I Am 25

March 10, 2017

Spring time is here! Bring on the ocean waves, the hot sand and the chilled margaritas!! Today is March 10th, which means that I am a little behind on my posts, my apologies, however, it also means that I have turned twenty-five! A quarter of a century I am! Yikes! Truth be told I was a lot more excited about the big “twenty-five delight” when I thought that it meant a big party with lots of cake and drinks clinking all around, but all I seem to be hearing is talk about insurance, taxes, rentals, full-time with benefits, etc. I kind of just want to sit in my beanbag chair with a bowl of popcorn and a cup of Kool-Aid and play the original NES gaming system. Can we all just relive the 90’s?

Little me

I normally don’t care about turning one year older, I’m just like okay cool where’s my cake, however the other day my mom was driving and she’s getting excited because my birthday is right around the corner and she looks at me and says “you’re almost thirty.” I looked at her with a face full of pure disgust and she just laughed. Sure, she’s just full of those clever “Mom jokes” that are sooooo funny, but for some reason that one hit me. Thirty? What? I’m not close to thirty. How did that happen? And then I had to give myself a reality check. My younger cousin is getting married to her forever person, I spent TWENTY years in school and came out with a film degree, my niece is five months old and my nephew is three years old…almost four… yeah I guess that means that I’m twenty five and not far from thirty. Holy Sh- Butterscotch… Pffftt Does anyone even like butterscotch….

Guess I didn’t make it to Neverland after all and I am getting older… bleh. I suppose it’d be best to reflect on the good times and not be so incredibly fearful of time and change. Last night for example, I had a dream about my Grandma. I rarely ever have any dreams about her, but when I do they happen to be some of the most vivid and realistic dreams that I have. In each dream, she talks to me. We just have a simple conversation. I’m glad that she made it in time for my birthday this year.

Anyone who has ever met me knows how passionate about food I am! So I pretty much have to share a list of restaurants, shops, and activities with special birthday perks! Having to narrow down my food results to stick to my Twenty-Five theme was not an easy task. Phew. For most of these places you must join their rewards program or at least provide a valid I.D. (the day of). I tend to wait to sign up for these until the week of so I don’t constantly get swamped with e-mails. Some of the deals below may change but these places always have a birthday special so keep your eyes peeled during your special month!

Keep in mind that some will require to be redeemed the day of your actual birthday while others will be more flexible, so read the fine print. Hold on to the ones that don’t expire right away and prioritize the ones that do. You could either have a day full or a month-long celebration, or maybe you’re just a one-stop. The choice is yours.

25 Birthday Eats


1. Denny’s – FREE Grand Slam Breakfast (Also IHOP, Original house of pancakes offers free breakfast)
2. First Watch – FREE Breakfast, brunch or lunch
3. Dunkin Donuts/Starbucks/Teavana – FREE Beverage

Lunch or Dinner

4. Tijuana Flats – FREE order of churros
5. Olive Garden – FREE appetizer OR dessert w/purchase of two entrées
6. Grimaldi’s – FREE large 1 topping pizza
7. Moe’s – FREE burrito
8. Firehouse subs- FREE medium sub
9. Red Robin – FREE burger
10. Shula’s – FREE Entrée w/purchase of one entrée
11. Bonefish Grill – FREE bang bang shrimp OR coconut pie
12. Carrabbas – FREE dessert w/purchase of an entrée
13. Bucca Di Beppo – $20 reward w/reward program
14. Trees Wings – FREE meal platter and first round of beer is free
15. Steak n’ Shake – FREE birthday meal

Midday Snack or Late Dessert

16. Auntie Anne’s – FREE Pretzel
17. Arby’s – FREE milkshake
18. Panera Bread – FREE Pastry
19. Ramono’s Macaroni Grill – FREE slice of cake
20. On the Border – FREE dip trio OR Brownie sundae
21. Seasons 52 – FREE mini indulgence dessert
22. Bru’s Room – FREE dessert or zingers
23. Yardhouse – FREE mini dessert
24. Nothing but Bundts – FREE bundtlet
25. Chili’s – FREE brownie sundae

The time I redeemed Trees Wings Birthday surprise! That’s my cousin Abby, and I.

25 Birthday Perks

1. NFL.Com – 10% Off
2. ACE Hardware – $5 Coupon
3. Redbox – FREE One Night Rental
4. Sports Authority – $10 off
5. Anthropologie – 15% off
6. Old Navy – 10% entire purchase in store or online
7. American Eagle – 15% Off
8. Victoria’s Secret – $10 Reward
9. New York and Company – $10 or $15 Reward
10. Kohl’s – Special birthday gift
11. Charming Charlie – $5 off
12. DSW – $5 Gift certificate
13. Famous Footwear – FREE birthday gift
14. Journeys – 15% off
15. Sephora – FREE gift
16. Ulta – FREE gift and double points during your birthday month
17. Bare Minerals – FREE Gift
18. Benefit Cosmetics – FREE brow arch service
19. Smashbox – FREE gift w/$35 purchase
20. CVS – Extra Care Beauty Club – Get $3 coupon for your next purchase
21. Total Wine – $5 Off $50
22. Dave & Busters – $5 FREE game play
23. AMF Bowling Alleys – FREE bowling
24. Cinemark Theaters – FREE small popcorn or concession coupon
25. Petco – Special Treats and savings – Because our fur babies are important too!

Happy 2017 Birthday to everyone and have a wonderful time celebrating!!

    1. Happy Birthday!!! Quarter life crisis time!! 😂 Great read glad to see all the places that have perks. They seem to be so hard to find now a days.

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