6 Ways to Get Out With the Gals

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6 Ways to Get Out With the Gals
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Work, family, relationships, cleaning your apartment...everything seems to take priority over girl time. What gives? If you're over hearing your friends' latest news from Facebook, we suggest finding inventive ways to get out with your best gal pals for a much-needed catch-up session. Venture beyond the basics (dinner and a movie -- snore!) and try something that doesn't involve a "Like" button -- until after you upload pics from your amazing ad-friend-ture.

Flea Market Bingo
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Flea Market Bingo

Hey, big spender, give your wallet a rest and hit up your local flea market with friends for a round of bingo. Create a collective shopping list for everyone and sift through the budget goods together as you check off items. You can base the list on items you had planned to buy, or choose quirky items to do it up scavenger-hunt-style. And don't forget the prize -- winner gets to decide what the best thrifty score is, and keep it.

Signature Cocktail Contest
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Signature Cocktail Contest

Make time by mixing things up -- to drink, that is. Invite your friends over for a Signature Cocktail Contest. Tell your newly minted mixologists to start dreaming up delish drinks that represent their personalities and bring their recipes. Ask each friend to bring what she needs and host an evening of mixing, matching and muddling. Can you keep a secret? Then don't reveal who's making what until the end, and let everyone guess who made each cocktail by flavor, look and ingredients. Cheers!

Potluck Picnic
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Potluck Picnic

Hey, a gal's gotta eat -- might as well do it with your besties! Pick a beautiful spot that's centrally located like a park, beach or community garden, and picnic with your friends. Everyone can bring a dish to share, so no one has to host or cook. To make things fun, set a theme (Mediterranean, tapas, things on sticks, etc.) and everyone will bring a bit of creative flavor to the meal. Catching up with the gals is easy when there are snacks, sunshine and good food.

Clothing Swap
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Clothing Swap

Your best friends love to borrow your clothes and you never wear that dress you got five years ago. Go green with your girls and organize a clothing swap. You'll get new duds, have time to socialize and do the planet a favor by NOT buying something new. Anything that's left over can be donated to a women's shelter. Being charitable and eco-smart never looked so chic.

Extreme Scrapbooking
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Extreme Scrapbooking

This isn't your granny's scrapbooking. All year long you spend time snapping photos and letting them fill up space on your hard drive. Well, it's time to print them out (remember that?) and book a trip to somewhere exciting with your friends -- Vegas, anyone? Spend the day scrapbooking and your nights dancing until dawn. By the end of your crafty ladies weekend, you'll have one amazing scrapbook -- and enough pics to fuel your next scrapbooking extravaganza.

A Weekend to Remember
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A Weekend to Remember

You sobbed through the "The Bucket List" and vowed to fulfill your own list of dreams, yet it has sat untouched in your nightstand since you saw the movie. Now's the time, ladies. Plan a time with your best pals to start crossing off the things you've always wanted to do. Go skydiving, drink civet poo coffee (Kopi Luwak -- it's the connoisseur's choice) and laugh till you cry. Morgan Freeman would be so proud.

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