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Part 3 ~ Our Journey Continues In St Louis, MO

Sometimes in the journey, you need a few days break from the drive!   So we decided to take a few days and explore St Louis, MO.

Our first stop was at Anheuser-Busch for a quick tour and tasting (we don’t drink, so we shared ours with others) It was a pretty entertaining tour, our tour guide was fun!  We got bottles “off the line” to take home, but we just poured out the beer and kept the bottles to use as prop stations 🙂

Oh, and the pretzels were amazing!  I’m a BIG fan of soft pretzels, so I’m super picky.   I’d buy these again, even if it cost me $8 for those alone !!  Check out more pics here (BEER)

 

Our next stop was The World’s Largest Chess Piece 😆  It was fairly close, so we stopped and took some quick pics! You can check them out here (CHESS)

And well from there we did one of my favorite things ~ we toured a CHOCOLATE FACTORY!!!  We had the pleasure of touring Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!  The tour was awesome, our guide really did know his stuff, and the tasting was my favorite part!  Check out more pics here (CHOCOLATE)

Whew!  We were sightseeing freaks for a while there!  OH WAIT, we weren’t done ! 

We headed over to Herbaria for a tour of their factory too!   This was a very small shop that started in someone’s kitchen, so it was really nice to see a hometown store tour!  The place smelled heavenly too 🙂  See more of our pics here (SOAP)

Journey

We were exhausted but had one more stop in mind.   A repurpose store.  It’s a thing.  We need to stop.   We can’t help ourselves.  Especially when they turn out to be a hidden gem.  We’ve come across a few, but this one was pretty cool too!

Check it out here ~ Refab ~ there are some pics, plus a link to their site! It’s pretty amazing in there!!

We called it quits in St Louis after our few days of sightseeing!   It was fun and we found some really unique places to shop as well!  But it was time to say “See ya, St Louis!”

Missed Part of the Story?  Catch Up Here!

Part 1 Part 2

 

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Part 2 ~ Bus Life and Internet Issues

Bus Life sometimes means 🚫💻🚫

Bus Life ! For the past 3+ months we have been traveling around the Midwest.  And for me, that meant having very sketchy service, if any at all! So I’m going to do a catch up to our almost current location all in one post. 

Back in August, we left The Mitten of Michigan and headed to the Upper Peninsula (UP). 

~Check out Our Michigan Page to see what we were up to in The Mitten!~

Bus Life Woes

  Unfortunately, one of our three cats (Scabbers) escaped the bus while it was running (a BIG no-no as this usually scares them from coming back).  We tried for hours to get him.  HOURS.   Fortunately we had been in that location for a few months and had made some friends. 

We weren’t going far the first night, in fact we just went about 15 miles away.   So we left for the night to get the bus parked and secured, and headed back in the morning.  Again, failing to catch him.   This had been an ongoing issue with him since he got a rocky start on the road (he was traveling temporarily with someone else who left him behind)  It took Zach a very, very long time to convince me to leave without Scabbers. 

But we did.  

And headed to the Skoolie UP event.  We left our carrier, one of my sweatshirts, food, and his bowl.  And the people we met while there were going to be there until the end of the season and were going to catch him for us.

IT TOOK THREE WEEKS!!!!  It was the longest three weeks of our lives.  I have had that cat since birth, and I was really missing him. 

This cat is a unique dude.  He plays with our dogs, Louie and Jemma.  And I don’t mean he bats their tails when they walk by, I mean he BITES them, and then roughhouse right back!!  It’s hilarious.  He’s our CatDog.  Here’s a little video of the “three dogs” at play 😆

Success!!

But they finally got him in our carrier.   So We left the event early to go get him and get moving southwest.   Our plans were to be in Arkansas in September, and we just wanted to get going. 

We were so happy to see him.  Tears were shed.  Our other pets were happy to see him.  Well, maybe not Heddy, his sister.  She hissed at him when she saw him.   Maybe she was yelling at him about taking off like that.  

Bus Life

But we got him, so we left on our journey.  First stop after we had our full house back was Kalamazoo to see some friends.  While there we did bus work.  Just a bunch of random things we had been talking about for a while.  Zach replaced some parts on my seat and I made the bus more travel ready. 

We also visited a lovely Arboretum (Leila Arboretum)

From there we stopped for an overnight in Hudson, Illinois. 

While we were there, I was poking around for something to do.  We had some down time, and I didn’t want to spend it in the bus.  Well, The World’s Largest Square Knot popped up as being a few miles away.  We went to go check it out, but to our disappointment, we found no knot, just a plaque.  

Bus Life 

But an idea was born.   The World’s Largest …whatever.  

World’s Largest Bus Life ? 

A few weeks before this, Zach had gotten me an electric scooter.  One that I could go off road with.  Well, I took a pic of me on it and sent it to my 15 year old daughter.  Who said I looked “TINY”.  

Well.. my response was “My size is just a figment of your imagination, and I am, in fact, quite tiny.  Like an Oompa Loompa”    She had also just given me a pair of huge round glasses, white, with rose tinted lenses.   So, The World’s Largest Journey began!  (you can check that out here!)

And from Hudson we set our sights on St Louis , MO where we had a TON of stuff planned!!   Stay tuned for that journey next week!

Missed Part of the Story?  Catch Up Here!

Part 1

Propagation Stations ~ Tiny Space

At some point in time, I lost control of the propagation stations, or lack thereof.  But propagation stations ~ tiny space = imagination!  There were random things with water in them pretty much everywhere.  They fell over during travel because they were forgotten in the mix, we’ve knocked them over, the cats knocked them over.   It was a watery mess a LOT of the time.

So Zach and I came up with some fixed stations that house more than one propagation at a time.    We still have a few that are in random bottles, but most are just about ready for dirt, so moving them to a permanent prop station seems silly.

My goal is to have all my prop stations in a place where they don’t have to relocate during travel days.   So they need to be attached to something.

It’s all a work in progress, but we’ve had success so far with these stations traveling well with water in them.   I leave space at the top anyway, and never had a drop spill out.


So first up, is my Ice Cream Station.  This one is my favorite   It is almost exclusively filled with Hoya cuttings (Zach has a Hoya problem).  The one sole difference is my Wandering Dude cutting!   It was a candle holder (I wish I took before pics)

But even though I did not take before pics, I DID manage to find the exact same one online, and that is what this pic is!

 

I used ceramic ice cream cones that I found in a unique shop in Alma, Arkansas (A To Z Gifts & More).  I only found 5, so I had to improvise with the last one (I call it the sundae cup)!

 

 

 

Cut one leg off completely. Cut the foot off the other leg and drilled a hole into a piece of wood to set the leg into.  Then attached the piece of wood to the wall.

 

 


I also have this one that Zach created for me.  We found 3 of the 4 glasses at one thrift store and the fourth at another!

Empty And Full


We found these trays at a thrift store for 50¢ for both (no clue what they are/were, someone thought an insert for an instapot, but i really don’t know!)  I didn’t know what exactly to do with them, so I started with just the bottom for about a minute.   Added the cut foam in so the plants had a place to prop themselves on while they were rooting in water.   Then I got the idea to cut one of my walking sticks in a few pieces, used one piece to attach these 2 trays together.   I used the other two pieces to make hanging herb drying racks (post to come later)

 


And just some random prop stations.   These are the ones I still need to move.   In the end, it’s a lot less than I had going on before.   And I’ve stopped propping outdoor plants, so my needs are far less at the moment.  I have all of my glassware, prop stations and all that stuff put away in totes.  I’m sure I will use all of them in rotation again  😀

 


As always in bus life, it’s a work in progress.  But I do have to say that with each change we make, our ready to travel time decreases.  It no longer takes me an hour to prep the front of the bus!  I’m down to about 15 minutes!  Next on the chopping block is the awful overfilled bathtub during travel!   When we travel for multiple days, it drives me batty

Propagation Stations ~ Tiny Space

 

Samples, Stickers and So Much More!

I have been a huge fan of free samples for as long as I can remember, but every site I found was difficult to find freebies that didn’t have multiple links to go thru. Or ones that you need to complete “tasks” to get! I decided to make a running list of easy to get to freebies!

We also have a page dedicated to Free Samples and stuff like that! Check it out HERE

Please comment below if you find any that are no longer available !

Pinchme black

Babies


Beauty/MakeUp

Adra Green Tea Lime Soap

Argan Essence Hair Perfume

Paradosiaka Olive Oil Shampoo

Vatika ~ Free Dabur Vatika Hair Oil


Healthcare

Aware ~ Free Information Kit for those with Parkinson’s (or their family) *I did not request this as I do not know anyone with Parkinson’s ~ if you do, let me know if you receive it! Scroll down a little and find the section headed Order your free Hospital Safety Guide. In that section you can opt to download it or for them to mail it to you

Enemeez ~ Free Stool Softener Sample


Miscellaneous

ASPCA ~ Free Pet Safety Kit (must confirm email)

Brilliant Earth ~ Ring Sizer

Kira Michelle ~ It’s OooooooKaaaaaaay!!! Wristband

Le Blanc ~ Free Linen Wash Laundry Sample

Morton Salt ~ Free Hard Water Test Strips

Palo Alto ~ Free Wine Cork USB Flash Drive

Paradosiaka ~ Free Olive Tapenade

Rove Concepts ~ Free Leather Swatches ~ Up to 12

Smokin’ Dave’s ~ Free Spice Sample


Perfume Samples

Carlotta Momentum

Clinique ~ Free Sample of Happy Perfume

Gorgeous Perfume by RCW

Lineage Bringer

RELOVE Pheromone Essential Oil Sample

Sixth Sense Pheromone Perfume


Stickers

Adventure Sticker Packs ~ sent out quarterly, so if there are none available, check back! SASE Required!

Annie’s Bunny Stickers

Back Country Goat Stickers

“Don’t Tread On Me” Bumper Sticker

Henry Catalog & Decal

Hook & Tackle Stickers

Human Rights Equality Sticker

“I Love New York” Sticker, Planner, Map, & Travel Guide

“I Love Soil” Stickers

Madera Outdoor StickerThey send out quarterly, so if there are none available, check back!

Moose Tracks Ice Scream Sticker Or Magnet

Pelican Coast Clothing Company

PETA ~ Free Beta Fish Deserve Better Sticker

“Pray For America” Bumper Sticker

Saucony “Run Your World” Sticker

Southern Marsh Collection Sticker

“Spot The Tot” Car Window Decal – Scroll to bottom

Take Care Of Texas Stickers ~ Texas Residents Only

Watch For Motorcycles Sticker ~ Residents of WI, IL and IA only at this time


 

Samples

 

Bus Life Gardening 101

This has been a rough gardening transition.  I am usually great with houseplants, herbs, vegetables and everything.  But Bus life has changed all that   Not for the worse, just for the different.  I need to learn new ways to acclimate my plants under various conditions.

When we left on this journey,  I had 2 plants: a kalanchoe that a friend’s daughter had given me, and my beloved Hoya.   The kalanchoe was a bit sad and my hoya was in dire straits.  The hoya had holes in her leaves, and hadn’t done any kind of growing in a very long time.  She was just sick.

Now we have an extensive garden, growing in size a few plants at a time.   Some things have grown fantastically and some have grown into fantastic disasters.   Cilantro and I are no longer speaking 😠

Gardening

I KNOW we are asking a lot of our plants.  When we are stationary, they are out in the sun (or shade, whichever they prefer) and have the wind blowing through them, and all is dandy.   But then we travel, and they go into the back of the truck that is towed behind the bus.   So life gets pretty dreary for them.  We are switching out trucks in the near future, so upgrading the current one for our needs seems silly.   But, when the switch happens, there will be a cap on the back of the truck that is hinged so the plants can get some sun, we will also have a grow light and mirrors available when the sun isn’t.   It’s a truck, so I feel confident that soaking them down with a hose will do no harm.

We’ve learned what just doesn’t work, cilantro being #1 on that list!   I cannot get that to NOT BOLT!   So sad

Here’s what is still surviving and thriving!

Geraniums

   

Begonias

Hoya Carnosa

This little girl has grown so much in the bus.   She had horrible leaves on her, full of breaks and holes.   And maybe there were 3 of them.   They are currently sitting in water in propagation mode.  Roots on it, just waiting for some new pretty leaves before I pluck the yucky ones off.  I’m super excited that she is thriving now!!

Here’s what just doesn’t want to travel!!

Tomatoes

So here I got a vine of green cherry tomatoes that just refuse to turn red!  I haven’t given up on them yet tho!   And the little red guy is from my sad compact cherry tomato.  The one with like 3 leaves left on it!   And I pluck a snack from him every few days!  And honestly, I have no idea what that tomato in the fourth picture is doing.  Does it think it’s a Roma (We got it from a plant sale at a humane society and they had no idea what anything was!) Or does it think it’s a pepper because it was hanging out next to one in the truck??   No clue!

Peppers

Now we have had minimal success with peppers, I’m putting it in the unsuccessful category  because we have gotten 3 peppers, from about 6 plants, so that’s a fail to me 🙁

Lettuce

We may have done this one in ourselves by not clipping it properly.   ooops

Broccoli

Clearly not enough sun, we tried but having this one in the back of the truck made it REALLY stretch!! 🙁

Cauliflower

Seriously, growing all crazy, no sign of actual vegetable growth.   And I’ve never grown it before, so there’s that  😐 

Gardening

 

We haven’t given up!  We know this is a learning process and it will take some time for us to figure out which varieties of vegetables work best in our crazy conditions!  We eat a lot of vegetables and would love to be able to grow our own! So back to basics.  Back to gardening 101

We plan on pulling what isn’t working and starting over with new varieties of vegetables and different ones altogether.   I’d love to have a 100% success rate, but for now I’m willing to continue the search for the perfect plants to adapt to our environment!

Up next …Propagation Station Overhaul!   This is a MESS!!  I have prop stations everywhere inside.   In jars, glass milk jugs, butter containers.

Part 1 ~ The Way Will Appear

For most of my life, I felt like I was on a perpetual non-journey journey.   Moving, but going nowhere.   I have a fantastic Aunt that always says to step out on the way, and the way will appear.

Well…. Back in January, I met this really great guy at a mutual friends house.

He had come to stay in his Skoolie before an event .

We ended up going to the event together, and the way appeared 🛣

We left on our Journey to Michigan on March 28th, 2022.   Him in his bus, and me following in my SUV.  I had to fit everything I was taking completely in that vehicle!   That was a challenge, but in the end I donated a LOT, purged through boxes that had been boxed for years, and in the end it felt amazing to do! 

⇓⇓ It all had to fit in THIS !! ⇓⇓

Our first stop was in Jessup, Georgia.  We intended to stay a few days, but it turned into a week after we had to do a little cat rescue.   We had to make the trek back to Florida (350+ miles  😕 ) to get my cat, who was left behind by another nomad.

Our next stop was Columbus, Georgia.   During this time, we realized that me driving behind him wasn’t working.  We were traveling together, yet apart, and it was costing us extra in gas at a time when gas prices suck!!!  So Again, another “few day stop” that turned into a week+ to get a seat in the bus for me!   But in Zach’s defense, he built me this amazing seat for the bus (along with the help of another member of the Skoolie community) .

Now earlier I joked about downsizing all I had into my SUV.  Now I had to downsize into his already full bus!   I challenged myself to one drawer in a medium sized dresser.  I absolutely succeeded.  I packed ALL of my clothes in that drawer and donated the rest.   All of my kitchen items got donated since he has a fully equipped kitchen and a full size range.   I have one under the bed storage tote for sentimental items.   In the last 3 years I’ve gone from a 2800+ square foot house to sharing 200 square foot of living space.  Was it easy?  Heck no!   I was sooooo attached to my junk at first.   Storage unit after storage unit just to keep it.  For no purpose.   Because it’s all just stuff.   So I packed my SUV and headed to the local Goodwill and brought in bins of stuff to them!    It felt liberating!  And to this day, there is not one thing that I said, “shoot, I wish I kept that!”

 Okay, Maybe my lemon zester!!  😆 

Finally headed out and made our way to Faulkville, Alabama.   And yet again, a few days turned into a week.   Bus upgrade to the rearend gearing took a little longer than anticipated, but in order to actually make it up the hills in Michigan, a change was definitely needed!

The next month sucked.  Simply put, it sucked.   Our stays were rough, our cats weren’t always safe outside the bus, noise levels were insane.   We were bummed, because we made it to Michigan,  but it was a complete letdown up until this point.

We finally made it to what we thought was a safe haven, and it had been mostly good.  Quiet, on the lake (kinda), and our animals were safe.   We just stayed longer than we should have.   We got a little comfortable, and planned on heading out on the road after 3 months of being parked.  

We found some amazing trails to hike and ride through, cute shops, and met some great people!   We learned a lot about ourselves during this stay, so in the end, worth the stop.

We have an ENTIRE freaking garden, greenhouse included.   So, now I’m going to have to work on keeping flowers, herbs and vegetables alive on the road.   We stop for a while at most locations, but there are stretches of driving that take days.

We are heading to an event in the UP in Michigan.   We have about a month to get there.   So we plan on putting our adventure into high gear and hitting some trails.   Either on foot, or on our electric toys.

Stay tuned for more of the journey!  Including a Skoolie Event and an EUC (Electric Unicycle) Event!   Should be interesting to see what we find to explore in the future!

Fun Birthday Freebies

Check out our Birthday Freebies Page ~ we have over 400 companies listed there that want to give you free things for your Birthday!!

TONS AND TONS of Fun Birthday Freebies … Food, Entertainment, Retail, and a few randoms sprinkled in !!!! Those with a 😀 are ones I have received. It may not be the fault of the company that I didn’t receive others, because I could have easily made an error when signing up, or I simply missed the email 😮

*** Updated 6/22/2022***

Fun Birthday Freebies from Restaurants

~ Abuelo’s ~ Receive special offers for your Birthday and Anniversary!

😀 Applebee’s ~ Free Dessert when you spend $15

😀 Arby’s Birthday Club ~ Free fries and a shake with purchase of a sandwich

~ Atlanta Bread Cafe ~ Free Birthday Cookie

~ Aquarium Restaurants ~ Free $25 Reward

😀 Au Bon Pain – Free Coffee and Pastry

~ Auntie Anne’s ~ Download the App and receive something special on your Birthday!

😀 A&W Birthday Club ~ Free Root Beer Float for your Birthday!

~ Azteca Mexican Restaurant ~ Free Entree

😀 Back Yard Burgers ~ Free Dessert

~ Bagger Dave’s Restaurant ~ Free Birthday Treat when you sign up in the restaurant.

~ Baja Fresh ~ Free Special Treat (make sure you sign up at least 4 days before your Birthday or you won’t get the offer until the following year!)

😀 Baskin Robbins ~ Free Birthday Scoop (make sure you fill out your Birthday info in the Birthday Club tab!)

~ BDs Mongolian Barbeque ~ Free Meal on your Birthday (must download App)

~ Benihana ~ Free $30 Birthday Certificate when you sign up for The Chef’s Table

😀 Bennigan’s ~ Free Entree with purchase of an entree

😀 Black Angus Steakhouse – Free Steak Dinner

😀 Black Bear Diner – Free Bear’s Choice Breakfast Entree

 Blimpie – Free 6 inch Sub

😀 Boston Market – Free Dessert

 Boston’s Gourmet Pizza – Free Dessert

 Brio Italian Grille – Free $10 Birthday Reward

 Bristol Seafood Restaurant ~ Free $25 towards an entree

 Bruegger’s Bagels – Free Bagel and Cream Cheese

~ Bru’s Room – Free Dessert or Zingers. Some exclusions apply.

😀 Bruster’s – Free Special Birthday Gift ($3 added to account)

~ Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – Free Kid’s Meal

😀 Buca di Beppo – Free Dessert

~ Buffalo Wild Wings Free Wings

~ California Pizza Kitchen – Free Dessert

~ California Tortilla – Free burrito

~ Caribou Coffee – Free Beverage

~ Carvel – Free Cone

😀 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen – Free dessert

~ Cheeseburger in Paradise – Free Birthday Appetizer or Dessert

~ Cheesecake Factory – Free Ice Cream

😀 Chevys Fresh Mex – Free Entree

😀 Chili’s – Free Dessert

~ Chuck E. Cheese’s – Free Tokens

~ Cinnabon ~ Free Birthday Treat, just sign up for their emails and complete your profile !

~ Cold Stone Creamery – BOGO Ice Cream Coupon

😀 Corner Bakery – Free Birthday Surprise

~ CREAM – Cookies Rule Everything Around Me – Free Birthday Treat

😀 Culver’s – Free One-Scoop Sundae

~ Dairy Queen – BOGO Free Blizzard Coupon

~ Del Taco – Free Premium Birthday Shake, App Only

~ Denny’s – Free Original Grand Slam® breakfast

~ Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Birthday Reward, App only for now

😀 Dippin’ Dots – Free Small cup Dippin’ Dots

~ Duke’s Chowder House ~ Free Entree, or Special Party Option for your whole group

😀 Dunkin’ Donuts – Free Beverage in the form of Points on the App

~ Dunn Bros Coffee – Free Pastry

😀 Earl of Sandwich – Free Brownie or Cookie

😀 East Coast Wings & Grill – Free $10 Birthday Reward

~ Edible Arrangements – Free Assortment

😀 Einstein Bros Bagels – Free Fresh-cracked egg sandwich with purchase

😀 Elephant Bar – Free Birthday Dessert

😀 El Pollo Loco – Free $5 gift with any $1.99 purchase

~ El Torito – Free Birthday Entree

😀 Extreme Pita – Free Pita when you buy a Pita

~ Famous Dave’s BBQ – Free Entree

😀 Fatz Cafe – Free Birthday Surprise

~ Fazoli’s – Free Dessert

😀 Firehouse Subs – Free Medium Sub Sandwich

😀 First Watch Cafe – Buy One Get One Deal

~ Four Rivers Smokehouse – Free Birthday Treat

~ Fresh – Free Birthday Gift

~ Friendly’s – $3 off Ice Cream Cakes

😀 Fuddruckers – Coupon for $7 combo meal (1/3lb combo meal)

~ Genghis Grill ~ Free Gift

~ Gigi’s cupcakes – Free Cupcake

~ Glory Days Grill – Free Dessert

😀 Habit Burger GrillFree Charburger with Cheese

~ Hard Rock – Free Annual Birthday Offer

~ Hooters – 10 Free Wings

😀 Houlihan’s – Free Entrée (up tp $15) with purchase of an entree

😀 IHOP – Free Pancakes

~ Ivar’s Acres of Clams – Free Entree

😀 Jack-in-the-Box – 2 Free Tacos (must download App)

~ Jamba Juice – Free Small Smoothie

😀 Jason’s Deli – Free $5 Coupon

~ Jersey Mike’s – Free Sub

😀 Joe’s Crab Shack – Free Birthday Surprise ~ sign your kids up too!

😀 Johnny Rockets – Free Burger with the purchase of any entree and drink

~ Juice It Up – Free Medium smoothie ~ must download App

~ Kona Grill – A Special Gift on your Birthday ~ Must download App

~ Krispy Kreme – Free Birthday Doughnut

~ La Madeleine – Free Pastry ~ Must download App

😀 Landshark Restaurant – Free Dessert

😀 Macaroni Grill – Free Dessert

😀 Maggiano’s – Free $10.00 Birthday Gift Certificate

~ MaggieMoo’s Marble Slab Creamery – Birthday Surprise ~ Must download App

😀 Margaritaville – Free Surprise

😀 Marie Callender’s – $5 off 2 entrees plus 2 Free Slices of Pie

😀 Medieval Times – Free Surprise! Scroll to bottom!

😀 Mellow Mushroom Pizza Place – $10 off your $50+ purchase

~ Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Free $5 Coupon

~ Mimi’s Cafe – Free Entree with Purchase

😀 Moe’s Southwest Grill – Free Burrito

😀 Ninety Nine Pub & Restaurant – Free Dessert

~ Noodles & Company – Free Noodle Bowl ~ must download App

😀 Nothing Bundt Cakes – Free Bundtlet

😀 O’Charley’s – Free Slice of Pie

~ Old Chicago – Free Pizza

~ Old Country Buffet – Free Birthday Buffet

~ Olga’s Kitchen – Free Birthday Dessert ~ must download App

~ Olive Garden – Free Appetizer or Dessert on your Birthday

😀 On the Border – $5 off Purchase

~ Orange Julius – BOGO Coupon

~ Orange Leaf – $3 off on your Birthday

😀 Original Roadhouse Grill – $10 certificate

~ Outback Steakhouse – Birthday Surprise, scroll to bottom to sign up.

😀 Panera – Free Pastry or Sweet

~ Pei Wei – Free Small Plate ~ Must download App

😀 Perkins – Free Birthday Surprise for you and your kids!

~ P.F. Chang’s – Free Surprise ~ make sure you complete your profile

~ Pinkberry – Free Yogurt!

😀 Pizza Hut – Free Birthday Surprise

~ Planet Smoothie – Free Smoothie

~ Qdoba Mexican Grill – Free burrito

~ Quiznos – Free Cookie (easiest if you download the app, but not necessary)

😀 Red Lobster – Birthday Surprises

~ Red Mango – $5 Reward on your Birthday

~ Red Robin – Free Birthday Burger

~ Rita’s – Free Birthday Surprise

~ Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Free Dessert Coupon

😀 Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Free Birthday Dessert

~ Ryan’s Buffet – Free Birthday Buffet

~ Sbarro – Keep checking back on this one, they have paused this program

😀 Sizzler – $5 off any Entree Purchase

~ Smokey Bones – Free Dessert

~ Sprinkles – Free Treat

~ Starbucks – Free beverage or treat. Plus, 15% off at StarbucksStore.com

~ Steak ‘n Shake – Free dinner for birthday club kids

~ Subway – Free Lunch

😀 TCBY – Free 3oz Yogurt

~ Texas Roadhouse – Free Appetizer

😀 TGI Fridays – Free Dessert

~ The Melting Pot – Free Chocolate Fondue

~ The Old Spaghetti Factory – Free Kid’s Birthday Meal

😀 Tijuana FlatsFree Dessert

~ Tony Roma’s – Free Meal

~ Twin Peaks – Free Birthday Meal

😀 UNO Pizzaria ~ Free Dessert

~ Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen – Free Birthday Pizza

~ Waffle House – Free Waffle

~ Whataburger – Free Justaburger

~ Wings To Go – Free Birthday Wings

😀 Wingstop – Free Order of Seasoned Fries

~ Yard House – Free Dessert

😀 Yogurtland – Free Birthday Frozen Yogurt

😀 Zaxby’s – 3 Free Cookies


Beauty Stuff

~ Aveda ~ Join their Aveda Plus Rewards ($10 initial fee) and receive a bonus gift on your Birthday!

😀 Axe4 different Coupons for Axe Products

😀 Bare Minerals ~ Free Gift (I got a free mini duo of mascara and blush)

~ Benefit Cosmetics ~ Free Brow Arch

😀 The Body Shop – 15% off your order

😀 Degree ~ 2 Different Coupons for Degree Products

😀 Dove – Product Coupon

😀 Lancome – 15% off any order $49+ plus 2 Deluxe Samples

😀 L’Occitane – Free Gift with $50 purchase

~ Sephora – Free Gift

😀 SkinCeuticals – Free Deluxe Sample

😀 Smashbox – Free Cosmetics

😀 Suave – 2 Different Coupons for Suave Products

😀 ULTA cosmetics – Free Gift

Fun Stuff

😀 AMC Birthday Freebie ~ Free Birthday Popcorn

~ Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes & AMF Lanes – Birthday Surprise

~ Cinemark – Free Concession

😀 Crayola ~ $15 off any $50 Order Coupon

~ Dave & Busters – Free $10 game play

😀 Georgia Aquarium – Free Admission on Your Birthday (Georgia residents only)

😀 Harkins Theatres – Free $5 Birthday Award

😀 Marcus Theaters (Movie Theater) – Free Fountain Drink

~ Redbox – Free Movie or Game Rental

~ Showcase Cinemas – Free Birthday Popcorn

~ The Comedy Catch (Chattanooga, TN) – Two free tickets

Grocery Stores

😀 Publix Free Small Acai Bowl or any size non-alcoholic beverage in Pours or a jumbo Cookie in Eats

😀 Winn Dixie – Free SE Grocers Prestige Ice Cream

Pet Places

 PetCo’s Birthday Club – Free Birthday Treat for your Pet

 Pet Supplies Plus – Birthday gift for your pet on their birthday

Fun Birthday Freebies from Random Companies

 Ace Hardware ~ Free $5 Gift Certificate

 American Eagle ~ Birthday Coupon

 Anthropologie ~ Birthday Coupon for 15% Off

😀 Avon ~ 10% off your $40+ order

~ Barnes and Noble (Kids) ~ Free Cupcake from the Cafe

~ Best Buy ~ Receive a special Birthday gift during your Birthday Month

😀 Breyers – Product Coupon

~ Champs Sports – Free Birthday Surprise

😀 Claire’s – 25% off Coupon

😀 Columbia Sportswear – 20% off your Total Purchase

😀 The Container Store ~ 15% Coupon (Click the POP drop down box on the top of page)

😀 CVS – 35% off Coupon (I also received a coupon for free Pop-Arazzi Nail Polish)

~ Disney Movie Rewards – 100 Bonus Disney Movie Reward Points

😀 Disney Store ~ 20% Off Coupon

😀 DSW – Free $5 Gift Certificate

~ David’s Tea ~ Free Tea

😀 Express – Free Birthday Offer (make sure to update your profile!)

~ Godiva– Free Birthday Gift

😀 Horizon – $1.50 off any Horizon Organic Cheese Product

~ Famous Footwear – Free $5 Gift

~ JCPenney – Free Birthday Gift

😀 Journeys – Birthday Surprise, sign up yourself and kids!

😀 Kellogg’s – 100 Kellogg’s Family Rewards Points

😀 Kohl’s – $5 Yes2You Reward

😀 Knorr – $1/2 Knorr Products

~ Land’s End – 20% off

😀 MyCooler – 100 Rewards Points

~ Office Depot | OfficeMax – Free Birthday Reward Points

😀 PepsiCo – $2/2 Coupon when you buy 2 bags of chips AND 1 Bottle of soda (2 L)

😀 Popsicle – Product Coupon

~ Pottery Barn Kids – Join The Key and receive a birthday surprise

😀 Purdue – Product Coupon

😀 Safe 2 Save ~ Earn 500 bonus points. Safe 2 Save is an app you can download on IoS HERE or Android HERE . This is a safe driving App that rewards you for putting down your phone while driving. Earn points to earn rewards.

😀 ShopYourWay – $5 Free Cash in Points (Sears & KMart rewards program)

😀 Silk – $1 off any Silk Product Coupon

~ Supercuts – $3 off

~ Swagbucks – 50 Free Swagbucks

~ The Children’s Place – Surprise Gift

😀 Tresemme – Product Coupon

~ Victoria’s Secret – Free Gift

~ White House Black Market – Free $10 coupon

~ World Market – Free Birthday Surprise (reportedly $10 Rewards)

😀 Yankee Candle Free Birthday Gift

Find a Freebie that is no longer available ? Or know of one not listed? Feel free to comment and I will remove/add as needed !!!

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