Swallow print ruffled top + white stretchy pants and how to treat yo self

Summer is flying by. I thought I’d get into the late summer vibes by wearing a blue ruffled swallow print tank top and white stretchy pants. Not leggings. Stretchy pants. Which means they are thicker than leggings but with all the wonderful stretchy-ness included. Who doesn’t love a good pair of stretchy pants?

Ruffled swallow print tank top, given to me; white stretchy pants, clearance from Kohl's; bling flip flops, Ross; Betsey Johnson sunglasses, Marshall's, Kate Spade New York handbag, gifted to me.

Ruffled swallow print tank top, given to me. White stretchy pants, clearance from Kohl’s; bling flip flops, Ross; Betsey Johnson sunglasses, Marshall’s, Kate Spade New York handbag, gifted to me.

My birthday was last week, and I took the day off to treat myself. I think that’s really important to do every now and then. You may need to stay within whatever budget you need to set, but it’s good to do at least something for you on your special day.

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I started by taking the day off of work. Yaaasss please! Not being at work on my birthday is in itself a treat.

Next, I slept in. Also, yaaaas!

I was going to eat the last cinnamon roll for breakfast, but some little piggy got there first. Oink. oink. (I was going to be the birthday piggy!)

In the afternoon, my son and I got facials. I go to an esthetician who works on my sons cystic acne. She’s been working on him for years now. And me.

Later, off to Red Robin for my free birthday burger.

Next to get a pedicure at the place my esthetician friend goes to.

Then off to get a free coffee at Dutch Bros. Here I am the queen of finding free birthday stuff, as can be seen by this post, but forgot about this one.

I did manage to get my free Pip’s donuts and free drink from Cinnabon the day after my birthday. I think you have to have the app now to get one from Starbucks. My sister also told me about a birthday freebie from Jamba Juice with the app. I signed up for it, but it was after my birthday by then, so no birthday freebie showed up for me. I did, however, get $3 off for signing up for the app. Which I forgot to use when I got my drink. I have a month to use, it, so no worries. Ha.

Also I did some shopping the day after my birthday by myself, and then shopping at consignment shops down in Portland on Saturday with my sis and her daughters.

So, yeah, the birthday ‘treat yo-self’ thing just kept going.

I encourage you all to do some sort of self care thing for yourself this week, even if it isn’t your birthday. If it’s your birthday week, go crazy with it. You’re worth it!


~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog

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How to get freebies for your birthday

I just had a birthday recently, and decided to see what all I could get for free for my birthday. I’m not counting restaurants, because usually most restaurants you go to have some sort of birthday freebie – I still have yet to get my free burger from Red Robin as it is. A few of these items are only for people living in the Portland Metro area of Oregon, but some are good across the US. I discovered you probably don’t want to be signing up for your freebie on the day of your birthday, because it will probably not process for 24 to 48 hours and you may risk not getting your free birthday item if you do it too late. However, if I did get my free birthday drink at Starbucks by just telling them I was signing up and asking if I could get the drink that day. And, when I still hadn’t received my free coupon for a milkshake over 24 hours after I signed up, I asked them if I would get the coupon if I signed up on my birthday and it processed the next day. The manager gave me the shake anyway. So, if you just speak up, you may still get your birthday treat.

Here are the ones I rounded up during my birthday week:


Coffee, coffee and more coffee!

Coffee, coffee and more coffee!

Did I hit the coffee jackpot, or what? Sign up for Starbucks rewards card.  My son said he did this without having to get a Starbucks gift card to get started, I ended up buying myself a Starbucks gift card with the minimum of $5 on it to get my Star code. I didn’t really want a gift card, but now I have one to me, from me. 

Dutch Brothers is awesome! No sign up necessary. Just show your I.D. on your birthday and you get a free drink. Voila! Couldn’t be easier.

The other one is a local coffee shop called Origins. They use the 5 star rewards card program for their business, and it sends you a text telling you that you have a free birthday drink to pick up on or before your birthday. Not bad.


Kitty treats

Kitty treats

Next up, kitty treats! No, not really for me, but the place I go to, Exclusive Pet Supply in Troutdale, Oregon also has a 5 star reward program card and I got to pick up free kitty treats (or dog treats if you have a dog) for the kitties for my birthday. So I can have spoiled, happy kitties on my birthday!


My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.

This is the free milkshake I had to ask about as I still hadn’t gotten my coupon after signing up on my birthday for. You have to join the Raving Fan Club for Del Taco for this one. Do it at least a day before your birthday. My coupon never did come. I did get the coupon for my two free tacos just for signing up, though. 


Mini Bun + Iced Coffee

Mini Bun + Iced Coffee


This one I did actually sign up for the day before my birthday and all of my coupons came in. You need to sign up to join Club Cinnabon After you join you will receive a Mini Bun for signing up and the free Iced Coffee for your birthday treat.  


Pip's donuts!!!

Pip’s donuts!!!


Pip’s Donuts are the Best. Donuts. Ever! Tiny little bits of deliciousness. They are mini cake donuts made fresh during store hours. Oh. My. Word. I love their donuts. And, if you notice, their box says ‘You’re the best’ on the inside of the lid. Not sure if that’s a birthday thing or if they do that on all of their boxes to go. This is a Portland only thing. Only one Pip’s Donut shop at this point in time. That’s okay. More for me, none for you unless you come to the Pacific Northwest. Ha.


DQ Buy one get one free Blizzard

DQ Buy one get one free Blizzard

If you join Dairy Queen’s Blizzard Fan Club you’ll get a Buy one, get one free coupon for a Blizzard. I tried the Royal Oreo Blizzard treat with a core of gooey, yummy chocolate inside. Yeah, baby! That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Technically I also signed up for the Cold Stone My Cold Stone Club as well and got another buy one get one coupon, but I was thinking you got that anyway just for signing up and didn’t take a photo of my ice cream before glomming it down. Looking at the website, it actually is a birthday deal, so it does count. So I’ll give it a mention even though I didn’t take any photos of my ice cream before eating it. 

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