Cosmo Vox Box

I have a confession to make: late last year I got a little obsessed with subscription boxes.  I ordered everything from beauty boxes to pet boxes because I love good deals and getting surprises in the mail.  Over a month or so, I amassed a ton of sample-sized products and spent more money than I should have.

Luckily, one of the boxes I received in the mail was full of normal-sized goodies and it was free thanks to Influenster!  Influenster gives people who love to try new things an opportunity to share their feedback and occasionally get VoxBoxes with products that fit their profile.   My first box from Influenster was the Cosmo VoxBox filled with a Venus Embrace razor and Olay blade refill, Pilot FriXion pens, a Ghiradelli Sea Salt Escape chocolate bar and Forever Red Perfume from Bath & Body Works.

I quickly tried each of the products in the box and genuinely loved each of them.  I also like that the site has reviews on a wide-range of products from books to beauty items.  Influenster knows me well because just as I was about to run out of dish soap, three bottles of Palmolive Fresh Infusion Bottles came in the mail today.  One of my New Year’s goals is to make more meals at home, so I’m grateful to have soap with a fresh scent to make cleaning my dishes more pleasurable.  The Ginger White Tea dish liquid got the gunk off of a dingy pan and left my kitchen smelling spa-like.

Palmolive Fresh Infusions

If you’re interested in becoming an Influenster, check out their website or send me an email for an invite.  I also received several $1.50 off coupons for Palmolive Fresh Infusions and will be happy to share them if you send me an email at andrea(at) with your contact info.

Disclaimer: As I mentioned, Influenster sent me the items mentioned in this post.  They didn’t pay me anything to write about how much I enjoyed using them.


While I don’t love group birthday dinners, I LOVE birthday freebies.  There are a lot of birthday deals out there, but the ones below don’t require you to purchase anything to get your freebie.  You will have to sign up for emails to receive most of these.

Aqua Blue: Get a free 2 lb lobster. You can only go Monday through Friday of your birthday month and must make a reservation before you visit.

Baskin Robbins: Get a free scoop of ice cream or a small soft serve cone. Look for the “Birthday Club” and enter your email address.

Benihana: Receive a $30 Benihana certificate.  The certificate is only valid Monday-Thursday, but that’s plenty of time to enjoy sushi or hibachi.

Buca di Beppo: Get a free brownie sundae.

Caribou Coffee: Get a free drink on your Bou Day.  Haha…Bou Day.

Chili’s: Get a free brownie sundae.

CVS Beauty Club: Get $3 off any purchase at CVS. 

DSW: Get a $5 certificate. This isn’t enough for a pair of shoes, but there are lots of accessories around the store around $5. I bought shoe polish with mine.

Fifth Group: Receive $20 on your FGRewards card during your birthday month.

Firehouse Subs: Free medium sub when you show your ID on your birthday.

Georgia AquariumPresent your Georgia ID at the ticket window and you’ll get free admission to the Aquarium.  You also get a birthday button!

Godiva: $10 to spend online or in Godiva Boutique.  I bought two chocolate covered strawberries and they were a great splurge.

IHOP: Get a free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity (or another item of equal or lesser value). My favorite is the funny face pancake.

Jason’s Deli: Receive a $5 off any item.

Moe’s: Receive a Complimentary Entrée (Excluding fajitas).

On the Border: Get a Brownie Sundae or Bowl of Queso. Brownie sundaes are popular, huh?

Red Robin: Get a free gourmet burger (you need a registered Red Robin Rewards card to receive it).

Ruby Tuesday: Get a free handcrafted burger.

Scholtsky’s: Receive a free regular sandwich.

Sephora: Free Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Duo.

Starbucks: Get a free drink of your choice.  You must have a registered Starbucks card.

Victoria’s Secret: Free $10 gift certificate.

Which Which: Get a free regular which. Click “Join the Vibe Club” to sign up.

Did I miss any of your favorite birthday freebies?  Let me know in the comments.


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Remember my Sweepstakes Experiment?  Let me refresh your memory…back in September I watched High Stakes Sweepers on TLC and was inspired to regularly enter sweepstakes.  The people on the show entered sweepstakes all day and made a living out of “sweeping,” but my version of sweeping has been limited to entering sweepstakes a few minutes […]

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Writing to Companies for Coupons and Freebies

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Writing the manufacturers of your favorite products is a great way to get coupons.  It only takes a few minutes to find an email address or contact form for a company and then provide them with feedback on an item you use and love.  The emails that I write to companies are brief and typically […]

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Get Free Stuff with Klout Perks

October 27, 2011

There’s been a lot of talk over the past few days about Klout.  Klout “measures your influence online” and assigns you a Klout score based on that influence.  The mysterious way they develop Klout scores changed this week and a lot of people are mad about their dropping Klout scores.  While I wasn’t thrilled that […]

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Birthday Freebies in Atlanta!

August 30, 2011

Today I’m celebrating my birthday!  With birthdays come birthday deals, so here’s a list of my 28 favorite birthday freebies.  There are a lot of birthday deals out there, but the ones below don’t require you to purchase anything to get your freebie.  You’ll have to sign up for emails to receive most of these. […]

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Free Tea at Chick-Fil-A

July 25, 2011

  I think I may have developed a mild addiction to Chick-Fil-A sweet tea while I was camping out for First 100.  It’s my drink of choice at Chick-Fil-A and I was really excited to hear about their Great Tea Giveaway.  From August 1 through 13, participating locations in the Greater Atlanta Area and Athens […]

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Birthday Freebie #4: Free Gift at Sephora

August 23, 2010

This weekend I went to Sephora for my birthday freebie.  Sephora Beauty Insiders can visit a Sephora store within the two weeks before or after their birthdays snag a free Beautiful Eyes Kit!  Just present your card to the cashier and you’ll get a mini Lash Plumper mascara, Aspen Shadow eye shadow and Silver Green eye […]

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