I tried the new Starbucks Pineapple Refresher

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  I had stars that were going to expire so I decided to try the new refresher. I have seen some reviews of people that love it and others of people that hate it. It’s often sold out but I was in a location where they had it.  I am not really a fan of pineapple flavours. I like other refreshers from Starbucks and I love passion fruit so thought it might be good. There are options to add coconut milk or lemonade. I always get coconut milk in my coffee but I don’t like it in refreshers and I always like lemonade. The drink at first seemed okay but it had a strange bitter aftertaste after each sip. I am not sure the addition of the lemonade made it like that but my mom and I both didn’t like it. It was drinkable but not something I would order again. I will stick to the the Mango Dragon Fruit refresher as my go to refresher from Starbucks.  Let me know if you have tried it in the comments or on Instagram @livingottawalocal.

What I got for free because I had a birthday and subscribed to marketing campaigns



I am subscribed to many marketing campaigns where I get free items for my birthday. Normally I would get more items this year I am moving to another province soon so I only collected things that I will use before I move. I was also super busy on my birthday helping my mom move so all items except for Starbucks did not have to be collected on my actual birthday. 

The first item was $1 cashback on Checkout51 for buying sweets. My rules are your birthday you bring the cake. My boss made me a great vegan cake that was free for me. I also got a vegan tiramisu which I got the cash back on. Checkout51 is a a great app to upload your receipts and get cashback. 



Jugo Juice will give you a free birthday drink if you sign up for their digital rewards program. You also get a free drink when you register but you only have three days to get it so plan when you register. It is a great program. It is an easy registration process and you get free things as soon as you register.



The body shop gives a $10 voucher for your birthday. I combined mine with another points voucher and sales so I got two things for free. I got shampoo because I am always running out of shampoo but you can get anything you want and combine with sales so it a great program. I purchased online to pick up in store so that I could get some cashback and they included another free sample. 


Swagbucks gives you an extra 55sb for redeeming gift cards in your birthday month. You have to activate the bonus it does not get applied automatically if you don't. I usually save my points so I can redeem gift cards to get a swago box or at a time when there is a bonus out. This time I purchased an on sale $5 amazon gift card for 375sb and got the 55sb rebate. It is a great deal. If you are not using Swagbucks here is a referral link Swagbucks. It is a great app to earn points from a variety of things like using it as your search engine, playing games, and many other things. Follow @yourcouponingsis on Instagram she a great guide out on how to earn more Swagbucks. 




Cobs bread has a new points program and they give you a free cinnamon bun for your birthday. Some locations are testing plant based cinnamon buns and I was able to use my reward for one. It is delicious. 





Starbucks is the only item on the list that you have to use the reward on your actual birthday. The others you have a few days to a month to use. Luckily I was able to get out for a little while and I got the most expensive plant based drink that I would drink. This was a once a year drink for sure. 


Sephora has birthday gifts but most of them were sold out in store. I am not sure how early in your birthday month you can get the rewards but try to get them early in the month for more selection. There was a little more selection online and I was able to combine with a free shipping sale and use some other rewards for things I needed. I got an Amika hair set which included hair masks and dry shampoo. 


London drugs gives you a $5 voucher for your birthday. Vegan Lindtt chocolate was on sale for $4.99. You can use it on anything in the store but this was the perfect treat for me. 


This was a great freebie birthday. I got everything I needed for a hectic busy birthday week. All items were easy to pick up or order online. Next year I will be living in Ontario and it will be interesting to see how different things are from BC. 

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