaine.com

6// Get hooked on a new Netflix series.

I’m currently tuned in to Orange is the New Black, but Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder are next up on my list. Get back to your middle school days and have a *slumber party*, complete with comfortable PJ’s, mani/pedis and a binge-watching escapade of whatever show you choose.

7// Attend a workshop, seminar or conference with a like-minded gal pal.

Call me a loser but I’m so into this stuff Lol. Find a friend who’s also into fitness or bettering herself in her career – whatever it may be – and find a workshop, seminar or conference that you can go to together for a refreshed perspective and some great takeaways.

What other ideas do you have for time spent with your girlfriends? 

Around ATL: What to do in February

We are officially through our first month of 2016 and man, did it fly by. I mean, I literally feel like it was just last night that I was drinking champagne like it was my job to ring in the new year.

I’m excited about this time of year because there’s so many fun things going on, especially here in Atlanta. Between the festivals, concerts, wine dinners and more, you can pretty much plan out every weekend for the next couple of months – and if you know me, you know I’m already three steps ahead. So – why not help you guys do the same?! I don’t want anyone having FOMO so I’ve put together a list of some of the best events in Atlanta this February. Chances are you’ll see me at, like, all of them.

Friday, Feb. 5th – Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Colletta, Avalon’s hot spot for Italian food & wine

It may be OTP, but Colletta – and Avalon itself – are worth driving the extra distance. To celebrate their 1st year in business, they’re offering a $35 3-course menu and $5 wine and beer all night. Can you say “neverending Happy Hour?” More info here.

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Wednesday, Feb. 10th – #TreatYourself with some of life’s greatest indulgences: cookies and craft beer

One of Atlanta’s favorite breweries, Sweetwater, is taking things to another level by hosting a Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing to make your hump day a little sweeter. More info here.

sweetwater pairings

Saturday, Feb. 13th – Get ‘shucked up’ at Park Tavern’s Oysterfest

Complete with live music, ice-cold beer and oysters galore, this is an event you won’t want to miss. More info here.

oysterfest

Sunday, Feb. 21st – Drink more beer at Sweetwater Brewery’s 19th anniversary party

It’s no secret that Atlanta appreciates its beer, and there’s really no better place to be on a beautiful, sunny day in Atlanta than on Sweetwater’s patio with a cold brewski in hand. A $25 ticket gets you a *special* 19th anniversary glass + 10 tasting tickets. More info here.

sweetwater 19th

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 27th & 28th – …And eat more oysters at Steamhouse Lounge’s Oysterfest

For only $10 a day, why wouldn’t you? Another day filled with live music, ice-cold beers and delicious oysters. Obviously. More info here.

steamhouse fest