I got talked into a fantasy football league.  Mostly because I get to come up with a team logo like this:

Go, little man, go!




Birthday Month 2015

It’s July 2, and you’re probably wondering why I haven’t been back to begin another birthday month of freebies.  Well, for the birthday month followers, I’m about to break your heart.

Will I be indulging in more freebies this year?  Oh yes.  In fact, the coupons have been rolling in steadily and hung on the fridge in the order in which they need to be used (some only allow a two-week window, some give the whole month).  But, ya’all’d be bored if I kept you up to date every day again, because we’re basically looking at all the same deals.  I plan to revisit the Big Boy hot fudge cake, my free venti coffee, and a Cristin-creation stirfry at Mongolian BBQ, just to name a few.  What I don’t plan to do, though, is eat to my little belly’s content; last year I put a little more strain on the scale by the end of my beloved birthday month: Reason number two that I won’t be leading you along in another food frenzied journey.

You guys.  I freaking LOVE birthday month, and I am looking forward to another lovely one.  You, too, could have an amazing birthday month year after year if you follow my lead.  If you want to experience mine, day by day, click back here and scroll down to start at July 1 and go from there to enjoy 31 days of blissful celebration.  If you want a quick list of where you can get a few freebies, read on.  Here’re some of the deals I have received this year, and a “taste” of what you, too, could have:

Big Boy – Free Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cake

Olga’s – Free Dessert

Red Robin – Free Burger

Ruby Tuesday – Free Burger

Mongolian BBQ – Free stirfry meal

Hungry Howies – Free medium pizza

Biggby Coffee – Free coffee

Starbucks – Free coffee

DSW – $5 coupon

Dave & Busters – $10 free game play

Sephora – Some sort of free mini makeup gift

Dairy Queen – Buy one get one medium Blizzard

Baskin Robbins – Free scoop of icecream

Buffalo Wild Wings – 6 free wings

(see why I gained lbs?)

There are a few more that are more Detroit-area specific, so I skipped those, and, I got something from the Melting Pot, but I discarded it.  Last year I also got some eats from Einstein Bagel’s, the Olive Garden, and Carrabba’s, but I haven’t heard boo from them yet this year.  Last year I signed up for Menchie’s (frozen yogurt), but I am here to say that in one year they haven’t sent me one damn thing worth any damn thing, so skip them.

Some new ones I just signed up for but they haven’t made good on yet:  A&W (free rootbeer float!), and Old Country Buffet (free buffet, duh).  I also read that Benihana offers a $30 Bday certificate (Score!), but there isn’t one super close for us so I’ve so far skipped them.  There are many many more – do a little search and you can find some close to you.  Some of the best deals I have are from local places (free meal, with no purchase necessary are my favs!) – so shop around!

Some expert tips:

** In most cases you have to sign up for the establishment’s “club.”   You’ll be getting some other junk throughout the year due to signing up…but small price to pay, no?  I’d suggest possibly even starting a birthday-specific email address to collect all your booty.

**  Make sure you sign up before your birthday month.  Some of them are delayed, so you won’t receive anything until next year if you get on it too late.

**  EXTRA bonus tip:  Sign up preferably during a month halfway across the year.  Many of the clubs will give you a “welcome to the club” coupon, so you can enjoy that in a non-birthday month.  Also, for some of these clubs I’ve received a “happy anniversary” coupon, celebrating the time that I joined the club, so again, you can watch coupons roll in twice in one year.

**Check out local comedy clubs, because there are at least 3 around here that offer a free show (with your friends included) during your birthday month.

You get the idea!  Most any restaurant will give you a free meal or dessert on your birthday, but why stop there when you can enjoy free goodies all month!?  Happy July, peeps!



The Brides Project & Oops, it’s June

So, it’s June and that means it has been four months since I’ve posted.  Oops.

But here’s some great news – The Brides Project got a mention in a Detroit Free Press article, which was then picked up by USA Today.

Go read it!

Calling all brides out there in the webosphere, if you’ve got a gown that you would consider donating, would you contact me for more information?  It’s a great idea, but “don’t just take my word for it.”  Check out with this bride had to say about donating.





Spread the love

Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean I can’t go ahead and wear my heart on my sleeve all year long.  I am a real sucker for an elbow patch, so I wanted to DIY my way into some heart-shaped elbow patches.

Want to follow along?  If you’ve got a few scraps of discarded fabric, you are ready to spruce up an old, discarded or thrifted sweater, cardigan or blazer.  This charming addition to a boring top is sure to make the heart grow fonder.  *wink

Step 1:  Grab some scissors and cut two hearts from your chosen fabric.  I had some scraps of lace that came from this horribly hideous bridal hat:

While volunteering at The Bridal Shop, our resident seamstress had torn a beautiful veil from this hat and sent it flying to the trash.  So, I took it home and tore it apart, which resulted in a bunch of loose floral pieces.  I then sewed those to a fabric backdrop – using just a spare bit of fabric I had laying around – and got to cutting hearts from it.  Think back to the old fold-and-cut method you’ve used to cut hearts from construction paper; it works great here, too.

Step 2:  Pin the hearts to the elbows of your long-sleeve top of choice, and take care that they are lined up with each other.  You may want to slip it on and doublecheck your work in a mirror, making sure they fall where you like them.  I definitely had a bit of trial and error here, getting them lined up just-so.

Step 3:  Lastly, get to affixing.  If you are a pro with a sewing machine, or hand-stitching: go to town.  If you’ve got needle anxiety, there are several great no-sew options like “Liquid Stitch” or an iron-on adhesive, like “Heat’n Bond.”  I went for the sewing machine, but honestly, it wasn’t the best choice for me.  For one, my jacket had a lining and I was sewing right through that, which just seemed like the wrong choice.  Secondly, it was a real b&*ch trying to get the sleeve maneuvered around in there, and I broke a needle in the midst of the attempt.  I mean, no one would know at this point but me, but in my future elbow patch adventures (and oh, there will be many) I’ll stick to glue (pun intended).


Step 4: BONUS step.  I couldn’t stop at the elbow and had to get a little more lacey detail on the front of the coat.  Having learned just a bit, I hand stitched this and avoided the liner.  Plus, like I said, my machine needle was broken and I hadn’t a backup.


 Easy peasy, right?  Now, get out there, flaunt your modified one-of-a-kind piece, and spread the love!


Throwback Thursday!

Our pals Ryan and Jaci decided to bring a little one into the world, and I decided that though I know little about babies, I know slightly more about slinging a paintbrush.  So, last August, at their request, I prepped for painting a tree on their nursery wall and with the help of Ryan and Mike (and supervisors, Jaci and Hadley) we created a little something for the baby to grow up with.  The masters at work:


Baby Sawyer showed up to enjoy his new room on September 28, 2014.  Welcome to the world, little guy!