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Host a girls-only getaway

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Girlfriend getaways

You may know everything your friends are up to, thanks to their frequent status updates, but there's no substitute for enjoying your girlfriends in person. Make time to connect with your besties by hosting a girls-only getaway.

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Wine-and-chocolate tasting

We can't think of a better way to enjoy your gal pals than by unwinding in wine country. If Napa and Sonoma are too far of a trek, invite your friends to your place for a chocolate and wine-tasting party.

Quick tip

Find a step-by-step guide to hosting the ultimate chocolate-tasting party on the Lindt website!

Favorite-things party

Invite your girlfriends over for a Favorite-Things Party. We got this idea from Brooke at the Inchmark blog, who has a twice-a-year Favorite-Things Party with five of her friends. The rules? The gift can't cost more than $6, and each person brings five of the same thing. She suggests items like your favorite lip gloss, your favorite kitchen tool, your favorite gift-wrapping supply, a gift card for your favorite frozen yogurt, etc.

Yoga retreat

If you and your girls are yoginis at heart, invite your closest friends to a yoga retreat. Check out SheKnows' top picks for affordable yoga retreats and get your bliss on a budget.

Spa getaway

Plan a spa day for you and your girls to get pampered with massages and facials. Then enjoy poolside smoothies while you gab and giggle in your fluffy white robes.

Foodie fling

Taking private cooking classes is a fabulous way to connect with your friends, hone your culinary skills and enjoy a gourmet meal. Check Groupon to find a cooking school in your area and then put the word out to your foodie friends.

Glamping

Camping has come a long way since you were a kid. Enjoy the great outdoors in comfort and add a little glamour to your camping. Yurts — tents with wood floors and private bathrooms — and down comforters might entice even your most high-maintenance friends to join the girls for a glamping getaway.

Shopping weekend

If you're tired of shopping solo or dragging your husband along for the ride, plan a shopping weekend with friends. Pick a big-city destination for the best places to shop to your heart's content. New York and Los Angeles are ideal girls' shopping-getaway spots.

Adventure to remember

Get in touch with your adventurous side and bring your girlfriends along for the ride. Whitewater rafting, skydiving or even a weekend at a dude ranch are all adrenaline-inducing choices. After all, you only live once!

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