Ninety-first day of work selfie

I got this dress at H&M.  I may or may not have bought it specifically for Canada Day because it’s red and white.  I wore it on the first day of the month, so why not wear it again on the last day of the month?  I got my black sweater from Suzy Shier.  My necklace is from Fan Expo and my earrings are from Claire’s.  My bracelet is from Sears and my ring is from UBC.  I tried touching up my nails with glitter polish but they’re still pretty chipped.  I restraightened my hair again, but it keeps unintentionally flipping out at the bottom.

I’m wearing makeup today because it’s my birthday.  Or at least I was.  Let me tell you how I failed today.  I bought this new fiber lash mascara on Car Free Day and decided to try it out this morning.  But I screwed that up and ended up having a huge amount of fibers just getting in my eyes.  All morning it was irritating me and then I looked in the mirror and noticed my eye was red.  It was early afternoon and I had no makeup remover with me, so I had to attempt to remove all my eye makeup with a paper towel and water.  And of course I was wearing a lot of it.  I’m pretty sure there are still some fibers stuck in my eyes and now there are darker circles under my eyes and it probably looks like I’ve been crying.  So my review of fiber lash mascara, is don’t do it, especially if you’re prone to  screwing things up.  At least with my eye being red, it matches my dress?

Eightieth day of work selfie 

I went with classic black and white today.  This top is from Costa Blanca.  My friend gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago.  My black sweater is from Forever 21 and my black pants are from Old Navy.  I think black pants and a black sweater are two essential components of any wardrobe.  But I’m glad I don’t have a dress code that requires me to wear them on a daily basis like I did at Jacob.  My long necklace is from Payless.  I remember when I was walking down Main Street on Car Free Day, looking at the jewellery in one of the booths, the woman there said she liked my necklace and asked where I got it.  When I told her Payless, she was like “What?  Payless?  Really?” in a confused and judgemental tone.  I thought “Really, you’re judging me for where I bought my jewellery even though you yourself said it was nice?”.  I didn’t buy anything from her.  I did buy these white earrings from another vendor at Car Free Day though.  I got my bracelet at Carnaval del Sol on Sunday and my ring at UBC a while ago. 

Sixty-sixth day of work selfie

I’m not dressed very summery today.  But screw the weather, I’ll wear what I want.  Besides, temperatures are supposed to soar this weekend, so I’ll save the summery dresses for that.  I got this top at an Orb warehouse sale.  The red sweater is from Sears and the pants are from Winners.  My Nintendo heart necklace is from Fan Expo Vancouver, my bracelet is from Dollarama, and my ring is from UBC.  My earrings are new, I got them from a vendor at Car Free Day on Main Street on Sunday.  The same vendor I got the blue earrings from, who called me back to his booth to offer me a free third pair of earrings if I bought the first two.  I touched up my nail polish with a clear coat of polish.  Do they look shinier now?  I realized I should have painted them red since Canada Day is coming up next week.  I don’t want to remove the polish and repaint them since they actually look decent.  But it’s okay, I have plenty of red jewellery and clothing to make up for it. 

Fifty-ninth day of work selfie

I decided to wear this wonderfully colourful dress to work for the second time.  I think it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever purchased at Reitmans.  Although I did but a pair of tall person pants several years ago that lasted me quite a while.  But this dress is definitely the most fashionable item I’ve found there.   This time I paired it with another colourful sweater, a purchase from Sears before they closed.  While a vibrant, royal blue is my favourite type of blue, I still like this aqua type of blue a whole lot.  I also like the fact that I have the jewellery to match it, with my blue flower necklace and my ring, both from UBC, and my blue bracelet from Suzy Shier.  My blue flip flop earrings are from Claire’s.  I got them a while ago, but decided that I wouldn’t wear flip flop jewellery until the weather was nice enough to wear actual flip flops as well.  It just wouldn’t feel right wearing flip flop jewellery during the winter.  I am wearing a bit of makeup for a change, because I have a hot date tonight.  And by hot date, I mean I’m going out for dinner with my friend so she can redeem one of her free birthday meal coupons.  And if that’s not cause for celebration, then I don’t know what is.

Free birthday burger at Red Robin

The day after my birthday, I decided to continue the use of my free birthday deals.  I knew I wanted to get my free birthday burger at Red Robin.  To do this, you have to sign up for their eclub newsletter.  They should send you a coupon for a free birthday burger seven days before your birthday and it will expire seven days after your birthday.  I like that they give you time to make proper use of it.  But I was eager to redeem it as soon as possible, because I love Red Robin burgers.

I was supposed to meet my friend after work at the Broadway location, because that was the most convenient.  This turned out to be a major fail.  When I got there, I noticed it looked dark inside.  And then I went up to the door and saw that the location had closed down.  I was very upset that this happened without me knowing.

So upsetting

But nothing was going to get in the way of me and my Red Robin burger, so we downtown instead.  The most expensive burger on the menu is the Mediterranean lamb burger.  So naturally, that’s what I got.  And of course I ate all my fries and ordered more, since they’re endless.

red robin burger

Mediterranean lamb burger

My friend bought me a couple drinks as well.  Beer and a burger is always a good combo.  Especially when it’s a giant glass of beer.

beer

Beer

But if you want something sweet and boozy, the flat on your beak drink is really good.  I can’t remember what was in it.  I just remember that I liked it.  It looks really girly but it wasn’t weak like a lot of them are.  I give it my approval.

flat on your beak

Flat on your beak

I love the Red Robin birthday burger deal because they give you ample time to use your coupon and there are many options to choose from.  You can sign up for the eclub online or at the restaurant itself when you visit.  Just make sure the location you decide to go to does indeed still exist.

Free birthday slurpee at 7-Eleven

After having dinner at Pajo’s, I needed to make a stop at 7-Eleven to buy a bus pass for the month of August.  It’s kind of depressing having to spend $110 on your birthday, but that’s what happens when it’s on the very last day of the month.

I went in and asked the clerk for a two zone monthly bus pass for August.  He then informed me that they had sold out for the day.  I was confused.  How do they sell out of August bus passes before August even arrives?  Then he said they had some in a locked box that only the manager could open and that the manager wasn’t there.  He told me they would be available if I came back the following morning.  Except the following morning, it would be August, hence I would require the use of the bus pass to get there.  Fail.

Before I left, I told him that I’d read online that you get a free slurpee on the day of your birthday.  He thought I was talking about the free slurpee day on July 11th and said that it had already happened.  So I clarified and he said “Oh, it’s your birthday?”  I’m not sure if he completely understood me, but he said I could go get a slurpee.  Which I did.  I asked if he wanted to see ID but he said it was fine.  So I got a free white out monutain dew slurpee.

I’m not sure if I was supposed to get it or not, or if he just let me take it because of the lack of bus passes along with the lack of understanding me.  But I have read online that free birthday slurpees really are a thing.  I guess it just helps if they disappoint you in some way by not having the thing you originally came in for.  I didn’t really even want it that much, so I just had a bit and gave the rest to my brother.  Because I’m a nice person.

As for the bus pass, I went to a different 7-Eleven a couple blocks away, where they still had them in stock.  I probably could have tried to get another free slurpee from this location as well, but I didn’t want to be greedy.  One free birthday slurpee is plenty enough.

Free birthday meal at Pajo’s

On my birthday, I knew I wanted to get a free meal for dinner.  Some deals allow you to get your free meal one week before or one week after your birthday, while others only allow you to get it on the actual day.  It only made sense to go for one that would only be valid on the day of my birthday.  I had two choices.  Denny’s or Pajo’s.  I had gotten my free birthday meal at Denny’s last year, so I decided to opt for Pajo’s this time.  I wanted to go with my family, and I figured they’d be happier with fish and chips.  I suppose I could have attempted to do both, but I feel that would have been overkill.

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My Pajo’s birthday coupon

In order to get your free birthday meal at Pajo’s, just go to their website and click on “Free Birthday Meal” under the heading “About”.  This will bring you to a form you need to fill out with your name, email address, and birthday.  Then you’ll receive a link to the coupon in your email.  Just print it out, fill it in with your name, and take it to Pajo’s with your picture ID on the day of your birthday.  It’s good for a small fish and chips and a drink, or a burger with fries and a drink.

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Dinner at Pajo’s with my family

There are two Pajo’s locations in Richmond, one at Steveston on the wharf, and one at Garry Point Park.  We figured the wharf might be busier, so we went to Garry Point.  It was a nice day outside and we were able to find a picnic table to sit at.  I had my coupon printed and filled out and ready to go.  Halibut is more expensive than cod or salmon, so naturally I chose that option since it was free.  But I had a bit of salmon too that my family had left over.  Because I can always eat.  The portions at Pajo’s are pretty big.  You get a lot of fries in your basket.

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My free birthday fish and chips

I don’t have fish and chips that often, so I’m glad I decided to go there.  There are two other Pajo’s locations at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and Gates Park in Port Coquitlam.  I’m lucky that my birthday is in the summer, because their summer hours are 11am-8pm, whereas in the spring and fall they’re only open until 7pm, and only on certain days of the week.  This gave me ample time to get there and redeem my coupon after work.  Unfortunately, since they operate outdoors, Pajo’s is closed during the winter.  So you if you have a winter birthday, I guess you’re out of luck.  I wonder if Pajo’s offers any deal for those who miss out by being born at the wrong time.  Maybe it’s worth checking?  But this is just one of the reasons why summer birthdays rock.

Free birthday drink from Blenz

Most people know that you can get a free drink on your birthday from Starbucks if you register your card online.  But did you know that you can also get a free drink on your birthday from Blenz?  It’s not as good as the Starbucks deal, but it’s still something.  And there’s no card registration required.  All you need to show for this deal is your ID.

I went to the Blenz in the village at UBC on my lunch break on my birthday.  And I told the barista that I’d read about the deal and asked what exactly I could get.  They only let you choose between a coffee or an Americano, but I managed to get a mango rooibos tea instead.  They don’t do cold drinks for this deal, which is unfortunate if your birthday is in the middle of the summer.  But the tea was still refreshing.  I wonder if other locations allow you to get a cold drink instead or something fancier than just coffee.  I might look into this next year.

You might want to check in advance with your local Blenz as to whether they honour this deal or not, because apparently not every location will.  And it’s only valid on the day of your birthday.  But free is free.  So why not get yourself a drink?

Free birthday gift from Sephora

As promised, I am now beginning to post about my free birthday deals.  Sephora is the only non-food place from which I received one.  Well, one of two I guess, because there was also Boulevard Casino where I got that free pen and that $5 of slot play.  But that one was unexpected.  This one I knew I was going to get.

I had heard from people about the free birthday gift from Sephora in the past, but had never received on until now.  To claim it, all you have to do is visit your local Sephora or shop online during the month of your birthday.  It’s best that you register for their beauty insider rewards program before doing so.  It doesn’t cost anything and it doesn’t matter if you’ve shopped there before or not.  As long as you have a birthday, you qualify.

I had been told that you had to visit the store on your actual birthday in order to get the free gift.  But since I worked on my birthday this year, and wanted to go get dinner right after work, I didn’t want to spend any time in a mall that day.  And then I read somewhere that you could go anytime during your birthday month, not just on the actual day.  And since my birthday falls on the last day of the month, I had to go before.  So on July 30th, I walked into Sephora at Richmond Centre to claim my free gift.

The free gift is a Sugar Lip Treatment mini lip duo.  One is coloured and one is tinted.  All you have to do is go to the cashiers and tell them it’s your birthday.  I didn’t have a beauty insider card with me, but I did have the email.  And so the mini lip duo was mine for the taking.

And for the guys who think this deal does not apply to you, think again.  I’m pretty sure you could get a min lip duo for your girlfriend if you wanted.  But you can also get a free Anthony Logistics for Men facial cleanser.  So guys, you have not been forgotten.  Everyone deserves free birthday gifts.

I remember when I came home that day, I told my mom I got a free birthday gift from Sephora.  To which she responded, “Really, you shop there that often?”.  To which I replied, “No, I never actually shop there, you just get a free gift on your birthday.”  I haven’t really used it much yet.  I sort of failed because I took it with me in my purse when I went to the pride parade.  That was one of the hottest days of the year.  Consequently, my lipstick sort of melted from the heat.  But it’s not completely destroyed, which is good.  Plus it was free.  When I get another one next year, I’ll be sure to hide it from the heat.

Click here to join the Sephora beauty inside rewards program and get the free birthday gift email on your birthday.

Free birthday stuff

My birthday was over a month ago.  July 31st.  The same birthday as Harry Potter.  In case you might want to know that.  Anyway, this year, I decided to cash in on as many free birthday deals as I could find.  And I think I did pretty well with it.  But I’m hoping to do even better with it next year.  Because I can.  So why not?  Everyone loves free stuff.  And so I thought I would try and share the information with everyone so that you too can cash in on these great deals when your birthday comes around.

I posted on Facebook and Twitter about all the free birthday deals I got as I was getting them.  And people have been asking how I managed to get all those deals.  I’m pretty on top of stuff like that.  Some people ridicule me for it and think I’m just really cheap, while others are actually envious and want to follow suit.  This post is for those in the latter group.  But it could also be for those in the former as well.  Blogging about my free birthday deals is taking things a step even further, and if you enjoy ridiculing me, this will give you yet another reason to do so.  You’re welcome.

I remember when I told my aunt about the free birthday meals I got, she said “I could have just bought you a meal for your birthday.”  But that’s not the same thing.  I wanted it to be free not in the sense that I didn’t have to pay for it, but in the sense that no one had to pay for it.  That way you don’t feel like you owe anyone.  It’s just better that way.

I’m going to apologize now because I’ve been rambling on and still haven’t given you any of the information you need as to how to get free birthday stuff.  I’ve actually decided I’m going to break all the deals up into separate blog posts.  My original intent was to put them all in one, but that would take far too long for me to write and for you to read.  And no one wants that.  Halfway through you’d be like “Screw it, I’m just gonna go out and buy my own Red Robin burger.”  Plus this way, you’ll get to find out about a new deal everyday.  Or every other day.  Or however often I decide to post one, depending on how caught up I am with my blogging.

But for now, I’ll leave you with a list of places that offer free birthday deals that I was able to obtain this year.  The information as to how to get these deals will soon follow in the not too distant future.

Boulevard Casino

Sephora

Blenz

Pajo’s Fish and Chips

7-Eleven

Red Robin

Boston Pizza

Marble Slab

IHOP

For some reason I thought the list was longer.  But I think that’s it.  There are many more deals than the ones listed above, but those are the ones that I was able to use this year.  Here is a list of a few other places that offer free birthday deals but that I didn’t get the chance to use this year.

Starbucks

Denny’s

Milestones

Vera’s Burger Shack

Dairy Queen

Orange Julius

Booster Juice

Baskin Robbins

The Boathouse

The Keg

And this list goes on and on.  Also note, the deals I’ve mentioned are all for Vancouver, BC.  If you live elsewhere, you’ll have to do your own research.  Or if you’re too lazy, tell me where you live and I’ll research it for you.  Because everyone deserves free stuff on their birthday.