Thursday, June 30, 2011

Living for the (FREE) 4th of July Holiday Weekend in metro Detroit - July 1st - 4th

Photo Credit:  Daniel Mears - Detroit News
Here is a list of the FREE and low cost activities that you can do in Detroit and beyond on the 4th of July Holiday weekend....

Friday is the last day to enter to win 1 of 3 Sleep Innovations® Rejuvenation™ Memory Foam Pillows.  These pillows are designed to support your neck and head for a better night's sleep.  The giveaway ends at NOON so be sure to enter.

Friday is the last day to RSVP to attend the FREE Taping of Public TV Special: "Trial & Heirs - Tips to Protect your Family Fortune" in Wixom, MI. Legacy expert attorneys and authors, Danielle & Andy Mayoras, use faux-pas and blunders from famous celebrity estate cases and famous courtroom clashes as examples of what not to do when planning your estate.

Use this coupon to get a FREE child's admission with purchase of an adult admission for the Friday performance of "Salute to America" at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI. This yearly event is always a crowd favorite so be sure to get your tickets today.

Saturday is the last day for students to get a FREE meal at your local IKEA. Just present the coupon and your student ID to get a FREE entree. The maximum coupon value is $6.99.

On Saturday, take the kids to the Home Depot for their FREE Kids Workshop from 9am to noon where the kids will make a coaster set.

Also on Saturday, make sure you go your local Walmart for their FREE Ice Cream Social Event where FREE Nestle Drumsticks will be given out while supplies last. YUMMY!

Celebrate the 4th of July with buy one, get one FREE Scoops or Swirls of Ice Cream at your local Baskin–Robbins® with this coupon.  FREE ice cream can make any 4th of July great :)

Go to your participating Chili's on July 4th where two kids eat for FREE with the purchase of an adult entree.

What is a holiday without a little shopping?  Use this coupon at Macys to get an additional 15% off for their 4th of July Sale...

... and also this coupon to get an extra 30% off at your local Coach Factory Store.

And to end this 4th of July Weekend, remember that all active military personnel and their families get FREE Admission to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) thru Labor Day. The DIA offers an array of great art and activities during the summer. The popular exhibition It’s a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals is on view, and on June 29 a new installation of puppets was put on display.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend,

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COUPON: BOGO FREE Entree at Andiamo during month of July - ENDS 7/31


Buy one entree, get a second of equal and lessor value for FREE at Andiamo restaurant. Max value off is $10 for lunch and $20 for dinner.  Valid at any Andiamo Restaurant or Mesquite Creek.

Dine-in only. Must provide server with one printed voucher for each complimentary meal. No separate checks. Least expensive entrées are free. A mandatory purchase of at least two beverages is required. May not be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount, or when ordering from promotional menus. Mille Grazie Dollars and Costco Gift Cards may not be redeemed in conjunction with this offer.

Click here for Andiamo July BOGO entree coupon.


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COUPON: FREE Bagel Poppers with any beverage purchase at Einstein Bagels ENDS 7/16

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Poppers?  YUMMY!

Print this coupon good for one FREE bagel poppers with any beverage purchase at Einstein Bros Bagels.  Coupon expires on July 16, 2011.


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COUPON: 30% off at Coach Factory Store - ENDS 7/10


Get an extra 30% off at the Coach Factory Outlet with this COUPON that expires on Sunday July 10, 2011.

Good thing there is a Coach Factory Outlet Store at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills :)


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

COUPON: BOGO FREE Scoop or Swirl of Ice Cream at Baskin–Robbins® ENDS 7/4

BOGO Ice Cream? YUMMY for my Tummy and Wallet!

Print this Buy One Get One FREE coupon and head to your nearest Baskin–Robbins® right away. When you buy one scoop or swirl, you’ll get one free. 

This offer ends July 4, 2011.


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DEAL: $1 Domain Name Registrations on ENDS 7/15 or after 10,000 redemptions

$1 Domain Names? SWEET!

I have wanted to buy another domain name for awhile now, but I did not want to pay full price for the priviledge.  But today I bought a NEW 1-year domain name registration at GoDaddy for only $1 by using the Promo Code JILLIAN1.

This offer is limited to the first 10,000 redemptions or until  the offer ends on July 15, 2011. So if you have been waiting like I have for a sale, it will not go any lower than this :)


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COUPON: 15% off at Macys for 4th of July Sale - ENDS 7/4

WOW! As in Macys Wow Pass!

Click here for your 15% off Macys Wow Pass.  This Macys 4th of July Sale pass is good thru Monday, July 4th.


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MOVIE REVIEW: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Guest blogger Liz Parker is back from an advance screening of "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon". Is it as great as the previous two films or should the Decepticons finally just stay home? Let's read what Liz thinks...

I only vaguely remember the first and second Transformers movies (from 2007 and 2009), but the second one did not fare well with critics. With this third movie, director Michael Bay aimed to "reboot" the series, to speak, and he definitely achieves this; the movie was easier to follow and the 3D was excellent.

Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") has graduated from college and is looking for a job, and is frustrated that even though he has saved the world (twice, he says) and has received a medal from the president, the only jobs that will hire him are menial ones. He is living in D.C. with his girlfriend Carly (newcomer and model Rosie Huntington-Whitely) in her enormous apartment, and his parents are coming to visit soon, which means he needs to find a job ASAP. He takes a job in the mail room at a computer company, only to find out that the Decepticons have returned, and some of them are even present at the company. Sam calls the government agents working with the Autobots, and together they must try and defeat the Decepticons as the Decepticons try to take over the world and conquer the human race.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Win 1 of 3 boxes of Shout Wipes - ENDS 7/8 (CLOSED)

Love those Shout® Wipes!

The first time I tried out Shout Wipes, I received some for FREE at a conference that I attended.  Back then, I used Shout® Wipes to get out stains in my clothes that my son helped to put there. Shout® Wipes are portable, so you can use them to remove on-the-go stains right away. There's no need to rush home for a change of clothes or an emergency wash, and you don't have to go through the day with an embarrassing stain.

Shout® Wipes are available at local stores and online. For a limited time, you can get a sample of Shout® Wipes at this link

Three (3) FREEISMYLIFE Readers will each receive one box of Shout® Wipes. HOLLA to the FREE!


 - Fill out the information in the form below.

 - One entry per person please.  Duplicate entries will be removed.

 - USA addresses only.

 - The contest ends on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:59am EST.

 - The winnesr will be selected by random number generation.

 - Prizes will be fulfilled to the winners by the PR company for Shout®.


- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following FREEISMYLIFE on Facebook.

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- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for tweeting the following message on Twitter "I entered the @freeismylife giveaway to win 1 of 3 boxes of Shout® Wipes"
Enjoy! has spoken! Out of 183 entries, has chosen the following 3 winners who will each receive a FREE box of Shout Wipes. Congratulations to:

#1 - Laura B of East China, MI
#151 - Dana W of Commerce Township, MI
#182 - Norman P of Walled Lake, MI

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FREE Admission to DIA on Sundays in July & August for Cities Participating in Museum’s Inside Out Project

Detroit Institute of Arts offers FREE Admission Day to Residents of Cities Participating in Museum’s Inside Out Project

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced it will provide residents of cities participating in the museum’s Inside Out program with four (4) FREE general admissions to a DIA Family Sunday. Inside Out brings high quality reproductions of paintings from its collection to the streets and parks of the greater metro Detroit area, showcasing the richness and diversity of the museum’s extensive collection.

The free admission day is a way of thanking the communities for their participation and for helping make Inside Out such a success. The museum hopes that after discovering the reproductions around town, residents will come to the DIA to see the actual work of art, and enjoy some of the special Family Sunday activities, including drop-in workshops, drawing in the galleries, tours, and family-friendly performances.

Here’s how it works: Residents who provide a driver’s license or state ID on the date specially designated for their city will receive four free general admissions to the DIA. Activities are included, but ticketed exhibitions are not.

The Inside Out program comprises four three-month installations: June–August and September–November 2011, and April–June and July–September 2012. Dates for the free general admission for cities participating June–August 2011 are:

- Howell and Brooklyn - July 10
- Livonia - July 17
- Manchester and Milan - July 24
- New Baltimore and Romeo  July 31
- Novi - August 7
- Rochester - August 14
- St. Clair Shores - August 21
- Sterling Heights - August 28

Communities participating in the fall and next year will also receive free general admission to a Family Sunday. Dates will be announced when the next round of works are installed.

Hours and Regular Admission Prices
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202


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GAME REVIEW: "A Better World" teaches users to do Good and be Kind

A Game that Rewards You for Doing Good?  Yes, It's called "A Better World"

Back in Febuary, I started playing the Facebook game "A Better World" which was created by a company called ToonUps. In "A Better World", you get to setup a home in your own virtual world and then shop, earn money, and interact with the people in the town where you live.

I can make my avator look just like I do in "A Better World"
Earn Money By Doing Good - Love that!
I love that I was able to make my virtual self look like my real self by choosing skin color, hair color, nose, eyes, clothing - the works. Then I was given some money (hello, you know I love having money) and let loose to build my life. But the really great thing about A Better World is that you earn money from doing good! Yep, you earn Do Good Gold and Better Bucks by performing acts of kindness.

Do you have anything to be Thankful for?
There are many ways to earn by doing good in A Better World. You can go to Gratitude Grotto and write notes about all the things for which you are thankful.  You can also see the notes that other users have written about the things they are thankful for.

You can go to the post office and write Positive Posts to your friends containing words of kindness. And you can play Three Cycle, a recycling game.

Kiss the Negative Thoughts Goodbye!
My favorite thing to do is Thumping Thoughts, an Arcade game where you get to take a mallet and hit all your negative thoughts over the head. The faster you thump those negative thoughts, the more Do Good Gold you earn. You can then use your earnings to buy things for your home or clothing and accessories.  You pet lovers can even go to the Pet Shop and buy puppies, kittens and even a magical unicorn.

So if you have not already played A Better World, take a look at the game today. But don't blame me if you get hooked on doing good :)


I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions on A Better World. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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FREE Henry Ford Health System Health Seminars in Woodhaven 6/28 7/13

Healthy Events in Woodhaven

Henry Ford Health System invites the public to attend Healthy Living Seminars, free presentations on health topics by experts.  The programs will be held at the Henry Ford Self-health Center, 23400 Allen Rd., in Woodhaven.

Home Safety 
Concerned about falling at home?  A certified rehab specialist will discuss risk factors, and tools to help you create a safe environment at home.

  • Tuesday, June 28                             4 - 5 p.m.

Don't Skip the Sunscreen

Ever wonder what SPF, UVA, & UVB is all about?  Get the answers to those burning questions and more.  Learn how to correctly apply sunscreen and which one to use.  Each guest will receive a UV detection wristband.
  • Wednesday, July 13                       6 – 7 p.m.

Skin Concerns 

If you want to catch melanoma before it catches you, you need to bone up on the alphabet. Find out how dermatologists make watching for skin cancer as simple as A B C.  Learn the signs, symptoms and treatment of scabies.

  • Wednesday, July 13                                       7 – 8 p.m.

Space is limited, and registration is requested.  For further information, or to register, please call (734) 676-3813.


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Monday, June 27, 2011

FREE Nestle Drumsticks at Walmart Ice Cream Social Event 7/2

Do you love ice cream? How about some FREE ice cream!

Walmart is hosting “The Walmart Ice Cream Social” on Saturday, July 2nd, where they will feature free samples of Drumsticks and Lil’ Drumsticks. 

Click here for event details for the Walmart Ice Cream Social



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FREE Admission to the DIA on July 15th for Concert of Colors Events

Music by Mr. B's Joybox Express and Maraca and screening of Africa United at Detroit Institute of Arts for FREE "Concert of Colors"

For the second year, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is participating in the Concert of Colors, metro Detroit’s FREE annual diversity music festival. On Friday, July 15, the DIA will host concerts by Mr. B’s Joybox Express and Maraca, and will show the movie Africa United. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. that day, and museum admission and Concert of Colors events are FREE. HealthPlus of Michigan is sponsoring the DIA’s Concert of Colors offerings.

Mr. B’s Joybox Express will perform at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Mr. B will embark on a cross-state “Joybox Express” bicycle ride in Saugatuck on July 1 that will end at the DIA for these performances. The Joybox Express is a custom made bike that nestles a 352-pound piano. Mr. B is joined by an ensemble of musical bikers, including guitar, bass and drum.

Maraca will perform at 7 p.m. in the DIA Auditorium. Orlando “Maraca” Valle is one of the most famous contemporary Cuban flautist in the world. Maraca has been leading different bands and projects for more than 15 years with performances in some of the most prestigious international jazz festivals. Maraca's original style of fusing jazz improvisations with Afro-Cuban roots (rumba, danzon, chachacha, mambo, son & timba), has made his sound highly recognized as the epitome of Cuban popular dance music.

Africa United will be shown at 9:30 p.m. It tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children who walk 3000 miles to South Africa, hoping to attend the Soccer World Cup. Armed only with ingenuity, sass, and a World Cup wall chart for a map, the pint-sized protagonists set off through the endless horizons of Africa in pursuit of an unlikely dream. Along the way, they gather a tribe of broken and brilliant characters who help them negotiate through a series of glorious, dangerous, hilarious and often bizarre situations.

The Concert of Colors is presented by the Arab American National Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, New Detroit and ACCESS with the goal of bringing together metro Detroit’s diverse ethnic communities by presenting music from around the world. Over its 19-year history, the festival has become a beloved highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season, and one of the few free-admission music festivals remaining locally. For this year’s schedule, visit

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202


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FREE Sample of Shout Wipes

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COUPON: BOGO FREE McDonalds Frozen Strawberry Lemonade, Frappe or Real Fruit Smoothie ENDS 7/31 (ALL GONE)

Yummy in my Tummy AND a BOGO!

Buy one and get another one FREE for McDonald's Frozen Strawberry Lemonade, Frappe or Real Fruit Smoothie.



Participating locations only.  The coupon expires on July 31, 2011.



Sunday, June 26, 2011

GIVEAWAY: WIN coupons for FREE BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers - ENDS 7/5 (CLOSED)

BAILEYS® has something creamy for the coffee lovers...

People have loved the smooth, creamy richness and flavor of BAILEYS® Original Irish Cream since it was created over 30 years ago. Now now you can enjoy this rich flavor in your coffee anytime they want.

BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers are non-alcoholic flavored coffee creamers, with all the quality and taste for which BAILEYS is known. BAILEYS Coffee Creamers are lactose free and can be enjoyed by individuals with lactose intolerance.

BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers come in seven flavors:
- French Vanilla
- Hazelnut
- Caramel
- The Original Irish Cream
- Crème Brulée
- Toffee Almond Cream
- Chocolate

BAILEYS Coffee Creamers are currently not available in Michigan, but distribution is expanding across the country. The creamers are currently available in select retail locations in NY, NJ, CT, DE, GA, FL, MA, ME, NH, PA, RI, NC, SC, VA, VT, MD, Washington D.C., OH, TN, CA, OR, WA, ID, NV, AZ, UT, NM, AK, and HI.  Click here to find a store location near you that sells BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers

All seven flavors are available in 16-oz containers at a suggested retail price of $2.59, while three flavors — french vanilla, hazelnut and The Original Irish Cream — are available in 32-oz containers at an suggested retail price of $3.99.

Click here to get a coupon to save on BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers

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Three (3) FREEISMYLIFE Readers will each get 2 coupons for FREE BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers. Each coupon has a value limit of $4.99 and expire on 12/31/2011.


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 - One entry per person please.  Duplicate entries will be removed.

 - USA addresses only.

 - The contest ends on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 11:59am EST.

 - The winner will be selected by random number generation.

 - Prize will be mailed to winners via US mail.


- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for following FREEISMYLIFE on Facebook.

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- You can get 1 extra giveaway entry for tweeting the following message on Twitter "I entered the @freeismylife giveaway to win 2 BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers FREE product coupons"

Enjoy! has spoken. Out of 173 entries, has chosen 3 winners to each receive 2 coupons for FREE Baileys Coffee Creamers. Congratulations to:

#5 Kristen E. of Gloucester City, NJ
#32 Richard S. of Detroit, MI
#44 Mary Beth E. of Northglenn, CO

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