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About Me and Why Should You Care?

Well, you shouldn’t. But obviously you must be a little curious or you wouldn’t be looking at this page, right? So allow me to introduce myself and tell you all a little bit about me. 

About me – Who is the girl behind Enjoy Freebies?

My name is Melanie and I enjoy freebies
Hello! My name is Melanie and I enjoy freebies.

My name is Melanie and I’m a 40 something, free thinking, old school alternative goth chick who has kind of mellowed out over the last several years.

I love skulls, twisted movies, combat boots, and industrial music.

I’m a loyal wife and career mom, but I still enjoy a little “me time” once a month to go dancing and socialize with other creatures of the night. 

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Between work and family, I spend the remainder of my (very little) free time watching TV, perusing social media, and working on this blog and YouTube channel.

This is me today, but here is a little peek into the girl I used to be and how I became the jaded frugal woman I am now.

Growing up in the 80s…

Originally a native from Los Angeles, I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley.

I guess you could say I’m a valley girl, and I still totally have the accent to prove it. Like, can you tell?

Me at 4 years old in the late 70s

My parents were divorced when I was 8 and mom suffered from severe depression, so I was often left to fend for myself and did not have much supervision growing up.

I learned how to be self-reliant at a very early age.

My family did not have much money while I was growing up, so I knew the importance of a dollar.

I wanted to be financially independent as well, so I got my first job when I was 15 and have worked ever since.

What I looked like in high school. I was into heavy metal and hair bands before I got into goth.

After high school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life.

So I went to college to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Cal State Long Beach, which I paid in full with my own money.

Back then, college was much more affordable than it is today.

Adulting in the 90s…

In the mid 90s, I got my first computer and discovered online MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) where I became obsessed with the world of online games.

I started playing a game called Realm where I actually my husband Brian. He was a high level player and gave me a bunch of free “virtual” stuff which swept me off my feet. I’m such a nerd!

But he lived in AZ and I lived in Cali, so in 1999, he moved to LA to start a life with me.

I met my husband playing online games!

Doing it up Gangsta style in the 2000s

After Brian moved out to Cali, we moved into our first home (a fixer upper in Lakewood, CA)  and I became obsessed with HGTV and DIY television.

So much so, that I decided to get another bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.

But houses weren’t my thing. I wanted to work on hotels!

So with a 2nd degree in hand, in 2006 we decided to leave California behind and move to Las Vegas, where I was fortunate enough to land a job doing hospitality design for an architecture firm working on hotels, restaurants and casinos.

Then Brian and I eventually got married in 2008 with a very un-traditional “Mobster” themed wedding. We had our wedding in a cheesy Vegas chapel where we were married by “The Godfather”.

Our Las Vegas Mobster Themed Wedding
This is probably the only photo you will see of him. Shh, don’t tell!

My bridesmaids were flappers and my nephews were gangsters carrying toy Tommy-Guns. Even the guests were dressed up. It was so fun and people still talk about it today!

And then the bubble burst…

When economy took a dump in 2008, I found myself out of a job and our home was underwater. I was unable to find another full-time job for the next 2 years.

Then in 2010 came another shock. I was pregnant with my son Jaxon!

8 months pregnant with my son

I was 36 and I wanted this baby so much! But we were broke and saw no future in Vegas. So we decided to move to Phoenix to be near Brian’s family where we currently live today. 

READ  Phoenix vs Los Angeles

It’s getting hot in here…

I never thought I would live in Phoenix. It’s 100 degrees for over 6 months of the year and everything is brown and beige. I’m not going to lie. It was tough going at first.

I’m definitely not the stay-at-home mom type. I am a total type A who needs to be around people and make that bread!

So after I had Jaxon, I went back to work and Brian was a stay-at-home dad since we couldn’t afford day care.

Jaxon likes being in pictures
My little boy Jaxon

But we were on such a limited income so I was always looking for ways to save money and make a little extra money. So I had to look for creative (legal) side hustles so that we could get by. 

READ  Side Hustle Income Report for 2016

Do the hustle!

One day, one of my former co-workers received a box of hair care products at work and I asked her about it. She told me that she got them free for being a product tester.

I was like, “Whaaaat?!” I want to get free things too! I mean, who doesn’t? This is just what my family needs right now.

So she introduced me to a site called BzzAgent and I was hooked from that day on.

Since then, I have discovered all kinds of ways to get free stuff.

Airheads Candy Smiley360
Free candy? Don’t mind if I do!

Finding freebies was once a hobby, but has since turned into a passion and definitely an addiction.

Over the past few years, I have gotten to try out all sorts of products ranging from skin care, health supplements, makeup, food, and even scored a LCD HD Television set! For free!

READ  Smiley360

And boy, do I Enjoy Freebies!

But getting free stuff does not pay the bills.

While Brian was still home with Jaxon, I landed a great job as a logistics manager where I try to make sure freight shipments get to demanding customers on time.

Much of it involves yelling at carriers and providing psychological counseling to distraught customers who are freaking out because their package is running late.

Can't afford Christmas?
Need extra cash for Christmas? I can show you how we do it.

Obviously, this leaves me very little free time. However, I have found other ways to make extra income with very little effort and without spending a dime!

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How the heck did I become a blogger?

I know how much people are struggling and I really wanted to show others how easy it is to get free stuff and earn a little extra cash. So I decided to start this blog to help other families in the same boat.

Enjoy Freebies, Product Reviews, & More!
Enjoy Freebies, Product Reviews, & More!

Originally Enjoy Freebies began it’s life in 2014 as a tiny product review blog. But now Enjoy Freebies has evolved into not only a trusted name for product reviews, but also a family-friendly lifestyle and frugal living blog.

And in 2017 Enjoy Freebies was named one of the Top 300 Mom Blogs of the year!

You can also now find me on YouTube!

I am picky about products that I review. I always look for unique products that people can actually use to make life easier and more fun.

I also enjoy throwing in the occasional rant & ramble – just to spice things up.

My family is often my test subjects and are occasionally featured models for my product reviews.

Jaxon likes helping me review toys and games
Jaxon likes helping me review toys and games

Even my dog helps out!

My dog Archie loves reviewing dog food and treats!
My dog Archie loves reviewing dog food and treats!

My husband does not like being in pictures (don’t tell him about the wedding photo), so for all intents and purposes, I will make him a stick figure.

He is a “prepper” and loves to try out products that we can use in case a meteor strikes the earth or if we are stuck in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

This is a perfect drawing of my husband
Brian will try the products, but won’t be filmed.
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Thank you for being here!

This is my personal site and I am always learning as I go. I am grateful to have you share this journey with me and I’m really glad you are here.

I’ll give you details about sites you can join and free apps you can download to make getting free stuff and even free cash fun and easy.

I hope you find this site helpful so you can Enjoy Freebies too!

Because it’s not all about me. It’s about YOU too!

Would you like me to review your products? Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Don’t be shy! Feel free to contact me by filling out the contact form below. I’d love to hear from you!


  1. brian brian

    I wish I was that slim

  2. Lana T. Ashcraft Lana T. Ashcraft

    Hi, I just viewed your youtube video on using Wunderbrow2 on your old eyebrow tattoos. It was very helpful for me. I would like to try it over my old faded eyebrow tattoo’s, too. Yours looked fantastic after you did yours!! What about the fibers in the solution, how does that look on skin?? I appreciate your reply. 😀

    • Hi Lana! The fibers are very subtle. I don’t even really notice them to be honest. Let me know how you like it 😊

  3. Haha your hubby sounds like half of my family. Willing to try my products but never take photos lol. Thanks for this awesome backstory! About Me’s are always fun to read.

    • Hah! Yeah, it’s okay though. Wouldn’t want him to scare off my readers. I’m kidding!

  4. This was actually really interesting. You are very beautiful.

  5. This was a great about me page… very creative and informative… I loved that you got the family involved and your creative ways of marketing yourself and your products! Loving this. Happy Mother’s Day… Queen… stay blessed

  6. Having some me time is so important. For everybody, mum or not. It always good to take few hours just for yourself. This is great that you wait into blogging to help other families. This blog must be super helpful! xx corinne

    • Thank you. I sincerely hope the blog is helpful for others as well. 🙂

  7. Heather Heather

    We have so much in common! I grew up on hair bands and also have my degree in interior design! It is so fun getting to know more about bloggers through these type of posts!

    • That’s too funny! Are you still doing interior design?

  8. Wow you have had a full life so far girl! I am working on revamping my about page or extending on it. Trying to think of good ideas I love your story telling style.

    • Thanks for the comment. I haven’t touched the about me page in a few years so I wasn’t quite sure of what I wanted to say. I just hope it’s not inappropriate. ☺️

  9. Very cool! I love the bio about you especially the mobster wedding. Then again, I got married in a kilt, so what does that say.

  10. terristeffes terristeffes

    It was fun to learn more about you. I like your reviews and this post gives me insight about your beliefs. Thank you!

  11. munakenny munakenny

    Your post made me smile! Loved knowing more about you and we have something in common (I guess) I like horror and weird movies too 🙂

  12. I like how turn your about page into a article. My first time seeing something like this. You dulge in talking about your self, your family, and your product in this page, which is neat and creative.

    • It wasn’t really intentional. But I’m glad you think so 😊

  13. What a wonderful story to learn about you. It goes to show you can find love, wherever you look.

  14. rhianwestbury rhianwestbury

    Always nice to read more about bloggers and where they developed their love of blogging from, so interesting x

  15. Such a fun post! I love that you were married in Vegas, in a cheesy chapel AND by the Godfather?!? Epic! I still live in Vegas and I feel for you now being in Phoenix. It’s hot here but oh my goodness girl…..Phoenix! Thank you for sharing about BzzAgent, who knew?!? Keep your passion high and helping others…it’s amazing!

    • I feel for you living in Vegas! J/k. But personally I’m very glad to leave that town behind. You still have to deal with wind. 😛

  16. What an adventurous life! You have done and experience so much. Thank you for sharing with us.

  17. I’m not gonna lie.. I love me some freebies too! It’s one of the reasons I wake up in the morning.

  18. Tiara Wilson Tiara Wilson

    I really love air heads too and don’t even get me started on some freebies! It’s so nice to get to know you, as a fellow blogger.

  19. Elizabeth O. Elizabeth O.

    It was awesome getting to know you! I think you’re a strong woman and you’re also very adventurous. I love that you’re sharing your knowledge with the rest of the world! Getting free stuff is awesome!

  20. Wait.. I feel like I need more wedding pictures. That is hilarious and so cool.I wish I was there!

  21. Nay @ beautyaddictmama Nay @ beautyaddictmama

    It was lovely getting to find out more about you!

  22. It is really important as well to know the person behind the posts we’re reading. And it’s so nice how you introduced yourself and your family and their involvement with what you do.

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