Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day Deals

Happy Leap Day everyone!
BOGO at Caribou Coffee 
BOGO for lunch at Einstein Bagels  (looks like you need to get the coupon from their FaceBook page).
Cool People Care is offering 29% off your entire order with a coupon code at this link
Free cookie with purchase at Subway.
$29.99 dinner for four at Bucca di Beppo.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

National Pancake Day

Today, February 28th, is National Pancake Day.  Celebrate at IHOP for a free short stack or your favorite pancake place.  Enjoy!
Michiganders - don't forget to vote today.  There may be local initiatives on your ballot too.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Good Reads

Recently, I joined Good Reads online to rate books, join friends, write reviews, and vote for my dear friend, Heath Lowrance and his book The Bastard Hand which is on the list of Best Noir of the 21st Century.  So, head on over there, join Good Reads, find me and share what you're reading with me and the world.  
Good Luck Heath on votes for The Bastard Hand!  I'm also loving your Kindle short stories Dig Ten Graves.  Looking forward to reading Miles to Little Ridge and That Damned Coyote Hill.
By the way, if you are looking for someone to design your novel's cover, check out Aspiring Author Book Covers.  And here is a link to a publisher to consider who is based in the Detroit area Third Coast Publishing.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Call for Artists

St. Joseph Mercy Call for Artists 
Very specific rules regarding this opportunity.  Large artworks and features will be commissioned.  This is a fantastic opportunity for us all.  Good luck!
Deadline: March 26, 2012
FYI I heard about this through the I/ACT Image and Arts Council of Troy.  

"Exposures: Photography '12" 
Lawrence Street Gallery
Deadline: March 31, 2012
Entry Fee: $25 for up to two entries
Link to entry form
Sorry, I couldn't find an image for '12 

Here's one for you Kathy B:
Artful Visions 
No Deadline, this is an online art fair.  A variety of handmade items and one-of-a-kind art MADE IN THE USA.  Artists donate 20% of each sale to the partnering non-profit of your choice. 
I learned about this opportunity from I/ACT Image and Arts Council of Troy

"Hatchback 6" All Media Exhibition
Hatch in Hamtramck
Deadline: March 30, 2012
Fee: $20 for up to two entries, $5 for each additional
Members Fee: $10 for up to two entries, $5 for additional
Hatch Blog
Hatch FaceBook Page

Oh, just found a link to Art Show which links you to dozens of juried shows. is a free source for art competitions, juried exhibitions, and much more!

"Blooms, Bugs, Beasts" entry form
Scarab Club
Deadline: April 29, 2012
Fee: $25 for up to three entries, $5 for each additional
Members Fee: $20 for up to two entries, $5 for additional

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Yoga is good for the body and the mind.  Several yoga studios offer FREE YOGA classes.  Often, the first class is free, so you can determine if the studio is the right fit for you.  Check out your local studio to find out.
Also, there are several studios that offer free classes weekly or for a small donation for whatever you can afford.  These classes are often crowded, so arrive early, roll out your mat, and breathe.  

For those of you who would like to try yoga, but don't own a mat, that's ok.  Every studio I've been to has a small (or large) stack of mats you can use for the hour.  Most will ask for you to spray and wipe down your mat when you finish.  Keep it clean, kiddos.

Namaste Yoga in Royal Oak offers a donation class on Saturday afternoons at 1:30pm (check schedule to determine which Saturdays) and the first class is free.

EveryDay Yoga in Clawson offers $5 Thursday class, and has the philosophy that you will donate what you can or pay the suggested normal package.  "Donation classes are shaped to honor the sacred art of giving so that yoga can be affordable to all.  We believe in the law of Karma: give to receive."

Yoga Buffs is a Meetup Group that offers a FREE yoga class on Thursday afternoons at Irene's Myomassology Institute.  Join their Meetup group to get the time and location. 

If you would rather do yoga in the privacy of your own home, check out a video or two from your local library for free.  Or there are many websites with free yoga workouts that offer a variety of levels.  


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Free Birthday Kar Wash and Entrée

Jax Kar Wash offers a free wash on your birthday if you are part of their frequent users club, otherwise, they will charge you a dollar (or just ask for an exterior wash only. 
Seva Restaurant
Found out yesterday, that Seva Restaurant (Ann Arbor and now in Detroit) offers the birthday person a free  entrée on his/her birthday.
If you register your Starbucks card online, you will get a postcard in the mail for a free beverage around your birthday.
Noodles & Co. sends an email noodlegram a week before your birthday for a free bowl of noodles around your birthday.  
OfficeMax - Click here to return to the home page.
Office Max sent me a $15 off (a $75 online order).
Olga's Kitchen
Olga's Kitchen sent a printable coupon for a free dessert to use within 30 days of my birthday.
Buddy's Restaurant Pizzeria
Buddy's Pizzeria sent a printable coupon for a free 4 slice pizza (or the value towards an 8 slice pizza).  Dine in only and you need to choose your location when you sign up for emails.  Buddy's is so cool, that I entered a Facebook Sweepstakes and won a 1 year family membership to The Henry Ford (museum) and Greenfield Village!!!

Here is a link to a huge list of other birthday freebies (I did not verify them).  

Remember to register early and often!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ferndale SOUP seeking Submissions

Last week, Ron and I finally made it to a Detroit Soup - and not just any Soup, their 2nd Anniversary Detroit Soup.  I heard about Ferndale Soup (starting this week) and saw an article in the Ferndale Patch.  Long story short, Ferndale Soup is looking for project submissions through today, Saturday (for this week's Soup).  
So the concept is simple and groovy.  You pay $5.00 for soup, bread, and a vote.  About four individuals or groups present their fabulous idea about Detroit (or Ferndale, or nearby), you vote on your favorite idea, have some soup and conversation and by the end of the evening, the winner gets to take home the cash (up to $800).  Cool, huh?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Inspiration for Writers

Good morning!
One of the best FREE things I utilize most is the library.  Since our city's library closes for weeks at a time during their remodel, we've been hitting up other local libraries and our city's library card gets us books and videos at all of them!

Recent find
A Boy Named Shel by Lisa Rogak
Link to Amazon

A few years ago, I read Stephen King's On Writing.  That was inspiring too.  Link on Amazon

more later...happy reading!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I love signing up for free stuff.  This birthday month I'm getting a free pizza from Buddy's, a cup of coffee from Starbucks, a bowl from Noodles & Company.  Too bad Ray's ice cream doesn't give away their birthday sundaes anymore.  YUM!  Oh, and I think I have a gift card from DSW too.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Call for Artists

Here is a batch of Calls for Artists: 

Writers of Speculative Fiction - 
The Nautilus Engine 
Deadline: none - ongoing 
Entry fee: FREE

"Biannual All Media Exhibition
DAM - Detroit Artist Market
Deadline: March 1, 2012
Entry Fee: $25 for up to two entries
Members: $10 entry ($40 for membership)

The Scarab Club 
Deadline: March 7
Entry Fee: $20 for up to three entries

Good luck and share your Call for Entries too~