Our Guide to Galentine’s Day!

 

Valentine’s Day is an important day of romance for many around the world, but what about your girl squad?

Well, thanks to the legendary Leslie Knope of “Parks & Recreation”, we ladies now have what has been dubbed, “Galentine’s Day”.  A day that takes place one day before Valentine’s Day, the 13th of February is all about celebrating you and your girls, and all the fun in between!

Here are a few of our favorite fun plans and recipes to make this Galentine’s Day one for the books!

 

Treat yourself and your friends

Where is the closest mall? Head there and take all your cash. I’m not going to recommend you break your bank; but also, I won’t tell you not to do that. It’s the day of friendship and love so you must get yourself something. If you are already there, you might as well get all your gals gifts too. This is your day and their day, so you got to show some love.

Make it a Movie Night

Movie nights are great year-round, but they’re even better on Galentine’s day.  Play action movie or maybe romantic comedies. The specifics don’t matter. The only thing you need to make this perfect is comfortable clothes and lots of food. While so many people will be out and about in all those crowded places, you get to relax and love yourself and your squad!

 

Bake all the pink sweets you can!

I am sure you read the list of Galentine’s Day sweets above. Give one a try, or maybe make all of them. Make them glittery, make them pink, and make them heart-shaped. Scribble “Happy Galentine’s Day” on them. Put chocolate on strawberries. In fact, put chocolate on everything! Then, after you’ve labored hours over these sweets and made a mess with all the liquid chocolate, eat everything in under an hour. In order to ensure that this activity is the best, it can make sure to add the special ingredient in all that you do; love.

 

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We want to make sure that you’re equipped to handle the most important part of your Galentine’s Day celebration…

Treats to eat!

Everyone knows that food is always the most important part of any gathering, and that’s no exception when it comes to Galentine’s Day!

You have to treat yo’ self (and your girl gang) to these three delicious treats!

 

White Chocolate & Rose Covered Strawberries

Recipe Here!
We’ve never met a chocolate covered strawberry that we didn’t like and we bet you can say the same. So this year gather the girls and put a spin on this classic dessert so it can be Galentine’s Day approved. Goodbye milk chocolate, and hello white chocolate! Swap out your milk chocolate so you can add food dye to the white chocolate to create a nice pop of color! (We suggest pink or red!) Drizzle or dunk the melted chocolate onto your strawberries and refrigerate immediately. Once the chocolate hardens garnish with edible glitter dust for a nice polished look!

 

 

Perfect Pink Ombre Cake

Recipe Here! 
Find your favorite cake recipe and dye the cake batter to a perfect shade of pink of your desire. Once your cake it baked allow time for it to cool. Then frost with a nice fluffy buttercream frosting. Now it’s time to get creative! If you stop here this is just another ordinary cake, and we don’t want that! Add some personal touches and flare with decorating! Make it your own, add designs, sprinkles, or even fruit! The possibilities are endless!

 

 

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Recipe Here!

Okay, so now that we have your attention we don’t blame you for wanting to make these mouth-watering treats. This is the ultimate dessert that will be guaranteed to be finished before the night is over. These brownies are sweet, savory, and simple. Bake your brownies and let them cool. Pour some cheesecake batter on top of the cooled brownies to layer it! Yum. Press fresh raspberries into the cheesecake batter and refrigerate. Serve once it hardens and enjoy all the yummy layers!

 

 

 

 

Now, these activities need not be done alone, feel free to invite all your friends or even family. The only things these activities center on is you. This short list is meant to be ideas to show yourself some self-love this Galentine’s day. If what I have mentioned is not your cup of tea, then fear not because this list it’s easily adaptable. How do you ask? Just ask yourself what you love to do and do that. The point of this whole day is to express your love to others and that includes yourself. Too many people believe February 14th is all about having a significant other. We are here to remind everyone that it’s not, it’s about EVERYONE you love! Enjoy this Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day!

What are some of your favorite Galentine’s Day treats?

 

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Best Community Gyms for your 2019 Fitness Goals

When looking for a place to live we all have different amenities which we value more. However, being that we are at the start of a new year, there is much interest in fitness. If this is one of your values, then below you will find the nicest community gyms Gainesville has to offer!

Not only do they have the nicest gyms, but they offer the best amenities for all exercise types. Live where you work out!

Don’t believe me? Check them out yourself!

Gainesville Place

Gainesville Place is not only an excellent apartment complex located in between the University of Florida and Santa Fe College but it also has one of the nicest gyms around. With a gym open 24 hours and brand new, state-of-the-art equipment they are a gym buffs dream. It is also perfect for those just getting started in the fitness world. They have all you need to achieve your fitness goals this new year. Is the gym not your scene but still want to work out? Well, Gainesville Place has racquetball, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts. Let me not forget to mention their one-mile fitness trails.

 

Lexington Crossing

Lexington Crossing’s gym is another community gym putting others to shame. With their 24- hour fitness center and machines for every body part ever they are right to say to cancel your gym membership. Just like Gainesville Place, Lexington Crossing has tennis and basketball courts for those of you who prefer to get fit through sports.

Oxford Manor

Another place doing the most for their residents in the area of fitness is Oxford Manor. Here is another 24-hour fitness center with mirrors on the walls so you can see your muscles grow as you work out. However, the coolest thing they have in their gym is the moving rock wall. You don’t have to wait for a fair to come around to climb a rock wall, now you can do it in the comfort of your community gym. For those who want to play sports, they have basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. If this isn’t enough to convince you they are committed to catering for those of us who love fitness, I should mention they have a cardio room and a sauna. A SAUNA!

 

The Crossing @ Santa Fe

The gym at The Crossing at Santa Fe is a spacious one that is also open 24 hours! They have natural light coming from all around and a view of the pool to encourage you to keep going. There are countless machines and yet enough space for you to do your own thing. They also have courts for basketball, tennis, and volleyball players.

 

The Polos

Last on our best community gyms list is the gym at The Polos. It is, of course, open 24 hours for those who are regularly busy. It is also extremely spacious. They have all types of machines, some you may have seen, some you may have no clue what to do with. Racquetball, basketball, tennis, and volleyball players there is a court for you in this community. Last on the long list of great things they have, is the fact that they have a sauna! Get spa-like steam after a hard workout, what more could you ask for?

 

 

Where’s your favorite place to workout in Gainesville?

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Five Reasons to Love the Holidays

With those pesky finals souring our mood it may be easy to forget why the holidays are so amazing. However, I have taken it upon myself to provide the best five reasons why we should embrace that holiday cheer even and never, ever, stop loving the holidays!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah,  Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!

 

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The End is Nigh.

Turn on your cars and pack your bags. It is almost time for three weeks of nothing but doing nothing. Remember that Netflix subscription you had? You can finally start using it again. Put on your sweatpants and hoodie, pop some popcorn and get ready to let all the cramming you have done in the last three weeks flow out of your brain. Replace all that information with valuable things, like where is the nearest Holiday Parade and what is Merideth Gray up to now on Grey’s Anatomy!

 

 

 

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Holiday Spirit!

The heavenly smell of pine. The beautiful green monstrosities that pass for trees with lights so bright you need sunglasses. Wreaths on every door. Hot chocolate everywhere! Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas” is on the charts again. Polar Express and all the other classics are on every channel all the time. People laugh more, smile more, and give more. There are carolers and mistletoe and all of this proves Andy Williams was right, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

 

 

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Winter Fits

Okay, but, how cute are winter clothes? Florida, with its cold but not too cold weather, give you the perfect temperature to wear the most stylish winter outfits you can find. That knitted sweater, paired with some leggings, throw in a scarf tied in some intricate knot, with a beanie, and your Ugg boots and you have a fit made for the runway. Not only are you looking spiffy but it’s like you’re constantly walking around in a warm blanket and you’re not hot!

 

 

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Shopping Time!

The holidays were made for us shopaholics. The holidays are the perfect excuse to splurge a little on your loved ones and don’t forget yourself. True, most of us are broke college kids, but we can take a break from that during the holidays. At the very least, we can go window shopping or just to revel in the energy in the stores during this time of the year. There is so much excitement to find the perfect gift and to buy it before it sells out, that is the energy that us shopaholics feed on.

 

 

 

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New Year, New Me!

The holiday season concludes with one of the best celebrations, New Years! It literally ends with a BANG! New Year celebrations mean fireworks and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. It means it’s time to post “New Year, New Me,” and make your resolutions. Celebrating the end of the year makes you feel like you are closing a chapter of your life and you get to start all over. It feels like new beginnings or, better said, like closing all your tabs after doing a long report. It means you have a whole new set of 365 days to have new experiences and grow. For many New Year is not even a holiday, but I say New Year’s is one more reason to love the holiday season!

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