Sep 7, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

I stopped getting really super excited about birthdays once I turned 30. I think the whole getting old thing really started to sink in back then. The best part of my birthday is the time that I get to spend with my family.  We usually out to dinner, laugh a lot and eat cupcakes.  My birthday would not be complete without cupcakes and I already started last night! 
I always take the day off of work on my birthday. It's a ritual. I cannot remember the last time that I actually worked on my birthday. My staff always takes me out for my birthday ahead of time and we always have a good laugh and go back to work in a food coma. I work in the Finance Department but manage a smaller division of 6 people (4 full time and 2 part time). I am also good friends with another division manager who took me under his wing and helped me out a tremendously when I first started working in local government so we always invite Hershal to come along with us. Hershal is in his 60's and the man still runs! I hope I am still active like him when I am in my 60's.
Shawna and Hershal
We usually take a road trip to Vegas for my birthday but not this year because the puppies are still living with us and Sugar just had surgery so finding a pet sitter for 5 dogs is probably not going to happen. I am okay with it though because I love these dogs to pieces. 

I received a ton of free birthday offers so my weekend will include some of these things:

1) $10 gift card from Kohls

2) $10 gift card from Macy's

3) $10 gift card from Victoria's Secret

4) Free Birthday Burger from Red Robin

5) Buy One Get One Free meal from Soup Plantation

6) Buy One Get One Free meal from Mimi's Cafe

7) Free meal from Hooters

8) Free lunch buffet from Shakey's pizza

9) Free sandwich from Which Wich (I have never tried this place before and have been wanting to check it out.)

10) Free meal from El Torito

11) Free dessert or starter from Lazy Dog

12) $30 credit towards any meal from Benihana (THIS IS THE BEST OFFER!)

13) BJ's Brewhouse also gives you a free pizookie on your birthday and there is no coupon needed. You know I will be stopping by for my pizza cookie with ice cream on top!

14) Free birthday sundae from Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour

15) Free Drink from Starbucks

16) Free scoop of ice cream from Baskin Robbins

17) $10 Free game play from Dave and Busters

18) Free item from Sonic

So based on this crazy list, it is safe to assume that the month of September will include lots of eating, or should I say overeating! Having said that, I need to step it up and burn more calories this month! August was not such a great month for me in terms of mileage but I am ready to step it up and start working towards my new half marathon goal of 1:45!

Do you sign up for free birthday offers? What is the best offer you have ever received? 
The best deal I have received is the $30 dinner from Benihana!


  1. Happy birthday! I'm all about free birthday offers, but that Benihana one is the best I've ever seen!

    1. Thank you Vanessa! I can't wait to go to Benihana!

  2. Happy birthday!!! I dont know about those bday offers...never heard of these before

    1. Thank you Caroline. If you sign up to be part of the email list for many of the restaurants I listed, they automatically send you something on your birthday. They also send you discount coupons and things like that throughout the year. I am all about saving money and finding good deals!

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope it rocks!! Look at all of those offers. My goodness that is some good food there. Enjoy it!!!

    1. Thank You! Most likely I will not be able to use all of them but I usually use the ones to my favorite restaurants!

  4. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! Well deserved!

    1. Thank You Michelle! I plan to hang out with the family and enjoy the day.

  5. Happy Birthday! You got some great deals and offers!

    1. Thank You Missy! I an going to have fun eating!

  6. My offers have started to roll in since mine is the 23rd. I don't get as many as you though! I have to admit that my favorite is a free car wash at Deer Creek. Sad but true - a crappy car wash makes me go out of my way on my special day.

  7. I didn't know about the free car wash!! I can always use that!!