The ultimate guide to my favorite birthday freebies 2018

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Birthdays are synonymous with party gatherings, being one year wiser, and of course, free stuff! The cherry on top is celebrating with birthday freebies from your favorite dining and shopping establishments. I can’t believe I scored a free brow wax sculpting service, a free Sugarfish sushi meal, a free 18″ pizza, free beauty goodies, (lots) of desserts, and many more.

As always, I love sharing good deals and freebie offers I discover. Here’s my ultimate guide to my favorite birthday freebies this year.

Please note: Each rewards program is different and usually in order to qualify, you must sign up for their rewards program at least 30 days before your birthday. Check their terms and conditions for more information.

My favorite birthday freebies picks

Clothing

Anthropologie | Receive a 15% off coupon by email to use during your birthday month on any one purchase, even on sale items. Free to sign-up for their Anthro Perks Loyalty Program. These coupons are hard to come by!

Madewell | Receive an email for $25 off your next purchase when you join their Madewell Insider loyalty program. Free to sign-up.

Beauty

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Hourglass Abbot Kinney Flagship Store | Complimentary brow sculpting service when I joined their loyalty program at a special event I attended at their Abbot Kinney Flagship Store in Venice. I received a personal consultation on my best brow shape along with a professional brow sculpting. It was my first time getting my brows waxed and it was painless and made such clean lines.

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Sephora | Free choice of Caudalie or Tarte when you become a Beauty Insider. Free to sign-up.

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Ulta | Receive a beauty goodie when you join their Ultamate Rewards Program. Free to sign-up. I received the Cranberry & Pomegranate Lip Oil & Mask. The beauty gift may change from each store.

Dining & treats

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Baskins Robbins | Free one scoop (2.5 oz) or one 3 oz soft serve swirl when you join their The Scoop program. Free to sign-up.

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Chick-fil-A | Get a special birthday offer when you join their Chick-fil-A One rewards program. Free to sign-up. Note: The freebies are at the discretion of the franchise owner, so check with your local store for details. In the past, I’ve received a free cookie or free soft serve cone.

Denny’s | Free Grand Slam breakfast meal. No sign-up required. Must show ID.

Godiva | $10 gift card to use during your birthday month when you register for their Godiva Rewards Club. Free to sign-up.

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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria | Free 18″ traditional pizza of your choice when you join their eFamily e-newsletter. Value up to $21, so you can upgrade and pay the difference. Free to sign-up. Dine-in only.

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The Habit Burger Grill | Free Charburger with Cheese when you join their CharClub. Free to sign-up.

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IKEA | Free Meatball Entree Meal with dessert (Almond Cake or DAIM cake) from the IKEA Restaurant and a $15 off your total purchase (no min purchase required!) when you join their IKEA Family program. I chose their Swedish Meatball and the Daim Cake. This was my first time dining at IKEA. (What have I been doing with my life?) That Daim Cake–chocolate cake with crunch caramel–is heavenly. Free to sign-up.

Pinkberry | Free small Pinkberry with toppings when you join their Pinkcard Loyalty program. Free to sign-up.

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Sprinkles | Free choice of cupcake when you join their Sprinkles Perks Rewards Program. Free to sign-up.

Starbucks | Free Birthday Reward (usually a beverage or treat) when you join their Starbucks Rewards program. Free to sign-up. To qualify you must join 30 days before your birthday.

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Souplantation | Free lunch or dinner dine-in meal (or to-go combo #2) and 20% off the entire check for the rest of your group when you join their Club Veg program. Free to sign-up.

Sugarfish | Free Trust Me or Trust Me Lite (value $32) on your birthday when you dine in twice before your birthday. To receive a birthday Trust Me meal, each registered guest needs to check in using Sugarfish check-in card on at least two separate occasions and at least 24 hours before his or her birthday. CHECK-IN MUST BE MADE ON SITE during your visit. I advise using the same e-mail address when completing the check-in card because that is how they keep track and send you e-mail confirmations. Must dine-in on your exact birth date. More details here.

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Veggie Grill | $5 off any item from the core and seasonal menu when you join their VG Loyalty Program. Free to sign-up.

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Yogurtland | Free 3 oz of froyo and toppings when you join their Real Rewards Card program. Free to sign-up.

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Top Trends at Natural Products Expo West 2018 // Part 1 – Food Edition

Exploring Natural Products Expo West 2018

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Made it to the Natural Products Expo West 2018 – the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event (aka the mecca of whole foods and healthy lifestyle products)

Last month, we had the delightful opportunity to attend the 38th Annual Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event. As always, we excitedly countdown the days to this mecca of whole foods and healthy lifestyle products. We were among the record-breaking 85,000 attendees perusing 3,521 exhibitors, including more than 600 first-time exhibitors. We sure logged in some serious miles during this multi-day event packed with tasting delectable foods, getting our learn on with educational seminars, and meeting innovative brands and their founders during March 7th-11th at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Integral ingredients

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Top 10 healthy snack dupes to your favorite junk foods

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I’m a serious snacker

Those that know me can attest that I’m a serious snacker. As much as I praise healthy food choices I do crave chips, cookies, and chocolate. Oh, do I LOVE sweets! I’ve come to realize it’s not about denying myself certain foods, but really all about that balanced lifestyle. So instead of cutting them out entirely, I enjoy them in moderation.

Ideal situation? Find healthier alternatives to your favorite junk foods that are made with quality ingredients, high in nutrition, and are just as delicious.

My top 10 healthy food Discoveries from Natural Products Expo West 2017

Driven by the consistent growth of consumers demanding natural, healthy, and eco-conscious products, it’s no surprise that this mega-industry has a plethora of new products emerging every year. Here are my top healthy snack dupes that replace my favorite junk foods.

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Guilt-free Avocado Vegan Brownie Recipe

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It’s not common to mix vegetables into desserts, but this Guilt-free Avocado Vegan Brownie recipe calls for the green stuff and it tastes divine. The secret ingredients are avocado and coconut oil–and it’s healthy! They provide a rich texture and dose of healthy fats.

However if you want to go the extra mile, these are perfect fresh out of the oven topped with your favorite scoop of vanilla ice cream. I also enjoy packing these in a baggie and enjoying it on the road.

This is my go-to dessert for parties because it’s the healthier version for fudge-y brownies. I love telling everyone they’re not only decadent, but they’re guilt-free and vegan!

Skeptical? You gotta try it to believe it!

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Top 10 trends at the Natural Products Expo West 2017

Exploring NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST 2017

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A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 37th annual Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products expo. I was among the record-breaking 80,000 attendees perusing 3,100 exhibitors, including more than 500 first-time exhibitors, at the Anaheim Convention Center and extending into the Hilton and Marriott ballrooms. I excitedly counted down the weeks for this multi-day event packed with delectable tastings, educational seminars, and meeting innovative companies. As a healthy lifestyle and skincare enthusiast (and serious snacker), I’m always scouting out new natural products, learning about upcoming trends, and chatting with brands that have a mindful mission. As my sophomore year attending, thank goodness I came prepared with a good night’s rest, comfortable shoes, and a big appetite because I logged some serious miles and ate to my heart’s content.

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Free breakfast week at Chick-fil-A // March 20-24, 2017

Free breakfast Monday thru Friday, really?

Rise and shine Angelenos! Head out to grab your free breakfast at your local LA City Chick-fil-A. During March 20-24, 2017, several participating Chick-fil-A locations in Los Angeles City is offering free breakfast from 6:30am-10:30am.

I’m so glad I stopped by Chick-fil-A the other day (I’m basically there at least 2x/month) and saw this flier because I love breakfast foods, especially their buttery biscuits and southern hospitality. C’mon, free breakfast for a whole week is ridiculously awesome! I wonder if I can fit in early morning workouts then indulge at Chick-fil-A, all five days…  LBH, I’m always motivated by food.

What’s cool is Chick-fil-A is offering a different item each day, so take a peek at the five menu items below and try something new. Also, make sure you check the locations that are participating in this offer below. It’d be horrible if you make the drive to your local Chick-fil-A and they don’t know what you’re talking about. Sad face.

Let me know what’s your favorite item at Chick-fil-A. Mine’s a tie between The Chick-fil-A Biscuit (breakfast only) and the Spicy Chicken Sandwich. I’m also impressed with their entree salads. I can’t wait to try their new Egg White Grill (I had no idea this existed, until now) Sounds healthy, yeah? Happy eating!

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What’s on the menu

Monday (3/20): Chick-fil-A Biscuit

Tuesday (3/21): Sausage Egg & Cheese Muffin

Wednesday (3/22): 3-count Chick-n-Minis

Thursday (3/23): Egg White Grill

Friday (3/24): Chick-fil-A Biscuit

Participating LA City Locations

Chick-fil-A // E. Colorado Blvd. (1700 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106)

Chick-Fil-A // 405 at Jefferson (11750 Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90230)

Chick-Fil-A // Hollywood (6750 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028)

Chick-Fil-A  // Lincoln at Washington (4050 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90292)

Chick-Fil-A  // UCLA (900 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024)

Chick-Fil-A  // USC (3758 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90007)

Chick-fil-a terms & conditions (aka The small print. I had to squint reading the flier)

Valid only at participating LA City Chick-fil-A restaurants, March 20-24, 2017 // 6:30am-10:30am. One free breakfast entree per person, per visit. Not valid with any other offer or mobile orders. Must be present to redeem. Offer valid while supplies last. Closed Sundays.

What I Eat In a Day // Healthy Fats

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What I eat in a day // How I eat healthy fats

Breakfast: Avocado toast and a fried egg over whole-grain bread

Lunch: Grilled salmon mixed green salad with olive oil and apple cider vinaigrette dressing

Snack: Walnuts and almonds in my trail mix

Dinner: Grilled chicken, mixed greens, and sliced avocado wrap

Dessert: Acai bowl with chia seeds

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Get Your Free Shake Shack Burger // bargain

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National Burger Month may be in May, but we’re celebrating early with a free Shake Shack burger! In honor of their mobile ordering Shack App for iOS, Shake Shack is giving away a free single ShackBurger to each guest who downloads the new ShackApp, redeemable at any U.S. Shack (‘cept airports, stadiums and ballparks) until Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

How to get a free Shake Shack burger

Download the Shack App, create an account and use the promo code “shackappy” at checkout. This promo is only for the ShackBurger. You must order through your mobile app, select location and pickup time, enter the promo code, and pick up at the location. For more deets, head to shakeshack.com/app.

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Kale Edamame Quinoa Salad // The Power Salad

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This Kale Edamame Quinoa Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing is inspired by the Super Spinach Salad that I used to shell $4 for at Trader Joes. Now that I know how to make the star ingredient, Carrot Ginger Dressing, I’m set for life. I make batches of this dressing ahead of time and always have it stocked in my fridge.

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Carrot Ginger Dressing

Carrot Ginger Dressing via It's Jou Life blog - https://wp.me/p7RBMP-W9This Carrot Ginger Dressing is inspired by the Super Spinach Salad with Carrot Miso Ginger dressing that I used to buy at Trader Joes. This dressing is a game changer for salad fans, especially me. Not only is the color a vibrant orange, but it’s light, smooth, and a refreshing addition to any salad.

This dressing is so easy to make in a food processor. There are a few key ingredients and everything blends and emulsifies well together. I’ve made a few batches over the past days and been giving it away to family and friends! Next post I’ll show my favorite salad with this dressing.

This Carrot Ginger Dressing is adapted from Epicurious.

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Carrot Ginger Dressing
This Carrot Ginger Dressing is inspired by the Super Spinach Salad with Carrot Miso Ginger dressing that I used to buy at Trader Joes. This dressing is a game changer for salad fans, especially me. Not only is the color a vibrant orange, but it's light, smooth, and a refreshing addition to any salad.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Place carrots into the food processor and pulse until pureed.
  2. Add ginger, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and salt. Pulse. Add vegetable oil, slowly.
  3. Add water. Pulse until smooth.