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The Best Birthday Deals (You’ll Actually Use!)

June 8, 2017
Best Birthday Deals (You'll Actually Use)

I turned 25 this week. Quarter of a century! My first birthday as a married woman! It was fun. The Hubs and I both took the day off work and celebrated. We went to the Dallas World Aquarium and took time to snap up all the best birthday deals and freebies I had. If you’re like me, you’re on every store email list imaginable. This usually means you rack up a lot of good birthday coupons, some worth your time, others…not.

I’m here to tell you which deals are the best birthday deals. These birthday deals are the ones that you’ll actually use and enjoy.

The Best Birthday Deals

Grimaldi’s

The Deal : A free large(18″) pizza with one topping!

This is a birthday freebie that we use every year without fail. We already love Grimaldi’s (if you’re a think crust pizza person, you’ll love them too!), but a whole pizza! We’re all over that! It comes with one topping already, though you can pay to add additional toppings if you want. I genuinely prefer cheese pizza, but we get half toppings for The Hubs. Very few birthday deals are this generous, so we make sure to always take advantage of Grimaldi’s birthday pizza.

The Best Birthday Deals (You'll Actually Use!)

Sephora

The Deal: Free Beauty Products, No purchase required! (if picking up in store)

If you’re signed up on Sephora’s Beauty Insider program, they’ll send you a coupon for a free mini gift in the month of your birthday! This year, the choice was between a Tarte mini gift (which had a little Amazonian Clay 12 hour Blush and a mini Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint) or Caudali (which included a Vinosource Moisurizing Sorbet and a Radiance Serum). I love Tarte, so that’s the gift that I chose. The colors are pretty current and definitely something that I would use and I didn’t even have to buy anything to get it! If you claim the gift online, you’ll have to order something,  but in store you just go up to the register and they confirm that you’re in the system and give it to you. Neat, huh?

Starbucks

The Deal: Free beverage or food item!

Is this like stating the obvious here? You can get a free drink or food item loaded onto your Starbucks app for your birthday. It’s only good for a few days, but honestly, I’ve never had a hard time making it to Starbucks. 

Nothing Bundt Cakes

The Deal: Free Bundtlet!

I’m not sure if Nothing Bundt Cakes is a thing everywhere else, but it’s definitely a thing in Texas. We love Nothing Bundt Cakes so much that we catered them for dessert at our wedding. If you’re on their email list, they’ll send you a coupon for a free Bundlet on your birthday. The coupon is good for about a week after your birthday, which is useful in case you need to space out your birthday sugar consumption err freebies!

 

Best Birthday Deals (You'll Actually Use)

Kendra Scott

The Deal: 50% off one item during your birthday month

Like Nothing Bundt Cakes, Kendra Scott is a thing in Texas. Like, I’m pretty sure they don’t let you call yourself a Texas woman if you don’t own any Kendra Scott. It seems like everywhere I look, there’s a woman wearing Kendra Scott. Even my little middle school girls at church have Kendra Scott. I did not own Kendra Scott because 1. It’s not cheap and 2. I’m not hip and with it. I was starting to feel a little left out. Enter the birthday deals. Kendra Scott will give you 50% off one item in the month of your birthday. You’ll need to sign up on their website and show your ID at the register to get the deal. That what I did and guess what? This girl got herself some Kendra Scott for her birthday! 

CVS

The Deal: $3 Free Extracare Bucks

If you’re not using CVS to get good deals on makeup, you need to get on that bandwagon, stat! Seriously, just search “cvs makeup deals” and some very smart, very thrifty ladies have done almost all the work for you. If you’re part of CVS’s Extracare program, they will send you $3 free extracare buck on your birthday. Free money. For your birthday. Combine that with any other coupons you have and bam! Super cheap makeup!

Einstein Bagels

The Deal: Free Egg Sandwich with Any Drink Purchase

I love Einstein’s. I didn’t know about them until I moved to Texas, but boy I’m glad I know about them now! It used to be so bad that my local Einstein’s knew my order the moment I walked in the door! This deal is for a free egg sandwich with any drink purchase, which sounds like a nice birthday breakfast to me.

So there is my collection of the best birthday deals. Did I skip any of your favorite birthday deals? How do you like to celebrate? Let me know!

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DIY Mom-osa Mother’s Day Gift

May 16, 2017
DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

Happy Monday Ya’ll! I hope you were good to your mothers this weekend. The Hubs and I got up early Sunday morning to drop these little mom-osas(get it?? Mom-osa?) on our momma’s porches. We dropped them off ding-dong ditch style, which worked great at my moms house. The Hubs parents, however, possess one of those ring doorbell things (also known as The All Seeing Eye of Sauron). Much harder to ding-dong ditch there… Luckily our mommas live a mile apart and 5 minutes from church(which was great when we were both living at home and dating) so we could blaze through and still make it to church in time for rehearsal. Don’t worry, we went back and spent the rest of the day with out mother’s too!

DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

I got the idea for these mom-osa kits from a card that The Hubs picked out for his mom. It said “You’re mimosa favorite mom!” With a card like that, there no way that I could not put together these little mimosa kits. They’re just the perfect size (especially since we’re on Whole 30 and can’t share them with our moms). Both our mothers had about a quarter of their mini wine bottle and declared themselves done for the day. Lightweights. 

Mom-osa Kit

Supplies:

-Mini Sparkling wine bottle (or can!)

-Single-serve orange juice bottle

-Cute twine, string or ribbon

-A personal note

DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

The concept of the mom-osa kit is simple. Take a mini bottle of sparkling wine or champagne, pair it with a single serve bottle or orange juice and tie together! Ta-da! Anyone could do it. No only do these may great Mother’s Day gifts, they also make great bridesmaid’s gifts and shower favors. Plus they’re just super cute. They’re an easy way to show someone that you’re thinking of them. They pair great with flowers, jewelry or brunch.

Did you give or get a creative Mother’s day gift this year? I’d love to hear about it!

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Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts (That Aren’t Food!)

February 9, 2017
Creative Valentine's Day Gifts (That aren't food!)

This year The Hubs and I will be having our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. We’d always given pretty traditional Valentine’s Day gifts in the past, with flowers and chocolate and all that good stuff. (I’m talking about wine here.) This year, however, we are just coming out of our first round of Whole 30 (We officially finished yesterday! Woot, woot!) and so are trying to avoid falling back into bad food habits with our Valentine’s Day gifts.

Growing up, I remember my dad struggling find Valentine’s Day gifts for my mom. “I can’t get your mom chocolate. She’s on a diet,” He would say. Then the great expanse of gift picking stretched out before him and he came home with chocolate. Maybe you and your honey are in the same boat; fresh out of your New Year’s resolutions and not wanting to derail your progress with loads of sugar (or alcohol) on Valentine’s Day. Maybe your significant other is working on their health and you want to find a way to love on them without introducing any unnecessary temptation into their life.

Here are some tips creative gift ideas that go beyond the regular Valentine’s Day Gifts (no chocolate, roses, wine or jewelry here!).

Creative Valentine's Day Gifts (That aren't food!)

Find Valentine’s Day Gifts that the two of you can enjoy together.

Tickets to a concert, show or museum they’ve been wanting to see – Concerts are sometimes tricky, since you can’t always predict when a band you like will be touring. However, things like plays and symphonies are frequently accessible. Think about art museums or science museums that might be fun for you to visit together. Heck, even the zoo, aquarium, or arboretum are fair game. A lot of places have good winter deals in February(Like the Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo!), so keep your eyes open.  Last year The Hubs took me to the Dallas World Aquarium and it was the greatest thing ever! Be sure to make it a destination that is unique to your partner and their interests and sit back and watch them enjoy it.

Music/ Vinyl Record – Is music something that you andyour significant other bond over? Is it somehow connected to your story as a couple? I think this is a great idea for a gift. We have a record player and enjoy vinyl records because it feels a little bit more intimate. I recommend something like Lovers [2 LP] by Nels Cline. It’s a mellow instrumental album that sounds great in the background while you and  your honey are mixing drinks(or your latest healthy recipe!).

Healthy Meal Subscription – Okay, I lied. This one is food. But it’s healthy food. The Hubs and I did Blue Apron for a (very) short time on gift cards from our wedding registry and we loved it! Unfortunately, it wasn’t something that was in the budget for every week, but it was a good way to bond and feel like we were having a special meal without binging on a ton of unhealthy food. On a lot of subscription services, you can start and stop based on need, so treat your honey to a week (or two) for the holiday.

Creative Valentine's Day Gifts (That aren't food!)

 

Give a Valentine’s Day Gift that makes them feel special

Something you think they’d look great in – This is not, I repeat, not an invitation to be sleazy and buy your partner something that they would be uncomfortable in. You may go slightly outside of their comfort zone, and buy them something they’d never buythemselves, but don’t to it for your benefit. Maybe they’ve always wanted a certain look, but didn’t want to shell out the money to achieve it. This is your chance to help them out. Check your spouse’s Pinterest or Instagram and see what they like. Then go find it!

Time to relax- While scrolling through Facebook, I saw a comment made by a friend that read, “I have a six month old. All I want for Valentine’s Day is a bubble bath alone.” If your significant other sounds like this, give them some time to feel human again.  If you see that your love has been running ragged, take it upon yourself to schedule a little “me time” for them. It may seem counter intuitive, so spend time apart for Valentine’s Day. However, keep in mind that your significant other is not going to be able to enjoy your relationship if they’re running on empty. Book a massage, or a manicure, or just some time alone at their favorite coffee shop and send them on their merry way. Bonus points if you send them with a promise to have dinner ready when they return!

Creative Valentine's Day Gifts (That aren't food!)

Make your Valentine’s Day Gift something frisky fun!

Spa stuff to share – I’ve mentioned it before that I love a good couples bath.  I think that bath bombs (melts, soaks, bubble baths, etc) make great Valentine’s Day gifts.  Lush makes great bath bombs and melts. My favorite is The Butterball, but the Sex Bomb might be a fun choice for this holiday as well. Just watch out for the super glittery ones if your man isn’t into sharing a glitter bath with you. The bath melts are also really nice. They make your skin feel sooo so soft and sleek; great when you are your love are being a bit romantic.

Matching underwear- I’m a huge fan of this. The Hubs and I even wore matching undies on our wedding day (It was my something blue!). We get ours from Me Undies and they’re super comfy. They make your butt look great too! (and who doesn’t love that?) They are a little pricier than a normal pair of undies, but that’s why they’re great for a special occasion like this.

I hope you look at Valentine’s Day as a fun opportunity to celebrate your relationship with your sweetheart. Expectations and stress tend to make it a difficult holiday for a lot of people. It doesn’t have to be this way! Use this time to shower a little appreciation on your significant other. And if you’re single? Appreciate yourself!

I’d love to hear what you and your honey are doing to celebrate the holiday. Let me know in the comments!