Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Happygirl Guide to May 2018




I love May. I always feel so much better once the weather warms up. I dive into outdoor activities and I just feel healthier and happier in general. The rain gear gets tucked away until September and the soft cotton t-shirts and shorts come out. We trade in the comfort food for creative salads and raw foods and after dinner means strolls with the baby instead of curling up watching TV. 
It's such a great month. I hope your May is a happy and healthy one!



Tuesday. Bills may be due on the first of the month, but don't forget to pay yourself too. Put 10% of your paychecks into a savings account (that you don't touch) and 5% into a special goal account.



Wednesday.  If you're lucky enough to planning a trip to Walt Disney World in the first part of May, stop by Sprinkles at Disney Springs for a Casamigos Margarita cupcake. This limited time key lime cupcake is made with blanco tequila and topped with key lime frosting. Only through May 13th.



Thursday.  "Tully" opens this weekend. If you're a mom, you need to take a mom's night out to catch this touching Charlize Theron film. 



Friday. It's International Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you!) 
Stay in and watch a "Star Wars" marathon.


Saturday. It's Cinco de Mayo. Celebrate by making the perfect margarita with this recipe. 
It's also the Kentucky Derby. So, visit the ponies and wear your fanciest, floppiest hat. 

Sunday. This week is National Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week. If you are feeling anxious or depressed, you aren't alone. You are incredible and strong and there are people who can help you regain your footing. AADA.com is a great source to help you find a therapist or a support group. 


Monday. This Sunday is Mother's Day. If you haven't already ordered her present or sent a card, now would be a good time to do that. 

Tuesday. It's National Teacher Day. Do you have a teacher in your life. Thank them for all that they do. What's a good gift?  I asked some of my friends who are teachers and while gift cards are still the #1 favorite gift, a S'Well water bottle ranks up there too. 



Wednesday. It's finally getting sunny and warm and time to go for a run or a walk. If you've never done a 5k, now is a perfect time to start. Visit Active.com for a list of fun runs, 5K's, 10K's, half-marathons and marathons around the U.S.



Thursday. Pick up your first beach read of the summer. "The Perfect Mother: A Novel" by Aimee Molloy is a thriller about a group of mothers who meet socially and one of the newborns goes missing. If you loved "Gone Girl," this is the book you need to pick up. 



Friday. Take advantage of the warmer weather to try new salads. The already prepared  Mexican Style Corn & Quinoa Salad at Trader Joe's in perfect to take with you to work or school. 
You'll feel like you're at a healthy Mexican food truck. 

Saturday. It's Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day. If your area participates in this, leave a non-perishable item for your postal carrier. 


Sunday. It's Mother's Day. Call your mom, take her out to brunch and make her feel like it was worth all those late nights she spent staying up with you. 

Monday. It's National Etiquette Week.  You can make the world a better place by simply practicing better etiquette techniques at work and in your day-to-day life like addressing someone by name, putting your cel phone away at a restaurant or arriving with the perfect hostess gift when you're invited for an overnight stay. Read this article to polish up your etiquette skills 


Tuesday. Today begins Ramadan, a month to focus on spiritual reflection, self-discipline and worship. Ramadan ends on June 14th.


Wednesday. Instead if coffee to start your morning off, try an iced matcha with coconut milk.
 It's a Paleo friendly and a healthy start to your morning. I like this recipe. 


Thursday. Look up your closest no-kill animal shelter. If you can't add a new family member at this time, check out their 'need' list (towels, blankets, specialized kibble for sensitive dogs and cats. . .) and drop off some items to help make their lives more comfortable as they wait for their forever homes.


Friday. "Deadpool 2" (Ryan Reynolds) opens this weekend as does "Show Dogs" (Will Arnett, Natasha Lyonne, Ludacris)  and "Book Club" (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen)






Saturday. It's the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 
Catch the ceremony live on ABC at 5am E.T.



Sunday. It's Healthy & Safe Swimming Week. Do you have basic swim skills? If your a parent, does your child know what to do in case he falls in water? Visit your local YMCA to learn more about swim skills. It's never too early to start. My daughter, Waverly, is 8 months-old and she is enrolling in swim class this month.

Monday. Send three people a positive text message to start their weeks off right. 

Tuesday. Call the person you have been meaning to call but never seem to have the time for. Put away all other distractions and reach out. It's time. 

Wednesday. Now is a great time to up your t-shirt game.  I recently bought this bamboo hoody in Blue Chill from FreeFly ($54.95)which is not only soft but also has a built in SPF of 20. It's perfect for early mornings and cool nights too.

Thursday. Fleet Week begins today in NYC and goes through Tuesday, May 30th. Join the seven-day celebration honoring the members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. 
Here is your full guide to Fleet Week. 

Friday.  It's the start of Memorial Day Weekend. 
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" opens this weekend. 
If you live in NYC, catch an outdoor screening of "Clueless" at SkyLawn, atop the Midtown Hotel in the theatre district. $23 gets you a lounge seat and bottomless popcorn.


Saturday.
Protect your beautiful skin from the sun with an SPF of at least 30 and a hat.
 I love this Peter Beaton straw hat that I picked up on a trip to Nantucket. 



Sunday. If you live in L.A., you know how awesome it is to sit on the lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to catch a film. Several of the May screenings have already sold out but tickets are still available for "Casablanca." Book now to get tour tickets before they sell out too. 



Monday. It's Memorial Day. You may have outdoor plans with friends but take a moment to remember those in the armed forces who  have given their lives for protecting us. Learn more about the history of Memorial Day here

Tuesday. If you're a David Sedaris fan, this is your happy day. His latest book, "Calypso," debuts today. From DavidSedarisbooks.com "David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book. This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet-and it just might be his very best."



Wednesday.  Change up your fitness routine. Add the MINDBODY app to your iphone (Android users, click here) and access the best fitness and wellness classes in your area. One of my girlfriend's found her favorite new kickboxing class with this app. 


Thursday. Take care of your skin. Prepare for summer by investing in a great sunscreen that you can wear every day. I like this one from Blue Lizard that absorbs easily into your skin and doesn't leave you smelling like you wish you were on the beach instead of at work. 





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